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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 »

Tinkering with outright certainties – or are they?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 25th, 2020

The other day I was trying to remember why Glastonbury reminded me of Coppermill Lad. I must have found a connection between the pair and thought about including it in a column, though how there can be any sort of … Read More »

Wightman does the great man proud

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

Of course, I spend more time than most people on the second division of Class 5 apprentice handicaps at Salisbury. Like my father before me, I like to spot up- -and-coming riders with a handy allowance making a fair mark … Read More »

Going racing in October? A small wager, perhaps?

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

It’s been a miserable year for just about everyone and we can’t let minor personal setbacks outweigh the desperately sad losses suffered by many. I adjusted to televised racing behind closed doors quite quickly, though it would have been a … Read More »

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 »

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