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Wednesday tracknotes ahead of Champions Day

Wednesday tracknotes from Sha Tin ahead of Champions Day on Sunday.

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A learning season for Clipperton as he rides on the top stage at Sha Tin on Sunday

Sam Clipperton earmarks the current 2017/18 Hong Kong season as a learning season, one of consolidation on the tough Sha Tin riding bench that requires as much skill off the saddle as it does on top of it liaising with trainers and owners - on Sunday he is on the top stage at Sha Tin with Western Express in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m)

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Berry rides in Champions Day features

It has been some time since ex-pat jockey Tommy Berry languished in a jockey premiership, but there is no mistaking his position on the tough Hong Kong Jockey Premiership with just 13 wins this season from 305 rides - nevertheless on Sunday Berry rides in two of the three feature Group 1 races of Champions Day.

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UK vintage colours now available

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Tuesday announced that owners will be able to sell their colours through the BHA website, with a number of vintage sets available to buy.

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Mullins fourth string Draconien swoops late to strike at 25-1

With Willie Mullins firing bullets from all angles and Gordon Elliott going gung-ho, second and third strings from the top stables were likely to pop up every now again. Little did we think, though, that a fourth string from Closutton at 25-1 would win the first Grade 1 of the Punchestown Festival.

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Un-catchable! Sceaux so good as he holds off Douvan

Un De Sceaux produced a breathtaking display of front-running under Patrick Mullins, jumping and galloping his rivals off his wheel and bolting up to land a thrilling edition of the BoyleSports Champion Chase.

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Cheltenham fourth Road To Respect goes for Gold again

Noel Meade reports Road To Respect, the Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth, in top form for his bid for glory in the showpiece event on day two of the Punchestown festival.

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Monalee heads a host of stars

Like most staying chases in Ireland Gigginstown have a fantastic record in this race. Since winning with Quito De La Roque in 2011 they have followed up with Sir Des Champs [2012], Valseur Lido [2015] and Disko, who struck last year.

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Tizzard hoping to rain on Mullins and Elliott parade with Kilbricken Storm

The strength of Ireland's two superpower stables has perhaps contributed to a smaller than usual British representation at Punchestown but the raiders have two chances of landing Wednesday's opening Grade 1, with one horse having an obvious winning prospects and the connections of the other simply being happy to be here.

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Katie Walsh so happy to be back on festival heroine Relegate

Willie Mullins sent out the first, second, third and fifth in the Cheltenham Festival's Champion Bumper. Katie Walsh found herself on the right one then and, as all four horses now reoppose at Punchestown, she believes she is on the right one again.

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Gambling firm shares tumble following reports of Treasury double whammy

Shares in gambling firms plummeted on Tuesday following reports the Treasury had accepted that FOBT stakes should be cut to £2 and that operators would be hit with the double whammy of tax increases to make up the shortfall in government revenue.

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Breakthrough at Musselburgh raises hopes of securing track's future

Members of East Lothian Council approved new governance proposals on Tuesday that could secure the future of the racecourse after months of disagreement and uncertainty.

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New Zealand Pattern Review Committee season 2017/18 report

The most significant changes arising from the endorsement of the report by the Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing are the return of the Group 2 Avondale Cup to Saturday 16 February 2019 where it will be the final lead-in race to the Group 1 Auckland Cup, and the return of the Group 3 City of Auckland Cup to 1 January.

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Changes to upcoming fixtures at Salisbury and Bath

The British Horseracing Authority on Monday announced a number of changes to upcoming fixtures at Salisbury and Bath.

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Superstar Douvan bids to prove he is well and truly back

Paul Townend has a 100 per cent record on Douvan, winning on the eight-year-old three times, and is back on the crack chaser in this showpiece for the first time since the pair landed the Hilly Way Chase at Cork in December 2016.

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Awesome win for Prado in $1.2m Charles Town Classic

Veteran jockey Edgar Prado partnered Something Awesome (Jose Corrales) to a lucrative success on Saturday when the seven-year-old edged out War Story in the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic.

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Dettori mount Veracious ruled out of 1,000 Guineas after setback

Veracious, the shortest priced British-trained runner in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, will miss the race.

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Ayr misfortune could yet lead to pot of gold for The Young Master

Jumping 20 fences loose was not the plan but it might just prove the ideal bet365 Gold Cup preparation for The Young Master in Saturday's marathon at Sandown.

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RSA runner-up Monalee heads a host of stars in Champion Novice Chase

Like most staying chases in Ireland Gigginstown have a fantastic record in this race. Since winning with Quito De La Roque in 2011 they have followed up with Sir Des Champs [2012], Valseur Lido [2015] and Disko, who struck last year.

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Getabird out for revenge on Cheltenham rivals Mengli Khan and Paloma Blue

Getabird, who flopped when favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month, renews rivalry with Mengli Khan and Paloma Blue, who finished third and fourth in the Cheltenham Festival's opening contest.

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Gosden goes for a four-timer in Investec Blue Riband Trial with Crossed Baton

Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien is doubly represented in the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial (in memory of Anthony Cane) (2.45pm, eight runners), the boosted highlight of the Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 25.

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Silent Sting conquers Queenston

With a well-timed move in the stretch engineered by jockey Luis Contreras, Stronach Stables’ Silent Sting collared 6-5 favourite Blueblood to win the $125,000 Queenston Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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