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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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Racing Post day at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday

Racing Post day at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday

Hyperfocus seems to relish cut in the ground so the autumnal conditions in the Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager Handicap at Doncaster should be right up his street.

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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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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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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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Capri, ridden by Ryan Moore, holds on to win the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

Doncaster’s crown jewel shines brightly, but the diamonds need a polish

For as long as I can remember, Doncaster’s St Leger meeting every September has been a highlight of the racing calendar.

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The rapidly-improving Defoe, one of the leading fancies, bidding to give jockey Andrea Atzeni his third St Leger triumph in the last four years. PHOTO BY: JULIAN HERBERT (courtesy of Newbury Racecourse)

Our racing analyst Richard Silverwood previews the 2017 St Leger and predicts his 1-2-3-4

A fascinating renewal of the world’s oldest Classic is set to light up Town Moor for Doncaster’s biggest sporting day out on Saturday.

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Andrea Atzeni celebrates winning the 2014 Leger.

Andrea Atzeni targets St Leger hat trick

Andrea Atzeni believes Defoe has the attributes to provide him with a third triumph in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.

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The rapidly-improving Defoe, one of the leading fancies, bidding to give jockey Andrea Atzeni his third St Leger triumph in the last four years.

It’s a St Leger to savour on Doncaster’s big sporting day out

A fascinating renewal of the world’s oldest Classic is set to light up Town Moor for Doncaster’s biggest sporting day out on Saturday.

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York racecourse, the scene of last week's wonderful Ebor Festival (PHOTO BY: James Hardisty).

YORK’S EBOR FESTIVAL: day-by-day review

Of all the marvellous Flat racing festivals that run from Guineas Weekend in May to Champions Day in October, York’s Ebor meeting remains one of the most popular with racegoers.

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Defoe, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, storms to victory at Newbury on Saturday to set up a tilt at the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster next month.

All eyes on the Ebor Festival as Yorkshire takes centre stage

It seems only five minutes since we were baking and sweating in the blazing heat of Royal Ascot. Yet here we are, deep into August, dodging the daily rain showers and moving headlong into the part of the season when Yorkshire takes centre stage.

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The defeat of hot favourite Ribchester, ridden by William Buick, in the Sussex Stakes was one of many surprises at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Horses to follow from a Goodwood week that struggled to stay glorious

The weather did its best to sabotage Goodwood week, which left the Qatar-sponsored meeting struggling to live to up to its fabled moniker of Glorious.

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Bengali Boys, ridden by Barry McHugh and trained by Richard Fahey, storms to an easy victory in the big race of the weekend at rain-soaked Newbury, the Weatherbys Super Sprint for 2yos.

Goodwood and Ascot provide a glorious midsummer feast

It’s hard to be upbeat within racing at present after the tragic death of stalls-handler Stephen Yarborough at Haydock Park.

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Newmarket's charming July Course, which staged another successful July Festival last week. (PHOTO BY: cassiefairy.com)

Newmarket winning the race to put the cream on top of the July Jam

Got your breath back yet? What a hectic, action-packed few days they were!

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RacIng preview and tips for Doncaster’s Thursday evening meeting

RacIng preview and tips for Doncaster’s Thursday evening meeting

Favourite backers had their fingers burnt when Daira Prince was beaten at Yarmouth a fortnight ago, but he can reward those who keep the faith in the Thistleton Gap Handicap at Leicester.

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DJ Sara Cox, an avid racing fan, is helping to promote the StirrUp Summer Campaign, which includes free admission for under-18s at all tracks.

Free admission for under-18s helps racing’s bid to lure the next generation

Go racing on any UK course these days, particularly on Saturdays, and you’ll be struck by the remarkable number of younger people who are there, enjoying themselves. Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown this Saturday will provide the perfect example.

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Doncaster Racecourse - picture: Liz Robinson

Classic Seniority to score at Doncaster - tips for Friday afternoon meeting (July 7)

Marjorie Fife does a fine job with her small squad and is taken to secure a nice enough prize at Doncaster with Classic Seniority.

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