La Cressonniere to beat the boys in 2016 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe


I WAS miffed when Channel 4 announced it was not screening the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe live this year. One of the world’s greatest races – in some eyes THE greatest race – should not be absent from our terrestrial television screens. It will be shown on At The Races, Racing UK and now Sky Sports and fair play to all three. But not everybody has access to those channels, especially older viewers, who would simply – and rightly – expect the Arc to be on their telly for free on October 2. A poor do! I dearly hope ITV realises the significance of Arc day and makes a big deal of its coverage in 2017. Read More

Five things to consider when backing a horse


by PADDY POWER HORSE racing is one of the most bet on sports in the world. Although some punters can make a lot of money, the casual bettor usually backs a horse based on the number they have, the name of the horse, or just completely at random. However, there are five key things you can take into account when backing a horse to give you the best chance of winning. By using a combination of our five factors to consider when backing a horse, you can make a calculated guess on which horse to place a bet on. Read More

2016/17 jumps season ready to roll


IT’S that tantalising time of year. Autumn is looming and for most racing fans thoughts start turning from the flat to the jumps. While it might be six months to the Cheltenham Festival, the National Hunt big guns are already being loaded. So what do we have to look forward to this season? Read More

Daily Dabble September 13


THE flat jockeys’ championship is dominating those valuable newspaper column inches. And rightly so. Jim Crowley vs Silvestre De Sousa has become more than a sideshow and is reminiscent of the titanic Nicholls v Mullins scrap to be top trainer at the end of the jumps season in April. The race to be top flat trainer, however, has been somewhat overshadowed, partly because it is based on total prize money for the calendar year. I reckon there’s scope for the authorities to revamp this competition to generate a little more interest among the betting public. But if being crowned champion trainer was down to the number of winners, then we would be witnessing a humungous tete-a-tete between two Yorkshire behemoths. Read More

Is Seamour the Ebor answer?


THE rain is coming. Beautiful weather is about to be replaced by a downpour that could have a profound effect on the Ebor, Europe’s richest handicap, on Saturday. The ante-post favourite Ivan Grozny is also out of the race after being found to be lame, leaving Northumberland Plate winner Antiquarium at the head of the market. Read More

Limato to light up York Festival


IT seems five minutes ago that virtual silence reigned across York racecourse after Arabian Queen lowered the colours of Derby winner Golden Horn in the 2015 Juddmonte International. The fairy-tale success of Mecca’s Angel and the immense training performance by Joseph Tuite to prepare Litigant for Ebor glory were other highlights of last year’s terrific York Festival. The stature of this meeting continues to grow. It is the highlight of a packed August racing diary and, thankfully, the Knavesmire looks set to be graced by decent weather this week. So, good fast ground, and no excuses. Read More

Ridge Ranger to strike in Stewards’ Cup


FOUR winners yesterday for this column and Rusumaat was chinned on the line but it could not be much tougher today with the Stewards’ Cup and the Stewards’ Sprint on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. RIDGE RANGER (3.45) has a likeable profile in the Stewards’ Cup as she is improving rapidly. The mare is well drawn and has a similar profile to last year’s winner Magical Memory. Read More

Rusumaat to continue Johnston run at Glorious Goodwood


MARK Johnston is enjoying a typically fruitful week at Glorious Goodwood. Fire Fighting, Yalta and Bear Valley have already won and he has more chances on the last two days. He even had the one, two, three in nursery on Thursday but when he is mob handed in the same race, the difficulty is deciding which one to go with. Read More

Lathom overpriced on Glorious Goodwood day three


LATHOM (5.30) has been steadily improving with each run this season and his moment in the sun could be in the devilishly difficult 5f handicap that closes day three of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday. Few horses are as unlucky as David O’Meara’s sprinter: he often finds trouble in running, in fact going back to his juvenile days he was checked a couple of times in last year’s Molecomb Stakes. His running on fifth to the improving Alpha Delphini at York was a solid run last time out and he will appreciate the quicker ground. A price of around 10/1 looks fair. Read More

Global Applause can strike on Glorious Goodwood Day Two


DAY two of Glorious Goodwood sees an excellent renewal of the Qatar Sussex Stakes with the winners of the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas locking horns again. GALILEO GOLD, Awtaad and The Gurkha met at Royal Ascot when Frankie Dettori produced a masterclass to steer Hugo Palmer’s stable star to victory. I see absolutely no reason why he should not confirm the form today. Read More