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Past articles by Bill:

King and Edward to rule the roost in Queen Mother

THERE might only be seven runners in this year’s Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (3.30pm), but it’s a race that’s deep in quality. And while we → Read More

Connell’s Good Land won’t let rivals Passe in Ballymore test

YOU HAVE to go back six years to find the last Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm) winner trained on these shores and this year’s race really does → Read More

Sir Gerhard set to give Colombe a Real Whack

THIS year’s Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (2.10pm) looks a competitive heat, with cases to be made for over half the 11-strong field. I’m largely in → Read More

Be Bold in your Endeavours and back Camprond

YOU DO not get many harder races to find the winner of than the 26-runner Coral Cup (2:50pm). The last two were 50/1 and 33/1 and there have only been two → Read More

Delta can make easy Work of rivals to win second Glenfarclas

NOBODY who witnessed the aftermath of last year’s Glenfarclas Chase (4.10pm) will ever forget the image of both DELTA WORK and runner-up Tiger → Read More

Thyme feels White for a Sublime Grand Annual Chase

BOTH Dinoblue and last year’s runner-up Andy Dufresne have clear and obvious claims in today’s Grand Annual (4:50pm). The latter runs off the same mark as → Read More

What’s that coming over the Hill? It is a monster!

TIMING is a huge thing in sport. Imagine how many more Grand Slams Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic would have won if the other two hadn’t → Read More

Jon looks a très Bon bet to land the Arkle

NICKY Henderson and Willie Mullins have won seven of the last 10 runnings of the Sporting Life Arkle (2.10pm) and it will be a huge shock if one of them → Read More

Connell set for Nationale service as he shoots for biggest winner as a trainer

BEFORE analysing the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm), I have to declare that I head up the syndicate that owns RARE EDITION, trained by → Read More

Marie’s looks Rock solid in bid for Mares’ Hurdle repeat success

MANY are billing this year’s renewal of the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (4.10pm) as the race of the meeting. Last year’s first and second home are joined → Read More

Snowden’s mare to wear it well in Mares’ Novice

WITH one of the driest build-ups to a Cheltenham festival on record, it had been widely expected that this year’s meeting would take place on traditional → Read More

Henderson readying troops to take on Mullins battalion

WITH exactly a month to go until this year’s Cheltenham Festival, Nicky Henderson is preparing his team for another assault on the best four day’s in the → Read More

Reaching for the Stars…

THEY say that racehorse ownership is a mug’s game. Well, I’m the mug then, as I agreed just over two years ago to back trainer Mick Appleby at the Sales → Read More

Baaeed to bow out in style on his final racecourse start

RACEGOERS at Ascot on Saturday will get a chance to say goodbye to the remarkable BAAEED as he has his final race in the Champion Stakes → Read More

Creative a real Force to be reckoned with in the Sprint

LAST year’s winner CREATIVE FORCE is bidding to make it back-to-back victories in the Champions Sprint (2.00pm). He has been lightly raced this → Read More

Royal Aclaim the one to catch but Raasel may do the chasing

IT’S NOT that often you get a horse that’s yet to run in Group company go off favourite for a Group One, but that’s the case with ROYAL ACLAIM in the → Read More

Courageous Coltrane to defy Stradivarius in Lonsdale Cup

ONLY three horses have won six times at York and after Copper Knight and Dakota Gold were beaten on Wednesday, STRADIVARIUS has a chance to → Read More

Alpinista to strike for older generation in Yorkshire Oaks

ONLY six runners go to post for the highlight of day two, the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (3.35pm), but it looks a smashing contest nonetheless. We have → Read More

Stage set for exciting Dramatised to star in Lowther

KARL Burke and Danny Tudhope combined to win the Lowther in 2019 with a relative outsider in Living In The Past but it will be far less of a surprise if → Read More

Frankenstella on a frightening mark in Stayers Handicap

THERE are plenty of trappy looking handicaps at York over the next four days, but the best bet on the opening day could be in the Sky Bet Stayers Handicap → Read More