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2018 Aintree Festival stats and trainer mini-angles…

It’s been damn tough going for the jumping game since the completion of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Damn tough and damn bloody wet! To be fair it’s not just the jumps game that has suffered, the flat haven’t quite managed to fully engage first gear either, it’s been THAT wet! But that’s all about to…

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Five under the radar runners to take from the 2018 Cheltenham Festival…

Laughing because he knows he’s got this game by the b*llocks… We all recovered from last week?! The week after the Cheltenham Festival is always a bit of a comedown, made even worse by the fact Mrs NTF usually makes me do some jobs around the house/garden that I’ve neglected for the past 2-3 weeks…

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Five Cheltenham Festival stats that will need to be broken…

Has Footpad been over timber too many times? A week to go… We’ve survived the cold snap (just about!) and are now staring down the seven days to go Cheltenham barrel!! Seven days until the madness kicks in, that’s all there is, SEVEN god damn days! As usual it’s starting to consume my every thought at…

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Three to follow from the weekend…

Is Paddy FINALLY primed to win again? You know something, I don’t think we learned a great deal from that weekend of racing. I mean it was OK but we have now very much entered ‘The Cheltenham Zone’. You know, the time where things are REALLY all about the festival. It’s so close we can…

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What we learned from the weekend: 16th, 17th & 18th of February…

Waiting Patiently continues his rise up the ranks… Only three weeks to go until the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Not sure where the first seven weeks of the year has gone (!?!) but here we are. Three. Weeks. Away. The Cheltenham beast is firmly on the horizon. As is to be expected there were a smattering of…

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What we learned from the weekend: 9th, 10th & 11th of February…

Amy Murphy and her stable star Kalashnikov continue on their upward curve. Another weekend in the form book and a few more steps closer to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival… Once again there were Cheltenham pointers aplenty during last weekend’s action and here’s my own take on a few of the mud-splattered nuggets of the action,…

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What we learned from the weekend: 2nd, 3rd & 4th February…

Edwulf nuts Outlander on the run-in to land the Irish Gold Cup! Everyone caught their breath yet? That was quite some weekend of racing that was lavished upon us and I think it’s safe to declare the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival as a resounding success! Samcro confirmed his reputation as the second coming… Faugheen ‘bombed’ again…

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