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Sky Sports News HQs Alex Hammond provides a race-by-race guide to Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival. Air Force 1 Green Outlet . 1.30 NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT NOVICES HURDLEAlan Kings Yanworth is a potential banker for many. Once again, though, with Sky Bet offering money back as a free bet in the opening race, it could be worth taking him on. Hes a class act and will take some beating. He was fourth in the Champion Bumper last season to Moon Racer and has taken very well to hurdling, with four wins from four. Initially, the Supreme was the plan, but he was stepped up in trip at Cheltenham last time and beat some smart horses. You may recall he was AP McCoys horse to follow on skysports.com at the beginning of the season, and he could win with this and follow up in next years Champion Hurdle. Alex Hammond is joined by Ed Chamberlin to look ahead to an exciting week of racing at the Cheltenham festival Willie Mullins A Toi Phil is growing up all the time and won his last two after a blip on his Irish hurdles debut in December. Yorkhill had entries in all three novice hurdles but I hoped hed be running here, as I think this is the race for him. Mullins has so many good horses its impossible to keep them apart. Yorkhill looks a leading contender for the Neptune 2.10 RSA CHASEIve always been a fan of No More Heroes. Gordon Elliotts charge is three-from-three over fences, including in Grade Ones the last two times, which makes him a restrictive price for this. He looks the best staying novice on paper at the moment with proven form at the highest level. AP has named More Of That as his top tip for the meeting and he has Grade One-winning form at the Festival in the World Hurdle. He hasnt done anything wrong since going chasing and beat Sametegal in a Novices Chase latest - and that horse has since won a decent handicap chase, the Greatwood Gold Cup. More Of That is four-from-four at Cheltenham and I think its between those two.Of the others, Blaklion is a cracking little horse for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He won the Towton at Wetherby, but was beaten by Seeyouatmidnight in the Dipper. Seeyouatmidnight could run into a place on a good day for Sandy Thomson. He won again at Newcastle and will appreciate the fast pace the races are run at here. No More Heroes has strong claims in the RSA Chase 2.50 CORAL CUPA leading handicap hope for Elliott during the week is Diamond King, who has been the subject of much chatter and won last time out. He was raised 13lb for that. The Martin Pipe was his original aim since joining Elliott from Donald McCain but they have switched to this race, as hes too highly rated for the former, which has a ceiling of 145 (hes now rated 149). Politologue is rated 142 for Paul Nicholls for this, his handicap debut. He is unexposed and the stable won the race last year. Paul Nicholls saddles an interesting Coral Cup contender 3.30 BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASEId have said a few weeks ago that this years Champion Chase wasnt really floating my boat, but take the favourite out and its very competitive, with three former winners. Un De Sceaux will have to be up to speed with his jumping as there will be no margin for error. His fall at Leopardstown over Christmas doesnt fill you with confidence, but he jumped proficiently to beat Sire de Grugy in the Clarence House at Ascot since. If last years Arkle winner is in the same form and given luck, then the finishing order should be the same. The 2014 Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy is apparently moving with the same fluency that saw him at his best but I think hell struggle to beat the favourite. The 2013 winner Sprinter Sacre will bid for Champion Chase glory once again So, what about 2013 winner Sprinter Sacre? He showed he was up for a fight when beating Sire De Grugy at Kempton over Christmas and it was a close run thing between the pair. Last years winner Dodging Bullets needs to put that disappointing reappearance in the Game Spirit at Newbury behind him when second to Top Gamble. He will have improved loads for that, but needs to. The return to a sounder surface will suit too. Henry de Bromheads Special Tiara was possibly unlucky to be broadsided by Sire De Grugy in the Tingle Creek but didnt get the verdict after a stewards enquiry. I think he is just below very top class. You will need nerves of steel if you are an Un De Sceaux backer - he is a hot head and Ruby will need to keep a lid on him. Despite that, I really fancy him and am struggling to find an alternative.4.10 GLENFARCLAS CROSS-COUNTRY CHASEBalthazar King would be the fairytale winner of this on his return from horrible injuries suffered when falling in the Grand National last year. Hes a demon around here and loves these cross-country races. There is a strong Irish challenge, though. Balthazar King will get a rousing reception if he can win the Cross-Country 4.50 FRED WINTER JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLEThis is the sort of race in which its best to try and look for something that has been flying under the radar. Diego Du Charmil has certainly done that, with three placed runs in France. He is now with Nicholls and a mark of 133 doesnt look bad, but hes no double-figure price sadly. Nicholls won the race last year.Kings Messire Des Obeaux is a fellow French import, but he had a spin at Haydock (Victor Ludorum) in a small field and should be better than the bare form. Hes a full-brother to Bouvreuil, who was second in the Fred Winter last season for Nicholls. This horse is rated 132, which looks pretty attractive. One horse that got plenty of positive mentions at the Sky Bet preview evening was Campeador, another from the Elliott powerhouse. Connections thought this horse might be one for the Triumph Hurdle at the start of the season, but he runs in this juvenile handicap instead and is likely to wear a hood for the first time here. The bookies havent missed him sadly. Trainer Alan Kings Messire Des Obeaux could go well in the Fred Winter 5.30 WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPERAugusta Kate initially wasnt running at Cheltenham and was going to Sandown instead, but it seems there has been a change of plan by Mullins. This mare is owned by Graham Wylie, Alan Shearer, Lee Westwood and