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Buveur D'Air wins Champion Hurdle in style

Noel Fehily celebrates his winning ride on Buveur D'Air. Credit: PA

On the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Buveur D'Air ran out a brilliant winner of the showpiece Champion Hurdle, powering clear in the hands of jockey Noel Fehily to beat stablemate My Tent Or Yours, who finished second for the third time.

Fehily said of his 5-1 winner: "Early on I felt I was doing too much and I thought it took me a while to get him switched off.

"He's just a very good horse. It's just fantastic. It was a great performance."

To watch highlights of the race, and for more Cheltenham updates, visit the ITV Racing website


ITV Racing weather forecast: Sandown Park, Musselburgh, Wetherby

Lucy Verasamy forecasts some wet and windy weather at first for this Saturday's live horse racing on ITV4, which comes from Sandown, Musselburgh and Wetherby (watch live on ITV4 at 1.30pm).


Kempton Park may close in 2021

Kempton may close as early as 2021 for housing development. Credit: PA

Kempton Park, home of the classic King George VI Chase, could be closed for housing redevelopment "from 2021 at the earliest", its owners the Jockey Club announced today.

The planned £500million of investments to be made in the sport in a 10-year plan proposed by the Jockey Club would see Kempton proposed as a future redevelopment site, with a new all-weather venue to be built if that idea goes ahead.

The Jockey Club's land at The Links in Newmarket is favoured as the location for a new artificial track, with the King George moving to Sandown.

For the full story, check out the ITV Racing website

Finian's Oscar wins Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown

Finian's Oscar looks a genuine Cheltenham contender. Credit: PA

Finian's Oscar provided Colin Tizzard with yet another Grade One by powering away from his rivals to win the 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park.

Stepping up in class having won on his hurdling debut at Hereford, the result never looked in any doubt.

Sent off the 11-10 favourite, he was steadied into the last by Tom O'Brien but kept up the gallop in testing ground to win by five lengths.

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