All eyes will be on Prestbury Park this week for the 'Greatest Show on Turf'. And this year's Cheltenham Festival promises to be bigger than ever before with a host of Grade 1 horses ready to dazzle over the famous jumps. Mirror Sport's man in the know DAVID YATES grilled a nuber of leading trainers before the festival to get the low-down on the top horses to follow this week. Here, we get the expert verdict from the likes of Paul Nicholls, Emma Lavelle and more on some of the finest on show... PAUL NICHOLLS CLAN DES OBEAUX - Gold Cup, Friday (3.30) Smart chaser in his first two seasons, winning three of 10 over fences, but has taken his form to an entirely new level this term. Opened the campaign with a fourth to Bristol De Mai in Haydock’s Betfair Chase in November. But starting at 12-1, took a big step forward to land the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day — travelling really well to the final fence and running on strongly to beat the top-class but … [Read more...] about Cheltenham Festival 2019 tips: Top trainers name the horses YOU should back
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Nicky Henderson is using history to interpret last month’s equine flu crisis as a positive sign for the home team’s Cheltenham 2019. “The bad winter was 1963,” he recalls. “They said all the Irish horses would win, and yet the British horses had a very good Cheltenham. “Perhaps that’s the answer!” But Henderson has no need of omens for inspiration — the likes of Altior, Buveur D’Air and Santini should ensure another fruitful meeting for Seven Barrows. BUVEUR D’AIR - Champion Hurdle, Tuesday (3.30) Scrambled home 12 months ago to back up his 2017 triumph and now on the threshold of becoming the sixth horse to complete the Champion Hurdle hat-trick. Impressive return when effortlessly disposing of Samcro in Newcastle’s Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle and, although floored by stablemate Verdana Blue when the 1-4 favourite for the top-level Christmas Hurdle at Kempton in December, got back on track in the … [Read more...] about Nicky Henderson’s horses profiled: Cheltenham Festival 2019 contenders including Altior
The Gordon Elliott juggernaut has even more momentum for Cheltenham 2019 — with more than 50 runners over the four days. The Co Meath trainer, who topped the trainers’ standings with six winners two years ago and a record-equalling eight last year, is as short as 11-8 to beat rivals Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson and rack up the hat-trick. “To beat the eight winners we had last year is going to be hard,” admits the 41-year-old, “but we’ll be going there with plenty of chances. “Numbers-wise, it’s the biggest we’ve had, and on paper the quality looks very good.” Elliott’s headline act is Apple’s Jade in the Champion Hurdle. Grand National hero — and three-time Festival victor — Tiger Roll is back in the Glenfarclas Chase, while Elliott’s strength in depth in the novice ranks is an ominous sign for the future. APPLE’S JADE - Champion Hurdle, Tuesday (3.30) WINNER of the … [Read more...] about Gordon Elliott’s horses profiled: Cheltenham Festival 2019 contenders including Apple’s Jade
For most of its life as a quoted company, since it demerged from the old Hanson Group in 1996, Imperial Brands - formerly Imperial Tobacco - has had a fairly straightforward appeal to investors.The number one player in the UK tobacco market, with brands including Lambert & Butler, Regal, Superkings, Embassy, Golden Virginia and John Player Special, used its prodigious cash flow not only to pay a handsome dividend to shareholders.It also diverted that cash flow into mergers and acquisitions that, under its former chief executive Gareth Davis, took it from being the world's 15th largest quoted tobacco company to the fourth largest.The aim was to reduce dependence on the UK market and deepen its exposure not only to the fragmented European market but also further afield.Along the way, it added an impressive array of brands including Gauloises, Gitanes, Rizla, Cohiba and Montecristo to a portfolio already boasting 'power' brands like West and Davidoff. Advertisement By the … [Read more...] about Imperial Brands: Can next-generation products breathe life back into firm’s share price?
A four-year-old girl has been found with horrific injuries, stitched together and bitten in what has been described as a "heartbreaking case of abuse, neglect, and murder of an innocent, defenseless child." Zya Singleton was found covered in homemade stitches, cigarette burns on her arms and legs, broken bones, open wounds, bite marks, puncture wounds and with no nose. Police were called to the house in Philadelphia, on October 30, to reports that a child had fallen out of the window. Caretaker Samilya Brown, 38, claimed the girl was playing with a cat when she fell out. When police arrived, they found Zya in the second-floor bathroom being put in cold water. She was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on October 30 but was then transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment. She was pronounced dead on November 3, according to CNN. The medical examiner determined that Zya died from blunt impact, thermal injuries, and sepsis, The Philadelphia Inquirer … [Read more...] about Girl, 4, abused by caretaker was found ‘stitched together and with no nose’