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Doncaster’s crown jewel shines brightly, but the diamonds need a polish

For as long as I can remember, Doncaster’s St Leger meeting every September has been a highlight of the racing calendar.

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The rapidly-improving Defoe, one of the leading fancies, bidding to give jockey Andrea Atzeni his third St Leger triumph in the last four years.

It’s a St Leger to savour on Doncaster’s big sporting day out

A fascinating renewal of the world’s oldest Classic is set to light up Town Moor for Doncaster’s biggest sporting day out on Saturday.

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York racecourse, the scene of last week's wonderful Ebor Festival (PHOTO BY: James Hardisty).

YORK’S EBOR FESTIVAL: day-by-day review

Of all the marvellous Flat racing festivals that run from Guineas Weekend in May to Champions Day in October, York’s Ebor meeting remains one of the most popular with racegoers.

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Defoe, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, storms to victory at Newbury on Saturday to set up a tilt at the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster next month.

All eyes on the Ebor Festival as Yorkshire takes centre stage

It seems only five minutes since we were baking and sweating in the blazing heat of Royal Ascot. Yet here we are, deep into August, dodging the daily rain showers and moving headlong into the part of the season when Yorkshire takes centre stage.

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The defeat of hot favourite Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, in the Sussex Stakes was one of many surprises at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Horses to follow from a Goodwood week that struggled to stay glorious

The weather did its best to sabotage Goodwood week, which left the Qatar-sponsored meeting struggling to live to up to its fabled moniker of Glorious.

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Bengali Boys, ridden by Barry McHugh and trained by Richard Fahey, storms to an easy victory in the big race of the weekend at rain-soaked Newbury, the Weatherbys Super Sprint for 2yos.

Goodwood and Ascot provide a glorious midsummer feast

It’s hard to be upbeat within racing at present after the tragic death of stalls-handler Stephen Yarborough at Haydock Park.

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Newmarket's charming July Course, which staged another successful July Festival last week. (PHOTO BY: cassiefairy.com)

Newmarket winning the race to put the cream on top of the July Jam

Got your breath back yet? What a hectic, action-packed few days they were!

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DJ Sara Cox, an avid racing fan, is helping to promote the StirrUp Summer Campaign, which includes free admission for under-18s at all tracks.

Free admission for under-18s helps racing’s bid to lure the next generation

Go racing on any UK course these days, particularly on Saturdays, and you’ll be struck by the remarkable number of younger people who are there, enjoying themselves. Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown this Saturday will provide the perfect example.

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Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, who got Royal Ascot off to a flying start by winning the Queen Anne Stakes in course-record time.

ROYAL ASCOT: day-by-day review and horses to follow

A total of 293,791 people flocked through the gates of Royal Ascot last week, mixing top-class racing with all the glamour and glitz of one of the social occasions of the year.

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The Queen, who kept up her record of not missing a single day at Royal Ascot since her coronation in 1953.

Royal Ascot delivers top horses and top races to match the top hats

Never mind the top hat and tails. The top horses and races were all the fashion at an unforgettable Royal Ascot.

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The royal colours of the Queen, sported here by Frankie Dettori, which could be carried to success at Ascot on the final day of the meeting by Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes.

ROYAL ASCOT: Day Five (Saturday) Preview

The fifth and final day of the royal meeting centres on the sprinters in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and its 6f sister race, the richly competitive Wokingham Handicap.

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Crack jockey Silvestre de Sousa, who warmed up for Royal Ascot by riding six winners in one day last Friday.

ROYAL ASCOT: Day Four (Friday) Preview

If I was forced to make a choice, the Friday of Royal Ascot would be my favourite day of the five, given that it focuses on fast-improving 3yos.

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Godolphin star Hawkbill, who is one of many winners from last year's Royal Ascot expected to return in search of more success this week.

ROYAL ASCOT: Day Two (Wednesday) Preview

After a thrilling opening day, Royal Ascot serves up one of its blockbuster contests of the week in the shape of the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

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Thursday is not only Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot. It's also ladies' day, with all the glamour and glitz that goes with it.

ROYAL ASCOT: Day Three (Thursday) Preview

Ladies’ Day at Royal traditionally attracts a huge crowd, bolstered by coach trips from all corners of the country.

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Dual 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill, who is a hot favourite for the big race of the opening day at Royal Ascot, the St James's Palace Stakes.

ROYAL ASCOT: Day One (Tuesday) Preview

The rain has retreated and the sun has re-appeared. What better time for Royal Ascot?

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York, which has been voted the best racecourse of the year by members of The Racegoers Club.

Racegoers vote for York as their favourite course of the year

York has been voted the best racecourse in the country this year by members of the Racegoers Club, the official supporters club for British racing fans.

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Master trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled another Investec Derby winner at Epsom -- but not with a fancied horse.

Wings Of Eagles’ Derby win: shock, fluke or fine performance?

So an Investec Derby that looked unfathomable beforehand yielded a result that was, well, err, unfathomable.

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From left, drummer Oscar Harrison, singer Simon Fowler and guitarist Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene.

Doncaster racecourse date for Ocean Colour Scene

Britpop favourites Ocean Colour Scene are the latest act lined up to perform at Doncaster Racecourse this summer.

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Jockeys riding out at Mark Johnston's yard in Middleham, Yorkshire, which hopes to be celebrating its first Investec Derby winner on Saturday, courtesy of Permian.

INVESTEC DERBY PREVIEW: horse-by-horse guide to the key runners at Epsom

If anyone tells you they know who’s going to win the Investec Derby, their assertions can safely be filed under the category, fake news.

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Will Frankie Dettori be the number one again in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on Friday when he rides the strong fancy, Enable?

INVESTEC OAKS PREVIEW: horse-by-horse guide to the key runners at Epsom

Whereas the Investec Derby is as open as the expansive, rolling Epsom Downs themselves, its sister Classic, the Investec Oaks revolves around one horse.

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