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1.10 Uncle Danny Aza Run (EW) Kilclispeen (EW) 1.40 Gilgamboa 2.10 Golden Ticket Sitcom (EW) Paddy O’Dee (EW) 2.45 Hurricane Fly 3.15 No More Heroes Killultagh Vic (EW) 3.50 Bishops Road Kilcrea  

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Katie T Winning The Boylesports Hurdle

1st 12 Katie T (IRE) K Prendergast 6 10-9 B S Hughes 12/1 Mid-division, good headway into 4th travelling well 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well 2nd 3 19 Modem Mrs J Harrington 5 10-3 R M Power 20/1 Mid-division on inner, headway 3 out, improved […]

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Sprinter Sacre Return – Henderson/Geraghty

Nicky Henderson speaks to Matt Chapman following Sprinter Sacre’s comeback. Barry Geraghty reflects on Sprinter Sacre’s return

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Titans And Pylons Impress At Thurles

Willie and Patrick Mullins completed a short price double at Thurles when point-to-point graduate Pylonthepressure took the closing Curaheen (Pro/Am) Flat Race with consummate ease. Earlier on the mark with Lyrical Theatre, Pylonthepressure was expected to make it two for Closutton, going off a 2/5 chance, with the form of his ‘point’ win, for Donnchadh […]

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Visual Round Up – Un De Sceaux

Un De Sceaux made amends for his mishap at Thurles by winning the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Beginners Chase impressively at Fairyhouse.

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Visual Round Up – Navan Novice Hurdle

This race has been won by Boston Bob, Pont Alexandre and Mikael D’Haguenet in recent years. No More Heroes appears to be another potentially top-class recruit to hurdling and is the current favourite for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

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Visual Round Up – Drinmore Novices Chase

Sent off the 7-2 second favourite, Valseur Lido was completing a Grade 1 double for Bryan Cooper and owners Gigginstown Stud, having been successful with Lieutenant Colonel earlier. This was also a treble on the card for trainer Willie Mullins who had scored with Kalkir and Nichols Canyon. Valseur Lido was one of four in […]

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Visual Round Up – Hattons Grace Hurdle

It was a first Grade 1 winner for Sandra Hughes, daughter of the great Irish jockey and trainer Dessie Hughes, who died aged 71 earlier this month. Lieutenant Colonel was installed by Paddy Power a 25-1 chance for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, scene of so many of Dessie Hughes’ triumphs. In […]

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Visual Weekend Round Up – Royal Bond

IRELAND’S champion trainer Willie Mullins won the Royal Bond with Nichols Canyon  but the race was marred by the death of stablemate Allez Colombieres. Nicholas Canyon travelled comfortably before moving up to a share of the lead two out and powered home to make it two-from-two on the card for Mullins. “He did it nicely,” said […]

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Walsh – ‘He’s A Brilliant Horse’

From Racing Post VAUTOUR oozed class as he made a perfect start to life over fences, jumping well as he cruised to a wide-margin victory under Ruby Walsh at Navan. The Supreme Novices’ winner faced a big field on his first chase start but was sent off just 2-11 favourite and turned in a performance […]

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Fenton Banned For Three Years

From Racing Post TRAINER Philip Fenton, last month convicted of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances, was on Saturday disqualified for three years by the Turf Club. Fenton, the first trainer in Ireland to be convicted of possessing anabolic steroids, had already been fined €6,000 and ordered to pay €4,200 in costs at Carrick-on-Suir […]

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Tributes To Dessie Hughes

DESSIE HUGHES, who scaled the heights of jump racing as a jockey and trainer, has died at the age of 71. Hughes rode Monksfield to win the Champion Hurdle in 1979 and also captured the race as a trainer when saddling Hardy Eustace to victory in 2004 and 2005. He is survived by his wife […]

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ATR’s Tony Ennis Has Three For Cheltenham

Cheltenham ‘Insiders’ Insight Pack Tony McCormick 35 years in the racing game and EIGHT-YEAR-TRENDS expert Recently Tony has shortlisted Cesarewitch winner BIG EASY, Melbourne Cup winner PROTECTIONIST and 2nd (20/1), 3rd (14/1) and 4th (25/1) in the November Handicap. Martin Pennington Martin’s knowledge of the Point-To-Point game on both sides of the Irish Sea is […]

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Naas Preview

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Naas Preview

The Fishery Lane Hurdle for four year olds tops the bill at Naas this coming Saturday and here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on that and the rest of the action in Kildare.   12:25 Leap Dearg made a promising handicap debut for Robert Tyner when finishing second behind Fiery Oscar over today’s two mile trip […]

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Thurles Preview

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Thurles Preview

Thurles are set to play host to a seven race card this Thursday which looks set to be run on unseasonably quick good ground.  Here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the racing:   12:55 The Doorman has been entered up a lot in recent weeks and makes an eagerly anticipated chasing debut in this opening […]

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Down Royal Preview

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Down Royal Preview

The JNWine.com Champion Chase takes centre stage at Down Royal this Saturday and here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on that and the rest of the card at Down Royal:   12:45 Bay Hill improved from his debut outing at Roscommon in August when staying on strongly to lead late jumping the last on his second […]

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Punchestown Preview

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Punchestown Preview

Punchestown host Wednesday afternoon’s meeting and here are Martin Pennington’s views on the racing:    13:05 Mr Diablo was impressive in winning a good ground bumper here back in May by thirteen lengths from Sir Scorpion who’d previously finished runner-up behind the useful looking Moon Racer in a valuable contest at Fairyhouse.  The son of […]

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Galway Preview

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Galway Preview

The second of Galway’s two day meeting takes place this Monday.  Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:    13:35 Lord Scoundrel seems to be getting the hang of racing having won his last two under wildly different ground conditions for trainer Gordon Elliott.  The five year old gelding took his fifth […]

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Thurles Preview

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Thurles Preview

Thurles plays host to a small but select seven race card this Thursday.  Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:   14:15 Dazzling Susie should prove hard to beat here for trainer John Phelan if employing her usual front running tactics.  The daughter of Stowaway was ridden with slightly more restraint than […]

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