Despite a soggy end to the week at Sandown on Sunday, two winners before the meeting was abandoned after three races, saw Paul Nicholls accrue thirteen winners in just seven days. The twelve time Champion Trainer is just three titles away from matching Martin Pipe’s record of fifteen.
Today’s card at Sandown has been abandoned after an inspection determined that there were issues with access for vetinary and medical vehicles in some parts of the course. Despite passing an inspection earlier in the day, a further 25mm of rain prompted a further inspection after the third race. Despite several hurdles and fences being deemed unsafe to jump, racing… Read More »Jump season opener at Sandown abandoned after just three races amid safety concerns
The odds on Inspiral to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) at Ascot (3.20) on Saturday may be as short as Evens today but this is far from a one horse race. The John and Thady Gosden trained filly comes into the race off an excellent win in Deauville. The Prix Du Haras De Fresnay Le Buffard Jacques… Read More »Queen Elizabeth II Stakes may be more open than some might believe
With two geldings in the race today, William Haggas is going all-out to be the first back-to-back winning trainer of the Listed Rockingham Stakes, in the 2.05 at York today. The Rockingham Stakes is a tough one to win. Just a quick glance down the honours board for the race reveals that no trainer, or jockey for that matter, has… Read More »William Haggas bids to become the first trainer to win back-to-back Rockingham Stakes at York today
The Old Rowley Cup was a real slog in the swirling wind and the outcome could have been anyone’s guess. First and second place went to Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Pat Dobbs will no doubt be delighted that his mount, Al Nafir was able to see this out off a slightly generous 8 stone, 11 pounds. The principals in the… Read More »Al Nafir wins the Old Rowley Cup handicap at Newmarket
On the back of two novice wins over a mile, the John and Thady Gosden trained 3-year-old filly, Laurel, made an impressive step forward in finishing runner-up to Fonteyn in Grade 1 company for the first time at Newmarket today. Following up on a dominant display at Kempton Park 10 days ago, in only her third race, the bay filly… Read More »Laurel continues her improvement in Group 1 company at Newmarket
As Thunder Legend passes the post an impressive 5 1/2 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, the shutter on my camera fires a dozen times and I have my photo. For 22-year-old apprentice jockey, Adam Farragher, today’s winner is a welcome tonic. In the 4.54 at Newmarket, on the 26th August, Farragher’s nightmare summer has come to an end. He… Read More »Adam Farragher, the young apprentice jockey, ‘rated highly’ by William Haggas
Dean and I have gone back and forth on Twitter for a couple of weeks. I’ve liked a few of his Twitter posts about the Hasmonean Racing syndicate and followed one of his horses at Kempton Park for an article on final2furlongs.com. The syndicate has caught my eye and I’m keen to find out more.
Andaleep (IRE) has been given a +10 lb increase in the ratings following back to back Class 5 wins at Windsor (7th August) and Beverley (10th August).
Today’s Racing Tips 20th August 2022: I have trawled through the tipster columns, form guides, blogs and podcasts to bring you my best value Back and Lay exchange bets for today’s racing.