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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

York Ebor Festival

Every year 300,000 enthusiasts come to witness Yorkshire Ebor Festival. People gather in the pavilion from all over the world to witness this leading and prominent event. Race lovers and fashionistas join the event specifically for the second day of the festival. This day is for the Ladies, and you will observe colorful dresses and hats throughout the pavilion. 

Because of the high demand and popularity of the event, it will be hard to find accommodation during the festival. Since Preakness Stakes fans are still stunned by the results, and we are getting closer to another major event of the season. 

In 1843, the first Ebor Handicap race started this festival at the York Racecourse. Traditionally, the event was for three days, but the organizers extended the event to four days. The major races for the event are the Ebor Handicap, the Yorkshire Oaks, and the Juddmonte International. In this article, you will find the important races for the second day. Also, you can check the Day 3 preview and betting tips here.

Second Day of York Ebor Festival 

1. Lowther Stakes 

This is a middle-distanced race contested at the Newmarket. Two-year-old horses are eligible for this open race. Older horses cannot take part in Lowther Stakes. The organizers named this race in memory of Hugh Lowther, who is the fifth Earl of Lonsdale. This is a six-furlong straight race for nine stone horses. However, Group 1 and Group 2 winners will have a three-pound penalty. After considering the performance of fillies in this race, fans can anticipate the chances for the Cheveley Park Stakes. In 2018, Fairyland won both of the races, making history. 

2. Yorkshire Oaks 

Established in 1849, this famous race falls in Group 1. It is open for mares and fillies of three years old. But, fillies above three years can also participate. Originally, only three aged fillies could participate in this race, but organizers removed these restrictions with time. Since the time of classification in 1971, this race is in Group 1. Older horses started racing in this race in 1991. Horses that perform well in Oaks have better chances to compete well in this race. In 1861, Brown Duchess won both of these races.


3. Galtres Stakes 

This race is one mile and three furlongs. Furthermore, this race is similar to Yorkshire Oaks in restrictions and rules. The major difference is the form of horses. For this race, the participants should either win the Group race or fall under Group 1. Organizers of the York Ebor Festival named this race after Sir Henry Cecil. He was the flat racing champion trainer and died in 2013. None of the horses have ever won this race more than once because of the four-pound penalty for winners. Frankie Dettori is a successful jockey in this racecourse by winning seven matches since 1990. On the other hand, Luca Cumani won eight matches since 1990, ranking him the most successful trainer.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

The history of Bingo: A Personal Experience

Who doesn't love a day at the seaside? 

Ice cream, arcades, stick of rock, pint of whelks and even a game of bingo, if you please.

I can't say I'm a regular bingo player. 

Isn't a dabber a small fish found in the North sea, a stone's throw from the Golden Mile at Great Yarmouth? The amusements are a hive of activity. Walking past the Mint arcade I hear random numbers being called. 

''Legs eleven.''

The time it takes to register a winner I hear the shout:  

''Full House!'' 

Who doesn't love to win at a game of luck? I often say about gambling: ''Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck.''

It made some lucky punters millionaires.

A few of my favourite bingo calls include: 

Man Alive (5)

Doctor's Orders (9)

Duck And Dive (25) 

Dirty Girtie (30) 

Get Up And Run (31) 

To test your bingo calling knowledge, I wonder if you know the following number from these calls?

Queen Bee? 

Top Of The Shop?

Staying Alive?

To be fair, I'm such a beginner that I had no idea the highest number is 90. 

I'm pretty sure I could write a coded message from a random set of bingo numbers. I'd put Alan Turing OBE to shame. Except the code I want to break isn't called Enigma it's winning that cuddly toy with a bundle of tokens I've collected at the Golden Nugget arcade along the seafront in Nelson country. 

I remember playing bingo while on holiday, and although a simple game it's understandable why it's so popular. I can't help think about my late Nana, Ivy, who ''never gambled'', drank bitter lemon, an anti-smoking-prim-and-proper lady who loved a night at the local Hippodrome. 

