by Stable Lad Having covered the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival last week, here we go into the fray for the last two days of this wonderful exhibition of horse racing at its very zenith.
by Stable Lad THE Cheltenham yearly extravaganza begins at the Cotswold Course on Tuesday next, 11th March, and runs right through to Friday 14th March. In between will be the grand parade of some of the best equine talent that is at present competing for all the top races all over the two islands, but is now concentrated, for these four exclusive days, on the brilliant prizes and the
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 What a wonderful horse Hurricane Fly is! Now in what one could call the twilight of his career, the “Fly” is still producing really top class displays.
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 This Saturday sees the running of the celebrated Hennessy Gold Cup at a very up-beat Newbury meeting. This Gold Cup race has, over the years, been at the very top echelons of the national hunt racing calendar, and currently is the longest standing sponsored race in Britain, the Hennessy Group having been there from the very outset.
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.