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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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Rolls up a gear to leave Mansfield standing

Rolls up a gear to leave Mansfield standing

Three quick Rolls Royce tries leading up to half-time set the Derbyshire outfit on a path that visiting Mansfield RUFC could not find an answer to in a 37-15 victory.

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Former England captain Bill Beaumont dishes out the cash at Mansfield Armchair Club’s latest sporting dinner

Former England captain Bill Beaumont dishes out the cash at Mansfield Armchair Club’s latest sporting dinner

Mansfield’s elite level cyclist Ross Lamb collects a £250 charitable donation from England rugby Union legend Bill Beaumont on behalf of the town’s Armchair Club.

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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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North Notts stay top despite defeat

North Notts Ladies remain top of the table despite a 3-1 defeat at Loughborough University.

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Ashfield RUFC ladies dumped out of cup

Ashfield RUFC ladies dumped out of cup

Ashfield ladies were knocked out of the Women’s Junior Cup after losing 10-0 at home to Kenilworth.

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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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WHAT THE BUTLER SCORED -- Amy Butler (9) fires home the winning goal for North Notts Ladies.

Butler’s late goal sends North Notts to top of hockey table

A late goal by Amy Butler secured North Notts Ladies victory to send them top of the First Division table in the Midland Women’s Hockey League.

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ON THE CHARGE -- players player-of-the-match and second row Elena Martin Lopez on a run. (PHOTO BY: Abbie Reeves).

Away-day delight for convincing Ashfield Ladies

A terrific performance earned Ashfield Ladies’ rugby union team a morale-boosting victory in the Midlands First Division of the Women’s National Conference.

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JO RICHARDS -- player/coach led by example with 20 points.

Coach praises team spirit as Mansfield Giants triumph

Delighted player/coach Jo Richards praised the team spirit in her Mansfield Giants women’s side after leading by example in a 62-55 win over Sefton Starlights.

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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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ACTION from Mansfields fine performance against league leaders Lincoln on Saturday.

Plucky Mansfield RUFC give league leaders a fright

Plucky Mansfield gave leaders Lincoln a fright of Hallowe’en proportions before succumbing to a 32-24 defeat in the Midlands 3 East (North) Division of the National League.

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ACTION from North Notts Ladies' victory at Cannock.

Butler double returns North Notts Ladies to winning ways

Determined North Notts Ladies bounced back from their first defeat of the season the previous week to earn a hard-working 2-1 victory over Cannock Ladies 2.

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SPORTING CHAMPIONS -- medal-happy figure-skating duo Meg McFarlane and Callum Mills.

Funding fillip for talented young ice-skaters at Lammas Centre

A new scheme aimed at identifying young sporting talent is helping two Ashfield-based figure skaters with genetic conditions to achieve their potential.

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FLYING THE FENCING FLAG -- Kieran Harby (back, centre) with the rest of the British team at the Olympic Hopes tournament in Hungary.

Mansfield Fencing Club making its mark across the world

A friendly and flourishing fencing club, based in Mansfield, is celebrating after the successes across the world of three of its most talented members.

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BELLE VUE BATTLE -- Dan Johnson attacks the new champion, Rob Speak, in the final showdown at Belle Vue, Manchester. (PHOTO BY: Anthony Jenkins and Faye Johnson).

Johnson goes agonisingly close to more stock-car title glory

Whitwell-based Formula One stock-car racer Dan Johnson came agonisingly close to retaining the National Points Shootout after a thilling finale at the Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester.

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CHAMPIONS AGAIN -- most of Sutton's winning squad.

Sutton aces retain their swimming league title

Proud Sutton Swimming Club have retained their Notts Sports Centre League, First Division title after a superb season.

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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 Racingfotos.com)

“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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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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Blackwell MMA fighter Josh Mottram (Pic: dn4photography)

Derbyshire MMA fighter set for international debut on UFC Fight Pass

A Derbyshire fighter is hoping an international competition in Prague will kick start his hopes of becoming a professional cagefighter.

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