Through The Lens: Weekend review in pictures

A review of the weekend's best sporting moments from the best images
A review of the weekend's best sporting moments from the best images

Relive the sporting weekend through the lens of the photographer in our unmissable review of the action.

Match made in heaven

Bryony Frost and Frodon continue to thread together this National Hunt season, his heart and her smile capturing all that is good about National Hunt racing.

Saturday saw the pair cling on for a narrow, typically brave victory in the Cotswold Chase over an extended three miles - enough for trainer Paul Nicholls to set his sights on the Gold Cup.

Bryony Frost celebrates her win on Frodon
Bryony Frost celebrates with her beloved Frodon

Whether or not they can bridge the gap to Grade One company we shall see - Presenting Percy certainly looked good on his return earlier in the week - but Paisley Park certainly looks like a potential Festival winner after taking the Cleeve Hurdle.

Paisley Park
Paisley Park on his way to another career-best victory

Emma Lavelle's horse had to be nudged along at various stages but once he took it up he stormed clear of a good field to conjure memories of Big Buck's and Inglis Drever, two greats of the staying division.

Money talks

On a day of fancied horses winning at Cheltenham, Fakir D'Oudairies moved to the top of the Triumph Hurdle betting when landing a few bets in the opener while Kildisart was another to impress albeit in a different way, his tenacity earning a second victory over fences.

Fakir D'Oudairies hoses up at Cheltenham
Fakir D'Oudairies hoses up at Cheltenham

Over at Doncaster, where a dog running around somehow garnered more attention than events on the track, Dynamite Dollar was a ready enough winner of the Lightning Novices' Chase while Go Conquer won the feature Sky Bet Chase.

The magic of... oh forget it

Yes, well. Magic might not be the best word to use given events off the field on Saturday, but on it there were two bonafide giant killings in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Millwall v Everton
Fans make their way to the Millwall game

Manuel Pellegrini was left 'ashamed' after West Ham lost 4-2 at AFC Wimbledon, while Millwall got the better of Everton after a controversial late goal.

AFC Wimbledon players celebrate
AFC Wimbledon players celebrate
AFC Wimbledon fans and a textbook tinfoil FA Cup
A textbook tinfoil FA Cup

Also in the FA Cup, Crystal Palace got the better of Spurs to make it a nightmare week for Mauricio Pochettino's side, while in the Sky Bet EFL there were goals galore and our favourites can be watched right here.

Testing times

England were, let's face it, awful in the first Test against the West Indies, who won by 381 runs. No wonder the Barbados prime minister was in town to congratulate the hosts.

Jason Holder is congratulated by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley
Jason Holder is congratulated by Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley

Star of the show for the West Indies was spinner Roston Chase, who took eight wickets for 60 runs and looked very pleased with himself afterwards.

Roston Chase
Roston Chase and his exceptional first Test figures

DeChambeau a class apart

Bryson DeChambeau was the highest-ranked player in the field for the Dubai Desert Classic and the handsome Californian delivered a handsome seven-shot victory.

Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau celebrates

The world number five has now won four times in his last 10 starts dating back to last autumn and looks every inch a major champion in the making - two of the last three winners of this event, by the way, went on to win the Masters in April.

Bryson DeChambeau - 11/1 winner for Ben Coley
Bryson DeChambeau: 'You're the boss'

Brent, DeChambeau... sessions.

Grand slam hero

Sunday's Australian Open final failed to live up to the billing, but only because Novak Djokovic produced one of the greatest performances in tennis history to wipe the floor with Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic celebrates
Novak Djokovic in the locker room
Djokovic in the locker room

He's set his sights on Roger Federer's all-time grand slam record after this seventh Australian Open success left him on 15, just five behind the Swiss.

Don't do it, Novak. Nineteen is plenty.

Rose blooms again

Justin Rose's secured his spot at the top of golf's world rankings as he battled to victory in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Justin Rose finished on -21 under par
Justin Rose finished on -21 under par

The Englishman finished on -21 under par, to win by two shots ahead of Adam Scott.

Rose said: "This ranks really high up there - to win as world number one means something special to me."

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