Daily Dabble: April 28

IT’S been yonks since I’ve done one of these so it’s time to start putting things right. That’s mainly because I fancy INAAM (3.20) at Lingfield. Richard Fahey is beginning to fire in the winners and this buzzy three-year-old already has two all-weather wins on the board. He has a habit of finding trouble and he would probably have won last time out if he had not been hampered twice. Read More

Mullins to dominate at Punchestown Festival

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WILLIE Mullins may have fallen short in his bid to steal the UK trainers’ title from Paul Nicholls but he is poised to become the King of Punchestown again this week. At last year’s Festival, the trainer won an amazing 16 of the 37 races and he looks set to be well represented at this year’s five-day meeting, which starts on Tuesday. Read More

Seeyouatmidnight the Scottish National value

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MOUSE Morris certainly knows how to win a National. Rogue Angel and Rule The World have already done the business in the Irish and English equivalents and now he has his eye on a remarkable and unprecedented treble. Rogue Angel is being prepared for a possible tilt at Saturday’s Scottish national at Ayr – and who’d bet against the shaggy-haired Irish maestro doing it again. Read More

2016 Crabbie’s Grand National

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IN 1987, I made my first trip to Aintree on Grand National day. It was jam-packed, as you would expect, and the atmosphere was boisterous but it was a wonderful place to be for a racing-mad teenager. That year is memorable for a few reasons (apart from Everton winning the league): the tragedy of Dark Ivy at Becher’s Brook and for seeing one of the shortest priced favourites in the race’s long history in West Tip. Read More

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival

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ONE part of my day job is to write about racing. Well, it beats working… Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get to talk to leading figures in the sport of kings and while he might be in a different league financially to Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson, I was delighted to chat to Sandy Thomson, the trainer of the leading northern/Scottish hope at this week’s Cheltenham Festival, Seeyouatmidnight. Read More

Cheltenham Festival countdown: who should you back?

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by RAY HOBBS THE 2016 Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching and anticipation is already building ahead of one of the biggest and best horse racing events in the sporting calendar. The four-day event begins on March 15 and is now one of the United Kingdom’s major horse racing festivals and online bookmakers, such as Coral, will take plenty of bets over the course of the meeting. Read More

Daily Dabble February 23

RACING can suffer a dearth of quality in the weeks before the Cheltenham Festival but today takes the biscuit. I love going racing, especially to the smaller midweek jumps meetings, but I would have to be drugged and thrown in the boot of my car to be tempted to attend today’s fare at Taunton and Wetherby. The quality is dire and trying to find a nugget of a tip among the mediocre fare or attempting to put a gloss on the dross is a bit like trying to polish a tur…. You get my drift. Read More

Faugheen exit opens path for Annie Power

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by CLAIRE SIBLOT THE market for the Champion Hurdle was shaken up recently when Willie Mullins announced that his star hurdler Faugheen will not defend his crown in the premier 2m hurdle race of the season at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Read More

Daily Dabble and Racing Post Naps Table latest

I’VE NOT mentioned the Racing Post Naps Table for a little while. Why? Because I’ve been out with the washing near the foot of the table. A few weeks ago I was in the bottom six. However, a bit like a Paul Moloney ride in the Grand National, I’ve been slowly creeping into things over the past four weeks and after a decent run I suddenly find myself in 8th place at the time of writing. Read More

Daily Dabble February 19

ROCKING Blues and Stilletto were good winners for this column yesterday and both should be followed as they won with plenty in hand. On to today and POSTBRIDGE (4.45 Fakenham) looks like a potential penalty kick in the bumper. She was a useful second to the talented Potters Legend over course and distance when attempting to make all. She should win at a short price but keep an eye on Focusing who showed glimmers of promise on her debut and could step up markedly. Read More