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Author Archive for Greg Wood

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Lady Aurelia fancied by punters over Battaash for King’s Stand Stakes

• Quick, dry ground expected to favour Wesley Ward’s US raider• Lady Aurelia backed down to below 2-1; Battaash out to 11-4Lady Aurelia, twice a winner at Royal Ascot, edged in front of Battaash in the betting on Monday for a 60-second duel between two…

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Talking Horses: aiming to get in one more nap before Royal Ascot

Kalagia stands out on the Carlisle card as we get ready for a busy week at Royal AscotAny punter can be forgiven for taking a day off on Monday with 30 races at Royal Ascot to look forward to over the next five afternoons, but if a horse looks like val…

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Royal Ascot steps up crackdown on any brawling amid the finery

• Course has new initiatives, including more use of sniffer dogs• Mobile beer hawkers will no longer operateFrom the inside looking out this year’s Royal Ascot promises to do what it has always done so well and offer a stage for outstanding racehorses …

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Royal Ascot 2018 tipping guide: St George has fire to slay Gold Cup rivals

• Aidan O’Brien’s 2016 winner has the form to deny Stradivarius• Eminent a fair each-way bet in Prince of Wales’s StakesAt first glance the betting suggests Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore will dominate again at Royal Ascot this week, as they have for muc…

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Talking Horses: Beware backing the odds-on shots at Royal Ascot

Cracksman seems likely to be the first odds-on shot of the meeting in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes next ThursdayCracksman shortened with several bookmakers on Thursday for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot next week, and John Gosden’s colt no…

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Talking Horses: Musicka a solid bet in sprint handicap at Nottingham

The David O’Meara-trained runner looks sure to go close in the sprint handicap at Nottingham on WednesdayWith Royal Ascot imminent, this is probably not the time to be wading in too deeply on the daily cards, but there are a few interesting races scatt…

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Masar targeted for Eclipse at Sandown Park after Derby triumph

• Derby winner moves to top of the betting for Eclipse• Saxon Warrior now odds-on chance for the Irish DerbyMasar, the first horse to carry Godolphin’s royal blue colours to victory in the Derby when he won at Epsom this month, will drop back to 10 fur…

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Talking Horses: breathalysers and sniffer dogs set for Royal Ascot

Ascot also decides to end the practice of mobile ‘hawkers’ roaming the bars with beer barrels strapped to their backsThe first batch of six-day entries for next week’s Royal meeting at Ascot will be published later on Wednesday, but amid the excitement…

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Raul da Silva denies using weapon in Jim Crowley brawl at Goodwood

• ‘I did not use lead, I had nothing in my hand,’ says banned rider• Jim Crowley needed stitches on cut lip after brawlRaul da Silva, who was banned for 21 days on Sunday after a weighing?room fight at Goodwood which left the former champion jockey Jim…

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Talking Horses: The odd case of two jockeys, a blow to the face and a cut lip

Another altercation at Goodwood – this time between two jockeys – has led to a 21 day ban for Raul da Silva and stitches for Jim CrowleyJim Crowley and Raul da Silva are riding at different tracks today, which is possibly for the best after Da Silva wa…

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American racing is the big winner after Justify’s Triple Crown heroics | Greg Wood

Bob Baffert’s unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner will ensure bumper crowds at his final appearances and huge demand from breeders when he retires to studThe second Triple Crown winner of the last four decades was greeted as rapturously as the first when Ju…

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Justify goes for Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes – live!

Updates as Bob Baffert’s horse tries for history at Belmont ParkJustify readies for run at history, but it won’t be easyAny thoughts? You can email Greg or tweet @Greg_Wood_ 10.20pm BST Hofburg, who is owned by Prince Khalid Abullah’s Juddmonte Farms, …

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Justify goes for Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes – live!

Updates as Bob Baffert’s horse tries for history at Belmont ParkJustify readies for run at history, but it won’t be easyAny thoughts? You can email Greg or tweet @Greg_Wood_ 10.20pm BST Hofburg, who is owned by Prince Khalid Abullah’s Juddmonte Farms, …

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Talking Horses: Money rolling into racing from offshore betting

The success of the new regime in capturing bets from offshore bets placed online has exceeded expectations and the Levy will net over £90mAn announcement by the British Horseracing Authority this morning confirms that the structure of the new Racing Au…

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Britbet faces delayed launch over Jockey Club and Arena infighting

• Crunch board meeting on Friday should decide the issue• Arena favours closer co-operation with the ToteThe immediate future of Britbet, which is due to replace the Tote as the sole operator of pool betting at the overwhelming majority of Britain’s ra…

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Talking Horses: O’Brien has Secret Thoughts in key Leopardstown race

Aidan O’Brien often introduces a classy runner in the opener at Leopardstown on ThursdayThe juvenile event which opens the card at Leopardstown this evening is arguably the most interesting contest in Britain or Ireland today, as it is the race in whic…

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Denman, the crowd-pleasing bruiser, was a jumps great in a golden era

‘The Tank’ nickname summed up the sense that absolutely nothing would be allowed – or dare – to get in Denman’s way when he was in his prime and bowling along in frontWhen it came to the unsentimental business of putting an end-of-season number on his …

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Talking Horses: Beringer the pick at Leicester as Ascot run-up begins

Alan King’s three-year-old handicapper looks good value in the 3.40 and there are packed programmes at Windsor and AyrThe fortnight or so between Epsom’s Derby meeting and Royal Ascot – which opens on 19 June – inevitably sees a dip in the quality of t…

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Masar’s Derby win may herald new Godolphin age after end of Coolmore boycott | Greg Wood

Sheikh Mohammed finally enjoyed the Classic victory he had pursued for years following his change of heart over yearlingsFour decades separated the first winner in Sheikh Mohammed’s colours back in 1977, just a couple of weeks after the street parties …

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Study of Man’s Arc odds shorten after victory in French Derby

• Strong late run secures win for Pascal Bary’s colt• Epsom winner Masar could target Irish DerbyStudy Of Man is a 20-1 chance to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October after delivering a strong late run to win the Prix du Jockey Club (F…