My Six Tips For Irish Grand National Glory!

 

The 2017 Irish Grand National is due to take place on Monday in Fairyhouse. The horses are hoping to replicate the success of last year’s winner the Mouse Morris-trained Rogue Angel. But just who do I think is in with a shot in the big race? Read on to find out …

Bonny Kate

This horse is a very steady, reliable horse. She has an excellent chance of placing or maybe even winning.

Odds: 20/1

Abre De Vie

Another horse with a great chance on the day, Abre De Vie could be a dark horse in this race.

Odds: 20/1

Fletchers Flyer

This Harry Fry-trained horse has a big chance. The jockey on the day Noel Fehily is also in great form. This horse also won in the 3m6f handicap chase at Punchestown last season so the trip, as well as the ground, suits Fletchers Flyer.

Odds: 10/1

Baie Des Iles

Katie Walsh takes the ride on Baie Des Iles on the day for her husband Ross. Rain is hoped for the horse who was sixth last year. She is another very steady, reliable horse and she has a big chance come Monday.

Odds: 20/1

Tiger Roll

This Gordon Elliott-trained horse had a great win at Cheltenham recently and has the stamina for the length of this race. The ground will also help Tiger Roll.

Odds: 16/1

Bless The Wings

This horse is a fighter. Second last year to Rogue Angel it would not surprise me if he went one better this time around.

Odds: 16/1

My Short Story The Oldcastle Murder Club Is In This Week’s Woman’s Way!

 

 

My short story entitled The Oldcastle Murder Club appeared in this week’s Woman’s Way. It is a murder mystery with the setting been where I grew up, Oldcastle. I never had written a story that I got published in Oldcastle so it was nice to get to. I loved writing it and I loved the characters especially Clara, Oisin and Cillian.

 

The story will be on sale until the next issue comes in on Tuesday. 🙂

My 6 Tips For English Grand National 2017 Glory!

The 2017 English Grand National is due to take place later today. One of the huge highlights in the racing calendar, 40 horses will go to post to try and repeat the victory of last year’s winner Rule The World.

 

So who do I think has the best chance of storming their way to victory in the Aintree classic? Read on to find out. Oh and good luck! 🙂

 

 

 

The Last Samuri

 

 

The Last Samuri is just an excellent classy horse. Runner-up to Rule The World last year the 9-year-old Kim Bailey-trained horse unfortunately is the top weight this time around which is my only concern. However another classy horse by the name of Red Rum did win in 1974 as the top weight. Kim Bailey is a former National winning trainer with Mr Frisk in 1990. The Last Samuri’s jockey on the day will be David Bass. Even with been the top weight I think The Last Samuri is a hard horse to pass over.

 

Odds: 22/1

 

Ucello Conti

 

 

Ucello Conti, half brother of Silviniaco Conti who retired yesterday after a wonderful career, is another horse with a huge chance. Having finished sixth last year he clearly has the stamina and staying power to get around the course which is always a good start. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse also finished fourth in the Becher Chase over the National fences. Daryl Jacob will be the jockey on the day.

 

Odds: 25/1

 

Regal Encore

 

 

Regal Encore is a horse whose form is slightly up and down but on a good day this horse can certainly pull it off such as in the Ascot Silver Cup which he won. Trained by Anthony Honeyball, the jockey on the day will be Robbie Power who recently steered Sizing John to victory in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and won this race abroad Silver Birch a decade ago.

 

Odds:  80/1

 

Wonderful Charm

 

 

Second to Pasha Du Polder at Cheltenham recently this horse is a very strong finisher. Recent form with two firsts and a second is very good. Katie Walsh, following her arm injury abroad Distime on Wednesday, is still due to take the ride abroad Wonderful Charm today.

 

Odds: 33/1

 

 

Double Shuffle

 

 

A very steady jumper which is always a plus in the National and won at Kempton recently. The Nic Williamson and Max Fawbert owned horse is trained by Tom George with Adrian Heskin due to take the ride on the day.

 

Odds: 40/1

 

 

La Vaticane

 

 

Can La Vaticane become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951? The David Pipe-trained horse hasn’t bad form for the complete outsider of the field and has completed over the National fences in other races she has been in even if she didn’t finish as planned in them. But she has plenty of experience and that bodes well for horses. On board on the day will be jockey Richie McLernon.

 

 

Odds: 100/1

Poem: Fuck The Labels!

 

 

Fuck the labels!

 

Oh but still I’m proud of my labels darling,

my god my mind is in conflict,

the times in which we live.

 

I am me,

I have the feelings of the labels

but have no idea why that’s reason

for a divide my dears.

 

 

I am female,

I am cisgender,

I am white,

I am pansexual,

I am an atheist,

I am an androgynous dresser,

I am a hippie,

I am Irish,

I am a nerd.

I am also human

but did you know

that at the start of time

I would have well,

that I just was?

You know divides are inhuman,

power crazed is inhuman,

and those who do divide

are immoral,

uneducated,

acting in an abnormal way

to being human?

and, though I can’t stand them,

I pity them so much.

 

 

In modern life we are our labels

but in truth we are all just us

and bigots are just them,

that’s the real us and them

that exists,

they have made it so

which is unfortunate.

Power crazed has happened,

people have become crazed to win

against other boxes,

sounds silly

but then bigots are immature,

power crazed and in love with themselves,

their problem occurs when too many labels

that they don’t like spring up

but when labels were made for their feelings years ago

they were chuffed,

and continued to be so,

no complaints.

I am proud of all that I am

but I also think it would have being beautiful

when there was no labels,

maybe it will go back to that

hundreds of years from now

and you know

that sounds pretty cool.

 

 

 

My New Novel One Step Closer Is Now Available on Amazon!

 

I love reality TV so the idea to set a novel in a reality TV setting was an idea I had for a long time. One Step Closer is set in a reality singing contest. The synopsis goes as follows:

 

The new TV singing competition One Step Closer is about to start. Follow the ups, downs, the performances and the relationships before the cameras and behind the scenes with the judges Mark, Lucy, Benjamin, Cody and Emily and with contestants like Gavin, Lee, Quarter Note, Katie, Jake and Ocean 5. It’s the first season. Let the adventure begin …

I loved writing it. It is the first in a series of books and can be purchased at:

Poem: Rudolph

 

Staring through the railings,
animated chatter
and lots of activity,
people coming in and out,
take me home
but not just for Christmas.
I might be a pug
with a fierce face
but my heart is full
with love
and Christmas cheer
to last the whole year ’round.
My name is Rudolph
so I’m festive
throughout the year.
A family stop,
my heart beats,
they decide to take me,
we are each other’s Christmas present,
a present for life.