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Author Archive for Chris Cook

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Talking Horses: Dan’s Dream could represent spinal charity in Guineas

Filly could provide a “life-changing” moment for charity if connections decide to supplement her for NewmarketIt’s too early to be making actual predictions for the 1,000 Guineas but I know for sure which horse I’ll be cheering for, having been told by…

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Talking Horses: Elliott can complete National treble with Fagan at Ayr

After winners in the 2018 Grand National and Irish equivalent, Gordon Elliott could make history in the Scottish raceGordon Elliott, having saddled the winners of the Grand National and the Irish equivalent in the past fortnight, is poised to achieve a…

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Talking Horses: best bets for day one of Newmarket’s Craven meeting

Josephine Gordon is on an interesting 10-1 shot at British Flat racing’s HQ as fast horses return to our screensThree days after the world’s most famous steeplechase, racing performs a screeching handbrake turn and shoots off down the Rowley Mile for s…

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Canal Turn incident in Grand National to be studied by Aintree officials

• Officials will study three falls at the iconic fence in Saturday’s race• Slow pace caused unusual congestion, say jockeys involvedThe Canal Turn incident that took three runners out of the Grand National on Saturday will be considered by Aintree offi…

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Talking Horses: Mystifiable best bet in the Topham Trophy at Aintree

At long odds, Project Bluebook (1.45) may have been unfairly neglected in the opening handicap hurdle at Aintree Continue reading…

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Grand National 2018: a horse-by-horse betting guide

We go through the 40 runners for the 2018 edition of the world’s most famous horse raceLong had a big reputation but one win from 13 runs over fences is disappointing. Worth remembering, in light of Native River’s Gold Cup win, that Minella Rocco beat …

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Grand National 2018: a horse-by-horse betting guide

We go through the 40 runners for the 2018 edition of the world’s most famous horse raceLong had a big reputation but one win from 13 runs over fences is disappointing. Worth remembering, in light of Native River’s Gold Cup win, that Minella Rocco beat …

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Buywise out to shake off dodgy jumper reputation in Grand National

Evan Williams insists Buywise, who would once clout fences, is now a ‘smooth operator’ as he carries Welsh hopes at AintreeThere are unpromising beginnings and then there is Buywise, the Grand National contender who was cheaply bought as a youngster, h…

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Talking Horses: Hunaina rates the best bet on Saturday’s TV card

The selection finished strongly to be beaten just a neck at this level at Deauville in January and has since beaten an André Fabre hotpot at ChantillyHorse racing appears to have awarded itself a quiet weekend, with the Grand National next Saturday and…

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Grand National hope A Genie In Abottle found dead with mystery illness

• Aintree outsider discovered by trainer Noel Meade• Rachael Blackmore may join female riders in raceA horse who was being aimed at next week’s Grand National was found dead in his box on Friday, the apparent result of a mystery illness that had been a…

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Talking Horses: Jim Culloty posts positive Grand National bulletin for Lord Windermere

Irish trainer Jim Culloty says he has ‘two or three options’ for a jockey in mind for his Gold Cup-winning 66-1 shot for next week’s race at AintreeOh, Lord. To Windermere or not to Windermere, that is the question. Is it nobler to suffer the slings an…

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Talking Horses: Perfect Candidate has smoother run to Grand National

Trainer Fergal O’Brien is confident the horse will do better than last year when he was struggling with a poisoned footTrust Fergal O’Brien to come up with one of the most interesting things said to me by various Grand National-seeking trainers in the …

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Go Conquer and the injured As De Mee will miss Grand National

• Judi Dench deprived of chance to own National runner• Minella Rocco will be Jonjo O’Neill’s only horse in raceTwo more slots have opened up in the field for the Grand National on 14 April with the withdrawal of Go Conquer and As De Mee. Go Conqu…

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Talking Horses: Aintree hoping to avoid a mudbath Grand National

Dry forecast for next five days suggests Aintree runners will face better conditions than those for Monday’s Irish NationalWhen I spoke to Andrew Tulloch, Aintree’s clerk of the course, last night, he jokingly described the going on the Grand National …

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Bright object may have fazed Bellshill in Irish Grand National, says Willie Mullins

• Initial view was wayward path that cost victory was down to fatigue• ‘Photographer’s coat or hi-vis jacket might have taken eye off fence’A rueful Willie Mullins is working on a theory Bellshill was distracted by something bright in his line of visio…

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Talking Horses: Waiting Patiently ruled out of Aintree

Ruth Jefferson’s stable star, who beat Cue Card at Ascot, has been forced onto the sidelines for an indefinite periodI’m afraid Waiting Patiently has become a victim of nominative determinism and is now on the sidelines for an indefinite period. The cl…

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General Principle gives Gordon Elliott his first Irish Grand National victory

• Win puts Elliott in driving seat for Irish trainers title• Willie Mullins-trained Isleofhopendreams pipped by a headGordon Elliott finally won an Irish Grand National on Monday in circumstances that could hardly have been more dramatic, his General P…

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Talking Horses: Cause Of Causes ruled out of the Grand National

The lameness that showed up at Cheltenham will prevent last year’s runner-up from another spin round Aintree in a fortnight In case you weren’t aware, Cause Of Causes is definitely out of this year’s Grand National, having been runner-up in last year’…

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Talking Horses: Cracksman and Enable could clash in King George

John Gosden has made it clear he won’t keep his stable stars apart just to suit himself and they might even meet twiceA first clash between Cracksman and Enable could come sooner than many racing fans expect, at Ascot in late July, and the high-flying …

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Harry Herbert denies Al Shaqab departure is linked to payment failures

• Racing adviser says he wants to concentrate on Highclere• Cue Card will have final race in season finale at SandownHarry Herbert said on Monday that his decision to part from Al Shaqab was a natural consequence of the expansion of his own business an…