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Zimbabwe coup: Is this a way out for Africa's bread basket?

As the fate of Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe remains uncertain, the turmoil was best summed up by Winston Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames who said: “If it is not a coup then it is certainly its first cousin.”

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Racehorse Trainer Malcolm Jefferson of Newstead Cottage Farm, Norton, with Cloudy Dreams (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Racing: Malcolm Jefferson-trained Cloudy Dream primed for Cheltenham u-turn after entries ‘error’

TOP Yorkshire steeplechaser Cloudy Dream could still run at Cheltenham this weekend after not being declared for the feature BetVictor Gold Cup – one of the top handicaps of the season.

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Epsom vicotry: Kieren Fallon and Oath after their Derby triumph.

Bygones: Roller-coaster career of controversial jockey Kieren Fallon

THERE were times when Kieren Fallon courted as many controversies as big-race winners during a roller-coaster riding career chronicled on both the front and back pages of the national newspapers.

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Tom Richmond: Quick to respond to Post as Grayling snubs Commons

Tom Richmond: Quick to respond to Post as Grayling snubs Commons

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will not be forgiven in Yorkshire for dodging this week’s House of Commons debate on the future of the region’s creaking infrastructure.
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Malcolm Jefferson with Cloudy Dreams

Trainer Jefferson takes the Patient approach with star

WAITING Patiently – one of the North’s most exciting steeplechase prospects – will skip the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday week.

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Theresa May, Chris Grayling and Priti Patel.

'Unless Ministers are made to answer for their actions, the electorate’s verdict will be a damning one'

First, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, refused to attend the House of Commons to answer urgent questions about tax avoidance in the wake of revelations in the Paradise papers.

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Yorkshire MPs had their say on transport in the north during a debate at Westminster last night... but Transport Secretary Chris Grayling did not attend in person.

Yorkshire MPs join forces to deliver urgent transport message, despite Grayling snub

Chris Grayling’s contempt was self-evident when he failed to attend Monday night’s Commons debate to discuss transport in the North and, specifically, his broken promises.
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Chris Grayling

Transport secretary Chris Grayling set to snub tonight's Parliamentary debate on transport

CHRIS Grayling is  to snub tonight's House of Commons debate on transport, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.
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The Yorkshire Post columnist Tom Richmond has his say on Justine Greening, Jared O'Mara and Gavin Williamson.

An education in sincerity from Justine Greening but more questions are raised over Jared O'Mara

I’VE covered enough Ministerial visits over the years to know when a politician is going through the motions and can’t wait to leave. I sense quite a few members of the current Cabinet find trips to Yorkshire – and the North – to be a chore rather than a pleasure.

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Education Secretary Justine Greening wants to ensure all children have chances to progress.

Every child will have an equal chance, promises Education Secretary Justine Greening

EDUCATION Secretary Justine Greening today reveals her blueprint for Britain to ensure there is genuine “equality of opportunity for the first time” when Britain leaves the European Union.
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Cue Card, ridden by Paddy Brennan, pulls away from the last fence before going on to win the Betfair Ascot Steeplechase  at Ascot back in February (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

Cue Card ‘just as good as he’s ever been’ – Tizzard

COLIN TIZZARD expects Cue Card to roll back the years in today’s bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

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Nico de Boinville rides Coneygree to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2015.

Coneygree’s schooling has set him up for Charlie Hall Chase tilt

IT IS nearly five years since Nico de Boinville received a chance phone call that was to change his racing life and would lead to a historic Cheltenham Gold Cup win in 2015 on the novice steeplechaser Coneygree.

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Ribchester and jockey William Buick will be in action in the Breeders' Cup Mile tonight - the Yorkshire horse's final race before retirement.

Ribchester trainer Fahey hopeful despite an awkward draw

RICHARD Fahey is unperturbed by Ribchester’s unfavourable double-figure draw in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar tonight.

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Coneygree won the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Leading lights Coneygree and Cue Card line up for Wetherby's Charlie Hall Chase

Coneygree and Cue Card clash in what looks a mouthwatering renewal of the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

Horse Racing
American Craftsman wins the first race of the new season of racing at Wetherby Racecourse, in the shadow of the new Millennium West Stand.
18th October 2017. 
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Local knowledge can aid American Craftsman at Wetherby

NORTH Yorkshire trainer Jedd O’Keeffe hopes his stable’s flying Flat form will continue over jumps this winter.

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Cartoon by Graeme Bandeira

'Chris Grayling has taken Yorkshire for a ride. Now he's putting the cart before the horse'

EVEN though he won’t accept this criticism, Chris Grayling did take Yorkshire for a ride when he raised false hopes about rail electrification plans before the election.
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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling during a recent visit to Leeds.

Chris Grayling accused of backtracking on promise to transform transport for Yorkshire

TRANSPORT Secretary Chris Grayling faces fresh accusations today that he’s backtracking on promises to transform Yorkshire’s creaking rail network.

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Mary Reveley, who died suddenly on Monday.

'She was a ground-breaker. She set the bar' - Peter Niven pays tribute to Mary Reveley

Peter Niven has paid tribute to Mary Reveley after the former stalwart of the northern racing scene died suddenly on Monday.
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Malton trainer Brian Ellison

Boxing Day memory fuels Ellison’s belief of Charlie Hall Chase glory

BRIAN ELLISON is hopeful that stable star Definitly Red will be more than a match for steeplechasing superstars Coneygree and Cue Card at Wetherby this Saturday.

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Mary Reverley with her son Keith and grandsom James before the 2009 Grand National when they ran Rambling Minster.

Family’s tribute as Yorkshire horse racing pioneer Mary Reveley dies

TRIBUTES have been paid to Mary Reveley after Britain’s winning-most female trainer collapsed and died at her family’s North Yorkshire stables.

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