Micquus ridden by jockey James Best  jumps a fence on the  way to winning a Novices Handicap Chase during Injured Jockeys Fund Charity raceday at Plumpton. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

For the first time in a week, there was the sound of hooves thudding against turf on a British racecourse on Wednesday. Not as many hooves as normal, (...)

 Nico de Boinville riding Altior, left,  clear the last to win The betfair Exchange Steeple Chase from Politolouge at Newbury. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Altior is odds-on across the board to claim a third Cheltenham Festival victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase after his class shone through on hi(...)