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Saturday 22 December 2018

Hurdles must clear test for high-profile Saturday card
No hurdles were jumped in the home straight at Ascot on Friday, the first setback for the new padded hurdles gradually being rolled out around the country.
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Saturday 22 December 2018

Olympia Horse Show: AP McCoy's team wins Markel Champions Challenge
Sir AP McCoy secured victory for the second year in succession in the Markel Champions Challenge at the Olympia Horse Show in London. The 20-time champion jockey, 44, was part of a relay team coached by Nick Skelton for the showjumping event in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
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Friday 21 December 2018

The Jockey Club freeze prize-money for first time in a decade amid fears over betting losses
The Jockey Club will freeze prize-money contributions at their racecourses in 2019 over fears revenue from the betting industry could plummet.
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Friday 21 December 2018

King George Chase: Nicky Henderson's Altior out of showpiece fixture
Nicky Henderson's unbeaten Champion Chase hero Altior has been withdrawn from next week's King George VI Chase at Kempton.
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Friday 21 December 2018

'Accidental' verdict over death of stalls handler
Stephen Yarborough suffered crushing injuries when he became caught by a reversing set of stalls at Haydock last year.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

'It is about 2,000-1 that he'll run': Nicky Henderson admits Altior is highly unlikely to be ready for King George
Trainer Nicky Henderson has reiterated it is highly unlikely his two-mile champion chaser Altior will run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day even if the gelding is not scratched at this morning forfeit stage.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

Future of Down Royal racing secured
Down Royal will continue to stage race meets in 2019 following an agreement between the owners of the racecourse and the track operators.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

Musselburgh's temporary licence extended until October
Musselburgh Racecourse has its temporary licence extended until October while a new operator is sought.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

£17,500 on offer, four horses running - pity poor Ludlow
Newbury’s long history and high profile will mean that it is the first stop for many punters this morning, but with prize money under scrutiny following Arena Racing Company’s £3m cut to its contribution in 2019, it is only fair to point out that Ludlow’s card this afternoon is the most valuable of the day, with a guaranteed £100k up for grabs.
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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Ben Pauling-trained Global Citizen to take on dual Champion Hurdler Buveur d'Air in Kempton's Christmas Hurdle
Ben Pauling-trained Global Citizen faces the daunting task of taking on dual Champion Hurdler Buveur d’Air in Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day after winning the Gerry Feilden Hurdle at Newbury early this month.
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Wednesday 19 December 2018

McCann case may put bookies’ treatment of winning punters in the spotlight
The legal case in which Megan McCann, a young punter from Northern Ireland, is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for more than £1m in unpaid winnings promises to put the entire betting industry’s treatment of successful punters in the spotlight .
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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Arc £3m prize-money cuts start to bite at Southwell
The reduction in prize money is a response to the government’s decision to cut the maximum stake on FOBT machines in betting shops from £100 to £2.
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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Ladbrokes pay punters after technical ‘glitch’ cancelled winning bets
Ladbrokes admitted on Monday that a long-standing “technical glitch” in its software for processing online bets may have led customers “to believe that their bets had been accepted, when in fact they had not been placed and no stakes taken”. It also said that “as a gesture of goodwill” it would make payments to a number of its customers whose cancelled bets would have been winners.
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Tuesday 18 December 2018

New data suggests 4% of punters have accounts restricted
A survey analysed by Justice For Punters offers one of the few data-based insights into extent of the issue.
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Monday 17 December 2018

Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m
One of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator.
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Monday 17 December 2018

Unregulated Asian betting exchanges a threat to British racing, warns BHA
Racing’s ruling body is preparing to put its weight behind efforts begun in Asia to deal with the increasing problem posed by unregulated betting exchanges.
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Sunday 16 December 2018

Twiston-Davies retires The New One
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies confirms the retirement of hurdler The New One after the 10-year-old was pulled up at Cheltenham.
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Sunday 16 December 2018

Frodon wins second Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Jockey Bryony Frost rides Frodon to his second victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
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Sunday 16 December 2018

BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use
Racing’s ruling body found itself in the embarrassing position of having to row back on comments made this week by its own chief executive, Nick Rust, on the highly emotive subject of whip use.
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Sunday 16 December 2018

Girl power: Leading ladies agree that there will one day be a female crowned as the champion Flat jockey as they prepare to compete against top male riders in charity showjumping event
Josephine Gordon and Hollie Doyle are in agreement: a female can beat the men and be champion jockey. And on Friday they will get their chance to compete with the finest male riders in a charity showjumping event in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, at Olympia.
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