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George backs Stellar to star

PA Sport 2:47pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Stellar NotionTom George retains maximum faith in Stellar Notion ahead of the CHAPS Restaurant Barbados Novices' Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

A winner of his first two starts over fences, he was sent off favourite for the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase, which has proved a good stepping stone to Festival glory in the past, on Trials Day at Cheltenham in January.

Balmusette books Newbury berth

PA Sport 2:11pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Keith ReveleyNewbury is next on the agenda for Balmusette after her impressive victory in Listed company at Doncaster on Saturday.

Always highly regarded, the return to a sound surface saw her bound clear for a win which will make her a valuable breeding proposition.

Bishop sights set on Fred Winter

PA Sport 1:44pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Bishop WulstanBishop Wulstan is likely to take up his entry in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham next Wednesday, as long as he makes the cut.

Trained by Harry Whittington for Middleham Park Racing, he won for the second time over hurdles at Newbury last Friday.

Cyclone edges towards Ryanair

PA Sport 1:36pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Hidden CycloneTrainer Shark Hanlon is leaning towards the Ryanair Chase with Hidden Cyclone following Cue Card's defection.

The 10-year-old was runner-up behind Dynaste in the Cheltenham Festival Grade One 12 months ago, but looked set for a tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase after a brilliant display in the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown last month.

Mullins ponders Alderwood gameplan

PA Sport 1:08pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Alderwood (right)Trainer Tom Mullins is hopeful dual Cheltenham Festival winner Alderwood is coming back to peak form just in time for his return to Prestbury Park.

Winner of the County Hurdle in 2012 and the Grand Annual 12 months later, the JP McManus-owned 11-year-old began the season with some decent efforts in defeat, picking up minor honours behind Don Cossack and Champagne Fever.

Chance of a lifetime for Mullins

PA Sport 12:59pm, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Willie Mullins' Cheltenham team is the envy of allWillie Mullins has admitted to feeling a mixture of dread and excitement as he prepares to unleash a scarcely believable army of equine talent on the Cheltenham Festival.

It is 20 years since the master of Closutton first struck gold at the greatest show on turf, with Tourist Attraction a 25-1 winner of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Kyle hit by Festival fever

PA Sport 11:14am, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Jeremy KyleJeremy Kyle is looking forward to busy week at Cheltenham with his first Festival runners as an owner.

Kyle will also feature on Racing UK for each of the four days of the Cheltenham Festival and will be the focus of its marketing campaign around the Festival.

Ayr-bound Victory swerves Festival

PA Sport 11:03am, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Sign Of A Victory (centre) Nicky Henderson's Sign Of A Victory skips the Cheltenham Festival and will instead run in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr on April 18.

Having won a handicap with ease on his return at Ascot this season, he subsequently disappointed at Kempton and Wincanton, when soft ground was blamed for his performances.

Winner strikes JCR sponsorship deal

PA Sport 10:14am, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Turf actionWinner.co.uk has agreed a six-figure sponsorship deal with Jockey Club Racecourses.

The online bookmaker will back nine racedays, three cards which will be televised by Channel 4 topping the bill, including Newmarket's meeting on May 30, which includes the Listed Fairway Stakes, and Sandown's card on June 13, when the Scurry Stakes is the main event.

Fontwell washed away

PA Sport 9:22am, Tue 3 Mar 2015

Fontwell actionFontwell's jumps meeting on Wednesday has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

With areas of standing water on the track, the West Sussex venue was always going to be up against it when course officials staged a 9am inspection.