Posts tagged with ‘doncaster’

  • Is losing a race by a head better or worse than losing by a mile?

    I hate losing a bet by a slender margin. On Thursday night the Sir Michael Stoute trained Honorina (my 5/4 Nap) was beaten by a head. I was gutted. I expect Stoute was more disappointed and I'm not sure where he goes with that one next. But I shall be watching out for the next run.

    As punters we also win races by small margins, so we have to take the rough with the smooth.

    This weekend we have some of the final . . .

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    By on 9th September 2016
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  • Two trainers I respect and who are as honest as the day is long, continued their good run of form on Thursday.

    Willie Haggas has his string in great form right now and he had two winners at Doncaster. As did the ever likeable Ralph Beckett.

    Before the race that saw his St Leger winner of last year return to Doncaster, the venue of her greatest victory, Beckett said that Simple Verse had produced her best piece of work for months only last . . .

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    By on 8th September 2016
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  • Ante-Post betting is not for the faint hearted. Most of you will know that you not only risk seeing your horse beaten, you risk it not turning up at all - and still losing your stake. It is the ultimate gamble.

    Ante-post rules mean that you take the price on offer now, but will not be refunded if your horse is not in the final declarations for the race. A trainer or owner may withdraw the horse for any one of several reasons. The horse might be ill, lame, booked to race elsewhere or connections decide their runner will . . .

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    By on 23rd August 2016
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  • Well I hope those members who followed me in on 28/1 shot Seventh Heaven banked their winnings. I have.

    That's the wise thing to do. Leave you profit sitting in an online account and you'll be tempted to use some of it for a bet you had no intention of placing. That's what the bookie wants you to do.

    If you already planned a subsequent bet on something, fair enough. But, if like me you are a patient punter and wait for the right bet (and not just any bet), then you would be wise to . . .

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    By on 20th July 2016
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  • Unlike some punters, I have time and respect for the dour Scotsman Mark Johnston. A trainer based in North Yorkshire, he is not afraid to speak his mind.

    It seems he has stirred a hornets nest by suggesting that betting should not be a part of the racing coverage in 2017 when ITV take over the contract to broadcast racing on terrestrial television.

    The reaction has been damning. Bookies and punters seem united in telling Mark Johnston that, but for the betting industry, racing in the UK would be on its knees.

    The fact is that many people only watch . . .

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    By on 13th July 2016
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  • Some days there are plenty of horse you would want to bet on. On other days there are far fewer of interest.

    On Friday there is a decent card at Newmarket, but I swerve it simply because early indications are that the ones I would fancy to win will be very short in the betting market.

    I'm always looking for potential value. There are always horses you can fancy to win a race, but if the price is an odd on one, what's the point? Any horse can be beaten and, as most punters know, constantly backing odds . . .

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    By on 23rd June 2016
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  • BHA rule Simple Verse is the true winner of the St.Leger

    By on 23rd September 2015

    The British Horseracing Authority heard a three hour appeal into the outcome of the St. Leger. And their decision...

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  • In conversation with Seth Bennett of BBC Sport

    By on 31st March 2013

    I have long been an admirer of BBC local radio. Over the years I have listened to transmission from...

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  • Educate wins for members. Tipped up at 9-1

    By on 30th March 2013

    Watch Educate win the Spring Mile at Doncaster on the official opening day of the new flat season. Tipped...

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  • Watch our winner Model Pupil & other action at Doncaster

    By on 22nd March 2013

    Model Pupil was evens when tipped up by me to members. Watch him win, with something to spare, here....

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