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A winner Good Friday, one for Singapore, and two for Saturday – we can all dream…….?

A winner Good Friday, one for Singapore, and two for Saturday - we can all dream.......?

Welcome to what looks like one of the poorest and uninteresting weekend’s racing of the year so far, but we can but deal with what is put in front of us (Easter Eggs hopefully), and I have found a couple to at least seriously consider. Before that, we have had a fascinating midweek for a change, starting with Brendan Powell (junior) who is up in front of the beak (well, BHA disciplinary procedures) for giving Battle Group a pasting before the start of the Scottish Grand National from Ayr last Saturday. To put it politely, the nine year old is a ...

Marco Botti - could have a spectacular afternoon?

All-Weather interest (?), Newbury hot shots - and the first of our flat horses to follow heads to the track

Not a lot to say about last weeks selection apart from the big question (or excuse depending on how you look at things) – why did they not make even a vain attempt at reorganising all five runners after two broke through the stalls as opposed to a three horse farce? Sour grapes I admit but it wasn’t a race in any way or form which my selection needed and I did suspect it was all about the Grand National and not allowing the race schedule to slip by a minute? This week I am out to annoy Ron with a ...

Dubai Lessons, a Lingfield good thing (?),  and is this really the image racing wants to portray?

Dubai Lessons, a Lingfield good thing (?), and is this really the image racing wants to portray?

One winner one loser at Meydan last week for a profit at the end of the day (which can only be seen as a bonus), but with some stamina sapping handicap awaiting us this week at Aintree I will be amazed if we stage a repeat of that miracle! Before we look ahead to the final day of the National meeting (as race which polarizes racing opinion like no other contest I know of), a moments prayer please for Aussie jockey Nathan Berry who passed away this week at the tender age of 23. One of the few jockeys around who always ...

Big Nosed BHA and a possible good thing on the polytrack – whatever next?

Big Nosed BHA and a possible good thing on the polytrack - whatever next?

It has certainly been a strange old week in the big wide world of horse racing though not every bit of news I can report is good I am sorry to say. Jockey injuries, unusual riding tactics (in case any lawyers are reading), alleged gambles and so on – what a weird world we work in! Obviously injuries are paramount (get well soon one and all with Martin Harley the latest addition to the list), but I am far more concerned long-term about the alleged gambles, and the BHA intervention, which is a new one on me with possible repercussions.  The ...

Is it now time to ban trainers having more than one runner in a race?

Is it now time to ban trainers having more than one runner in a race?

Pat Cosgrave has been banned for six months after being found guilty of what is tantamount to fixing the result of a race. He was found guilty of "improper riding", the stewards ruling that he allowed a stable companion up his inside to win the race in which trainer Mike de Cock saddled two, Cosgrave's mount Anaerobio and the eventual winner, Vercingetorix. After passing the three furlong pole Cosgrave is said to have looked behind him at least three times and then, off the home turn into the straight, allowed his horse to shift off the rail, allowing his stable companion ...

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Lingfield Park

A winner Good Friday, one for Singapore, and two for Saturday – we can all dream…….?

Welcome to what looks like one of the poorest and uninteresting weekend’s racing of the year so far, but we can but deal with what is put in front of us (Easter Eggs hopefully), and I have found a couple…

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Willam Haggas - horses to follow!

All-Weather interest (?), Newbury hot shots – and the first of our flat horses to follow heads to the track

Not a lot to say about last weeks selection apart from the big question (or excuse depending on how you look at things) – why did they not make even a vain attempt at reorganising all five runners after two…

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Aintree Ladies Day

Dubai Lessons, a Lingfield good thing (?), and is this really the image racing wants to portray?

One winner one loser at Meydan last week for a profit at the end of the day (which can only be seen as a bonus), but with some stamina sapping handicap awaiting us this week at Aintree I will be…

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Dubai Racing

Arena cough up at last, and why I love the Dubai World Cup – even if I am in the minority (apparently)

Not a great deal to talk about this week I am sort of glad to say with bad news often the order of the day in the racing press, with the inking of the ARC (Arena Racing Company) deal number…

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Lingfield Park

Big Nosed BHA and a possible good thing on the polytrack – whatever next?

It has certainly been a strange old week in the big wide world of horse racing though not every bit of news I can report is good I am sorry to say. Jockey injuries, unusual riding tactics (in case any…

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Mike de Cock

Is it now time to ban trainers having more than one runner in a race?

Pat Cosgrave has been banned for six months after being found guilty of what is tantamount to fixing the result of a race. He was found guilty of “improper riding”, the stewards ruling that he allowed a stable companion up…

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Tony Martin

How to rub salt into wounds – the ultimate example?

For a few weeks before the Festival commenced I was looking for that one bet that would pay for everyone’s week. The novice events looked relatively simple to solve and suggesting Vautour or Faugheen would have seemed a bit like…

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Paul Nicholls - a winner on Day Four!

Bookies bonanza on Friday, an “I wish” Lucky 15, and a couple of maybes for Saturday?

To no-ones great surprise it has been a busy week, though I have to say Ron and I had a blast doing the podcast with an honourable draw the result in my mind, with Ron’s winners stacked up against my…

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Cheltenham races

The lull before the storm, carrying a little overweight, and something for the weekend Sir?

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…

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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…

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