Category Archives: Racing Review

Aidan O’Brien Oaks and Derby Contenders

Changingoftheguard shortened dramatically for the Derby after recording a thoroughly impressive display in the Boodles Chester Vase. Trainer Aidan O'Brien had saddled a record nine previous winners of the Group Three contest, with his Ruler Of The World the last horse to follow up at Epsom in 2013. O’Brien already houses the ante-post favourite for the…
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Punchestown Festival Review

26-4-22 Tuesday, day one of the Punchestown Festival. I was in attendance myself. Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Energumene supplemented his Cheltenham Festival triumph with a clear-cut victory over stablemate Chacun Pour Soi in the William Hill Champion Chase at Punchestown. Having provided Willie Mullins with his first success in the two-mile chasing championship in the…
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Irish Success in UK Jumps Handicaps

There was much discussion post-Cheltenham about the UK handicapping, in what looked like an attempt to favour the UK runners. There have been some notable Irish success in the last few weeks. With Aintree looming this may well be worth keeping in mind. The Imperial Cup Sandown 12-3-22 Surprise Package ran out an easy winner of…
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Cheltenham Festival 2022 Reflections

14-3-22 Monday, as I headed to Dublin Airport. I was really looking forward to Festival 2022. My Godchild Daniel was having his first taste of the Festival, and doing the four days. Daniel's enjoyment would be heavily linked to the fortunes of his heroes Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore. The atmosphere in Dublin Airport was really…
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