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Paisley Park defends Cleeve crown in style

PA Sport 4:04pm, Sat 25 Jan 2020

Paisley Park and Summerville Boy battle it out in the Cleeve Hurdle (David Davies/PA) Paisley Park stretched his unbeaten run to seven with another professional display in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham. Last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle hero won on his seasonal return at Newbury and was due to run at Ascot last month, but testing conditions ruled him out on the day of the race.

Corral bounces back to form in Sky Bet Chase

PA Sport 3:47pm, Sat 25 Jan 2020

Derek O’Connor poses with OK Corral and team after his Sky Bet Chase win (Keith Hamer/PA) Ok Corral returned to winning ways when coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Fingerontheswitch in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. Having looked a smart novice in the early part of last season, he went to the Cheltenham Festival with high hopes but suffered a troubled passage there and had cut little ice in two runs this season to date.

Lady Buttons blooms again in Rose contest

PA Sport 3:05pm, Sat 25 Jan 2020

Lady Buttons and connections after her Doncaster triumph (Keith Hamer/PA) Lady Buttons landed the Napoleons Casino Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster for the second successive year in fine style. It looked like Phil Kirby’s popular 10-year-old faced a much tougher test on paper than 12 months ago and she was not even sent off clear favourite – despite winning a Listed heat over fences last time out.

Santini outbattles Bristol in Cotswold Chase thriller

PA Sport 2:51pm, Sat 25 Jan 2020

Bristol De Mai jumps the last just ahead of Santini (David Davies/PA) Santini got the better of an exciting duel with Bristol De Mai in the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham. The two looked the class acts on paper for the Gold Cup trial and they pulled a long way clear of the others, lead by classy handicappers Top Ville Ben and De Rasher Counter.

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