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Talking Horses: Frodon can bag Gold Cup prize on big day at Cheltenham

The selection rarely runs a bad race at the track and could well have the class to carry top weight to victoryThe BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November is often the best guide to the big handicap chase at the December meeting, even if the former…

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Cheltenham tweaks welcome but perception of racing’s safety may never change | Talking Horses

BHA needed to respond after a spike in deaths at the 2018 Festival, but the chasm between the public’s view of the dangers of horse racing and the actuality may never be bridgedThe BHA’s review of last season’s Cheltenham Festival, which was overseen b…

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Cheltenham Festival to reduce field sizes in bid to improve safety

• Changes proposed for meeting after seven deaths this year• Pre-race veterinary checks to be increased at the fixtureThe British Horseracing Authority published a series of recommendations on Wednesday designed to improve the safety and welfare of hor…

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Talking Horses: Rising star Kieran Shoemark faces lengthy drugs ban

Up-and-coming rider faces a long suspension after a positive test for a banned substance, believed to be cocaineKieran Shoemark, one of the rising stars of the Flat’s weighing room, faces a long suspension from riding after returning a positive test fo…

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Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the bigges…

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Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing | Greg Wood

The new whistle-to-whistle blackout on gambling adverts excludes horse racing and should work in the sport’s favourIt is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the bigges…

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Talking Horses: can Teruntum Star bag the big prize at Lingfield?

Lingfield hosts arguably the most interesting and competitive race of the day as the jumps season hits its strideThe jumps season has now hit full stride with a succession of big weekend races stretching off into the new year, but all-weather racing ha…

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Kalashnikov shortens for Arkle Trophy after perfect Plumpton performance

• Kalashnikov now joint-favourite with Lalor for Arkle Trophy• ‘He’s putting us on the map,’ says trainer Amy Murphy“I didn’t watch a lot of it,” Amy Murphy admitted after her stable star Kalashnikov maintained his unbeaten record over fences here on M…

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Sky Sports, RacingTV and the row over Irish coverage – Talking Horses

With TV coverage of racing set for a shakeup, there are fears in Ireland that their meetings will be sidelinedFor the most committed racing fans, TV coverage of the sport will look quite different from 1 January, when both RacingUK and At The Races, th…

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Kemboy ruled out of Newbury trip after ferry woes disrupt travel plans

• Leading contender to miss Ladbrokes Trophy Chase• Samcro on way to Newcastle for Fighting Fifth showdownKemboy, one of the ante-post favourites for the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury on Saturday, will miss the biggest betting race of the weekend a…

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Talking Horses: Evidence De Thaix to test Festival credentials at Lingfield

Filly won two bumpers in France before being snapped up by JP McManus but has not run since August 2017, which is a concernThanks to its all-weather track, Lingfield Park stages more meetings each year than any racecourse in the country (81 scheduled f…

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Haydock Park was asked to alter fences before Betfair Chase meeting

• Seven of 25 horses in chases fell or unseated riders on Saturday• BHA’s inspector of courses asked to reduce height and stiffnessThe British Horseracing Authority said on Monday that Chris Dennis, the regulator’s inspector of courses, asked Haydock P…

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Plans to build on Kempton Park not as dead as thought – Talking Horses

Those campaigning to spare Kempton Park from being bulldozed for housing should not be celebrating victory just yetExactly one month from today, Kempton Park should be packed to bursting point as 20,000 racegoers squeeze into the Sunbury track for the …

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Might Bite set for schooling lessons after confidence went in Betfair Chase

• Chaser will spend time with jumping expert Yogi Breisner • Henderson believes rebuilt obstacles surprised horseNicky Henderson said on Sunday that he will need to restore Might Bite’s confidence over fences ahead of the King George VI Chase on Boxing…

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Best bet to combat gambling? Teach children bookies’ odds don’t add up | Greg Wood

A one-hour lesson would arm youngsters in Britain for what has become the wildest gambling regime this side of Las VegasTwo stories over the past few days can only have reinforced the view of some – perhaps many – sports fans that the UK’s gambling ind…

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British Horseracing Authority non-runner blunder latest to plague sport

• Earl Of Bunnacurry withdrawn from race after weights error• BHA pledge to compensate horses’ connections for mistake The British Horseracing Authority said on Friday that it would “compensate connections for the inconvenience” after “an operational e…

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Talking Horses: Samcro and Buveur D’Air on course for Newcastle clash

Ireland’s jump racing flag-bearer hope Samcro will face dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth next monthRain arrived in the north-east on Tuesday afternoon and the timing could not have been better, as Newcastle remains on cour…

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Talking Horses: a going concern for jumps racing and reluctant owners

It may come to pass that good-to-firm will not be acceptable over jumps if racing is to maintain a cost-effective programmeGood-to-firm ground in the middle of November is nobody’s fault, but it has effectively reduced Tuesday’s racing programme to two…

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Enable will stay in training with bid for historic Arc treble as prime target

• John Gosden filly will attempt unprecedented Arc treble• Filly was limited to three starts this season owing to injuryThe 2019 Flat racing season could conclude with history being made in the Bois de Boulogne following the news that Enable, the winne…

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham’s autumn meeting puts jumping at centre stage

Grand National and three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll will be present at a meeting that often unearths top-class talentIt is 196 days since the first race of the 2018-19 National Hunt season, but there will still be a sense of a new beginning as rac…