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Tiger Roll and Red Rum go head-to-head in Virtual Grand National

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Top Ville Ben: Watching the Grand National from his stable.

By Andrew Atkinson Despite the £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National postponed, due to the coronavirus lockdown, the race will get under starters orders on April 4 – by Virtual runners. A 40 runners field over the four miles two and a half furlongs go to post using CGI technology and special algorithms. Tiger Roll, […]

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Royal Ascot and Epsom Derby hang in balance in coronavirus lockdown

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By Andrew Atkinson The five days Royal Ascot meeting in June, with HM The Queen and the Royal procession, are left holding their breath in the wake of racing’s lockdown, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Royal Ascot is The Queen’s showcase Flat racing event of the year, attending the meeting, traditionally waving to the crowd […]

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ROCK ON TOMMY!

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Jockey Tom Marquand selfie down under. Photo: Twitter.

Jockey, Marquand wins Group 3 Schweppervescence in Aussie By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Tom Marquand won the Group 3 Schweppervescence on the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt Holyfield on Saturday (March 28) in Australia, beating Untamed by 3/4 of a length. “He’s obviously a horse with plenty of ability,” said Cheltenham born Marquand. “He got […]

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THURLES Review – JETZ (3-1) FLIES IN!

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Zero Ten tip (3-1) wins Our Majella ew (12-1) placed By Andrew Atkinson Jetz (3-1) trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power was a winning tip, when landing the BetVictor Hurdle at Thurles, Ireland, on Saturday. Headline selection Jetz ran well throughout, gaining a 6 length victory, ahead of 6-5 favourite Mary Frances. […]

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THURLES Review – JETZ (3-1) FLIES IN!

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Zero Ten tip (3-1) wins Our Majella ew (12-1) placed By Andrew Atkinson Jetz (3-1) trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power was a winning tip, when landing the BetVictor Hurdle at Thurles, Ireland, on Saturday. Headline selection Jetz ran well throughout, gaining a 6 length victory, ahead of 6-5 favourite Mary Frances. […]

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No overseas runners permitted in Irish races

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Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday

Quote: ‘Unprecedented and sombre times’ – Nicky Hartery, chairman of HRI By Andrew Atkinson Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday – despite the coronavirus outbreak – and after meetings in England were suspended until the end of April. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has introduced further restrictions, including a maximum of […]

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CORONAVIRUS HITS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL STAFF AND RACEGOERS

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Cheltenham Festival organisers release statement after news staff and racegoers develop symptoms of Covid-19 By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news THE organisers of Cheltenham Festival have released a statement after the news that staff and racegoers have started to develop symptoms of Covid-19. According to reports two housemates who worked at the four day festival have […]

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CORONAVIRUS HITS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL STAFF AND RACEGOERS

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Cheltenham Festival organisers release statement after news staff and racegoers develop symptoms of Covid-19 By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news THE organisers of Cheltenham Festival have released a statement after the news that staff and racegoers have started to develop symptoms of Covid-19. According to reports two housemates who worked at the four day festival have […]

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Racing suspended due to coronavirus pandemic

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Jockeys look at the riding out chart at Philip Kirby racing stables, in the wake of the coronavirus. Photo: courtesy Philip Kirby.

Jockey Sean Quinlan left pondering over September wedding Cash-strapped jockeys’ worries By Andrew Atkinson Horseracing has been suspended – due to the coronavirus pandemic – following a move by the BHA to shutdown until May, at the earliest. It is deemed jockeys will be hit hard – as will thousands of other professionals in the […]

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Cheltenham Festival – lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

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Cheltenham Festival - lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

By Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival 2020 can look back on being lucky to escape cancellation – or taking place without the 251,000 spectators who attended the four days meeting last week – after the coronavirus outbreak. Four days after the final day of the Cheltenham Festival on March 13 it was announced horseracing in Britain […]

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Aintree Grand National cancelled due to coronavirus

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Aintree Grand National legends: Red Rum and Ginger McCain on Southport beach.

