Cheltenham Festival Winner Impervious Sidelined For First Half Of Season

Colm Murphy has been dealt a hammer blow with the news that his Cheltenham Festival-winning mare Impervious will miss the first half of the season at least due to injury.  A gallant winner of the Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares´ Chase at Cheltenham last season, Impervious was a general 10-1 chance to win the 2024 Ryanair Chase.  However, the JP McManus-owned daughter of Shantou has been sent back to Martinstown Stud after injuring a joint in preparation of the new season and Murphy explained that he is holding out...

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Tattersalls Cheltenham Posts Gains

The 2023 Tattersalls Cheltenham May Sale, which returned this year to Cheltenham for the first time since 2019, produced a record-breaking turnover of £22,750,500, and an average price of £87,502 for the 260 horses listed as sold. Additionally, Friday's sale posted a strong clearance rate of 97%. The 4-year-old gelding I See The Sea (Ire) (Affinsea {Ire}) (lot 33), sold by Donnacha Doyle of Monbeg Stables; and 5-year-old Binge Worthy (Ire) (Walk In The Park {Ire}) (lot 13), consigned by trainer Denis Murphy's Ballyboy Stables, each brought £160,000 to lead...

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Jamie Codd Q&A: The Legendary Rider Talks All Things Cheltenham And More

   Jamie Codd is an amateur jockey in name only. One of the finest National Hunt riders that Ireland has ever produced, Codd can count 10 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name, and has strong claims of adding to his tally next week.    But it's not just about the action on the track with Codd. In his role with Tattersalls Ireland, Codd will put in many hours behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the Cheltenham Sale, of which Gold Cup livewire Bravemansgame and Brown Advisory Novice...

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Johnny Collins: 'I Bounce Out Of Bed Every Morning – I Love This Job'

No shortage of hard work and bundles of perseverance lie behind Johnny Collins's achievement in turning his Brown Island Stables into one of the finest nurseries of equine talent there is. It is all the more remarkable in that he achieved this with no racing background and just his own eye and pocket to get the whole thing off the ground. Competitive and ambitious, the 46-year-old counts several million euros worth of stock at his County Cork base, which is the culmination of over 15 years producing top-class horses over...

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New Irish Racing Documentary Begins On TG4 Next Week

A new four-part series of Laochra Na Rásaíochta, featuring some of Ireland's greatest National Hunt racehorses, will air for four consecutive Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Mar. 8, TG4 and Touchline Media announced on Tuesday. The opening episode tells the stories of Willie Mullins's three Champion Hurdle heroes--Hurricane Fly (Ire), Faugheen (Ire) and Annie Power (Ire)--and also features a segment on Quevega (Fr), the record six-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Contributors include Willie Mullins, Paul Townend, Ruby Walsh, David Casey, Gail Carlisle, Ted Walsh and Noel Meade....

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'Honeysuckle More Likely To Be Retired Than Run In Mares' Hurdle At Cheltenham'

   Peter Molony is best known for being the man who bought the reigning Champion Hurdler Honeysuckle (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}) on behalf of his client Kenny Alexander. He also works for Sheikh Fahad's Qatar Racing operation, is an agent for Goffs and has had a multitude of top horses through his hands at Rathmore Stud. That may be why the Limerick native signs off on his Twitter bio with the word 'busy'!    Son of the legendary Martin Molony, widely regarded as the best dual-purpose jockey of all time, Peter...

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Cheltenham Festival Aspirants To Sell On Goffs Online

Goffs will offer Minella Crooner (Shantou) and Music Drive (Muhtathir) for sale this week through Goffs Online. The Gordon Elliott-trained pair have the 2023 Cheltenham Festival firmly in their sights, while Minella Crooner will be sold with an entry at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Bidding will open at 11am and close at 1pm on Thursday, Dec. 22 and prospective purchasers are asked to register here no later than 12 noon on Wednesday. A 5% agents commission will be paid to the successful purchaser provided they are a registered bloodstock agent...

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'He Could Do Things Others Couldn't' – Davy Russell Retires

Gordon Elliott, Barry Geraghty and Charles Byrnes were among those to lead the tributes to Davy Russell, one of the finest National Hunt riders to ever pull on a pair of silks, who retired at the age of 43 after partnering Liberty Dance to victory in the Thurles feature on Sunday.  Russell will forever be remembered for partnering Elliott's Tiger Roll to successive Grand National triumphs in 2018 and 2019. Like those momentous days at Aintree, Russell signed off from the saddle with his customary wave aboard the Elliott-trained Liberty...

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Racing Community Takes on 24-Hr Challenge to Benefit Racing Welfare

A total of 81 cyclists took part in a 24-hour challenge--embarking on 30km loops that kicked off at Cheltenham racecourse July 16--to benefit Racing Welfare, which supports the racing community. Originally tabbed with a £60,000, the total amount raised by the event is set to top £100,000. In addition to the efforts of the cyclists, funding is also boosted by event sponsors Unibet, Racehorse Lotto, The Jockey Club and Tattersalls. Well beyond the £60,000 target, that figure will have a huge impact, and could cover the cost of employing a...

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Paralyzed Former Jockey Rides for Charity

Former jockey Jacob Pritchard-Webb, paralysed during a fall at Auteuil in June of 2020, will embark on 140-mile hand bike ride to benefit a pair of charities that helped him through his rehabilitation. The three-day ride, which begins July 7, will begin at Cheltenham before concluding at Newmarket. The 25-year-old hopes to raise £25,000 each for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation. As part of his training for the event, Pritchard Webb was joined on a cycle around the Cotswolds Sunday afternoon by Harry Potter star James...

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McCoy Signs On To Support Pritchard Webb In Charity Cycle Challenge

Retired reinsman and 20-time champion jockey Sir AP McCoy is one of the names signed on to support paralysed former jockey Jacob Pritchard Webb in a three-day 140-mile charity cycling challenge on July 7-9. Pritchard Webb, who now works in racing media and the bloodstock industry, will hand bike ride between two Jockey Club racecourses--Cheltenham and Newmarket alongside other industry members. The aim is to raise £25,000 apiece for two charities that have supported him since his June 2020 fall in France--the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation....

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Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner Al Boum Photo Retired

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo (Fr) (Buck's Boum {Fr}) has been retired and will embark on a new career in eventing. The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old was last seen running in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil, where he made no impact and was eventually pulled up by Paul Townend. He will forever be remembered as the first horse since Best Mate (Ire) (Un Desperado {Fr}) to win back-to-back Gold Cups at Cheltenham in 2019 and 2020. Melon (GB) (Medicean {GB}), also 10 and like Al Boum...

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