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Independence of starting prices appears to be hanging by a thread

Sun, 14/02/2021 - 02:30
The 150-year-old system of returning starting prices from racecourse betting rings could be quietly abandoned before the expected return of crowds – and bookmakers – to racecourses this year, the Observer can reveal.
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CCTV footage at courses made priority in wake of Viking Hoard case

Sat, 13/02/2021 - 02:30
Measures have been put forward to reinforce Irish racing's ongoing battle against doping with CCTV cameras set to be installed in stable yards at every racecourse across the country in the wake of the controversial and much-debated Viking Hoard case.
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Ghiani’s 3lb claim to give Tone The Barone the edge at Wolverhampton

Sat, 13/02/2021 - 02:30
The cold weather has struck again, and today’s big jumps meetings at Newbury and Warwick have been postponed. Even the all-weather meeting at Chelmsford has been abandoned because of, well, the weather.
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Discordantly to finally repay Jessica Harrington’s faith

Sat, 13/02/2021 - 02:30
The calm comes after the storm of the Dublin Racing Festival, but there are still plenty of Cheltenham clues on offer in the BBA Ireland Limited Listed Opera Hat Mares Chase (1.40) at Naas today with Elimay out to confirm her ticket to the Cotswolds.
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McGuinness has his sights set on Arabian gold

Fri, 12/02/2021 - 02:30
Ado McGuinness is excited at the prospect of running Harry’s Bar in the Saudi Arabian Airlines Riyadh Dirt Sprint next week.
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Magners pull-out leaves Gold Cup without a sponsor

Fri, 12/02/2021 - 02:30
Racing, already hit hard by eight months without racegoers, has suffered a further blow with the news that Magners, the Irish cider company that sponsored the past two Gold Cups at Cheltenham, has pulled out of backing this season’s race.
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Trainer Byrnes awaits appeal fate on six-month ban

Thu, 11/02/2021 - 02:30
Trainer Charles Byrnes is awaiting a verdict from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s (IHRB) appeals panel after contesting the decision to suspend his licence for six months and fine him €1,000.
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‘Gentleman’ to swerve Cheltenham but Morris says ‘Sam’ on cue for Stayers’ Hurdle bid

Wed, 10/02/2021 - 02:30
Mouse Morris insists it's "very unlikely" that Gentlemansgame will head to next month's Cheltenham Festival as he instead prioritises the "long-term" development of his exciting five-year-old.
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Gentlemansgame ‘very unlikely’ to run at Cheltenham but Sam’s Profile on track for Stayers’ Hurdle

Tue, 09/02/2021 - 15:16
Mouse Morris insists it's "very unlikely" that Gentlemansgame will head to next month's Cheltenham Festival as he instead prioritises the "long-term" development of his exciting five-year-old.
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'I'm trying to hit the treble 20 but I'm hitting the wire' - Paul Nolan hoping to rein in big hitters

Tue, 09/02/2021 - 02:30
The scale of the task facing trainers like Paul Nolan is painted clearly when the exasperated Wexford handler says “that’s three Grade Ones that he’s cost us” after the mighty Monkfish put Latest Exhibition to the sword at Leopardstown on Sunday.
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Ronald Pump heads straight to the Cheltenham Festival with sights set on Stayers’ crown

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 22:12
Ronald Pump will head straight to Cheltenham as Matthew Smith eyes Festival success with the eight-year-old bidding to go one better in the Stayers' Hurdle.
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‘Honey’ so sweet as Champion Hurdle bid  looms for wonder mare

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 02:30
It was up for debate whether Honeysuckle should go for next month's Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, but it looks like it's the only place for the brilliant mare to go now after a breathtaking display at Leopardstown on Saturday.
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Willie Mullins left singing ‘Danny Boy’ after stunning five-timer at Leopardstown

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 02:30
It doesn’t take long to run out of superlatives for the brilliance of Willie Mullins as the Closutton genius continues to trample across his own records with yesterday producing the latest landmark as he bagged a 5,841/1 five-timer at Leopardstown.
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‘I don't lay horses, I back horses’ – Charles Byrnes breaks silence on Viking Hoard case

Sun, 07/02/2021 - 18:09
Charles Byrnes has broken his silence on the controversial six-month ban which was handed down to him by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) with the Limerick trainer insisting that "we don't believe that we were any way negligent".
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Kemboy gallops to Irish Gold Cup glory

Sun, 07/02/2021 - 16:22
Kemboy made every yard of the running to win the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.
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Latest Exhibition guaranteed to produce thrilling Festival show

Sun, 07/02/2021 - 02:30
'Can you call back in ten minutes?" Paul Nolan and his staff are finishing off some maintenance work on his six-furlong wood-chip gallop. He also has a three-furlong circular sand gallop and January's jet-propelled deluge of rain has played havoc with the facilities.
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Honeysuckle goes back to back in Irish Champion Hurdle as Blackmore claims Leopardstown win

Sat, 06/02/2021 - 16:51
She needed to make a statement to confirm her place in next month's Champion Hurdle and Honeysuckle (10/11 favourite) didn't disappoint with a breathtaking display to land back-to-back Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdles at Leopardstown.
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I will be waiting to pounce on Sharjah but it’s hard not to be sweet on Honeysuckle

Sat, 06/02/2021 - 02:30
I’ve told Rachael Blackmore this is what she’ll hear after the last as Sharjah takes aim at the bullseye on her back:
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‘Delta’ to work the oracle and retain Irish Gold Cup crown at Leopardstown

Sat, 06/02/2021 - 02:30
It’s often said that form is temporary and class is permanent, and that logic may prove true in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup (3.40), with Delta Work tipped to secure successive wins in the €200,000 showpiece.
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Saint Roi can bounce back at Leopardstown to end Honeysuckle’s perfect run

Sat, 06/02/2021 - 02:30
The latest chapter in the remarkable story of Honeysuckle is the ideal starting point as a star-studded Dublin Racing Festival kicks off with four Grade One contests down for decision at Leopardstown today.
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