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David Irwin

David Irwin is an Irish sports journalist. Currently based in Manchester. 

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Fortunate George Wins Waitrose Handicap Chase At Ascot Impressively

Emma Lavelle's charge benefited from a strong pace throughout, taking things up just before two out and taking things the bull by the horns.

He won by a cosy margin in the end to take his fourth career success.

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Ex-Footballer Goes Racing At Ascot
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
Retired athletes often speak about missing the adrenaline rush of being in the thick of sporting action. Michael Owen, who makes his race-riding debut today…
Henderson Runners Fancied In Ascot Feature

14:40 Ascot - Waitrose Handicap Chase

Our feature race this Friday comes from Ascot and Nicky Henderson looks to be holding all the aces.

Kilcrea Vale ran to a good level over fences last term, claiming two wins, and makes his seasonal reappearance here. Nico De Boinville rides this market favourite.

Pougne Bobbi is Henderson’s second string in the races but is a useful type himself. He won in fine style at Ludlow at the back end but was disappointing in the main thereafter. He should be freshened up after a break and he's lightly raced, still. Daryl Jacob takes the ride.

Further down the card, Ballotin is an intriguing runner, he’s campaigned mainly in France, where he’s one in bumpers, hurdles, and chases. He won on his only start in Britain at Wetherby and is an intriguing one here.

Arsenal Teams News: Wenger Makes Sweeping Changes
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
Arsenal, fresh from their win in the North London derby at the weekend, are out to secure their spot atop Europa League Group H against…
Richard Johnson Uninjured After Wincanton Fall

Champion Jockey Richard Johnson is reportedly "fine" but "sore' after suffering a tumble at Wincanton.

He was aboard Philip Hobbs' Silvertown Lake at the Somerset course when his mount came down in the home stretch, having been well clear of the field and on the way to victory.

Everton Secure Lease On Plot For New Stadium

Everton have signed a 200-year lease on the land it hopes to build a new stadium on.

Securing the Bramley Moore dock site is a major milestone in the project for the Goodison Park club.

Toffees CEO, Robert Elstone, said in a statement: “Clearly this is very positive news.

“Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project ... both of which we hope to do in the New Year.'

You can read the full statement below:

Idaho Warms Up In Tokyo

Aiden O’Brien’s Japan Cup hopeful Idaho has been taking in his surroundings at Tokyo Racecourse ahead of Sunday’s race.

The Voltigeur stakes winner has been highly-tried at Group One level of late, with his travels taking him to France, the US, and Canada. He’s not been able to notch one though, and he goes in East in his latest tilt at a win at the highest level.

Have a look at his preparatory work below:

Grade 1 Winner Out To Make Winning Return
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
The news that Jessica Harrington’s Gold Cup hero Sizing John is being withdrawn from Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock due to the potential for wet…
Apache Stronghold Back To Work After A Break

13:00 Thurles - Boomerang Animal Bedding And Boomerang Horse & Country Store Chase (Listed)

This amusingly named Listed event is perhaps the best of what we’ve got on offer from today's racing. It takes place in Tipperary and while there might be only five runners, they’ve all got an amount of intrigue about them.

Noel Meade’s Apache Stronghold has been off the track for nearly three years, having been last seen when finishing third in the Champion Novices' at Punchestown. As a Grade One winner at Leopardstown in his pomp, he’d account for this lot without too much hassle if at anything like his best. While the ground will suit, however, he’s got a very lengthy spell off the track to overcome.

Bachasson is a young whippersnapper in comparison to his market rival at the age of six but is on an upward trajectory. He improved to win on his third start over fences at Gowran Park last time and can win on his way to better things.

You can find a full racecard with form and tips by clicking over here.

Racing Regulator Wades In On Public's Behalf
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
Change is afoot in British racing as trainers will soon have to declare when their horses have undergone wind operations, the BHA has ruled. The…
Punchestown Winner One Track Mind Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Warren Greatrex's One Track mind has sustained a leg injury and will not race again this season.

The seven-year-old was a grade 1 winner, having taken the Stayer's Hurdle at the Punchestown festival last year.

In a statement, his trainer said:

"One Track Mind has unfortunately sustained a leg injury last Monday. He is out for the season and we are not too sure what the future holds, but going forward, he will have time off.

"We will be doing the best by the horse."

Talented Chaser Goes In Match Race At Chepstow
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
A trio of early afternoon jumps cards at Hexham, Chepstow and Warwick and a flat AW one this evening at Kempton make up the quartet of meetings…
First-Time Faller Western Ryder Out To Make Amends At Chepstow

Race of the day: 12:45 Chepstow - Angela Nettlefold Memorial Novices' Hurdle (Div 1)

The most intriguing race of the day comes down in Wales in the opener of the card at Chepstow.

A field of fifteen at the time of writing is a tonic following the match-races and three-way-goes that have peppered National Hunt cards so far this season. That gang will go hurdling over two miles on soft ground at the Monmouthshire course.

The market leader, Warren Greatrex’s Western Ryder tops the market, he was a fine performer in bumpers before taking a tumble early on his hurdling debut having been well backed prior to the race. It’s still early days for him and he has the help of Richard Johnson today.

Colin Tizzard’s Bang On Frankie ran two a fair level in a couple of bumpers last year, before finishing midfield in a pipe-opener at Aintree last time. He should improve for that and has Harry Cobden aboard ahead of his big day at Haydock on Saturday.

The rest of those with experience are nothing to write home about and Neil Mulholland’s Irish point winner Moving In Style can make an impression on his debut under rules.

A Tale Of Triumph And Sorrow For Sport North Of The Border
David Irwin
The Sportsman Reporter
When Campbell Gillies entered the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure aboard Brindisi Breeze, having just won the 2012 edition of the Albert Bartlett, there was only one…
Harry Bannister Doubles Up

It's been a worthwhile trip to Southwell for Harry Bannister this afternoon - he's just pulled off the second leg of a 90/1 double at the course.

He's got a chance to make it a treble, too, as he partners Tierra Verde, the favourite for the 15:30 at the Nottinghamshire venue.

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