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]

Macmillan Charity Raceday at York

York racecourse

NOT many do Flat racing better than York. It’s known as the “Ascot of the North”. I prefer to call Ascot the “York of the South”. The Knavesmire facilities are second to none, the course is always pristine and, well, where some racecourses get things wrong, York just seems to get it right. York’s two-day …[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]

Cracksman to deliver in 2017 Investec Derby


THE Flat season, thus far, has truly delivered: two excellent Guineas winners in Churchill and Winter, two three-year-old speedballs in Caravaggio and Harry Angel and a clutch of classy older horses such as Ribchester, Jack Hobbs and Seventh Heaven. But one startling omission is an obvious three-year-old middle distance champion. It means that Saturday’s Investec …[Read More]

Vernatti to collect at Leicester

FIRSTLY yesterday… I’m loathe to criticise jockeys. I mean, I can’t ride a rocking horse, so small, under-nourished people who try to steer half a tonne of thoroughbred have my utmost respect. Things go wrong. Horses hang to the left. Hang to the right. Some buck and kick and refuse to race. But riders, naturally, …[Read More]

Visitant a Bank Holiday cracker

Visitant can score at Redcar

THE great British weather could play havoc with today’s racing. Heavy rain is forecast at many of today’s six UK meetings so expect plenty of non runners. One horse who is not ground dependent is VISITANT (3.00 Redcar). He sluiced up at Ayr three weeks ago when showing great improvement to win a Class 6 …[Read More]

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


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


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


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]