By Andrew Atkinson The £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National, scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus outbreak. “The Randox Health Grand National festival will not take place. Public health must come first,” said Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club. The three day Aintree meeting, set between April 2-4, […]

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SO SORRY CHELTENHAM APOLOGY

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‘I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart’ – jockey Jamie Moore Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival proved to be one to forget for jockey Jamie Moore – left distraught – when being unseated by runaway leader Goshen at the final hurdle in the Triumph Hurdle on Gold Cup day, March 13. Speaking for the first […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Review

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By Andrew Atkinson The 2020 Cheltenham Festival bore fruit for punters – with eight winners – and a plethora of each-way selections at the showcase National Hunt meeting. Day 4 of the festival’s seven race card, each-way tips Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1), Thyme Hill* (4-1), Delta Work* (5-1), Minella Rocco* (5-1), Eclair De Beaufeu (13-2) and Pileon […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Review

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By Andrew Atkinson The 2020 Cheltenham Festival bore fruit for punters – with eight winners – and a plethora of each-way selections at the showcase National Hunt meeting. Day 4 of the festival’s seven race card, each-way tips Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1), Thyme Hill* (4-1), Delta Work* (5-1), Minella Rocco* (5-1), Eclair De Beaufeu (13-2) and Pileon […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 – Friday the thirteenth unlucky for Goshen and...

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Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1) tipped each-way placed By Andrew Atkinson Goshen, ridden by Jamie Moore, was unseated at the last in the JCB Triumph Hurdle on day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival on (unlucky) March 13 – having been well clear of the field – and the race at his mercy. Moore, distraught after the race, was […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 – Friday the thirteenth unlucky for Goshen and...

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Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1) tipped each-way placed By Andrew Atkinson Goshen, ridden by Jamie Moore, was unseated at the last in the JCB Triumph Hurdle on day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival on (unlucky) March 13 – having been well clear of the field – and the race at his mercy. Moore, distraught after the race, was […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 – Friday the thirteenth unlucky for Goshen and...

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Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1) tipped each-way placed By Andrew Atkinson Goshen, ridden by Jamie Moore, was unseated at the last in the JCB Triumph Hurdle on day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival on (unlucky) March 13 – having been well clear of the field – and the race at his mercy. Moore, distraught after the race, was […]

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THE PADDY PIE TO EARN PUNTERS A CRUST!

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The Paddy Pie: Tipped to win at Newcastle under Danny Cook.

By Andrew Atkinson Sue Smith trained The Paddy Pie (4.20) is tipped to land the Hit The Target At BetUK.com Handicap Chase over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Newcastle on Saturday. Distance winner The Paddy Pie, who finished third of nine at Sedgefield on March 1 in a Class 2 race, winner of a C3 […]

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Out of this world for Philip at Cheltenham Festival

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Philip Kirby saddled 100-1 Rayna's World (third) in the Doylesford Mares Novice Hurdle.

By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby trained Rayna’s World who finished third of 22 runners at 100-1 under Tommy Dowson in the Doylesford Mares Novice Hurdle on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival on March 12 was described as a ‘never say die’ ride. “We are all delighted with Rayna’s World – she’s a lovely filly […]

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FOCUS on trainer Fergal O’Brien

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Fergal O'Brien saddles Petite Power at Uttoxeter Midlands Grand National.

By Andrew Atkinson FERGAL O’Brien saddles Petite Power in the Martsons 61Deep Class 1 Midlands Grand National over 4 miles 2 furlongs at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Eleven-year-old Petite Power,  ridden by Liam Harrison, is priced at (10-1) and tipped each-way in the 15 runners’ field. Petite Power, who ran third of 13 at Warwick in […]

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Champ Oisin to throw bookies to wolves!

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By Andrew Atkinson Champion Flat jockey Oisin Murphy could be set to throw the bookies to the wolves on Saturday night at the Wolverhampton, Midlands course. Killarney born Murphy, who can speak four languages, is tipped to win the C3 Ladbrokes Handicap over 7f on Penny Whistle (7.30). Penny Whistle, who has run in Class […]

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ROLL ON! Tiger Roll on track for triple-winning National tilt

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Tiger Roll - 8-1 to win three consecutive Grand Nationals.

