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The racing world groaned yesterday when it was revealed that Presenting Percy would not take his place in today's Grade Two Red Mills Chase (2.30) at Gowran Park.
The Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse has emerged as a potential target for Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy after connections elected to sidestep Saturday's Red Mills at Gowran Park.
Allaho appears to have earned himself a place in Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Festival squad after running out a decisive winner of the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel yesterday.
Road To Respect is on course for another tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with trainer Noel Meade hoping that his stable star will deliver a more polished round of jumping in next month's blue riband.
Samcro could make a sensational return this season, with Gordon Elliott reporting his precocious star to be back in full training and "definitely not" ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival.
2017 Gold Cup winner Sizing John has been ruled out for the rest of this season after meeting with a setback.
Racing in Britain will resume with four meetings tomorrow, following a six-day shutdown because of an outbreak of equine influenza, the British Horseracing Authority announced late last night.
Tony Martin hopes that Anibale Fly can get his season back on track when tackling a mouthwatering Grade Two Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.
Denis Hogan wasn't bred into racing, unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries, but with nine-time Irish champion jumps' jockey Charlie Swan living a mere stone's throw away, it was always likely to arrive on his radar.
Racing in Britain will resume with four meetings on Wednesday, following a six-day shutdown because of an outbreak of equine influenza, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.
The ban on British-trained horses running in Ireland during the outbreak of equine influenza has been lifted with immediate effect, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has confirmed.
Officials at the British Horseracing Authority are hoping to make a decision today as to whether racing can resume on Wednesday following a six-day shutdown due to equine flu.
Dounikos gained his first win in more than a year to give Gordon Elliott back-to-back victories in the BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown.
Pravalaguna gave a bold, front-running display to take Listed honours in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas.
Miles Napier, who died in December, aged 84, was a racing journalist and author, noted for his works on thoroughbred pedigrees and breeding.
The British Horseracing Authority insists it has "unanimous" support from expert advisers as its decision to halt the sport during the equine flu outbreak comes under fire from high-profile trainers.
The crisis that has shut down British racing until Wednesday at the earliest escalated yesterday when the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) put another 54 stables into lockdown and confirmed three more horses had tested positive as it tried to contain the outbreak of equine influenza.
The recent equine flu outbreak means that Irish racing is the only show in town this weekend as two decent meetings on these shores are magnified in importance.
Racing chiefs have insisted the Cheltenham Festival is not under threat after an outbreak of equine flu plunged the British horseracing industry into crisis.
The question on everyone's lips is whether the Cheltenham Festival will be harmed by equine influenza but while information is still being assembled and analysed, racing's greatest jumps festival shouldn't be in any great jeopardy.
It will be business as usual for Irish racing despite an outbreak of equine influenza forcing UK racing into lockdown until at least next week, according to HRI chief Brian Kavanagh.
It's been a crazy few days for Gordon Elliott with the Meath trainer finding himself at the centre of the equine influenza story - although not for the wrong reasons - after having runners in Ayr on Wednesday.
Horse Racing will not resume in Britain until next Wednesday at the earliest as the British Horseracing Authority attempts to deal with an outbreak of equine flu.
Donald McCain has confirmed three horses in his yard have tested positive for equine influenza, but is unsure as to how they contracted the virus.
Race meetings will go ahead in Ireland today despite meetings in the UK being cancelled after three confirmed cases of equine influenza were reported to the British Horseracing Authority.
JP McManus has tightened his grip on the National Hunt scene with the powerful Limerick owner making a trio of significant purchases including leading Supreme Novices' Hurdle fancy Fakir D'Oudairies.
Australian trainer Darren Weir has been disqualified for four years after choosing not to contest charges of possession of devices used to deliver electric shocks to horses.
He has already made more comebacks than Frank Sinatra, so when John Nicholson threatens to call time on his training career for the umpteenth time, it's taken with a pinch of salt.
Laurina is likely to make her second appearance of the season in the Listed Quevega Hurdle at Punchestown on February 20 where she will complete her Champion Hurdle preparations.
Bellshill made it a perfect 10 for Willie Mullins in the Irish Gold Cup, as the Closutton maestro strengthened his hand considerably in a bid to finally break his duck in the Cheltenham equivalent next month.
It's amazing what can happen after a good night's sleep and having initially deemed it a long shot, Gordon Elliott indicated yesterday that Apple's Jade will "likely" take on reigning champion Buveur D'Air in next month's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Joseph O'Brien is looking to further strengthen his hand in the four-year-old division as Sir Erec bids to follow up his debut win in the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle today.
The colours are as recognisable as those of the leading owners in either code and have long been a byword for quality. What many would not have known, because neither the livery nor the name had altered, was that there was a handover in 2008 and a new owner in situ.
