The Investec Derby Festival: Derby & Oaks Preview

The greatest test of a thoroughbred racehorse takes this place this weekend with the Fillies & Colts Classics taking centre stage at Epsom. The uniqueness of Epsom is what makes it such a test for these horses with such an undulating first half a mile followed by coming downhill for the long finish on the camber which can be stamina sapping on a young horse.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle Preview

The final Grade 1 in the novice hurdle division is the three mile staying race. This race nearly always sees an upset caused, with the average starting price of the winner throughout the last ten years being 16/1. Horses tend to fair better that have had plenty of hurdles experience, second season hurdlers included. Horses towards the top of the market who are more high profile and inexperienced constantly get beat out of sight, for example Black Hercules in 2015.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: JLT Novice Chase

I will try and keep this short and sweet. This intermediate distance novice chase looks a weak renewal and it really is hard to see beyond the front two in the market, Lostintranslation & Defi Du Seuil. They will re-oppose each other here, with Lostintranslation having won the Dipper Novices Chase from Defi Du Seuil at the track earlier this year but the latter horse reversing that form at Sandown.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: National Hunt Chase Preview

A change of the race order for The Festival this year means the four mile novice chase in which amateur riders compete is now the curtain call for day one. This race in recent years has seen some quality animals emerge, Minella Rocco was victorious beating subsequent Gold Cup winner Native River just a few years ago.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Arkle Chase Preview

The second novice event of The Festival is The Arkle. This race normally throws up a really good horse but I cannot see a potential superstar in this race. To give you an idea in recent winners of this race include Sprinter Sacre, Un De Sceaux, Douvan and Altior but I will be staggered if a horse emerges of that quality. However, what this race lacks in quality it certainly makes up for in betting propositions.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Supreme Novices Hurdle

The curtain raiser for the week is a race that never fails to disappoint. A two mile novice hurdle ran at a furious pace and normally won by a top quality animal that goes on to achieve bigger things the following season. Recent winners include the brilliant Altior and the much missed Vautour. This race, like last year is a really open looking contest.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Ryanair Chase Preview

This race is now the most valuable on Thursday and by default has become the feature race of the day. Again, this is a race that has huge potential to cut up with horses towards the top of the market more than likely to be engaged elsewhere and in the case of Ruth Jefferson’s Waiting Patiently, unlikely to run at all and wait for Aintree.

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Champion Hurdle Preview

This race for many, myself included will be the most anticipated race of the entire festival. The main reason for this is how the complexion of the market and the horses opposing dual winner Buveur D’Air has changed throughout the course of the season. Six months is a long time in horse racing and at the start of the National Hunt season Gordon Elliott confirmed his star novice from last season Samcro, would be targeted at the Champion Hurdle.

Rory’s Racing Rundown: 09/09/2017

We are blessed with a fantastic days racing on Saturday. We really are spoiled for choice and it would take me till Christmas to go through every race. I have narrowed my attention to two horses, one of which has been in my notebook for a little while. The two races I will focus on are at Ascot and Haydock. See below for the best prices.

Rory’s Racing Rundown 02/09/2017

This Saturday’s racing has got me yearning for the jumps to return. We are now in September and next month we will see the return of some big meetings. But for now, its Sandown and Chester that take my full attention.

Rory's Racing Rundown: 23/08/2017

York’s Ebor Festival takes centre stage this week and I am back with a midweek article to preview Day One of the meeting. With one of the year’s top races taking place in the form of the Juddmonte International Stakes the temptation to get behind one of the challengers is too great to resist.

Rory's Racing Rundown: 19/08/2017

Another week, another bunch of hopeful tips. I am concentrating on Newbury’s card this week and trying to get some winners. It looks a good card with some Group Level action. There is also one selection from Ripon. With no further delay, here are Saturday’s selections.

Rory's Racing Preview: 29/07/2017

I am off to Ascot on Saturday and the success of my day will heavily depend on the horses listed below. Away from Ascot we have a good card at York and I think there is one horse running there well worth a punt. We return from the success of last week with more potential money printers.