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Un De Sceaux camp relish Defi rematch

PA Sport 5:30pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Un De Sceaux shows no signs of slowing down despite turning 12 (Niall Carson/PA) Un De Sceaux’s connections are looking forward to their next clash with Defi Du Seuil in the Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot. While Willie Mullins’ veteran came off second best behind Defi Du Seuil in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last month, there was only a neck in it at the line – and with plenty of rain around this week, conditions could be even more in his favour on Saturday.

Sheppard reaches career milestone on Kestrel Valley

PA Sport 5:15pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Stan Sheppard and Kestrel Valley after their win at Lingfield (Graham Clark/PA) Stan Sheppard enjoyed a day to remember as he teamed up with his dad and trainer Matt to ride out his claim aboard Kestrel Valley at Lingfield. The 22-year-old reached the milestone moment with one of the easiest victories of his career, in division two of the Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap Hurdle on Monday.

Moore gives Goshen an Ascot option

PA Sport 4:30pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Goshen after winning at Sandown in December (Graham Clark/PA) Gary Moore has given his exciting juvenile Goshen an entry at Ascot this weekend, after his initial plan to run at Huntingdon was foiled by the weather. Goshen has won his two races over timber to date by an aggregate of 57 lengths, and is as low as 7-1 for the Triumph Hurdle.

Minella Indo all set for Navan

PA Sport 3:00pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Minella Indo jumps the last clear in the Albert Bartlett (Nigel French/PA) Cheltenham Festival winner Minella Indo is on course to further his education over fences at Navan this week. Trained by Henry de Bromhead, Minella Indo provided Rachael Blackmore with a famous success in last year’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – causing a 50-1 surprise, before proving that was no fluke when following up at Punchestown.

Seuil and Sceaux set for Clarence House clash

PA Sport 1:05pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Defi Du Seuil (far side) comes to take Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek (Mark Kerton/PA) Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux are on course to clash again in Saturday’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot. The pair were involved in a thrilling finish to the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month, with only a neck between them at the line.

No Clarence House for Altior with Newbury next

PA Sport 12:22pm, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Altior is set to head to Newbury next month (Julian Herbert/PA) Nicky Henderson will look towards next month’s Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury with Altior after ruling out a run at Ascot this weekend. The 10-year-old had been entered for the Grade One Matchbook Clarence House Chase on Saturday, but Henderson did not confirm his entry at the five-day stage on Monday in light of an unsettled forecast.

Delta Work and Kemboy lead Irish Gold Cup contenders

PA Sport 11:15am, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Delta Work after winning the Savills Chase (Brian Lawless/PA) Delta Work and Kemboy are two of 15 entries for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup on February 2. The 250,000 euro contest is the most valuable event of the two-day Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown – and a fascinating contest looks in store.

Willie Mullins set to field Market Rasen runner

PA Sport 10:46am, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Trainer Willie Mullins will have his first runner at Market Rasen (Tim Goode/PA) Willie Mullins is due to have his first runner at Market Rasen on Thursday when he sends Panic Attack for the Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. With £20,000 up for grabs, fellow Irish trainers Mags Mullins and Declan Queally have also made entries in Lady Temperance and The Getaway Star respectively.

Henderson hoping Verdana Blue makes Riyadh cut

PA Sport 10:04am, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Nicky Henderson with Verdana Blue (Andrew Matthews/PA) Nicky Henderson is keeping his fingers crossed Verdana Blue makes the cut for a lucrative event on the undercard of the inaugural Saudi Cup at Riyadh on February 29. The eight-year-old is better known for her exploits over jumps, with high-profile victories in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr and the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton counting among her nine career wins.

Skelton eyeing Huntingdon heat for Banrigh

PA Sport 9:37am, Mon 13 Jan 2020

Maire Banrigh will take a step up to Listed level on her next start at Huntingdon (Mike Egerton/PA) Maire Banrigh will bid to extend her unbeaten record over fences as she takes a step up in class and trip in the Pertemps Lady Protectress Mares’ Chase at Huntingdon on Friday week.

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