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The best racing pictures in Britain and Ireland from January and February

Photographers Edward Whitaker and Patrick McCann nominate their favourite images

A colourful twilight illuminates the runners as they break from the stalls in a 6f handicap at Kempton
A colourful twilight illuminates the runners as they break from the stalls in a 6f handicap at Kempton
Since Covid-19 ran riot through our day-to-day lives horseracing has continued without spectators. This picture shows the public entrance in the centre of Lingfield racecourse as Outrage (Richard Kingscote, red cap) wins a Class 4 5f handicap
Since Covid-19 ran riot through our day-to-day lives horseracing has continued without spectators. This picture shows the public entrance in the centre of Lingfield racecourse as Outrage (Richard Kingscote, red cap) wins a Class 4 5f handicap
Dan and Harry Skelton with Harry's wife and stable jockey Bridget Andrews alongside Grade 1 winners Nube Negra (Harry Skelton), Shan Blue (Bridget Andrews) and Allmankind (Dan Skelton) at Lodge Hill stables
Dan and Harry Skelton with Harry's wife and stable jockey Bridget Andrews alongside Grade 1 winners Nube Negra (Harry Skelton), Shan Blue (Bridget Andrews) and Allmankind (Dan Skelton) at Lodge Hill stables
The winner Great Esteem (Hollie Doyle, pink) leads the field with a circuit to race in a 1m4f novice stakes at Kempton
The winner Great Esteem (Hollie Doyle, pink) leads the field with a circuit to race in a 1m4f novice stakes at Kempton
Tom Scudamore in full driving mode aboard Brinkley when winning a 2m5f handicap hurdle at Wincanton. In doing so he became the ninth most successful jump jockey with 1,353 victories in Britain and Ireland
Tom Scudamore in full driving mode aboard Brinkley when winning a 2m5f handicap hurdle at Wincanton. In doing so he became the ninth most successful jump jockey with 1,353 victories in Britain and Ireland
On what was to prove a very successful day for jockey Adam Wedge when he landed the Welsh National on the Evan Williams-trained Secret Reprieve, he had a painful start to the meeting with a fall from Esprit Du Large (right) in the 2m3f handicap chase
On what was to prove a very successful day for jockey Adam Wedge when he landed the Welsh National on the Evan Williams-trained Secret Reprieve, he had a painful start to the meeting with a fall from Esprit Du Large (right) in the 2m3f handicap chase
Sean Bowen sees the funny side after falling off and catching Flintham when out of contention at the last fence in a 3m handicap chase at Ascot
Sean Bowen sees the funny side after falling off and catching Flintham when out of contention at the last fence in a 3m handicap chase at Ascot
Last year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko is full of beans as he starts his new life as a stallion at David Redvers' (pictured) Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire
Last year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko is full of beans as he starts his new life as a stallion at David Redvers' (pictured) Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire
The back straight at Warwick is well lit by the direction of the sun and provides a colourful frame as the runners jump the third-last in a 2m novice handicap hurdle, won by Will Sting (Aidan Coleman, second right)
The back straight at Warwick is well lit by the direction of the sun and provides a colourful frame as the runners jump the third-last in a 2m novice handicap hurdle, won by Will Sting (Aidan Coleman, second right)
Following persistent rain, Gowran Park’s Thyestes Chase day made for testing conditions. Susie Doyle is unseated at the final flight from Imperial Sachin’s as only three finish from the nine that set out in the Ladies Auction Maiden Hurdle
Following persistent rain, Gowran Park’s Thyestes Chase day made for testing conditions. Susie Doyle is unseated at the final flight from Imperial Sachin’s as only three finish from the nine that set out in the Ladies Auction Maiden Hurdle
Steam rises from Ciaran Murphy’s string as they return to his stables near Mullingar, County Westmeath after morning exercise. Heavy snow and rainfall caused several abandonments in Ireland in early January
Steam rises from Ciaran Murphy’s string as they return to his stables near Mullingar, County Westmeath after morning exercise. Heavy snow and rainfall caused several abandonments in Ireland in early January
