Flat Horses

Newmarket July Festival 2009

The Newmarket July Festival gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday 8th) and promises to serve up some top class racing as usual. There are two Group 1 races, the Falmouth Stakes for fillies and mares 3 year old and upwards worth £200,000.00 will be run on Wednesday over 1 mile. The other Group 1 will be the…

Countdown to Coral Eclipse 2009

Sea the Stars appearance in the Coral-Eclipse this coming Saturday (4th July) will be a considerable bonus for Sandown and its sponsors. The Eclipse is a Group 1 for 3 year olds plus run over 1 mile 2 furlongs. This years race is worth £500,000.00 and it looks as though it could be a “cracker”.…

Review of Royal Ascot 2009

I have watched a lot of Royal Ascots, mainly from my armchair, but 2009’s meeting has to be the best I have ever seen. Attheraces coverage of the meeting was superb for the armchair viewer.Day 1 saw the finish of the week with (pictured) Mastercraftsman and Delegator fight out a ding dong battle in the…

Countdown to Ascot Gold Cup 2009

The five day Royal Ascot Meeting gets underway on Tuesday 16th June with the first race going off at 2.30 pm. There are three Group 1’s on Tuesday, and one Group 1 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The highlight of the meeting is always the Ascot Gold Cup run on Thursday. For me this…

Epsom Derby Day 2009

The Epsom Derby worth £1,250,000, a race for 3 year old colts, will be run over 1 mile 4 furlongs on Saturday. Sea the Stars (pictured with Mastercraftsman behind) was an impressive winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and provided he stays the Derby distance he will be hard to beat. Aidan O’Brien has…

Epsom Oaks Day 2009

The Epsom Classic Meeting gets underway tomorrow (Friday 5th) with the feature race being the 3 year old fillies Oaks worth £350,000 run over 1 mile 4 furlongs. Rainbow View (pictured) disappointed in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas but I am prepared to give her another chance, after all she was unbeaten as a two year…

Countdown to Epsom Derby 2009

It is under three weeks to this years Derby which will be run on Saturday 6th June at Epsom. For us old timers the Derby was always run on the first Wednesday in June. The switch to Saturday was made a few years back in order to get the crowds, who create the atmosphere, back…

French 2000 and 1000 Guineas 2009

The French 2000 and 1000 Guineas will be run tomorrow (Sunday) at Longchamp. The 2000 Guineas looks a very open affair but the 1000 Guineas should provide owner George Strawbridge with some consolation after Rainbow View’s disappointing run in our 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. His filly Fantasia (pictured) was very impressive when winning at the…

Newmarket 2000 and 1000 Guineas 2009

This weekend at Newmarket sees the first two Classics of the Flat Racing season run over the Rowley Mile. In the 2000 Guineas Delegator and Rip Van Winkle have come in for plenty of support in the antepost market. Delegator was well backed for the race before even setting foot on a racecourse this season.…

Tote Scoop 6 Fever

We went to Ipswich for the game against Derby and missed all the excitement that unfolded on Saturday afternoon with the Tote Scoop 6. I recorded all of the afternoon racing on my Sky+ box and ploughed through it on Saturday evening. The climax was great and good luck to the lucky ticket holders who…