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Talking Horses: jockey gets eight-week ban over ‘absurd’ World Trip ride

Callum McKinnes was found to have breached the non-trier rules in a recent ride at Hereford and admitted lying to stewardsThe jockey Callum McKinnes has been given an eight-week suspension under the non-trier rules for a ride described as “absurd” by a…

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Home straight fence at Kempton Park ‘burned to the ground’ by arsonists

October attack ‘a real inconvenience,’ says clerk of the courseSurrey track hosts King George VI Chase on Boxing DayArsonists have burned down the third-last fence at Kempton Park leaving groundstaff at the Surrey track to rebuild it for the King Georg…

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Talking Horses: Lostintranslation can bag Betfair Chase for second year

Three horses have proved able to win the Grade One race in consecutive years and Lostintranslation can become the fourthAs with many another top-class jumps race, the best guide to the Betfair Chase is the previous year’s running. The Haydock feature w…

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Talking Horses: no leniency for Tiger Roll despite Cheltenham flop

‘He never went a yard,’ says official handicapper, who is not minded to slash star horse’s rating in the wake of Friday’s runConnections of Tiger Roll will be disappointed to learn that the British handicapper is not minded to make a significant adjust…

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Talking Horses: no leniency for Tiger Roll despite Cheltenham flop

‘He never went a yard,’ says official handicapper, who is not minded to slash star horse’s rating in the wake of Friday’s runConnections of Tiger Roll will be disappointed to learn that the British handicapper is not minded to make a significant adjust…

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Talking Horses: time for racing industry to talk about motherhood

Outdated attitudes and employment practices mean the sport is failing to retain staff, according to report by Women In RacingThe horse racing industry is failing some of those who love it and depleting its own workforce through outdated working practic…

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Jockey loses race after walking into wrong room in Covid confusion

Alex Thorne’s big day on ITV ruined after Taunton victoryTwin Star rider went to weighing room, not changing room A 14-1 winner has been disqualified because his jockey forgot to get himself weighed after the race, having apparently been distracted by …

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Jockey loses race after walking into wrong room in Covid confusion

Alex Thorne’s big day on ITV ruined after Taunton victoryTwin Star rider went to weighing room, not changing room A 14-1 winner has been disqualified because his jockey forgot to get himself weighed after the race, having apparently been distracted by …

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Talking Horses: Ryan Moore’s ride in the Mile was better than Boudot’s

Four second places from six rides at the Breeders’ Cup led to criticism of British jockey, most of it unjustifiedFinishing fast but too late, there’s a capital crime in the eyes of most punters. So the Breeders’ Cup is a reputational elephant trap for …

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Talking Horses: Melbourne Cup angst at fatalities among overseas raiders

The Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is the sixth horse to die after taking part in the Melbourne Cup since 2013 and concern is mountingControversy and recrimination once more featured in the aftermath to the Melbourne Cup, Tuesday’s running of the famous…

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Talking Horses: ‘We will do better’ says owners’ chief after strategy flak

Racehorse Owners Association is to publish strategy document on Tuesday as critics question cost of the projectThe Racehorse Owners Association has pledged to communicate better and more widely in the future, following criticism of the process leading …

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Outsider Nuts Well brings big success to Ann Hamilton’s small stable

Unsung 18-1 shot wins Old Roan Chase at Aintree‘It means the world. He’s really taken us by surprise’The romance of jump racing was on full show here as the plucky, prolific but nevertheless unsung Nuts Well battled his way to victory in the Old Roan C…

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Talking Horses: a pity the BHA did not catch Aidan O’Brien’s rare lapse

Racing’s safeguards are aimed at preventing repeats of past mistakes but fell over when faced with a new oneWe all make mistakes. The great thing is to not make the same one twice and I would be happy to bet that Aidan O’Brien will find some means of e…

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Talking Horses: owner’s fury over winning rival’s breach of whip rules

Kulbir Sohi, whose Tranchee was second at York on Saturday, has urged racing’s rulers to crack down on whip offendersRacing’s whip rules are once more to be the subject of heated debate, following the punishment meted out to Martin Harley for an obviou…

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Enable’s star-studded racing career brought to an end by retirement

Failed Arc hat-trick bid becomes mare’s final raceDettori pays tribute: ‘She’s been a superstar’An emotional Frankie Dettori said he had cried when the decision was finally taken to bring down the curtain on the extraordinary racing career of Enable, w…

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Talking Horses: ‘wonky’ Attraction wins again as colts sell for millions

More than £3m was paid on Tuesday for two descendants of the great mare Attraction, who was herself thought unsellableThe mighty mare Attraction, whose wonky legs made her unsellable but never stopped her on the track, enjoyed the latest victory of her…

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Talking Horses: French raider Half Light can shine in Sun Chariot

Gallic runners have won five of the last 11 runnings of the Group One prize and the selection has a lovely action for soft groundAs some British racing professionals head across the Channel for Arc weekend, a French raider coming the other way is saili…

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Jockey Nathan Evans faces lengthy suspension after failing drug test

Evans tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine‘Nathan is disappointed with himself for his mistake’The jockey Nathan Evans has tested positive for a banned substance, understood to be a metabolite of cocaine, and is facing a lengthy suspension as a …

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Talking Horses: Paul Nicholls has huge team despite Covid cutbacks

The 11-times champion trainer discusses possible plans for his horses, including big names newly arrived from IrelandAmid all the Covid-related talk of racehorse owners cutting back and getting out of the game, Paul Nicholls’s stable is bucking the tre…

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Enable is new Arc favourite as rain prompts major betting shake-up

History-seeking mare down to 7-4 for gloryAtzeni may be freed to ride at LongchampEnable is the new favourite for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when she will try to make history by becoming the first to win the famous race three times. A wholesal…