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Jockey Nathan Evans faces lengthy suspension after failing drug test

Evans tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine‘Nathan is disappointed with himself for his mistake’The jockey Nathan Evans has tested positive for a banned substance, understood to be a metabolite of cocaine, and is facing a lengthy suspension as a …

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Enable is new Arc favourite as rain prompts major betting shake-up

History-seeking mare down to 7-4 for gloryAtzeni may be freed to ride at LongchampEnable is the new favourite for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when she will try to make history by becoming the first to win the famous race three times. A wholesal…

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Racing urges workers with Covid-19 to come forward to keep sport going

Reports of possible coronavirus cases in racing’s workforceBHA: ‘Come forward, so we can keep the show on the road’Racing’s ruling body is aware of possible Covid-19 cases in the sport’s workforce and issued a plea for anyone affected to come forward i…

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Supremacy wins Middle Park Stakes to continue Clive Cox’s excellent run

• Supremacy holds off challenge of favourite Lucky Vega• Winner now 8-1 favourite for Commonwealth Cup next JuneClive Cox’s excellent form with his team of juveniles in 2020 stepped up to a new level here on Saturday as Supremacy stayed on strongly thr…

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Racing could lose 10% of its trainers, warns next federation chief

Ralph Beckett says urgent funding plan needed to save jobsReforms to Levy system mooted by owners, trainers and staffRalph Beckett, who will take over as the president of the National Trainers’ Federation on 1 January, said here on Friday that he belie…

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Talking Horses: Gosden says self-help is the way forward in Covid crisis

The trainer is not in accord with the BHA, which has appealed for ‘direct financial support’ to get the sport through the winterJohn Gosden saddled a winner here on Thursday and then spoke about the “grim outlook” for racing as it absorbs the news that…

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Talking Horses: mystery of cocaine horse set to remain unsolved

Phoenix Thoroughbreds claimed drug would not have affected Walk In The Sun’s performance but panel says it is ‘pointless’ speculating how it got there The troubled Phoenix Thoroughbreds racing operation claimed that cocaine found in the system of one o…

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Talking Horses: mystery of cocaine horse set to remain unsolved

Phoenix Thoroughbreds claimed drug would not have affected Walk In The Sun’s performance but panel says it is ‘pointless’ speculating how it got there The troubled Phoenix Thoroughbreds racing operation claimed that cocaine found in the system of one o…

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Talking Horses: Cheltenham counts cost of winter behind closed doors

The racecourse is expected to lose at least £15m in revenue with spectators unlikely to be admitted on 13 of its 16 racedaysCheltenham racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is expected to face a loss of at least £15m in ticket revenue alone fol…

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Sport by sport: what new lockdown regulations will mean in UK

An extended period without spectators will leave many sports clubs and governing bodies facing an uncertain futureRugby union remains among the most vulnerable major sports if the pandemic continues to prevent spectators from attending major games. The…

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Talking Horses: Racing’s slow return to normal under threat of lockdown

Warwick welcomed crowds back but the next big test at Newmarket depends on whether the government announces new restrictionsIt felt almost like a normal midweek day at the races here on Monday as Warwick opened its new season in front of around 500 rac…

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Talking Horses: Sting in tail for Dreal Deal team after amazing win

Potential racing fans are put off by outcomes that essentially pulp the form book like Saturday’s remarkable gambleNever mind Nahaarr finishing the Ayr Gold Cup like he had been fired from a cannon, the most jaw-dropping race of the weekend was at Nava…

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Nahaarr wins Ayr Gold Cup to give Marquand another Saturday success

Jockey triumphs again a week after taking St Leger7-2 favourite passes Spanish City with two yards to spareFrom a seemingly impossible position, Nahaarr swooped to win the Ayr Gold Cup under an inspired Tom Marquand, who is becoming every Saturday punt…

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Talking Horses: reformed Dawson on track, plus tips on Ayr Gold Cup day

The former alcoholic has turned his life around and the in-form jockey is chasing glory in Saturday’s big race with Spanish CityThere are records that can map the progress of a racing career, and others that can stop one in its tracks. In 2012, Ray Daw…

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Talking Horses: reformed Dawson on track, plus tips on Ayr Gold Cup day

The former alcoholic has turned his life around and the in-form jockey is chasing glory in Saturday’s big race with Spanish CityThere are records that can map the progress of a racing career, and others that can stop one in its tracks. In 2012, Ray Daw…

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Talking Horses: frustration after false Covid link with Doncaster trial

No contrition from Welsh health minister, who stated on Wednesday that a cluster of cases were linked with trip to racesFrustration was vented by senior racing officials on Thursday after a claim by a Welsh government minister, linking last week’s one-…

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Talking Horses: Warwick racecourse to host fans for jumps season opener

A maximum of 474 spectators will be welcomed back on Monday but there will be no tickets on general saleWarwick racecourse will stage its first jumps meeting of the new season on Monday with a maximum of 474 spectators in attendance, after its pilot to…

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Pat Smullen, nine-times Irish champion jockey, dies aged 43

Multiple Classic winner died in Dublin hospital Smullen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018Pat Smullen, the nine-times Irish champion jockey and multiple Classic-winning rider has died, aged 43.Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer…

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Horse that tested positive for cocaine finally disqualified and Noseda fined

Ignominious footnote in career of ex-trainerColt tested positive after winning race in 2018A final, ignominious footnote was added to the Classic-winning career of former trainer Jeremy Noseda on Tuesday when Walk In The Sun, a winner at Lingfield in F…

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Talking Horses: trainer caught out by pictures on stable’s Twitter feed

A member of the public complained to racing’s ruling body that Phil Kirby’s staff were shown riding without body protectorsThe power of social media lies not only with the tweeter, as one trainer found when photographs posted online by his business wer…