Author Archives: John Burke

Sounds A Newcastle Bet

Good morning all,

It’s back. After a 76-day absence horse racing returns to England today. 

Ok, it’s behind closed doors but given I don’t think we’ll see large crowds at any sporting fixture for some time, it’s better than nothing.

I’m chomping on the bit, as I’m sure you are, for what looks a great week’s action culminating in three great days racing at Newmarket from Friday to Sunday.

Inside today’s main piece. I will be taking a look at the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, a horse I’m looking forward to seeing this season and today’s tip from Newcastle.

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Racing’s Exciting Return and 2000 Guineas Thoughts

Good Morning all,

The resumption of British horse racing is just a week away. I’m excited but also a shade nervous as to something scuppering it from happening. 

From the first week it starts with a bang. On the Wednesday we have the rescheduled Group 3 Classic Trial and the Listed Snowdrop Fillies Stakes at Kempton.

On Thursday Newcastle plays host to the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes, normally run at Ascot, and which was won last year by Calyx.

Friday, brings even more exciting action. The Group 1 Coronation Cup will take place at Newmarket. Whilst over at Lingfield its the Derby and Oaks Trials.

Saturday sees the first Classic of the season the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

On Sunday it’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas Day. Haydock is also set to race with the feature race being the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes which is normally run at Sandown.

Assuming it goes ahead the revised Royal Ascot will take place at its normal time in the calendar. It will feature seven races on the first four days and eight on the Saturday. The extra races include a ‘Silver’ Royal Hunt Cup and ‘Silver’ Wokingham for those horses that miss the cut in the main races.

Yep, some fantastic racing to look forward. We have waited for what seems like an age but it’s now so tantalising close.

Anyway, this week I’m having a look at the 2000 Guineas. You can read my thoughts inside.  

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Down Memory Lane

Well there’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel with British horse racing set to return at Newcastle on Monday June 1st. 

The following weekend there’s going to be a three-day Newmarket fixture, which will see both the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas being run, as well as the Coronation Cup

So its top class racing from the off.

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Down Memory Lane – Sea The Stars

Good morning all,

Well there seems to be a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. Germany's first race meeting, since the end of its lockdown, took place last week and France is due to begin restart racing today. This gives us some hope that there will be a resumption of British racing in the next few weeks. Well we can hope. Until then I will continue with my trip down memory lane.

This week I'm going to look back on the career of Sea The Stars who blazed the racing world like a fiery comet in 2009.

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