Naas preview: Stormy Ireland can land hat-trick in Limestone Lad Hurdle

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Stormy Ireland has been in fine form against her own sex this season, so looks well worth a wager to follow-up now into open company for the 2m Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas on Sunday (13:40).Trained by Willie Mullins, who has won two of the last four renewals, this Sullivan Bloodstock owned six-year-old brings leading form claims into the race.Stormy Ireland is a front-runne...

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2020 Marsh Novices’ Chase entries: Samcro among record 71 in 2m 4f Cheltenham Festival Grade 1

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There are a record 71 Marsh Novices' Chase entries, formerly known as the JLT, which will be run for the tenth time in 2020.Among the contenders for the 2m 4f Grade 1 contest at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, 12 March is Samcro.The Gordon Elliott trained eight-year-old, who carries the famous maroon and white colours of Gigginstown House Stud, looked to have the world at his f...

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Doncaster preview: Floressa taken to bloom in Yorkshire Rose

Horse Racing

The lightly-raced and progressive Floressa looks worth siding with to get the better of defending champ Lady Buttons in the 2m Grade 2 Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster on Saturday (14:40).This Nicky Henderson trained five-year-old was a smart bumper performer who created a good impression on hurdles debut at Worcester back in October when scoring easily by 19 lengths.She wa...

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Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle preview: Minella Melody fancied for hat-trick at Fairyhouse

Horse Racing

Trainer Henry De Bromhead landed the 2m 2f Grade 3 Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse 12 months ago with Honeysuckle, so looks to have another smart prospect on his hands for this year’s renewal in Minella Melody on Saturday (14:10).This six-year-old daughter of Flemensfirth is two from two over hurdles and won a Listed affair at Punchestown last time out.That means she carr...

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Festival Trials Day preview: Classic case to be made for Harry Senior at Cheltenham

Horse Racing

Given the strength of his form, the progressive Harry Senior looks worth a punt at 9/2 with Betfred to take the step up into Grade 2 company in his stride and land the spoils in the 2m 4f Classic Novices’ Hurdle on a superb Festival Trials Day card at Cheltenham this Saturday (15:00).After shaping with plenty of promise when fourth on hurdling debut at Chepstow, this Colin Tizzard train...

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Cotswold Chase preview: Bristol De Mai the value bet in Cheltenham Gold Cup trial

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Now on the downgrade, Bristol De Mai looks value to land the 3m 1f Grade 2 Cotswold Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham this Saturday (14:25).Trained locally by Nigel Twiston-Davies, this popular nine-year-old grey won the 2017 Betfair Chase at Haydock by an astonishing 57 lengths.He was also impressive 12 months later in the same contest on Merseyside when registering a deci...

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Bet of the Day: QPR to knock Sheffield Wednesday out in FA Cup Fourth Round

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For two clubs who used to regularly tread the boards of the top flight, recent years have not been overly kind to QPR or Sheffield Wednesday. They, along with Nottingham Forest, are sides who spent most of the 80s and 90s in the Premier League, including back when it was called Division One. Although QPR have in the moderately-recent past made a couple of visits back to the top, these are s...

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Cleeve Hurdle preview: If The Cap Fits fancied for Festival Trials Day win at Cheltenham

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If The Cap Fits is unexposed as a stayer, so looks value to turn over Paisley Park in the 3m Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day this Saturday (15:35).Trained by Harry Fry for Paul and Clare Rooney, this eight-year-old has been progressive throughout his career.If The Cap Fits is also lightly-raced for his age after just 12 career starts and eight victories. T...

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Sky Bet Handicap Chase preview: Cobra De Mai weighted to strike at Doncaster

Horse Racing

Having fallen in the weights, Cobra De Mai looks to hold leading claims of landing the spoils in the Listed 3m Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster on Saturday (15:15).This Dan Skelton trained eight-year-old has a fine strike rate of 30 per cent over fences having won seven of his 21 starts.In the last of those at Cheltenham in April of last year, Cobra De Mai raced prominently throu...

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2020 National Hunt Chase entries: Carefully Selected among 61 engaged in Cheltenham stamina test

Horse Racing

Almost half of 26 National Hunt Chase entries made by Irish trainers in the revamped Grade 2 for amateur riders and racehorses that are novices over fences at the Cheltenham Festival come from the Emerald Isle’s top two jumps stables.Father-son combination Patrick and Willie Mullins know a thing or two about this race.Both have won it twice before as jockeys and have teamed up in re...

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Lady Protectress Mares’ Chase preview: Maire Banrigh hard to oppose at Huntington

Horse Racing

The ultra-progressive Maire Banrigh looks worth siding with to take the step up into Listed company in her stride in the extended 2m 3f Lady Protectress Mares' Chase at Huntingdon on Friday (15:05).Trained by Dan Skelton, this lightly-raced seven-year-old was a dual winner over hurdles who has taken her form to a new level this season since being sent chasing.In the first of those i...

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2020 RSA Chase entries: Champ and Faugheen among 53 in 3m Grade 1

Horse Racing

Ante post favourite Champ is one of 53 2020 RSA Chase entries for the 3m novices' Grade 1 contest run at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, 11 March.The Nicky Henderson trained eight-year-old, who is named after 20-time champion jump jockey Sir Anthony McCoy, was a top class hurdler.Champ finished runner-up to City Island in the Grade 1 Ballymore at last year’s Cheltenham Festiva...

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2020 Arkle entries: Notebook among 17 Irish raiders in Cheltenham Festival Grade 1

Horse Racing

Notebook leads 17 of the 38 Arkle entries from Ireland for the 2m Grade 1 novice chase contest at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, 10 March.One of four engaged for trainer Henry De Bromhead, who won the race in 2010 with Sizing Europe, he is unbeaten in his first three starts over fences.Notebook’s victories include the Grade 2 Craddockstown at Punchestown and Grade 1 Racing Post...

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Bet of the Day: Capuccimix a beginners chase bet at Gowran

Horse Racing

Capuccimix is lightly-raced and chased home a useful sort on his bow over fences two starts back, so appeals most in the 2m beginners chase on Thyestes day at Gowran Park this Thursday (15:35).Trained by Henry De Bromhead, who is having a fine season in Ireland, this seven-year-old has had just four career starts.After winning a Clonmel maiden hurdle over 2m 3f on racecourse debut l...

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Thyestes Handicap Chase preview: Smoking Gun the Gowran Park punt

Horse Racing

Smoking Gun looks worth siding with to cash-in on what looks a lenient mark and land the spoils in a typically fierce, wide-open renewal of the 3m 1f Grade A Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday (15:00).Trained by Joseph O'Brien, this Gigginstown House Stud owned seven-year-old showed progressive form over hurdles last season when winning for of his six starts.In the l...

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