Daily Double July 3

I’M making the trek to Beverley tonight. Looking forward to it, especially as it’s one of the few courses I’ve yet to visit. Long overdue. The weather looks promising and the racing is of a reasonable quality. The first selection might seem a bit leftfield… …as he is a three-year-old running in a seller against …[Read More]

Carlisle Bell – Daily Double June 24

THE Carlisle Bell was first run in 1599. That isn’t a typo. The race is THAT old. The historic contest’s name relates to the bells given to winners of the race in the reign of Elizabeth 1. It is the oldest horse race in existence. Now, Osteopathic Remedy may not have run in the 1599 …[Read More]

Weekly notebook: Horses to follow

HERE we take a look at a few horses to follow. These animals have caught the eye in the past seven days and might be worth keeping a very close eye on next time out… PLANE SONG (Michael Stoute): On his Windsor debut this chestnut Nayef colt showed typical inexperience for a first-time run until …[Read More]

Farewell to Willie The Whipper

ANN DUFFIELD’S flagship horse Willie The Whipper sold for a six-figure sum in the ring after his final run for the North Yorkshire trainer in the Prix Dollar at the weekend. Like most of Qatar Racing’s team, the plan was always to send him to the sales ring but he will be sorely missed by …[Read More]

Dark horses: Master Clockmaker

ANN Duffield unveils an interesting newcomer in MASTER CLOCKMAKER in the opener at Redcar today. The trainer thinks quite a bit of this strapping son of Mastercraftsman who cost £40,000 as a yearling and whom she describes as a “giant of a horse”. I would expect him to come on massively for today’s run but …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Trust in Rust

TWO horses catch the eye today and both go to Redcar. Ann Duffield, left, is having to do without her top work rider, husband and ex-jockey George, who broke his leg in a gallops fall recently. But she has a nice horse in the three-year-old RUST who makes his seasonal reappearance today (4.40). He showed …[Read More]

A chat with… Ann Duffield

ANN Duffield is one of the most upwardly mobile trainers in UK horse racing and is enjoying a fine season. With the expert help of husband and former top jockey George, she has developed one of the finest training establishments in the north. But it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to …[Read More]