Alcala Doubles Up

Fabulous boy!

Sporting Judgement

When I sat here on Thursday night writing about my Friday double, I didn’t expect to be checking back in with a winner. 

On reading the comments from Mark Johnston on Rainbow Rebel, and Paul Nicholls on Alcala, I was expecting two tough races with perhaps each-way claims the best I could hope for.

Both trainers had mentioned how strong the races looked, and despite being in good form, big efforts would be required from both of the horses.

So I watched on more in hope, than in expectation for the half hour that parted the Parky double this afternoon.

First up was Rainbow Rebel in the 2:20pm at York. If any were going to get in the winner’s enclosure this Friday, I thought it would be him.

After finishing second on his last two outings, and remaining on the same mark for the trip around the Knavesmire…

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Winning In The Rain

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While the majority ran for cover at Newton Abbot on Monday afternoon, there were a select few of us that were singing in the rain.

It’s not every day that your horse gets into the winner’s enclosure, but my horse Alcala is making a real habit out of it, and long may it continue.

Since getting involved with a share in Alcala last November, I have seen him run six times, winning twice including for the second time on Monday.

His updated form figures since November now read 3F3131, meaning he’s never finished outside the top three when he’s completed. Giving him a 33% strike rate. He could well have placed on the day he fell at Hereford had it not been for the dreadful conditions under foot.

But once again he put in another consistent…

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Life in the Winner’s Enclosure

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Professional sport is all about winning.

Iconic US golfer Walter Hagen once said, “nobody remembers who came in 2nd” and in most cases, he’s probably right.

However, the average Joe will struggle to ever experience even coming second in professional sport, never mind winning, and that’s if they ever experience elite sport at all.

Of course, we all have our favourite teams, athletes or nations, and experience all the ups and downs along the way with them. But few ever get to be part of that professional outfit.

In football, you’ll need exceptional talent to get on the pitch and then into a coaching role, or bags of money to become a director, chairman or owner.

The same rules apply for cricket, rugby, tennis or whatever your sport may be.

But where am I going with all of this?

Well, along with football and cricket, horse racing is my sport…

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Time Out With Alcala

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With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, I thought it was only right to drop back into my blog and post a little update on my own venture into the world of horse racing.

For those of you that haven’t read some of my other blogs and social media posts, I now own a share in a racehorse called Alcala, which is trained by champion trainer Paul Nicholls down in Ditcheat, Somerset.

Check out my blog from his 3rd place finish at Uttoxeter here

I was lucky enough to be on a recent stable tour of Nicholls’ yard last month, and for those without a real knowledge of racing, it’s pretty much being invited to walk around the Premier League champions training ground for a day.


But just a few days prior to that was Alcala’s second racecourse outing since myself and my Dad had bought a…

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Living A Dream

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Saturday 31st December 2016 may well have been a day for most people to knock back those last fewdrinks of the year, but for me, it was a day that I will never forget for very different reasons.

The idea of owning a racehorse as always been a life-long dream of mine.

Since watching the racing on my Dad’s knee as a baby, enjoying a family camping trip to Cartmel each August Bank Holiday, and then more recently going for a bet at the races with my mates – being able tocall one my own as always been something of a fantasy.

A workmate had recently invested in a horse too, just to make my desire burn a little stronger. But just before Christmas all that changed,because after buying a share for my Dad, my girlfriend Beth also bought me a share in the racehorse named Alcala.


As part…

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