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Sprinter Sacre & The Return Of The King

I remember reading somewhere that “farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse.” The reason being that “solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence.” For anyone who took the 4/6 about Sprinter Sacre close to the off of the Clarence House on Saturday, the result must have been pretty shattering. The likelihood …

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Cheltenham: Micheal Flips On Cross Country Path

An interesting development in the last couple of weeks has been the appearance of the formerly smart chaser/hurdler Micheal Flips in the colours of JP McManus under the tutelage of banks racing kingpin Enda Bolger. Having previously been in the care of British trainer Andrew Turnell, Micheal Flips came into McManus ownership late in life at the Spring Sales of …

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Horse Racing Preview: Kinloch Brae Chase

The Grade 2, 2m4f Kinloch Brae Chase is the centrepiece of the racing year at Thurles and this Thursday’s event has attracted a top-class entry headed by Grade 1 winners Champagne Fever and Don Cossack as well as last year’s winner Texas Jack. A vintage renewal lies in store with most of the attention being lavished on the Gordon Elliot …

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Horse Racing Over The Christmas Period: Part 2

Aside from the Cheltenham festival, the next three weeks of jump racing are the highlight of the calendar.  Kempton, Leopardstown and Chepstow all take centre stage while the Christmas dinner leftovers are being dished out. In the second part of a two-part series on racing over the coming weeks, Stephen Loftus previews the races at Leopardstown over the festive period. 27th December …

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Horse Racing Over The Christmas Period: Part 1

Aside from the Cheltenham festival, the next three weeks of jump racing are the highlight of the calendar. Kempton, Leopardstown and Chepstow all take centre stage while the Christmas dinner leftovers are being dished out. In part one of a two-part series, Stephen Loftus previews the races at Ascot, Kempton and Chepstow over the festive period. 20th December – Long …

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Hennessy Gold Cup Preview

The Willie Mullins trained Djakadam has been the buzz horse for Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup since he was declared to run, can the five-year old prevail in one of the biggest handicaps of the year? Stephen Loftus previews his chances.   The statistics say Djakadam cannot win Saturday’s race. No five-year-old has ever won the Hennessy Gold Cup. No Irish …

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Hurricane Fly Triumph Illustrates Why We Love Jump Racing

As Hurricane Fly and Ruby Walsh ranged up to reigning champion hurdler Jezki and cruised by to claim his 20th Grade 1 success, we were given a reminder of the unhinged joy that jump racing gives to its fans, writes Stephen Loftus. Jump racing followers will always contend that their form of racing will always reign supreme over flat racing …

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Clonmel Card Offers Cheltenham clues

A fascinating renewal of the Clonmel Oil Chase highlights a cracking day of racing in Tipperary on Thursday. With both the ageless Sizing Europe and Cheltenham Festival winner Champagne Fever both in attendance Thursday, Clonmel’s card surely offers some clues for March. The Willie Mullins trained grey Champagne Fever is sure to go off favourite and with Paul Townend aboard, …

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Racing Arena – King George VI Preview

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is arguably the biggest race in the Flat Racing calendar and this year’s renewal looks set to be an absolute scorcher. The late defection of French challenger Flintshire has taken one serious contender out of the field but the 2014 edition of the twelve furlong contest could still be a vintage renewal. …

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Great Day’s Racing Expected At York

An informative and enjoyable three days of racing draws to a close on the Knavesmire this Friday; so far, it has been two days of worthy winners but the prowess of sprinters Maarek and Astaire is what has really stood out. Winner of the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, Maarek has come forward fantastically well from two runs at …

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