Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Top Ville Ben: Watching the Grand National from his stable.

Tiger Roll and Red Rum go head-to-head in Virtual Grand National

By Andrew Atkinson Despite the £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National postponed, due to the coronavirus lockdown, the race will get under starters orders on April 4 - by Virtual runners. A 40 runners field over the four miles two and...
HM The Queen at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot and Epsom Derby hang in balance in coronavirus lockdown

By Andrew Atkinson The five days Royal Ascot meeting in June, with HM The Queen and the Royal procession, are left holding their breath in the wake of racing's lockdown, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Royal Ascot is The Queen's showcase...
James Moffatt (left) with Cartmel Priory Reverend Nick Devenish at the blessing of the racehorse service.

MONUMENTAL EFFORT NEEDED

Quote: 'We ask for God’s blessing upon all those who are involved in horse racing' - Cartmel Priory Rev. Nick Devenish Quote: 'If we all pull together, do the right thing, we will all get through this' -...

FRANKIE DETTORI DEVASTATED BY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN ITALY

Quote: 'My mother has had pneumonia in the past. She has to be really careful. If she takes to this virus, she may not make it through. I'm concerned about her' - Frankie Dettori By Andrew Atkinson Italian superstar, Milan...

Focus on Trainer Nick Alexander

STAY SAFE, HEALTHY - AND SAY A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD. GOD BLESS Quote: 'A massive and heartfelt thank you goes out to our fantastic team of owners and staff, both of whose loyalty and commitment have brought...
Jockey Tom Marquand selfie down under. Photo: Twitter.

ROCK ON TOMMY!

Jockey, Marquand wins Group 3 Schweppervescence in Aussie By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Tom Marquand won the Group 3 Schweppervescence on the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt Holyfield on Saturday (March 28) in Australia, beating Untamed by 3/4 of a...
HRI chairman Nicky Hartery: Important we do all we can individually and collectively to fight Covid-19.

Think Tank established to outline return of racing

Important we do all we can individually and collectively to fight Covid-19 - HRI chairman Nicky Hartery With racing in England and Ireland in lockdown a think tank was put in place in a bid to outline the return...
Coronavirus halts BHA whip offences investigation

Coronavirus halts BHA whip offences investigation

By Andrew Atkinson The British Horseracing Authority has put on hold an investigation into whip offences by jockeys in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. "A new timetable will be agreed at an appropriate point in the future. "The consultation would...
Coronavirus: BHA announcement

Coronavirus: BHA announcement

By Andrew Atkinson The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has released a statement in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, that has put racing in lockdown. "We are working with Defra to ensure we are interpreting their guidance correctly. Our current...
Aidan O'Brien:  most important is health and safety. Photo: Twitter.

Coronavirus: Ireland race meetings follow suit in coronavirus lockdown

Quote: 'Most important is health and safety' - trainer Aiden O'Brien By Andrew Atkinson Chief sports editor RACING in Ireland has followed suit of England and France on cancelling race meetings, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced...
Brian Hughes: to be named champion jockey. Photo: Twitter.

Hughes to be named champion NH jockey

Presentation ceremonies on hold By Andrew Atkinson The National Hunt Champion jockey title will be presented to Brian Hughes - with any presentation ceremony on hold due to racing's coronovirus closedown. Hughes has reportedly been told that he will be crowned...

CORONAVIRUS: Racing will not be beaten

Quote: 'Racing will not be beaten by shutdown' - BHA chief executive and chair, Nick Rust By Andrew Atkinson The coronavirus epidemic that has seen racing halted - until the end of April - has led to the BHA announcing...

THURLES Review – JETZ (3-1) FLIES IN!

