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Barry Geraghty

Top rider Barry Geraghty is aboard Coney Island in the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday.

Surfing The Sand

The latest Fast Track Qualifier for Good Friday’s £1 million Finals Day takes place in France on Saturday. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the Mile feature and looks ahead to the best races at Lingfield Park and Kempton Park this weekend.

Stable Stars

A mouth-watering Ascot Chase is the highlight of a fantastic weekend's racing in the UK and Ireland. The Grade 1 is one of two Bonus Races to target on what is week 14 of Stable Stars.

Sectional Spotlight

Sectional timing expert, Simon Rowlands starts this week’s column with a look back at a bizarre race at Newcastle on February 8th. Simon also has some recent eyecatchers for your ATR Tracker and split-stakes betting advice in a race at Lingfield on Saturday.

Pointing The Way

Just two horses feature in this week’s Pointing The Way, but the Oldtown and Kirkstown winners could well be stars of the future. Make sure you get them added to your ATR Tracker.

Handicappers' Blog

Head Handicapper at the British Horseracing Authority, Phil Smith has some words on the last Grand National he will frame before retirement. Phil announces this year’s top weight and has some interesting data based on past Nationals.

  • Eyecatchers


    Betfair Hurdle hero Kalashnikov (8-1) was flagged up recently along with other previous Eyecatchers Grandfather Tom (5-2), Vision Des Flo (15-8), Gowiththefow (7-4) plus Whatswrongwithyou (evens) and form expert Alan Thomson has pinpointed six more promising performers.

  • Kevin Blake

    Kevin Blake

    Having assessed early fixtures and graded races in the Irish National Hunt calendar, Kevin Blake feels there could be scope for another super-meeting akin to that of Irish Champions Weekend and the Dublin Racing Festival.

  • Winning Systems

    Winning Systems

    In his latest column for, Dr Peter May reinvestigates a past system he uncovered, which fell foul to statistical randomness involving handicap hurdlers.

  • Irish Scene

    Irish Scene

    Declan Rix previews the Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in this runner-by-runner guide.

  • Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    Hugh Taylor: A punter’s perspective on wind ops

    With the British Horseracing Authority announcing that wind operations on horses will need to be declared from January 19 2018, the news has caused quite a stir among horsemen, punters and trainers. Here, Hugh Taylor gives his thoughts on the news from a punter’s perspective.

  • Talking Horses

    Talking Horses

    In his final Talking Horses column, David Lawrence analyses the horses that caught his eye most over the last week. A statistical look at the November Handicap, his final ratings of this season’s top juvenile fillies and a number of horses to be working well in Newmarket and Lambourn will need adding to your ATR tracker.

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