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Buveur D'Air and Faugheen headline 23 contenders for Champion Hurdle crown

Past winners Buveur D'Air and Faugheen are among 23 entries for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 13.

Owner Dai Walters looking to Coral Cup for Lanzarote hero William Henry

William Henry is likely to run in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, said his owner Dai Walters.

Sandy Thomson eyeing Grand National challenge for Seeyouatmidnight

Trainer Sandy Thomson wants to run Seeyouatmidnight in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in April.

Emma Lavelle sets sights on Festival run for Paisley Park

Emma Lavelle believes Paisley Park has all the right attributes to develop into contender for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Liam Treadwell issues upbeat bulletin as he continues injury recovery

Liam Treadwell could be back riding out as early as next week as he makes encouraging progress in his recovery from injury.

Snow claims Fairyhouse card

This afternoon's meeting at Fairyhouse has been abandoned due to snow.

Gordon Elliott set to stick to novice route with unbeaten Samcro

Gordon Elliott's exciting prospect Samcro is set to be kept to novice company this season despite being entered in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle.

Footpad 'in great shape' and set for Leopardstown showcase

The Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown is highlighted by Willie Mullins' Footpad, an impressive winner of both his starts over fences to date.

Road To Respect and Our Duke on course for Irish Gold Cup battle

Road To Respect and Our Duke are set to clash in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 4.

Henry De Bromhead could send Monalee to bid for Leopardstown atonement

Henry de Bromhead will be hoping Monalee can put in a clear round in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Stormy Ireland a candidate for step up in grade

Stormy Ireland could dip her toe into top-class company in the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 4.

Cheltenham hero Guitar Pete tuned up for Ascot weekend outing

Nicky Richards is looking forward to running Guitar Pete in the bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Record Prize Money At Ascot In 2018

Ascot Racecourse today announced that prize money for 2018 for its 25 racedays (excluding the industry-owned QIPCO British Champions Day) will be a record £13,452,000.

Un De Sceaux amongst Clarence House octet chasing Ascot riches

Un De Sceaux is one of just eight remaining entries in the Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Michael Scudamore to 'reassess' plans for Mysteree after Chepstow failure

Mysteree returned a dirty scope following his disappointing effort when pulled up in the Welsh National at Chepstow.

Willie Mullins to give Bachasson time off after Tramore triumph

Bachasson is enjoying a few weeks off after winning at Tramore on New Year's Day.

Haydock clerk Kirkland Tellwright braced for 'challenging week'

Haydock clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright is "cautiously optimistic" Haydock's card on Saturday can defeat the elements.

Heavy rain forces Plumpton abandonment

This afternoon's meeting at Plumpton has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Anthony Honeyball planning Festival runs for Windfall and Parfois

Anthony Honeyball is targeting Cheltenham for both Fountains Windfall and Ms Parfois following their victories on Saturday.

Mitchouka back in the winning groove at Fairyhouse

Mitchouka stamped his class on the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse In 2018 Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Jefferson team sweet on Pertemps Final at Cheltenham for Black Ivory

The Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival is the aim for Black Ivory - if he creeps into the race.

Supreme duo Bunk Off Early and Kemboy in Cheltenham reckoning

Members of the Supreme Horse Racing Club are hoping Bunk Off Early and Kemboy can earn themselves return trips to the Cheltenham Festival after encouraging performances on their respective chasing debuts over the festive period.

Jonjo O'Neill banking on spring revival for More Of That

Jonjo O'Neill hopes a return to better ground in the spring can help revive the fortunes of More Of That.

Altior and Douvan entered in Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival

Altior and Douvan, both of whom have yet to race this season, lead 30 entries for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Defending champion Un De Sceaux headlines Ryanair Chase possibles

Last year's winner Un De Sceaux leads the way after 44 entries were unveiled for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jessica Harrington to go straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John

Sizing John will chart a direct route towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Willie Mullins to prepare Footpad for Irish Arkle at Leopardstown

Footpad will bid to claim the fourth top-level success of his career in the Frank Ward Solicitors Novice Chase at Leopardstown on February 3.

