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Author Archive for Greg Wood

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Talking Horses: hot weather procedures in place at Newbury and Fontwell

All horses will be drenched with water after crossing the line, and any which appear overly tired will not need to return to the winner’s or unsaddling enclosuresThe blistering temperatures which forced Cheltenham to abandon one of its races on Thursda…

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Talking Horses: Masar can topple Roaring Lion at Newmarket

William Buick could extend trainer Charlie Appleby’s superb start to the season, while Summerghand is worth a look The idea that a colt needs a trial before the 2,000 Guineas has been largely debunked by a long line of first-time-up winners in recent s…

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Talking Horses: Flat is back but do the Nell Gwyn Stakes still offer a pointer?

It is 12 years since Speciosa won at the Craven meeting and took the 1,000 Guineas but Altyn Orda offers value at Newmarket’s season opener Related: Why Cue Card became the most popular horse in jumps racing | Greg Wood It is nearly four weeks since th…

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Cue Card retires after failing to prove fitness for Sandown swansong

Steeplechaser will still attend Sandown for farewell paradeCue Card ‘has been an incredible horse for us’ says Joe TizzardCue Card, one of the most talented, durable and popular steeplechasers of recent decades, has been retired after failing to convin…

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Talking Horses: in praise of Windsor racecourse, plus Monday’s top tips

If there is a better way to arrive at a racecourse than the boat that chugs down the Thames, I’ve yet to discover itFour of Britain’s five Flat Classics will be run over the course of the next seven weeks, and the domestic run towards Guineas weekend a…

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Sunny outlook for the Grand National as safety first policy reaps rewards | Greg Wood

Fewer fallers, no fatalities and a thrilling finish help improve the image of Aintree’s great race, but bizarrely the warm weather may have helped play a part in falling TV figuresThe news on Sunday morning that Saint Are, now a veteran of five Grand N…

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Talking Horses: top tips as Grand National Festival begins at Aintree

Might Bite and Supasundae offer options as bankers on day one, but there are some longer prices worth looking at tooNo one will need sunglasses at Aintree on Thursday as the first afternoon of the Grand National Festival gets under way, but the better …

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All eyes on Foxhunters’ test for Grand National conditions

• Foxhunters’ Chase will give clues for Grand National day• Nicky Henderson likely to retain title as champion trainerThe Grand National meeting at Aintree will open on Thursday with four consecutive Grade One races and several of the sport’s best chas…

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Talking Horses: best bets from Lingfield as Grand National looms

All-weather stalwart Sandfrankskipsgo, who will be making his 71st start at the age of nine, looks ready to outrun odds of around 6-1 at Lingfield With the Grand National meeting now only 24 hours away, many punters will be understandably taking a bit …

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Grand National course may be wettest since Red Marauder’s win in 2001

• Bad weather leaves Aintree ‘heavy in places’, says course clerk• Only four horses finished almost unraceable National 17 years agoThe going on the Grand National course at Aintree was “heavy in places” on Tuesday evening after 8mm of rain fell at the…

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Fall guy Richard Johnson is still searching for a Grand National mount

• Champion jockey thrown from Elixir De Nutz at Kempton • Dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air misses outRichard Johnson, the champion jockey over jumps, is expected to be back in the saddle on Tuesday despite being stood down after a fall in the p…

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Talking Horses: the best bets for Ludlow and the Prix Djebel in France

Sacred Life is unbeaten but could face competition from Cardsharp in Monday afternoon’s Group Three Prix DjebelThe five-day declarations for Saturday’s Grand National will be along presently to set up a nervous three days for the connections of horses …

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Martyn Meade’s Chilean in line for Dante after divine success in Paris

• Meade says of Classic hope: ‘He won in style of a very good horse’• Ralph Beckett’s Air Pilot lifts Prix d’Harcourt at ParisLongchampChilean, who finished sixth behind the 2,000 Guineas favourite Saxon Warrior in last season’s Racing Post Trophy, wil…

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Talking Horses: best bets for Irish Grand National and Wolverhampton

Midnightly and Kyllachy Dragon look solid in Wolverhampton, while Mall Dini could surge in the closing stages of Ireland’s premier handicap chaseThe wet weather has washed away all but Wolverhampton’s all-weather Flat meeting on the domestic Bank holid…

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Talking Horses: Saturday TV tipping guide at Musselburgh and Haydock | Greg Wood

Carbon Dating’s overnight price of 16-1 appears generous in the feature event at MusselburghThe Flat season on turf is, as ever, taking time to ease itself in but there can be few complaints about the feature event at Musselburghon Saturday, which brin…

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Talking Horses: top tips for Lingfield’s bumper Good Friday card

£1m in prize money is on offer at Lingfield alone, where the track expects to welcome 10,000 spectatorsAs recently as 2013, this Friday would have been a blank one for racing fans and there were at least a few voices within the industry which argued fo…

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ITV Racing audience figures for Cheltenham Festival take a dip

• Total viewers for prestigious jumps meeting drop by four per cent• Arkle winner Footpad on course for Grand National meetingITV Racing’s second year of covering the Cheltenham Festival saw a 4% drop in viewing figures overall and a 14% drop in the pe…

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Gambling Commission recommendations may have significant impact on punters

Online gambling firms can expect to receive close attention from the regulator during the coming months in areas such as account restrictions and closuresWhen the Gambling Commission published its long-awaited review of gaming machines and social respo…

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Talking Horses: Great Field makes long-awaited comeback at Navan

The exciting novice chaser should extend his unbeaten run on Friday and add to Willie Mullins’s hand for the Punchestown Festival next monthThe new Flat turf season opens with the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon, but there are still…

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Tree Of Liberty becomes shortest-priced loser in British jumps racing history

• Horse beaten at 1-20 in three-runner novice chase at Ludlow• Upset completes miserable 24 hours for Kerry Lee and Jamie MooreTree Of Liberty, trained by Kerry Lee and ridden by Jamie Moore, earned an unwanted place in racing’s record books at Ludlow …