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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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Matlock see off Loughborough threat to claim another victory

Matlock see off Loughborough threat to claim another victory

Matlock travelled to Loughborough with renewed confidence on the back of a resounding win the previous week, and returned with a 29-8 victory.

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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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Coalville trip turns sour for Matlock

Coalville trip turns sour for Matlock

Matlock RUFC were beaten 34-14 in league action at Coalville, but the scoreline did not reflect what was a close game for much of the afternoon.

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Mooney trophy haul as Matlock junior golfers celebrate

Mooney trophy haul as Matlock junior golfers celebrate

To celebrate a very successful season, particularly for captain Tom Mooney, the junior golfers of Matlock Golf Club assembled to play a range of competitive matches prior to their Junior Presentations.

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Medals won at competition tribute to club’s founder

A club dedicated its annual county competition in memory of its founder.

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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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Derbyshire’s Rio Olympics and Paralympic contingent are among those shortlisted to win at the countywide 2016 Derby Telegraph (Derbyshire) Sports Awards.

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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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From left, Charlie Marriott, Scott Thompson and Russell Earith.

Oval racing stars going for gold at Buxton Raceway date

Local drivers are gearing up for the 2016 1600cc Open Rod Gold Roof race at Buxton Raceway on Sunday.

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The National Hill-Climb Championship at Matlock. Photo: Tim Stanger

Kenway back in the saddle to climb to championship glory

Just nine days after being injured in a training crash, Belper’s Adam Kenway (Metaltek-Kuota) won the men’s National Hill-Climb Championship, hosted by Matlock Cycling Club.

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Battling teenagers close to upsetting the odds

Matlock Under 15s, with a full squad for the first time this season, put in a good performance in a 55-40 defeat by Tupton Under 15s, who had an age and weight advantage.

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SCALING THE HEIGHTS -- veteran Les Thurston coming to the end of the Snowdonia Marathon.

Intrepid veteran Les takes Snowdonia Marathon by storm

Veteran Les Thurston flew the flag for Matlock Athletics Club when he took the demanding and spectacular Snowdonia Marathon by storm on Saturday.

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Killamarsh Linbraze Arrows' Joseph Baugh.

Last-gasp Arrows win another cliffhanger thriller

Linbraze Arrows held their nerve to clinch another late win, scoring the winning points in a 74-72 success at Liverpool in the last seconds.

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Unbeaten away record retained by youngsters

Killamarsh-based Linbraze Arrows Under-16s remain unbeaten on their travels after a 78-27 win at East Durham Wildcats took their season’s record to 4-2.

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Home derby defeat for away-day specialists

Home derby defeat for away-day specialists

After two excellent victories on the road, Matlock were brought down to earth with a bump at home by local rivals Ashbourne in Midlands 2 East (North).

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Two-goal Webber stars on debut as run continues

Matlock Baileans 4ths extended their winning streak with a 3-0 win at Buxton Ladies 2nds, including two goals by man-of-the-match debutant Caitlin Webber.

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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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