Stars stand their ground for QIPCO British Champions Day

Europe's leading middle-distance performers, sprinnters and stayers remain in contention for the QIPCO Champion Stakes after the latest forfeit stage for the race passed today The feature QIPCO Champion Stakes, the richest mile and a quarter race in Europe, could see last year's winner Fascinating Rock face off against emphatic Irish...

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Relentless Crowley extends his lead to Four

The race to be Stobart Flat Champion Jockey took another turn yesterday as challenger to the crown, Jim Crowley, extended his lead to four winners over Silvestre De Sousa.

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Watch Michael Owen reveal his best #FlyingFrankie

Former England Striker and avid Horse Racing fan Michael Owen has wasted no time in getting involved in the Frankie Dettori Magnificent Seven celebrations! With five days until the anniversary, the BT Sport pundit and Royal Ascot-winning owner wants to see you replicate Frankie's trademark dismount now.

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Watch DJ Sara Cox get involved with #FLYINGFRANKIE

Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox has paid tribute to Frankie Dettori's magnificent seven by showing us she's also a pretty dab hand at a Flying Dismount! With under a week to go until the anniversary, the broadcasting heroine wants to see you replicate Frankie's world famous flying dismount to be in...

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Crowley hits the hundred mark

Jim Crowley has ridden his 100th winner of this year’s Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship aboard the Paul Cole-trained Upstaging at Brighton races today in the Follow Us On Twitter @StarSports_Bet Handicap (4. 30pm). He followed up the landmark victory in the following race (5.

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Apprentice title race fit to take centre stage.

The Stobart Apprentice Jockeys' Championship is shaping up to be just as thrilling a race to the finish line at QIPCO British Champions Day. Five future stars are set to stake their claim to the coveted apprentice title.

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Striking racing silks set for online auction

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced plans to release six sets of never-before-used racing colours to be sold through an online auction from today.

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Crowley at the double in #JockeyChamps shake up

The weekend saw another thrilling shake up the Stobart Flat Jockeys' Championship with both Jim Crowley and Silvestre De Sousa travelling up and down the country as they grappled for the lead.


Jim Crowley Against All Odds

2016 has undoubtedly been the ultimate year of the underdog and it only seems fitting that horse racing should add another ‘against the odds’ story to an already impressive list.

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Racing - The perfect bank holiday weekend activity for kids!

Running out of things to do with the kids during the summer holidays? With the bank holiday fast approaching and that repetitive whining voice in your ear – “I’m bored” – you may begin to despair. Don’t fear we have the perfect solution for you.

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#Jockeychamps - Jim Crowley swoops into contention for flat jockey title

Leading jockey Jim Crowley promised to make a fist of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championships two-weeks-ago and he certainly wasn’t lying! In the fortnight since announcing that he’d made the decision to “give it a real go this year”, the former jump jockey has ridden a punchy 16 winners from 83...

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Frankie Dettori reaches 3000 career wins

Frankie Dettori, Britain’s most famous jockey, rode a double at Newmarket racecourse On Saturday evening to bring up his historic 3000th British winner.

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Jim Crowley Going For Gold in the #JockeyChamps

Former Jump Jockey Jim Crowley has set his eyes on winning his first Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship[sitetree_link,id=164] this year, after an outstanding first half of the season has left him firmly rooted in the top 5 of the table.

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#Jockeychamps - Heroes hit the half-century mark

As we enter the second half of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship, three jockeys have pulled clear of the chasing pack to stamp their claims on the title – reigning champion Silvestre De Sousa (60 winners), Ryan Moore (57 winners) and James Doyle (57 winners).

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Beginner's Guide to the Shergar Cup

The ultimate team event, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, returns to Ascot for the 16th time this Saturday! The hugely popular meeting has stamped itself as a highlight in the racing calendar for punters over the year's, having originally been created to replicate a Ryder cup-style team competition.

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Record 256 entries announced for QIPCO British Champions Day

A record 256 entries have been confirmed for Britain’s richest raceday - QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday October 15th. The £4. 2m prize fund has drawn in runners from across the globe; with the entries boasting winners of a mouth-watering 79 Group One races and 15 Classics.


Yorkshire's Finest - Racing's big five.

To celebrate Yorkshire Day this year we have put together five figures within racing who all hail from the God’s Own County. *George Duffield* First up is retired Flat jockey George Duffield MBE.

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Revered Jockey JT McNamara dies at the age of 41

Today, the racing world has awoken to the sad news of the loss of John Thomas McNamara. Following a life changing fall at the 2013 Cheltenham festival JT was left paralysed from the neck down. He passed away peacefully at his home in Co. Limerick.

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What makes Goodwood Glorious

Famously described by King Edward VII as "a garden party with racing tacked on", since 1802 Glorious Goodwood has been a highlight of the summer social calendar. We list of six big reasons as to why Goodwood never fails to be a Glorious week of the year.

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A beginner's guide to the Magnolia Cup

*What is it?* The Magnolia Cup is a charity race ran over five and a half furlongs, which is equivalent to the length of over 12 football pitches, at the picturesque Goodwood racecourse.

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#JockeyChamps - Dougie Costello on his love of Yorkshire life.

To celebrate Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, we caught up with locally-based jockey Dougie Costello who filled us in on just why he's loving life up North.  "This week is the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, which means there’s some fantastic racing right on my doorstep.

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Design Frankie Dettori's Jockey Silks

To celebrate the start of the Summer Holidays and their 350th anniversary, Newmarket Racecourse are looking for budding young artists to design a Jockey Silk to commemorate the big occasion.

