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Energumene impressive as he stays unbeaten over fences

PA Sport 2:10pm, Wed 13 Jan 2021

Energumene after winning at Naas (Alan Magee/PA) The Irish Arkle could be next on the agenda for Energumene after he maintained his unbeaten record over fences with an impressive display at Naas. Having already won a point-to-point, a bumper and on his sole start over hurdles, the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old made a smart start to his novice-chasing campaign when registering a wide-margin victory at Gowran Park in November.

Epatante and Buveur D’Air on course for Champion Hurdle

PA Sport 12:32pm, Wed 13 Jan 2021

Epatante after winning last year’s Champion Hurdle (Tim Goode/PA) Last year’s heroine Epatante and dual winner Buveur D’Air are among 27 entries for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Buveur D’Air claimed the two-mile hurdling crown in both 2017 and 2018 for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus, before falling at the third flight when bidding for the hat-trick two years ago.

Mullins eyeing more Market Rasen glory with Grangee

PA Sport 11:17am, Wed 13 Jan 2021

Willie Mullins is set to run Grangee at Market Rasen (Brian Lawless/PA) Grangee could bid to provide Willie Mullins with back-to-back victories in this weekend’s Listed mares’ bumper at Market Rasen. The Closutton trainer saddled his first ever runner at the Lincolnshire venue when sending Panic Attack across the Irish Sea to win this race 12 months ago.

Perfect could bypass Classic Chase date

PA Sport 10:04am, Wed 13 Jan 2021

Lil Rockerfeller is set to run at Market Rasen this weekend (Mike Egerton/PA) Nearly Perfect appears far from certain to take up his engagement in the Mccoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Chase at Warwick. Neil King’s seven-year-old is as short as 7-1 in the betting for Saturday’s Grade Three feature following impressive wins at Wetherby and Wincanton last month.

Venturous and Bless Him book Finals Day tickets

PA Sport 7:26pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Venturous seen here winning at Doncaster (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Venturous and Bless Him secured their places for All-Weather Championships Finals Day with victories in the Fast-Track Qualifiers at Newcastle on Tuesday, The David Barron-trained Venturous booked his ticket for the All-Weather Sprint Championship at Lingfield Park on Good Friday as he justified 9-4 favouritism in the Betway Conditions Stakes.

Tom Queally hails ‘gentleman’ Khalid Abdullah

PA Sport 6:42pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Tom Queally aboard Frankel at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA) Frankel’s rider Tom Queally believes owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah “leaves a legacy which will live on for a long time” following his death on Tuesday. Queally rode Abdullah’s unbeaten superstar to each of his 14 successes, which included a remarkable 10 Group One triumphs between 2010 and the end the 2012 season.

Gosden and Dettori pay tribute to owner Khalid Abdullah

PA Sport 6:27pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Owner Khalid Abdullah died on Tuesday (Steve Parsons/PA) John Gosden and Frankie Dettori led the tributes to owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah following his death on Tuesday. Together the trio enjoyed huge success on the track, most notably with the brilliant racemare Enable, who was retired last October having won 15 of her 19 career starts, with her tally of 11 Group Ones including back-to-back victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Prince Khalid Abdullah – the founder of a racing legacy beyond equal

PA Sport 5:05pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Khalid Abdullah receives his trophy from the Princess Royal after Riposte’s 2013 Ribblesdale Stakes victory at Royal Ascot (Steven Paston/PA) Khalid Abdullah provided the racing world with a platinum legacy as the owner-breeder of a string of equine greats including Enable and Frankel. Through his breeding operation Juddmonte Farms, the Saudi prince was the driving force behind generations of many of the best horses to grace the turf.

Seven of the best for Prince Khalid Abdullah

PA Sport 4:36pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Khalid Abdullah (centre) owned several superstars of the sport (Tom Hevezi/PA) Prince Khalid Abdullah’s famous green, pink and white silks have been carried by some of the greats of the turf. Here we look back at just a handful of his spectacular performers:

Prince Khalid Abdullah dies

PA Sport 4:11pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Khalid Abdullah (second right) with Frankel (PA) Leading owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah has died, his Juddmonte Farms operations confirmed. The Saudi prince has owned and bred some of the greatest equine names the sport has ever seen – with his famous green, pink and white silks carried by the likes of Frankel, Dancing Brave and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable.

Percy Warner prevails in Fairyhouse feature

PA Sport 3:39pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Percy Warner after winning at Fairyhouse (Gary Carson/PA) Gordon Elliott was on course for only the second time since testing positive for coronavirus to witness Percy Warner claim a dramatic victory in the feature event at Fairyhouse on Tuesday.

Hobson planning health checks for Mesnil after Chepstow run

PA Sport 3:32pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Trainer Richard Hobson (Richard Marsham/PA) Lord Du Mesnil is to undergo tests after suffering from post-race heat stress following the Welsh National. Trainer Richard Hobson is determined to discover the root of the problem before making any future plans for his smart long-distance chaser.

