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Fox confident of making Grand National with help from Jack Berry House

IF it was not for Jack Berry House, the injured Jockeys Fund centre in Malton, Henry Brooke would not have been fit to ride Randox Health Grand National contender Highland Lodge to a valiant second in last December’s Becher Chase at Aintree.

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Highland Lodge and Henry Brooke jump the final fence as they win the Betfred Becher Chase.

Highland Lodge targets National

DEFEAT appears to be out of the equation when Jimmy Moffatt’s Highland Lodge lines up in next month’s Randox Grand National.

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Trainer Malcolm Jefferson with Cloudy Dream, who will contest the Manifesto Novices Chase in April (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

Cloudy Dream will have tilt at Aintree glory

MALCOLM Jefferson has confirmed Cloudy Dream will bid for Grade One glory at Aintree following his fine effort in the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Trainer Paul Nicholls with Dodging Bullets during a stable visit to Manor Farm Stables, Ditcheat (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Dodging Bullets is retired following blank at Festival

CHAMPION trainer Paul Nicholls has described former Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Dodging Bullets as a “legend” following the horse’s retirement.

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Chase The Spud and Paddy Brennan, left, going on to win the Midlands Grand National ahead of Mystree and Robert Dunne (Picture: PA).

Paddy Brennan prevails as Spud proves a hot potato

BY his own admission, Paddy Brennan struggled to handle the disappointment of defeat when Cue Card fell at the third-last fence in last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. He did not even speak to owner Jean Bishop after the race.

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Owners Anne and Alan Potts celebrate with stable groom Ashley Hussey, right, after Sizing John's winning ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup  (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire).

I invest heavily and when you win a race like this, this is unreal, says Barnsley’s Alan Potts

ONLY a Yorkshireman would describe a Cheltenham Gold Cup win as “pretty good”. Those were the succinct words of Alan Potts after Sizing John became the 24th Irish-trained winner of steeplechasing’s signature race.

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Jockey Robbie Power celebrates with the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his winning ride on Sizing John (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Cheltenham Gold Cup victory vindicates Robbie Power’s evaluation

even though Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John carried the colours of Yorkshire-born mining tycoon Alan Potts and his wife Ann to glory, this was a St Patrick’s Day victory for Irish racing royalty.

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Sizing John ridden by Robbie Power on their way to victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup . Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Cheltenham Festival: Patience proves virtue for Sizing John in Gold Cup triumph

SIZING JOHN gave Irish trainer Jessica Harrington her first victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with her first runner when coming home a clear-cut winner of jumping’s blue riband prize.

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Colin Tizzard's Cue Card is running at his sixth Cheltenham Festival (Photo: PA)

Cheltenham Festival tips: Will Cue Card defy Djakadam to land Gold Cup glory at last?

Colin Tizzard insists he will be an impartial supporter of Native River and Cue Card when destiny comes calling in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Uxizandre. Picture: Nigel French/PA

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Can Uxizandre claim Ryanair Chase crown?

LAST YEAR’S Festival saw Sprinter Sacre complete a Lazarus-like return and this time it can be Uxizandre who rises like a phoenix to regain his Ryanair Chase title on day three at Cheltenham.

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Taking the reins: Samantha England, who has a horse at Cheltenham for the first time, at her stables in Guiseley, Leeds.(Picture: Tony Johnson)

Cheltenham Festival: Alzammaar is proving to be value for money for Samantha England

TRAINER Samantha England will have to pinch herself when she arrives at Cheltenham with her unheralded horse Alzammaar, Yorkshire’s sole runner on day three of the National Hunt Festival.

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Willoughby Court ridden by David Bass pulls away from the last flight before going on to win the Neptune Investment Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival: Changing fortunes as David Bass bounces back with victory

ON the deck one day, on cloud nine the next. Jump jockey David Bass’s Cheltenham experience epitomises a jump jockey’s life.

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Special Tiara and Noel Fehily return after winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Cheltenham Festival: Special moment for jockey Noel Fehily as Douvan misses out

FOR years, Noel Fehily was the ‘nearly man’ of Cheltenham.

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Willie Mullin's Douvan is a heavy favourite to win the Queen Mother's Chase

Cheltenham Festival tips: Will Douvan reign supreme in Queen Mother's Chase?

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

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Jockey Nico De Boinville and Altior celebrate winning the  Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase.

Altior wins as predicted – but not in style connections were hoping

THEY said Altior was unbeatable in the Arkle Trophy – and so it proved.

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Buveur D'Air and Noel Fehily return after winning The Stan James Champion Hurdle Race at Cheltenham yesterday.

Cheltenham Festival: Henderson eclipses Easterby’s Hurdle landmark

THAT it took a quietly satisfied Nicky Henderson 32 years to become the winning-most Champion Hurdle trainer in history speaks volumes about the Cheltenham Festival record set by Yorkshire’s genius Peter Easterby.

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Douvan and jockey Ruby Walsh.

Cheltenham Festival: Mullins believes Douvan can join Festival’s greats

WILLIE Mullins does not need reminding that there are no racing certainties – Ireland’s champion trainer has endured a torrid season.

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Yanworth gets the better of The New One at Kempton

Cheltenham Festival: Will Yanworth or Brain Power prevail in Champion Hurdle on day one?

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.

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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Nicky Henderson wants stable star Altior to win in style

NICKY HENDERSON says Altior must win today’s Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy in style to justify his own high hopes about a horse that has already been compared to the now retired Sprinter Sacre.

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