Dundalk regular Sharjah, with young rider Andy Slattery on board, leads the runners towards the back straight in a 1m2f handicap against the backdrop of a stunning January sunset
Dundalk regular Sharjah, with young rider Andy Slattery on board, leads the runners towards the back straight in a 1m2f handicap against the backdrop of a stunning January sunset
Paul Townend in purposeful mood for his winning ride on dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo in the Grade 3 Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore
Paul Townend in purposeful mood for his winning ride on dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo in the Grade 3 Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore
Starfield Stud’s Kuroshio, who is used to a warmer southern hemisphere climate, enjoys a stretch in the snow on a fresh morning in the midlands of Ireland
Starfield Stud’s Kuroshio, who is used to a warmer southern hemisphere climate, enjoys a stretch in the snow on a fresh morning in the midlands of Ireland
Captain Guinness and rider Rachael Blackmore jump through the sprayed birch chasing Energumene at Naas in January
Captain Guinness and rider Rachael Blackmore jump through the sprayed birch chasing Energumene at Naas in January
The three heads of Defi Bleu, The Big Dog and Lord Royal in the air during a 3m beginners' chase at Navan
The three heads of Defi Bleu, The Big Dog and Lord Royal in the air during a 3m beginners' chase at Navan
Bryan Cooper dragging his kit to the weighing room at Tramore, with many jockeys now having to disinfect equipment and store it at home
Bryan Cooper dragging his kit to the weighing room at Tramore, with many jockeys now having to disinfect equipment and store it at home
Jockey Adam Short’s puppy Timmy makes a visit to Clonmel
Jockey Adam Short’s puppy Timmy makes a visit to Clonmel
Runners and riders appear to be racing into an urban sprawl at Warwick
Runners and riders appear to be racing into an urban sprawl at Warwick
A discussion between champion trainer Nicky Henderson and his jockey Nico de Boinville in the kitchen at Seven Barrows, Lambourn
A discussion between champion trainer Nicky Henderson and his jockey Nico de Boinville in the kitchen at Seven Barrows, Lambourn
Bottomless conditions for the conditional jockeys at Wincanton
Bottomless conditions for the conditional jockeys at Wincanton
The birch is sent flying during a 3m handicap chase at Sandown
The birch is sent flying during a 3m handicap chase at Sandown
'The Beast from the East' returned in February, blanketing Newmarket in snow
'The Beast from the East' returned in February, blanketing Newmarket in snow
Photographer Ed Byrne’s most iconic picture was of Pendil's soaring leap at Kempton in 1973. Forty-eight years later the Paul Nicholls-trained Tamaroc Du Mathan (Harry Cobden) is just as spectacular at the open ditch in the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase
Photographer Ed Byrne’s most iconic picture was of Pendil's soaring leap at Kempton in 1973. Forty-eight years later the Paul Nicholls-trained Tamaroc Du Mathan (Harry Cobden) is just as spectacular at the open ditch in the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase
Jonjo O’Neill jnr is unseated from Uptown Lady at the final flight of the Grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Sandown
Jonjo O’Neill jnr is unseated from Uptown Lady at the final flight of the Grade 2 Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Sandown
With jump racing cancelled due to the frozen conditions, there is the chance to capture first lot stepping out at Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat training base
With jump racing cancelled due to the frozen conditions, there is the chance to capture first lot stepping out at Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat training base
Outside of the Cheltenham Festival, the one race where the runners and riders go hell for leather from start to finish is the valuable Betfair Hurdle. Eager to get a handy position, the jockeys push to the front at the tapes and there is a false start
Outside of the Cheltenham Festival, the one race where the runners and riders go hell for leather from start to finish is the valuable Betfair Hurdle. Eager to get a handy position, the jockeys push to the front at the tapes and there is a false start
Light and shade in the washdown area at Warwick
Light and shade in the washdown area at Warwick
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