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Balding in mix for title after Alcohol Free raises cheers in Sussex Stakes

Kingsclere handler neck and neck with Appleby for prizeSurprise step up for Juddmonte International Stakes possibleJust three trainers have won the British Flat racing championship for the first time in the past 25 years, but there is increasing chance…

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Chaos as ‘wrong’ Jessica Harrington horse ‘wins’ at Galway

‘Alizarine’ turned out to be Aurora Princess, due to run laterTrainer apologises, Aidan O’Brien’s Twinkle promoted to firstThere were chaotic scenes following a two-year-old fillies’ maiden at the Galway Festival on Tuesday evening after Alizarine, app…

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Talking Horses: is this a turning point for the Tote, or another false dawn?

Nearly a century after being founded by Sir Winston Churchill, the betting operator insists it has become better value“The problem we’ve found is not that people think the Tote is poor value,” Jamie Hart, UK Tote Group’s product director, says. “They k…

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Adayar shows ‘endless power’ to follow up Derby with King George victory

William Buick mount comfortably beat second-placed MishriffFavourite Love could only finish back in third at AscotWilliam Buick talked of Adayar’s “endless power” after Charlie Appleby’s colt became the first Derby winner for 20 years to follow up in t…

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Talking Horses: Adayar and rain could derail Love’s bid for Ascot supremacy

The Derby winner and softer ground threaten Love’s chances of glory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesThe strong chance of heavy rain ahead of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday adds an extra dash of uncertainty to …

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Panorama’s shocking tale raises urgent questions for racing

The revelations in Monday’s BBC documentary demand urgent action from horseracing authorities in Britain and IrelandIn a 24-race career for Nicky Henderson between May 2014 and April 2019, Vyta Du Roc won seven races including the Grade Two Reynoldstow…

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Talking Horses: Haskell Stakes drama raises new questions over whip bans

New Jersey has banned use of the whip for encouragement but incident in Saturday’s race showed it does not guarantee safetyThe stretch run in the Grade One Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, New Jersey on Saturday was packed with drama and excitement in …

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Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Panorama programme to be broadcast on Monday nightAnimal rights group planted cameras in slaughterhouseAn investigation for BBC1’s Panorama, to be broadcast on Monday evening, will claim that “thousands” of ex-racehorses – “most, but not all” of which …

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Talking Horses: Eye-catching Gubbass looks a good bet in Super Sprint

More than just stable form makes Richard Hannon Jr’s ride look an interesting runner in a race his father helped deviseRichard Hannon Sr helped to devise the concept of Saturday’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, in which runners get a weight based …

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Talking Horses: how Galileo and John Magnier changed the game | Greg Wood

The sport will be a different place without the 23-year-old stallion, who made a fortune for John Magnier’s Coolmore studWhen Galileo was put to sleep on Saturday morning after sustaining a “non-responsive, debilitating” injury on his left fore foot, E…

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Coolmore and racing mourn death of Galileo, Europe’s 12-time champion sire

23-year-old stallion put down because of chronic foot injuryWinner of 2001 Derby sired a record five sons of the raceGalileo, one of the most significant and successful stallions in racing history and a cornerstone of the Coolmore Stud breeding operati…

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Snow Lantern victory sorts out her mother’s unfinished business

Sky Lantern was second in Falmouth Stakes in 2013Richard Hannon Jr: ‘All the good fillies were there today’Eight years on from one of the more controversial finishes to a Group One in recent memory, Snow Lantern brought closure for the Hannon family he…

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Gold Cup winner Subjectivist may have run last race after season-ending injury

Trainer reveals ‘heartbreaking’ news of new leg injury for coltSir Ron Priestly beats odd-on shot Al Aasy in Princess Of WalesSubjectivist, the winner of one of the strongest Ascot Gold Cups of recent years at the Royal meeting last month, has been rul…

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The Organiser a belting big-price bet on Newmarket July meeting first day

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy looks an eye-catching booking for 20-1 outsider in competitive Group Two contest Four horses that finished behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot have had an outing since and all four have been beaten…

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The Organiser a belting big-price bet on Newmarket July meeting first day

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy looks an eye-catching booking for 20-1 outsider in competitive Group Two contest Four horses that finished behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot have had an outing since and all four have been beaten…

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Talking Horses: key week as new claims emerge on drugs in racing

Reports that a prominent British trainer found traces of steroids in horses could be seriously damaging for Irish racing’s leadersJust a few days before senior officials from Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) …

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Photo-finish furore at Sandown as race amended to dead-heat

Phoenix Star’s ‘win’ downgraded to dead-heat by stewardsRacegoers left baffled after ‘mirror’ image shown on screensNot for the first time, confusion reigned after a close finish to the opening race at Sandown on Saturday, when an initial announcement …

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Talking Horses: Marquand can put Addeybb on course to eclipse rivals

The Sandown Group One heat has attracted just four runners but the selection’s rider has the tactical nous to grab the prizeFour runners for a Group One with a £340,000 first prize is undoubtedly a disappointment, but Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at…

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Talking Horses: why BHA will be in a tricky position if Zarooni returns

The BHA may face uncomfortable questions if the once-banned trainer tries to work again in BritainHad things turned out differently for Mahmood al-Zarooni – had he not made what he described last week as his “big mistake” – he might well have woken up …

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Hurricane Lane blows past Lone Eagle to deny Dettori in Irish Derby thriller

William Buick pips Frankie Dettori at the CurraghAidan O’Brien favourite High Definition is well beatenHurricane Lane got up in the closing stages to deny Lone Eagle in a thrilling finale as British raiders dominated the Irish Derby at the Curragh.Fran…