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 […]



Book review – Mr Darley’s Arabian by Christopher McGrath

Book review – Mr Darley’s Arabian by Christopher McGrath The premise of Christopher McGrath’s book Mr Darley’s Arabian is quite simple, but inspired. Through the twenty five generations that comprise the male line of the pedigree of that greatest of all modern racehorses, the mighty Frankel, it tells the story of each of the horses who link the Darley Arabian, one of three founding stallions of the thoroughbred breed, to Khaled Abdullah’s great champion. In doing so it also sets out to tell the history of the sport of racing itself, the events and the people that have defined it through three centuries. The first thing that is apparent is that the book has been meticulously researched. It is rich in detail and that detail continues relentlessly throughout the entirety of the book. This renders […]

Darren Goodbody’s Best Bets Saturday 20th August

IRISH THOROUGHBRED MARKETING GIMCRACK STAKES (Group 2)  6f   Eleven entries have held their ground for now despite the weather changing for the worse,with two days of rain the ground may possibly come up on just the good side of soft for Saturday’s racing.    I would like to think that a low draw is going to be more effective, and two that stand out are ‘Unabated‘ and ‘MUBTASIM‘ The former mentioned is trained by Marco Botti and both his runs have come at Newmarket this season. He looked more effective on the slower ground when he won well on race course debut when around the novice ranks. His second run was in a small field in a conditions contest when behind Godolphin’s Broken Stones, a horse who had already achieved a good third when behind […]

Top 5 UK and Irish Racehorses

The Royal Vegas Online Casino website will take you to a list of the 5 Top racehorses of all time. It’s predominantly US based but here is a list of those who would head the list of greatest British and Irish trained horses of the post-war period– horses ranked according to their Timeform rating. 4= Windy City – trained by Paddy Prendegast at the Curragh, Windy City owes his elevated position in the list to his two year old career as he was sold early on in his three year old season to race in the US.  Windy City was a precocious youngster, winning his first four starts by an aggregate of 28 lengths. Those wins included the Gimcrack Stakes, which he won by five lengths, and the Pheonix Plate where he routed the field by eight […]

Silvestre De Sousa looks forward to York’s Ebor meeting

Silvestre De Sousa, who rode his 100th winner of 2016 at Newcastle last week, heads to York’s flagship Ebor meeting looking to add to his impressive record at the meeting. The Brazilian jockey may not be riding the quality of horses he enjoyed during his time as one of Godolphin’s retained riders but at last year’s Ebor meeting he catapulted himself back into the Group 1 picture with a scintillating victory in the meeting’s premier championship race, the Juddmonte International. On that occasion he partnered David Elsworth’s Arabian Queen, who was largely unfancied at 50/1 and looked up against it taking on the impressive Derby winner Golden Horn, who started a very strong 4/9 favourite. Things weren’t easy for De Sousa that day as Arabian Queen took a keen hold in the early part of […]

Darren Goodbody’s Best Bet – Saturday 13th August

TRF tipster Dareen Goodbody- in scintillating form recently – picks out his best bet for today’s racing.   Geoffrey Freer Stakes – 15.05 Newbury The Derby form looks very relevant as we attempt to find the winner of this solid Group 3 encounter. Sir Michael Stoute has a strong contender here in King’s Fete who ran a creditable and unlucky third in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Ascot before winning the Glorious Stakes at Goodwood. But it is the Lingfield Derby trial winner HUMPHREY BOGART who could prove too strong for his rivals this afternoon. His run in this years Derby is strong and I was not discouraged when he ran well in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting. He looked out of his depth when stepping up into Group 1 company again when […]