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Alfie Spinner no spent force at 13

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 8th, 2018

This has been a week of identifying short-priced favourites which still represented value if we acted soon enough. On Monday, the day of the Horserace Writers’ Lunch, Royal Claret had a clear chance in the mares’ three-mile handicap hurdle at … Continued

Things my mother taught me

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 1st, 2018

Thank you to everyone for the good wishes during my stay in hospital. I now have a pacemaker, though the decision to go ahead was in the balance. Everything had improved during my time there, including the heart rate, though … Continued

First Assignment can step up

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

This will be a shorter message than most because I’m writing it in the Bristol Royal Infirmary as I await a pacemaker. I’d been staying on at one pace for some time, quite unable to pick up the leaders  –  … Continued

Vado Forte not a hopeless case

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

A hugely successful Friday at Cheltenham saw a record crowd of over 22,000 in attendance. NH racing has never known times like these and Cheltenham is at the forefront of its impressive growth. Sponsors are queueing up to be involved … Continued

King’s Odyssey best first time up

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 10th, 2018

It’s been a quiet week on the punting and other fronts but this Saturday will be busier, with some good racing followed by the annual school reunion/Remembrance dinner in Southampton. I act as MC on these occasions and you will … Continued

Black Corton For The Top Man

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

Many years ago – more than half a century anyway – I was a regular at Portsmouth greyhounds. Target Road, Tipner every Friday night and when my friends, one of whom had a car, tired of it I used to … Continued

Capton overdue now

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 27th, 2018

There comes a time to switch over to the jumps and I’m bound to say the moment is imminent. Favourites won the first four races at Cheltenham on Friday while Bernardo O’Reilly was one of several surprises on the Flat. … Continued

AW form line hints at Via Via

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

Overall, one should not complain. Low Sun won the Cesarewitch at 10/1 and Major Jumbo at 12s was an excellent winner on the line. However, there were a couple of disappointments as well, including Smokey Lane at Goodwood and Fire … Continued

Rain to help Smokey Lane

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 12th, 2018

Projection made it a profitable weekend and did well to beat Dream Of Dreams in soft ground at Ascot. He is a funny horse and needed to be driven right out after travelling very easily for most of the way. … Continued

One more chance for Projection

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 6th, 2018

I admit to a certain bias where Roger Charlton and Henry Candy are concerned and I smiled to myself on Friday morning when I saw Blue Surf and Ortiz both entered for the one-mile conditions race at Ascot. Both trainers … Continued

Forgive (but not quite forget) may be best

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 30th, 2018

There comes a time to acknowledge when time is against us. Or against me, anyway. When Compton Hellyer, a very astute businessman, was building up Sporting Index, he asked me whether I was showing an interest in exchange betting. I … Continued

Lessons from a fascinating week

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 8th, 2018

Another Carnaby selling race has come and gone. I admit it’s like entering another world  –  Brighton, the town as well as the racecourse, is a bit like that anyway  –  and now it’s time to readjust. This was the … Continued

You’re Hired so unlucky

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 24th, 2018

Just a few notes on horses owned by good friends of mine. I’ve written recently about Ray Greatorex’s Swiss Pride, who had a poor run through in the nursery at Goodwood on the Friday and took a few bumps and … Continued

Oakley Brown and Conor McGovern – watch carefully

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 22nd, 2018

Watching a couple of Henry Candy’s fillies run moderately this week I acknowledged that this has not been a great season for one of my favourite trainers. Also, with rain setting in at long last, stable star Limato is unlikely … Continued

Swiss pride for Big Ray

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 11th, 2018

It took me a little while to recover from Goodwood. Not that I over-indulge these days but there were several near misses and at least one major mistake on the betting front. All one can do is store up the … Continued

Dettori only human at Ascot after all

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 21st, 2018

I was very pleased that Burnt Sugar won the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last week, not merely because it meant a profitable weekend but also because it ended an irritating run of near misses. His SP of 7/1 was disappointing … Continued


Blakeney Point for the Ebor?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 12th, 2018

A run of near misses has to end sometime, of course, and in my case it may happen with Century Dream at Ascot on Saturday, not that he will be a great price. Most of the way up the straight … Continued

Island Brave worth noting

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

I don’t know that I shall ever understand what goes on in certain markets and I sit here stunned by the 10/1 about Born To Boogie in the opener at Brighton on Tuesday. Although she clearly needed a seventh furling … Continued

Second Step to frank the form

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 27th, 2018

It was not a successful Royal Ascot for me, though I thought it a marvellous meeting. Looking back now, backing Wild Illusion in the Ribblesdale was a mistake. (I separate ‘mistakes’ from ‘losers’ because one category, mistakes, can be avoided, … Continued

It’s crystal clear – Stoute all the way

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 19th, 2018

A bonus last week arrived with Intisaab’s SP of 11/4. I thought he was something to bet on in the Class 2 conditions event at Haydock but imagined he’d start favourite. In fact the bookmakers were more interested in Dancing … Continued

A good opportunity for Intisaab

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 12th, 2018

We were right in the first place to prefer Wild Illusion to Soliloquy in the 1,000 Guineas, although it hardly mattered because he finished only fourth. Godolphin were winning just about everything else (five winners over the weekend) but the … Continued

Fahey looks keen on this

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 4th, 2018

Last week worked out all right, given that Jallota was a non-runner at Leicester, Altior won at a hopeless price and Call Me Lord ran away with the Select Hurdle at Sandown, emphasising just how moderate the staying hurdle division … Continued

Moore for Jallota takes the eye

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 28th, 2018

Sandown is the place to be tomorrow when another ‘orthodox’ NH season comes to a close, though it may fairly be said that summer jumping has changed everything. Dickie Johnson and Nicky Henderson will receive their awards and Cue Card … Continued

Dolos may make up for Aintree

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 21st, 2018

I came to no great harm in the Grand National because Milansbar made it safely round and bookmakers were paying out on the fifth. With the future in mind, Seeyouatmidnight did very well for a long way after having only … Continued

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Delface may cheer Pipe

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 13th, 2018

I was very pleased with A Momentofmadness last week. As expected, William Buick bounced him out and opened up a handy lead. Runner-up Jumirah Bridge did very well after a six-months’ absence and should win a good sprint handicap on … Continued

A Momentofmadess for repeat win

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 6th, 2018

When I studied the entries for the NH meetings this Saturday, the advance forecast going was heavy just about everywhere and, on top of that, the four televised races from Kelso were all handicaps. To be frank, I think it’s … Continued

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

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

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

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

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