It may have been business as usual for Buveur D'Air at Sandown but the one horse which appears to stand between Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old and a third Champion Hurdle, Apple's Jade, looks destined to run in the mares' hurdle at Cheltenham.
Noel Meade is hoping Road To Respect can atone for a slightly unfortunate experience last time out when he runs in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup today.
Joseph O'Brien strengthened his grip on the Triumph Hurdle when Sir Erec made every yard of the running to see off stablemate Gardens Of Babylon and win the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
After watching Gordon Elliott record a treble, comprising two Grade Ones and a Grade Two contest, champion trainer Willie Mullins opened his account when Min effortlessly took the spoils in the day’s third Grade One race, the Ladrokes Dublin Chase.
When Noel Meade is quizzed about his greatest Leopardstown memory, one stands out above all others in his lengthy list of achievements as it sums up the highs and lows of racing in a nutshell.
There were no Grade One races last Saturday, and I mentioned how Grade Twos can often be tricky to bet on - but we've no such concerns this weekend.
Apple's Jade has been the star of the Irish jumps season and Gordon Elliott's wonder mare is the centre of attention on day one of the Dublin Racing Festival.
There were a lot left with regrets after how the Savills Chase panned out at Christmas but they get the chance to put the record straight in the Grade One Unibet Irish Gold Cup (3.35) at Leopardstown tomorrow.
''Things won are done,' she mused… Men prize the thing ungained…'- 'Troilus and Cressida', Shakespeare
Plummeting temperatures and snow are threatening to close down turf racing in Britain this weekend but Leopardstown is confident it will beat the weather and be able to stage the high-class action of its two-day Dublin Racing Festival.
Last year's winner Tiger Roll is one 112 initial entries for the Aintree Grand National, which, with a prize fund of £1m, is the world's most valuable jumps race.
A raid at Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir's stables has found devices that are used to deliver electric shocks that can make horses run faster.
Willie Mullins is confident that Melon can shine in Saturday's Grade One BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle if reproducing the form he is showing on his Closutton gallops.
Officials at Leopardstown remain hopeful this weekend's Dublin Racing Festival will go ahead as scheduled, despite the forecast for potential snow.
It's a dry week of jumps action ahead of Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival this weekend and today's card at Down Royal must pass a morning inspection due to the threat of overnight snow.
As the Cheltenham Festival creeps closer, Willie Mullins may find that his Closutton yard is swelled with more nervous owners than most as some of the 500-strong members of the Supreme Horse Racing Club pop in.
Paul Nolan believes he has two exciting Cheltenham Festival prospects on his hands with Discorama and Latest Exhibition booking their ticket to the Cotswolds in contrasting fashion at Naas on Sunday.
Frodon looks set to be the centre of much attention in the build-up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup following his victory in the Trial Cotswold Chase on Saturday.
Ballyward ran out a wide-margin winner in a dramatic renewal of the Novice Chase at Naas yesterday.
Nestling comfortably between the twin peaks of Christmas and Cheltenham, the Dublin Racing Festival debuted last winter. Offering two days of high-class action, featuring some of the finest equine talent in the country battling for serious prize money, it proved an instant hit. Next weekend, we get to do it all again.
In March it will be 35 years since Jenny Pitman made history by becoming the first woman to train a Gold Cup winner when she sent out Burrough Hill Lad to land the most coveted prize at the Cheltenham Festival.
Exciting novice Lalor will chart a direct route towards the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham after Kayley Woollacott decided not to declare him for Doncaster today.
We've no Grade One races in Britain or Ireland today, but between Cheltenham and Doncaster we have some decent action nonetheless with seven Grade Two contests.
The racing public are crying out for a Champion Hurdle challenger to put their head above the parapet and Espoir D'Allen may do just that at Naas tomorrow.
Presenting Percy "put down a marker" to justify the hype and his position as Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite when stealing the show on Thyestes day at Gowran Park yesterday.
Most trainers were crying foul of the unusually dry spell this winter but Jessica Harrington has used it to her advantage with Magic Of Light, and the progressive mare bids for an English hat-trick at Huntingdon today.
Form is temporary, class is permanent and Willie Mullins proved misguided rumours of his demise were just that as Invitation Only (4/1 favourite) gave the champion trainer his seventh Thyestes Chase to spearhead a 33/1 Gowran Park treble.
All eyes are on Presenting Percy as the Gold Cup favourite makes his much-anticipated reappearance but that's just one of many sub-plots on a cracking Thyestes card today.
Denis Cullen is looking forward to giving Grade One winner Arctic Fire his first start over fences at Gowran Park tomorrow.
