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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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Nine men handed prison sentences over Goodwood mass brawl

• Judge cites ‘appalling level of violence’ during incident• Sentences range from four months up to two yearsNine men have been given prison sentences arising out of a mass brawl at Goodwood racecourse last May, which led to an oft-delayed court case t…

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Nine men handed prison sentences over Goodwood mass brawl

• Judge cites ‘appalling level of violence’ during incident• Sentences range from four months up to two yearsNine men have been given prison sentences arising out of a mass brawl at Goodwood racecourse last May, which led to an oft-delayed court case t…

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Talking Horses: does defeat mean the end is nigh for Apple’s Jade?

Gordon Elliott’s star did not look herself as Bacardys sailed past on Sunday but we should see a better horse next monthWow, talk about turning a drama into a crisis. Nothing could be more “ho hum” than a veteran jumper running a poor race on the first…

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Wincanton victor Give Me A Copper hands Alex Ferguson a National hope

• Part-owner Sir Alex says: ‘You can’t beat the excitement’ • Trainer Paul Nicholls now aiming winner at Grand NationalTwenty years after guiding Manchester United to a glorious treble, Sir Alex Ferguson was back in the big time here on Saturday as par…

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Talking Horses: Frost may be caught cold by well-weighted White Moon

Colin Tizzard’s charge should have a bright future and can foil Bryony Frost’s bid for a hat-trick in the Badger Beers ChasePresent Man gets the good ground he loves as he seeks a hat-trick in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at Wincanton under Bryony Fr…

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Talking Horses: more Supreme concern as Open Eagle has new owner

Shock expressed by pair who say they had a share in the horse and did not know he had been transferred elsewhereAnother insight into the running of the Supreme Horse Racing Club came on Thursday night when it emerged that Open Eagle, who carried the cl…

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Talking Horses: good news for Kempton fans but a long battle awaits

The latest signs are positive for those who want to keep the site as a racecourse but all sides say the end is not in sightKempton is not yet saved from development but campaigners to keep it as a racecourse got some more good news on Wednesday. The lo…

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BHA plans stricter syndicate rules after Supreme Horse Racing Club scandal

• Irish regulator looking into the owner of Kemboy• BHA faces calls for fit and proper tests on all syndicate membersRacing’s ruling body is mulling over plans to tighten up its regulation of syndicates, a hot topic in the wake of the drama around the …

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Talking Horses: jockey’s quick thinking saves the day at Exeter

Sam Twiston-Davies dragged his fellow rider Tom Scudamore to safety and helped disentangle horses after late tumbleLet us take a moment this morning to praise the quick thinking and will to help of Sam Twiston-Davies, whose actions in the last race at …

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Talking Horses: jockey’s quick thinking saves the day at Exeter

Sam Twiston-Davies dragged his fellow rider Tom Scudamore to safety and helped disentangle horses after late tumbleLet us take a moment this morning to praise the quick thinking and will to help of Sam Twiston-Davies, whose actions in the last race at …

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Talking Horses: will Frankie Dettori ever win a Melbourne Cup?

The Italian jockey is now 0-17 in ‘the race that stops a nation’ and came away with a ban for the second time in five yearsFrankie Dettori came heartbreakingly close to a first success in the Melbourne Cup but, instead of lifting the trophy, he ended h…

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Talking Horses: documentary reveals drama behind Khadijah Mellah’s win

ITV’s Riding A Dream shows the teenager failing a riding test at the British Racing School weeks before her Goodwood triumphKhadijah Mellah, the hijab-wearing newcomer who caused a sensation by riding the Magnolia Cup winner at Goodwood, was officially…

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Magical retired and out of Breeders’ Cup in blow for Aidan O’Brien squad

• Second favourite out of Filly & Mare Turf with temperature• Filly retires having won nine of her of her 21 career startsAidan O’Brien must travel to this year’s Breeders’ Cup without the animal he recently described as “the ultimate racehorse”, M…

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Talking Horses: punter ‘gutted’ as £189,000 case turned down at hearing

David Smith says that circumstances show he clearly intended to include Bialco in a bet in June, when he wrote BailaricoA 60-year-old punter from Loughborough says he is “gutted” that the betting arbitrator IBAS has ruled against him in a dispute with …

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Talking Horses: BHA suffers blow as intelligence manager adds to exits

Nicola McDermott to leave her role next month but BHA insists that a series of high-profile departures are not linkedNicola McDermott, who has served as intelligence manager at the British Horseracing Authority for just over a year, is to leave her pos…

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Frankie Dettori ‘buzzing’ that Enable will race on with 2020 Arc in mind

• Jockey gets one more year with ‘world’s favourite horse’• ‘Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe remains an important target’Frankie Dettori is “absolutely buzzing” following the surprise announcement that Enable is to race on next year at the age of six, a reac…

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Frankie Dettori ‘buzzing’ that Enable will race on with 2020 Arc in mind

• Jockey gets one more year with ‘world’s favourite horse’• ‘Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe remains an important target’Frankie Dettori is “absolutely buzzing” following the surprise announcement that Enable is to race on next year at the age of six, a reac…

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Talking Horses: Ralph Beckett hits form and trains sights on a damp Ascot

Andover trainer came up trumps at Newmarket and York on Saturday and he has two live shots for Champions Day at AscotThe hottest trainer in Britain just now, Ralph Beckett, has a chance to make his mark on Champions Day at Ascot and has his fingers cro…