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Simon Rowlands is one of our regular bloggers, usually posting about handicapping and/or sectional timing but often extending to other racing matters.

Handicappers' Corner: Exciting times ahead around the racing world

Unbeaten Aussie filly Atlantic Jewel.

The week just passed was something of a calm before the storm of the Melbourne Cup and Breeders' Cup, but there were still some big efforts in evidence. Head of Handicapping Simon Rowlands explains what...

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31 Oct 2011

Frankel: A star who got the stage he deserved

There's no doubt that 2011 belonged to Frankel

The first British Champions Day was well received in nearly all quarters. Regular blogger Simon Rowlands considers the day's various aspects, including the welcome return of sectional timing and of a certain horse called Frankel......

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19 Oct 2011

Simon Rowlands: Frankel v Black Caviar will happen (against the clock)

Frankel takes on the clock on Saturday.

Sectional timing at Ascot's British Champions Day gives racing enthusiasts a chance to measure Frankel's brilliance like never before. But will he match up to Black Caviar on the clock? Simon Rowlands gives guidance on...

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13 Oct 2011

Simon Rowlands: Sectional timing and Frankel - a marriage made in Heaven

Hand-clocking won't be necessary at Ascot on Champion's Day.

Ascot's QIPCO British Champions Day sees the return of not just Frankel but of sectional timing to a British racecourse. Simon Rowlands sees great potential in this exciting development....

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Simon Rowlands

10 Oct 2011

Handicappers' Corner: Danedream deserves all the Arc plaudits

Danedream earned a Timeform rating of 132 when winning the Arc

The Arc result surprised many but stands closer scrutiny. Timeform's Head of Handicapping, Simon Rowlands, discusses the ratings from that race and from the many other significant ones over the last week....

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Simon Rowlands

3 Oct 2011

Handicappers' Corner: Uncle Mo far-ah way the best

Uncle Mo in his slower paces.

There were important races aplenty in North America at the weekend. Timeform's Head of Handicapping, Simon Rowlands, explains what Timeform made of the various performances....

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Simon Rowlands

3 Oct 2011

Handicappers' Corner: Two-year-olds take centre stage

Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl.

There were plenty of notable performances in the latest week but no change at the top of the juvenile pecking order. Simon Rowlands reports......

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26 Sep 2011

Kentucky Cup Stakes: Strike Impact peaking at right time

Calvin Borel takes the ride on Strike Impact.

Timeform's Simon Rowlands shares his thoughts on the major action in America this Saturday......

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Simon Rowlands

23 Sep 2011

Handicappers' Corner: Wigmore Hall lands a big one for Britain

Wigmore Hall: Made his breakthrough at Group 1 level at Woodbine on Sunday

In a quiet week for action domestically, the performances of British-based horses abroad proved particularly noteworthy. Simon Rowlands explains how Timeform rated all the top efforts......

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Simon Rowlands

19 Sep 2011

Simon Rowlands: Leading First-Season Sire September Update

Middle Park winner Dark Angel currently leads the way

Simon Rowlands brings you the latest update on the race to be leading first-season sire......

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Simon Rowlands

14 Sep 2011

Handicappers' Corner: Sea Moon a York star

Sea Moon: A top-class prospect

After a busy week for Group performers, Simon Rowlands runs the rule over the best European performances......

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Simon Rowlands

25 Aug 2011

Stewards' Cup Betting: Take two against the field in Goodwood sprint

Hoof It is one of two Simon will be backing in the Stewards' Cup

The traditional cavalry charge over Goodwood's sharp six furlongs looks as tough to fathom as ever, but Simon Rowlands reckons there are two you must have on your side......

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Simon Rowlands

30 Jul 2011

Totesport Mile Handicap: one thing you need to know before you have a bet

Green Destiny (left) - well drawn but hold-up style means luck will be needed.

Fresh from Royal Ascot, where he tipped several big-handicap winners including Julienas (advised at 33/1), Simon Rowlands has identified a couple of bets in Friday's big race at Goodwood....

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Simon Rowlands

28 Jul 2011

Simon Rowlands: Pick6 selections for Saratoga

Who will be on your pick 6 ticket for Saratoga?

Our blogger Simion Rowlands gives you his pick6 selections for the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks meeting at Saratoga on Saturday night......

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23 Jul 2011

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