Author: Mike Deasy

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Cheltenham: the love/hate continues

Cheltenham – the love/hate continues I wouldn’t say it was a guilty pleasure, with many other sporting events already cancelled, but I was glad to have had a couple of days at this year’s...

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Are Betfred heading for a William Hill takeover?

Betfred buy into William Hill These scribblings have already suggested it would be no surprise to see William Hill divest themselves of their betting shops. They were first out of the blocks to close...

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Existing racegoers are the best racegoers

How racing needs to up its game to keep its customers January greeted racing with the news that racecourse attendance in 2019 had fallen by 2.6%. Reasons were put forward, not least the halt...

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No surprise there then

No great surprise – 1 The Jockey Club Racecourses’ plan to demolish Kempton Park and trouser millions through housing development was always a long-shot. A few years ago, London Irish rugby club set out...

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The Tote: flickering back into life

On the face of it, the Tote is flickering back into life. It has a new look, which is being rolled out across Britain’s racecourses. It has reintroduced the Tote 10 to Follow competition...

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Marks out of ten for racing’s leading lights

Candidate for the Labour Party leadership Rebecca Long Bailey (pictured) has given Jeremy Corbyn marks of “ten out of ten” as a politician. It has been observed that with two election defeats, failure to...

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Seeing yellow, or not, as the case may be

Sandown’s void race fiasco Before dissecting the fiasco that was Sandown’s final race on Saturday, let’s not forget the sad circumstances which brought about the situation. The Venetia Williams (pictured) trained and Toby Blackwell...