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Jordan McCarthy

Jordan McCarthy
Jordan McCarthy is our Horse Racing expert and a University College Cork graduate. He was a prominent member of the UCC Horse Racing Society and will be focusing on the big talking points in racing . He also discusses some of the burning issues in football.

Racing Arena – King George VI Preview

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is arguably the biggest race in the Flat Racing calendar and this year’s renewal looks set to be an absolute scorcher. The late defection of French challenger Flintshire has taken one serious contender out of the field but the 2014 edition of the twelve furlong contest could still be a vintage renewal. …

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Three Key Battles At Royal Ascot

While one sporting carnival got underway at Brazil on Thursday, another kicks off at Berkshire on Tuesday. Royal Ascot is arguably the best Flat meeting in the calendar year and a quick look through the entries for the week ahead substantiates this notion. It has been an exciting season thus far and we have seen some very smart horses- some of …

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Three Reasons Why Australia Is Set For Epsom Derby Glory

Jordan McCarthy previews this weekend’s marquee race, the Epsom Derby and tells us why Australia is set for glory. The winning post at Epsom Downs racecourse is regarded as the most valuable piece of stick in horse racing. Twelve furlongs on the turns and undulations of the Surrey turf provide the ultimate test for a young thoroughbred. It is no …

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2000 Guineas Preview

The first British Classic of the season gets underway at Newmarket on Saturday, where Headquarters will play host to what looks a very strong 2000 Guineas. The last three renewals of this race have been won by Dawn Approach, Camelot and Frankel. Let’s just say that it is normally won by a good one! This is the 206th running of …

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Three Bankers For The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham festival is almost upon us. Not all the fancied horses are going to win, but there are three names that stand out as ‘banker’ material and look set for victory in Gloucestershire. 1. Bobs Worth Race: Cheltenham Gold Cup When: Friday, March 14th, 15:20pm Price: 7/4 The son of Bob Back is going for a fourth consecutive festival win and …

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PA Pony Talk – Februrary 8th

Pony Talk Feb 6th If the Cheltenham festival is the main course of the National Hunt campaign, then this weekend is very much the appetizer. There is some great action on both sides of the Irish Sea with many horses having their last outing before the Equine Olympics next month. Newbury takes centre stage on Saturday while Leopardstown will be …

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PA Pony Talk January 31st

Resident horse racing guru, Jordan McCarthy, is back with this week’s PA Pony Talk. Nicholls’ Star Could Still Land the Buck’s in March Saturday’s Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham threw up three things. Firstly, it showed that there are no certainties in racing; a 66/1 outsider landed the spoils and in doing so turned over a short-priced superstar, Big Buck’s. Second …

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PA Pony Talk: 17/01/13

St. Nicholas Abbey One of the Greats It was truly sad to hear of the passing of St. Nicholas Abbey. After being retired through injury, the entire suffered several setbacks. He lost his battle this week and unfortunately had to be put-down. The racing public know a good horse when they see one and St.Nic was undoubtedly one of the …

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PA Pony Talk: Looking Forward to 2014

Jordan McCarthy is back with more ‘PA Pony Talk’, reviewing the end of 2013 and looking forward to a wonderful 2014. FLY STILL THE KING BUT GREATEST OF ALL TIME? Hurricane Fly added an unprecedented 18th Grade One win at Leopardstown on Sunday in the Ryanair Hurdle. The Willie Mullins-trained star was a very good winner of a very competitive …

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PA Pony Talk – December 19th

In the first of a new feature on PA, resident horse racing reporter Jordan McCarthy discusses the main talking points from the stables. This is PA Pony Talk. Apache in a Pear Tree Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill landed the Grade 1 Novices Hurdle at Navan on Sunday last. The Mullins horse beat Azorian in what turned out to be …

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