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Racing: Jezki wins Champion Hurdle

Irish runner Jezki gave jockey Barry Geraghty his second win and trainer Jessica Harrington her first in the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday. The six-year-old -- who Geraghty has never lost on in five rides -- won in a thrilling finish from My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy, who had opted for the ride on the runner-up rather than the winner. For Harrington it was her first win in the race having previously finished second and third.

Racing: Bobs Worth back, Mountainous scales Welsh National

Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth returned to his very best with a battling win in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday, while at Chepstow Mountainous claimed the Welsh National. Bobs Worth put himself bang in contention for his Gold Cup title defence at Cheltenham in March with a typically gutsy display to reel in First Lieutenant and front runner Rubi Ball after the last fence.

Racing: Sprinter Sacre makes it 10 in a row

Steeplechasing phenomenon Sprinter Sacre made it 10 wins in his last 10 starts over fences when he won the Grade One Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival on Tuesday. The seven-year-old English superstar -- known as the Frankel of the jumps scene -- beat home Irish champion Sizing Europe by five lengths at the prohibitive odds of 1/9 on favourite.

Racing: Ruthless Sprinter Sacre makes it nine in a row

Jumps racing phenomenon Sprinter Sacre made it nine successive wins at Aintree on Friday by winning the Grade One Melling Chase in impressive fashion. The seven-year-old -- known as the Frankel of the jumps scene -- made light of the extra half-mile to his preferred distance of two miles to cruise home 4.5 lengths clear of the much-fancied Cue Card. Irish raider Flemenstar, who had missed last month's Cheltenham Festival specifically for this race, was a distant third.

Racing: Ruthless Sprinter Sacre makes it nine in a row

Jumps racing phenomenon Sprinter Sacre made it nine successive wins at Aintree on Friday by winning the Grade One Melling Chase in impressive fashion. The seven-year-old -- known as the Frankel of the jumps scene -- made light of the extra half-mile to his preferred distance of two miles to cruise home 4.5 lengths clear of the much-fancied Cue Card. Irish raider Flemenstar, who had missed last month's Cheltenham Festival specifically for this race, was a distant third.

Racing: Bobs Worth delivers Henderson Golden 50th

Bobs Worth justified favouritism to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday to give trainer Nicky Henderson his 50th career win at the Cheltenham Festival. Superbly ridden by Barry Geraghty he came home seven lengths clear of Irish challenger Sir Des Champs while 2011 champion, Long Run, also trained by Henderson, was third. "It's dreams, isn't it? Barry Geraghty gave that a lovely pace," said 62-year-old Henderson.

Bobs Worth lands Cheltenham Gold Cup

(Reuters) - Irish jockey Barry Geraghty won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on a horse he once owned when favourite Bobs Worth prevailed in stamina-sapping conditions to land British jump racing's showpiece event on Friday. Geraghty was patient and timed his run to perfection on the 11-4 chance to win by seven lengths in the three mile and a quarter slog on ground softened up by persistent heavy rain on the final day of the four-day Festival.

Racing: Bobs Worth wins Gold Cup

Favourite Bobs Worth won the Cheltenham Gold Cup here on Friday to give trainer Nicky Henderson his second win in the blue riband of jumps racing in three years. Bobs Worth, ridden by Barry Geraghty, beat home Irish challenger Sir Des Champs while Henderson's 2011 champion Long Run had to settle for third for the second successive year. Bobs Worth had looked to be out of the running going over the third from home, where the fancied Paul Nicholls-trained Silivaco Conti came to grief, and the prize looked to be between the pacesetting Long Run and Sir Des Champs.

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Favourite Bobs Worth won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. Bobs Worth, ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson, beat home Irish challenger Sir Des Champs while 2011 champion Long Run had to settle for third for the second successive year in the race considered the blue riband of jumps racing. pi/ak

Racing: Sprinter Sacre puts on champion display

Sprinter Sacre confirmed his mantle as the Frankel of jump racing here on Wednesday as he strolled to victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The seven year-old gelding - trained by veteran English handler Nicky Henderson - recorded his eighth win in eight starts over fences as he came home an astonishing 19 lengths clear under Barry Geraghty.
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