Archive | November, 2010

RUK’s Ruck with The Champ

25. November 2010

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RUK’s Ruck with The Champ

What can we learn from the apparent spat between champion jump jockey AP McCoy and leading RUK presenter Lydia Hislop? It has been widely reported that McCoy is refusing to cooperate with RUK following remarks made by Hislop after his ride on Get Me Out Of Here at Ascot.
I think this story tells us a [...]

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The Kings are Dead. Long Live the Kings.

19. November 2010

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The Kings are Dead. Long Live the Kings.

A fascinating Betfair Chase in prospect at Haydock on Saturday and another chance to see how the reigning monarchs of the jumps game shape up against the pretenders to their thrones. I’ve already nailed my colours to the mast of Sizing Europe as one of the up and coming generation of second season chasers that [...]

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Zenyatta’s Legacy to Rise Above Blame Game

7. November 2010

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Zenyatta suffered her first ever defeat on Saturday night but in time I hope we’ll come to see that her star is undimmed by that rare eclipse. In fact, the battle she braved that cold night in Kentucky may see her brilliant reputation burnished.
It’s understandable that Mike Smith blames himself. It’s predictable too that many [...]

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Hats off to Hanagan…and Fahey too

7. November 2010

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The curtain fell on the 2010 flat season at Doncaster yesterday and Paul Hanagan found himself centre stage at last. A diligent and dedicated year long performance had finally brought him the ovation that he so richly deserved.

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Sizing the Real Deal

6. November 2010

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I’m keeping faith in Sizing Europe today. His comeback run was disappointing and inconclusive on the face of it but will in fact give him a vital leg up in to today’s race at Down Royal.
Andrew Lynch told me the other day that Sizing Europe ‘badly’ needed that run at Punchestown and I expect him [...]

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Breeders Cup Bets

5. November 2010

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Breeders Cup Bets

No joy for me on day one at Churchill Downs but I’m sticking to my policy of going for runners at big prices at this, the toughest race meeting of them all and I’m plumping for a 25/1 shot in the Classic.
First things first. You’d need to be on drugs to back Workforce at a [...]

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More to Come from Montaff

3. November 2010

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Eagle eyed ATR viewers may have spotted my brief cameo at the track back on the 9th October. I was there to meet up with a couple of our ATR Poker Club tournament winners but of course was also taking in the sport and having a bet or two. Robert Cooper enquired as to my [...]

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Who Goes? You Don’t Get to Decide.

1. November 2010

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It is no surprise at all that the Levy Board and the Bookmakers Committee finally admitted defeat and conceded that the 50th Levy Scheme will be referred to the Government for settlement. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed his disappointment and made clear that action will be taken to prevent this happening again and says [...]

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