'Horse Racing' Category

My information was terrible yesterday, which is a bit worrying.  I think there are a few bugs flying around.
One runner today - Hope Road, who goes in the first at Kempton and I’m pretty hopeful.  He’s high in the handicap but this is a maiden and he’s well in.  He has a bit of pace and [...]

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Go on the flat

I’ll post a few notes about tomorrow’s racing now as I have a busy day tomorrow riding on Thomas the Tank Engine around the Watercress line.  I may even take the kids with me.
At this time of year, and with little evidence to go on, I tend to concentrate on looking for 4yos with a progressive [...]

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Bring it on

It’s slightly irritating to come to my blog today and see that the post I wrote yesterday didn’t get posted for some reason.  I was waxing on about how amazing it was to be sitting in the Betfair tent listening to Harry Findlay and Clive Smith with Jim Lewis sitting on the side - Betfair [...]

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Day 1

Quick today as I have to rush to Cheltenham.
We had a box for the whole week but unfortunately it blew away yesterday.  I’m still going for the week, but I won’t have a base, which is annoying.
I think most of the favourites look solid today.  There are only three bets I like, Noland - Catch Me [...]

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Just the One

A longer blog in due course as I have a fair bit to write up.
Several horses I’m watching today, but for the most part I’ll be watching.  I’m backing in the bumper, opposing the well fancied debutante from the powerful Henderson yard with the Gifford trained Dee Eee Williams.  Nick thinks a lot of this [...]

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Hope at Warwick

Bert and his family moved yesterday and are without internet access today, so he has asked me to add a quick comment about a runner at Warwick this afternoon. Bert has a share of Hope Road, Tom Dascombe’s only hurdler, who runs in the first. I spoke to Tom this morning and he thinks the [...]

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Saturday thoughts

I’m short on time so a quick summary;
 At Ascot Princelet goes well in the second (E/W) and Conflictofinterest is the value against the Henderson odds on jolly in the last.
At Wincanton Torshuffle of Hendersons goes well against the Fanshawe odds on jolly, but Katchit may score later for favourite backers.
At Haydock Estate may make amends for [...]

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Goals at last

A 3-0 win for Swindon was just the ticket - it’s the first time we’ve scored three goals for 19 matches in the league.  It’s three points and a boost for our goal difference - just as importantly it may get the team going as they’ve looked a little tense lately.
I didn’t go to the match but [...]

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A poor day on Saturday on all fronts.  Swindon lost to an early goal in a tight match with few chances, which following on from last weeks draw against Northampton makes the play-offs look a bit distant again.  Gary and Jamie Moore won the big race, and of course Jamie would have been riding Mon [...]

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Lovesick pooch

Half way through the Wednesday of Cheltenham last year I slipped out and bought a dog - a “Landseer” Newfoundland puppy to be precise (Robbie, named after Wee Robbie at Nick Gifford’s yard).  The small bundle of fluff as he was then has grown to be a hairy monster weighing in at over ten stone (although he’s got a [...]

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vs Northampton

I was told there was a piece about me in the Swindon Advertiser on Saturday, and I decided to go to the match.  I called Jeremy - he told me I had to wear a suit.  He knows what I’m like (I hate wearing suits) and he rang later to remind me.  Later (and suitably attired) I [...]

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Today’s bets

A quick post today as I have to run off to the game.
 I’m a huge fan of Straw Bear, but I won’t be backing him at the short odds.  Afsoun is a talented horse who has been out of form for most of the year - he may run a big race and he may [...]

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Update

A better day today but I should have been a little more selective instead of padding out my post with half fancies.  I’m glad I substituted in my ten to follow as both of my substitutes (Nickname and Inglis Drever) have won now.
I had a runner today that I forgot to mention - King’s Head [...]

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Saturday round up

Haydock is off, which is a real blow as we lose a few really nice races.  Ascot goes ahead.
Binocular runs in the first against Metaphoric - he’s is rumoured to be Henderson’s Triumph horse.  He would be the best of these on the flat on the soft/heavy ground that we have today and he’s been [...]

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Go Steve Go

Just one bet for me today - Silver Jaro in the Pierse Hurdle.  I don’t follow Irish form and know nothing about the horse, but Steve from BF, a NH freak, is keen on him.  Steve tipped up Carruthers and D’Argent yesterday so he’s in very good form - unfortunately I didn’t listen to him.

