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News articles by Malcolm Heyhoe

Home And Hosed

Malcolm Heyhoe 11:26am, Sun 20 Apr 2014

Good things don’t always come in threes as any Real Madrid fan will tell you ahead of their Champions League semi-final next week, and it is the same with the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday which presents punters with perhaps the trickiest handicap puzzle of the entire jumps season.

Free In The First

Malcolm Heyhoe 6:09pm, Wed 16 Apr 2014

The second and final day of Cheltenham’s two-day April meeting flies the flag for the fairer sex courtesy of three intensely competitive mares’ races and Nicky Henderson is always a man to reckon with in this sphere, and the stable’s smart mare Free Thinking can land the opener at 2.05.

Blue Wednesday

Malcolm Heyhoe 6:31pm, Tue 15 Apr 2014

There is still some life left in the jumps and Cheltenham’s traditional two-day April meeting begins on Wednesday with a hot-looking novice hurdle at 2.10 that could well go the way of Blue Heron.

No Phoney Bleu

Malcolm Heyhoe 8:25am, Sat 12 Apr 2014

The supporting card on Scottish National day holds plenty of interest and perhaps Upsilon Bleu can land the valuable two-mile listed handicap chase at 3.15 for owner Ray Green, who loves a winner at this prestigious meeting.

Ayr Raid Sounds

Malcolm Heyhoe 3:54pm, Thu 10 Apr 2014

The lights are dimming on the jumps season but Ayr’s two-day shindig offers a chance for less exposed sorts such as Ulzana’s Raid to exploit a reasonable handicap mark in Friday’s 2.40 at the West of Scotland course.

Four Grand Aces

Malcolm Heyhoe 5:22pm, Fri 4 Apr 2014

This year’s Grand National must be one of the most open in years, and backing a select number of horses is probably the most sensible way to play a race that remains a thrilling spectacle but has become far more of a long-distance lottery with the modification of the Aintree fences.

No Doss For Joss

Malcolm Heyhoe 9:18am, Fri 4 Apr 2014

Any backers who made a profit at Aintree on Thursday should keep their winnings in pocket today because Friday’s card looks a nightmare with the day’s feature race, the Grade 1 Melling Chase, merely a graded race in name only.

April's Powers

Malcolm Heyhoe 9:31am, Thu 27 Mar 2014

image-left-align sandownApril's main action begins in the best possible way with jump racing's incomparable Grand National meeting. Three wonderful days on Merseyside gets underway on April 3, and for only the second-time ever the opening day features the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle, a race that traditionally took place midway through the card on the Saturday of the meeting.

Tut Not In A Rut

Malcolm Heyhoe 8:03am, Sun 16 Mar 2014

A double figure pot has failed to attract a double figure field for the day’s most valuable race at Carlisle on Sunday but the staying handicap chase at the South Lakeland venue features some progressive sorts including Tutchec, who is fancied to extend his good run of form.

Sun Zoom Spark

Malcolm Heyhoe 5:33pm, Fri 14 Mar 2014

Malcolm Jefferson’s tough young stayer Sun Cloud has crept into the bottom of the weights for Saturday’s Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, and in the four and a quarter mile marathon chase, he looks a major threat to his nineteen rivals.