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Doncaster planning ‘virtual’ Lincoln card on Saturday

PA Sport 1:13pm, Wed 25 Mar 2020

Auxerre (centre) won the 2018 Lincoln at Doncaster (Nigel French/PA) Doncaster racecourse has taken steps to fill the massive racing void by organising a virtual race day on Saturday – which would have been Unibet Lincoln day. The racecourse has been hit especially hard in recent months with the loss of the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy, the November Handicap card and a Peaky Blinders-themed raceday, which had significant pre-sales.

Ruth Carr closes yard in face of coronavirus crisis

PA Sport 11:18am, Wed 25 Mar 2020

Trainer Ruth Carr has closed down her business during the coronavirus crises (Anna Gowthorpe/PA) Ruth Carr has closed her yard during the current coronavirus outbreak and hopes the measure is “short-term pain for long-term gain”. Carr’s Mowbray House Farm near York would usually be gearing up for the start of the new Flat season, but she has taken the painful decision to take all of her 55 horses out of training with the backing of her owners.

Remembering Dubai Millennium – 20 years on from fulfilling his destiny

PA Sport 10:33am, Wed 25 Mar 2020

Dubai Millennium, seen here winning the QEII at Ascot (Martyn Hayhow/PA) From the moment Yaazer was renamed Dubai Millennium, his destiny was set – and 20 years on from his crowning moment, the memory still burns bright. Sheikh Mohammed had originally given the Seeking The Gold colt a name that translated as ‘White Gazelle’, but as it became clear he was the pick of his generation, the owner endowed the treasured moniker – which also served as a statement of intent.

Henderson looking to take tried-and-tested route with Champ

PA Sport 10:05am, Wed 25 Mar 2020

Champ could start his road to the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at Sandown (Andrew Matthews/PA Images) Champ could start off his journey towards the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown in November. Trainer Nicky Henderson has earmarked the Listed prize, which he claimed last year with Gold Cup runner-up Santini, as a possible first port of call for the JP McManus-owned eight-year-old.

Temporary halt to proceedings at two Australian tracks

PA Sport 9:01am, Wed 25 Mar 2020

Midnight Queen ridden by Ian Popham (left) and Dirty Dexter ridden by David England make their way to the start before the Australian Open Tennis At 188Bet �’National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow Racecourse, Racing has been temporarily suspended in Victoria until at least Friday while a participant is tested for Covid-19. The sport has been continuing under strict protocols in Australia during the pandemic, but Wednesday’s meetings at Sandown and Warwick Farm were abandoned after it emerged a party could have been exposed to coronavirus.

Social distancing and a spot of gardening…

PA Sport 6:21pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Horses on the gallops in Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA) Tougher measures were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, with racing quick to put this into practice on the gallops this morning. Here we look at some of the best of racing on social media:

Bachasson shines in feature at Clonmel as Irish racing signs off

PA Sport 5:46pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Bachasson after winning at Clonmel (Alan Magee/PA) Bachasson bounced back to winning ways in the feature event on what proved to be the final day’s racing in Ireland for at least several weeks at Clonmel on Tuesday. While racing in Britain was suspended until the end of April at the earliest last week, the sport has continued to take place behind closed doors in Ireland, albeit with strict protocols in places.

Rising star Fallon has 2020 vision

PA Sport 4:16pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Cieren Fallon is congratulated by fellow jockeys after being crowned champion apprentice (Simon Cooper/PA) Rising star of the weighing room Cieren Fallon has already given himself plenty to think about in 2020. The 20-year-old son of six-time champion Kieren arrived back from a three-month stint in America – and since then, has claimed top honours in a one-off riding competition in Italy, chalked up his first winner back in Britain and changed agents.

Graham dealing with dual challenges north of the border

PA Sport 3:37pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Runners and riders in action at Musselburgh (Jane Barlow/PA) Clerk of the course and racehorse trainer Harriet Graham is dealing with challenges brought by the stoppage of racing and restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Graham is responsible for Musselburgh and Hamilton as well – as being in charge of her yard in Roxburghshire.

Meyler steers Farmix to victory at Clonmel

PA Sport 3:12pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Donagh Meyler steered Farmix to victory at Clonmel (PA) Farmix made it third time lucky over hurdles with a dominant display in the opening race at Clonmel. Fourth on his racecourse debut in a Punchestown bumper last December, Liz Doyle’s charge had since filled the runner-up spot twice in succession at Clonmel since the turn of the year.

