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Sep 22

Ayr must report to BHA over valuable Gold Cup meeting waterlogging

• Scottish track have confirmed Ayr Gold Cup will not be run this season
• Track to investigate cause of problems which caused abandonment

The British Horseracing Authority has asked Ayr racecourse to report on the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the track’s three-day Western meeting, due to a small area of waterlogged turf on an otherwise raceable track. The final card of the meeting, including the £200,000 Ayr Gold Cup, was abandoned on Friday morning, just 24 hours after news of the potential problem emerged.

The BHA’s request for more information stops short of a formal investigation, but the regulator will be keen to address the surprise and disappointment among punters and professionals alike at the sudden loss of a meeting offering £700,000 in prize money.

Related: Ayr Gold Cup meeting abandoned due to waterlogged track

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Sep 22

Carberry wins on comeback – four months after giving birth

Irish jockey Nina Carberry wins on her comeback ride – four months after giving birth.

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Sep 21

Sizing John: Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to go for £1m ‘Triple Crown’ bonus

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John will be aimed at jump racing’s £1m ‘Triple Crown’ bonus, says trainer Jessica Harrington.

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Sep 21

Ayr Gold Cup meeting abandoned because of waterlogging

Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup meeting is abandoned because sections of the course are waterlogged – hitting all three days of the fixture.

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Sep 20

Star horse Winx could be set for British campaign

Australian star horse Winx could be set to race in Britain in 2018 after the prolific mare’s trainer Chris Waller reveals a “campaign” in Europe is on the cards.

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Sep 19

Stephen and Michael McConville banned for doping at Cheltenham Festival

Trainer Stephen McConville and jockey son Michael apologise for “lack of knowledge” as they are banned for three years for horse doping.

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Sep 17

Geoff Wragg: Trainer of Derby winner Teenoso dies aged 87

Tributes are paid to trainer Geoff Wragg, who saddled Lester Piggott’s ninth Derby winner Teenoso in 1983.

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Sep 16

St Leger: Capri wins Doncaster Classic for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien

The 3-1 favourite Capri, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the Doncaster Classic for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

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Sep 15

Doncaster Cup: Desert Skyline beats Thomas Hobson to win at St Leger meeting

Desert Skyline beats his older rivals to win the Doncaster Cup under champion jockey elect Silvestre de Sousa.

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Sep 14

St Leger: Capri, Crystal Ocean and Defoe among runners in Doncaster Classic

Capri and Crystal Ocean are leading contenders among 11 runners in the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Sep 12

Racing news and tips: Cheltenham runners to be declared 48 hours before races

• BHA’s radical move backed by Cheltenham and Bettors’ Forum group
• Switch in response to feedback from various sections of racing industry

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that all races at next year’s Cheltenham Festival will declare at the 48-hour stage.

Previously, only the non-novice Grade Ones declared two days in advance, with the other races sticking to the usual National Hunt 24-hour stage.

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Sep 10

Irish St Leger: Order of St George repeats 2015 triumph for Aidan O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien’s Order of St George repeats his 2015 Irish St Leger triumph as he clinches a dominant victory at the Curragh.

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Sep 09

Harry Angel wins Haydock Sprint Cup despite heavy ground

Harry Angel overcomes concerns over heavy ground at Haydock to win the 32Red Sprint Cup.

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Sep 08

Decorated Knight: English raider earns surprise Irish Champion Stakes win

English raider Decorated Knight earns a surprise Irish Champion Stakes triumph as dual 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill finishes seventh.

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Sep 07

Jim Best attacks British Horseracing Authority after Brighton dispute

• Formerly suspended trainer wrongly refused entry to Brighton races
• Best believes BHA still holds a grudge though ruling body denies this

Jim Best believes the British Horseracing Authority is still out to get him following a mortifying return to the racecourse on Monday when he was initially refused entry to Brighton by an angry gateman. Best reports that he was then tracked around the grounds by green-jacketed BHA officials, although the sport’s ruling body denies such a thing.

Best’s licence to train was suspended at the end of last year after a disciplinary panel decided he told a jockey to stop two horses but he was never banned from the sport and was permitted to go racing even during his suspension, which ended in June. In the event, Best stayed away from racecourses while suspended but made his return to the track on Monday at the invitation of a friend, the trainer Emma Owen, who had a horse running there.

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Sep 05

Irish Turf Club must learn its lesson over Russell ‘punching horse’ case

In future, if a jockey on a British track lashes out at a horse, they can and should expect swift and stern justice. It is to be hoped that the same will now also be true in Ireland

The damaging and extended controversy which began when Davy Russell punched a horse before a race at Tramore on 18 August drew towards a close on Tuesday, when the Irish Turf Club’s appeals panel increased the rider’s punishment to a four-day suspension. Russell received only a caution at an earlier hearing, an outcome that prompted criticism by leading animal-welfare organisations in the UK and Ireland.

Russell’s punch to the head of his mount, Kings Dolly, provoked widespread anger and astonishment when video of the incident circulated widely on social media. The Irish Turf Club will now feel that it has drawn a line under the episode before Irish Champions Weekend, the country’s showpiece Flat meeting which opens on Saturday with stars including Churchill, Winter, Order Of St George and Big Orange due to be in action at Leopardstown and The Curragh.

Related: RSPCA calls Davy Russell punching of horse ‘totally unacceptable’

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