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Trainers Report: January 2016

Trainers Report January January is a funny month in terms of the jumps calendar, with some of the big yards taking things particularly easy at a time when racing is either under threat from the weather, or the ground is particularly testing, writes Rory Delargy. Running class horses now with the big spring festivals looming […]

Is Paul Nicholls’ Star on the Wane?

A moderate start to December which has seen the eclipse of favourites in the Tingle Creek and Peterborough Chases has got tongues wagging about the strength of the Paul Nicholls operation, writes Rory Delargy. Are the doubters right to point to cracks in the façade, or is this merely another premature judgement on the country’s […]

All Weather Trip Droppers: A Profitable Angle?

AW TRIP DROPPERS – A PROFITABLE ANGLE? A friend of mine swears blind that backing handicappers dropping in trip is like finding gold in the street, but it’s not something I’ve considered as a blanket strategy, for all I can see some merit to the practice, writes Rory Delargy. I quickly ran the numbers to […]

Trainers’ Report: December 2015, Part 1

Can Punters Still Profit From Mick Appleby? If there is one AW track which lends itself to statistical analysis more than the others, it’s Southwell, writes Rory Delargy. That’s partly because the difference between the demands of racing on fibresand and polytrack/tapeta is so stark, meaning there is a particular onus on the ability to […]

Standing Starts Don’t Stand Up

STEEPLE CHASE, HURDLE RACE AND NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACING Walking round 5.1 Horses will be girthed up in the girthing up pen unless otherwise instructed by the Starter. 5.2 When all horses are girthed up and the Starter has mounted the rostrum, the horses will enter the course and must, where possible, walk around at […]

Trainers’ Report: November, Part 1

In the first in a new series, Rory Delargy – looks beyond the headline figures in search of trainers in – and out of – form. Trainers Report November – Part 1 The first half of November is most notable for Cheltenham’s Open Meeting, which bestrides the month like a colossus. But it is dangerous […]