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Ripon Bank Holiday Monday card

The Ripon Bank Holiday Monday card features the Ripon Rowels, one of its oldest races. Ripon is famous for its spurs and spur rowels. There’s an ancient saying: “As true as Ripon rowels”. The winner of the race receives a silver replica of a Ripon spur. Laidback Romeo has top weight of 9-12. He finished second at Sandown last time carrying 10st. He will be among the favourites. Gurkha Friend has won twice at Ripon this year, over 1m and

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Travers is Saratoga’s Saturday highlight

Saratoga is known as the Graveyard of Favourites, thanks to the shock defeats of Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox, Secretariat and, most recently, American Pharoah. The $1 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes, also called the Midsummer Derby, is the track’s biggest race of the year. The Travers was first run in 1864. For three-year-olds, it is over the same ten-furlong trip as the Kentucky Derby. The morning line favourite at 7/2 is Tapwrit, making his first start since winning the

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Nunthorpe Group 1 Stakes – Day 3 Ebor Meeting

Nunthorpe Joy for Frankie? The Nunthorpe brings us to possibly the most anticipated race of the whole Ebor meeting. From the USA is the Wesley Ward trained Lady Aurelia.  From the UK is the Charlie Hills’ trained Battaash. Lady Aurelia comes here with the impressive form figures of 4 wins from 5 races.  Her  only defeat came when she attempted 6f in the Cheveley Stakes at Newmarket in September 2016 and was caught in the final 100 yards eventually going down by

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Laughs from TV racing coverage

More than 30 years of Channel 4 TV racing coverage ended this year when ITV took over. Channel 4 presenters gave us plenty of laughs over the years, not all of them intentional. So here is a selection of classic Channel 4 “wish I hadn’t said that moments”. But can you guess who said them? And there’s the unmistakable figure of Joe Mercer … or is it Lester Piggott? He looks like a cat on a hot brick roof. You

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York Ebor race names explained

The York Ebor meeting takes place this week, the Royal Ascot of the north. It is four great days of racing. But what about some of its race names? The Lowther, the Nunthorpe, the Acomb? How did those names come about? Let’s take the easy one first, the Ebor Handicap. Eboracum was York’s Roman name. The Emperor Severus started racing in the year 208 at the place now called the Knavesmire. There were many other locations over the years. However,

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Ripon holds its biggest meeting

Ripon holds its biggest day of the year this weekend, with the Great St Wilfrid Handicap and the Horn Blower Conditions Stakes. St Wilfrid is Ripon’s patron saint. Born in Northumberland, he studied at Lindisfarne, Canterbury and in Rome. He returned north around 600 and became the abbot of a newly founded monastery at Ripon. This year’s race has a maximum field of 20 and looks wide open. A draw close to either rail is usually an advantage in big

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Laughter cures for Monday blues

You can’t beat a good laugh now and then, especially at times when there’s little good news around. That’s because laughter is a tonic. Furthermore, this week’s racing looks dull compared with what’s to come at York, so here is something to brighten the days ahead. Live television and radio sport is almost always good. However, it’s often full of pitfalls. There will always be moments when presenters and interviewees operate mouth before engaging brain. Jason Weaver had just such

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Arlington Million is Saturday’s US highlight

The Arlington Million at Arlington Racecourse in  Chicago was the first million dollar race ever run. First run in 1981, when John Henry narrowly defeated The Bart in an epic duel, the Million has had its share of European winners over the years. This year’s field of 12 has as favourite Aidan O’Brien’s Deauville, ridden by Ryan Moore. He is Group 1 placed in Britain and Ireland and won the Grade 1 Belmont Derby over this trip last year. He

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Racing Post report raises issues

On Tuesday, August 8, the Racing Post ran a special report called ‘Races in Racing’, sub-titled ‘Does the sport measure up in terms of its ethnic diversity?’ It focused on the small number of non-white people going racing or employed in racing. It sought to find an answer to the problem. Hamilton Park’s racing manager Sulekha Varma, whose father came to Britain from India, said she never felt the colour of her skin had held her back. She feels the

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Brighton meeting has long history

Tomorrow, Brighton starts its three-day August meeting. It always follows Goodwood and for many years formed part of the Sussex fortnight, along with Lewes and Fontwell Park. However, Lewes closed in 1964, while Fontwell no longer has summer jumping. Racing at Brighton dates back to the late 1700s. The Prince of Wales (later George IV) used to attend the races. The farmer who owned the land allowed racing to take place in return for the promise of 27 gallons of

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Whitney Stakes on Saratoga menu

Saratoga is America’s oldest racecourse, having opened in 1863. Saturday’s Whitney Stakes was first run in 1928. This year’s running has a field of seven. The favourite is Gun Runner. In his only start at Saratoga he finished third to the brilliant Arrogate in last year’s Travers. That was over a mile and a quarter. However, he has won over the shorter Whitney trip of nine furlongs, most recently in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June.

