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Champion Hurdle: Who Can Stop Buveur D’Air From Making History?

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on day one of the Festival and in Buveur d’Air there would appear to be a worthy favourite. Having won the race in fine style aboard the Nicky Henderson trained mount last year Meath native, Barry Geraghty will be hoping for another royal welcome to the winners enclose at around 3.40 on Tuesday. …

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Aintree Grand National Meeting – Day 1 Preview

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Don Cossack ridden by Tony McCoy and Cue Card ridden by Daryl Jacobs compete in the Betfred Melling Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 10, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Nearly three weeks have passed since the thrills and spills of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and national hunt racing fans have had time to dust themselves down and refocus their attentions on the next major festival of the season – the three-day Aintree Grand National Meeting. While Cheltenham was notably devoid of some of racing’s major stars, Aintree has fared …

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The Despaired Reaction As Irish-Trained Douvan Unexpectedly Beaten At Cheltenham

CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 15: Punters look on during the Glenfarclas Chase during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The French-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred Douvan has seen his long winning run come to an end, after he finished seventh of ten in the Grade One Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Patrick Mullins, son of Douvan’s trainer Willie, had earlier described riding Douvan as like “driving a Ferrari”. Eleven-time Irish National Hunt Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh was booked …

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Oisín McConville Goes To Extraordinary Lengths To Avoid Cheltenham

Cheltenham Ulster Senior Football Championship Final 20/7/2008 Armagh Oisin McConville Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

To many, the Cheltenham festival is a momentous period on the sporting calendar. Crowds erupt through the doors of bookmakers; the buzz is electric and it seems like almost the whole country has placed a bet. One man who won’t be placing a bet, however, is Oisín McConville.  On the eve of Cheltenham’s first race, the former legendary Armagh gaelic footballer gave …

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Cheltenham Day 1: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Preview

Day one of Cheltenham has been hampered badly by the withdrawals of star names – most notably the previous two winners of the coveted Champion Hurdle: Faugheen and Annie Power. Despite these stars not being able to travel, one superstar will be present. Altior will be at centre stage with masses from around the world paying good money to catch …

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