Ladbrokes will be shut out of sponsoring at next month’s Cheltenham Festival after 10 years as backers of the World Hurdle, it was announced on Thursday.
There was an alarming end to the first day's racing here for John McCririck, the betting pundit familiar to millions for his decades of work with Channel 4, who was taken to hospital after falling ill.
Talk of retirement for Kauto Star is "very premature", according to the veteran steeplechaser's trainer, Paul Nicholls.
Nicky Henderson enjoyed what must surely rate as the most momentous day of his career here on Wednesday, breaking records at either end of the card.
Sprinter Sacre was often referred to as "the hype horse" during the buildup to this week's Festival but his astonishing performance in winning the Arkle Trophy suggested that, if anything, his ability has been understated.
"It's a bit like being a decent tennis player and you end up playing for real on Centre Court at Wimbledon," Sam Waley-Cohen says as he tries to explain how it feels, as an amateur jockey, to be defending the Gold Cup he won on Long Run at Cheltenham last year.
There will be 220,000 people at this month's Cheltenham Festival, including a fair number of famous racing enthusiasts from other sports, but you will look in vain for Harry Redknapp, even though he is a long-standing owner of racehorses.
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