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Royal Ascot will be missing a true star

As the 2012 flat season edges close, followers of the sport are waiting in anticipation to see the return of the likes of Frankel, Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey on the racecourse once again. Unfortunately one horse we won’t see at the track this year is the 2011 Queen Annes Stakes winner Canford Cliffs. The […]

Festival Previews – The Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is in one sense straightforward and in another very complicated. Firstly, if the reigning champion Hurricane Fly turns up he will be very hard to beat. But given his current state of wellbeing and his predilection for missing engagements this season it may well be better to wait for the day and […]

Five Handicap Chase Statistics at the Cheltenham Festival

Statistics and trends are now part and parcel of the analysis of the Cheltenham Festival; here are five of the strongest from the six handicap chases at the meeting that have taken our eye in the run-up to this year’s meeting. JLT Specialty Steeple Chase The first handicap chase of the meeting and one where […]

Gold Cup on agenda for gutsy Big Spender

It might not have occurred to most punters prior to his bid for the Grade 3 Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick recently that Colin Tizzard’s staying chaser Hey Big Spender could be a contender at Cheltenham on March 16 for the Gold Cup, but that could well be the big target this term for the […]

Recession forced out of Betfair Hurdle

Time has run out on the race to have last year’s winner Recession Proof ready to defend his title in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 11, writes Elliot Slater. The John Quinn-trained gelding has not been seen this season having last raced when a respectable fifth behind Al Ferof in the Supreme Novices […]

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