Ten Minutes that changed the Jumps Season

by Carine06 Cheltenham’s Open meeting is forever going to be recognised as something of a watershed moment in the jumps season. Three days of action at the spiritual home of national hunt racing, a point in the season that signals loud and proud, this is where it all gets a little bit more serious! From this point the reality of the Cheltenham Festival itself is more forward in the subconscious of every racing fan. The concluding afternoon of the Open meeting this year provided the most seismic ten minutes in jumps racing that we’ve witnessed in some considerable time. On opposite sides of the Irish Sea, we witnessed moments of monumental significance for two venerable equine superstars. Sprinter Sacre roared home at Cheltenham as boldly as ever he had done before to the sort of […]



Galway preparing for the Dermot Weld Show

Galway preparing for the Dermot Weld Show photo by  John Picken  There are certain things in sport that have come to be relied upon over the years. Rafael Nadal’s vice-like grip on the French Open tennis – the Spaniard had won nine times in ten years at Roland Garros prior to this year. Phil Taylor’s stranglehold on the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool – a record of 11 wins since 2002 including seven straight from 2008 onwards. And Dermot Weld’s complete domination of the Galway Races. Nadal and Taylor have questions to answer with new young challengers coming to raise the bar but can anyone stop the ‘King of Ballybrit’? The name of DK Weld has adorned the top of the trainer’s table on a staggering 28 occasions to date and with the seven-day festival about to get […]

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

Bookmakers Betway have announced taking over the sponsorship of the Champion Chase for the next three years. Being the first major race sponsored by Betway, online betting on the Queen Mother Champion Chase tripled with Sprinters Sacre favourite to win. To our surprise Dodging Bullets beat the odds of 9/2, winning the Champion Chase in an epic race. Paul Nicholls, who is Dodging Bullets’ trainer, has explained he has had to learn a lot about the six year old, who faced a few problems, but those were overcome and he showed us what a top horse he is. The Queen Mother Champions Chase is the fourth race of the second day’s action at the Cheltenham Festival and is featured as the main race of the day. The race was formerly known as National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase […]


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2016 Grand National – the lowdown

Last year’s winner Many Clouds has enjoyed a good preparation, becoming the first Grand National winner to actually win another race afterwards in quite some time when giving Unioniste a 10 length  beating at Kelso last time. Before that he’d been a good second to Smad Place in the Cotswold Chase and had finished second to Don Poli at Aintree in early December. In short, everything looks to have gone to plan and despite top weight  (racing off a 5lb higher rating this year) he looks primed for a big run. Silviniaco Conti is a class act. He is very capable of running to a 170+ rating but is in here off 163. His 5 length defeat by Cue Card at Haydock in the Betfair Chase  now looks much better than it did at the […]

Grand National 2016 Tips: Grand National Winner Could Well Be The First Repeat Since Red Rum

Grand National 2016 Tips: Grand National Winner Could Well Be The First Repeat Since Red Rum This year’s Grand National is right around the corner and whilst some have been betting on the race as early as straight after the 2015 running of the race – many will be keeping their powder dry until Saturday. There are many different ways to pick the winner of the race but what methods have proved most effective in recent years? Some punters will look to back the Irish, believing their selection will be lucky, but backers of Irish trained runners have been without a win since 2007 when the Gordon Elliot trained Silver Birch emerged victorious. Silver Birch completed a hat trick of Irish trained winners after Numbersixvalverde in 2006 and Hedgehunter in 2005 so there has been […]

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What to expect from the 2016 Grand National

What to expect from the 2016 Grand National? On Saturday, 40 of the best thoroughbreds in the business will compete in one of the most gruelling horse races on the planet. The Grand National is brutal and will provide a stern test of a horse’s true abilities. With 30 fences and over four miles to negotiate, it is not only one of the longest but one of the most exhilarating and intriguing events on the racing calendar. Last year, Many Clouds romped home for a scintillating victory in extremely testing conditions. And while the Aintree turf is expected to be much sturdier this time around, rain could affect the racecourse and Many Clouds may profit and win a second successive Grand National… if he gets around. Meanwhile, jockey Leighton Aspell is looking for an incredible […]

Cheltenham 2016- day 4 preview with tips

David Cormack runs the rule over Day 4 The denouement of the festival is upon us, alas. However one more fantastic day’s racing ahead. Let’s see if we can’t cap off a great week with at least a couple more winners. Race 1 – Joseph O’Brien dips his first toe into the training big league as he saddles second favourite  Ivanovich Gorbatov but I reckon he’ll have it all on to beat Paul Nicholl’s ZUBAYR. Zubayr shaped with enormous promise when winning on his UK debut in the Adonis Hurdle, a race his trainer won with Zarkandar. If this fellow is anywhere near that level he’ll take all the beating and with Nicholls making encouraging noises 6/1 may not look that skinny come 1.40 pm. Race 2 – I had one lined up in the […]

Cheltenham Day 3 preview

David Cormack previews day 3 of the 2016 festival. We were down on day 1 but bounced back in style on day 2 to go ahead for the week so almost a free day tomorrow when we should be playing with the bookie’s money. It doesn’t look any easier tomorrow but we’ll take a crack at it. Race 1 – Plenty possibilities here and while Garde Le Victoire has done nothing wong he might find BRISTOL DE MAI hard to handle. The Twiston-Davies horse races with real zest and enthusiasm and has plenty talent to go with it. The Mullins pair Outlander and Black Hercules may be just short of very top class but are also respected. Not a race to take too strong a view on to be hoest but we should get a […]