BREAKING NEWS: Clonmel off due to frozen track, Fairyhouse doubtful

Today’s intended fixture in Clonmel has been lost to inclement weather after sections of Powerstown Park were deemed to be frozen. In a statement, the IHRB tweeted: “Following an inspection this morning, parts of tbe track @clonmelr were found to … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Clonmel off due to frozen track, Fairyhouse doubtful

Another day, more for Mullins but Henry hogs the big one

By ten past twelve today, Willie Mullins had another two winners on the board – one in both Limerick and Leopardstown. Both courtesy of horses breaking their maidens who would’ve been expected to have done so before now. One of which was the instigation of a treble for owners Joe and Marie Donnelly. The black and amber silks were carried to success on a brace of occasions across the water in recent days also – most notably via Shiskin – but in my view, their most impressive victory was that of Ramillies in the concluding contest close to the Dublin … Continue reading Another day, more for Mullins but Henry hogs the big one

They’re top weight for a reason!

Before I was properly attuned to horse racing, one of the things that actually put me off it was the amount of prattling on the presenters and analysts on television – particularly the late John McCririck – did before a race. The thought process here would have been ‘Just list the runners and riders and then shut up.’ Now, of course, one is far more engrossed in the nuances of the sport. To the extent that it not only has become one of the central tenets which make life palatable for yours truly but it has also ended up affording … Continue reading They’re top weight for a reason!

Doubles for Meade and Elliott as Mullins has four tops

In a world less ordinary, any semblance of what once passed for normality has to be clung to and cherished. So to that end, racing going ahead in Leopardstown and Limerick going ahead was absolutely treasured. Once that was saved, though, things went very much along usual lines. In that, between both meetings Willie Mullins chalked up four winners, while the Co Meath duo, Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade bagged a brace apiece. Now consider that the top two trainers in the country also had well fancied representatives turned over in big races and it games you some indication of … Continue reading Doubles for Meade and Elliott as Mullins has four tops