Archive | April, 2010

Getting Off The Fence

30. April 2010

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It’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time but without doubt the biggest criticism that I attract as a broadcaster is for ’sitting on the fence’ and not being critical enough of jockeys. Yesterday’s opening race at Hereford was just such a race, where my ‘defense’ of a jockey angered some. [...]

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Where to Start?

27. April 2010

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Where to Start?

When is a runner not a runner?
King John’s Castle in the Grand National and Twist Magic in the Punchestown Champion Chase were two high profile horses that refused to race when their respective contests got underway.

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Shouting the Odds – Final Part

21. April 2010

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Shouting the Odds – Final Part

It couldn’t last of course and it didn’t. Three consecutive winning favourites wipe out nearly half of the profit accumulated through the miraculously good first two races. We’re now down to the final two events and the chances of a winning day are back in the balance, with current profit barely covering the day’s expenses.

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Shouting the Odds, part two

19. April 2010

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Shouting the Odds, part two

The first race of the day, an eleven runner 7 furlong handicap, looks open enough but the canny Southwell punters soon start to sort the wheat from the chaff. As I stand at Ben’s side we watch the screen slowly tell the story of what’s happening in the wider exchange market as well as what’s [...]

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Shouting The Odds, A Day With an On-Course Bookie

19. April 2010

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Shouting The Odds, A Day With an On-Course Bookie

It’s a bright but cool April Tuesday at Southwell racecourse. The track is hosting an all weather flat card where the best race of the day is a Class 5 handicap worth just over £2,500 to the winner. An unremarkable day’s racing in every sense and very much another day at the office for on [...]

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The Odds Compilers Odds Compiler

13. April 2010

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The Odds Compilers Odds Compiler

You might not know him from Adam. You may not have heard of him but his view on a horserace has an impact that is felt throughout the world of betting. If you’ve placed bets on racing any time in the last few decades, you will have taken some of his prices. His opinion [...]

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AP McCoy

10. April 2010

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AP McCoy

The Grand National always seems to get the story it deserves in the end. Prior to this year’s race it seemed a fairytale story might have been success for the 17 year old Sam Twiston-Davies on Hello Bud. Or maybe a first female triumph in the race, courtesy of Nina Carberry on Character Building. The [...]

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Nigel Twiston-Davies. Dead Stars and Bloody Silly Horses

7. April 2010

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Nigel Twiston-Davies. Dead Stars and Bloody Silly Horses

He came close to quitting training altogether and once famously told the nation that he ‘doesn’t do interviews’. What would I find then when I paid a visit to Gold Cup winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Cotswold yard in the week before he bids for a third Grand National?

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