Envoi Allen the star name among Punchestown possibles

PA Sport 2:14pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Envoi Allen could run at Punchestown this weekend (PA) Envoi Allen could be the star attraction at Punchestown on Sunday after appearing among 11 entries for the Sky Bet Killiney Novice Chase. The Cheveley Park Stud-owned seven-year-old is arguably the most exciting National Hunt horse in training, having won each of his 10 starts to date, including a pair of victories at the Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Bumper and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

De Bromhead cues up Bob Olinger to state case in Lawlor’s

PA Sport 1:45pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Bob Olinger returns to the Navan winner’s enclosure (Gary Carson/PA) Henry de Bromhead plans to let Bob Olinger “do the talking” in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle. Impressive in winning a point-to-point and a Gowran Park bumper last season, Bob Olinger made a promising start to his hurdling career when pushing last season’s Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow all the way in November.

Chatham Street Lad headlines Fairyhouse entries

PA Sport 1:28pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Chatham Street Lad on his way to victory at Cheltenham (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Cheltenham heroes Chatham Street Lad and The Shunter could lock horns in the Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday. The Mick Winters-trained trained Chatham Street Lad was a brilliant winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Prestbury Park last month, while The Shunter won the Greatwood Hurdle in November for Emmet Mullins.

Russell hopes to be back on horseback next week

PA Sport 12:53pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Davy Russell is recovering from injury (David Davies/PA) Davy Russell hopes to be back on horseback next week as he steps up his recovery from the serious injuries he suffered in a fall in October. Ireland’s three-time champion jockey has been on the sidelines since dislocating and fracturing vertebrae in a first-fence fall in the Munster National at Limerick aboard Doctor Duffy.

Nassalam on course for Cheltenham’s Triumph Trial

PA Sport 12:11pm, Tue 12 Jan 2021

Nassalam could have his next race on Cheltenham Festival Trials Day this month (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Nassalam is to put his Festival credentials on the line in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham this month. The four-year-old lost his unbeaten record in Britain when runner-up to Adagio in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday, but trainer Gary Moore was delighted with the performance and the way Nassalam has taken the race.

The Jam Man ready for Dublin Festival return

PA Sport 9:30am, Tue 12 Jan 2021

The Jam Man is heading for the Dublin Racing Festival (Mike Egerton/PA) The Jam Man is being aimed at the same handicap hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival in which he was second last year. Ronan McNally’s seven-year-old has not been seen since finishing sixth in a valuable event at Haydock behind Main Fact in November.

Stone bruise rules Dreal Deal out of Fairyhouse outing

PA Sport 6:50pm, Mon 11 Jan 2021

Dreal Deal misses his planned Fairyhouse outing (Alan Magee/PA) Dreal Deal will miss his intended outing in Tuesday’s Fairyhouse Racing From Home Webpage Hurdle after suffering a late setback. Ronan McNally’s charge was due to bid for a sixth win on the bounce in the two-mile feature after triumphing three times over hurdles and twice on the Flat since September – progressing from a mark of 84 to his current rating of 141.

Stratagem too good for Doncaster rivals

PA Sport 5:40pm, Mon 11 Jan 2021

Stratagem and Harry Cobden on their way to victory in the Sky Bet Beginners’ Chase at Doncaster (Tim Goode/PA) Stratagem followed in his half-brother Ziga Boy’s hoofprints when getting off the mark over fences in highly-promising style at Doncaster. Ziga Boy loved the Town Moor track, winning three times from four starts, including their winter feature, the Sky Bet Handicap Chase, in 2016 and 2017.

Nicholls targets Aintree for Monmiral

PA Sport 3:57pm, Mon 11 Jan 2021

Monmiral will not run in the Triumph Hurdle (David Davies/PA) Leading juvenile hurdler Monmiral is already earmarked for Aintree in the spring, and will not even be entered in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Paul Nicholls’ French import, who numbers Sir Alex Ferguson among his owners with Ged Mason and John and Lisa Hales, scored with ease on his British debut at Exeter.

Lee keen to test Storm Control’s National credentials at Warwick

PA Sport 3:06pm, Mon 11 Jan 2021

Richard Patrick riding Storm Control at Cheltenham (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Kerry Lee is keen to find out if Storm Control is a Grand National candidate should he run in the McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick. Having won at Cheltenham the last twice, most recently over three and a quarter miles, the eight-year-old is on course to face an extra three furlongs on Saturday.

Venturous seeking another victory in Newcastle conditions heat

PA Sport 2:42pm, Mon 11 Jan 2021

Venturous on his way to victory at Doncaster (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Venturous bids to secure a fourth victory from his last five starts in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Newcastle on Tuesday. After impressing on heavy ground at Doncaster in late October, David Barron’s charge followed up over this course and distance a few weeks later, before coming up short when bidding for a hat-trick at Wolverhampton.

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