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 […]

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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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Darren Goodbody’s Glorious Goodwood best bets 1

14.00 Goodwood 26th July 2016 MATCHBOOK BETTING EXCHANGE STAKES (Handicap)  1m 1f 192y   I feel Luca Cumani’s lightly raced son of High Chaparral ‘SHAKOPEE‘ can go very close in the opener  and get us off to a flyer. With only two runs as a juvenile, and one run as a three year old he has probably been placed wisely by Luca to take a hand here off his current mark of 92. Most of his career runs have come on good to firm ground and he really impressed me under Jamie Spencer when pulling away from his field at Doncaster eight days ago. The rise of 7lb for his win was probably generous enough, but I feel there is more to come from him at this course. SHAKOPEE: 1pt win @ 7/1 15.10 Goodwood 27th July […]


Darren Goodbody’s best bets – Saturday 23rd July

14.45 ASCOT   PRINCESS MARGARET JUDDMONTE STAKES (Group 3) (Fillies)  6f   Thirteen go to post in what looks a very competitive juvenile encounter, two stand out for me in this contest in ‘Marie of Lyon‘ and the selection ‘MAGICAL FIRE‘. Richard Fahey’s charge Marie of Lyon is a surprising 20/1 shot for this and she held her won when she managed the finish third to Nations Alexander in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket last month.    She was full of excuses that day attempting to win on Heavy ground and was only out gunned in the final 100 yards, her defeat of Final Reckoning has been franked by the Godolphin colt has the fourth Jacquard who recently went on to win at Catterick, i definitely would not put anyone off backing her at 20/1 […]


Darren Goodbody’s Best Bets – Saturday 16th July

Darren Goodbody’s best bets for Saturday 16th July   15.35 Newbury BET365 HACKWOOD STAKES (Group 3)  6f 8y   Four year old’s have won three of the past six renewals which has included two of the past three encounters, this year we have two that are taking their chances in Charming Thought and The Tin Man. The latter ran a blinder when finishing fourth in last years Group 1 Champion Sprint when behind two useful types in Muhaarar and Twilight Son. His transition saw him win the Listed Leisure Stakes at Windsor, and went on to disappoint in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. His run two runs back at Windsor saw him beat Watchable who is has been ultra consistent this year not finishing out of the top three on all four runs. […]


Book Review – The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski

  BOOK REVIEW  – The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski If you have a reputation as a gambler or as a person who likes a bet, no doubt along the way you’ll have had no shortage of people telling you that ‘you can never win’ or ‘it’s a mug’s game’.  It’s therefore  heartening to read in Adam Kucharski’s debut that winning is not only possible, it’s been a regular feature of gambling throughout the long history of this very human of activities. Kucharski, who boasts a strong academic background in maths and statistics, sets out to show how scientific, technological and mathematical ideas have shaped gambling and how gambling has, in its own turn, shaped the course of mathematics. The book is written in accessible prose with technical mathematical or statistical discourse kept to a […]

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Darren Goodbody’s Best Bets for Saturday 2nd July

14:00 Sandown CORAL CHARGE (Registered as The Sprint Stakes) (Group 3)  5f 6y   Three year olds have taken six of the past nine renewals with four year olds taking two and we do not have many to choose from here. BRANDO was probably unlucky not to land the Wokingham when powering home to just be denied by a head. He has been in superb form this year winning on seasons re-appearance at Newmarket and ran a blinder when finishing runner up when behind Dukes of Firenze, he was conceding 7lb to the winner that afternoon and should turn that around now off level weights. Tom Eaves gets back on board for his second attempt to land a valuable race, Brando is a very unexposed four year old, looks the part and should be hard to beat.   […]