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League Two 2019-20 season preview

Scunthorpe and Plymouth should be contenders after their relegation to a division in which Stevenage could be dark horsesThere is a vast pool of exciting 40-something coaches determined to make a splash as managers, some of whom are taking their first …

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Mud, beer and cheers: Cheltenham Festival 2019 – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins captured the winners, the losers, the punters and all the thrills and spills at this year’s Cheltenham FestivalCheck back later for pictures from the Gold Cup and the final day’s racing Continue reading…

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Clan Des Obeaux can strike Gold for Paul Nicholls

Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse could add the crowning glory to a great Festival for the traner’s rejuvenated yardThe good times are back at Paul Nicholls’ yard, which has been celebrating the wins of Frodon and Topofthegame. Not since Kauto Star’s Gold Cup …

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Benie Des Dieux uncanny repeat of Cheltenham history stuns Rich Ricci

• Mare’s fall an almost eerie echo of same race in 2015• Ricci interviewed on TV about BetBright controversyRich Ricci appeared a broken man in the aftermath of the Mares Hurdle, when his hopes of victory were dashed at the final flight for the second …

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Debbie Matthews: ‘We want a place we can go and hide for 10 minutes’| Chris Cook

Mental health campaigner says quiet spaces at British tracks would allow people with social anxiety to enjoy a day at the racesBattling through a Festival-week crowd at Cheltenham racecourse is a significant challenge for anyone, and so much more so fo…

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Talking Horses: Gordon Elliott on his big-name Cheltenham contenders

The trainer has plenty of horses heading to Cheltenham for what could be a memorable festival for his stablesThe top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last two years, Gordon Elliott spoke at length on Tuesday about his prospects for next month…

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Cheltenham plan Festival fence change to reduce risks for horses and jockeys

• One of the trickiest steeplechase fences to be moved• ‘If you can make any adjustments that help things, you do’Course officials at Cheltenham are taking the highly unusual step of moving a fence to reduce risks for horses and jockeys at the Festival…

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Talking Horses: Rooneys’ Cheltenham boycott is based on meagre evidence

Owners have an absolute right to pick and choose where and when their horses run but the Rooneys’ decision is based on very limited dataFour days after it emerged that Paul and Clare Rooney, who have one of the largest strings of jumping horses in the …

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Talking Horses: Rooneys’ Cheltenham boycott is based on meagre evidence

Owners have an absolute right to pick and choose where and when their horses run but the Rooneys’ decision is based on very limited dataFour days after it emerged that Paul and Clare Rooney, who have one of the largest strings of jumping horses in the …

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Paul Nicholls defends Cheltenham after Rooneys decide to shun track

• Move ‘a bit of a kick in the teeth’ for course officials • Like a footballer not wanting to play at Wembley, Nicholls saysA vigorous defence of Cheltenham racecourse, widely regarded as the home of steeplechasing, was made by racing insiders on Tuesd…

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Talking Horses: Rooneys tell trainers not to run horses at Cheltenham

Prolific owners are said to have safety concerns about home of jumps racing, where their Starchitect died in 2017The Guardian has had confirmation from a trainer that the Rooney family, Paul and Clare, have decided to have no further runners at Chelten…

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Cheltenham tweaks welcome but perception of racing’s safety may never change | Talking Horses

BHA needed to respond after a spike in deaths at the 2018 Festival, but the chasm between the public’s view of the dangers of horse racing and the actuality may never be bridgedThe BHA’s review of last season’s Cheltenham Festival, which was overseen b…

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Cheltenham Festival to reduce field sizes in bid to improve safety

• Changes proposed for meeting after seven deaths this year• Pre-race veterinary checks to be increased at the fixtureThe British Horseracing Authority published a series of recommendations on Wednesday designed to improve the safety and welfare of hor…

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham’s autumn meeting puts jumping at centre stage

Grand National and three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll will be present at a meeting that often unearths top-class talentIt is 196 days since the first race of the 2018-19 National Hunt season, but there will still be a sense of a new beginning as rac…

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Crewe manager tells players to refund fans after 6-0 defeat to Colchester

• David Artell says fans ‘don’t deserve to pay for that’• Cheltenham sack Gary Johnson after four league gamesThe Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell has told his players to refund travelling supporters after the League Two club’s 6-0 defeat to Colche…

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‘I feel so blessed’: Mo Eisa on his journey from Sudan to the Football League

The striker is thriving at Cheltenham after leaving Sudan and the parallel rise of his brother Abo at Shrewsbury was highlighted when both scored in the same minute last SaturdayOn the edge of the Cotswolds there is another Mohamed making waves in red …

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Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

• Long-distance race called off on welfare grounds• Dame Rose collapsed and died after opening eventSoaring temperatures at Cheltenham on Thursday resulted in a steeplechase over three miles being abandoned on welfare grounds.On an unseasonably hot aft…

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Cheltenham boosted by RSPCA’s Muir as review into horse fatalities begins

• Muir ‘not looking for blame’ after six deaths at Festival• ‘Nobody there wants to see horses die’ says RSPCA consultantCheltenham racecourse has received an early boost from the RSPCA as work begins on a review into the six equine fatalities that occ…