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Talking Horses: Skelton takes jump jockey title fight to Johnson

Harry Skelton leads Richard Johnson by 20 wins as both jockeys head to the Lake District for Cartmel’s bank holiday meetingRichard Johnson looks as if he could have a real fight on his hands to retain his jump jockeys’ title this season and the biggest…

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Anthony Van Dyck gives Aidan O’Brien major boost with Futurity success

• Ballydoyle team finish 1-2-3 in Curragh feature race• O’Brien nominates the National Stakes next for Derby favouriteAidan O’Brien has endured a poor summer by his record-breaking standards but after Anthony Van Dyck spear-headed a one-two-three for t…

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Talking Horses: Topical can give the Queen a rare winner at Thirsk

The Queen’s colours are not often seen at Thirsk but her runner Topical looks to have a serious chance of winning his maiden now he is dropped back in trip for the opening raceWhen any new stallion has his first racecourse runners there will always be …

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Pretty Pollyanna outlasts Signora Cabello to win thrilling Prix Morny

• Michael Bell’s filly leads home a British 1-2-3 in Deauville• Silvestre De Sousa says winner will get a mile in 1,000 GuineasPretty Pollyanna made a powerful claim to being the best two-year-old filly in Europe on Sunday when digging deep to repel th…

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Pretty Pollyanna outlasts Signora Cabello to win thrilling Prix Morny

• Michael Bell’s filly leads home a British 1-2-3 in Deauville• Silvestre De Sousa says winner will get a mile in 1,000 GuineasPretty Pollyanna made a powerful claim to being the best two-year-old filly in Europe on Sunday when digging deep to repel th…

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Pretty Pollyanna outlasts Signora Cabello to win thrilling Prix Morny

• Michael Bell’s filly leads home a British 1-2-3 in Deauville• Silvestre De Sousa says winner will get a mile in 1,000 GuineasPretty Pollyanna made a powerful claim to being the best two-year-old filly in Europe on Sunday when digging deep to repel th…

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Talking Horses: Bank on Formula One to take chequered flag at Ffos Las

Hugo Palmer’s son of Frankel can live up to his speedy name at Ffos Las alongside improving handicapper GarbanzoHugo Palmer’s horses have hit top form of late with impressive victories from Gifted Master in the Stewards’ Cup and the visually stunning p…

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Talking Horses: Bank on Formula One to take chequered flag at Ffos Las

Hugo Palmer’s son of Frankel can live up to his speedy name at Ffos Las alongside improving handicapper GarbanzoHugo Palmer’s horses have hit top form of late with impressive victories from Gifted Master in the Stewards’ Cup and the visually stunning p…

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Talking Horses: John Gosden’s record points to Beatboxer calling tune

Trainer’s 26% success rate this season means Beatboxer is the nap of the day in the 6.15 at HaydockNot too many trainers will admit they watch their own strike rates but racegoers and punters alike put great store by them and John Gosden has among the …

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Talking Horses: Light Heart is banker to keep Mark Johnston wagon rolling | John O’Hara

Kingsley House team are in blistering form and Excelebration colt can add to their haul at Musselburgh on WednesdayMark Johnston is one of the most prolific trainers of all time and his relentless pursuit for winners could result in him setting a perso…

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Aidan O’Brien team steps up a gear as Order Of St George returns in style

• Ryan Moore enjoys armchair ride 2016 Gold Cup hero• So Perfect wins on debut and is nominated as Royal Ascot possibleLast week at Newmarket Godolphin carried all before them taking the chief Classic trials at Newmarket, but at Navan on Sunday Aidan O…

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Sizing John shows his class with impressive win in John Durkan Chase

• Jessica Harrington’s star denies Djakadam third straight win Durkan Chase• Un De Sceaux eases to 25-length win in Hilly Way Chase at CorkWhile racing in Britain on Sunday was wiped out by the Arctic conditions, scorching performances from Sizing John…

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Talking Horses: best Monday bets for Wolverhampton and Doncaster

Mick Easterby has a 7-2 shot with a big chance on Wolverhampton’s all-weather track

The racing on offer today is what you would expect for a Monday but there are winners to be found and I strongly fancy that crafty old Yorkshireman Mick Easterby to get among them with Babouska (4.05) in Wolverhampton’s handicap over an extended nine furlongs.

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Augusta Kate’s last-flight fall caps disappointing day for Willie Mullins

• Ruby Walsh suffers two big race falls at Naas
• Ant and Dec-owned mare tips up with Grade One race at her mercy

Willie Mullins has had his horses in remarkable form since Christmas Day with no fewer than 26 winners, but his bandwagon hit a couple of bumps in the road at Naas on Sunday when two big Cheltenham Festival hopefuls ended up on the floor.

Augusta Kate appeared to be coming with a winning run under Ruby Walsh in the Grade One Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle only to fall at the final flight. Death Duty, trained by Mullins’s championship rival Gordon Elliott, looked to have a real fight on his hands with the daughter of Yeats looming up as they approached the last hurdle, but what would have been a terrific tussle to the line never materialised.

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Horse racing tips: Monday 9 January

Babouska, trained by Mick Easterby, is John O’Hara’s nap selection to win the 1m 1f handicap (4.05) at Wolverhampton on Monday

1.00 Zipple Back 1.30 Hammersley Lake 2.05 County Road 2.40 Stowaway Magic 3.10 Deputy Commander 3.45 Cajun Fiddle

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Aidan O’Brien favourites beaten at Saint-Cloud as Thunder Snow shows his class

• Saeed bin Suroor continues great autumn for winners
• O’Brien has Group One runners in Australia and America this week

Aidan O’Brien’s chances of setting a record for the number of Group/Grade One races won by a trainer in the same year, were dealt a blow at Saint-Cloud on Sunday after he drew a blank in the two top-flight juvenile contests. The Ballydoyle handler has sent out 21 winners at the highest level this year and is only four behind the record of 25, set by the American trainer Bobby Frankel,

Related: Godolphin happy with Melbourne Cup draw after top pair drawn side by side

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Horse racing tips Monday 31 October

Yalawin, trained by Roger Varian, is John O’Hara’s nap selection to win the 7f maiden (2.50) at Kempton on Monday

1.00 Quiz Master 1.30 Whataknight 2.00 Heated Debate 2.30 Kilronan High 3.00 West Torr 3.30 Barton Rose 4.00 On Demand (nb)

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will not be back at Longchamp until after 2017

• France Galop felt timescale was not feasible to return next year
• Pat Smullen optimistic Harzand will line up in the Arc field

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will not return to its natural home at Longchamp for the 2017 season after it became apparent that the timeframe for the redevelopment of the course was not feasible.

Europe’s premier middle-distance race will be run at Chantilly next month with the builders, Bouygues, in the middle of the rebuilding programme, but it had been thought everything would be ready to return to the Paris venue next year.

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Horse racing tips: Monday 5 September

Vermeulen, trained by John Gosden, is John O’Hara’s banker selection to win the 1m 3f maiden (3.50pm1) at Windsor on Monday

2.00 Dynamic Girl 2.30 Colibri 3.00 Soaring Spirits 3.30 Masterson 4.00 Ocean Ready 4.30 Purple Party 5.00 Highlife Dancer

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

Go On Go On Go On (7.50) at Windsor’s evening meeting is the day’s best bet

We have racing the length and breadth of the British Isles to digest on Monday and there are some fair betting opportunities.

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