Gold Cup preview: Definitly Red carries Yorkshire hopes

DANNY COOK had not even ridden a horse when champion jockey Richard Johnson was winning his first – and only – Cheltenham Gold Cup at the turn of the millennium.

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Cloudy Dream and Brian Hughes line up in today's Ryanair Chase for trainer Ruth Jefferson.

Cloudy Dream looking to claim emotional Festival win for Jefferson

RUTH Jefferson says Cloudy Dream has done “nothing wrong” as the grey attempts to upset the odds in today’s Ryanair Chase.

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Joe Colliver and Sam Spinner line up in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham today.

Cheltenham Festival: Joe Colliver and Sam Spinner fly flag for Yorkshire

“HAVE I ’eck as like”. Jockey Joe Colliver’s Yorkshire accent is clearly discernible when asked if he has ever had a winner at Cheltenham.

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Altior and Nico de Boinville win last year's Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Festival: Serious challenge awaits Altior in Queen Mother Champion Chase

NICKY HENDERSON is playing down expectations as Altior looks to confirm his pre-eminence as Britain’s top steeplechaser in today’s Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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Buveur D'Air, nearsidem, joins battle with Melon at the last flight in the Champion Hurdle.

Jockey Barry Geraghty hails Buveur D’Air’s toughness after Champion Hurdle win

THE class of Buveur D’Air was already known before an ultimately successful defence of his Champion Hurdle crown. Now courage can be added to the victor’s special qualities.

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Jockey Lizzie Kelly on board Coo Star Sivola  celebrates winning the Ultima Handicap.

Smith looking at Scottish National for Vintage Clouds after battling third place

THE Scottish National could be the target for Vintage Clouds after the Yorkshire chaser’s gutsy third in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

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Star duo: Peter Beaumont with Jodami before the 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Bygones: When Jodami, last Yorkshire winner of Gold Cup, punched his weight at Cheltenham Festival

SOME 25 years after Peter Beaumont saddled the last Yorkshire – and Northern – winner of the blue riband Cheltenham Gold Cup, he is still characteristically modest about Jodami’s triumph.

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Queenohearts and Ciaran Gethings win at Sandown.

Gethings hopes to Benefit from ride on Maria’s

A WEEK might, according to former Yorkshire premier Harold Wilson, be a long-time in politics, but a year is a lifetime in the careers of the magnificent mare Maria’s Benefit and her young jockey Ciaran Gethings.

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Ready for Cheltenham: Trainer Jedd O'Keeffe, Sam Spinner and jockey Joe Colliver. Picture: Grossick Racing Photography

Weekend Interview: Festival triumph can underline Jedd O’Keeffe’s great comeback after battle for life

JEDD O’KEEFFE is used to pressure. He was being treated for throat and neck cancer when VAT inspectors tried to call time on his fledgling training career.

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Kalashnikov and Jack Quinlan in winning action at Wetherby.

Kalashnikov is gunning for his Cheltenham Festival rivals

AS BRITAIN’S youngster trainer, Amy Murphy says it is “surreal” that Kalashnikov is one of the leading fancies for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – the Cheltenham Festival’s traditional curtain-raiser.

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Bristol De Mai and daryl Jacob win Wetherby's Charlie Hall Chase.

Jacob hopeful Kelso run will give Bristol de Mai a boost

JOCKEY Daryl Jacob is keeping his fingers crossed Bristol De Mai can get his season back on track in the Premier Chase at Kelso tomorrow.

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Sizing John ruled out of Gold Cup

Sizing John will not defend his crown in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next week, trainer Jessica Harrington has announced.

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Old Guard and Harry Cobden win the 2015 Greatwood Hurdle.

Cobden hoping for another big win with Guard

HARRY COBDEN will always be in the debt of Old Guard, the horse that launched his career.

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Top chaser Seeyouatmidnight could line up at Kelso this weekend.

Sue Smith keen to hand I Just Know vital Grand National preparation at Kelso

GRAND NATIONAL runners will have a belated chance to test their form and fitness at Kelso this Sunday.

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Project Bluebook ridden by Barry Geraghty (right) crosses the line to win at Fairyhouse last Easter.

Trainer John Quinn has options as he targets another Cheltenham triumph

JOHN Quinn will be triple-handed as he attempts to add to his tally of Cheltenham Festival winners.

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Mister McGoldrick and Dominic Elsworth clear the last in the Racing Post Plate at Cheltenham in March 2008.

Bygones: The day Mister McGoldrick upset all the odds at the Cheltenham Festival

THE relief was etched across jump jockey Dominic Elsworth’s face as Mister McGoldrick safely negotiated Cheltenham’s famous final fence.

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Breeder O’Brien is hoping for an English Cup win

EVEN though the Cheltenham Festival is a battle between Britain and Ireland, Might Bite – the home favourite for the Gold Cup –has a very special supporter from the Emerald Isle.

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Dominic Elsworth and Somersby celebrate big race success in the Haldon Gold Cup.

Weekend Interview: Dominic Elsworth hopes horror fall will act as warning to young jockeys

RACING was Dominic Elsworth’s life. He rode big-race winners at the Cheltenham Festival – and over Aintree’s Grand National fences. He hoped to be competing into his 40s.

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Kate Harrington with Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John during yesterday's open day at trainer Jessica Harrington's Commonstown Stables in Moone, Ireland (Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire).

Sizing John can pay tribute to late Potts couple

JESSICA Harrington is relishing the prospect of defending her 100 per cent record in the blue riband Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

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Wakanda, second left, won Doncaster's Sky Bet Chase last month under Henry Brooke.

Wakanda’s tilt at double under threat from snowy weather

IN-form trainer Sue Smith’s steeplechaser Wakanda could attempt to complete a big race Doncaster double – weather permitting.

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