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Another weekend, another pair of upsets on the Road to the Kentucky Derby -- this time War of Will struggling home ninth in the Louisiana Derby and Mucho Gusto effectively eliminated from the big show after a fading third in the Sunland Derby in New Mexico.

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Big Wins for NZB’s Southern Graduates

The tough southern-bred product has left impressions not only in the South Island racing scene, but further north in New Zealand and across the Tasman in Australia.

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Ruby Walsh: Cheltenham officials 'condescending' in briefings at festival

Ruby Walsh has described the daily briefings conducted by officials before racing at the Cheltenham Festival as "condescending".

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Part-owner Swann hoping Vegas is lucky again for Meydan-bound Sands Of Mali

In a sequel to rival the Hangover films, Sands Of Mali’s superstitious part-owner Peter Swann is returning to Las Vegas, where he will watch the Champions Day winner attempt to add more Group 1 success to his CV in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Saturday.

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Grand National winner One For Arthur jumps to it in readiness for Aintree return

One For Arthur reminded everyone that Tiger Roll is not the only former winner returning to Aintree next month with a tidy schooling session on Sunday.

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Karawaan hacks up in Irish Lincolnshire for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane

The powerful combination of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane teamed up to win the most valuable prize on the opening day of the Irish Flat season, with Karawaan making his first start for the yard a winning one in the €100,000 Tote Irish Lincolnshire at Naas.

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Third pick Mr Melody registers first G1 victory in Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Four-year-old Mr Melody captured his first G1 title in this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.

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Murphy excited for future as Itchy Feet and Brewin'upastorm head to Aintree

Olly Murphy is hoping to finish the season by landing a first Grade 1 victory after watching three encouraging performances from his exciting novice team at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Henderson waves trainers' title white flag as Altior is set Melling Chase test

Nicky Henderson on Saturday conceded the jumps trainers' championship to chief rival Paul Nicholls, but was not waving the white flag over the battle at Aintree where big guns Altior and Buveur D'Air are set for action.

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Arc agrees to raise prize-money levels for another week

Arena Racing Company's temporary agreement to raise prize-money in order to unlock Levy Board funding for lower-grade racing has been extended for another week until April 8.

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Aidan O'Brien maps out Guineas plan for Middle Park winner Ten Sovereigns

Aidan O’Brien has his eye on a tenth Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket for Ten Sovereigns, although the Middle Park winner has yet to be asked a serious question in his homework.

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Emotional scenes at Newbury as Noel Fehily signs off with a winner

Noel Fehily enjoyed the perfect ending to his career with Get In The Queue – his final mount before retirement – staying on strongly to win the bumper.

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Gibson and Chadwick create history at Conghua

History was made in China on Saturday when the Richard Gibson trained Nordic Warrior (IRE) under Matthew Chadwick won the inaugural race at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s (HKJC) Conghua Racecourse in the first of five races at the Exhibition Raceday.

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Volpe Veloce claim seventh stakes win

Group 1-winning Karaka graduate Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) secured her seventh black-type victory with a classy performance in Saturday's $100,000 Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga.

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Ruby Walsh: eight-strike whip limit is a backwards move for Irish racing

Ruby Walsh has described the new whip-use limit of eight strikes, set to be introduced in Ireland on April 9, as a "regressive" move.

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UK racing this weekend

Back to as near as it ever gets to normality in the world of horse racing with Cheltenham a distant memory and Aintree and the Grand National a week away now.

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Shamaal Nibras better with age in Jebel Ali Classic

Friday’s final meeting of the 11 staged at Jebel Ali this season was highlighted by the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions race and having won the inaugural edition in 2017, Shamaal Nibras regained the crown with a smooth success to maintain trainer Doug Watson’s record of landing the race each year,

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The Festival 2019 - updated statistics

The Festival™ was staged this year at Cheltenham from Tuesday, March 12 through to Friday, March 15 with a record total attendance of 266,779 over the four days.

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