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An incredible week for Paul Nicholls as he sails past the half century of winners for the season

Despite a soggy end to the week at Sandown on Sunday, two winners before the meeting was abandoned after three races, saw Paul Nicholls accrue thirteen winners in just seven days. The twelve time Champion Trainer is just three titles away from matching Martin Pipe’s record of fifteen.

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Jump season opener at Sandown abandoned after just three races amid safety concerns

Today’s card at Sandown has been abandoned after an inspection determined that there were issues with access for vetinary and medical vehicles in some parts of the course. Despite passing an inspection earlier in the day, a further 25mm of rain prompted a further inspection after the third race. Despite…

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes may be more open than some might believe

The odds on Inspiral to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) at Ascot (3.20) on Saturday may be as short as Evens today but this is far from a one horse race. The John and Thady Gosden trained filly comes into the race off an excellent win in…

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William Haggas bids to become the first trainer to win back-to-back Rockingham Stakes at York today

With two geldings in the race today, William Haggas is going all-out to be the first back-to-back winning trainer of the Listed Rockingham Stakes, in the 2.05 at York today. The Rockingham Stakes is a tough one to win. Just a quick glance down the honours board for the race…

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Al Nafir wins the Old Rowley Cup handicap at Newmarket

The Old Rowley Cup was a real slog in the swirling wind and the outcome could have been anyone’s guess. First and second place went to Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Pat Dobbs will no doubt be delighted that his mount, Al Nafir was able to see this out off a…

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Oisin James Orr times his run on Midnight Mile to perfection to win the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket

Midnight Mile came from the back of the field to pip Lose Yourself by a head on the line in the 2.25 on the Rowley Mile. The fillies race proved at least as exciting as the meeting opener. Lose Yourself looked for a good while like she would see out…

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A bumper weekend of great juvenile action kicks off with victory for Rumstar in the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket

It’s a great weekend of action for the juvenile division, the feature of which will be Saturday’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. The action got underway at Newmarket with success for trainer Johnathan Portman in the 1:50 at on the Rowley Mile, as Rumstar pulled off a convincing win off…

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Laurel continues her improvement in Group 1 company at Newmarket

On the back of two novice wins over a mile, the John and Thady Gosden trained 3-year-old filly, Laurel, made an impressive step forward in finishing runner-up to Fonteyn in Grade 1 company for the first time at Newmarket today. Following up on a dominant display at Kempton Park 10…

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Adam Farragher, the young apprentice jockey, ‘rated highly’ by William Haggas

As Thunder Legend passes the post an impressive 5 1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, the shutter on my camera fires a dozen times and I have my photo. For 22-year-old apprentice jockey, Adam Farragher, today’s winner is a welcome tonic. In the 4.54 at Newmarket, on the 26th…

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Two Hertfordshire race fans take their love of racing to the next level

Dean and I have gone back and forth on Twitter for a couple of weeks. I’ve liked a few of his Twitter posts about the Hasmonean Racing syndicate and followed one of his horses at Kempton Park for an article on final2furlongs.com. The syndicate has caught my eye and I’m keen to find out more.

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Brighton Races Rock!

My first visit to Brighton Racecourse for an afternoon race meeting is delightful and further proof that you don’t need a card full of Group 1 and Listed Races to put on a great day’s racing. I reflect on a fine afternoon by the seaside.

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Andaleep scores hat-trick victory, despite being hit hard in the ratings.

Andaleep (IRE) has been given a +10 lb increase in the ratings following back to back Class 5 wins at Windsor (7th August) and Beverley (10th August).

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Three-year-old Vega Sicilia catches the eye in Novice Stakes at Kempton Park

15/8 favourite, Forest Demon, came from the back of the field to win by a neck in The Nursery Handicap Stakes, over 7 furlongs at Kempton today. The 2-year-old Irish raider has raced three times before today and has made little impact in stakes races.

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Eve Johnson Houghton lands The BetVictor Hungerford Stakes with Jumby

Eve Johnson Houghton claimed the 3.35 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury today with her four-year-old colt, Jumby. Despite placing in the Wokingham at Ascot and the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, Jumby was sent off at 9-1, which would prove to be a remarkable price.

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Forest Demon makes light work of the field in 5.05 at Kempton Park

15/8 favourite, Forest Demon, came from the back of the field to win by a neck in The Nursery Handicap Stakes, over 7 furlongs at Kempton today. The 2-year-old Irish raider has raced three times before today and has made little impact in stakes races.

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No mercy for Cobra Kai after four and three quarter length Ayr victory

Cobra Kai has been issued with a +10 lb increase in the ratings following his easy victory at Ayr on Thursday. Keith Dalgleish’s smart 2019 gelding made all over the seven furlong trip.

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Miss Attitude clouted with eight pound rating increase after convincing Sandown victory

Mick Channon’s 2-year-old maiden winner, Miss Attitude, was given a penalty of +8 pounds after a surprise win last Thursday at Sandown in The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 4). Romping home at 16/1, Charlie Bishop’s mount certainly caught the eye of the BHA ratings team who have increase her mark to 79 from 71.

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Mick Channon improver, Miss Attitude, shows the boys how it is done in 2-year-old maiden stakes at Sandown yesterday

Miss Attitude made all in a scintillating sprint on the straight track at Sandown on Thursday. Looking fitter than fifteen days beforehand, when she had returned after a break for a wind operation, she looked excellent in the paddock. Towering over the smaller sprinters in the paddock, she looked a little out of place: like a middle distance filly who had been entered in the wrong race. But not all great sprinters are built the same.

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Talented trainer, Amy Murphy, secures double ‘black-type’ at Deauville

Amy Murphy recorded two Group 3 placings at Deauville on Tuesday to secure ‘black type’ for two of her two-year-olds in training, Ipanema Princess and Manhattan Jungle.

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Brilliant Caius Chorister takes another step forward in David Menuisier training masterclass

Caius Chorister extended her winning streak to five with a convincing victory in the Oliver Brown Handicap at Goodwood on Friday. The three-year-old filly has continued to progress at an extraordinary rate, baffling the trainer and the British Horseracing Association handicapping team in equal measure.

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