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BHA welcomes road map announcement

PA Sport 6:05pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Racing has been continuing behind closed doors (Tim Goode/PA) The British Horseracing Authority has underlined its commitment to getting both owners and racegoers back on course after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a possible mid-May date for the return of limited crowds to English sports venues.

Saint Roi to miss Champion Hurdle

PA Sport 5:02pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Saint Roi (centre) will miss the Cheltenham Festival (Simon Cooper/PA) Last season’s County Hurdle winner Saint Roi has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival by Willie Mullins. The six-year-old was Barry Geraghty’s final Festival winner when bolting up in handicap company in March, and went into the summer as one of the leading players for the Champion Hurdle.

Mid-May return at earliest for racing crowds

PA Sport 4:06pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Racing is set to remain behind closed doors for the immediate future (David Davies/PA) Spectators are not expected to return to racecourses until mid-May at the earliest after Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out his road map for the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Al Boum Photo ‘in great shape’ as Gold Cup hat-trick bid looms

PA Sport 3:38pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Al Boum Photo on his reappearance at Tramore (PA) Willie Mullins is planning a “big bit of work” for Al Boum Photo this week as the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner continues preparations for his hat-trick bid. The nine-year-old will attempt to join Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate as a three-time winner of the blue riband, with Golden Miller the most successful in the history of the race thanks to his five victories.

Mishriff camp eye Juddmonte International as long-term target

PA Sport 3:17pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

David Egan celebrates Saudi Cup glory with Mishriff (JCSA) The Juddmonte International at York in August is likely to be a prime target for Mishriff following his exciting victory in the Saudi Cup. Owner Prince Faisal has personal reasons to target the Group One over an extended 10 furlongs on the Knavesmire with the John Gosden-trained colt.

Mister Malarky on course to defend Kempton title

PA Sport 3:01pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Mister Malarky jumps the last clear of Black Corton (right) in last year’s race (Julian Herbert/PA) Last year’s winner and runner-up Mister Malarky and Black Corton are on course to do battle again in the Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Kempton. Colin Tizzard’s Mister Malarky landed another big pot at Ascot in December, but was a distant seventh most recently in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

McGuinness delighted following Bowerman’s Doha success

PA Sport 1:40pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Bowerman landed a huge pot in Qatar (PA) Ado McGuinness has reflected on a very profitable weekend overseas, which saw Bowerman win in Qatar and Saltonstall pick up some big prize money in Saudi Arabia. The seven-year-old Bowerman overcame a wide draw to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Doha, beating the ex-Brian Meehan inmate Dominus in a race worth over £80,000 to the winner.

Setback scuppers Cheltenham run for Ronald Pump

PA Sport 11:58am, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Ronald Pump has been ruled out of Cheltenham due to injury (PA) Ronald Pump has suffered a setback which has ruled him out of the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Trainer Matthew Smith reports it is not serious and is optimistic his stable star will be back in action at the Punchestown Festival at the end of April.

Mullins plots middle-distance path for Princess Zoe

PA Sport 11:37am, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Trainer Tony Mullins with his star mare Princess Zoe (PA) Princess Zoe may start her 2021 campaign in the Alleged Stakes at the Curragh in April. Trainer Tony Mullins is thinking of dropping his Group One-winning stayer down to a mile and a quarter, because he believes she does not need extreme distances to bring out her best.

Gold Cup glory with Long Run was the stuff of dreams for Waley-Cohen

PA Sport 10:00am, Mon 22 Feb 2021

Robert Waley-Cohen (back) and his son and winning jockey Sam celebrate Long Run’s 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph (David Jones/PA) Long Run had to win a race for the ages as he surged clear of both Denman and Kauto Star to lift the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup. A decade on, his name still resonates among his fellow heroes of a famed golden era of steeplechasing – as do the Corinthian achievements of father-and-son, owner-rider combination Robert and Sam Waley-Cohen.

Market Rasen strike completes Ajero hat-trick

PA Sport 5:25pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

David Bass riding Ajero on their way to winning The EBF Stallions ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton Park Racecourse (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Ajero sealed a hat-trick of victories when taking the MansionBet’s Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen. The Kim Bailey-trained gelding began his winning streak at Ludlow in October, following up with a success at Kempton in November before collecting the third leg of his treble as 7-2 co-favourite under David Bass.

Soaring Glory scales new heights in Betfair Hurdle

PA Sport 4:25pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

Soaring Glory (centre) clears the final flight in the Betfair Hurdle (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Jonjo O’Neill illustrated his knack for laying out a horse for a big handicap when Soaring Glory swooped to conquer in the Betfair Handicap Hurdle. Under the trainer’s son Jonjo Jr, the 17-2 shot looked to be travelling by far the best approaching the final flight and when given the signal, he accelerated away on the run to the line.

