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.

How long are the three Triple Crown races?

Tue May 14 2024Alastair 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.
2024 Triple Crown odds: how favorites and field size impact each race

Fri May 03 2024Alastair Bull

Like most U.S. betting outlets, you won’t find any single bets available on a horse to win the 2024 Triple Crown with TwinSpires. But you can bet on each individual race.
The 10 Richest Races in the World

Sun Apr 14 2024Alastair Bull

A countdown of the 10 richest races in the world, as of November 2022.
Horses: $122 Billion annually to the US Economy

Tue Apr 02 2024Alastair Bull

For many Americans, Kentucky Derby day is the one big day when they take an interest in horse racing. In the popular mindset, all roads lead to the first Saturday in May at Louisville. But as spectacular as that one day is, it’s merely the high point of a multi-billion dollar industry that employs thousands of people.
Dubai World Cup Day: 2024 turf undercard for Race 3, 4, 7, and 8

Fri Mar 29 2024Alastair Bull

The Dubai World Cup may be the headline race, but few racedays in the world have a higher-quality collection of turf races than this day.
Dubai World Cup Day: 2024 dirt undercard for Race 2, 5, and 6

Fri Mar 29 2024Alastair Bull

As always, the Dubai World Cup undercard brings as strong a day of racing as just about anywhere in the world
Dubai World Cup Preview: Packed with more international interest – March 30 2024

Fri Mar 29 2024Alastair Bull

The 2024 Dubai World Cup carries a little more international interest than usual, with the typical Japanese, American, and Dubai horses opposed by an exciting runner with strong links to, of all places, Kazakhstan.
Golden Slipper Preview: Betting with and against Storm Boy

Thu Mar 21 2024Alastair Bull

The burgeoning stallion reputation of Triple Crown winner Justify could head further into the stratosphere when his Australian son #1 Storm Boy contests the world’s richest two-year-old race this weekend.
Cheltenham Festival picks and plays for March 15, 2024

Thu Mar 14 2024Alastair Bull

Day four of the Cheltenham Festival is the finale, and as such is justly the day for the biggest race of the festival – and, arguably, the biggest jumps race of the year.
Cheltenham Festival picks and plays for March 14, 2024

Thu Mar 14 2024Alastair Bull

Staying hurdlers and intermediate-distance steeplechasers provide the main high points of day three of the Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Festival picks and plays for March 12, 2024

Mon Mar 11 2024Alastair Bull

Despite a couple of big-name defections, the Cheltenham Festival looks set to be its usual exciting celebration of jumps racing this week.
Dubai Preview: One horse's improvements could lead to a win – Mar. 2, 2024

Thu Feb 29 2024Alastair Bull

#3 Clapton should be improved enough to be a strong winning chance in the Al Maktoum Classic (G2) at Meydan on Saturday.