July meeting juveniles

The two year old races at the Newmarket July meeting are usually worth studying in depth. In the group races, there’s often a rematch from Royal Ascot with some new faces come to… Continue reading

Follow the Stars

One of the things I love about flat racing is being able to follow the progeny of my favourite horses. It’s always a little bit disappointing when a horse you’ve been following is retired at… Continue reading

Dancer’s domination

When I first started following racing seriously in the late 1970’s, one issue that cropped up regularly was concerns over inbreeding to Northern Dancer. At that time, it wasn’t quite so obvious just what a significant impact… Continue reading

Listmania

I love making lists. I then normally forget where they are or to take them out with me (particularly when they’re of the shopping variety). Luckily, when it comes to horses I’m a… Continue reading

Goodwood revival

No, not the car racing event….I’m talking about the reappearance on the track of two former classic aspirants, Berkshire and Kings Fete. After missing the 2015 season, the five year olds made their comeback in… Continue reading

Newbury newcomers

The Friday cards at Newbury always feature at least one (or if you’re lucky, three or four) maidens full of choicely bred thoroughbreds making their first or second visit to a racecourse.  It’s usually… Continue reading

The Young Ones

There’s a multitude of interesting two year old races taking place over the next couple of days. The debut of the first runner sired by the legendary Frankel has generated plenty of media… Continue reading

The Derby dilemma

At the end of the week, when the dust has settled following the Spring meeting at York, I’ll be sitting down & trying to work out the conundrum that is the Derby. Usually… Continue reading

The first Frankel

I was very excited to spot that Cunco, Frankels first foal, is entered at Newbury on Friday. Frankels race record is well known so I won’t repeat that here. Cunco’s dam, Chrysanthemum, was a useful… Continue reading

Race planning

Now that the first two classics have been run, for the next few weeks I’ll be trying to see (and photograph) the horses that are likely to play a major role at Epsom… Continue reading