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The man who makes the big decisions

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 7:15 Comments comments (-1)

RACING is all about opinions but some count more than others. When it comes to rating horses under national hunt rules, senior handicapper, Noel O'Brien and his colleague Sandy Shaw, have the last word.




That type of power could give some people a touch of a God complex but while O’Brien has to have confidence in his judgement, this is not a dogmatic individual. In truth, 33 years of hav...

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Noel O'Brien Q & A

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

NOEL O’Brien is the Irish senior national hunt handicapper, responsible for rating every horse that runs under national hunt rules. It makes him one of the most influential people in the sport.




Noel joined the Turf Club in 1977 and moved to the handicapping division four years later where he assisted Louis Magee. He became the senior handicapper in 199...

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Dr: Adrian McGoldrick: Guardian of the track

Posted on 22 July, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

"That man should be made a saint. Words can't describe how amazing he was, and still is, for me.”

Mark Enright


“The only standard is the highest level of protection. Nothing less than the highest level is adequate”


IT WOULD be wron...

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Holden out for a hero

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

AROUND Kilkenny, if the names Shefflin, Cody and Holden come in conversation, the likelihood is that hurling will be the topic, with Henry, Brian and Joey having captained the Noresiders to All-Ireland success at the highest level, Henry considered one of the best to ever play the game and Brian possibly the greatest manager of a sports team this country has seen.


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Murphy looking to unleash the magic

Posted on 5 May, 2017 at 11:40 Comments comments (0)

OISÍN MURPHY seems to have been around a long time but then he was so young when he shot to prominence. He handled that meteoric rise remarkably well, showing a maturity way beyond his years and being extremely comfortable dealing with media interest.




The Killarney native has coped just as well with the setbacks that inevitably come in racing too. He possesses a keen understanding ...

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Non-Trier Rule for punters rather than horses, says Power

Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

IRISH Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power says that the updated Non-Trier Rule means that jockeys will be riding for punters and stewards rather than horses and their connections, and admits that riders will have to be harder than they would like and risk the futures of young horses, to avoid falling foul of the regulation.



Robbie Power and Our Duke are led in last Monday a...

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"I had him in a slatted house in Ballintubber and when the lads came to get him he was eating a round bale with a rake of cattle"

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

IT IS another of those quintessential national hunt stories that captures the very essence of jump racing.


“Katie has done a great job with him; you have to hand it to her... She's with him every day; she knows the horse, the horse knows her and that has to be a help” (Photos: Caroline Norris)


It starts...

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Never give up

Posted on 21 March, 2017 at 8:45 Comments comments (0)

 

THE congratulations cards are wedged above the fireplace, battling each other for a good posi. Room is tight, particularly with the plaque as winning jockey of the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April taking centre stage.


It isn’t exactly Auteuil on the dressing table in the corner either. More testaments to success abound. If you weren't aware initially, you would know within seconds of walking into the sitting room that Jamie Codd is prime-time in his...

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Sell pity somewhere else - the inspirational JT McNamara

Posted on 14 March, 2017 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

"This wasn’t meant to be no sad song. We’ve heard too much of that before."

- Paul Brady, The Island

 


“I’d be a lot worse if it happened to me in a car crash” (Photos are stills from an ITV Racing

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Renaissance Roger

Posted on 13 March, 2017 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)

“Do you think you’ll ever get outta here?”

“Me?”

Red sighs.

“Yeah. One day, when I’ve got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs, they’ll let me out.”

“Tell you where I’d go. Zihuatanejo.”

“Ze-what?”

“Zihuatanejo. It’s in Mexico. A little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexic...

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