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  • Royal Ascot Special 1

    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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  • Bookie's Runner to Bookie Basher 2

    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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  • John Burke Monday EyeCatcher 3

    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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  • Lingfield Hosts Derby & Oaks Trials 4

    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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  • The Chester Vase 5

    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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  • The Flat is Definitely Back! 12

    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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  • Goodbye to Jumps 13

    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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  • Inside The Rails - Race Planning 14

    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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  • Inside The Rails - At the Stables 15

    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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  • Three Standout Races at the Aintree Festival 16

    Three Standout Races at the Aintree Festival

    The Aintree Festival is one of the most-anticipated National Hunt events on the racing calendar. The three-day extravaganza always delivers plenty of passion, entertainment and drama. The Merseyside track is a superb venue, and thousands of spectators descend on the course each and every year. The competitive racing attracts a plethora of top trainers and jockeys to the north west, and despite taking place…

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  • Sean Bowen: A Future Champion Jockey? 17

    Sean Bowen: A Future Champion Jockey?

    I am big fan of Sean Bowen, the son of trainer Peter Bowen, and brother of James. Indeed, I have praised his riding a few times this jumps season. Well there is no doubt he’s riding at the very top of his game now. At Kelso on Saturday, Sean’s talents were once again showcased. Bowen won the first two races…

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    You ready? It’s Almost Here…

    The Cheltenham Festival is now just one day away. It doesn’t seem that long ago we had just had Champion Day. Maybe its age, but time just seems to go faster these days. As I am sure you were expecting, this Monday’s article is centred on the next four days at the home of National Hunt racing. But before looking…

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  • How To Analyse A Race (THE RAPID METHOD) 18

    How To Analyse A Race (THE RAPID METHOD)

    Today I’m going to be using some of the tools at the Race Advisor to analyse a race rapidly. There are two things that are very important in analysing horse races: AccuracySpeed In the modern world, time is the most valuable asset you have. This is partly because modern technology allows us to be in constant contact with other people.…

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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    Cheltenham Countdown As Andy Newton said in Saturday’s post . “Are you getting excited for the Cheltenham Festival yet?” The answer from me is a big…YES! I hope it’s the same for you too. Will the Cheltenham Trends Hold? Now it’s possible, that the all the trends/profiles that many punters have used at the Cheltenham Festival over recent years, will be…

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  • What To Look Out For On Day One Of The 2019 Cheltenham Festival 22

    What To Look Out For On Day One Of The 2019 Cheltenham Festival

    Horse racing fans are counting down the days to the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, arguably the best day’s racing of the year in the sport. The Champion Hurdle is the feature race. However, along with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and Arkle Trophy, there is so much to look forward to. Here is a look at who will be…

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  • Andy Newton's Saturday Column 25

    Andy Newton’s Saturday Column

    Are you getting excited for the Cheltenham Festival yet? It seemed like only last week I was sitting down for Christmas dinner, and then welcoming in the New Year!!  However, we are now almost into March, and without wanting to wish my life away, that means only one thing for horse racing fans………… the Cheltenham Festival is now just weeks away!…

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    Weekly Eye-Catchers – Horse Racing

    Thankfully British horse racing resumed last Wednesday with a few minor restrictions. All horses must have been given a booster influenza vaccination within the last six months before they can race again. That aside, it’s been business as usual, as horse racing bids to make up for lost time. There was plenty of high-quality racing on Saturday at both Ascot…

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  • The Most Valuable Races at the Cheltenham Festival 26

    The Most Valuable Races at the Cheltenham Festival

    The Cheltenham Festival remains the premier jumps horse racing event in the British Isles, and there are valuable prizes on offer for winning the championship contests there. National Hunt racing prize money might not be as huge as that given on the Flat at big galas like Royal Ascot or the Ebor Festival, but it is still significant. Top horses…

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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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  • Andy Newton's Saturday Column 27

    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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