Selling Racing By The Pound

Good morning all,

With the furore around the possibility of Kempton closing not going away any time soon, I wanted to write a piece on how I find the Jockey Club’s marketing, as it is, seems secondary to their “supposed” lessers at ARC (Arena Racing). I hope you find it of interest and please feel free to comment, whether you agree or not. We all want what’s best for racing in the end, after all.

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On The Improve

Good morning all,

God, how I hate that phrase. “On The Improve”. They all use it these days, don’t they? Commentators, in an effort to sound clever and find new phrases to pad things out, came up with “on the improve” a couple of years ago and sadly it stuck. Why use one word when you can use three, eh?

“Re-rally” is another. Is it possible to re-rally? The definition of “to rally” is “to come together again to renew an effort” so you can’t re-rally, can you? You can only ever rally, yes? Are you still with me? Are you still awake? Do you give a monkeys?

Anyway, enough of that for the time being. I am, as Shouty Man would have it, on the improve, but I’m not there yet. Thanks for the get well messages last week, much appreciated. Today, one of my ante-post fancies for the Cheltenham goes – more of that and today’s pick on the main piece.

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Victor’s Monday Musings

Saturday’s big race action took place at Warwick with highlight of that card being the Betfred Classic chase. There was also some competitive looking racing at Kempton with the feature race being the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle. Before getting down to the normal ‘meat and drink’ of this column I thought I would take a look at the two big racing story’s of last week: The possible end of racing at Kempton and the retirement of last years Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack.Continue Reading

Sick As A Parrot, Brian.

Good morning all,

Any hopes of a trip to Worcester were dashed first thing (well, in the night actually) and a temperature at 38.3 kicks in and frankly I can barely move. Just feel absolutely washed out and I’ll be back in bed as soon as I’ve written today’s piece. Apologies if it’s not the usual standard but I’m really not up to a lot this morning.

Absolutely gutted I didn’t put Mariah’s Legend up as the selection yesterday. She was one of my ten to follow at the beginning of the season (if you’ve not got those and want them, drop your email in the comments) but hadn’t progressed as I thought she would, mainly because she wasn’t settling. There were no issues on that score yesterday and she looked a different horse, scooting up at 33-1. Now she knows what it’s all about she should win more.

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