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Update

Russian let me down - jumped very badly, which may have been down to the ground or the “bounce factor”.
Jamie Moore rides a couple for his dad at Kempton and I’m backing both of them.

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Quick trixie

A quick post as the day’s racing is approaching.
Tom is back in the country and runs two today - I like Sawwaah running in this class, and although he’s quite a difficult ride I think Kingscote is a reliable pilot who should be able to get him home against this very moderate bunch.
Verasi comes out [...]

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Mixed bag

No winners and a mixed bag in terms of results. 
Ollie Fliptrik was awful and I can’t see anything positive to take out of it - his action was unattractive and he looked like he didn’t belong on a race track.  It confirms my fears for the horse as we’d had very little feedback from the Coles [...]

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Paul Cole thinks Ollie Fliptrik will run ok but is an unlikely winner.  Nick is positive about Ours - he’s fine in himself, he should get through the testing ground and we’re looking for a big run.  Nick has two others today which will run ok and although either could win I don’t advise backing them.
Mon Michel [...]

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There are certain horses that really catch the eye, and one that caught mine a couple of years ago was Nicanor, who saw off the mighty Denman at Cheltenham in imperious fashion.  Harry Findlay had taken the box next to ours that day, and I know him pretty well - it wasn’t his best day and I [...]

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Ugh.  This season is going from bad to worse - it’s the fourth time I’ve decided to have a big bet on a horse the day before the race only to change my mind on the day and then see it win (others were Osana, Twist Magic, Denman).  I think I suffer from having too much [...]

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Update

Ours was beaten into second - I haven’t spoken to Nick since the race but I’m told he ran well.  Somehow I missed the race as I had it down as being at 12:50 - saved me a few quid.  I’m a lot less keen on Straw Bear than I was last night and I [...]

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Secret squirrels

I normally disclose everything about my horses on here, but occasionally I have to keep mum for the sake of my co-owners.  Today was one of those days - two days ago a new syndicate completed the purchase of a horse called Parisian Gift.  I have 1/8, as does Mick.  He was strongly fancied - the syndicate had a good old [...]

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Day out

There was a Betfair board meeting on Monday followed by the board Christmas dinner at a London restaurant.  This finished at around 11 and I headed off to Suffolk.  I got badly lost heading out of London but eventually found the M11 - I arrived at Ickworth House (www.ickworthhotel.co.uk) at around 1 a.m.
I had hoped to [...]

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Two for today

A couple of small bets for me today.
Short notice but I’ve heard Pravda Street (Ling 1:00) is half decent and may be up to taking this weak maiden first time of asking.
In the 3:05 at Chelts I’ve heard good things about both Quaddick Lake and Petit Robin.  I prefer the latter who is a better price.  I may [...]

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Ten to follow

It’s the TTF time of the year, and I enter a local competition alongside a number of Betfair guys.  The overall winner collects the cash, the loser within Betfair has to pay for a team curry - I bought the curry last year, largely because I had the only list that didn’t include Kauto Star.  That was an oversight [...]

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Bert has been tied up with work and I was remiss in failing to flag up his runner at Kempton yesterday. However, since Better Together was tailed off and pulled up 2 out, this was perhaps no bad thing. Whilst expectations were limited in a decent race, it was undeniably a disappointing run. I wouldn’t [...]

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Exclusively mutual

Another horse that I bid on runs today - Mutual Friend, a decent 10f type from Ed Dunlop’s stable which was bought by David Pipe.  David paid 72,000 Guineas, which is a lot for an 80 rated handicapper - like us (I had Tom Dascombe check him out) he must have liked the horse.
Tom liked [...]

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Decent weather

Just the one bet for me today - Weather Front in the 4:00 at Carlisle, a horse I tried to buy back in February and regretted not having bid more as I drove home.
I met up with Henry Cecil at the February sale at Tattersalls this year.  Henry had looked at a lot of horses, [...]

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Year of the rabbit

I added another to the string recently as the CSH bought a Mizzen Mast filly at Keeneland.  The filly is a full sister to Mystery Sail, who beat Lord Peter Flint in her only start at Newbury - that race was only a couple of hours before the Keeneland auction.  She was cheap, partly because [...]

