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Farewell to a true gentleman, it’s the Aussies as well as us – and two unfit horses to back or not – your choice?

Farewell to a true gentleman, it's the Aussies as well as us - and two unfit horses to back or not - your choice?

A million and one things to write about this week means a longer than normal article but then I have used a bit of cut and paste for some of it, so guilty as charged your honour! First things first and I feel the sad passing of Sir Eric Parker needs a mention even if none of us currently mix in such circles. A true friend of racing and the breeding industry for more years than I care to count he was also a real fighter to the end ands will be missed by anyone who ever met him. Stints on ...

Which jockey would you prefer to have on your side?

Which jockey would you prefer to have on your side?

All the talk this week about whether or not the likes of Fran Ferris and Fergal Lynch should or should not be allowed to ride again (no comment) has made me think about then current crop of jockeys and who I would or would not want on my side. Before I start a mini list I would like to at least comment on the furore between Kieren Fallon and Matt Chapman over a ride at Southwell that seems to have been blown out of all proportion. I agree that Kieren knows a lot more about race riding but as a ...

48 hours or not, Shergar who, and something for the weekend?

This week the discussions have been flying back and forth between members and Ron regarding 48-hour declarations and the numbers of non-runners so being the hungry journalist, I need to throw my hat in to the ring! For the sake of clarity I have called the BHA Press Office and their reply (by e-mail) was as follows (unamended): Hi Sean, The number of non-runners has marginally increased since 2006 when 48hr declarations were introduced. In 2005 the percentage rate was c. 6%. On average now (for the last 5 years) the rate is nearer 8.5%. The table below illustrates this. In recent years BHA has monitored ...

Final Goodwood review and the briefest of summaries (well, it is Sunday)

Goodwood Day Five and after a real marathon as far as I am concerned, we wrap up the Glorious meeting for another year. In all honesty I cannot day it was one of my better Goodwood’s financially, but that’s only because I am stupid enough to get involved in too many races for my own good – I did have a few winners and made a profit but not as much as a sensible punter would have managed. Saturday after noon was not the graveyard it could have ben, but I failed to even think twice about Barnet Fair or ...

The one that got away - and one that hopefully won't?

Goodwood Day Four and the Godolphin horses look to be on their way back judged on the running of 2012 St leger winner Encke, who ran a blinder to finish second to Pether’s Moon in the opener here. Where he heads next could be interesting (Irish St Leger at a guess), but if he goes off too short do build the possibility that he “bounces” in to your thinking, as this was his first run for close to two years! Sadly, I am not too sure what Adam Kirby was thinking on board Rapprochement as he certainly looked as if he ...

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Farewell to a true gentleman, it’s the Aussies as well as us – and two unfit horses to back or not – your choice?

A million and one things to write about this week means a longer than normal article but then I have used a bit of cut and paste for some of it, so guilty as charged your honour! First things first…

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Mark Johnston

Which jockey would you prefer to have on your side?

All the talk this week about whether or not the likes of Fran Ferris and Fergal Lynch should or should not be allowed to ride again (no comment) has made me think about then current crop of jockeys and who…

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48 hours or not, Shergar who, and something for the weekend?

This week the discussions have been flying back and forth between members and Ron regarding 48-hour declarations and the numbers of non-runners so being the hungry journalist, I need to throw my hat in to the ring! For the sake…

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Final Goodwood review and the briefest of summaries (well, it is Sunday)

Goodwood Day Five and after a real marathon as far as I am concerned, we wrap up the Glorious meeting for another year. In all honesty I cannot day it was one of my better Goodwood’s financially, but that’s only…

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The one that got away – and one that hopefully won’t?

Goodwood Day Four and the Godolphin horses look to be on their way back judged on the running of 2012 St leger winner Encke, who ran a blinder to finish second to Pether’s Moon in the opener here. Where he…

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A winner yesterday (no, really) oh and an each way option for today after all my waffle

Goodwood Day Three and it finally got a lot better with my only bet on Cavalryman landed at odds of 5/1, now if I could repeat that today I would be happy and so would my bank manager. Somehow, us…

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Lots to mull over, my ideas for racings future (part one), and sprinters at Goodwood, am I mad?

The smoke lingers in the air and the bang reverberates around my ears from the sound of me shooting myself in the foot not once but a few times – what an idiot. Glorious Goodwood has been (and continues to…

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Good stuff at Goodwood – but lets not get too excited eh?

Goodwood Day Two and the bookmakers could be heard cheering miles down the road as Maid In Rio failed to get home in the opener after cruising up to take the lead. Backed down to a frankly ridiculous 11/8 at…

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Hoorah for a non-runner and will a lack of pace ruin the big race today?

With Goodwood now under way at least I can add a review aspect to the article and not make myself look quite so stupid with my advanced comments of horses that now appear more likely to finish last than first!…

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Richard Hughes

A little Goodwood tittle-tattle from your soft Southern correspondent!

When I offered to write a little something extra for Goodwood this week I had hoped that the rain would stay away and the field would be a whole lot easier to solve – well Ron, you are always moaning…

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