Weighed In

Weighed-In | Episode 53 | Reflecting

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The flat season kicked-up a gear last week so join Tony, Hugh and Kevin as they cover all the action from Newmarket and Newbury. How good is Sacred, is Snow Lantern the real deal and what to make of Master Of The Sea. Tote+, Brian Toomey’s insurance claim and Stephen Mahon suspension. All this and your questions answered.

It is a sombre mood, with news just filtering through at time of recording, of the sad passing of Lorna Brooke. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends at this time.

A deep dive review of all the action from Aintree. Was Rachel Blackmore winning the Grand National a bigger story than a third Tiger Roll win. What next for Teddy Grimthrope and Juddmonte, is it Ruby or Sir AP that floats your boat? A quarantining Nick Lightfoot fills in for Tony Calvin from his gilded prison. Thankfully Hugh and Kevin were gentle with the new guy.

The Weighed-In team are back with another cracking show. The thorny issue of micro shares and Horse Racing syndicates is discussed in full, while a fitting tribute to, a now retired, Richard Johnson is paid by all. Nepotism in broadcasting is tackled, the best Racing writer is confirmed and the ever optimistic ‘Shark’ gets a favourable mention.

The Weighed-In team have hit a half century and the cliff horse, Singlefarmpayment, has won for the first time in over 4 years. Absolute scenes all round. In the weekend review Haqeeqy looks group class, Top Rank form is questioned, while Lord North and Mishriff look formidable. Dan Skelton and his call for additional graded races has Kevin apoplectic and he reiterates his call for a female jockeys allowance. All of this and listeners questions answered in the bullseye show.

Tony Calvin is MIA so Jane Mangan gets the call-up for her first appearance on Weighed-In. It’s the morning after the night before and the post Cheltenham analysis is in full swing. Introspection and recrimination abound but we are concentrating on the horses and the stars riding them. Kevin has some strong opinion on how we have arrived at this juncture for UK National Hunt Racing while Jane can't get enough of Honeysuckle and that Champion Hurdle display.

It’s the last Weighed-In before the Cheltenham Festival, so a busy show with lot’s to get through. Gordon Elliott, the relationship between the IHRB and the BHA, Lee Mottershead and jockey fines are just some of the topics discussed. While, in the weekend review, both Tony and Kevin were suitably impressed with Cloth Cap, agreeing that he will go off favourite, and take some beating, in the Grand National. The Shunter did the business for Kevin on Saturday, but what race will he go for at the Festival, is the question. The County Hurdle, Ultima and Coral Cup are the races in focus for the eighth and final week of ‘Footsteps To The Festival’. TC picks out a nice 16/1 chance in the County Hurdle while Kevin gives a honourable mention to Koshari in the Coral Cup.

It’s a somber mood today with discussion focusing on Gordon Elliott and events which came to light over the course of the weekend. Kevin, Hugh and Tony have strong views on the subject and talk in length about the various scenarios which could develop over the coming days and weeks. In week 7 of ‘Footsteps To The Festival’’ the Mares Novice Hurdle. Mares Chase and Kim Muir are the feature races this week. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to take ‘listeners questions’ but we will answer all that are not time specific next week’s show.

In a bumper review of the weekend action the team discuss and dissect Champ’s cracking return in the Betfair Game Spirit, Goshen’s win in the Kingwell Hurdle and Tiger Roll in Navan. Is Soaring Glory a genuine contender for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle? TC is a believer. Top rides from both David Egan and Hugh Morgan are highlighted for very different reasons. Charles Byrnes, Sheik Mo, Panorama and all Twitter questions answered.

It’s another busy show with week 5 of ‘Footsteps To The Festival’’ kicking off proceedings. The advice is simple. Take a tentative approach to the handicaps until the weighs are out. The ‘Mares’ Hurdle is discussed in a little more detail. Also up for discussion is Davy Russell and his dismissing of Bruce Millington, Nicky’s Altor and Champ curve ball, the IHRB and all your Twitter questions answered.

It’s a bumper edition of Weighed-in with the guys doing a full and comprehensive review of the ‘Willie Mullins show’, or, the Dublin Racing Festival, as it’s more widely known.

