Ten Minutes that changed the Jumps Season   Recently updated !

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 […]



Book Review – The Irish Derby by Sean Magee

Book Review – The Irish Derby – Celebrating the 150th running of Ireland’s greatest race Jack Hobbs’s win in Saturdays Irish Derby marked the 150th time horses had galloped across the Curragh in pursuit of Ireland’s premier racing prize. While the Irish Derby is now a race which attracts some of the very best three year old thoroughbred talent from around Europe, it was not always thus and Sean Magee’s new book ‘The Irish Derby – Celebrating the 150th running of Ireland’s greatest race’ tells the history of what started as a low key event, two previous attempts at copying the Epsom Derby format in Ireland having failed, before its place of prominence in the European flat race calendar was assured in 1962 when Joe McGrath contrived to pull together a deal with the Irish […]

Day 5 Royal Ascot – Tips and Preview

Day 5 Royal Ascot Tips and Preview   Race 1 – It isn’t often that John Magnier is publicly bullish about a horse before they have done it on the track, but he was quite open yesterday when singing the praises of BALLYDOYLE. This filly was named for the famous training yard owned by Magnier’s Coolmore breeding operation and this was clearly no accident. ‘That [her naming] should give you a big hint about what we think of her’, said Magnier, asserting that she was expected to run a big race today. In the light of such confidence, with the yard in sparkling form and jockey Ryan Moore at the very peak of his powers, it’d be a brave man who backed against her and she should form the first part of what I think […]

Royal Ascot – Day 4 Tips and Preview

Royal Ascot Day 4 Tips and Preview Race 1 – Tricky looking opener from a punting perspective with no fewer than ten of the runners coming here to defend an unbeaten record. US raider BACK AT THE RANCH could be worth siding with as she comes here after an eye-catching win on her second start. Bred to be suited by turf and with top US jockey Joel Rosario on board she looks certain to make a bold bid and is preferred to her stablemate Laxfield Road. Spanish Romance could provide the main danger. Race 2 – This hinges around OL’ MAN RIVER and Aidan O’Brien’s success or otherwise at getting him back on track. The fact that he’s been persevered with is a hint in itself and with the opposition’s claims built around potential rather […]