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Tommytucker masters Haydock rivals

PA Sport 2:41pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

Master Tommytucker and Sam Twiston-Davies are out on their own en route to victory in the Back And Lay On Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase at Haydock (Mike Egerton/PA) Master Tommytucker and Sam Twiston-Davies proved a perfect match as they reunited for an impressive victory in the Back And Lay On Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase at Haydock. Paul Nicholls’ talented but lightly-raced resurgent star has been let down by his jumping several times over fences.

Imperial rule for Kim Bailey ace at Ascot

PA Sport 2:36pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

Imperial Aura soars over the last at Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Imperial Aura advertised his claims for further Cheltenham Festival glory with a decisive victory in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot. Stepping up to Grade Two company from Listed level, Kim Bailey’s charge – a winner at the showpiece meeting in March last year – put in an almost foot-perfect round of jumping to cruise home by five lengths at the 13-8 favourite.

Highly-promising Demachine motors to Ascot victory

PA Sport 2:03pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

Demachine looks to have a very bright future (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Kerry Lee is refusing to get carried away with Demachine despite the promising six-year-old maintaining his unbeaten record over fences at Ascot. The 11-4 chance ran out a three-and-three-quarter-length victor in the Play The Coral “Racing Super Series” Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase – and the hope is that one day he will be taking his chance in much loftier company.

Notebook puts down Champion Chase marker at Naas

PA Sport 1:45pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

Notebook returned to winning ways at Naas (Niall Carson/PA) Notebook bounced back to winning form in the Grade Two Poplar Square Chase at Naas. Henry de Bromhead’s charge was a dual Grade One winner last term, but he had disappointed when sent off the 5-2 favourite for the Arkle on his final start of last term, finishing a well-beaten sixth.

Shang Tang enjoys confidence-boosting success at Ascot

PA Sport 1:07pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

James Bowen and Shang Tang clear the last (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Shang Tang opened his account at the ninth time of asking when taking a step up in trip in his stride at Ascot. Out of luck in his three bumpers and five previous hurdle starts, the Emma Lavelle-trained six-year-old finally struck gold on his first attempt over the extended two-mile-five-furlong trip of the Coral “Fail To Finish” Free Bet Novices’ Hurdle.

Minella Indo takes next step on road to Cheltenham

PA Sport 12:55pm, Sat 21 Nov 2020

Minella Indo after winning at Wexford (Donal Murphy/PA) Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Minella Indo is the star attraction in the BetVictor Make Your Best Bet Chase at Navan on Sunday. Henry de Bromhead’s charge won twice at Grade One level over hurdles, including victory in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham in 2019, and came close to doubling his tally at the showpiece meeting when mowed down late by Champ in last season’s RSA Chase.

Main Fact out to cap sequence with ninth successive win

PA Sport 4:19pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

David Pipe saddles Main Fact at Haydock (Tim Goode/PA) Main Fact bids to extend his remarkable winning sequence to nine in the Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle at Haydock. Since finishing a close-up third on his first start for David Pipe at Exeter in December, the seven-year-old racked up five successive hurdling wins before reverting to the Flat to complete a hat-trick.

Fakir D’oudairies returns to the fray at Naas

PA Sport 4:16pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Fakir D’oudairies after his win in the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse (PA) Last season’s Arkle runner-up Fakir D’oudairies faces some familiar rivals on his return to action in the Poplar Square Chase at Naas on Saturday. Formerly a high-class juvenile hurdler, the JP McManus-owned five-year-old made a smooth transition to the larger obstacles for Joseph O’Brien last season – scoring on his chasing debut at Navan before claiming Grade One honours in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse.

Lostintranslation out to retain Betfair title

PA Sport 3:23pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Lostintranslation bids for back-to-back victories in the Betfair Chase (Paul Harding/PA) Colin Tizzard is confident Lostintranslation will put up a staunch defence of his crown in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. The eight-year-old denied the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai a third successive victory in Saturday’s Merseyside showpiece when triumphing 12 months ago.

Simsir shines under Lee Newman in Bahrain International Trophy

PA Sport 1:47pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

The line came just in time to give Simsir and Lee Newman glory in the Bahrain International Trophy (Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club) Simsir caused an upset in the second running of the Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir racecourse under former champion apprentice Lee Newman. Formerly trained by Mick Halford in Ireland, the Zoffany gelding joined Bahrain national Fawzi Nass only recently and benefited from an enterprising ride by Newman

Ferny Hollow gets hurdling career off to perfect start

PA Sport 1:19pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Ferny Hollow after winning at Gowran Park (Alan Magee/PA) Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow made a successful start to his career over hurdles with victory at Gowran Park. Making his first appearance since sweeping through to beat stablemate Appreciate It at the Cheltenham Festival in March, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned five-year-old was unsurprisingly cramped odds for the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at 1-3.

