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Originally devised to keep the racing and betting industries on the move during exactly this kind of freeze, the all-weather has since evolved into a surface for all seasons. Many trainers nowadays like to start off well-bred young horses on the polytrack rather than on firm, heavy or unevenly watered turf.

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It had seemed remarkable enough that two of the first five in the JCB Triumph Hurdle market – Minsk and Dildar – were yet to leave the ground in public. Still less accountably, however, Dildar was actually eased in the betting after duly making a winning start to his hurdling career at Taunton yesterday.

Grands Crus is unbeaten in three starts over fences this season

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On the day when British horseracing measured its resilience against recession, publishing record attendances in 2011, racegoers were given every incentive to get the turnstiles clicking again at Cheltenham on Saturday. Entries made yesterday for the Festival trials card appear to guarantee at least one new favourite for the real thing, in March, with the three horses sharing the top of the JCB Triumph Hurdle market all lined up for a dress rehearsal. Even so, no race will be more instructive than the Argento Chase, perhaps the last opportunity to prevent the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup becoming another straight duel between Kauto Star and Long Run.

Mark Grant and Lights Of Broadway clear the last at Taunton to land odds of 200-1 in yesterday’s mares’ novice hurdle

Darlan dazzles, Lights dazes

On the face of it, only one of the novice hurdle winners at Taunton yesterday could be described as breathtaking. The first, after all, was returned at 200-1; and the second, sent off at odds-on, won by only half a length. But the manner of Darlan's success was such that he stole the show even from the eye-watering starting price of Lights Of Broadway.

Captain Conan, ridden by Barry Geraghty, wins the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday

Mullins and Meade add to Ireland's March quest

Even in its quieter reaches, the unfolding themes of the season grow steadily more apparent. What had looked one of its least instructive weekends ultimately reiterated not only that the best novice hurdlers in Britain appear to be divided between Nicky Henderson and Philip Hobbs, but also that the Irish may have still better ones.

Coyle is on the brink, having taken just nine points from 16 games

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The loser gets the bullet. That's how Tuesday's crunch relegation tussle between Blackburn and Bolton is being billed and like those crowds that used to gather for the guillotine, us punters can't get enough of it. What would normally be a fixture that generates little appeal outside of Lancashire is likely to get a boost in viewing figures purely because of what's riding on the game for the men in the dugout.

Betfair hires Corbett to mend fences with City

Betfair, the beleaguered betting company, yesterday made a further move to rehabilitate its battered image in the City with the appointment of Gerald Corbett, the serial non-executive director and City veteran, as deputy chairman.

The business on...Breon Corcoran, Chief Executive, Betfair

The favourite won!

Yes, which is something bookmakers won't want to hear today, the first really big Saturday of the jumps season.

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Frankie Cocozza, the party-loving X Factor hopeful, has been axed from the ITV competition.

Paul Nicholls, the trainer hopes to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup for the first time with Mon Parrain

Mon Parrain the Power play for Nicholls

Cheltenham racecourse, it was announced yesterday, is to be one of the stop-off points for the Olympic torch next May, early in its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey round Britain from Land's End to London. Before that, of course, there will be plenty to light up the Gloucestershire track that has become synonymous with jump racing's best. And with the Flat season's international finale, the Breeders' Cup, now in the form book the focus here is firmly on those who may, even at this early stage, be identified as medal hopes for next year's Festival.

Investment Column: Bunzl's shares don't reflect its strengths

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World's best may look elsewhere than Ascot's Champion challenge

The £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes, which will be the richest race ever run in Britain when it is staged at Ascot in October, attracted 40 entries yesterday, including three of the world's leading middle-distance performers in So You Think, Nathaniel and Pour Moi. Whether they line up remains to be seen – So You Think may be in Australia by then, and Nathaniel and Pour Moi have the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 13 days earlier as their prime autumn target.

Racing: Monkerhostin can block the Johnson juggernaut

David Johnson chose his racing colours as the reverse of the blue and green livery which besported the horses owned by the late Robert Sangster. The results, though, have followed sweetly the lines of the former champion owner on the Flat.

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