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Racing People 3: Julian Wilson

Racing People 3: Julian Wilson

Racing has lost one of its great commentators with the death of Julian Wilson yesterday at the age of 73. He had battled with cancer for several years. Wilson was involved with racing in many different ways over his life, starting by betting when a schoolboy at Harrow, and concluding with writing his autobiography “Some […]

Trainers set out plans at British Champions Series launch

The Grand National really does mark the turning point in the racing year. If anyone doubted that, the launch yesterday of the 2014 QIPCO sponsored British Champions Series would have put them right. Many leading trainers set out their hopes for their top horses for the new flat season, reminding us of the delights we […]

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Racing People 2: Rod Street

Rod Street, chief executive of Great British Racing, and I have a couple of things in common. You hardly need me to tell you that we both have a passion for racing. You might be surprised to learn that in our younger days, we each wore the brightly coloured jacket of a holiday camp entertainer. […]

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Christmas highs and lows for Henderson

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Christmas highs and lows for Henderson

There are times when racing has a remarkable resemblance to the Budget, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer gives with one hand and then takes away with the other. It probably feels a bit like that at the moment at the seven Barrows stable where Nicky Henderson trains.

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Great Leighs rejoins the all weather race

Racing at Great Leighs was a short-lived affair, a matter of barely nine months. Any hopes of a resumption there faded still further when owner John Holmes was named to be at the heart of a VAT fraud a couple of weeks ago. How quickly things can change.

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What next for QIPCO Champions Day?

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What next for QIPCO Champions Day?

While we focus our attention on a season of jumps racing, there are plenty of folk in the background thinking about flat racing. In particular, further changes have been put forward to the end of season spectacular at Ascot that is QIPCO Champions Day.

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Who will take on Sprinter Sacre?

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Who will take on Sprinter Sacre?

Who dares wins. The problem is, when it comes to Sprinter Sacre, few seem to dare. In some ways that isn’t too surprising. British Horseracing Authority classifications rate Sprinter Sacre on 188, 18 lbs ahead of the next best 2-mile chasers, Flemenstar and Sire de Grugy (169).

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Post Christmas blues? Not with racing like this.

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Post Christmas blues? Not with racing like this.

There’s no racing for the first three days of next week, allowing the jockeys the opportunity of a proper Christmas dinner two days ahead of you and me, and giving them time to sweat out any weight gain they get from it. That break allows us a few days to savour what promises to be […]

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On second thoughts… Newbury relents on dress code

The re-branding earlier this year of Newbury racecourse as The Racecourse, Newbury, brought with it a revised dress code. It wasn’t as severe as the one at Ascot, but it was enforced, with the result that plenty of racegoers at the Hennessy meeting were either turned away or obliged to nip into town and buy […]

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Channon appoints Willy Twiston-Davies as first jockey

Teenagers get some of the best Christmas presents. Just ask Willy Twiston-Davies. He’s spending the run up to Christmas riding winners in the warmth of Dubai, and the 19 year old was there when he received news of his gift – a new job as number one jockey for Mick Channon next season.

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Alter egos 20: The Stig

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Alter egos 20: The Stig

The Stig has been something of a legend on Top Gear since his first appearance in 2002. Over the years three different drivers have regularly donned the full face helmet and racing suit to blast powerful cars round the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold aerodrome in Surrey, and another half dozen or so have […]

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Newcastle and Catterick outline plans for all weather racing

Proposals from Newcastle and Catterick could see all weather racing at both venues by 2016. The plans would see an end to turf flat racing, but would not affect jump racing at either track.

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Disgraced Butler to appeal length of ban

One of the best Christmas presents racing could give itself would be an end to this year’s saga of drug treatments of horses. The Mahmood Al Zarooni business was dealt with swiftly, and as a result, Charlie Appleby had the good fortune to be able to step up to the plate as a Godolphin trainer.

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Hide compensation case finally settled

At last one of racing’s longest financial battles is over. Back in November 2006 television viewers saw jockey Philip Hide fall from his mount Hatch A Plan just after the first hurdle in a race at Cheltenham when his horse stumbled. The commentary described Hide as “crashing to earth” as he clattered into the base […]

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Binocular and Bostons Angel retired

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Binocular and Bostons Angel retired

Two Cheltenham Festival winners of recent years, Binocular and Bostons Angel, were retired from racing yesterday, with trainers and jockeys full of praise for a pair of grand racehorses.

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