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A Whip Raised In Anger?

At Ascot on Saturday 23rd January Steven Gagan was given a ban after striking Sacrilege eleven times “in annoyance” in an attempt to get the horse to start the 3.10 race.

The owner and trainer both thought the ban was harsh as Gagan “did not lose his temper” and was only “trying his best”.

The incident [...]

Racing For Change Plan - 10 points or nil points?

Phase one of racing’s plan for world domination has been announced and here are the proposals.

1. Decimal odds trial over several meetings one weekend in spring.

2. Funded media training for trainers and jockeys with a budget for appearance fees.

3. Trainers and jockeys to be listed with first names rather than initials.

4. Photo finishes to be [...]

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RaceReader is a dedicated horse racing blog . I will comment on topical racing issues and hope to provide useful information and analysis to make your betting more profitable and enjoyable.

My name is Steve and I more or less eat, sleep and breathe horse racing.  I compile my own [...]