Author: Mike Deasy

Will Flutter dispose of anything else?

  Mike Deasy on will Flutter sell anything else after Oddschecker, Ascot moves to placate annual members, racecourses opt for vague Covid rules, it still looks like a struggle for the Racing League and...

Ascot risks alienating customers

Mike Deasy on racecourse’s variable standards of customer care, whip rules could put off punters, the Tote battles through adversity, Sandown attracts problems, and more Racecourses, who’ve lost millions during lockdown, are now gearing...

Bolger still not naming names

Mike Deasy on Jim Bolger still not naming names, ITV’s boost for the Breeders’ Cup, racing’s second-class citizens, BoyleSports enter the race for Hills, and more There is no questioning Jim Bolger’s ability as...

Is a Cheltenham Festival fifth day worth the risk?

Mike Deasy on the risk of adding a fifth day to the Cheltenhm Festival, hope for the jockeys’ insurance scheme, mixed advertising messages from bookmakers and cutting a hat down to size Whether or...

Fingers crossed for Adayar

Mike Deasy on hoping Adayar can boost the Derby and Ascot’s King George, Steve Cauthen – the Kentucky Kid’s 14-year English Odyssey, Irelands call – to support England, and more Twelve months ago these...

Rain? You can put your shirt on it

Mike Deasy on a bad week for Adam Kirby, Epsom’s lack of protection from the weather and a great day for a racing first-timer It’s not ben a great week for Adam Kirby. Twice...

Bargain bites the dust

Mike Deasy on the loss of a racing bargain, another example of women jockeys treated differently, the Guardian’s slashed racing coverage, and more  Bargain set to disappear One of racing’s best bargains looks as...

Stop asking stupid questions

Mike Deasy’s thoughts on affordability tests by bookmakers and their stupid questions, the drive behind National Racehorse Week, and getting the fans back on track If reports are correct, racing appears to have dodged...

Some achievement to arrive at an £80m levy

Mike Deasy on the achievement that is an £80m levy yield, a hole in Chester’s sponsorship portfolio, I was an Ascot fashion victim and the 2021 Derby Walk When you consider that the levy...