Aristo Du Plessis can shine at Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting


CHELTENHAM throws opens its doors for the first time this weekend when it stages its Showcase meeting. This two-day affair has gained traction in recent years and is attracting a much higher quality of horse. Many trainers and owners will be slightly anxious about the ground but reports suggest Simon Claisse and his team have done the trick again to produce perfect jumping ground. It would have been a shame for the meeting to be remembered (or rather quickly forgotten) for small fields and uncompetitive racing. Read More

Arctic Feeling the value bet


FOR punters, this time of year can be a conundrum. The back-end of the flat is marked by big fields, wet ground and plenty of big price winners. Allied to that is the start of the jumps with most horses from the bigger yards invariably needing their first run. So finding winners is a tough old business. It pays to shop around the bookies for betting deals and it’s also worth checking out what’s on offer before you enter one of the many sites for online video slots. Monday is a good example: there are 87 runners at Pontefract where the ground is soft and the racing looks trappy to say the least. So let’s try to find a few winners… Read More

Cheltenham Showcase meeting


CHELTENHAM. Even now, five months away from THE Festival and those madcap four days in Gloucestershire, the very word gives me goosebumps. But the rollercoaster of a racecourse has plenty of serious business to attend to before then, starting with its two-day Showcase meeting next weekend. This meeting has grown in stature in recent years and usually attracts a strong raiding party from across the Irish Sea. Punters should check out the best internet betting services offered by bookmakers. Read More

Ten horses to follow for 2016/17 jumps season


I LOVE autumn. Change is in the air. From green to brown, from sun to rain and from flat to jumps. October is the month where dreams begin to form for starry-eyed National Hunt owners, trainers and jockeys. Chepstow’s two-day meeting kick-started the jumps season last weekend with potential stars Ballyoptic, Rock The Kasbah and Diego Du Charmil putting down promising markers for the months ahead and giving their owners dreams of standing in the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham next March. Read More

Almanzor to light up Champions Day


CHANTILLY’S loss could be Ascot’s gain. The absence of Almanzor from this Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has robbed the great old race of some of its lustre. The Irish Champion Stakes winner, who so impressively gobbled up the Leopardstown ground in the final furlong, instead heads a star-studded cast of 28 that remain in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on British Champions Day on October 15. Read More

Postponed to see off young guns 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