Coolmore Syndicate

Coolmore Syndicate  There are many forms of being ‘in it together’ gambling wise. For some cheering on friends playing the best online casino australia may tick that box. For others they prefer more real world action. Coolmore syndicate was established in Co. Tipperary in the mid-Seventies, when legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien, his son-in-law John Magnier and wealthy owner Robert Sangster, the son of Vernons Pools founder Vernon Sangster, joined forces. They bought expensive yearlings at the Keeneland Sales in Kentucky, which were trained, with no little success, by O’Brien and subsequently syndicated to stud for commanding fees. This approach helped develop Ballydoyle Stables and Coolmore Stud into the world-class training and breeding facilties that they are today.

Following the retirement of Vincent O’Brien in 1994, Magnier acquired both facilities and approached his unrelated namesake Aidan O’Brien to take over as private trainer at Ballydoyle Stables. Robert Sangster died of pancreatic cancer in 2004 but, by that stage, Magnier had been joined in the Coolmore syndicate by bookmaker-turned-business-tycoon Michael Tabor, to whom he was introduced by mutual friend John Patrick ‘J.P.’ McManus, and Derrick Smith. Smith, too, hails from a bookmaking background, having worked for Ladbrokes for two decades or more, but amassed his fortune by investing in the property and leisure sectors. Tabor and Smith have their own racing colours, but most of their horses are owned in partnership with Magnier and/or his wife Susan. Much like hearing of a  big win on the best nz online casino sites, there’s nothing like forming  syndicate and experiencing the highs and lows of that together.

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse  The history of Newbury Racecourse dates back to 1905, when it was founded in its current location, approximately two miles south-east of the centre of the market town of Newbury in Berkshire, South East England, by local trainer John Porter, with support from King Edward VII. Porter is commemorated by the running of the Group 3 John Porter Stakes, a mile and a half contest for older horses, at the course each April.

The round course at Newbury is a left-handed oval, approximately 15 furlongs in circumference, with a 5-furlong straight. There is a also a straight mile course. The National Hunt course is situated inside the Flat course and, consequently, a furlong or so shorter. All the courses undulate, gently, throughout, but wide, sweeping turns make Newbury galloping in nature and ideal for big, long-striding types. Indeed, it is considered one of the fairest courses in the country under both codes.

On the Flat, the seasonal highlight is the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, run over mile and open to older horses, in May. The roll of honour includes Brigadier Gerard and Frankel, to name but two. Under National Hunt rules, Newbury is known for the Ladbrokes Trophy, formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup, Betfair Hurdle, Game Spirit Chase and Denman Chase, the result of any of which almost invariably has a effect on the market for the corresponding ‘championship’ race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Welsh Grand National 2021 Preview

Welsh Grand National 2021 Preview  Hot on the heels of the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day comes the second steeplechasing highlight of the festive season, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, which is scheduled, weather permitting, for 2:50pm on Monday, December 27. Nowadays run over a distance of 3 miles 6½ furlongs, and 23 fences, the Welsh Grand National remains shorter than its English and Scottish counterparts, but nonetheless represents a thorough test of stamina and jumping ability.

Last year’s comfortable winner, Secret Reprieve, is 6lb higher in the weights this time around, but still looks well treated and, consequently, jointly heads the ante-post market. The main problem with him is that he hasn’t run since January and, given his preference for cut in the ground, the unseasonably dry, mild weather has delayed his return to action. Trainer Evan Williams is reportedly keen to try for a repeat win, but ‘desperate’ to give Secret Reprieve a preparatory run.

The other joint-favourite, Ask Me Early, has his stamina to prove, but has won three of his four starts over regulation fences, including two at Chepstow, and is a progressive young chaser who needs to be taken seriously. He returned to action, following a wind operation, with a narrow win in a novices’ hurdle at Exeter in early November, so should have no fitness issues.

Beyond the market leaders, Yala Enki, who has finished third in the last three renewals of the Welsh Grand National, beaten 5¼ lengths, 2¾ lengths and 3¼ lengths, respectively, takes the eye. Paul Nicholls’ charge is rapidly approaching his twelfth birthday, but is 6lb better off with Secret Reprieve compared with last year and won on his reappearance at Cheltenham in mid-November. Long-priced winners of the Welsh Grand National have been something of a rarity in recent years, but if there is to be a shock result he could be the one to provide it.