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Premier League looking to return behind closed doors in May

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Conference call of Premier League 20 clubs on April 3 Premier League's broadcasters £3b-a-year deal expires July 31. By Andrew Atkinson Chief Sports Editor THE...

Tiger Roll and Red Rum go head-to-head in Virtual Grand National

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Top Ville Ben: Watching the Grand National from his stable.

By Andrew Atkinson Despite the £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National postponed, due to the coronavirus lockdown, the race will get under starters orders on April 4 – by Virtual runners. A 40 runners field over the four miles two and a half furlongs go to post using CGI technology and special algorithms. Tiger Roll, […]

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Royal Ascot and Epsom Derby hang in balance in coronavirus lockdown

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By Andrew Atkinson The five days Royal Ascot meeting in June, with HM The Queen and the Royal procession, are left holding their breath in the wake of racing’s lockdown, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Royal Ascot is The Queen’s showcase Flat racing event of the year, attending the meeting, traditionally waving to the crowd […]

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MONUMENTAL EFFORT NEEDED

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James Moffatt (left) with Cartmel Priory Reverend Nick Devenish at the blessing of the racehorse service.

Quote: ‘We ask for God’s blessing upon all those who are involved in horse racing’ – Cartmel Priory Rev. Nick Devenish Quote: ‘If we all pull together, do the right thing, we will all get through this’ – trainer James Moffatt By Andrew Atkinson Trainer James Moffatt based at Pit Farm racing stables in Cartmel, […]

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FRANKIE DETTORI DEVASTATED BY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN ITALY

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Quote: ‘My mother has had pneumonia in the past. She has to be really careful. If she takes to this virus, she may not make it through. I’m concerned about her’ – Frankie Dettori By Andrew Atkinson Italian superstar, Milan born jockey Frankie Dettori, has spoken about the devastation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic that […]

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Whistle-stop for Erling the cowbell ringer!

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THE FULL MONTE By Andrew Atkinson Chief sports editor Football crazy Erling Witzoe sent a goodbye message to the players, staff and supporters of CD...

Focus on Trainer Nick Alexander

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STAY SAFE, HEALTHY – AND SAY A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD. GOD BLESS Quote: ‘A massive and heartfelt thank you goes out to our fantastic team of owners and staff, both of whose loyalty and commitment have brought tears to my eyes’. By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Nick Alexander, based in Bishop Hill, Kinneston, Scotland, is […]

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ROCK ON TOMMY!

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Jockey Tom Marquand selfie down under. Photo: Twitter.

Jockey, Marquand wins Group 3 Schweppervescence in Aussie By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Tom Marquand won the Group 3 Schweppervescence on the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt Holyfield on Saturday (March 28) in Australia, beating Untamed by 3/4 of a length. “He’s obviously a horse with plenty of ability,” said Cheltenham born Marquand. “He got […]

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Think Tank established to outline return of racing

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HRI chairman Nicky Hartery: Important we do all we can individually and collectively to fight Covid-19.

Important we do all we can individually and collectively to fight Covid-19 – HRI chairman Nicky Hartery With racing in England and Ireland in lockdown a think tank was put in place in a bid to outline the return of the sport in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic ANDREW ATKINSON reports. With racing […]

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IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP

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As we can't watch the Masters this month, just a reminder of what we're missing.  Amen corner at Augusta.  Sigh! THE PAR 3 12th AT...

Coronavirus halts BHA whip offences investigation

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Coronavirus halts BHA whip offences investigation

By Andrew Atkinson The British Horseracing Authority has put on hold an investigation into whip offences by jockeys in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. “A new timetable will be agreed at an appropriate point in the future. “The consultation would require a significant focus from senior officials, who are involved in the formation […]

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Coronavirus: BHA announcement

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Coronavirus: BHA announcement

By Andrew Atkinson The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has released a statement in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, that has put racing in lockdown. “We are working with Defra to ensure we are interpreting their guidance correctly. Our current understanding is that horses can continue to be exercised as usual, provided guidance on […]

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7 Tips to Set Up a Safe and Comfortable Home Office

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Have you found the right spot for your new home office? And are your internet and computer working properly? Read here and get seven...

Coronavirus: Ireland race meetings follow suit in coronavirus lockdown

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Aidan O'Brien:  most important is health and safety. Photo: Twitter.

Quote: ‘Most important is health and safety’ – trainer Aiden O’Brien By Andrew Atkinson Chief sports editor RACING in Ireland has followed suit of England and France on cancelling race meetings, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting events were to be cancelled as of midnight on March 24 […]

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Hughes to be named champion NH jockey

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Brian Hughes: to be named champion jockey. Photo: Twitter.

Presentation ceremonies on hold By Andrew Atkinson The National Hunt Champion jockey title will be presented to Brian Hughes – with any presentation ceremony on hold due to racing’s coronovirus closedown. Hughes has reportedly been told that he will be crowned champion jockey, when the appropriate time arrives. Champion jockey Richard Johnson said that Hughes […]

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What do you do when football’s cancelled – self isolating –...