Promising juveniles clash in Chatteris Fen at Huntingdon

Gumball and Style De Garde lock horns in what promises to be an informative renewal of the Smarkets Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon on Friday.

Sussex Ranger to earn his spurs in Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Sussex Ranger is likely to contest the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival rather than switching to handicap company for the Fred Winter.

Mullins reports Irish Champion Hurdle is 'back on the radar' for Faugheen

Trainer Willie Mullins believes the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown next month is "back on the radar" for Faugheen.

Harry Fry expects weather to determine prep plans for If The Cap Fits

Harry Fry will monitor the weather before deciding if he will give If The Cap Fits another run ahead of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Waiting Patiently could swerve Kempton in preference to Ascot challenge

Waiting Patiently will step up to Grade One level at Ascot if he does not take his chance in a Listed race at Kempton on Saturday.

Anthony Honeyball weighing up Kempton options for Fountains Windfall

Anthony Honeyball is keen to get a run into Fountains Windfall this weekend before stepping back up in class for the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot next month.

Nick Gifford taking direct Festival route with Didtheyleaveuoutto

Nick Gifford has confirmed Didtheyleaveuoutto will head straight to the Weatherbys Champion Bumper without another run.

Anthony Honeyball targeting Punchestown prize with Duhallow Gesture

Anthony Honeyball is eyeing the Punchestown Festival as a long-term target for his exciting mare Duhallow Gesture.

Plumpton scorer Vinnie Lewis is a National treasure

Vinnie Lewis was a dominant winner of the At The Races Sussex National at Plumpton.

Ben Pauling considering Ascot or Haydock for Barters Hill comeback run

Ben Pauling is considering options at Ascot and Haydock as potential comeback targets for the long-absent Barters Hill.

Gavin Cromwell expects Aintree ground to be key to Raz De Maree's National hopes

Ground conditions will be key in deciding whether Raz De Maree will line up in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree following his heroic victory in the Welsh equivalent on Saturday.

Next Destination extends winning run with Grade One triumph at Naas

Next Destination kept his unbeaten record over jumps intact with a workmanlike victory in the Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle.

Jessica Harrington saddles Another Barney to victory at Naas

Another Barney made a successful debut under rules in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Naas.

Warren Greatrex eyeing Huntingdon contest for Western Ryder redemption

Western Ryder could bid to redeem himself in the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon after floundering in the mud in Saturday's Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

Raz De Maree rolls back the years as he claims Welsh National prize at Chepstow

Raz De Maree, runner up in 2016, went one place better under teenage jockey James Bowen as he claimed the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

Summerville Boy sparkles as he claims Tolworth triumph

Summerville Boy caused something of a minor surprise in the 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown.

We Have A Dream produces finishing flourish to claim Finale prize

We Have A Dream was made to pull out all the stops by Sussex Ranger in a cracking renewal of the Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.

Buywise makes late charge to snatch Veterans' victory at Sandown

Buywise finally enjoyed his day in the sun when flying up the Sandown hill to win the 32Red Veterans' Handicap Chase.

Willie Mullins to give Faugheen Irish Champion Hurdle entry

Willie Mullins is planning to enter Faugheen in next month's BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle as he continues to ponder the gelding's disappointing run over Christmas.

Special Moment for Bill Turner at Sandown

Bill Turner celebrated a rare winner at Sandown after Crucial Moment stormed to his third victory of the campaign in the 32Red Casino Juvenile Hurdle.

Young and the old in Welsh Grand National

Raz De Maree has proved age is just a number with the 13-year-old successful in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, ridden by the youngest jockey in the race.

Trainer to appeal protest result

An English trainer will appeal a stewards' decision to demote one of his horses on protest after a dead-heat.

Wild West Wind blowing hot for Welsh National at Chepstow

Tom George feels conditions will be perfect for Wild West Wind in the rearranged Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson takes aim at Chepstow prize with We Have A Dream

The abandonment of last week's Chepstow meeting has given We Have A Dream an unplanned opportunity to bid for Grade One glory in the rescheduled Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

Tony Martin keen to test Anibale Fly back at a higher level

Anibale Fly is likely to step back up in class after he won so well at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.

