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My favourite game: wonderful Wolves put nine past Cardiff in 1955 | Chris Corrigan

Stan Cullis’s legendary side were devastatingly good at Ninian Park – and even as a Cardiff fan I enjoyed the show“City beaten in 10-goal thriller” screamed the front page of the Football Echo Pink ’Un in September 1955. When the paper was sold in Card…

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Talking Horses: England cricketers set to cause racecourse buzz

Elysium Dream, owned by Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson and Eoin Morgan, back in training at Richard Hannon’s stablesAshes fever is spreading to racing and one focus of excitement is where a filly named Elysium Dream will run next – because she could well…

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Epsom victory the aim for jump jockey Jamie Codd, aka ‘The Coddfather’

Talking Horses: Irish rider and Yorkshire trainer John Quinn team up to seek another victory in the Epsom Amateurs’ DerbyJamie Codd and the Yorkshire trainer John Quinn are a formidable force when they team up – either over jumps or on the Flat. One of…

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Talking Horses: betting firms’ deals with trainers and jockeys treble

Racing professionals’ links to bookmakers have increased dramatically in the past three years but the BHA says it regularly monitors arrangementsThe number of trainers and jockeys signing up to links with betting firms has trebled in three years. A Bri…

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Five-day Cheltenham is ‘inevitable’, warns Gold Cup winner Kim Bailey

Gold Cup-winning trainer predicts Festival extension from four days, but Oliver Sherwood says it would be ‘absolute disaster’Kim Bailey, who achieved the feat of saddling Champion Hurdle winner Alderbrook and Gold Cup winner Master Oats in 1995, said o…

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Post-Brexit concerns voiced by top cross-Channel raider George Baker

Surrey trainer who regularly sends runners to France awaits news of 31 October impact on British stablesGeorge Baker, a trainer whose stable is a most frequent raider of prizes at French tracks, is waiting to learn how his operations could be affected …

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Talking Horses: Cieren Fallon turns to Cauthen to get back on winning trail

The heir to his father’s throne would be a popular winner at Wolverhampton if he can lead Cauthen to successCieren Fallon, the apprentice who has the bookmakers running scared, heads to Wolverhampton for three booked rides on Monday evening hoping to e…

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Talking Horses: Andrea Atzeni can strike with double at Newcastle

There are four meetings in store for Monday and one jockey’s rides look worth following up in the north eastTony Carroll, whose stable saddled two winners at Brighton on Sunday, is back at the Sussex track on Monday looking for more. Continue reading….

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Best bets and tips for Monday’s racing – Talking Horses

Stay Classy will wear a hood at Windsor but being drawn in stall 13 may hamper her chances, making Lively Lydia a safer choiceRichard Spencer’s fine record with two-year-olds this season will attract many punters to the chance of Stay Classy (6.10 Wind…

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Talking Horses: George Scott trio among top tips for Monday’s racing

Concierge, Advanced Virgo and Strawberry Jack could all go well among Monday’s racing actionThe Newmarket trainer George Scott has a fine recent strike rate: two wins and a second from his last five runners in the past fortnight. He could wel…

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Talking Horses: Windsor bookies quake as Ryan Moore rides again

The globe-trotting jockey is back in Britain and has a couple of promising mounts at Windsor on Monday eveningBookmakers will be hoping Ryan Moore is suffering from jet lag when he heads for Windsor this evening, armed with a fearsome set of mounts. C…

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Talking Horses: Rippling Waters can make a splash at Market Rasen

Breaking down Monday’s racing at Market Rasen, Taunton and HuntingdonA runner of some interest in Market Rasen’s final race of the day, a mares’ bumper, is Rippling Waters (5.20). She carries the same colours as those of the well-backed Mister Whitaker…

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Talking Horses: Monday’s tips plus our latest trainer form table

We can’t see past Cyclop for the Surrey National at Lingfield, where the 13-2 shot gives Aidan Coleman a fine chanceCyclop – a horse with two eyes, despite his name – is on a National trail again. Not the Aintree one, but Monday’s Surrey National at Li…

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Talking Horses: can Harriet Graham strike another blow for the small yards?

Justadreamyeken is one to watch at Catterick, while market support for Two Hoots at Plumpton would be interestingFew of the yards with runners in Catterick’s concluding event on Monday, a bumper, have saddled a winner in this category during the last f…

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Talking Horses: Sedgefield abandoned and a Southwell favourites warning

Punters should perhaps be on red alert over Tuesdays at Southwell after the recent run of results thereRaces at Southwell will now be run five minutes later than advertised, after Sedgefield’s meeting finally succumbed to snow that started to fall on T…

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Talking Horses: Last chance to make hay with James Bowen’s 5lb claim

The excellent teenage jockey rode out his 5lb claim at Ascot on Saturday but still gets to use it at Fakenham todayJames Bowen, the 16-year-old jockey who has plundered several big prizes in the past month – including the Welsh Grand National and the L…

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Talking Horses: ‘Mr Versatile’ Mick Easterby can get Monday winner

The Yorkshire trainer has been a man for all seasons in the past fortnight and his only runner today is of obvious interestMick Easterby has certainly proved his versatility over the last fortnight, the Sheriff Hutton trainer having saddled winners of …

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Talking Horses: Has Evan Williams found another Grand National type?

The Welsh trainer has an excellent record of making the frame in the Aintree race and Cesar Collonges could be going there one dayEvan Williams, the Vale of Glamorgan trainer, achieved the astonishing feat of saddling horses to finish placed in five co…

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Talking Horses: Godolphin may miss out on Pontefract consolation

It was a tough weekend for Sheikh Mohammed’s team and our man feels they may fall short again on MondayWinning Monday’s Listed race at Pontefract, worth almost £20,000 to the first home, hardly offers Godolphin consolation for a bad day at Ascot on Sat…

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Talking Horses: Almanzor retired plus best Monday bets

A champion at three, the French horse flopped last week on his first run of a troubled year and will now go to stud

Chris Cook: Almanzor, a devastating winner of last year’s Champion Stakes at Ascot, has been retired after his comeback flop at Deauville last week. The colt pulled two lengths clear of the Arc winner, Found, in the highlight of his career last autumn but struggled to make it to back to the track this year, having been affected by a virus at Jean-Claude Rouget’s yard and then suffered a physical setback during his recovery.

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