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Hemmings’ Burton Port Still a Potential Grand National Contender


Had he avoided a series of training setbacks over the last four years there is little doubt that the Nicky Henderson-trained Burton Port might well have been good enough to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup - but it wasn’t to be.

Nevertheless, the nine-year-old remains a horse of considerable ability when he is sound and despite disappointing on his first outing of the campaign over hurdles may yet be a major contender for honours at Aintree in April when he could represent his sporting owner Trevor Hemmings in the Crabbies Grand National 2014.

There is no race on the calendar more important to Hemmings, owner of the Blackpool Tower amongst a raft of business interests, and also owner of no fewer than two previous Grand National winners: 2005 hero Hedgehunter, and the 2011 winner Ballabriggs. When Hemmings buys a young horse he does so in the hope that one day that horse might be good enough to carry his green, yellow and white colours in ‘the world’s greatest steeplechase’.

Burton Port ran second in the 2010 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before going on to win on the Mildmay course at Aintree a few weeks later, landing the Grade 2 novice chase before reappearing the following November to run a blinder when second to Diamond Harry in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. A series of subsequent training setbacks meant that the gelded son of Bob Back wasn’t seen again for 16 months, after which he returned to very nearly beat Long Run in Grade 2 company at Newbury before finishing an excellent fourth behind Synchronised in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

If he remains fit and healthy and gets the green light to bid for the Grand National (40/1), Burton Port could very well prove a hard horse to beat. He really is a class act.


Tony McCoy Infographic


Below is an infographic on the facts of Tony McCoy's illustrious career as a National Hunt Jockey. On the 7th of November 2013 Tony McCoy reached 4000 winners when riding Mountain Tunes in the 3.10 at Towcester.

Facts About Tony McCoy Infographic


2013 Breeders Cup


Wise Dan winning at the 2012 Breeders Cup The Breeders’ Cup World Championships was established in 1984 and is a series of Thoroughbred horse races that are run annually, operated by Breeder’s Cup Limited. It was originally organised as a one day event until 2006 and then from 2007 on it was lengthened to two days. All races bar one have taken place in the United States, 1996 being the exception with the races being help in Canada at Woodbine Racetrack.

The event attracts the top horses from various places around the world, particularly from Europe and was created as an end of year championship races for North America. The Breeders’ Cup was founded by John R. Gaines who was well known as a Thoroughbred owner and breeder with ambitions to clean up the sport’s image.

The November 2012 Breeders’ Cup took place at Santa Anita Park, California, with an attendance of almost ninety thousand people viewing the fifteen races, with a total handle of more than $148 million.

This year Godolphin has nominated Outstrip, trained by Charlie Appleby under Sheik Mohammed’s stable, to race in the Breeders’ Cup over in America. One to watch will be Olympic Glory having just won the Queen Elizabeth II stakes victory at Ascot running with blinkers for the first time. The three-year-old colt relished in the soft ground and with new found focus of the blinkers saw him sprint through a narrow gap and winning the £1million prize with odds of 11-2.

You can view a range of free tips for the Breeders Cup here


2013 British Champions Day


British Champions Day, held at Ascot Racecourse, is the season highlight fixture for the end of the British flat racing. It is a thoroughbred horse race meeting that occurs each year in October and is a British Champions Series finale which includes finals of the five divisions of the series, also featuring the apprentice jockey’s race. Last year it was deemed the richest day in British horse racing, culminating £3 million in prize money.

The British Champions Day is a relatively new event, with the first fixture being held in October 2011. The 2012 meeting saw Frankel, the unbeaten colt, complete his racing career winning the Champion Stakes at the British Champions Day meeting in 2012 and breaking records with a crowd of 32,000.

Frankel Winning The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance cup covers two miles of the famous Ascot turf, providing a renowned test of stamina for the flat racing’s top stayers. The seven races in the category vary in distance form 1, 3/4 miles to 2, 1/2 miles.

The 2013 event taking place this Saturday (19th) has had ground conditions predicted to be on the soft side. Clerk of the course, Chris Stickels, evaluated the going as good to soft and soft in some places, with this week’s weather forecast showing unsettled, this could change.

The return of this race for the third year running will prove to be the richest day in horse racing yet, with 11% more in prize money than last year, topping the total to £3.4 million!


Arc De Triomphe 2013


Solemia winning the 2012 Arc De Triomphe The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is to return to Longchamp in France this weekend for its annual Group One flat horse race and the thoroughbred horses, which are three-years-of-age or older, are to run the distance of 2,400 meters. The race, which is popularly named “Arc” is one of Europe's most prestigious horse races. At present it is just behind the Melbourne Cup and the Japan Cup as the world’s third richest turf race, featuring many highly commended horses with the winners frequently being regarded as champions.

The first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was on Sunday 3rd October 1920 and it is scheduled to take place every year, usually on the first Sunday of October. The initial race was won by a three-year-old colt named Comrade, owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner's prize that year was 150,000 francs. The prize money was originally funded by the government, with independent sponsors being introduced in 1982. Last year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe total prize-money distributed over the weekend was a record 7.2 Million Euros.

The Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe looks to be offering an exciting race this year, boasting a strong field with the top nine horses having won a Group One or Grade One Race. It has also been confirmed that the trainer Aidan O’Brien’s St Leger winner, Leading Light, is to be supplement for Sunday’s race, meaning the Irish trainer will have four horses entered for this prestigious event.

You can view a range of tips for this years race here: 2013 Arc De Triomphe Tips


Sacre to start at two miles this Season


It looks as though fans of the great Sprinter Sacre will have to wait until December for the outstanding chaser to have his first outing of the new campaign, the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown appearing favourite to host the superstar on his seasonal bow.

