by Stable Lad Have you noticed recently the number of non-runners that we encounter each weekend as the season goes by, also, although not for the same reason, the number of handicaps that are cropping up at every single meeting? Over last weekend we had the guts of around 40 withdrawals, which makes the punters task in picking winners all the harder. This is the time of year, of
by Stable Lad Earlier this week, the sad demise of Michael Scudamore, at age 81, brought to an end the life of the senior member of the Scudamore racing dynasty, all of which goes back in the sport to 1949, when the then young Michael rode his first winner at Chepstow, at the beginning of a career that was to bring him many famous winners. Though never champion jockey, he,
by Stable Lad Well, do we have another champion? For me, at any rate, the jury is still out, with the pot still not properly on the boil, on our latest “wonder” horse, the Ballydoyle trained Australia, who came to the Curragh last weekend and won the Irish Derby, to add to his Epsom triumph, easily enough it must be said, but not in a race that, opposition wise,
by Stable Lad The coming weekend, racingwise, is absolutely chockful of top class contests, but I do suppose that most people’s attention will be grabbed by the Dubai Irish Derby at the Curragh, if only for the obvious fact that The Aidan O’Brien trained Epsom Derby winner, Australia, will be trying to complete what would be really regarded as a notable double in any racing season.
by Stable Lad Has the summer arrived at last? Well, judging from the wonderful weather we have been having, it seems we at last are getting a taste of what “summer” can be like, in this country, when at its very best. Wouldn’t it get up your nose when you would hear the odd comment from people, complaining about the heat or some other old piseog, instead of enjoying the
by Stable Lad Well, some questions were asked again last week, in the aftermath of the Derby win of Aidan O,Brien’s Australia, the most interesting being–is the Epsom course a really true mile and a half test for the top three year olds. It seems, according to some pundits anyway, that the up and down gradients of the course do mitigate against a really true gallop for the whole
by Stable Lad. If you asked around amongst the punter fraternity as to when and where, and in what race, that they had their first ever bet, the answer you invariably would get, would be, on the Grand National, or on the Epsom Derby. Well, on this weekend, the latter of these races will be run at Epsom, in a program that is chockful of racing goodies These two
by Stable Lad Well, as it is often said in the sporting world, an ounce of talent is worth a ton of the other end of the stick, all of which was totally worked out last weekend during the Curragh Guineas presentation. You can oblige by hearkening back to the Newmarket Guineas of a few weeks ago, which gave us some fodder with which to work on for the
by Stable Lad The opening and establishment of that new All-Weather track at Dundalk, was indeed a major move in the area of sand, or dirt racing, as it is often called, in this Republic of ours, keeping in mind that at certain times of the year, some of the bigger Irish stables do head for the United States for a tilt at some of the major prizes that
by Stable Lad The aftermath of the Newmarket Guineas Classic weekend often throws up more problems than positives, and this time around the same old chestnuts were in all of the papers. This of course is on account of the problematical nature of the early classics, when horses that were bought for millions can either soar to the stars, or plunge to the bottom of the barrell.