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The race­horse who col­lapsed and nearly lost his life at Chel­tenham last year has won the Ir­ish Gold Cup (rac­ing, p64). “I can’t stress enough the job the vets did and how well he was looked af­ter at Martin­stown Stud over the sum­mer,” said trainer Joseph O’Brien.

PORTERSIZE JUST A JIFF

Ir­ish event rider Camilla Speirs has an­nounced the re­tire­ment of her pint-sized four-star part­ner, aged 18. The 15.1hh part-bred Con­nemara took Camilla from Pony

Club to the Olympic Games. The pair com­peted at Bad­minton five times, two World Eques­trian Games, an Olympics, two se­nior Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and four Na­tions Cups.

WHIS­PER

The Grand Na­tional hope­ful trained by Nicky Hen­der­son has been ruled out for the sea­son fol­low­ing a vet in­spec­tion. The Grade Onewin­ning 10-year-old had been giv­ing a 33/1 chance for Ain­tree’s iconic race but “an is­sue reared its ugly head” and he was not en­tered.

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