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David Rusk

David Rusk studies creative writing for digital media in the Institute of Technology in Tralee. David has a massive interest in soccer, rugby, football and horse racing and this is reflected in his works.
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Our Top Three Picks For Today’s Racing At Galway

This year’s Galway festival has sprung numerous surprises, from Pateen’s easy victory on the first day, to Magna Carter providing the Shark Hanlon with a nice win yesterday evening. Both of these came in at odds of 20/1 and they were relatively comfortable winners. Along with some big price winners there has also been some massive gambles that have failed …

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Cheltenham Day 1: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Preview

Day one of Cheltenham has been hampered badly by the withdrawals of star names – most notably the previous two winners of the coveted Champion Hurdle: Faugheen and Annie Power. Despite these stars not being able to travel, one superstar will be present. Altior will be at centre stage with masses from around the world paying good money to catch …

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Is Football About Money Or Loyalty?

This writer recalls debating whether football is about money or passion. Looking back on it, it seems naive of me to think passion still exists. And I also question the word passion – perhaps I should have described it as loyalty. Money or loyalty seems a more realistic argument. I believe fans are passionate, yet this cannot be said for the …

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Cheltenham: Supreme Novices Hurdle Preview

This year’s race will be similar to last year’s. It has a Willie Mullins favourite and an English second favourite. Here David Rusk previews the Supreme Novices Hurdle.   Last year this writer picked the winner of this race. Vautour was a common selection amongst the Irish Punters, he made all the running last year, he kicked for home two …

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Cheltenham: Champion Hurdle Preview

The Stan James Champion Hurdle is, without doubt, one of the most intriguing races of the week as it’s packed with star quality. It was first run in 1927, and since then only top horses have won the race. Is this an omen for this year’s Champion Hurdle? It is hard to see the winner coming from outside the first three in …

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Hurricane Fly conveys he is a class apart – Leopardstown Round-up

“He’s come back here now and won five of these and 22 Grade Ones, he’s a pleasure to ride, he’s a credit to Willie and the staff at Closutton, he’s just a marvellous little horse.” – Ruby Walsh after today’s success. I cannot remember a horse that loved a course as much as Hurricane Fly loves Leopardstown. His attitude seems to …

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Cheltenham Trials

David Rusk weighs in with his tips ahead of the Cheltenham Trials.    Last year I predicted the winner of the Supreme Novice Hurdle. Now I have decided to give my opinion on today’s action. Cheltenham’s Trials tend to hold numerous secrets to overall winners at the highly anticipated main event in March. Despite the soft ground – the festival’s …

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King George 2014 Preview

This year’s King George has the potential to be as competitive as last year’s race. This is due to numerous facts: Firstly, the race was won by Silviniaco Conti – who is participating in this years race. He is a horse that oozes class. And his performances  – despite Wetherby – have reflected this. Last year, he produced a stellar …

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Sunday League’s ‘Winter Break’ Is Fast Approaching

David Rusk discusses the consequences of pitches being unplayable throughout the winter period of Sunday League football and the implications this presents. We wait patiently, every member of the team from number one to sixteen. (Assuming your team has sixteen players.) The cold snap is about to come upon us, after only five league matches. Now, the big question on everyone’s …

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PA Preview: Racing Post Trophy

Saturday’s Racing Post Trophy should be one of the most intriguing races of this year’s calendar, writes David Rusk. Last year the Racing Post Trophy was won by Kingston Hill, who has gone on to be a very impressive horse. He finished fourth in the Prix de L’arc de Triomphe, ahead of super horses including the Japanese speedster, Just A …

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Top 10 Premier League Deadline Day Transfers

After an exciting deadline day, which included some shock moves, David Rusk returns to Pundit Arena with an article evaluating his top ten deadline day transfers from the summer window.  10. Mohamed Diame (West Ham United to Hull City) A lot of things have been said about Hull City’s dreary performances. The fact that they simply do not score enough goals has led …

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Punchestown Guide: Day One

The opening day of the Punchestown festival has some truly intriguing line-ups and every race fanatic in Ireland will be eager to see the outcomes at Punchestown.  Willie Mullins possesses a large number of strong horses. Ruby Walsh described his number of horses who have a chance as an ‘army’. He is not wrong with that statement also. Willie Mullins’ team …

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Cheltenham Festival 2014 – Drama, Tension, Passion.

It has been a week since Lord Windermere and Davy Russell stormed to victory in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Pundit Arena’s David Rusk looks back on the ups and downs of an excellent festival. This year’s Cheltenham Festival was a dramatic one, to say the least. Throughout the four-day festival there were mixed emotions conveyed. Certain horses displayed some …

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Tuesday’s Tough Tackler – Stuart Pearce

On this week’s return of ‘Tuesday’s tough tackler’, we look to the past and a man by the name of  Stuart Pearce. With a nickname like ‘psycho’, it truly is obvious to include Stuart Pearce in this list. If you were a striker, and you were up against Pearce, you should probably run away. Roy Keane described him as, “a …

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Last Instalment May Not Run In The Gold Cup

Last Instalment, Phillip Fenton’s horse, may not be running in Friday’s Gold Cup due to the weather. Giving us an insight into the saga and his predictions for the race is David Rusk. In recent weeks there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Philip Fenton’s stables. The BHA announced that there had been anabolic steroids found in the yard. …

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Cheltenham – World Hurdle Preview

The scene is set, we are all ready, and Cheltenham cannot come quick enough. David Rusk previews the highly anticipated World Hurdle, a race in which the stars will battle for the title of ‘the best hurdler in the world’. On Thursday 13th of March, one of the most competitive World hurdles in recent years will take place. The field …

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A look to Cheltenham – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

On March 11th it returns. Equine lovers from all over the world will gather in England to watch a few days of unmatchable racing. David Rusk previews the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a race that is run over two miles, and usually won by a flawless round of fantastic jumping. However; the fact that the race is two miles, also creates …

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Pelligrini’s Night To Forget

Last night we saw a Pelligrini that we were not too familiar with. Needless to say; he had his reasons for being upset. Usually  a picture of calmness on the sidelines, some may say the Chilean was too conservative tactically last night. It was only the second time this season that he started both Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov in …

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