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Author Archive for Greg Wood

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Talking Horses: is this a turning point for the Tote, or another false dawn?

Nearly a century after being founded by Sir Winston Churchill, the betting operator insists it has become better value“The problem we’ve found is not that people think the Tote is poor value,” Jamie Hart, UK Tote Group’s product director, says. “They k…

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Talking Horses: Adayar and rain could derail Love’s bid for Ascot supremacy

The Derby winner and softer ground threaten Love’s chances of glory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesThe strong chance of heavy rain ahead of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday adds an extra dash of uncertainty to …

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Seonaid McIntosh: the British shooter with first gold of Games in her sights

The 25-year-old McIntosh, the most successful ever female British rifle shooter, is targeting gold in the 10m air rifleBy the time the final member of Japan’s Olympic team has entered the stadium at the tail-end of Friday’s opening procession, Seonaid …

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Panorama’s shocking tale raises urgent questions for racing

The revelations in Monday’s BBC documentary demand urgent action from horseracing authorities in Britain and IrelandIn a 24-race career for Nicky Henderson between May 2014 and April 2019, Vyta Du Roc won seven races including the Grade Two Reynoldstow…

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Talking Horses: Haskell Stakes drama raises new questions over whip bans

New Jersey has banned use of the whip for encouragement but incident in Saturday’s race showed it does not guarantee safetyThe stretch run in the Grade One Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, New Jersey on Saturday was packed with drama and excitement in …

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Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Panorama programme to be broadcast on Monday nightAnimal rights group planted cameras in slaughterhouseAn investigation for BBC1’s Panorama, to be broadcast on Monday evening, will claim that “thousands” of ex-racehorses – “most, but not all” of which …

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Talking Horses: Eye-catching Gubbass looks a good bet in Super Sprint

More than just stable form makes Richard Hannon Jr’s ride look an interesting runner in a race his father helped deviseRichard Hannon Sr helped to devise the concept of Saturday’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, in which runners get a weight based …

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Talking Horses: how Galileo and John Magnier changed the game | Greg Wood

The sport will be a different place without the 23-year-old stallion, who made a fortune for John Magnier’s Coolmore studWhen Galileo was put to sleep on Saturday morning after sustaining a “non-responsive, debilitating” injury on his left fore foot, E…

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Snow Lantern victory sorts out her mother’s unfinished business

Sky Lantern was second in Falmouth Stakes in 2013Richard Hannon Jr: ‘All the good fillies were there today’Eight years on from one of the more controversial finishes to a Group One in recent memory, Snow Lantern brought closure for the Hannon family he…

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The Organiser a belting big-price bet on Newmarket July meeting first day

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy looks an eye-catching booking for 20-1 outsider in competitive Group Two contest Four horses that finished behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot have had an outing since and all four have been beaten…

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The Organiser a belting big-price bet on Newmarket July meeting first day

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy looks an eye-catching booking for 20-1 outsider in competitive Group Two contest Four horses that finished behind Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot have had an outing since and all four have been beaten…

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Novak Djokovic breezes past Cristian Garín into Wimbledon quarter-finals

Defending champion earns third successive straight-sets winSerb faces unseeded Marton Fucsovics, who beat Andrey RublevHalf an hour into his defence of the men’s singles title, Novak Djokovic was a set behind against Britain’s Jack Draper, but his tenn…

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Talking Horses: key week as new claims emerge on drugs in racing

Reports that a prominent British trainer found traces of steroids in horses could be seriously damaging for Irish racing’s leadersJust a few days before senior officials from Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) …

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Talking Horses: Marquand can put Addeybb on course to eclipse rivals

The Sandown Group One heat has attracted just four runners but the selection’s rider has the tactical nous to grab the prizeFour runners for a Group One with a £340,000 first prize is undoubtedly a disappointment, but Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at…

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‘Three foot’ Ashleigh Barty battles through with Coco Gauff on horizon

Top seed Barty makes 33 unforced errors against Anna BlinkovaCoco Gauff wins 6-4, 6-3 against Elena VesninaHaving scratched from Roland Garros in the second round after aggravating an old hip injury, Ashleigh Barty could be forgiven for wanting to ease…

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Talking Horses: why BHA will be in a tricky position if Zarooni returns

The BHA may face uncomfortable questions if the once-banned trainer tries to work again in BritainHad things turned out differently for Mahmood al-Zarooni – had he not made what he described last week as his “big mistake” – he might well have woken up …

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Talking Horses: Dubious Affair rates smashing bet in Northumberland Plate

Trueshan’s bid to stage one of the greatest weight-carrying performances since Red Rum is set to be scupperedIt will be one of the greatest weight-carrying performances since Red Rum’s second Grand National in 1974 if Trueshan can defy 10st 4lb in the …

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Talking Horses: uplifting Royal Ascot points to a bright future for racing

It was possible to sense a much happier future both for the sport as a whole and also for the Flat’s showpiece eventPerhaps it was just an aural illusion after a year on racecourses with no one there, but it felt as if 12,000 daily spectators at Royal …

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Talking Horses: Fresh can brush off rain on Royal Ascot’s final day

Fresh could be the pick of the runners in the biggest betting race of the fifth and final day of this year’s meetingAs if the Wokingham Handicap were not challenging enough, the rain which changed the Ascot going from good-to-firm to borderline heavy i…

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Royal Ascot day four: Novemba is one to remember in Coronation Stakes

German 1,000 Guineas winner is well drawn and has little to find on rivals Mother Earth and Empress JosephineThe main focus ahead of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday has understandably been on the head-to-head between Mother Earth and Emp…