Ulster-bred Native River strikes gold for Tizzard
Ulster-bred Native River proved an indomitable force in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Ulster-bred Native River proved an indomitable force in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Dromore-bred Native River has won the 2018 Gold Cup.
Ulster horses dominated day three of the Cheltenham Festival as The Storyteller won the Stable Plate Handicap Chase and Co Down rider Noel McParlan won the Kim Muir Challenge Cup on Missed Approach.
Big prizes are nothing new to Nicky Henderson but the Seven Barrows handler has set his eyes on the most lucrative of them all when Might Bite goes for Gold in today's blue riband.
Ireland's domination of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival reached new heights on St Patrick's Thursday when trainers from the Emerald Isle saddled the first six winners to wrap up the Prestbury Cup from Great Britain with a day to spare.
Chanelle McCoy led the way in the style stakes at Cheltenham's Ladies Day.
Templepatrick couple Joe and Pat Sloan are doubly represented in the Grade Three Handicap Chase on day three of Cheltenham with The Storyteller and Guitar Pete aiming for glory.
In 1968, an experiment was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology with the rather complicated title 'Postdecision dissonance at post time'.
Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power combined to take the Gold Cup with Sizing John 12 months ago and today the pair bid to complete the missing piece of a Festival jigsaw for the 71-year-old trainer with Supasundae in the Stayers' Hurdle.
On a dramatic second day at the Cheltenham Festival that saw Irish hero Ruby Walsh suffer a leg break, Nicky Henderson's Altior showed the heart and class of a champion to extend his unbeaten record over jumps to 13 in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Meet the wonder horse that's set to take part in Cheltenham's blue riband race.
They reckon the wheelbarrow was invented in China around 100 years before the birth of Christ, and while Chinese wheelbarrows were designed to carry big loads over long distances, the first European wheelbarrows were designed to carry smaller loads over shorter distances.
Buveur D'Air had to show courage to go with his undoubted class to successfully defend his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
You could have got long odds on it happening a few months ago, but the dream Champion Chase is finally upon us.
Presenting Percy may be a worthy favourite for the RSA Chase, but the former locally-owned and trained Ballyoptic - a Kirkistown point-to-point winner who has won six times and almost £200,000 for Nigel Twiston-Davies - provides each way value at 20/1.
Cheltenham Festival begins today. Here's all you need to know about the day's races and scroll down for live updates throughout the day.
Several horses with Northern Ireland connections feature on the first day of Cheltenham.
Well, the earth has travelled 584 million miles around the sun over the past 365 and a quarter days and, once again, we find ourselves in that glorious position just before the Cheltenham Festival kicks off.
In a recent biography, Harry Findlay, the legendary gambler and part-owner of Gold Cup winner Denman, said that Cheltenham is like nowhere else on earth. Not just for the buzz or the horses - the unique atmosphere, he reckons, is because it has the most knowledgeable crowd on the planet.
Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed that Douvan could sidestep the Champion Chase on Wednesday and run instead in the Ryanair Chase the following day.
Elgin has been supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.
Middle Kingdom can keep his unbeaten record intact with victory in the Bet toteexacta At betfred.com Handicap at Chelmsford today.
Trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael accepted full responsibility and apologised to the British Horseracing Authority after both men were disqualified for three years following a hearing into the withdrawal of Anseanachai Cliste at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The world grew small around Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh again in the ash-grey tint of Gloucestershire yesterday.
The crashing fall of Cue Card in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup was one of the defining moments of the meeting and one that for many led to more questions being asked as opposed to being solved.
Normal service was resumed when Yorkhill won the opening JLT Novices Chase at Cheltenham yesterday, bringing a smile to the faces of trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh.
The Foxhunters on Gold Cup day is always the focus and annual target of local owners and riders - Anseanachai Cliste and Balnaslow represent Ulster connections this afternoon.
It's Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival and here is our comprehensive guide on who to put your few bob on today.
Yorkhill and Flying Angel represent the province's graduates in today's opening contest at Cheltenham - the Grade 1 JLT Novice Chase. Yorkhill already has a Cheltenham Festival victory on his CV having won the Neptune Hurdle last year.
Douvan's aura of invincibility is no more after he was emphatically defeated by Special Tiara in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. Most racegoers at the second day of the Cheltenham Festival had anticipated a routine success for the 2-9 favourite, who had won his last 14 races in the manner of an untouchable thoroughbred.
After a messy start to the RSA Novice Chase at Cheltenham yesterday, Bellshill - formerly owned by Templepatrick's Wilson Dennison - was playing catch-up for most of the race before finishing strongly to take third place.
IF it lingered - whispered as though the secret police could be nearby - that it felt Flat on Tuesday, Cheltenham was positively punctured yesterday.
A Co Tyrone woman has scooped the Best Dressed prize at Ladies' Day at Cheltenham, worth over £10,000.
And then there was Douvan. At all the preview nights that came and went before Cheltenham, few admitted to having backed him – but he was available at odds-against for much of last year. Now, with the Queen Mother Champion Chase upon us, he is around about 2/7.
Already the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, Nicky Henderson has now won more Champion Hurdles than anyone else after Buveur D'Air beat stablemate My Tent Or Yours to give him a sixth win in the hurdling crown.
It was a day when accepted norms needed challenging, the harsh reality of Cheltenham losers having to be stomached by those who greeted the crisp dawn air high on expectation.
Monksland and Allblak Des Places are a pair of locally-owned contenders in the ultra-competitive Coral Cup today at Cheltenham.
Her stunning silk gown in emerald green turned heads at Cheltenham's Ladies' Day last year, earning Yvonne McAvoy the coveted best dressed crown.
Ireland got off to a flying start at the Cheltenham Festival as Labaik won the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Horse racing legend Sir AP McCoy has unveiled a new statue in his honour at the Cheltenham racing festival.
Lucky for Mark Walsh he gives the impression he could pull out a cigarette with one foot on the tightrope.
The Irish tend to spend more than £19m at the Cheltenham Festival but they may better that figure in 2017 if things go favourably as the Olympics of jumps racing commences today.
Clerk of the course Simon Claisse reports the outlook for Cheltenham to be "glorious" as he eagerly anticipates the four-day Festival that starts today.
Wilson Dennison, the owner of the Loughanmore Stud nursery at Templepatrick, produces a number of top-flight youngsters every season and is now the go-to man to buy a Cheltenham Festival winner.
When the moment comes for a National Hunt jockey to call time on their career, a measure of success can often be judged on how many times they appeared in the winner’s enclosure at the Cheltenham Festival, such is the hold the prestigious meeting has upon the sport.
If Gordon Elliott was not considered among the training elite this time last year, he certainly is now.
By his own admission, the current campaign has been “tough” for Willie Mullins.As well as blowing his rivals out of the water in his homeland for the last decade, the County Carlow maestro has become dominant in Britain, evidenced by his titanic tussle with Paul Nicholls for last year’s British trainers’ title. Mullins only conceded on the final day at Sandown.
The Templepatrick-based Sloan family have enjoyed Cheltenham Festival success in the past with Flaxen Flare winning the Fred Winter Hurdle in 2013 — and they will be aiming for more of the same this week with a pair of runners with excellent potential.
There's a bit of a low-key atmosphere about the Cheltenham Festival — which gets underway on Tuesday — in view of stars such as Annie Power, Faugheen and Thistlecrack being missing.
Cue Card and Native River are reported to be thriving at Colin Tizzard's base as the Gold Cup looms at Cheltenham.
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