Analysis and Opinion

Comment, insight and opinion from the world of horse racing.

The Clarence House Chase: A history of quality over quantity

"On the 29 occasions in which a Clarence House and Queen Mother double has been possible, it has been achieved seven times."

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The UAE 1000 Guineas: More than meets the eye

"The UAE 1000 Guineas may only carry Listed status but as a relatively young race it has already gifted us memories aplenty"

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Four Group One sprints, four very different races

"Carefully constructed and fiercely protected, the pattern is essentially sacrosanct"

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A lost sire, the Derby and training partnerships

"On one of Britain’s hottest days of 2019, Le Don De Vie and Zaaki certainly represented a day in the sun for their late sire Leroidesanimaux"

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Flemensfirth and his glorious generation

"It’s all too easy to forget that our best National Hunt stallions were, invariably, high-class racehorses in their own right"

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Juveniles and the Nunthorpe Stakes

"If ever a demonstration were needed on how the thoroughbred racehorse develops, strengthens and matures with age, contests like the Nunthorpe and Prix de l’Abbaye offer the perfect example"

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How good is Raabihah? Could she be the one to break Rouget's Arc duck?

"It is difficult to comprehend that Jean-Claude Rouget is yet to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. But could Raabihah be the horse to change that?"

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Racing moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it

"Racing is ubiquitous. Its permanence in our lives sets it apart from all other sports. Irrespective of what happens today, there is nearly always racing tomorrow"

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All eyes on Gosden now autumn has arrived

"In the depths of winter, a filly finished ninth in a £6,000 Wolverhampton novice race (and some 17 lengths behind the winner to boot) and yet she would go on to win a classic"

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Featuring the early hunt for value ahead of the 2023 Cheltenham festival. Articles will be updated regularly in the aftermath of the 2022 festival.

Proven horses are overpriced in Mares' Chase

"It is entirely likely Willie Mullins ran Concertista on the premise that whatever she achieved in the race, next year will be her year."

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Mullins pair great value in the Ballymore

"Thee 2023 Cheltenham Festival may bear witness to more Mullins horses having to take each other on than ever before."

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Zanahiyr has the pedigree to be a force in the Stayers' Hurdle

"Now is surely the time to seize a golden opportunity in the Stayers' Hurdle."

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Grangee exceptional value in the Mares' Hurdle

"All things considered, she rates one of the better Cheltenham bets, albeit at this extremely early stage."

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In the aftermath of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, we detail our best bets ahead of 2023. All prices are at the time of writing. Simply click on the horse's name to find the corresponding article.

Please bet responsibly and good luck!

Mares' Hurdle
Grangee 20/1

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
James's Gate 12/1
Gaelic Warrior 20/1

Stayers' Hurdle
Zanahiyr 20/1

Mares' Chase 

Concertista 12/1

Scarlet And Dove 20/1

Published weekly throughout the flat season, the two-year-old notebook reviews and analyses the eyecatchers of the week, including breeding analysis

Panic Alarm and Wodao The week's leading eyecatchers

"He ran on noticeably well under Shane Foley and should be backed to break his maiden next time out."

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Four juveniles who caught the eye in Britain and Ireland

"As a son of Acclamation, Rousing Encore can be expected to be sharp enough to win as a juvenile and on this evidence a maiden victory could be imminent"

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Toker and Mascapone look future winners in different spheres

"All things considered, Midnight Toker looks a winner in waiting and the one to take from the race"

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