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Handicappers' Corner: Not a grey day for Neptune

Neptune Collonges on his way to National glory.

The fallout from Saturday's Grand National centred on another dark day for racing's image to once-a-year punters, plus a decisive blow by Paul Nicholls in the battle for the trainers' championship, yet not enough column...


Phil Turner

17 Apr 2012

Dubai Handicappers' Corner: Monterosso magnifico in World Cup

Monterosso wins the World Cup

There were some visually impressive performances at Meydan on Saturday night, but how do those victories actually stack up when it comes to Timeform ratings? Dubai Handicapper Stephen Molyneux has a closer look....


Stephen Molyneux

2 Apr 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Baker proves the difference in Winter Derby

Premio Loco ran to a figure of 119 in the Winter Derby

Though the culmination of the all-weather season, it's difficult to see Winter Derby day at Lingfield as anything other than the beginning on the new Flat season given the quality of horses and the promising...



26 Mar 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Cheltenham Festival Review

Big Buck's took his unbeaten run over hurdles to 16

It is said that there are few certainties in life other than death and taxes. After a hectic Cheltenham Festival, jumps handicapper Phil Turner can add a few more to that list- whichever lane you...



20 Mar 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Ballabriggs fit for National service now?

Ballabriggs returned at Kelso

Although racing has entered its usual quiet storm before next week's Cheltenham Festival, several leading Grand National hopefuls have been flexing their muscles in recent days, so jumps handicapper Phil Turner casts his eye over...


Phil Turner

6 Mar 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Will Williams claim a Festival Triumph?

Nick Williams: Trainer of Urbain de Sivola.

The Triumph Hurdle has thrown up more than its fair share of big-priced winners down the years and, with no superstar to have emerged from the latest crop of juveniles, jumps handicapper Phil Turner argues...


Phil Turner

28 Feb 2012

Handicappers' Corner: A hiccup for Nicholls?

It was largely a weekend to forget for the champion trainer

Dealing with an irritating cough can be a tricky business, so jumps handicapper Phil Turner has plenty of sympathy for champion trainer Paul Nicholls at present....


Phil Turner

21 Feb 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Big Buck's vs Hurricane Fly

Big Buck's vs Hurricane Fly would be a match to savour.

Racing For Change's main aim is to "broaden the appeal of the sport". The scheme's decision-makers could do a lot worse than put the feelers out to stage a match between the two outstanding hurdlers...


Phil Turner

31 Jan 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Beware of novice good-things?

Al Ferof remains with the strongest credentials for Cheltenham.

Bookmakers' satchels have bulged down the years thanks to Cheltenham Festival bankers who've failed to live up to expectations back in novice company. Timeform jumps handicapper Phil Turner suggests this year may be different......


Phil Turner

24 Jan 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Carry That Weight

Colin Tizzard's Hey Big Spender

As idiot betting maxims go, they don't get much more lame than "never back the top weight in a handicap" argues Timeform jumps handicapper Phil Turner....


Phil Turner

16 Jan 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Wily old Wylie!

Hold Fast impressed on Saturday.

"Less is more - quality not quantity" suddenly seems to be the motto of big-spending owner Graham Wylie, and the early signs suggest this new policy is already reaping dividends according to Timeform Jumps Handicapper...


Phil Turner

9 Jan 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Ring out the old, bring in the new?

Al Ferof makes most appeal for the Arkle at the current prices.

January 1st marks happy birthday for our equine friends, and there is often a tendency to view leading jumpers in a different light once an extra year has been added to their age column, says...


Phil Turner

3 Jan 2012

Handicappers' Corner: Long Run rated ahead of Kauto - you cannot be serious!

Phil argues that there are some parallels to draw between Long Run & Kauto and Federer & Nadal.

Timeform Jumps handicapper Phil Turner attempts to justify the decision and argues that there are some parallels to draw between Long Run & Kauto and Federer & Nadal.......


Phil Turner

28 Dec 2011

King George VI Chase: Timeform hail Kauto Star & Long Run

Kauto beats Long Run to land his fifth King George

Timeform have provisionally rated Kauto Star on 181 and Long Run 180 in Monday's King George VI Chase......



27 Dec 2011

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