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Barry Geraghty

Barry may well have gone to Ascot to ride Crossed My Mind on Saturday, but a very low weight sees our star blogger head to Navan for three rides.

Surfing The Sand

The best of the All-Weather actions takes place at Lingfield Park on Friday and Saturday, and Simon Mapletoft previews the feature races as well as revealing his latest Eyecatchers from another week on the sand.

Sectional Spotlight

Sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands examines the average closing sectionals and finishing speeds at Newcastle, analyses the winning performances in the latest three Fast Track Qualifiers and shortlists his selections for Lingfield and Newcastle on Friday.

Stable Stars

As we go into week 10, we have yet another winner in the wonderfully named stable of “Aidan O'Brien's mentor” – a team managed by Dave Jones. Mr Jones leads by the skin of his teeth however, and in a week where two Bonus Races are on offer, will we have yet another new leader on Sunday evening?

Pointing The Way

Trips to Killeagh and Tinahely saw Richard Pugh unearth four horses to add to your ATR Tracker. Two mares and two geldings feature including a potentially exciting individual called Phoenix Way.


Previous Eyecatchers to lift the winter gloom last week were Cornerstone Lad (7-1), Benbatl (7-4), Mr Whipped (6-4) , Dark Alliance (5-4), Robin Of Locksley (6-5) plus Mount Tahan (evens) and form expert Alan Thomson has pinpointed six promising performers from the past seven days.

  • Kevin Blake

    Kevin Blake

    Leading racing writer Kevin Blake takes a close look at what is set to become another thrilling battle between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott in the quest to be crowned champion trainer in Ireland.

  • Irish Scene

    Irish Scene

    As we draw closer to the inaugural running of the Dublin Racing Festival, Declan Rix sets the early scene for two days of top-class racing at Leopardstown.

  • Handicappers' Blog

    Handicappers' Blog

    The head handicappers from the British Horseracing Authority review the best of the Festive racing which includes Might Bite winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Buveur D’Air, Faugheen, novice chaser Black Corton and many more performances are covered.

  • Winning Systems

    Winning Systems

    In his latest piece for, Dr Peter May analyses the potential profitability of front runners in National Hunt racing. Having assessed this angle 20 years ago, Dr May is now intrigued to see if over time the results have altered.

  • Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    With the British Horseracing Authority announcing that wind operations on horses will need to be declared from January 19 2018, the news has caused quite a stir among horsemen, punters and trainers. Here, Hugh Taylor gives his thoughts on the news from a punter’s perspective.

  • Talking Horses

    Talking Horses

    In his final Talking Horses column, David Lawrence analyses the horses that caught his eye most over the last week. A statistical look at the November Handicap, his final ratings of this season’s top juvenile fillies and a number of horses to be working well in Newmarket and Lambourn will need adding to your ATR tracker.

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