Spring Foursomes

After a break of some fifteen years I decided this year that I would start playing bridge again, but in a more serious fashion than previously and targeting the main competitions around the world. My core team has been me, Willie Whittaker, Derek Patterson and Gunnar Hallberg - earlier this year we went out to Tokyo and competed in …

Ryder Cup singles

I love the Ryder Cup - it represents some of the best viewing and general sports and betting banter to be had anywhere in the year. There’s something special about a tournament where a load of guys who spend their sporting lives ploughing lone furrows are asked to act as a team; and where they draw their inspiration and …

Betfair Memories 1

It feels like an age ago that we launched Betfair and it’s hard to remember everything that happened back then - it’s a shame that I didn’t start blogging earlier. I still have a few memories from the early days that make me smile.

When we launched the website we were operating out of a converted house in Russell Square …

Winker

I’m getting a few Winker Watson progeny coming through now, my fourth Winker foal of this season having been born last week. I have four free nominations to Winker each year, and I try to take them all. Year 1 was disappointing as two of the four foals failed to materialise - one went very early and the …

Day 4 write up

1:30 The Triumph Hurdle

In searching for statistical pointers that may govern this specialist race, there is one that holds strong in recent times; the winner will likely come from a large commercial stable in the UK. In the last eight years this race has been shared by Henderson, Nicholls, King and Hobbs, each winning …

Looking into the abyss

It’s been a very long time since my last blog. My life has changed so much in recent times and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the future - the horses have taken a back seat.

I’ve had a few winners lately. Present Danger won tonight which was nice - she’s very capable but is still very …

Not firing

A poor tipping performance on Saturday - I’m not quite firing at the moment. Maybe today will be better.

I’ve had a hard look at the 3:35 at Ripon - the sharp early turn on the mile course has played into the hands of low drawn front runners in the past. In the Great St. Wilfrid on similar ground the …

Up and running

A big week just gone as my stud farm finally got moving after a three year wait. Paul Coombe started as stud manager last Friday and the first horses came down. Three more mares came down today, all in foal.

In total I now have nine mares, all in foal, in my biggest paddock (Baldovina, Bea Menace, Lilac Moon, …

Good Luck

A long week. On Friday I went into hospital for an operation on my toe - it’s been crooked for my whole life but this year it’s irritated me more than ever, particularly when I climbed Kilimanjaro.

I now have a pin sticking out of my toe with a blue bead on the end of it - it will be …

Sad Day

It’s a strange and sad day for me as I write my blog today. There’s been a regular feature of my Saturday mornings for as long as I can remember - my Uncle Terry calls at around ten thirty and we go through the card. Two weeks ago he died of cancer - his funeral was on Wednesday. …

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