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Racing pays tribute after trainer Richard Woollacott dies aged 40

Racing has been shocked by the news that Devon trainer Richard Woollacott, who landed his most high-profile success with Beer Goggles in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month, has died aged 40.

In a statement released on Tuesday 23rd January, a spokesman for the South Molton yard said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard this morning. May we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this most difficult time."

Teetotal life suiting trainer David Evans after alarming wake-up call

Don't expect to see trainer David Evans celebrating in the bar if he has a winner at Wolverhampton on Monday evening.

Five important Cheltenham developments during the last week

1. It's too soon to give up on Douvan and Faugheen

Hope spring eternal, especially at this time of year, and having resigned ourselves to potentially watching a Cheltenham Festival without superstars Douvan and Faugheen it seems all is not yet lost.

A damning phone call leads to further ban for trainer Paul Gilligan

Paul Gilligan has been banned for nine months by the BHA after the disciplinary panel heard "compelling evidence" the trainer had attempted to coach a witness during a previous hearing in December 2016.

'Stupid thing I did, fiddling about with the weights at a point-to-point'

Down the twisty grey track, across the cattle grid, into a strange land. Higgledy-piggledy buildings, higgledy-piggledy people, where you expect the ducks and dogs and horses to speak. They probably speak when visitors have gone.

O'Leary calls for hurdling equivalent of Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham Festival

Michael O’Leary has expressed a desire to see a revamping of the Cheltenham Festival programme that would eradicate some of the “flab” and make room for a hurdling equivalent of the Ryanair Chase.

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