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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's 10 race All Weather and Turf Track programme at Woodbine on Friday - selections by Jim Bannon - watch the line online broadcast of the meeting

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UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview

Arlington Park takes its annual place in the sun this weekend with the Arlington Million and two other Grade I races while Saratoga, Del Mar and Woodbine continue their seasons of top racing.

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The latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings

Poet’s Word (IRE) improved his rating to 129 from 125 by taking the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) by a neck over Crystal Ocean (GB) [128] at Ascot. The pair left the field nine lengths behind.

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Christmas seeking to be a summer cracker at Tipperary

Aidan O'Brien has sent out the last two winners of this event – subsequent Classic winner Capri in 2016 and Ballet Shoes 12 months ago – and this year it is Roscommon maiden winner Christmas who heads his bid for a hat-trick of wins.

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Advertise confirmed for the Curragh after Meade organises a plane

Martyn Meade has confirmed that July Stakes winner Advertise will run in Sunday's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, rather than wait a week for Deauville's Prix Morny, and that Frankie Dettori will ride again.

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Jockeys Corey Brown, Per-Anders Graberg and Andrasch Starke look forward to Saturday's Duty Free Shergar Cup

Ascot Racecourse staged a media event aboard R S Hispaniola on London's Victoria Embankment ahead of the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, staged at Ascot on Saturday, August 11

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Jamie Spencer joins list of top 20 Flat jockeys in Britain of all time

Jamie Spencer moved on to an elite leaderboard in turf history on Wednesday when Late Change's victory at Yarmouth propelled him into the top 20 winningmost Flat jockeys in Britain of all time.

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Confidence grows in Alpha Centauri as Deauville misses huge storm

Alpha Centauri is primed for Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville and even the heavens appear to be on the side of Ireland’s superstar filly as she prepares to take on the colts for the first time, after a huge storm that shattered windows in the region missed the course.

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Sprint Cup next on the cards for George Scott's James Garfield

James Garfield, who narrowly missed out on a first Group 1 success in the Prix Maurice de Gheest last Sunday, is set to return to action next month and will be supplemented for the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.

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Cracksman needs heavens to open to run in Juddmonte International

Connections of last season's sensational Champion Stakes winner Cracksman are praying for rain at York over the next couple of weeks, with owner Anthony Oppenheimer warning the son of Frankel will not run in the Juddmonte International unless there is cut in the ground.

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Earnings up as Paddy Power Betfair prepare to face 'challenges' of racing

Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Peter Jackson reported that racing presented "some challenges" for the firm as he unveiled the firm's half-year results on Wednesday.

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Ivory considering Hungerford option for Librissa Breeze

Royal Ascot winner Expert Eye headlines 41 entries for the seven-furlong £150,000 G2 Hungerford Stakes, the feature race at Newbury on Saturday, August 18, Ladies Day with Rudimental.

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Land Force and Sergei Prokofiev among entries for Newbury's Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

A total of 63 entries were unveiled on Wednesday for the G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, Saturday, September 22.

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Poet's Word and Stradivarius lay down strong challenges for Cartier Horse Of The Year Award

Excellent middle-distance performer Poet's Word and top stayer Stradivarius have firmly entered calculations for 2018 Cartier Horse Of The Year honours at this year's Cartier Racing Awards following impressive victories at two of Europe's premier Flat racing meetings.

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Schofield and Collett to represent HK and NZ in World All-Star Jockeys at Sapporo

Hong Kong based Australian Chad Schofield and New Zealand's Samamtha Collett will represent their riding bases in the Japan Racing Association's international World All-Star Jockeys event at Sapporo Racecourse on August 25th and 26th.

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Meade: Advertise will beat the Ballydoyle Phoenix battalion – as long as he runs

If Advertise runs in this weekend's Keeneland Phoenix Stakes he will win, no matter which of his ten entries Aidan O'Brien saddles – but he might yet not run.

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BHA Disciplinary Panel to hear cobalt charges

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Friday 10 August 2018 to consider the following cobalt sample charges against Licensed Trainer and Responsible Person Rebecca Bastiman and Registered Person Robin Bastiman:

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Dettori looks set to miss Shergar Cup unless rain descends on Newmarket

Ascot may need rain to hammer down on Newmarket if Frankie Dettori is to take up his place in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup.

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Britain's Arlington Million raiders strut their stuff in Chicago for first time

The two British contenders for Saturday's Grade 1 Arlington Million emerged from quarantine in Chicago on Tuesday and had a first feel of the turf track at the venue.

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Woodbine cancels Monday’s programme after fifth race due to inclement weather

Woodbine Racetrack was forced to cancel the remainder of Monday’s live Thoroughbred racing program following the fifth race due to inclement weather conditions in the Toronto area.

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