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Saturday 17th March 2018

Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.

The 5-1 chance gave Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Favourite Might Bite (4-1), seeking a historic Cheltenham Festival treble for trainer Nicky Henderson, was a gallant runner-up, beaten by four and a half lengths.

Anibale Fly (33-1) finished third ahead of Road To Respect and Djakadam.


Winx: Australian mare wins Chipping Norton Stakes to raise Ascot hopes

Australian mare Winx extended her winning streak to 23 with victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick in Sydney.

The win was her 16th at Group One level and has led to speculation that she will travel to Royal Ascot in June.

Winx breezed past her rivals before pulling seven lengths clear of Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon, with Classic Uniform in third.

Victory took Winx past Black Caviar's record of 15 Australian Group One wins.


Melbourne Cup: Rekindling wins Australia's famous race

Rekindling won the Melbourne Cup as young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien's horse dramatically beat his father Aidan's Johannes Vermeer into second.

Max Dynamite finished third in a 1-2-3 for Irish-trained horses at Flemington.

Johannes Vermeer looked set to bring another big triumph for record-breaking trainer Aidan O'Brien.

But it was his son Joseph, 24, who won at the first attempt with jockey Corey Brown taking the lead on 14-1 shot Rekindling in the closing stages.

Known as the "race that stops a nation", the event is the world's richest two-mile handicap, worth A$6.2m (£3.6m) and watched by 90,000 people at the track.


Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Frankie Dettori breaks record on Enable

Frankie Dettori won a record fifth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on the John Gosden-trained Enable in Chantilly.

Enable, sent off the 10-11 favourite, led for most of Europe's richest horse race to secure Dettori and Gosden their second Arc win in three years.

Cloth of Stars (25-1), ridden by jockey Mickael Barzalona and trained by Andre Fabre, was second.

Third-favourite Ulysses (9-1), trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Jim Crowley, came third.


Enable wins King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Dual Oaks winner and race favourite Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, has won the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

The 5-4 shot, trained by John Gosden, saw off the challenge of 9-1 Ulysses in second, with 8-1 Idaho in third.

Racing against older horses, the three-year-old added to her Oaks success at Epsom and in Ireland this year.

Last year's winner Highland Reel - Idaho's brother, priced at 5-1 - finished in fourth place.

Under rainy and overcast Berkshire skies, Enable impressed as she raced away from the four-year-old Eclipse Stakes winner Ulysses.

The summer event attracts some of the best horses from across the world, with this year's line-up for the mile and a half race proving no different.

Previous Group One winners Jack Hobbs, My Dream Boat and Ulysses were joined by Sixties Song, the latter travelling from Argentina.


One For Arthur wins Grand National 2017

One For Arthur became only the second Scottish-trained winner of the Grand National after a four-and-a-half-length victory at Aintree.

The 14-1 shot, ridden by Derek Fox and trained by Lucinda Russell, charged clear to finish ahead of Cause Of Causes (16-1) and Saint Are (25-1).

Jockey Fox only returned to riding this week having broken a wrist and a collarbone in March.

The 8-1 favourite Blaklion, who led for much of the contest, was fourth.

Gas Line Boy - a 50-1 outsider - was fifth with Becher Chase and Grand National Trial winner Vieux Lion Rouge (12-1) sixth.