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Racing basks in glow of booming attendance figures and soaring enjoyment levels

Horse racing’s lofty status as one of the best and most popular days out in British sport has been confirmed by the latest figures covering attendances and enjoyment levels.

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Kauto Star strides to one of his record-breaking five victories in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

The Kempton Park closure conundrum -- sad and wrong, or sensible and crucial?

In one way, it came as a blessed relief. A respite for racing’s news agenda from the interminable debate about ITV’s coverage which, for yawns, was beginning to match the BHA v Jim Best disciplinary saga.

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Doncaster Senior League round-up

FA CUP PREVIEW: Fourth round ball numbers confirmed...

Former England internationals Michael Owen and Martin Keown will draw the fixtures for the fourth round of the FA Cup tonight.

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Horses circling the paddock during the big Christmas meeting at Wetherby, one of many racecourses to stage thrilling action during the festive holiday.

From Thistlecrack to Redhotfillypeppers -- performances that lit up the Christmas and New Year holiday

As ITV takes over the reins for terrestrial TV racing coverage, it seems only right to start the first column of 2017 with reference to one of the favourite sayings of a key member of its new team.

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Kyle Ryde pictured during the 2016 season.

Thrilled Ryde signs up with Pucetti for 2017

Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde has bounced back from the disappointment of suddenly being left without a team for the 2017 World SuperSport series by signing a contract with the Kawasaki Pucetti Racing Squad.

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NEW KING ON THE BLOCK? -- novice Thistlecrack is aiming to spike the guns of stablemate Cue Card in the 32Red King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Thistlecrack in the King George at Kempton -- good for the race, but is it good for the horse?

Every now and then in racing, a performance makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand bolt upright and sends shivers down the spine.

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GOOD AS NEW -- popular jumper The New One on his way to victory in the big race at Cheltenham last Saturday, the stanjames.com International Hurdle.

Farewell Walter Swinburn: rider of Shergar and one of the best jockeys never to be crowned champion

Derby-winning jockey at the age of just 19. Dead at the age of just 55. Why did it all happen too soon in the life and career of Walter Swinburn?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's FMX god Edgar Torronteras who cites Sheffield as his fave arena

PREVIEW: Motorbike daredevils jump to it for spectacular Arenacross show in Sheffield

Daredevil motorbike riders are gearing up to bring fast and furious high octane action to Sheffield Arena with the return of Arenacross early next year.
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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA -- this behind-the-scenes visit to the Newmarket stable of Sir Michael Stoute was just one of the benefits of membership of The Racegoers Club.

From books to baubles, and hip-flasks to puddings -- what to buy the racing fan for Christmas

Christmas for racing fans means a main course of the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, followed by all the trimmings of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, plus a sumptuous four-day feast at Leopardstown on the side.

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HENNESSY HEROES -- Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, lands the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Twelve horses to have caught the eye so far this Jumps season

With his rotund frame, his West Country burr and his farming roots, Colin Tizzard is not the most obvious sporting hero, even though he played cricket at school with Ian Botham.

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Hannah Viner, winner of the Christmas Pudding Run 2016

Huge field for Pudding Run

Matthew Bickerstaff and Hannah Viner led home a huge field of 862 runners at the Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding Run last Sunday.

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HENNESSY HERO? -- champion jockey Richard Johnson, who attempts to win the Hennessy Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday aboard the pre-race favourite, Native River.

Hunting for the winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury

One of the most alluring appeals of racing is the affinity racegoers and punters can build with their favourite horses.

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POIGNANT POPPIES -- Remembrance Sunday turned into a sombre occasion for racegoers at Cheltenham's Open meeting.

Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig add poignancy to racing’s Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday carried extra poignancy for the racing community and, in particular, for trainer Nicky Henderson at Cheltenham’s Open meeting.

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Amber Valley gymnasts who competed in a Derbyshire county competition.

Regional and county success for academy

Pre-squad gymnasts at Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy had a successful time at a Derbyshire county competition.

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FAST FREDDY -- jockey Freddy Tylicki steering home one of his many winners before his career was cruelly cut short by a life-changing accident at Kempton.

Vautour death and Tylicki injury are chilling reminders of racing’s danger

At this time of year, racing is usually in high spirits as it bounces into The Open at Cheltenham, the first major meeting of the Jumps season.

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TWO OF A KIND -- multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy presents champion employee Gemma Hogg with her trophy at the 2016 Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards. (PHOTO BY: Dan Abraham of Racingfotos.com)

“Kisses and cuddles” with racehorses “treated like royalty” -- the life of award-winning Gemma Hogg

They are the unsung heroes of racing. The stud and stable staff who look after the horses and keep the whole show on the road while the rest of us lounge in our armchairs watching Racing UK or reading the ‘Racing Post’.

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STUFF OF DREAMS -- Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson is hoping talented grey Cloudy Dreams can win some decent prizes this Jumps season.

Twenty horses to follow for the 2016/17 Jumps season

The clocks have gone back, and once Santa Anita has let off its Breeders’ Cup fireworks this Bonfire weekend, it really will be all over.

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Blackwell MMA fighter Josh Mottram (Pic: dn4photography)

Derbyshire MMA fighter set for international debut on UFC Fight Pass

A Derbyshire fighter is hoping an international competition in Prague will kick start his hopes of becoming a professional cagefighter.

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POST MASTER -- Andrea Atzeni, pictured with trainer Roger Varian at Doncaster, where the jockey has now won the last four renewals of the Racing Post Trophy.

Atzeni’s amazing four-timer at Doncaster exposes the irrelevance of the jockeys’ championship

Vying with the chasing debut of the mighty Thistlecrack, the standout performance of the week was reserved for jockey Andrea Atzeni, who rode the winner of the Racing Post Trophy for the fourth year running.

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Teen swimmer takes on epic distance challenge for charity

Teen swimmer takes on epic distance challenge for charity

A Loscoe teenager is swimming the length of the English Channel to raise money for a hospice charity, inspired by his mum’s volunteer work.

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