Timmy Murphy has taken responsibility for the fight between himself and Dominic Elsworth that took place at Newbury a week ago. His misdemeanour earned him a nine-day ban at a British Horseracing authority disciplinary hearing at Wincanton yesterday. Read more
Timmy Murphy landed himself on the ropes after he turned Jockey Balboa in the Newbury weighing room on Friday. His scrap with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth resulted in Murphy heading off to hospital with a suspected (later confirmed) dislocated shoulder, and meant he was unable to ride in the Hennessy Gold Cup for a second year in a row. Read more
After more than a month of treatment at Bristol’s Frenchay hospital, Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara was moved to Dublin yesterday to continue his recovery. McNamara suffered major injuries when he fell from Galaxy Rock at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month. Read more
The C4 cameras head to Sandown, with the Imperial Cup their feature, plus they are also at Wolverhampton for two races that include the Lincoln Handicap Trial. Read more
It's Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham, plus there is LIVE C4 action at Lingfield & Wetherby. Read more
Did you know the last favourite to win the November Handicap was in 1995? Read more
Stat of the Day: 8th July 2012
Some respite for SotD followers yesterday as Redera came home in 3rd place. He finished more than 8 lengths in front of the next horse, but he never looked like troubling the first two home. In fact, he was some 15 lengths shy of the runner-up! But as an E/W bet, we collected something and we move on to fight again!
It's all about course specialists today as we head off to rural Lincolnshire for a 2 mile, 6.5 furlong Class 4 Handicap Chase, where ten runners will do battle on the soft ground in the...
As I said earlier, we're looking at course specialists today: trainer Barry Leavy's record over the last couple of years reads 11330, whilst jockey Timmy Murphy's record at the track reads 01221 and none of Mr Leavy's five runners were ridden by Mr Murphy. The fact they both have 2 winners and 2 places from 5 is purely coincidental: but the kind of thing we like here at SotD!
It will, by now, not be a surprise to hear both trainer and jockey have just one entry planned for today and that is obviously our selection for today: Kirkhammerton.
Kirkhammerton, himself, is no stranger to Market Rasen, with his own record here in the last couple of years reading 133: including a win and a place over today's chase course. Kirkhammerton was narrowly beaten by Delgany Gunner at Uttoxeter last time out, but our selection re-opposes 2lbs better off today, which should be enough to reverse that form and he's now carrying bottom weight, which looks very lenient if he can run to anything like the form he is capable of producing.
I was half tempted to suggest another E/W bet, but I think the 7/1 BOG on offer at both Ladbrokes and William Hill is very reasonable, so I have taken some of that as a win only bet. If you choose to wait or even go E/W on this one, then I recommend you...
Can Paul Nicholls follow-up last week's Aintree Grand National win with a victory in the Scottish version on Saturday? Read more
Stat of the Day: 24th March 2012
Disappointing is probably the best way to describe Friday's SotD horse. When push came to shove at the business end of the race: Trail of Tears had nothing extra to give and finished a one-paced third, some 2.5 lengths away from the winner. We did, however, beat the market, with our advised 7/4 being decimated to 4/5 at the off.
We seek a quick return to winning ways today and we're heading North of the Border for a Class 4 Novices Handicap Chase. 6 runners are set to tackle 2m 6.5f on good ground in the...
Trainer Andrew Parker doesn't have the biggest string of horses in training: in fact he has only saddled up 13 runners so far this year! However, of those 13, 3 were winners with another two making the frame helping him on his way to a 37pts level stakes profit on the year to date. His record at Kelso stands up to scrutiny too with four winners and one placed from his last ten at this track since October 2010. Admittedly these figures are slightly skewed by one horse providing 3 of those wins!
Thankfully that horse is Andrew's only runner at Kelso today, so by default: Super Ally is our selection for today. Super Ally won a hurdles race and two chases here at Kelso at various distances between 2m6f and 3m3f and on ground from good to soft. Therefore, neither the trip nor the going should be issues today and he clearly loves this track. He's been off the track for almost 3 months after quite a busy early winter programme and looks set to go well now refreshed. He runs off a very fair-looking mark today and is reunited with Timmy Murphy who rode him to all three of his course victories last year.
Our selection will quite probably go off as favourite and although the market hasn't fully formed yet, I'm happy enough to take the 9/4 (BOG) on offer from bet365 for this one, but you can bide your time until later if you prefer and then you can...
Can Paul Nicholls land Newbury's Greatwood Gold Cup for a fifth time since 2006 this Saturday? - Andy Newton's got all the trends for the LIVE C4 races. Read more
Did you know that Barry Geraghty has a 48% strike-rate when riding over fences at Ascot? â€“ Andy Newton looks at all the Saturday C4 races from a trends angle. Read more
Did you know only one 5 year-old since 1960 has won the Paddy Power Gold Cup â€“ a stat Paul Nichollsâ€™ favourite, Mon Parrain, will be looking to overcome........... Read more
Fergal Oâ€™Brien yesterday launched his training career after working as head lad to Nigel Twiston-Davies for the past 18 years. Read more