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What a Sport with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

What a Sport Sitting here tapping away on a beautiful April day I couldn’t help thinking about poor Lorna Brooke. An amateur in the true sense of the word her life was cruelly cut short at the age of 37 in a fall at Taunton. When you see a fall in a race it’s all…

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Soon be Dancing in the Dark with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Soon be Dancing in the Dark. So, the jumps season is running down. The Welsh Irish and English Nationals have all come and gone with just this Sunday’s Scottish version left to decide. The race for the jockey’s championship seems to be edging towards Harry Skelton but you never know. Although it does seem he…

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Time to Make History with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Time to Make History. Everybody seemed genuinely surprised last weekend when Richard Johnson announced his immediate retirement. From the subsequent tributes Johnson appears to have been equally well respected both on and off the track. Hopefully, he finds a role in retirement that gives him as much satisfaction as race riding obviously did. So, the…

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North v South with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

North v South As this strange season heads towards its conclusion, it looks like the media focus is going to be concentrated on the battle for the jockey’s championship. Harry Skelton and Brian Hughes are only separated by a couple of winners and presently there seems a momentum shift towards Skelton largely due to his…

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Let’s kick on with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Let’s kick on… Well, big sigh, we can all be thankful that Cheltenham went off smoothly, all the publicity that was generated was of the right kind, let’s hope the gloom of the past few weeks is fast disappearing in the rear-view mirror. Rachel Blackmore, a godsend to the non-racing media, has long been a…

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Three down and one (was) to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Three down one (was) to go… A few thoughts from the Festival’s first three days. Both seemed to highlight the good in the sport. Tuesday… on the jockey front really good news stories with both Rachel Blackmore and Ryan Mania getting deserved headlines. Having 12/1 Rachel to be top jockey gives me some added interest…

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Cheltenham but not as we know it with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Cheltenham but not as we know it t doesn’t need me to state the obvious, but I will, it is going to be a strange Cheltenham this year. No crowds, no amateur jockeys, no Gordon Elliot, no roar when the first race gets underway, no trying to spot the next top Irish amateur to rival…

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Well, who saw that coming? with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Well, who saw that coming? Last Sunday I felt a bit like the guy who walks round a corner and gets mown down by a cyclist bombing down the pavement from the wrong direction. Greater minds than this one has voiced their opinion on the Gordon Elliot saga …. I am surprised “Gordongate “hasn’t been…

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No ducking the Eider with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

No ducking the Eider Always a race I look forward to, although it usually ends up as a war of attrition, the Eider chase comes round once again at Newcastle. It used to be seen as a stepping-stone to the Grand National but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days. Looking back through…

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Not long to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Not long to go…. Well only three and a half weeks until Cheltenham starts, and it can’t come soon enough. At least unlike the latest lockdown we know when, fingers crossed, it starts and finishes so let’s hope no unforeseen variants get in the way. Most of the championship races look to be, if the…

read more
What a Sport with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1024 681 Dave T.

What a Sport with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

What a Sport Sitting here tapping away on a beautiful April day I couldn’t help thinking about poor Lorna Brooke. An amateur in the true sense of the word her life was cruelly cut short at the age of 37 in a fall at Taunton. When you see a fall in a race it’s all…

read more
Soon be Dancing in the Dark with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1024 576 Dave T.

Soon be Dancing in the Dark with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Soon be Dancing in the Dark. So, the jumps season is running down. The Welsh Irish and English Nationals have all come and gone with just this Sunday’s Scottish version left to decide. The race for the jockey’s championship seems to be edging towards Harry Skelton but you never know. Although it does seem he…

read more
Hope Eden Racing Limited - Race Horse Syndicate - Horses Jumping Fences
Time to Make History with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1920 647 Dave T.

Time to Make History with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Time to Make History. Everybody seemed genuinely surprised last weekend when Richard Johnson announced his immediate retirement. From the subsequent tributes Johnson appears to have been equally well respected both on and off the track. Hopefully, he finds a role in retirement that gives him as much satisfaction as race riding obviously did. So, the…

read more
North v South with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 2560 1920 Dave T.

North v South with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

North v South As this strange season heads towards its conclusion, it looks like the media focus is going to be concentrated on the battle for the jockey’s championship. Harry Skelton and Brian Hughes are only separated by a couple of winners and presently there seems a momentum shift towards Skelton largely due to his…

read more
Let’s kick on with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1600 1200 Dave T.

Let’s kick on with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Let’s kick on… Well, big sigh, we can all be thankful that Cheltenham went off smoothly, all the publicity that was generated was of the right kind, let’s hope the gloom of the past few weeks is fast disappearing in the rear-view mirror. Rachel Blackmore, a godsend to the non-racing media, has long been a…

read more
Three down and one (was) to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1024 683 Dave T.

Three down and one (was) to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Three down one (was) to go… A few thoughts from the Festival’s first three days. Both seemed to highlight the good in the sport. Tuesday… on the jockey front really good news stories with both Rachel Blackmore and Ryan Mania getting deserved headlines. Having 12/1 Rachel to be top jockey gives me some added interest…

read more
Cheltenham but not as we know it with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1017 597 Dave T.

Cheltenham but not as we know it with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Cheltenham but not as we know it t doesn’t need me to state the obvious, but I will, it is going to be a strange Cheltenham this year. No crowds, no amateur jockeys, no Gordon Elliot, no roar when the first race gets underway, no trying to spot the next top Irish amateur to rival…

read more
Well, who saw that coming? with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1200 1600 Dave T.

Well, who saw that coming? with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Well, who saw that coming? Last Sunday I felt a bit like the guy who walks round a corner and gets mown down by a cyclist bombing down the pavement from the wrong direction. Greater minds than this one has voiced their opinion on the Gordon Elliot saga …. I am surprised “Gordongate “hasn’t been…

read more
No ducking the Eider with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1200 1600 Dave T.

No ducking the Eider with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

No ducking the Eider Always a race I look forward to, although it usually ends up as a war of attrition, the Eider chase comes round once again at Newcastle. It used to be seen as a stepping-stone to the Grand National but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days. Looking back through…

read more
Not long to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog 1440 1438 Dave T.

Not long to go with The Northern Soul – Tommo’s Racing Blog

Not long to go…. Well only three and a half weeks until Cheltenham starts, and it can’t come soon enough. At least unlike the latest lockdown we know when, fingers crossed, it starts and finishes so let’s hope no unforeseen variants get in the way. Most of the championship races look to be, if the…

read more