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Talking Horses: Debece can get the jump on rivals in Doncaster test

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Unusually fast ground for the time of year has left several races on Trials day at Cheltenham with only five or six just runners, so the 17-strong Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster is likely to feature prominently in most be...

Talking Horses: Dunne lodges appeal against 18-month ban for bullying Frost

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Robbie Dunne, who was banned from riding for 18 months in December after being found to have engaged in a campaign of bullying and harassment against fellow rider Bryony Frost, has lodged an appeal against both the fi...

Talking Horses: Energumene and Shishkin can stage a race for the ages

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There is so much that could go wrong even between Monday morning and Saturday that it feels reckless to suggest it, but it is increasingly likely that the Clarence House Chase at Ascot this weekend could be that rares...

Talking Horses: Up For Parol can get backers out of jail in Lanzarote Hurdle

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The 66-1 success of Boreham Bill in last season’s Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park was a skinner for the bookies but this has been a good race for the punters overall since the trip was extended in 2007, with lightly ...

Talking Horses: Slick-jumping West Balboa value wager in Challow Hurdle

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The Challow Hurdle at Newbury has a fine record of pinpointing future chasing stars, with past winners including Denman, Champ, Taquin Du Seuil and Sunday’s Kempton winner, Bravesmansgame, all going on to land Grade O...

Talking Horses: Rachael Blackmore can take centre stage on A Plus Tard

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The last three winners of the Grade One Savills Chase – A Plus Tard, Kemboy and Delta Work – are all in the hunt for a second success at Leopardstown on Tuesday, but there is no doubt where the punters will be placing...

Talking Horses: Deise Aba can grab Welsh National glory for Hobbs

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Four of the last five winners of the Welsh Grand National are back for another crack at the race on Monday, including Native River, the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who will attempt to repeat his memorable success...

Talking Horses: Asterion Forlonge can grab King George prize for Irish

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Six of the nine runners for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day have at least one Grade One win to their name already and five are expected to start single-figure odds, so the 2021 running of Kempton Park’s showpie...

Talking Horses 2021 review: brilliant Blackmore shines in year of scandals

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As recently as 2005, less than a year after saddling his fourth Grand National winner, the late trainer Ginger McCain, of Red Rum fame, made a confident prediction that a female jockey would never win the world’s most...

Talking Horses: Jonbon all the rage for Cheltenham Festival after Ascot romp

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JP McManus’s £570,000 gamble on Jonbon after his win in an Irish point-to-point last November looks increasingly like a copper-bottomed investment after five-year-old extended his unbeaten record under Rules to three ...

Talking Horses: Weighing room culture allowed Dunne bullying of Frost to go unchallenged

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Nearly three days on from its astonishingly ill-judged response to the finding that Robbie Dunne had bullied and harassed his fellow rider Bryony Frost over seven months in 2020, the Professional Jockeys’ Association ...

Talking Horses: Diesel D’Allier can shine in Crystal Cup at Cheltenham

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The Glenfarclas Crystal Cup over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham on Friday is a virtual re-run of the contest over the same course at the November meeting, albeit with a few minor adjustments to the weights, as...

Talking Horses: Tylicky’s £6m claim has wider implications for racing

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While the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel considered whether Robbie Dunne had subjected fellow rider Bryony Frost to a lengthy campaign of bullying and harassment last week, the life-changing impact...

Talking Horses: Chacun can repay punters’ faith in Tingle Creek

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Chacun Pour Soi carried untold millions of pounds to defeat on his only previous start in Britain at Cheltenham in March, and the painful memory of that disappointment may still be a little fresh for some punters as W...

Too hot for horses: Melbourne set to ban horse-drawn carriages in CBD over animal cruelty concerns

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Horse-drawn carriages are set to be banned from Melbourne’s busy inner city streets partly because the CBD is now too hot for the animals in summer. Carriages would not be permitted on public roads in the CBD area bou...

Talking Horses: Remastered ready to make most of Newbury softening up

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Storm Arwen is expected to deposit the most significant rainfall for several weeks on Newbury racecourse before the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase on Saturday, which adds an extra layer of uncertainty to the task of sifting a...

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