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Quality Time For Top Honours

November 26th, 2015

There has been an increasing trend to introduce useful sorts on the all-weather surface in the last two or three years – the Irish Derby winner and Epsom Derby runner-up Jack Hobbs is a case in point – and we … Continued

Back To Form

November 20th, 2015

I make no secret of the fact that the 2015 Flat Season was not one of my best, even though things started well last January when Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs headed my candidates for the Premier List of the … Continued

Ballyandy – A Future Star

November 15th, 2015

Well it was always going to be an intriguing weekend and lovers of the game were not left disappointed, with a little shock on Sunday to keep us on our toes. Starting with the defeat at 1/6 of Faugheen in … Continued

Golden Investment – One For The Notebook

November 8th, 2015

Coneygree defied the sceptics by running out an authoritative winner of the 188Bet Future Stars Chase on his return to action at Sandown this afternoon. I was one of a handful who thought the challenges of this demanding track could … Continued

Melbourne Cup Woe For Frankie

November 3rd, 2015

I suppose it’s the way of things at the moment that my selection Max Dynamite should come home a fast-finishing and never-nearer second behind a 100/1 chance in last night’s Melbourne Cup. I have watched the race a few times … Continued

Observations From Carlisle

November 2nd, 2015

It proved quite informative yesterday at Carlisle, where there were some interesting long-term prospects on view. I spoke briefly with Danny Cook’s agent, Bruce Jeffrey, who told me that Sue Smith’s horses were mostly needing their first run. However the … Continued

One to note

October 30th, 2015

There is top-class action all over the place this weekend, on both sides of the Atlantic, but today my eye was drawn to the chasing debut of former top hurdler Garde La Victoire at Uttoxeter. The six-year-old was the best … Continued

Jumping Moves Up A Gear

October 27th, 2015

A few big names from the jumping world have entries this weekend, with the possibility that Gold Cup winner Coneygree may make the trip up the M6 for the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase on Sunday. God’s Own, Ptit Zig, … Continued


October 15th, 2015

I have just returned from a few days at Newmarket, racing on Saturday and then a couple of days at the sales earlier in the week. All the talk has been about Air Force Blue, for whom there was maximum … Continued

Reflection on The Arc

October 7th, 2015

There has been a lot of comment and reflection on Sunday’s Arc in the last few days, especially in relation to Treve and the reasons for her defeat. Much of the criticism has been aimed at her rider Thierry Jarnet, … Continued

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