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Author Archive for Greg Wood

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Talking Horses: rising star De la Sayette suspended over cocaine test

The jockey who took the Lincoln Handicap on his first professional ride on turf last month has licence taken awayThe burgeoning career of the apprentice jockey Benoît de la Sayette, who took the Lincoln Handicap on his first professional ride on turf l…

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Talking Horses: Soldier Of Love can land sweet touch in Scottish National

Paul Nicholls can land prestigious Ayr prize before being confirmed as Britain’s jumps champion trainer next weekendPaul Nicholls will be confirmed as Britain’s champion trainer over jumps for the 12th time at Sandown next weekend and he can secure ano…

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Football Index collapse: MPs and peers urge Johnson to hold public inquiry

Signatories of letter to prime minister pull no punchesThey want Gambling Commission and DCMS roles investigatedMore than 40 MPs and peers from across the political spectrum have signed a letter to Boris Johnson calling for “an urgent, independent publ…

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Talking Horses: Saffron Beach can take strong 1,000 Guineas trial

The Nell Gwyn Stakes has eight of the 10 fillies in the field still holding an entry in the Classic over an extra furlong on 2 MayThe increasing trend for going to the Guineas without a prep race among many leading yards has not been a positive one for…

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Rachael Blackmore’s Grand National win underlines Ireland’s dominance | Greg Wood

Blackmore’s superb ride on Minella Times was notable as was 10 of the first 11 horses to finish being from across the Irish SeaFor the outside world looking in, to follow their once-a-year flutter on the horses, there was only one aspect of Rachael Bla…

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Talking Horses: Any Second Now can win second Grand National for Walsh

Trainer who won with Papillon in 2000 has runner who looks set to improve for marathon trip in Aintree spectacularBetting odds are mischievous beasts at the best of times, and never more so than when 40 runners go to post for the Grand National, Britai…

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Follow the money: why Grand National punters are backing Rachael Blackmore

Once-a-year backers will be getting behind the Cheltenham Festival’s leading jockey on Minella Times at AintreeAfter an extraordinary week at Cheltenham last month, when she finished the four days as the leading rider for the first time, there is somet…

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Talking Horses: Senior Citizen can triumph over Grand National fences

The lightly raced Topham Chase selection ran well over the unique Aintree obstacles earlier this season There are so few races over the Grand National fences that it feels almost obligatory to have an interest when the opportunity arises, and a typical…

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Grand National 2021: horse-by-horse guide to all the runners

Hot favourite Cloth Cap heads the betting for the world’s most famous race at Aintree on SaturdayThe bold-jumping grey is a magnificent sight when he gets into a rhythm and is the best horse in the race on form, including Grade One wins in 2017, 2018 a…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll is back at Aintree, but not in the right race

The dual Grand National winner lines up over traditional fences on Thursday and misses his chance for Aintree immortalityTiger Roll, one of Aintree’s – and racing’s – favourite sons, returns to Liverpool on Thursday for what may well be the final time …

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Talking Horses: Robin De Carlow looks good value at Irish National

Willie Mullins should have Robin De Carlow in good shape for Fairyhouse showpiece after 547 days on the sidelinesOnly two winners of the Irish Grand National this century have carried 11st or more to victory and both Our Duke and Commanche Court were c…

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Grand National’s enduring charm embodied by stirring Worsley story

Tabitha Worsley is aiming to become first female jockey to triumph in Grand National, four years after breaking her backFor the first time in two years but the 174th since 1839, a 10-minute steeplechase at Aintree next Saturday will seize the attention…

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Talking Horses: Bangkok the one to beat in Good Friday racing highlight

TV tips for the Bank Holiday action at Lingfield and Newcastle, including Finals day at the formerThe Betway Easter Classic, the feature event on Finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday, has attracted the smallest field in its seven-year history, but an…

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Talking Horses: Bangkok the one to beat in Good Friday racing highlight

TV tips for the Bank Holiday action at Lingfield and Newcastle, including Finals day at the formerThe Betway Easter Classic, the feature event on Finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday, has attracted the smallest field in its seven-year history, but an…

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Talking Horses: Harry Skelton the favourite in champion jockey race

Skelton is still one win behind Brian Hughes in the National Hunt jockeys’ championship but appears to have momentumHarry Skelton moved further clear of Brian Hughes in the National Hunt jockeys’ championship betting on Wednesday, despite still being a…

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Talking Horses: starting price change could be ‘worst of both worlds’

The Horseracing Bettors Forum has warned that changes to how starting prices are decided, with less on-course input, will hurt many punters when crowds return to racingThe Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) warned on Tuesday that off-course punters could …

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Talking Horses: Two 100-1 winners landed on day amateurs make return

Catchin’ Time at Wincanton and Big ‘n Better at Fontwell went in as title-chasing Harry Skelton landed a four-timerAmateur jockeys returned to the fray on Monday after more than two months on the sidelines and while it was an afternoon to remember for …

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Talking Horses: will promising Flat season lure back annual racegoers?

Millions of people will need reminding there is a racecourse just down the road where they used to have some great days outThe now-traditional start-stop opening to the Flat season on turf is upon us once again, with six blank days on the grass between…

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Football Index: how ‘stock market’ ended up costing customers millions

By blurring the lines between gambling and investment, the suspended company Football Index has left many in debt“I know of people who have had to tell their partner they don’t have the deposit for their house move,” says David, who is helping to coord…

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Football Index: how ‘stock market’ ended up costing customers millions

By blurring the lines between gambling and investment, the suspended company Football Index has left many in debt“I know of people who have had to tell their partner they don’t have the deposit for their house move,” says David, who is helping to coord…