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Coneygree ruled out of Gold Cup defence

ANY outside chance of reigning Gold Cup hero Coneygree returning from injury to defend his Cheltenham crown in March has ended with connections deciding it “prudent” not to rush the star stayer back into action this season.   Coneygree was being aimed at the...
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Hennessy hero Smad Place set for King George

SMAD PLACE, who demolished his rivals in last month’s Hennessy Gold Cup, is set to take his chance in Saturday’s William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton. Trainer Alan King was initially not keen on running the impressive Hennessy hero in Kempton’s Christmas...
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McCoy: make the sacrifices, it’s worth it

TONY McCOY, honoured in Belfast on Sunday evening when receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC’s 2015 Sports Personality of the Year awards, delivered a rousing speech urging youngsters to do all they can to make the grade.   He was presented with...
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Coneygree camp hoping star is home for Xmas

THE odds on Coneygree defending his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown in March appeared to be lengthening on Saturday, although connections remain confident his absence would only postpone future success in jumping’s blue riband showpiece. Coneygree, who was being aimed at the William Hill King George VI...
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Palmer and Beckett to train for Abdullah

KHALID ABDULLAH has added Hugo Palmer and Ralph Beckett to his roster of trainers for 2016 with the pair set to train for the leading owner for the first time. Palmer described the news as a “great thrill” and expects to receive his first...
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King back with Hobbs for fresh assault on festival

IN A blizzard of get-well cards cursed only by the local postman, Balthazar King fought back to recover from a horror fall in last season’s Crabbie’s Grand National. Now the 11-year-old, who suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung after tumbling at the Canal...
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McCoy set for Lifetime Achievement award

HAVING won the Grand National, all the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival and been crowned champion jump jockey 20 years in a row, there is not much left for Tony McCoy to conquer. But the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will...
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Coneygree out of King George following injury

JUMP racing was dealt a significant blow on Wednesday morning with the news that Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree would definitely miss the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, amid concern the defence of his festival crown might also be in...
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Elliott: Vautour the one to beat in King George

GORDON ELLIOTT views Vautour as the biggest danger to Don Cossack in the William Hill King George VI Chase next week if last season’s wide-margin JLT Novices’ Chase winner stays the longer trip. The sponsors make Don Cossack their 5-2 favourite, with Vautour next best at...
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Twiston-Davies vows to change riding style

SAM TWISTON-DAVIES is to remodel his riding style after two unfortunate incidents over the weekend when he was unseated on the flat. First he parted company with Politologue approaching the last in the 2m1f hurdle race at Cheltenham on Friday, before he hit the...
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