The news that Royal Ascot is going ahead is extremely welcome, but it does pose one or two important questions. Not least about the fate of this young crop of two-year-olds. The juvenile races at Royal Ascot this year will certainly feature a different dimension.
The return of racing sees an action-packed fortnight in June, with both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas preceding five spectacular days at Royal Ascot. We give you the lowdown on what to look out for!
There were no celebratory hugs and trainers and jockeys wore masks as French racing resumed under the shadow of coronavirus at the fabled Longchamp racecourse on Monday.
We’ve all got cracked hands from over washing and alcohol hand rubs and the team have more cash in their pockets from ever before due to the pubs being shut! Joking aside, we are blessed to be living and working in the countryside and very conscious of how lucky we are in that regard.
We haven’t altered our training routine massively. We just haven’t done any fast work with the horses over the last two weeks. We have given them their flu vaccinations which will enable us to run throughout the year without having to stop with them. All being well we will be back doing some faster bits of work in the next week to 10 days.
We have stepped back our training regime slightly. The horses were quite well forward and so I have taken this opportunity to ‘fill them up’ again over the last couple of weeks and plan to start dialling things up again gradually from next week onwards.
It endeavours to explain why chaotic things are happening and how we have retreated into a simplified fake version of the world. A bit like the Virtual Grand National at 5pm this afternoon.
Ahead of this year's digital Grand National, aired on ITV1 at 5pm this Saturday, we are proud to declare that we will be donating all profits to the NHS. In honour of our wonderful National Health Service, we are calling the name of the race the NHS VR Grand National!
Cornelius Lysaght takes a look at the chances of all the runners and riders in the 2020 virtual Grand National, amidst these uncertain and strange times.
When you’re told that you are losing a long-held job, as I was late in 2019 after just short of thirty years working for the BBC, there are clearly many things about which to worry.
The Dewhurst Stakes, run over seven furlongs at the Rowley Mile, is notoriously known as a good indicator for the Guineas. It is at the backend of the flat season before the two-year-olds go for their winter breaks and come back 6 months later for a three-year-old campaign.
It's amazing to think Cheltenham was only last week. So much seems to have happened in that time. We have gone from the madness that is Gold Cup Friday to racing behind closed doors, to no racing at all till May!
A week is also a long time in racing. Operation ‘Herd Immunity’ was taken quite literally by the racing community at Cheltenham as 250,000 crammed into a space smaller than the average politician’s garden.
Read all the insight from our five excellent panellists on the five biggest races. Introducing jockeys Nico de Boinville, Megan Nicholls and David Crosse, trainer Jamie Snowden and our very own Shark.
Legendary racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght reviews next week's Cheltenham Festival. This is a must-read for everyone who loves racing.
Now that the mud has settled on Cheltenham Trials Day, our Head of racing, Ed Guiver, shares his thoughts on Nicky Henderson's multiple chances at the Festival in March. We have boosted him to be Festival Top Trainer to 4/1.
We look at five reasons to rate Cyrname's chances highly in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Frankie dettori took two generous handfuls of Anthony Oppenheimer’s cheeks, positioned himself three millimetres from his face, bellowing “You won the Derby!” over and again. The significance was lost on neither the assailant nor his victim. For one, this was the most glorious redemption; for the other, the plumpest fruit that generations of bloodstock investment...
By Willie Carson OBE Champion Jockey in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 & 1983 The training – it’s all changed in my lifetime. Nowadays you’ve got gyms, they’ve got these equicisers. We had a bail of straw! I wasn’t naturally fit. I did 6 stone 5 in 1959 at Aintree, and that wasn’t a natural weight...
There are some racehorses’ names which resonate with the public and racing community long after their careers are over. Hunters of Brora is one of them.
In 1986, a horse called Dancing Brave took antepost betting and the industry to a place no one ever thought possible. In all my years working in the betting industry, I have never witnessed or been on the end of a gamble quite like the one we saw in the lead-up to the Epsom Derby.
A bold Brazilian has conquered Hong Kong on horseback. Joao “Magic Man” Moreira, the jockey who is dominating one of the toughest racing circuits on the planet. ‘And this is where the magic happens.” For long enough that phrase belonged to the hit MTV show Cribs, a cheesy but strangely compelling offering in which assorted...
Don’t try this at home: Stuart Barnes recalls a desperate last roll of the dice at Cheltenham ‘A man can be as wise as Solomon and have an iron character and still be carried away.’ Fyodor Dostoevsky was writing about the poetic charms of the roulette wheel, but it could just as easily be Cheltenham...
Chase carey sounds like a movie star, and in his new role as chief executive of Formula One he is coming over as a cross between Michael Douglas in Wall Street and a senior official in the White House. He exudes power. There’s something about cufflinks. But you don’t get to be as big a...
MONEY BACK if your horse and rider part company during any race at Huntingdon this Sunday! We preview the Peterborough Chase here…
This legendary Trainer went through trying (or even non-trying) times before one of his finest days.
Punters, like mothers giving birth, tend to remember only the excitement and success of the event, consigning the ever-present pain and anguish to the back burner of their consciousness. For this reason I shan’t regale you with the many disasters of my punting career but, instead, shall concentrate on a few of the rare and unusual successes that came my way over the past 55 years.
When I got the inside track on the ’68 Oaks I examined his wallet – and my conscience. I am a baby boomer and I was destined to become a bookmaker. Born in November 1945, two months after the end of the Second World War, for the first six years of my life my parents and...
The data revolution has transformed a whole host of sports, with every kick, putt and volley analysed to death – but many racing punters have to get by without this help. It’s time to change.
A crazy 24 hours in Cheltenham racing history was steeped in pure sentiment.
Working in horse racing is an incredibly tough job. It’s actually not a job; it’s a lifestyle choice.
A Fitzdares members’ trip to the Palio in Siena in August proved that there are some races we will simply refuse to take a bet on.
One man could never have guessed how inspired a decision it would be to join forces with trainer Palm Sly and buy a little-known filly. A year later they were toasting 1,000 Guineas Glory.
One unlucky man recalls the day his Wimbledon betting shop went to the dogs.
The 8th of December 2019 will live long in the memory for all at Fitzdares. Not only did Jacqueline Jossa beat Andy Whyment to win I’m A Celeb but we sponsored the 50th running of the iconic Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon racecourse.