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Talking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks

Incidents at Navan and Fontwell over the weekend have highlighted how riders are being exposed to unnecessary risksTwice in the last four days, jump jockeys have had to contend with people wandering about on the track in front of them. On Sunday at Nav…

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Cheltenham installs rail to prevent repeat of horses running wrong way

• Two likely winners at Cheltenham ducked off course in October• ‘We’ve come up with a plan to move a 36-yard length of rail’Cheltenham racecourse is to make use of a newly constructed section of rail when racing returns on Friday in an effort to preve…

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Talking Horses: Dancing Shadow can prove the toast in Badger Ales Trophy

The 20-1 shot won last year’s Edinburgh National from a 1lb lower handicap mark and now has the blinkers which may have been needed last seasonThere will be plenty of cheering for Present Man and Bryony Frost as they attempt to win the Badger Ales Trop…

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Talking Horses: Hamilton crowned Racecourse Association track of year

Dexcite (2.30) is the best bet at Warwick, where the exciting Kalashnikov makes his chasing debutCongratulations to Hamilton for being named champion racecourse at the annual Showcase awards last night, a result that shows this particular gong does not…

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Talking Horses: British runner tried to bite rival at Melbourne Cup start

Marmelo swung his head to the right and had a right old go at Avilius before finishing second in Australia’s biggest raceOh dear. While the British runners in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup covered themselves in glory by filling the first three places, it has…

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Talking Horses: British curse in the Melbourne Cup is finally broken

A quarter of a century after the race fell to an Irish raider, Cross Counter has become the first winner to be trained in BritainCongratulations to Charlie Appleby, who has become the first British-based trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, following the …

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Talking Horses: what does it mean if Davy Russell rides one at Bangor?

Punters must ask themselves whether the famed Irishman’s presence amounts to a tip in itselfWhat’s Davy Russell doing at Bangor for one ride? This is just one of the questions facing punters today, but a key one, since the Irishman is aboard a clear fa…

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s ‘passion for horses’ praised amid racing tributes

• Leicester City owner had ‘love affair’ with racing• Owner ‘completely captivated’ with UK racing, says trainerSenior figures in horse racing have paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Leicester City owner who died in a helicopter crash on Sat…

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Talking Horses: surprise as Samcro will stay over hurdles this season

Gordon Elliott has revealed that he and the horse’s owners want to try to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in MarchSamcro has become favourite with some bookmakers for the Champion Hurdle after news broke this morning that the hugely promising che…

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Talking Horses: Phoenix Of Spain can rise to the occasion at Doncaster

The Charlie Hills-trained colt can thwart Aidan O’Brien’s bid for a ninth success in the race now called the Vertem FuturityAidan O’Brien seeks a ninth success at Doncaster in the race now known as the Vertem Futurity but certain to be referred to as t…

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Talking Horses: Phoenix Of Spain can rise to the occasion at Doncaster

The Charlie Hills-trained colt can thwart Aidan O’Brien’s bid for a ninth success in the race now called the Vertem FuturityAidan O’Brien seeks a ninth success at Doncaster in the race now known as the Vertem Futurity but certain to be referred to as t…

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Talking Horses: Scudamores in the spotlight for return of Cheltenham

A newly published book charts the careers of three generation of a jump racing dynasty O frabjous day, racing returns to Cheltenham, marking another resting point on the long march back to proper jump racing. This seems a good point to explain the back…

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Winx: how good is the horse whose dung sells for $200 a bag?

The reputation of the “supermare” of Australian racing will be on the line when she tries to win the Cox Plate for a fourth timeWinx, the much-feted “supermare” of Australian racing, can fairly be regarded as the equal of Enable, according to David Joh…

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Talking Horses: Blinkered Cracksman remains a serious threat at Ascot | Chris Cook

John Gosden’s four-year-old will be fresher than Crystal Ocean on Champions Day while Brando could continue his fine yearSoft ground will once more be a main factor in the calculations of every punter on Champions Day, Ascot having taken 40mm of rain l…

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Talking Horses: running style could help Enable make history in US

Winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe have a lousy record when flying out for the Breeders’ Cup the next monthEnjoyable as it is to contemplate Enable’s participation in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, one consequence is that punters will have another of th…

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James Fanshawe hopes Tin Man can strike gold on Champions Day

• The Tin Man is the 3-1 favourite for the Sprint on Saturday• Trainer has knack of getting horses to peak at right timeFrom his base at Pegasus Stables in Newmarket, James Fanshawe hopes to be flying high once more on Champions Day. Fanshawe’s yard ha…

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Talking Horses: horse welfare is an issue for racing and not just the BHA

The whole sport will have to accept the need for continued effort and improvement in this area if MPs are to be satisfiedThe name of the British Horseracing Authority was being bandied about a lot in a committee room of the House of Commons last night …

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Praise and criticism for BHA as MPs debate equine welfare regulator

• Labour members want change but government opposed• Minister recognises body’s efforts but calls for moreQualified praise and some strongly worded criticism was offered to racing’s ruling body as members of the House of Commons debated a call for the …

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BHA clash with Tim Farron over equine welfare ahead of Westminster debate

• Horse welfare to be debated in Westminster Hall after epetition • RSPCA praise BHA and are ‘happy to keep working with them’Racing’s ruling body has clashed with Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrats leader, on the eve of a parliamentary debate ab…

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Talking Horses: Limini’s draw may make her a force in Cesarewitch

Limini can spring a surprise in the Cesarewitch – with only a 4lb penalty for her latest win and a decent draw in stall nine, she looks sure to get involvedThe betting market clearly expects Irish success in the Cesarewitch for the first time in 11 yea…