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'I can't believe he won' - Bob Baffert in awe of World Cup hero Arrogate

Odds-on favourite Arrogate produced a spectacular performance to win the Dubai World Cup as he overcame a slow break and unpromising position to power to glory at Meydan.

Jack Hobbs oozes class in Sheema stroll

Jack Hobbs ran out an easy winner of a high-class renewal of the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Moreira advertises skills in saddle as Vivlos claims Turf

'Magic Man' Joao Moreira showed just why he has been creating such a big name for himself in Hong Kong when partnering Vivlos to win the Dubai Turf at Meydan.

Vazirabad does it again in Dubai Gold Cup

Vazirabad won the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan for the second successive year to take the prize back to France once more.

Right result for French ace in Al Quoz as Limato struggles

The Right Man caused a minor upset for France in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Biscuits swoops for sweet success in Golden Shaheen

Mind Your Biscuits came with a powerful late run to win the Dubai Golden Shaheen in decisive fashion at Meydan.

Bob Baffert wants to rule the World with awesome Arrogate

Bob Baffert believes the key attribute Arrogate has over his Dubai World Cup rivals is how much ground he covers with his stride.

Jim Crowley bowled over by Al Quoz Sprint hope Ertijaal

Champion jockey Jim Crowley has hailed Ertijaal as "something else" ahead of his bid for glory in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Roger Varian optimistic as Postponed challenges for Sheema Classic double

Roger Varian is quietly confident Postponed will bounce back to his brilliant best for his defence of the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Roger Charlton has Decorated Knight ready for Meydan Turf war

Roger Charlton expects Decorated Knight to raise his game for the Dubai Turf at Meydan on Saturday.

Heartbreak City chasing Dubai Gold for Tony Martin

Heartbreak City seeks to add another feather to his globetrotting cap when he lines up for the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.

Big breakfast for big-money Mike ahead of Arrogate ride

They might call him big-money Mike but where breakfast is concerned he is just another man in the omelette queue.

Cheltenham ace Yorkhill heads Ryanair entries at Fairyhouse

Yorkhill is the headline act among 24 entries for the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on April 16.

Jean-Claude Rouget stars Almanzor and La Cressonniere set for big 2017

Early-season plans remain fluid for French superstars Almanzor and La Cressonniere.

Supreme ruler Labaik in great heart with Fairyhouse and Punchestown on the radar

Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero Labaik has been pencilled in for appearances at both F airyhouse and Punchestown before the end of the season.

The Duchess of Cornwall formally unveils statue of King Charles II

Newmarket Racecourses were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Cornwall to the Rowley Mile Racecourse today, as part of an official visit to Newmarket, to formally unveil a specially commissioned statue of King Charles II.

David Pipe looking to National duo to shine on Aintree stage

David Pipe is looking forward to the Randox Health Grand National with two live chances in Vieux Lion Rouge and Ballynagour.

Karl Burke keen on Temple Stakes return for Quiet Reflection

Karl Burke would prefer to start Quiet Reflection off in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May if the ground is suitable.

Arrogate drawn in stall nine for Dubai World Cup assignment

Red-hot favourite Arrogate will break from stall nine in Saturday's Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Cheltenham hero Presenting Percy in frame for Grade One honours at Punchestown

Presenting Percy could step up to Grade One company at the Punchestown Festival.

Kim Bailey happy to play it cool with Charbel after Cheltenham woe

Kim Bailey is in no rush to decide whether to send Charbel into battle again this season following his heartbreaking exit at last week's Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins targets Melbourne Cup with Penhill

Irish champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins is considering entering Cheltenham Festival winner Penhill for this year's Melbourne Cup.

Hobbs And Johnson Triumph With Defi Du Seuil

Defi Du Seuil justified his position as the long-time leader in the JCB Triumph Hurdle market by winning by a comfortable five lengths. He started the well-backed 5/2 favourite.

Mullins Is Six Up

Willie Mullins scored a sixth winner of The Festival 2017, going to the top of the trainers' table at the meeting, when Penhill beat Monalee by three and a half lengths at odds of 16/1. It was his first Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle triumph.

Sizing John wins Gold Cup

Sizing John has enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, giving trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner.

Maestro Mullins In 179/1 Four-Timer With Ruby

Let's Dance, under a sweetly-timed ride by Ruby Walsh, swept through late in the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle to bring up a 179/1 four-timer for himself and trainer Willie Mullins.

Maestro Mullins In 179/1 Four-Timer With Ruby

Let's Dance, under a sweetly-timed ride by Ruby Walsh, swept through late in the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle to bring up a 179/1 four-timer for himself and trainer Willie Mullins.