Zero Ten tip (3-1) wins Our Majella ew (12-1) placed By Andrew Atkinson Jetz (3-1) trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power was a winning tip, when landing the BetVictor Hurdle at Thurles, Ireland, on Saturday. Headline selection Jetz...
Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday

No overseas runners permitted in Irish races

Quote: 'Unprecedented and sombre times' - Nicky Hartery, chairman of HRI By Andrew Atkinson Racing in Ireland continues behind closed doors in Thurles on Saturday - despite the coronavirus outbreak - and after meetings in England were suspended until the...

MAX DYNAMITE TO BLOW HOLE IN BOOKIES SATCHELS

Racing FOCUS - All eyes on Thurles Jessie's Jetz to fly in Fakiera, Elliott tip Zero Ten to land Moloney By Andrew Atkinson Willie Mullins saddles ten year old Max Dynamite (4.10) at Thurles in the Horse and Jockey Beginners Chase...

CORONAVIRUS HITS CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL STAFF AND RACEGOERS

Cheltenham Festival organisers release statement after news staff and racegoers develop symptoms of Covid-19 By Andrew Atkinson Breaking news THE organisers of Cheltenham Festival have released a statement after the news that staff and racegoers have started to develop symptoms...
Jockeys look at the riding out chart at Philip Kirby racing stables, in the wake of the coronavirus. Photo: courtesy Philip Kirby.

Racing suspended due to coronavirus pandemic

Jockey Sean Quinlan left pondering over September wedding Cash-strapped jockeys' worries By Andrew Atkinson Horseracing has been suspended - due to the coronavirus pandemic - following a move by the BHA to shutdown until May, at the earliest. It is deemed...
Cheltenham Festival - lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

Cheltenham Festival – lucky to go ahead in wake of coronavirus

By Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival 2020 can look back on being lucky to escape cancellation - or taking place without the 251,000 spectators who attended the four days meeting last week - after the coronavirus outbreak. Four days after the final...
Aintree Grand National legends: Red Rum and Ginger McCain on Southport beach.

Aintree Grand National cancelled due to coronavirus

By Andrew Atkinson The £1m Randox Health Aintree Grand National, scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus outbreak. "The Randox Health Grand National festival will not take place. Public health must come first," said Sandy Dudgeon, senior...

SO SORRY CHELTENHAM APOLOGY

'I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart' - jockey Jamie Moore Andrew Atkinson Cheltenham Festival proved to be one to forget for jockey Jamie Moore - left distraught - when being unseated by runaway leader Goshen at the final hurdle...
SUPER SATURDAY 62,334-1

SUPER SATURDAY 62,334-1

Kempton 33-1 treble Uttoxeter 18-1 treble Newcastle 26-1 accumulator Joe Farrell 12-1 ew My Way 12-1 ew By Andrew Atkinson Hot on the Hoofs from the Cheltenham Festival, with eight winning selections, Super Saturday cantered along - with 12 winning...

BOOKIES ON THE SLOPE!

Racing review: Kempton Park, Fontwell, Newcastle, Uttoxeter Newcastle tips: Stainsby Girl, Robin Duez Pois, The Paddy Pie and Overcourt win By Andrew Atkinson On The Slope (11-10) got tips off to a flying start at Kempton Park on Saturday when landing...
The Paddy Pie: 13 lengths win under Danny Cook.

PIES ‘AV COME!

By Andrew Atkinson The Paddy Pie (11-4) - headline tip - obliged at Newcastle under jockey Danny Cook, to complete a treble, following Stainsby Girl and Robin Duez Pois successful winning selections on Saturday. Trained by Sue Smith, The Paddy Pie...

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Review

By Andrew Atkinson The 2020 Cheltenham Festival bore fruit for punters - with eight winners - and a plethora of each-way selections at the showcase National Hunt meeting. Day 4 of the festival's seven race card, each-way tips Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1), Thyme...

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 – Friday the thirteenth unlucky for Goshen and Moore

Buildmeupbuttercup (16-1) tipped each-way placed By Andrew Atkinson Goshen, ridden by Jamie Moore, was unseated at the last in the JCB Triumph Hurdle on day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival on (unlucky) March 13 - having been well clear of...
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