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Another surpise? No, not really

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 5th, 2020

Well, here I was, thinking about a Chepstow piece and how well David Probert rides the course (see Cool Strutter) or Pastfact overcoming a marked tendency to throw his head around in the stalls and a slow start before getting … Read More »

In praise of Eric Alston

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 15th, 2020

Quietly and with the minimum of fuss, racing has returned behind closed doors. We’ve already become used to jockeys in masks and the television channels, both terrestrial and otherwise, have set up interviews where required. Against the odds, and in … Read More »

Royal Ascot still a betting bonanza

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 19th, 2020

Of course, we are all missing racing (and various other sports) but some people are more concerned than others. Putting my cards on the table and admitting to a strong personal bias, I want racing to be up and running, … Read More »

Worth waiting for Ginger

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 2nd, 2020

Trying to remain optimistic, I’d been hoping for a resumption of racing, with people actually at the track, that is, just before the three-day Goodwood meeting at the end of May. I see now this is virtually out of the … Read More »

A splendid paper under maximum pressure

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 17th, 2020

Under normal circumstances, lists of horses to follow for the 2020 Flat season would be well underway by now. Sadly, there is no telling where or when racing will start up again, or whether it will be staged behind closed … Read More »

Anglesey revisited – we hope

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 2nd, 2020

In certain situations, gamblers tend to view things according to the odds. Or, more correctly, they settle for an outcome which would be acceptable if hardly attractive. The roulette player, starting with a hundred pounds and working it up to, … Read More »

Time to recharge the batteries

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 19th, 2020

There we are then, all over for another year and quite possibly all over until the greenfinch puts in an appearance on the bird table outside and the talk is all about Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and the Tour de France. … Read More »

Pacemaker found wanting in Cheltenham marathon

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 6th, 2020

Given my time again  –  a singularly pointless opening conversational gambit  –  I might have delayed a hospital trip following a palpable loss of energy on the way to the Southampton v Aston Villa match. Once sitting down I was … Read More »

Somewhere beyond the sea – compensation for Archie

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 16th, 2020

I think it fair to say that Archie has never quite recovered from Benie Des Dieux’s last-flight fall at Cheltenham just under a year ago. Passing thoughts can reap a bitter harvest. He yields to no-one in his admiration for … Read More »

Life is sweet at the King’s Head in Bledington

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 30th, 2020

Well, an interesting few days with a couple of low-grade winners but a blank day at Cheltenham. I think the number of years I spent working at the festival  –  interviews for the crowd (the present chap does an excellent … Read More »

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