Five things we learned last week in the build-up to The Festival
The Yanworth chasing experiment is over - for now
Just when it looked like Yanworth was getting somewhere as a chaser after he won the Dipper on New Year's Day, connections seemed to realise how winnable the Stayers' Hurdle might be. This week, with the two 3m options reportedly the two left on the table, it was announced that last year's Aintree Hurdle winner would contest the Stayers'.
No second channel for Irish racing as Chelmsford joins exodus to RUK
Racing UK will not create a second channel to cater for Irish racing but it will be rebranded before the January 1 launch, it emerged on Tuesday, when it was also revealed Chelmsford is to join RUK's roster.
Shergar Cup sensation Sammy Jo Bell announces the end of her riding career
Sammy Jo Bell, who looked on the verge of becoming a Flat racing force when riding two winners as an apprentice at the 2015 Shergar Cup, has retired after admitting to dissatisfaction with her subsequent progress.
Racing communities in mourning after the death of Willie Codd at 43
The Irish racing and point-to-point communities were united in grief following the news that Willie Codd, brother of reigning champion amateur rider Jamie, had died at the age of 43.
Praise from far and wide after death of brilliant trainer Malcolm Jefferson
Tributes poured in from across the country for multiple Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Malcolm Jefferson, who died after a long illness. He was 71.
Betfair history made after three horses beaten at 1.01 in one race
History was made on Betfair in a lowly handicap hurdle at Wetherby. The result looked settled going to the last but in what followed three horses were beaten at 1.01 and the winner Pookie Pekan was backed at 1,000-1.
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