Gowel Road forwards Festival claims at Newbury

PA Sport 3:24pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

Gowel Road on his way to victory at Newbury (Alan Crowshurst/PA) Gowel Road overcame greenness to earn himself a possible visit to Cheltenham with an all-the-way triumph for Nigel Twiston-Davies and son Sam in the Read Paul Nicholls On Betting Betfair Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury.

Secret Investor springs Denman Chase surprise

PA Sport 3:05pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

Secret Investor (right) on his way to winning the Denman Chase (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Secret Investor repelled stablemate Clan Des Obeaux in a thrilling climax to the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury. Trainer Paul Nicholls had saddled nine previous winners of the recognised Gold Cup trial, with Ditcheat greats Kauto Star (2007) and Denman himself (2008) both claiming victory en route to Cheltenham glory the following month.

No Drama for Minella in Sidney Banks success

PA Sport 2:25pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

Minella Drama following his Market Rasen success (Molly Hunter/PA) Minella Drama got back on the winning trail with an authoritative display in the Ballymore Sidney Banks Novices’ Hurdle at Market Rasen. Transferred from its traditional home of Huntingdon following the abandonment of the track’s fixture earlier in the month, the Listed contest has an illustrious roll of honour, with last year’s winner Shishkin going on to win the Supreme at Cheltenham on his next start.

Coko Beach delivers again in Ten Up contest

PA Sport 1:32pm, Sun 21 Feb 2021

Coko Beach on his way to victory at Navan (Niall Carson/PA) Thyestes Chase hero Coko Beach followed up in the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Three and a half weeks on from his lucrative handicap success at Gowran Park, Gordon Elliott’s grey was the 5-4 favourite at Grade Two level in the hands of Jack Kennedy.

Mishriff upsets Charlatan to land Saudi Cup glory for Gosden and Egan

PA Sport 6:05pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Glory for David Egan and Mishriff in the Saudi Cup (Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia/Douglas DeFelice) Mishriff powered home to wear down American ace Charlatan and land the world’s most valuable race, the $20million Saudi Cup in Riyadh. The John Gosden-trained colt, owned by Prince Faisal, made his stamina tell over the nine furlongs after the two US heavyweights, Charlatan and Knicks Go, had gone head to head in the early stages.

Clan Des Obeaux seeks Nicholls’ 10th Denman Chase success

PA Sport 4:13pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Paul Nicholls with Clan Des Obeaux (David Davies/PA) Dual King George hero Clan Des Obeaux is the star attraction in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury. Trainer Paul Nicholls has saddled nine previous winners of Sunday’s Gold Cup trial, with Ditcheat greats Kauto Star (2007) and Denman himself (2008) both claiming victory en route to Cheltenham glory the following month.

Buzz and Coffey lead Betfair bidding for Henderson

PA Sport 4:13pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Buzz (left) on his way to victory at Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Nicky Henderson is triple-handed in his bid for a sixth victory in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Sunday. It is 23 years since the master of Seven Barrows first plundered the always-competitive handicap with Sharpical, since when he has added to his tally with dual winner Geos (2000 and 2004), Landing Light (2001) and My Tent Or Yours (2013).

Dashel Drasher records landmark Ascot Chase victory

PA Sport 3:56pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Matt Griffiths riding Dashel Drasher (left) (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Dashel Drasher delivered a famous Grade One success for trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Matt Griffiths in the Betfair Ascot Chase. The front-running eight-year-old, scoring over course and distance for the third time in succession, took on favourite Cyrname early on the final circuit and then outpointed the latter’s stablemate Master Tommytucker up the straight to win by a hard-fought two lengths.

Goshen roars back into Champion Hurdle picture

PA Sport 3:40pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Goshen in action at Ascot (Bradley Collyer/PA) Goshen reignited his Champion Hurdle claims with an impressive victory in the Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. Out of luck after falling at the final flight with the Triumph Hurdle at his mercy 12 months ago, Gary Moore’s five-year-old blew the opposition away with a devastating display as he returned to his best form of last season.

Lord Du Mesnil advertises National claims at Haydock

PA Sport 3:25pm, Sat 20 Feb 2021

Richard Hobson (left) with Paul O’Brien and Lord Du Mesnil (Nick Robson/PA) Lord Du Mesnil booked his ticket for another date on Merseyside with a gutsy display in the William Hill Grand National Trial at Haydock. Second 12 months ago, Richard Hobson’s stable star led them all a merry dance from the outset – and showed stamina and guts aplenty at the finish.

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