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Football Index: Gambling Commission and FCA criticised over failure to act

Collapse of ‘football stock market’ left £90m of stakes trappedIndependent report is heavily critical of two regulatorsAn independent review of the regulation of the failed betting site Football Index – the self-styled “football stock market” – has hea…

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham reception will be acid test for Elliott

The warmth, or otherwise, of the response after his next Festival winner will be a key moment for disgraced trainerAs one of the biggest names in jumping officially departed the stage last week, two more returned to action as a National Hunt campaign w…

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Talking Horses: Speedy Just Frank will be hard to pass in Ayr Gold Cup

Les Eyre’s three-year-old produced a career-best performance when dropped back to six furlongs last time outThe Ayr Gold Cup is always one of the Flat season’s most compelling challenges for backers but this year’s race may boil down to the simple ques…

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Gordon Elliott savours winning feeling again after returning from suspension

Favourite Fancy Foundations wins for Elliott at SligoTrainer was suspended in March over photo with dead horseFor the first time since early March, a Gordon Elliott runner walked into a winner’s enclosure at Sligo on Wednesday as the Grand National-win…

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Gordon Elliott savours winning feeling again after returning from suspension

Favourite Fancy Foundations wins for Elliott at SligoTrainer was suspended in March over photo with dead horseFor the first time since early March, a Gordon Elliott runner walked into a winner’s enclosure at Sligo on Wednesday as the Grand National-win…

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Gordon Elliott savours winning feeling again after returning from suspension

Favourite Fancy Foundations wins for Elliott at SligoTrainer was suspended in March over photo with dead horseFor the first time since early March, a Gordon Elliott runner walked into a winner’s enclosure at Sligo on Wednesday as the Grand National-win…

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Altior, four-times Cheltenham Festival winner, is retired at age of 11

Altior won 19 consecutive races from 2015 to 2019Owners retire him while he is still fit and healthyAltior, one of the most prolific and popular jumps horses of recent decades, will not race again after his owners decided to retire him “while still at …

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Altior, four-times Cheltenham Festival winner, is retired at age of 11

Altior won 19 consecutive races from 2015 to 2019Owners retire him while he is still fit and healthyAltior, one of the most prolific and popular jumps horses of recent decades, will not race again after his owners decided to retire him “while still at …

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Altior, four-times Cheltenham Festival winner, is retired at age of 11

Altior won 19 consecutive races from 2015 to 2019Owners retire him while he is still fit and healthyAltior, one of the most prolific and popular jumps horses of recent decades, will not race again after his owners decided to retire him “while still at …

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Talking Horses: 100th Arc shaping up as a classic but will the fans go back?

Frankie Dettori’s defeat on Snowfall adds intrigue to next month’s race and may entice British and Irish visitors to returnSome Arcs revolve around whether there is anything to beat the favourite. Others have no obvious favourite at all. It’s a matter …

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Talking Horses: 100th Arc shaping up as a classic but will the fans go back?

Frankie Dettori’s defeat on Snowfall adds intrigue to next month’s race and may entice British and Irish visitors to returnSome Arcs revolve around whether there is anything to beat the favourite. Others have no obvious favourite at all. It’s a matter …

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Talking Horses: Save A Forest good value to upset Frankie Dettori

The Italian’s mount Free Wind should start favourite, but Roger Varian’s filly is worth interest at around 11-2 at DoncasterThe Frankie effect should ensure that Free Wind sets off as favourite for the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursda…

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Talking Horses: hurry to have your voice heard on crucial whip debate

The public has till midnight on Monday to have their say on the whip consultation ordered by the British Horseracing AuthorityThere is still time for racegoers and punters who have yet to contribute to the British Horseracing Authority’s consultation o…

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Emaraaty Ana to be aimed at Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after Haydock win

Kevin Ryan horse holds off favourite Starman to win Sprint CupRyan: ‘I think he’s tailor-made for the Breeders’ Cup this year’A tilt at the Breeders’ Cup looms large for Emaraaty Ana after justifying Kevin Ryan’s confidence with victory in a pulsating …

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Talking Horses: Starman fancied after rivals fall on hard times at Haydock

Ed Walker’s four-year-old is unbeaten on good ground or faster and should have enough to see off Creative ForceIt is eight years since the word “soft” failed to appear in the going description at Haydock on Sprint Cup day, so the connections of Starman…

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Talking Horses: extra meeting won’t stop Ireland’s Cheltenham dominance

It is prize money rather than tweaks to the calendar that have helped Irish trainers to dominate at recent FestivalsIt is still two months before the clocks go back and the National Hunt campaign begins in earnest, but the memory of British jumping’s 2…

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Talking Horses: Benbatl to prove his class in Goodwood’s Celebration Mile

The doughty campaigner begins his fifth Flat season and can deliver victory despite a 337-day absenceJumping fans often complain that Flat horses are rushed off to stud much too quickly, but Stradivarius was a winner last weekend and Benbatl (3.35), an…

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Talking Horses: Benbatl to prove his class in Goodwood’s Celebration Mile

The doughty campaigner begins his fifth Flat season and can deliver victory despite a 337-day absenceJumping fans often complain that Flat horses are rushed off to stud much too quickly, but Stradivarius was a winner last weekend and Benbatl (3.35), an…

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Kearney and Dunn take swimming silver as ParalympicsGB go close in pool

Tully Kearney beaten in final strokes of 200m freestyle S5Toni Shaw picks up bronze in women’s 400m freestyle S9Tully Kearney and Reece Dunn led the way for ParalympicsGB on the first day in the pool in Tokyo, winning silver medals in the women’s 200m …

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Talking Horses: Goodwood and York crowds offer hope for racing recovery

The welcome return of racegoers to the major meetings is a boost but the smaller tracks face a challenging futureWe are a little over a month into the resumption of racing with full attendance and crowd figures, at the sport’s biggest venues at least, …