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Kevin Blake

Kevin Blake looks at why Ascot racecourse struggle to get some of their big meeting races off on time with the track seeing four of their six British Champions Day races go significantly passed post-time on Saturday.

Surfing The Sand

All-Weather Championships Season 5 gets underway at Newcastle on Tuesday with the first of 24 Fast Track Qualifiers for the £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday taking centre stage. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft will be there for At The Races and previews the action.

Talking Horses

With British Champions Day soon upon us, David Lawrence takes a statistical look at the British Champion Stakes as well as releasing his figures for the British Champions Sprint. Numerous taking performances and a pair of horses working well at home - Roger Varian and Paul Nicholls-trained inmates – also get positive mentions.

Irish Scene

Declan Rix assesses the Irish challenge at Ascot for British Champion Day, a day that could potentially see Aidan O’Brien beat Bobby Frankel’s Group 1 record.

Pointing The Way

A new blog to, Pointing The Way will highlight young, up-and-coming point to point horses in Ireland - with the help of Richard Pugh - that can be followed as their careers progress.

Sectional Spotlight

Sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands has analysed the stride of Glendevon - a smart 2yo trained by Richard Hughes - highlighted a trio of horses that have recently caught the eye on the clock and shortlisted his selections for Newcastle and Uttoxeter on Thursday.

  • Handicappers' Blog

    Handicappers' Blog

    The head handicappers from the British Horseracing Authority cover the best of the action from Future Champions Weekend from Newmarket, starting with U S Navy Flag’s impressive Dewhurst Stakes victory.

  • Eyecatchers


    Court Minstrel (14-1) was flagged up last month for the totepool Silver Trophy at Chepstow and did the business along with other previous Eyecatchers Eartha Kit (5-1), Shantou Rock (7-2), Ghaiyyath (11-4), Rock The Kasbah (2-1) and A Genie In Abottle (6-4) and form expert Alan Thomson has shortlisted six to follow from Chepstow’s Jumps season curtain-raiser.

  • Winning Systems

    Winning Systems

    In his latest update, Dr Peter May compares the profitably of The Tote to SP, comparing numbers from work conducted 20 years ago to today. The fairly recent introduction of exchanges into Great British betting also sees those figures cross referenced.

  • Paul Haigh

    Paul Haigh

    Paul Haigh recaps on his latest visit to Yiqi, Inner Mongolia where the burgeoning world power of the China Horse Club held its sixth Chinese Equine Cultural Festival, a meeting at a top-class racecourse that saw 16,000 attendees.

  • Greyhound Derby Countdown

    Greyhound Derby Countdown

    Our greyhound expert, Jonathan Hobbs reflects on the first Star Sports English Greyhound Derby at Towcester which went the way of shock 28-1 winner Astute Missile for the Seamus Cahill family.

  • Barry Geraghty

    Barry Geraghty

    In his final blog for the campaign, top jockey Barry Geraghty offers an update on his injury and looks back on the highlights of the 2016/17 National Hunt season in which he partnered Buveur D'Air, Defi Du Seuil, Unowhatimeanharry and Yanworth to Grade 1 glory.

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