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Aintree Festival 2017: Day Three Preview, Tips

Aside from the Grand National itself, which is previewed here, there are some cracking contests on Saturday's Aintree Day Three card, writes Rory Delargy. 1.45 - Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3, 3m 149y) Duke Street missed the cut for a couple of options at Cheltenham, but didn't get a much easier task when turned out […]

Aintree Festival 2017: Day Two Preview, Tips

The middle day of three, Ladies' Day, and the spectacle is easy on the eye, both on course and on track, writes Rory Delargy. 1.40 - Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3, 2m4f) There is no dyed-in-the-wool front runner here (Bigmartre has led on a couple of recent starts over two miles, but […]

Aintree 2017: Day One Preview, Tips

For the three days of Aintree's Grand National Festival, Rory Delargy offers his thoughts on the big races, starting with Day One on Thursday... 1:45    MANIFESTO NOVICES' CHASE  (Grade 1, 2m 3f 200y)    He's not a big price, but Top Notch looks the clear pick in the Manifesto. He's probably not been given the credit […]


Eight Cheltenham Festival Takeaways: Notebook Horses

Notebook Horses From Cheltenham As the Cheltenham Festival gradually begins to fade from the memory, racing writer and broadcaster Rory Delargy (@helynsar on twitter) offers an octet to keep in mind for the coming month, and early part of next season. Trackers and/or notepads at the ready... Tuesday: The Young Master (6th - Ultima Handicap […]

Trials Day as a Source of Festival Winners

Ask any Cheltenham member what the course’s best day’s racing outside of the Festival is, and you’re likely to find the Saturday of November’s Open Meeting nominated by far the most often, writes Rory Delargy. While that’s probably true in terms of excitement and atmosphere, it’s a dubious claim in terms of the number of […]

Trainers Report: January 2016

Trainers Report January January is a funny month in terms of the jumps calendar, with some of the big yards taking things particularly easy at a time when racing is either under threat from the weather, or the ground is particularly testing, writes Rory Delargy. Running class horses now with the big spring festivals looming […]

Is Paul Nicholls’ Star on the Wane?

A moderate start to December which has seen the eclipse of favourites in the Tingle Creek and Peterborough Chases has got tongues wagging about the strength of the Paul Nicholls operation, writes Rory Delargy. Are the doubters right to point to cracks in the façade, or is this merely another premature judgement on the country’s […]

Trainers’ Report: December 2015, Part 1

Can Punters Still Profit From Mick Appleby? If there is one AW track which lends itself to statistical analysis more than the others, it’s Southwell, writes Rory Delargy. That’s partly because the difference between the demands of racing on fibresand and polytrack/tapeta is so stark, meaning there is a particular onus on the ability to […]

Standing Starts Don’t Stand Up

STEEPLE CHASE, HURDLE RACE AND NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACING Walking round 5.1 Horses will be girthed up in the girthing up pen unless otherwise instructed by the Starter. 5.2 When all horses are girthed up and the Starter has mounted the rostrum, the horses will enter the course and must, where possible, walk around at […]

Trainers’ Report: November, Part 1

In the first in a new series, Rory Delargy - looks beyond the headline figures in search of trainers in - and out of - form. Trainers Report November – Part 1 The first half of November is most notable for Cheltenham’s Open Meeting, which bestrides the month like a colossus. But it is dangerous […]