Daily Dabble November 29

SNUKER could pot punters a few quid at Carlisle today. A thorough stayer and mudlark, he has slipped to a chase rating of 91 and with the capable Kit Alexander taking off another 3lb he’ll be racing off 88. His last two runs were off 101. Read More

Hennessy Gold Cup preview


JUST five may have turned up for the Betfair Chase last Saturday but the Hennessy Gold Cup promises to be something completely different. Seventeen go to post for the £200,000 contest, one of the oldest and greatest races of the season on Saturday. It is the major highlight of the three-day bet365 Festival at Newbury, which started on Thursday. Read More

Daily Dabble November 23

I SHOULD rename this column Infrequent Dabble or something similar as it’s been a while. Anyway, two horses stick out for me today. In fact, for a Monday there’s some decent racing, especially at Kempton. But the first fancy goes at Chelmsford… Read More

The Betfair Chase

silviniaco conti

I LIVE about 45 minutes from Haydock Park and was surprised when Clerk of the Course Kirkland Tellwright assured the racing world last Monday that the Betfair Chase meeting would definitely go ahead. The rain that has fallen in the North West during the past week has been of biblical proportions and there is more to come. In fact, as I write, the thudding of raindrops on the roof reminds me of those soggy childhood holidays in a caravan. Read More

Cheltenham Open Meeting


THERE will be a mini invasion in Gloucestershire this weekend. Nothing of the scale that we will see in March but the burgeoning popularity of Cheltenham’s Open Meeting means that Irish racegoers will form a healthy chunk of this weekend’s spectators over three wonderful days. Read More

Daily Dabble November 3


I LOVE this time of year. The dying embers of the Flat season are slowly extinguished by the autumnal optimism of the jumps. Old favourites who feel like distant friends return to the spotlight. Today was a good example with Smad Place and Silviniaco Conti appearing at Kempton. But one aspect I enjoy more than anything is trying to identify the future household names: horses who will become part of the National Hunt furniture. Read More

Racing Post / Coral Naps Table

WHEN I was a teenager and the wonderful sport of horse racing had begun, irreversibly, to seep into my blood, I used to bike it to the nearest newsagent’s to buy the old Sporting Life. Carrying a flapping broadsheet while cycling on the pavements (and frightening the lives out of elderly pedestrians) wasn’t easy but I was eager to get home to start analysing the form, the five-day entries, big-race entries and, last but not least, look at the Naps Table. Read More

Daily Dabble October 23

APOLOGIES for the lack of recent daily dabbling. I’m toying with a trip to Doncaster today where there is a typically tricky backend card on the first day of their two-day October meeting. It is also the first day of Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting where some heavyweight equine artillery will be ready to fire. Two horses instantly catch the eye at Donny… Read More

Top five ante-post bets for 2016


IN a guest post. racing expert ANTONY MICHAEL has been taking a look at next year’s ante-post markets and has picked out the top five unmissable ante-post bets for 2016…
1 – Lumiere to win the 1,000 Guineas at 9/1 with Bet365
The dogs were barking loudly for a two-year-old grey filly by the name of Lumiere well before her debut at Newmarket’s July meeting and she duly rewarded her army of supporters on the day with a scintillating victory. Read More

Road to the Cheltenham Festival


THE dreams start now. The crisp autumnal mornings give birth to the hopes of hundreds of owners, trainers and jockeys. Jump racing is back in earnest this month and with it the glorious visions of Cleeve Hill in March and Aintree in April. But there’s no need to remind Richard Johnson. He has already amassed 88 winners in an extraordinary start to the Jump jockeys’ championship. The title is Dickie’s Holy Grail and it will be a fascinating sideshow as winter bares its teeth. Read More