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Dessie blooms at Ascot

Can it really be thirty years ago? Three decades since we witnessed one of the greatest races ever staged at Ascot? Desert Orchid came into the inaugural running of the Victor Chandler Chase, a...

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TV racing: new names, same old annoyances

We have seen name changes to the specialist channels covering racing, but the same old bugbears continue to annoy. Various presenters on the racing channels should stop believing that they are God’s gift to...

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Natasha Galpin

This afternoon was happily spent at a run-of-the-mill fixture at Newbury. Not a huge crowd, and not the nicest of weather. But it was typical of midweek jump racing – hopeful owners, knowledgeable (possibly...

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The Sun betting on new racing venture

These scribblings noted recently that The Sun has been active in the past few weeks in race sponsorship under the handle of Sun Racing, and it continues to be the case that barely a...

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Stable mates

It was good to see ITV highlighting the staff at the sharp end of racing recently. Most of them get up at ridiculous hours and can still be seen working in the evening. They...

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Facing up to realities

If 2018 was a year when bookmakers received a bloody nose from the maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals slashed from £100 to £2, this year they are unlikely to fare any better....

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I keep on knocking

I am not usually one to bemoan my luck, the game is about ups and downs, but I have to say that I have not been blessed with good fortune lately. Of the last...