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  • SIGNORA Cabello was a welcome winner for the north on day two of Royal Ascot. The result was a shock to punters as she returned at 25-1 but it was no surprise to Malton trainer John Quinn. He was confident before the race that she......

  • ROYAL Ascot 2018 starts on Tuesday. Five days of the best Flat racing you will see all year. Thirty races, with a huge international flavour and challengers from around the world. However hopes are high that some of the prize money will be heading north.......

  • THE rain has been falling at Epsom. And that is good news for the sole northern challenger Dee Ex Bee. As pundits and experts have waxed lyrical about the potential greatness of Saxon Warrior and the credentials of his main rivals Roaring Lion and Young......

  • CHESTER is unique. The “Roodee” is like no other course. The twists and turns make it tricky for horses drawn wide. In fact, in races up to a mile, you may as well put a line through horses drawn “out in the car park” especially......

  • THE Grand National has been a lucky race for the north in recent years. Auroras Encore in 2013 caused a huge shock for Sue and Harvey Smith at 66/1. And last year One For Arthur, the cover star of this website, won the “Nash” under......

  • Pic: Racing Post. FIVE years ago, John Dance decided to dip his toe into the waters of racehorse ownership. The investment expert, founder of Newcastle-based stockbroker Vertem Asset Management, admits he has become a little “carried away” and is now one of the biggest owners......

  • TWELVE months ago Nietzsche, trained by Malton’s Brian Ellison, hit the crossbar in the Fred Winter Hurdle at Cheltenham. He was beaten a couple of necks into third place behind Flying Tiger and Divin Bere, but Ellison is planning another raid on the race with......

  • FIVE years ago Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd shocked racing by saddling 100/1 shot Tartan Snow to win the Foxhunters over the Grand National fences. On April 14 he could trump that achievement if Captain Redbeard runs in the Randox Health Grand National. The nine-year-old is......

  • MOMENTUM seems to be building in the north. The high-profile victory of Waiting Patiently in the Grade One Ascot Chase sparked an outpouring of emotion. His brilliant success came the day after the funeral of Malcolm Jefferson. Daughter Ruth now holds the licence and has......

  • I LOVE the Cheltenham Festival. The roar. The craic. The Guinness. And, most of all, the racing. But, personally, I don’t enjoy the run-up to the four-day event. The hype. The hyperbole. The endless preview nights. The sometimes brainless bar-room philosophy of pundits and punters.......

  • CAN the north win the Grand National for the second year running? It’s asking a lot but after the National weights were unveiled it’s not an impossibility. Seeyouatmidnight stands out as a well handicapped horse on 10st 8lb and he would give Scotland their second......

  • THE year 2017 will forever be remembered by leading trainer Lucinda Russell. One For Arthur’s Grand National success was a huge achievement for the Kinross handler, as well as providing a huge shot in the arm for national hunt racing in the north and Scotland.......

  • ALAN Brown rode some of the best northern racing legends of the late 1970s and 80s. He worked for the great MH Easterby, that’s Miles Henry to you and me, the greatest dual purpose trainer we’ve ever seen. He now trains horses near Malton. Racing......

  • DEFINITLY RED emerged as a genuine Cheltenham Gold Cup contender for the north after winning the Cotswold Chase on Saturday. There has not been a northern-trained winner of jump racing’s blue riband since Jodami in 1993. Here we look back at the awesome Jodami and......

  • THIS Saturday marks the 70th running of the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. Or the Great Yorkshire Chase to give it its original title. First run in 1948, the Sky Bet Chase has become a bit of an institution in the northern jump racing scene.......

  • WE all had our favourite horses when we were kids. One of mine was a horse who epitomised the word “enigmatic”. Ekbalco was trained by Roger Fisher in the Cumbrian town of Ulverston, famous as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Fisher was a character. He......

  • ONE of the reasons I started this website was to promote the good things happening in this great sport in the north. One of those good things is Kelso racecourse. Poor prize money is one of horse racing’s biggest bugbears. It is a perennial whinge among......

  • HORSE racing is a wonderful sport. But there are lows as well as unspeakable highs, and occasionally there is a tragedy that hits us like a sickening punch to the stomach. The death of Many Clouds almost a year ago was such a moment. Down......

  • I GOT hooked on racing at a fairly young age, probably because it was always on the telly. As a result, it slowly seeped into my blood. Certain famous horses struck a chord in those early days and it was usually the jumpers. Apart from......

  • Photo: Grossick Racing Photography A POTENTIALLY famous four-some, including the amazing Sam Spinner, could make a big impression in 2018… DEFINITLY RED (Brian Ellison): His performance in winning the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree felt like a turning point in the career of this likeable......

  • Photo: Grossick Racing Photography Ravenhill Road (Brian Ellison): The familiar colours of Phil Martin have been carried by some very good horses. Think Definitly Red, Seamour and Forest Bihan. But Ravenhill Road (pictured above) could be his best yet and heads our horses to follow......

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