Willie Mullins believes it is going to be a lot tougher for his string at Cheltenham in a fortnight than it has been for past four Festivals at which he has sent out 24 winners, including a record eight in 2015. Despite losing 60 Gigginstown horses in the autumn, the death of Vautour and the inclusion of Faugheen, Annie Power and Min on the missing list with injuries, the leading trainer at five of the past six Festivals will still be sending over a squad of 40, among them seven ante-post favourites, including the mighty Douvan. If the emerald isle expects, though, Mullins, 60, has been in this game far too long to do anything other than merely hope.
Racers competed Sunday in the 2nd Idaho Division in the 2017 Utah & Idaho State Cutter and Chariot Racing Championships, at the Golden Spike Events Center in Ogden, Sunday. Finals for the World Cutter and Chariot Racing Championship will be held March 24-26 at the same location.
Trotting sensation Bold Eagle completed the French triple crown on Sunday to become only the fourth horse in history to achieve the feat and the first in more than four decades. With regular driver Franck Nivard in the sulky the six-year-old cemented his standing as the king of his discipline by landing the Grand Prix de Paris. Sunday's 12th Group I triumph took Bold Eagle's prize money earnings over the three million euros mark.