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COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: horses to follow from the Jumps season so far

Inexorably, inevitably, the Cheltenham Festival is swinging into view. The rest of the Jumps season, which now resembles one, long dress-rehearsal, one, long schooling session, has hit the home straight and the winning post of mid-March is on the horizon.

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Tom Cruttenden in the thick of the action during Matlocks 20-20 draw with Loughborough.

Frustrated Matlock held to draw by strugglers

Frustrated Matlock were held to a disappointing 20-20 draw at home to struggling Loughborough to fluff a chance to go second in the Midlands 2 East (North) division of the National League.

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COLUMN: Top golf tips for winter practice sessions

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Dele Alli

RUMOUR MILL: Spurs keen to tie down Alli, Keita could arrive at Liverpool early;

Spurs are in contract talks with Dele Alli while Naby Keita could be heading to Liverpool earlier than planned.

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Matlock return from Lincoln with the points

Matlock return from Lincoln with the points

Matlock RFC travelled to Lincoln for the first time at first team level since the 2003/04 season and came away with a deserved victory, winning 16-3.

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Winner Peter Middleton (centre) and runner-up Tim Gould on the podium.

Zepnat teammate helps Middleton clinch national cyclo-cross title

A sterling effort by riders from the Matlock-based Zepnat racing team was the highlight of the final round of the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series.

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The favourite, Poetic Rhythm (right), pounces late on Mulcahy's Hill, to win the Grade One Betfred Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

CHRISTMAS RACING REVIEW: from Faugheen and Might Bite to Sizing John and Buveur D’Air

Like unwanted presents strewn at the bottom of the Christmas tree, a sackful of shocks and surprises rocked the racing programme over the festive holiday.

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Good results recorded as cycling club served up a real Christmas mudfest

Good results recorded as cycling club served up a real Christmas mudfest

After heavy snow the day before the traditional turkey burner, Bakewell Showground was a quagmire for the ninth round of the NDCXL League.

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A new weeky parkrun will launch at Hassop station, December 30.

Peak District parkrun group to launch in Bakewell this month

The worldwide parkrun phenomenon is stretching its legs into the Derbyshire Dales, with a new weekly event being launched later this month.

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Blaklion, impressive winner of the Randox Health Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday.

Gold Cup hero back with bang in weekend that was Sceaux (or Sceau) good

You had to know your Sceaux from your Sceau when analysing and assessing a weekend of racing action that warmed the cockles of even the coldest of hearts amid the ice and snow.

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Errors prove decisive as battling Matlock slip  to third defeat of season

Errors prove decisive as battling Matlock slip to third defeat of season

Matlock 1sts slipped to third in the table as they went down to defeat at top-of-the-table rivals Coalville.

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Snow fails to stop Matlock AC runners at monthly thread race

Snow fails to stop Matlock AC runners at monthly thread race

Snow took its toll on the race calendar with the Bolsover 10k road race, which is also in the Matlock Atheletic Club Senior GP, due to be held on Sunday, postponed until Sunday, 14th January.

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Total Recall, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, won the first edition of the �250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

All the stars aligned as Newbury serves up best meeting of Jumps season so far

It’s not often all the stars are aligned and you get all your ducks in a row at a race meeting. But that was definitely the case last weekend at Newbury, who dished up the best, and most enjoyable, fare of the Jumps season so far.

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WWE legends Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Rob Van Dam are bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas in 2018 and we have all the ticket details.

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Luke Howard in action against Bakewell. He scored four tries. Pic: Colin Baker

Matlock RFC are too good for Mannerians in local derby

Matlock welcomed their old friends and rivals Bakewell Mannerians to Cromford Meadows for an eagerly-awaited local derby on Saturday and ran out 37-5 winners.

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Racing legend John Francome, who was champion jockey seven times.

Legend John Francome looks back as Newbury’s big race begins new era

You might know it as the Hennessy Gold Cup. But you have to get used to calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy from now on.

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Mike Allen, who opened the scoring for Matlock with a try after only two minutes against Ashbourne.

Title-chasing Matlock held to draw in battle of attrition

Title-chasing Matlock were held to a 10-10 draw amid horrendous weather in their latest match in the Midlands 2 East (North) division of the National League.

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The victorious White Peak Fell Runners quartet.

Matlock duo help White Peak fell-runners to relay glory

A group of competing fell runners from three different clubs, including Matlock AC, buried their fierce rivalries for one weekend only to join forces and pull off a tremendous victory in the annual Lee Mill Fell Relays in Lancashire.

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Elgin (left) powers past long-time leader Misterton at the final flight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, the feature race on Sunday. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire/PA Images)

Cheltenham’s November meeting was the most underwhelming I can remember

Cheltenham’s November meeting, better known under its previous guise as The Open or even the Paddy Power, is so popular that its reputation is largely untouchable.

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Matlock cyclists out in force to tackle tough mudder course

Matlock cyclists out in force to tackle tough mudder course

Mud-happy Matlock Cycling Club riders were out in force over the weekend in Round 8 of the Notts Derbyshire Cyclo-cross League at Markeaton Park.

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