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Talking Horses: solving the mystery of the disappearing Guineas one-two

King Of Change returns to the track, 137 days after finishing runner-up in the Guineas, but where is Magna Grecia?One of many great things about the 2,000 Guineas is that it identifies the most classy young milers so we can have fun following them thro…

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Talking Horses: terribly unlucky Deirdre looks huge at 25-1 for Ascot

Japanese visitor is the most interesting horse around after being locked in the pocket at Leopardstown on SaturdayYou can keep your “Pinaturbo”. Star Catcher and Logician are all very fine, I suppose, if you like that sort of thing. But the horse from …

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Troubled jockey Graham Gibbons jailed after fourth drink-driving conviction

• 37-year-old rider banned from driving for five years• ‘It’s an awful shame because he’s a very talented lad’The talented but troubled jockey Graham Gibbons has been jailed, following his fourth conviction for drink driving. The verdict was recorded l…

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Talking Horses: Bank on hot favourite Logician to land the St Leger

The John Gosden-trained colt has won all four of his races and it is hard to see past him in the final Classic at DoncasterClarehaven Stables in Newmarket now houses an impressive number of horses who seem extremely hard to beat and Logician (3.35) is …

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Talking Horses: Murphy forsakes Leger for Champion bid with Deirdre

Oisin Murphy, who is on his way to becoming Britain’s champion jockey, has turned down the chance to win his first Classic in favour of a rare return home for the Irish ChampionOisin Murphy, who is on his way to becoming Britain’s champion jockey, has …

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Talking Horses: BHA defend blood sampling after Harrington complaint

The British Horseracing Authority has issued an unapologetic defence of its policy of taking pre-race blood samples from horses, following a complaint by the trainer Jessica HarringtonRacing’s ruling body has issued an unapologetic defence of its polic…

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Talking Horses: glory for the jockey who lasted two days on a boiled egg

The promising young rider Rossa Ryan won a valuable pot at Ascot on Saturday after getting his weight as low as he couldIf you made money from the narrow 8-1 success of Apparate at Ascot on Saturday, you should be giving thanks to the dedication of joc…

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Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore face Longchamp victory being thrown out

• Shock as wayward Circus Maximus keeps Prix du Moulin• Ken Condon, trainer of narrow runner-up Romanised, to appealCircus Maximus was sensationally allowed to keep the Prix du Moulin on Sunday despite having given a significant shove to the runner-up,…

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Talking Horses: Altior team pour cold water on Cyrname clash hype

‘Nothing is set in stone’ says Nicky Henderson as anticipation builds over a possible meeting between the pair in NovemberIt seems the first big clash of the new jumps season is back on ice, as the team behind Altior are not yet ready to commit him to …

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Newmarket trainer’s shock after stowaways found in horse box at Calais

• Two men broke into Hugo Palmer’s horse box in French port• Member of staff filmed moment two men were releasedHugo Palmer has spoken of his shock at learning that two men broke into one of his horse boxes in France on Sunday evening in an apparent at…

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Talking Horses: amazing Ghaiyyath romp adds colour to Arc picture

Godolphin runner hosed up in German Group One on Sunday but will he be as fit to take on Enable in Paris next month?Next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe took on a new layer of fascination when Ghaiyyath blew apart what was supposed to be a race for t…

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Talking Horses: Gosden worried Enable may be undone by tactical race

The Yorkshire Oaks may prove a tactical affair with only four runners lining up and two from the Aidan O’Brien yardJohn Gosden is concerned about a potentially tactical race after only four runners were declared for the Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday, expe…

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Talking Horses: how Remorex won the Palio di Siena without his jockey

Remorex, a descendant of British racehorses, prevailed in the Palio di Siena on Friday, even though his rider fell off at halfwayFor reasons of equine welfare, I imagine that many of you will share my reservations about the Palio di Siena, the medieval…

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Talking Horses: how Remorex won the Palio di Siena without his jockey

Remorex, a descendant of British racehorses, prevailed in the Palio di Siena on Friday, even though his rider fell off at halfwayFor reasons of equine welfare, I imagine that many of you will share my reservations about the Palio di Siena, the medieval…

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BHA’s Rust ridiculed over claim ‘98% of under-30s have never seen a horse’

Talking Horses Nick Rust has been unable to identify the source of his data, highlighting the need for care with statisticsNick Rust said a surprising thing last week, while commenting on the whip debate at a meeting of stable staff in Lambourn. “Accor…

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Earthlight raises 2,000 Guineas hopes with victory in Prix Morny

• Fabre-trained horse triumphs over Raffle Prize at Deauville• ‘He will go further, he will be a Guineas horse for sure’André Fabre has a live contender for the 2,000 Guineas, following a game success in the Prix Morny by Earthlight. It was a victory t…

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Talking Horses: Hayley Turner has big chance of landing Shergar prize | Chris Cook

Last year’s winning jockey has some strong rides at Ascot including Mark Johnston’s fancied Sapa Inca in the ClassicHaving had to wait until last year to win the Silver Saddle at her beloved Shergar Cup, Hayley Turner may be about to win the top jockey…

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Talking Horses: Mahmood al-Zarooni seeks a pardon over steroids ban

Infamous ex-trainer has spoken of his desire to return to the sport and insists ‘I’m a different person’Mahmood al-Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority and wants to train again, despite having been the subject of a worldwi…

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Talking Horses: Mahmood al-Zarooni seeks a pardon over steroids ban

Infamous ex-trainer has spoken of his desire to return to the sport and insists ‘I’m a different person’Mahmood al-Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority and wants to train again, despite having been the subject of a worldwi…

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Talking Horses: Mahmood al-Zarooni seeks a pardon over steroids ban

Infamous ex-trainer has spoken of his desire to return to the sport and insists ‘I’m a different person’Mahmood al-Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority and wants to train again, despite having been the subject of a worldwi…