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Gun Runner went out in a blaze of glory in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in the highlight of weekend racing while a pair of Group 1 races in Hong Kong turned up a candidate for Dubai and a three-year-old filly won the Sun Met in South Africa.

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Group 1 glory for D B Pin

D B Pin (Darci Brahma), a close relative to the unbeaten Karaka Million winner Avantage (Fastnet Rock), completed a wonderful weekend for that family and for Karaka graduates with victory in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

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Record turnover for Gulfstream Park's Pegasus World Cup meeting

Gulfstream Park registered an all-sources handle of US$41,983,881 on Saturday on its second Pegasus World Cup Day, highlighted when Horse of the Year Gun Runner won the US$16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 2½ lengths over West Coast.

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Northern raider Definitly paints Cheltenham red with gutsy success

Definitly Red is definitely Cheltenham Gold Cup bound after the raider from Yorkshire delivered another reminder that the north is a resurgent force in jumping.

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Woollacott in thoughts of 'heartbroken' Kelly after Agrapart success

An emotional Lizzy Kelly enjoyed more big-race success as she followed the lead of Bryony Frost earlier on the card to land the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle on Agrapart.

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Doha trip on cards for Dunlop flagbearer Robin Of Navan

Robin Of Navan, a regular in France who has also raced in Italy and Hong Kong, is set to head to Qatar for his next appearance.

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No easy task for Footpad at Leopardstown while Sceau Royal lays in wait

While owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede continue to have a season to remember in Britain and Ireland, they believe star performer Footpad faces a real test of his growing reputation in next Saturday's Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase.

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Nicholls may look to Grade 1s for Frodon and Frost after Cheltenham cruise

Paul Nicholls was not surprised to see Frodon produce a coming-of-age performance under Bryony Frost on Saturday when routing his rivals in a competitive Cheltenham handicap off top weight.

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Superstar show from Gun Runner in Pegasus World Cup

The mighty Gun Runner (Steve Asmussen/Florent Geroux) dismissed all-comers with an incredible performance to win the second running of the Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest race, at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

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Industry leaders warn of disaster for Irish breeders as Brexit looms

Brexit could lead to the destruction of the Irish bloodstock industry if a trade deal between Britain and the EU cannot be agreed.

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Van Niekerk lands Sun Met on Oh Susanna

Jockey of the moment Grant van Niekerk, given a few words of encouragement by Lester Piggott in the parade ring, won the biggest race of his career when delivering the Justin Snaith-trained 6-1 shot Oh Susanna well inside the final furlong of the Sun Met.

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Fresh hope for Douvan in Champion Chase as Ricci rates chances as 50-50

Rich Ricci on Saturday spoke of his increasing hopes that Douvan will line up at the Cheltenham Festival as he described his star chaser as a 50-50 chance to make an appearance.

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Definitly Red puts down Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup marker after BetBright Trial Cotswold victory

Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse today delivered great racing and notable success for two female jockeys - Bryony Frost and Lizzie Kelly.

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Al Ain treble for Richard Mullen

Champion Jockey, Richard Mullen, was the man to follow at Al Ain on Saturday evening, riding a treble, including landing the featured 1000m handicap, the final race of seven, on Extra Hope.

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Two Karaka Millions in a row for Team Te Akau

Last year it was Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), and 12 months later the tangerine colours of Te Akau have made it two in a row in the $1 million Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday - all the news from the meeting

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Racing this weekend

This week I feel like renaming this article “around the world in 80 furlongs” but then again maths never was my strong point, and the reality is we have a planet of top quality horse racing to look forward to on Saturday and I refuse to be tied to the UK and Ireland for once when the bigger stories are almost certainly coming in from elsewhere.

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Shammaal Nibras takes Jebel Ali Mile

Friday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, the biggest race of the entire Jebel Ali season, was fought out by the same two horses as in 2017 when Forjatt, who became the third dual winner of the 1600m feature last year, denied Shamaal Nibras by just over a length

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Toast Of New York bids for impossible $16m dream

Toast Of New York bids for the most unlikely of happy endings as trainer Jamie Osborne's resurrected seven-year-old takes on the cream of America's dirt specialists headed by newly crowned Horse of the Year Gun Runner in the world's richest race, the second running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

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Gun Runner America's Horse of the Year

Gun Runner may have been overlooked at this week's World's Best Racehorse ceremony but the Pegasus World Cup favourite gained an overwhelming victory at Thursday night's Eclipse Awards when he was named America's Horse of the Year.

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Kenilworth faces solidarity march in protest against Markus Jooste

Racegoers at South Africa’s richest race meeting on Saturday will be treated to the extraordinary sight of officials of the National Horseracing Authority (the equivalent of the Jockey Club) marching in solidarity with trade unions over the Markus Jooste situation

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