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Talking Horses: Sammy Jo Bell sees off Kieren Fallon in Legends event

Six-times champion Fallon rides Kilbaha Lady at Doncaster but is beaten by the youngest rider aboard Dubai AcclaimFor a few strides Kieren Fallon looked to be travelling as well as any jockey in the field as he made a brief return to race-riding in the…

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Tiger Roll confirmed for historic bid to win third Grand National in a row

• Bookies make Gordon Elliott-trained horse 8-1 favourite• Trainer says horse will run twice before Aintree in AprilThe odds that Aintree will stage the most eagerly anticipated Grand National since the 1970s improved significantly on Friday when Gordo…

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Talking Horses: Warned-off punter claims bookmaker owes him £100k

A punter currently warned off for his part in a corruption case claims Betway is using his past behaviour as an excuse to refuse to pay him £108,000A punter who is currently warned off by the British Horseracing Authority for his part in a corruption c…

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Aidan O’Brien considers taking Japan straight to Longchamp

• Trainer says riding Irish Champion Stakes could ‘overtax’ horse• Colt is second-favourite for October’s Prix de l’Arc de TriompheJapan, the second-favourite behind Enable for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next month, could miss the Irish Champion Sta…

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Ferdy Murphy: Cheltenham legend who honed craft behind the scenes

The trainer, who has died aged 70, officially saddled 10 Festival winners but may have masterminded many more big-race winsFerdy Murphy, whose death at the age of 70 was announced on Tuesday, officially saddled 10 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, th…

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Going with the crowd is now the way to seeing the future with better odds | Greg Wood

The rise of Betfair’s wisdom-of-crowds online gambling model has put canny sports fans in the driving seatSir Tim Rice found a moment during the gripping final hours of the third Ashes Test at Headingley last weekend to tweet about the latest betting o…

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Talking Horses: Al Suhail to provide test for Positive in Solario Stakes

Positive, from Clive Cox’s stable, is the form horse but any of his six rivals could find enough improvement to trouble him at Sandown and Al Suhail may be the pickThe Solario Stakes has proved itself to be one of the most significant Group Two events …

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Talking Horses: Kempton still for sale despite new sponsor for King George

Ladbrokes sign new five-year deal to back Winter Festival but Jockey Club’s plan to sell course for housing is unchangedThe King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, the highlight of the Christmas jumping programme, has a new sponsor after Ladbrokes agreed…

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Talking Horses: BHA denies the whip compromises horses’ welfare

The governing body issues a detailed response to this week’s Labour Party ‘animal welfare manifesto’The British Horseracing Authority has made clear its concern that use of the whip for encouragement could be banned by a future government, issuing a sw…

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Ladbrokes knew of problem with ‘cancelled’ bets, says former employee

• ‘There was meeting after meeting saying, what can we do?’• Bets were shown as accepted but had been rejectedA former employee of Ladbrokes has told The Guardian that the company was aware for several months of an issue with its software systems that …

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Talking Horses: Mustajeer stands out in £1m Ebor full of quality

The field is packed with fine horses at York but for win purposes, Ger Lyons’s Mustajeer makes most appealThe SkyBet Ebor, the first £1m handicap to be run on the Flat in Britain, is everything its sponsor could have hoped for in terms of depth and qua…

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Talking Horses: Battaash looking to finally make mark at York

The Charles Hill-trained horse is eyeing victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes on FridayBattaash, the second-favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday, has produced two or three performances during his career which strongly suggest that Charlie Hi…

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Talking Horses: Enable the star at UK farewell but Firmament can shine too

Enable can extend her winning streak in Yorkshire Oaks, while Firmament is one to watch in the preceding race at YorkEnable is the undoubted star of the afternoon at York on Thursday, as she makes her final start on a British track and attempts to exte…

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Frankie Dettori’s twilight twirl needs to be savoured as it may never be matched | Greg Wood

At 48 the Italian looks likely to surpass anything he has done before and in doing so is rewriting sporting historyIn the late 1990s, when Frankie Dettori was already well-established as the biggest name in racing, he happened to be sitting at the next…

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Talking Horses: Bank on Escobar to strike in the Golden Mile at Goodwood

Escobar looked back to his very best at York last time out and Jamie Spencer is the right jockey to deliver him on the lineThere is a familiar feel to the betting for the Golden Mile Handicap at Goodwood on Friday afternoon thanks to the presence of Da…

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Talking Horses: Phoenix Of Spain can deny Dettori a Sussex Stakes triumph

Phoenix Of Spain beat Too Darn Hot with ease in the Irish Guineas and can underline his superiority again at GoodwoodFrankie Dettori delivered for the punters on the first day of Glorious Goodwood and he is aboard another short-priced favourite in Too …

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Talking Horses: Cross Counter can turn tables on Stradivarius to lift Cup

Back at two miles where he broke the track record for one mile six furlongs last summer, the former Melbourne Cup winner offers real value against the favourite in the Goodwood CupOver 400 of Great Britain’s roughly 450 licensed jockeys have yet to win…

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Frankie Dettori and Enable dig deep to win epic King George at Ascot

• Crystal Ocean runner-up for second successive year• Dettori: “We gave the public the race they came to see”An outstanding renewal of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes fully lived up to its pre-race billing here on Saturday as Enable sta…

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Talking Horses: Dettori ‘nervous’ as he carries ‘hopes of nation’ on Enable

Enable is the hot favourite for Saturday’s King Gorge after the final declaration stage when all 11 entries stood their groundFrankie Dettori has been taking an average of nine mounts per week in Britain since the start of May, but he is enjoying one o…

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Talking Horses: Southwell switch to morning racing to cope with heatwave

Racecourses are gearing up for the likelihood of the hottest July day on record with extra fans and cooling down areasA seven-race jumps card will start two-and-a-half hours earlier than originally planned at Southwell on Thursday afternoon while addit…