• Richard Hannon ready to lead charge for Champions Day with Barney Roy

    • Royal Ascot winner lines up as third favourite for the Champion Stakes
    • ‘He goes to to Ascot in great nick. He’s fresh, he’s a very exciting horse’If there were any doubt about how much the souped-up Ascot version of Champions Day has come to mean to racing professionals, Richard Hannon killed it stone dead here by raising the memory of last year, when he didn’t have a runner on the card. “I went racing anyway and walked round like this with my he
  • Talking Horses: Relishing a star-filled Champions Day plus Tuesday tips

    The main five races at Ascot on Saturday all have at least five Group One winners entered. Also: who wins at Kempton?I try not to gush about a raceday but Saturday’s Champions Day action looks very strong indeed in light of a press release punted out by Great British Racing last night. GBR points out that the main five races on Saturday all have at least five Group One winners entered up, while the main two contests, the Champion Stakes and the QEII, have seven apiece.  Continue readi
  • Frankie Dettori: the Turf’s 46-year-old comeback kid predicts more big-race success | Frankie Dettori

    Jockey who has won a Derby, a King George and two Arcs since almost quitting aims to ride until past 50 – and has a special target at Ascot’s Champions DayFrom the security of a hugely successful 2017, Frankie Dettori reflects on the desperate days of 2013, when it seemed as though his storied career had only a few pages left to run and not very exciting ones, at that. “I was weeks away from actually retiring,” he said on Monday, chatting happily on his way to a quiet aft
  • Talking Horses: Sexy Legs catches the eye plus a 40-1 Monday potshot

    Moving to Rebecca Menzies appears to have revived Sexy Legs, who may show her rivals a clean pair of heelsRacing’s ruling body takes its share of stick but they deserve plenty of praise for the foresight shown in today’s fixture list. As Ireland and the west of Britain batten down the hatches against the approach of an ex-hurricane, all three racecards will be in the east, including one at our most easterly track.Continue reading...
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  • Racing grieves after groom fatally injured in incident at Kempton stables

    • Groom named as Ken Dooley, who worked for trainer Amanda Perrett
    • Surrey police investigating after incident on Saturday nightThe dangers of working with racehorses were underlined by the leader of the stable staff union following the death of Ken Dooley at Kempton Park on Saturday night. Dooley, who had spent decades in racing and was in his 50s, is believed to have been kicked while working in the stable area and collapsed shortly afterwards.“You’re dealing with half a
  • Man dies suddenly after incident in stable yard at Kempton racecourse

    • Surrey police investigating after incident on Saturday night
    • Jockey Martin Dwyer suggests man was kicked by horseA police investigation is under way following the death of a man in his 50s in the stable yard at Kempton racecourse during a race-meeting on Saturday night. Surrey Police has confirmed on Sunday morning that it is investigating a sudden death that prompted the abandonment of the last two races on Saturday.“Surrey Police were called to Kempton Park racecourse in Su
  • U S Navy Flag leads home Aidan O’Brien one-two-three-four in Dewhurst Stakes

    • Ryan Moore rides to Newmarket victory by two and a half lengths
    • Beats stablemates Mendelssohn, Seahenge and ThreeandfourpenceAidan O’Brien, the trainer who makes the extraordinary appear routine, had the first four home in the Dewhurst Stakes here and is now within touching distance of one of the sport’s great records. It is 14 years since the US trainer Bobby Frankel won 25 top-class races in a single year and O’Brien could match that total on Sunday night, when
  • Talking Horses: Tony Bloom’s gamble on Withhold may pay off at Newmarket

    Tony Bloom will look to repeat his success in poker and football as Withhold runs in the Cesarewitch but Expert Eye may struggle on his returnJust as Dolphin Vista won the Cambridgeshire a fortnight ago on his second run for a new trainer, so Withhold (3.40) may land today’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket for Roger Charlton, having had only one previous run for the Wiltshire man. Available at 12-1 on Friday, Withhold showed enough quality for a race like this with a couple of wins at the end of
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  • Stat of the Day, 14th October 2017

