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Farmer Jack dies on gallops 16/03/05
Farmer Jack, who was supplemented for Friday's totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup at a cost of A£17,500, has died after suffering a suspected heart attack. [more]

Kingscliff out of Gold Cup 15/03/05
Kingscliff, who has been vying for favouritism in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been ruled out of Friday's big race. [more]

Best Mate To Miss Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup - Statement From Henrietta Knight 10/03/05
Best Mate, who has won three successive totesport Cheltenham Gold Cups, will not run in chasing’s championship race next week on Friday, March 18, after breaking blood vessels in his final piece of work this morning. [more]

2005 Festival Entries Complete 07/03/05
Entries for all 24 races at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival are revealed following today’s publication of the horses engaged in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup and Christie’s Foxhunter Chase. [more]

Farmer Jack Delivers Post 26/02/05
Richard Johnson rose to the occasion for the fourth time in six years as he gave 5-1 chance Farmer Jack a fine ride to defy top weight in the £100,000 Racing Post Chase at Kempton Park today. [more]

Cheltenham Handicap entries 21/02/05
Following last week’s announcement of outstanding entries for the three new handicaps at The 2005 Festival, an equally impressive list of possible contenders is revealed today for the seven established handicaps that form such an integral part of jump racing’s biggest meeting. [more]

Three New Handicaps Superbly Supported
Outstanding entries are revealed today (Thursday, February 17) for The Festival’s three new handicaps - The Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, Sporting Index Handicap Chase and Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. [more]

Farmer Jack dents Gold Cup hopes 12/02/05
Farmer Jack ploughed up the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup picture as he confounded punters at Newbury with a battling success in the Aon Chase. [more]

Azertyuiop outguns Chief rival 12/02/05
Azerytuiop outjumped Well Chief to take the totepool Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. Connections of the eight-year-old will head to Cheltenham next month brimming with confidence. [more]

Bradburne Hoping For More Cheltenham Festival Success
Mark Bradburne, seeking his third success at The Festival, is looking forward to riding at the event again this year. [more]

Baracouda "Firing On All Cylinders" ahead of Ladbrokes World Hurdle Bid
The 10-year-old, who won the staying hurdle championship race in 2002 and 2003 but finished second to Iris’s Gift in last year’s event, worked at Chantilly, France, this morning on the Cheltenham Racecourse press day. [more]

Howard Johnson on the Cheltenham trail
It's twelve years since Howard Johnson's solitary Cheltenham Festival winner, and that came in that most antediluvian of races, the four-mile novice chase. Since then, however, the resources at Johnson's disposal make it unthinkable that he should arrive at the end of this year's Festival trail empty-handed. [more]

Novice Chases Attract Star-Studded Entries
The Festival’s two Grade One novice chases, The Irish Independent Arkle Chase and the Royal & SunAlliance Chase, are set to showcase a whole array of potential champions following publication of the entries for both races today. [more]

Fantastic Hurdling Showpieces In Prospect
The two most prestigious hurdling events of the season, the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle , are both shaping up to be tremendous events with 35 entries revealed for each race. [more]

Truckers TavernTruckers Tavern set for Gold Cup bid
Truckers Tavern, who came out of the wilderness to plunder the valuable Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day, could be in line for a tilt at the totesport Gold Cup if he continues to please trainer Ferdy Murphy. [more]

Kicking King wins King George VI Chase
Kicking King overcame a massive last-fence blunder to score impressively in the Grade One Stan James King George VI Chase at Kempton. [more]

Les SeychelloisSeychellois looks hot

Les Seychellois has already been mentioned in early Cheltenham Festival despatches and the four-year-old did nothing to dampen that enthusiasm with an impressive chasing debut at Warwick.

Trainer Paul Nicholls is now considering the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown on Saturday week for a horse who looks like he can only improve. [more]

Best MateMate gets home in thriller
Best Mate pipped Seebald in a thrilling finish to the William Hill Chase at Exeter.

The nine-year-old, sent off the 4-7 favourite, had to fight much harder race than expected on his first run since winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the third successive year last March. [more]

Brit Insurance announces National Hunt Racing sponsorship deal
Brit Insurance, a UK-based international general insurance, reinsurance and investment Group, today announced a further development to its sports sponsorship activity with its first venture into National Hunt racing.

Brit will sponsor an integrated seasonal package in the National Hunt calendar comprising four 3-mile Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle races culminating in a new race at next year's four day Cheltenham Festival. [more]

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