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Frankie Dettori and Star Catcher shine brightest to win Irish Oaks

• Italian wins race at the Curragh for fifth time• ‘We put our necks on the blocks,’ says DettoriFrankie Dettori outrode his fellow jockeys once again and stole a Classic from the front aboard Star Catcher in the Irish Oaks. The Italian, winning this r…

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Frankie Dettori and Star Catcher shine brightest to win Irish Oaks

• Italian wins race at the Curragh for fifth time• ‘We put our necks on the blocks,’ says DettoriFrankie Dettori outrode his fellow jockeys once again and stole a Classic from the front aboard Star Catcher in the Irish Oaks. The Italian, winning this r…

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From Brixton horse club to Glorious Goodwood for pioneering student

Khadija Mellah, the first jockey to wear a hijab on a British racecourse, will take on Victoria Pendleton and Vogue Williams at one of Flat racing’s summer highlightsAmong the famous and the privileged taking part in this year’s Magnolia Cup, Glorious …

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Talking Horses: Ventura Rebel can prove far too speedy in Super Sprint

It is hard to see past the Richard Fahey runner after the colt’s excellent run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal AscotIn most years the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury is a tremendously competitive contest among two-year-olds of broadly similar ability…

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Talking Horses: Ventura Rebel can prove far too speedy in Super Sprint

It is hard to see past the Richard Fahey runner after the colt’s excellent run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal AscotIn most years the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury is a tremendously competitive contest among two-year-olds of broadly similar ability…

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Talking Horses: does horse racing really face an ‘existential threat’?

The sport is in a ‘dangerous moment’ according to a former betting executive and the 2005 Gambling Act is a chief factorThe internal combustion engine, powered flight, electricity, universal suffrage and two world wars are just a few of the transformat…

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BHA will consider concerns over CCTV security weaknesses at Kempton Park

• Issues raised after atenolol found on Crowned Eagle• No suggestion Kempton failed to fulfil its obligationsThe British Horseracing Authority said on Thursday that it will “consider” concerns raised by its independent disciplinary panel after highligh…

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Talking Horses: focus on the fascinating champion jockey race

If Danny Tudhope can maintain his current strike-rate, it is only a matter of time before he replaces Oisin Murphy as favouriteSilvestre de Sousa has been Britain’s champion jockey on the Flat in three of the last four seasons, but he has drifted from …

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Talking Horses: Dettori comes up short on rare trip to Killarney Festival

Dettori arrived in a pony-and-trap as Lester Piggott had done on his visit, but could not match Piggott’s three wins at the County Kerry trackFrankie Dettori’s flying visit to Killarney racecourse on Wednesday evening did not result in any flying dismo…

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James Doyle lands ride on Crystal Ocean for King George at Ascot

• Crystal Ocean is second-favourite behind Enable• King George will include at least half a dozen Group One winnersJames Doyle will climb aboard one of the best spare rides of the season on Saturday week, after he was booked to ride Crystal Ocean, the …

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Talking Horses: it seems astonishing that Arc weekend runs at a loss

The size of the loss has not been revealed, but Arc weekend was in the red in 2018, despite an eye-watering admission price hikeFrench racing’s senior executives are clearly hard at work before October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and briefed reporters …

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ticket prices to be cut after 2018 criticism

• France Galop: ‘Every racing fan should have a proper drink’• Last year’s race meeting was beset with problemsFrance Galop, French racing’s ruling body, will cut admission prices for this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and “promise that every Englis…

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Talking Horses: Britain can’t match pace set by female jockeys in France

Seven of France’s top 50 Flat jockeys this year are women, up from zero in 2016 and five more than in BritainWhile waiting at Longchamp for Japan to win Sunday’s big race, it crossed my mind to check how female jockeys are faring in France, two years a…

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Japan earns first Group One win in Grand Prix de Paris on Bastille Day

• Colt’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds widely cut to 9-1• Trainer Aidan O’Brien says ‘We were very happy with him’Japan has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe firmly on his agenda, after an exploratory trip here resulted in victory in the Grand Prix de Par…

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Moore pain for bookies as Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns wins July Cup

• Ryan Moore lands July Cup after ride is backed from 10-1 to 9-2• Victory is huge boost to stud value of Ten SovereignsThe bookmakers have spent the past few weeks dodging Frankie Dettori’s mounts whenever possible. On Saturday, they ran into Ryan Moo…

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Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori to grab more glory on Advertise

Advertise (4.40) is taken to follow his Commonwealth Cup success at Royal Ascot in the July Cup at NewmarketNow that he is available at around 10-1, it is quite tempting to take a chance on Ten Sovereigns in the July Cup, the feature race on a hectic d…

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Talking Horses: Ryan Moore needs change of luck after blank fortnight

Still rated the best jockey in the world by some, Ryan Moore has been second 11 times since his most recent winnerWhat to make of Ryan Moore? At his best, he’s one of the most effective Flat jockeys I’ve ever seen but he seems short of his best just no…

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Talking Horses: Masar can defy Derby winners’ drought at Newmarket

Masar has an excellent chance to end the poor record of recent Derby winners with victory in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at NewmarketThe last four winners of the Derby at Epsom have managed only a single victory between them in six subsequent starts…

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Talking Horses: 900,000 reasons for tracks to learn how to tell time

The Levy Board has provided a big incentive for British courses to start churning out sectional times data right awayGod bless the Levy Board, which has thrown its weight behind the idea of sectional times in British horse racing. This is an idea whose…

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BHA pleads for tip-offs over unlicensed trainers working in secret

• Concerns raised over deceptions at licensed stables• Officials feel powerless after case dropped in 2014Followers of British racing are regularly deceived as to who trains certain racehorses, according to documents seen by the Guardian. The sport’s s…