Sunday, January 26

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to all visitors from down under.

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VIDEO: Mucho Gusto wins the Pegasus World Cup

Mucho Gusto has won the 4th running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Ridden by recent Eclipse Awards winner Irad Ortiz Jr & trained by Bob Baffert.


Also on the card was the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational won by Zulu Alpha. Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione & trained by Michael Maker. Aidan O'Brien trained Magic Wand was 2nd.




Saturday, January 25

VIDEO: ITV Racing Race Clips (25.01.20)

Watch the full show here:


CHELTENHAM

Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2)


Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)


galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2)


DONCASTER

Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)


Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)


Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed)




Image: ITV Racing Facebook




Friday, January 24

VIDEO: 49th Annual Eclipse Awards winners

The Eclipse Awards took place on the 23rd January 2020 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The full list of winners is as follows:

Watch the Eclipse Awards in full here.

Horse of the Year

Bricks and Mortar

2YO Male

Storm the Court

2YO Filly

British Idiom

3YO Male

Maximum Security

3YO Filly

Covfefe

Older Dirt Male

Vino Rosso

Older Dirt Female

Midnight Bisou

Male Sprinter

Mitole

Female Sprinter

Covfefe

Male Turf

Bricks and Mortar

Female Turf

Uni

Steeplechase

Winston C

Champion Owner

Klaravich Stables Inc & William H Lawrence


Champion Breeder

George Strawbridge, Jr.


Champion Trainer

Chad Brown


Champion Jockey

Irad Ortiz Jr


Champion Apprentice Jockey

Kazushi Kimura









Thursday, January 23

VIDEO: Meydan Race Clips (23.01.20)

R1 P & O Marinas (Handicap)

R2 UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Mina Hamriya (Listed Race)

R3 Dubai Dash Sponsored By JAFZA (Listed Handicap)

R4 Al Bastakiya Trial Sponsored By Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal (Conditions)

R5 Al Fahidi Fort Sponsored By DP World UAE Region (Group 2)

R6 Jebel Ali Port (Handicap)















Meydan tips (FULL RESULTS)

Times are UK.

2:30 P & O Marinas (Handicap) (Turf)

E/W MAJESTIC MAMBO 7th

3:05 UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Mina Hamriya (Listed Race) (Fillies) (Dirt)

E/W DUBAI LOVE WON @ 16/1

3:40 Dubai Dash Sponsored By JAFZA (Listed Handicap) (Turf)

WAADY 2nd

4:15 Al Bastakiya Trial Sponsored By Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal (Conditions) (Dirt)

ZABARDAST (NB) 3rd

4:50 Al Fahidi Fort Sponsored By DP World UAE Region (Group 2) (Turf)

BLITZKRIEG (NAP) 4th

5:25 Jebel Ali Port (Handicap) (Dirt)

FRANZ KAFKA 13th

E/W ZORION 9th











Sunday, January 19

Saturday, January 18

VIDEO: Haydock (Peter Marsh Chase Day) race replays (18.01.20)

12.55 Jockey Club Haydock Park Racing Club Handicap Hurdle


1.30 Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices' Chase (Grade 2)


2.05 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)


2.40 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap)


3.15 The New One Unibet Hurdle (Registered As The Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle) (Grade 2)


3.45 Cheltenham Preview Here In March Handicap Chase


4.15 Old Boston Handicap Hurdle





Image: Haydock Park Twitter

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VIDEO: ITV Racing Race Clips (18.01.20)

Watch the full show here:


ASCOT

bet365 Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)

Matchbook Holloway's Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

bet365 Handicap Chase

Matchbook Clarence House Chase (Grade 1)

HAYDOCK

Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2)

The New One Unibet Hurdle (Grade 2)



Image: ITV Racing Twitter

T4P TV Tips (FULL RESULTS)

ASCOT

1:50 MAGIC OF LIGHT WON @ 5/2
2:25 SONG FOR SOMEONE 2nd
3:00 DOMAINE DE L'ISLE WON @ 5/1
3:35 UN DE SCEAUX 2nd

HAYDOCK

2:05 EDWARDSTONE 2nd
2:40 PRIME VENTURE (Fell)
3:15 DARASSO 4th



Image: ITV Racing Facebook


Haydock tips (FULL RESULTS)

