Posts tagged with ‘down’

  • Big Mac. Not everyone’s taste but a force for good for punters

    By on 8th July 2019

    By now you will have read many words about the death of John McCririck. A larger than life character...

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  • John Francome, Jonjo O’Neill and Alastair Down on the Cheltenham Festival, now and then

    By on 5th March 2018

    Three wise men discuss Cheltenham Festivals of the past, what it takes to win there, what a jockey needs...

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  • Alastair Down: Spread my ashes at Cheltenham

    By on 14th February 2017

    Alastair Down writes of his love for the Cheltenham Festival

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  • It's time for fireworks, parking, pie & peas and to set light to a figure stuffed full of paper and straw. At least it was when I was a lad. Frankly, I have no idea what happens when November 5th falls on a Saturday in this day and age. I'm guessing people now pay money to attend official fireworks displays. Some racecourses even stage them. They have to make money how and when they can.

    Before night falls on Saturday there will be racing up and down the UK. As far south as Wincanton. As far north as . . .

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    By on 4th November 2016
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  • Why do I bang on about prices and potential value?

    Today Dusky Legend won for us and was available at 15/8 when selected. That one came past the post at an SP of 11/8. So getting on early was the best bet.

    But, up at Musselburgh, I also told you to wait to see if all 8 horses went to post before betting on Arthur's Secret, each way, at the odds of 9/1 available 24 hours ago.

    That was because if only 7 raced the bookies would return each way bets about the first two only . . .

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    By on 3rd November 2016
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  • The Derby is in “terminal decline” says Alastair Down

    By on 7th June 2016

    I was always against moving the Derby from its traditional place on a Wednesday to the weekend, writes Vernon...

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  • Channel 4 Racing not to blame for people being turned off by the sport.

    By on 21st October 2015

    There’s no shortage of folk keen to point a finger and blame the producers of Channel 4 Racing for...

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  • The shy and retiring AP McCoy. Three wise men pay tribute.

    By on 21st April 2015

    I know an awful fuss is being made of the retirement of Tony McCoy. I know! He’ll be as...

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  • Alastair Down: Leave my ashes at the top of the Cheltenham hill

    By on 5th March 2015

    Alastair Down never misses the Cheltenham Festival. He’s been waylaid once or twice in his racing lifetime. Stayed in...

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  • Alastair Down previews the big races at the Cheltenham Festival

    By on 6th February 2015

    Alastair Down and the Cheltenham Festival are natural bedfellows. They are each to be treasured by those who love...

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