Conrad, Donald and me

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 1st, 2021

September 6 was the day of the Carnaby seller at Brighton and also the day Donald Zec died, though I didn’t know it at the time. Actually, I say the Carnaby seller but there was a mix-up and the race, … Read More »

Back in a jiffy? Put in the diary

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 3rd, 2021

I’m enjoying my racing without making it pay. All right, there’s nothing new in that but there have been a few mistakes lately, most notably with Red Alert, whose creditable second at Goodwood promised swift compensation at Bath, where I … Read More »

More power to Tyrone and his magic carpet ride

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 19th, 2021

Modern technology has influenced many things, one of them being the traditional pub quiz. It must be very tempting to cheat when a mobile ‘phone is only inches away, though shame and disgrace may follow. Of course, a mobile helps … Read More »

That will be a great man gone

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 8th, 2021

We have perhaps reached the stage where we wonder which of the old haunts are still open for business, so to speak. The internet makes it easy enough to find out but that seems too easy, too convenient somehow. Better, … Read More »

Racing the poorer without ‘Scotty’

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 7th, 2021

The pandemic has hurt people in many ways, some of them tragic. I had a brush with the wretched thing last October but shrugged it off after a period of self-isolation. I ache here and there when out walking but … Read More »

Echoes from a wondrous place

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 9th, 2021

Sixteen Tons, a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, may have had some resonance with punters, especially the line about being ‘another day older and deeper in debt’. Happily, only the first part applies around here because I’m keeping … Read More »


Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 16th, 2021

I’ve always been fond of abbots and abbesses, but I missed Abbotsbury Abbot when he won at 50/1 at Newton Abbot a lifetime ago. I thought it would ease the pain if I named this humble dwelling Abbotsbury House and … Read More »

Just a guy trying to get along

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 5th, 2021

Well, that won’t happen again in my lifetime. The Jackpot pays £16,610 and all six winners are eminently findable. Several people thought so and were happy with their share of a massive carry-forward. A good friend in our syndicate finds … Read More »

Wightman’s Perfect Timing

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 5th, 2021

I don’t know at what age we can excuse ourselves up-to-date knowledge of modern terminology. In my case it’s fitting that ‘zeitgeist’ starts with a ‘z’ because I’ve reached the end of the line and can absorb no more. Mind … Read More »

Rise and rise of the all weather

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 10th, 2020

I seldom dwell on isolated successes  –  too many setbacks for that  –  but I did find the last winner of the turf season, the 16/1 shot Zip at Doncaster, after the sort of intense analysis that justifies falling in … Read More »

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