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Who Is JP McManus?

He’s not in the Irish top ten rich lists (14th In 2012), claimed embarrassment when he received a medal from his home city, and famously took Facebook to court over a fake account scam and won. Born in Limerick on March 10th, 1951, John…

American Grand National

It’s a pretty safe bet that most people in Britain have heard of The Grand National, the world-famous National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse each April. But what are the odds on most of those same people never having…

Types Of Horse Races

Ever wondered what the differences are between all of the various races? Well, wonder no more because here are all definitions! A Chase is a race that is run over a distance of between two and 4 1/2 miles over fences that are a minimum of…

Origins Of Hunt Racing

National Hunt Racing, or 'steeplechasing' as it is more popularly known, originated from the ancient sport of hunting. Historically the horses used would have needed the speed, confidence and ability to clear any obstacles they met in the open…

Red Rum Illuminates Blackpool

Most of us are familiar with the Blackpool Illuminations, in fact they're more popular today then ever with over 3.5million fans expected to turn up in 2011 to witness the light spectacular whilst generating over £275m for the area - that's…

Racing's Top 10 Tweeters

Remember the days when bookies were dark, dodgy, smoke filled little rooms populated by 'aul fellas who coughed and spluttered a lot?? Okay, so maybe it wasn't so bad in reality but that's how they were generally perceived. These days the…

Racing Silks

The origins of Racing Silks probably date back to medieval times, when Knights on horseback would wear bright colours to identify themselves in battle or during jousting contests. Today it's a requirement of horseracing that every owner must…

"Well, That's Racing"

In 1956 one of the most dramatic Grand National incidents took place when Devon Loch, 45 metres from the finishing line and in the lead, suddenly appeared to jump and fall over. Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother and riden by Dick Francis…

Why Horses Wear Blinkers

If you’ve ever watched a horse race and wondered why some of the horses are wearing blinkers, then wonder no more. The primary reason is to keep the horse focused on the path ahead of him and limit his peripheral vision to avoid distractions.…