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Paisley Park odds-on for Cheltenham’s Stayers Hurdle after Trials Day win

• ‘He’s getting better,’ says Paisley Park’s trainer, Emma Lavelle• Santini wins Cotswold Chase to enter Gold Cup argumentPaisley Park went odds-on with most firms for a second Stayers Hurdle success after winning on Trials Day here with a performance …

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Talking Horses: Slate House stands out on Cheltenham Festival Trials day

The selection makes more appeal than the underwhelming Santini and it is surprising to see him at a much bigger priceColin Tizzard’s yard has been awash with classy staying chasers for the last few seasons and he has another on his hands in Slate House…

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Talking Horses: Brian Hughes to ride clear in jockeys’ championship race

The jockeys’ title leader has four chances to increase his lead over the injured Richard Johnson at DoncasterBrian Hughes pointed out after a fall in the first at Wetherby on Thursday that the jump jockeys’ title is “by no means an open goal” despite R…

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Talking Horses: Gérald Mossé hails British rehab facilities as best in world

Much-travelled French jockey, now based in Newmarket, is being helped back to action at Oaksey HouseThe rehabbing facilities available to jockeys in Britain have been hailed as the best in the world by Gérald Mossé, who speaks with authority after more…

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Talking Horses: Pinatubo rated best two-year-old for quarter of century

Pinatubo’s Curragh demolition has received official recognition as the finest performance by a juvenile since Celtic SwingPinatubo’s nine-length defeat of Armory in the Group One National Stakes at The Curragh last September has received official recog…

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Richard Johnson faces losing jockeys’ title after suspected broken arm

• Champion jockey may be out for two months after Exeter fall• Rider may miss Cheltenham Festival if injury confirmedRichard Johnson’s hopes of retaining the jump jockeys’ title were hanging in the balance on Tuesday after the four-times champion suffe…

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Richard Johnson faces losing jockeys’ title after suspected broken arm

• Champion jockey may be out for two months after Exeter fall• Rider may miss Cheltenham Festival if injury confirmedRichard Johnson’s hopes of retaining the jump jockeys’ title were hanging in the balance on Tuesday after the four-times champion suffe…

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Talking Horses: Faugheen leads Willie Mullins’ Dublin Festival contenders

Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, runs the rule over their stable’s Leopardstown contenders with Cheltenham loomingTrials day at Cheltenham on Saturday will kick off three consecutive weekends of Grade Ones and prep races ahead of the Festival meeti…

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Talking Horses: how to judge the BBC’s relationship with racing?

Criticised for its coverage and the exit of Cornelius Lysaght, the Corporation’s relationship with the sport is coming into focusThe BBC’s waning interest in racing was highlighted both inside and outside the sport’s media over the weekend. On Saturday…

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Defi Du Seuil powers to victory in Ascot’s Clarence House Chase

• Barry Geraghty’s mount jumps last two fences superbly• Ballyandy wins photo for Haydock’s Champion Hurdle TrialDefi Du Seuil was a very classy winner of the Clarence House Chase, confirming himself as the best British chaser over two miles so far thi…

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Talking Horses: Defi Du Seuil can win Ascot reunion with Un De Sceaux

The Clarence House Chase sees two top talents facing off again following last month’s Sandown thrillerEvery great race deserves a replay and last month’s thrilling Tingle Creek could be played out once more at Ascot, where the first and second face eac…

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Talking Horses: drop in fatality rate is disputed by animal rights body

Racing’s ruling body says there were fewer equine fatalities last year than in 2018, but its figures were challenged by Animal AidRacing’s ruling body issued a reassuring assertion on Thursday that the number of horse deaths at the track last year was …

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Brian Hughes: ‘It would be brilliant to be named champion jockey’

The 34-year-old on his challenge to AP McCoy and Richard Johnson’s hegemony and lying about his weight to get a start in jump racingIf you require your sports to keep you hooked by providing a new, fresh-faced champion at regular intervals, jump racing…

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Talking Horses: Apprentices midjudge pace appallingly at Wolverhampton

Wanaasah’s unchallenged victory in Wednesday’s race meant all nine beaten jockeys were hauled in to explain themselvesThe first thing that should probably be said about the bizarre finale to the card at Wolverhampton on Wednesday is that it was an appr…

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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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Nick Rust to stand down as British Horseracing Authority chief executive

• Rust had reflected on position after recent bereavement• Head of racing’s governing body will leave at end of yearThe British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive Nick Rust will step down at the end of the year after nearly six years leading racin…

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Talking Horses: hurdles the only way to Festival for injured Thistlecrack

Veteran missed the King George with a bruised foot, which continues to trouble him, and the Gold Cup is not an optionThe bruised foot which caused Thistlecrack to miss the King George VI Chase is still troubling him three weeks later, Colin Tizzard sai…

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Talking Horses: debate over deals with betting firms to rumble on

Altior’s withdrawal put the spotlight on how trainers with bookmaker deals should handle market-sensitive informationThe increasingly vexed question of whether trainers and other licence holders should enter commercial associations with betting firms s…

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Andy Dufresne advertises Cheltenham Festival claims at Punchestown

• Winner had to fight to hold off Captain Guinness• Elliott yet to decide Cheltenham target for victorFour of the last six winners of the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle have started favourite for the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival two mon…