5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

Still catching up with this series. Sorry for the slowness. 🙂

Here is my five video suggestions for this week:


Here is part 2 of OverSimplified’s animated story of The French Revolution. I find these really great and I plan to watch more of them at some stage. Really accessible way to learn history.


There is a channel I have been watching a lot recently called espmadrid on YouTube. On the channel you can find lots of horse races from various different years which as a horse racing race I very much enjoy. It is also quite relaxing to watch while I am writing but that could just be me so I have three videos from the channel. First up the 1997 Murphy’s Gold Cup Handicap Chase which was won by the amazing Senor El Betrutti in fine style.

Next up we have the 1999 Tote Becher Handicap Chase. A very comprehensive win by the brilliant Feels Like Gold.

And finally in horse racing we have the Tote Becher Handicap Chase from 2000 which was won by one of my favourite horses in horse racing history the superb Young Kenny.


To end, here is a Christmas classic with Christmas around the corner. I present to you all Wham! with Last Christmas:


5 Videos To Watch This Week On YouTube!

Hi everyone! 🙂

It is that time of week again. Here is my five video suggestions this week:


First up is Luther Vandross’ Stop To Love. This song is mine and my sister’s favourite Luther Vandross track. It is a really great bop and the video is brilliant, wonderfully cheesy and the whole way the standing on the vehicles thing was done was really cool.

Next we have X Factor semi-finalist Brendan Murray’s cover of Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar. Produced by Dylan Connolly, I think it’s a really great version of the track and the video is great too.

This is Gladys Knight’s bond theme License To Kill. Bond themes often have that amazing dramatic vibe to them and this song and music video are no expection to that. Wonderful. I love the song, a pure classic. Gladys voice is superb on it and I adore her outfit in the video.


This is a classic English Grand National from 1973 where Crisp was narrowly bet by a fast-finishing Red Rum who ended up making history by winning three English Grand Nationals. Amazing race made especially by two brilliant horses. R.I.P. to the amazing Grey Sombrero.


In this excellent tutorial, beauty influencer Jackie Aina does a stunning soft glam look using inexpensive products. Absolutely incredible look.

Vintage Crop By Dermot Weld Review!


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Vintage Crop (2009) by Dermot Weld is the true sporting story of the remarkable horse Vintage Crop who became the first horse in1993 from overseas to win the prestigious Melbourne Gold Cup. He was owned by Michael Smurfit and ridden by Mick Kinane. 

The horse was trained by Dermot Weld who went on to win the Cup again with Media Puzzle with another horse he trained Vinnie Roe running very well too on that occasion. This book tells the story of Vintage Crop’s breeding, his host of health problems including a back injury he always had, his early career, later career, his team behind the scenes, his companion at home Bobby, his travel over with Drum Taps and of course his historic win in the race it wasn’t even certain he would get to with all the setbacks in the very tricky travel arrangements getting a horse over from Ireland to Australia. But he prevailed and went down in the history books. The book, which is told from Weld’s point of view as opposed to third person, also tells the story of Weld himself from his veterinary studies and career to his training career. Weld is candid and confident in his telling of the story and it is easy to see how he could pull this off even though there was times he admitted he wasn’t sure he could. 

Then in 2002, best chums Media Puzzle and Vinnie Roe made the journey Vintage Crop had made a good few years before where Media Puzzle won. It was a very emotional win because Media Puzzle’s jockey Damien Oliver had lost his brother Jason in a track accident not long before the race.


The book was a very interesting read with all the stats included on all three horses’ careers and breeding at the back of the book. Engrossing for any racing fans from start to finish.


To purchase Vintage Crop by Dermot Weld go to:



And for more about Dermot Weld and his career go to:



To watch Vintage Crop’s win go to:


To watch Media Puzzle’s win and Vinnie Roe in the race go to:




My Tips For Cheltenham 2020!

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1.30 Captain Guinness 14/1
2.10 Put The Kettle On 16/1
2.50 Vintage Clouds 33/1
3.30 Sharjah 14/1
4.10 Elfile 22/1
4.50 Precious Cargo 14/1
5.30 Ocean Cove 33/1


1.30 Easywork 16/1
2.10 Slate House 16/1
2.50 Franco De Port 16/1
3.30 Politologue 33/1
4.10 Might Bite 14/1
4.50 Group Stage 20/1
5.30 Darling Daughter 16/1 and Five Bar Brian 40/1


1.30 Midnight Shadow 20/1
2.10 Alrightjack 66/1
2.50 Aso 25/1
3.30 Penhill 12/1 and Apple’s Jade 14/1
4.10 Pleasant Company 33/1
4.50 Rosie and Millie 25/1
5.30 Cabaret Queen 16/1


1.30 Burning Victory 16/1
2.10 Dostal Phil 20/1
2.50 Aione 20/1
3.30 Monalee 25/1
4.10 Shantou Flyer 7/1
4.50 Duke of Navan 20/1
5.30 My Sister Sarah 14/1

My Tips For The Irish Grand National 2019!

