The Derby: Lion-hearted Murphy aiming for further landmark win

IT is a measure of Oisin Murphy’s meteoric rise that he is riding Roaring Lion – the Investec Derby second favourite – less than five years after winning his first race.

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Officials at York say they are confident they have the measures in place to maintain control on race-day.

York insists security measures 'in place' to avoid any repeat of disgraceful race-day violence

York racecourse believes it has measures in place for this week's Dante meeting to prevent the scenes which created unwanted headlines at Goodwood and Ascot recently.

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Mister McGoldrick and Dominic Elsworth clear the last in the Racing Post Plate at Cheltenham in March 2008.

Bygones: The day Mister McGoldrick upset all the odds at the Cheltenham Festival

THE relief was etched across jump jockey Dominic Elsworth’s face as Mister McGoldrick safely negotiated Cheltenham’s famous final fence.

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Dominic Elsworth and Somersby celebrate big race success in the Haldon Gold Cup.

Weekend Interview: Dominic Elsworth hopes horror fall will act as warning to young jockeys

RACING was Dominic Elsworth’s life. He rode big-race winners at the Cheltenham Festival – and over Aintree’s Grand National fences. He hoped to be competing into his 40s.

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Kate Harrington with Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John during yesterday's open day at trainer Jessica Harrington's Commonstown Stables in Moone, Ireland (Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire).

Sizing John can pay tribute to late Potts couple

JESSICA Harrington is relishing the prospect of defending her 100 per cent record in the blue riband Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling must take responsibility for the East Coast Mainline shambles.

Tom Richmond: Why Chris Grayling must accept responsibility for East Coast Mainline shambles... and the FIVE questions he must now answer

TRANSPORT Secretary Chris Grayling is – typically – once again being economical with the truth when he tries to defend the indefensible: his department’s mishandling of the East Coast Main Line rail franchise.

Jockey Henry Brooke won Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase.

Brooke leaves it late with Get On The Jager

HENRY BROOKE’S enterprise paid off when Get On The Jager won a frantic finish to Wetherby’s feature Rowland Meyrick Chase.

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Coneygree won the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup

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.

Horse Racing
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.

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