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PREVIEW: Motorbike daredevils jump to it for spectacular Arenacross show in Sheffield

Daredevil motorbike riders are gearing up to bring fast and furious high octane action to Sheffield Arena with the return of Arenacross early next year.

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HENNESSY HEROES -- Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, lands the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Twelve horses to have caught the eye so far this Jumps season

With his rotund frame, his West Country burr and his farming roots, Colin Tizzard is not the most obvious sporting hero, even though he played cricket at school with Ian Botham.

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HENNESSY HERO? -- champion jockey Richard Johnson, who attempts to win the Hennessy Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday aboard the pre-race favourite, Native River.

Hunting for the winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury

One of the most alluring appeals of racing is the affinity racegoers and punters can build with their favourite horses.

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Trent College rugby team moves a step nearer to national final

Trent College rugby team moves a step nearer to national final

Long Eaton’s Trent College is just one game away from the knock-out stages of the country’s most prestigious schools’ rugby competition after sealing two big wins in a week.

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POIGNANT POPPIES -- Remembrance Sunday turned into a sombre occasion for racegoers at Cheltenham's Open meeting.

Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig add poignancy to racing’s Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday carried extra poignancy for the racing community and, in particular, for trainer Nicky Henderson at Cheltenham’s Open meeting.

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Amber Valley gymnasts who competed in a Derbyshire county competition.

Regional and county success for academy

Pre-squad gymnasts at Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy had a successful time at a Derbyshire county competition.

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FAST FREDDY -- jockey Freddy Tylicki steering home one of his many winners before his career was cruelly cut short by a life-changing accident at Kempton.

Vautour death and Tylicki injury are chilling reminders of racing’s danger

At this time of year, racing is usually in high spirits as it bounces into The Open at Cheltenham, the first major meeting of the Jumps season.

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SPORTING ICONS -- some of the Erewash athletes to receive valuable funding to help their progress.

Rising sports stars in Erewash receive ICON funding to boost their progress

Fourteen of Erewash’s most talented sports stars have been inducted on to the 2016/17 Derbyshire ICON programme that has helped Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty in the past.

TWO OF A KIND -- multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy presents champion employee Gemma Hogg with her trophy at the 2016 Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards. (PHOTO BY: Dan Abraham of

“Kisses and cuddles” with racehorses “treated like royalty” -- the life of award-winning Gemma Hogg

They are the unsung heroes of racing. The stud and stable staff who look after the horses and keep the whole show on the road while the rest of us lounge in our armchairs watching Racing UK or reading the ‘Racing Post’.

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Derbyshire’s Rio Olympics and Paralympic contingent are among those shortlisted to win at the countywide 2016 Derby Telegraph (Derbyshire) Sports Awards.

STUFF OF DREAMS -- Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson is hoping talented grey Cloudy Dreams can win some decent prizes this Jumps season.

Twenty horses to follow for the 2016/17 Jumps season

The clocks have gone back, and once Santa Anita has let off its Breeders’ Cup fireworks this Bonfire weekend, it really will be all over.

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WILD ABOUT HARRY -- the performance of youngster Harry Walton was one of the few shining lights for Ilkeston.

Battered Ilkeston Elks concede 15 tries in thrashing

Unavailability and injuries hit an already-depleted squad hard as the start to the rugby union season by Ilkeston went from bad to worse at Kettering.

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Killamarsh Linbraze Arrows' Joseph Baugh.

Last-gasp Arrows win another cliffhanger thriller

Linbraze Arrows held their nerve to clinch another late win, scoring the winning points in a 74-72 success at Liverpool in the last seconds.

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POST MASTER -- Andrea Atzeni, pictured with trainer Roger Varian at Doncaster, where the jockey has now won the last four renewals of the Racing Post Trophy.

Atzeni’s amazing four-timer at Doncaster exposes the irrelevance of the jockeys’ championship

Vying with the chasing debut of the mighty Thistlecrack, the standout performance of the week was reserved for jockey Andrea Atzeni, who rode the winner of the Racing Post Trophy for the fourth year running.

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HISTORY BOYS -- Trent Colleges rugby union-playing Dickinson brothers, from left, George, Ben and Jack, who lined up in the same school side for the first time and helped them progress into the next round of the prestigious NatWest Schools U18s Vase.

Dickinson brothers make rugby union history at Trent College

History was made at Trent College, Long Eaton when three brothers lined up in the same victorious rugby union team.

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A HEAVY defeat for Ilkeston Elks.

Wellingborough whitewash for battered Ilkeston Elks

The miserable start to the rugby union season by Ilkeston Elks plunged to a new low when they were whitewashed by Wellingborough on Saturday.

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ROCK ON TOM! -- jockey Tom Queally, rider of Frankel, who leapt back on to racing's big stage with victory at Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.

The horses, jockeys and trainers who lit up another marvellous Champions Day at Ascot

Champions Days and Champions Weekends in the UK and Ireland are relatively new phenomenons in racing. But as I bask in the afterglow of another radiant success at Ascot on Saturday, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got on without them.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL -- Trinity captain Kyle Hughes receives the Ralph Smitheringale Memorial Cup for best boxer of the night from Chloe Hemstock.

Memorable weekend for Ilkeston’s Trinity boxing club

A memorable weekend heaped credit on Ilkeston’s Trinity Amateur Boxing Club as they staged a sell-out tournament and enjoyed national success.

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Craig Pollard.

GOLF TIPS: How to get more yardage

Would you like to hit the golf ball further? Craig Pollard, an Advanced PGA Professional, who is the head teaching professional at South Chesterfield Golf Club, offers his tips.

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