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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

“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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ROCK ON TOM! -- jockey Tom Queally, rider of Frankel, who leapt back on to racing's big stage with victory at Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.

The horses, jockeys and trainers who lit up another marvellous Champions Day at Ascot

Champions Days and Champions Weekends in the UK and Ireland are relatively new phenomenons in racing. But as I bask in the afterglow of another radiant success at Ascot on Saturday, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got on without them.

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WOBBLE WINNER -- Luke Beresford celebrates his victory in the popular Wingerworth Wobble race.

Beresford wins Wobble and Dash on successive days

One of the stars of Ripley Running Club, Luke Beresford, underlined his talent by bagging a notable double on successive days.

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Craig Pollard.

GOLF TIPS: How to get more yardage

Would you like to hit the golf ball further? Craig Pollard, an Advanced PGA Professional, who is the head teaching professional at South Chesterfield Golf Club, offers his tips.

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Selston golfer Josh Hall moves step nearer to pro career

Selston golfer Josh Hall moves step nearer to pro career

A rising Selston golf star has enjoyed a double celebration by gaining qualification for the finals of a major national competition and securing a sponsorship boost with leading Midlands furniture retailer Felley Furnishings.

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Lottery millions helping to bring world's top cyclists to Yorkshire for 2019 UCI Road World Cycle Championships

Lottery millions for Yorkshire cycling showcase 'will enhance UK as world leading host'

Millions of pounds of National Lottery funding for the 2019 UCI Road World Cycle Championships will help Yorkshire enhance the UK's reputation as a world leading host, says the head of UK Sport.
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WHO'S THE DADDY? -- Jim Crowley, pictured relaxing with his three children, Bella, 7, Alice, 9, and Sam, 3, will be crowned champion jockey for the first time at Ascot on Saturday.

Race-by-race guide to Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot

It scarcely seems credible that more than six months have passed since it all began. Since THE LAST LION bolted up in the Betway Brocklesby. Since SECRET BRIEF ploughed his way through the Doncaster mud in the Betway Lincoln.

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2015 DSSA Sports Awards Sportsperson of the Year Bradley Moore.

Derbyshire’s stars of school sport to be recognised at the Proact

Talented sports performers and volunteers from across the county will gather at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Wednesday 19th October to discover the winners of the 2016 Derbyshire Schools Sports Association (DSSA) Sports Awards.

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Professor Kath Mitchell, Hayley Lever, Andy Reed OBE and Ilana Freestone at the Towards an Active Derbyshire launch.

Derbyshire Sport launch campaign to get 50,000 people active

Derbyshire Sport have launched a campaign to get 50,000 more of the county’s residents active by 2021.

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