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Talking Horses: Ireland latest country cleared to race from early June

Racing in Ireland has been cleared to resume behind closed doors on 8 June, three weeks earlier than initially scheduledRacing in Ireland has been cleared to resume behind closed doors on 8 June, three weeks earlier than initially scheduled under the I…

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Talking Horses: Longchamp returns in style plus Hong Kong racing tips

The Paris racecourse will launch the European Flat season on Monday, while live Saturday racing comes from Hong KongTwo of world racing’s most famous and prestigious courses, Churchill Downs and Longchamp, will hold their first meetings of 2020 next we…

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Talking Horses: packed provisional schedule, planned plus Hong Kong tips

The BHA has arranged a series of Classic trials and Pattern races later this month should racing be allowed to returnA series of rearranged Classic trials and Pattern races have been scheduled for the last two weekends in May if racing is allowed to re…

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Talking Horses: Good luck to Nick Rust’s successor in tough role at BHA

The headhunters tasked with finding the new head of the BHA face some tricky choices as they scroll through their contactsThe headhunters tasked with finding Nick Rust’s replacement as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority face some tric…

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Talking Horses: Good luck to Nick Rust’s successor in tough role at BHA

The headhunters tasked with finding the new head of the BHA face some tricky choices as they scroll through their contactsThe headhunters tasked with finding Nick Rust’s replacement as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority face some tric…

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Bryony Frost: ‘When you connect with your horse it’s a magic place to be’

The first female rider to win a Grade One race at the Cheltenham Festival has found the going tougher this season but is back in the spotlight at Kempton on SaturdayIf there is a gene for positivity, Bryony Frost has it twice. “It’s a long way off if y…

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Bryony Frost: ‘When you connect with your horse it’s a magic place to be’

The first female rider to win a Grade One race at the Cheltenham Festival has found the going tougher this season but is back in the spotlight at Kempton on SaturdayIf there is a gene for positivity, Bryony Frost has it twice. “It’s a long way off if y…

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Talking Horses: Lizzie Kelly has eyes on main prize aboard Festival winner

Sidelined since breaking her arm, Kelly has been cleared to ride Siruh Du Lac in Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup at CheltenhamIf the long wait for the positive news from Cheltenham on Friday seemed unbearable, spare a thought for Lizzie Kelly. Sidelined …

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Talking Horses: Fleeting added to O’Brien’s strong team at Royal Ascot

Irish trainer has the horse power to dominate at Britain’s premier Flat meeting next weekAs if nine favourites for Royal Ascot were not enough, Aidan O’Brien added another big-race contender to his team for next week’s meeting on Friday when Fleeting, …

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Talking Horses: BHA defends whip rules after ‘thrashed’ horses claims

The British Horseracing Authority have vigorously defended its whip rules and denied claims horses are in painThe British Horseracing Authority have vigorously defended their whip rules following the publication of a column in the Times on Wednesday wh…

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Talking Horses: Forecast rain could see heavy going at Cheltenham

• Cheltenham clerk believes Festival could start off ‘heavy in places’• Chris Cook’s Saturday tipsFor the first time in nearly two decades, the going at the Cheltenham Festival “may well be heavy in places,” less than a week before the Festival meeting…

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Talking Horses: Monday’s tips plus our latest trainer form table

Jumps programme survives the cold snap, while Paul Nicholls looks to have his horses where he wants them for CheltenhamCold weather is expected to wreak havoc with the National Hunt programme over the next few days, but both of Monday’s cards over jump…

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Talking Horses: Why Winx could have a better shot at the top this year

Australian mare has a limited pool of rivals to beat but a visit to Ascot could elevate her rating to the level she deservesThe annual World’s Best Racehorse lunch is an occasion for looking back rather than forward, and rarely one that serves up any r…

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Talking Horses: Monday’s best bets at Wolverhampton and Plumpton

Humbert (5.40) may have been let in on a lenient mark for his first start out of maiden company at WolverhamptonSeveral of the biggest names in jump racing will be in the spotlight on Monday when Willie Mullins opens his doors to the media at an event …

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Talking Horses: Tuesday’s best bets plus our tipping competition

Overnight rain means Illuminate has been scratched from the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket but in her absence there is still a decent renewal

The first major meeting of the new Flat season will begin on good-to-soft ground at Newmarket this afternoon after 4mm of rain overnight, and the news has already had a significant impact on the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes, with the runner-up in last year’s Cheveley Park Stakes, Illuminate, scratched from the field by Richard Hannon, her trainer.

Related: Horse racing tips: Tuesday 12 April

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Talking Horses: Monday’s best bets plus all the latest racing news

Eastern Impact has a major chance to land the day’s main event at Windsor, on the form of his success in handicap company last time out

There is no real competition for best race of the day as Windsor’s £37,000 Listed sprint over six furlongs has attracted a 16-running field and better still, an obvious favourite with enough question marks over his chance to be taken on.

Coral tipping competition – a new week

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