It is now a matter of hours until the 2016 Cheltenham Festival takes place next Tuesday. On opening day last year, the bookmakers were running for cover as Irish super-trainer, Willie Mullins swept all before him with a quadruple of winners – and ended the four-day meeting with eight successes, surpassing Nicky Henderson’s tally of seven, back in 2012.
Victoria Pendleton’s move from Olympic cyclist to jockey has been dealt another blow after she was unseated from her horse at Fakenham. The Olympic gold medal winner was riding Pacha Du Polder in her first mount in a Hunter Chase of her career when she lost her balance. Her race started well and she looked more competitive than she has in previous races before colliding with Baltic Blue over the seventh fence on the course. Pendleton seemed to lose control of Pacha Du Polder, colliding into the back of Baltic Blue and unseating her and fellow jockey Carey Williamson.
Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane became famous for pioneering predictive data usage in baseball. Back in 2002, faced with a limited budget and the departure of three heavy-hitting free agents, Beane and his statisticians built a cost-effective roster by betting that a player’s on-base percentage mattered more than batting average, home runs, RBIs, and other traditional stats.
American Pharoah hushed any doubters as to his legacy with an impressive follow-up to his Triple Crown championship, winning the 1st of his major horse races at the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park as a -900 favorite this past weekend. American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza seemed to toy with the field in New Jersey, sitting in second for the majority of the race before exploding into the lead in the final turn and easing up down the stretch.
The first day of Royal Ascot 2015 got under way on Tuesday with some of the biggest familiar sporting stars around to enjoy themselves at one of the most prestigious race meetings in the calendar year.
It is expected £100 million will be spent on racing bets over the course of this anticipating event, which attracts some of the best jockeys and trainers in the world.