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No Luck For HBO

The HBO series “Luck” proved to be a bit of a misnomer after the cable channel cancelled the show following the deaths of three horses. The series, helmed by popular actor Dustin Hoffman, premiered on HBO in December 2011. It told the…

Clive Smith

Clive Smith has been a horse racing fan since the 1960’s and was lucky enough to be at Kempton when legendary Arkle won his last race, his name is now synonymous with outstanding champion chasers, Kauto Star and Master Minded. The self…

Ruby's Gem

Only a few jockeys are lucky enough to have their pick of the best horses in the grand national. A.P. McCoy and Ruby Walsh are two such jockeys and the talented pair will both be giving serious thought to the mounts they will pick for the 2012…

Don't Push It Retired

The horse that finally ended A.P. McCoy's long wait for a Grand National victory has been retired by owner JP McManus. 'Don't Push It' won the National in 2010, ending the 15 year losing streak for for jockey A.P. McCoy and handing him the…

Rooney's New Mane

Wayne Rooney’s new mane has been the talk of the tabloids in recent weeks, but it was the purchase of another type of mane which saw the England and Manchester striker hit the front pages of the racing papers. The Racing Post is reporting…

Is the Grand National Cruel?

The photo above looks dramatic! It seems to confirm the perception that National Hunt racing can be a cruel sport, and there is no doubt that this type of racing carries more risk than running on the flat. However, it may surprise you to know…

Piraya

If you're looking for a rank outsider to put a few quid on for the 2011 Grand National then Piraya is my tip to you. Initially it doesn't look good on paper - French, 8 years old, mixed form etc... but here's the kicker - this is Piraya's second…

Royal Rosa

A handy little horse, Royal Rosa will be taking a second shot at the Grand National title in 2011, having already entered in 2010 before unseating his rider at the 14th. He was also entered in 2009 but didn't make the cut for the final 40 so…

Golden Kite

Golden Kite is the Irish 9 year old trained by Adrian Maguire who is taking on his first Grand National this year. Very much an Irish based horse, he rarely runs in the UK so his entry may come as a surprise to many but heritage, age and proven…