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05 Aug

Old Fashioned Fraction Odds

horse racing bookmakers

Been writing a lot of content about horse races of the past, at present focusing on the Grand National.

A lot of the old races use old fashioned fraction odds and are recorded to a 100 (such as the 1860 Grand National SP of 100/7).

The simple way to work out the actual odds is to get a calculator out.

Now, here is the fun bit.… Read More…

03 Aug

Grand National Stats, Facts and Curios

A few Grand National stats, facts and curios for you:

  1. The first French Trained Grand National winner was Huntsman who won the 1862 Grand National.
  2. The first Irish winner of the Grand National was Matthew in the 1847 Grand National.
  3. The first and only jockey to die in the race was Joseph Wynne who was killed in the 1862 running of the National.
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02 Aug

Jockey Death in the Grand National

The Grand National is regarded as the ultimate test of horse and rider, sadly many horses do suffer life ending injuries (see Grand National Deaths) and a jockey has also paid the ultimate price.

The first and to date only jockey death a result of the Grand National was Joseph Wynne who was racing in his first Grand National in 1862, and was involved in a collision before The Chair, two horse fell and he was crushed and left unconscious.… Read More…

02 Aug

Carlisle Ladies Horse Racing Day a Great Success

Ladies Day

Yesterday evening saw a phenomenally successful launch of Carlisle’s Ladies Day.

Attendance topped ten thousand and wasn’t far from the course record.

Unlike other “Ladies Days” at Ascot or Aintree this one saw every race contested solely by lady jockeys, and as well as raising their profile in the sport it also helped raise £30,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Care.… Read More…

25 Jul

Sussex Stakes Market Moves

Rock of Gibraltar at Glorious Goodwood

The big race news in the media has been that only Rajsaman and Rio De La Plata are taking on the big two.

Always a shame when these races turn into near matches. Have to say it’s always surprising. So we just had the King George, now the feast continues with the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.

Sussex Stakes tips

One of my favourite races this one, swift mile around the undulations of Goodwood, used to really rate Aljabr, was Ante Post jolly for the Derby at one stage, but never quite made it.… Read More…

22 Jul

Grand National Film Reviews: Champions (Aldaniti)

Bob Champion Grand Nationals

For such a great sport there are a few good films about racing, but perhaps not as many as there should be. I guess boxing is the sporting medium that Hollywood loves best.

If you are looking for a good film on racing, and are a bit of a jumps-head like me, then really recommend you check out Champions, it stars John Hurt and chronicles the true story of the jockey’s recovery from cancer to pilot the injury stricken Aldaniti to victory in the 1983 Grand National.… Read More…

20 Jul

Worcester and Sandown, National Hunt and Evening Racing Tips

National Hunt Racing

Not been punting since last Friday, when enjoyed Saigon’s 7/1 win (Friday’s Racing Blog) it suffered some interference in victory, and could still be one to stick the right side of.

A quite interesting jumps card at Worcester, with the early races revolving around short priced favourites, and later contests wide open. The market for the 3:20 Nervous Hurdle is headed by 4/9 shot All The Winds.… Read More…

20 Jul

Paddock Observation Tips

Racetrack Paddock

As a kid almost every weekend was spent at a London racetrack; my Dad is/was a regular punter and I was no stranger to the play grounds and creches of Royal Ascot (summer playground cool, Winter supervised crèche grim), Sandown, Goodwood (wicked fairground), Lingfield (used to like running around the ponds there), Plumpton, Newmarket.

In the evenings it was Hove, Catford and Wimbledon (but this blog isn’t about the greyhounds).… Read More…

15 Jul

Toller Time


I always tend to keep an eye out for the runners that James Toller has, in part because I used to employ his nephew Nico.

Nico was a bloody good worker, and I put Saigon in the note book after winning its first race at Yarmouth in good style.

The contest is open, but I was happy to take a chance on it with the best priced 7/1 with Sportingbet.… Read More…

02 Jul

Coral Eclipse Punt

So You Think

Really quick blog today, manic time, still doing up this house we have bought, and if not up to spec when the lease on our flat imminently ends then cardboard city beckons.

Funnily enough despite all the recent chaos it’s been a superb time punting wise.

I had one bet today at the Coral Eclipse. I can’t believe Workforce isn’t something like joint 11/8 favourite with So You Think.… Read More…