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Enda McElhinney

Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.

Brotherly love recipe for Cheltenham success

Brothers Dan and Harry Skelton are enjoying a superb season over the jumps and they could hold the key to Cheltenham’s International Hurdle (15:05) on Saturday afternoon. Harry Skelton has been the talk of the weighing room this term and he recently burst through the 100-winner mark for the season, prompting talk he could push […]

Back Killie instinct at Rugby Park

Regular readers of this Scottish Premiership preview will know that the focus has tended to be on form teams, given that the table reflects a relatively balanced outlook behind Celtic. From a betting perspective, it tends to pay to follow teams when they are hot. St Johnstone and Hibs, earlier in the season, were prime […]

Mullins stars staying at home for Christmas

Willie Mullins is planning to keep a trio of his superstar jumpers in Ireland this Christmas rather than taking them to Kempton Park. Both Douvan and Faugheen, who hold entries in the King George VI Chase and the Christmas Hurdle respectively, are deemed unlikely travellers along with Yorkhill, who is set to have a potential […]

Blaklion hard to hold in Becher test

Fourth in the Grand National at Aintree in the spring, Blaklion looks to hold outstanding claims of getting a win over famous fences in Saturday’s Becher Handicap Chase. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge kept some very useful company last term, preceding his Aintree effort with pleasing performances in defeat behind the likes of Native River, Definitly Red […]

Accies worth chancing in Saints clash

Hamilton Academicals have perked up recently in the Scottish Premiership and victory this weekend could see them as high as sixth, so they are worth backing to get the better of St Johnstone on Saturday. The Accies sit alongside Celtic as the only side without a defeat in their previous six games, though their tally […]

Douvan return excites Townend

Super-sub Paul Townend is eagerly awaiting his chance to partner Douvan in the Tingle Creek at Sandown on Saturday. With Ruby Walsh out injured courtesy of a broken leg, Townend is the first-choice rider at Willie Mullins’ yard for the foreseeable future and that means he’s getting plumb rides as the superstars of Closutton return […]

Grab an early Windfall at Newbury

Newbury takes centre stage again on Saturday and, after seeing Thistlecrack and Unowhatimeanharry slayed on Friday, punters will be hoping for better luck on day two of the Winter Festival. Subsequent King George winner Thistlecrack won the John Francome Novices’ Chase on this card a year ago and, while there may be nothing quite as […]

Chance may ‘Well have passed

Motherwell came within a whisker of ending Celtic‘s domestic bliss on Wednesday night at Fir Park and the Steelmen may find it much tougher at the weekend. Gallant losers in the League Cup final at Hampden Park on Sunday, Motherwell again tested the resolve of Brendan Rodgers’ side with a thorough examination in midweek. An […]

Ricci – Douvan ‘back to where he was’

Owner Rich Ricci says the vibes from Willie Mullins’ yard suggest that Douvan is “back to where he was” after a season in which he was never quite at full tilt. Douvan was sent off odds-on for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but his unbeaten record went up in […]

Roughed-up Bhoys will go to the ‘Well

Celtic and Motherwell lock horns at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon as the first Scottish domestic silverware of the season gets handed out in the Betfred League Cup Final. There will be a special atmosphere pre-game as the two clubs come together to remember their former player, Phil O’Donnell, in a special tribute. The niceties […]