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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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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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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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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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UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview

The road to the Kentucky Derby dips down to Louisiana this weekend with Scabbard favored in the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds while some heavyweights slug it out in Sunshine Millions races in Florida and California.

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Thistlecrack set to miss the Cheltenham Festival with recurring injury

Thistlecrack has yet to recover from the injury which forced him to bypass last month’s King George VI Chase at Kempton and looks set to miss the Cheltenham Festival.

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Frankel's rider Tom Queally ready to test himself as a jump jockey

Tom Queally, the man who partnered Frankel during an unblemished career on the Flat, is prepared to try his hand over fences in a quest to ride more winners.

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Watson wins 600th race in UAE

In a dramatic finish of the Azizi Mina Handicap at Meydan on Thursday, leading trainer Doug Watson won his 600th race in the UAE when Cool Silk Partnership’s Midnight Sands won in the final yards by a short head over Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) alumnus Ambassadorial.

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Magic Lily a tiger in Cape Verdi

The Cape Verdi at Meydan on Thursday was won in thrilling fashion by Godolphin’s blue-blooded Magic Lily, a daughter of classic winners New Approach and Dancing Rain, who produced to lead right on the line by James Doyle for trainer Charlie Appleby

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