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OPINION: Cheltenham Festival Prestbury Cup – Why Britain Are So Far Behind The Irish

Following the Irish rout at last week’s Cheltenham Festival, the British have been left scratching their heads as to what went so badly wrong.  Rachael Blackmore alone, won more races than the entire British cohort, with the Prestbury Cup score ending with an embarrassing five British winners – while Blackmore contributed six to Ireland’s record 23 successes.  Only two of the 15 Grade 1 races, over the four days, […]

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Gold Cup 2021: Who is Jack Kennedy? The 21-year-old jockey who made history aboard Minella Indo at Cheltenham

Minella Indo has won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup, ridden by Irishman Jack Kennedy. Kennedy, 21, has won four races at this year’s Festival, but the pinnacle of which was the Gold Cup for Henry de Bromhead on Friday afternoon, helping the trainer to become the first to win the Champion Chase, Hurdle and Gold […]

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Cheltenham Festival Day Four: Another Irish Winner as Colreevy and Paul Townend win the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

Colreevy ridden by Paul Townend completed a enthralling win in the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase. The eight-year-old mare trained by Willie Mullins pulled away from Shattered Love, also trained by Mullins, to win by half-a-length to seal a another victory for the Irish trainers. So far this week, Ireland have had 22 winners to […]

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Horse racing is morally questionable but it’s importance to local economy comes above that: Comment piece

Horse racing has been morally dubious at the best of times and as time goes on it partly remains a sport still in the dark ages, a time before professionalism. The questionable treatment of the horses, drug use and being a sport built around gambling, however in the name of the “greater good”, I must […]

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Cheltenham Festival Day Three: Jordan Gainford claims first Cheltenham victory and Rachael Blackmore shines again

Rachael Blackmore recorded her second victory of day three as she rode Telmesomethinggirl to a win in the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Magic Daze led the majority of the race while Blackmore and Telmesomethinggirl bided their time. However, nearing the last hurdle, Telmesomethinggirl powered through to overtake Magic Daze and claim victory. “This is […]

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Cheltenham Festival Day Three: Who punters should keep an eye on

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival is building in anticipation, as fans and punters build their bets and accumulators ahead of another afternoon of excitement and drama.  Firm favourites Bob Olinger and Monkfish ran to storming victories in the 13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and 13:55 Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase respectively, whereas outside shots Heaven Help Us at 33/1 and Sky […]

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: the absence of spectatorship and its impact on the betting industry

For the first time in its 161-year history, the Cheltenham Festival has been taking place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed to attend this year due to COVID-19’s presence. A year on from last year’s race week, which was promptly followed by the first of three national lockdowns in the UK, public health has […]