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From books to baubles, and hip-flasks to puddings -- what to buy the racing fan for Christmas

Christmas for racing fans means a main course of the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, followed by all the trimmings of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, plus a sumptuous four-day feast at Leopardstown on the side.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's FMX god Edgar Torronteras who cites Sheffield as his fave arena

PREVIEW: Motorbike daredevils jump to it for spectacular Arenacross show in Sheffield

Daredevil motorbike riders are gearing up to bring fast and furious high octane action to Sheffield Arena with the return of Arenacross early next year.

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Lorna Allinson of Gainsborough and Morton Striders

Allinson wins at a Canter representing the Striders

Lorna Allinson represented Gainsborough and Morton Striders with aplomb this week, winning the Leeds and Liverpool Canter.

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HENNESSY HEROES -- Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, lands the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

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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Gainsborough hammer Southwell

Gainsborough All Blacks thrashed Southwell III 83-0 after a 12 try rout.

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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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Morton Trentside School celebrate another award

Morton Trentside School celebrate another award

Gainsborough’s Morton Trentside Primary School is this week celebrating being named Active School of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards ceremony in Lincolnshire Showground’s Epic Centre.

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MIDLANDS CHAMPION -- Matt Blakey.

Bodybuilder makes national final after only his second competition

A 23-year-old Gainsborough man has reached a national final after only his second competition in a form of bodybuilding.

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POUNDING THE STREETS OF NEW YORK -- Hanna Bennett, of Gainsborough Striders, who completed one of the most famous marathons in the world.

Gainsborough Striders runner Hanna completes New York Marathon

The lure of the Big Apple proved too much for Gainsborough Strider Hanna Bennett, who crossed the Atlantic to tackle the world-renowned New York marathon at the weekend.

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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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POPPY POWER -- the Striders trio who took second place in the Brigg Poppy 10k. From left, Ronnie McWilliam, Mat Huteson and James Croft. (PHOTO BY: Craig Ward)

Double delight for proud Gainsborough Striders in the Poppy 10k

In another weekend of success, proud Gainsborough Striders bagged second places in both the men’s and ladies’ team events at the annual Brigg Poppy 10k.

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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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CARRY ON RUNNING! -- plucky Gainsborough Strider Karen Creed, who ran 6k of a 10k race in Nottinghamshire without realising she had dislocated her shoulder in a fall.

Runner smashes pain barrier in weekend of thrills and spills for Gainsborough Striders

A weekend of thrills and spills for members of Gainsborough and Morton Striders was epitomised by plucky runner Karen Creed.

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WEST Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club round-up.

Marvellous Marlene is queen of bowls triples league

Marvellous Marlene Mays is the queen of the Monday Triples League in the early stages of the season at West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club in Gainsborough.

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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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Big stage win for Isle fighter

Big stage win for Isle fighter

A young mixed martial arts fighter from the Isle hopes to take on the world’s best after a convincing win in Scotland.

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DUTCH COURAGE -- James Croft, who produced a spectacular performance in the Mizuno Half-Marathon at Amsterdam.

Superb overseas debut by Gainsborough Strider Croft in Amsterdam

A scintillating performance in his first race overseas made James Croft the happiest member of Gainsborough Striders this week.

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