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COUNTDOWN TO ROYAL ASCOT: five fascinating duels to savour

This year’s Royal Ascot throws up some fascinating duels to savour in big Group One races that are part of the Qipco Champions Series.

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It's all smiles from this resident of Mark Johnston's yard in Middleham, Yorkshire at an open day there earlier this year. Could Johnston himself be full of joy after one of his crack 2yos wins at Royal Ascot? (PHOTO BY: James Hardisty, Yorkshire Post Newspapers)

COUNTDOWN TO ROYAL ASCOT: promising 2yos likely to make an impact

We know all about the big names set to rock up at Royal Ascot next week. Horses such as Cracksman, Order Of St George, Battaash, Lady Aurelia, Rhododendron, Vazirabad and Harry Angel.

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Masar, ridden by Willam Buick, storms home from Dee Ex Bee (far side) and Roaring Lion to spring an upset in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

DERBY VERDICT: why Godolphin deserved the glory, and why the hot favourite was beaten

The smug postscript to last week’s pre-Derby column would be to celebrate the fact that yes, my fancy ROARING LION did indeed make it third time lucky and exact his revenge on the hot favourite, SAXON WARRIOR.

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Saxon Warrior just edges out Roaring Lion at Doncaster in the Racing Post Trophy last October. Now the duo are set to lock horns again in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

DERBY PREVIEW: can Roaring Lion tame the hot favourite at Epsom?

As a racecourse, Doncaster has had its nose put out of joint more often than it might care for in recent years.

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Rhododendron (number 16) pips Lightning Spear to win the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Lockinge crowns a princess of the Turf on regal day at Newbury

It was Royal Wedding Day. It was also FA Cup final day. But for racing buffs, Saturday represented something far more significant -- Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury and one of the most attractive cards in the build-up to Royal Ascot.

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Big crowds can be guaranteed at all major race meetings in the UK.

Violence at the races: marketing chickens come home to roost

We should be talking about the enjoyable start to the Flat season, laced with star-quality performances and healthy-sized, competitive fields.

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Saxon Warrior, the 'monster of a horse', who won the first Classic of the year, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, at Newmarket.

QIPCO GUINEAS REVIEW: another chapter in amazing Aidan O’Brien story

Guineas Weekend is always the time when the Flat season springs to life, and the 2018 version, bathed in glorious sunshine and littered with classy, competitive racing, was no different.

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Trainer Mark Johnston, who has a live hope, Elarqam, for Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. (PHOTO BY: Simon Hulme)

QIPCO GUINEAS: Northern lights fire two big shots at this weekend’s Classics

The Flat season is in full swing, and the action goes up a gear this weekend with the first two Classics, Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas, followed by the Qipco 1,000 Guineas 24 hours later.

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GRAND NATIONAL: preview and top tips from our expert

It’s the day when millions of us are tempted into having a flutter. A bet down at the bookies or online, or a go on the sweepstake at work. Even Grandma has been known to splash out with her 50p each/way.

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Blaklion, fourth last year and ready to run a big race again.

GRAND NATIONAL: pinsticker’s guide to all the runners

Finding the winner of the Grand National is often likened to finding the numbers you need to land the National Lottery.

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REVEALED: the horse most likely to win the Grand National (statistically speaking!)

As punters saddle up for the return of the Grand National on Saturday, historical research into previous winners has unearthed the horse with the best chance of grabbing the £561,300 prize. And it’s VIRGILIO!

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

HORSES TO FOLLOW REWIND: twenty 2yos from the 2017 Flat season

Cheltenham has just passed, and the Grand National Festival at Aintree is just around the corner. But already under way is the new Flat campaign, and the action will soon be cranking up a gear with Newmarket’s Craven meeting and Newbury’s Greenham meeting.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson salutes the crowd after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Native River. (PHOTO BY: Mike Egerton/PAWire/PA Images)

Ten talking-points that defined the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Hard to believe it’s over for another year, isn’t it? Hard to believe, after the long drawn-out prologue, that the four days flashed by so fast.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: eve-of-meeting selections for every race

If you haven’t booked the week off work, you’re reading the wrong column. This is a work-free zone. This is a Cheltenham Festival zone.

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Native River, third last year, is expected to go close again in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: preview of the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup

I am old enough to remember the days when the Cheltenham Festival primarily revolved around the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

Cheltenham Festival fever is here again!

Not long now. Not long until you can banish your stresses and strains, park your family problems, put on hold your job worries and even forget about Brexit.

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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies shows his affection for popular veteran The New One, who is back for his seventh Cheltenham Festival run.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: golden rules for a successful week of punting

The Beast From The East is doing its darnedest to spoil things. But the Beasts From The West, alias the battalions from the yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, will soon be on their way, and the Cheltenham Festival is almost ready to unleash a roar mightier than any Siberian blast of snow, wind and ice can muster.

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One For Arthur back home after his Grand National triumph at Aintree last year. He is flanked by trainer Lucinda Russell, her partner, former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, and groom Jaimie Duff.

GRAND NATIONAL: ante-post shortlist of seven for Aintree’s great race

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it seems incongruous to start talking about the Grand National.

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Altior (right) on his way to victory, and a classy comeback, in the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: Altior and Native River back with a bang

The weather didn’t play ball, but since when has it? Behind the veneer of sheeting rain and icy winds, Newbury’s pre-Cheltenham Festival meeting at the weekend very much fitted the ‘Super Saturday’ template that was created for it.

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Total Recall, who was one of seven winners for champion trainer Willie Mullins at the new Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Ireland showcases the cream of Jumps racing -- ahead of more dominance at Cheltenham Festival

The decision to switch TV coverage of Irish racing from At The Races to Racing UK from next January has caused consternation and triggered quite a kerfuffle.

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