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The quiz: how much do you know about the week's hot topics?

Faugheen: 2015 Champion Hurdle hero was ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival this week
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Barely a day goes by without big news stories breaking, among them the seismic, controversial and downright wacky. Catch up on your week in news in our quickfire quiz.


1. Willie Mullins was dealt a big blow this week when big-race contenders Faugheen and Min were ruled out of Cheltenham. How many festival winners did Mullins have in 2016?

A. 6
B. 7
C. 8
D. 10

2. Name the top trainer who this week gave his view on the female weight allowance debate – a rule set to come into force in races in France next month – saying jockeys "should take it with both hands if it helps further their career".

A. Willie Mullins
B. John Gosden
C. Paul Nicholls
D. Aidan O’Brien

3. Aussie wonder mare Winx was due to return to the racecourse this week, only for the race at Randwick to be postponed. What was the reason?

A. Frozen track
B. Not enough entries
C. Extreme temperatures
D. Lack of medics on duty

4. Sedgefield’s meeting on Monday hit the headlines, but for what reason was it peculiar?

A. It took five inspections before it was given the go-ahead
B. It featured two void races
C. The card was cancelled after two races due a flash flood

Coneygree: 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup star could yet run again this season say connections

5. Trainer Mark Bradstock this week revealed 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree could yet run again this season, with Aintree and Punchestown potential targets. At which track did Coneygree make a winning racecourse debut?

A. Plumpton
B. Cheltenham
C. Kempton
D. Uttoxeter

6. All-weather legend La Estrella failed to trouble the judge on his return to action at Southwell this week. Stand Guard recently regained the record for most all-weather wins by one horse, but how many victories does he have to his name?

A. 22
B. 24
C. 26
D. 28

7. The Nicky Henderson-trained Might Bite got his career back on track at Doncaster this week, winning well to set up a festival bid. But what happened on his previous start at Kempton?

A. He won in a faster time than Thistlecrack
B. He fell when well clear at the last
C. He refused to race

8. Native River, along with Altior and Ballyandy, played a starring role at Newbury on Saturday, advancing his Cheltenham Gold Cup claims when winning the Denman Chase for Colin Tizzard. But who rode him?

A. Richard Johnson
B. Aidan Coleman
C. Tom Scudamore

And one for next week . . .

9. The weights for the Randox Health Grand National will be unveiled at a ceremony in London on Tuesday evening. But which horse carried top weight in last year’s Aintree showpiece?

A. Silviniaco Conti
B. First Lieutenant
C. Many Clouds
D. On His Own

Scroll down for the answers . . .


1. B (7)
2. C (Paul Nicholls)
3. C (Extreme temperatures)
4. A (It took five inspections before it was given the go-ahead)
5. D (Uttoxeter)
6. D (28)
7. B (He fell when well clear at the last)
8. B (Aidan Coleman)
9. C (Many Clouds)

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