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Reluctant partners will ride to the rescue of British pool betting

• Agreement on plan to keep Tote on British tracks is imminent• Alizeti and Britbet ready to sign after weeks of negotiationsAn agreement is expected to be finalised as early as next week which will see the two businesses which plan to operate pool – o…

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BHA gives guarded welcome to Labour plan to ban TV gambling

• Chief executive wants assurances TV racing would be exempt• BHA pledges to engage ‘as a socially responsible sport’The British Horseracing Authority offered a cautious welcome on Thursday to a proposal by the Labour party to ban gambling advertising …

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BHA gives guarded welcome to Labour plan to ban TV gambling

• Chief executive wants assurances TV racing would be exempt• BHA pledges to engage ‘as a socially responsible sport’The British Horseracing Authority offered a cautious welcome on Thursday to a proposal by the Labour party to ban gambling advertising …

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Melbourne Cup hope Withhold may need prep race in Australia to get a run

• Northumberland Plate winner due to fly out for race next week• Johnston says no explanation has emerged for Dark Vision flopRoger Charlton, whose gelding Withhold has been a leading ante-post contender for the Melbourne Cup since winning the Northumb…

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Talking Horses: draw bias and the Ayr Gold Cup

It is natural to want to reduce a field of 25 sprint handicappers to something approaching a manageable shortlistThe Ayr Gold Cup – and its more recent siblings, the Silver and Bronze Gold Cups – are the feature races this coming weekend from a betting…

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Talking Horses: draw bias and the Ayr Gold Cup

It is natural to want to reduce a field of 25 sprint handicappers to something approaching a manageable shortlistThe Ayr Gold Cup – and its more recent siblings, the Silver and Bronze Gold Cups – are the feature races this coming weekend from a betting…

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Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori crucial in Lah Ti Dar route to Leger

The dozen lining up at Doncaster on Saturday includes a five-strong team from Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stableJohn Gosden revealed on Thursday that Frankie Dettori’s thoughts about the best place to run Lah Ti Dar had played a role in the decision to …

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Shirt sponsors should have role in battle against gambling addiction | Greg Wood

The Premier League is huge in Asia but there is often a high price to pay for betting on its matchesThere is a scene in an early episode of The Simpsons that says quite a lot about sports fans in general, and fans who gamble on sport in particular. Kru…

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Enable clash highlights Jockey Club’s short-sighted plan to sell Kempton

Two of the best Flat horses ever to set foot at the Surrey track clash at a course the Jockey Club is still determined to sellTwo of the best Flat horses ever to set foot at Kempton Park will go to post at the Surrey track on Saturday when Enable, last…

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Talking Horses: Swiss Storm will revel in the heavy ground at Haydock

It is hard to see the going being anything other than very testing for Saturday’s Group One sprint race at the north-west trackHaydock’s three-day Sprint Cup meeting opened on Thursday on ground that was officially good, good-to-soft in places, but it …

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Talking Horses: Swiss Storm will revel in the heavy ground at Haydock

It is hard to see the going being anything other than very testing for Saturday’s Group One sprint race at the north-west trackHaydock’s three-day Sprint Cup meeting opened on Thursday on ground that was officially good, good-to-soft in places, but it …

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Talking Horses: life’s a beach for 150th anniversary of Laytown races

Jamie Osborne has sent another strong team from his stable in Lambourn and has a host of fancied runnersLaytown races, the only official race meeting staged on a beach anywhere in Europe, will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Thursday afternoon with …

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Racing punter gets court date in battle with Bet365 over £1m payout

• Megan McCann placed bets totalling almost £25,000 in 2016 • Online bookmaker claims third party provided stake moneyThe long-running case of Megan McCann, a student from Northern Ireland who is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for £1,009,793 in unpa…

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Talking Horses: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ticket hike has some logic

Admission costs for the Arc have rocketed but given the economic realities of French racing, and how cheap it is the rest of the year, the desire to cash in is understandableOne of the most cherished misconceptions in the racegoing community may have b…

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Sky Bet become biggest online bookie to offer ‘minimum bet’ guarantee

• Bookmakers have second biggest racing turnover online• Company will lay any horse to lose £500 in classiest racesSky Bet, which is believed to be second only to Bet365 in terms of its online turnover on UK horse racing, became the latest and biggest …

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Sky Bet become biggest online bookie to offer ‘minimum bet’ guarantee

• Bookmakers have second biggest racing turnover online• Company will lay any horse to lose £500 in classiest racesSky Bet, which is believed to be second only to Bet365 in terms of its online turnover on UK horse racing, became the latest and biggest …

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Talking Horses: Desert Frost can warm things up at eerie Epsom

September at Epsom is a far cry from Derby day with low turnout among punters and horses alike, but there should be a decent battle in the 3.15 raceIt must be a slightly odd experience to hold an annual members’ badge at Epsom Downs racecourse. It is t…

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Chepstow meeting abandoned after two races because of unsafe condition

• Both races were followed by inspections of track • Too Darn Hot may make second start at Sandown on SaturdayA big bank holiday crowd left Chepstow racecourse disappointed in mid-afternoon on Monday after the stewards ordered the abandonment of racing…

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Talking Horses: Blakeney Point can leave it late in £1m Ebor Handicap

Much of the focus has been on Willie Mullins’s Stratum but Roger Charlton’s runner looks to have been prepared with this race in mindThe first £1m Sky Bet Ebor Handicap revolves around Willie Mullins’s Stratum, who was an emphatic winner over two miles…

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Talking Horses: Blakeney Point can leave it late in £1m Ebor Handicap

Much of the focus has been on Willie Mullins’s Stratum but Roger Charlton’s runner looks to have been prepared with this race in mindThe first £1m Sky Bet Ebor Handicap revolves around Willie Mullins’s Stratum, who was an emphatic winner over two miles…