By Andrew Atkinson Tiger Roll remains on track for a triple-winning tilt in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree  on April 4 – despite suffering defeat behind Easysland in the Cross Country Chase on March 11 at the Cheltenham Festival. “I’m absolutely delighted with his performance,” said trainer Gordon Elliott.  “I was slightly worried about […]

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ROLL ON! Tiger Roll on track for triple-winning National tilt

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Tiger Roll - 8-1 to win three consecutive Grand Nationals.

By Andrew Atkinson Tiger Roll remains on track for a triple-winning tilt in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree  on April 4 – despite suffering defeat behind Easysland in the Cross Country Chase on March 11 at the Cheltenham Festival. “I’m absolutely delighted with his performance,” said trainer Gordon Elliott.  “I was slightly worried about […]

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Ferny Hollow completes 565-1 4-horse accumulator at Cheltenham Festival!

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Lucky 15 bet odds of 1,403-1 By Andrew Atkinson Ferny Hollow (11-1) – tipped – gained an impressive win under jockey Paul Townend in landing the Weatherby’s Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on day 2 of the Festival on Wednesday, with a Lucky 15 bet returning odds of 1,403-1! Trained by Willie Mullins, Ferny Hollow thwarted […]

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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 – BARBADOS ‘BREAK’ FOR JOHNSON

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By Andrew Atkinson IN-the-wars champion jump jockey Richard Johnson rides Thyme Hill (2.50) tipped in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Grade 1 on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday. “It wasn’t the start to the Festival I wanted,” rued Johnson, stood down with a hip problem, after a fall on Brewin’upastorm on […]

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Horse Racing News and Tips 2020-03-11 20:38:16

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Dame De Compagnie completes opening three races 47-1 treble! By Andrew Atkinson Dame De Compagnie completed a 47-1 winning treble tips on the opening three races on day two of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, when landing the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 5 furlongs! "She won well," said winning jockey Barry Geraghty, who gained a 2 1/4 lengths win ahead of Black Tears (12-1), with Thosedaysaregone (10-1) third, and Cracking Smart (33-1) fourth in the 25 runners' field. "There wasn't much of a gallop, but she relaxed and was able to pick-up well," said Geraghty. Dame De Compagnie, is trained by Nicky Henderson, and owned by J. P. McManus: "I have a great job - there's no one better than Nicky Henderson," said Geraghty. "Barry gave him a great ride," said McManus, also owner of Champ, winner of the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase. *Dame De Compagnie was Andrew Atkinson's sixth winning tip at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival - after a 455-1 treble on Tuesday.

Dame De Compagnie completes opening three races 47-1 treble! By Andrew Atkinson Dame De Compagnie completed a 47-1 winning treble tips on the opening three races on day two of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, when landing the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 5 furlongs! “She won well,” said winning jockey Barry Geraghty, who […]

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CHAMP JUST CHAMPION!

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Champ gets up to land the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase.

By Andrew Atkinson Nicky Henderson trained Champ – a winning 4-1 tip – won the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, under a breathtaking driving ride by jockey Barry Geraghty. “We were on the back foot all the way, in very tacky ground. It was all about keeping […]

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Envoi Allen wins Ballymore at Cheltenham

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By Andrew Atkinson Gordon Elliott trained Envoi Allen – headline tip – obliged under jockey Davy Russell on day 2 of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday when winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle over 2m 5f. “I was nervous watching the race – wondering whether he would stay,” said Elliott. “He stays and jumps and […]

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Mullins to strike at Cheltenham

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Willie Mullins trained Faugheen (9/2 is tipped each-way in the Marsh Novices’ Chase

By Andrew Atkinson Willie Mullins trained Faugheen, ridden by Paul Townend (9-2) is tipped  each-way in the Marsh Novices’ Chase (1.30) on day 3 of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival on Thursday. Itchy Feet, Samcro, Bapaume, Melon, Tornado Flyer and Mister Fisher are amongst the runners going to post, in the Grade 1 race over 2m […]

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Ravenhill completes 455-1 Cheltenham Festival treble

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By Andrew Atkinson Ravenhill (12-1) completed a bookie-bashing 455-1 treble on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday when landing the National Hunt Challenge Cup. “It was a great ride. He showed his class – it’s brilliant to be riding for trainer Gordon Elliott – credit to him and the horse,” said jockey […]

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