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Tough Irish test for Just Cameron

MICKY Hammond will decide whether Just Cameron lines up at this year’s Cheltenham festival after this weekend’s intended run in Ireland.

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Thistlecrack will not contest the Gold Cup due to a tendon injury (Picture: PA).

Injured Thistlecrack will miss Cheltenham Gold Cup

ante-post favourite Thistlecrack’s injury-enforced absence from next month’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup illustrates racing’s fine margins.

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Thistlecrack is out for the rest of the season

No Cheltenham Gold Cup show for Thistlecrack as injury ends season

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack will miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a tendon injury.

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Cue Card, ridden by Paddy Brennan, pulls away from the last fence before going on to win The Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

Michael Dickinson cautions Colin Tizzard over exacting Cheltenham expectations

MICHAEL Dickinson, the legendary Yorkshire trainer who saddled the first five runners home in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup, says it will be impossible for Colin Tizzard to enjoy the build-up to this year’s blue riband race.

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Don Bersy, ridden by Aidan Coleman, leads the field over the last flight before going on to win the 32Red Casino Juvenile Hurdle at Sandown last month (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

Don Bersy is looking like one for the future for Davies

JAMES Davies has always been a talented jockey – he has just not had a big yard, or high-profile horse, to showcase his horsemanship.

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Jockey Paddy Brennan and Cue Card pull away from the last before going on to win the Betfair Ascot Chase (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA).

Vieux Lion Rouge lays down a marker for the National

TOM Scudamore says the Grand National fences have helped “make a man” of Vieux Lion Rouge, the new ante-post favourite for this year’s Aintree showpiece.

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Small in stature but big in heart: Wakanda and Danny Cook in Wetherby action. (Picture: PA)

Passion for racing still burns for son of a butcher

RAY SCHOLEY is the archetypal National Hunt devotee – farmer, huntsman and proud owner of staying steeplechasers.

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David Pipe: Ready to unleash his Aintree hope at Haydock this afternoon.

Vieux Lion looking to roar in Haydock’s National warm-up

DAVID Pipe is hoping Vieux Lion Rouge can confirm his credentials for the Randox Health Grand National when he returns to action at Haydock today.

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Cyrus Darius ridden by Brian Hughes won at Kelso yesterday.

Jefferson: Various options for Cyrus Darius

MALCOLM Jefferson intends to keep his options open after potential Champion Hurdle contender Cyrus Darius returned to winning ways at Kelso.

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Cyrus Darius ridden by Brian Hughes clears the final fence to win The E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle Race, with Vago Collonges (left) during Ladies Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

Cyrus Darius can reward Jefferson

THE Champion Hurdle is already synonymous with Ryedale – Saucy Kit’s victory 50 years ago was the first of a record-equalling five triumphs for the legendary farmer-cum-trainer Peter Easterby.

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Definitly Red, right, ridden by Richard Johnson, on its way to winning the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race at Haydock Park (Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire).

Definitly Red facing ‘school’ test ahead of Grand National

DEFINITLY RED – Yorkshire’s main hope for the Randox Health Grand National – has “a great racing weight”, according to trainer Brian Ellison.

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Dream Serenade, right, ridden by Luke Morris, pictured on the way to winning yesterdays Betway Marathon Handicap at Wolverhampton (Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire).

Will Kennedy savours milestone victory at Catterick

Will Kennedy reached the 50-winner mark for the first time in his career as Raise A Spark landed the Handicap Hurdle at Catterick.

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Potts hits a rich seam as Sizing John lands Gold Cup

YORKSHIRE-BORN mining tycoon Alan Potts landed his biggest win in racing when Sizing John landed yesterday’s Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

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Native River and Aidan Coleman jump the last fence before going on to win The Betfair Denman Steeple Chase Race at Newbury

jockey Coleman’s delighted with River

SUBSTITUTE jockey Aidan Coleman could not have been more effusive in his praise after describing leading Cheltenham Gold Cup prospect Native River as “the perfect racehorse”.

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Richard Johnson and Native River after success in the Hennessy Gold Cup (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

Native River is the one to beat, says Johnson

IT is a measure of champion jockey Richard Johnson’s longevity that it is nearly 17 years since he rode Looks Like Trouble to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory.

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Jockey Nico de Boinville and Altior in the winner's enclosure after victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last year (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

De Boinville grateful Altior’s owners have him back in saddle

NICO de Boinville is the first to accept that there will never be another steeplechaser like Sprinter Sacre, the horse that made him.

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Might Bite, ridden by Nico de Boinville, wins at Doncaster yesterday (Picture: PA).

Might Bite eases to Doncaster win

JOCKEY Nico de Boinville said it was mission accomplished after Cheltenham Festival contender Might Bite’s facile victory at Doncaster.

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Might Bite and Daryl Jacob fall at the last fence during The 32Red Kauto Star Novices' Steeple Chase Race run during day one of the 32Red Winter Festival at Kempton Park racecourse. (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire)

Might Bite targets Doncaster boost

NICKY HENDERSON hopes Cheltenham Festival prospect Might Bite can enjoy a confidence-boosting victory at Doncaster today.

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Freddie Tylicki

YP Comment: The courage of injured jockeys

HORSE racing’s champion apprentice in 2009 when attached to Richard Fahey’s Malton stables, jockey Freddy Tylicki’s riding career couldn’t have come to a more abrupt end when a four-horse pile-up last October left him paralysed from his waist down.

Jockey Frederik Tylicki. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Staying positive: Freddy Tylicki deals with the ups and downs after horror fall

PARALYSED jockey Freddy Tylicki has thanked horse racing fans for their support after he spoke publicly about the horrific fall which ended his career.

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