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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 »

MOUNTAINS, MOLEHILLS AND THE IMPLACABLE ADAMS

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 »

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 »

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