Posts

With due deference to the mighty Frankel who opens the show at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes on June 19, there is no doubt that the intercontinental challenge of Australia’s brilliant sprinter Black Caviar will be a massive highlight of the five-day racing extravaganza as Peter Moody’s mare makes her first appearance outside of her native land when bidding to land the coveted Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the last day of the fixture.

Such has been the total dominance of the six-year-old over the last few seasons in Australia that she has proved virtually unbackable, (regularly being sent off at odds of 1/20 or shorter), and having well and truly put any pretenders to her crown in their place it was clear that trainer Peter Moody would have to look further afield if his star is indeed to be heralded as one of the all-time great sprinters.

With Australian speedsters having a fine record at Royal Ascot over the last 10 years with the likes of Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Starspangledbanner all having shown their British rival a clean pair of heels, expectation is incredibly high that Black Caviar, (considered to be, by some way, the best sprinter to have travelled to these shores in recent memory), will extend her stunning unbeaten sequence to 22 races. Her presence in the contest is sure to be the focus of the international racing world’s attention and all seems to be on track for her to put high-class opposition to the sword, including top local sprinters Bated Breath, Hoof It, and last year’s winner Society Rock, as well as the French star Moonlight Cloud.

Photos of the daughter of Bel Esprit having made the long journey from Australia in a Cathy Freeman-like body stocking have already started tongues wagging with excitement, and all systems seem to be go for Moody’s pride and joy to illuminate the scene at the world’s greatest race meeting on June 23.

HorseRacingPhoto.co.uk combines my two favorite hobbies, horse racing & photography. The site is not strictly commercial, it doesn’t feature advertising or editorial for casinos or bookmakers. It’s just a showcase for the various photos I take around the UK’s racecourses.

I started taking photos seriously about five years ago, after failing to find any good stock photos for my other racing websites I decided to take some myself and headed off to Bangor-On-Dee racecourse. After much trail and error I finally started taking some decent photos, mainly thanks to the expertise of Nikon than my own skill.

HorseRacingPhotos also features news and tips on getting better pictures at race meetings and a couple of plugs for our other racing sites.

A bad day at the races is still better than a good day at work! With that in mind Eddison Media is sponsoring the 20:15 at Chester racecourse on the 9th of July, the race is over 1m 2f and has an £8,000 prize fund up for grabs. The race will be shown live on the Racing UK channel. The race is officially called the www.grand-national.me.uk Handicap Stakes (Class 4), it’s a bit of a mouth full but we hope it will raise the profile of our dedicated Grand National website.

We will be attending the races on the day to dish out the trophy to the winning jockey, Chester race course is always a brilliant day out and we hope that the weather stays fine for our first sponsored horse race.

There are thousands of free WordPress theme available on the web, Eddison-Media.com uses one from ‘Smashing Magazine‘ but what if you can’t find a theme to suit your site? Well then you have to get your hands dirty and build your own.

It might sound pretty daunting to someone who’s unfamiliar with core files of WordPress, because it was to me! Luckily I came across a handy piece of software that takes the hassle out of building WordPress themes. Artisteer is the first and only Web design automation product that instantly creates fantastic looking, unique WordPress™ Themes. I can testify that it works and works well, professional WordPress designers will probably think that it sucks! but for those like me who just want to build a custom WordPress theme quickly then it’s a god send.

I’ve already built two ‘Horse Racing’ themes using Artisteer, you can view them and download them for free from www.grand-national2011.co.uk.