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Neill Dennehy

Neill is a fan of most sports but favours Racing, Football, Boxing and GAA. Can be found on Twitter @Neill_Dennehy

Van Gaal’s System Overload

Amazing how times change. Manchester United could be freely backed at 1.48 (around 4/9) on Betfair all Monday afternoon to win in 90 minutes over League One side, Preston North End at Deepdale that evening. The odds put United’s winning chance at just over 66% which doesn’t sound all that strange to the uninitiated at these things. But put in …

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Leopardstown Preview and Tips: Hennessy Gold Cup & More

The Foxrock venue hosts perhaps its best days racing of the season, as the feature Hennessey Gold Cup is supported by a grade one undercard at Leopardstown.  Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m The state of flux that the staying chase division finds itself in dictates that the Hennessey is an open looking affair. Carlingford Lough has good course form …

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What Is Going On With Jamie Spencer?

Jamie Spencer has found himself without a job and now without a flagship horse since coming out of a retirement that lasted all of about five minutes, writes Neill Dennehy. His ousting by the slightly callow Andrea Atzeni as retained jockey to Qatar Racing was likely the hurtful blow that prompted his short absence. It put this corner in mind …

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Is Paul Nicholls The Best Trainer Of His Generation?

Following Dodging Bullets’ win over the weekend, Pundit Arena’s Neill Dennehy argues that Paul Nicholls Is top of the class when it comes to horse trainers. Saturday’s winner Dodging Bullets was of course once trained by Willie Mullins, but was moved to Paul Nicholls on the basis that he would find opportunities more commensurate with his talent in England. Mullins …

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Sprinter Sacre & The Return Of The King

I remember reading somewhere that “farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse.” The reason being that “solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence.” For anyone who took the 4/6 about Sprinter Sacre close to the off of the Clarence House on Saturday, the result must have been pretty shattering. The likelihood …

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Cheltenham: Micheal Flips On Cross Country Path

An interesting development in the last couple of weeks has been the appearance of the formerly smart chaser/hurdler Micheal Flips in the colours of JP McManus under the tutelage of banks racing kingpin Enda Bolger. Having previously been in the care of British trainer Andrew Turnell, Micheal Flips came into McManus ownership late in life at the Spring Sales of …

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Horse Racing Preview: Kinloch Brae Chase

The Grade 2, 2m4f Kinloch Brae Chase is the centrepiece of the racing year at Thurles and this Thursday’s event has attracted a top-class entry headed by Grade 1 winners Champagne Fever and Don Cossack as well as last year’s winner Texas Jack. A vintage renewal lies in store with most of the attention being lavished on the Gordon Elliot …

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Andy Lee Facing The Fight Of His Life

Castleconnell’s newly-crowned WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee looks set to defend against mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders on St. Patrick’s Day. There has been much talk of the bout taking place in either Limerick or Dublin, which would be the preference of the champion. However, the pair are more likely to clash at either London’s 02 or Manchester’s Phones4U Arena, …

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Arjen Robben – The Epitome Of Persistence

Arjen Robben is a confident footballer; he might even have more self-belief than any other. We can see it in the way he plays, cutting in off the left when his first instinct is always to beat his man, find a yard and then shoot. Robben set the template for modern wing-play as much as anyone, along with Messi and …

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Assessing The International Futures Of Spain’s Stars

Many going into this World Cup had tracked the form of the Spain and Barcelona teams in the last 18 months and surmised that this summer’s extravaganza in Brazil would represent a dying of the Spanish light. As it happens, it turned out to be worse than they had feared and we have witnessed a total blackout. The exit at …

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