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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock’s whip case seriously enough?

Racing’s regulator did not seek to persuade a disciplinary panel that elastic bands on the whip flap caused a horse’s injuryWhen we finally reach our deathbeds and are reflecting on all that went before, few of us will be wishing we’d spent more time i…

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Nine men handed prison sentences over Goodwood mass brawl

• Judge cites ‘appalling level of violence’ during incident• Sentences range from four months up to two yearsNine men have been given prison sentences arising out of a mass brawl at Goodwood racecourse last May, which led to an oft-delayed court case t…

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Nine men handed prison sentences over Goodwood mass brawl

• Judge cites ‘appalling level of violence’ during incident• Sentences range from four months up to two yearsNine men have been given prison sentences arising out of a mass brawl at Goodwood racecourse last May, which led to an oft-delayed court case t…

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Talking Horses: could April 2020 see the end of a 25-year racing duopoly?

Brian Hughes is top-priced at 2-1 to become the National Hunt champion jockey and end the rule of McCoy and JohnsonIt is almost a quarter of a century since National Hunt’s champion jockey was someone other than Tony McCoy or Richard Johnson. In truth,…

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BHA disciplinary panel papers over the cracks in Danny Brock whip case

• Jockey who used modified whip made ‘mistake’, panel decides• Betting patterns on winner backed from 100-1 not consideredThe independent disciplinary panel which considered Danny Brock’s use of a modified whip on a horse that was found to have been ma…

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Talking Horses: does defeat mean the end is nigh for Apple’s Jade?

Gordon Elliott’s star did not look herself as Bacardys sailed past on Sunday but we should see a better horse next monthWow, talk about turning a drama into a crisis. Nothing could be more “ho hum” than a veteran jumper running a poor race on the first…

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Nicky Henderson says Santini a King George doubt following Sandown win

• Trainer says: ‘He doesn’t look like a King George horse’• De Boinville hopes Santini is Cheltenham Gold Cup contenderSantini appears unlikely to tackle the King George VI Chase next month following a return to action that, in the understated words of…

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Wincanton victor Give Me A Copper hands Alex Ferguson a National hope

• Part-owner Sir Alex says: ‘You can’t beat the excitement’ • Trainer Paul Nicholls now aiming winner at Grand NationalTwenty years after guiding Manchester United to a glorious treble, Sir Alex Ferguson was back in the big time here on Saturday as par…

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Talking Horses: Frost may be caught cold by well-weighted White Moon

Colin Tizzard’s charge should have a bright future and can foil Bryony Frost’s bid for a hat-trick in the Badger Beers ChasePresent Man gets the good ground he loves as he seeks a hat-trick in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy at Wincanton under Bryony Fr…

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Talking Horses: more Supreme concern as Open Eagle has new owner

Shock expressed by pair who say they had a share in the horse and did not know he had been transferred elsewhereAnother insight into the running of the Supreme Horse Racing Club came on Thursday night when it emerged that Open Eagle, who carried the cl…

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Talking Horses: good news for Kempton fans but a long battle awaits

The latest signs are positive for those who want to keep the site as a racecourse but all sides say the end is not in sightKempton is not yet saved from development but campaigners to keep it as a racecourse got some more good news on Wednesday. The lo…

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BHA plans stricter syndicate rules after Supreme Horse Racing Club scandal

• Irish regulator looking into the owner of Kemboy• BHA faces calls for fit and proper tests on all syndicate membersRacing’s ruling body is mulling over plans to tighten up its regulation of syndicates, a hot topic in the wake of the drama around the …

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Talking Horses: jockey’s quick thinking saves the day at Exeter

Sam Twiston-Davies dragged his fellow rider Tom Scudamore to safety and helped disentangle horses after late tumbleLet us take a moment this morning to praise the quick thinking and will to help of Sam Twiston-Davies, whose actions in the last race at …

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Talking Horses: jockey’s quick thinking saves the day at Exeter

Sam Twiston-Davies dragged his fellow rider Tom Scudamore to safety and helped disentangle horses after late tumbleLet us take a moment this morning to praise the quick thinking and will to help of Sam Twiston-Davies, whose actions in the last race at …

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Talking Horses: will Frankie Dettori ever win a Melbourne Cup?

The Italian jockey is now 0-17 in ‘the race that stops a nation’ and came away with a ban for the second time in five yearsFrankie Dettori came heartbreakingly close to a first success in the Melbourne Cup but, instead of lifting the trophy, he ended h…

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Vow And Declare gives Australia famous Melbourne Cup victory

Australian born-and-bred horse wins $8m CupMaster of Reality loses second place after protestRostropovich reportedly suffers cracked pelvisThe international raiders were no match for homegrown stayer Vow And Declare, who flew the flag for Australia to …

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Melbourne Cup 2019 live: horses, form guide, fashion, protests and tips – latest updates!

Updates on the build-up to the big race at FlemingtonAny thoughts? Email or tweet @scott_heinrich 12.07am GMT The Guardian’s Luke Henriques-Gomes is at Flemington today and will be keeping us up to date with news, tidbits and goings-on at the track. An…

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Melbourne Cup parade: angry protesters say ‘nup to the cup’

Animal rights campaigners say anyone going to the races is ‘complicit’ in animal abuse as thousands gather to watch the paradeHundreds of people angry about the treatment of former racehorses have protested as thousands turned out in the rain to watch …

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Times are changing with unprecedented scrutiny on 2019 Melbourne Cup | Scott Heinrich

A spate of horse deaths and an expose of equine mistreatment means this year’s race takes place against a backdrop of serious welfare concernsThoroughbred racing and a sense of identity aren’t the most comfortable of bedfellows. To the converted, racin…