    Friday's Result : 8.45 Kempton : Cool Team @ 10/3 BOG WON at 13/8 : Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon led, kept on well to win by half a length... Saturday's selection goes in the... 3.50 York : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the […]
  • Laurens lands Fillies’ Mile as September comes too late for Aidan O’Brien

    • Irish trainer’s attempt to set a new G1 record must wait a week
    • John Gosden has Cracksman in fine shape for Champion StakesNo one can train 23 Group One winners in a season without enjoying a little good luck along the way but fortune abruptly turned its back on Aidan O’Brien here on Friday as he went in search of number 24. His Happily, the certain favourite for the Fillies’ Mile, was scratched a few hours before the race after she was found to be running a tempe
  • Placepot Pointers – Saturday 14th Ocotber

    NEWMARKET - OCTOBER 14   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £84.50 (7 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 3 unplaced)   Saturday's Placepot permutation at Newmarket:  Leg 1 (1.50): 6 (Rastrelli), 5 (Kew Gardens) & 4 (Graffiti Master) Leg 2 (2.25): 5 (Ghaiyyath) & 7 (Purser) Leg 3 (3.00): 3 (Expert Eye) […]
  • Sat TV Trends: 14th Oct 2017

    More LIVE ITV action on Saturday 14th October for day two of the Newmarket Dubai Future Champions meeting, plus there is also LIVE racing from York. Plenty to get stuck into again with the ultra-competitive Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap one of the key betting races of the flat turf season, while the race is supported by […]
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  • Talking Horses: Chepstow thrills await plus tips for a classy Friday

    The weekend brings some high-quality racing on the Flat and over jumps, all of it anticipating bigger races to comeAfter fast ground at Worcester yesterday, I was a bit worried for the two-day fixture at Chepstow over the weekend, where so many good jumps horses may start their winter. But my fears were allayed by the Chepstow clerk, Keith Ottesen, who used to work at Worcester and pointed out that the two, though geographically proximate, are very different in terms of ground and have had very
  • Snow time like the present – As Meade launches Cesarewitch assault

    I’d pondered over looking at the Dewhurst for this week’s Friday Preview piece, however I’m finding it impossible to flag-up a challenger to the odds-on shot Expert Eye. If the colt that romped to victory at Goodwood arrives here at Newmarket in that form, the result is a formality. So instead I’ve decided to throw […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Friday 13th October

    YORK - OCTOBER 13   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £829.30 (6 favourites - 1 winner - 3 placed - 2 unplaced)   Friday's Placepot permutation at York:  Leg 1 (2.10): 4 (Tulip Fever), 2 (Beatbox Rhythm) & 15 (Kyllachy Dragon) Leg 2 (2.45): 11 (Just Hiss), 19 (Highland Colori), 3 (Zwayyan) & 5 (Bravery) Leg […]
  • Worcester branded ‘a joke’ after drying ground produces 33 non-runners

    • Peter Scudamore leads criticism of ‘depressing’ meeting
    • Two races are reduced to just two runners eachWorcester racecourse was subjected to some stinging criticism on Thursday after the embarrassment of a day’s racing blighted by non-runners. The racing surface proved to be drier and quicker than expected, leading to a total of 33 non‑runners, almost as many as the 41 horses who actually turned up, with two races being reduced to only two runners apiece. Rel
  • Stat of the Day, 13th October 2017

    Thursday's Result : 2.20 Worcester : Get Ready Freddy @ 5/2 BOG 4th at 3/1 : In rear, pushed along after 5 out, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace... Friday's selection goes in the... 8.45 Kempton : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll identify […]
  • Talking Horses: Mixboy should make short work of Ayr’s heavy ground