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Well, what do you do when football's cancelled - you're self isolating - and you live alone? That is what fellow Prestonian and friend John...

CORONAVIRUS: Racing will not be beaten

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Quote: ‘Racing will not be beaten by shutdown’ – BHA chief executive and chair, Nick Rust By Andrew Atkinson The coronavirus epidemic that has seen racing halted – until the end of April – has led to the BHA announcing outline plans to provide financial assistance to those affected. UK PM Boris Johnson said together […]

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Cooking Appliances to Save Time on Preparing Meals

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In this age and day when we’re more conscious about our nutritional choices, everyone is a fan of delicious home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, we also...

THURLES Review – JETZ (3-1) FLIES IN!

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Zero Ten tip (3-1) wins Our Majella ew (12-1) placed By Andrew Atkinson Jetz (3-1) trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power was a winning tip, when landing the BetVictor Hurdle at Thurles, Ireland, on Saturday. Headline selection Jetz ran well throughout, gaining a 6 length victory, ahead of 6-5 favourite Mary Frances. […]

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THURLES Review – JETZ (3-1) FLIES IN!

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Zero Ten tip (3-1) wins Our Majella ew (12-1) placed By Andrew Atkinson Jetz (3-1) trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power was a winning tip, when landing the BetVictor Hurdle at Thurles, Ireland, on Saturday. Headline selection Jetz ran well throughout, gaining a 6 length victory, ahead of 6-5 favourite Mary Frances. […]

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No overseas runners permitted in Irish races

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Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday

Quote: ‘Unprecedented and sombre times’ – Nicky Hartery, chairman of HRI By Andrew Atkinson Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday – despite the coronavirus outbreak – and after meetings in England were suspended until the end of April. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has introduced further restrictions, including a maximum of […]

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MAX DYNAMITE TO BLOW HOLE IN BOOKIES SATCHELS

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Racing FOCUS – All eyes on Thurles Jessie’s Jetz to fly in Fakiera, Elliott tip Zero Ten to land Moloney By Andrew Atkinson Willie Mullins saddles ten year old Max Dynamite (4.10) at Thurles in the Horse and Jockey Beginners Chase over 2m 6f at the Tipperary, Ireland, track on Saturday. Ridden by Paul Townend, […]

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CORONAVIRUS HITS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL STAFF AND RACEGOERS

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Cheltenham Festival organisers release statement after news staff and racegoers develop symptoms of Covid-19 By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news THE organisers of Cheltenham Festival have released a statement after the news that staff and racegoers have started to develop symptoms of Covid-19. According to reports two housemates who worked at the four day festival have […]

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CORONAVIRUS HITS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL STAFF AND RACEGOERS

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Cheltenham Festival organisers release statement after news staff and racegoers develop symptoms of Covid-19 By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news THE organisers of Cheltenham Festival have released a statement after the news that staff and racegoers have started to develop symptoms of Covid-19. According to reports two housemates who worked at the four day festival have […]

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Punters friend Andrew Atkinson’s TALK OF THE TURF

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Punters friend Andrew Atkinson's TALK OF THE TURF

Andrew Atkinson’s talk of the turf will continue during the six weeks’ cancellation of racing in England – with the latest news, interviews, and Feature articles. Andrew, author of ‘Racing into The Millennium’ of which the Foreword was penned by former trainer Jack Berry, MBE, will bring interviews to the table, along with a ‘Looking […]

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Racing suspended due to coronavirus pandemic

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Jockeys look at the riding out chart at Philip Kirby racing stables, in the wake of the coronavirus. Photo: courtesy Philip Kirby.

Jockey Sean Quinlan left pondering over September wedding Cash-strapped jockeys’ worries By Andrew Atkinson Horseracing has been suspended – due to the coronavirus pandemic – following a move by the BHA to shutdown until May, at the earliest. It is deemed jockeys will be hit hard – as will thousands of other professionals in the […]

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Cheltenham Festival – lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

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Cheltenham Festival - lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

By Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival 2020 can look back on being lucky to escape cancellation – or taking place without the 251,000 spectators who attended the four days meeting last week – after the coronavirus outbreak. Four days after the final day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 13 it was announced horseracing in Britain […]

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Keeping It Handy: Tools You Need in Your Workshop Now

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The last thing you want is to start a handy project around the house only to find out that you are missing a tool...

Aintree Grand National cancelled due to coronavirus

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Aintree Grand National legends: Red Rum and Ginger McCain on Southport beach.

By Andrew Atkinson The £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National, scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus outbreak. “The Randox Health Grand National festival will not take place. Public health must come first,” said Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club. The three day Aintree meeting, set between April 2-4, […]

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SO SORRY CHELTENHAM APOLOGY

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‘I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart’ – jockey Jamie Moore Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival proved to be one to forget for jockey Jamie Moore – left distraught – when being unseated by runaway leader Goshen at the final hurdle in the Triumph Hurdle on Gold Cup day, March 13. Speaking for the first […]

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