Author: Mike Deasy

Cheltenham hit by sponsor departures

Mike Deasy on sponsor departures from Cheltenham, bookie departures from Oddschecker and wealth departures in Ireland In another blow to the Jockey Club, Cheltenham is having to find two new sponsors for the Festival....

Information overload

Mike Deasy, sitting in for Gary McKenzie, on suffering from seconditis, information overload, saying farewell to the Timeform annuals, and revealing family secrets This week I’ve succumbed to “seconditis” which has undone a lot...

Full of promise

Mike Deasy, sitting in for Gary McKenzie, on the promise of future stars and the jumps season I’m going to be deputising on and off over the next few weeks for Gary McKenzie who...

So, what happens now with William Hill?

Mike Deasy on a likely purchase of William Hill by Caesars Casinos and what happens next for the British business Casino operator Caesars Palace appear to be in the driving seat to acquire UK bookmaker...

Covid measures illogical and damaging

Mike Deasy on sport suffering from the government’s new illogical and damaging coronavirus measures How can Newbury hold “pub in the paddock” events and Newton Abbot car boot sales, but neither venues can hold race...

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It’s only just begun

Mike Deasy on the row between the Jockey Club and its former CEO Delia Bushell, and the chances are it’s only just begun Sunday evening’s usual tranquillity was suddenly and dramatically broken around 7pm...

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More a wish-list than a plan

Mike Deasy on racing’s recovery plan, an owner’s raceday experience and Goodwood going cap in hand This week saw the BHA publish its nine-point plan for the next phase of racing’s recovery after the...

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Not the way to ask the questions

An exasperated Mike Deasy on Matt Chapman asking Nick Rust the questions on the Opening Show “Nick, two very quick questions, which would need long answers but you’ll have to cut them down”. The...

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Quite an eventful week as things go

Mike Deasy on a week of comings, goings and watch this space for racing It’s been an eventful few days for racing, dominated by comings, goings and watch this space. The coming, which has...