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Prendergast is optimistic Madhmoon can cure that family Derby itch

• Father Paddy just missed out at Epsom in 1960• Madhmoon was fourth in 2,000 GuineasIf Madhmoon wins the Derby a week on Saturday, it will be a victory more than half a century in the making. The sturdy colt is trained in Ireland by Kevin Prendergast,…

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Talking Horses: Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally seeks to end winnerless run

Jockey who partnered the greatest Flat racehorse has since fallen from favour and hasn’t had a winner since DecemberThe Tin Man enlivens Monday night’s card at Windsor by making his seasonal reappearance there. He’s a really likeable veteran sprinter w…

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Davy Russell makes a breakthrough in Grand Steeplechase de Paris

• Jockey realises ambition with victory on chance ride Carriacou• Willie Mullins’ five runners eclipsed by French-trained winnerThe fruitful autumn of Davy Russell’s career continued as he rode Carriacou to win the Grand Steeplechase de Paris, the Fren…

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Talking Horses: bank on Laurens to land the Group One Lockinge

Karl Burke-trained filly has proved a reliable prospect at the highest level and should shine in the feature race at NewburyThis year’s Lockinge Stakes may not be full of top-class horses but it poses as tricky a puzzle for punters as almost any handic…

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Talking Horses: Heart attacks can’t stop Britain’s best-known bookie

‘I took two paracetamol and got on with it,’ said Barry Dennis after heart scare at Lingfield on Good FridayBarry Dennis has tried to retire twice, that I know of, and yet Britain’s best-known bookmaker, now 78, was still to be found by his joint at Li…

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Aidan O’Brien wins Derby trial at Leopardstown with ‘lazy’ Broome

• ‘He’s not slow, just lazy,’ says trainer after colt’s laboured win• O’Brien still expects Broome to form part of his Epsom team“He’s not slow, he’s just lazy,” was the interesting line of defence taken by Aidan O’Brien after his Broome ground his way…

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Talking Horses: big week for young trainers aiming stars at the Derby

Ed Walker and Charlie Fellowes appear to have serious Derby hopes for the first time but this week will put both to the testIt’s a huge week for two of the younger, up-and-coming British trainers hoping to find themselves with the first credible Derby …

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O’Brien set to switch Derby second favourite Japan to Leopardstown

• Trainer likely to run three Epsom contenders on Sunday• Norway new favourite for Chester Vase after Japan defectionSunday’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial looks like becoming the most significant of all the pre-Epsom prep races, following news from Aid…

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Talking Horses: Tapering rails can prevent 2,000 Guineas track bias

Rails on both sides could be used to guide runners towards the centre of the course and ensure a fair race for the ClassicNothing does this punter’s head in more than trying to predict where the field will go in the major straight-course races. Will th…

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Talking Horses: Irish raider Madhmoon can land 2,000 Guineas

The improving Kevin Prendergast runner is selected to go one better than in his Classic Trial race at LeopardstownThe absence of star names has turned this year’s 2,000 Guineas into a real puzzle for punters but the answer could be Madhmoon (3.35), fro…

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Talking Horses: Nottingham opens first safe space at a British track

‘GoRacingGreen’ Room a collaboration with mental health campaigner Debbie Matthews and other tracks may follow suitWell done to Nottingham racecourse, which becomes the first British track to open a ‘safe space’ facility for racegoers living with poor …

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Talking Horses: Adrien Du Pont can spring Gold Cup surprise at Sandown

The Paul Nicholls-trained 20-1 chance is likely to relish the extra distance here after finishing strongly into third at KemptonPaul Nicholls can mark the end of another championship-winning season with his fifth success in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sando…

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Talking Horses: Ascot ready to show off new sectional times display

The racecourse has spent years working to provide a large quantity of data for each race, available from next weekSagaro day at Ascot on Wednesday will see the launch of the track’s new “sectional times” display, first reported in The Guardian last sum…

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Bryony Frost ‘fit as a flea’ and ready to fly at Sandown, says Paul Nicholls

• Frost returns from injury on Present Man in Gold Cup• ‘This break’s done her good. She’s spent time on her fitness’Bryony Frost looked “fit as a flea” on her return to work on Thursday morning, according to Paul Nicholls, who suggested she could come…

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Talking Horses: finally, an intended runner for the 2,000 Guineas

Two obvious contenders have fallen by the wayside in the past week but at last we’ve found a runner set to go in the ClassicI feel like I’ve achieved something, having found a leading contender for the 2,000 Guineas who is actually being aimed at the r…

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Irish Grand National: Snugsborough Benny tipped for glory – Talking Horses

The combined efforts of Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown may prove in vain in Easter Monday’s big raceJut as Christmas Day is more accurately known as The Day Before The King George, so Easter Monday is really Irish Grand National Day and…

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Talking Horses: Newmarket tips and Goldophin’s Craven collision

Wednesday’s Classic trial offers a clash of the Godolphin stables. Plus best bets for Tuesday’s action at NewmarketGodolphin’s two Newmarket stables go head to head in Wednesday’s Craven Stakes, the highlight event as racing returns to the town after i…

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Talking Horses: Connor Brace is latest promising jump jockey from Wales

The 17-year-old looked skilful and confident as he steered Verdana Blue to an easy success at Ayr on SaturdayWe will hear more from Connor Brace, picked by Nicky Henderson to claim 7lb off Verdana Blue in Saturday’s Scottish Champion Hurdle, which the …

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Charlie Fellowes confirms purchase of Luca Cumani’s Newmarket stable

• Trainer set to move string of horses in next few weeks• Will include Fellowes’s live Derby contender King OttokarCharlie Fellowes has bought Luca Cumani’s historic stable in Newmarket and the ambitious young trainer is to move in his string of horses…

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Takingrisks lives up to name on way to winning Scottish Grand National

• Nicky Richards wins race 50 years after his father with Playlord• Mohaather hailed after taking big race at NewburyA family tradition was maintained when Nicky Richards trained Takingrisks to win the Scottish Grand National, 50 years after his father…