To paraphrase Alex Ferguson: Royal Ascot – Bloody Hell! Eight Irish trained winners rather put the five at Cheltenham in the shade and they were spread around a bit too; no Ballydoyle beano this time. But even though there has been a “Wow” factor about Frankel ever since that Queen Anne win, all we can do is see that “Wow” and raise you a “Zowie!” (more…)
June 18, 2012 by Brian O'Connor
Simon Coveney must love this bloodstock lark. The Cork based Minister for Agriculture knew little about it before entering cabinet but has quickly learned it is the file that keeps giving, especially in terms of unfortunate headlines.
Michael O’Hagan’s resignation last week from Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and the new post of Director of Communications was as quick as it was unexpected. (more…)
June 11, 2012 by Brian O'Connor
Praise and criticism tends to go in waves. In the immediate aftermath of Camelot’s Derby success, he was hailed a true champion. Then came a reaction, suggesting he’s the best of a mediocre classic crop. That could yet prove valid, but never forget first impressions can deceive. (more…)
June 4, 2012 by Brian O'Connor
First things first: Camelot going for the St Leger would be a welcome diversion from the norm’ and a much-needed shot in the arm for a race dying on its feet. Still, call me a sceptic, but is all this Triple Crown stuff also handy for keeping out of Frankel’s way? (more…)