Cheltenham Festival 2015

THE lady, bedecked in tweed, would not shut up. The horses were walking in for the RSA Chase and Mrs Tweed was rattling on regardless: “What’s happening now? How many times do they run round? Do they jump the fences? Have they started yet?” Some folk were chuckling. Others were quietly seething. As the race …[Read More]

Grand National: Zara holds key to Monbeg Dude

THE Grand National always throws up a good tale. And if Monbeg Dude manages to win on April 5 there will be plenty of angles to go at. There were emotional scenes at Cheltenham last weekend when Tom Scudamore drove Monbeg Dude, trained by his brother Michael, to victory over Theatre Guide. The eight-year-old, winner …[Read More]

More Of That the joker in Cheltenham Festival pack

THERE were Cheltenham Festival clues aplenty at the weekend’s International meeting at Prestbury Park. The New One grabbed most of the headlines and confirmed his status as favourite for the Champion Hurdle with a fluent success in the StanJames.com International Hurdle. I suspect the winning margin would have been bigger if he hadn’t rapped the …[Read More]

Sunday service: Flemenstar is back

NOT for the first time the quality of Sunday’s racing is much stronger in Ireland where Navan will not only witness the reappearance of FLEMENSTAR but will be graced by the presence of man of the moment AP McCoy. He hops across the water for four rides and I doubt he will leave empty-handed as …[Read More]

AP McCoy: Watch his 4,000th winner

WORDS don’t do justice to the man, so just watch and enjoy a typically heroic ride from the legend that is AP McCoy to bring up his 4,000th winner on Mountain Tunes at Towcester. Unbelievable. Thanks to At The Races for providing the footage.

Don’t forget about Richard Johnson…

Richard Johnson

“Imagine if AP McCoy had never been born.” Richard Johnson MUST have mused over that possibility. He’s only human. I would have done if I was him. Thing is, if AP wasn’t around we would now be eulogising about RJ.  He would probably be chasing his 4,000th winner and his umpteenth jockeys’ title. Instead, while …[Read More]

Don’t desert Annacotty

AP McCoy is four short of the 4,000 winner mark but he has just three rides at Kempton on Monday, so unless they all win and he jocks somebody off a winner, the media circus will converge on Exeter on Tuesday. And then Chepstow on Wednesday where a possible ride for AP is Mission Complete …[Read More]

2013 Grand National weights: Teaforthree stands out

THE unveiling of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National weights usually sparks cries of frustration and woe from various trainers and owners. But this year seems to be a little different… so far. The overall reaction seems to be that BHA handicapper Phil Smith has done a credible and fair job in working out the …[Read More]

Can AP McCoy do it again?

            One of the perennial joys of racing is watching AP McCoy boot home another winner. Yesterday he gave a riding masterclass at Newton Abbot and while it might be excruciatingly frustrating for rivals Richard Johnson, Jason Maguire et al, they will know that AP sets the standard. This statistic …[Read More]

Summer’s here.. time to go racing

The weather forecasters have finally started talking about sunshine: there’s even been the mention of a mini heatwave this week. So it sounds like a great time to go racing, although soft ground horses may have to be put away for a couple of months. Redcar has an eight-race card this afternoon starting at 2.10pm …[Read More]