Irish Daily Mirror - - CLASSIFIED - BY DAVID YATES

RAC­ING yes­ter­day reeled in shock at the death, aged 80, of Gold Cup-win­ning owner Alan Potts.

A staunch sup­porter of jump rac­ing in both Bri­tain and Ire­land, Potts — whose wife Ann passed away in Au­gust — saw his colours car­ried to vic­tory in chas­ing’s blue-riband event when Siz­ing John tri­umphed at Chel­tenham last March.

Siz­ing John’s trainer Jes­sica Har­ring­ton said last night: “It’s very, very sad. I spoke to him only last week af­ter his Magic Of Light had won a be­gin­ners’ chase at Fairy­house.

“He was in great form and was look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Chel­tenham this week­end.”

Har­ring­ton added she had “no idea” whether Siz­ing John, due to make his re­turn to ac­tion in the Bet­fair Chase at Hay­dock on Satur­day week, would still line up on Mersey­side.

And long-term plans for Potts’ horses — the Colin Tiz­zard-trained Finian’s Os­car and Fox Nor­ton are set to run at Chel­tenham this week­end — have yet to be an­nounced.

ANTE-POST favourite Defi Du Seuil will not run in Sun­day’s Uni­bet Great­wood Hand­i­cap Hur­dle at Chel­tenham.

Last sea­son’s Tri­umph Hur­dle win­ner will now make his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance in the Co­ral Hur­dle at As­cot on Satur­day week.

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