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Ladies' Day at Ascot today

It's Ladies' Day at Ascot today Credit: teve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It's the annual Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot today. Women from across the region and beyond are attending the horse racing event wearing their most fashionable outfits for the Gold Cup. Dress code assistants are on hand to ensure racegoers don't flout the rules.

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Christmas is the busiest time of the year for horse racing

While many of us will be enjoying the excesses of the festive season - and then sleeping them off - there'll be plenty of sportsmen and women who'll be working through Christmas. Footballers have matches to prepare for on Boxing Day.

And in racing it's one of the busiest times of the year. Stable staff across the country will be setting their alarms early on

On Christmas Day the horses still have to fed and exercised. And there are nine meetings across the country on Boxing Day.

Chris Maughan has been to one yard where they're hoping a big race favourite will deliver a festive winner.

Tributes paid to Hampshire horse trainer Toby Balding

Balding was awarded an OBE in 2012 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The racing world is in mourning for Toby Balding, the racehourse trainer from Hampshire who has died aged 78. He was one of the few in the profession to have won the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. He was based at Fitfield near Andover.

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Lambourn Valley stables open their doors to the public

Thousands are expected at stables across Berkshire to meet race horses and their trainers Credit: ITV Meridian

Over 10,000 people are expected to meet race horses and trainers in Berkshire today.

Stables throughout the Lambourn Valley have opened their doors to the public so they can get an unique insight into how the racing industry really works.

Many of the stables have special exhibits and some demonstrations, including horses using hydrotherapy pools.

Amateur jockeys race against the weather

Having been delayed by the weather in recent weeks, today marked a new sporting season for amateur horse racing.

The first of the year's Point-to-Point meetings was held in Kent with jockey Nick Pearce chasing his 100th win. Andy Dickenson speaks to him, Peter Webb, chairman of South East Point-to-Point, and 11-year-old winner Mary Ashby.

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