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Top riders for the Giro d'Italia 2013 Samuel Sanchez, Cadel Evans, Vincenzo Nibali, Ryder Hesjedal, Bradley Wiggins, Michele Scarponi and Robert Gesink pose with the trophy

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They have somehow managed to coax the trainers of four other horses to turn it into something that might vaguely be presented as a race, but nobody is under any illusions. For the appearance of Sprinter Sacre on its opening day essentially serves as a ceremonial seal on what was already being billed, after unprecedented Irish success at Cheltenham last month, as the best Punchestown Festival yet.

Richard Whitehead is hoping for an incident-free race

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After the tragic events of Boston, Richard Whitehead readily admits he had second thoughts about this weekend’s London Marathon.

Contributer, ridden by Ryan Moore (centre), on his way to victory from Cruck Realta (right) and Cap O’Rushes in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Conditions Stakes at Newbury yesterday

Smith and Mania out to do a Red Rum by staging a Grand Encore

Moohaajim and Maureen can stake their Classic claims in trials at Newbury

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Ryan Mania after his victory in the Grand National

Grand National winner Auroras Encore to be reunited with Ryan Mania at Ayr

The Grand National heroes Auroras Encore and Ryan Mania will be re-united at Ayr on Saturday in the Scottish version of the marathon chase. The horse, who came out of Aintree unscathed and has been in good form since, was given the go-ahead yesterday by his trainer, Sue Smith, and the rider, who injured his neck in a fall the day after his headline triumph, by the sport’s chief medical adviser, Michael Turner.

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Miguel Poblet: Spanish cycling legend known for his ferocious sprint finishes

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Auroras Encore in his stable with winning jockey Ryan Mania during the winners photocall at Craiglands Farm, Bingley

Grand National winner Ryan Mania 'bit sore' but on mend

After a weekend that catapulted him to fame, and then almost directly into a hospital bed, Ryan Mania spent yesterday patiently awaiting confirmation that he had not used up all his luck in winning the Grand National at the first attempt on Auroras Encore. The young jockey, airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after a hurdles fall at Hexham on Sunday, was expecting to be allowed home last night after a further precautionary scan. Mania's mother, Lesley, described him as "a wee bit sore" but still in high spirits.

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Cycling: Fabian Cancellara outfoxes rival Sep Vanmarcke in sprint duel

Swiss Fabian Cancellara kept his composure to win a third Paris-Roubaix title, outdoing Belgian Sep Vanmarcke in a session of track cycling tactics at the end of a 254km (159-mile) ride yesterday.

Sprinter Sacre, ridden by Barry Geraghty, jumps the last on his way to victory

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Horse of moment makes it nine on the trot as he blows away top-class contenders in field

Sprinter Sacre

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Aintree: Time D'Albain chases Topham Chase glory

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