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Sigala all set to headline Flat Season finale

Chart-topping British artist Sigala will hit the decks and bring the flat racing season to an explosive close on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday October 15th. The DJ and producer is set to treat racegoers to an exclusive set on the UK’s richest raceday.

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#JockeyChamps - PJ McDonald targets big week ahead

With the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival in full swing, we caught up with leading Yorkshire-based jockey PJ McDonald to get his thoughts on what makes riding in God's Own Country at this time of the year so special.

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Meet your heroes at the races

One of the joys of racing is that everyone and anyone can mingle with the giants of the sport at the track. There's no need for a VIP pass or special backstage access, all you and the kids need is a pen and paper and you're onto a winner.

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VIDEO: Sara Cox gets excited for British Champions Day

Ahead of DJ-ing at this year’s flat racing season finale, QIPCO British Champions Day, at Ascot racecourse on Saturday 15th October, BBC Radio 2 DJ and presenter Sara Cox has shared what she loves about going to the races.

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Newmarket Town Plate: Everything You Need To Know

The Moet & Chandon July Festival gets underway tomorrow (Thursday 7th July) at the Newmarket July course, but ahead of racing the oldest race in the country will be hotly-contested. *What is it?* The Newmarket Town Plate is a historic horse race run in Newmarket every year.

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Kieren Fallon: A timeline

*One of the greatest jockeys in recent eras, Kieren Fallon, hung up his saddle yesterday, aged 51.


Fans pay tribute to 'genius' Fallon

Kieren Fallon was a jockey tailored for the limelight. Today, he hung up his saddle after a glittering career, comprising of six Jockeys' Championships, 16 Classic wins and numerous high-profile relationships with some of the most powerful stables in the sport.

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Pat Cosgrave unveils his Jockey Diet

The final man to unveil his secrets for staying saddle ready is former Champion Apprentice in Ireland and Group One winning rider Pat Cosgrave. Pat, who served his apprenticeship partially under Aidan O'Brien's masterful eye, is now best known as number one jockey to Derby winning trainer William Haggas.

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Eight fun things to do on a racecourse

*1. Go to the pre-parade ring* Often a little quieter than the main parade ring, it allows you to have a really good look at the horses up close without their saddle on.

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Weight loss secrets of the weighing room - Jim Crowley

In their constant battle with the scales, you’d be hard pushed to find any elite sportsmen that watch what they eat as much as a professional flat jockey. With some riders able to saddle up at the flyweight limit of eight stone, there isn’t much room for indulgence.

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Train like a beast: The horse diet

Eat, Sleep, Train, Repeat: Bred for success and trained to win, the life of a racehorse can easily be compared that of an elite Olympic Athlete.

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De Sousa ban opens up the Championship title race

The race for the Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship took a fascinating turn today after reigning champion and current leader Silvestre De Sousa was given a sizeable 12-day ban by the BHA under its totting-up procedures for repeated whip infringements.

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How to picnic perfectly at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is the perfect occasion to dust off your silver platters, starch your linen tablecloths and sip your finest champagne. It’s also the ideal event to pack a few sandwiches, grab a blanket and set up camp on the lawn next to the track.

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Your guide to Royal Ascot 2016

Royal Ascot 2016 To download a full set of Royal Ascot images, please click here. All photos courtesy of Racingfotos. com and must be credited DATE: Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June LOCATION: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire SL5 7JX IN A NUTSHELL: Royal Ascot has been running for more than 300 years.

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Top 5 recent Royal Ascot moments

With Royal Ascot just around the corner, we have taken a look back at our five favourite recent performances at the Royal meeting to get you in the mood ahead of the 2016 festival. In descending order, we name our favourite successes at the Berkshire track. 5.

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A Derby for (all) the ages

Whilst the stipulations of the race mean that all the horses in this year’s Investec Derby will be three-year-olds, there will be a wide variety of ages and nationalities on display amongst the jockeys riding them.

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The Investec Derby in numbers

There is only one Investec Derby. Here, we take a look in detail at the numbers that have helped to make the contest the prestigious race that it is. *2/9* - The shortest-priced of 18 odds-on Derby winners was Ladas at 2/9 in 1894.

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#NotKidding Activity Pack

Entertaining your kids at home can be a tricky business, thankfully at the racecourse life is so much easier. To show your kids there's fun to be had outside of the TV and smartphone, we've put our thinking caps on and come up with a few great games.

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VIDEO: Royal Shetland Pony Race

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, 6 mini versions of her best champions lined up for the Royal Shetland Race at Royal Windsor. (Footage courtesy of At The Races)


Royal Shetland Race to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday

Photo credit: Caroline Palmer Photography Ahead of the official celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday next week at Windsor Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse is hosting its own Royal Shetland Race in honour of Her Majesty on Monday 9 May at 4:10pm.

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Win tickets to see Will Young at Doncaster Racecourse

With the Flat season now underway, we thought we’d treat you to a little something as the summer sunshine heads our way. On Saturday 14 May after racing at Doncaster, Pop Idol winner and chart-topping artist Will Young will be entertaining crowds with his greatest hits.

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The Queen at 90: Our top 5 champions owned by The Queen

Already the longest-reigning monarch in British history, we celebrate The Queen's love of horses and horseracing on her 90th birthday. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has overseen the English national team winning the World Cup, a man landing on the moon and the emergence of the internet.

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Champion Jockeys of yesteryear

In any sport, being crowned champion is THE most important thing for any elite athlete. Their careers are about the pursuit of the ultimate title; recognition that you are the best.

