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    Samcro made favourite for Ballymore Novices' Hurdle after Michael O'Leary confirms Cheltenham entry

    Unbeaten Samcro has been cut to 8-11 favourite for the 2m 5f Ballymore Novices' Hurdle after owner Michael O'Leary confirmed that would be the Cheltenham Festival race for his Gordon Elliott-trained gelding.Samcro was successful in the 2m Grade One Deloitte Novices' Hurdle on his last run.O'Leary also confirmed Apple's Jade will try to win the OLBG Mares' Hurdle for the second year running rather than take up her entry in the longer Stayers' Hurdle. Owner Michael O'Leary has confirmed the Cheltenham Festival race for Samcro David Stevens of Coral said: 'This provides further clarity to the Festival ante-post picture. Both runners look ...

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    Venetia Williams' Yala Enki wins Betfred Grand National Trial to register his first win for almost a year

    Yala Enki registered his first win for almost a year in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.Eight lined up but only three finished the marathon contest, with the complexion changing completely in the straight.Silsol was an early casualty while The Dutchman only completed one circuit before being pulled up. Yala Enki registered his first win for almost a year in the Grand National Trial at Haydock With a mile to run Wild West Wind hit the front with Venetia Williams' Yala Enki and Blaklion still in touch.At the fourth-last Wild West Wind began to go clear and the rest looked ...

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    Waiting Patiently edges out Cue Card in Betfair Ascot Chase to give trainer Ruth Jefferson her first grade one

    Waiting Patiently emerged victorious in a thrilling tussle with popular chaser Cue Card to deliver a poignant and classy victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase.The first grade one winner for Waiting Patiently's trainer Ruth Jefferson came just over a fortnight after she took over running the family stable in Malton after the death of her father Malcolm and only 24 hours after around 500 people attended his funeral in the Yorkshire training centre.After the 2-1 favourite had won by two and three-quarter lengths to also give jockey Brian Hughes his first win at grade one level, Ruth said: 'Dad would ...

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    Robin Goodfellow's racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, February 17

    Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Saturday's meetings at Ascot, Haydock, Wincanton and Lingfield. Nicky Henderson's Top Notch has been tipped in the 3.35 at Ascot on Saturday afternoon   Ascot Robin Goodfellow 1.15 Captain Cattistock1.50 Ms Parfois (nb)2.25 Gold Present3.00 Dieg Man3.35 Top Notch4.10 Buckle Street4.45 Lust For GloryGimcrack 1.15 Captain Cattistock1.50 Ms Parfois2.25 Gold Present3.00 Fixe Le Kap3.35 Coney Island (nb)4.10 Hatchet Jack4.45 DancecraftNortherner 3.35 Waiting Patiently (nap)  HaydockRobin Goodfellow1.30 Cornerstone Lad2.05 Boite2.40 Lake View Lad3.15 The Dutchman3.50 Black Ivory4.25 Chef Des Obeaux5.00 VirakGimcrack 1.30 Shambra2.05 Agrapart2.40 Markov3.15 The Dutchman (nap)3.50 Black Ivory4.25 Golan Fortune5.00 Shotavodka Northerner3.50 Black Ivory (nb)  ...

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    Top Notch can live up to his name in renewal of the Betfair Ascot Chase

    Talented Top Notch (Ascot, 3.35) puts an unblemished track record on the line when he faces six rivals in a mouth-watering renewal of the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday.Three trips to the Berkshire venue have each yielded victories for Nicky Henderson’s pocket rocket and the seven-year-old must resist the challenge of Coney Island, Waiting Patiently and popular veteran Cue Card, among others, if he is to also extend an impressive unbeaten sequence on right-handed tracks to six.Those statistics make notable reading for Top Notch supporters and inspire confidence, even if this is the stiffest test he has faced in a ...

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    Ruth Jefferson claims first winner with Cyrius Darius at Kelso a day before funeral of her trainer father Malcolm

    Ruth Jefferson poignantly saddled her first winner with Cyrus Darius at Kelso, a day before the funeral of her much respected father Malcolm.Malton trainer Malcolm, one of the north's top jumps trainers, died two weeks ago and there was a warm reception at the Scottish track as 5-2 shot Cyrius Darius, ridden by Brian Hughes, returned after winning the Morebattle Hurdle for the second successive year, pulling 12 lengths clear of Better Getalong.Ruth had gone close to a first win when Cloudy Dream had finished second to Native River at Newbury last Saturday and she will saddle the highly-rated Waiting ...

