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Altior faces just two runners in smallest British Grade One chase since 2014

• Best chaser in training faces easy task on Saturday• Ground not soft enough for main danger Un De SceauxFox Norton, the second-favourite for the three-runner Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday, is expected to go to post for the Grade One event…

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Death of Natasha Galpin in gallops accident a reminder of riding risks

An accomplished rider in the eventing field, Galpin suffered fatal injuries in a fall while riding work on TuesdayThe name of Natasha Galpin will have been in the thoughts of stable staff and racing professionals around Britain on Thursday morning, fol…

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Bet365 obtained details of punter’s account via Skrill in McCann case

• Skrill complied with order to reveal details of McCann’s account• Megan McCann suing bookie for nearly £1m in unpaid winningsA legal case from January 2017 which relates to Megan McCann’s long-running attempt to sue Bet365 for £1m appears to suggest …

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Talking Horses: Racecourses vow to ban drones giving punters an edge

Tracks will be keen not to lose the revenue they get from renting unused hospitality suites to in-running backers A report in this morning’s Daily Mail suggests that British racecourses want to ban the use of drones around tracks while racing is taking…

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Talking Horses: Racecourses vow to ban drones giving punters an edge

Tracks will be keen not to lose the revenue they get from renting unused hospitality suites to in-running backers A report in this morning’s Daily Mail suggests that British racecourses want to ban the use of drones around tracks while racing is taking…

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Talking Horses: Richard Johnson passed fit for mounts at Newcastle

The champion jockey has recovered after being trampled on following a fall at Fontwell on Monday.Richard Johnson, the reigning champion jockey and clear leader in this year’s title race, has been reported as fit by the Press Association to take his thr…

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Rain may save day for Ascot after only three are declared to face Altior

• Possibility of drying ground threatens to decimate field further• Tizzard ‘cannot be too positive’ about running Fox NortonAscot are hoping a private forecast of rain at the track on Friday is correct after just four runners, headed by the outstandin…

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Talking Horses: Jonjo O’Neill proud but not gushing over son’s success

The trainer, who was champion jump jockey 40 years ago, gave Jonjo Jr no illusions about life in the weighing roomJonjo O’Neill is, of course, very proud that his son managed to win a big race on Saturday, aboard Big Time Dancer in Kempton’s Lanzarote….

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Jockeys’ chief urges more testing after Irish increase riders’ cocaine bans

• Paul Struthers against introducing harsher penalties • Irish officials say anti-drug message not workingRacing’s ruling body should refrain from copying the Irish example in seeking harsher penalties for jockeys who fail drug tests and instead consid…

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Jonjo O’Neill Jr shines on Big Time Dancer to land the Lanzarote Hurdle

• O’Neill: ‘To ride winners like this means everything’• Top Notch booked Ryanair berth with impressive victoryA famous name can be as much of a burden as a blessing for a young jockey and Jonjo O’Neill Jr has a long way to go to match the exploits of …

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Talking Horses: Cogry has the class to collect Warwick prize

The Nigel Twiston-Davies runner can add the Classic Chase to his season’s haulDrying ground will ensure that Warwick’s Classic Chase is not the slog it has often been in the past and that should suit Cogry (3.00), who has plenty of form on a sound surf…

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Talking Horses: BHA on alert as Irish increase jockeys’ cocaine bans

Anti-doping programmes in Britain will be the priority as two jockeys in Ireland are given five-year suspensions after returning positive tests The British Horseracing Authority said on Friday that “an overall review of the anti-doping education progra…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Talking Horses: Samcro news is bad but it’s not over until it’s over

A Champion Hurdle bid may be ever so doubtful but let’s remember that it remains a possibility for the time beingFrom a punter’s perspective, the key detail to bear in mind from yesterday’s news about Samcro is that he has not actually been ruled out o…

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How viruses and January colds hit racing – Talking Horses

Ill health among their horses has prompted the two trainers to cut back on runners and others may have similar problemsIt’s that time of year when it becomes apparent that some yards are operating way below their usual level and, in some cases, ill hea…

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Talking Horses: Venetia Williams fears fine winning run may dry up

‘Santa came down our chimney,’ said the Herefordshire trainer on Monday, but the festivities could now be overNothing can stop Venetia Williams just now, except possibly the weather. After a slow autumn, the Ross on Wye trainer has her horses bursting …

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Master Dino stakes Cheltenham claim with impressive Plumpton success

• French raider now 6-1 favourite for JLT Novice Chase• Battleoverdoyen shows his class at NaasGuillaume Macaire is one step closer to righting an old wrong, his Master Dino having enlivened Sunday’s Plumpton card with a comfortable success that is par…

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Ruby Walsh makes his mark on Laurina and has eyes on Cheltenham

• Laurina now second-favourite for Champion Hurdle• Elixir De Nutz heading for Supreme Novice HurdleRuby Walsh is a very rare visitor to British racecourses these days but his words still carry weight with the punters and his assessment of Laurina afte…

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Talking Horses: Houblon Des Obeaux can lift valuable veterans’ prize

The selection has form on good to soft ground and, at 20-1, makes a lot of appeal with the Venetia Williams yard also in formSandown’s increasingly popular final to the veterans chase series has once more produced a big field of familiar names but the …