How I wish I could go back to those times for her as much as me. 

An evening to catch up with her friends, ladies of a certain age, enjoying a bit of fun and, perhaps, going home with a few extra quid in her purse.    

But where did bingo begin? 

With over 100 million online players it's not just your old gran whose got bingo running through her veins. 

Historians have concluded that bingo originated in Italy in the 1500s. Over the centuries the name of the game and the rules have changed to the game played today. 

In the UK, bingo became popular in the 1960 and has continued to this day. It has moved from the high streets to online but whether brick-and-mortar or online chatroom you are sure of some excitement. 

If I said to an avid bingo player: ''Two fat ladies jump and jive at heavens gate.'' 

Instead of being concerned at their exertions, I'm pretty sure you would hear a cheer and a beaming smile which utters the words: ''House!''

You winner, you.   

Photo: Copyright Jason Coote

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Gambling: Money, Sex & Revenge

You may be asking what's that all about?

These three, innocent or not, words are behind just about every murder. Thankfully, I have never been involved with anything like that not being a money-seeking, sexual deviant with an inkling for revenge. 

I say that tongue in cheek. 

Out of the three, I would opt for money, without menaces. 

I really need to change the subject before I dig myself into a hole. 

Six-feet deep?

If money, sex and revenge are the motivation for murder, I wonder what is the motivation(s) for most gamblers?

Money (yes), sex (I don't think so), revenge (I can't quite see how that would work).

Here goes my three motivations:

Money, Passion (not sex) & Achievement. 

Not in any particular order, although money is a big motivation because as the saying goes: ''Money makes the world go round...''

You may have noticed my list of three is lacking in some way. I wonder what would be your list of motivations. The why of behaviour. Let's face it, without motivation we wouldn't be much good at anything. 

It would be like watching a chick-flick when your name is Flathead Joe. 

I wonder if you would have the word ''Buzz'' in your list of motivations. Your fuel for the fire. That neurotransmitter which gets your synaptic nerves firing like an AK47.  

A scoop or two of endorphins, or whatever they may be. For most humans a toxic blend of nicotine, whiskey and Gregg's sausage rolls. 

Betting for the buzz isn't a crime. No one is going to lock you up without parole. But it isn't a motivation that does any gambler much good. It shouldn't be your cardinal motivation. Perhaps it is your cardinal sin. 

Now, no one is saying you won't get a buzz for betting and winning but it shouldn't be your guiding light. 

If you had to detail your three gambling motivations, what would they be. 

Perhaps you will say:

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Hitting the Proverbial Gambling Wall

When you think about gambling, what comes to mind?

We know the betting part. That's important to our success or failure but there's much more to it than that. 

I always use to think the only person who kept a journal was some old bloke who lived on the moors, wore a hand-knitted jumper, and had a bird book in the side pocket of his anorak. The thought of detailing your stream of consciousness has a touch of the hippie mindset if not new-age thinking, therapy, bordering on mumbo jumbo. 

However, we can learn something from everyone and, hopefully, more importantly, about ourselves. 

We think we know ourselves but do we really? 

It's a strange happening but we see those around us falling in the same hole time after time. 

It's as though their life is following a set pattern, cycle, or route which we can see perfectly well but they are strangely unconscious of their journey which says turn right. They simply never consider turning left or going straight ahead. It's like you love UK Flat turf racing but never consider the melbourne cup offers when you've got a fancy and you really know you are doing yourself down but somehow we fall short.  

We are in many respects a prisoner of our mind. All those things that have brought us to this point in time. We are a product of our nature and nurture and that may be a blessing or a curse. 

The unconscious mind is great at helping us through life - so we don't really need to think. You don't concentrate to get dressed each morning. You don't have to think I need to take a breath of fresh joyous air to keep alive. But think (oh no, you can't) of all those things you do without thinking. 

If everything you think is an exceptionally good idea then you are on to a winner but I can imagine most of us don't. The trouble is that we just don't observe, for the most part, aspects that may haunt our lives. 

Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis was all about making the unconscious conscious. And one way of doing that is with a journal or diary. 

Hitting the Proverbial Gambling Wall. 

What does that mean?
 
Well, I am sure you have noticed how you think about gambling hampers you. In truth, we are at the mercy of the human condition and how the brain works. 

So you may find it difficult to change even the most simple of thoughts or actions.

I considered this point the other day about two-year-old horse racing and odds-on. 

I don't know about you, but the idea of betting on an odds-on shot is zero. However, the very fact of seeing an odds-on horse in opposition is like seeing a wall. A skyscraper that touches the clouds. There is no way of looking over the top or around the sides so I don't think what might be beyond those confines or the advantage it may bring. 

For all I know, paradise is literally waiting to be found.

The building doesn't exist - it's all in the mind. 

But the thought of the odds-on horse, let's say, from Archie Watson may put off any thought of betting in the race. You may have a completely different mindset and that is your advantage.  

That reputed star performer concludes many gambler's thoughts.  

This is a problem of the mind. 

You have no interest in betting on the odds-on shot but that very fear of it being unstoppable may knock your thinking on the head. 

So every odds-on horse in opposition makes that race null and void. 

It's a crazy mindset. 

Why? 

Because it gives no opportunity when there is every chance that the horse may lose.

How many times do you see a two-year-old at prohibitive odds beaten? Lots. In fact, debutantes are even more likely to fall on their sword because they are learning the ropes, the jockey is very unlikely to want to give the horse a hard race and anything can happen. I have researched each and every two-year-old horse trainer. And very few have over a 50% strike race with odds-on shots. 

So they are more than likely poor value even on a good day. 

However, win or lose this has nothing to do with the odds-on shot. It has everything to do with how we perceive it. 

The only way to consider an odds-on horse is to consider it can be beaten. 

Thinking it is akin to a towering wall means you have no options left. That is a disastrous way of thinking. 

The horse may win. It doesn't matter. Why? Because many times it will lose. With the old mindset, you wouldn't have bet on any horse in opposition. You were beaten before the race even started. 

However, thinking there may be a chance of some other horse winning will give you the opportunity to see that come to fruition. 

Don't let your mind be the biggest barrier to your success.

Think, write, and detail those patterns of thought and question them because they often make no sense at all. 

Monday, 21 June 2021

The Highs & Lows Of Terry Ramsden

A story written by Jason Bennetto, originally published in The Independent on Thursday, 7th May 1998, charting the highs and lows of Terry Ramsden. He was the archetypal Thatcherite success story. The son of a postal worker from Romford, Essex, he rose to become one of the country's richest men and most powerful racehorse owners. His millionaire lifestyle, built in the early 1980s on trading in Japanese bonds, included the obligatory executive jet, Rolls-Royces, homes around the world, and the ownership of a football club. His gambling record was the envy of every trackside punter - a regular winner both on the racecourse and at the bookies.

He was a true Eighties self-made man with his cockney vowels and shoulder-length hair. Yet Terry Ramsden, 46, looked anything but a high-flying, city whizz- kid yesterday as he stood in the dock at the Old Bailey. A bankrupt with debts of more than 100m pounds, he was jailed for 21 months for trying to conceal about £300,000 from his creditors.




Ramsden's roller-coaster career began in the City at the age of 16 as an insurance clerk. He quickly realised he could make more money by working for himself and set up his own business, making £25,000 in the first month. 


But the vehicle for Ramsden's career was a company in Edinburgh called Glen International which he bought in 1984, when it had a turnover of £18,000. By 1987, the figure had risen to 3.5billion and Ramsden was said to be the nation's 57th richest man. The venture was based on his knowledge of the specialised and volatile market in Japanese warrants. These were options to buy shares in Japanese companies. He gambled on a rising market and got it right.


After hitting the jackpot, he was quick to adopt a suitably flamboyant and high-flying lifestyle to go with the new-found wealth. Along with his Porsche, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces, he was interested in racehorses - lots of them. At one stage he owned 75.