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    Robin Goodfellow's racing tips: Best bets for Thursday, February 15

    Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Thursday's meetings at Kelso, Chelmsford City, Fontwell and Leicester.  Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Thursday's meetings   KelsoRobin Goodfellow   1.25 Elusive Theatre1.55 Sam’s Gunner2.25 Better Getalong3.00 Big River3.35 Planet Nine4.05 Sir Jack Yeats4.40 Hitman FredGimcrack   1.25 Elusive Theatre1.55 Taxmeifyoucan2.25 Cyrus Darius3.00 Big River3.35 Ryedale Racer4.05 Al Co4.40 Hitman Fred  SAM'S AT IT AGAIN Sam Turner (Robin Goodfellow) continued his sparkling run of success yesterday when Marshal Dan (10-1) landed a second successive nap for our in-form tipster at Lingfield. On Tuesday, Turner had five winners and a ...

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    Irish jockey Paddy Brennan to be reunited with Cue Card in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase

    Paddy Brennan, who lost the ride aboard Cue Card before the much-loved chaser ran at Haydock in November, will be reunited with the three-time Betfair Chase hero at Ascot on Saturday.The Irish jockey will partner Colin Tizzard’s 12-year-old in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase after weighing-room colleague Harry Cobden, who replaced him at Haydock, was claimed by his boss Paul Nicholls to ride Cliffs Of Dover in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.Before the halt in their association, Brennan and Cue Card were a potent force. They combined 13 times in two seasons for five Grade One wins — including ...

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    Coneygree suffers fresh injury blow after 2015 Gold Cup winner ruled out for the rest of the season

    Sara Bradstock is 'not giving up' on Coneygree despite ruling the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero out for the rest of the season due to a stress fracture of his tibia.The 11-year-old has suffered more than his fair share of injuries, both before and after becoming the first novice in 41 years to claim the blue riband.He was pulled up on his first start of this season in the Charlie Hall Chase after suffering an over-reach and again in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, with that disappointing effort put down to a wind problem. Trainer Sara Bradstock is 'not giving ...

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    Douvan 'not far away' as Willie Mullins eyes surprise return for star chaser in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park

    Douvan is 'not far away' from returning to action after being entered in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.Willie Mullins had initially ruled the star chaser out for the season when he was forced to miss the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.However, the noises have been much more positive of late following veterinary reports and Douvan has been given entries for both the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, having not run since being pulled up there last March. Willie Mullins' beloved chaser Douvan is set to make his comeback this ...

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    Robin Goodfellow's racing tips: Best bets for Tuesday, February 13

    Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Tuesday's meeting at Southwell.  Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out tips ahead of Tuesday's meeting   SouthwellRobin Goodfellow 2.20 Star Ascending2.55 Caged Lightning3.25 Coeur de Lion4.00 M ister Music (nb)4.30 Volatile5.00 Archi medes (nap)Gimcrack 2.20 Picture Painter2.55 Argante3.25 Coeur de Lion (nap)4.00 Angel Palanas (nb)4.30 Volatile5.00 Red Stripes 

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    Rising star Bryony Frost handed another shot at the big time with Black Corton at Ascot

    Bryony Frost will have another shot at a big prize when riding Black Corton in the Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot on Saturday.Conditional jockey Frost, enjoying a break-out season, landed her first grade one success on Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.Frost is again set to take the mount aboard the seven-year-old in this weekend's Grade Two race bidding to enhance a record on the gelding of six wins in seven starts since June. Bryony Frost landed her first grade one success on Black Corton at Kempton on Boxing DayFrost said: ...

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    Jessica Harrington's Our Duke set for Gowran trip in build up to Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Our Duke could head for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday ahead of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.Trainer Jessica Harrington is considering the Grade Two contest over two and a half miles for last year's Irish Grand National hero.Our Duke showed he was returning to form after a below-par run in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November - after which he subsequently underwent a back operation - when fourth to Edwulf in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month. Jessica Harrington is considering sending Our Duke to Gowran before Cheltenham Gold Cup 'He might go ...

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    Perfect return sets Altior up as favourite for Cheltenham's Queen Mother Champion Chase

    Altior is odds-on favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase after a winning comeback described as 'perfection' by trainer Nicky Henderson.Newbury's Betfair Super Saturday meeting also featured a successful return for Colin Tizzard-trained Gold Cup hope Native River in the Denman Chase and a victory for Amy Murphy-trained 8-1 co-favourite Kalashnikov in the Betfair Hurdle.But it was the effort of Altior which was the most striking in the Game Spirit Chase. Altior (L) is now favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase after a winning comebackWith his season disrupted after requiring a breathing operation, 1-3 favourite Altior had not run ...

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    Love Island star Chris Hughes set to become a jockey ahead of charity event at York Racecourse

    Love Island star Chris Hughes is training to become a jockey ahead of a charity race in the summer.The 25-year-old aims to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support alongside girlfriend and reality co-star Olivia Attwood.Hughes, who grew up on a farm, holds a real passion for horses and racing but needs plenty of work if he is to saddle up in front of a crowd of 25,000 in the Best Western Hotels & Macmillan Ride of their lives charity race at York Racecourse on June 16. Love Island star Chris Hughes will compete in a charity race in the coming ...

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