Tingle Creek Preview by Darren Goodbody

Darren Goodbody looks forward to the 2016 Tingle Creek Chase – Not many have managed to return and win the Tingle for a third time, in fact only Flagship Uberalles managed the feat when landing the race in 1999,2000 and 2001. There have been double successes, including the likes of Waterloo Boy, Sound Man, Moscow Flyer, Master Minded, Twist Magic and the mighty Kauto Star. Gary Moore’s ten year old Sire De Grugy will be only the second horse to win the race at his age and emulate what Moscow Flyer achieved in 2004, it’s a tough ask up against the likes of Un De Sceaux. The last Irish winner came five years ago with Henry De Bromhead’s Sizing Europe. It’s not been the best of times for camp Mullins when losing one of his […]

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Book Review – The St Leger: A history of the world’s first classic horserace

Book Review – ‘The St Leger: A history of the world’s first classic horserace – by Tony Barber’ Reviewer David Cormack The St. Leger, as a test over what was originally deemed a ‘dash’ distance of one and three quarter miles, started life sitting outside the fashion of the day, a fashion that favoured events over longer distances. In an ironic evolutionary twist it still maintains a position outside of fashion almost quarter of a millennium later but now that position is linked to it being seen as a slightly unfashionable stamina test. In the period between its birth and the present day it became at one time the most important race in the world. However, it is perhaps an indication of the changes in fashion which have seen shorter distance races grow in stature […]

Darren Goodbody’s Five To Follow Jumps 2016/17

Five to Follow for the 2016/17 jumps season by Darren Goodbody BLACK CORTON – Laverock – Pour Le Meilleur. (5 yr old) Paul Nicholls (Ditcheat) The French import has won three of his five starts since arriving at the Somerset stables. Since his summer break he has come back stronger and solid recording two wins around the novice ranks. His win in a Listed event at Kempton this season saw him put a 130 rated hurdler to the sword to twelve lengths. Holding a rating now of 135 he looks a new star on the horizon for Nicholls who could land some nice races with him throughout the season. COASTAL TIEP – Coastal Path – Jaltiepy (4 year old) Paul Nicholls (Ditcheat) Just one of dozens of French imports to land on Nicholls doorstep. This […]

Darren Goodbody’s Three Best Bets for Breeders Cup Saturday

Darren Goodbody’s three best bets on Breeders Cup Saturday 2016 Juvenile Fillies (Dirt) A very open race to kick start a superb days of racing at Santa Anita. One horse really stands out for me here is the daughter of Concord Point AMERICAN GAL She is a very talented filly when landing the Anoakia Stakes over the sprint trip of 6f around Santa Anita two weeks ago. Her Sire won over 9f when landing the West Virginia Derby so stepping up in trip should not insignificant her. Sprint (Dirt) Mike Smith can only be classed as a true legend when it comes to the breeders cup and teams up here on Ronald Ellis’s MASOCHISTIC. Not seen for 70 days since he landed the Group 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar, the son of Sought […]

2016 Cox Plate and Manikato Stakes

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 […]