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 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. 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 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.
by Stable Lad At the outset, it must be said that the traditional opening of the flat racing season, in Ireland last week, and in Britain this week, is so far removed from what it traditionally was, that it seems hardly recognisable.
by Stable Lad Well, the Cheltenham Festival has passed us by for another year, and while some punters will be counting their good fortune and winnings, it must be said that the vast majority of the punting brigade will be counting their losses, and contemplating just what might have been.
by Stable Lad An incredible story of a past Grand National that may help to entertain you this week happened in 1967, and surely would rate amongst the oddest of all time. This particular piece of Aintree history has come up as a question in many a sporting quiz in the past, and indeed, is very likely to come up again in the future.
by Stable Lad Something that a seasoned punter said to me last week put me in mind to go over a few things about punting in general. When, on Sunday, I asked him what sort of a punting Friday and Saturday he had been through, he sadly told me that no matter how hard he tried, or what he did, he just could not hit the winning trend, so much
by Stable Lad Has it ever struck you that, in a county as big as Cork, along with the number of training establishments that are dotted around the county, that this Rebel County of ours has only one recognised racecourse to its name.
by Stable Lad One of the better organised stables in Great Britain and Ireland in this year of 2014 just has to be the yard of Willie Mullins, which is based at Closutton, in Mhuine Beag, in Co Carlow. Willie was born on the 5th September, 1956, and from an early age, being from the famed Mullins racing family, was always fated to eventually move into the racing business. He
by Stable Lad The art of doping horses, and the trying to fix races, has been part and parcel of the racing game ever since the the first ever jockey threw his leg across a horse, and, will unfortunately be with us, in one form or another, for as long as the sport of horse-racing will be with us.
by Stable Lad One of the most famous horses that was ever associated with the West Cork area surely had to be the perennial Captain Christy, a horse that since he first saw the light of day was fated to be the centre of controversy for the most of his racing life.
by Stable Lad The famous old adage of “fortune favours the brave” is all fine and dandy, especially when the so-called brave can readily avail of it, but, in point of fact, while all of this chivalrous type of conduct is going on, it must be remembered that the same “fortune” normally does little or nothing for the unlucky person.
by Stable Lad On Sunday next, the 6th of October, one of the greatest horse races in the racing calendar will be run at Longchamp, and will feature some of the best middle distance horses on the face of the planet. This race is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which at this point in time is the third richest turf race in the world, after both the
by Stable Lad This weekend at Newmarket there is the first of two very important meetings, that which sees the running of the Cambridgeshire Handicap, which in years gone by was one of the legs of the traditional Autumn Double at Newmarket, the other half of which is the Cesarewitch Handicap, which will be run over the same course in about two weeks time.
by Stable Lad The fortunes of war in sport can sometimes be decided by by happenings that would have little or no relation to sporting talent or prowess, but can be made to occur by little disagreements between personalities, differences that cause a complete turnabout in the fortunes of a few of the people involved, and can even sometimes almost ruin a career, while at the same time being
by Stable Lad THIS Saturday sees the running of the last English Classic for this season, the St Leger at Doncaster, a race that has seen the downfall of many of the most famous horses in the history of racing. Many Derby winners and the like have fallen by the wayside on this very tough course, due mainly to the fact that the distance of the race is
by Stable Lad Well, our narrative on the career of the legendary Lester Piggott was slightly interrupted by our visit to that brilliant York Festival last week, and even the great man himself would have agreed with the interruption, for at that York meeting there was racing that would warm the hearts of viewers everywhere. We go on now this week to part two of our Piggott cameo,
by Stable Lad While speaking to some punter friends last week, it did come up in the conversation as to how hard it has become in recent times to put a few winners together at any given time. These lads would not be in the three figure betting group that we sometimes encounter, you know, the ones who, without fail, will always back the favourite in every race,
by Stable Lad This week, as it turns out, we are a bit spoilt for choice where good racing is concerned, for, apart from the two festival meetings at Glowing Galway, and Glorious Goodwood, there are plenty other interesting fixtures dotted all over the two islands. For the purpose of this column, I wiil concentrate my attention on the Thusday meeting at Galway, which features the Galway Hurdle,
by Stable Lad Although it is entirely possible that the majority of you punters out there may be of the betting shop variety, this week I would like to recommend to you an absolutely unforgettable experience of live horse racing, coupled with maybe spending a few days in a place that will practically guarantee you some really great enjoyment both on and off the racecourse.
by Stable Lad You will have noticed from week to week that we do run into a non-runner now and then, but, as our racing column is ready from Wednesday, you are certainly likely to run into program changes by the time Saturday is reached. That is the main reason that I recommend two horses for each race, so as to give us a doudle-edged sword with which
by Stable Lad Isn’t it strange just how quickly the form lines change about in horse racing, and to the three year old department in particular between the months of May to July every year, when a lot of the early season stars find that their erstwhile opponents, which they had annihilated in those early classic wins, come back to the main scene once again to, in practical terms, turn
by Stable Lad Those owners on millionaires row can relax a little now, mainly because the main English Classic, the Epsom Derby, has been done and dusted, mopped up again by the insatiable Ballydoyle winning bandwagon.
KENAMRE driver Seamus Quill bagged a brace on the opening day of racing at a well attended Dunmanway . Keystone Wingman who has been seen as an enigma put his pacing boots in order to produce his best run on turf to record a facile victory in the grade 1 . In a competitive contest this son of Dragon Again took up the running after the half mile pole
By Stable Lad WHILE looking at the racing at Chester last week, it struck me that this looked to be a very extraordinary racecourse, with the horses seemingly always on the turn throughout most races, and the draw being particularly advantageous in the sprint races to the horses drawn on the inside of the track.
by Stable Lad ON the weekend of the 4th/5th of May, we will have the first two classic races of the season at Newmarket, the 2,000 Guineas, for colts, and the Fillies race, the 1,000 Guineas, both races to be run over the famous Rowley Mile testing straight course. These races have been won by many outstanding exponents of the turf, and it is the strong hope that
THE 2013 ITHRF Road Trotting season concluded on Easter Sunday at Ballydehob and the Jockey’s Championship was only decieded in the second last race of a fantastic season for this sport which is exclusive to the West Cork region . David Brickley originally from Reengereoga in Baltimore took the coveted title from his arch rival and great rival Deirdre Goggin from Goleen.
JOCKEY Deirdre Goggin hit a rich vein of form when recording a treble at the annual Easter Sunday road trotting meeting in Ballydehob on a cold and wet renewal of this traditional event. Conway Tiger was the third leg of her wins in the feature Grade A trot. Matts Romeo a winner in Baltimore was the market leader despite a twenty yard handicap. Conway Tiger led from the start