Vintage Crop By Dermot Weld Review!


Vintage Crop


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. 🙂

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! 🙂






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

Shutthefrontdoor Wins The Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse!

So much I know! 🙂 The Irish Grand National was won today by the favourite Shutthefrontdoor with Meath jockey Barry Geraghty on board.

It is the first time that Geraghty has won the Irish National in his home county despite major success in many prestigious races including his recent win this year aboard Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham and a Topham Chase win aboard Ma Filleule at Aintree respectively for trainers Jessica Harrington and Nicky Henderson. Both of which I had done. Wish I had today’s too! 🙂

Jonjo O’Neill trained Shutthefrontdoor and Geraghty stood in for the suspended Tony McCoy to win aboard by three-quarters of a length.

O’ Neill said,

“He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season. He had a great run at Chelthenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn’t work out too badly! He will have good rest and is hopefully okay and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well.”

While Geraghty said:

“I’ve never even got close so to win it is brilliant. I thought turning in that I would win and then I was outpaced from the second-last, but going to the last I was getting going and I knew he was meeting it on a good stride a long way off. It means an awful lot – it’s brilliant.”

His owner J P McManus said,

“It’s a great race to win. Full marks to Jonjo, Barry and all the team at Jackdaws. It’s an exciting day. It’s disappointing for AP that he’s not here today as I’m sure he would have picked this horse. I wish both of them could have rode it but I feel sorry for AP that he’s not here.”

Congrats to all concerned! 🙂

The top 5 finished as follows:

1. Shutthefrontdoor

2. Golden Wonder (My sis had this horse! It was heartbreaking!)

3. Saoirse Dun

4. Jamsie Hall

5. Folsom Blue 

Love Jamsie Hall and Folsom Blue. My two little pets! 🙂