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.

Tennis: Federer looms once again in Noventi Open

June 19th, 2019 4:07 amAlastair Bull

The grass season is in full swing in the lead-up to Wimbledon come mid-June, and for the Noventi Open at Halle, that usually means Roger Federer. The Swiss ace has been nearly as dominant at the German grass tournament as Rafael Nadal has been at t ...
How Top 10 Stanley Cup Odds Leaders Fared in 2019 Season

May 24th, 2019 1:42 pmAlastair Bull

The 10 teams with the shortest odds to win the Stanley Cup at the beginning of the 2018-19 season all made the playoffs, but from there, it’s been unpredictable. With the Stanley Cup Final now set , the Boston Bruins (+1100 at season's start) are ...
Tennis: French Open Betting Preview

May 23rd, 2019 4:12 pmAlastair Bull

Can anyone beat Rafael Nadal? As it has been for the past 14 years, this is the only question for punters heading into the French Open. French Open Free Picks: Men's Play : Rafael Nadal (+110), Dominic Thiem (+500) Women's Play : Kiki ...
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round Full of Intrigue

May 3rd, 2019 3:40 pmAlastair Bull

The wildness that marked the first round of the NHL playoffs has calmed a little in the second, but it has been very tight, with only one series not square after four games. There is a very real prospect that the Eastern Conference Finals will be ...
A Moment in Time – October 14, 1978

February 7th, 2018 11:19 pmAlastair Bull

Two Triple Crown winners dramatically beaten For the first, and to date only, time in U.S. horse racing history, the Triple Crown was won in successive years in 1977 and 1978.  The horses in question: Seattle Slew, the first horse to be unbeaten ...
A Moment in Time: November 2, 1993

January 12th, 2018 12:12 amAlastair Bull

The Melbourne Cup goes international Most people in Thoroughbred racing around the world knew about the Melbourne Cup before 1993. But it was anything but international. True, horses bred or trained in one foreign country – nearby New Zealand – ...
2017: The 10 best races of the year

December 28th, 2017 7:20 pmAlastair Bull

1) T J Smith Stakes (6 furlongs, G1, April 1, Randwick, $1.9 million) Throughout his career, Chautauqua has frequently come from last in six-furlong sprints with flying late runs to win in a manner which looked impossible. Among other races it earne ...
2017 Year in Review: 10 Best Horses

December 22nd, 2017 5:57 pmAlastair Bull

Arrogate It’s a shame Arrogate ended 2017 so badly. He lost a lot of luster in his three defeats at Del Mar, finishing behind horses such as Cat Burglar, Donworth, and War Story. Whether it was the Del Mar track, or whether he simply wasn’t as goo ...
Moments In Time: October 28, 1994 - Cigar

December 21st, 2017 7:56 pmAlastair Bull

October 28, 1994 would have seemed like just another day at the races for anyone who went to Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. Four claiming races on dirt, two maiden special weights, one allowance on turf, and two one-mile allowances on dirt. Nobody ...
Danon Premium favored in Asahi Hai Futurity

December 15th, 2017 5:03 pmAlastair Bull

Unbeaten colt Danon Premium could give trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida his first grade one victory when he contests the Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds at Hanshin racecourse Dec. 17. One of two colts in the field by champion sire Deep Impact, D ...
Orfevre pair fancied in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

December 8th, 2017 9:19 pmAlastair Bull

Two fillies from the first crop of 2011 Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre are among those vying for favoritism in the Dec. 10 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the only grade one race for 2-year-old fillies in Japan. Orfevre (Stay Gold), who was unfortun ...