One of his biggest successes on the racecourse was when his horse Not So Silly won the Ayr Gold Cup in 1987. Small of stature, but invariably accompanied by minder, he was a regular visitor to the winner's enclosure.


"I'm a stockbroker from Enfield. I've got long hair and I like a bet," he once said. He also owned a Georgian mansion on a luxury estate in Blackheath, south- east London, where he could relax in a swimming pool with hologram shark fins beamed on to the water, before flying by helicopter to Walsall Football Club, of which he was both owner and chairman. He lived with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Jake. They also had homes in Scotland, Bermuda and Portugal. 



But in 1986 the market and Ramsden's luck changed. The 1987 crash knocked hundreds of millions of pounds off the value of his securities. He started to run out of cash to keep the huge and complex portfolio of securities afloat and his marriage was on the rocks. Added to this, he was estimated to have lost 58m at the racetrack - there were even stories of him parting with 2m in a single day. Within a year, Glen International crashed, owing 98m, and he moved to the United States.

In September 1991, a warrant for his arrest was issued on fraud charges and he was detained in a jail in Los Angeles until his return to Britain in February 1992. 


The next month, Ramsden was declared bankrupt - with the Inland Revenue demanding 21.5m and other creditors bringing the total debt to near 100m. Ramsden escaped with a two-year suspended sentence in November 1993 after he pleaded guilty to offences of recklessly inducing fresh investment in his empire. 


As a bankrupt, Ramsden was required to disclose all his assets and income but failed to reveal the existence of a hidden trust and concealed his ownership of three million shares in the Silversword Corporation, a Canadian company in which he had a controlling interest. Thousands of pounds was paid from the trust fund to Ramsden's mother, Florence, a former cleaner, which she passed on to her son. He also failed to mention winnings of £77,000 in 1992, from an accumulator bet involving five horses and a dog.


Last year, the Serious Fraud Office announced that Ramsden was to be prosecuted for failing to disclose assets.


At his trial, Ramsden admitted failing to disclose about £300,000. It was also revealed that the fund had also helped pay for a house worth £323,800 for his wife and son.


Jailing Ramsden for 21 months, Judge Peter Beaumont QC also ordered him to pay £10,000 towards prosecution costs. He told Ramsden: "You broke the law and must now be punished." The judge said he would serve at least half the sentence in prison.


Ramsden, of Fulham, south-west London, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching the Insolvency Act by failing to disclose all his assets. Anthony Arlidge QC, for the defence, said: "He was motivated by a desire to win back his wife and restart his family life. He accepts now that is no longer possible." He added: "He is a man of considerable talent, who for a long time was extremely successful. Rightly or wrongly, he felt his failure was not his fault but due to the misguided views of others."

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Horses That Probably Win in the Upcoming Preakness Stakes 2021

Preakness Stakes 2021 is one of the most exciting events you don’t want to miss out on. You might be preparing your horse race betting skills as the 146th running of Preakness Stakes will commence sooner on May 15, 2021. If you were still unsure which horse to bet on and were in a hurry to prepare for the event, then you are reading this right. Hence, let’s take a glimpse at horses that will probably win in the upcoming Preakness Stakes 2021.

About Preakness Stakes Horse Racing Preakness Stakes Horse Racing is one of the enormous events in America. It was attended by a vast population of the audience, making it popular across the world. The event usually takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on every third Saturday of May, about two weeks after the Kentucky derby. 

Thus, this year, the Preakness Stakes will open on May 15, 2021. It is a Grade I race run over 9.5 furlongs or 1,900 meters long. Hence, it is considered the shortest race among the three triple crown races. Preakness Stakes is, in fact, a festive event. It has InField Fest, where audiences and bettors can bring their drinks and have fun while watching and betting in the horse race. Bookmakers such as Royal Panda Sport can help you bet in this remarkable event with impressive bonuses. 

Get Her Number 

Get her number made its career upon winning in a maiden special weight at Del Mar with 3-1 odds and followed by an ungraded stakes race in Juvenile Del Mar Turf. This time, Get her number finished a close fourth, a mile away from the winner. 

