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Hennessy hero Smad Place retired due to injury

Smad Place, who gave Alan King one of his greatest moments as a trainer when landing the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2015, has been retired.

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Racing prepares to say goodbye as Criquette Head-Maarek saddles final runners

A glorious career will come to an end at what would ordinarily be a fairly low-key meeting at Chantilly on Thursday, though authorities are determined Criquette Head-Maarek should not be allowed to slip quietly away.

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Blaklion heads 105 entries for the Randox Health Grand National

Ante-post favourite Blaklion headlines 105 excellent entries for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14 - the 171st running - details of which are revealed on Wednesday.

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Row over rights blazes on as RMG and SIS try to douse flames

Representatives of Racecourse Media Group and SIS have attempted to douse the flames of the row that erupted on Tuesday between them and Arena Racing Company and which could cause a schism within British racing.

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Coney Island set to return to Berkshire as entries revealed for G1 Betfair Ascot Chase

Entries are revealed today for the £150,000 Betfair Ascot Chase, the richest Grade One (G1) contest of the Jumps season run at Ascot Racecourse, and staged in 2018 on Saturday, February 17, Betfair Ascot Chase Day.

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Al Sahem takes on Benbatl in Al Rashidiya

Thursday’s fourth Meydan Racecourse fixture of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival is undoubtedly the best so far, with not only a pair of Group 2 Thoroughbred turf features to savour, but also the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 on the dirt for the Purebred Arabians.

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NZTR welcomes proposed Government initiatves

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has welcomed the sentiments expressed by the Minister for Racing, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, when he opened the National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka this week.

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Unsettled forecast prompts inspections at Leicester and Down Royal

Wednesday's meetings at Leicester and Down Royal will have to survive morning inspections if they are to go ahead.

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No new takers for Buveur Sandown clash but Constable primed to run

Buveur D'Air is set to have at least one competitive rival when he returns to Sandown on Saturday with John Constable, last year's Swinton and Summer Hurdle winner, an intended starter.

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Pay cut for Dettori as Al Shaqab give star rider a new contract

Frankie Dettori has agreed a new retainer with Al Shaqab Racing for 2018 and accepted a pay cut to reflect a UK string that has reduced by a third from previous campaigns.

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Yorkhill given final chance to shine over fences

Deliver on Saturday or return to hurdling – that is the ultimatum Willie Mullins has given Yorkhill, who could make his last appearance over fences in the Coral Dublin Chase unless he performs up to expectations and enhances his Champion Chase credentials.

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Faugheen friendless in the betting as punters turn to stablemate Melon

Punters are not prepared to forgive Faugheen his Christmas flop and have turned to his stablemate Melon instead for Saturday's BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

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Female jockeys as good as males, suggests Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA study

The performance of female jockeys is equal with that of their male counterparts, suggests a study carried out through the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool.

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After pain of losing stars, Jones hopeful Mala Beach can bring Gold Cup joy

The pain of losing top-notch performers Mega Fortune and Zabana still lingers, but new dreams abound for prominent owner Chris Jones, who is plotting an ambitious plan to run Troytown Chase winner Mala Beach in the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday.

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Defi Du Seuil on course to clash with Faugheen in Irish Champion Hurdle

Last season's outstanding juvenile has not run since disappointing on his comeback at Ascot in late November, after which trainer Philip Hobbs reported the JP McManus-owned star produced scopes that "weren't quite right".

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Warwick confirmed for Saint Calvados as Whittington readies star for Arkle bid

Harry Whittington has confirmed Saint Calvados on course to have his Racing Post Arkle Trophy claims tested at Warwick next Saturday with the trainer expressing confidence about the exciting young chaser's ability to handle quicker conditions than he has experienced so far.

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No prize for Oscar again but Tizzard hoping spring ground will boost yard's form

The Colin Tizzard team is going back to the drawing board with faded star Finian's Oscar after his tame effort at Cheltenham on Saturday – and the yard remains confident its fortunes will improve when the winter mud gives way to drier spring ground.

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Buveur stays closer to home as Henderson prioritises festival defence

Nicky Henderson confirmed on Monday he will spurn the €150,000 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle with Buveur D'Air in favour of the £30,000 Betfred Contenders Hurdle at Sandown this weekend, arguing that six weeks before the festival is not the time to be travelling.

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Exciting mare Pearl Royale among 17 entries for Towton Novices' Chase

Wetherby Racecourse stages its annual Totepool Medieval Day this Saturday, February 3, with a seven-race card headlined by the £35,000 G2 totesport.com Towton Novices' Chase.

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Dascombe duo among excellent Fast-Track Qualifier entries for Lingfield Park

Lingfield Park hosts two Listed Fast-Track Qualifiers this Saturday, February 3, including the £45,000 Betway Winter Derby Trial, won last year by subsequent three-time G1 victor Decorated Knight.

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