Daily Double July 3

Beverley racecourseweb

I’M making the trek to Beverley tonight. Looking forward to it, especially as it’s one of the few courses I’ve yet to visit. Long overdue. The weather looks promising and the racing is of a reasonable quality. The first selection might seem a bit leftfield… Read More

Daily Double July 2

I’VE just realised I’m on a bit of a roll. Both Tuesday’s selections won and the same happened yesterday, so hopefully it’s hat-trick time today. I was at Thirsk yesterday and I don’t think I’ve ever been as hot on a racecourse. Mecca’s Missus won cosily in the first and Rex Imperator finally decided to play ball and won the 6f handicap a shade more comfortably than the neck verdict suggests. He should go in again while he is on a ludicrously low handicap mark. Rex, who can be a bit of a monkey, was as quiet as a lamb in the parade ring and looked a happy horse. The signs were good and he settled nicely and decided not to have a scrap with his jockey before poking through a gap to win. Today’s first selection is… Read More

Daily Double July 1

I’M off to Thirsk today with the aim of not melting in the 30C heat. The ground will be fast and hopefully racecourses will be liberal with their watering to ensure safe ground. I’ll be disappointed if the first race of the day (2.00) at the North Yorkshire track is not won by… Read More

Daily Double June 30

I’m hoping FAST AND FURIOUS will make it third time lucky today at Hamilton (2.15). The race has one of the longest names I’ve seen: The Highland Spring Water Avon Gorge Maiden Stakes (Qualifier For 20,000 Highland Spring Water Hamilton 2YO Final). And breathe. James Bethell’s Rock Of Gibraltar colt showed a tenacious attitude to run Sandahl to half a length at York and a repeat of that form should be good enough today. The other selection… Read More

Race of the century? 1903 Eclipse


by GRAHAM OLIVER The first Eclipse Stakes was run at Sandown Park in 1886 and was won by the six-year-old Bendigo. The race was worth £10,000, making it the richest horse race in Great Britain. The winning purse was very nearly double that of the Derby winner. Read More

Daily Double June 28


AS is usually the case on a Sunday, the best quality racing is outside the UK. The Curragh stages the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes where Legatissimo and Pleascach lock horns while Treve runs in the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in France. It is at The Curragh for today’s first selection… Read More

Daily Double June 27


IT’S Derby Day. There’s the Irish Derby, the Greyhound Derby and the big one… the Pitmen’s Derby at Newcastle. The Northumberland Plate has been run on turf since 1833 but today is the last one on grass. The controversial move to dig up Gosforth Park and create a northern all-weather track has divided opinion with pessimists arguing that 200 years of tradition will be cast aside. We’ll have to wait next year to see if the race continues to be as competitive. As for today, I’ll be gutted if a certain horse fails to be a Plate smasher… Read More

Daily Double June 26


A TYPICALLY busy Friday. Lots of racing. Probably too much. Six cards including four in the north, and you can guarantee there will be coming days when there will be no racing at all oop north. Who would be a fixture planner, hey? Anyway Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate meeting continues and one of the best races of the day is the Hoppings Listed race for fillies. In this one… Read More

Daily Double June 25


LACAN did me a good turn when winning at Chelmsford in early May. He was due to run at the Epsom Derby meeting but was pulled out at the last minute but Marco Botti (left) sends him to Newcastle today where he goes in a class 2 handicap. He is up 3lb for his victory and the useful Marc Monaghan claims 3lb. Manchestar looks dangerous if he is anywhere near his best but hopefully Lacan can do the business. The other selection is… Read More

Carlisle Bell – Daily Double June 24


THE Carlisle Bell was first run in 1599. That isn’t a typo. The race is THAT old. The historic contest’s name relates to the bells given to winners of the race in the reign of Elizabeth 1. It is the oldest horse race in existence. Now, Osteopathic Remedy may not have run in the 1599 race, but he did go in the 2008 renewal. He won it then and, amazingly, he runs in today’s race at the age of 11. Great credit is due to the horse and his connections. As for the race itself, it’s as tricky as ever although He’s No Saint, who is well drawn, should go well. Today’s first proper selection…. Read More