I’ve been very busy this week with work - no time to bet and no time to blog. Annoyingly I missed out on backing a horse I’d been waiting for for a long time - Zaskar trained by Tom Dascombe is a lovely filly with a real turn of foot, and she went in in [...]
The Irish Guineas comes around, and Winker is still on the sidelines. I’d love him to be taking them on, but he’ll have to wait a little longer. On paper it’s a rematch between New Approach and HenrytheNavigator, but the Irish Guineas doesn’t always follow the script.
Last year the winners of the English Guineas, Cockney Rebel [...]
I’ve been ringing around this morning and I’m feeling a sense of optimism from some of my trainers. Pete’s horses haven’t been going as well as usual, but I think they are picking up now. Brian is starting to have a few winners, and Tom’s horses seem to be in decent shape.
I’ve decided to leave [...]
We left Winker out of the Irish 2,000 today - he’s back in work but short of full fitness and it’s too soon for him. He’ll probably go straight to Royal Ascot now.
It’s going to be a fairly quiet week runner wise. Scrapper Smith may come out towards the end of the week and he’s [...]
No luck yesterday with King’s Head. I spoke to Gary before the race - he thought the ground was slightly on the soft side of good rather than the fast side as I had originally thought. KH will win again whan the going is fast.
One runner tonight - Parisian Gift goes at Doncaster. We had [...]
I had hoped for three runners today but I’m down to one after the two Maxes pulled out. He’s a good one though - King’s Head runs at Aintree tonight, and if the rains stay away I see no reason why he won’t go in again. He’s fit and well.
Nine days break isn’t a lot, [...]
Jane and I had an excellent day out on Monday when we had a tour of a couple of stud farms in the Newbury area.
We dropped the children off early and I gave the dog a quick walk. I’d ordered a driver for the day and we left home at around 9:30 - an hour later we [...]
Another weekend of dashed hopes, capped with Bouguereau finishing down the field in 7th in the Italian Derby. Well at least I can say I’ve had an odds-on favourite in a Group 1, which is rare enough. Bouguereau is a super horse, but he’s a big, fairly lean galloping type with real staying power - [...]
A winner on Tuesday night with Kings Head doing it nicely. We€™ve believed for a while that he is a decent hurdler in the making and it€™s good to see a little proof of that. He needs top of the ground and he doesn€™t get that often in the winter months, so he€™ll probably always [...]
The first piece of collateral form for Bouguereau comes today with Patkai, who runs in the final race at Chester. I like him as a bet. He was staying on in the Newbury race and will surely benefit from the extra two furlongs - he may also prefer the ground today. 90 doesn’t look like too [...]