Mags Mullins eyeing Leopardstown outing for Debuchet

Debuchet could return to the highest level at Leopardstown next month despite being beaten on his jumping debut at the Foxrock venue on Boxing Day.

Rain not helping Colin Tizzard get racecourse gallop into Native River

Colin Tizzard is hoping for a dry spell so he can give Native River a racecourse gallop ahead of his intended comeback run in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on February 10.

Neil King bemused by Lil Rockerfeller reverse at Ascot

Trainer Neil King found no plausible explanation for Lil Rockerfeller's poor run in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last month.

Gavin Cromwell has fingers crossed big-race duo will make Chepstow date

Gavin Cromwell is still hoping to get his two intended runners to Chepstow this weekend despite travel difficulties.

Joseph O'Brien to swerve Sandown with Speak Easy

Speak Easy will sidestep the 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday and run nearer to home in the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle at the County Kildare course on Sunday.

Defi Du Seuil 'in good form' but plans fluid

Connections of Defi Du Seuil remain in no rush to map out a second half of the campaign for last season's champion juvenile hurdler.

Nicky Henderson to sharpen Divine Spear with Cheltenham Festival prep run

Divine Spear is set to have one more run before heading for the Cheltenham Festival, where the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase remains his likely target.

Un De Sceaux on course for Clarence House hat-trick bid

Dual winner Un De Sceaux heads 14 entries for the Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 20.

Nicky Richards sweet on Leopardstown return with Simply Ned

The inaugural Coral Dublin Chase at Leopardstown on February 3 is the plan for Simply Ned following his first Grade One triumph over Christmas.

Gavin Cromwell has Leopardstown Grade One in mind for Espoir D'Allen

Gavin Cromwell reports Espoir D'Allen to have come out of his Christmas assignment well and the exciting juvenile hurdler could return to Leopardstown next month to tackle Grade One company.

Steve Drowne accepts position as stipendiary steward

Recently retired Flat jockey Steve Drowne is to become a stipendiary steward, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.

Chris Gordon to chart Sandown route with Highway One O One

Trainer Chris Gordon is thinking of saving Highway One O One for the EBF Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final at Sandown in March following his victory at Fontwell on Boxing Day.

Nigel Hawke keen to test Pearl Royale at a higher grade

Nigel Hawke is looking to step Pearl Royale up in class and distance following her impressive debut over fences at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

Samcro in line to step up to Grade One level at Naas on Sunday

Samcro is the star name in the 15 entries for the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday.

Eddie Harty eyeing one more outing before Gold run with Coney Island

Coney Island is likely to have one more run before potentially bidding for Cheltenham Gold Cup glory.

Neil Mulholland sets sights on Galway Plate with Shantou Village

Neil Mulholland has set his sights on the Galway Plate as a long-term target for Shantou Village.

Rich Ricci still hoping for Douvan return this term

Leading owner Rich Ricci has not given up hope of Douvan returning to competitive action before the end of the season.

Faugheen still on for Champion Hurdle

Leading owner Rich Ricci remains hopeful Faugheen can bid to regain his crown in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Yanworth's big Dipper performance gives King landmark triumph

Alan King has enjoyed many memorable moments at Cheltenham and Yanworth provided him with another landmark achievement at the track after he became the trainer's 1,500th winner of his career.

Classy Wholestone cuts loose in Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham

Wholestone ran out a comprehensive winner of the Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Ballyhill claims big prize at Cheltenham

Ballyhill (9-1) made the most of a light weight to claim victory in the BetBright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Gordon Elliott has high hopes for impressive Fairyhouse winner Sutton Place

High-class hurdler Sutton Place made a successful start to his career over fences in the Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Beginners Chase.

Willie Mullins 'delighted' with Tramore scorer Bachasson

Bachasson ran out an impressive winner of the Savills "A Different Outlook" Chase at Tramore.

Nicky Henderson on Finale countdown for Apple's Shakira or We Have A Dream

Nicky Henderson is set to run either Apple's Shakira or We Have A Dream in the rescheduled Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday.

Jockey Steve Drowne retires a winner

British jockey Steve Drowne has ended his 27-riding career on a high with victory in his final race at Lingfield.