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New Stobart Champion Jump Jockey Trophy unveiled

The new Champion Jump Jockey Trophy, which will be presented to the 2015/16 Stobart Champion Jump Jockey, Richard Johnson at Sandown Park on Saturday, was unveiled earlier this evening at Asprey of London.

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Five Outrageous Grand National Upsets

With its marathon course, huge fences and massive field, the Grand National is by a distance the most thrilling race in the sporting calendar. These testing elements combined with the cauldron like atmosphere generated by the huge Aintree crowd have helped provide some huge upsets over the years.

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Timeform runner-by-runner guide to the Grand National

World-renowned form experts Timeform take you through each runner for this year's Crabbie's Grand National. Â *Many Clouds* (Oliver Sherwood) Heroic effort when winning race last year (travelled smoothly, jumped well) and second to subsequent Gold Cup third Don Poli in listed race here (conc.

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2016 Crabbie's Grand National horse selector

Feeling lucky? If you're struggling to pick your horse for the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree, let us help you out. Just tap or click our tool twice below and you could be on your way to National glory!


The Grand National A-Z

*Aintree*. Just outside of Liverpool, is the home to one of the most famous racecourses which hosts the ‘World’s greatest steeplechase’. Also A P McCoy.

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How Grand National hero Red Rum became the People’s Horse

The 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National could be one of those rare sporting moments. Not since the legendary Red Rum in 1974 has a horse managed to win back-to-back renewals of Aintree’s marathon, a success that jet-propelled the race and the Donald McCain-trained star into the public limelight.

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Win a pair of 2016 Grand National tickets

With spring racing in full swing we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of Tattersalls Enclosure tickets to the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 9 April! For your chance to win, enter our competition below and you could potentially witness Many Clouds making racing history by...

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Sweepstake

Enjoy the thrill of the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup by organising your own sweepstake with family, friends and colleagues! It's simple to take part, so get involved by following these simple steps.

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2016 Cheltenham Festival: Day-by-day guide

*Day 1 – Champion Day* After 12 months of twiddling your thumbs, The Festival is back and Champion Day is a fitting way to start proceedings with seven nail-biting races to enjoy.

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Stars galore set to light up 2016 BetBright Cup

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival will see the return of the age-old rivalry at Prestbury Park between Great Britain and Ireland in the BetBright Cup. Since becoming an official prize in 2014, the BetBright Cup has been only won by Great Britain, despite Willie Mullins’ dominance at the Festival.

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7 March – 5 things we learned from the weekend

With the late abandonment of Kelso, plans are up in the air for Crabbie’s Grand National favourite Many Clouds. We dissect the action from the weekend to pick out the five things we learned.

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Get 20% off your 2016 Champions Day tickets

As we get even closer to the start of the British Flat season, our friends at British Champions Series thought they would brighten up your spirits with an offer to set your heart racing.

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29 February – 5 things we learned from the weekend

The Cheltenham Festival is now just over two weeks away and this weekend is likely to prove to be the last chance we will get to see Festival clues on offer. We take a gander at the moments that mattered up and down the country.

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26 February - 5 talking points ahead of this weekend

Kempton Park and Chepstow could unearth some stars for the not so distant future. With the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National not far off, we take a look at the points you are likely to be talking about over the weekend.

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VIDEO: The Inside Track with Aidan Coleman

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - unless you're doing an Inside Track. We take a drive with top Stobart Jump Jockeys' Championship rider AIDAN COLEMAN to find out more.

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22 February - 5 things we learned from the weekend

This weekend we learned that Kerry Lee is a force to be reckoned with now - and even more so in the future – as well as seeing Silviniaco Conti back to his brilliant best just ahead of Aintree.

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19 February – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

This weekend could potentially throw up a horse that can stake a claim to be Ryanair Chase champion at the Cheltenham Festival. With top-class action coming from Ascot, Haydock Park and Wincanton, we sieve through to find the key talking points.

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15 February - 5 talking points from the weekend

This weekend revealed some last minute clues for not just that big festival taking place in March – you know the one - but also for the Grand National at the end of the season.

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VIDEO: Catching up with Al Kazeem

A comeback king! Our friends at the British Champions Series went to visit Flat racing superstar Al Kazeem ahead of the start of the new breeding season on Valentine's Day to see how he is getting on in his new surroundings.

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8 February – 5 talking points from the weekend

A few bubbles were burst this weekend with just over five weeks to go until the Cheltenham Festival. Here is what we learned from the racing action at Sandown Park, Musselburgh and further afield.

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1 February – 5 things we learned from the weekend

It was a weekend packed full of Cheltenham Festival and Grand National clues across the Britain Isles. We dissect the action and reveal the five things to take note of from Cheltenham, Doncaster and further afield.

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29 January – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

It’s a big weekend of racing action across the country, with the likes of Cheltenham and Doncaster hosting a card full of future stars. We delve a little deeper to suss out the Festival clues on offer and see what is likely to dominate the headlines.


VIDEO: The Inside Track with Lizzie Kelly

Singing Justin Bieber on the X-Factor, naming and shaming the Weighing Room's worst dressed jockey and winning aboard Tea For Two - we get the Inside Track from history-making #JockeyChamps rider Lizzie Kelly.

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18 January – 5 things we learned from the weekend

The Willie Mullins machine continued to dominate proceedings this weekend – as expected. With an amazing sit from Ruby Walsh to Kerry Lee confirming she could be a brilliant addition to the training ranks, we take a look at the five things we learned this weekend.

