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Talking Horses: Richard Johnson passed fit for mounts at Newcastle

The champion jockey has recovered after being trampled on following a fall at Fontwell on Monday.Richard Johnson, the reigning champion jockey and clear leader in this year’s title race, has been reported as fit by the Press Association to take his thr…

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Talking Horses: Jonjo O’Neill proud but not gushing over son’s success

The trainer, who was champion jump jockey 40 years ago, gave Jonjo Jr no illusions about life in the weighing roomJonjo O’Neill is, of course, very proud that his son managed to win a big race on Saturday, aboard Big Time Dancer in Kempton’s Lanzarote….

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Jonjo O’Neill Jr shines on Big Time Dancer to land the Lanzarote Hurdle

• O’Neill: ‘To ride winners like this means everything’• Top Notch booked Ryanair berth with impressive victoryA famous name can be as much of a burden as a blessing for a young jockey and Jonjo O’Neill Jr has a long way to go to match the exploits of …

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Talking Horses: Cogry has the class to collect Warwick prize

The Nigel Twiston-Davies runner can add the Classic Chase to his season’s haulDrying ground will ensure that Warwick’s Classic Chase is not the slog it has often been in the past and that should suit Cogry (3.00), who has plenty of form on a sound surf…

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Talking Horses: BHA on alert as Irish increase jockeys’ cocaine bans

Anti-doping programmes in Britain will be the priority as two jockeys in Ireland are given five-year suspensions after returning positive tests The British Horseracing Authority said on Friday that “an overall review of the anti-doping education progra…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Talking Horses: Samcro news is bad but it’s not over until it’s over

A Champion Hurdle bid may be ever so doubtful but let’s remember that it remains a possibility for the time beingFrom a punter’s perspective, the key detail to bear in mind from yesterday’s news about Samcro is that he has not actually been ruled out o…

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How viruses and January colds hit racing – Talking Horses

Ill health among their horses has prompted the two trainers to cut back on runners and others may have similar problemsIt’s that time of year when it becomes apparent that some yards are operating way below their usual level and, in some cases, ill hea…

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Talking Horses: Venetia Williams fears fine winning run may dry up

‘Santa came down our chimney,’ said the Herefordshire trainer on Monday, but the festivities could now be overNothing can stop Venetia Williams just now, except possibly the weather. After a slow autumn, the Ross on Wye trainer has her horses bursting …

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Master Dino stakes Cheltenham claim with impressive Plumpton success

• French raider now 6-1 favourite for JLT Novice Chase• Battleoverdoyen shows his class at NaasGuillaume Macaire is one step closer to righting an old wrong, his Master Dino having enlivened Sunday’s Plumpton card with a comfortable success that is par…

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Ruby Walsh makes his mark on Laurina and has eyes on Cheltenham

• Laurina now second-favourite for Champion Hurdle• Elixir De Nutz heading for Supreme Novice HurdleRuby Walsh is a very rare visitor to British racecourses these days but his words still carry weight with the punters and his assessment of Laurina afte…

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Talking Horses: Houblon Des Obeaux can lift valuable veterans’ prize

The selection has form on good to soft ground and, at 20-1, makes a lot of appeal with the Venetia Williams yard also in formSandown’s increasingly popular final to the veterans chase series has once more produced a big field of familiar names but the …

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Talking Horses: Houblon Des Obeaux can lift valuable veterans’ prize

The selection has form on good to soft ground and, at 20-1, makes a lot of appeal with the Venetia Williams yard also in formSandown’s increasingly popular final to the veterans chase series has once more produced a big field of familiar names but the …

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Talking Horses: Rooneys’ Cheltenham boycott is based on meagre evidence

Owners have an absolute right to pick and choose where and when their horses run but the Rooneys’ decision is based on very limited dataFour days after it emerged that Paul and Clare Rooney, who have one of the largest strings of jumping horses in the …

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Talking Horses: Rooneys’ Cheltenham boycott is based on meagre evidence

Owners have an absolute right to pick and choose where and when their horses run but the Rooneys’ decision is based on very limited dataFour days after it emerged that Paul and Clare Rooney, who have one of the largest strings of jumping horses in the …

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Might Bite heading straight to Cheltenham Gold Cup after wind operation

• 2018 runner-up has struggled for form this season• Trainer Nicky Henderson confident procedure will helpMight Bite, the runner-up in last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, will go straight to this year’s race on 15 March without another run and following a…

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Talking Horses: some good things in racing’s shifting TV presence

There is something to be said for the changes made this week by both of racing’s dedicated channelsFor someone who’s instinctively resistant to change, I find myself surprisingly unworried about all this week’s shifts in the landscape of racing broadca…

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Talking Horses: some good things in racing’s shifting TV presence

There is something to be said for the changes made this week by both of racing’s dedicated channelsFor someone who’s instinctively resistant to change, I find myself surprisingly unworried about all this week’s shifts in the landscape of racing broadca…

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Balnaslow mat be stripped of 2018 Foxhunters’ Chase victory

• Result of Aintree race in April may be overturned• Rival owner says impending decision is ‘common knowledge’Balnaslow’s success in the Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree last April appears to be at risk, according to comments made this week by connections …