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Willie Mullins expresses ‘huge relief’ as VAT fears ease over Cheltenham trips

Mullins’s mare Grangee is able to enter UK without charge‘It’s probably going to cost a little more but that’s bearable’Fears that horses travelling to Britain from Ireland and France to compete at major racing festivals would be subject to refundable …

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Talking Horses: Financial blow for racing as early Levy review hopes fade

The government appears to have stalled on plans for Betting Levy reform that could generate millions in extra revenueHopes of an imminent boost to racing’s finances as it struggles to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic appeared to rec…

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Talking Horses: Blackmore building strong Cheltenham book of rides

Irish jockey added another major contender to her mounts at the Festival when Bob Olinger impressed at NaasRachael Blackmore added another major contender to her book of rides at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday when Bob Olinger, the 6-4 favourite,…

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Talking Horses: owners ban and betting shop closures a blow to racing

Owners ban and betting shop closures are a blow, but there is comfort that the sport has at least been allowed to continueRacehorse owners will be barred from all British tracks for the duration of the latest national lockdown while the closure of all …

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Talking Horses: owners ban and betting shop closures a blow to racing

Owners ban and betting shop closures are a blow, but there is comfort that the sport has at least been allowed to continueRacehorse owners will be barred from all British tracks for the duration of the latest national lockdown while the closure of all …

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Talking Horses: new rules mean even owners unlikely to attend Festival | Greg Wood

Cheltenham had previously hoped for a crowd of 2,000, as was the case in December, but the latest lockdown rules are a blowIt is less than a month since Cheltenham’s International meeting in December offered a brief glimpse of a brighter future for rac…

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Talking Horses: Sadlier has quality to foil Champion Hurdle hopefuls

With the Willie Mullins team in outstanding form it could be worth chancing the fitness of the 2019 Morgiana Hurdle winnerNewbury’s Challow Hurdle card on Tuesday is subject to a precautionary inspection at 8.30am but there are no concerns at Leopardst…

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A Plus Tard catches Kemboy in the final strides to land Savills Chase thriller

Darragh O’Keeffe continues remarkable run with superb rideHenderson reveals Altior sick after shock Kempton defeatThe Savills Chase at Leopardstown on Monday looked like the best race this side of Cheltenham beforehand and it delivered on its promise i…

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Talking Horses: Minella Indo can sparkle in vintage Savills Chase

The selection in the ITV Racing highlight can further enhance his claim to be Ireland’s leading hope for the Gold Cup in MarchIt is hard to recall a stronger renewal of Monday’s Savills Chase, the feature event of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, a…

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Harry Cobden faces King George agony over Nicholls stable clash

Stable jockey must fear he has made same mistake as in 2019 after again picking Cyrname over Clan Des ObeauxJockeys who become trainers always say that there is more pressure in their second career than in their first, so perhaps this year’s King Georg…

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Harry Cobden faces King George agony over Nicholls stable clash

Stable jockey must fear he has made same mistake as in 2019 after again picking Cyrname over Clan Des ObeauxJockeys who become trainers always say that there is more pressure in their second career than in their first, so perhaps this year’s King Georg…

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Cheltenham new year card behind closed doors under new Covid rules

Bumper crowds forced to miss hugely popular fixtureRobbie Power back on board Lostintranslation in King GeogeAfter two afternoons at its International meeting in December with nearly 2,000 racegoers in attendance, Cheltenham has been forced to return b…

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Talking Horses: Doyle takes third but is big winner after stellar year

Young jockey’s nomination has boosted her own profile but also that of her sport and she shows no signs of slowing down Hollie Doyle had to settle for a place in the frame at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday evening, but in some resp…

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Talking Horses: King George behind closed doors after tier 3 extension

Kempton’s two-day Christmas Festival and holiday meetings at Ascot and Newbury will now go ahead with no crowds Kempton’s two-day Christmas Festival meeting, including the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, has been forced to retreat behind closed doo…

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Talking Horses: A socially distanced Royal Ascot in the 2021 social calendar

The showpiece Royal meeting next June will take place with social distancing measures still in force, believes the track’s CEOThe many challenges that still lie ahead for racing as it recovers from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic were placed in…

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Hollie Doyle marks world jockeys’ challenge debut with winner

SPOTY contender records triumph in Hong Kong contestRider joint-third after victory in final leg of competition Hollie Doyle added a further chapter to the story of her breakthrough year on Wednesday when she became the first female rider to win a race…

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Talking Horses: early review of Levy system is potential funding boost

The government announced it will review in 2021 the Levy system three years ahead of scheduleThe British Horseracing Authority hailed what could be a major boost to the sport’s long-term funding on Tuesday evening after the government announced it will…

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Talking Horses: Altior primed to return at Kempton on 27 December

Nicky Henderson opts not to go to CheltenhamChaser withdrawn from Tingle Creek at short noticeAltior’s seasonal debut has been delayed until the second day of Kempton’s Christmas meeting on 27 December after Nicky Henderson said on Monday the dual Cham…