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.

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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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MEMORABLE TRIUMPH: One Man and Richard Dunwoody clear the last to win the 1997 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. 
Picture: Alan Wright/

Sporting bygones: Richard Dunwoody on his Wetherby triumph with One Man

OF all the great horses ridden to victory by Richard Dunwoody, it speaks volumes that few rounds of jumping were as exhilarating as One Man’s breathtaking brilliance at Wetherby 20 years ago.

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Trainer Karl Burke: Sends out Quiet Reflection.

Conditions set to suit sprint duo

YORKSHIRE sprint stars Take Cover and Quiet Reflection put their reputations on the line this weekend in fascinating races on both sides of the Irish Sea.

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Threading ridden by James Doyle wins The Sky Bet Lowther Stakes during the Ebor Festival at York. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA

Ebor Festival: Guineas is dream target for Threading, says Mark Johnston

MARK JOHNSTON does not need reminding about racing’s fickle fates.

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Shattered and exhausterd firefighters at the scene of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Tom Richmond: Let’s honour Britain’s real heroes after Grenfell blaze and terror attacks

FIFTY days ago, Britain was, once again, in awe of the heroic work of the emergency services as the nation came to terms with the Grenfell Tower disaster – and the catastrophic loss of life.

Theresa May became PM a year ago.

Tom Richmond: May has chance to build a legacy, if she gambles again

THERESA May has answered one critical question about her political future – it is, she says, her intention to soldier on as Prime Minister after her general election gamble misfired.

Could Brexit Secretary David Davis become Prime Minister?

Tom Richmond: Rivals to Tory throne show why Theresa May should stay – for now

DAVID Davis could not have been clearer. It would be, he agreed, catastrophic if the Tory party held a leadership contest at this moment in time.

Theresa May launched her manifesto in Halifax, but won't debate her blueprint with her opponents.

Tom Richmond: What are you afraid of, Mrs May? Party leaders shouldn’t be allowed to dodge a debate.

AS BREXIT was driven, in part, by a desire to repatriate decision-making powers from the EU, it’s curious that just three token paragraphs are afforded to the future of Parliament in the Tory manifesto.

Should a lap dancing club open next to the Corn Exchange in Leeds?

Tom Richmond: Ignoring moral objections on city sex club plan is a sin

I’VE said it before and I will say it again – Parliamentary select committees represent the very best of Westminster.

Leeds councillors who fall behind with council tax payments will now be named.

Tom Richmond: Council’s welcome moves on transparency and trust

REGULAR readers will know that I was one of the most vociferous critics of Leeds City Council when it refused to reveal the identities of those councillors who were subjected to legal action last year for non-payment of council tax.


Video: A journey like no other as Flying Scotsman reclaims the route over Ribblehead

THE rasping whistle of the iconic Flying Scotsman signals the historic locomotive’s imminent arrival at the equally magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct.

Will a parkway station and park and ride site improve access to Leeds Bradford Airport?

Tom Richmond: First trolleybus, now answers over Leeds Bradford Airport link fail to get off the ground

HERE we go again. Having wasted a small fortune on a trolleybus system that was flawed from the moment it was imposed upon Leeds by Alistair Darling, the then Transport Secretary, history appears to be repeating itself.

Is time running out for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

Tom Richmond: Labour in La La Land under Corbyn - where is the Opposition?

HERE’S a general knowledge question to begin proceedings: Who are Rebecca Long-Bailey, Angela Rayner and Jon Ashworth?

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Tom Richmond: Devolution – Reward Archbishop’s faith and unite behind region

LET me say what Yorkshire’s distinguished business leaders were too polite to highlight in their open letter on devolution published by this newspaper last Saturday – political parochialism is preventing this great county from becoming an even greater success story.

Does the parkway station for Leeds Bradford Airport go far enough? Tom Richmond thinks not.

Tom Richmond: Leeds Council off track with its airport rail station plan

I ALREADY feel sorry for international visitors arriving at Leeds Bradford Airport, a depressing experience at the best of times.

Former Sheffield United footballer Andy Woodward has blown the whistle on the football abuse scandal.

Tom Richmond: Let this be final whistle for sport’s sex predators

LIKE all those political controversies involving malpractice – and then compounded by the subsequent cover-up – the principle of ‘who knew what and when?’ is equally applicable to the sexual abuse scandal which has rocked football to its foundations.

Jo Cox was the MP for Batley & Spen when she was murdered by Thomas Mair on June 16 this year.

Tom Richmond: Why Jo Cox would not agree with the state execution of her murderer

CONVICTED of the cold-blooded execution of much-admired Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, and too cowardly to even bring himself to utter the word ‘guilty’ so eye-witnesses could be spared from having to relive the harrowing moments which preceded the politician’s senseless murder, I find myself struggling to disagree with those who think that justice will be best served by evil white supremacist Thomas Mair facing the death penalty.

Prime Minister Theresa May

Tom Richmond: Why May must hold firm as MPs clamour for early poll

IT has not taken long for jittery Tory backbenchers to get restless about Theresa May’s leadership.

An aerial picture of last December's floods in Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

Tom Richmond: Tide turns as politicians listen at last on flooding

AS the first person to criticise politicians over their lame response to last winter’s floods, it is only right to praise them when they take on board and listen to genuine concerns.

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