Speaking at a recent open day at his famous Seven Barrows stables in Lambourn, trainer, Nicky Henderson, admitted that if Sprinter Sacre did come to hand quickly this season, he might be tempted to run him in the Schloer Chase at the big Cheltenham meeting in November but that in all likelihood it will be the Sandown race that will kickstart another campaign for the horse who is unbeaten in his last 10 starts.

A top-priced 2/5 chance with to retain the Queen Mother Champion Chase title he won in such imperious fashion last March when slamming former champion, Sizing Europe, with barely believable ease, the gelded son of Network followed up by winning over two-and-a-half miles at the Aintree Festival a few weeks later, proving four-and-a-half lengths too good for the smart Cue Card in the Grade 1 John Smith’s Melling Chase.

That win prompted fevered speculation that Henderson might step up to three miles and have a crack at this year’s King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, but it appears nothing could be further from the mind of the champion trainer, who believes that Sprinter Sacre has no need to go any further and that two miles might well be as far as he goes this season.

A little like the mighty Frankel on the Flat scene a few years ago, Sprinter Sacre stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries and will be a massive draw for racing fans wherever he goes.


Horse Racing in Australia


Horse racing is an important spectator sport in Australia. Thoroughbred horse racing has proven to be particularly popular over the years and gambling on horse racing has wagered billions of Australian dollars with both the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) and bookmakers collectively.

There are two variations of Thoroughbred horse racing in Australia, which include flat racing and hurdle racing in South Australia and Victoria. It is the third most attended spectator sport in Australia behind the rugby league and Australian rules football.

Internationally, Australia has more racecourses than all the other nations, with it being second to the United States of America for the number of horses that start in races each year. On a similar level of success, Australia comes third after the United States of America and Japan for the prize money amount that is given each year.

There has been growing public interest in Thoroughbred racing in Australia particularly during the foremost autumn and spring racing carnivals which have been growing in recent years, with more than 100,000 attracted to the Victoria Derby, the Melbourne Cup and the VRC Oaks race meetings. Major attractions also include The Caulfield Cup, the WS Cox Plate and the Golden Slipper Stakes.

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Online Gaming and its Impact on the Real World


We are constantly looking for new sources of entertainment, things that can distract us during periods of relaxation, much needed breaks and as a form of escapism from times of stress and chaos. Technology is a highly influential area in entertainment terms and tends to give direction and availability to the applications we use and the games, which we play.

Society has become technologically minded and depends on different items to allow us to access different forms of entertainment and gives us a wider spectrum of games to play. Traditional games things we have always loved to play and participate in have taken on a new lease of life with the help of the Internet. Some of the most popular games such as mecca bingo are now widely available for players and enthusiasts, as bingo has become one of the biggest games to take over the Internet and allow players to indulge in their favourite game from the comfort of their own homes.

Online gaming is a new phenomenon that allows players to expand the games that the play and the people they play with and against as the Internet can bring together people from across the globe that share the same volumes of passion with regards to gaming.

The Internet is the perfect form of escapism that allows the user to ignore the events that are happening in the real world and all around them. It is easy for users to become obsessed with the things they are doing and seeing online and it is all too common for hours and even days to slip by with little communication and interaction with the outside world.

The level of obsession can become intense and extreme and can make a person isolated and alone as they reduce the level of personal interaction with real people and instead focus their energies on those that are online and the games, which they are playing together.

The need to be entertained is overwhelming and is something, which is unlikely to die as more, and more brands are appealing to users and becoming more accessible online and supporting and fulfilling the needs of the users. The real world tends to take a back seat to the demands of the virtual world as the increase of technology makes the online world so accessible.

Technology and the Internet has changed the way in which the world is run and our individual roles, simple tasks have become dependant on technology, we are reliant on items to helps us get through our everyday lives and restrict and limit the interactions we participate in and the social aspects of our lives as our time is so dominated by the lure of the Internet. We used to be far more active as a society and in our down time and would seek out the sources of entertainment but now it seeks us out and is only ever a touch away.

Online gaming has transformed the way in which we spend our personal time and has altered the things we have and continue to find entertaining and has impacted the way we socialise and interact. When we are not playing the games we are thinking about them or discussing them and we let simple sources of fun dominate our lives as we constantly look for the ultimate fulfilment and sense of satisfaction.


Brave Tiger lands Thrilling Renewal of Ebor Handicap


He might not have raced as a juvenile, but the Lady Cecil-trained Tiger Cliff is certainly making up for lost time as he showed when producing a sensational late burst to reel in the luckless Genzi close home in a tremendous renewal of the coveted Betfred Ebor Handicap on the final day of the Ebor Festival fixture at York.

In a smaller-than-average field of just 14 runners – reduced by six due to overnight rain that turned the going to ‘Good to Soft’ – Tiger Cliff was sent off a well supported 5/1 second-favourite on behind Irish raider Ted Veale (who finished fourth).

However, victory in the £200,000 contest looked far from likely as the field stormed down to the final furlong with the Ian Williams-trained Genzi clear and seemingly with the race in his pocket.

150 yards out, Genzi began to show signs of tiring though and Tom Queally got to work on Tiger Cliff who suddenly found a visible change of gear under the stands rail and came powering through to lead in the last 30 yards, eventually winning with a little more in hand than the eventual winning margin of half a length suggests. John Holt’s admirable Number Theory ran another cracking race to finish just a length further back in third.

The winner of a Newmarket handicap on his seasonal reappearance in May, the four-year-old Tiger Cliff then went on to run a fine race in defeat at Royal Ascot when coming home a brave runner-up to Well Sharp in the Ascot Stakes, a race over two-and-a-half miles which might well have proved beyond the actual limit of the son of Tiger Hill’s stamina at this stage.

Back at a mile-and-three-quarters at York, he looked a classy performer and could well develop into a top two-miler next season.


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