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Churchill wins 2,000 Guineas to give Aidan O'Brien a record-breaking eighth win

Churchill, the 6-4 favourite, won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket to give trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-breaking eighth win in the Classic. It was jockey Ryan Moore’s second win in the race, having ridden O’Brien’s previous winner Gleneagles, in 2015. Barney Roy (7-2) was second ahead of third-favourite Al Wukair ...

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Postponed retired after suffering stress fracture

One of Flat racing’s most successful horses, Postponed, has been retired after suffering a stress fracture to one of his legs. The six-year-old won four races at Group One level, including the King George VI Stakes at Ascot and the Coronation Cup at Epsom. He was trained first by Luca ...

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Grand National 2017: Jockeys face inquiry over Aintree start

Twenty six jockeys face disciplinary action on Friday after a false start delayed this year’s Grand National. It is thought the riders, including Derek Fox who rode winner One For Arthur, will accept they lined up for the start before the flag was raised. Penalties could range from cautions to ...

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Kentucky Derby: Patch the one-eyed horse will compete in America's biggest race

A one-eyed horse called Patch has been entered into the Kentucky Derby, America’s biggest race, on Saturday. Patch, trained by Todd Pletcher, had his left eye removed because of inflammation last year. However, he finished runner-up in April’s Louisiana Derby – his first graded stakes – after competing in his ...

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Nicky Henderson crowned champion jumps trainer for fourth time

Nicky Henderson was crowned champion jumps trainer for a fourth time after Arkle hero Altior won the Celebration Chase at Sandown by eight lengths. Henderson last won in 2012-13 – the only season in the past 11 in which rival Paul Nicholls has not triumphed. “It is a championship and ...

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Punchestown Festival: Wicklow Brave earns surprise Champion Hurdle triumph

Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave clinched the Punchestown Champion Hurdle for Willie Mullins after a tremendous front-running performance. With the trainer’s son Patrick on board, Wicklow Brave led by 10 lengths with two hurdles remaining. Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours cut the margin but the winner had ...

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Punchestown Stayers' Hurdle: Unowhatimeanharry beats Nichols Canyon

Unowhatimeanharry bounced back from his Cheltenham defeat by winning the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle on day three of the Punchestown Festival. The Harry Fry-trained nine-year-old just beat Cheltenham winner Nichols Canyon in a tight finish. Unowhatimeanharry, ridden by Cork jockey Noel Fehily, had won eight races in a row before Cheltenham. ...

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Richard Johnson: Champion jump jockey salutes predecessor AP McCoy's 'dedication'

As he celebrates his second successive jump jockeys’ championship, Richard Johnson says his admiration for one-time arch-rival AP McCoy is greater than ever. Johnson, 39, has dominated the riding ranks since the record-breaking McCoy’s retirement two seasons ago; he had been runner-up to the 20-time champion on no fewer than ...

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Punchestown Gold Cup: Sizing John beats Djakadam by short head

Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, pipped Djakadam in a close finish to the Gold Cup at Punchestown. The seven-year-old odds-on favourite, trained by Jessica Harrington, won by a short head to add to successes in the Irish and Cheltenham Gold Cups. Coneygree, winner of the big race at Cheltenham ...

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