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Horse racing: Royal AscotThe curtain is nearly closing on the 2015 British Flat racing season and attention will soon be turned to National Hunt, with these horses now coming back into training from their summer holidays. The season kicks off at Cheltenham’s open weekend (23-25 October).

The summer of Flat racing provided some great stories from Royal Ascot and the Derby meeting at Epsom, while controversy was sparked during the St Leger — the world’s oldest Classic race — at Doncaster. Following an appeal Simple Verse was reinstated as the St Leger winner.

AP McCoy also made a winning return to the saddle — coming out of retirement for a one-off appearance in the Leger Legends Charity race. He triumphed aboard the Brendan Powell-trained Gannicus.

We also cannot forget Glorious Goodwood, where champion Flat jockey Richard Hughes said farewell to the weighing room. He has now set up his training base in Hampshire.

The coveted Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place in Paris (3-4 October). A highlight of the French racing calendar, it is also popular with British trainers.

We salute this year’s Grand National in April, which concluded a storming 2014-2015 National Hunt season. It produced something of a miracle story with Leighton Aspell claiming back-to-back triumphs in the famous race, this time aboard the heroic Oliver Sherwood-tranied Many Clouds.


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