Ant & Dec. Mullins has won this eight times over the years and Irish runners have a phenomenal record in the race, although Brits dominated last year. She is bred in the purple, by leading flat stayer Yeats out of an exceptional race mare, Feathard Lady. This mare has won both her starts and, as mares and juveniles get weight from the rest, she has a weight pull with many of these too. She doesnt show much at home, but is two from two on the track. Ant and Dec could be celebrating after the Champion Bumper Ballyandy has won three out of four in bumpers for Twiston-Davies. Hes a winner at Cheltenham already and looked impressive giving weight to his rivals at Newbury last time out. One to watch that offers a bit more value than the principles is the Jessie Harrington trained New To This Town. Theres no doubt that this horse would be a single figure price if he was trained by Mullins and Harrington has a good record with her runners in this race. His price is shortening all the time. Also See: Bet now at Cheltenham! Video replay library Full racing results First race of the day offer £10 free bet Air Force 1 Store Sale . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Air Force 1 Womens Store . The team said they will announce a corresponding roster move prior to their series opener on Tuesday night in Kansas City. http://www.airforce1storesale.com/fake-air-force-1-yellow-outlet.html . Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener. Luke Glendening cut Bostons lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.Notable players: Ron Francis (1981-1991), Kevin Dineen (1984-1997), Ray Ferraro (1984-1991), Pat Verbeek (1989-1995), Geoff Sanderson (1990-1997), Ulf Samuelsson (1984-1991), Dave Babych (1985-1991), Jeff ONeill (1995-1997), Gordie Howe (1979-1980)Best jersey: 1979 home jersey.(Image via Sports Illustrated) Worst jersey: The Whalers didnt wear many different looks, and the ones they did were all solid, so I cant really hate on any of them. Did you know?(Image via WhalersHockeyCards.com) Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire was the coach of the Hartford Whalers in 1993. He was 32 and was the youngest head coach in the NHL. He coached the team to a losing record and was fired in 1994. Players praised his firing. I recommend checking out this article on the whole situation.Did they have a goal song?Not only did they play Brass Bonanza, a song composed by musician Jack Say after they scored, but it was the teams official theme song. General manager Brian Burke actually canceled the use of the song in 1992 because he was embarrassed by it. It was reintroduced after he left the team.Worst trade:Fans were absolutely devastated when the Whalers traded Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Jeff Parker, Zarley Zalapski and John Cullen. The Penguins would go on to win multiple Stanley Cups with that group while the Whalers would be mediocre for the rest of their existence. Best moustache: That would go to Gary Howatt, who had a beauty moustache. (Image via Faceoff.com)Best fight: While Jim McKenzie doesnt have the penalty minutes record for the Whalers (that belongs to Torrie Robertson at 1368) he sure knew how to drop the gloves. Mascot: Pucky The Whale(Markwilland.com) Which celebrity currently reps their gear? Snoop Dogg recently wore a Whalers sweater during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Last game: April 13th, 1997. 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.Last goal: Kevin Dineen assisted by Geoff Sanderson and Andrew Cassels. Captain: Kevin DineenWatch the final game in its entirety.Why the move?Owner Peter Karmanos moved the team after the Whalers were unable to sell enough tickets and he was unable to get a new arena. A new deal was almost reached, but it soon fell apart and the team was moved. Relocated: The team was moved to Carolina and they were renamed as the Hurricanes. What does a former player have to say?Jeff ONeill(Image via Shoebox Legends)What was it like to play in Hartford?For me it was awesome, I was drafted in Hartford by Hartford. Air Force 1 Grey Store. In training camp I had the opportunity to live with Gordie Howes son Marty, and he kind of took me in. I was new to the National Hockey League and I was pretty much happy wherever I was. It was disappointing though because after my first-year there was already talk of leaving Hartford. It wasnt that tough for me because I couldnt build that relationship in town where I had connections or friends so it was good while it lasted but Raleigh was pretty fun place too. Was the transition tough?Like I said, a guy like Kevin Dineen who was Mr. Hartford Whaler, and the guys who had been there for a while, the trainers and people who were local, it was awfully difficult for them because they had roots put down and they had kids in school and they were part of a diehard Whalers nation that bled green and blue but everyone kind of picked up and went to Raleigh and made it work. Aside from the draft whats one of your fondest memories of Hartford?Unfortunately it was probably the last game. It was special to see all the fans and the way they supported the team and came out. Unfortunately the building wasnt packed like that enough and thats ultimately why the team left that city. Its a weird market because there is Rangers fans and Boston Bruins fans all around that area and there didnt seem to be enough of those diehard Whaler fans but Ill always remember that last game: Paying respect to Kevin Dineen and some of the longtime trainers, Chuck Kaiton, Skip Cunningham and guys like that whove been there a long time.Was it hard playing in front half-packed arenas?I did it for a lot of my career and it was a difficult thing to do. The common cliché that was tossed around the locker room was that we have to make our own excitement tonight because there is not people banging on the glass and being loud and obnoxious and creating momentum out there. I almost got used to it because when I came out to Carolina there was bare crowds for the first three or four years, so its a difficult thing to do, especially when you go to markets like Montreal or Toronto where the building is packed; its frustrating because you dont really get that sense that youre in the NHL. Previous #TBTsAtlanta Thrashers(Stats and info from Hockeydb and The Sports E-Cyclopedia) ' ' '

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