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 […]

Royal Ascot Day 3 – Tips and previews

Royal Ascot Day 3 – Tips and previews Race 1 – Ajaya and Shanghai Glory are of mild interest at double figure prices for those looking to play each way in the hope of finding one to upset the Hannon pair but in reality King Of Rooks and Log Out Island look to set a very tough standard. KING OF ROOKS gets a firm nod as it is impossible to get away from his emphatic success in the National Stakes where he readily accounted for subsequent Woodcote and Coventry winner Buratino. That form looks far in excess of anything his rivals have achieved with the exception of Log Out Island, who also slammed Buratino on his debut and has bags of potential. But his last run was in April while his stable companion has been […]

Royal Ascot day 2 – tips and preview

Royal Ascot day 2 – tips and preview   Race 1 – Fadhayyil was beginning her effort in the 1,000 Guineas when a loose bandage appeared to cause her to falter. She is respected, along with Sir Isaac Newton, who has always been held in regard at Ballydoyle. However, Gleneagles’ win in the St James’s Palace yesterday underlined the strength of Ivawood’s claims here and, despite a 5 lb penalty today, he looks set fair to make a bold bid. This drop back to seven furlongs looks ideal as he looked to run out of steam in the last 100 yards at the Curragh. Trainer and jockey are extremely confident (‘banker of the week’ says Hannon, while Richard Hughes has suggested Ivawood ‘won’t come off the bridle’) – IVAWOOD is a confident selection. I fully […]