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BIG Buck's grabbed the cash for the Paul Nicholls team in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.
PAUL Carberry suffered a punctured lung after falling from Jaamid in the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Carberry had been due to ride Star De Mohasion for Paul Nicholls in today's totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Timmy Murphy will now take the mount. The Irishman has been detained in hospital and his injuries are so severe that he could miss the John Smith's Grand National meeting at Aintree next month.
LIFE was so much simpler when Inglis Drever ruled the World. The Hurdle part of it at least.
EDINBURGH University graduate Sam Waley-Cohen tasted another big race winner at the Cheltenham Festival when he guided 11-1 chance Tricky Trickster to a thrilling victory.
MASTER Minded successfully defended his Seasons Holidays Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham to become the first horse since Viking Flagship in 1995 to retain the two-mile championship.
ROBERT Thornton is expected to be fit to partner Voy Por Ustedes in the Ryanair Chase today despite being stood down for part of Wednesday's Cheltenham card. Thornton suffered a heavy fall from Big Zeb in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase and after sustaining a nasty kick, he missed his final two rides of the day after being taken to hospital. His boss Alan King said: "He got a kick in the kidneys and they have taken him to hospital, but he looks like he is going to be OK.
IT MAY not be quite up there with death and taxes, but success for Master Minded in today's Queen Mother Champion Chase is surely about as close to certain as it's possible to get.
FORPADYDEPLASTERER provoked raucous scenes in the winner's enclosure as he fended off Kalahari King in a brilliant finish for the Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.
NICKY Henderson ensured his name returned to the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle roll of honour – but it was 22-1 shot Punjabi rather than the favourite Binocular who captured the championship prize on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
OUT of luck on Binocular, Tony McCoy excelled himself even by his high standards to win the William Hill Trophy on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Wichita Lineman (5-1 favourite). Only third over the final fence, McCoy brilliantly drove his mount up the hill to collar leader Maljimar by a neck.
Nicky Henderson landed his fourth Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival – but not with favourite Binocular, who could finish only third behind stablemate Punjabi.
ANYONE who deprives Tony McCoy of a winner, particularly at the Cheltenham Festival, can expect to feel the rough edge of the champion's tongue. So, perfectionist that he is, AP probably went home after last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, looked in the mirror, and gave himself a severe talking-to.
WAR Of Attrition has been ruled out of Friday's totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup by trainer Mouse Morris. The ten-year-old, winner of the blue riband event in 2006, jarred himself slightly as he came out of his box on Sunday morning.
THE Cheltenham Festival starts tomorrow, although you may already know this as there's been the odd reference to it in certain quarters over the past few days. Months, more like it.
IF YOU'RE not excited about the Cheltenham Festival, you should go straight to your doctor because there's definitely something wrong with you. Four days of speculating and accumulating, four days of whispers and gossip and untold amounts of money. Ah, this is the week we dream about all year. Punters versus bookies. The great rivalry reaches a crescendo in the Cotswolds.
HARDY Eustace has been at Cheltenham so often, he could probably drive his own horsebox there, but one of the meeting's favourite sons could be posted missing when the Festival kicks off in three weeks time. Three weeks today to be precise.
SAM Thomas admits the fact he has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup is yet to sink in.
AFTER a week of shocks at Cheltenham, the biggest of which was trainer Sue Smith sending out Mister McGoldrick to win her first Cheltenham race at the odds of 66-1, it was the turn of Uttoxeter to see another surprise by the same stable yesterday.