In week four of ‘Footsteps To The Festival’ the Gold Cup takes centre stage and TC has a strong fancy for a previous winner of Chasings Blue riband event at 16/1. While in the Triumph, Gordon Elliott, has an embarrassment of talent in the division. Could he split his aces and run Zanahiyr in the Supreme as Quilixios is only qualified for the Triumph? All of this, plus that gamble and the Charles Byrnes appeal covered’’

Join Hugh, Tony and Kevin as they review all the action from last weekend and discuss the pressing issues from the world of Horse Racing.

It’s week three of ‘Footsteps To The Festival’ and the third day highlights, the Marsh, Stayers Hurdle and The Ryanair are discussed in detail with Tony pinpointing an interesting betting angle in the Marsh Novices’ Chase with Coolreevy.

The IHRB have been in the spotlight in recent days and the guys discuss how the Irish Regulator needs to can change and evolve in the current environment. All of this, plus a tribute to Paul Haigh and your Twitter questions answered.

This week the guys discuss Viking Hoard and Charles Byrnes. Kevin Blake has concerns with several aspects of the case, most notably, the absence of CCTV at all but one Irish Racecourses. While Tony feels there was some naïve and incorrect reporting on the role betting Exchanges played in bringing the case to light and how they have been subsequently portrayed.

It’s week two of our ‘Footsteps To The Festival’ segment the guys take an in-depth look at Day 2 of Cheltenham with the Ballymore, Festival Novices’ Chase (formerly the RSA) and Champion Chase taking centre stage. Some strong thought and fancies with Tony suggesting a route for punters in the Festival Novices’ Chase to take advantage of the Non Runner/No Bet concession on the Betfair Sportsbook. All this and your Twitter questions answered.

Hugh extends all our congratulations to Kevin and the, ultra-tolerant Dee, on their recent marriage and it’s straight into the action!

We kick-off our new weekly ‘Footsteps To The Festival’ segment with this week’s focus being Day One of the four day extravaganza and an Ante-Post deep-dive into The Supreme Novices Hurdle, The Arkle and The Champion Hurdle. Tony likes a pricey one in the Supreme and, with the safety net of ‘None Runner, No Bet’ on the Betfair Sportsbook, is taking on Shishkin in the Arkle. While Hugh is still sweet on Epatante in The Champion Hurdle.

The guys also review Envoi Allen, all the weekend action and chat about Khalid Abdullah, Levy Reform, Colm O’Donoghue plus all your Twitter questions answered.

The Weighed-In team of Hugh Cahill, Tony Calvin and Kevin Blake take a retrospective look at all the weekends action and discuss the hot topics in Racing. Covid testing among participants, Adam Wedge and his clumsy turn of phrase, sponsors representatives attending tracks during T5 lockdown are among some of the topics and all your Twitter questions answered. Oh, and they are all looking forward to the Rick Astley concert in Newbury this summer.

It’s another busy week for the boys on Weighed-In. They discuss the reappearance of Al Boum Photo in Tramore, chat about the impressive Monkfish in Leopardstown and all are agreed that Bravemansgame looks the real deal. Covid and the continued implications for Racing. Ayr and their late cancellation, Cheltenham without the Irish. All of this and Twitter questions answered.

It’s been a fantastic couple of days on the Racing front and the guys give a full review and analysis of all the action. How good was the Savills Chase and King George? The boys aren’t giving up on Santini just yet. Henry de Bromhead’s agony and ecstasy in Leopardstown and David Mullins's disappointment. Chepstow falls foul to the weather, again, but should they consider changing the fixtures dates. All this and your Twitter questions.

Hugh Cahill, Tony Calvin and Kevin Blake are joined by special guest, Dr Jennifer Pugh, Senior Medical Officer of the Irish Horse Regulatory Board, to discuss current protocols around concussion and head injury assessments. 

It’s a fascinating interview with unique insight from Ireland’s top Racing doc. Paisley Park and Thyme Hill served up a cracker on Saturday and Kevin was suitably impressed by the prospect of them clashing again this season. Hugh on Hollie Doyle, steroids in Racing, centralised stewarding and much more all discussed.

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