Westend Story to make winning debut at Warwick

Westend Story

Pic: Getty I’VE been waiting for WESTEND STORY and today he makes his hurdling debut at Warwick (12.50). The 2m 5f maiden hurdle is the most fascinating race of the day and it could be chock full of future winners. Fifth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, Westend Story has been singled out by Richard …[Read More]

Daily Double June 23

FAIRLY low-key fare today. In fact, it was a struggle to find two horses to put the mockers on. Those unlucky steeds are NUMBER ONE LONDON and POPLAR CLOSE although if both these beasts win, you won’t be ordering a Ferrari with the winnings… Number One London was a useful stayer on the Flat for …[Read More]

Ante-post focus: Menorah the King George VI Chase value

PHILIP Hobbs and Richard Johnson can do very little wrong at present. Everything they run has to be respected as the Minehead yard is in stellar form. On Saturday MENORAH came close to providing another big weekend winner when just being outstayed by Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase. This is a race that provides …[Read More]

Garde La Victoire to make winning return

A YEAR ago GARDE LA VICTOIRE made his hurdling debut at Aintree’s October meeting and kick-started an impressive campaign with an easy win over Regal Encore. On Saturday he returns to the scene of that success in the valuable opening handicap that kicks off Aintree’s two-day meeting. Philip Hobbs’ five year old goes well fresh …[Read More]

Daily Punt: Talkonthestreet

TWO winners for this column yesterday in the shape of Piazon, albeit at a short price, and debutante Der Meister who was given a peach of a ride by Oisin Murphy at Yarmouth. One horse stands out today although fingers crossed the rain stays away for him at Ludlow. TALKONTHESTREET finally won over fences over …[Read More]

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]

Who will be top Cheltenham Festival jockey?

YOU can bet on virtually anything these days. What colour the Queen will wear at Royal Ascot. Who will be the next Pope. The Cheltenham Festival offers bookies the opportunity to be creative with various betting “specials”. But, to be honest, the racing is so good at Cheltenham that the major firms don’t really need …[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]