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Irish trainer fined €1,000 over cobalt in his horse Warendorf’s bloodstream

• Pat Kelly said a supplement was administered the night before• Warendorf showed 38ng per millilitre, the limit is 25ng/mlPat Kelly, the publicity-shy trainer with the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite in his yard, was given just a €1,000 fine on Tuesday …

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Talking Horses: excellent end to Sophie Doyle’s summer in Chicago

American success for the British jockey suggests we made poor use of her talents while she rode hereThose of you who remember Sophie Doyle might like to know that she’s just finished third among jockeys this year at Arlington, where the season finished…

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Sean Levey targets comeback in Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook

• Jockey has been sidelined since horror fall in June• Guineas winner on course for Group One contestSean Levey, the Classic-winning jockey who has been sidelined since high summer, hopes he can return to the saddle at the beginning of next week in tim…

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Talking Horses: Ian Williams holds the Aces in bid to lift Ayr Gold Cup

The ability to go a bit further than six furlongs is an asset in a horse seeking to win this sprint on a testing surfaceThe ability to go a bit further than six furlongs is a useful asset in a horse seeking to win the Ayr Gold Cup on a testing surface …

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Talking Horses: trainers warned of product containing anabolic steroids

The British Horseracing Authority has emailed trainers to tell them they should stop using Regumate immediatelyBritish trainers have been electrified this morning by receipt of an email from the BHA saying that a product which has been in widespread us…

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Talking Horses: Shark Hanlon verdict shows a muddle over doping rules

Was Camlann given cobalt on raceday? The trainer says no but the published verdict is unclear on the subjectThe disciplinary body of Irish racing seems a bit confused about the application of its own rules, judging by the outcome of the Shark Hanlon ca…

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Talking Horses: Shark Hanlon verdict shows a muddle over doping rules

Was Camlann given cobalt on raceday? The trainer says no but the published verdict is unclear on the subjectThe disciplinary body of Irish racing seems a bit confused about the application of its own rules, judging by the outcome of the Shark Hanlon ca…

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Talking Horses: second-guessing the Samcro decision plus Wednesday tips

Star jumper probably needs to be starting over fences now if the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the ultimate aimMoments ago, I became the latest reporter to pester Eddie O’Leary about what Samcro will be doing this winter, a discussion that has been kicking ar…

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Poet’s Word joins high-profile runners ruled out of action after injury

• King George winner must be long odds-on for retirement• Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri retired after setbacksA devastating week for the equine stars of Flat racing continued on Tuesday when it was announced that Poet’s Word had suffered an injury a…

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Talking Horses: where was the security on St Leger day at Doncaster?

Video of prolonged tomfoolery on Saturday suggests security presence was inadequate for a busy and prestigious racedayTwitter users who take an interest in racing will probably, by now, have seen a video of some bad behaviour by a particular racegoer a…

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Talking Horses: where was the security on St Leger day at Doncaster?

Video of prolonged tomfoolery on Saturday suggests security presence was inadequate for a busy and prestigious racedayTwitter users who take an interest in racing will probably, by now, have seen a video of some bad behaviour by a particular racegoer a…

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No watering of track before Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri injuries

• Trainer Ger Lyons pulled three horses out as ground ‘too quick’•Leopardstown say no reason to believe surface was not safeNo advance watering took place of the section of Leopardstown on which Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri raced on Saturday, a rac…

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Talking Horses: Fast-improving Lah Ti Dar can land the St Leger

The well-bred and lightly raced filly can give John Gosden a fifth success in the year’s final ClassicUntil her stablemate Enable made a promising reappearance last weekend, it really did seem that Lah Ti Dar (3.35) might be on her way to the Arc via S…

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Talking Horses: Magic Wand can end Group One race drought for O’Brien

Royal Ascot heroine can strike for the Irish trainer in key Arc de Triomphe trial at Longchamp on SundayOne of the unusual features of this Flat season has been the recent Group One drought endured by Aidan O’Brien, whose most recent success at the hig…

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Talking Horses: a 12-1 shot can win the Kerry National for Gordon Elliott

Listowel’s big race is an early harbinger of the jumps season and Gordon Elliott may be able to win it for the third year in a rowHow interesting to see Rogue Angel sneak in at the bottom of the weights for today’s Kerry National, following the withdra…

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Roaring Lion odds-on favourite for Irish Champion Stakes

• Poet’s Word has dropped out of Leopardstown race• Ruby Walsh out for another fortnight with bruised ribsRoaring Lion has gone odds-on for Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes after the latest entry stage, when it became clear that he will face a maximum …

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Talking Horses: why the Poet’s Word team should be looking at the Arc

The King George winner is ‘scheduled to go to Ascot’ but there’s a lot to be said for a swashbuckling tilt at the French raceSo I was rummaging through the betting for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last week, trying to find something that would be a pl…

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Talking Horses: why the Poet’s Word team should be looking at the Arc

The King George winner is ‘scheduled to go to Ascot’ but there’s a lot to be said for a swashbuckling tilt at the French raceSo I was rummaging through the betting for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last week, trying to find something that would be a pl…

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Trainers issued warning about use of drug which may contain steroids

• BHA will issue advisory notice on product Regu-Mate• Black Caviar trainer says ‘all my better mares were on it’Trainers in Britain are to be warned about their use of the product Regu-Mate, following tests in Australia which suggest it may contain an…

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Talking Horses: should jockeys have their names written on their silks?

‘There’s a lot of good jockeys and they need more recognition’ says one ex-rider but the idea has not yet found favour in racingHere’s a thought which you may or may not like: why don’t jockeys have their names written on the back of their silks, like …