Archive for the ‘Round the Clock with The Terrible Tout’ Category

BREEDERS’ CUP PREVIEW (SATURDAY)

November 3, 2017

Regular readers already know from yesterday’s preview that the big names to keep onside are FLAVIEN PRAT – by far the track’s leading turf/dirt jockey (30% strike rate on turf; 26% on dirt) and trainers SIMON CALLAGHAN (massive 47% strike rate on turf); BOB BAFFERT (most winners on dirt; 24% strike rate) and WILLIAM E. MOREY (50% strike rate on dirt) (more…)

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BREEDERS CUP PREVIEW 2017 (FRIDAY)

November 2, 2017

Breeders Cup moves to Del Mar – a quaint seaside course with tight turns and short straight whose standout feature is (more…)

BOOKMAKERS HAVE A PART TO PLAY

May 30, 2017

The man I call (behind his back, of course, so for God’s sake don’t tell him) Luke Cage but whose pen name is Mark Wignall (never met the chap) wrote a very interesting column last Thursday headlined “Cleaning up Caymanas racing track”. (more…)

2017 CHELTENHAM PREVIEW

March 12, 2017

It’s the third week in March and that means only one thing namely the Cheltenham Festival.

Unusual spring weather again this year (climate change is NOT a hoax) finds the meet should start on good to soft going (more…)

GAMBLING MONOPOLY LOOMS?

December 4, 2016

For decades now, I’ve been a lone voice calling for the divestment of horse racing to the private sector.

My calls were greeted with howls of derision by “experts” (more…)

THE TERRIBLE TOUT’S 2016 BREEDERS CUP PREVIEW (SATURDAY)

November 4, 2016

The weather continues perfect; the dirt track is riding fast; the turf firm. (more…)

THE TERRIBLE TOUT’S 2016 BREEDERS CUP PREVIEW (FRIDAY)

November 2, 2016

With Santa Anita now looking like the soon-to-be permanent home of the Breeders Cup, international punters should start to study its characteristics. Santa Anita is very much a speed track (more…)

BACKWARD, UNINSPIRED, UNIMAGINATIVE STEWARDING KILLING HORSE RACING

August 21, 2016

Damon Runyon, world famous journalist, raconteur and horse racing aficionado, postulated two abiding principles.

First: “All horse players die broke”. (more…)

HORSE RACING CAN HAVE A FUTURE

July 13, 2016

Now that divestment of Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) operations to Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) appears to be nigh, it’s a good time to revisit those essential ingredients to a horse racing industry’s profitability. (more…)

TERRIBLE TOUT’S 2016 ROYAL ASCOT PREVIEW

June 13, 2016

A rather wet Ascot gets ready to host yet another Royal meeting this week and it promises to be one of the most competitive sets of races for a very long time. (more…)