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Racing attendances in 2015 top six million

The Racecourse Association has announced that attendances across Britain’s racecourses rose by 5. 3% in 2015 to exceed the six million mark for the first time since 2011. Total attendances across Britain’s 59 racecourses reached 6,129,433 in 2015, which was 309,463 more than 2014.

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15 January - 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Willie Mullins sends a number of contenders over to Britain for Warwick this weekend to test their mettle ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. Here, we take a look at the talking points likely to dominate the racing pages. *Are Open Eagle and Thomas Hobson Neptune stars?* You guessed it.

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8 January – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s racing action, we delve into the stories and talking points you are most likely to hear. From long distance stars hoping for Welsh Grand National glory to superstars looking to reaffirm their stardom across the Irish Sea, here are our five talking points.

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Beat the January Blues!

Don’t let the grey skies of January bring you down after the Christmas period. There is plenty of racing action on this month as we gear up for the Jumps season finales at Cheltenham and Aintree.

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Tony McCoy honoured with knighthood

AP McCoy, the most successful Jumps jockey of all time, has been honoured in the New Year's Honours list with a Knighthood. The 41-year-old officially retired at the end of April when he brought the curtain down on a spectacular 23-year National Hunt career.

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Corporate events and team building activities at the races

Many people get their racing fix from a day’s corporate hospitality with a variety of corporate events and team building activities on offer, and it is easy to see why. A day at the races provides a relaxed setting, allowing business chat to flow but not dominate proceedings.

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A date at the races

Looking for love? Then look no further than a racecourse near you for all your date ideas! If you want to bag yourself a glamorous girl or a dashing gent - head to the races to find your hottie.

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The ultimate girls night out/ boys night out

With summer sun here, it’s time to embrace the extra daylight hours and warmer evenings, and what better way to do so than by enjoying a great girls night out or boys night out at one of the many music nights taking place at racecourses across the country.

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Enjoy a free day out to visit racing’s stars at home

Ever wondered what the life of a racehorse is really like? Britain’s best racehorse trainers are opening their doors to allow the public to see what it takes to get a racehorse in prime condition for the races - and it’s one of many free days out in racing for...

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Win tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot 2016

Royal Ascot – quintessentially British fashion twinned with pulsating racing action. It may seem a long time to wait, but in six months’ time you could be basking in the glorious Berkshire sunshine watching the best horses in the world compete on Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot.

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Our top 5 2015 Christmas talking points

While everyone gears up for Christmas Day, racing fans are gaging themselves for the beginning of top-class racing action! Here we take a look at the ten talking points likely to dominate the racing headlines during the festive period.

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Win tickets to the 2016 Grand National

The winter weather is here for Christmas and the Jumps season is well underway. In our Christmas countdown, we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of Tattersalls Enclosure tickets to the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 9 April.

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11 December – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

This weekend the racing action returns to Cheltenham, where more trials for future Cheltenham Festival stars are set to take place. There is also racing in Asia with some of Britain’s flat stars staking a claim for final Group 1 glory of 2015.

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Ian Popham voted November Stobart Jockey of the Month

Ian Popham has been voted the November Stobart Jockey of the Month by the public. Popham, the son of a Taunton beef farmer, fended off competition from his two shortlisted rivals for the coveted award – current Championship leader Richard Johnson and Gavin Sheehan.

The jockeys' healthy Christmas dinner

This Christmas why not eat a tad healthier than normal? We partnered up with Masterchef champion Simon Wood to come up with a healthy Christmas dinner alternative that even our jockeys can enjoy! * 1 * 2 Jockeys-Healthy-Christmas-Dinner. pdf[assets/Uploads/Jockeys-Healthy-Christmas-Dinner. pdf]

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4 December – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

There is plenty to look forward to this weekend from around the tracks. With two-mile chasing stars hoping to cement their Queen Mother Champion Chase credentials to hopefuls taking on the Grand National fences again at Aintree.

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Tingle Creek champions from yesteryear

The Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park is synonymous with the superstars of the two-mile chasing division. Some of the greats have been victorious at the Surrey-based track down the years. Here, we take a look at some of our favourites.

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20 November – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Paul Nicholls bidding for a seventh success in the Betfair Chase and the return of the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite at Ascot. Ahead of the racing action this weekend, we profile our top five talking points.

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The Inside Track: Tom Scudamore

Benny and the Moon Goons, a hugely embarrassing moment with his wife's uncle and aiming to be Stobart Champion Jockey. We get the Inside Track with top Stobart Jockeys' Championship rider, Tom Scudamore.

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Five of the best: Our Paddy Power Gold Cup favourites

It isn’t until the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham that the excitement of the National Hunt campaign really gains momentum. Ahead of the Prestbury Park contest, we take a look at the superstars to have won the race.

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6 November – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

We say goodbye to a rider who has helped to forge a path for women to succeed in the sport and the Jumps’ stars are back in action. Here, we take a look at the talking points ahead of this weekend’s racing action.


Our top 3 Lester Piggott stars

Today marks the 80th birthday of arguably the greatest jockey to have ever lived. To celebrate Lester hitting the big 8-0, we thought we’d profile our top three favourite superstars that he rode.

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WATCH: Being AP film trailer

Like you've never seen him before. To whet your appetite ahead of the release of Being AP - a documentary about 20-time Champion jockey AP McCoy's final days in the saddle - why not take a sneaky peak at the film trailer below.

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30 October – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s action, we take a look at the headlines that could be set to dominate the racing pages. With future Cheltenham Festival stars in action and with Flat heroes bowing out in America, here are our five talking points ahead of the weekend.

