HORSE RACING NEWS

  • 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......