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Michael Bell criticises Daily Mirror front-page story after 'insensitive' picture shows Wigmore Hall being shot in the head

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Paul Hanagan riding Alben Star (L) win The All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on April

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The Queen’s horse Estimate wins the Doncaster Cup on Friday

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Silk Sari, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, wins The DFS Park Hill Stakes during day two of the 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster today

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George Baker on board Seal of Approval are strongly fancied for the 2.40 at Doncaster

Approval can wipe out memories of last year’s Doncaster disaster

Seal Of Approval’s fall in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes on this day last year was shocking, but it could have been much worse. Jockey Hayley Turner, thrown hard into the Doncaster turf and then rolled on by her mount, chipped her pelvis and fractured three vertebrae, but was, thankfully, fit to resume her career three months later.

Richard Hughes will attempt to maintain his unbeaten partnership with Sole Power on Saturday

Haydock Sprint Cup: Gordon Lord Byron can end monopoly of Power

The Irish sprinters Sole Power and Slade Power have so totally dominated the British speed scene this summer that many may feel it inevitable that Eddie Lynam, who trains both, will complete a Group One clean sweep in Saturday’s Sprint Cup at Haydock.

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Solario Stakes 2014: Aktabantay gets home by whisker for Hugo Palmer

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Fintry can join André Fabre's select few at Sandown

French trainer André Fabre has a high strike-rate when sending three-year-old runners to Britain

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Sir Mark Prescott saddles the favourite for the Ebor Handicap, Pallasator, at York on Saturday
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Yorkshire Oaks: Tapestry takes up the winning thread as Taghrooda's reputation unravels

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Juddmonte International Stakes 2014: Australia’s horizons rest at home after easy victory

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