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Grand National: Tiger Roll’s win sinks in for Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott was still pinching himself the morning after claiming his second Randox Health Grand National.

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Winning jockey Davy Russell celebrates his triumph. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Tiger Roll clings on for victory in thrilling Grand National

Gordon Elliott promised to appreciate his second Randox Health Grand National success far more than he did his first after Tiger Roll clung on in a thriller at Aintree.

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Seeyouatmidnight is among the contenders to win. Picture: Getty

Scotland could be set for back-to-back wins at the Grand National

The old saying about buses – you wait ages for one and then two come together – might apply to Scottish winners of the Grand National come 5:15pm today.

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Stuart Coltherd’s Captain Redbeard ready for Grand National

Stuart Coltherd’s Captain Redbeard ready for Grand National

Five days before the Grand National, Stuart Coltherd stands atop Gala Rig, a hill two miles outside Selkirk. Below him, on a near cloudless, sunlit day, there are TV cameras trained on four horses as they go about their work. The lead horse, whose coat glows in the rare sunshine of a cold, inclement spring, is the main subject of attention, and Coltherd, as he surveys the scene, has difficulty believing it.

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Ridden by Donagh Meyler, Anibale Fly, right, won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December. Picture: PA.

Anibale Fly can live up to his name in the Grand National

Tony Martin believes luck will be a crucial factor in determining how Anibale Fly performs in the Randox Health 
Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

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Sandy Thomson and his wife Quona with Seeyouatmidnight.

Can Seeyouatmidnight give Scotland another Grand National winner?

When I telephone Sandy Thomson, Seeyouatmidnight, the Berwickshire trainer’s Grand National hope, has just finished his last piece of work before Aintree. The 56-year-old Thomson is bullish. “He’s done a nice piece of work today – that’s the last he’ll do before the race. We’re very, very pleased, delighted with him, in fact. It’s all systems go for Aintree.”

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Christophe Soumillon rides Thunder Snow to Dubai World Cup glory. Photograph: AP

Local hero conquers on Brandon Castle at Musselburgh

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Jockey Richard Johnson punches the air after Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Colin Tizzard is popular winner of Gold Cup

No one is due in this game. Having spent an age getting to National Hunt’s high table, farming’s favourite trainer Colin Tizzard did not need telling that. He dreamt the Gold Cup dream with Cue Card only to see him fall three out in 2016, and last year thought his name might be on the trophy with Thistlecrack, who failed to make it to the line.

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Trainer Nicky Henderson saddles favourite Might Bite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Nicky Henderson eyes historic Cheltenham treble with Might Bite

Nicky Henderson already has enough golden memories of Cheltenham to keep his children, and grandchildren, entertained for hours when he finally calls it a day, puffs on his pipe in his armchair by the fire.

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Supasundae wins the Irish Champion Hurdle on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Supasundae is best bet to land Stayers Hurdle prize

Supasundae can claim his second Cheltenham Festival success in a fascinating renewal of the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.

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Jockey Nico De Boinville celebrates after Altior's victory in the Champion Chase

Cheltenham: Altior ‘the freak’ wins battle of the big beasts

The agony, the ecstasy, those familiar extremes bookending the Cheltenham experience, found dramatic expression once again in the Champion Chase, the remarkable Altior augmenting his growing legend at the expense of Douvan, for whom so much was once promised.

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Gordon Elliott can strike with Cause of Causes at Cheltenham today.

Cheltenham: Monalee can turn on magic to land RSA honours

Monalee should have what it takes to claim a fascinating renewal of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Barry Geraghty punches the air in delight after Buveur D'Air's victory in the Champion Hurdle.

Buveur D’Air forced to dig deep to retain Champion crown

Buveur D’Air had to show courage to go with his undoubted class to successfully defend his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

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Nicky Henderson likely to decide on Altior's participation in the Queen Mother Champion Chase today.

Altior doubt for Queen Mother chase after being found lame

Altior has suffered a fitness scare in preparation for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival tomorrow.

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Barry Geraghty rides Buveur D'Air to victory in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Picture: Alamn Crowhurst/Getty

Buveur D’Air up for the double in Champion Hurdle

Nicky Henderson has every faith in Buveur D’Air as the Seven Barrows trainer bids to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle for a seventh time at Cheltenham today.

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Edwulf  and Derek O'Connor winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cheltenham miracle Edwulf comes back from the dead

When the amphitheatre of dreams that is Cheltenham racecourse opens its doors for festival week on Tuesday, it will herald the start of one of the most successful events on the British sporting calendar.

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Locally-based Grand National hopeful Seeyouatmidnight will feature in this Sunday's meetings. Picture: Getty Images

Seeyouatmidnight to feature at rearranged Kelso meeting on March 11

Grand National hopeful Seeyouatmidnight will be in action this weekend after one of Kelso’s most high-profile fixtures of the season was rearranged for Sunday.

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Musselburgh Racecourse, Picture: Johnson Press

Councillors take control of crisis-hit Musselburgh Racecourse

COUNCILLORS have seized control of crisis-hit Musselburgh Racecourse after a unanimous vote today behind closed doors.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has sent a strong string to Musselburgh's Cheltenham trials meeting. Picture: Julian Herbert/PA

Big guns Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson support Musselburgh’s Cheltenham trials

Several big guns have made their way to Musselburgh’s bet365 Scottish Cheltenham Trials Festival this weekend, with Paul Nicholls sending 11 horses over both days, while champion trainer Nicky Henderson has three of his leading novice hurdlers competing on tomorrow’s card.

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Doddie Weir has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Picture: Neil Hanna

Rugby fans buy racehorse to boost Doddie Weir fund

A group of rugby fans have taken ownership of a racehorse with trainer Lucinda Russell and will pledge any prize money to Doddie Weir’s research fund into motor neurone disease.

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