Today is my birthday so hopefully the Irish National will be lucky for me! Here is my tips for the big race:

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Acapella Bourgeois 25/1

Isleofhopendreams 25/1

A Toi Phil 22/1

Roaring Bull 33/1

Out Sam 25/1

Bellow Mome 25/1


Best of luck to you all. 🙂

Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National. R.I.P. Up For Review

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Tiger Roll became the first horse to win two consecutive English Grand Nationals since Red Rum’s same success in 1973 and 1974. The talented 9-year-old Meath horse was ridden to victory once again by Davy Russell, is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O’Leery of Gigginstown stud. He went off as the 4/1 favourite for the race and didn’t disappoint many, many punters.

Tiger Roll faced stiff competition on the day from Magic Of Light who came second at 66/1 and Rathvinden in third at 8/1. Rounding off the top 6 was Walk In The Mill, Anibale Fly and One For Arthur.

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Well done Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂


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R.I.P. Up For Review

But the day was also filled with sadness when 10-year-old Up For Review suffered a fatal fall at the first fence and was put down. When I heard the news it broke my heart.

There was numerous debate in the run-up to the National about the unsafeness horses face in the National and in horse racing in general. And since the news of Up For Review’s passing, there has been further debate. At any other time I would say debate away to both sides but at this moment in time my thinking is different as there is a horse after losing his life and I think now is a time to mourn his loss instead of one side appearing to use his death to show how unsafe racing is and the other side speaking about Up For Review with that he’s ‘only a horse’ ugly attitude when that horse went out there to race for your entertainment.

I love you Up For Review, rest in peace sweetheart.








My Tips For The Aintree National 2019!

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My sister is a huge Eurovision fan and the running commentary in our house is that all the Nationals are my Eurovision each year. So in the run-up to tomorrow’s big day here is my National tips:


Joe Farrell 16/1

Folsom Blue 50/1

Pleasant Company 16/1

Tea For Two 40/1

Bless The Wings 66/1

One For Arthur 25/1

Up For Review 25/1

Monbeg Notorious 40/1

Vieux Lion Rouge 33/1

Ultragold 50/1


Hope tomorrow is a most profitable day for all readers of Culture Vulture Express. Whatever horse/s you pick good luck! 🙂

My Tips For All Four Days Of Cheltenham 2019!

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Tomorrow Cheltenham gets underway. I absolutely love this annual fest of horse racing & below is my tips for each day of the festival:


Day 1


1.30: Itchy Feet

2.10: Glen Forsa

2.50: Noble Endeavor

3.30: Sharjah

4.10: Lady Buttons

4.50: Good Man Pat

5.30: Gun Digger


Day 2


1.30: Brewin’upastorm

2.10: The Worlds End

2.50: Wicklow Brave

3.30: Ordinary World

4.10: Hurricane Darwin

4.50: Cracker Factory

5.30: Cascova



Day 3

1.30: Mengli Khan

2.10: Walk To Freedom

2.50: Top Notch

3.30: Black Op

4.10: Pleasant Company

4.50: Black Tears

5.30: Testify



Day 4

1.30: Quel Destin

2.10: Tombstone

2.50: Ask Ben

3.30: Shattered Love

4.10: Shantou Flyer

4.50: Duke Of Navan

5.30: Early Doors



I wish you all the very best of luck & hope Cheltenham week is a very enjoyable and profitable week for you! 🙂






Joe Farrell Wins The Scottish Grand National & The Story Of A Little Teddy Bear Pug!

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I didn’t get a chance to put up my tips for the Scottish Grand National but today the winner was Joe Farrell and thankfully with my birthday coming up tomorrow I had the winner in good old Joe Farrell. As I was born on the 22nd of April, I picked number 22. I was thinking half of picking it because it was 22 and then came the final thing that made me go with it. My sister Sharon got me a little teddy bear who is a pug for my birthday because I love dogs and adore little stuffed dogs. And I think pugs are so sweet. So then I ran the dog down the list of runners last night with my eyes closed and he landed on Joe Farrell so that was it, decision made. I also decided prior that the pug would be named after the National winner so now he’s Joe Farrell, Joe for short.

It was rather a nerve-wrecking finish as it went down to a photo-finish when second placed Ballyoptic made a last ditch rally to win. My sister also had a bit of luck with Label Des Obeaux who came 6th and my Mum was just ran out of the placings with Pearl Swan.

Joe Farrell is trained by Rebecca Curtis and was ridden by Adam Wedge. He is owned by Mark Sherwood, Nigel Morris & Rebecca Curtis and won at 33/1. Well done Joe Farrell and all concerned! 🙂

The top seven was as follows:

  1. Joe Farrell
  2. Ballyoptic
  3. Vintage Clouds
  4. Doing Fine
  5. Vicente
  6. Label Des Obeaux
  7. Pearl Swan


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