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Leeds fan Brian Kavanagh a winner all round home and away

Brian Kavanagh: in amongst the winners
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The Cheltenham Festival has been going particularly well for HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh.

There has, of course, been the now customary flood of winners for Irish-trained horses at the meeting, but he enjoyed a personal highlight on Tuesday evening.

The avid Leeds United fan made a flying visit to the Madejski Stadium in Reading, where he saw his team put on a sparkling display to beat the home side 3-0.

And to put the icing on the cake he then managed to inveigle his way in to see the team and get selfies with manager Marcelo Bielsa and striker Patrick Bamford, which he was showing off to interested parties at the races.

Finny Maguire counts cost of NH Chase chaos

Finny Maguire faces a spell on the sidelines after fracturing six ribs and puncturing a lung in Tuesday's attritional running of the National Hunt Chase.

Maguire's Jessica Harrington-trained mount Whisperinthebreeze fell heavily at the 14th fence. The amateur rider, who had been enjoying a fine campaign, was taken to hospital in Bristol and remains there for now. 

His father Adrian, who won the 1992 Gold Cup on Cool Ground and the 1994 Queen Mother Champion Chase aboard Viking Flagship, said on Thursday: "Finny has broken six ribs and punctured a lung, so he got a bad kicking. He's sore but he is coming along and it could have been a lot worse."

Cheltenham MP caught out in no deal vote

Gossip website Popbitch takes a keen interest in the festival and could not resist reporting a racing-related snippet from Westminster. 

It's Thursday mail-out said: "Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk last night voted against ruling out a No Deal Brexit. Which must endear him to the British and Irish horseracing community . . ."

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