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Cheltenham Festival 2023: Day 1 in Pictures

Friday 14th March – Day 1 – saw a fabulous start to The Festival at Cheltenham, 2023. Reporting by Graham Clark, Nick Seddon, Catherine Austen & Andrew King (TV quotes by Lucy Elder). Photographs courtesy of Ian Yates www.eyewhy.co.uk Amateur Jockey Michael O’Sullivan and Owner-Trainer Barry Connell combine to land opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ […]

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Cheltenham Festival 2023: ‘Extraordinary’ Constitution Hill Heads Nicky Henderson’s Challengers

By Nick Seddon The six-times champion Jump trainer Nicky Henderson opened the doors to his famous Seven Barrows yard in Lambourn to talk about his prospects for The Cheltenham Festival in 2023, which takes place Tuesday 14th March to Friday 17th March inclusive. With 72 Festival wins to his name, Henderson is the most successful

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Cheltenham Festival 2023: Protektorat Heads Select Skelton Team

By Nick Seddon Trainer Dan Skelton has revealed that he’s keen to take a select team to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, which will be spearheaded by Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Protektorat. Skelton has four Cheltenham Festival winners under his belt so far, with the most recent being Ch’tibello in the 2019 County Hurdle, and he

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Cheltenham Festival 2023: Willie Mullins’ Horses and Hopes

Cheltenham Festival 2023: Willie Mullins’ Horses and Hopes By Nick Seddon No trainer in the history of The Cheltenham Festival has trained more winners at it than Willie Mullins. Tourist Attraction in the 1995 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was the first of what now stands at a record 88 winners for the master of Closutton. In

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Cheltenham Festival 2022: Tiger Roll Retired after Delta Work beats him into Second in Cross Country Chase

Delta Work (5/2 Favourite) won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival 2022, getting up to defeat stable companion Tiger Roll (3/1) by three-quarters of a length. Both horses are owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud and entered the winner’s enclosure together.   The 12 year old Tiger

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Cheltenham Festival 2022: Honeysuckle Makes History in Champion Hurdle

Honeysuckle created history on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival 2022 by becoming the first mare to win the Grade One Unibet Champion Hurdle twice.  Repeating her success of 2021, the eight year old was the three and half-length winner from Epatante, the 2020 winner. Zanahiyr was another length away in third. With jockey Rachel

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The Festival 2022: Lucy Wadham has high hopes for Martello Sky

By Graham Clark Lucy Wadham has high hopes that stable star Martello Sky is capable of giving her an emotional first success at The Festival by settling a score in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday 15th March. Although no stranger to the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure, success at The Festival has so far eluded

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Cheltenham Festival 2022: Paul Nicholls Highlights His Team’s Best Chances

By Graham Clark Paul Nicholls, the 12-times champion Jump trainer in Great Britain, hosted the media at his Manor Farm Stables in Ditcheat ahead of The Festival™ at Cheltenham later this month (Tuesday 15th March to Friday 18th March inclusive). Nicholls, who has 46 Festival winners to his name, said: “I’ll have about 12 or

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The Festival 2022: Dan Skelton enthusiastic about his Squad

By Graham Clark Trainer Dan Skelton has high hopes for Protektorat in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and believes his team for The Festival is “significantly the best team we’ve had in terms of quality”. Speaking at his Lodge Hill stables near Alcester at a pre-Festival media event organised by The Jockey Club, the trainer

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The Festival 2022: It’s “Squeaky Bum Time” says Nicky Henderson

By Sam Hanson Nicky Henderson took some of his potential Cheltenham Festival stars for a racecourse gallop at Kempton Park on Tuesday 1st March and as the two-week countdown to Jump Racing’s ‘Olympics’ begins admitted: “It’s squeaky bum time.” Among those sent to the Surrey track for a day out by the Seven Barrows trainer

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