Aidan Howard is hoping Winter Escape can catapult him into the big time when he tackles Grade One company for the first time at next month's Dublin Racing Festival.
While training across the road from Gowran Park has many perks, it didn't take Tony Mullins too long to realise that he couldn't take things for granted despite his close proximity to the Kilkenny track.
Mikey Sweeney produced one of the sporting moments of the weekend with a remarkable recovery that has now gone viral.
Jessica Harrington is desperate to get a racecourse school into Sizing John before a possible appearance at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Tout Est Permis got up in the final stride to edge out the front-running Sub Lieutenant in a pulsating finish to the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles yesterday.
Altior stretched his unbeaten sequence to 17 with a smooth victory in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot.Nicky Henderson's superstar did jump out to his left, markedly on occasions, but he had so much in hand over just two rivals it did not make any difference.
The Irish National Stud shared a photo of two of its most famous residents, Hurricane Fly and Hardy Eustace, during the week, nose to nose, possibly reminiscing about the four Champion Hurdles they shared evenly between them.
All roads lead to the Cheltenham Festival for Lisnagar Oscar after he opened his account with a thrilling victory at Chepstow.
If recent runnings of the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase (2.10) are anything to go by then all eyes will be on Thurles tomorrow.
There's been a few notable extremely short-priced horses down through the years, the first of which was probably Eclipse, priced 1/70 when beating a horse named Corsican for a 150-Guineas plate race at Newmarket in 1770.
An equine virus that has not been identified in Ireland since 2010 has been discovered on five premises in Munster and Leinster.
Un De Sceaux could head to Newbury, Leopardstown or step back up in trip for the Ascot Chase after Willie Mullins sidestepped an outing this weekend on account of the ground.
The raiding party for next month's Dublin Racing Festival looks set to be a potent one with Leopardstown favourite Simply Ned leading an 11-strong English challenge.
The BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at next month's Dublin Racing Festival is the next port of call for Apple's Jade but Gordon Elliott insists a tilt at the Cheltenham equivalent in March is "very doubtful".
Jessica Harrington hopes that 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John will make his first appearance in over a year at next month's Dublin Racing Festival.
A no-deal Brexit would be "catastrophic" for the movement of horses to and from Ireland, according to the country's racing authority.
Shattered Love will sidestep the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown and instead head straight to the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
Top trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed that his star mare Apple's Jade will run in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle on February 2.
Ruby Walsh and Patrick Mullins are not concerned by the inconsistency of Willie Mullins' yard and expect the wheel to turn as many of his Closutton string shake off the cobwebs and get a run under their belt after an unusually dry spell.
Gordon Elliott enjoyed a 64/1 treble at Fairyhouse, where Eclair De Beaufeu (100/30) took the featured conditions hurdle under Jack Kennedy, beating Ted Walsh's Oscars Den by five lengths.
When Noel Hayes' father went to the Tattersalls Ireland sale in September 2010, little did he know that he would stumble upon a superstar like Our Conor for the paltry sum of €4,500.
The sight of Altior and Un De Sceaux jumping the last upsides in the Tingle Creek is one of the moments of the season thus far and the pair look set to renew rivalries in Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot.
Black Tears will bid to get her career over timber off to a winning start at Punchestown today when she lines-up in the Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Felix Desjy bounced back to winning ways when making all the running in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
The McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic at Warwick often provides a Grand National clue and, while that may be the destination 16 months down the line for yesterday's lightly-weighted 8/1 winner, Impulsive Star, it was a more immediate pointer for Cheltenham's four-mile National Hunt Chase.
Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud took the major honours at Fairyhouse yesterday with Duca De Thaix giving Elliott a third consecutive victory in the €100,000 BetVictor Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase and Surin edging a thrilling finish to the BetVictor Irish Racing Hurdle.
Mouse Morris is unsure if sending Sams Profile to the Cheltenham Festival would be in his long-term interests.
Tracey Collins has decided to retire stable stalwart Captain Joy after his runner-up effort at Dundalk on Friday night.
The amalgamation of several top jumps races to develop the Dublin Racing Festival means there's a dearth of Grade One action until next month but tomorrow's Punchestown card has a few prizes to excite punters.
A good chunk of my form study relies on statistics, and it's always somewhat comforting when the bet you are about to place fits in with the profitable stats and trends.
John Oxx and Patrick Prendergast are to join forces to form a new alliance at the same Curragh base.
Jockeys in Ireland who test positive for cocaine will face a five-year ban, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has announced.
It was sometime in 2007 when Paddy Merrigan drove a brand new €100k BMW to Birmingham airport and only remembered to collect it three months later when a sizeable parking fee bill landed on his desk.
Ante-post Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy and the progressive Kemboy are among 24 entries for the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown next month.