Mullins And Walsh On The Board At Last

A relieved Willie Mullins greeted Yorkhill and Ruby Walsh as they arrived in the winner's enclosure after taking the first race of the day, the JLT Novices' Chase by a length from the fast-finishing Top Notch.

Un Oh Sceaux Good In Ryanair For Mullins

The enigma that is Un De Sceaux produced a sublime front-running performance to make most in the Grade One Ryanair Chase to provide Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with a quickfire double on day three, St Patrick's Thursday, of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, following Yorkhill's JLT Novices' Chase victory.

Percy Presents The Perfect Double

Presenting Percy came with a perfectly-timed run under Davy Russell to lead over the final flight in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle and win by three and three-quarter lengths at odds of 11/1.

Harry Out To Show Bookies Exactly What He Means

Punters are certainly licking their wounds at the halfway stage of this year's Cheltenham Festival as bookmakers again had the better of things on the second day, Ladies Day, of the 2017 Festival.

Tizzard looks forward to golden clash

Colin Tizzard gave a press conference before racing on Thursday at which he discussed his week so far and talked about his two Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runners, Cue Card and Native River.

Mullins back with Cheltenham four-timer

Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins has trained four winners at Cheltenham after a winless first two days of the famous jumps meeting.

Tizzard Seeks First Gold Cup Triumph

Fourteen runners will line up in The Festival's showpiece race, the £575,000 Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, on Friday (3.30pm, March 17).

Pauling Holds Court

Trainer Ben Pauling scored his first Festival victory when Willoughby Court took the Grade One Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle in a thrilling battle to the line with Neon Wolf.

Might Bite Fights Back To Win RSA Thriller

The Nicky Henderson-trained Might Bite (7/2 favourite) rallied amazingly in the closing stages to edge a dramatic finish after appearing to throw certain victory away in the Grade One RSA Novices' Chase.

Sundae Delivers Supa Performance

Jessica Harrington became the most successful female trainer ever at the Festival after 16/1 shot Supasundae claimed a decisive two length victory in the Coral Cup, the third race on day two, Ladies Day, of the Cheltenham Festival.

Tiara Is Crowned King In Special Queen Mother Coronation

Special Tiara (11/1) delivered the finest performance of his career to be crowned a shock winner of the 2017 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with a superb front-running performance in the two-mile chasing championship, the feature race on day two, Ladies Day, of the Cheltenham Festival.

Fayonagh Completes Codd And Elliott Double

Trainer Gordon Elliott and amateur Jamie Codd completed a 39/1 double when Fayonagh (7/1) flew home to land the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

An overview of what’s to come in the world of racing

Attention is currently focused on the jumps season, with Cheltenham the highlight, but it will not be too long before thoughts turn to Aintree and the Grand National on April 8.

Special Tiara claims Champion Chase

Douvan's aura of invincibility is no more after he was emphatically defeated by Special Tiara in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

Last-gasp Might Bite rescues RSA Chase in Cheltenham thriller

Might Bite claimed the narrowest of victories after an extraordinary conclusion to the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

Willoughby Court denies Neon Wolf in Neptune thriller at Cheltenham

Locally-based trainer Ben Pauling lapped up the glory of his first Cheltenham Festival success after Willoughby Court saw off red-hot favourite Neon Wolf in a titanic battle for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Cream rises to the top as Supasundae lifts Coral Cup

Supasundae took charge of the Coral Cup for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power at the Cheltenham Festival.

Willie Mullins expecting nail-biting ride as Un De Sceaux seeks Ryanair spoils

Willie Mullins admits Un De Sceaux makes tough viewing because of his competitive nature, but feels the horse's more relaxed attitude will stand him in good stead in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Nicky Henderson could consider Aintree outing for Champion victor Buveur D'Air

Nicky Henderson has raised the possibility of Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D'Air stepping up in trip at Aintree next month.

O'regan Ends Five-Year Festival Drought

Denis O'Regan added a fourth Festival winner to his record when Tully East took the final race on the first day of the Festival, the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase, on the Alan Fleming-trained Tully East.

Elliott On A Treble Roll

A remarkable day for trainer Gordon Elliott was embellished when Tiger Roll brought up a 1,988/1 treble for his yard by landing the J T McNamara National Hunt Chase.

Jade Holds Off Mullins' Pair To Land Mares' Big Race

Betting on the OLBG Mares' Hurdle suggested it would be a three-horse race, and so it proved, but not in the bookies' order.

Henderson Is Floating On Air

Nicky Henderson's Festival total rose to 57 after 5/1 chance Buveur D'Air gave him a sixth Stan James Champion Hurdle success, making him the winning-most trainer ever in the hurdling championship.

