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Tiger Roll attempts to win a third consecutive Grand National

• Connections confirm he will take his chance at Aintree• Entry pivots on getting through his next two racesThree days after being described as “50-50” to run at Aintree, the odds that Tiger Roll will attempt to win an historic third consecutive Grand …

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Tiger Roll attempts to win a third consecutive Grand National

• Connections confirm he will take his chance at Aintree• Entry pivots on getting through his next two racesThree days after being described as “50-50” to run at Aintree, the odds that Tiger Roll will attempt to win an historic third consecutive Grand …

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Ladbrokes still under scrutiny a year after blaming ‘online glitch’

• Bookmaker said all contacted and goodwill payments made• Two cases from 2018 claim they have yet to be paid outMore than a year after Ladbrokes claimed that a “glitch” in its online betting software had been addressed and customers affected had recei…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll 50-50 to run Grand National after weight decision | Greg Wood

The chances of the two-times winner of the Aintree showpiece going for a third victory remain in the balanceTiger Roll negotiated another step on the path back to Aintree and an attempt to win a historic third Grand National on Tuesday, as the decision…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll to learn Grand National fate … and weight | Greg Wood

The racing world will converge on Liverpool on Tuesday to find out how much of an incentive – if any – has been handed to the winner of the race in 2018 and 2019There were 105 entries for the Grand National on 4 April when the race closed last month bu…

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Talking Horses: weights furore threatens Tiger Roll hat-trick attempt

Grand National handicapper faces a tough choice as racing gears up for what could be its biggest moment in half a centuryAs anyone who has tried to board a Ryanair flight with a cabin bag a centimetre too wide will confirm, Michael O’Leary is a stickle…

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Talking Horses: Altior faces post-defeat day of destiny at Newbury

Altior approaches a crossroads in his career after his brutal Ascot run and no one can be sure which way he will turnAltior will approach a crossroads at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, and no one, not even those who devote themselves daily to the task …

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Talking Horses: Altior faces post-defeat day of destiny at Newbury

Altior approaches a crossroads in his career after his brutal Ascot run and no one can be sure which way he will turnAltior will approach a crossroads at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, and no one, not even those who devote themselves daily to the task …

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Talking Horses: Altior faces post-defeat day of destiny at Newbury

Altior approaches a crossroads in his career after his brutal Ascot run and no one can be sure which way he will turnAltior will approach a crossroads at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, and no one, not even those who devote themselves daily to the task …

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Talking Horses: Can Altior rediscover two-mile zest in Betfair Hurdle? | Greg Wood

Nicky Henderson’s Altior returns to action on Saturday for the first time since the end of his winning streakAltior, with his winning streak reset from 19 back to zero, will return to action at Newbury on Saturday for the first time since his defeat by…

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Chacun Pour Soi makes plenty of appeal for Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins’ runner looks a very rare talent and the visual impression of Saturday’s win was backed up by a timefigure that was almost off the scaleThe third Dublin Racing Festival over the last two days at Leopardstown was, by some margin, the best…

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Talking Horses: Delayed renewal of ITV deal begins to raise concerns

With 11 months to go no one has committed to anything new but losing free-to-air coverage would be calamitousThis time last year it looked like the biggest certainty in racing. The first half of ITV Racing’s four-year deal for the sport’s terrestrial c…

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Talking Horses: Brian Hughes to ride clear in jockeys’ championship race

The jockeys’ title leader has four chances to increase his lead over the injured Richard Johnson at DoncasterBrian Hughes pointed out after a fall in the first at Wetherby on Thursday that the jump jockeys’ title is “by no means an open goal” despite R…

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Talking Horses: Pinatubo rated best two-year-old for quarter of century

Pinatubo’s Curragh demolition has received official recognition as the finest performance by a juvenile since Celtic SwingPinatubo’s nine-length defeat of Armory in the Group One National Stakes at The Curragh last September has received official recog…

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Richard Johnson faces losing jockeys’ title after suspected broken arm

• Champion jockey may be out for two months after Exeter fall• Rider may miss Cheltenham Festival if injury confirmedRichard Johnson’s hopes of retaining the jump jockeys’ title were hanging in the balance on Tuesday after the four-times champion suffe…

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Richard Johnson faces losing jockeys’ title after suspected broken arm

• Champion jockey may be out for two months after Exeter fall• Rider may miss Cheltenham Festival if injury confirmedRichard Johnson’s hopes of retaining the jump jockeys’ title were hanging in the balance on Tuesday after the four-times champion suffe…

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Talking Horses: Faugheen leads Willie Mullins’ Dublin Festival contenders

Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, runs the rule over their stable’s Leopardstown contenders with Cheltenham loomingTrials day at Cheltenham on Saturday will kick off three consecutive weekends of Grade Ones and prep races ahead of the Festival meeti…

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Talking Horses: Apprentices midjudge pace appallingly at Wolverhampton

Wanaasah’s unchallenged victory in Wednesday’s race meant all nine beaten jockeys were hauled in to explain themselvesThe first thing that should probably be said about the bizarre finale to the card at Wolverhampton on Wednesday is that it was an appr…

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Nick Rust to stand down as British Horseracing Authority chief executive

• Rust had reflected on position after recent bereavement• Head of racing’s governing body will leave at end of yearThe British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive Nick Rust will step down at the end of the year after nearly six years leading racin…

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Talking Horses: debate over deals with betting firms to rumble on

Altior’s withdrawal put the spotlight on how trainers with bookmaker deals should handle market-sensitive informationThe increasingly vexed question of whether trainers and other licence holders should enter commercial associations with betting firms s…