Sarsfield stands ground for big Curragh handicap

PA Sport 3:02pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Joseph O’Brien is set to saddle Patrick Sarsfield in the Irish Lincolnshire (Simon Cooper/PA) Ante-post favourite Patrick Sarsfield is one of 38 remaining contenders for the Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on Saturday. After running with credit in defeat on his first three starts, the Joseph O’Brien-trained four-year-old opened his account at the fourth attempt in impressive style over the Irish Lincolnshire course and distance last October.

Mister Whitaker camp to target handicap pots

PA Sport 2:56pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Mister Whitaker is expected to return to winning ways next season (Simon Cooper/PA Images) Connections of Mister Whitaker are confident he can pick up another big prize next season, following his encouraging effort in defeat at the Cheltenham Festival. Having pulled up in the Cotswold Chase over an extended three miles, the Mick Channon-trained eight-year-old returned to something close to his best – dropped in trip and finishing a three-length third in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.

Darley still recalls Lincoln glory on Roving Minstrel

PA Sport 1:31pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Kevin Darley, tasted glory in the Lincoln 25 years ago aboard Roving Minstrel (Simon Cooper/PA) There have been plenty of shocks throughout the history of the Lincoln Handicap – and 25 years ago Kevin Darley caused another when steering Roving Minstrel to glory in the traditional curtain raiser to the Flat season.

Bailey hoping for Gold Cup Vinndication

PA Sport 12:15pm, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Vinndication who Kim Bailey believes can be a Magners Gold Cup contender (Tim Goode/PA Images) Kim Bailey hopes Vinndication can repay his decision to adopt a patient approach by developing into a contender for the 2021 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Having long believed the seven-year-old has the ability to feature in a Gold Cup, the Andoversford trainer will tailor his next campaign to culminate in the Festival showpiece.

Easysland in good shape following Cheltenham heroics

PA Sport 11:15am, Tue 24 Mar 2020

Easysland on his way to winning at the Cheltenham Festival (Simon Cooper/PA) French star Easysland is enjoying a well-earned break in Ireland following his hugely impressive victory at the Cheltenham Festival. Having made his mark on the cross-country circuit in his homeland – and when winning at Cheltenham in December – the David Cottin-trained six-year-old was snapped up by leading owner JP McManus prior to his return to Prestbury Park for the Glenfarclas Chase.

Gallops can continue – NTF advice

PA Sport 9:29am, Tue 24 Mar 2020

The National Trainers Federation has advised that racehorse gallops should continue, adhering to strict Government advice during the coronavirus outbreak (Andrew Parsons/PA) Trainers are being advised to continue gallops exercise, and adhere strictly to social-distancing requirements, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Pipe thrilled with Main Fact progression

PA Sport 4:40pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020

Main Fact takes his winning run to five at Uttoxeter (Tim Goode/PA) David Pipe admits he has been surprised by the rapid improvement of Main Fact this jumps season. The seven-year-old completed a five-timer in less than eight weeks when scooting up by 15 lengths from 14 rivals in a competitive handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter earlier this month.

Numerian floors Sir Dragonet in Devoy Stakes

PA Sport 4:28pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020

Numerian had too much for Sir Dragonet (Gary Carson/PA) Sir Dragonet could only finish second on his comeback behind impressive winner Numerian in the Devoy Stakes at Naas. Sent off favourite for the Derby at Epsom in June having impressed hugely in the Chester Vase, he was beaten less than a length behind stablemate Anthony Van Dyck in the blue riband, after being supplemented following his effort on the Roodee.

Mullins banks on Bachasson to extend Clonmel run

PA Sport 4:20pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020

Bachasson bids to bounce back to winning ways at Clonmel (PA) Bachasson bids to provide Willie Mullins with a third consecutive victory in the feature event of the afternoon at Clonmel on Tuesday. The champion trainer has saddled the last two winners of the Download The BoyleSports App Chase, in Koshari and Acapella Bourgeois respectively, and appears to have an excellent chance of completing the hat-trick.

From keepy ups to big breakfasts…

PA Sport 4:09pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020

Horses continue to exercise on the Newmarket gallops (Mike Egerton/PA) With racing in Britain suspended currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its participants are finding novel ways to entertain themselves. Here, PA Media takes a look at a few of them:

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