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David Brayshaw

Former Racing Manager with 17 years’ experience in the Racing industry. Currently a broadcaster for SIS and writer for Sporting Life and beforetheoff.com, David has a passion for horse racing and specialises in ante-post betting

2018 National favourite Total Recall back for more

Perennial Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins has an embarrassment of riches in the staying chase department with reigning Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo and his Punchestown conqueror Kemboy chief among them. It should be no surprise then that he looks to be assembling a deep squad of challengers for the Grand National. Mullins has […]

National Clues aplenty from Doncaster and Cheltenham on Trials day

Saturday’s meeting at Cheltenham is officially known as ‘trials day’ with a host of dress rehearsals for the Festival in March. For those looking beyond the Festival and towards the Grand National, the race that look of most interest are the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham. Precious National clues could also be on offer at Doncaster […]

National clues aplenty in Thursday’s Thyestes Chase

It’s #TheRaceThatStopsACounty 🏇🏆Foggy Morning in Kilkenny 🌫️ #Thyestes Day has dawned @Goffs1866 Thyestes Chase one of the Great Iconic Days in Sport in Ireland emphasising all that is good about Rural Ireland.. Buses Coach’s & Cars descend en masse on @GowranPark1 #Gowran pic.twitter.com/q8x25TKkuV — Joe Seward (@JoeSeward1) January 23, 2020 The Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase […]

Copper an intriguing National contender for Ditcheat maestro

Give Me A Copper looking happy after his win ⁦@wincantonraces⁩ with regular rider ⁦@MattHampton17⁩ pic.twitter.com/C8IN4dmIkP — Hannah Roche (@hanroche1) 13 November 2019 Legendary trainer Paul Nicholls was deservedly awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. The man responsible for all-time jumping greats Kauto Star, Big Bucks, Denman and Master Minded to name […]

Red Definitly on target for Grand National

Such a shame that the Malcolm Jefferson Memorial chase has just the two runners, deserves better. #DefinitlyRed will pick up just under 16k for what will amount to a schooling session. Not bad work if you can get it. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/OtKErDiJp7 — Rob Chadwick (@RobChadwick8) 13 February 2019 Brian Ellison gave an upbeat bulletin on […]

All eyes on Warwick for key Grand National Trial

Le Breuil edges Discorama in action-packed National Hunt Chase https://t.co/pBx4UqUVPd pic.twitter.com/aLsmI55oSU — Racing Post (@RacingPost) March 12, 2019   Although some three months before Aintree, Warwick’s 3m5f McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase has proven a real pointer to the Grand National in recent years. In 2017 One For Arthur won the Classic chase […]

Saint to Burrow 80-year National hoodoo

Burrows Saint @WillieMullinsNH leads from start to finish to win the @thetotecom @punchestownrace Hurdle with @rachaelblackmor pic.twitter.com/CBRxrhIwXT — David Betts (@davidbetts3213) 31 December 2019 As Mark Twain infamously stated in his 1907 book Chapters from My Autobiography, ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’. The most damning of Grand National statistics […]

Road to Aintree; The Grand National Trials that matter

There are many trials for the Grand National, some official, others unofficial but still recognised. The first trial is usually thought to be the Irish Grand National held at Fairyhouse 11 months earlier. Not since Numbersixvalverde who won at Fairyhouse in 2005 and at Aintree in 2006 has this double been completed, although many have […]
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