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Amber Valley star Niamh Emerson wins bronze at Commonwealth Games

Amber Valley has a new heptathlon star after Niamh Emerson won bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

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GRAND NATIONAL: preview and top tips from our expert

It’s the day when millions of us are tempted into having a flutter. A bet down at the bookies or online, or a go on the sweepstake at work. Even Grandma has been known to splash out with her 50p each/way.

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Blaklion, fourth last year and ready to run a big race again.

GRAND NATIONAL: pinsticker’s guide to all the runners

Finding the winner of the Grand National is often likened to finding the numbers you need to land the National Lottery.

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REVEALED: the horse most likely to win the Grand National (statistically speaking!)

As punters saddle up for the return of the Grand National on Saturday, historical research into previous winners has unearthed the horse with the best chance of grabbing the £561,300 prize. And it’s VIRGILIO!

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VIDEO: Excitement builds ahead of Grand National

More than 600 million people worldwide are expected to view this Saturday’s Grand National.

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

HORSES TO FOLLOW REWIND: twenty 2yos from the 2017 Flat season

Cheltenham has just passed, and the Grand National Festival at Aintree is just around the corner. But already under way is the new Flat campaign, and the action will soon be cranking up a gear with Newmarket’s Craven meeting and Newbury’s Greenham meeting.

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EMAS ambulance dispatcher Christine Bamford will run the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.

Ilkeston ambulance worker to run London Marathon for First Aid charity

An Ilkeston woman is gearing up to run the London Marathon later this month, in a joint celebration of her birthday and a vital medical charity.

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Ilkeston’s Trueman overcomes Eaton in O2 Arena battle

Ilkeston’s Trueman overcomes Eaton in O2 Arena battle

Ilkeston’s Dean Trueman produced a fine display to overcome Corrin Eaton at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday - and is now targeting a world title.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson salutes the crowd after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Native River. (PHOTO BY: Mike Egerton/PAWire/PA Images)

Ten talking-points that defined the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Hard to believe it’s over for another year, isn’t it? Hard to believe, after the long drawn-out prologue, that the four days flashed by so fast.

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Dean dreaming of world title tilt

Dean dreaming of world title tilt

Ilkeston’s Dean Trueman is hoping a victory on the massive Cage Warriors MMA bill at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, 24th March will earn him a shot at a world title.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: eve-of-meeting selections for every race

If you haven’t booked the week off work, you’re reading the wrong column. This is a work-free zone. This is a Cheltenham Festival zone.

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Native River, third last year, is expected to go close again in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: preview of the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup

I am old enough to remember the days when the Cheltenham Festival primarily revolved around the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating Derbyshire’s finest

It’s International Women’s Day, a great opportunity to celebrate women everywhere who make a difference to our lives.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

Cheltenham Festival fever is here again!

Not long now. Not long until you can banish your stresses and strains, park your family problems, put on hold your job worries and even forget about Brexit.

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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies shows his affection for popular veteran The New One, who is back for his seventh Cheltenham Festival run.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: golden rules for a successful week of punting

The Beast From The East is doing its darnedest to spoil things. But the Beasts From The West, alias the battalions from the yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, will soon be on their way, and the Cheltenham Festival is almost ready to unleash a roar mightier than any Siberian blast of snow, wind and ice can muster.

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One For Arthur back home after his Grand National triumph at Aintree last year. He is flanked by trainer Lucinda Russell, her partner, former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, and groom Jaimie Duff.

GRAND NATIONAL: ante-post shortlist of seven for Aintree’s great race

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it seems incongruous to start talking about the Grand National.

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Altior (right) on his way to victory, and a classy comeback, in the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: Altior and Native River back with a bang

The weather didn’t play ball, but since when has it? Behind the veneer of sheeting rain and icy winds, Newbury’s pre-Cheltenham Festival meeting at the weekend very much fitted the ‘Super Saturday’ template that was created for it.

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Prize money would be ‘a game-changer’ for Derbyshire athletics club

Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club is in with a shot of winning a “game-changing” £200,000 in a national competition.

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Total Recall, who was one of seven winners for champion trainer Willie Mullins at the new Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.

Ireland showcases the cream of Jumps racing -- ahead of more dominance at Cheltenham Festival

The decision to switch TV coverage of Irish racing from At The Races to Racing UK from next January has caused consternation and triggered quite a kerfuffle.

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Racing remains the second-best attended sport in the UK, behind only football.

Ditch the myths -- it’s cool and hip to go racing, especially on the Flat

A couple of myths that tend to sit lazily, and largely unchallenged, on racing’s debating table, have been exploded by the latest research released by the Racecourse Association (RCA).

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