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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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HEAD TURNER -- top female jockey Hayley Turner, who came out of retirement to ride a winner at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Ascot’s Shergar Cup symbolises the dangers of racing’s skewed message

Here are a couple of quick quiz questions for you. Which team won the Shergar Cup at Ascot in 2010? And which jockey took the Silver Saddle in 2013?

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The Gurkha (right), who won the big race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Group One Sussex Stakes. Photo: racingfotos.com

Reflections on a glorious Goodwoood

Glorious by name it might no longer be, but glorious by nature it most certainly is. That’s the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which enhanced its burgeoning reputation over five compelling days.

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GOODWOOD GREAT -- The Gurkha (right), who won the big race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Group One Sussex Stakes. (PHOTO BY: racingfotos.com)

Goodwood enhances its reputation with glorious midsummer festival

Glorious by name it might no longer be, but glorious by nature it most certainly is. That’s the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which enhanced its burgeoning reputation over five compelling days last week.

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Final day at Goodwood plus Doncaster tips for Saturday

Orion’s Bow should take a heck of a lot of stopping in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.

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Cotai Glory wins at Glorious Goodwood in  2014 and is napped to score there again on Friday.  Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Glorious Goodwood preview for Friday, July 29

Charlie Hills tasted big-race glory earlier in the week at Goodwood and Cotai Glory can keep the ball rolling by bouncing back to form in the Qatar King George Stakes on day four of the Glorious meeting.

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Flashback to Galileo Gold's  St James' Palace Stakes triumph at Royal Ascot, but Jockey Frankie  Dettori may not be jumping for joy at Glorious Goodwood where runner-up The Gurkha bids to turn the tables in the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Gurkha set for a Glorious Goodwood: Second day preview and tips

The Gurkha can avenge his Royal Ascot defeat by seeing off Galileo Gold in the Qatar Sussex Stakes, the feature event on day two of Glorious Goodwood.

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Dutch Connection can win on  Day One of Glorious Goodwood. Photo:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Glorious Goodwood - first day preview and tips (for Tuesday, July 26)

Dutch Connection can take a starring role on the first of five days of top-notch action at Goodwood by landing the Qatar Lennox Stakes.

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Just like watching Brazil! Champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa, who hails from Brazil, will be gunning for lots of winners at Ascot and Goodwood.

Key stats to find big winners at Ascot and Goodwood

As busman’s holidays go, there can be few better than ones that take in the midsummer delights of Ascot and Goodwood.

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JUST LIKE WATCHING BRAZIL -- champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa, who hails from Brazil, will be gunning for lots of winners at Ascot and Goodwood.

Key stats to find winners of the big midsummer races at Ascot and Goodwood

As busman’s holidays go, there can be few better than ones that take in the midsummer delights of Ascot and Goodwood.

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Firmament, pictured wining The Surgo Construction Handicap Stakes at Newcastle in May 26, is tipped to score at headquarters on Saturday. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Racing preview for Saturday, July 16

The Tin Man can make the most of a drop in class by returning to winning form in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

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FESTIVAL FEVER -- the annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival kicks off on Saturday.

Prolific Mark Johnston aims to be Yorkshire Festival’s top trainer again

Star trainer Mark Johnston says he is hoping to become top trainer for a second successive season at this year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which gets under way at Ripon on Saturday.

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Jockey Paul Mulrennan, who rode a winner and two seconds at York's big meeting last Saturday, is sure to be successful again during the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which starts on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: Louise Pollard/Racingfotos.com)

Newmarket still the beating heart of racing

Ascot and Cheltenham might have evolved into the great gladiatorial theatres of racing. But our sport would be nothing without Newmarket.

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Tips and preview for Doncaster’s Thursday, July 14 evening race meeting

Tips and preview for Doncaster’s Thursday, July 14 evening race meeting

Fendale could be the surprise winner of the big race on Doncaster’s Thursday evening card.

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IN THE WINNER'S ENCLOSURE -- jockey Paul Mulrennan, who rode a winner and two seconds at York's big meeting last Saturday, is sure to be successful again during the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which starts on Saturday. (PHOTO BY: Louise Pollard/Racingfotos.com)

Newmarket is still the beating heart of racing, 350 years on

Ascot and Cheltenham might have evolved into the great gladiatorial theatres of racing. But our sport would be nothing without Newmarket.

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Racing preview for Wednesday, July 13

Racing preview for Wednesday, July 13

Bastille Day can run out an aptly-named winner of Sandown’s Sky Bet Proud To Support RoR Handicap on the eve of the famous French National Day.

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RIDING HIGH -- jockey Lauren Steade with trainer Micky Hammond after her first ride in a competitive race.

Jockey ‘Little Loz’ is racing to success -- just like her grandad

Teenage horse-rider Lauren Steade, of Eckington, has realised her dream to become a jockey -- and to follow in the footsteps of her grandad.

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Racing preview for Tuesday, July 12

Racing preview for Tuesday, July 12

Doctor Kehoe has a sporting chance of claiming back-to-back renewals of the Dribuild Group Handicap at Bath.

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