Lucky 15: April 24

Miss Sheridan

MICK Easterby has his string in fine form and MISS SHERIDAN (5.40 Pontefract) was a decisive winner on her reappearance at Redcar. She made all and stayed on strongly to win with a bit in hand. Today she bids to follow up at Pontefract and despite a 6lb rise she should have enough in her …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Tudor Minstrel

Tudor Minstrel

by GRAHAM OLIVER WHO was the greatest 2000 Guineas winner ever? Was it Tudor Minstrel, was it Brigadier Gerard, or was it Frankel? Of course, we will never know, but we can surmise. This short piece is about making the case for Tudor Minstrel… Foaled in 1944, Tudor Minstrel was a brown colt by the …[Read More]

Lucky 15: April 21

YESTERDAY was a poor effort although Seamster was a non runner. Castleacre ran too freely, Salateen was disappointing and Sword Exceed got going too late. The latter is one to keep in the notebook though. Try again… RAINBOW DREAMER (2.30 Newbury): Got going far too late at Leicester behind Galapiat over 1m 4f but finished …[Read More]

Lucky 15: April 20

Castleacre trainer Hugo Palmer

START of a new feature. A Lucky 15 is my favourite bet. Four horses, 15 bets, comprising singles, doubles, trebles and one fourfold. Simples. Well, in theory. The hard bit is finding four winners at decent prices. Let’s have a go… CASTLEACRE (1.50 Newmarket): A slight leap of faith going for this keen-going filly who …[Read More]

Trustan Times worth 2017 Scottish National punt

2017 Scottish National

IT’S National season. One For Arthur plundered the Grand National at Aintree, Our Duke sauntered to success in the Irish version and now Scotland is about to have its place in the sun. The 2017 Scottish National market is dominated, not unusually, by novice chasers. Premier Bond is the ante-post favourite following Monday’s latest entry …[Read More]

Something to worship on Good Friday

Sovereign Debt

ALL weather racing is not everyone’s cup of tea. But there can be no arguing that the Good Friday card at Lingfield is one of the best ever assembled on the synthetic surface. Throw in a £100,000 race at Newcastle and us non-religious types have something to worship at Easter. There are 83 horses declared …[Read More]

Winning 2yo horses sired by Frankel 2017


by JASON COOTE Who doesn’t remember Frankel? A talented thoroughbred described by some as a ”wonder horse” like Pegasus without wings. He was trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil at Warren Place in Newmarket the home of several of his most outstanding performances. Frankel was foaled on 11 February 2008, bred by Juddmonte Farms …[Read More]

With Aintree looming, who are the bookies backing?

by ANNIE DALE THE Grand National has almost arrived to give the armchair punter a reason to visit the bookmakers. What makes the race so exciting is its unpredictability and this year is no different, with many horses in with a decent shout of landing the spoils on Merseyside. For those looking for a nice …[Read More]

Highland Lodge the value in 2017 Grand National

Highland Lodge 2017 Grand National

Pic: Liverpool Echo IT would be truly fitting, 40 years after one of sport’s most seminal moments, if a small northern yard was to triumph in Saturday’s 2017 Grand National. When Red Rum careered away from Churchtown Boy on Aintree’s punishing run-in, it sparked scenes of tumult that have rarely been witnessed since in racing, …[Read More]

Ziga Boy in Grand National bid

Ziga Boy

ALAN King’s Ziga Boy has been confirmed a definite runner in the £1million Randox Health Grand National. He will bid to become only the fourth ever grey winner of the world’s greatest steeplechase. The eight-year-old made history earlier this season when becoming the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Sky Bet Chase at …[Read More]