Decorated Knight the value in 2017 Coral-Eclipse

Decorated Knight 2017 Coral-Eclipse

IT’S simmering nicely into a typically fitting renewal but the 2017 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown has a really open feel to it this year. The clash of the age groups should reveal plenty about the strength – or lack of it – of this season’s crop of three-year-olds. The jury is still out on that especially …[Read More]

Barney Roy targets more Group One glory in Sussex Stakes

Barney Roy

by JOHN SINCLAIR Barney Roy produced one of the upsets of Royal Ascot when he beat Churchill in the St James’s Palace Stakes last week. The three year old gained revenge for his defeat in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the campaign as he impressed in the one-mile contest at the Berkshire racecourse. …[Read More]

Cliffs Of Moher can gain compensation in the Eclipse

Cliffs Of Moher

by JOHN SINCLAIR EPSOM Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher is set to feature next month in the Group One Eclipse Stakes at Sandown where he will be taking on the older horses for the first time in his career. Aidan O’Brien’s runner was beaten by his stablemate Wings Of Eagles by less than a length …[Read More]

Leading contenders for 2017 Ascot Gold Cup

2017 Ascot Gold Cup

by JOHN SINCLAIR THE Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious flat race over 2-plus miles on turf in Europe. The 2 mile 4 furlong contest is held on day three of the Royal Meeting in June and is considered by many as the feature of the week at the Berkshire racecourse. The fastest time for …[Read More]

Permian each-way value in Investec Derby


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]

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]

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]

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]

Jonjo O’Neill wants More Of That Grand National success

More Of That

JONJO O’Neill had a wretched record as a jockey in the Grand National. He never completed the course and the Canal Turn second time round was the furthest he got. Jonjo was particularly unlucky in 1979 when Alverton, who had won the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few weeks earlier, fell fatally at Becher’s Brook when …[Read More]

Cue Card v Thistlecrack in King George battle

Cue Card and Thistlecrack with Colin Tizzard

IT’S akin to Ovett v Coe. Or Denman v Kauto Star. Or Ali v Frazier. Thistlecrack v Cue Card is a Boxing Day treat in the King George VI Chase that not many could have anticipated. The tale of the tape may favour last year’s winner Cue Card. He looked as good as ever in …[Read More]