In making his dirt debut, the two-year-old colt knocked over other horses in the race and became the winner of American Pharoah (Grade I) at Santa Anita, where he obtained a place in TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Also, he made another reputable move when he placed fourth in the Arkansas Derby (Grade I). In the upcoming Preakness Stakes 2021, Get her number has a winning odds of 25-1. 

Rombauer 

This three-year-old colt bagged many winnings throughout his career. He made a neck victory in El Camino Real Derby, followed by the 2021 Kentucky Derby Challenge series earning 10 points in the race. Rombauer debuted in Del Mar Turf, where he made a rebound to win at first asking. Then, he placed sixth in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf. 

Moreover, he finished in a runner-up position in the American Pharoah at Santa Anita and won fifth place in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. Rombauer never ceased to improve his performance with his protean attitude on any surfaces. Thus, Rombauer is expected to have a 20-1 winning odds in the Preakness Stakes 2021.

Medina Spirit 

This dark bay colt took a competitive performance as a two-year-old colt in leading the race in maiden special weight race over five and a half furlongs at Los Alamitos Race Course. It was at that time where he made his debut. In 2021, Medina Spirit took his first race as a three-year-old in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He made a late run to close to the third finisher in the race. However, he continued to improve in Robert B. Lewis Stakes and went to an early lead where he became the even-money favorite in a field of six. After that, he raced again in the San Felipe Stakes and was followed by Santa Anita Derby, where he retook second place. His experiences in the race only show that he had enough preparation for this upcoming Preakness Stakes 2021. Thus, Medina Spirit is expected to have the winning odds of 7-2. 

Final Thoughts 

The most exciting event for horse racing enthusiasts is coming near. Thus, expectations about who will win this upcoming Preakness Stakes event are always there. Others may just bet on their favorite horses. However, those who want to win with high probability keep on looking for the best odds. 

Winning your bet in this horse race event would be memorable to you, so keep on digging facts and take a deep look at the winning odds of every horse. Paying attention to the slightest details would even give you a more rewarding experience.

Monday, 3 May 2021

US Racing Bets – Top Tips

With races coming thick and fast this season, punters know they have unlimited chances to place winning bets. At different venues across the US, some of the nation’s top horses compete for honours. Just because you cannot be physically present at the horseracing venues, doesn't mean you cannot partake in the thrill of picking the winning horses. Below we share the daily picks of US races based on stats and current form so that you can place your bets confidently without having to watch how the horses perform at a land-based venue.

Louisiana Downs

At the Louisiana Downs, there will be seven races throughout the day. The first race features a couple of horses that dropped in grade that are also tipped as the favourites. One of these horses is Chick Lips who finished in a respectable eighth position. Going into this race, Chick Lips is the preferred choice, but he faces stiff competition from RootnandToon. The second race is a bit of a rivalry between Fast Dashing Candy and Karoles Patriot. The winner of the race is expected to be between these two, but Fast Dashing Candy has a bit of an advantage as he won his last race at Evangeline in November.

With a string of near misses during the whole of 2017, Pool Party Girl will want to start 2018 on a high by winning this race. It will be a tough task however as she has to finish in front of Reachingforthemoon. Reachningforthemoon herself had an indifferent 2017, but has the added advantage of experience. The other highlight event is race 5 with two favourites, FH Tochin and Hez Our Valentine. FH Tochin won her maiden over the C&D, though Hez Our Valentine drops into the race from an upper-grade race where he managed to compete.

Mahoning Valley

The first race at Mahoning Valley features a horse that was widely expected to dominate the headlines at the start of 2017, El Gordo Navas. However he failed to do so as a result of a number of injuries that limited his experiences. El Gordo Navas will face competition from Battle Crossing and Three Pillars for pole position. In race 4, Don’tbothermenow who struggled at this venue a few weeks back will be seeking a change in fortunes. Odds are in favour of Dontbothermenow more so as his main competitor, Magic Apple, who lost dismally.

