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Visual Round Up – Drinmore Novices Chase

Visual Round Up – Drinmore Novices Chase

Sent off the 7-2 second favourite, Valseur Lido was completing a Grade 1 double for Bryan Cooper and owners Gigginstown Stud, having been successful with Lieutenant Colonel earlier. This was also a treble on the card for trainer Willie Mullins who had scored with Kalkir and Nichols Canyon. Valseur Lido was one of four in […]

Visual Round Up – Hattons Grace Hurdle

It was a first Grade 1 winner for Sandra Hughes, daughter of the great Irish jockey and trainer Dessie Hughes, who died aged 71 earlier this month. Lieutenant Colonel was installed by Paddy Power a 25-1 chance for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, scene of so many of Dessie Hughes’ triumphs. In […]

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Visual Weekend Round Up – Royal Bond

IRELAND’S champion trainer Willie Mullins won the Royal Bond with Nichols Canyon  but the race was marred by the death of stablemate Allez Colombieres. Nicholas Canyon travelled comfortably before moving up to a share of the lead two out and powered home to make it two-from-two on the card for Mullins. “He did it nicely,” said […]

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Walsh – ‘He’s A Brilliant Horse’

From Racing Post VAUTOUR oozed class as he made a perfect start to life over fences, jumping well as he cruised to a wide-margin victory under Ruby Walsh at Navan. The Supreme Novices’ winner faced a big field on his first chase start but was sent off just 2-11 favourite and turned in a performance […]

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Fenton Banned For Three Years

From Racing Post TRAINER Philip Fenton, last month convicted of possessing anabolic steroids and other banned substances, was on Saturday disqualified for three years by the Turf Club. Fenton, the first trainer in Ireland to be convicted of possessing anabolic steroids, had already been fined €6,000 and ordered to pay €4,200 in costs at Carrick-on-Suir […]

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Tributes To Dessie Hughes

DESSIE HUGHES, who scaled the heights of jump racing as a jockey and trainer, has died at the age of 71. Hughes rode Monksfield to win the Champion Hurdle in 1979 and also captured the race as a trainer when saddling Hardy Eustace to victory in 2004 and 2005. He is survived by his wife […]

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ATR’s Tony Ennis Has Three For Cheltenham

Cheltenham ‘Insiders’ Insight Pack Tony McCormick 35 years in the racing game and EIGHT-YEAR-TRENDS expert Recently Tony has shortlisted Cesarewitch winner BIG EASY, Melbourne Cup winner PROTECTIONIST and 2nd (20/1), 3rd (14/1) and 4th (25/1) in the November Handicap. Martin Pennington Martin’s knowledge of the Point-To-Point game on both sides of the Irish Sea is […]

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Naas Preview

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Naas Preview

The Fishery Lane Hurdle for four year olds tops the bill at Naas this coming Saturday and here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on that and the rest of the action in Kildare.   12:25 Leap Dearg made a promising handicap debut for Robert Tyner when finishing second behind Fiery Oscar over today’s two mile trip […]

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Thurles Preview

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Thurles Preview

Thurles are set to play host to a seven race card this Thursday which looks set to be run on unseasonably quick good ground.  Here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on the racing:   12:55 The Doorman has been entered up a lot in recent weeks and makes an eagerly anticipated chasing debut in this opening […]

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Down Royal Preview

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Down Royal Preview

The JNWine.com Champion Chase takes centre stage at Down Royal this Saturday and here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on that and the rest of the card at Down Royal:   12:45 Bay Hill improved from his debut outing at Roscommon in August when staying on strongly to lead late jumping the last on his second […]

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Punchestown Preview

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Punchestown Preview

Punchestown host Wednesday afternoon’s meeting and here are Martin Pennington’s views on the racing:    13:05 Mr Diablo was impressive in winning a good ground bumper here back in May by thirteen lengths from Sir Scorpion who’d previously finished runner-up behind the useful looking Moon Racer in a valuable contest at Fairyhouse.  The son of […]

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Galway Preview

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Galway Preview

The second of Galway’s two day meeting takes place this Monday.  Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:    13:35 Lord Scoundrel seems to be getting the hang of racing having won his last two under wildly different ground conditions for trainer Gordon Elliott.  The five year old gelding took his fifth […]

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Thurles Preview

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Thurles Preview

Thurles plays host to a small but select seven race card this Thursday.  Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:   14:15 Dazzling Susie should prove hard to beat here for trainer John Phelan if employing her usual front running tactics.  The daughter of Stowaway was ridden with slightly more restraint than […]

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Punchestown Preview

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Punchestown Preview

The second day of Punchestown’s two day midweek meeting features a number of intriguing races.  Here are Martin Pennington’s views on the racing:      14:15 Roscommon bumper winner Fill Your Hands finished a promising third of five behind Egyptian Warrior when making his hurdling debut at the Listowel Festival last month.  Tony Martin’s charge […]

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Fairyhouse Preview

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Fairyhouse Preview

National Hunt takes centre stage at Fairyhouse this Saturday with a competitive card getting under way at 14:15. Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:      14:15 Redrobin has run well on his three hurdling outings to date finishing runner-up last time out behind Jamesmicheal at Roscommon at the end of […]

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Dundalk Preview

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Dundalk Preview

The weekly Dundalk evening fixtures started last month and here are Martin Pennington’s thoughts on Friday evening’s racing:   17:40 Blackbriar has been keeping decent company in her first season racing. The daughter of Kyllachy got off the mark at the seventh time of asking at Cork at the start of August having previously contested […]

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Tramore Preview

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Tramore Preview

Tramore returns this Thursday with a seven race card getting under way with a maiden hurdle at 14:45.  Here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the racing:   14:45 Eoin Doyle’s runners are always to be respected at this venue and he saddles the five year old Shaiyzar in this opening contest.  The son […]

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The Sales Beckon For Pale Mimosa

A close fourth in last year’s Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot, Pale Mimosa has enjoyed another fine season in the staying ranks, with her defeat of the Queen’s Estimate in the Lonsdale Cup at York in August the undoubted highlight. She came up narrowly short when favourite to claim Group One glory […]

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Sizing V Rebel Is On!

Mick Winters is keen to give Rebel Fitz one more run before a potentially mouthwatering Christmas clash with Sizing Europe at Leopardstown. Writes The Irish Field After making a successful return from injury on the Flat at Listowel last month, the Grade One-winning nine-year-old returned to jumping action in the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary and again […]

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