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Don Poli ruled out of Cheltenham Gold Cup

 By Racing Post staff 2:32PM 10 MAR 2017  THE festival injury list added another famous name on Friday as Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Don Poli was ruled out of the the race by his trainer Gordon Elliott. Elliott, writing on his Betfair blog, said: “Unfortunately Don Poli has picked up an injury and will not make it to this year’s ...

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Caution reigns as trainers leave Festival options open

Vroum Vroum Mag (left) remains a possible runner in no less than six races  PICTURE:Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)   By Peter Scargill 12:47PM 10 MAR 2017  PLENTY of trainers are covering their backs in case of a last-minute change of plan as the confirmations for the third day of the Cheltenham Festival were unveiled on Friday. The New One, Vroum Vroum Mag, Yanworth ...

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USA: Callaghan loses top filly in row over wrong silks

Santa Anita: Abel Tasman chased home Unique Bella last weekend  PICTURE:Getty Images   By Jon Lees 10:00AM 10 MAR 2017  USA: Abel Tasman, a leading hope for the Kentucky Oaks, has been removed from Simon Callaghan after a row over the silks she raced in for her 2017 debut, according to the trainer. The filly was due to run in the colours of ...

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Zabana given green light for Ryanair Chase

Zabana: unseated at the Cheltenham Festival last year  PICTURE:Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)   By David Jennings 9:00AM 10 MAR 2017  TRAINER Andy Lynch has resisted the temptation of running Zabana in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and the eight-year-old will instead head for the Ryanair Chase, for which he is priced between 9-1 and 16-1. “He’s going for the Ryanair and I hope ...

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Martin pair out as only 13 declared for Imperial Cup

Tony Martin has opted against a shot at the valuable Imperial Cup  PICTURE:Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)   By Mark Scully 11:25AM 9 MAR 2017  ANTE-POST favourite Golden Spear does not feature among only 13 declarations for Saturday’s Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown. Golden Spear’s Tony Martin-trained stablemate Tudor City was also not declared for the £70,000 handicap hurdle, which this year once again ...

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Top Gamble added to Champion Chase as 15 confirmed

Top Gamble: set to test his mettle in Champion Chase  PICTURE:Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)   By David Baxter 12:55PM 9 MAR 2017  DOUVAN, many people’s idea of a Cheltenham Festival banker, will face a maximum of 14 rivals for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase following the six-day entries stage. The Willie Mullins-trained chaser heads the betting at a best-priced 1-3, and although ...

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Who could be in for a big Cheltenham Festival next week?

Mark Walsh: could get first Festival winner in grand style  PICTURE:Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)   By David Baxter 2:03PM 9 MAR 2017  THE focal point of the jumps calendar, the Cheltenham Festival seems to grow in stature every year, and increasingly it is the defining measure of whether a season is a success or not. David Baxter looks at who could be in ...

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Cheltenham Festival: pointers from the latest preview night

   By James Milton 2:15PM 9 MAR 2017  Cheltenham Festival Preview EveningThe City Sports Pub & Grill, London EC3, March 8 The panel’s £50 Paddy Power charity bets: Tony Calvin Sir Valentino without Douvan, each-way (Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, best price 8-1) Rory Delargy Henri Parry Morgan (Ultima Handicap Chase, best price 16-1) Liam Dye Southfield Royale, each-way (Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap ...

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Speed machines: ten star names for David Nicholls

Regal Parade: a cheap purchase before winning Group 1s  PICTURE:Martin Lynch   By David Baxter 3:00PM 9 MAR 2017  Bahamian PirateThe first Nunthorpe winner for Nicholls, Bahamian Pirate handled soft conditions on the Knavesmire to win at the age of nine, defeating another venerable veteran, The Tatling. Bahamian Pirate was also Nicholls’ first Ayr Gold Cup winner in 2000, and won 12 ...

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Former Sedgefield employee given prison sentence for sex attack

Mark Davison: was formerly head groundsman at Sedgefield  By Andrew Dietz 6:40PM 9 MAR 2017  A FORMER award-winning head groundsman at Sedgefield racecourse has been given a 12-month jail sentence for a “serious assault” on a woman at a party following a charity gala dinner. Mark Davison, winner of the support staff trophy at the Pride of Racing Awards ceremony in ...

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