All tagged racing

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: 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.

Top 5 Royal Ascot 2017 Performances/Races

Royal Ascot 2017 was another year full of fantastic performances but I have narrowed it down to my five personal highlights. I have tried to leave the punting side of my mind out (very difficult) and strictly focus on what I enjoyed watching from a racing stand point. Royal Ascot really is a special place and continues to attract the best horses every year and what is more special is the fact they come from all over the globe to compete! With English, Irish, French and American winners this year we were treated to a truly international festival. Working from fifth to first here are the best performances/races.