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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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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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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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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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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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Andrea Atzeni celebrates after riding Rivet to win the Racing Post Trophy  at Doncaster. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Doncaster ace Atzeni in fourth Racing post triumph

Andrea Atzeni continued his remarkable recent dominance of the Racing Post Trophy as Rivet entered the Classic picture with a commanding Doncaster display.

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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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Simple Verse, centre, winning at Doncaster last month, could score for Aidan OBrien if  shes allowed to  tackle the 2m distance for the first time. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Race-by-race preview of British Champions Day at Ascot

It scarcely seems credible that more than six months have passed since it all began.

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Doncasters very own Best Dressed Lady Maria Gledhill

Finest fillies line up for South Yorkshire race meet style stakes

Doncaster Racecourse's penultimate flat meeting of the season this month also sees Best Dressed Lady calendar highlight with crowning of overall winner.

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WHO'S THE DADDY? -- Jim Crowley, pictured relaxing with his three children, Bella, 7, Alice, 9, and Sam, 3, will be crowned champion jockey for the first time at Ascot on Saturday.

Race-by-race guide to Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot

It scarcely seems credible that more than six months have passed since it all began. Since THE LAST LION bolted up in the Betway Brocklesby. Since SECRET BRIEF ploughed his way through the Doncaster mud in the Betway Lincoln.

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FITTING TRIBUTE -- the Tom O'Ryan Champion Apprentice Trophy, which will be presented on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 15.

New champion apprentice trophy named after ‘great racing man’ Tom O’Ryan

This year’s champion apprentice jockey will receive a trophy newly named after racing personality Tom O’Ryan, whose death in August sent shockwaves through the sport.

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Minding ridden by jockey Ryan Moore on his way to winning the Qatar Nassau Stakes during  the Goodwood Festival, in July

Aidan O’Brien’s Arc 1-2-3 a sensation

Well, what a Sunday that was if you’re name happens to be Ryan Moore. Bagging the crucial point that landed the USA the Ryder Cup and riding the winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Not a bad day’s work, by anybody’s standards.

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MOORE THE MERRIER -- Ryan Moore (the jockey, not the golfer!), who steered Found to victory in Sundays Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 1-2-3 in the Arc is one of racing’s greatest feats

Well, what a Sunday that was if you’re name happens to be Ryan Moore. Bagging the crucial point that regained the Ryder Cup for the USA and riding the winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Not a bad day’s work, by anybody’s standards.

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Frankie Dettori leaps off Spain Burg as he celebrates winning the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Shellshocked at Newmarket - now for the Arc

The sound of bubbles bursting and the smell of fingers burning are still in the air on the Rowley Mile after a Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket laced with surprises.

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HES THE MAN! -- Frankie Dettori, pictured with a fan, celebrates this week the 20th anniversary of his Magnificent Seven feat when he rode all seven winners at a big meeting at Ascot in 1996.

Sequence of 2yo surprises at Newmarket as racing looks ahead to Sunday’s Arc

The sound of bubbles bursting and the smell of fingers burning are still in the air on the Rowley Mile after a Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket laced with surprises.

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Harbour Law ridden by George Baker (left)  wins the Ladbrokes St Leger  at Doncaster 12 days ago. The race will be one of many to be screened live by ITV next year under a new deal.    Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Boost for armchair racing fans as TV is back in the saddle

If you are a keen racing fan, the chances are you subscribe to Racing UK. Or, at the very least, you know where to find its free-to-air rival channel, At The Races, on your remote.

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STAR OF SADDLE AND SCREEN -- former jockey Hayley Turner, who will be a member of ITVs racing team next year.

The racing you can watch, live and free, on ITV next year

If you are a keen racing fan, the chances are you subscribe to Racing UK. Or, at the very least, you know where to find its free-to-air rival channel, At The Races, on your remote.

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