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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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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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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 Racingfotos.com)

“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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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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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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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: racingfotos.com)

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 Farah....here 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: racingfotos.com)

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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