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newton abbot highlights from Simon Nott
Horse RacingJune 23, 20210

Newton Abbot 22 June 2021

There was traffic chaos because of a series of incidents on the roads around Newton Abbot before racing. The situation meant some jockeys didn’t get to the course in time for the first race the Racing Partnership TRP Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Lucy Gardner’s loss was Gavin Sheehan’s gain when picking a spare ride on winner on Susan Gardner’s c …

tuesday highlights of royal ascot 2021
Horse RacingJune 16, 20210

Royal Ascot Tuesday Highlights

Those that really had a lump on may have had a few moments of anxiety when the favourite was niggled along briefly three out. Day one of Royal Ascot kicked off with a victory for Palace Pier for John and Thady Gosden under…

Jim Clarke bookmaker at the racecourse
Horse RacingJune 16, 20210

A Royal Ascot Catastrophe

One year I got a day’s work with fellow Dorset bookmaker Jim Clarke. Jim and I got on really well but our day working together at Royal Ascot was memorable for all the wrong reasons. I am not at Royal Ascot this year but sitting down to write about it did get me reminiscing. Here is the story, a tale of woe, people who do not like to read about bookmakers losing, stop reading now!

punters checking bets results
Horse RacingJune 12, 20210

Weekly News roundup from Beth

The week started on a sombre note. On Tuesday racing bade a fond farewell to trainer, philanthropist and legendary gambler Barney Curley. His funeral was held at Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda Catholic Church, Newmarket. Sadly, Covid restrictions meant that only 50 of Barney’s family and closest friends were able to attend. Despite the fact …

photo from a rainy epsom oaks day
Horse RacingJune 7, 20210

Epsom Oaks Day

On a day that racecourse bookmakers and paying customers were allowed back on course, there were two tremendous stories emanating from the two feature races. Pyledriver provided the ‘fairy tale’ victory that racing thrives on by winning the Group 1 Coral Coronation Cup at a rain-soaked Epsom.

Horse RacingJune 3, 20210

The Punter’s Lame and Oaks and Derby News

The big story from Newmarket on Wednesday was nothing to do with the Derby or the Oaks. No, it was news about that loveable man about town the bookies fear. He’s known simply as @ThePunter2020 on Instagram to his legions of fans, professional punter Martin Raymond has been laid up, hospital bound, having a knee operation.