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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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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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FITTING TRIBUTE -- the Tom O'Ryan Champion Apprentice Trophy, which will be presented on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 15.

New champion apprentice trophy named after ‘great racing man’ Tom O’Ryan

This year’s champion apprentice jockey will receive a trophy newly named after racing personality Tom O’Ryan, whose death in August sent shockwaves through the sport.

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MOORE THE MERRIER -- Ryan Moore (the jockey, not the golfer!), who steered Found to victory in Sundays Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 1-2-3 in the Arc is one of racing’s greatest feats

Well, what a Sunday that was if you’re name happens to be Ryan Moore. Bagging the crucial point that regained the Ryder Cup for the USA and riding the winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Not a bad day’s work, by anybody’s standards.

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HES THE MAN! -- Frankie Dettori, pictured with a fan, celebrates this week the 20th anniversary of his Magnificent Seven feat when he rode all seven winners at a big meeting at Ascot in 1996.

Sequence of 2yo surprises at Newmarket as racing looks ahead to Sunday’s Arc

The sound of bubbles bursting and the smell of fingers burning are still in the air on the Rowley Mile after a Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket laced with surprises.

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STAR OF SADDLE AND SCREEN -- former jockey Hayley Turner, who will be a member of ITVs racing team next year.

The racing you can watch, live and free, on ITV next year

If you are a keen racing fan, the chances are you subscribe to Racing UK. Or, at the very least, you know where to find its free-to-air rival channel, At The Races, on your remote.

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Leger love-in: The packed stands at Doncaster on Saturday when more than 25,000 flocked to Town Moor to see a dramatic Ladbrokes St Leger.

Doncaster drama as St Leger favourite evokes memories of Devon Loch!

If it’s not the winner being controversially disqualified, it’s the odds-on favourite stumbling and unseating his rider! You can’t match the drama that is engulfing the modern renewals of Doncaster’s ancient Classic.

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SPRINT KING -- trainer Karl Burke, who saddled Quiet Reflection, the winner of the Group One 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

HORSES TO FOLLOW: potential stars of the future worth keeping an eye on

A plethora of meetings means the racing comes thick and fast through the summer, so it’s often difficult for punters and racegoers to keep track.

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WE LOVE THE LEGER! -- packed crowds are guaranteed at Doncaster next week for the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

It’s the oldest swinger in town -- but Doncaster’s St Leger is still a big deal

The age-old adage goes something like this: the fastest horse wins the Guineas, the luckiest horse wins the Derby, and the best horse wins the St Leger.

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WIN tickets to the 2016 Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival

WIN tickets to the 2016 Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival

The 2016 Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse promises to be a fabulous four-day spectacular with a glamourous social scene and amazing racing including the Doncaster Cup and St. Leger Stakes.

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KING OF THE KNAVESMIRE -- Paul Mulrennan, who rode Meccas Angel to victory for the second year running in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at Yorks Ebor Festival. (PHOTO BY:

York’s Ebor Festival proves it is one of the best meetings Team GB Racing delivers

It was very much a game of two halves, with the first two days bathed in summer sunshine and the second two ravaged by rain and wind. But when the final whistle blew, the consensus of opinion was that York’s Ebor Festival had been an end-to-end thriller.

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RACING ROYALTY -- Frankie Dettori rides a winner for The Queen this time last year at the Ebor Festival at York.

Stand aside Sir Bradley Wiggins, Max Whitlock and Mo comes Frankie Dettori!

On the night most of British sport was paying homage to one of the country’s sporting legends, racing had its own luminary to salute.

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SUPERMAC -- jockey PJ McDonald on Clever Cookie after their victory in the Yorkshire Cup at York earlier this season. (PHOTO BY:

Looking ahead to my rides at York’s Ebor Festival -- by jockey PJ McDonald

Crack northern jockey PJ McDonald has shared his views on York’s superb Ebor Festival, which gets under way on Wednesday, and has disclosed his exclusive thoughts on some of his best rides.

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HEAD TURNER -- top female jockey Hayley Turner, who came out of retirement to ride a winner at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Ascot’s Shergar Cup symbolises the dangers of racing’s skewed message

Here are a couple of quick quiz questions for you. Which team won the Shergar Cup at Ascot in 2010? And which jockey took the Silver Saddle in 2013?

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GOODWOOD GREAT -- The Gurkha (right), who won the big race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Group One Sussex Stakes. (PHOTO BY:

Goodwood enhances its reputation with glorious midsummer festival

Glorious by name it might no longer be, but glorious by nature it most certainly is. That’s the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which enhanced its burgeoning reputation over five compelling days last week.

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JUST LIKE WATCHING BRAZIL -- champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa, who hails from Brazil, will be gunning for lots of winners at Ascot and Goodwood.

Key stats to find winners of the big midsummer races at Ascot and Goodwood

As busman’s holidays go, there can be few better than ones that take in the midsummer delights of Ascot and Goodwood.

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FESTIVAL FEVER -- the annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival kicks off on Saturday.

Prolific Mark Johnston aims to be Yorkshire Festival’s top trainer again

Star trainer Mark Johnston says he is hoping to become top trainer for a second successive season at this year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which gets under way at Ripon on Saturday.

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Tips and preview for Doncaster’s Thursday, July 14 evening race meeting

Tips and preview for Doncaster’s Thursday, July 14 evening race meeting

Fendale could be the surprise winner of the big race on Doncaster’s Thursday evening card.

IN THE WINNER'S ENCLOSURE -- jockey Paul Mulrennan, who rode a winner and two seconds at York's big meeting last Saturday, is sure to be successful again during the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which starts on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: Louise Pollard/

Newmarket is still the beating heart of racing, 350 years on

Ascot and Cheltenham might have evolved into the great gladiatorial theatres of racing. But our sport would be nothing without Newmarket.

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RIDING HIGH -- jockey Lauren Steade with trainer Micky Hammond after her first ride in a competitive race.

Jockey ‘Little Loz’ is racing to success -- just like her grandad

Teenage horse-rider Lauren Steade, of Eckington, has realised her dream to become a jockey -- and to follow in the footsteps of her grandad.

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