Author Archives: Ben Aitken

What we learned from the weekend: 17th, 18th & 19th November…

Finally a decent Elgin wearing black & white!! 30 years ago I was standing on the terraces of Borough Briggs as a young lad cheering on the black and white of Elgin City in the Scottish Highland League. Last Sunday I was standing in my living room in Yorkshire cheering (roaring!!) on a horse called…

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What we learned from the weekend: 11th & 12th November…

Jack Kennedy was in red-hot form over the weekend… Unowhatimeanharry, Top Notch, Apples Jade, Footpad, Might Bite… yeah we’re in full swing now friends! An interesting, albeit a little bit quieter than what’s to come, kind of weekend, but what did we learn from the action… What we learned from the weekend: 11th & 12th November… 1. Jack…

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What we learned from the weekend: 4th & 5th November…

Is Bristol De Mai a serious Gold Cup horse? No looking back now people, we are very much locked and loaded in full National Hunt mode until spring 2018! The Charlie Hall Chase is the last chance for you to jump ship and stop the addiction before it takes a proper hold for the next…

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What we learned from the weekend: 28th & 29th October…

Smad Place back in business in the Old Roan Chase! OK. Hands up if you are now fully fired up for the 2017/18 National Hunt season?! Hell yeah! I’m over the first in flying fashion and have my ears pricked looking for the first open ditch now that weekend is in the form book! If…

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Five more well-handicapped National Hunt horses you need on your side…

Time for Nicky Henderson to start looking for an opening for his Brave Eagle… OK. Champions Day on the flat is done. It’s in the form book and we can close the door on the flat season now. Agreed? Good. You can take a small break to watch/punt on the Breeders Cup but that’s it. No…

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Munster National Analysis: The NTF Trends Assault!

Will this years Munster National hero go onto Festival success in March? OK. Munster National time. For the second year in a row I’m on track for my own ‘Irish National Hunt Autumn Double’, after nailing the Kerry National part of the puzzle last month. No denying, however, I often find this one a bit…

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12 horses that start the season in flying form…

The New One; unbeaten in five 90+ day October/November starts… Not all horses start the season like Mike Tyson in his pomp, bang ready to fire and knocking their opponents through the ropes with a flurry of pinpoint haymakers, leaving the opposition reeling and wondering ‘what the hell happened there?!‘. No, some are a bit…

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