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As those who listen to our Podcast will soon know, this weekend is possibly best described as the lull before the storm, a relatively unimportant part of racing history that is merely a poor quality starter (garlic mushrooms?) ahead of the main course that starts at Cheltenham next Tuesday. I have my fancies and may well be tempted into a small daily article so watch this space as they used to say in the old days, but is there any exciting news other than the Festival I can titillate you with
I love my job! Trips to the handicap lunch, Jonjo O’Neill’s amazing yard, Nigel Twiston-Davies, all in two days!
Two out of three winners last week (poor prices I grant you – sorry), but Ron will not let me sit on my laurels and I have been out and about all week sorting out information for both Cheltenham and beyond. As you may have red
When the call comes out from a trainer of the calibre of Nicky Henderson it would be childish to refuse, so off I drove through floods and storms to reach his Lambourn yard and a chance to discuss his chances at the biggest racing festival in the World – Cheltenham.
For those who have not had the privilege, the Henderson yard is at Seven Barrows, a neat and tidy spread well looked after (some would day with military precision), and clearly very professional – the opposite of so
Race profiling is not for everyone….an acquired taste, perhaps but for sure, if you apply your criteria consistently and run with the findings, the results, as was recently evidenced by the rabbit I pulled from the hat that was the Welsh Gr
Hello racing aficionados, and isn’t it just amazing how a sport of sunshine brings smiles all round, not to mention the possibility (make that probability) that all race meetings will go ahead as planned this Saturday for the first time in
Some days I sit on my hands bored watching poor quality racing and wondering exactly what to write about next but other days I am the happiest man around and a trip to a major yard is one thing guaranteed to bring a smile to my face.
Apparently, I need to start this weeks ramblings with an apology as some people (well, one person) saw last week’s article as “condescending”, which is the absolute opposite of who I am as anyone who knows me will tell you – so if it read that way (and I can’t see it myself), then please consider myself scolded, though my writing style is part of me after all these years and I suspect, impossible to change.
Looking back at the week there was very little of earth shattering in
An outsider with no chance (because I tipped it), the proverbial good thing at Newbury – and a back to lay for the classics.
The boss is back so be warned, some of this article will no doubt end up as a repeat of our Podcast (now postponed so that’s alright then), though as I start writing, we haven’t recorded it yet and who knows what will come out in the wash once the pair of us start ranting away? Fact is it isn’t easy at the moment as we look to find winners and I suspect this weather is already having an effect on both Cheltenham and even the 2014 flat season, which is not a million miles away now. Gal
Kept in the dark and fed BS, a new all-weather track just for Ron, and two hard to justify selections for Saturday
One winner at 9/4 from the two selections last week meant a profit and as that is the name of the game, I feel pretty smug, especially in the current terrible racing conditions that are seeing abandonments day after day, and others swimming more than running their way to the finishing line. Good to see Ron seems a lot more like his old self and his words on the “Curley Coup” are interesting and perhaps less knee jerk than mine, but we agree in the broadest possible terms – it just isn
I had intentions of posting up my thoughts on what happened last week, when Barney Curley did it again, but wanted to give it a bit of thought. A lot of people think it was brilliant, terrific, that someone could do such a thing and, get away with i