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The Kings are Dead. Long Live the Kings.

Friday, November 19, 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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Shuffle Up And Deal

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Shuffle Up And Deal

Why Poker makes us better betters ‘Hell, boy I wouldn’t call that bet on the telephone’ A line delivered in the slow Texas drawl of the legendary poker player Amarillo Slim. It was one of a barrage of one liners that formed my introduction to the world of high stakes no limit Texas hold ‘em poker. I’d [...]

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Racing’s Glass House

Monday, September 6, 2010

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Racing’s Glass House

I interviewed Josh Apiafi on ATR the other day. Josh runs a business that advises sports on how to maintain integrity. As an expert in the field I asked him what he made of the oft repeated claim that British racing leads the world in this area. Much to my surprise Josh agreed with this assertion. [...]

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Racing’s Premier Folly

Friday, July 23, 2010

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An interesting piece in the Guardian by the excellent Greg Wood suggests that an elite group of British racecourses are keen to pool their high profile meetings and sell them as a package to the highest TV bidder. The comparison made, as is so often the case, is with the ‘Premierisation’ that we’ve seen in [...]

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Integrity in Racing

Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Integrity in Racing

Do we really have the stomach for the fight? On Friday of this week the BHA published the findings of a Disciplinary Panel that had suspended jockey Charlotte Kerton for 42 days and fined trainer George Prodromou £7,500. Were those penalties enough?

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Shouting the Odds – Final Part

Wednesday, April 21, 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

Monday, April 19, 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

Monday, April 19, 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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John Hunt, Grand National Commentator

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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John Hunt, Grand National Commentator

John Hunt He’ll call the Grand National winner home for millions on the BBC. His face is familiar to At The Races viewers everywhere and his voice has been heard on racecourses throughout the land but how did top course commentator John Hunt get the racing bug, what first got him betting and how did he [...]

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