THE absence of the recently retired Don Cossack, who won the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Ireland Kinloch Brae Chase in 2015 and 2016, means festival clues this time might be thinner on the ground.
JUST two days after calling time on the brilliant career of Don Cossack, Gigginstown House Stud were dealt another blow after it emerged top chaser Valseur Lido is likely to miss rest of season.
PETIT MOUCHOIR had too much for 2-5 favourite Nichols Canyon in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown, making all to deny the favourite a second successive win in the race.
VROUM VROUM MAG suffered her only defeat since joining Willie Mullins when finding former stablemate Apple's Jade marginally too good in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle this month.
RICHARD JOHNSON says he would opt to ride Thistlecrack over Cue Card in Monday's 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton.
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.
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