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Cue Card and Joe Tizzard on their way to victory in the 2013 Betfair Chase at Haydock. He will defend his crown this afternoon. Pic: John Giles/PA

Card on cue for Betfair defence

Colin Tizzard is hopeful history can repeat itself as Cue Card aims to retain his crown in what promises to be another thrilling renewal of the Betfair Chase at Haydock today.

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he New One: Behind only Faugheen in ante-post betting for Champion Hurdle. Picture: PA Wire

Twiston-Davies’ stable star ready for Haydock Rush

The New One faces five rivals in the inaugural running of the £100,000 Betfair Price Rush Hurdle at Haydock this afternoon.

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Closing Ceremony (centre) ridden by Daryl Jacobs lands in front of Milan Bound ridden by Richie McLernon to win The Brown Shipley Wealth Well Managed Handicap Race at Haydock yesterday. PA/Mike Egerton

Jacob bags Haydock brace

Daryl Jacob warmed up for his big ride on Cue Card in perfect fashion by riding a double at Haydock on Friday.

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Groody Hill is coming back to form at the right time. Pic: Inpho

Roche’s Groody Hill peaking for Troytown return

Trainer Christy Roche believes Groody Hill is coming back to form at the right time as he bids for a second victory in tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Troytown Chase at Navan.

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Faugheen is easily the highest rated in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot this afternoon. Picture: Inpho

Long faces if Faugheen fails to collect

It was a bit like old times yesterday, riding at Haydock and then heading down the M6, for about four hours, on the way to Ascot.

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Home Farm  (David Casey, far side) jumps the last before going on to win the John Meagher Memorial Chase after  Hidden Cyclone (Andrew McNamara) fell. Picture: Healy Racing

Impressive Home Farm off to winning start for de Bromhead

Home Farm, formerly trained by Arthur Moore, made a winning start for Henry de Bromhead when taking the Listed John Meagher Memorial Chase at Thurles yesterday.

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Tony McCoy

McCoy set for midweek return

Tony McCoy is set to return to competitive action in the middle of next week.

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Robbie McNamara: Will have first rides as a professional at Gowran Park tomorrow.

McNamara ready for professional challenge

Top amateur Robbie McNamara has decided to turn professional and will have his first rides in his new capacity at Gowran Park tomorrow.

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Frankel - famous dam

Frankel filly breaks Irish record

A filly by the brilliant Frankel out of the 2007 English and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo has been sold for €1.8 million at Goffs November Sale, a record for a foal at public auction in Ireland.

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Flemenstar

December scan will decide Flemenstar’s future

A crucial scan early next month is likely to determine when top-class chaser Flemenstar can make his return to competitive action.

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Kadayma set to give Oxx a lift

John Oxx will not look back on 2014 with any great relish, but he might provide the bet of the night at Dundalk with Kadayma in the concluding mile and a half maiden.

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Culloty can savour another Marvellous Moment

Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Jim Culloty can enjoy a welcome success with Marvellous Moment in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

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Moore hopes Sire can make Cheltenham

Gary Moore has refused to abandon hope of stable star Sire De Grugy making the Cheltenham Festival in March despite a scan revealing his stable star has a hip injury which means he will not run again this year.

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Monksland close to return

Noel Meade still hopes to get Monksland back on the track by Christmas at the latest after a near two-year lay-off.

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Shaneshill and Outlander hand Mullins a double

Shaneshill and Outlander confirmed themselves exciting hurdling recruits when registering smooth, odds-on wins for Willie Mullins in yesterday’s maiden hurdle action in Fairyhouse.

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Vroum Vroum Mag and Ruby Walsh win the Kerlogue (Mares) Beginners Chase.

Vroum Vroum Mag star of Mullins treble

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh dominated yesterday’s action at Wexford, registering a short-priced treble with Aminabad, Measureofmydreams and Vroum Vroum Mag.

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Shaneshill difficult to oppose on debut over jumps

Brilliant bumper horse Shaneshill makes his eagerly-awaited debut over jumps in the Membership 2015 Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse this afternoon and is hard to oppose.

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Vautour set for Navan chasing bow

Vautour, one of the most visually impressive winners of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in recent years, could make his chasing debut over fences at Navan on Sunday.

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Willie Mullins

Mullins targets Ascot prizes with Faugheen and Ballycasey

Willie Mullins could fire a formidable twin assault on Ascot’s major Saturday prizes after Faugheen and Ballycasey were confirmed for the Coral Ascot Hurdle and the Amlin 1965 Chase.

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Deserved change of luck for Suzie

There was real drama in the final of the Gain Feeds Select Stakes on Saturday night at Waterford, from which the tremendously consistent Southest Suzie emerged victorious for Daniel Frayne of Wexford.

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Lean Araig set to make successful debut over fences

Lean Araig can shrug off an absence of 327 days and make a successful debut over jumps in the Supporters’ Club AGM Maiden Hurdle at Wexford this afternoon.

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Jockeys pay tribute to the late Dessie Hughes at Punchestown yesterday. Picture: Sportsfile

Mullins leads tributes to legend Hughes

Dessie Hughes was described as the "professional’s professional" by Willie Mullins as tributes poured in from the racing world following the Kildare trainer’s death at the age of 71.

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Once And Always unseats Brian O'Connell at the last, allowing Who Let De Dogsout (Philip Enright) to go and win the INH Stallion Owners' EBF Beginners Chase at Cork. Picture: Healy Racing

Glory for O’Neill family as Rory rules

Rory O’Moore, a real family horse, ran his rivals ragged to land the featured Ticket Sales Online Handicap Hurdle at Cork yesterday.

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Garde La Victoire (Richard Johnson, right), jumps the last  to win The StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham yesterday. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire

Sam’s the man for Nicholls

Sam Twiston-Davies and Paul Nicholls proved the star turns at Cheltenham on Saturday as the relatively new partnership enjoyed a red-letter day in their association with a high-profile double.

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Hurricane Fly (Ruby Walsh, right) clears the last hurdle in front of  Jezki. Picture: Healy Racing

Hurricane storms back to turn tables on Jezki

Dethroned at Cheltenham last March and beaten again by his arch-rival at the Punchestown Festival, former dual-champion Hurricane Fly turned the tables on reigning champion Jezki in the Grade 1 Stanjames.com Morgiana Hurdle in Puncehstown yesterday.

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