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Racing gets boost from punters stuck at home

Punters have turned to racing as a way to circumvent the coronavirus lockdown, with turnover figures across the three codes of Queensland racing up $13.7 million in the first week of Australia’s shutdown. Using last week as a guide, the lucrative turnover amount on Queensland product is up 21 per cent compared to the corresponding […]

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Jockey Club donate 10,000 tickets to NHS in 2021

The Jockey Club has announced it will donate 10,000 tickets to the NHS and social care sector in Merseyside for the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree. The day will also be renamed Liverpool’s NHS Day in honour of the dedicated NHS staff and volunteers across Merseyside who are […]

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How walking racing’s tightrope is never easy

Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars racing career is almost certainly over after the import was found to have a knee injury. Trainer David Hayes described the unusual ligament injury in Fifty Stars’ nearside foreleg as “season-ending but not career-ending”, but conceded there was a good chance the Irish-bred galloper was likely to be snapped up […]

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Punchestown Festival 2020 cancelled by horse racing leaders

The 2020 Punchestown Festival has been cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced today. The high-profile meeting, scheduled for April 28- May 2, has been scrapped, along with Fairyhouse's Irish Grand National this spring. Horse racing chiefs made the call on Wednesday, which brought the Irish 2019/20 National Hunt season to an […]

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Jimmy Frost: Polveir changed my life

Jimmy Frost will never forget the day that changed his life when he won the Grand National on Little Polveir in 1989. Victory in the world’s greatest steeplechase was not the execution of a plan, quite the opposite. Frost and trainer Toby Balding thought it would be “a bit of fun” to run him. Source: […]

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National hero Monty's Pass still going strong

Grand National hero Monty’s Pass is still going strong at the age of 27 at trainer Jimmy Mangan’s stables in Conna, County Cork – where he has lived since the age of four. Mangan will never forget April 5, 2003 – the day when a long-term plan came to fruition – and some meaty bets […]