Imperial rule could be the order of the day this weekend

PA Sport 12:38pm, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Imperial Aura won at the Festival in March (Simon Cooper/PA) Saturday could provide an afternoon to savour for members of Imperial Racing – with Imperial Aura heading to Ascot and Imperial Alcazar well fancied at Haydock. No stranger to big-race success – indeed Imperial Commander won the arguably biggest of them all, the Gold Cup, at Cheltenham in 2010 – this weekend has the potential to potentially rank with the syndicate’s best days.

Summerville may head to Newbury

PA Sport 11:38am, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Summerville Boy could head to Newbury for his next appearance (Julian Herbert/PA) The Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle could be next on the agenda for recent Aintree winner Summerville Boy. Tom George’s 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner kicked off last season over fences, before reverting to the smaller obstacles to win the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Mullins must serve two-week racecourse ban for Covid protocol breach

PA Sport 9:57am, Fri 20 Nov 2020

Willie Mullins (Simon Cooper/PA) Willie Mullins has been fined and will be prohibited from attending a racecourse for a period of two weeks, having been found in breach of Covid-19 protocols. Two of Mullins’ staff, Katie Murphy and Steve Jones, attended a meeting at Aintree on November 7 and then were present at Punchestown a week later when they should have been restricting their movements.

Ferny Hollow poised for jumping bow at Gowran Park

PA Sport 3:57pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Ferny Hollow makes his hurdling debut at Gowran (Simon Cooper/PA) Weatherbys Champion Bumper hero Ferny Hollow makes his eagerly-awaited hurdling debut at Gowran Park on Friday. Willie Mullins has picked the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle as the starting point for one of the most exciting recruits to obstacles this season.

Magical on course for Hong Kong Cup

PA Sport 3:17pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Magical beats Ghaiyyath at Leopardstown (PA Wire) Magical remains in full training and is being aimed towards the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin next month. Aidan O’Brien’s multiple Group One winner was last seen being caught late on by Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which followed on from her meritorious run in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Moore considering options for Ascot absentee Goshen

PA Sport 2:26pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Goshen in winning action at Ascot (Bradley Collyer/PA) Gary Moore will take stock over the next few days on a new target for Goshen after he was a surprise absentee from the declarations for the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday. So unfortunate in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, the four-year-old had been due to make his return over obstacles in the Grade Two contest after a couple of Flat outings.

Presenting Percy back in business at Thurles

PA Sport 1:52pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Presenting Percy returned to winning ways at Thurles (Thomas Weekes/PA) Presenting Percy got back to winning ways in fine style in the Chase at Thurles. In what was a high-class affair for a Thursday afternoon, it was the Gordon Elliott-trained nine-year-old, the only runner in the field who had the benefit of a previous run this season, who eventually came out well on top.

Gosden and Dettori seeking Global dominance in Bahrain

PA Sport 1:37pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Global Giant carries hope hopes in Bahrain (Steven Cargill/PA) John Gosden and Frankie Dettori can look forward plenty of local support when they team up with Global Giant in the Bahrain International Trophy on Friday. Bought primarily with this race in mind out of Ed Dunlop’s yard by Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa – a driving force behind the event – the five-year-old has won two of his four starts for current connections.

Racing to benefit from Government funding package for coronavirus-affected sports

PA Sport 12:45pm, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Racing has been held behind closed doors since June 1 (David Davies/PA) Up to £40 million of loans will be made available to British racing as part of the Government’s support package for sport in the continued absence of spectators. The Government will provide a combined £300million cash injection to 11 sports hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced, with racing second to only rugby union in terms of the support it will receive.

Haydock next for Ranch Hand

PA Sport 11:47am, Thu 19 Nov 2020

Ranch Hand, who will head to Haydock next month after making a winning debut over hurdles at Exeter (Richard Sellers/PA) Andrew Balding has earmarked Haydock as the next port of call for his talented jumps recruit Ranch Hand. The Dunaden gelding will be given the chance to follow up his debut victory over timber at Exeter when he travels to Merseyside for an introductory hurdle on December 2.

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