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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Nicholls takes aim at Grand National

Nicholls takes aim at Grand National   Nicholls celebrates Neptune Collonges National win in 2012   Paul Nicholls is sending four horses into battle as he bids to join a select band of trainers to have won the Grand National more than once. In the last 20 years, only one trainer has saddled more than one winner of the National when Nigel Twiston-Davies sent out Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree four years later. Nicholls, whose Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhillboy by a nose in 2012, routinely has multiple runners at Aintree and this year is no different, with Rocky Creek, Unioniste, Rebel Rebellion and Mon Parrain due to represent the champion trainer. Rocky Creek, who was fifth last year, is the most fancied of the quartet and is priced at 10/1 with 32red.com. He has been […]


Book review : The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy by Paul Mathieu

Book review : The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy by Paul Mathieu Reviewer David Cormack Originally published in 1990 but now revised and reprinted by Racing Post Books, ‘The Druid’s Lodge Confederacy’, by Paul Mathieu, tells the intriguing story of a group of individuals who joined forces to wreak havoc on the betting ring in the first years of the 20th century. While you may have (as I do) mixed feelings about the disguising of a horse’s ability in order to hoodwink the bookmaking fraternity, there remains something both fascinating and engaging about a well-orchestrated coup. Modern day exponents such as Barney Curley (a fan of this book himself apparently) tend to limit themselves, or at least their more spectacular raids, to one-off occasions, often few and far between. Such is the scrutiny in these days of […]

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Last Year’s Race Could Hold Key To Finding 2015 Grand National Winner

Last Year’s Race Could Hold Key To Finding 2015 Grand National Winner Grand National fever will be gripping the nation shortly with punters searching for Grand National Tips hoping to back the winner of the most famous race in the world. The current favourite is Shutthefrontdoor and the horse is likely to be ridden by Tony McCoy, who will be having his last ride in the race before retirement. It would be some story if McCoy, who has only ridden one winner in the race before, went out on such a high and he has a great chance of doing so on a horse that has been carefully campaigned towards this race with just one run this season. Shutthefrontdoor has won an impressive 9 of his 14 starts, won the Irish Grand National last year […]


Irish Horses to Follow

This article aims to identify ten Irish-trained horses to follow over the course of the season. I have purposely steered clear of the proven really big names and instead have compiled a list of horses who have yet to make it into the winners enclosure at the highest level. I expect some of those named below to become Grade 1 winners while it is hoped others will at least make the most of what I feel are lenient handicap marks. APACHE STRONGHOLD (Noel Meade) Noel Meade has had some bad luck in recent years with his star horses spending time on the sidelines, including Apache Stronghold who missed the Cheltenham Festival last year through injury. While he was slightly disappointing on his return at Fairyhouse behind Lieutenant Colonel, he can be forgiven that effort and […]

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