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Talking Horses: Bear Ghylls seeks Cheltenham glory for low-profile yard

Nicky Martin spent Monday fighting through snow so her star hurdler could get a bit of exercise before his toughest test yetThose who worry about the major stables hoovering up all the best prizes will be cheered to see Bear Ghylls is favourite for one…

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Talking Horses: Bear Ghylls seeks Cheltenham glory for low-profile yard

Nicky Martin spent Monday fighting through snow so her star hurdler could get a bit of exercise before his toughest test yetThose who worry about the major stables hoovering up all the best prizes will be cheered to see Bear Ghylls is favourite for one…

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Venetia Williams plays down talk of Royale Pagaille as Gold Cup contender

‘It’s a bit premature to be talking about that race,’ says WilliamsOwner Rich Ricci also has Monkfish to consider for CheltenhamTalk of a Gold Cup challenge for Royale Pagaille is “premature” according to his trainer, Venetia Williams, who was keen to …

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First Flow beats Politologue to claim emphatic win in Clarence House Chase

First Flow gives Kim Bailey Grade One first win since 1995Royale Pagaille hugely impressive again at HaydockFirst Flow got the better of a brilliant duel with Politologue, the champion chaser over two miles, and then stayed on strongly up the straight …

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Talking Horses: back-to-form Defi can run down Politologue at Ascot

Philip Hobbs’s stable star is said to be impressing in his home work and can end fine run of the flying grey PolitologueThere have been a couple of rocky spells in the career of Defi Du Seuil (3.35) but he is fancied to get back to winning ways in Asco…

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Talking Horses: BHA to conduct more ID checks after giving £4,000 fine

Aiden O’Brien was fined for embarrassing debacle at Newmarket last year when two horses swapped identitiesThe British Horseracing Authority said on Thursday that it has been conducting “additional ID checks” at major Flat meetings and is still engaged…

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Talking Horses: Newbury seeks to extend vaccine programme

Racecourse officials moved to fend off criticism for continuing to race on Wednesday, with support from a local GP’s practiceThe old maxim that ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ appeared to be proved true once more on Wednesday when, a week after allowing…

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Irish trainer has licence suspended after Viking Hoard nobbled before race

Charles Byrnes suspended for six months by IHRBHorse was ‘nobbled by an unidentified third party’Charles Byrnes, one of Ireland’s most successful trainers, has had his licence suspended for six months by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s Referra…

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Talking Horses: Royal Ascot may need to embrace change in troubled times

The event is adding a seventh race to its daily card but with racing’s future so uncertain, more ambition would be welcomeThere might be a crusty traditionalist or two who will see the permanent addition of a seventh race to the Royal Ascot daily card …

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Talking Horses: Dreal Deal lives up to billing in boost to Cheltenham hopes

Ronan McNally’s gelding defied drifting odds with a rapid finish in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at PunchestownDreal Deal’s swift and occasionally controversial rise through the ranks continued on Sunday, as he passed all six of his rivals in the hom…

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Notachance grinds down Achille to triumph in Classic Chase

Alan King scoops his third success in marathon handicapNotchance set to be aimed at Scottish Grand NationalNotachance ground his way to victory in an attritional Classic Chase, providing his trainer, Alan King, with a third success in the marathon hand…

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Willie Mullins expresses ‘huge relief’ as VAT fears ease over Cheltenham trips

Mullins’s mare Grangee is able to enter UK without charge‘It’s probably going to cost a little more but that’s bearable’Fears that horses travelling to Britain from Ireland and France to compete at major racing festivals would be subject to refundable …

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Talking Horses: Financial blow for racing as early Levy review hopes fade

The government appears to have stalled on plans for Betting Levy reform that could generate millions in extra revenueHopes of an imminent boost to racing’s finances as it struggles to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic appeared to rec…

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Talking Horses: Blackmore building strong Cheltenham book of rides

Irish jockey added another major contender to her mounts at the Festival when Bob Olinger impressed at NaasRachael Blackmore added another major contender to her book of rides at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday when Bob Olinger, the 6-4 favourite,…

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Talking Horses: officials may act to avoid more ‘heart-wrenching’ errors

Lucy Barry failed to weigh in at Doncaster on Monday, becoming the 11th jockey to make that mistake since JuneRacing’s rulers are to take a fresh look at what can be done to ensure jockeys weigh in when required, following yet another case this week of…

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Khalid Abdullah, celebrated racing owner and breeder, dies

Juddmonte operation announces news of deathAbdullah associated with Frankel, Enable, Dancing BraveTributes have been paid to Khalid Abdullah, who became so immensely successful an owner that to reel off a list of his best horses is nearly the same as t…

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Khalid Abdullah, celebrated racing owner and breeder, dies

Juddmonte operation announces news of deathAbdullah associated with Frankel, Enable, Dancing BraveTributes have been paid to Khalid Abdullah, who became so immensely successful an owner that to reel off a list of his best horses is nearly the same as t…

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Khalid Abdullah, celebrated racing owner and breeder, dies

Juddmonte operation announces news of deathAbdullah associated with Frankel, Enable, Dancing BraveTributes have been paid to Khalid Abdullah, who became so immensely successful an owner that to reel off a list of his best horses is nearly the same as t…

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Khalid Abdullah, celebrated racing owner and breeder, dies

Juddmonte operation announces news of deathAbdullah associated with Frankel, Enable, Dancing BraveTributes have been paid to Khalid Abdullah, who became so immensely successful an owner that to reel off a list of his best horses is nearly the same as t…

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Weighing room spat over track incident behind Bryony Frost investigation

Jockey has spoken of difficulties ‘from within racing’BHA looking into confrontation after horse fell in raceA mid-race incident leading to angry words between jockeys is believed to be at the heart of an investigation by racing’s ruling body referred …