In race 6 is an emerging horse causing waves in US racing known as Cindor Bolt. Cindor Bolt’s previous race is a testament to his ability and performance where he went on to win without any effort. Cindor Bolt’s is the clear favourite to win, while Game of Dreams and Enta the Circle are predicted to be close contenders.

Turf Paradise

The first race at Turf Paradise features two horses that dropped a grade, and they are both favourites to finish in the ‘Place’ positions. This will be the third race in a row for Miss N Wildcat in this race group and as such is expected to be more accustomed to the surroundings and the turf. Another fellow dropper is West Princess who will race for the first time in the race group. Miss N Wildcat is probably the best nap of this race based on experience on the turf, but a surprise from a fellow dropper, West Princess cannot be ruled out.


Race 5 is another highlight race to look out for with two favourites having contrasting fortunes. Son of a Royal is simply unbeatable while Trevor’s Call, on the other hand, is not exactly a world-beater but has shown consistency over the past year finishing among the top three places in all of his races. Based on consistency, Trevor’s Call may just be the top pick for this race.  

Monday, 19 April 2021

The Concept of Value Betting

It is one of the oldest arguments in betting: are you better off looking for value or looking for winners?

To me, it is a no-brainer. Value is king. I am amazed anyone considers it a matter of debate, yet many do. Their thinking goes like this: what is the point of backing something because you think it is a big price if it has little or no chance of winning?

They will hold up as an example a football team that is playing away to the opposition that is generally accepted to be superior. Fulham against Manchester United at Old Trafford, for example. Fulham may be 12-1 but if you dare suggest that is too big a price, you are liable to be shot down in flames by those who believe that because the Cottagers are such big outsiders there is no point even contemplating whether or not they actually represent a value wager.

There is no point backing a string of big-value losers, they will reason. Refrain from getting embroiled in a debate with people who think this way. They are irrational and cannot possibly be winning punters in the long run. In betting, and in football, in particular, the value lies more often than not in the bigger-priced contenders. This is largely because of the average punter's fixation with the very shortest prices on the weekend football coupon.

Bookmakers can usually tell whether they will have a winning weekend simply by looking at the results of the top teams in the English Premiership and Scottish Premier League.

In the autumn of 2003, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Celtic and Rangers all won on the same weekend eight times out of 11.

This caused a drop in bookmakers' profits as punters landed some significant accumulators. By the start of December, a blind £10 weekly five-timer on the quintet was showing a profit of £310. With their profits being dented, the layers reacted by strangling the match odds of the five teams that were hurting them.

Predictably, it did not prevent punters steaming into the so-called Big Five, even when they stopped winning so regularly. And with the hotpots shortening, their opponents were offered at even longer odds, leading to some decent paydays for those punters who took the rational view that the value lay with the long-shots.

The bottom line is that everything becomes good value if the price is right. You may head out of the house one day armed with £20,000 with the intention of buying a Mercedes. On the way to the showroom, you pass the Toyota dealership where the comparable car in their range is on offer at £14,000.

Your heart was set on the Merc but here is a car every bit as good for £6,000 less. You don't know why it is being offered so cheaply, but it is. You buy it and, whether you bank the six grand or use it to take the family to the Caribbean, you have made a value investment. So it is with betting. You intended to back Manchester United, but when you saw the prices and realised Fulham were so big, you backed them.

Many punters would, quite rightly, not dream of having a bet without searching for the best possible value, yet there are plenty who have no grasp of the concept of price-sensitivity and just back their fancies with the same bookmaker, be it on the phone, the net, or, more commonly, in the shop (internet punters tend to be more sophisticated and more aware of the basic premise that if you take the trouble to root out the best possible price you have a far greater chance of being successful over a long period).

Monday, 5 April 2021

Who is the First Female Jockey to Complete the Grand National?

If you love the Grand National you may know the answer to this question. 

The Grand National is one of those races which unites the populous. The housewives favourite. That's what they say. Horse racing has been very much a man's world. However, it is no longer the domain of the few. 

