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  • Feb- 2019 -
    11 February
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    It’s been a terrible few days for British horse racing, as the sport was shut down for at least a week due to an outbreak of equine flu. Late on Wednesday evening the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced three cases of equine flu, which we later found out had come from the Donald McCain yard, which led to the cancellation…

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  • 9 February
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    Andy Newton’s Saturday Column

    Well, it’s certainly been all go this week! It was actually a bit odd, as I woke up on Thursday morning feeling like I’d gone 10 rounds with Tyson Fury, with full-blown ‘man-flu’ attacking my body, only to turn on my phone and see that racing had been cancelled due to equine flu – what the heck!! It was a…

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  • 8 February
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    Winning It Back … What are the Chances?

    This week’s book review is by one of the biggest gamblers of all time – Gary Wiltshire. The compelling rags-to-riches story of the larger than life punter, bookmaker and BBC television pundit. The imposing presence of Gary Wiltshire has long been one of the familiar and colourful sights on the racecourses and dog tracks of Britain.  “In the fifth race,…

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  • 7 February
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    ALL British Horse Racing CANCELLED TODAY!

    All British horse racing has been cancelled today, and possbly for the next few days.This is due to an outbreal of equine flu. The flu was confirmed in three horses from an active stables. The fact that these horses have been vaccinated against equine flu, is an added concern. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/47152882We will keep you posted on our website, Facebook page and our Twitter…

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  • 6 February
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    Are Female Jockeys as Good as Males? If So, Why Is There Such a Disparity in Numbers?

    Today’s article is about an issue that will definitely not engender intense debate and cause arguments! I elected to write about this topic because I felt as if we need harmony in the UK in the midst of the Brexit chaos. In all seriousness, I have heard fellow punters openly exclaim that they never back a horse with a female…

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  • 4 February
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    Weekly Eye-Cathers – Horse Racing

    Last week’s blog post had a Cheltenham Festival feel and today is similar.  This week, and each Monday for the next six weeks, I will be taking a look at a festival race from an ante-post perspective. Starting with the Champion Hurdle. Before that, lets have a look back at the weekend, and a good Saturday for owner J P…

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  • 3 February
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    Inside the Rails – An Owner’s Perspective

    We’ve all been there, standing around the paddock, making a final check on the horse to be entrusted with our £10 bet.  In the Summer you might see Aiden O’Brien with John Magnier and Michael Tabor briefing Ryan Moore or John Gosden with Andrew Lloyd Webber chatting to Frankie Dettori on the lawn in the centre of the paddock.  If…

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  • Jan- 2019 -
    30 January
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    Betting Bounty – Guaranteed Long-Term Profit Made Simple

    Several things in life are relatively easy to do: Make a cup of tea, put on your socks, and conjure up reasons why Alan Sugar should be kicked out of the UK! There are also several guarantees: Getting stuck in traffic while already running late, Alan Sugar refusing to leave the UK, and being left frustrated as your ‘hot tip’…

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  • 28 January
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    Today’s post has a real Cheltenham theme to it. Cheltenhamheld its last fixture before the Festival on Saturday. Trials Day, as it’s become known, has developed a reputation for pinpointing winners for the Cheltenham Festival in March. More of that and some other Cheltenham Festival stats later. Firstly, let’s have a look at the story that was making the racing…

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  • 26 January
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    Andy Newton’s Saturday Column

    Can you name the last horse to win both the Cotswold Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season? Ok, I’ll give you a clue……  it was over 15 years ago! In fact, it was back in 2000. Got it yet? Okay, I’ll put you out of your misery, it was a Noel Chace trained horse called Looks…

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  • 23 January
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    Is an Odds-On Favourite More or Less Likely to Win the More Horses There Are in a Race?

    If you happened to have purchased Eddie’s ‘Odds-On Winners’ strategy guide, then you’ll know that it is possible to make a profit even by backing horses that are at extremely short odds. After all, a win is a win, and when you are getting value with your selections, as is the case with Eddie’s guide, long-term success is likely. However,…

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  • 21 January
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    Altior: The Best National Hunt Horse I Have Ever Seen! Since winning a Chepstow novice hurdle, back in October 2015 by 34 lengths, Altior has never been out of the winner’s enclosure. On Saturday he made it 17 wins from 17 runs, 12 of them over fences, when beating two rivals to win the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot. Jockey…

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  • 19 January
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    Andy Newton’s Saturday Column

    Peter Marsh Chase – Saturday 19th Jan 2019 Don’t get bogged down in the Peter Marsh Chase, let the key trends take the strain.  This Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase, often run in desperate conditions, it’s an aptly-named contest that is often billed as another Grand National trial ahead of the world’s greatest steeplechase in April. However, don’t be fooled by this title, since…

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  • 16 January
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    Who Are the Trainers & Jockeys That Love Kempton Park?

    There is something special about floodlit racing. Horses look even more majestic than usual when galloping along beneath the lights. Yes, it is normally cold and usually wet, and if you get too close to the rails, the kick-back off the Polytrack will fly up and smack you in the face; but it is still an experience that every racegoer…

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  • 14 January
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    It’s hard to believe that a Gold Cup & King George VI winning jockey can still claim 3lb. Sam Waley-Cohen has won both those races, but still gets a useful 3lb for his troubles. He even managed to get down to 9-12, to make full use of his claim, when winning Warwick’s Classic Chase on Impulsive Star. Impulsive Star , trained by…

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  • 12 January
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    Andy Newton’s Saturday Column

    So we now know what Sir AP McCoy has been doing since he retired from the saddle in 2015… he’s now a Civil Engineer! Okay, I’m only messing about, but that’s the new name of this Saturday’s Classic Chase at Warwick – The McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase – so it tickled me a bit! This 3m5f contest…

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  • 9 January
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    Running to Form (RTF) – What Does It Mean & Can It Be Trusted?

    Horse racing is full of abbreviations, and it is far too easy to get caught up in the complexities of the sport. Don’t assume that it’s impossible to win if you don’t know your TS from your RPR! Even so, a punter’s greatest weapon is knowledge, so it pays to learn and understand the various methods of ranking horses, trainers,…

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  • 7 January
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers

    Veteran’s Day A fairly low-key weekend on the racing front, not really surprising given the feast of racing over Christmas period. Sandown hosted a race to warm the cockles of the most cynical racing heart. Yes, it was the Veterans’ Series Final. The race, and its series of qualifiers, have quickly found favour with jumping fans. As a battle-hardened group…

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  • 3 January
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    Weekly Eye-Catchers

    Is 2019 The Year of The Clan? Well my holiday already seems far away, but I had a very relaxing time and the break was definitely needed. I returned from Mexico on Boxing Day, and just managed to see the action from Kempton, and what great racing it was too. The King George VI provided a bit of a shock…

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  • Dec- 2018 -
    27 December
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    Threading the Needle in the Welsh Grand National

    Although it is not as famous as the Aintree equivalent, the Welsh Grand National, which takes place at Chepstow, has become a much-loved post-Christmas event. It is a gruelling 3m 5 ½f slog that typically takes place on soft or heavy ground. The Grade 3 event was won by Raz De Maree in 2018, and this year is the fourth…

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