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Richard Hughes to retire at end of the Flat season

Richard Hughes will retire from riding at the end of the Flat campaign before embarking upon a training career in 2016.

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The New One shines in final school

The New One’s Stan James Champion Hurdle preparations neared completion yesterday with a satisfactory schooling session.

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Augustin should prove tough to beat in bumper

Augustin sets a decent standard in the Ardfinnan Flat Race, the bumper on today’s Clonmel card.

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Gordon Elliott’s string in fine form as Cheltenham looms on horizon

Virtually on the eve of the Cheltenham festival, where he hopes to have about fifteen runners, trainer Gordon Elliott doubled-up with favourites Akorakor and Alberta in Downpatrick yesterday.

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Annie Power heads strong Irish entry for Mares’ Hurdle

Annie Power is among 20 remaining entries for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday.

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Shark Hanlon

Hidden Cyclone edges towards Ryanair Chase

Trainer Shark Hanlon is leaning towards the Ryanair Chase with Hidden Cyclone following Cue Card’s defection.

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Theatre Queen out to rule at Festival

Theatre Queen is set to turn out quickly for next week’s National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival following her remarkable effort in defeat at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Alberta poised to make his experience count

Alberta will be strongly-fancied to land today’s Downpatrick bumper, the Posh Nosh Flat Race, for Gordon Elliott and Nina Carberry.

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Willie Mullins feeling both dread and excitement before Cheltenham

Willie Mullins has admitted to feeling a mixture of dread and excitement as he prepares to unleash a scarcely believable army of equine talent on the Cheltenham Festival.

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Sizing Europe team to make late call on target

Henry de Bromhead is no nearer to deciding whether to let Sizing Europe return to Cheltenham for another tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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Tony McCoy has armchair ride as Artifice Sivola proves a cut above rivals

Tony McCoy enjoyed a winner on what is almost certain to be his final visit to Fakenham when steering Artifice Sivola to a facile success in the King’s Lynn Handicap Chase yesterday.

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Aintree beckons for Night in Milan

All roads for Night In Milan now lead to Aintree and the Crabbie’s Grand National after he finished third in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Ruby Walsh: Champion Hurdle decision will be tough

Ruby Walsh has promised that his head will rule his heart when it comes to making a decision on whether to ride Hurricane Fly or Faugheen in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next Tuesday.

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Gordon Lord Byron set to skip Dundalk for Hong Kong

Gordon Lord Byron is unlikely to take up his engagement at Dundalk on Friday, with a flight to Hong Kong booked for midweek.

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Arzal seeking change of luck

Harry Whittington is hoping Arzal enjoys a change in fortune in Saturday’s William Hill Imperial Cup at Sandown, for which 50 entries were received.

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VIDEO: No sentiment for Walsh in choosing Champion Hurdle horse

Ruby Walsh has promised that his head will rule his heart when it comes to making a decision on whether to ride Hurricane Fly or Faugheen in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 10. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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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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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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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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McCoy

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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