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Bob Willis, former England cricket captain, dies aged 70

Willis played in 90 Tests between 1971 and 1984Bowler also played for Surrey and WarwickshireBob Willis, the former England cricket captain, has died aged 70, his family announced on Wednesday.The pace bowler made 90 Test match appearances for his coun…

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Champions Day 2019 at Ascot – live updates!

News, tips, race results and more from the days’ racingDettori holds the aces on Champions Day cardEmail Tony here or tweet @tonypaley 12.37pm BST Can you imagine Adam Gemili running up that Ascot straight? “I’m glad I’m not the one running today!”@Cha…

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: Enable goes for Longchamp hat-trick – live!

Live updates with Frankie Dettori riding the favourite againDepth of Arc field poses threat to Enable’s scripted endEmail tony.paley@theguardian.com | Tweet @tonypaley 12.52pm BST Enable is at the track … 12.44pm BST We are going to miss Frankie Dett…

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Talking Horses: Soft-ground specialists to come to the fore | Tony Paley

• Lahore can shine in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap• Alaadel in good form ahead of outing at RiponThe state of the going is often the single most important variable in racing, and the heavy rain across the country on Friday that has fallen on already s…

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Journeyman Andy Lonergan could get big chance in Liverpool’s goal

• Veteran keeper will face Southampton if Adrián misses out• Lonergan has made 401 appearances for 10 different clubsFrom zero to hero? Andy Lonergan will certainly be hoping that is the case should he be handed a place in the Liverpool side against So…

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Talking Horses: Madhmoon ‘in great shape’ for Champion Stakes trial run | Tony Paley

The Derby runner-up reappears at Leopardstown on Thursday night in a prep run for the Irish Champion Stakes next monthThe theory that Madhmoon – runner?up at Epsom – may eventually prove the best horse who ran in the Derby, will get another examination…

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The Derby 2019 – live!

Live updates from Epsom, racing starts at 2pm (BST)Telecaster can defy draw hoodoo to grab Derby gloryLeicester City chairman’s racing legacy lives on with BangkokDerby horse-by-horse guideFeel free to email Tony or tweet @TonyPaley 1.15pm BST The Quee…

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King George VI Chase and Boxing Day racing – live!

All the action as it happens from Kempton and elsewhereTalking Horses: Gold Cup winner Native River can land King GeorgeJefferson shows steel to put Waiting in King George frame 1.09pm GMT Matt Chapman on ITV Racing says “no one knows” if Might Bite wi…

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: horse racing — live!

Live updates from Greg Wood at LongchampRain is only threat to Enable winning second Prix de l’Arc de TriompheEmail or tweet Tony your thoughts 12.07pm BST We are up and running as they say … somewhat appropriately for a racing blog …and here are a…

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The inherent dangers of watching golf

Corine Remande is considering legal action after she said she had been blinded in one eye when hit by a ball at the Ryder Cup What happened? 49-year-old golf fan Corine Remande says she has lost the sight in one eye after she was hit by a golf ball at …

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Talking Horses: Sky Sports Racing wins first skirmish in TV racing battle

The announcement of the move by Ascot to switch away from Racing UK to Sky next year was clearly not welcomed by ITVNewmarket’s July meeting, one of the undoubted highlights of the summer racing programme, begins on Thursday with Ed Chamberlin and Fran…

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Talking Horses: no jacket required in the crazy world of racing’s dress code

The UK’s heatwave has received official sanction after York announced a relaxation in its famously strict requirements for gentlemen in the County StandA vintage summer is unfolding, one that may go down as one of the most memorable ever and this weeke…

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Hong Kong’s ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira will grace Ascot at the Shergar Cup

World-class rider signed up for Rest of the World teamPopular event on ITV’s main channel for first timeAscot have pulled off a coup with the official confirmation that João Moreira, one of the world’s greatest jockeys and hugely popular with racefans …

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Talking Horses: ITV Racing show at Newcastle a boost for the sport

If the programme, cleverly slotted in for the first rest day during the World Cup, is successful then expect more of the same in the schedulesOver 400,000 viewers tuned in for the first evening racing on terrestrial television for over 20 years last mo…

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Talking Horses: Royal Ascot must rethink after Saturday failed to fizz

Ascot signal that a ‘few tweaks may be needed’ after closing day of the Royal meeting provided an unattractive betting cardExpect another reshuffle in the Royal Ascot line-up next year. Last weekend’s Saturday card was particularly badly affected by th…

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Worcester install more cooling stations as racing prepares to deal with heatwave

• Abandonment at course in 2009 was first in hot weather• BHA to highlight measures introduced for high temperaturesWorcester will have extra cooling stations available at Wednesday’s meeting when the course hosts the first afternoon jumps meeting sinc…

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Talking Horses: Saxon Warrior dominates Derby betting

Soft ground at Epsom could give those with proven ability on testing ground a chance in the DerbyIf my tipping for Wednesday’s action is as wrong as some of the weather forecasters’ predictions for London on Tuesday then questions will need to be asked…

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Talking Horses: Timeform demand racing authorities get tough on drugs

“Sport is losing its battle with drugs.” That statement by Timeform in their latest Racehorses annual* out this week may arguably be levelled at cycling and athletics given the recent lurid headlines but racing cannot afford to be complacent, according…

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Kevin De Bruyne backs Pep Guardiola complaints about heavy tackles

• Manchester City manager angry at Cardiff challenge on Leroy Sané • De Bruyne caught by James McClean in game against West BromKevin De Bruyne has vented his frustration over the heavy tackles the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has complained…

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Elf and safety: Lingfield racecourse reported to BHA over Santa parade

• Father Christmas and elves paraded on track before racing started• Lingfield reported to BHA because clerk failed to request permissionFather Christmas became Bad Santa when he was called before the stewards at Lingfield racecourse to account for his…