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Goodwood races – what’s in a name

Glorious Goodwood has some well-known races. For example, the Nassau, the Gordon and the Molecomb Stakes. But where do those race names come from? Here are some answers. The Nassau Stakes, first run in 1840, celebrates the 5th Duke of Richmond’s friendship with the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange and Nassau. The Gordon Stakes, first run in 1902, recognises the Duke of Richmonds’s second Dukedom. One of the Duke’s ancestors is descended through the illegitimate line of Charles

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Yarmouth excuses hard to justify

Last Thursday, the wrong horse won a race at Yarmouth at 50/1, beating an odds-on favourite. Three-year-old Millie’s Kiss, due to run in a later race on the same card, mistakenly ran in place of the unraced juvenile Mandarin Princess for the opening two-year-old contest. The horses’ trainer, Charlie McBride, didn’t notice he’d saddled the wrong filly. Most bookmakers paid out on the winner and on the second. The mistake was only discovered at the post-race sampling unit. Under the

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Goodwood Cup – Big Orange to bear fruit again?

Goodwood Cup Orange Double? The Goodwood Cup has now been granted Group One status.  Last year’s winner Big Orange is the clear favourite for the renewal this year. He comes here on the back of a very impressive victory at Royal Ascot in the Gold Cup.  There he held off the highly rated Order of St George by a short head. This time Aiden O’Brien is throwing US Army Ranger at Big Orange to see if there are any chinks

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Haskell and Jim Dandy head big American weekend

This weekend’s American racing features two big races for three-year-old colts. On Saturday is the Jim Dandy at Saratoga. The race is named after the 100-1 shot who beat Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in the 1930 Travers Stakes. On Sunday it’s the 50th running of the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Both races are preps for the Travers at Saratoga in late August. Read our guide if you want to know how to bet on sports

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King George outcome depends on weather

There are ten horses declared for Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The going is good to soft but showers are forecast. That may change the ground to soft, which won’t suit Highland Reel or his brother Idaho. It’s no surprise to see Highland Reel drift in the betting. Of his six Group 1 wins, two came on firm, two on good to firm and two on good. Each time he faced yielding ground, he finished well beaten.

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Chelmsford City well worth a visit

I paid my first visit to Chelmsford City last night. Going to a course that doesn’t have a grandstand is strange. Racegoers have to watch the race unfold on TV. To my mind, there didn’t seem much point in that. If you want to watch a race on TV, you may as well do it in the comfort of your home. Therefore, I wasn’t looking forward to it with any great relish. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The racecourse is

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Milestones this week in Scotland

This week recalls two major horse racing milestones. Both events took place in Scotland but were important for British racing as a whole. Seventy years ago, on Friday, July 17, 1947, Hamilton Park staged Britain’s first evening meeting. The Glasgow Plate, for two year olds, was the first race, due off at 6.00pm. The odds-on favourite Culroy won by four lengths. It was a bad night for the bookmakers, with five winning favourites – three of them odds-on, the others

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Ken Boulton remembered at Uttoxeter

Today’s Uttoxeter card has the Browns Trade Waste Collections Handicap Hurdle at 3.35. It’s ‘For The Ken Boulton Memorial Trophy’. But who was Ken Boulton? The answer: a former jump jockey who died from injuries sustained in a fall at Uttoxeter in 1965. Born in November 1931, Ken Boulton was the son of a Derbyshire farmer. He began his racing career as an amateur and rode his first winner on Love Lorn at Market Rasen on Boxing Day 1949. He

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Super Saturday was Stupid Saturday

My three blog tips for the July Meeting, Hawkbill, Roly Poly and Clemmie, all won. The last day took place on a day termed Super Saturday. It should be called Stupid Saturday. Since Newmarket chose to end the July Meeting on a Saturday in 2011, there has been a clash with big meetings at Ascot, York and Chester. One reason Newmarket wanted to stage the July Cup on Saturday is the overseas betting revenue from places like Hong Kong. However,

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