Coral Eclipse: Is Mars on another planet?

“A SMALL but select field” is often a euphemism for “disappointing” but the phrase rings deadly true for this weekend’s tantalising Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. The race, sandwiched as it is between the Epsom Derby and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, is always so difficult to win, especially for three …[Read More]

Richard Hughes could make hay at Sandown

A MARVELLOUS night’s racing takes place at Sandown Park with the Brigadier Gerard and Henry II Stakes. Throw in the National Stakes and Heron Stakes and you have one of the best evening meetings of the year. At York’s Dante meeting I was impressed with the victory of STEVENTON STAR who showed great speed and …[Read More]

Manyriverstocross to strike

ALAN King has his team in tip-top form and if Hold on Julio gets his jumping together he could run a huge race in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on Saturday. But he also sends decent hurdlers MANYRIVERSTOCROSS and Ardlui up to Ripon for the £25,000 2m handicap at 2.55. Manyriverstocross ran a blinder …[Read More]

Watch out for Mr Moss in the bet365 Gold Cup

Guest post by JACK MILNER. THE bet365 Gold Cup, formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup, is one of those fondly associated races that unfortunately brings the curtain down on the National Hunt season, with a tear in one’s eye, knowing we have to endure the Flat season until the Charlie Hall Chase comes around at Wetherby …[Read More]

Saturday selections

TODAY’S racing is a bit like after the Lord Mayor’s show. No Sprinter Sacre. No Imperial Commander. No Hunt Ball. But Ffos Las does offer the Welsh Champion Hurdle and there is a decent all-chase card at Sandown. In the Welsh Champion, Oscara Dara, pictured left, looks to have a stiff task at the weights …[Read More]

Francome waxes lyrical over Poet in Tolworth Hurdle

THE Tolworth Hurdle doesn’t tend to get racing fans as excited as other Grade Ones. Its post-Christmas slot may not do it any favours, but there is no escaping it is always a high-quality race. Down the years it has been won by budding stars who have gone on to win a novice hurdle at …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Waterloo Boy

IT’S slightly strange how we become attached to certain racehorses. I have no idea why I loved Ben Nevis, so much so that I backed him to win the Grand National in 1980 as a young lad. Likewise, there was Barton Bank. He seemed to be around for years in the 90s and I willed …[Read More]

Damn this weather…

As the rain continues to laugh at us, there is no respite for punters trying to study the formbook and find winners. Bad ground makes tipping more difficult. Inevitably, you focus on horses who have form on the soft, but there is no way of telling if a horse who has never run on bad …[Read More]