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Barry Geraghty

Barry has a strong book of rides at Cheltenham on Saturday, featuring the likes of Le Prezien in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and star juvenile Apple’s Shakira in the Triumph Trial, before travelling back to Ireland for three mounts at Navan on Sunday.

Surfing The Sand

The stayers take centre stage this weekend when Newcastle hosts a Fast Track Qualifier for Good Friday’s £150,000 Marathon Final. All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft looks at the key contenders for the 2m feature and spotlights fancies in two good handicaps at Gosforth Park and Wolverhampton.

Sectional Spotlight

Sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands shortlists runners that recently caught the eye on the clock and has two selections online for the weekend’s all-weather action at Newcastle and Wolverhampton.

Stable Stars

Just 5 points separate the top two and 25 points the top three in Stable Stars, but it’s still Robert Winchcole who leads the way. There is no Grade 1 racing this weekend as we steadily build to Christmas, but in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, there is a Bonus Race for players to target.

Pointing The Way

It was last weekend’s fixture from Borris House that provided many classy winners. Richard Pugh flags two fillies and two geldings worth following after four impressive four-year-old maiden victories.


Previous Eyecatchers to lighten the bookies’ satchels in the last seven days were Varsovian (6-1), Get On The Yager (100-30), West Approach (15-8) plus Roksana (6-4) and form expert Alan Thomson has pinpointed six horses to follow from the past week.

  • Kevin Blake

    Kevin Blake

    Leading racing writer Kevin Blake pays homage to globetrotting star Highland Reel who bowed out on Sunday with victory in the Longines Hong Kong Vase, the seventh Group/Grade 1 win of his remarkable career.

  • Irish Scene

    Irish Scene

    Declan Rix has a horse-by-horse guide to Sunday’s Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, a race that sees last season’s Gold Cup hero Sizing John return to action.

  • 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.

  • Handicappers' Blog

    Handicappers' Blog

    The BHA’s handicapper of two-year-olds, Graeme Smith assesses the 2017 Turf Season with regards to the changes made to the juvenile race programme and handicapping practices, and what impacts they had.

  • 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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