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The veteran former Welsh National hero Raz De Maree. The 14-year-old is famous for plugging on at the end of marathon races. Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Saturday’s gruelling stamina test in the Midlands Grand National, there is likely to be keen anticipation of any action that might be taken (...)

 Rachael Blackmore, riding Minella Indo, clears the last hurdle to win The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A Cheltenham Festival haunted by welfare fears endured a nightmare scenario on Friday when the Irish “banker” of the meeting, Sir Erec, was fatally in(...)

Presenting Percy wins the  RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ahead of Friday’s Magners Gold Cup it’s worth keeping in mind how after all the permutations and scenarios have been teased out beforehand championshi(...)

Mark Walsh riding Sir Erec clears the last jump to win the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 3rd. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A lot of Irish emotion is going to be invested in Presenting Percy’s Gold Cup challenge, but much of Ireland’s final day financial investment will pro(...)

Barry Geraghty onboard Sire Du Berlais comes home ahead of Tobefair to win the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

JP McManus’s famous green and gold colours visited the Cheltenham festival winners enclosure three times on Thursday. A Grade One JLT victory for the(...)

 Jockey Bryony Frost celebrates after victory on  Frodon in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Scepticism is too often necessary when observing elite sport, but at Cheltenham on Thursday it got overwhelmed in a wonderful sea of sentiment. Paisl(...)

Galway trainer Pat Kelly. Success at Cheltenham for the last three years from a small stable in the west of Ireland has seen Kelly regularly accused of genius. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Presenting Percy is present and correct for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Come 3.30pm on Friday afternoon it might do to check to make sure the fav(...)

Kilbricken Storm won last year’s Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham over three miles on soft ground last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cheltenham is no stranger to sentiment and there will be plenty of it about for Thursday’s Sun Racing Stayers Hurdle. From an Irish viewpoint a win f(...)

 Aidan Coleman guiding Paisley Park to victory in   The galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. “The form is there. It’s the best English form. He has improved with every run.”  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The English part of Cheltenham is desperate for Paisley Park to win the Stayers Hurdle. The story of his blind owner Andrew Gemmell has captured many (...)

Bryony Frost: will  carry home  hopes as Frodon’s course pedigree makes him the most likely English-trained winner of the Ryanair Chase. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Jockeys Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost have ensured their careers aren’t defined by gender but should they fight out the finish of Thursday’s Ryan(...)

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