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Talking Horses: Ventura Rebel can prove far too speedy in Super Sprint

It is hard to see past the Richard Fahey runner after the colt’s excellent run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal AscotIn most years the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury is a tremendously competitive contest among two-year-olds of broadly similar ability…

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Talking Horses: Ventura Rebel can prove far too speedy in Super Sprint

It is hard to see past the Richard Fahey runner after the colt’s excellent run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal AscotIn most years the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury is a tremendously competitive contest among two-year-olds of broadly similar ability…

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Talking Horses: does horse racing really face an ‘existential threat’?

The sport is in a ‘dangerous moment’ according to a former betting executive and the 2005 Gambling Act is a chief factorThe internal combustion engine, powered flight, electricity, universal suffrage and two world wars are just a few of the transformat…

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BHA will consider concerns over CCTV security weaknesses at Kempton Park

• Issues raised after atenolol found on Crowned Eagle• No suggestion Kempton failed to fulfil its obligationsThe British Horseracing Authority said on Thursday that it will “consider” concerns raised by its independent disciplinary panel after highligh…

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Talking Horses: focus on the fascinating champion jockey race

If Danny Tudhope can maintain his current strike-rate, it is only a matter of time before he replaces Oisin Murphy as favouriteSilvestre de Sousa has been Britain’s champion jockey on the Flat in three of the last four seasons, but he has drifted from …

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Talking Horses: Dettori comes up short on rare trip to Killarney Festival

Dettori arrived in a pony-and-trap as Lester Piggott had done on his visit, but could not match Piggott’s three wins at the County Kerry trackFrankie Dettori’s flying visit to Killarney racecourse on Wednesday evening did not result in any flying dismo…

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Talking Horses: it seems astonishing that Arc weekend runs at a loss

The size of the loss has not been revealed, but Arc weekend was in the red in 2018, despite an eye-watering admission price hikeFrench racing’s senior executives are clearly hard at work before October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and briefed reporters …

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Talking Horses: Britain can’t match pace set by female jockeys in France

Seven of France’s top 50 Flat jockeys this year are women, up from zero in 2016 and five more than in BritainWhile waiting at Longchamp for Japan to win Sunday’s big race, it crossed my mind to check how female jockeys are faring in France, two years a…

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Japan earns first Group One win in Grand Prix de Paris on Bastille Day

• Colt’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds widely cut to 9-1• Trainer Aidan O’Brien says ‘We were very happy with him’Japan has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe firmly on his agenda, after an exploratory trip here resulted in victory in the Grand Prix de Par…

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Moore pain for bookies as Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns wins July Cup

• Ryan Moore lands July Cup after ride is backed from 10-1 to 9-2• Victory is huge boost to stud value of Ten SovereignsThe bookmakers have spent the past few weeks dodging Frankie Dettori’s mounts whenever possible. On Saturday, they ran into Ryan Moo…

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Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori to grab more glory on Advertise

Advertise (4.40) is taken to follow his Commonwealth Cup success at Royal Ascot in the July Cup at NewmarketNow that he is available at around 10-1, it is quite tempting to take a chance on Ten Sovereigns in the July Cup, the feature race on a hectic d…

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Talking Horses: Ryan Moore needs change of luck after blank fortnight

Still rated the best jockey in the world by some, Ryan Moore has been second 11 times since his most recent winnerWhat to make of Ryan Moore? At his best, he’s one of the most effective Flat jockeys I’ve ever seen but he seems short of his best just no…

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Talking Horses: Masar can defy Derby winners’ drought at Newmarket

Masar has an excellent chance to end the poor record of recent Derby winners with victory in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at NewmarketThe last four winners of the Derby at Epsom have managed only a single victory between them in six subsequent starts…

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Talking Horses: 900,000 reasons for tracks to learn how to tell time

The Levy Board has provided a big incentive for British courses to start churning out sectional times data right awayGod bless the Levy Board, which has thrown its weight behind the idea of sectional times in British horse racing. This is an idea whose…

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Talking Horses: sacré bleu! British rulers ask for French name change

Je M’En Fous is no more, the French authorities having indicated they would not have allowed a horse to be so namedWith a soupçon of schadenfreude, I bring you news this morning that the rulers of British racing have performed a reverse ferret over a H…

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Talking Horses: strike-rate says Frankie Dettori better than ever at 48

The Italian jockey could hardly buy a winner in 2013 but is back at the top of his sport and has the bookies running scaredOnly a tiny number of athletes are so good that they change the way the game is organised. In racing, Arkle is remembered for bei…

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Frankie Dettori hails ‘unbelievable’ Enable after Coral-Eclipse victory

• Enable records 10th straight win at Sandown • Dettori: ‘She’s very special. I really love her’Frankie Dettori hailed Enable as “the queen of racing” and the best horse he has ridden in his long career after she made a winning return to action in the …

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Talking Horses: Regal Reality can eclipse hot favourite Enable

Regal Reality impressed in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park in May and can surprise Enable in the Eclipse at the same trackEnable is at the centre of a fascinating Eclipse Stakes on Saturday at Sandown and the winner of two Arc de Triomphes …

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Talking Horses: everyone a loser with William Hill closures news

Racing is facing up to heavy losses from annual media rights payments and the pressure on prize money will be brutalWednesday’s news that William Hill will close about 700 betting shops over the next few months, around a third of its retail estate, put…

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Talking Horses: new BHA chair warns racing must make no-deal Brexit work

The new chair of the British Horseracing Authority says the sport will be ‘using all our connections and skills to get something that will work’ if faced with a no-deal BrexitAnnamarie Phelps, the new chair of the British Horseracing Authority, said on…