Memory Lane

Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park 2007

In 1987 I remember going to Sandown Park for the Coral Eclipse expecting to see Reference Point win the race after his fine display in the Derby. He was the first Derby winner since Mill Reef in 1971 to contest the race and take on the older horses. The 1987 Coral Eclipse was a superb…

Epsom Derby and Oaks Meeting 2007

The classic trials at York showed that Authorized and Passage of Time are worthy favourites for the Derby and Oaks at Epsom next week (1st and 2nd of June ). Authorized could become Frankie Dettori’s first Derby winner and Passage of Time would be an emotional winner for Henry Cecil. For all the runners and…

Sandown Betfred Handicap Chase

What used to be the Whitbread Gold Cup will be run at Sandown on Saturday 28th April 2007. Hot Weld could easily follow up his success in the Scottish Grand National. I remember Mr Frisk winning the Grand National in 1990 and then going on to win the Whitbread Gold Cup three weeks later. Hot…

The 2007 Liverpool Grand National at Aintree

With only eleven days to go, the ground will be a major factor as always. They have started watering the course at Aintree to ensure good jumping ground. Point Barrow has been well backed following his last run in Ireland and is taking much the same route as NumberSixValverde last year.My friend Pete has told…

The Liverpool Grand National at Aintree

The first Grand National took place in 1836. I was not around then, but I was for the first televised running of the race in 1960. I think I have only missed one live running of the race since then. In 1960 I had placed an Ante-Post bet on The Spring Double. The first leg…