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23 October – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s action, we take a look at the headlines that could be set to dominate the racing pages. With a potential Derby champion on show in the Racing Post trophy and Jumps racing returning at Cheltenham, here are our 5 talking points ahead of the weekend.

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2015/ 2016 - Our top 5 Jumps horses to follow

The autumn weather has well and truly set in, which means that we must be close to the start of the Jumps! To help get you a little excited, we’ve put together a list of 5 horses for you to keep an eye on throughout the campaign.

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WATCH: Through the eyes of De Sousa as he is crowned Champion Jockey

Ever wondered what it would be like to be crowned the Stobart Champion Jockey? Take a look from the perspective of Silvestre De Sousa as Richard Hughes hands the trophy over under the watchful eye of 11-time Champion Jockey Lester Piggott in front of a packed Ascot crowd.

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Women's Fashion Guide - Jumps Season

British Horseracing’s Jumps season is a little more relaxed when it comes to dress code. The season falls primarily across the winter months, and as such, preparing for inclement weather is of paramount importance.

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Men's Fashion Guide - Jumps Season

While the jumps season is a little more relaxed in terms of dress code, smart attire is still encouraged at the larger courses such as Ascot and Cheltenham.

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Champions Day set to be a thriller

A record number of horses are set to line up on Britain’s richest raceday, QIPCO British Champions Day, tomorrow at Ascot racecourse.

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16 October - 5 talking points ahead of #ChampionsDay

Ahead of this weekend’s action, we take a look at the headlines that could be set to dominate the racing pages. With Jack Hobbs, Solow and Muhaarar bidding for QIPCO British Champions Day glory, here are our 5 talking points ahead of the weekend.


#TeamSolow vs #TeamGleneagles

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at QIPCO British Champions Day will mark a historic battle between Solow and Gleneagles, to decide once and for all, who will be crowned the ultimate Champion.


9 October - 5 Talking Points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of this weekend’s action, we take a look at the headlines that could be set to dominate the racing pages. With several high-profile races on the cards, the weekend is sure to be full of surprises.

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Silvestre De Sousa and the great sporting Brazilians

At Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, Silvestre De Sousa – born and raised in Brazil – is set to be crowned the 2015 Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship Champions Here, we take a look at the other sporting greats to have ascended from the South American nation.


Frankie Dettori's Magnificent 7

Frankie Dettori achieved a near-impossible feat when winning all seven races on the card at Ascot in September 1996, including winning the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

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Our top 5 #ChampionsDay moments

5. Dancing Rain – QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes Dancing rain Dancing Rain led the 2011 Fillies and Mares Stakes from start to finish under a fantastic ride by Johnny Murtagh.


2 October – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action, we take a look at the headlines that are set to dominate the racing pages. From Esoterique and Integral’s bid to be crowned Sun Chariot Stakes champion to Treve’s attempt at French racing history, here are our five talking points for the weekend.

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25 September – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action, we take a look at the headlines that are set to dominate the racing pages. From Classic contenders to bidding to become a hat-trick hero, here are our talking points for the weekend.

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Varsity Horserace Riders Ready to Go

Following the inaugural running last year, the second Vision Varsity Horserace between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge is due to be run at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 10th October.

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Her Majesty The Queen at QIPCO British Champions Day

*1. QIPCO British Champions Day 2014* Picture1 The Queen presents the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to Sheikh Abdulla Bin Khalifa Al Thani, owner of Charm Spirit, at QIPCO British Champions Day 2014.

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Rugby stars v jockeys - George Ford v Frankie Dettori

George Ford: 1. 75m tall. 84kg. 22 years old. Frankie Dettori: 1. 63m tall. 54kg. 45 years old. Â Having a succesful sporting father is something which can weigh heavily around the neck of any youngster hoping to make his or her breakthrough.


Jack up for Champion Apprentice battle

In the space of just five years, Jack Garritty has gone from learning to ride a horse to being in contention of being named the best apprentice in the country.

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Women's Fashion Guide - Champions Day 2015

Dressing for the races, for some, can be a sartorial nightmare. The choices on offer are vast, and even selecting the most suitable footwear can be something of a minefield.

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Rugby stars v jockeys - Julian Savea v William Buick

Julian Savea: 25 years old. 1. 93m tall. 108kg. William Buick: 25 years old. 1. 67m tall. 53. 5kg. Described by his coach as being better than Jonah Lomu, Julian Savea’s power and pace is something which sets him apart from his rivals.

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Win one of 20 pairs of tickets to QIPCO British Champions Day!

Would you like to win one of 20 pairs of Grandstand tickets to see racing superstars in action at the explosive finale to the European Flat season? If you would like to be at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 17 October to see the likes of Solow, Golden...


See your heroes up close at the Betfair Newmarket Open Weekend

The Newmarket Open Weekend returns this year on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. The weekend hosts an incredible line-up of activities and exclusive behind-the-scenes access, with a programme extended to cater for the event’s huge popularity in 2014.

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Top 5 St Leger moments

With the final British Classic of the season now days away, we thought we'd share our favourite moments from the St Leger at Doncaster. 5.

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Leger Legends Declarations Headed by McCoy

AP McCoy once again had racing fans salivating with excitement on Monday morning as the final declarations for the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race included the 20-times Champion Jockey.

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4 September – 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action, we take a look at the subjects that are expected to dominate the racing headlines. From the race to be Champion Apprentice to Adaay’s attempt at maiden Group 1 glory, here are our five talking points for the weekend.

