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Alastair Bull

Alastair Bull has been writing on sports and horse racing for many years. Starting in his home near Auckland, New Zealand as news editor for several papers and since contributing for BloodHorse, The Associated Press and Churchill Downs, Inc after relocating to Cleveland, Ohio. Other sporting events Alastair has enjoyed covering are the 2012 London Olympics, Dubai World Cup, Melbourne Cup, Royal Ascot, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National.

Great Britain & Ireland Preview: Westover seeks compensation in Ireland
Great Britain & Ireland Preview: Westover seeks compensation in Ireland

2022-06-24T13:08:01.047ZAlastair Bull

There’s no shortage of good racing in Britain and Ireland this weekend, with the Irish Derby holding center stage.
Hong Kong Preview: Moreira can get Eason home
Hong Kong Preview: Moreira can get Eason home

2022-06-21T13:40:07.152ZAlastair Bull

Eason can benefit from being reunited with Joao Moreira and overcome Lucky Sweynesse in the Staunton Handicap at Happy Valley.
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Golden Gates Stakes
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Golden Gates Stakes

2022-06-17T13:42:27.878ZAlastair Bull

A rare runner by Quality Road in Europe, Missed The Cut looks to be a horse going places and he will be hard to beat.
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

2022-06-16T16:00:16.719ZAlastair Bull

There are few races Queen Elizabeth II would enjoy winning more at Royal Ascot this year than the handicap named after her late husband. But can #8 Just Fine come through?
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: King George V Stakes
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: King George V Stakes

2022-06-15T17:45:15.791ZAlastair Bull

This year’s King George V Stakes has attracted 19 runners, and looks a great betting contest.
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Royal Hunt Cup
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Royal Hunt Cup

2022-06-14T17:45:41.766ZAlastair Bull

With a minimum £175,000 (about $210,000) in purse money, the Royal Hunt Cup is the equal-most valuable handicap at the meeting.
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Ascot Stakes
Royal Ascot Handicaps 2022: Ascot Stakes

2022-06-13T16:22:29.268ZAlastair Bull

The first of the big handicaps at Royal Ascot is also the longest. Run over 2 1/2 miles, the Ascot Stakes is highly competitive.
Nature Strip heads strong Australian team at Royal Ascot
Nature Strip heads strong Australian team at Royal Ascot

2022-06-12T15:16:37.000ZAlastair Bull

Australians haven’t come to Royal Ascot in such large numbers in the last decade. But this year they are triple-handed, and two of them are absolute top-liners.
2022 Triple Crown Schedule: key dates, TV schedule and live stream
2022 Triple Crown Schedule: key dates, TV schedule and live stream

2022-06-10T20:55:00.000ZAlastair Bull

The 2022 Triple Crown, comprised of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, spans a five-week period from early May through early June. But preparations for the series begin months earlier.
2022 Triple Crown odds: how favorites and field size impact each race
2022 Triple Crown odds: how favorites and field size impact each race

2022-06-10T19:44:00.000ZAlastair Bull

Like most U.S. betting outlets, you won’t find any single bets available on a horse to win the 2022 Triple Crown with TwinSpires. But you can bet on each individual race.
How long are the three Triple Crown races?
How long are the three Triple Crown races?

2022-06-10T18:15:00.000ZAlastair Bull

The three races which make up the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horse racing—the Kentucky Derby, Preakness S., and Belmont S.—each provide a test over a different distance at a different venue.
Belmont Stakes: Derby winner can Strike again
Belmont Stakes: Derby winner can Strike again

2022-06-09T14:14:27.639ZAlastair Bull

Three factors usually come into play when trying to handicap the Belmont Stakes (G1): pace, class, and stamina.
Hong Kong Preview: Drops Of God seeks deserved victory
Hong Kong Preview: Drops Of God seeks deserved victory

2022-06-07T19:48:51.719ZAlastair Bull

Drops Of God can break through for a well-deserved win against a handy Class 3 field in the Calla Lily Handicap at Happy Valley June 8.