Here I’ll blog about pretty much anything to do with horse racing.
Punters help fund Irish Horse Racing, without them it’s unlikely there would even be any racing. You would presume then, that the powers that be, would treat such an important group with the respect they deserve. You might even think that they would go out of their way to keep […]
This years Coventry stakes seems to be the cause of quite a bit of debate over the worth of the form. One camp is using the lack of winners to come out of it, as justification for saying it’s worked out poorly, while others led by Timeform’s David Johnson, and […]
Last Saturday’s Epsom Derby was a fascinating race, but the result has led to claims of tactical genius from Aidan O’Brien. Was it really a stroke of genius to go slow, to get the favourite Dawn Approach pulling, or did they get lucky?
To credit Aidan as the brains behind a […]
This years eagerly awaited Cheltenham Festival kicked off on March 15th, and the first point of note was the ground. We were assured it was going to be soft, by the clerk of the course, some local trainers went further, suggesting it would be heavy. Imagine most people’s surprise then, […]
It seems the ride AP McCoy gave Binocular in today’s Irish Champion Hurdle has caused a fair bit of debate. Firstly I should add I place backed Binocular, and place laid Thousand Stars, so I wasn’t best pleased. Immediately after the race I thought if ridden more vigorously between the last two hurdles he would have been 2nd by about 1/2l. I don’t think anyone has a problem with the effort from the last, so the question is, should he have asked for an effort sooner? […]
The World Thoroughbred Rankings for the 2012 Flat Season are out, and no surprise that Frankel is on top of the pile. His rating of 140, which he achieved twice, in the Queen Ann at Royal Ascot, and also in the Juddmonte International at York, is the subject of some debate though. The debate mostly centers around the fact that, at the time he achieved it, his 140 rating was 1lb lower than Dancing Brave was awarded for winning the 1986 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This however no longer stands, as after a recalibration of historic ratings Dancing Brave and many others have had their rating reduced, making Frankel the greatest horse since the ratings began. The full re – assessment document can be viewed by clicking the link and scrolling down to recalibration. […]