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Trial winner Rebel's Romance stars in Godolphin double

Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening was officially highlighted by the 1600m UAE 2000 Guineas Trial, one of three races on the card restricted to the 3-year-old Classic generation, was won in determined fashion by Godolphin’s Rebel’s Romance

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Paisley Park & Thyme Hill set for decider in Stayers’ Hurdle

Thursday saw the unveiling of entries for two further G1 contests at The Festival™ – the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (2m 4f, Tuesday, 16 March, 26 entries) and the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (3m, Thursday, 18 March, 51 entries)

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Cagnes-sur-Mer on alert after EHV-4 virus cases reach elevated levels at Pau

France Galop has introduced heightened sanitary measures for the winter Flat season at Cagnes-sur-Mer as it works to prevent the spread of the EHV-4 equine herpes that has caused problems during the winter jumps season at Pau.

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Addeybb heads British challenge for $20m Saudi Cup

Champion Stakes winner Addeybb heads British interest for the second staging of the Saudi Cup after entries were revealed for the most valuable race in the world.

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Newcastle and Lingfield cancelled - plus the latest prospects for the weekend

Next week's fixtures at Lingfield and Newcastle have joined Friday's meeting at Huntingdon and Thursday's Catterick card among the recent jump racing cancellations.

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Blow to racing's hopes of levy reform as minister sets out government position

British racing's hopes of swift reform of the levy system have been dealt a major blow after sports minister Nigel Huddleston wrote to BHA chair Annamarie Phelps this week to say the government would only be examining whether there was a case for bringing forward the timetable for a review.

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Racing at Al Ain on Friday

Racing at Al Ain on Friday is officially highlighted by a 1400m handicap which appears ultra-competitive having attracted a capacity field of 15,

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New Zealand news briefs

Strike-rate standouts set for big day at Trentham - Tavi Mac steps into Seabiscuit role

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Epatante & Buveur d'Air among 27 for Champion Hurdle

Entries were unveiled on Wednesday for the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle, the championship contest for two-mile hurdlers and the highlight of day one at The Festival™, Tuesday, 16 March.

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'I was very taken with it' - Energumene jumps into Arkle picture for Mullins

The Willie Mullins-trained Energumene was a big mover in the market for the Arkle and Marsh Novices' Chase after an impressive performance in the 2m novice chase.

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Bob Olinger 5-1 for the Ballymore after convincing Grade 1 success at Naas

Bob Olinger made the leap from a horse of considerable potential to Grade 1 winner in some style when registering a convincing success in the Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle to spark a cut in his Cheltenham Festival odds.

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Sedgefield abandons Friday fixture due to frost

Friday's card at Sedgefield has been abandoned due to a frozen track with temperatures forecast to remain below freezing at the course this week.

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Final Meydan Thursday fixture before 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival

Racing at Meydan on Thursday is highlighted by a pair of 3-year-old races, including the 1600m UAE 2000 Guineas Trial sponsored by Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, for which 11 have been declared, three for Godolphin seemingly headed by the Charlie Appleby-trained Rebel’s Romance.

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New Zealand news briefs

Basarwa primed for Levin Classic tilt - Enzo’s Lad vying for Telegraph three-peat

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Keeneland January Horses Of All Ages Sale Day Two

Two prominent dispersals – 20 broodmares, yearlings and horses of racing age sold by Lane’s End, agent for the Complete Dispersal of the Estate of Paul P. Pompa Jr., and 21 in-foal broodmares owned by Sam-Son Farm, the acclaimed breed-to-race operation in Ontario – fuelled brisk commerce on Tuesday’s second day of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale

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Woodbine's Queen's Plate to be run in August

Woodbine Entertainment advised on Tuesday that the 162nd running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

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Police investigate drone crash near Chepstow on Welsh Grand National day

Police are investigating after a drone thought to be used by in-running punters crashed on land adjacent to Chepstow racecourse on Welsh Grand National day.

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Khalid Abdullah, legendary owner-breeder of Frankel, dies aged 83

Owner and breeder Khalid Abdullah, in whose green, white and pink silks the likes of Frankel, Dancing Brave and Enable ran, has died at the age of 83.

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Venturous and Bless Him take Fast-Track Qualifiers at Newcastle

Venturous and Bless Him secured their places for All-Weather Championships Finals Day with victories in the Fast-Track Qualifiers at Newcastle this evening, Tuesday, January 12.

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Get the inside track on a midweek treat that promises plenty of Cheltenham clues

Bravemansgame marked himself out as the leading Ballymore Novices' Hurdle contender with his taking Challow Novices' Hurdle success last month, but there could be a shake-up in the Cheltenham picture after this Grade 1 clash, with the highly regarded Bob Olinger out to cement his credentials as a top-notch performer.

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