As the saying goes: ''The female of the species is more deadly than the male.'' 

When it comes to riding skills you have only to look at the success of leading female jockeys from across the word to see not only are they equal they often surpass. 

Charlotte Brew paved the way in 1977 when she was the first female rider to compete in the Grand National on her own horse Barony Fort. In 1982, Geraldine Rees took up the baton and rode a horse named Cheers who finished in 8th place behind Grittar. Rees competed the following year when riding Midday Welcome who fell. 

The opportunity for female jockeys to compete in the Grand National has seen a steady stream of runners including Rachael Blackmore and Lizzie Kelly who competed in 2019. 

The 2020  Grand National didn't take place because of the Coronavirus but we can be sure that the ultimate prize of this year's race will be in the sights of those female riders who wish to tell a story which equals that of the legend Red Rum. 

Of all the female jockeys to take part, Katie Walsh has gone the closest to winning when finishing third on Seabass in 2012. 

Watch this video to learn more about the history of female jockeys who have changed the Grand National. 

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Exciting Month of Racing: Cheltenham, Brocklesby & Grand National

So the Cheltenham Festival has come and gone. I looked at the results rather than watch the races but took an interest. I read the latest blog post written by Graham on pgstipsracing.com as he knows a lot about the National Hunt and detailing that Irish-trained horses won 23 of the 28 races at the Cheltenham Festival. A pretty dire result for the English-trained (not forgetting Scotland and Wales). 

It looks like the English trainers and racing calendar have some work to do. It seems that it's too easy for the better English National Hunt horses to keep out of the way of each other and pick up price money but this leads to less competitive races and horses with some limitation compared to their opposition from the Emerald Isle. 

It's not a subject I have much idea about.

It is great to see the start of the Flat turf season take place at Doncaster's Lincoln meeting on the 27th March. 

My focus was on the first two-year-old race which saw Eve Johnson Houghton's Chipotle win well for owners The Wood 20, who have a number of horses with the stable. 

It was a relatively small field with just 9 runners, from an original 18 declarations. It is difficult to assess the merit of any race because you need the form to settle to appreciate the quality of the individuals or lack of it. In general, the bigger the field the higher the standard. We will have to see how those placed go next time out. 

The Grand National is on the horizon. It takes place on the 10th April, Aintree, Liverpool. Perhaps the biggest story is that Tiger Roll will not be contesting in an effort to equal the legendary Red Rum and his three wins. It is unfortunate that Coronavirus denied this talented horse his chance. As an alternative he is heading for the Irish Grand National which takes place on the 5th April. It would be a great performance for Tiger Roll to win over this reduced distance. It was a brilliant performance to win at Cheltenham but you have to have slight concerns that this may be a stiff challenge. 

It's interesting to consider the Randox Grand National handicap. Jonjo O'Neill's Cloth Cap is a very interesting horse simply by his starting odds which are 4/1. If Trevor Hemmings nine-year-old starts at odds of 7/2 and less sp, it would be one of the shortest priced in over 100 years. 

Whatever happens, it will be an exciting return of the Grand National after last year's which saw the Virtual Grand National take centre stage. It was an opportunity for virtual racing to gain promotion but, personally, it is was a real letdown and was meaningless. It really is a poor relation to the real thing which is hardly surprising. 

Monday, 15 March 2021

Cheltenham Festival 2021: England Vs Ireland

It's a rivalry which has lasted generations. 

Guess what? It's not going to stop until the dust has settled at the Cheltenham Festival.

This year, not only have we got to consider which horse may win the Gold Cup but learn a little bit about the Sport of Kings from the West Ham football team. Sounds different, well wait until you watch the video. Egged on by commentator Richard Hoiles, it's both informative and very humourous. Betway Horse Racing have asked the opinions of the English and Irish players in a racing-themed game show. 

It's time to get your teeth into the Betway Bumper. 

If you want to have a laugh and learn what famous footballers have to say then you've come to the right place. They've got some hidden talents!

Take a gander.