Who’s the underdog set to Sheikh up Royal Ascot?

Sheikhzayedroad

AS a horse racing meeting founded more than 300 years ago by Queen Anne, there’s no surprise to learn that Royal Ascot has maintained its blue-blooded connections to this day. The Queen stopped by in 2016 as part of her 90th birthday celebrations, and with renewals as prestigious (and as regal) as the Ascot Gold …[Read More]

Permian each-way value in Investec Derby

Permian

THE Investec Derby picture is a little hazy. The Dante at York normally helps to remove the fog but it was a horse who didn’t actually run, Cracksman, who saw his odds contract after the race. That was due to the victory of Permian who Cracksman had beaten in the Epsom Derby Trial. Permian is …[Read More]

Musidora: 1949 Oaks and 1000 Guineas

Musidora

by GRAHAM OLIVER THE Musidora Stakes is an Oaks trial held on the Knavesmire and named in honour of the 1949 Oaks winner. Musidora was a bay filly by Nasrullah out of Painted Vale by Gainsborough. She was named after the French silent screen star Jeanne Roques, whose stage name was Musidora. Nasrullah also sired …[Read More]

2000 Guineas 2017: Go for Eminent

2000 Guineas hope Eminent

THE 2000 Guineas always seems to sneak up on the blind side. I’m sure it gets earlier every year. It’s a race I love and kick-starts a period where the Classic dreams of so many thoroughbred owners either come true or are mercilessly dashed. With 10 going to post, it is hoped the field will …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Fleet: 1967 1000 Guineas winner

by GRAHAM OLIVER Noel Murless saddled six winners of the 1000 Guineas: Fleet was number three, winning in 1967. She was a bay filly by the unraced Never Say Die stallion Immortality. Her dam, Review, was by Panorama, who had won the Coventry and Champagne Stakes during a seven-race unbeaten two-year-old career. Besides Fleet, Review …[Read More]

Lucky 15 bet: April 28

DECENT flat cards at Doncaster and Sandown today and Town Moor is the focus for today’s selections. NICK VEDDER (1.40 Doncaster) is a progressive type but this is a warm contest and a typically tricky 3YO handicap full of unexposed horses. These races are so difficult to analyse but Karl Burke’s runner will lack nothing …[Read More]

Lucky 15: April 26

Galapiat

THE clash between Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Coneygree and Sizing John is the undoubted highlight as the Punchestown Festival enters its second day. But I’m looking closer to home for the Lucky 15 selections. A BIT OF GINGER (2.20 Catterick) belied her huge odds with a great run at Kempton first time out this season …[Read More]

Lucky 15: April 25

Kingsley Klarion

MISS SHERIDAN won nicely for this column yesterday and looks to be a filly ahead of the handicapper. However the other three selections were disappointing. Art Collection, who was a huge drifter, never landed a blow and might be worth another go if reverting to the all weather. COMPRISE (5.00 Yarmouth) is first up today. …[Read More]

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]