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Ten talking-points that made the 2017 Cheltenham Festival so memorable

All over for another year, the Cheltenham Festival has written a new chapter in its illustrious, heavyweight history.

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Willie Mullins, top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last four years, with his odds-on favourite for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Douvan, probably the best horse on view at this week's meeting.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Richard Silverwood’s exclusive eve-of-meeting selections

So here we go. The famous roar that greets the start of the magnificent and mesmerising Cheltenham Festival is only a matter of hours away.

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One of the warm fancies for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: in-depth preview of this year’s Gold Cup

Spring has sprung, and the daffodils are surely out at Pittville Park, which lines the uphill route from the town centre to Prestbury Park for racegoers wending their way to the Cheltenham Festival.

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Favourite Thistlecrack, who has been ruled out of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup because of injury.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: golden rules for a successful week of punting

As the mighty THISTLECRACK becomes the latest casualty, the battered and bruised Cheltenham Festival is limping into view on crutches.

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Doncaster races preview and tips for Wednesday, February 22

Ericht can spearhead a Nicky Henderson double at Doncaster.

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Exciting novice chaser Altior is spring-heeled on his way to victory in the highlight of Newbury's stellar card last Saturday.

Can any of these magnificent seven ride into Grand National history at Aintree?

The juggernaut marked ‘Cheltenham Festival’ that is plunging headlong towards us was briefly stopped in its tracks this week by one of racing’s equally iconic standing dishes.

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Two of Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson's top horses make the list. He is pictured here with his crack 2m novice chaser, Cloudy Dream.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: horses to follow from the opening weeks of 2017

This is not an easy time of year for racing fans. On the one hand, we cannot wait for the Cheltenham Festival. On the other hand, our feverish anticipation is sullied by the dreaded news of yet another star turn sidelined by injury or worse.

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The ill-fated Many Clouds gets the better of Thistlecrack at Cheltenham on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert PA Wire/PA Images)

Many tears for Many Clouds as Thistlecrack doubts creep in

A devotion to, an obsession with or even an addiction to horse racing comes with many strings attached. They include heart strings, at which the sad death of MANY CLOUDS at Cheltenham on Saturday tugged uncontrollably.

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Willie Mullins, trainer of both Annie Power and Faugheen, winners of the last two Champion Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival. (PHOTO BY: horseracingphotos.co.uk)

Annie Power’s glory bid is off, but the countdown to Cheltenham and Aintree is on

The injury that has sabotaged ANNIE POWER’s bid to retain the Champion Hurdle crown is the latest setback to mask the excitement enveloping the countdown to another Cheltenham Festival.

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Sky Bet Chase: Doncaster Racecourse clerk ‘very confident’ Saturday’s meeting will beat weather

Optimism is high at Doncaster that the big Sky Bet Chase meeting on Saturday will defeat the elements - though the outlook appears slightly murkier for the track’s meeting 24 hours earlier.

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Big crowds and high enjoyment levels make racing one of the best and most popular days out in British sport.

Racing basks in glow of booming attendance figures and soaring enjoyment levels

Horse racing’s lofty status as one of the best and most popular days out in British sport has been confirmed by the latest figures covering attendances and enjoyment levels.

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Kauto Star strides to one of his record-breaking five victories in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

The Kempton Park closure conundrum -- sad and wrong, or sensible and crucial?

In one way, it came as a blessed relief. A respite for racing’s news agenda from the interminable debate about ITV’s coverage which, for yawns, was beginning to match the BHA v Jim Best disciplinary saga.

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Horses circling the paddock during the big Christmas meeting at Wetherby, one of many racecourses to stage thrilling action during the festive holiday.

From Thistlecrack to Redhotfillypeppers -- performances that lit up the Christmas and New Year holiday

As ITV takes over the reins for terrestrial TV racing coverage, it seems only right to start the first column of 2017 with reference to one of the favourite sayings of a key member of its new team.

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NEW KING ON THE BLOCK? -- novice Thistlecrack is aiming to spike the guns of stablemate Cue Card in the 32Red King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Thistlecrack in the King George at Kempton -- good for the race, but is it good for the horse?

Every now and then in racing, a performance makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand bolt upright and sends shivers down the spine.

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GOOD AS NEW -- popular jumper The New One on his way to victory in the big race at Cheltenham last Saturday, the stanjames.com International Hurdle.

Farewell Walter Swinburn: rider of Shergar and one of the best jockeys never to be crowned champion

Derby-winning jockey at the age of just 19. Dead at the age of just 55. Why did it all happen too soon in the life and career of Walter Swinburn?

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA -- this behind-the-scenes visit to the Newmarket stable of Sir Michael Stoute was just one of the benefits of membership of The Racegoers Club.

From books to baubles, and hip-flasks to puddings -- what to buy the racing fan for Christmas

Christmas for racing fans means a main course of the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, followed by all the trimmings of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, plus a sumptuous four-day feast at Leopardstown on the side.

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HENNESSY HEROES -- Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, lands the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Twelve horses to have caught the eye so far this Jumps season

With his rotund frame, his West Country burr and his farming roots, Colin Tizzard is not the most obvious sporting hero, even though he played cricket at school with Ian Botham.

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HENNESSY HERO? -- champion jockey Richard Johnson, who attempts to win the Hennessy Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday aboard the pre-race favourite, Native River.

Hunting for the winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury

One of the most alluring appeals of racing is the affinity racegoers and punters can build with their favourite horses.

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POIGNANT POPPIES -- Remembrance Sunday turned into a sombre occasion for racegoers at Cheltenham's Open meeting.

Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig add poignancy to racing’s Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday carried extra poignancy for the racing community and, in particular, for trainer Nicky Henderson at Cheltenham’s Open meeting.

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FAST FREDDY -- jockey Freddy Tylicki steering home one of his many winners before his career was cruelly cut short by a life-changing accident at Kempton.

Vautour death and Tylicki injury are chilling reminders of racing’s danger

At this time of year, racing is usually in high spirits as it bounces into The Open at Cheltenham, the first major meeting of the Jumps season.

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