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Tim Brennan cleared of passing on information about Faugheen injury

• Disciplinary panel said there were other possible sources• BHA left to explain why it had pursued case relating to vetTim Brennan has been cleared of the accusation that he passed on inside information about an injury to Faugheen before the 2016 Cham…

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Talking Horses: why it’s mad to let anabolic steroid sinners return

How will you feel the next time Philip Fenton has a big winner, knowing he was caught in possession of anabolic steroids?How will you feel the next time Philip Fenton trains the winner of a major race, perhaps at the Cheltenham Festival, perhaps even i…

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Philip Fenton returns to training after serving three-year ban

• Irish trainer’s first runner is in a bumper at Killarney• Fenton is able to have runners in BritainA seemingly unrepentant Philip Fenton has refused to discuss his return to horse racing, seven months after the end of a three-year ban for possession …

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Talking Horses: fretting over the BHA’s case against Tim Brennan

Racing’s regulator appears to have no direct evidence the Brennan brothers spoke on the critical day or that Faugheen was lame thenI see from social media that some have not grasped how circumstantial the case is against the vet Tim Brennan, who has be…

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Other sources may have prompted bets against Faugheen, case against vet hears

• Tim Brennan denies passing information to his brother• Faugheen was declared non-runner in 2016 Champion HurdleThe Tim Brennan hearing has concluded with defence barristers insisting there were “plenty of other alternative sources” who could have pro…

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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins makes no bones about who runs his stable

It was entertaining to hear the great trainer outline how few people get a look-in on the decision-making process at his Carlow yardYou may be familiar with how much personal authority Willie Mullins has at his County Carlow yard but it was entertainin…

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Corruption case against Willie Mullins’ vet described as ‘complete fantasy’

• Tim Brennan alleged to have passed inside information• His brother layed Faugheen before it was declared a non-runnerA corruption case brought against Willie Mullins’ vet has been condemned by defence lawyers as “complete fantasy”, at a regulatory he…

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Talking Horses: Sands Of Mali can lift July Cup on racing’s Super Saturday

The zippy three-year-old appeals at 8-1 for the highlight of a typically action-packed Super Saturday with 10 televised racesRichard Fahey stunned the betting market by saddling Mayson to win the July Cup at 20-1 six years ago and now the Yorkshire tra…

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Talking Horses: Gossamer Wings can swoop to victory at Newmarket

Ryan Moore can also claim first spot aboard Ripp Orf (5.20) in the closing one-mile handicap on the cardSo there’s a race on Friday at Newmarket which Aidan O’Brien has won for the last two years and it looks like he may very well win it again but his …

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Talking Horses: impressive legal team lined up for Tim Brennan defence

‘I’m going to prove that these allegations are false,’ Kilkenny vet says, and he will not be short of expert legal assistanceSome people have clearly not done enough preparation when they sit down in front of a disciplinary panel of the British Horsera…

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Finian’s Oscar dies during summer racing break after colic treatment

• Jumps talent had major organ failure after operation• Trainer Colin Tizzard: ‘We hadn’t seen the best of him yet’Finian’s Oscar, one of the brightest and most frustrating talents of the last two jumps seasons, has died during his summer break. The ho…

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Talking Horses: Chaos after wrong horse named winner at Sandown

Rio Ronaldo was initially called the winner of the London Insurance Day Handicap and then minutes later the result was amended, calling Vibrant Chords the first homeRacing’s ruling body has declined to comment on the future of a racecourse judge who ha…

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John Gosden says O’Brien has ‘spiced up’ Eclipse by running Saxon Warrior

• Trainer fears Ballydoyle team may dictate pace at Sandown• Saxon Warrior 4-1 after running third in Irish Derby last week“Aidan’s spiced the whole thing up,” was John Gosden’s reaction to the appearance of Saxon Warrior among the final list of runner…

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Talking Horses: Saxon Warrior to run in the Eclipse! What can it mean?

How do we interpret Aidan O’Brien’s unusual willingness to send his Classic winner into the fray so soon after his last run?Is Aidan O’Brien turning into the new Mark Johnston? That’s just one of the questions racing folk want answered in light of the …

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Gambling Commission say Ladbrokes misled them in Black Dave case

• Long-running 2015 non-runner saga draws to a close • Commission publish warning over Rule 4 deductionsThe Gambling Commission has said it was misled by Ladbrokes during its investigation into the Black Dave case, which ended on Wednesday with a state…

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Donnacha O’Brien: ‘I know if I mess up, I’m not going to lose any rides’

The Classic-winning 19-year-old is enjoying the freedom of riding for his brother but admits he does not know what his future holdsWhile he has proved superbly effective in big races this season, nothing better shows the maturity of Donnacha O’Brien an…

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Talking Horses: Hollie Doyle back in the saddle after Haydock trampling

‘It’s not serious,’ says jockey returning to action just 10 days after losing teeth in a mid-race tumbleHere’s another for the fat folder marked: ‘Jockeys Being Tough’. Hollie Doyle returns to action with two rides at Chepstow tonight, all of 10 days a…

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Eclipse Stakes shortfall sees unknown Raymond Tusk get Sandown chance

• Hopes for 66-1 colt with prize money for top six places • Derby winner Masar joins field at cost of £50,000A shortage of runners in Saturday’s Eclipse Stakes has tempted connections of an unknown colt into taking a shot at the Sandown contest. Raymon…

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Talking Horses: Arctic Fire back over hurdles despite ‘retirement’

Champion Hurdle runner-up is sound and happy, new trainer assures us, and will be promptly re-retired if he’s not coping Arctic Fire is about to make a surprise return to the track, having been retired at the start of the year. A high-class horse for W…

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Talking Horses: Natural Scenery looks attractive bet for Northumberland

Beaten just half a length in last year’s Northumberland Plate, Natural Scenery (Newcastle 2.05) is taken to go one place better when they run the race once more on SaturdayBeaten just half a length in last year’s running of the Northumberland Plate, Na…