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Newcastle solid enough again

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 31st, 2018

Updating over Easter is never easy, given family commitments, etc. Things were also made trickier this weekend with nearly a full football programme on Good Friday  –  another win for Fulham and the each-way ante-post bet is starting to look … Continued

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Alpha Delphini still on the up

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 31st, 2018

Sometimes you have to see the funny side. I noticed with interest that the ‘Medburn’ horses had moved from Paul Henderson to Peter Hedger. I thought Paul ran them a bit too often and they might well do best first … Continued

Bristol City the only value

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 23rd, 2018

I was inclined to rest on my laurels after last week, when Crystal Palace and Southampton did us proud. Palace were much too good for Huddersfield and will not go down but the Terriers pose little threat up front and … Continued

Tabarrak has a favourites’s chance

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 23rd, 2018

In a way, the most interesting horse performing on Town Moor on the opening day of the turf Flat season is John Gosden’s Taqdeer, who contests the 32Red Spring Mile, the Lincoln consolation race. Absent for the better part of … Continued

Cheltenham Reflections …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 18th, 2018

Hi there! The first thing to say is that I expect Cheltenham’s clerk of the course Simon Claisse is sleeping more easily after what must have been a very stressful few weeks leading up to the Festival. There is obviously … Continued

A Lifeline for Palace here?

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 16th, 2018

Sometimes the difference between the way journalists and bookmakers look at things can be quite amusing. Wigan have been beating Premier League teams, including Manchester City, on their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals and the newspapers can see another … Continued

West Of The Edge worth a small stake…

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 16th, 2018

It seems that Man Of Plenty is destined to miss out in big handicap hurdles and it was particularly galling to see him finish fifth in the Imperial Cup after securing some 42/1 a win and 7/1 a place on … Continued

Cheltenham Update …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 11th, 2018

Hi there! Nicky Henderson reported that he was ‘very pleasantly surprised’ with the condition of the track when he took his traditional tour of the course this morning. Although the ground is officially described as soft, with heavy patches, Henderson … Continued

Villa and Wolves for West Midlands draw

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 9th, 2018

Football has its problems, the glut of money at the top end being a pretty fair starting point, but as long as it can surprise us we remain hooked. Even now I don’t know how Tottenham managed to lose to … Continued

Staying with Man Of Plenty

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 9th, 2018

I was pleased with Encore D’Or last week; indeed, his victory and that of Abe Lincoln, also at Lingfield, showed how profitable it can be to follow Ryan Moore when he is engaged for rides outside the Ballydoyle and Sir … Continued

Cheltenham Update …

Marten's Current Racing Diary Uncategorized | March 8th, 2018

Hi there! The big news broke this evening that Sizing John would not be able to defend his crown in next week’s Gold Cup. After Robbie Power rode the horse in exercise this morning he reported that something “wasn’t right” … Continued

Cheltenham Briefing …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 7th, 2018

Hi there! The major talking point at the moment relates to the weather, with some of the more reliable forecasters predicting a severe low-pressure system hitting the south-west over the weekend. If you believe the Daily Express, which I concede … Continued

Cheltenham Approaches …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 4th, 2018

I am delighted to report that the Bulletin Book goes to print on Monday, packed with over 30,000 words of analysis covering every race. It would not be fair to subscribers to give too much away, but the main query … Continued

Ian Carnaby’s Sports News

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 3rd, 2018

Fulham lifted us out of trouble last week with a splendid home win against Championship leaders Wolves. As I’ve been writing for a while now, no team is playing better than Fulham but they started so poorly that a top … Continued

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Encore D’or in swift return

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 3rd, 2018

There will be no turf racing in Britain on Saturday and looking for AW possibilities just for the sake of it is invariably a mistake. The one thing that occurs to me is Encore D’or returning to Lingfield a week … Continued


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