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A crushing fall, defining duel and a Domino's pizza: How Rachael Blackmore earned her slice of Heaven

Sat, 18/04/2020 - 02:30
Rachael Blackmore enters the weigh-room just after noon and walks into the ladies area, which is empty. No chats with Bryony Frost, no polite craic with Bridget Andrews. Lizzie Kelly pops in with her usual bombast but she is working on the radio today. Lisa O'Neill rides in the last race and won't be in until much later. Blackmore throws her gear bag under Nina Carberry's old seat. Dabiroun, Nina's "Fred Winter" winner of 2005, is inscribed on the wall above her peg in fading black marker.
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Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas in August attracts a record 563 entries

Wed, 15/04/2020 - 14:51
An Irish record of 563 entries have been made for the inaugural renewal of the Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas in August, prompting Horse Racing Ireland to consider increasing prize money and staging a consolation race.
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Saudi Cup mired in controversy as prize money is withheld

Tue, 14/04/2020 - 02:30
The world's richest race has been mired in further controversy after the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) withheld prize money for the €18.3 million Saudi Cup following the indictment of trainer Jason Servis in America last month.
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Racing's critics conveniently ignore real McCoy in rush to whip up feeding frenzy

Tue, 14/04/2020 - 02:30
In the absence of real sport, the familiar whine of baiting horse racing shows little sign of abating.
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'Don't twist my words' - AP McCoy says he was misquoted over comments on Cheltenham and Covid-19

Mon, 13/04/2020 - 15:14
AP McCoy has insisted he was misquoted over comments he made when talking about the staging of the Cheltenham festival during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Coronavirus: AP McCoy says 'a lot of lives were lost' because Cheltenham Festival went ahead

Mon, 13/04/2020 - 14:17
Champion jockey AP McCoy has said 'lives have been lost' after the Cheltenham Festival was allowed to go ahead this year.
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Grand National and Gold Cup glory, beating cancer and surviving lockdown - the amazing story of Jenny Pitman

Fri, 10/04/2020 - 17:40
AFTER eventually agreeing a suitable time to call and knowing that my number was incoming, Jenny Pitman answers the phone with "Hello, Psychiatric Care Unit, can I help you?" to show that she hasn't lost any of her sparkle.
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'Tiger' silks up for auction

Thu, 09/04/2020 - 02:30
Racing fans can get their hands on equine history with Gold Cup and Grand National-winning silks on offer as part of an auction to support the Feed The Heroes initiative during the coronavirus crisis.
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Guineas and Epsom Derby deferred but Royal Ascot remain hopeful

Wed, 08/04/2020 - 02:30
The British Flat racing calendar will receive a radical facelift as a result of the coronavirus crisis with the Derby and Guineas meetings postponed until later in the season, while Royal Ascot will be held behind closed doors if given the green light.
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'Nobody can bomb the British out of their national instincts' - The race that defied the IRA

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 20:15
In a new series, Independent.ie goes through the archives to bring you the hot topics of years gone by. First up is the 1997 Grand National which was ran on Monday, April 7, two days after an IRA bomb scare halted the original race. Here is how events were recorded in the Irish Independent.
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Royal Ascot to take place behind closed doors in June - if if goes ahead at all

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 17:45
Royal Ascot will take place behind closed doors this season, if it goes ahead as planned in June.
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First four Classics of British flat racing season postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 16:39
The first four Classics of the 2020 Flat season in Britain will be pushed back until later in the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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30 for 30, Part One - the 1990s: Italia '90, the Dublin v Meath epic, Carruth's Olympic gold, Wexford's rebirth and Kerr's Kids

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 11:50
Imagine Italia '90 as the Big Bang – the detonation that gave birth to the modern universe of Irish sport.
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'Hopefully, I can try to better it next year' - Jonjo O'Neill Jr eyes more improvement after stellar season

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 10:57
Jonjo O'Neill Jr is determined to keep improving after a breakthrough year that has seen him leap to the top of the conditional ranks.
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Virtual Grand National raises almost €3m for NHS charities

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 19:25
Bookmakers are to donate over £2.6million (€2.95m) to NHS charities from profits on the Virtual Grand National, as it was revealed almost five million people tuned in to watch the race on Saturday afternoon.
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Guineas would be rare casualty of crisis times

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
Should the 2,000 Guineas, which is due to be run at Newmarket next month, go the way of the Grand National and be postponed, it would become just the second Classic not to be held since 1814. That remarkable statistic is due to the fact that racing, while not exactly flourishing and with intermittent stoppages, kept going through both world wars.
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Everything on the back burner

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 17:00
Wednesday's announcement that Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) was formally drawing a curtain on the National Hunt racing season surprised no one in the wake of stricter restrictions being put in place as the battle with Covid-19 intensified.
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The Aintree Grand National that proved to be jockey John White's darkest day

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:30
Sportspeople often toil their whole career without reaching the pinnacle but the difference between jockey John White and his namesake Jimmy, the perennial snooker bridesmaid, is that he had that elusive taste of success, albeit briefly, only to have it prised from his grasp just as quickly.
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'Tiger' could roar in Virtual National

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 02:30
Tiger Roll will have to wait 12 months to have his shot at Aintree immortality and a third Grand National in succession but Gordon Elliott's loveable 10-year-old has a chance to be a virtual hero today.
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'The greatest 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds of my life' - how it feels to win the National

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 14:00
Until about two weeks ago, when we all stopped meeting people, there had probably not been a single day in the past 30 years, home or abroad, when someone had not mentioned the 1990 Grand National to me.
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