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Shishkin "deserves" to be Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender

Nicky Henderson has insisted Shishkin “deserves” to be in this year’s Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup and has likened criticism of his performances this season to that of a “criminal who’s just been let out of prison”.

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Nicky Henderson hails Constitution Hill as "the special one"

Nicky Henderson has hailed Constitution Hill as horseracing’s “special one” as the superstar seven-year-old bids to maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles and land the trainer a record 10th Unibet Champion Hurdle.

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Havlin excited to renew partnership with Lord North in BetUK Winter Derby

Robert Havlin believes Lord North is ‘where he was this time last year’ as the eight-year-old aims to become the first dual winner of the G3 BetUK Winter Derby (3.20pm), highlight of Southwell’s Premier Raceday on Saturday, February 24.

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Thursday track notes for the Saudi Cup

Thursday trackwork notes from the US$20m The Saudi Cup - Carmel Road (USA) - Ownership representative Talal bin Shareem reports the local runner to be going well.

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Thursday track notes for the rest of the card at the Saudi Cup

Thursday track notes for the rest fo the Group Races at the Saudi Cup - US$2.5m Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap -nBreakup (JPN) had an easy canter on the dirt track.

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New Zealand news briefs

Te Akau’s southern charge set to continue at Riccarton - Patterson’s Taranaki operation flying high again - Smart mare building toward return to stakes company - Aegon returns to pet distance

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Draw and reactions for US$20m The Saudi Cup

Reactions from the connections of the US$20m The Saudi Cup runners, after the Post Position Draw held at the racetrack on Wednesday evening.

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Tabata Fizzing With Enthusiasm For Lemon Pop

Lemon Pop (USA) holds a special place in the heart of Makoto Tabata, a man whose route to becoming the assistant trainer of one of the biggest contenders for Saturday’s US$20m The Saudi Cup has been an unconventional one.

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Leading Japan hope set for $20m Saudi Cup bid despite in-flight dust-up

Connections of one of Japan's leading hopes for the Saudi Cup hope a mid-flight incident has done nothing to impact the chances of their runner ahead of a bid to land the world's most valuable race on Saturday.

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Harry Cobden goes four clear in jockeys' championship after victory on Terresita

Harry Cobden pulled four clear of his title rival Sean Bowen in the jockeys' championship, when digging deep on Terresita to land the 2m4f mares' novice handicap chase at Ludlow on Wednesday

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Lingfield faces 8am raceday inspection for Thursday's meeting and Warwick inspecting on same day for Friday's card

Lingfield must survive an 8am raceday inspection for Thursday's jumps meeting to go ahead - going is heavy, soft in places and the track is raceable with no standing water - further 7.4mm of rain on Wednesday

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White Abarrio ‘in a zone’ ahead of Saudi Cup tilt

Rick Dutrow has described his stable star White Abarrio to be in a similar zone to the one he was in when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic as he prepares to line up in the $20 million The Saudi Cup this Saturday, the feature race of the two-day The Saudi Cup meeting.

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Brian Ellison fishing for more Geordie glory in Eider Chase with surprising recruit Anglers Crag

Brian Ellison is eyeing another big prize at his native Newcastle after he gave surprise hit Anglers Crag the go-ahead for Saturday's £80,000 Betting.Bet Eider Chase on Wednesday.

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New Zealand news briefs

Forsman gelding pleasing in First Innings - Regally-bred mare vying for black-type - Castlepoint Beach Races set to make welcome return - Young stablemates in fine fettle for features

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Stars collide as Meydan hosts World Cup night preps

The G2 Singspiel Stakes is the highlight of five Pattern races at Meydan Racecourse as the Dubai Racing Carnival hosts Friday's card - The 1800metre event, a prep for the G1 Dubai Turf over the same course and distance, was won last year by Valiant Prince and his trainer Charlie Appleby runs three

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Huntingdon forced to abandon Thursday card as heavy rain set to sweep across Britain

Huntingdon's Thursday fixture will not go ahead after the racecourse failed an inspection - the Cambridgeshire course was under water for the third time this year following its meeting on February 8 and conditions have not improved sufficiently overnight for the meeting to take place,

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BHA Handicapper Martin Greenwood hails Grand National entry list

Martin Greenwood, the British Horseracing Authority’s Chase Handicapper for races staged over 2m 7f and further, has hailed this year’s list of Randox Grand National entries as “strong on quality”.

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Winning the National again would be an honour says Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has said it would be an “honour” to win the Randox Grand National for a second time – 19 years after winning the race with Hedgehunter.

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Grand National news updates after the weights released

Gavin Cropwell dreams of going one better - Elliott picks out Galvin and Chemical Energy - Lucinda Russell bids to make history - Gary Moore's first ever Grand National runner - Sam Waley-Cohen hails Emmet Mullins - John McConnell excited about first ever Grand National runner

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Shark Hanlon admits Hewick 'probably deserves' Grand National top-weight

Trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon has admitted his superstar horse Hewick “probably deserves” to be given top weight for this year’s Randox Grand National after handicapper Martin Greenwood handed him a rating of 169 and 11st 12lb to carry.

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