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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


Not a bad innings, as they say

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 5th, 2019

I am not an obsessive reader of obituaries, although every now and then they inevitably touch on events from my past. Like a lot of people, I glance at the bottom of the article to see how long the subject … Continued


Johnston well adrift when it comes to betting

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 26th, 2019

I endured a long delay on the rattler on Thursday. Someone had cut through an overhead cable in the Ealing area, so the train manager, the chap we used to call a guard, told us. As I was only going … Continued


Time to be getting along

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 19th, 2019

Whilst I do not have major bets over jumps – nor anywhere else compared with a former life – Pink Gin was the start of a good mini-run, backed up by Keeper Hill and, although the price was short, Elusive … Continued


In Need of a Pink Gin

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 5th, 2019

I have experienced a few days which can only be described as ‘mixed’.  By and large, Christmas went well and it was good to see the Canadian branch of the family  –  my daughter Catherine, her husband and the four … Continued


Keeping records – too late in the day

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 29th, 2018

I trust you had a good Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2019. From a personal point of view I’d like to cut down on hospital visits if possible; a new hip and a pacemaker will do … Continued


Global Citizen at his favourite place

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | December 22nd, 2018

Well, whatever else happens this Christmas, Southampton’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal will live long in the memory. It was quite something, seeing my nine-year-old granddaughter standing up and waving cheerio to the visiting fans and I shall miss her if, … Continued


Rhapsody In Blue – A million miles from Gershwin

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 15th, 2018

I was pleased when Ramses de Theillee won at Chepstow because it made for a profitable weekend, though I thought the 2/1 starting price very skinny. The veteran Alfie Spinner’s poor run as a saver recommendation dented the pick-up slightly but … Continued


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


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