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Walsh thrilled with Sceaux spin

Ruby Walsh was delighted that Un De Sceaux put a fall on his chasing debut firmly behind him with an impressive victory at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

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Condon decides not to appeal 15-day Ascot whip ban

Davy Condon has decided not to appeal against the 15-day suspension and £3,150 fine handed to him by the Ascot stewards on Saturday.

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Epsom Derby hero Chaparral put down

High Chaparral, winner of the 2002 Derby, has been put down at Fethard Equine Hospital, aged 15.

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Cross far from a back number

What a terrific servant the venerable Fosters Cross has been to connections.

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It’s all about the winners for ambitious Elliott

Gordon Elliott famously burst on to the scene by training Grand National winner Silver Birch in 2007. Now he is Willie Mullins’ closest challenger.

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Breakfast at Ballydoyle

YOU spend a couple of hours with a family that achieves to such an incredibly high degree and the expectation is that you emerge with an insight.

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Prize money boost in HRI initiative

Prize money in Ireland is to be increased by €5m in 2015 to €53.9m.

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Unexposed Activial out to land big gamble in Ladbroke

Trainer Harry Fry is keeping his fingers crossed the decision to hold Activial back for a major handicap will pay off as the unexposed youngster bids to land a significant gamble in The Ladbroke at Ascot today.

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Sire De Grugy in line to start cantering next week

Sire De Grugy is set to resume cantering on Monday as the Queen Mother Champion Chase hero continues to make progress from a hip injury that has kept him off the track so far this season.

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Martin readying big guns

Tony Martin’s Cheltenham Festival hero Savello is set to make his seasonal reappearance over the Festive period.

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Conditions should play to Thunder And Roses’ strengths

Sandra Hughes’ Thunder And Roses can land the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse in 2015 Beginners Chase at the Co Meath track this afternoon.

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Bobs Worth revved up for Lexus repeat

A quality field of 15, including the last two winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, remain in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.

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Cheltenham winning owner disqualified for three years by BHA

Anthony Knott, former owner of 2012 Cheltenham Festival winner Hunt Ball, was disqualified for three years on Thursday after he was found guilty of passing on inside information.

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Activial stars in field of 19 for Ladbroke

Plunge horse Activial is among a final field of 19 for tomorrow’s feature handicap at Ascot, The Ladbroke.

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Consistent Sharjah looks poised to follow up

Irish punters, starved of any action since last Sunday, get a minor fix at Dundalk tonight.

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Ptit set to pounce at Ascot

Ptit Zig can make experience count in what promises to be a fascinating Mitie Novices’ Chase at Ascot today.

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Power plan uncertain for The Westener Boy

Colm Murphy faces a race against time to ready The Westener Boy for the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. The seven-year-old missed the majority of 2013 after picking up an injury when falling in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran, for which he was joint-favourite, and returned to action over hurdles earlier this year.

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In-form Mr Mole buries rivals with all-the-way success

Mr Mole put his best foot forward to win successive races with an all-the-way triumph in the Kingsteignton Motors Graduation Chase at Exeter.

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Simonsig camp play the long game

Nicky Henderson finally admitted defeat in attempting to get Simonsig to the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day.

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Spencer back in winner’s enclosure after career U-turn

Jamie Spencer was back in the winner’s enclosure yesterday after his first ride since announcing he was to carry on riding when partnering Master Of Irony to victory at Lingfield.

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Mullins eyeing double assault on Lexus Chase

Boston Bob and On His Own are both in line to represent Willie Mullins in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown as the champion trainer bids to win one of the Festive period’s biggest prizes for the first time.

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Sign Of A Victory ruled out of Ladbroke

Ante-post favourite Sign Of A Victory is set to miss The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday because of the rain-softened ground.

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Tony McCoy

Catterick treble for McCoy

Chieftain’s Choice annihilated his rivals in the Pin Point Training Novices’ Hurdle, initiating a treble on for champion jockey Tony McCoy at Catterick yesterday.

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Davy Russell

Reduced bans free Russell and Enright for festive fare

Davy Russell and Philip Enright are free to ride at the big Christmas festivals after the five-day bans they received for the ’whip borrowing’ incident at Clonmel on December 7 were reduced to two days on appeal.

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Pipe has high hopes for Palace

David Pipe believes "the sky really does look the limit" for unbeaten novice chaser Kings Palace.

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Field sizes major concern for BHA chief Bittar

An increasing trend for small field sizes in National Hunt racing is "arguably the biggest challenge facing racing, and in particular jump racing", according to British Horseracing Authority chief executive Paul Bittar.

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Spencer links up with Qatar Racing for return

Jamie Spencer will make a low-key return to action in Britain today when the jockey takes two rides on the all-weather, both for his former employer Qatar Racing.

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