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Racing: Earthmover grounded

PAUL NICHOLLS faces a race against time to get Earthmover fully fit for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on 28 November. Last season's Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner took a crashing fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday and Nicholls reported yesterday: "Earthmover has sustained a haematoma between his front legs which is very sore today and it will be a fight against time to have him ready for the Newbury race."

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Racing: Suny Bay's run rests on Brooks' walk

The trainer Charlie Brooks, unhappy with the state of the ground at Newbury, walks the course this morning before deciding whether to run Suny Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday. Richard Edmondson reports.

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Racing: Punters have a Suny outlook in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Suny Bay was cut to 5-2 from 4-1 by the bookmakers William Hill yesterday for Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. The support coincided with growing doubts over the participation of last year's winner, Coome Hill.
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