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.