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No Nay Never leads way among 2018's crop of first-season sires

A minefield of information awaits anyone hoping to analyse stallion performance, an endeavour that can be even more problematic when there is limited evidence at hand, as is the case when scrutinising the achievements of first-season sires.

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Sangarius to put Classic claims on the line in Dewhurst for the ages

Hot prospect Sangarius will bid to enhance his Classic claims in a red-hot edition of the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 13, when he could potentially clash with Too Darn Hot, Quorto and Advertise in a race that will go along way to establishing the pecking order among a sparkling crop of juveniles.

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Shark Hanlon winner Camlann tests positive for cobalt at Galway festival

Trainer Shark Hanlon has been hit with an 18-month suspended sentence of his licence after his Galway festival winner Camlann tested positive for elevated levels of cobalt.

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Shepherd Market shows fighting spirit to gain Listed success for Cox

Connections feared the weather gods would not smile again for Shepherd Market but, despite a going description faster than ideal and a relentless autumn sunshine, the Clive Cox-trained filly ran all the way to the line to win the Listed Prix Coronation at Saint-Cloud.

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Notice Me earning attention ahead of Victorian Queen

Notice Me, an emphatic 5 1/2-length maiden winner last time out, heads a talented group of fillies in Saturday's $100,000 Victorian Queen Stakes, at Woodbine

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Alterations due to chafer grubs for forthcoming fixtures at Epsom Downs and Salisbury

The British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday announced alterations to fixtures at Epsom Downs on Sunday 30 September and Salisbury racecourse on Wednesday 3 October owing to damage caused to both tracks by chafer grubs

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Charlton and Bin Suroor to the fore as southern yards target Doonside Cup

The William Hill Doonside Cup Stakes is the feature contest on the opening day of Ayr's three-day Western meeting, and plenty of southern-based trainers are making the long trip north of the border for the Listed contest over a mile and two furlongs.

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Promising two-year-old Duckett's Grove debuts for Walker at Newbury

Newbury stages the first day of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend this Friday with an eight-race programme starting at 1.10pm, runners for which were revealed on Wednesday.

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Roaring Lion heads standings for Cartier Horse of the Year

Roaring Lion stormed to the head of the standings for Cartier Horse Of The Year following a weekend of European racing that featured eight G1 contests across three countries.

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South African sensation Soft Falling Rain dies aged nine

Soft Falling Rain, the top-class South African two-year-old who also enjoyed some noteworthy results in Europe and Dubai, has died aged just nine.

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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Thursday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Thursday morning AEST - selections by Jim Bannon - the eight race Australian broadcast commences at 8.45am AEST Thursday on Sky Racing2, from 9.16am AEST on Sky Racing1

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Three races upgraded by New Zealand Pattern Committee

The Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings has been upgraded from Group III to Group II and the Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie has been promoted from listed to Group III

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Gold Trail Stakes gets NZB Filly of the Year Series underway

The 47th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series begins at Hastings on Saturday with the $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m).

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New social betting platform Betconnect aims to get around bookmaker restrictions

A new betting platform launches this week with the aim of eradicating the persistent problem successful bettors face in placing bets with traditional bookmakers.

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Back-in-form Burrows aims for Listed honours with Wadilsafa

There has been a welcome change in fortune for Owen Burrows in the last week and the Lambourn trainer bids to land the £40,000 Listed Smarkets Fortune Stakes at Sandown with the progressive Wadilsafa.

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Triple attack: Tim Easterby sets sights on first Ayr Gold Cup

Tim Easterby is readying a three-strong attack in a bid to land the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday.

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Ian Balding remembers Mill Reef 50 years after the great horse's birth

Ian Balding pays tribute to the best horse he ever trained as he recalls the life and career of the great Mill Reef, one of the most popular racehorses of all time, who was born 50 years ago this year.

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Burke hoping his stellar form can continue with True Mason in Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury

Saturday's feature contest at Newbury is the G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes staged over six furlongs for two-year-olds - with the likes of future G1 superstars Harry Angel and Ribchester featuring on the roll of honour in recent years, the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes is Newbury's best two-year-old contest of the season.

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Son Of Rest to be kept busy as Stack plots Ayr Gold Cup mission

Son Of Rest will not be getting any rest as trainer Fozzy Stack on Monday said his mud-loving sprinter will contest the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup just six days after chasing home Havana Grey in a Group 1 at the Curragh.

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Sporting Chance eclipses rivals for Crisford and De Sousa at Maisons-Laffitte

Sporting Chance ran out a ready winner at Maisons-Laffitte under Silvestre de Sousa on Monday to provide trainer Simon Crisford with a third winner from his last six runners in France.

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