Newmarket – The Irish Contenders

Aidan O’Brien’s quest for a world-record Group 1 haul in a calendar rolls on to Newmarket, Caulfield and Woodbine this weekend as he launches assaults on three continents in his bid for further immortality. Newmarket sees four representatives from Ballydoyle tackle the Dewhurst and US Navy Flag looks most likely to give hot favourite Expert Eye most to do. Ryan Moore’s mount captured last week’s Middle Park over the same course and has improved out of all recognition lately but it’s difficult to see him overturning the favourite. Sir Michael Stoute’s colt was so impressive in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and the form has a rock-solid look to it with several Group 2 and Group 3 winners having come from it already. He can take this on the way to cementing his position as favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. Continue reading “Newmarket – The Irish Contenders”

My Racing Story: Katie O’Farrell

Growing up around horses it was probably inevitable that it would be a route that I’d go down but two years ago I made the decision to leave the amateur ranks and turn professional as a 7lbs conditional rider and after a rough six months on the sidelines through injury, now I’m hoping to kick start things as the winter approaches.

I remember the week leading into the Punchestown Festival I was so looking forward to the meeting, I was riding out for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins and as a freelance riding for those kind of trainers you never know what a meeting like Punchestown could throw up. At some stage in the week they might want to claim off something or have a few runners in a race so a nice ride might fall your way.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Katie O’Farrell”

Fairyhouse – The National Hunt Season

The National Hunt season is upon us once again and we will begin to see the big guns come out on a near weekly basis between now and Christmas. Last weekend saw a Grade 2 Chase at Gowran and Sunday saw the return of former Champion Hurdler Jezki at Navan. Tipperary was the venue on Tuesday for the eagerly anticipated chase debut of Gordon Elliott’s Death Duty. This weekend sees another exciting prospect debuting over jumps, the Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Fayonagh. Continue reading “Fairyhouse – The National Hunt Season”

My Racing Story: Kevin Brouder

Since riding my first winner on the track at Listowel last month I couldn’t have really dreamed that things would go how they have in the last couple of weeks but long may it continue I suppose.

I’m 20 now and after spending time with Christy Roche and James Nash on the Curragh I decided to move to England to work for Jonjo O’Neill earlier this year after seeing an advert that he was looking for a conditional jockey. Most lads go to England and find it tough, but I actually loved it over there and loved being away from home and Jonjo O’Neill was very good to me and gave me plenty of chances right from the start.

I was there six weeks and I’d say I had at least one ride every week for him and he was really giving me a chance but then I dislocated my shoulder and that held me up. To be Continue reading “My Racing Story: Kevin Brouder”

Prix De L’Arc Weekend – Chantilly

All eyes will be on Chantilly this weekend as Enable tries to uphold the remarkable recent success of three-year-old fillies in Europe’s richest, and most prestigious, flat race – the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She has improved out of all recognition since finishing behind stablemate Shutter Speed on her seasonal reappearance at Newbury back in April and arrives here as a red-hot favourite, trying to secure her fifth Group One in a little over four months. She’s never looked in the slightest danger in any of those contests and it will take a herculean effort on the part of her rivals to stop her adding this to her haul. Continue reading “Prix De L’Arc Weekend – Chantilly”

My Racing Story: Nina Carberry

When I drove into Ballinrobe last week I knew it was good to be back but the winner certainly made it even better and to have three winners from my first four rides back is great and I’m just very grateful to Noel Meade, who has always been very good to me, and to Gordon who is also going to support me.

Coming back I wasn’t sure what way it was going to go, to be honest. Noel has been good to me all the way along and provided me with a couple of nice horses to come back with and that makes it a lot easier.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Nina Carberry”

Keith Andrews – Premier League Prediction

Premier League Title Race

At the start of the season it’s difficult to make a prediction on who will win the Premier League before a ball is kicked and transfers are finalised. It’s only when the transfer window closes and teams have a more settled look that it becomes a bit easier to make a call. This week, there has been a lot of talk about the Premier League being a two horse race between Man Utd and Man City and while I would have agreed with that at the start of the season, I think Chelsea will have a big say in things yet. The way they have handled and come through the Diego Costa situation has worked out well for them with Álvaro Morata settling in so well. They have looked strong in the league so far and I do think it’s a three horse race with Chelsea as defending Champions looking set to battle it out with both Manchester teams. It’s worth remembering that Chelsea have been without Hazard in a starting role and have still settled well so they can only get stronger when he gets back in the starting eleven week after week. Continue reading “Keith Andrews – Premier League Prediction”

Gary Halpin – Season Update

I’ve got 14 winners on the board for this season and I’ve won some big races including the Scurry Handicap on Irish Oaks weekend in the Curragh. It was great to get back on Tithonus trained by Denis Hogan and I was lucky get a nice win on him in a big handicap.

I missed out on riding him when he won the Rockingham Handicap a couple of weeks earlier and I was lucky enough to get back on him in the Scurry. It was an incredible effort to win a competitive handicap like the Scurry and I rode him again at York when he finished 5th but he was only beaten a short distance. I also rode him to finish 4th in the Bold Lad handicap at the Curragh on Champions Weekend so he’s been a great horse to ride over the summer. Continue reading “Gary Halpin – Season Update”

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