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French meetings behind closed doors due to coronavirus

Two meetings at Compiegne in France next week are to take place behind closed doors in a response to the coronavirus outbreak. Monday’s jumps card and the Wednesday fixture on the Flat will have no paying customers, with the order coming from the mayor of Compiegne and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society. A spokesperson for France Galop said: “This is not a national approach. It is an initiative

Group 1 or $5 million? The options facing Fifty Stars

Back-to-back Blamey Stakes victor Fifty Stars has won a wildcard into the $5 million All-Star Mile but connections face the tough decision of deciding between the richest mile race in the world or an elusive group 1. The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained entire ran quicker time than Alligator Blood in winning Saturday's group 2 mile at Flemington, which earned him a direct passage into the All-Star Mile

Women's T20 World Cup: New Zealand edge Bangladesh in low-scoring thriller

New Zealand kept their semi-final hopes alive after beating Bangladesh in a low-scoring thriller at the Women’s T20 World Cup in Melbourne. Bangladesh, who had never played New Zealand in women’s international cricket, looked capable of a shock upset when they bowled the Kiwis out for 91 with 10 balls to spare. But tight bowling restricted the Tigers who were eventually skittled for 74. New Zealand now face Australia in

Laura Kenny: British Olympic cycling champion battles through dramatic five-rider crash to finish competition

British cyclist Laura Kenny has been lauded for an incredible display of stoicism after battling through a dangerous five-bicycle crash to finish 12th in the Track Cycling World Championships. The four-time Olympic champion came off her bike late in the first race and was hit by two riders in a dramatic series of collisions that left five competitors needing treatment. Kenny — who is still recovering after breaking her shoulder only a month ago — was pictured

BHA sends out this message over coronavirus and Cheltenham 2020

"Racing continues as usual" is the message from the British Horseracing Authority amid the coronavirus outbreak, with just two weeks to go until the Cheltenham Gold Cup. As the UK's 20th case of the killer disease was confirmed earlier, scheduling of sporting events such as The Festival have come increasingly under the microscope. Governments around the world fearful of the virus spreading are making plans to limit crowds amassing, after

Racing blow as Un De Sceaux retires ahead of Cheltenham

Racing blow as Un De Sceaux retires ahead of Cheltenham after sustaining serious ligament injury Popular chaser Un De Sceaux has been retired after sustaining a ligament injury The Willie Mullins-trained 12-year-old was being prepared for a final Cheltenham  The front-runner won 23 of 34 races and more than £1.5million prize money  Popular chaser Un De Sceaux has been retired after sustaining a ligament injury. The Willie Mullins-trained 12-year-old was

England's Mark Wood is ruled out of Sri Lanka tour with injury

Fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka with a left side strain. The Durham player sustained the injury at the end of the South Africa tour earlier this month. He had several scans in London, which confirmed a small tear to his left side – the same side he injured in July’s World Cup final, which meant he missed the Ashes. Lancashire

Paul Nicholls trio target Greatwood Gold Cup

Last year’s winner San Benedeto is one of three runners for Paul Nicholls, as the champion trainer bids to extend his excellent record in the William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury. The Ditcheat maestro has saddled nine of the last 13 winners of the Grade Three contest – and has his team firing on all cylinders ahead of this year’s renewal. Bryan Carver takes 5lb off the back

Top chaser Un De Sceaux retired by trainer Willie Mullins

Legendary chaser Un De Sceaux has been retired with just 11 days to go until the start of the Cheltenham Festival. The 12-year-old was being prepared for his sixth run at the meeting, but time has been called on his career due to injury. During his many years on the track, he gained many fans for his bold front running style, which won his connections over £1.5 million in prize

Mile temptation could be too hard to resist

David Hayes and Gerry Ryan will face an enviable dilemma if Fifty Stars joins a select group of horses to notch successive Group 3 Blamey Stakes (1600m) victories. With a $5 million All-Star Mile carrot wildcard on offer to the winner, the Blamey Stakes is notionally an inviting option for Fifty Stars’ connections – but there are other considerations at play, including the pursuit of more black type. The Irish