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Arabian horse racing takes off in the South West

Horse racing is hugely popular here in the West Country with race courses in Wincanton, Newton Abbot and Exeter. Many of the top National Hunt trainers are based in the region. But now our local courses are backing the rise of a new competition - Arabian racing.

Horses from the Middle East are best known for their quirky, unpredictable nature and Taunton recently hosted the opening Arabian fixture of the season. Chris Spittles reports on the increasing popularity of the sport.

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Runaway horse collides with tv camera at Cheltenham

Jockey Daryl Jacobs has been injured in a dramatic incident at the Cheltenham Fesitval.

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholl's horse appeared to be spooked by something as he was cantering to the start for the 2.40 race. The horse went through the rails and jockey Jacobs was thrown from the saddle and into a TV camera.

Initial reports suggest that Jacobs has injured his shoulder and leg. He is currently having medical treatment.

Ruby Walsh injured and out of the Gold Cup

Ruby Walsh holds his arm after his fall today Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cheltenham Festival's most successful jockey Ruby Walsh has suffered a bad fall and suspected fractured wrist in the day's first race.

The Irish jockey has been taken to hospital for X-rays and will now be unable to ride another race, including his mount in the Gold Cup.

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PICTURES: Gloucestershire-trained More of That wins

More Of That ridden by Barry Geraghty (right) before winning the World Hurdle ahead of Annie Power ridden by Ruby Walsh Credit: PA

More of That, ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Jonjo O'Neill in Gloucestershire has won the World Hurdle at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The favourite. Annie Power, came in second

More of That crosses the line ahead of Annie Power Credit: PA

Prestbury Park is Jonjo O'Neill's local racecourse - he trains at Jackdaws Castle near Cheltenham.

Barry Geraghty celebrates his win in the World Hurdle Credit: PA
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