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Seconds Out: Oli Bell's Monthly Blog

Tuesday 30 April 2024
Seconds Out: Oli Bell's Monthly Blog

What a start to the year we are having!! It seems that every time I do something for RaceShare I am congratulating you all, which is epic!! This time, a big well done to La Pulga and Red Mirage owners – both horses winning on their seasonal reappearances a shade cosily. It goes without saying that it’s a great starting point and hopes are high of a very fun year ahead with both horses. Obviously it was disappointing that Robusto couldn’t make it 3 from 3 for RaceShare in the week but it’s palpably obvious that it wasn’t his true running and I’ve no doubt Eve and her team will check everything that needs to be checked and we won’t have to wait too long until he is back strutting his stuff again. I hope you have all enjoyed cheering on the RaceShare horses this week as much as I have.

Last week saw the end of the Jumps season and the crowning of Willie Mullins and Harry Cobden as both champion trainer and jockey respectively. Remarkable achievements by both men and rightly they received a lot of praise and attention at Sandown. Harry Cobden joined us in the morning on The Opening Show and I have always been so impressed by him both as a rider and a man. He is seemingly incredibly comfortable in his own skin and has a cool and calm confidence that means he can handle the pressure of such a high profile job (being Paul Nicholls’ stable jockey). Watching him ride and seeing the growth in his riding over the last 7 or so years has been a real joy. I was recently interviewed for the racing ‘Drive to Survive’ style documentary that will be airing on ITV in a few months time and I said that watching him ride is a bit like watching a computer game. He has this great ability to switch horses off, is always seemingly in the right position, presents at a fence brilliantly but then seems to hit some sort of turbo button when he gets into the drive position and really gets every last drop out of his mounts. It really has been thoroughly enjoyable to see the battle with Sean Bowen throughout the season and Harry is a thoroughly deserving champion.

Speaking of Sean Bowen, you can't help but feel sorry for him. Were it not for that injury in January then he surely would have been champion jockey. I spoke to him at Sandown and he was absolutely gutted as Harry received all the plaudits but it’s been clear for all to see with his riding this year that it’s a case of when not if for Sean regarding becoming champion jockey. Both jockeys were kind enough to take part in the latest Oversharing questions and no doubt they will be dropping into your inboxes soon!

As for Willie Mullins, what can be said that hasn’t already been said? The very fact that it was 70 years since the last Irish based trainer won the British trainers’ championship says all there is to say about the size of the achievement. He is always so personable, approachable and a total gentleman when dealing with him at the races. As Luke Harvey said recently on ITV, you want to dislike the man because he is so successful but frankly you can't. Well done to him and all his staff at Closutton, it really is a phenomenal achievement and what he is doing in jumps racing is quite astounding.

Onto the Flat we head now and it’s a trip to Newmarket for the first Classics of the season this weekend… will City Of Troy back up his sensational two-year-old campaign in the 2000 Guineas? Who will land the fillies version in the 1000? All questions to be answered this weekend…

Hopefully the good times for RaceShare keep on rolling and with any luck we will see you racing very soon!



A bright start for Lir Speciale

Lir Speciale declared for Newmarket on Sunday!

Treasure Time and La Pulga head to Newcastle on Sunday!

Upcoming and past events

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18 November 2022
The RaceShare team will be at Ascot on 18 and 19 November at the Shared Ownership Days. This is a great chance for us to meet racegoers and explain...
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19 November 2022
RaceShare will be sponsoring the opening Novices' Hurdle at Ascot on 19 November. Alongside this, we will have a stand at Ascot's Shared Ownership ...
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