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Lester Piggott to present Champion Jockey trophy on Champions Day

Legendary jockey Lester Piggott will make the trophy presentation to this year’s Stobart Champion Flat Jockey on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 17 October, 2015. Lester Piggott, who won 11 Champion Jockey titles, said: “Being Champion Jockey is the ultimate accolade for any rider.

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AP McCoy returns at Doncaster!

BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner and 20-time Champion Jockey AP McCoy will return to the racetrack next Wednesday at Doncaster for a one-off ride in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Charity Race.


Win tickets to see the return of AP McCoy

We're giving you the chance to win one of two pairs of County Enclosure tickets to see AP McCoy return to the saddle for the first time on a racetrack since his retirement in April.

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Hayley Turner's Top 5 Moments

*5. Won Champion Apprentice title in 2005 with 44 winners (jointly with Saleem Golam)* Hayley Turner became the first female Champion Apprentice in 2005, riding an impressive grand total of 60 winners.

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August 28 - 5 talking points ahead of the weekend

Ahead of the racing action this weekend, we take a look at the subjects that are expected to dominate the racing headlines. From riding centurions in Britain to the return of the king in America, here are our five talking points to take in.

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When Denise Lewis met Sir Michael Stoute

Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis has gone behind the scenes at one of the most renowned stables in racing to discover just what it takes to train a champion racehorse ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day on October 17.

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#JockeyChamps update: Apprentice race hotting up

The biggest shock of the week at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival was undoubtedly Arabian Queen whowon the Juddmonte International Stakes[sitetree_link,id=1493] at a price of 50/1 for runaway Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship leader Silvestre De Sousa.

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Fashion at York Ebor Festival

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is taking place on the 19th – 22nd of August. If you’re coming along, York Racecourse will give one lucky winner a week a bottle of Champagne from our Moet and Chandon Champagne terrace, situated right next to our Ebor Fashion lawn.

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Matt Edmondson to DJ at Horseracing's Student Party

Sony Award-nominated radio and television presenter Matt Edmondson will be closing the Official Student After Party when he hits the decks on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 17 October.

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Female Jockeys claim landmark Ascot triumph at Shergar Cup

A trio of female jockeys beat three all-male sides to win racing's premier team riding event - the Shergar Cup at Ascot - for the first time. The 'Girls' team, of Emma-Jayne Wilson, Sammy Jo Bell and Hayley Turner, claimed three of the six races.

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The Grey Gatsby ready to tackle Golden Horn in International

The Grey Gatsby is bang on course for a rematch with world’s best Golden Horn in York's Juddmonte International Stakes a week on Wednesday. This Group 1 race could also feature crack miler Gleneagles and the fast-improving Time Test.

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Bell and Turner battle it out at Carlisle's Ultimate Ladies' Night

Last night Carlisle played host to the only female-only race card in the world – the Ultimate Ladies’ Night. The evening kicked off with the Lady Riders’ Invitational Handicap for Lady Amateur riders, with a decisive win for Miss S Brotherton and Glasgon.


A History of the Shergar Cup

This week we’re looking to the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday 9 August, held at Ascot, and look at the horse that gave its name to the event - Shergar.

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Top Female Jockeys Head to Carlisle for Ladies' Race Day

Today sees the annual Ultimate Ladies’ Night event at Carlisle Racecourse. This fantastic fixture at Carlisle Racecourse on Monday 3 August is totally unique – with each race on the card being open for female jockeys only.

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Hughes is Simply Glorious at Goodwood

Richard Hughes heads to into his final Glorious Goodwood (Qatar Goodwood Festival) this week before hanging up his boots and retiring from the saddle on Saturday.


A Bluffer’s Guide to the Qatar Goodwood Festival

It is one of the most picturesque courses in the WORLD Set right at the top of the Sussex Downs, visitors can see for miles into the distance before the horses come bounding past at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour.

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Is Horse Racing the #homeofsport?

VisitEngland have launched a brand new campaign to find the country’s true #homeofsport, and we need your help! Celebrating 2015’s summer of sport, the campaign aims to find the real home of sport in England.

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Is Horse Racing the #homeofsport?

VisitEngland have launched a brand new campaign to find the country’s true #homeofsport, and we need your help! Celebrating 2015’s summer of sport, the campaign aims to find the real home of sport in England.

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Racecourse attendance reaches record heights

The Racecourse Association announced today a dramatic increase in the number of racegoers in the first six months of 2015 – to 2,987,103. This has built on the current record figures of 2011 to bring racing to an ever-wider audience.

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Miracle jockey Brian Toomey makes greatest sporting comeback

Brian Toomey, the Jump Jockey who two years ago suffered an almost fatal fall at Perth Racecourse, will complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time this Sunday when he partners the Philip Kirby-trained Kings Grey at Southwell Racecourse in his first race back since injury (4.

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Kids go racing FREE!

There aren’t many places that you can take the kids for free in the Summer holidays but horseracing is a great exception with under 18s getting in free at racecourses nationwide.

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Dettori named June Jockey of the Month

A weekend which ended with Frankie Dettori interviewing Lewis Hamilton on the podium at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone began with the Italian being named the Stobart Jockey of the Month for June.

Our pick of the Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot once again provided the pageantry and fashion extravaganza as the most fashionable in the land descended on Ascot for five days of fast-racing and frivolity.

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Ryan Moore breaks Royal Ascot record

The World’s best Jockey, Ryan Moore, rode into the record books again this afternoon when he became the most successful rider at a single Royal Ascot in the post-war period having partnered nine horses to victory this week.

