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Talking Horses: Bank on Blue Flight soaring to success at Kelso

The unexposed youngster caused an upset by beating Black Corton three weeks ago and can prove that was no flukeKelso gets its moment in the spotlight on this low-key Saturday between Cheltenham and Aintree, and will stage some tricky contests, notably …

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Talking Horses: Bryony Frost to miss Grand National over bone break

The hugely popular jockey, a winner at the Cheltenham Festival last week, broke a collarbone in a fall at Southwell on MondayBryony Frost broke a collarbone in her Monday fall at Southwell, it has been confirmed. The hugely popular jockey, a winner on …

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Anthony Honeyball calls for changes to Cheltenham Festival four-miler

• Three horses fell in controversial National Hunt Chase last week• Trainer ponders making race for experienced chasersAnthony Honeyball has added his voice to those calling for changes to the National Hunt Chase, in the wake of last week’s running of …

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Lalor expected to bounce back at Aintree after lifeless Cheltenham run

• Hayley Woollacott: ‘He seems very well. Horses have off days’ • ‘It’s a head-scratcher … we’ll ride him differently at Aintree’Nothing has come to light to explain the lifeless performance at last week’s Cheltenham Festival by Lalor, who had been str…

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Could series of recent controversies result in confidence vote in BHA? | Chris Cook

Sir Anthony McCoy led the critics on TV, while trainer Henry Daly voiced his concerns in an open letter as racing’s rulers limp from crisis to crisisRelations between racing professionals and the sport’s ruling body have reached such a low ebb that a v…

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Talking Horses: Davy Russell can put Cheltenham aside with Folsom Blue

Davy Russell travels to Uttoxeter for a single ride after a disappointing Festival and may make it count in the Midlands NationalCheltenham ended in disappointment for Davy Russell, who could not find a winner during the week and was eighth in the Gold…

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Clan Des Obeaux can strike Gold for Paul Nicholls

Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse could add the crowning glory to a great Festival for the traner’s rejuvenated yardThe good times are back at Paul Nicholls’ yard, which has been celebrating the wins of Frodon and Topofthegame. Not since Kauto Star’s Gold Cup …

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Supasundae can star in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Likeable veteran can crown his career with victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle on the third day at the Cheltenham FestivalThe ideal jumps horse is talented, durable, reliable and versatile, so who wouldn’t want to own Supasundae (3.30), the likeable veteran…

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Buveur D’Air can make it three Champion Hurdles

JP McManus’s runner can match his more forebear Istabraq while Klassical Dream can step up in Supreme NoviceMemories of Istabraq will be revived on day one of this Cheltenham Festival as Buveur D’Air (3.30) can become the first horse since his day to w…

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Talking Horses: Sandown to measure run-in after wrong result called

Course officials will consider whether it is worth continuing with separate finish lines for races over hurdles and fencesOfficials at Sandown are going to do some measuring this week, just to establish what the consequences would be if they were to mo…

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Pat Kelly, quiet man of horse racing, could make big noise in Gold Cup

Irish trainer refuses to play the PR game and keeps himself to himself, but Presenting Percy could thrust him into the limelight at the Cheltenham FestivalDoes it matter if our sporting stars don’t talk to us? This is the question, or one of them, pose…

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Talking Horses: Williams can lift Imperial Cup with Monsieur Lecoq

Monsieur Lecoq, running in Saturday’s Imperial Cup at Sandown, can give Jane Williams her most notable prize since she started training in her own name last summerSaturday’s Imperial Cup at Sandown can become the most notable prize won by Jane Williams…

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Talking Horses: BetBright disgrace is a test for Gambling Commission

Regulator says it is ‘urgently engaging’ with the firm, but where is the reassurance that such voiding of bets is not allowed?I got a new line out of the Gambling Commission on Thursday night, when I asked what they were doing about the disgraceful goi…

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Bryony Frost: ‘I have never thought this isn’t worth it, for this pain’

The jockey has her eye on Cheltenham, where she can become the first woman to win a Grade One jumps race at the FestivalEffervescent in public, focused in private, Bryony Frost will seek another big win aboard Frodon at next week’s Cheltenham Festival….

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Talking Horses: time to include trainers and owners in whip penalties

If whip breaches are to be reduced, jockeys must be told by their employers not to break the rules at any costOh whoopee, the whip is back in the news. This time, the headline is a threat from the British Horseracing Authority that “temporary measures”…

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Debbie Matthews: ‘We want a place we can go and hide for 10 minutes’| Chris Cook

Mental health campaigner says quiet spaces at British tracks would allow people with social anxiety to enjoy a day at the racesBattling through a Festival-week crowd at Cheltenham racecourse is a significant challenge for anyone, and so much more so fo…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019: Paisley Park has owner Gemmell all a flutter

Despite a long association with the Cheltenham meeting this is the first time Andrew Gemmell has had a real contender to talk upIt seems unlikely that many of the owners who gather at next week’s Cheltenham Festival will be sharing stories of their tim…

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Talking Horses: Javert can strike gold at Newbury for Emma Lavelle

Four times a winner from his eight forays over fences, Javert can land the day’s big betting race, the Greatwood Gold CupIt has generally paid to follow Paul Nicholls in Newbury’s Greatwood Gold Cup, the Ditcheat trainer having saddled a remarkable eig…

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Talking Horses: divisions abound as ARC chief labels horsemen childish

Prize money negotiations are once more the cause of bitterness in horse racing and talk of boycotts of race-meeting persistsAs you’ll be aware, horse racing is once more wrestling itself in a bitter row over prize money. For an insight into how bitter,…

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Penhill out of Cheltenham Festival as Irish enter record 825 runners

• Fragile 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle winner ruled out with injury• Irish will send over unprecedented 45% of all entriesPenhill became the latest big name to be ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday when Willie Mullins reported the horse to be “v…