Monthly Archives: April 2011

Brolly folly of betting shop robbers – “Cover me!”

Two men have admitted robbing a Glasgow bookmakers while armed with a knife and an umbrella wrapped in a plastic bag.

Kevin Docherty, 28, and 27-year-old John McDonald escaped with more than £400 from the Coral shop in Newlands.

During the raid in January, staff were threatened with the knife and believed the concealed umbrella was a gun.

Docherty and McDonald, who were on licence at the time, were remanded in custody at the High Court in Glasgow pending sentence in June.

The court heard how the pair were caught shortly after the robbery in a nearby newsagents.

They later pleaded guilty to charges of assault and robbery

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Does the casual racegoer care if it’s The Derby or a selling plate?

I wonder if we who are immersed in the intricate beauty of racing, the forensic challenge of form interpretation, the appreciation of superb conformation in the thoroughbred, misjudge what the public seeks in a day at the races?

For us it can border on obsession – one that we are desperate to convey to to the unconverted.  But is that really necessary? Does the casual racegoer need the level of detail we want to push him or her towards? It’s possible they just crave a good day out.

To someone who wants a different experience, how much does it matter if the race they watch is a selling plate or a classic? If it’s a tight finish and a betting slip is clutched, and the stands echo to roars of encouragement, and it’s not hard to get a drink and a tip for the next from the barman, how much more is actually necessary?

Perhaps we should simplify things and go back to basics. Friendly staff, good value, the  excitement of something new with the promise of a win on ‘my horse’; maybe that’s all we need.

Let’s not use a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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Punter uses Grand National winnings to land over half a million euro in Paddy Power poker tournament

County Clare hospital attendant, Niall Smyth started 9 April with €10 each-way bet on the English Grand National but after one week ended up with a €550,000 cheque.

Mr Smyth took his winnings from the Grand National and used them to buy his way into an online Irish Open feeder tournament. The prize for this competition was a ticket to enter the Paddy Power Poker Irish Open.

 Mr Smyth said “It’s been crazy seeing myself on websites and taking phone calls from newspapers, but I’m enjoying it.”Mr Smyth said “It’s been crazy seeing myself on websites and taking phone calls from newspapers, but I’m enjoying it.”

The part-time player outplayed 614 competitors including seasoned professionals and a former world champion over the course of four days at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

“It’s all very surreal.” said Mr Smyth.

“It’s been crazy seeing myself on websites and taking phone calls from newspapers, but I’m enjoying it.”

He added: “I won’t be taking any drastic steps but it has set me up well.”

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Twitter racecourses directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for many UK  racecourses.

With new people joining twitter all the time, it’s unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Jockeys Directory

Trainers Directory

Racing ‘general’ Directory

Racing Media

Betting Folk

Racecourses

Name Twitter ID
Aintree aintreeraces
Ascot Ascotinsider
Bangor on Dee BangoronDeeRace
Bath Bath_Racecourse
Beverley Beverley_Races
Cheltenham CheltenhamNews
Cheltenham- Ladies Day CheltLadiesDay
Chepstow Chepstow_Racing
Chester ChesterRaces
Doncaster DoncasterRaces
Down Royal Downroyal
Epsom Downs EpsomRacecourse
Exeter ExeterRaces
Fontwell fontwellracing
Goodwood Goodwood_Races
Haydock HAYDOCKRACES
Hereford Hereford_racing
Huntingdon Huntingdonraces
Kelso KelsoRacecourse
Kempton Park kemptonparkrace
Limerick LimerickRace
Lingfield LingfieldPark
Market Rasen MarketRasenRace
Musselburgh MusselburghRace
Naas NaasRacecourse
Newbury NewburyRaces
Newcastle NewcastleRaces
Newton Abbot NewtonAbbotRace
Newton Abbot NtonAbbotRacing
Perth PerthRacecourse
Plumpton plumptonraces
Ripon RiponRaces
Salisbury salisburyraces
Sandown Park Sandownpark
Southwell Southwell_Races
Taunton TauntonRacing
Towcester towcesterraces
Uttoxeter UttoxeterRaces
Warwick WarwickRaces
Wincanton wincantonraces
Windsor WindsorRaces
York yorkracecourse

Twitter betting-folk directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for some bookmakers, betting analysts, tipsters etc. One who doesn’t appear in the directory is Robert Gibbs @bechersbrook. I’ve been following Robert for some time and am very impressed with his tipping (he doesn’t pay me anything – nor does any sponsor or company or person mentioned anywhere on my blog).