Altior Bolts Up To Take The Pressure Off Henderson

Altior's triumph in the Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase takes trainer Nicky Henderson's tally of Festival wins to 56.

Labaik Is Shock Winner Of The Supreme Novices'

Labaik was a surprise winner of the opening race of The Festival 2017, the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, at 25/1.

Record sixth Champion Hurdle for Henderson

Buveur D'Ai has given trainer Nicky Henderson a record sixth win in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Labaik back on straight and narrow as Jack Kennedy strikes Cheltenham gold

The notoriously recalcitrant Labaik put his best foot forward to claim a brilliant victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Elliott continues on a roll with Tiger in National Hunt Chase

Gordon Elliott completed a famous Cheltenham treble with Tiger Roll in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase.

Un Temps Pour Tout does it again at Cheltenham

Un Temps Pour Tout bravely won back-to-back renewals of the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Willie Mullins hoping Douvan can deliver Champion Chase glory

Willie Mullins insists relief will be his overriding emotion should Douvan justify his prohibitive odds in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Nicky Henderson hopes Might Bite has appetite for Cheltenham test in RSA

Might Bite leads into battle a three-pronged team for Nicky Henderson in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Sir Anthony McCoy humbled by statue in his honour at Cheltenham

Sir Anthony McCoy was left "very honoured and flattered" as a statue was put up in his honour at Cheltenham.

Yanworth in the best form I've had him all season - Alan King

Alan King believes Yanworth is primed to run a big race in the Stan James Champion Hurdle after confessing he is in the best shape he has been in all season.

Nicky Henderson hoping Altior can deliver his brilliant best on the big stage

Nicky Henderson insists Altior must deliver the performance that is expected of him if he is to land the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

Vroum Vroum Mag and Limini seek to continue Mares' Hurdle dominance for Mullins

Willie Mullins' stranglehold on the OLBG Mares' Hurdle could continue at Cheltenham on Tuesday but it remains to be seen whether it will be last year's winner Vroum Vroum Mag or Limini that will prove his number one hope.

Bookmakers fearing Melon and Limini with all set fair at 'glorious' Cheltenham

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse reports the outlook for Cheltenham to be "glorious" as he eagerly anticipates the four-day Festival that starts on Tuesday.

Last year's third Don Poli ruled out of Cheltenham Gold Cup

Don Poli has been ruled out of next week's Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup after suffering a setback.

Alan King confident of big run from Yanworth in Champion Hurdle

Alan King is confident Yanworth will run "extremely well" in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Unowhatimeanharry tops 21 contenders for Stayers' prize at Cheltenham

Unowhatimeanharry is the star name among 21 horses confirmed for the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.

David Dunsdon hoping Redhotfillypeppers can burn off Sandown rivals

Redhotfillypeppers puts her unbeaten record on the line in the EBF Stallions/TBA Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Sandown on Saturday.

Marco Botti expecting bold show from Naadirr in Lady Wulfruna contest

Marco Botti believes Naadirr has sound each-way claims as the six-year-old bids to put a mixed spell in Dubai behind him in the sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Over 100 go after richest Investec Derby at Epsom Downs

The 2017 Investec Derby has 129 three-year-olds going forward for glory on the first Saturday in June, following the March 7 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.

Wuheida prepares for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas

A Classic Godolphin-Coolmore confrontation is on the cards as the Group 1 winners Wuheida and Rhododendron are set to take each other on in the 204th running of the £500,000 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, 7th May.

QIPCO 2000 Guineas hope National Defence pleases

A superb entry of 69 colts, including a whole battalion from Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien and National Defense from France, has been received for the Group 1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas which takes place at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket on Saturday, 6th May.

It was going to be a big ask - Rich Ricci on Limini Champion Hurdle absence

Connections of Limini pointed to it having been a "big ask" to pitch her into the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after the mare somewhat surprisingly failed to feature at the six-day entry stage for the two-mile blue riband.

Melon and mob-handed Willie Mullins bid to rule Supreme at Cheltenham Festival

Ante-post favourite Melon is one of 10 possibles for trainer Willie Mullins in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Tuesday, the opening race of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Vroum Vroum Mag chasing Mares' Hurdle double for Willie Mullins

Vroum Vroum Mag remains on course to defend her crown in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.

Robbie Power has full confidence in Sizing John's stamina ahead of Gold run

Robbie Power is confident the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup trip is within Sizing John's compass.

Ch'Tibello on course for Champion date following wind operation

Ch'Tibello is set to take his place in next week's Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after making a speedy recovery from a breathing operation.

Neil Mulholland to swerve Cheltenham Festival with Shantou Village

Shantou Village, second favourite with some bookmakers for the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham next week, will miss the race.

