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Enforceable and Liam's Lucky Charm entered the Kentucky Derby picture with weekend victories while a pair of Group 1 races in Hong Kong found a new hero and a candidate for Dubai.

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Real Steel shows his mettle with Thurles rout as hot favourite Footpad flops

Real Steel continued his rise through the chasing ranks with an impressive victory in the Grade 2 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles on Sunday, brushing aside off-form stablemate Footpad

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Racehorses bound for Singapore caught up in huge aircraft cocaine seizure

Six racehorses have been caught up in a major international drugs sting after more than 80kg of cocaine was seized from a plane in Argentina.

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Pop The Hood propels into DWC Carnival

A six-race Saturday of 'Racing at Meydan' featured four races contested by horses with Dubai World Cup Carnival ambitions and was a meeting filled with dominant performances by those looking to imminently land a place in the international showcase

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Issue of increased inbreeding 'akin to global warming' claims new research

The issue of inbreeding in the thoroughbred population is “akin to global warming” according to Professor Emmeline Hill, who has spearheaded major new research into the subject conducted by University College Dublin and equine science company Plusvital.

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Defi Du Seuil enjoys dream Champion Chase prep in blockbuster Clarence House

If this was not the performance of a Champion Chase winner in waiting then such a thing simply does not exist after Defi Du Seuil finally usurped Altior at the head of the market for Cheltenham's day two highlight with a performance at Ascot on Saturday that had the hallmarks of a quite exceptional two-mile chaser.

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The New One gone but Ballyandy battles to land Champion Hurdle trial

It was written in the stars that Ballyandy would win a race named after his legendary stablemate The New One, but even when it happened people didn't believe it.

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Fellowes hoping Amarillo can find way to Finals Day

Amarillo Star bids to maintain his 100 per cent record on the All-Weather in the £25,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (2.50pm, four runners) at Kempton Park on Monday.

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Vintage display as Clouds gives Cook yet another Peter Marsh Chase

Vintage Clouds bounced back to form at Haydock on Saturday and proved he is like most current Premier League sides – highly effective as long as they are not at Liverpool.

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UK Racing this weekend

Ascot’s jumps (National Hunt) card top the list as you would expect, though heavy ground may not make life for punters quite as easy as it looks at first glance and one solitary suggestion makes good sense to yours truly.

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Carnival hopes clash at Meydan

Racing at Meydan on Saturday, a six-race card, features four handicaps all to be contested by horses on the cusp of qualification for the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival

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Emma Lavelle maps out path to Punchestown for superstar Paisley Park

Emma Lavelle is hoping that Paisley Park's quiet campaign will help him to fulfil owner Andrew Gemmell's dream of a Punchestown winner come the end of the season.

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Mid-winter heavyweight clash between two-mile stars will be one to savour

Proper heavyweight Saturday showdowns to set the heart racing in the build-up to Cheltenham have become less regular with the festival now the all-dominant force - but there is an old-fashioned, big-race dust-up between two star-name two-mile chasers at Ascot on Saturday

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Clarence House Chase set to be run on heavy after overnight rain at Ascot

The Clarence House Chase looks set to be run on heavy ground on Saturday after the going was changed following 11mm of rain overnight on Thursday.

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Nick Bannister is the new Chairman of Haydock Park Racecourse

Nick Bannister has been appointed by The Jockey Club as the new Chairman of Haydock Park and will take up his new role on Saturday which is Peter Marsh Chase Day at the racecourse.

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