12:55 Jockey Club Haydock Park Racing Club Handicap Hurdle

BONNE QUESTION 5th

1:30 Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices' Chase

KNIGHT IN DUBAI 2nd

2:05 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle

EDWARDSTONE 2nd

2:40 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase

PRIME VENTURE (Fell)

3:15 The New One Unibet Hurdle

DARASSO 4th

3:45 Cheltenham Preview Here In March Handicap Chase

ARD CHROS 7th

4:15 Old Boston Handicap Hurdle

TAKINGRISKS 6th



Image: Haydock Park (wikimedia.org)

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Friday, January 17

Alex Bird's Golden Rules to Finding Winners



Background

Born in Newton Heath, three miles east of Manchester city centre, in 1916, Alex Bird was the son of a bookmaker. Consequently, he was introduced to horse racing and gambling at an early age. However, in a classic case of ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’, following the death of his father, Bird sold his share of the business to his sister, May, and embarked on a career that would make him one of the most famous, and successful, professional punters of the twentieth century.

Golden Rules

1. Refrain from betting, at all, if the going changes from one extreme to the other. 

2. Keep an eye out for promising apprentice jockeys, whose weight claim can place them at a distinct advantage.

3. Avoid betting in handicaps.

4. Avoid betting in maiden races restricted to three-year-olds, especially three-year-old fillies.

5. Avoid betting at ‘first show’ prices, which almost invariably increase, especially if the betting market is weak, as it often is at run-of-the-mill weekday meetings at lesser racecourses.

6. Concentrate on conditions, or non-handicap, races, with between eight and ten runners and a limited number of in-form horses. Avoid backing favourites in such races and combine second- and third-favourites in each-way doubles and trebles instead.   

Successes 

Alex Bird began his career as a professional punter in 1946 and, luckily enough for him, the photo-finish was introduced to British racecourses the following year, following a feasibility study by the Jockey Club. Bird discovered that, from most vantage points, an optical illusion invariably favoured the horse on the far side or, in other words, the horse furthest from the observer, in a photo-finish. He also discovered that, by standing in line with the winning post, in an elevated position, and closing one eye, he could prevent the optical illusion and accurately identify the winner. So, for the five minutes or so it took to develop the photograph, he was in possession of information that few, if any, on the racecourse had. He used the information to excellent effect, reportedly winning 500 photo-finish bets in a row and amassing a small fortune.

However, Bird placed his biggest single bet ever on Mill Reef in the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August, 1970. Having won his first two starts as a juvenile, including the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot by six lengths, Mill Reef suffered the first of just two defeats in his 14-race career when beaten a short-head by My Swallow in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte. On the eve of the Gimcrack Stakes, torrential rain turned the going on the Knavesmire heavy but, undeterred by the desperate conditions, Bird invested £60,000 at 4/6 on Mill Reef. His confidence was not misplaced because Mill Reef, who was blessed with a beautifully light, fluid action, put up what Timeform later described as ‘a performance that had to be seen to be believed’, winning by ten lengths, with jockey Geoff Lewis sitting motionless. 

Publications

Alex Bird published just one book, his autobiography, entitled ‘Alex Bird: The Life and Secrets of a Professional Punter’, which he co-wrote with Terry Manners, in 1986. Unsurprisingly, the book chronicles the ups and downs of his decades-long battle with the bookmakers, which was nonetheless conducted in a spirit of mutual respect.

Summary

Alex Bird is often referred to as the ‘original’ professional punter. He flourished in an age before betting exchanges and, in the early days, before just about everything the modern punter takes for granted, including the form book, handicap ratings and standard times. Of course, his early success was due, in large part, to the fact that photo-finish technology was still in its infancy, but his longevity bears testament to the fact that he was anything but a ‘one-trick pony’. Bird turned over an estimated £2 million annually, but worked with a return on investment of 2%, so on-course betting tax, originally levied at 2½% and raised to 5% in 1968, before being reduced to 4% in 1972, did his career no favours.  Nevertheless, Bird continued to land touches until well into his seventies, famously backing Final Shot at 40/1 – against a starting price of 12/1 – in the Ayr Gold Cup in 1990. The fact that Geoffrey Hamlyn, who returned starting prices for ‘The Sporting Life’ for over four decades and came across all the major players in horse racing, regarded Bird as an ‘investor’, rather than a ‘gambler’, speaks volumes

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