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Horse racing: Royal AscotThe British Flat racing season is now well underway and both Royal Ascot and the Investec Derby meeting at Epsom provided us with some greats stories, as well as the opportunity for many to get glammed up in their finery.

Champion Flat jockey Richard Hughes chose Glorious Goodwood as his final meeting before hanging up his legendary boots. He will now be focusing on a training career from his Hampshire base and will no doubt be striving to reach the realms in that sphere as well — it won’t be long until we see his face back at a racecourse.

We can now look ahead to the St Leger at Doncaster (9-12 September) — the world’s oldest Classic race. The meeting will also play host to the Leger Legends Charity race, which excitingly will see the return of the now-retired champ AP McCoy, he will be back in the saddle for one day only.

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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Balthazar King expected to return to racing

The 11-year-old's trainer confirms a racing comeback is on the cards after the recovering from serious injuries sustained in the Grand National earlier this year


Side-saddle success for injured jockey

A jockey who broke her back earlier this year has found success in side-saddle showing. She has also won her first race post-injury.