With new people joining twitter all the time, the list is unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Jockeys Directory

Trainers Directory

Racecourses

Racing Media

Racing ‘general’ Directory

Betting/Analysis

Name Twitter ID
Betfair Betfair
Bettrends.co.uk bettrends
Coral coral
Coral Politics coral_politics
Dale Tempest Skybet_Dale
Dave Nevison bodugi_dave
David Johnson davidjohnson82
Gavin Dobson gav_dobson
GeoffBanksRacecourse geoffbanksbet
George Primarolo GeorgePrimarolo
Iain Turner IainWBXdotcom
James Knight jamesaknight
Jamie Hart jamieh7
Jayne Clarke JayneVClarke
Ladbrokes Politics ladpolitics
Matt Doyle Matt_Doyle_Sky
Michael Wilson bodugi_Mike
Nick Goff nickgoff79
Oddschecker oddschecker
Paul Jones sportspunter01
Simon Clare siclare
Simon Rowlands Rowleyfile
Spreadex spreadexsports
Stan James stanjames
The Racing Forum theracingforum
Victor Chandler VictorChandler
William Hill willhillracing
Paddy Power AskPaddyPower
Bet365 Bet365
Andy Richmond Bickley14


Twitter racing ‘general’ directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for some of the folk in racing who don’t fit into the other directory categories.

With new people joining twitter all the time, it’s unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Jockeys Directory

Trainers Directory

Racecourses

Racing Media

Betting Folk

Racing General

Name Twitter ID
Adrian Beaumont AdrianBeaumont
Amy Fair redcarracing
BBM BBM_UK
Bloodstock Al bloodstock_al
British Horseracing BritishRacing
British Racing School BRSNewmarket
Burghley Horse burghley_horse
Careers in Racing careersinracing
Caroline Davies TwinkleDavies
Clive Webb-Carter CWC_Bloodstock
David MacDonald UttoxeterGM
Dominique Hamblin LadyNanBullen
Ed Gretton EdGretton
Eliza Cook VoiceoftheRaces
Emma Owen AintreeEmma
Gemma Waterhouse GemmaBRS
Go Racing in Ireland GoRacing
Harriet Rochester HatRochesterPR
Horseracing UK HorseracingUK
James Armstrong JRFArmstrong
Johnno Spence JSCSport
Jonjo Sanderson jonjosanderson
Josh Apiafi joshapiafi
Kate Pittam katepittam
Kevin Dean deany75
Lambourn Stables LambournStables
Lorraine Ellison LorrEllison
Lucinda Gould CindaGould
Mark Spincer DoncasterRaceMD
National Horseracing Museum nhrm_newmarket
Paul Struthers paulmstruthers
Peter Scudamore petescu
Phil Taylor ptaylor217
Pointtopoint.co.uk pointtopoint
Pony Racing gbponyracing
Racehorse Rescue centre Horse_Rescue
Racing Diary racingdiary
Racing Home HorseRacingHome
Racing Welfare Racingwelfare
Richard Dunwoody richarddunwoody
RP Bloodstock rpbloodstock
Sally Iggulden SallyIggulden
Sam Stronge SamStronge82
Sammy Martin sammymartin36
Scottish Racing scottishracing
Stephen Higgins SHiggins1717
Student Racing studentracing
Sulekha Varna Lekha85
The Aintree Insider AintreeInsider
The Horse Bit Trader thebitgirl
The Jockey Club The_Jockey_Club
The Racing Forum theracingforum

Twitter racehorse trainers directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for some UK racehorse trainers.

