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Rasai Na Gaillimhe.

Rasai Na Gaillimhe.

 Cathryn Fry I made my first (and only to date) trip to Galway in 2011. I had been repeatedly told that you never really ‘do’ a festival until you have experienced Galway. I must confess to being somewhat puzzled by this, I had attended all the major UK festivals plus enjoyed and survived Punchestown and […]

It’s Straight I Will Repair

Curragh Eye Catchers By Cathryn Fry In all the time that I have spent in both County Kildare and County Tipperary, there was always a grand debate about where exactly out of the two was the official home of racing in Ireland. Before my time in Tipperary I always said Kildare and then had a […]

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Wexford

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Wexford

By Martin Pennington   Wexford stage their first meeting of the year today and here are my thoughts on the racing there:   14:35 Faanan Aldaar was a promising second to Golden Firth when last seen out at Downpatrick earlier this month, he’s been something of an enigma so far over hurdles with a number […]

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Limerick Preview

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Limerick Preview

By Martin Pennington. There’s a seven race card this Sunday over in Limerick and with two Grade 2’s it looks a card to savour:   14:55 Djkadam looks hard to oppose in this opening Novice Hurdle after an easy 14 length defeat of Ibsen on heavy ground at Gowran Park last month.  The Willie Mullins […]

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Final Furlong Podcast

  Everything you need for Cheltenham and beyond soundcloud.com/emmet-kennedy itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-final-furlong-podcast/id601526577 …   Emmet Kennedy, Noel Hayes, Kevin Blake and Cathryn Fry

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Dundalk Preview

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Dundalk Preview

Dundalk’s evening meeting sees the return of Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron – here are my thoughts on his race and the rest of the action on the All-Weather track:   17:50 The Ger Lyons trained Mississippi John wasn’t beaten far when running on well over 7 furlongs when last seen out here in […]

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Fairyhouse Preview

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Fairyhouse Preview

Two Grade 2’s highlight today’s card at Fairyhouse and here are my thoughts on the action in County Meath:   13:00 Charles O’Brien’s Stocktons Wing has recorded just the one victory over hurdles, that being at Down Royal back in November but he has been racing against the very best that the country has to […]

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The Real Deal

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The Real Deal

By Stephen Dwyer “He is the real deal, he hardly came off the bridle”. So said trainer Dessie Hughes who was surprisingly generous with some very lavish compliments after Our Conor beat the best four year olds in Ireland last weekend. Dessie, Gold Cup winner on Davy Lad, Champion Hurdle winner aboard Monksfield, father of […]

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Ireland’s RSA Hopes

By Stephen Dwyer They say it’s a hard race, and they are right. It’s a big ask for a novice to jump nineteen fences over three miles and 110 yards, harder still when it’s at Cheltenham and to be expected to win there. The RSA is run over the Old course at Prestbury Park, like […]

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BAU at Leopardstown

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BAU at Leopardstown

By Stephen Dwyer There is a colloquial term within large corporations which refers to everything running within normal parameters. BAU, or Business As Usual might be one of those “Americanisms”  that has slipped into our vocabulary but it perfectly describes events in the Irish Champion Hurdle last Sunday. It was BAU for Hurricane Fly as […]

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Go On My Son!

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Go On My Son!

When I was taking a glance at  Thursdays Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park, I could not believe my eyes when I saw the price of Thomas Coopers’ Son Amix! At the time of writing this, he is available at a stand out 20/1 with Ladbrokes and Stan James. Son Amix returned from 11 months off […]

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Bob, Don and James.

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Bob, Don and James.

All eyes will be on Navan in County Meath on Sunday, where two of Ireland’s leading Cheltenham Festival hopes are in action. Don Cossack is currently favourite for the Neptune and Boston Bob is currently second favourite behind Dynaste for the RSA. Don Cossack made a winning debut over timber at Navan three weeks ago […]

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A Few Pointers.

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A Few Pointers.

The final pre-Christmas meetings of the season took place last weekend with bumper fields at all three – Tattersalls Farm, Avaune and Ballydarragh.  The going was heavy for the Tattersalls Farm meeting and the feature at the Louth Foxhounds hosted meet was the first race staged on the new banks course built at the complex.  […]

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Champion Returns at Wexford

by Martin Pennington Wednesday sees the belated first Hunter Chase of the season over 2m 6f at Wexford, a meeting that had been scheduled to take place on 21st November but was postponed due to a waterlogged track.                                   […]

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