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Vautour excites Willie Mullins in workout

Willie Mullins singled out JLT Novices’ Chase hopeful Vautour for special praise after a post-racing workout after racing at Leopardstown on Saturday.

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Azorian gains overdue success at Navan

Trainer Eoin Griffin is keeping his fingers crossed Azorian has turned a corner after the highly-tried gelding gained an overdue success at Navan yesterday.

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De Bene Esse readily puts rivals to the sword

The Shay Barry-trained De Bene Esse hinted that a bright track career lies in wait by readily putting his rivals to the sword in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden at yesterday’s Bandon point-to-point meeting, run under the auspices of the Carbery Foxhounds at Kilpatrick.

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Gitane Du Berlais runs her rivals ragged at Auteuil

Gitane Du Berlais ran her rivals ragged as she made all the running to win unchallenged in the Prix Juigne at Auteuil yesterday.

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Derby hero Laughil Blake can shine on return

The Dandelion Bar and Nightclub Easter Cup is all the richer for the return of Derby winner Laughil Blake, who will light up proceedings at Shelbourne when he lines up for the opening heat.

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Have a Nice Day and David Simmonson win for trainer Sabrina Harty.

Nice Day for Simmonson

It was a night to remember for apprentice David Simmonson in Dundalk last night as he registered his first win since April 2013 on board top-weight Have A Nice Day in the seven-furlong Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap. 

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Ruby Walsh: I carry a fear factor

Ruby Walsh feels his younger weighroom colleagues are too intimidated to slag him off when he has a bad day.

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AP McCoy: I won’t bow out before National

AP McCoy has revealed it is extremely doubtful he will hang up his saddle at the Cheltenham Festival. 

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Felix Yonger to make class count on return to hurdling

Felix Yonger should successfully revert to hurdling in the Ballsbridge Hurdle in Leopardstown today.

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Sub Lieutenant keeps it in the family for Sandra

Sandra Hughes maintained a notable family tradition when saddling Sub Lieutenant, Barry Geraghty’s only ride of the day, to land the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle in Thurles yesterday.

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Progressing Hat Alnasar looks the one to be on

The Michael Halford-trained Hat Alnasar looks the stand-out bet on tonight’s eight-race card in Dundalk.

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Maguire misses out on Cheltenham

Jockey Jason Maguire has lost an appeal against the 14-day ban he picked up at Ludlow last week which rules him out of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.

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Dettori repeats feat on Dubday

Frankie Dettori shone in Qatar yesterday as Dubday landed the Emir’s Trophy, the highlight for thoroughbreds at the three-day HH The Emir International Equestrian Sword Festival.

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Walsh takes heavy fall on Breeze

Leading Irish jockey Mark Walsh has been taken to hospital for X-rays after suffering an arm injury in a nasty fall at Thurles.

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McLernon gets nod for Holywell ride

Richie McLernon has guided Holywell to Cheltenham Festival glory for the last two seasons and trainer Jonjo O’Neill is banking on the combination coming good once more in the Gold Cup.

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Milsean can make amends on Thurles return

Beaten at long odds-on last time, Milsean will be strongly-fancied to make amends in the Grade Two Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle in Thurles.

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Fry: Rock On Ruby may need new jockey

Trainer Harry Fry admits there is “every possibility” Rock On Ruby will require a new rider in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 12.

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Paul Nicholls with his Gold Cup hopefuls Silviniaco Conti, left, and Sam Winner at his Ditcheat stables yesterday.

Silviniaco Conti the one to beat, insists Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls is adamant ante-post favourite Silviniaco Conti is the one to beat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Oliver Sherwood

Oliver Sherwood hoping rain continues to pour for Many Clouds

Many Clouds will school over fences tomorrow as he gears up for a crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 13.

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More Of That wins World Hurdle

Injury ends More Of That season

More Of That will not defend his World Hurdle crown and will miss the rest of this season.

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New BHA anti-doping rules debut next week

New British Horseracing Authority anti-doping rules, which include a zero-tolerance approach to anabolic steroids, will come into force from Monday.

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