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Gordon Elliot has had a stunning year and took the Galway Plate with Lord Scoundrel yesterday. That success signified a change in approach to the Galway Festival from Ireland’s second biggest yard and today he has excellent chances of more success in the Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners Chase (1.50) with Tagitelle. This is a tricky [...]

Author: 3 hours ago

Trainer Aidan O’Brien certainly seems to have his sights set firmly on September’s St Leger at Doncaster, with sixteen of the forty-two strong field coming from Ballydoyle in Ireland. Having finished second and third respectively at Epsom in June, both US Army Ranger and Idaho look set to be among the potential frontrunners come race day. Alongside [...]

Author: 23 hours ago

Dermot Weld has had success every day of the Galway Festival so far, but his Silver Concorde does not appeal as a worthy bet in the opening maiden hurdle (3.00). He should be in a different league to his opposition here but the sloppiness of his jumping has not convinced and at 2/5 the call [...]

Author: 1 day ago

When thinking of horses to follow through the jumps season proper not many will turn their heads back to Galway, but tonight’s opening Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle (5.15) looks to be a race that form watchers ought to keep a close eye on. Favourite Three Wise Men has had just two starts, but he [...]

Author: 2 days ago

The debate over which code is better rages on and on through the year, and especially the long hot summers, but fans of both codes are the real winners this week as the Galway Festival kicks off tonight with a mixed card before Glorious Goodwood tomorrow, giving us one of the most action packed weeks [...]

Author: 2 days ago

Note: Wednesday’s tips can be found in the Members’ Area - For Daily Tips and Plays throughout Royal Ascot week, you can join the JPFestival.com Community for access - details here. JP A brief preview for Flat fans of JPFestival.com as I’m over in France and have some football matches to watch! Queen Anne (2.30): The rain [...]

Author: 1 month ago

As Tesio, one of the kingpins of breeding himself, said: “The Thoroughbred exists because its selection has depended, not on experts, technicians, or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby. If you base your criteria on anything else, you will get something else, not the Thoroughbred.” It is [...]

Author: 1 month ago

The narrative leading upto the Derby has been a fractured and compelling one, with one horse emerging as the clear leader as plenty have taken major prizes and points across the way, beating each other in the process, whilst there have been plenty who have not had their chance to shine in warm-ups and trial [...]

Author: 2 months ago

The end of season card at Sandown today is likely to disappoint many of you – purely because it brings the curtain down on a fantastic jumping season – but it’s true that we can save the best for last, and a stunning Sandown card helps us say goodbye to a memorable season in style. [...]

Author: 3 months ago

Happy National Day! Hope that fortune is smiling on you and your horses today, and to show appreciation for the support we’ve had during our successful season together, here’s a preview covering every horse in the big event for free. Let’s gamble responsibly, be as civil as possible (although I won’t be), and wish for [...]

Author: 3 months ago

The Grand National has for many years been the greatest Steeple Chasing spectacle in the world. However, due to recent changes to the handicap structure, it is now the greatest Handicap Steeple Chase world wide. These changes, coupled with fence alterations (mainly on the landing sides) mean that this great race is now contested by [...]

Author: 3 months ago