CONNECTIONS of former Cheltenham Gold Cup winners are rarely delighted after a 15-length defeat, but that is exactly how Sara Bradstock, assistant trainer of Coneygree, felt after the nine-year-old's comeback at Haydock on Saturday.
LAST Sunday David Attenborough narrated over rare images of snow leopards. This Sunday it was Dessie Scahill's turn to tell the story of the lesser spotted Identity Thief as he made it two wins from two over fences with a possibly impressive win.
MAKING LIGHT produced an impressive performance to beat the colts and enter the equation for next year's Classics.
THE leaves are turning yellow, brown and maroon but what really marks the changing of the seasons is the return of action at Cheltenham today.
Adrian Keatley must be the only man in Ireland who smiles when the rain arrives. His star filly Jet Setting just loves to get her toe in and she proved a class apart with conditions in her favour in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Tipperary.
FOUND, so often the bridesmaid this season, enjoyed her finest hour as she led home an Aidan O'Brien-trained one-two-three in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
BLACK ZAMBEZI, who contests the 2m4f maiden hurdle at Gowran Park (2.35) on Saturday, will be Colm Murphy's final runner as a trainer following his announcement last month he was quitting the ranks due to financial reasons.
ALICE SPRINGS registered her third Group 1 success of the season when getting the better of a good tussle with Always Smile to win the Sun Chariot.
RICH RICCI is sticking by champion trainer Willie Mullins. He was speaking the day after the shock news that Gigginstown House Stud had removed 60 horses from Mullins after a disagreement over training fees.
CONNECTIONS of Don Cossack will have a better idea about the prospect of their Gold Cup hero racing again when he returns to training at Gordon Elliott's yard in the coming weeks.
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