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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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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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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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Welsh Grand National: Secret Reprieve storms to victory on home soil

Welsh-trained favourite wins by three lengths at ChepstowAdagio impresses in Grade One Finale Junior Hurdle“He’s won it like a warrior,” Adam Wedge said after landing the Welsh Grand National on Secret Reprieve here, and if his mount could talk, he wou…

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Talking Horses: Secret Reprieve poised to land Welsh Grand National

The great skill with which Evan Williams has guided young chaser’s career may be rewarded with Chepstow gloryEvan Williams has done an excellent job with Secret Reprieve (3.10), guiding the talented seven-year-old through the early stages of his chasin…

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Talking Horses: Secret Reprieve poised to land Welsh Grand National

The great skill with which Evan Williams has guided young chaser’s career may be rewarded with Chepstow gloryEvan Williams has done an excellent job with Secret Reprieve (3.10), guiding the talented seven-year-old through the early stages of his chasin…

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Talking Horses: BHA denies claim that staff get less than living wage

Nick Rust, the recently departed chief executive of racing’s ruling body, made the claim during an appearance on SkyRacing’s ruling body has denied that any of its London-based staff are earning less than the city’s living wage, contradicting a claim m…

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Talking Horses: why the Irish will still dominate at Cheltenham in March

The usual raiding party may be slimmed down but insiders see no reason to expect a Festival without big names from IrelandThe end of the Irish travel ban this weekend should bring with it the end of fears that Covid-19 could somehow prevent Irish runne…

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Talking Horses: owners ban and betting shop closures a blow to racing

Owners ban and betting shop closures are a blow, but there is comfort that the sport has at least been allowed to continueRacehorse owners will be barred from all British tracks for the duration of the latest national lockdown while the closure of all …

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Talking Horses: owners ban and betting shop closures a blow to racing

Owners ban and betting shop closures are a blow, but there is comfort that the sport has at least been allowed to continueRacehorse owners will be barred from all British tracks for the duration of the latest national lockdown while the closure of all …