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BHA gives guarded welcome to Labour plan to ban TV gambling

• Chief executive wants assurances TV racing would be exempt• BHA pledges to engage ‘as a socially responsible sport’The British Horseracing Authority offered a cautious welcome on Thursday to a proposal by the Labour party to ban gambling advertising …

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BHA gives guarded welcome to Labour plan to ban TV gambling

• Chief executive wants assurances TV racing would be exempt• BHA pledges to engage ‘as a socially responsible sport’The British Horseracing Authority offered a cautious welcome on Thursday to a proposal by the Labour party to ban gambling advertising …

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Talking Horses: Shark Hanlon verdict shows a muddle over doping rules

Was Camlann given cobalt on raceday? The trainer says no but the published verdict is unclear on the subjectThe disciplinary body of Irish racing seems a bit confused about the application of its own rules, judging by the outcome of the Shark Hanlon ca…

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Talking Horses: Shark Hanlon verdict shows a muddle over doping rules

Was Camlann given cobalt on raceday? The trainer says no but the published verdict is unclear on the subjectThe disciplinary body of Irish racing seems a bit confused about the application of its own rules, judging by the outcome of the Shark Hanlon ca…

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Melbourne Cup hope Withhold may need prep race in Australia to get a run

• Northumberland Plate winner due to fly out for race next week• Johnston says no explanation has emerged for Dark Vision flopRoger Charlton, whose gelding Withhold has been a leading ante-post contender for the Melbourne Cup since winning the Northumb…

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Talking Horses: second-guessing the Samcro decision plus Wednesday tips

Star jumper probably needs to be starting over fences now if the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the ultimate aimMoments ago, I became the latest reporter to pester Eddie O’Leary about what Samcro will be doing this winter, a discussion that has been kicking ar…

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Poet’s Word joins high-profile runners ruled out of action after injury

• King George winner must be long odds-on for retirement• Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri retired after setbacksA devastating week for the equine stars of Flat racing continued on Tuesday when it was announced that Poet’s Word had suffered an injury a…

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Talking Horses: where was the security on St Leger day at Doncaster?

Video of prolonged tomfoolery on Saturday suggests security presence was inadequate for a busy and prestigious racedayTwitter users who take an interest in racing will probably, by now, have seen a video of some bad behaviour by a particular racegoer a…

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Talking Horses: where was the security on St Leger day at Doncaster?

Video of prolonged tomfoolery on Saturday suggests security presence was inadequate for a busy and prestigious racedayTwitter users who take an interest in racing will probably, by now, have seen a video of some bad behaviour by a particular racegoer a…

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No watering of track before Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri injuries

• Trainer Ger Lyons pulled three horses out as ground ‘too quick’•Leopardstown say no reason to believe surface was not safeNo advance watering took place of the section of Leopardstown on which Saxon Warrior and Alpha Centauri raced on Saturday, a rac…

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Talking Horses: draw bias and the Ayr Gold Cup

It is natural to want to reduce a field of 25 sprint handicappers to something approaching a manageable shortlistThe Ayr Gold Cup – and its more recent siblings, the Silver and Bronze Gold Cups – are the feature races this coming weekend from a betting…

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Talking Horses: draw bias and the Ayr Gold Cup

It is natural to want to reduce a field of 25 sprint handicappers to something approaching a manageable shortlistThe Ayr Gold Cup – and its more recent siblings, the Silver and Bronze Gold Cups – are the feature races this coming weekend from a betting…

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French strengthen Arc challenge with Kitesurf and Waldgeist trial victories

• Andre Fabré sends out both big-race winners on Arc Trials card• Alpha Centauri and Saxon Warrior forced into retirementHorses trained in Britain and Ireland still dominate the betting for next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after the traditional t…

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Roaring Lion and Oisin Murphy foil Ryan Moore’s dash to Leopardstown

• Roaring Lion wins Irish Champion Stakes by a neck• Moore wins St Leger but is runner-up on Saxon WarriorRoaring Lion, the odds-on favourite, emerged as a narrow but worthy winner in a close renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Satu…

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Talking Horses: Fast-improving Lah Ti Dar can land the St Leger

The well-bred and lightly raced filly can give John Gosden a fifth success in the year’s final ClassicUntil her stablemate Enable made a promising reappearance last weekend, it really did seem that Lah Ti Dar (3.35) might be on her way to the Arc via S…

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Soldier’s Call on course for Longchamp and Breeders’ Cup after Doncaster romp

• Juvenile will carry featherweight in Prix de l’Abbaye• Racing Post end sponsorship of Group One eventArchie Watson’s accelerated rise through the trainers’ ranks passed another significant milestone here on Friday as Soldier’s Call showed exceptional…

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Talking Horses: Magic Wand can end Group One race drought for O’Brien

Royal Ascot heroine can strike for the Irish trainer in key Arc de Triomphe trial at Longchamp on SundayOne of the unusual features of this Flat season has been the recent Group One drought endured by Aidan O’Brien, whose most recent success at the hig…

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God Given’s talent gets Luca Cumani’s name back in serious-win frame

• Filly takes Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster and will go to Ascot • Trainer struggled after losing sheikh’s 35-strong string in 2015Luca Cumani’s daughter, Francesca, was five when the trainer recorded his first win in the Park Hill Stakes, with Alma At…

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Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori crucial in Lah Ti Dar route to Leger

The dozen lining up at Doncaster on Saturday includes a five-strong team from Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stableJohn Gosden revealed on Thursday that Frankie Dettori’s thoughts about the best place to run Lah Ti Dar had played a role in the decision to …

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Galtres Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar will run in the St Leger at Doncaster

• Prix Vermeille had been an option for John Gosden’s filly• Lah Ti Dar is second favourite behind Kew GardensLah Ti Dar, the easy winner of the Galtres Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting, has been confirmed as a runner in Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster, …