With new people joining twitter all the time, it’s unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Jockeys Directory

Racecourses

Racing Media

Betting Folk

Racing ‘general’ Directory

Trainers

Name Twitter ID
Alan Jarvis Racing millracestables
Amy Weaver amyweaverracing
Bill Ratcliffe RatcliffeRacing
Charlie Hills cbhills
Charlie Mann WhitcoombeHouse
Chris Bealby nhtrainer
Dan Skelton dannskelton
David Pipe DavidPipeRacing
Di Grissell Grissell_Racing
Donald McCain Jnr DonaldMcCainJnr
Ed Dunlop EdDunlopRacing
Ed Walker edwalkerracing
George Peckham georgejpeckham
Ger Lyons Racing gerlyonsracing
Gerard Butler GAButler
Henry Cecil’s Stable warrenplace
Hugo Palmer hugopalmeracing
James Evans HJamesEvans
Jamie Osborne osbornejamie
Jeremy Gask jeremygask
Jeremy Noseda JeremyNoseda
Jeremy R M Scott holworthyfarm
Jonathan Portman jportmanracing
Kim Bailey kimbaileyracing
Tom Dascombe Manor Farm Stables
Lawney Hill LawneyHill
Michael Bell MikeBellRacing
Mick Channon Mick_Channon_TV
Mike Prince MilddlehamPark
Milton Harris MFHarrisRacing
Paul Nicholls PFNicholls
Peter Chapple-Hyam ChappleHyam
R Pritchard Gordon RPGRacing
Richard Fahey RichardFahey
Robert Cowell cowellracing
Roger Charlton RogerCharlton
Stef Higgins stefracing
Tim Pitt Tim_Pitt
Tom George TomGeorgeRacing
Willie Mullins WillieMullinsNH

Twitter jockeys directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for some of the jockeys on twitter (Those seeking Ruby Walsh will find he is the JD Salinger of twitter – even AP can’t get him to join)

With new people joining twitter all the time, it’s unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Trainers Directory

Racecourses

Racing Media

Betting Folk

Racing ‘general’ Directory

Jockeys

Name Twitter ID
Aidan Colman AidanColeman
Alice Haynes finefillie752
Andrew Tinkler Andrew_Tinks
AP McMcoy AP_McCoy
Barry Geraghty BarryJGeraghty
Charlie Huxley charliehux
Dan Collins DAN89COLLINS
David Crosse DavidCrosse
Gerard Tumelty Gertumelty
Harry Derham harryderham
Harry Skelton Harry89skelton
Hayley Turner hayleyturner123
Jack Doyle jackjd0yle
James Cowley jamescowley
James Millman jrmillman
James O Farrell JPOFarrell
Joe Tizzard JoeTizzard
Johnny Murtagh JohnnyMurtagh
Kelly Harrison Kelpumpkin
Kerrin McEvoy KPMcEvoy
Kevin Tobin KevTobin
Laura Pike lollypike
Leonna Mayor LeonnaMayor
Luke Morris Luke_Morris88
Mark Bradburne mbradburne
Martin Lane martinjlane
Natasha Anne Eaton NatashEaton
Nick Scholfield Nick_Schofield
Nicky Mackay nickymackay
Oliver Greenall olivergreenall
Olly Williams ollywill
P J Racing Pj1racingjockey
Paddy Brennan PaddyBrennan22
Paul Carberry paulcarberry
Phil Kinsella phil_kinsella1
Rachel King RachelK11
Richie Killoran richiekilloran
Robert Thornton Choc_Thornton
Sam Thomas S4MMY1984
Sam Twiston-Davies samtwiston
Thomas Bellamy tommy_bells
Thomas Messenger thmessenger
Thomas Molloy tommymolloy
Thomas O Brien tjobrien12
Tom Queally tpqueally
Wayne Hutchinson waynehutch
William Kennedy WTKJockey
Willy Twiston-Davies willy_twiston
Wilson Renwick WilsonRenwick

Twitter racing journalists directory

Courtesy of lovetheraces.com, here are the twitter names for some of the media folk in racing.

