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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins has quality to pip rival at Punchestown

Douvan can deliver again for Willie Mullins in his Irish trainers’ championship battle with Gordon ElliottA calculator will be an essential accessory for committed racegoers at Punchestown’s Festival meeting this week as, for the second year running, G…

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Gronkowski setback puts colt’s Kentucky Derby bid in the balance

• Jeremy Noseda-trainer runner 50-50 to make trip to States• American football namesake had bought shares in horseJeremy Noseda’s ambitious plan to send Gronkowski to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville on Saturday week is in the balance after the colt su…

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Talking Horses: Dan’s Dream could represent spinal charity in Guineas

Filly could provide a “life-changing” moment for charity if connections decide to supplement her for NewmarketIt’s too early to be making actual predictions for the 1,000 Guineas but I know for sure which horse I’ll be cheering for, having been told by…

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Aidan O’Brien team steps up a gear as Order Of St George returns in style

• Ryan Moore enjoys armchair ride 2016 Gold Cup hero• So Perfect wins on debut and is nominated as Royal Ascot possibleLast week at Newmarket Godolphin carried all before them taking the chief Classic trials at Newmarket, but at Navan on Sunday Aidan O…

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Redemption for Adam Wedge at Ayr as he wins Scottish National on Joe Farrell

• Rebecca Curtis finishes season on a high with 33-1 big-race win• Frankie Dettori shines on James Garfield in Greenham at NewburyTwo jockeys who started the year on a low note ended the season in style by providing an electrifying finish to the Scotti…

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Talking Horses: Elliott can complete National treble with Fagan at Ayr

After winners in the 2018 Grand National and Irish equivalent, Gordon Elliott could make history in the Scottish raceGordon Elliott, having saddled the winners of the Grand National and the Irish equivalent in the past fortnight, is poised to achieve a…

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Talking Horses: hot weather procedures in place at Newbury and Fontwell

All horses will be drenched with water after crossing the line, and any which appear overly tired will not need to return to the winner’s or unsaddling enclosuresThe blistering temperatures which forced Cheltenham to abandon one of its races on Thursda…

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Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

• Long-distance race called off on welfare grounds• Dame Rose collapsed and died after opening eventSoaring temperatures at Cheltenham on Thursday resulted in a steeplechase over three miles being abandoned on welfare grounds.On an unseasonably hot aft…

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Talking Horses: Masar can topple Roaring Lion at Newmarket

William Buick could extend trainer Charlie Appleby’s superb start to the season, while Summerghand is worth a look The idea that a colt needs a trial before the 2,000 Guineas has been largely debunked by a long line of first-time-up winners in recent s…

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Chris Appleby’s Soliloquy makes winning pitch for 1,000 Guineas

• Soliloquy wins Nell Gwyn Stakes, beating Altyn Orda• Appleby also has Wild Illusion to consider for 1,000 GuineasCharlie Appleby has yet to win a European Classic since taking over from his former boss Mahmoud al?Zarooni but his string have started t…

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Talking Horses: Flat is back but do the Nell Gwyn Stakes still offer a pointer?

It is 12 years since Speciosa won at the Craven meeting and took the 1,000 Guineas but Altyn Orda offers value at Newmarket’s season opener Related: Why Cue Card became the most popular horse in jumps racing | Greg Wood It is nearly four weeks since th…

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Cue Card retires after failing to prove fitness for Sandown swansong

Steeplechaser will still attend Sandown for farewell paradeCue Card ‘has been an incredible horse for us’ says Joe TizzardCue Card, one of the most talented, durable and popular steeplechasers of recent decades, has been retired after failing to convin…

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Talking Horses: best bets for day one of Newmarket’s Craven meeting

Josephine Gordon is on an interesting 10-1 shot at British Flat racing’s HQ as fast horses return to our screensThree days after the world’s most famous steeplechase, racing performs a screeching handbrake turn and shoots off down the Rowley Mile for s…

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Canal Turn incident in Grand National to be studied by Aintree officials

• Officials will study three falls at the iconic fence in Saturday’s race• Slow pace caused unusual congestion, say jockeys involvedThe Canal Turn incident that took three runners out of the Grand National on Saturday will be considered by Aintree offi…

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Talking Horses: in praise of Windsor racecourse, plus Monday’s top tips

If there is a better way to arrive at a racecourse than the boat that chugs down the Thames, I’ve yet to discover itFour of Britain’s five Flat Classics will be run over the course of the next seven weeks, and the domestic run towards Guineas weekend a…

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Sunny outlook for the Grand National as safety first policy reaps rewards | Greg Wood

Fewer fallers, no fatalities and a thrilling finish help improve the image of Aintree’s great race, but bizarrely the warm weather may have helped play a part in falling TV figuresThe news on Sunday morning that Saint Are, now a veteran of five Grand N…

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Davy Russell bounces back from O’Leary sacking to win Grand National | Chris Cook

The jockey seemed at a low ebb in December 2014, when O’Leary fired him over the most famous cup of tea in the history of Irish jumps racingResilience is needed for any Grand National victory and Davy Russell finally got his reward here for proving per…

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Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish

• Davy Russell rides winner for trainer Gordon Elliott• Ireland dominate race with first four horses homeTiger Roll clung on to win an incident-packed Grand National dominated by Irish runners, going clear on the run-in but then almost being reeled in …

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Grand National day 2018 – live!

All the build-up from Aintree before the big race at 5.15pm BSTGrand National: our horse-by-horse guideFemale trio of jockeys focus on victory, not history 11.34am BST The big plunge horse of this year’s National is definitely Baie Des Iles. His rider,…

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Winx equals Black Caviar’s record with 25th straight win

Mare wins $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick‘The best horse in the world,’ says co-owner Peter TigheChampion racehorse Winx turned on the afterburners down the home straight to claim victory in the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes and equal Black Caviar’…