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The Kempton Park closure conundrum -- sad and wrong, or sensible and crucial?

In one way, it came as a blessed relief. A respite for racing’s news agenda from the interminable debate about ITV’s coverage which, for yawns, was beginning to match the BHA v Jim Best disciplinary saga.

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Zepnat riders claim national 50+ Vets title

Zepnat riders claim national 50+ Vets title

Matlock’s Zepnat Cycles were crowned National 50+ Veteran Team Champions at the HSBC British Cyclo Cross Championships.

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Wirksworth student claims top honour

Wirksworth student claims top honour

Wirksworth Tae Kwon Do student Charlie Foster Phillips has claimed a top honour.

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Simon Wright on the run for Matlock during their narrow 18-17 defeat Newark on Saturday.

Matlock robbed of victory by late, controversial penalty

A hotly disputed penalty in the dying moments robbed Matlock Baileans of victory against Newark, who squeezed home by a single point.

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Andrea Atkinson helping the clubs veteran womens team to success.

Jubilant Matlock AC race to two cross-country county titles

Two titles were won by jubilant Matlock Athletics Club in a successful foray at the combined Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Cross-Country County Championships.

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FA CUP PREVIEW: Fourth round ball numbers confirmed...

FA CUP PREVIEW: Fourth round ball numbers confirmed...

Former England internationals Michael Owen and Martin Keown will draw the fixtures for the fourth round of the FA Cup tonight.

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Matlock RUFC U15’S keep unbeaten run going

Matlock RUFC U15’s beat Ilkeston 24-17 in a tough contest to extend their unbeaten run to four.

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Horses circling the paddock during the big Christmas meeting at Wetherby, one of many racecourses to stage thrilling action during the festive holiday.

From Thistlecrack to Redhotfillypeppers -- performances that lit up the Christmas and New Year holiday

As ITV takes over the reins for terrestrial TV racing coverage, it seems only right to start the first column of 2017 with reference to one of the favourite sayings of a key member of its new team.

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Festive fun as Matlock athletes race in fancy dress over Christmas

Festive fun as Matlock athletes race in fancy dress over Christmas

Runners donned fancy dress for Matlock Athletics Club’s Festive races over Christmas.

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NEW KING ON THE BLOCK? -- novice Thistlecrack is aiming to spike the guns of stablemate Cue Card in the 32Red King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Thistlecrack in the King George at Kempton -- good for the race, but is it good for the horse?

Every now and then in racing, a performance makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand bolt upright and sends shivers down the spine.

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A DRAMATIC victory for Derbyshire Arrows.

Arrows praised by coach

The Killamarsh Linbraze Arrows ended 2016 with a spirited performance in a 91-68 defeat by the experienced Thames Valley Cavaliers.

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GOOD AS NEW -- popular jumper The New One on his way to victory in the big race at Cheltenham last Saturday, the stanjames.com International Hurdle.

Farewell Walter Swinburn: rider of Shergar and one of the best jockeys never to be crowned champion

Derby-winning jockey at the age of just 19. Dead at the age of just 55. Why did it all happen too soon in the life and career of Walter Swinburn?

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Motorcycle team wins top memorial trophy

Motorcycle team wins top memorial trophy

A Worksop-based motorcycle racing team is celebrating after receiving a prestigious trophy from the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CMRC).

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Barrable retains veterans’ 10k title

Barrable retains veterans’ 10k title

Matlock runner Tony Barrable retained the over-60s veterans’ category at the Bolsover 10k road race.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's FMX god Edgar Torronteras who cites Sheffield as his fave arena

PREVIEW: Motorbike daredevils jump to it for spectacular Arenacross show in Sheffield

Daredevil motorbike riders are gearing up to bring fast and furious high octane action to Sheffield Arena with the return of Arenacross early next year.
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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA -- this behind-the-scenes visit to the Newmarket stable of Sir Michael Stoute was just one of the benefits of membership of The Racegoers Club.

From books to baubles, and hip-flasks to puddings -- what to buy the racing fan for Christmas

Christmas for racing fans means a main course of the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, followed by all the trimmings of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, plus a sumptuous four-day feast at Leopardstown on the side.

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HENNESSY HEROES -- Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, lands the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

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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