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Talking Horses: lessons from the Layezy Racing bankruptcy

In recent years, betting syndicates have become an increasingly popular way for smaller punters to play the gambling marketsMore than 200 racehorses will travel to a track in Britain on Friday, but the most significant name on any of the four cards is …

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Talking Horses: racing may be back but it’s far from business as usual

Field sizes are very much reduced on day two of racing’s return from its six-day suspensionIt was difficult to turn around at Plumpton on Wednesday without bumping into a camera crew, and the Sussex course – one of the most picturesque and friendly tra…

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Relief and rewards as hooves hit the turf at Plumpton after flu suspension | Greg Wood

For six days racing has been suspended at British racecourses and jockeys, bookies and punters were all relieved to returnFor the first time in a week, there was the sound of hooves thudding against turf on a British racecourse on Wednesday. Not as man…

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Equine flu outbreak: racing festivals to face strict ‘risk-management’

Protocols in place for both Cheltenham and Aintree New vaccination rules attract criticism from trainersThe major jumps festivals at Cheltenham in March and Aintree the following month are both likely to be staged with strict “risk-management” protocol…

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Trainers try not to let equine flu worry them despite lockdown

Despite one outbreak in Newmarket, other trainers mix confidence in their yards with extra precautionsFebruary is the month when Newmarket normally comes to life. The Suffolk town has been the centre of British Flat racing since the reign of Charles II…

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Equine flu outbreak spreads with 174 racing stables now in lockdown

• New fears that racing shutdown may extend beyond next week• Four new cases are found including three at original yardConcern that an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) could extend the shutdown of British racing beyond next Wednesday deepened on Frida…

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Equine flu: doomsday scenario avoided but no room for complacency | Greg Wood

Fears that the year’s biggest races could be called off are receding, but the next batch of test results will make the extent of the problem clearerIt felt like one minute to midnight when racing awoke on Thursday morning to the news that all four of t…

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Equine flu: doomsday scenario avoided but no room for complacency | Greg Wood

Fears that the year’s biggest races could be called off are receding, but the next batch of test results will make the extent of the problem clearerIt felt like one minute to midnight when racing awoke on Thursday morning to the news that all four of t…

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Equine flu crisis: biggest shutdown since foot and mouth hits horse racing

• All horse races in Britain cancelled until Wednesday at earliest• More than 100 horses being tested as sport reels from outbreakAll race meetings in Britain have been cancelled until next Wednesday at the earliest while the sport’s governing body awa…

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Talking Horses: weather eases as Taunton action leads off the week

Three of the seven races currently have an odds-on favourite but there are some competitive contests elsewhere on the cardThe worst of the wintry weather seems to have eased for the moment at least, and while Monday’s scheduled card at Carlisle was aba…

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BHA must fight its corner amid racing’s ‘social contract’ debate | Greg Wood

Horses’ welfare is under increased scrutiny but the authorities must protect the sport from ignorance and misconceptionsTuesday’s confirmation that more than 200 horses suffered fatal injuries on British racecourses in 2018 – the highest total since 20…

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Talking Horses: Bookies warned over attempts to silence punter complaints

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to bookies about using non-disclosure agreements when settling disputesThe Gambling Commission issued a warning notice to gambling businesses on Thursday letting them know that it believes some operators hav…

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Talking Horses: Bookies warned over attempts to silence punter complaints

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to bookies about using non-disclosure agreements when settling disputesThe Gambling Commission issued a warning notice to gambling businesses on Thursday letting them know that it believes some operators hav…

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Darren Weir awaits Racing Victoria action over shock treatment claims

• Australian accused of using ‘jigger’ method on his horses• Trainer has 600-plus rides in his care and 26 Group One winsDarren Weir, whose Prince Of Penzance famously won the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Michelle Payne in the saddle, may learn on Friday wh…

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Talking Horses: Sandown card under threat as freeze hits jumps racing

Leopardstown’s Dublin Festival looks set to go ahead but British trainers are starting to consider alternative plans for some of their Cheltenham Festival candidatesIt was as close to a racing certainty as you will ever get that Thursday’s jumps meetin…

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Threat of no-deal Brexit fails to deter Grand National entries from Ireland

• 47 Irish horses entered for Grand National at Aintree in April• No-deal Brexit could pose significant logistical problemsThe looming possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March has not deterred Ireland’s trainers from making a record entry of 47 hors…

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Winx world’s best at last but has to share top billing with Cracksman

• Australian mare won her fourth Cox Plate in October• John Gosden’s Cracksman rated alongside Winx on 130Winx, the Australian mare who took her winning streak to 29 races with a record fourth success in the Cox Plate in October, was named the World’s …

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Talking Horses: Too Darn Hot matches Frankel with two-year-old rating

John Gosden’s colt allotted rating of 126 – the same mark Frankel received at the end of his juvenile seasonToo Darn Hot’s exceptional form in his juvenile campaign last season has just received the official seal of approval from British Horseracing Au…

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Cheltenham contenders hoping to tune up for the main event in March

There is plenty of intrigue on Saturday at Cheltenham while the most valuable card on Tuesday is at NewcastleEntries have just closed for the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday after the race was re-opened on Monday having attracted fewer than 10…

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Drones on track to stay flying at British racecourses for foreseeable future

• Punters gaining an edge via time-lag on TV pictures • Sky working on problem but Ascot joining in AprilDrone activity around British racecourses is likely to continue for many months to come, with Sky Sports Racing in particular seemingly unable to r…