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Gold Cup hero back with bang in weekend that was Sceaux (or Sceau) good

You had to know your Sceaux from your Sceau when analysing and assessing a weekend of racing action that warmed the cockles of even the coldest of hearts amid the ice and snow.

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Total Recall, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, won the first edition of the �250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

All the stars aligned as Newbury serves up best meeting of Jumps season so far

It’s not often all the stars are aligned and you get all your ducks in a row at a race meeting. But that was definitely the case last weekend at Newbury, who dished up the best, and most enjoyable, fare of the Jumps season so far.

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WWE legends Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Rob Van Dam are bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas in 2018 and we have all the ticket details.

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All smiles from teacher John Anderson after his bronze medal at the British Modern Biathlon Championships.

National bronze medal in modern biathlon for sports-mad teacher

Sports-mad teacher John Anderson, of the Parish Church Primary School in Gainsborough, is celebrating a brilliant bronze medal at the British Modern Biathlon Championships.

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Racing legend John Francome, who was champion jockey seven times.

Legend John Francome looks back as Newbury’s big race begins new era

You might know it as the Hennessy Gold Cup. But you have to get used to calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy from now on.

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Elgin (left) powers past long-time leader Misterton at the final flight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, the feature race on Sunday. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire/PA Images)

Cheltenham’s November meeting was the most underwhelming I can remember

Cheltenham’s November meeting, better known under its previous guise as The Open or even the Paddy Power, is so popular that its reputation is largely untouchable.

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The youngsters from Saxilby School who won the team contest in the annual cross-country championships.

Hundreds of schoolchildren tackle cross-country runs

A record number of 15 schools took part in the annual cross-country championships for youngsters aged 11 and under in the Gainsborough area.

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Jockey Danny Tudhope after he was crowned Cock O' The North at Doncaster on Saturday.

Buoyant Tudhope crowned Cock O’ The North jockey for the first time

There are those who reckon Doncaster’s November Handicap meeting, which wrapped up a magnificent 2017 Flat season on Saturday, has lost its pizzazz.

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster to give trainer Aidan O'Brien the new world record for Group One wins in a calendar year.

HORSES TO FOLLOW: 20 promising 2yos to remember for the Flat next spring

With just one weekend of the Flat season to go, courtesy of a terrific card at Doncaster, the mindsets of most punters are now switched on to the Jumps game. And it’s a time of year when many of us draw up horses to follow through the winter and on to the big festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown next spring.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson (left) with one of his main challengers for this year's title trophy, Sam Twiston-Davies. (PHOTO BY: Fiona Crawford)

Richard Johnson in the box-seat for his third jump jockeys’ championship

Once the Breeders’ Cup is out of the way, the focus of the racing community can switch wholeheartedly to the Jumps season, which stepped up a gear with the first meeting at Cheltenham last weekend.

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Cracksman and jockey Frankie Dettori, showing off his trademark flying dismount, who were the stars of the show on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot. (PHOTO BY: Simon Hulme, Yorkshire Post Newspapers)

Frankel legacy lives on thanks to Cracksman, star of Ascot’s Champions Day

Journeying down to Ascot on Saturday, I was staggered to read in one of the previews that the Qipco British Champions Day concept had a “difficult birth” back in 2011.

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One of the star attractions of Qipco Champions Day, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes favourite Ribchester, with his trainer Richard Fahey, at an open day at his yard last month. (PHOTO BY: Tony Johnson).

Race-by-race guide and tips for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot

Long gone are the days when you waved goodbye to the Flat season on the tail of the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October.

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Doncaster nutritionist representing Ireland in World Cup

Doncaster nutritionist representing Ireland in World Cup

A nutritionist who works in Doncaster is jetting off to Australia to represent Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup Squad.

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Newmarket's Rowley Mile course, which is staging some tremendous end-of-season action on the Flat, including this weekend with the Dubai Future Champions Festival. (PHOTO BY: horseracingphoto.co.uk)

Newmarket, Ascot and Doncaster set to deliver fitting finale to Flat season

Enable, Harry Angel, Winter, a vintage Royal Ascot, Big Orange, Battaash, Ribchester, Aidan O’Brien’s Group One record bid, Ulysses, Highland Reel, a cracking St Leger and a thrilling Derby.

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Making a racket about tennis in Doncaster

Making a racket about tennis in Doncaster

Causing a racket about the world of tennis is a group of sports enthusiasts in Doncaster.

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He's the man! Frankie Dettori who rode a record-breaking fifth Arc victory on board Enable at Chantilly on Sunday.

Ooh-la-la! Enable spearheads an Arc Day to remember in France

France has a long-established reputation for showcasing the very best of racing on Arc Day -- and Sunday’s captivating renewal was no exception.

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The Sundried t-shirt, made from coffee grounds

REVIEW: Ethical ‘made from coffee’ running gear

Looking good, feeling comfortable and being visible to traffic have long been traditional considerations for joggers choosing their running gear.

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The husband-and-wife sidecar-racing team, Giles and Jen Stainton, in action at Cadwell Park. (PHOTO BY: Sid Diggins)

Cadwell Park crash for sidecar-racing Staintons

The final round of the British F2 Sidecar Championship did not go to plan for Upton duo Giles and Jen Stainton, who suffered an alarming crash in the second race.

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Captain proud of Maoris’ passion in heavy home defeat

Gainsborough RUFC’s Maoris were beaten 55-14 by visitors Sleaford but showed a lot of promise and appeared to be heading in the right direction.

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Commendable time for Hill in first marathon run

Commendable time for Hill in first marathon run

Gainsborough & Morton Striders Aaron Hill ran his first marathon in Hull at the weekend.

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