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Racing: Sire De GrugyThe National Hunt season reaches its climax with the Cheltenham Festival hosting four days of top class jump racing (10-13 March). Can the gallant chestnut Sire De Grugy (pictured) retain his Champion Chase crown? Will the magnificent Irish-trained Hurricane Fly topple his younger challengers in the Champion Hurdle? And who will take the biggest prize of all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The sun has barely set over Cleeve Hill before the focus transfers to the world famous Aintree Grand National meeting (9-11 April). Last year’s winner Pineau De Re returns to defend his crown over some of the most challenging obstacles in the world. We’ll be bringing you tips, previews and all the latest news in the run-up to the great event.

But despite the superb action that awaits, all eyes will be on champion jockey AP McCoy who is set to retire at the end of the season — he’s left us all guessing exactly when that will be, however. Will he hang up his boots after the Grand National? It would certainly be the perfect final chapter to an outstanding career if he could go out with a winning ride.

The Flat season quickly reaches top gear with the first of the big race Classics, the 2000 and 1000 Guineas running at Newmarket (2-3 May). Watching the new intake of young horses progress on the track is always exciting. There’s plenty to look forward to over the summer months.

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Side-saddle success for injured jockey

A jockey who broke her back earlier this year has found success in side-saddle showing. She has also won her first race post-injury.