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Altior and Douvan among the stars for The Festival

Altior and Douvan are among the acceptors for the six non-novice G1 championship races at The Festival next month following the scratchings' stage.

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Mullin duo backed after Gowran Park entries

Douvan and Vroum Vroum Mag, both owned by the influential Rich Ricci, looked set to miss this National Hunt season, yet have been declared to run at Gowran Park on Saturday, causing punters to act accordingly by backing them both for March’s racing calendar highlight.

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Definitly Red tops the weights for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National

Definitly Red, impressive winner of the G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last month, heads the weights for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National with 11st 10lb and a rating of 165.

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Bailey happy The Last Samuri's weight for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National weights, decided by the British Horseracing Authority's Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith, will be unveiled this evening (7.30pm), Tuesday, February 13, at BAFTA in London.

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Grand National-winning rider Liam Treadwell announces retirement

Liam Treadwell, famous for his Grand National victory aboard 100-1 outsider Mon Mome in 2009, has announced his retirement.

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Disko to miss Cheltenham Gold Cup due to stress fracture setback

Disko, as short as 16-1 for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, will not run in the race as he continues to recover from injury.

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Call Me Lord to put Champion credentials on line

Call Me Lord, likely to start a warm favourite for Saturday’s Grade 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton, has pleased connections since his impressive victory under top weight in a Sandown handicap last month and is ready to take the next step in his career.

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Coney Island all set for Ascot but Harty still has open mind about Gold Cup bid

Coney Island is not the finished article yet according to trainer Eddie Harty, who says the Ryanair Chase remains a realistic option at next month's Cheltenham Festival despite the fact he is as short as 8-1 for the Timico-backed Gold Cup.

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DWC Carnival Notes: Monday, February 12, 2018

One of the most impressive winners on last year’s Dubai World Cup card, Vivlos is aiming toward a defence of her title in the $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1).

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Seven go forward for Saturday's Ascot Chase

Ante-post favourite Top Notch heads seven five-day confirmations for the £150,000 G1 Betfair Ascot Chase, staged over two miles and five furlongs at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday, Betfair Ascot Chase Day.

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Cheltenham Festival: Five most backed horses from the weekend

Cheltenham Festival - Oddschecker's summary on the five most backed horses from the weekend

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Our Duke to put Gold Cup claims to the test in Red Mills Chase

Our Duke, a brilliant winner of the Irish Grand National and a Grade 1-winning novice last season, will be entered in Saturday’s Grade 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park before a planned tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Shergar Cup sensation Sammy Jo Bell announces the end of her riding career

Sammy Jo Bell, who looked on the verge of becoming a major Flat racing force when riding two winners as an apprentice at the 2015 Shergar Cup, has retired from the weighing room after admitting to dissatisfaction with her subsequent progress.

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Big brands could go head to head in radical team competition

A new brand of racing unique in concept and with a vision to attract blue-chip sponsorship from across the world could launch in Britain next year.

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Dennis pondering Final Nudge options ahead of weights' unveiling for Grand National

Trainer David Dennis is eyeing up his options for Final Nudge ahead of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, the weights for which are revealed on Tuesday.

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UPI Horse Racing Roundup

World Approval and Mind Your Biscuits probably stamped their passports for Dubai in weekend action as Kanthaka, Flameaway and A Different Style showed promise on the Kentucky Derby trail.

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Al Zahir takes Abu Dhabi's Group 1 HH The President Cup

Over 2200m and with a prize fund of AED2,500,000, the Group 1 HH The President Cup was the highlight at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, a contest very few of the 16 runners were able to get competitive in, during what looked quite a rough race for those held up in rear.

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Messara advises NZ industry to start again with a blank sheet

John Messara, the boss of Arrowfield Stud and former chairman of Racing NSW, says that if he was in charge of the New Zealand racing industry he would start the fix with a blank sheet of paper - questions the need for the very existence of NZRB - suggestd the structure under which NZ is governed is one he could never have worked in and it was ill-conceived all those years ago

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UK investigation into possible positive test for cobalt under way

BHA director of integrity and raceday operations Brant Dunshea has revealed the regulator is investigating a possible positive cobalt test in Britain.

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Fast-ground specialist Khalidi to make Winter Derby debut for Cox

Last year's King Edward VII and Gordon Stakes runner-up Khalidi is set to make his debut for Clive Cox in the Group 3 Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield a week on Saturday after pleasing the trainer and jockey Adam Kirby in a racecourse gallop there.

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