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  • There's a crisp £50 note sitting in my wallet which I'm loathe to pend as its very presence evokes wonderful memories of a recent visit to the Cheltenham Festival and, yes, it was my return for a bet on the winner of The Betfred Champion Gold Cup.

  • JOCKEYS Tom Hamilton and Nick Orpwood both completed victorious doubles at a well-supported Duke of Buccleuch's Hunt point-to-point last Saturday, where close finishes were the order of the day.

  • Protein is one of six important nutrients that horses require to live, reproduce and work.

  • Fresh back from a winter break, Denise Sharpe's Ayrton UH lost no time in blowing away any cobwebs when he found the quickest route home in Ingliston's final class of their two day show, the 1.30m open.

  • HAWCK jockey, Wilson Renwick, is riding high, posting four wins in four days.



  • Business support and negotiating regulations and rules has been our theme recently.

  • This late summer BHS Scotland has some particular welfare and safety concerns to contend with and, as usual, the answer to most of the questions we ask is education, but we also need clear enforceable policy.

  • By the time you read this a brand new class at Blair will be over and will surely be a resounding success.

  • Giving up sugar is considered a healthy way to control weight in humans because of a complicated relationship between sugar, mood, over eating, hormones and fat burning and we have all heard about hidden sugars in the modern processed diet.

  • The equestrian spectacle that was the Royal Highland Show - by which I mean the horses AND the horsey people - was a delightful four days, so much so that for the first time we felt we could bear a fifth!

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