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Taking Horses: Bank on Arecibo to strike in the Ayr Gold Cup

Danny Tudhope’s pick from David O’Meara’s four runners was second in last weekend’s Portland Handicap and he has winning form over track and tripThe far side and low numbers fared best in the Ayr Bronze Cup on Friday afternoon and Buffer Zone, the favo…

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Talking Horses: Circus Maximus reprieve raises disqualification issue

Romanised may have won at Longchamp under old rules, but occasional controversy is better than denying worthy winnersThe question of what, exactly, a horse and rider must do to an opponent to be disqualified from first place raises itself again, follow…

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Talking Horses: are female punters discriminated against by bookies?

A trader with a well-known betting brand suggests practices could breach gender discrimination lawsAre some of Britain’s major bookmakers guilty of gender discrimination when they sign up new customers? The question arises following a conversation with…

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Talking Horses: solving the mystery of the disappearing Guineas one-two

King Of Change returns to the track, 137 days after finishing runner-up in the Guineas, but where is Magna Grecia?One of many great things about the 2,000 Guineas is that it identifies the most classy young milers so we can have fun following them thro…

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Talking Horses: terribly unlucky Deirdre looks huge at 25-1 for Ascot

Japanese visitor is the most interesting horse around after being locked in the pocket at Leopardstown on SaturdayYou can keep your “Pinaturbo”. Star Catcher and Logician are all very fine, I suppose, if you like that sort of thing. But the horse from …

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Troubled jockey Graham Gibbons jailed after fourth drink-driving conviction

• 37-year-old rider banned from driving for five years• ‘It’s an awful shame because he’s a very talented lad’The talented but troubled jockey Graham Gibbons has been jailed, following his fourth conviction for drink driving. The verdict was recorded l…

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Talking Horses: Longchamp Trials send thoughts towards Arc day

As for the big race, the question after Trials day is still the same – can anything beat Enable?Forty-nine weeks on from an Arc day that left the organisers falling over themselves to apologise for horrendous queues and shortages of basics like sandwic…

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Frankie Dettori at his best as he guides Star Catcher to Prix Vermeille win

• Longchamp win was Italian’s 16th Group One win of the year• John Gosden describes Dettori as a ‘genius’ after top-class rideFrankie Dettori equalled his best ever season at the highest level and did so with a flawless front-running ride as Star Catch…

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Frankie Dettori takes sixth St Leger aboard impressive winner Logician

• Dettori: ‘From two-and-a-half out I knew that I had won’• Unbeaten grey provides John Gosden with fifth St Leger successFrankie Dettori won his first St Leger in 1995, three years before Donnacha O’Brien, who rode the second-favourite in the latest r…

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Talking Horses: Bank on hot favourite Logician to land the St Leger

The John Gosden-trained colt has won all four of his races and it is hard to see past him in the final Classic at DoncasterClarehaven Stables in Newmarket now houses an impressive number of horses who seem extremely hard to beat and Logician (3.35) is …

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Talking Horses: Stradivarius lifts Doncaster Cup for John Gosden

Stradivarius has now won all five of the British Champions Series races in the long distance category this year and is odds-on to win the Long Distance Cup at Champions DayA hastily arranged trip to Town Moor added £56,710 to John Gosden’s prize money …

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Justify drug test cover-up deals immense blow to US horse racing

Failed test could have kept horse out of subsequent racesNew York Times said racing board moved to drop doping caseHaving spent the first six months of the year under intense media scrutiny as 30 horses died either racing or training at Santa Anita, US…

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Talking Horses: Sammy Jo Bell sees off Kieren Fallon in Legends event

Six-times champion Fallon rides Kilbaha Lady at Doncaster but is beaten by the youngest rider aboard Dubai AcclaimFor a few strides Kieren Fallon looked to be travelling as well as any jockey in the field as he made a brief return to race-riding in the…

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Talking Horses: Murphy forsakes Leger for Champion bid with Deirdre

Oisin Murphy, who is on his way to becoming Britain’s champion jockey, has turned down the chance to win his first Classic in favour of a rare return home for the Irish ChampionOisin Murphy, who is on his way to becoming Britain’s champion jockey, has …

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Talking Horses: BHA defend blood sampling after Harrington complaint

The British Horseracing Authority has issued an unapologetic defence of its policy of taking pre-race blood samples from horses, following a complaint by the trainer Jessica HarringtonRacing’s ruling body has issued an unapologetic defence of its polic…

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Talking Horses: glory for the jockey who lasted two days on a boiled egg

The promising young rider Rossa Ryan won a valuable pot at Ascot on Saturday after getting his weight as low as he couldIf you made money from the narrow 8-1 success of Apparate at Ascot on Saturday, you should be giving thanks to the dedication of joc…

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Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore face Longchamp victory being thrown out

• Shock as wayward Circus Maximus keeps Prix du Moulin• Ken Condon, trainer of narrow runner-up Romanised, to appealCircus Maximus was sensationally allowed to keep the Prix du Moulin on Sunday despite having given a significant shove to the runner-up,…

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Haydock Sprint Cup victory hands Kevin Ryan a career highlight

• Hello Youmzain wins Group One race at 9-2• ‘Next year, he’s going to be bigger and stronger’Sprint races, in horse racing, may take place over three-quarters of a mile and last for more than a minute but the start can still be all-important. Back in …

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Tiger Roll confirmed for historic bid to win third Grand National in a row

• Bookies make Gordon Elliott-trained horse 8-1 favourite• Trainer says horse will run twice before Aintree in AprilThe odds that Aintree will stage the most eagerly anticipated Grand National since the 1970s improved significantly on Friday when Gordo…

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Talking Horses: Warned-off punter claims bookmaker owes him £100k

A punter currently warned off for his part in a corruption case claims Betway is using his past behaviour as an excuse to refuse to pay him £108,000A punter who is currently warned off by the British Horseracing Authority for his part in a corruption c…