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Motor racing: Hamilton shrugs off Ferrari’s early testing pace

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton shrugged off Ferrari’s testing pace on Wednesday while recognizing that he and Mercedes faced their toughest challenge yet as they seek to stretch their Formula One domination into a sixth successive season. FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Pre Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 19, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leaves the motor home during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea Ferrari, overall runners-up last year, have led the timesheets for the first two days of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya and have…

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Dan Carter: New Zealand great to return to Racing 92

Dan Carter (right) played for Racing 92 between 2015 and 2018 and has 114 caps for New Zealand New Zealand great Dan Carter will return to Racing 92 as an injury replacement for the rest of the season. The former All Blacks fly-half, 36, has been released by Japan’s Top League champions Kobelco Steelers. Carter, who played for the French Top 14 club from 2015-18, will cover for Racing’s Pat Lambie, who has been forced to retire because of concussion. Racing announced the double World Cup winner’s return on their…

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Motor racing: Sainz ready to step up as leader in Alonso’s shoes

WOKING, England (Reuters) – Carlos Sainz intends to be McLaren’s leader on the track this season and said he felt no pressure to be stepping into fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s shoes at the Formula One team. The 24-year-old has joined from Renault, where he was on loan from Red Bull, on a two-year deal in a new lineup with 19-year-old British rookie Lando Norris. Sainz, son of the former world rally champion of the same name, will begin his fifth season in Formula One after starting out in 2015 at…

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Equine flu: Trainers welcome racing return after six-day shutdown

Horses at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket stables – one of two yards with infected animals Trainers have welcomed the return of racing on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown because of equine flu. Four meetings will take place after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) gave the go-ahead late on Monday night. There are afternoon jumps fixtures at Plumpton in Sussex and Scottish track Musselburgh, plus all-weather fixtures at Southwell and at Kempton Park (Surrey) in the evening. The first race on British soil since 6 February will be at Southwell. The apprentice…

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Motor racing: Renault F1 hoping for big step up on the engine side

ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Renault aim to close the gap to Formula One’s top three teams this season, and keep the smile on new recruit Daniel Ricciardo’s face, after seeing a big step up in engine performance. FILE PHOTO: F1 – Formula One – British Grand Prix 2017 – Silverstone, Britain – July 14, 2017 Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director during the press conference REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/Files Renault Sport Racing Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said ahead of the unveiling of the 2019 car on Tuesday that the team were…

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Equine flu: British horse racing to resume after shutdown over virus

Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu. Two scheduled jump racing fixtures will go ahead at Musselburgh and Plumpton, alongside the all-weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton. Racing was suspended after three cases of equine flu at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stables. Three further cases were later reported at his yard. A total of 174 racing stables had been placed in lockdown. The decision to resume racing in a “controlled, risk-managed manner” was unanimously supported by an industry veterinary committee,…

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Equine flu: BHA to decide on Monday if racing can return on Wednesday

Equine flu: Inside the Newmarket laboratory that detected the outbreak The British Horseracing Authority will make a decision on Monday evening whether racing can resume on Wednesday following an outbreak of equine flu. All racing has been off since Thursday while the BHA tests horses nationwide. Four new positive tests were returned in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of flat trainer Simon Crisford on Sunday. The BHA said the decision will be released after 22:30 GMT on Monday to weigh up the most recent evidence. It will take into…

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Equine flu: What is the cost to horse racing?

Image copyright Getty Images Horse racing is facing its biggest health – and financial – crisis in 18 years, with the industry forced to close down in the UK due to an outbreak of equine flu. More than 100 stables remain on lockdown, with six days of meetings cancelled, as the authorities work to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious illness. The industry, which is worth an estimated £3.5bn to the UK economy a year, and the wider sector employ close to 100,000 people (with about a fifth directly…

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Equine flu: 174 stables in lockdown – what now for horse racing, Cheltenham and jockeys?

Equine flu: Inside Newmarket laboratory which detected outbreak Meltdown. Lockdown. The headlines tell a tale, but what is likely to be the real impact for British horse racing of the equine flu crisis? A six-day shutdown of race meetings has been ordered and 174 stables are in quarantine as the sport’s rulers try to contain the highly contagious disease. So what could happen next? When might racing resume? What are the odds on the showpiece Cheltenham Festival taking place next month? Could other areas be affected? And are there any…

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Horse racing: Cheltenham concerns after equine flu outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s horse racing industry was on tenterhooks on Friday following an outbreak of equine flu with next month’s showpiece Cheltenham Festival the focus of attention. FILE PHOTO: Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 16, 2018 Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates after winning the 15.30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo All race meetings in Britain have been canceled until Wednesday and three more cases of equine flu were confirmed on Friday at the stables of…

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