Setback rules Daphne Du Clos out of Champion Bumper mission

Nicky Henderson has ruled Daphne Du Clos out of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at next week's Cheltenham Festival.

Greatrex looking to La Bague Au Roi to sparkle on Cheltenham Festival stage

Warren Greatrex has nominated La Bague Au Roi as his best chance of a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.

Peter and Lucinda Atkinson living the dream with Bumper hope Irish Roe

Irish Roe is out to land a blow for National Hunt die-hards everywhere when she runs in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham next week.

Mark Walsh receives Yanworth call-up in Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Mark Walsh is set to partner Yanworth in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday week.

Noel Fehily back on Buveur D'Air and Unowhatimeanharry at Cheltenham Festival

Noel Fehily will be reunited with Buveur D'Air in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and Unowhatimeanharry in the Sun Bet Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

William Buick steps in to ride Godolphin hopes in Australia

William Buick will replace the injured James Doyle riding for Godolphin in Australia this weekend.

Hidden Cyclone set Galway goal by Shark Hanlon

Hidden Cyclone is set to be prepared for a third crack at the Galway Hurdle after proving the fire still burns bright with victory at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Jer's Girl books Cheltenham ticket after pleasing Cromwell in Leopardstown spin

Jer's Girl is on target for next week's Cheltenham Festival after pleasing connections in a racecourse gallop at Leopardstown.

Ben Pauling recruits Richard Johnson for A Hare Breath in Arkle Trophy

Champion jockey Richard Johnson will ride A Hare Breath for Ben Pauling in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham next week.

British jockey suffers bleeding in brain

George Baker is reported to be facing a long recovery after suffering some bleeding in the brain following a fall in St Moritz.

The Last Samuri ready for battle in pursuit of big Doncaster double

The Last Samuri will have to defy a hefty rise in the weights if he is to complete back-to-back victories in the BetBright Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

Roger Varian targets more Meydan Gold with game Postponed

Postponed kicks off what connections hope will be another profitable campaign when he bids for back-to-back victories in the Dubai City of Gold at Meydan.

Vibrato Valtat on song for Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury

Connections of Vibrato Valtat are hoping the Grade One winner can register his first success since November 2015 when he makes a rare appearance out of open company in the Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury.

Riding plans fluid for Stayers' Hurdle favourite Unowhatimeanharry

Trainer Harry Fry is not yet in a position to confirm who will replace the sidelined Barry Geraghty aboard Sun Bet Stayers' Hurdle favourite Unowhatimeanharry.

Arrogate thriving as star colt targets World domination

Arrogate is reported in tip-top shape ahead of the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 25.

Nigel Twiston-Davies sweet on Bristol De Mai in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Nigel Twiston-Davies is excited about the prospects of Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Bristol De Mai.

Nigel Twiston-Davies hopes fortune can favour The New One in Champion Hurdle

Nigel Twiston-Davies is increasingly confident this could be the year that The New One finally claims victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Nigel Twiston-Davies plumps for Supreme bid with Ballyandy

Ballyandy has been given the green light to contest the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Fighting Fifth long-term plan for Irving after breathing operation

Connections of Irving are hoping a wind operation will help the nine-year-old get his career back on track after disappointing efforts on his last three starts.

Eddie Lynam calls time on decorated career of Sole Power

Multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sole Power has been retired, his trainer Eddie Lynam has announced.

Champion jockey Jim Crowley ready for battle

Champion jockey Jim Crowley may have a new retained role with Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, but insists: "I don't want anyone thinking I won't be going for the title again."

Gigginstown trio notable withdrawals following latest Grand National forfeits

Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt and Outlander are among the 15 horses taken out of the Randox Health Grand National at the latest forfeit stage.

Thistlecrack officially scratched from Cheltenham Gold Cup field

Trainer Colin Tizzard ended all speculation about Thistlecrack running in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup by officially taking him out of the race.

Triumph Hurdle on the agenda for Charli Parcs after pleasing home spin

Nicky Henderson is still intending to run Charli Parcs in the JCB Triumph Hurdle despite his fall at Kempton on Saturday.

West Approach likely to stick to novice company at Cheltenham

West Approach looks set to stick to novice company in the Albert Bartlett rather than take on his elders in the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Exciting Carter McKay leads Champion Bumper squad for Willie Mullins

Carter McKay will spearhead Willie Mullins' team of five from the 36 entries in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper as the trainer looks for an incredible ninth win in the Cheltenham Festival contest.

Multiple Grade One winner Flemenstar nearing racecourse return

Flemenstar is in line to make a surprising return to competitive action later this month.