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All to play for in the #JockeyChamps

With the world’s most famous week of flat racing set to kick off tomorrow at Royal Ascot, things are hotting up in Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship with two former winners going to head to head in the battle to be crowned Champion Flat Jockey.

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The Royal Ascot Fashion and Etiquette Guide

*Royal Ascot 5 things to remember:* Gates open at 10:30am so remember to pace yourself. The last race isn’t until 5:35pm so if you’re planning on enjoying a few glasses of champagne keep in mind it can be a very long day if you indulge too early.

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FREE student raceday

Are you a student looking for a great day this autumn? Well, you will once again be able to attend Britain’s richest day of horseracing on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot for FREEÂ on Saturday 17 October.

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Spotlight on... Pat Cosgrave

From breaking his leg to making his Investec Derby debut, it has been quite the couple of months for Northern Irish jockey Pat Cosgrave.

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Ryan Moore wins first Jockey of the Month Award

Ryan Moore has won the inaugural Stobart Jockey of the Month award as voted for by a panel of industry experts. Moore pipped the other shortlisted jockeys, including James Doyle and Paul Mulrennan, to take the May title.

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Investec Derby Sweepstake Kit

DOWNLOAD YOUR SWEEPSTAKE KIT HERE Feeling lucky this year? Download our Derby sweepstake to ensure you've got all you need to have some fun with friends, family and colleagues ahead of the big day at Epsom Downs! We've got all the runners and riders waiting so you can pit yourselves against your...

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#JockeyChamps update: Hughes gets title tilt underway

It may have taken a couple of weeks longer than expected, but defending champion Richard Hughes is now firmly in the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship shake-up after seven wins in the past eight days catapulted him to third place in the standings.

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Spotlight on... Silvestre De Sousa

As one of ten children, it was always going to take something special for Silvestre De Sousa to stand out amongst his many siblings.

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VIDEO: Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes Course Ride

Classic-winning jockey John Reid went along with the British Champions Series to ride the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes course at Newbury Racecourse. Here, he talks you through how to ride the straight mile track at the West Berkshire-based course and where the race can be won or lost.

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Championship Profiles - The Contenders

Ryan Moore Champion jockey: 2006, 2008, 2009 Considered by many to be the best jockey around, the acquisition to the Ballydoyle ranks of Ryan Moore is a big coup.

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Stobart Group launch fleet of trucks for the Jockeys' Championship

Stobart Group, who recently announced their sponsorship of the 2015 Flat Jockeys’ Championship, today unveiled a 10-strong fleet of their signature trucks all featuring imagery of leading lights from the Weighing Room in an initiative that will promote jockeys and the sport up and down the country.

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Champion Jockey Trophy to be retired in honour of AP McCoy

The perennial Champion Jump Jockey trophy, which will be awarded to AP McCoy on Saturday at Sandown Park, is to be decommissioned and presented to the sporting legend to keep permanently in acknowledgment of his 20 Championship titles and his contribution to the sport over the past two decades.

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10 things you never knew about AP McCoy

AP McCoy is one of the greatest Jumps jockeys of all time. Here's ten things you never knew about what the 20-time Champion Jockey did in his career.

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Timeform's Jamie Lynch's take on the Grand National

Truth be told, it's not much to look at, just a big field really. And yet it's steeped in myth and legend, a part-time paragon of showmanship, of fellowship, of Britishness, but with recorded reverberations around the world.

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Our visit to see Grand National winner Don’t Push It

After providing AP McCoy with Grand National victory at his fifteenth attempt in 2010, we went to visit the former Jonjo O’Neill-trained star Don't Push It at JP McManus’ Martinstown Stud in County Limerick to see how he is getting on in his retirement.


Our visit to see Grand National favourite Shutthefrontdoor

Ahead of AP McCoy’s final Crabbie’s Grand National ride, we caught up with his likely companion Shutthefrontdoor. We spoke to his trainer Jonjo O’Neill about the Irish grand National star’s chances ahead of the Aintree marathon.

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A final hurrah in the Grand National for our champion AP McCoy!

Champion (Noun): A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition. Nowadays, the words ‘champion’, ‘great’ and ‘legend’ are overly subscribed to people that have achieved wonderful things in sport, but haven’t truly merited the word.

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A final hurrah for our champion AP McCoy in the Grand National!

Champion (Noun): A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition. Nowadays, the words ‘champion’, ‘great’ and ‘legend’ are overly subscribed to people that have achieved wonderful things in sport, but haven’t truly merited the word.

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The Grand National predictor

Struggling to pick your 2015 Crabbie's Grand National runner? Let us help you out! Tap our Vine below twice to get your answer. You never know, you may well get the winner!

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The Jockey Diet

With most of the county signing up to the gym and looking to lose some of the Christmas excess, we thought that it would be worth sharing ‘The Jockey Diet’ to help shed pounds and stay healthy this January.


Grand National Q&A with Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh is the best-finishing female of a Grand National ever after she finished third in 2012 on board Seabass. We caught up with the sister of top jockey Ruby and the daughter of trainer Ted to talk about the Grand National.


Legends are made in the Grand National

The Hallowed Turf of Aintree is where legends are created, dreams realised and sporting immortality bestowed upon a select group of sporting heroes, both equine and human who have triumphed in the greatest horse race of them all, The Grand National.


The Grand National A-Z

*Aintree*. Just outside of Liverpool, is the home to one of the most famous racecourses which hosts the ‘World’s greatest steeplechase’. Also A P McCoy.


Where are our Grand National heroes now?

With the Grand National upon us, we caught up with a few of the winners of Aintree’s prestigious race to see how they are getting on in their retirement.