With new people joining twitter all the time, it’s unlikely to be up to date. If you want to add to it or comment on it, please use the ‘leave a comment’ section at the foot of the page rather than sending me a tweet (that way, you do the work!)

Jockeys Directory

Trainers Directory

Racecourses

Betting Folk

Racing ‘general’ Directory

The Media

Name Twitter ID
Alan Byrne alanjbyrne
Alex Hammond skysportsAlexH
Alice Plunkett aliceplunkett
Amy Mathieson AimsMathieson
Brett Williams BrettPresents
Bruce Millington brucemillington
Channel 4 Racing Channel4Racing
Chris Dixon cdixon82
Clare Balding clarebalding1
Cornelius Lysaght CorneliusRacing
Dave Ord DaveOrd
David Baxter Dbaxterpost
Derek Thompson tommoracing
Eamonn Wilmott ewilmott
Eclipse Magazine eclipse_tweets
Ed Chamberlin skysports_ed
Eddie Freemantle eddietheshoe
Emma Spencer EMMA_SPENCER
Frank Keogh HonestFrank
Gavin Beech Gavineasyodds
Graham Cunningham gcunning12
Greg Wood Greg_Wood_
Harry Tregoning htregoning
Horse & Hound horseandhound
HorseRacingUK HorseracingUK
Ian Prior ianprior
James Emmett JamesEmmett
James willoughby Prof_Hindsight
Jessica Lamb Thestonefox
John Hanley Hanleyontheball
John Maxse jmaxse
John McCririck RealMcCririck
Lydia Hislop LydiaHislop
Marcus Townsend captheath
Mark Popham mediaboy99
Mark Pougatch markpougatch
Martin Kelly Kello_MK
Mick Fitzgerald mickfitzg
Mike Vince halo_straight
Nick Luck nickluck
Oli Bell olibellracing
Paul Hayward PaulHayward_gnm
Paul Ostermeyer orsracing
Paul Smith Quito113
Paul Struthers paulmstruthers
Rachel Wyse RACHEL_WYSE
Racing Post racing_post
Racing UK Racing_UK
Richard Hoiles RichardHoiles
Richard Preen RichardPreen
Rory Delargy helynsar
Sally Anne Grassick spoons00
Scott Bowers ScottBowers
Sean Boyce boyciesbetting
Shane Anderson Globalgallop
Sid Fernando + observer sidfernando
Sporting Life SportingLife
Steve Freeth stevefreeth65
Stuart Riley StuartRileyRP
Thomas Kerr ThomasKerrRP
Thoroughbred Times TTimes
Timeform Radio TimeformRadio
Tom O’Ryan Ballyhurst
Tony Paley tonypaley
Tony Smurthwaite surfinsmurf
Victoria Spicer VickySpicer

Champions Series organisers miss a trick with these rather lame titles

This press release announces awards for leading jockey and trainer in the British Champions Series.  Surely Champion of the Champions would have been a bit more  eye-catching than ‘Jockey of the Series’ and ‘Trainer of the Series’?

JOCKEYS AND TRAINERS SET FOR QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES TITLE RACE

The QIPCO British Champions Series will be crowning a “Jockey of the Series” and “Trainer of the Series” when it concludes at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on 15 October 2011.

Both awards will be based on the number of victories achieved during the 35 race series – 30 races prior to QIPCO British Champions Day, beginning with the QIPCO 2000 Guineas this Saturday (30 April), and five on the big day itself.  If there is a tie for the number of winners, second places will be taken into account; if there is still a tie, third places will also be taken into account and fourth places, etc. if necessary.

These new jockey and trainer competitions will provide exciting season-long championships that fans can follow race-to-race. Leader boards for both championships will be updated after each race and published on the official Series website –www.britishchampionsseries.com

The winning jockey and trainer will be presented with their specially-commissioned trophies on the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, the richest fixture in British racing history.  Both winners will be asked to nominate a charity, with each charity receiving a cheque from the British Champions Series for £25,000.

