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  • Jun- 2019 -
    25 June
    Inside The Rails 1

    Inside The Rails

    How many times do we see stories in the racing press relating to high profile horses missing a big race target due to a minor injury or niggle, and how often do we read about horses that will miss the rest of the season through injury? I am sure you will realise that this happens all the time, and these…

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  • 24 June
    Royal Ascot Highlights 2

    Royal Ascot Highlights

    Royal Ascot is over for another year. A strange meeting, a bit like this year’s Cheltenham Festival, it was a slow burner. The first two days took place under grey skies and torrential rain. There were no highlights off the track, and in all honesty, there weren’t many of them on the track either. Blue Points to Win On Tuesday…

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  • 17 June
    Royal Ascot Special 3

    Royal Ascot Special

    Just one day to the start of Royal Ascot and, what I believe, is the best five days of horse racing anywhere in the world. Nearly 300,000 people will visit Royal Ascot over the next five days, including of course Her Majesty the Queen and various members of the Royal Family. Each day of Royal Ascot begins with the Royal…

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  • 14 June
    Intelligent Betting: A Fundamental Guide To Betting On Horse Racing 4

    Intelligent Betting: A Fundamental Guide To Betting On Horse Racing

    “ Would you like to improve your betting? When it comes to betting on horse racing, most people don’t approach it with any kind of structure or realistic plan – and therefore the results they achieve from their betting are less than desirable.  This book aims to fix that by quickly getting you up to speed with all the fundamentals required…

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  • 10 June
    Liberty Set for Royal Ascot 5

    Liberty Set for Royal Ascot

    Just seven days ago we were looking back at a weekend of Classic action. High class racing that took place under blue skies and warm sunshine. What a difference a week can make… Granted there was no lack of racing around the country. But it wasn’t the strongest summer Saturday in terms of quality. Even worse, the weather was more…

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  • 8 June
    Bookie's Runner to Bookie Basher 6

    Bookie’s Runner to Bookie Basher

    Thanks everybody for your interest, I have now, hopefully, come-up with the goods. My aim is maximum profits from minimum selections The basic system is a Trainer based Win & PLACE, and is as follows: Trainers with a minimum of 25% win, and or 50% placed runners, over the current season or longer. Minimum SP for the moment is 7/1,…

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  • 3 June
    John Burke Monday EyeCatcher 7

    John Burke Monday EyeCatcher

    In this week’s article I look back at the Derby & Oaks, and some interesting stats for those punting at Brighton. We’ve had four of the five English Classics already run, and the flat season is just two months old! Frankie’s Famous Five My decision to look at bigger priced horses in the Oaks meant I didn’t back Anapurna who…

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  • May- 2019 -
    27 May
    Epsom Derby & Oaks Previews 8

    Epsom Derby & Oaks Previews

    Hard to believe, but by the beginning of June four of the five English Classics will have been run and this time next week I will be looking back at the Epsom Derby & Oaks. Today I will be concentrating on previewing both next week’s Classics. I have to say both races have an open look about them. Let’s begin…

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  • 17 May
    Frankel 9

    Frankel

    ‘When Henry Cecil sent out just 12 winners in 2005, it seemed as if the 10-time champion racehorse trainer’s career was in terminal decline. The masterly touch that he’d shown through the glory-days of the two previous decades, appeared to have deserted him after a series of painful professional and personal blows, including the death of his twin brother David.…

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  • 13 May
    Lingfield Hosts Derby & Oaks Trials 10

    Lingfield Hosts Derby & Oaks Trials

    It’s Monday again and my weekly look back at the best of last weekend’s action. On Saturday it was Derby & Oaks Trials Day at Lingfield. The track is like Epsom, although overall, it’s a much sharper track. However, the conventional wisdom of most racing pundits is if a horse handles Lingfield it should be able to handle Epsom. Well…

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  • 10 May
    The Scudamores 11

    The Scudamores

    Join the Scudamore’s as one of the most successful families in British sport settles down for a good, long chat about triumph and disaster at the races. Simply put, this book is not dissimilar to having a chat with your mates down the local pub. Brilliantly written but in an interview like style, this book will highlight the passion, brilliance…

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  • 8 May
    The Chester Vase 12

    The Chester Vase

    It’s the start of the Chester Boodles festival today, and the feature race is the 15:35 Chester Vase run over one mile and four furlongs. There are eight declared runners, and I’m going to take a look at the race and break it down into the selections that I’m going to personally be betting on. The first thing to note,…

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  • 6 May
    The Flat is Definitely Back! 19

    The Flat is Definitely Back!

    There’s no doubt the flat season is with us now. I’m writing this just after the finish of the first colts classic, the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, with the first fillies classic the 1,000 Guineas to come on Sunday. This week’s post concentrates on Saturday’s action from Newmarket, but there is time at the end to take a quick look…

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  • 3 May
    Dream Horse 20

    Dream Horse

    The moving true story of an ordinary Welsh woman who dreamed of breeding a race horse, and Dream Alliance, who defied the odds to become a champion and brought a community together. Janet Vokes was running the bar in her local working men’s club in the small Welsh mining community of Cefn Fforest when she fixed upon the idea of…

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  • Apr- 2019 -
    29 April
    Goodbye to Jumps 21

    Goodbye to Jumps

    Just over a week ago I had my right kidney removed so it’s hard to believe that I’m able to write this week’s Monday blog post. The pain and soreness are still there and, although each day I feel better, I’m pacing my way back to full fitness. It was the final day of the British jumps season on Saturday…

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  • 26 April
    The History of Horse Racing 22

    The History of Horse Racing

    “There are few more stirring sights in sport, than to witness the finish of a prestigious horse race. The bright blur of horses racing toward the winning post, with jockeys pushing their mounts forward, urged on by the encouragement of the racegoers. This book celebrates the great characters and performers, both human and equine, who have been involved in such…

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  • 20 April
    Inside The Rails - Race Planning 23

    Inside The Rails – Race Planning

    In my regular articles, I have been taking a look at racehorse ownership to try to provide a peak behind the scenes at what goes into getting the horses that we watch and bet on, ready to take the chance on the racecourse. In earlier articles, I have looked at purchasing horses, the owner’s day at the races, what different…

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  • 19 April
    Winner - My Racing Life 24

    Winner – My Racing Life

    When Tony McCoy announced his retirement from racing, the shockwaves reverberated a cross the world of sport. With more than 4,300 winners to his name, McCoy seemed to be at the peak of his powers, when he suddenly brought down the curtain on an extraordinary career. But then McCoy has always done things his way! WINNER, My Racing Life is an exceptional…

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  • 13 April
    Inside The Rails - At the Stables 25

    Inside The Rails – At the Stables

    Last week we looked at the ownership experience at the racecourse, but this is only a small part of the ownership experience.  Even a sprinter will only probably run around 20 races a year and this leaves at least 345 days where owners are not racing with their horse.  There is plenty to experience away from the racecourse however and…

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  • 12 April
    The Jumping Game 26

    The Jumping Game

    As a woman who trained the great Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups, no one could be better qualified than Henrietta Knight to discover what makes today’s top jumps trainers succeed. From eccentric, outspoken Yorkshireman Mick Easterby, to elegant, aristocratic Venetia Williams, from Irish wizard, Willie Mullins, to perfectionist champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and young pretender, Dan…

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