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Sport of kings remains a big draw

HORSE racing has regained its status as the most watched spectator sport in the country after football, according to new figures.

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Look who's back: Paul Hanagan was twice the champon jockey before a break from the sport.

Paul Hanagan refreshed for return link-up with North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey

TWO-TIME champion jockey Paul Hanagan is returning to his Northern roots after losing his job as retained rider to leading owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

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Definitly Red (right) ridden by Richard Johnson goes onto win The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race ahead of Fletchers Flyer ridden by Noel Fehily in second during the Betfred Grand National Trial day at Haydock Park racecourse.

Alary makes up for lost time in race to Gold Cup

British racegoers are likely to get their first sighting of the highly-touted Alary in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on Saturday as he appeared among 24 entries.

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Jockey Henry Brooke.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Cheltenham in sight as Just Cameron gets back on track at Wetherby

HENRY BROOKE was adamant. Prior to Wetherby’s latest meeting, he insisted that Micky Hammond’s stable star Just Cameron would return to winning ways in the feature two-mile chase.

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Red Rum, with jockey Brian Fletcher being led in by Donald "Ginger" McCain, his trainer at Aintree after becoming the first horse since "Reynoldstown" to win the Grand National in successive years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday September 10, 2011. Aintree legend Ginger McCain, trainer of the great Red Rum, has died aged 80. McCain saddled Red Rum to win the Grand National three times, in 1973, 1974 and 1977, before winning the Aintree marathon for a fourth time with Amberleigh House in 2004.

Salute to quiet hero who captured Grand National three times

YORKSHIRE’S Grand National-winning rider Gerry Scott has paid personal tribute to Aintree legend Brian Fletcher, who inspired the incomparable Red Rum to a last-gasp win over Crisp in one of steeplechasing’s all-time great races.

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Old Guard ridden by Harry Cobden (red cap) on their way to victory in the Greatwood Hurdle during day three of The Open at Cheltenham racecourse, Cheltenham.

Cobden’s sights on Wetherby milestone

harry cOBDEN, the season’s leading young jockey, will have double cause for celebration if Sew On Target rolls back the years to win today’s feature race at Wetherby.

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Danny Cook

Straidnahanna takes win in stride

SUE SMITH and Danny Cook’s rich run of form continued when Straidnahanna jumped his rivals into submission to land the North Yorkshire Grand National, the feature race of the year at Catterick.

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Trainer Gordon Elliott (right) jockey Bryan Cooper (left) and Don Cossack.

Gold Cup hero Don Cossack retired

DON Cossack, winner of the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been retired after suffering a setback, trainer Gordon Elliott has announced.

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Thistlecrack, ridden by Tom Scudamore, wins the 32Red King George VI Chase on Boxing Day (Picture: Julian Herbert/PA Wire).

Kempton could give way to housing

KEMPTON, home of jump racing’s prestigious King George VI Chase, could be closed to make way for housing redevelopment “from 2021 at the earliest”, its owners the Jockey Club have announced.

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I Just Know, ridden by Danny Cook, jumps the last to win the Pegler Yorkshire Steeple Chase at Doncaster for Sue Smith (Picture: PA).

Gillian Boanas to take on trainer’s job from Keith Reveley

KEITH Reveley’s long-term head lass Gillian Boanas will succeed the North Yorkshire trainer when he hands in his training licence at the end of this month.

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Finian's Oscar ridden by Tom O' Brien clears the last flight before going on to win The 32Red Tolworth Hurdle Race run during 32Red Day at Sandown.

Finian’s Oscar winner for Tizzard

Finian’s Oscar ensured the big-race winners continued to flow for Colin Tizzard as he landed the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

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Connections are happy at Diva’s Wetherby romp

Happy Diva is not surprisingly set to step up in class after defying a penalty with ease at Wetherby.

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Old stager: Cloudy Too is fighting fit for his return at Sandown tomorrow. (Picture: Alan Wright)

Smiths hope for break in Clouds

SUE and Harvey Smith’s stable star Cloudy Too is reported to be “fighting fit” ahead of the old stager’s tilt at the 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase Final at Sandown tomorrow.

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Seeyouatmidnight ridden by Ryan Mania.

Thomson targets Scottish National

SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, one of the standard-bearers of Northern jump racing, could have just one run before a potential second tilt at the Scottish Grand National in the spring as he recovers from “a little bit of a setback”.

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Cabragh, right, ridden by Jonathan England, on its way to winning the Stella Artois supports Bangor-on-Dee Maiden Hurdle at Bangor yesterday (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire).

Cabragh stretches Sam England’s fine run of form

SAM England’s golden patch continued as Cabragh gave the Guiseley trainer a fourth winner from her last five runners when scoring at Bangor.

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Form horse: Definitly Red, pictured winning at Cheltenham, won at Wetherby on Boxing Day. (Picture: PA)

Haydock on radar of Ellison’s star

BRIAN ELLISON has nominated Haydock’s Peter Marsh Chase as the probable target for Boxing Day hero Definitly Red.

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Cogry ridden by William Twiston-Davies (right) clears the last flight in company with Rocklander ridden by Adrian Heskin before going on to win The BetBright Casino Handicap Hurdle Race run at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 1, 2017. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Julian Herbert/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse.

William Twiston-Davies ends his long wait at Cheltenham on Cogry

NEARLY six years after Baby Run came to grief in the Foxhunters’ Chase, William Twiston-Davies finally recorded his first victory at Cheltenham courtesy of Cogry’s heartwarming victory in the New Year’s Day rain at jump racing’s headquarters.

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Trainer Colin Tizzard.

Tizzard seeking glory with Elegant Escape

COLIN Tizzard bids to end a fantastic year on a high as Elegant Escape shoots for Grade One glory in the Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury.

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A Yorkshireman abroad: James Reveley will tonight be crowned champion French jockey after claiming a career-best 84 winners.

Weekend Interview: James Reveley ends year as the undisputed No 1

BRITAIN will have a new champion jump jockey tonight. He is North Yorkshire’s James Reveley, who has an unassailable lead in the year-long race to become France’s No 1 rider over obstacles.

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Clan Des Obeaux (white) ridden by Sean Bowen jumps the last on the way to winning The Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The Berkshire Novices' Chase) during The bet365 Festival at Newbury.

Cheltenham hopes for Clan Des Obeaux

SIR Alex Ferguson hopes to make a winning start to 2017 – at Cheltenham races.

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