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Ride the King George course

With the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes almost upon us, our friends at the QIPCO British Champions Series get the inside track on how to ride Ascot course's track with Classic-winning jockey John Reid.

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Course Ride: QIPCO 2000/1000 Guineas Stakes

Ahead of the QIPCO 2000 and 1000 Guineas this weekend, our friends at the British Champions Series went along with former jockey John Reid to ride the track at Newmarket's Rowley Mile racecourse and to show us how to win the British Classic.

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Top 12 funniest horse names

Sometimes in racing the odd name slips through the net that leaves us all in stitches. Here we give you the low down on the top 12 that have given us a right old chuckle when running on the track.

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Champions Day Jockey Cam

If you've ever wanted to know exactly what it's like being a jockey in a big race, now you have the chance as Champion Jockey Richard Hughes is fitted with a headcam for his ride on Aiken in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, the opening race from Champions...

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Flat Jockeys' Championship to conclude on Champions Day

The battle to be crowned Champion Flat jockey will now be contested over the core premier Flat Racing period, starting at Newmarket's QIPCO Guineas Festival (2nd May, 2015) and concluding at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day (17th October, 2015).

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Ride on board The New One

We went on board The New One ahead of his Champion Hurdle bid at the Cheltenham Festival. Join us as he works on Nigel Twiston-Davies' gallops.

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The Spirit of Cheltenham

Ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, Timeform's Jamie Lynch encapsulates the spirit of Cheltenham.

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Ride the Darley July Cup course

With the Darley July Cup almost upon us, our friends at the QIPCO British Champions Series get the inside track on how to ride Newmarket's July course's testing track with Classic-winning jockey John Reid.

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Festival fancies: Nigel Twiston-Davies

The New One's trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies talks to us about the chances of his Champion Hurdle hope, as well as Double Ross' tilt at the Ryanair Chase and Blaklion's credentials to be crowned the 2015 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle champion. http://www. youtube.

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Festival fancies: Alan King

Alan King heads to the Cheltenham Festival this year with a strong squad to contend the big races with. King talks to us about the chances of Balder Succes and Uxizandre in the Ryanair Chase, as well as a potential Gold Cup contender in Smad Place.

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Festival fancies: Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson gives us the latest on his Cheltenham Festival squad, including the how fans' favourite Sprinter Sacre is ahead of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and who he thinks could be a good bet at the Prestbury Park meeting. http://www. youtube.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF: A Jumps Trainer

For the new instalment of our ‘Day in the Life of…’ series, we follow rookie trainer and former assistant to Paul Nicholls, Harry Fry, for a busy day in the stables and on the racecourse… 4.

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Festival fancies: Paul Nicholls

Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls talks to us about his Cheltenham Festival fancies, including Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Silviniaco Conti, Queen Mother Champion Chase contenders Dodging Bullets and Mr Mole, and leading charges in the World Hurdle - Saphir Du Rheu and Zarkandar. [embed width="480" height="270" class="leftAlone" thumbnail="http://i. ytimg. com/vi/86yCWFG5MHk/hqdefault.

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Our visit to see superstar Istabraq!

It's 15 years on from Istabraq's final Champion Hurdle success at the Cheltenham Festival and to celebrate we went to see how the superstar is in his retirement at Martinstown Stud in County Limerick. It's fair to say he's still full of himself! [embed width="480" height="270" class="leftAlone" thumbnail="http://i. ytimg. com/vi/P3zXZRzGi-k/hqdefault.

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Racing’s New Year Resolutions

In a relentless drive for self-improvement some of horseracing’s biggest stars have set out their stall for the coming year with a comprehensive list of New Year’s Resolutions which will no doubt see the sport reach new heights in 2015.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF: A Clerk of the Course

For the first of a new monthly feature on Lovetheraces, we caught up with Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, Chris Stickels, to see how his day went on King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, the middle day of the recent Betfair Weekend.

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Ride the Coral-Eclipse course

With the Coral-Eclipse almost upon us, our friends at the QIPCO British Champions Series get the inside track on how to ride Sandown Park's testing course with Classic-winning jockey John Reid, who won the contest with Halling in 1996.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF: An Apprentice Jockey

For the second instalment of our ‘Day in the Life of…’ series, we follow promising 5-lb apprentice, Leonna Mayor, during a busy mid-summer Sunday… 7. 30am – The alarm goes off at 7.

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Ride the Betfred Sprint Cup course!

With the Betfred Sprint Cup almost upon us, our friends at the QIPCO British Champions Series get the inside track on how to ride Haydock Park's sprint track with Classic-winning jockey John Reid. Reid shows you how to win over the blistering six-furlong course [embed width="480" height="270" class="leftAlone" thumbnail="http://i.

At home with jockey James Doyle

At home with jockey James Doyle

Our friends at the QIPCO British Champions Series caught up with top Series rider James Doyle at his new Newmarket flat to find out a little bit more about his lifestyle and who his hopes for 2014 are.

At home with Richard Hughes

At home with Richard Hughes

Champion Jockey Richard Hughes has already enjoyed a great start to the current Flat season, landing his first ever British Classic at the start of the month aboard Sky Lantern in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and then following this up with victory in the Epsom Oaks at the weekend.

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Craig Nichol collects Champion Conditional Jockey honours

Young up-and-coming jockey Craig Nichol was crowned Stobart Champion Conditional Jockey by Richard Johnson, who himself will be crowned Stobart Champion Jump Jockey later today at Sandown Park. Nichol said of his win: “I am so pleased to have won the Stobart Champion Conditional title this season.