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Thursday 2nd April 2020

Aintree racecourse to donate 10,000 tickets to NHS staff and care workers

Aintree has donated 10,000 tickets for next year's Grand National festival to NHS staff and carers on Merseyside.

This year's Grand National - scheduled for this weekend - was cancelled because of coronavirus.

The Jockey Club has named Thursday, 8 April 2021 NHS Day and will distribute the tickets next year.


Cheltenham Festival: 50-1 Lisnagar wins Stayers' Hurdle

The 50-1 shot Lisnagar Oscar caused the biggest shock of this year's Cheltenham Festival with victory in the Stayers' Hurdle on day three.

Ridden by Adam Wedge, who claimed his first Festival winner, Lisnagar Oscar was two lengths clear of Ronald Pump (20-1), with Bacardys (33-1) third.

Last year's winner Paisley Park, the 4-6 favourite and in superb form this season, was never a threat and fell off the pace with three hurdles to go.


Paisley Park seals seventh win

Emma Lavelle's dominant eight-year-old Paisley Park recorded a seventh consecutive win by retaining the Grade Two Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.

On soft ground over two miles seven furlongs, the 4-6 favourite made his charge through the centre.

He was ahead at the last and won by one and a quarter lengths from Tom George's Summerville Boy (7-1).

In the Grade Two Cotswold Chase, Nicky Henderson's 13-8 favourite Santini won by three and a half lengths.

It was Henderson's first win in the race since it was first run 40 years ago and his eight-year-old was embroiled in a fluctuating duel with the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai, but powered through and is now second favourite for the Gold Cup in March.

Paisley Park remains on course to defend his Stayers' Hurdle title at the Festival, having won by two and three quarter lengths last year.


Enable and Dettori denied as Waldgeist wins Arc de Triomphe

Enable and Frankie Dettori were denied a record third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Waldgeist pipped her on the line to win Europe's richest Flat race.

Hot favourite Enable, the 2017 and 2018 winner, was a length clear entering the closing stages at Longchamp.

But Waldgeist, ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, was able to give French trainer Andre Fabre a record eighth Arc win.

Enable's trainer John Gosden said the five-year-old's owner, Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah, will make the decision whether to retire the mare after the defeat.

It is just a second defeat for Enable, who was the strong favourite going into the Arc off the back of impressive wins in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Yorkshire Oaks at York.

She was roared on in the closing stages by the French crowd but could not keep up with 16-1 Waldgeist's fast finish.

Fellow five-year-old Waldgeist, beaten on each of the three previous occasions they had met, finished fourth in last year's Arc.

It was a first win in the race for Frenchman Boudot and sees Waldgeist take the 2,857,000 euros (£2,543,458) winner's prize.

Sottsass finished third under Cristian Demuro for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget at 8-1.


Royal Ascot 2019: Blue Point wins the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year

The Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point won the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

Just as in 2018, Blue Point finished ahead of Battaash, who had started as the 2-1 favourite.

Blue Point, priced at 5-2, was ridden by James Doyle and becomes only the 12th horse to win the race twice.


Cheltenham Festival 2019: Al Boum Photo claims Gold Cup glory success

The 12-1 chance Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townend, put in a superb display to give trainer Willie Mullins a first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory.

Mullins, the Festival's most successful trainer, had previously finished second six times in the prestigious race.

Al Boum Photo had some anxious moments with his jumping but raced away to win by two-and-a-half lengths.

Fellow Irish challenger Anibale Fly (22-1) was second with the grey Bristol De Mai (18-1) back in third.