    Ayr’s season has been blighted by bad weather, but Keith Dalgleish’s Mixboy should cope with the heavy groundThe last month of Ayr’s season on the level has been blighted by the weather, but its final Flat meeting of 2017 has survived an inspection this morning despite soaking up 7.5mm of rain overnight.As with the last meeting here, the seven races will be run on the hurdles course while the track’s executives try to work out what to do about the patch of ground two furl
  • Two-Year-Old Watch: Mid-October 2017

    In the third of an occasional series of updates on Peter May's juvenile ratings, which are published for Gold subscribers in the racecard, we look at the movers and shakers ahead of Newmarket's Future Champions Weekend, featuring six Pattern contests for two-year-olds. [Click here for the first and here for the second updates] Top performers […]
  • Stoute has an Expert Eye on the Dewhurst

    The Future Champions Festival begins tomorrow at Newmarket and promises to be a thriller. Aidan O’Brien is just two shy of the world record Group/Grade One winners for a calendar year, set by American trainer Bobby Frankel in 2003. With fancied runners in the Fillies Mile on Friday and the Dewhurst on Saturday, there’s a […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Thursday October 12

    EXETER - OCTOBER 12   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £292.90 (7 favourites – 1 winner – 2 placed – 4 unplaced)   Thursday's Placepot permutation at Exeter:  Leg 1 (2.10): 6 (If The Cap) & 4 (Enniscoffee Oscar) Leg 2 (2.45): 1 (Challico) & 3 (Good Man Pat) Leg 3 (3.15): 2 (Hidden Cargo), 3 […]
  • Racing news and tips: Marsha and Lady Aurelia set for Breeders’ Cup rematch

    • Marsha to be Elite Racing Club’s first runner at Breeders’ Cup meeting
    • Lady Aurelia favourite to avenge Nunthorpe Stakes defeatOne of the most dramatic Group One finishes of the Flat season could have a sequel in California next month after Marsha, who beat Lady Aurelia by a nose in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August, was committed to a final run for the 10,500-strong Elite Racing Club in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar on 4 November. Sir Mark Pr
  • Marsha and Lady Aurelia set for rematch at Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

    • Marsha to be Elite Racing Club’s first runner at Breeders’ Cup meeting
    • Lady Aurelia favourite to avenge Nunthorpe Stakes defeatOne of the most dramatic Group One finishes of the Flat season could have a sequel in California next month after Marsha, who beat Lady Aurelia by a nose in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August, was committed to a final run for the 10,500-strong Elite Racing Club in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar on 4 November. Sir Mark Pr
  • Talking Horses: Bryan Cooper starts his new chapter with Ludlow rides

    The new link with Alan Potts gives Cooper access to a string of proven and potential Grade One performers, and he starts with two rides at LudlowBryan Cooper’s satnav is going to be busy over the coming weeks and months, as he works himself into his new role as Alan Potts’s No1 rider in Britain and finds his way to some of our more remote jumping outposts. It is Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon for two rides, then hopefully Chepstow on Saturday for the fencing debut of Finian’s Os
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    ...that I'm becoming increasingly impressed by one of our triallists who seeks to break the usual tipster mould, as you'll now see in the Geegeez System Trials Roundup to 10/10/2017. There aren't many successful spread betting services out there and we've never reviewed such a service to the best of my knowledge, but despite carrying more risk […]
  • Ellison’s Jumpers find form at Kelso

    The recent treble at Kelso came as a timely boost for Brian Ellison, as the new National Hunt season starts in earnest. The dual-purpose trainer from Malton in Yorkshire has a strong team assembled for the latest Jumps campaign, with Forest Bihan a potential stable star. The six-year-old had a novice chase campaign full of […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Wednesday 11th October

    LUDLOW - OCTOBER 11   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £243.30 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 1 placed - 3 unplaced)   Wednesday's Placepot permutation at Ludlow:  Leg 1 (1.55): 7 (The Statesman) & 3 (High Wells) Leg 2 (2.25): 1 (Still Believing), 3 (On Demand) & 4 (Poetic Lady) Leg 3 (3.00): 10 (Braqueur […]
  • Bryan Cooper set for regular British races after joining Alan Potts’s stable

