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Listowel Festival (Day Three)

Listowel Festival (Day Three)

Martin is taking a well deserved day off today, so Tony McCormick steps into the ‘fearless’ shoes… 2.35 Dermot Welds Spryt is taken to get off the mark here in this 2yo maiden. Beaten 9 1/2 L last time out over an inadequet 5f at Dundalk, the Invinsible Spirit gelding can be easily forgiven that […]

Kilbeggan Preview

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Kilbeggan Preview

Kilbeggan plays host to the evening action this coming Friday.  Here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the racing:   16:25 Captain Carleton has finished runner-up on all three of his hurdles outings to date.  The five year old gelding had Landau in front of him when beaten a length and a quarter in an eight […]

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Navan Preview

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Navan Preview

Martin takes the day off today Tony McCormick steps into the ‘Fearless’ shoes… 2.0 This should be a pretty straight forward opportunity for Halling’s Treasure, Tom Coopers Kahdian can give him most to think about. 2.35 I covered Navan last month and selected Tagiatelle to keep an eye on, he didn’t disappoint with a steady […]

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The Shortlister At Naas

1.40 Fiscal Focus 2.10 Beyond Brilliance Silent Lady 3.15 Euphrasia Spinacre 3.45 Little Arrows Parkers Mill The Mighty Milan Badgefort 4.20 Chill Like Your Style Dundrum 4.55 Show Court Ancient Sands 5.25 Theo’s Well

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Navan Preview

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Navan Preview

Todays Navan meeting starts with a Maiden at 2.05, Tony McCormick fills in for our Racing Editor Martin Pennington, to preview today’s card…. 2.05 All eyes will be on Kevin Prendergasts newcomer Maktoob, who looks quite short at 2/1, personally, I’ll be looking at Boughtforasong. The Footstepsinthesand filly has been posting some reasonable times, while […]

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Muirhead To Light Up Listowel – Mark Boylan

Muirhead to Light Up Listowel The Guinness Kerry National over three miles is the centerpiece of the Listowel Harvest Festival, taking place on Wednesday afternoon. This year’s contest contains a fiercely competitive field with Grade One winners and past heroes of both the Cheltenham Festival and Punchestown Festival lining up in the €160,000 handicap.   […]

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Kerry National Trends

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Kerry National Trends

5.10 Listowel 8 year trends for The Listowel Festival Highlight The last 8 winners… Aged 6 – 9 carried 9-12+ Officially rated 117+ Running within 56 days Irish trained 7 of the last 8 winners… Were Irish bred Were by an Irish or USA bred stallion Were running within 27 days Were officially rated 120+ […]

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Kilbeggan Preview

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Kilbeggan Preview

Tonight Kilbeggan stage the first of two August meetings, with the Hackett’s Bookmakers Handicap Chase at 7.55 being the feature, here are Tony McCormick thoughts on the card. 5.25 It says a lot for the quality in this race when an unraced gelding will be vying for favouritism, saying that Point Of Rescue is rather well bred. […]

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Badly Drawn Horse: Soft Steps to future profits…

5.20 Ascot (28-07-13) – SIS Live Handicap (Class 2) 5f (18 ran) The big field-straight track races are my zone of ‘flat’ expertise over on my Badly Drawn Horse site and following on from the Royal Ascot review I provided for you guys last month I again want to visit the Berkshire track for my […]

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Galway: Day Seven Preview

An all National Hunt card features on the final day of what has been a great Galway Festival for Messrs Weld and Martin and they have a number of leading contenders on the final day, here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the action: 14:15 Nearest The Pin has been frustrating so far in his career […]

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Galway Festival: Day Six Preview

Day six of this historic meeting with a whole host of trainers trying to get off the mark. John Joseph Hanlon (11 runners), Aiden O’Brien (11), Michael Hourigan (7), Jessica Harrington (10), Henry de Bromhead (6), Gordon Elliot (8) and Jim Bolger (6) have all yet to trouble the judge, here Tony McCormick takes you […]

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Galway Festival: Day Five Preview

Day five of the Galway Festival takes place this Friday with the going soft on the hurdles course and heavy on the chase and flat courses. Here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the racing: 17:05 Captain Moonlite is taken to upset some better fancied rivals in this opening seven furlong maiden. The Tommy Stack trained […]

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Galway: Day Four Preview

The Galway Hurdle features on the fourth day of the Festival and with the 2012 Hurdle winner featuring on the undercard it looks sure to be a great days racing, here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the racing: 13:50 Minella For Value is taken to score here at the third time of asking over fences. […]

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Galway: Day Three Preview

The feature chase of the week the Galway Plate is due off at 17:30 and below are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on that and the rest of the card: 15:00 Blackmail has the best form on show here having finished runner-up in the Grade 1 bumper at the Punchestown Festival back in April. The […]

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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 […]

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Galway: Day Two Preview

The second day of the Galway Festival is highlighted by the big mile race of the week, the Topaz Mile. Here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on that and the rest of Tuesday’s action: 17:05 Shamar has impressed on both of his starts since coming back from a winter break. The Willie Mullins trained gelding was […]

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The Shortlister @Wexford

A case of hitting the bar again earlier in the week for the old notebook, but, on we go to the beautiful course at Wexford. Don’t forget to play each way if you can. 5.30 Mutiska 6.05 Chinook Run Snowell 6.35 Good Decision Drumlister Jack The Hat 7.05 Silverpockets 7.35 Present Potential Count Salazar Mattara […]

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The Shortlister @The Curragh

Apologies for late post, connection problems in the area… 2.15 Bluebell 2.45 Toccata Blue, Right Divine 3.15 Charoussa, Snow 3.45 Mizzava, Say, What Style 4.15 Courage, Days Ahead, Silver Shuffle 4.45 Russian Soul, Joe Eile, Timeless Call and Dick Bos 5.15 Il Palazzo

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Curragh – Oaks Day

Tony McCormick looks at this afternoons meeting at the Curragh 3.35 Juniper Tree jumps right out at me here, despite his experienced stablemate looking an odds on starter. Well bred and costly as a yearling, the market will need keeping an eye on here. 4.10 Saratoga Baby catches the eye here at 12/1. It’s surprisingly […]

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Leopardstown Thursday

At-A-Glance for Leopardstown Tonight. 6.0 Tarfasha 6.30 Il Palazzo 7.00 Perhaps 7.35 Unaccompanied 8.05 Campestral Scene 8.35 Stranfield Lady 9.05 Greek Canyon

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