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 […]


2016 Cox Plate and Manikato Stakes   Recently updated !

Champion mare Winx has come up with the ideal barrier for Saturday’s Cox Plate clash with Hartnell. Winx drew barrier three and remains firm $1.80 favourite with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au. Regarded as a match race against Hartnell, the Godolphin six-year-old is second favourite at $3.40. Nearest to the top two is Yankee Rose at $16 ahead of Vadamos at $17. On Friday night Chautauqua commands top spot, at $2.50 to defend his Manikato Stakes crown. Golden Slipper winner Capitalist ($6.00) is on the second line, ahead of English ($8.50). Buffering, who won the 2013 Manikato, is $10. “Winx could probably start from the car park and still win, but from a good barrier she should get the run of the race. She’s a short priced favourite, but Hartnell also has his supporters and according to […]

Darren Goodbody’s Champions Day 2016 selections

Darren Goodbody outlines his selections for Champions Day   What a feast of racing this Saturday as Ascot takes centre stage with Champions Day. The 1.25 is the Long Distance Cup and one I like on this is Joseph Tuite’s LITIGANT. The 2014 Ebor winner was last seen when landing the November Handicap at Doncaster last season, despite this being his first run of the season he is a horse that goes very well fresh.The ground is a slight concern so any significant rain would help the cause, regardless still for me a cracking each way bet for the opener. We move on to the two o’clock and the Champions Sprint, it’s been a long season for some of these and we could see an improved effort from Rohaut’s SIGNS OF BLESSINGS. The French raider was last seen when landing the […]

Darren Goodbody’s Arc Day best bets 2016

Darren Goodbody outlines his best bets for one of Europe’s great racing days, the Arc De Triomphe, this year from Chantilly. 1.10 Prix Marcel Boussac Ballydoyle have landed this race three times in the past six renewals with two of the last winners coming from the Irish champion Stable. Their strong representative here comes in the form of PROMISE TO BE TRUE, who is a beautifully bred filly, by Galileo and half sister to Maybe. She probably blew up last time when she only managed fifth in the Moyglare, she looks better than that form and deserves her place here in what looks a strong field. Once more we see another progeny of the mighty Frankel in Rouget’s Toulifaut. She looked to have plenty on the locker when winning the Prix Aumele here at Chantilly. She […]

Darren Goodbody’s Best Bet – Saturday 1st Oct 2016

Your best bet on Saturday Oct 1st from Darren Goodbody French raiders have tasted much success in recent renewals of the Sun Chariot Stakes (Newmarket 4.00) which included last years winner Esotorique. This year they have two contenders worth noting in Volta and the selection Erveyda. Volta landed this year’s Prix Sandringham and has not been disgraced since being placed in the Prix Diane and Prix Rothschild eleven days ago. She seems to be more versatile on ground softer than good and might struggle on this quicker surface. I would like to think Erveyda can bounce back on this quicker surface. Last years Coronation Stakes winner has not come to hand as expected this season with her best run coming in the Marois behind Ribchester. Even though she was staying on in the Marois, the […]


Book Review – How’s Your Dad? by Mick Channon Jnr 1

Book review – How’s Your Dad? by Mick Channon Jnr The title of Mick Channon Jnr’s debut book ‘How’s Your Dad?’ tells you what you need to know about the theme of this exploration of a relationship between father and son. Mick Jnr, as I am sure everyone knows, is the son of famous former England footballer turned racehorse trainer Mick Channon. While he’s benefited from that association Mick Jnr has clearly found it hard to forge his own identity and the shadow of his father and his father’s success has fallen long on his life. This book explores Mick Jnr’s struggle to make his own mark on the world and his difficult but sometimes amusing relationship with his father. I normally beat around the bush and arrive at my conclusion at the end of […]