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Talking Horses: Sandown seven either failed to see the flag, or ignored it

Jockeys’ appeals against bans for racing despite a yellow flag has brought under scrutiny the approach to stopping a raceThere is every chance that a new government will be in place before racing finally draws a line under the chaotic scenes at the end…

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Jockeys to appeal against ban for ignoring ‘Stop’ flag at Sandown

• BHA to look at procedure after delay in ruling race void• Decision on London National came 35 minutes after finishThe British Horseracing Authority said on Sunday it will look at its procedures for declaring races void in the aftermath of the London …

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Aleksander Ceferin’s ‘long nose’ issue highlights the VAR offside conundrum | Greg Wood

Proposal to give attackers 10-20cm leeway on offsides shows the dangers of being too precise in tight situationsJordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, whose book How Not To Be Wrong – the Hidden Maths of Everyday…

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Talking Horses: why are safer hurdles not being more widely used?

The bad injury to Buveur D’Air has highlighted the need for safer hurdles which are set to be rolled out in a ‘couple of years’The large splinter of wood from the second-last hurdle which became embedded in Buveur D’Air’s hoof during the Fighting Fifth…

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Talking Horses: Tuesday’s top tips as jumps cards beat the weather

Wolverhampton may hold the best bet as Keswick has plenty to recommend him in a race that will not take too much winningBoth Lingfield and Southwell came through precautionary inspections at 8am on Tuesday morning with no problems, which means that the…

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Talking Horses: Lostintranslation tops Tote punters’ power rankings

Colin Tizzard’s Gold Cup favourite has been picked by over 60% of entrants in Tote’s Ten To Follow competition“The most popular horse in training” is one of those conveniently unofficial titles that can (and almost certainly will) be applied to several…

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Talking Horses: National Stud still booking Advertise after Phoenix allegations

Stallion is being prepared for the new breeding season although his owner was the subject of money-laundering allegations in a US court caseThe National Stud said on Tuesday it will continue to take bookings for Advertise, the most expensive stallion o…

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Talking Horses: National Stud still booking Advertise after Phoenix allegations

Stallion is being prepared for the new breeding season although his owner was the subject of money-laundering allegations in a US court caseThe National Stud said on Tuesday it will continue to take bookings for Advertise, the most expensive stallion o…

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Cyrname presents threat to Altior’s record-breaking winning run | Greg Wood

The duel at Ascot in the Christy 1965 Chase is likely to provide Altior with the toughest test since his hurdling debut in 2015If the secret of winning a battle is to fight it on a field of your choosing, then Cyrname should probably be favourite for h…

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Cyrname presents threat to Altior’s record-breaking winning run | Greg Wood

The duel at Ascot in the Christy 1965 Chase is likely to provide Altior with the toughest test since his hurdling debut in 2015If the secret of winning a battle is to fight it on a field of your choosing, then Cyrname should probably be favourite for h…

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Talking Horses: what would a Labour win mean for the gambling industry?

Labour have followed the Lib Dems in pledging stronger regulation, but what might ‘a Gambling Act for the digital age’ actually look like?The Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have published their manifestos for next month’s general election over …

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Talking Horses: Henderson questions whether Altior can go the distance

Trainer also accepts that ‘media pressure’ has helped persuade Altior’s connections to step him up in trip at AscotCyrname has edged closer to Altior in the betting for Saturday’s head-to-head in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, as Nicky Henderson admi…

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Talking Horses: why Cyrname can give Altior his toughest test yet

He has yet to record a win on his seasonal debut, but for an 11-8 chance, Cyrname still seems to have an awful lot going for himAltior has set off as an odds-on shot for 13 of his 14 wins over fences and he is odds-on once again, at a top price of 8-11…

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Talking Horses: could April 2020 see the end of a 25-year racing duopoly?

Brian Hughes is top-priced at 2-1 to become the National Hunt champion jockey and end the rule of McCoy and JohnsonIt is almost a quarter of a century since National Hunt’s champion jockey was someone other than Tony McCoy or Richard Johnson. In truth,…

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BHA disciplinary panel papers over the cracks in Danny Brock whip case

• Jockey who used modified whip made ‘mistake’, panel decides• Betting patterns on winner backed from 100-1 not consideredThe independent disciplinary panel which considered Danny Brock’s use of a modified whip on a horse that was found to have been ma…

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Talking Horses: Ballyoptic looks best call in the Charlie Hall

The Nigel Twiston-Davies runner, who carried top weight to a nine-length win at Chepstow last time, can foil the market leaders at WetherbyLa Bague Au Roi is the obvious market leader for the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby as she steps out of novice co…

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Talking Horses: Anthony Van Dyck flies the flag for Aidan O’Brien

With Magical ruled out Ballydoyle’s biggest Breeders’ Cup hope could be the Epsom Derby winner in the Turf at Santa AnitaOnly one trainer on either side of the Atlantic has had more runners at the Breeders’ Cup than Aidan O’Brien over the years, and th…

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Charlie Appleby banks on Old Persian for his shot at Breeders’ Cup Turf

• Trainer’s challenge reduced by recent death of Line of Duty • O’Briens account for bulk of the Irish runners at Santa AnitaThe Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita lost three of its European team members on Monday – including —Magical, the Champion S…

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Deaths have American racing at a low ebb on eve of the Breeders’ Cup | Greg Wood

The number of fatal injuries to horses at Santa Anita is an unfolding catastrophe – another in the Breeders’ Cup could conceivably spell the end of racing in CaliforniaOn 18 October 1973, I had a bet on a horse at a racecourse for the first time. Well,…

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Deaths have American racing at a low ebb on eve of the Breeders’ Cup | Greg Wood

The number of fatal injuries to horses at Santa Anita is an unfolding catastrophe – another in the Breeders’ Cup could conceivably spell the end of racing in CaliforniaOn 18 October 1973, I had a bet on a horse at a racecourse for the first time. Well,…