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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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Jockey William Buick salutes the Newbury crowd after winning the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes on Ribchester.

Ribchester romp steals the show on Newbury’s Lockinge Day

Any meeting that yields a handful of clues and contenders for the upcoming Epsom Classics and the seasonal highlight that is Royal Ascot warrants the utmost respect.

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Royal Ascot is synonymous with the royal procession, led by The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh, which makes its way down the track on each of the five days.

The American horses set to add star-spangled flavour to Royal Ascot this year

As I write, the rain is pounding down and threatening to dampen the spirits at York’s ever-popular May meeting. But little can cloud the fact that this is one of the most exciting times of the racing year.

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Master trainer Aidan O'Brien, who completed his third 2000/1000 Guineas double at Newmarket over the weekend.

GUINEAS REVIEW: Churchill the kind of dogged digger that record-breaker Aidan O’Brien excels with

Some of the best horses Aidan O’Brien has trained have been dogged diggers. Horses who produce only just enough, and only when required.

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Ben Robinson, who harbours dreams of becoming champion apprentice.

Dedication is the key to apprentice jockey Robinson’s success

Five in the morning. A time most teenagers would see only if staying out late, partying way into the early hours.

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Four of the main contenders for the Stobart Flat jockeys' championship, pictured with the trophy. They are (from left) William Buick, reigning champion Jim Crowley, Oisin Murphy and Silvestre De Sousa (PHOTO BY: onEdition)

Under starter’s orders for a fascinating race to be champion Flat jockey

After the crowning of Richard Johnson as champion Jumps jockey for the second season running, attention now turns to the race to be number one rider on the Flat.

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Barney Roy, who put up one of the best 3yo performances seen so far this season, winning the JLT Greenham Stakes at Newbury, and now goes for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket this weekend.

Twenty early Flat 3yos to follow from Newmarket, Newbury and Sandown

We’ve already had the Lincoln, and this coming weekend, it’s time for the first Classics of the new Flat season at the Qipco Guineas Festival.

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Grand National winner One For Arthur back home this week with (from left) assistant trainer Peter Scudamore, groom Jaimie Duff and trainer Lucinda Russell.

Grand National is one for Arthur, but it’s ladies’ day every day at Aintree

If Nicola Sturgeon gets her way, Scotland will soon be marching out of the United Kingdom. But at Aintree, three equally redoubtable ladies voted in and wanted to be very much part of one of the UK’s greatest institutions.

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This year's Grand National marks the 40th anniversary of the record-breaking third win in the race, in 1977, of the legendary Red Rum, pictured above crossing the line under jockey Tommy Stack.

GRAND NATIONAL: pinsticker’s A-Z guide to all the runners at Aintree

It’s the race where we all have a flutter and try to find the winner. Or, at the very least, where we all have a go via the sweep at work or at our local pub and club.

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Buveur D'Air, ridden by Noel Fehily, and trained by Nicky Henderson, wins the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last week. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert.PA Wire)

Ten talking-points that made the 2017 Cheltenham Festival so memorable

All over for another year, the Cheltenham Festival has written a new chapter in its illustrious, heavyweight history.

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Willie Mullins, top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the last four years, with his odds-on favourite for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Douvan, probably the best horse on view at this week's meeting.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Richard Silverwood’s exclusive eve-of-meeting selections

So here we go. The famous roar that greets the start of the magnificent and mesmerising Cheltenham Festival is only a matter of hours away.

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