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One less Christmas Card for Frankie to buy, done by Fred, and the best of the Irish this weekend

To my rather obvious annoyance the racing grapevine has been conspicuous with their silence this past week, which makes my life so much more difficult, and I may even have to do some real work for a change. At the risk of upsetting Ron lol, does anyone really think it is “great news” that Great Leighs has been reinvented as Chelmsford City and is being granted numerous new racing fixtures? A turf track may well follow but with Fred Done as the main driving force is anyone else concerned that a bookmaker is so prevalent in arranging racing fixtures in ...

Tons of statistics (literally), the podcast returns, toys out of the ARC Pram, and something for the weekend Sir?

When the racing world sends me a story that fascinates me then I can but hope the same information appeals to you as well, so fingers crossed today! Keeneland in Kentucky (home of the Breeders Cup 2015) have relaid their “dirt” surface with what they are saying is the best and fairest all weather style surface available. Like it or not, artificial surfaces are all the rage in the good old U S of A, and they kindly sent me a few stats (I am such an anorak sometimes) that frankly blew me away. With 35 full time workers they ...

How to fix horse racing

No, not how to fix races but, how to make horse racing better, profitable for those supplying the product (the owner), and much, much better for spectators to enjoy. I love my racing. It is my passion and I'm genuinely saddened by what is going on right now. I'm an owner, a punter and someone that simply wants my chosen sport to be the best. I may be a million miles away from what is needed to cure racing but at least I'm thinking about it. Horse racing must be the only industry that sees the provider of the product (the owner), continually ...

Podcasts are coming, trainer visits, a mis-spent youth and a couple of winners?

First things first and the good news is that we are planning to reintroduce the podcast as of next week so you can all hear my ramblings (and Ron’s) as well as read them – a double whammy, though some will see that as good, the rest of you won’t be quite so sure! Ron and I are also planning a little trip to a trainer or two to discuss a new southern based Jury Syndicate, and I am wondering if we may be able to take a short video at the yard and add that to the site as ...

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 ...

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One less Christmas Card for Frankie to buy, done by Fred, and the best of the Irish this weekend

To my rather obvious annoyance the racing grapevine has been conspicuous with their silence this past week, which makes my life so much more difficult, and I may even have to do some real work for a change. At the…

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Tons of statistics (literally), the podcast returns, toys out of the ARC Pram, and something for the weekend Sir?

When the racing world sends me a story that fascinates me then I can but hope the same information appeals to you as well, so fingers crossed today! Keeneland in Kentucky (home of the Breeders Cup 2015) have relaid their…

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How to fix horse racing

No, not how to fix races but, how to make horse racing better, profitable for those supplying the product (the owner), and much, much better for spectators to enjoy. I love my racing. It is my passion and I’m genuinely…

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Podcasts are coming, trainer visits, a mis-spent youth and a couple of winners?

First things first and the good news is that we are planning to reintroduce the podcast as of next week so you can all hear my ramblings (and Ron’s) as well as read them – a double whammy, though some…

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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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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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