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Davy Russell makes a breakthrough in Grand Steeplechase de Paris

• Jockey realises ambition with victory on chance ride Carriacou• Willie Mullins’ five runners eclipsed by French-trained winnerThe fruitful autumn of Davy Russell’s career continued as he rode Carriacou to win the Grand Steeplechase de Paris, the Fren…

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War of Will gets ‘fair shot’ and wins Preakness featuring riderless horse

War of Will captures Preakness Stakes from the inside No 1 postEverfast finishes a nose ahead of Owendale for second at PimlicoBodexpress keeps running after ejecting jockey John VelazquezMark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare …

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Sir Michael Stoute is all smiles as Mustashry lifts Newbury’s Lockinge

• Six-year-old aimed at Royal Ascot following Group One victory• Willie Mullins gains big Auteuil win with Benie Des DieuxIn common with the Eurovision Song Contest the Lockinge Stakes is always great fun but seldom has long-term implications and shoul…

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Sir Michael Stoute is all smiles as Mustashry lifts Newbury’s Lockinge

• Six-year-old aimed at Royal Ascot following Group One victory• Willie Mullins gains big Auteuil win with Benie Des DieuxIn common with the Eurovision Song Contest the Lockinge Stakes is always great fun but seldom has long-term implications and shoul…

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Talking Horses: bank on Laurens to land the Group One Lockinge

Karl Burke-trained filly has proved a reliable prospect at the highest level and should shine in the feature race at NewburyThis year’s Lockinge Stakes may not be full of top-class horses but it poses as tricky a puzzle for punters as almost any handic…

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Talking Horses: Stradivarius looks to find right tune in Yorkshire Cup

Stradivarius, one of the best stayers of recent years, makes his five-year-old debut on the KnavesmireJohn Gosden had a mixed afternoon on the Knavesmire on Thursday, as Lah Ti Dar scraped home by a neck at 1-3 in the Middleton Stakes, half an hour bef…

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Talking Horses: now or never for Too Darn Hot to contest Classic at York

The colt has already missed his intended return at Newbury but will finally make his three-year-old debut in the Dante StakesToo Darn Hot, who finished his juvenile career as the highest-rated two-year-old since Frankel in 2010, will finally make his t…

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Maximum Security owners sue for $1.86m winner’s share from Kentucky Derby

Horse was disqualified from race earlier this monthOwners hope to have result of Derby reversedThe owners of Maximum Security have sued to reverse the horse’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby earlier this month. They are also seeking the $1.86m…

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Talking Horses: O’Leary exit is biggest blow for jump racing in decades

The loss of one of the biggest owners in the game is arguably the first truly significant setback for National Hunt racing since its bandwagon started to roll in the mid-80sToo big, some said of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud racing operation. Too …

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Michael O’Leary announces shock decision to quit horse racing

• Irish racing faces huge blow after O’Leary leaves sport• Tiger Roll’s owner to wind down interests over next five yearsMichael O’Leary, whose Gigginstown Stud racing operation has enjoyed immense success in National Hunt racing for nearly 20 years, s…

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Talking Horses: new study finds ‘unsustainable’ workloads in racing

Research for Racing Welfare reveals normalised extensive hours placing ‘great psychological strain on those involved’The start of Mental Health Awareness Week on Monday was marked in racing by the publication of ‘stark’ findings in research undertaken …

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Talking Horses: Heart attacks can’t stop Britain’s best-known bookie

‘I took two paracetamol and got on with it,’ said Barry Dennis after heart scare at Lingfield on Good FridayBarry Dennis has tried to retire twice, that I know of, and yet Britain’s best-known bookmaker, now 78, was still to be found by his joint at Li…

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Aidan O’Brien wins Derby trial at Leopardstown with ‘lazy’ Broome

• ‘He’s not slow, just lazy,’ says trainer after colt’s laboured win• O’Brien still expects Broome to form part of his Epsom team“He’s not slow, he’s just lazy,” was the interesting line of defence taken by Aidan O’Brien after his Broome ground his way…

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Talking Horses: Sanaadh can come in under radar in wide-open Victoria Cup

Michael Wigham’s runner has impressed on his last two starts on the all-weather and is the pick of a crowded fieldWith pace in stalls one and 20 and previous winners from low, middle and high draws in the last 15 years with cut in the ground, there is …

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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins can lift Chester Cup with Whiskey Sour

Willie Mullins’ gelding is impressively consistent, a former Grade One winner over hurdles and has been in fine form already this springIt has been a wet and chilly week at Chester thus far, but the forecast is marginally better for the final day of th…

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Talking Horses: Circus Maximus to strengthen O’Brien’s Derby challenge

Aidan O’Brien runner can prove a credible Epsom candidate in waiting with victory in the Dee Stakes at ChesterThe major winners on the first day of the Chester May meeting, Sir Dragonet and Mehdaayih, both looked like very credible Group One winners at…

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Sir Dragonet sets Derby poser for Aidan O’Brien with Chester Vase rout

• Sir Dragonet second-favourite for Epsom after eight-length win• But trainer would need to select him for supplementary entryWhen Sir Dragonet walked on to a horsebox for the short trip to Tipperary racecourse on 25 April even the most devoted followe…

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Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde

After his insistence political correctness interfered with the Kentucky Derby the US president’s UK visit during the Cricket World Cup is an opportunity not to be missedGiven that his online trophy cabinet already includes accolades like “most tweets s…

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Talking Horses: Derby hustle and bustle suits Line Of Duty to the letter

Trainer Charlie Appleby believes the colt, who is heading to York for the Dante Stakes, needs a little drama to stay interestedA horse with trouble concentrating may be just the type to give Godolphin a second consecutive Derby, according to the traine…

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Talking Horses: big week for young trainers aiming stars at the Derby

Ed Walker and Charlie Fellowes appear to have serious Derby hopes for the first time but this week will put both to the testIt’s a huge week for two of the younger, up-and-coming British trainers hoping to find themselves with the first credible Derby …