Category: Of Course

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....

Betting shops to close – who knew?

Mike Deasy on some fake news about betting shops to close and the Racehorse Owners Association dragging its heels  “DEATH OF THE HIGH STREET BETTING SHOP” screamed a Daily Mirror headline. Who knew? But,...

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...

Pat Smullen – a racing great

Mike Deasy pays tribute to Pat Smullen, applauds some up and coming trainers at the Irish Champions Weekend and welcomes TV coverage in Britain A year ago, I was at the Curragh for the...

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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...