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Dermot Weld

Zafayan can redress balance for Dermot Weld and Davy Russell

The Dermot Weld-Davy Russell combination hasn’t exactly set the winter alight, but can begin to redress the balance by landing the Online Discounts @fairyhouse.ie Maiden Hurdle at the Co Meath track this afternoon with Zafayan.

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Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson seeking Champagne West celebration

Richard Johnson is confident Champagne West has a "great chance" of getting back on the winning trail in the Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown today.

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Ryansbrook turns on style in Thurles

On a particularly sad day at Thurles racecourse yesterday, following the death of owner and manager Pierce Molony, the two miles and six plus maiden hurdle was won in impressive fashion by Ryansbrook.

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Letters Of Note can build on promising debut

The once-raced Letters Of Note gets the nap in the Elusive Pimpernel Fillies Maiden at Dundalk tonight.

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McCoy likely to step in for De Boinville on Coneygree

Champion jockey Tony McCoy is in line for the spare ride on Coneygree in next weekend’s Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury as regular partner Nico de Boinville is suspended.

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Salsify in line for Festival return

Salsify, the 2013 Foxhunter Chase winner, could be in line for a popular return to Cheltenham in March.

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Nicky Henderson.

Henderson happy with Supreme contender Serge

L’Ami Serge has done "seriously well" since winning the Tolworth Hurdle and appears among 84 entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham on March 10.

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Venitien de Mai can grind out maiden success

Venitien de Mai, a long way removed from being the fastest horse in training, is fancied to grind it out and land the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.

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Pierce Molony passes away

The hugely popular Pierce Molony, owner and manager of Thurles racecourse, has died following a long illness.

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Bolger in awe of super Un De Sceaux

Enda Bolger believes Un De Sceaux would not be out of place in the Queen Mother Champion Chase after he slammed his star novice chaser Gilgamboa at Leopardstown on Sunday.

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Dynaste

Ryanair defence likely for Dynaste

Dynaste looks set to defend his crown in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after coming up short on his return to Prestbury Park on Saturday.

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Jezki

Connections happy enough with Jezki despite another loss

Connections of Jezki were happy enough with his run behind Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown on Sunday despite losing out to his old adversary for a fifth time.

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Ruby Walsh

Charlie Swan expects Ruby Walsh to ride Faugheen in Champion

Charlie Swan expects Ruby Walsh to desert Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, despite his historic fifth victory in the Irish equivalent on Sunday.

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Good opportunity for progressive Remiluc to get off the mark

Chris Gordon’s Remiluc must take all the beating in division two of the “Bulldog Chase” Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton today.

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Until Winning takes advantage of lenient mark to open his account

Until Winning took advantage of a lenient rating to win at Ludlow on his third race following a 22-month absence.

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Un De Sceaux has Mullins purring

Willie Mullins is relishing the prospect of sending Un De Sceaux to the Cheltenham Festival after he brilliantly won the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Chase at Leopardstown.

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‘Awesome’ Sceaux in Arkle romp

Un De Sceaux, owned by Eddie O’Connell from Glanmire and trained by Willie Mullins, put up what can only be described as an astonishing performance to land the Grade 1 Frank Ward Solicitors’ Arkle Novice Chase.

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Five-star Fly brings the house down in Champion

What is left to say about the extraordinary Hurricane Fly, one off the greatest National Hunt horses of all time?

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Gentle Cloud takes eventful open lightweight

Point-To-Point: Eventful. That’s the only way to accurately describe the open lightweight race at yesterday’s Dungarvan Farmers point-to-point at Kilossera in which owner/trainer Padraig Higgins’ Gentle Cloud continued his meteoric rise up through the ranks by beating Glenwood Knight.

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