    • Jockey moves to Alan Potts stable after losing role for Michael O’Leary
    • Bryan Cooper begins new position on board Exxaro and Mick ThonicBryan Cooper, who lost his job as first jockey to Michael O’Leary’s powerful Gigginstown Stud operation three months ago, will launch a fresh association with one of jumping’s biggest owners at Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon, when he rides Exxaro and Mick Thonic in the familiar red, green and yellow silks of Alan Potts.Cooper
  • Stat of the Day, 11th October 2017

    Tuesday's Result : 4.10 Catterick : The New Pharaoh @ 11/4 BOG 3rd at 4/1 : Switched left start, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest at finish ... Wednesday's selection goes in the... 3.10 Towcester : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I […]
  • Talking Horses: Expert Eye has 'no excuses' before Dewhurst return

    Sir Michael Stoute discusses his colt’s return to the track in Saturday’s Dewhurst Stakes, while there’s an interesting runner at Catterick later todaySir Michael Stoute, whose colt Expert Eye is odds-on to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, said on Tuesday morning that his two-month absence from the track since winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood will be “no excuse” if his juvenile fails to deliver this weekend. Expert Eye’s four-an
  • Placepot Pointers – Tuesday 10th

    LEICESTER - OCTOBER 10   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £211.10 (7 favourites - 3 winners – 1 placed – 3 unplaced)   Tuesday's Placepot permutation at Leicester:  Leg 1 (1.50): 2 (Fibonacci), 3 (Sporting Times) & 5 (Lightly Squeeze) Leg 2 (2.20): 1 (Rita’s Man) & 2 (Jet Setter) Leg 3 (2.55): 2 (Indomeneo), […]
  • Stat of the Day, 10th October 2017

    Monday's Result : 2.55 Pontefract : Heatongrad @ 10/3 BOG 4th at 5/1 : Led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong... Tuesday's selection goes in the... 4.10 Catterick : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll identify and […]
  • ‘Filly of a lifetime’ Enable remains in training, to Frankie Dettori’s delight

    • Trainer John Gosden weighed up retiring Enable to stud
    • Owner Khalid bin Abdullah says he hopes filly will defend Arc winFrankie Dettori has expressed his joy at the news that the star filly Enable will remain in training next year. The Italian jockey, whose astute riding helped her to an emphatic success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe nine days ago, received the news on Monday morning after dropping in to see her at John Gosden’s stable in Newmarket.“Obviously,
  • Fantasy Book 1: ‘Own’ a Million Pound Racehorse

    Book 2 of Newmarket's world famous yearling sales starts today but, as Tony Stafford put it earlier, that session is only for "the merely seriously rich owners". Meanwhile, in the real world of you and me, such hammer prices as were achieved at Book 1 last week tend to veer towards the faintly offensive. Top […]
  • Talking Horses: Haulaini at 12-1 the pick of Monday's horse racing

    Chestnut is fancied to maintain the good work of Philip Hide’s low-profile stable, on a 17% strike-rate for the yearThe Findon trainer Philip Hide is having his best season since embarking on his Flat training career five years ago. Hide, who rode more than 400 winners over jumps, is currently enjoying a 17% win strike-rate with his runners on the level.Continue reading...
  • Monday Musings: The Record is On!

    So the record is on, so much so that Paddy Power has paid out already, writes Tony Stafford. I’m not sure how many people got involved in betting that Aidan O’Brien would exceed the 25 Group or Grade 1 wins in a calendar year set by the late Bobby Frankel in 2003, but we’re all […]
  • Roly Digs Deep for Group One Glory

    Roly Poly displayed guts along with a fair splash of class to take the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Despite a hectic campaign, Aidan O’Brien’s filly showed no sign of fatigue, as she fought off the challenge of race favourite Persuasive, to land her third Group One. Ryan Moore took her to the […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Monday 9th October

