Yorkhill has eye’s set on hatrick

Yorkhill has eye’s set on hatrick

Yorkhill comes into the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle with back to back victories in the bag. He will be hoping to compete the Grade One festival hat trick this weekend on Punchestown tomorrow. The two races he has already won are the Neptune Investment Management Novices” Hurdles at Cheltenham and the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. They are two of the biggest events of the year and another win in this one will mark a great season for the horse. The trainer of the horse, Willie Mullins, thinks he is…

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Cue Card desperate to impress in rematch with Don Cossack

Cue Card desperate to impress in rematch with Don Cossack

Cue Cards assistant trainer Joe Tizzard says that Cue Card looks in fantastic shape leading up the next weeks Punchestown Festival. These two horses have met many times over the past year with Cue Card getting the coming out on top once and Don Cossacks the other time. The first race between them was around Christmas time with Cue Card coming out on top. However, Don Cossack reacted well in the Cheltenham festival winning the Gold Cup. The two horses were supposed to meet once again at Aintree last month…

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Dynaste to target Ascot Chase after wind op

Dynaste to target Ascot Chase after wind op

DYNASTE is not only on course for the Betfair Ascot Chase this Saturday but David Pipe revealed on Monday he is heading for the Grade 1 off the back of a wind operation. Dynaste disappointed when 105 lengths behind Thistlecrack in the Long Walk Hurdle in December last time out and the 2014 Ryanair Chase winner will return to fences this weekend. “The plan is to run on Saturday,” said Pipe. “He’d have a chance on his best form. He disappointed over hurdles when we were trying to win some…

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Mullins: Betfair Hurdle five ran like hairy goats

Mullins: Betfair Hurdle five ran like hairy goats

WILLIE MULLINS has likened the performances of his quintet of beaten Betfair Hurdle runners to “hairy goats”, as he was out of luck in last weekend’s big race at Newbury. This season Mullins has made frequent, and successful, trips to Britain, plundering several prizes, but his five Newbury contenders all failed to make an impact, His runners at Doncaster at the end of last month also failed to fire, including Albert Bartett Novices’ Hurdle hopeful Up For Review. However, he was back among the winners at Navan on Sunday, saddling…

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Many Clouds tops Grand National weights

Many Clouds tops Grand National weights

MANY CLOUDS will carry top weight of 11st 10lb when the nine-year-old attempts to become the first back-to-back winner of the Crabbie’s Grand National since Red Rum in 1974. The weights, unveiled at a ceremony at London’s Sky Garden, revealed Many Clouds has an extra pound to carry compared to 12 months ago when he won by a length and three quarters under Leighton Aspell. His mark of 165 is up 5lb on last year. Last year’s runner-up Saint Are is not guaranteed a place in this year’s field, although…

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Danny Mullins out of Cheltenham with injury

Danny Mullins out of Cheltenham with injury

JOCKEY Danny Mullins will miss the Cheltenham Festival and will undergo surgery on Tuesday after it was confirmed he had fractured a kneecap in a fall on Saturday. Mullins was riding Dicosimo for his uncle Willie Mullins when the horse fell at the fourth flight in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. The rider said on Monday: “The news I got this morning wasn’t what I wanted to hear. The knee is fractured and I have to have surgery in the morning. “I’m going to miss Cheltenham – it would take…

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