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Rebecca's Spotlight | July 21st, 2018

I have previously written about telephone lines on here but this is an updated article. Many years ago Marten and I spoke about stopping our Premium Rate lines. We hate that clients are charged so much to hear a line. … Continued

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Lampard the man for Derby

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

Having gone for Marin Cilic quite solidly in the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon I am not about to make any great claims regarding other selections. Still, if you went along with Angelique Kerber before the semi-finals you’ll have made a … Continued

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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

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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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An awkward weekend for Huddersfield

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

Much attention surrounds the local derbies in Liverpool and Manchester over the weekend. I think it would be wrong to suggest that the results in the Champions League will have no bearing on the way things turn out and Manchester … Continued

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Newcastle solid enough again

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 31st, 2018

Updating over Easter is never easy, given family commitments, etc. Things were also made trickier this weekend with nearly a full football programme on Good Friday  –  another win for Fulham and the each-way ante-post bet is starting to look … Continued

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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


Ian Carnaby’s Sports News

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | March 3rd, 2018

Fulham lifted us out of trouble last week with a splendid home win against Championship leaders Wolves. As I’ve been writing for a while now, no team is playing better than Fulham but they started so poorly that a top … Continued

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Encore D’or in swift return

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

There will be no turf racing in Britain on Saturday and looking for AW possibilities just for the sake of it is invariably a mistake. The one thing that occurs to me is Encore D’or returning to Lingfield a week … Continued

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Baggies not down and out yet

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 10th, 2018

I doubt that the Premier League relegation struggle will look much clearer after this weekend’s fixtures. In fact, I thought perming the draws, three from four and all four in the following matches: Everton v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Burnley, … Continued

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The Warrior may run well first time up

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

Last week worked out very well with Topofthegame winning well at Sandown. He had finished fourth to George William at Kempton, a form-line which I think will give us more winners. The bonus was the price; finding value is very … Continued


Bournemouth at 10/11

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | November 18th, 2017

We pick up again this weekend after a rest last week – the correct decision as Plymouth showed yet again that they are not a team to back or oppose without very careful analysis. Over the years, and I’m sure … Continued

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Le Prezien form reads well

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 18th, 2017

It is always galling when horses come nowhere near justifying their official rating and that was the way of it with Vintage Folly at Doncaster last week. She was well backed and came close to landing the Listed race over … Continued


Stoke V Leicester looks tight

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | November 4th, 2017

One or two things occurred while watching the relentless flow of football this week. Bournemouth are undoubtedly better than their league position suggests and have played several of the top teams already. Their points spread for the season will be … Continued

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Permission in good heart

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 4th, 2017

Last week’s results were something of a mixed bag and it was galling to see both Roaring Lion and Pastime beaten a neck, especially as both looked like winning half furlong from home. 8/1 and 9/1 would have done nicely. … Continued

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Bournemouth can take something from The Potteries

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | October 20th, 2017

I thought the Charlton v Doncaster match last week would never end and it was still going on as Charlotte Green read out the classified results in Sports Report. I suppose we were spoiled by James Alexander Gordon, whose intonation … Continued

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The wetter the better for Bateel

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 20th, 2017

I was pleased and relieved when Dark Red came through to win the opener at York last week. Not only did he pay for the day at 10/1 but we were right to conclude that he needed to concentrate better. … Continued

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Bristol Rovers ticking Over Uner Clarke

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | October 7th, 2017

Lucky and unlucky. Pointless words, really, and no way to look at the betting game. West Ham and Bournemouth were still 0-0 with the clock ticking towards 4.45 but then the lack-lustre Hammers finally scored against Swansea. Hardly bad luck, … Continued

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A good day for Roger Charlton?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 7th, 2017

It crossed my mind to write a piece about Dark Red in the press but, of course, you never know what furies might be unleashed. Maybe he didn’t like the surface at Chelmsford last Saturday evening and maybe he takes … Continued

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Moore a good booking for Lexington Abbey

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 15th, 2017

Kevin Ryan will have been disappointed with Brando’s running in last week’s Sprint Cup at Haydovk but this has never been a horse with a totally reliable record and it will be remembered he ran no race in the Duke … Continued

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Wednesday can make a bright start

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | August 5th, 2017

I have been at Goodwood all week and it would be wrong to go in for lengthy spirts prognostications without sitting down and doing the research. As you know, I favour FULHAM for the Championship and regard them as value … Continued

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Extraordinary West Ham Value

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 29th, 2017

You may want to wait for the Racing Post’s comprehensive football guide before risking hard cash on the coming season but there are a couple of early points to make. FULHAM looked easily the best team in the Championship play-offs … Continued

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Newcastle to pull clear again

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 18th, 2017

Only a last-minute equaliser for West Brom at West Ham denied us three out of three last week and I am very happy with the way things are going. I was hoping the mixed bag of fixtures this weekend would … Continued

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Houblon Des Obeaux can go well again

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 18th, 2017

The wind has been taken out of my sails this weekend with Glaring missing his engagement at Sandown on Friday and Evening Hush sidestepping the Victor Ludorum at Haydock on Saturday. It has left me with two or three choices … Continued


West Ham looking better now

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | February 11th, 2017

It took Bristol City a long time to wear down Rotherham in a poor match at Ashton Gate last weekend but they got there in the end to keep our good run going. The profit was modest because Crystal Palace … Continued

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De Name Escapes Me may be the danger to Clyne

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 11th, 2017

The only thing that ever irritates me when writing a piece like this is rubbish prices and I have to say the odds about Pretend and Soldier In Action last week were simply ridiculous. Up against previous winners on his … Continued


Cardiff’s Steady Improvement

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 20th, 2017

All bar one of the selections went in last week, with Bristol City paying us out twice, managing to score at home to Cardiff and then winning their FA Cup 3rd Round replay at Fleetwood. Preston stopped Brighton’s gallop, as … Continued

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Un De Sceaux is hard to oppose

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 20th, 2017

Naturally I was pleased when Houblon Des Obeaux kept on willingly to snatch fourth at Warwick last week. The bonus was the 14/1 SP and a profit on the line of 25 units. Things became even better when Pink Gin, … Continued

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Houblon can go close

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 14th, 2017

This is one of those weekends when things have not worked out in that three of the four horses I was looking at will not be in action. Briefly, impressive Cheltenham winner Call To Order misses the Pertemps Qualifier at … Continued

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Fulham on the up at last

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | January 14th, 2017

There are some fascinating matches in the Premier League this weekend but they are very hard to call with betting in mind. For sure, Liverpool will have to play much better than they did at Southampton on Wednesday if they … Continued

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