Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.

An expensive €10 for a lacklustre Curragh

Mike Deasy on an impressive Irish Derby winner but a lacklustre day at the Curragh, Brighton racecourse’s silence over its shuttle bus, the Dettori/Gosden sabbatical and more Westover (pictured) was an impressive winner of...

How bad does it have to get?

Mike Deasy on the inadequacies of racing’s leadership and direction, sponsor worries for the Derby, The Sunday Times hits the depths with Michael Owen piece, and more Well, that didn’t last long. Just days...

Battle lines drawn over culling 300 races

Mike Deasy on what it means to be a winning jockey, the bust-up between Arena Racecourses and the Jockey Club, getting sensible about dress codes, forgetting racegoers in the five-day Festival debate, and more...

A little local difficulty for York racecourse

Mike Deasy on York’s Ebor meeting title sponsor going bust, racecourses fuelling the sport’s drink problem, Ed Whitaker posts 35 years as the sport’s top snapper, runners desert Newmarket, racegoers desert Ascot, and more...

Racing meets Jurassic Park

Mike Deasy on the Jurassic attitudes at Robbie Dunne’s appeal, bet365’s National nightmare, a date with racing’s rich history, keeping up the fight against draconian betting regulation, and more  Something went horribly wrong at...

Windsor cuts off the grandstand

Mike Deasy on Windsor’s lamentable decision to cast their grandstand adrift, mid-tier bookies feeling the squeeze, mixed fortunes in getting a Guinness, and more Older readers of these scribblings will probably remember the Silver...

Name dropping a good call by Arena

Mike Deasy on Arena Racing’s decision to drop online gaming from race names, in sharp contrast to the Jockey Club’s online deal A week after the Jockey Club made its much-criticised announcement that it...