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Every trainer can be presumed to have made some sort of resolution for improvement in 2013 – but none has matched intentions with deeds like David O'Meara, who has set himself impossible standards for the next 51 weeks. Another winner at Wolverhampton today took O'Meara to nine from 12 starters on the Flat since New Year's Day. With two seconds and a third, and both jumps runners placed, he has yet to have a runner off the podium.

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Tizzards set to deliver Card right on cue for Christmas

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The death of a father-of-three who collapsed while dancing to Gangnam Style has prompted a warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance from the hit video.

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Frankie Dettori backed to return stronger than ever after being hit with six-month ban for failing drug test

Jockey failed a random drugs test at Longchamp in September

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There is an anxiety that a delayed return will cost Dettori precious connections

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Frankie Dettori admitted today he had “let down the sport he loves” after being handed a  six-month riding ban for failing a drugs test.

Frankie Dettori: Owner Sheikh Mohammed ended the rider’s 18-year retainer this autumn

Dettori hopes any ban is backdated

The final depressing chapter of a yearbook Frankie Dettori will not want to thumb through too often will be dictated in France today when he will learn of his punishment for failing a drugs test taken at Longchamp in September. If precedents are adhered to, the sport's most instantly recognisable practitioner will be handed a six-month worldwide ban.

David Pipe’s novice chaser Dynaste gains an impressive win at Newbury yesterday

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Change of headgear can revive Hughes' chaser while Big Buck's looks on course for win No 18

Cameron keeps his power dry on Leveson Report

No 10 says Prime Minister will read the report in full before making decisions on press regulation

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