Date - December 19, 2014
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Simonsig camp play the long game - pure racing entertainment
Nicky Henderson finally admitted defeat in attempting to get Simonsig to th

In-form Mole buries Exeter rivals - pure racing entertainment
Mr Mole put his best foot forward to win successive races with an all-the-

Star names check in for Ryanair - pure racing entertainment
Everything is set for round six in the rivalry between Hurricane Fly and Jez

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Nicky Henderson finally admitted defeat in attempting to get Simonsig to the William Hill King
Fairyhouse remains soft, soft to heavy in places ahead of their card tomorrow.

Un De Sceaux

Everything is set for round six in the rivalry between Hurricane Fly and Jezki as


The British Horseracing Authority

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A stewards enquiry was held at Aintree racecourse on Saturday 6 December, following the final race, at which a report was considered from the starter that the riders in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase had lined up before being instructed to do s

TRIC 2015 is set to be another success, with an outstanding line up of speakers. This British Horseracing Authority course, sponsored by Lycetts, covers the key aspects of the racing industry and seeks to attract UK and International delegates fro

In another high-profile double header we discuss top-class action from both Newbury’s Hennessy meeting and Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth card. The Hennessy itself is covered in Phil Smith’s Head of Handicapping blog and it’s the hurdles handicappers

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