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Talking Horses: Rather Be can lift BetVictor Gold Cup for Henderson

The first major race of the new jumps season can fall to the champion trainerThe first major race of the new jumps season can fall to champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who has not won the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham since Fondmort landed him the p…

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

• Serious error two out not enough to stop game winner• Sun Alliance Chase at Festival the long-term targetSeveral of the best chasers of the last 40 years have had their first experience of Cheltenham’s fences in the two-and-a-half mile novice on the …

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham’s autumn meeting puts jumping at centre stage

Grand National and three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll will be present at a meeting that often unearths top-class talentIt is 196 days since the first race of the 2018-19 National Hunt season, but there will still be a sense of a new beginning as rac…

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Talking Horses: Jerry McGrath aiming to right a wrong at BetVictor Gold Cup

Rather Be presents Nicky Henderson’s jockey with a shot at the biggest success of his career on SaturdayThe chance to right an old wrong is presented to the jockey Jerry McGrath on Saturday, when he gets a shot at the biggest success of his career in t…

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Talking Horses: Jerry McGrath aiming to right a wrong at BetVictor Gold Cup

Rather Be presents Nicky Henderson’s jockey with a shot at the biggest success of his career on SaturdayThe chance to right an old wrong is presented to the jockey Jerry McGrath on Saturday, when he gets a shot at the biggest success of his career in t…

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Talking Horses: Can Black Op take out the opposition over fences?

The novice hurdler has history against him at Exeter this afternoon in a race where favourite-backers have founderedBlack Op will be the latest leading novice hurdler from last season to make the step up to fences when he lines up for a beginners’ chas…

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Talking Horses: Bryony Frost rides out claim with Cheltenham looming

The hard work starts now, of course, as Frost starts to mix it with the senior riders without the benefit of an allowanceBryony Frost, very much the jockey of the moment, will be a fully-fledged professional jockey the next time she climbs aboard a hor…

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Pressure grows on Ladbrokes after settlements over ‘cancelled’ bets

• Company has settled at least four ‘cancelled’ bet cases • Speculation that Ladbrokes knew about issues for monthsLadbrokes is under increasing pressure to explain what appear to be longstanding issues with its process for accepting and rejecting bets…

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Jockey narrowly avoids getting trampled after jogging on to track – video

A young jockey has narrowly avoided injury after running on to a track in front of a pack of oncoming racehorses. Evan Daly, 18, was preparing for a race later in the meeting at Navan, in the Republic of Ireland and said he had not noticed the horses b…

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Talking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks

Incidents at Navan and Fontwell over the weekend have highlighted how riders are being exposed to unnecessary risksTwice in the last four days, jump jockeys have had to contend with people wandering about on the track in front of them. On Sunday at Nav…

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Cheltenham installs rail to prevent repeat of horses running wrong way

• Two likely winners at Cheltenham ducked off course in October• ‘We’ve come up with a plan to move a 36-yard length of rail’Cheltenham racecourse is to make use of a newly constructed section of rail when racing returns on Friday in an effort to preve…

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Bryony Frost thrills local crowd on Grand National hope Present Man

• Frost’s popular win is her second success in Wincanton chase • Paul Nicholls says Present Man could be Aintree-bound“She’s so good,” was the oft-repeated refrain as Bryony Frost thrilled at her local track with a fine, attacking ride on the game Pres…

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Talking Horses: Dancing Shadow can prove the toast in Badger Ales Trophy

The 20-1 shot won last year’s Edinburgh National from a 1lb lower handicap mark and now has the blinkers which may have been needed last seasonThere will be plenty of cheering for Present Man and Bryony Frost as they attempt to win the Badger Ales Trop…

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Talking Horses: Hamilton crowned Racecourse Association track of year

Dexcite (2.30) is the best bet at Warwick, where the exciting Kalashnikov makes his chasing debutCongratulations to Hamilton for being named champion racecourse at the annual Showcase awards last night, a result that shows this particular gong does not…

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Ladbrokes pays out in full ‘cancelled bet’ after punter threatens to sue

• Bet included £150 on Horseplay, a 7-1 winner at Haydock• Ladbrokes refuses to discuss ‘a named customer’s account’Ladbrokes’ procedures for accepting and rejecting online bets came under further scrutiny on Thursday when it emerged the firm recently …

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Talking Horses: top tips for a day of jumps action at Newbury and beyond

The early beginners’ chase has several runners with the potential to go a long way over fencesThe National Hunt season at Newbury gets under way with a relatively low-key card before the big Winter Carnival fixture in three weeks’ time, but there is st…

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Ladbrokes may be forced to pay out on hundreds of ‘cancelled bets’

• Independent body investigating three near-identical disputes• Decision in favour of punters could bring torrent of claimsLadbrokes could be forced to pay out on hundreds of bets which were turned down by its trading team if the Independent Betting Ar…

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Talking Horses: British runner tried to bite rival at Melbourne Cup start

Marmelo swung his head to the right and had a right old go at Avilius before finishing second in Australia’s biggest raceOh dear. While the British runners in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup covered themselves in glory by filling the first three places, it has…

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Talking Horses: British curse in the Melbourne Cup is finally broken

A quarter of a century after the race fell to an Irish raider, Cross Counter has become the first winner to be trained in BritainCongratulations to Charlie Appleby, who has become the first British-based trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, following the …