    PONTEFRACT - OCTOBER 9   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £76.90 (7 favourites - 3 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)   Monday's Placepot permutation at Pontefract:  Leg 1 (1.55): 8 (Eyecatcher) & 2 (Austrian School) Leg 2 (2.25): 2 (Rastacap) & 1 (Camacho Chief) Leg 3 (2.55): 4 (Mushaired), 3 (Me Too Nagasaki) & […]
  • Race of the Day – 9 Oct

    Race of the Day - 16:45 Windsor Sir Plato makes it onto The Shortlist at Windsor today, with four sections of green and one of amber, giving a score of 13. He, therefore, appears well-suited by today's conditions and at a current price of 15/2, is worth a closer look. The recent form of Sir […]
  • Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins plunder Limerick prize with Total Recall

    • Michael O’Leary’s Alpha Des Obeaux left stranded by Munster National victor
    • Felix de Giles denied a famous victory in the 127th Velka PardubickaTotal Recall landed a monster gamble in the Munster National at Limerick on Sunday. Running off a rating of just 129, the handicapper will no doubt have his say after this stroll in the park, but his biggest danger on this occasion was avoiding the fallers.Having his first start for the trainer Willie Mullins after the retiremen
  • Placepot Pointers – Sunday 8th October

    UTTOXETER – OCTOBER 8   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £11.20 (6 favourites – 2 winners – 2 placed – 2 unpalced)   Sunday's Placepot permutation at Uttoxeter:  Leg 1 (2.25): 10 (Truckers Lodge) & 9 (The Twisler) Leg 2 (2.55): 5 (Palmers Hill) & 9 (Who’s My Jockey) Leg 3 (3.30): 9 (Templeross), 3 […]
  • Newmarket TV Trends: Friday 13th Oct 2017

    More LIVE ITV action on Friday 13th October for day one of the two-day Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket. Plenty to get stuck into with the Group One Bet365 Fillies’ Mile the clear feature race, but with the Cornwallis Stakes, Oh So Sharp Stakes and Challenge Stakes supporting then there is a lot to look […]
  • Racing news and tips: Roly Poly edges Aidan O’Brien closer to record

    • Newmarket Group One win puts O’Brien two short of Bobby Frankel mark
    • Jimmy Fortune falls just short on career’s final flingJimmy Fortune was a gallant third on the 20-1 shot Nathra as he took the final ride of his 30-year career on Saturdayin Newmarket’s Sun Chariot Stakes. The Wexford man, a regular winner of Group One races at his peak, has been sidelined by a back injury for much of this year and finally decided to call it a day at the age of 45.“I was re
  • Will Enable race again next year? Brilliant filly puts owner on the spot

    Decision by Khalid Abdullah is now close on whether Arc victor retires or returns to the track next season. Turf fans are clamouring for her to race onAny moment now, the future of horse racing’s latest superstar may be decided. Khalid Abdullah, owner of last Sunday’s devastating Arc winner, Enable, is expected to open a conversation this weekend with his racing manager, Lord Grimthorpe, on the question of whether she will stay in training next year or be retired for her second life
  • Placepot Pointers – Saturday 7th October

    ASCOT - OCTOBER 7   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £110.10 (6 favourites - 4 winners - 1 placed - 1 unplaced)   Saturday's Placepot permutation at Ascot:  Leg 1 (1.50): 7 (Waady) & 3 (Kyllang Rock) Leg 2 (2.25): 9 (Waldgeist) & 5 (Great Hall) Leg 3 (3.00): 2 (Blue Point), 6 (Second Thought) & […]
  • Talking Horses: will Charlton keep his strike-rate up at Ascot?

    The best tips from Saturday’s racing as trainer Roger Charlton will hope Makzeem maintains his good form as the Flat season enters its final weeksRoger Charlton should prove one of a handful of trainers worth following as the Flat season enters its final weeks, at a time when some of his rivals appear to have done all their winning for the time being. Charlton has had five winners in the past fortnight at a strike-rate of better than 20%, is within five wins of his best year and has the li

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