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Talking Horses: Russian Emperor to outstay the favourite for Derby glory

If Serpentine goes hard enough to make this a true test, Russian Emperor is fancied to make his powerful finish count at EpsomA strong pace looks likely in Saturday’s Derby, since that would seem essential for the chances of Ballydoyle’s two main conte…

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Talking Horses: Russian Emperor to outstay the favourite for Derby glory

If Serpentine goes hard enough to make this a true test, Russian Emperor is fancied to make his powerful finish count at EpsomA strong pace looks likely in Saturday’s Derby, since that would seem essential for the chances of Ballydoyle’s two main conte…

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The Derby 2020: horse-by-horse guide to the Classic contenders | Chris Cook

The strong-finishing Russian Emperor looks the pick in Saturday’s race, while English King is badly drawn in stall one Related: The People’s Race makes way for Frankie Dettori dominating Derby day | Greg Wood Continue reading…

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Talking Horses: Ben Curtis plans Friday prep-ride on first Derby mount

Weeks after his first Royal Ascot success, this weekend will bring another thrill for jockey whose star is on the riseBen Curtis will be introduced to his Derby mount, Highland Chief, on Friday morning when the jockey who has made so much progress in r…

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Talking Horses: Leicester races given go-ahead amid city lockdown

The Oadby track will race on Tuesday evening after the British Horseracing Authority gave the meeting the green lightA nine-race fixture is to go ahead at Leicester on Tuesday evening, despite the city being the subject of Britain’s first local lockdow…

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Talking Horses: Leicester races given go-ahead amid city lockdown

The Oadby track will race on Tuesday evening after the British Horseracing Authority gave the meeting the green lightA nine-race fixture is to go ahead at Leicester on Tuesday evening, despite the city being the subject of Britain’s first local lockdow…

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Team tactics never part of racing strategy, promises Aidan O’Brien | Chris Cook

Talking exclusively to Chris Cook, the trainer addresses concerns raised by two owners of Saturday’s Derby fanciesTeam tactics form no part of pre-race preparations at Ballydoyle, Aidan O’Brien insisted on Monday. “I promise you, never ever,” the train…

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Talking Horses: jockeys seeing benefits of one race-meeting per day

‘Someone was gonna have an accident,’ says PJA chief executive as riders appear content with not rushing to a second venueJockeys’ representatives say that a “silver lining” has emerged from the anti-coronavirus restrictions in the fact that jockeys ar…

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Talking Horses: jockeys seeing benefits of one race-meeting per day

‘Someone was gonna have an accident,’ says PJA chief executive as riders appear content with not rushing to a second venueJockeys’ representatives say that a “silver lining” has emerged from the anti-coronavirus restrictions in the fact that jockeys ar…

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Horse racing helping jockeys tackle mental health issues | Chris Cook

The pressures on professional riders are well-documented and in the wake of Liam Treadwell’s death the sport plans to do even more to offer support to those affected“I absolutely hated racing that season,” says Harry Teal, reflecting on the time, just…

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Pyledriver a genuine Derby hope for ‘bits and bobs’ owner Guy Leach | Chris Cook

An unexpected victory in the ‘Ascot Derby’ have shortened the odds on the colt for the real version at Epsom“It’s been a complete whirlwind,” says Guy Leach, one of those owners who have been supporting racing for decades without attaining any kind of …

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Talking Horses: Kevin Manning hopes to splash out on Fiscal Rules

The Irish Derby winning jockey of seven years ago is hopeful of a repeat in this year’s race at the age of 53At 53, Kevin Manning has been going a lot longer than the men with whom he shares the weigh rooms of Ireland but the suggestion of retirement g…

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Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien outlines plans for quick Derby double

Record-seeking trainer could rely on Russian Emperor, Mogul and Vatican City at Epsom, but Mogul’s prep has been rushedRussian Emperor, Mogul and possibly Vatican City look like forming the core of Aidan O’Brien’s challenge for the Derby a week on Satu…

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Talking Horses: the lessons for racing in Royal Ascot’s TV success

‘There is an audience for pure racing’ says Mark Johnston and others after sport achieves best viewing figures for eight yearsWhat could be more encouraging for horse racing, a sport that seems to struggle for self-confidence much of the time, than the…

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Nando Parrado at 150-1 is biggest-priced winner in Royal Ascot history

Clive Cox-trained winner springs surprise in Coventry StakesWinner is the biggest-priced winner ever at Royal Ascot The final day of a busy and difficult Royal Ascot for punters brought the least expected winner in the event’s long history. Nando Parra…

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Talking Horses: Wichita can see off Pinatubo in classic Royal Ascot clash

Wichita, narrowly denied in the 2,000 Guineas, can gain compensation in the big race on the final day of Royal AscotWichita (3.00) was denied victory in the 2,000 Guineas by mere inches. The Irish colt can gain compensation in the St James’s Palace Sta…

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Talking Horses: Wichita can see off Pinatubo in classic Royal Ascot clash

Wichita, narrowly denied in the 2,000 Guineas, can gain compensation in the big race on the final day of Royal AscotWichita (3.00) was denied victory in the 2,000 Guineas by mere inches. The Irish colt can gain compensation in the St James’s Palace Sta…

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Talking Horses: Varian can boost vintage Royal Ascot with Pierre Lapin

Roger Varian’s incredible meeting looks set to continue in the Commonwealth Cup in which he fields Pierre Lapin Roger Varian’s incredible Royal Ascot looks set to continue in Friday’s big race, the Commonwealth Cup, in which he fields Pierre Lapin (3.3…

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Talking Horses: Moonlight Spirit can spring Royal Ascot Gold Cup surprise

Stradivarius deserves plenty of respect as he seeks his Gold Cup hat-trick, but the bookmakers have him too shortStradivarius deserves plenty of respect as he seeks his Gold Cup hat-trick at Royal Ascot on Thursday but the bookmakers have him very shor…

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Lord North leaves rivals standing for classy Royal Ascot success

James Doyle steers home Prince of Wales’s winnerHot favourite Japan unplaced after stuttering start Lord North became a well-backed winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, delivering victory for John Gosden in the feature race on day two at Royal Ascot…