Chris McFadden, Chairman of British Champions Series Limited, said: “These awards will go to the jockey and trainer who have had the most success at the elite level of British flat racing, across the world class races that make up the QIPCO British Champions Series. I am certain that they will become highly coveted accolades.

“They are very different to the existing jockeys’ and trainers’ championships which span the entire Flat racing season, encompassing every single race, and it will be fascinating to see if the same jockey and trainer that dominate the flat season as a whole can also do so at the elite QIPCO British Champions Series level.”

The QIPCO British Champions Series website will also feature horse ranking tables in each of the five categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.  These will be according to the horses’ official international ratings, based on their best racecourse performances and compiled by the world’s racing authorities.  While these ratings will not be specific to the QIPCO British Champions Series, they will indicate the best horses that are competing in the Series races.

McFadden added: “We have long thought that the official industry-endorsed ratings could perhaps be better presented and their relevance explained. By producing tables by category and throwing more light on them in the context of the QIPCO British Champions Series, we hope that this important part of the racing and breeding industry’s horse grading system might gain a higher profile away from the expert audience.”

NEW RACE NAMES FOR QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY RACES

The names of three of the five QIPCO British Champions Day races have been changed to reflect plans to build Britain’s richest-ever raceday into the country’s end-of-season Flat racing championship and a major event in the international racing calendar.

The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (which takes over from the Diadem Stakes, previously run at Ascot in late September), the £200,000 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (which takes over from the Jockey Club Cup, previously run at Newmarket) and the £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (which takes over from the Pride Stakes, also previously run at Newmarket) are the new titles.

They join the £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance), the £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (British Champions Mile) and a valuable handicap (details of which have yet to be finalised) on the brand new Ascot card.

Chris McFadden, Chairman of British Champions Series Limited, said:

“If we are to position QIPCO British Champions Day with maximum impact as the new climax to the British flat racing season and a major event in international flat racing, we felt it was important for the race titles to reflect this.

“These three races are in any case very different to the ones whose place they have taken, so we felt that re-naming them was appropriate from this point of view as well.  Quite apart from the fact that they are either being run at a different time of year or at a different racecourse, none now has a penalty structure in its conditions and all have much higher prize money, combining to make them Group 1 contests in all but name.

“All five titles now emphasise that these are the final races in each of the five QIPCO British Champions Series categories which will contribute to the key purpose of the Series – to throw the spotlight on the best races in the British Flat racing calendar and to highlight the significance of QIPCO British Champions Day as the new end-of-season finale which this country has previously lacked.”

About the QIPCO British Champions Series:

The QIPCO British Champions Series is a major new premier series of British horseracing, launching on 30 April 2011 with the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket’s historic Rowley Mile. It will climax on 15 October 2011 with the richest fixture in British racing history, QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse.

The QIPCO British Champions Series features 35 premier Flat races staged at ten of the UK’s leading racecourses: Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Newbury, Newmarket’s July Course, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York.

It encompasses British racing’s key festivals, including the Guineas Festival at Newmarket, the Epsom Derby Festival, Royal Ascot, the Newmarket July Festival, Glorious Goodwood, the Ebor Festival at York and the Doncaster St Leger Meeting.

The QIPCO British Champions Series comprises five easy-to-follow champion categories, namely Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies and Mares. The six highest-rated races will feature in each category, leading to a same-day finale in each.

Long-term, the QIPCO British Champions Series aims to attract a wider audience for the UK’s second most attended sport.

About QIPCO Holding:

QIPCO Holding is one of the leading private investment companies in Qatar. Established in 1999, QIPCO Holding has a diverse range of interests, including real estate, construction, oil and gas, finance and health services. Its portfolio of interests includes Qatar Bloodstock, which owns the stallion Makfi, the winner of the 2010 2000 Guineas.

Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company (QIPCO Holding) is owned by six brothers who are members of the Royal Family of Qatar. The Chief Executive is Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, who together with his brothers are nephews of the Emir of the State of Qatar.

Over time, the group has diversified itself to form individual subsidiaries, each operating independently and specialising in their fields of expertise. For more information visit: www.qipco.com.qa