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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 … Continued


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 … Continued


Go tell it on the mountain – just like Pat

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

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN  –  JUST LIKE PAT I admit to finding this NH season a little disappointing so far. This is mostly because of the wet weather, abandonments and far too many races being run on heavy … Continued


URTHEONETHATIWANT…….OH YES INDEED

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 3rd, 2020

It can only go down as a quiet Christmas at this end, though 2019 ended with a minor celebration as Urtheonethatiwant defied a 7lb increase at Warwick, having won a long-distance handicap hurdle at Ludlow the time before. As someone … Continued


Garnering a little praise

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 15th, 2019

I made the effort to watch The Long Summer of George Adams a couple of days ago. The dvd is not readily available now and I wanted to watch James Garner once more before sending my copy to a fellow … Continued


Keeping on at one pace

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 4th, 2019

There is no doubt that things have been a little too hectic of late. More London trips than usual, meetings with friends who have their share of problems, a ray of hope on the Southampton FC front, an HWPA lunch … Continued


More questions that answers? Yes, probably

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 13th, 2019

It was a pity rain ruled out the final Doncaster meeting of the season and with it the November Handicap. It will always be the Manchester November Handicap to me, ever since Operatic Society dislodged Ken Gethin at the start, … Continued


Nine again for man in the rain

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 30th, 2019

I suppose there has to come a time, maybe at 70 or possibly 71, when you wonder what you’re doing. After all, the game was on television, the rain fell steadily, then furiously as the nine goals went in and … Continued


Beer with the boys – Memories with Mathieu

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 21st, 2019

My good friend George Materna  – successful businessman, great Goodwood supporter and joint-owner of Open Wide, who finished runner-up in the Stewards’ Cup this year  –  was recently in hospital to have a new hip fitted. I have been through … Continued


Who pays the ferryman? That would be me, many years ago

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 1st, 2019

‘Oh the Woolston Ferry, it doesn’t travel very fast. It was never built for comfort, it was built to last’. Which it did, for 141 years, and Lowry painted it, but then they built the Itchen Bridge and that was … Continued


Losing sequences no bar to ultimate satisfaction

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 23rd, 2019

I suppose we’ve all been in the game too long and love it too much to take all that much satisfaction from leaving certain races alone. On the other hand, it’s quite a while since I attempted to unravel the … Continued


Time to apply logic to the daily task

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 7th, 2019

Another Carnaby seller has come and gone and it takes a while to get back into any sort of groove. This is a strange thing to admit, I suppose, because the race itself is hardly likely to linger in anyone’s … Continued


Piggott and Sturdy – quiet communicators

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 23rd, 2019

I suppose this will be the last racing week I attend for a while. When work comes to an end, as it surely must at 70, the thought occurs that there will need to be quite a lot of winners … Continued


With a song in my heart

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 13th, 2019

I sit in the middle of a good run. At least, I hope it’s the middle and not the end, Koeman having finished a fair fourth in the Shergar Cup  –  a near miss but no cigar, not that I’d … Continued


Dobbs the unsung hero

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 30th, 2019

Having named the first two in the Bunbury Cup (but the wrong way round) and the first and third in the Moet & Chandon International at Ascot (without showing a profit), I may be going through a difficult phase at … Continued


The funny man who waved his arms about

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 16th, 2019

The sad passing of John McCririck will not have surprised anyone who saw him at the races recently. The weight had dropped off him, he sat quietly in the press room and one had the feeling that he was merely … Continued


Koeman worth another punt

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 6th, 2019

I tried hard to help David Ashforth with his Grab A Grand quest in the Racing Post. Indeed, I spent two or three hours on Tuesday’s Brighton Placepot and went very close, though one can over-analyse these things. True, only … Continued


PASSING OF A GENTLE MAN

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 25th, 2019

I shall always remember Royal Ascot week 2019. A seventh grandchild arrived on Wednesday morning and 24 hours later I attended the funeral of Terry Geoghan, who managed a betting office in Bath for 30 years and was very popular … Continued


Singing the blues? Never felt more like it

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 13th, 2019

An excellent run was bound to come to an end and it did so down by the furlong pole at Salisbury on Tuesday. Having made the point in this space ten days ago that horses identified as poor value invariably … Continued


Betty Grable still a star to some of us

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 4th, 2019

I never really thought of 70 as a special landmark and maybe everything that’s happened is mere coincidence, though you’d have to say a pacemaker followed by the loss of work at both the Irish Field and the Racing Post … Continued


Ways of escape

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 21st, 2019

York was enjoyable, even if the punting left something to be desired. One or two long-held theories were put to the test and came up short, so there will have to be intense concentration over the coming weeks. Whilst I … Continued


Time for a Toblerone?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 10th, 2019

There was a moment at Punchestown when it looked as if a major betting treble had just escaped us. I retired from the Irish Field after 32 years as British correspondent, Ruby Walsh called it a day and then we … Continued


Maid In India, Old Geezer in Hampstead

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 24th, 2019

And so the Baths and Brightons are back with us again. Only Punchestown left (together with the fervent hope that a miracle Placepot pays for everything, as it did in ‘volcanic ash’ year, 2010) before the familiar round of tricky … Continued


Miracle on 34th Street – or the A34

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 15th, 2019

I have seen the sun come up over Sutton Scotney services. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember the exact circumstances but it was a beautiful morning and I remember shaving in the car. I dare say … Continued


Time for a single payment at 50/1?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 3rd, 2019

I approach the Randox Health Grand National meeting in good heart and good form. Southampton’s victory at Brighton probably means the continuation of Premier League football at St Mary’s, while Right Action’s victory at Doncaster on Sunday bolstered still further … Continued


Oakley The Lad To Follow

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 20th, 2019

It becomes increasingly difficult to revisit old haunts. Bringing up a granddaughter for the past four years – Matilda leaves with our son James (her father) for Taiwan, where he has a teaching post, in July – means additional driving … Continued


A Flaneur’s Festival

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 12th, 2019

And so the great meeting is nearly upon us. With some relief I attend on the first two days as an observer and occasional player, whereas in previous years I’ve worked pretty hard  –  not that I’m going to bore … Continued


Solihull – much closer than we think

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 4th, 2019

Until Manchester United’s late winner on Saturday it looked like being a very good week. Of course, you have to keep 60,000 people happy and, as I set off for a walk at 2-2, unable to bear the tension and … Continued


Hazel Hill looks fair value

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 23rd, 2019

For a few years I concentrated on one race at the Cheltenham festival – the Stayers’ or World Hurdle, as it was called for a while. I decided to take short prices about Inglis Drever and Big Buck’s in their … Continued


Near misses and doughnuts at Plumpton

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 15th, 2019

I was wandering down Burgess Road in Southampton the other day, thinking about the long, hard winter of 1962-63. Racing was off for several weeks in the big freeze and one of the first winners when it resumed was Severn … Continued


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