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It’s a great day’s racing today, with the afternoon highlight for me the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.  This race has thrown up the Derby winner three times in recent years - in a hot contest I’ll go with City Leader of Brian’s, who is a half brother to a previous winner of this race [...]

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Winner is not my choice

Lilac Moon ran well enough in third last night.  She handled the surface well and was running on again at the finish - she was drawn 13 of 13 which is a tough place to be at Wolver and she may just have needed it.
In the Dewhurst today I can’t see past New Approach.  He’ll [...]

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Lilac Moon runs for me in the 8:55 at Wolver tonight.  We claimed her from a mile claimer at Carlisle and sent her to Nicky Vaughan - Mick liked the look of her profile beforehand and she won well enough.  From breeding and running we think she should get a little further and she runs [...]

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I visited Nick Gifford€™s yard in Findon on Wednesday morning to catch up with news of the four horses owned by the Core Strength syndicate of which Bert forms a third. The horses are all five year old geldings who were selected with a long term perspective and there has been little racecourse action from [...]

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Today’s fancies

Quite a few old favourites running today, and I’ll be having a few bets.
I spent a fair bit of time with Pete C-H last week, and he runs Spirit of Sharjah in the first at Ascot.  From what I’ve heard of the horse I give him a small edge over his principal opponent Captain Gerrard, another favourite [...]

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Hoorah!! Another win for the heroes as Major Eazy triumphs at Salisbury in a pretty hot conditions race under a nice ride from Richard Hughes.  He was returned at 12-1, but there was clearly a bit of money for him (ahem…).  He’ll go into the sales at some point and this will have done him no harm [...]

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The boss had a late one last night after the Betfair Pro-Am Golf Tournament so I’ll fill in for now. Bert has Prince Ary running at Market Rasen (3.45) today in a valuable handicap hurdle with £30,000+ to the winner. He was touched off by a short head on his only previous visit to the [...]

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As noted by Bert below, I€™m going to be contributing to the blog from time to time to help keep things up to date and maybe prompt further thoughts and discussion. Comments are very welcome.
Shepherds Warning runs in the 2.50 at Pontefract to-morrow €“ a Nursery Handicap for fillies run over a mile. She has [...]

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Betting update

I advised Angel Rock in the first last night - I’m hearing that he is a decent animal but will probably need the run, explaining the long price.  Probably but not definitely - he could still be value for a place.  I’m also hearing that there is considerable confidence behind Rochfort, and with Gosden’s 2yos going [...]

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Back at my desk

I lasted about two hours at the WSOPE.  After a reasonably breezy start I limped along for a while before blowing my stack in two hands in the space of five minutes.
We start with £20k of chips.  I am down to £18k when I pick up 10-6 suited on the big blind - a raise [...]

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The summer holidays wind to a close and I’m back at my desk for a while now, which feels pretty good.
Lord Peter Flint made his debut last Friday and he ran well, finishing fifth of 13 in what may have been a decent maiden.  He’s sure to improve for the run and he looks like [...]

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York Day 3

It’s another excellent day’s racing at York today.
The sales race at 1:35 is always an interesting heat.  Brian (Meehan) has won this race in three of the last four years - he’s had a total of seven runners in the last two years - but he has no runners today.  The favourite has won in [...]

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Authorized did fantastically and I’m thrilled for Pete.  I backed him but I was a bit cowardly and I should have had more on.  It was nearly a very good day as Oasis Wind came close - the unlucky horse in that race was Hitchens, who ran behind Effingham and backs up that form.
 Day 2 [...]

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The Ebor meeting

I’m off to Malta tomorrow on Betfair business and I’ll miss most of the Ebor meeting.  I’ve pored through the card tomorrow looking for value, but I can’t find anything at big odds that interests me - there are of course some serious races being run.
The Juddmonte comes top of the list, and Pete was [...]

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Captain Hurricane is napped by Tony Lewis in the 3.45 at Haydock today.  He is also the spotlight selection, and Emily Weber describes it as “the moment of truth” after a long haul.  It may be a fair description - if he can’t show up well today then it may be that he never will.
I’ll [...]

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A very disappointing run from Effingham, who never got into the race and finished down the field at Ponty.  The ground, which was good to firm in the morning, was changed to firm with G/F patches immediately after the race.  Michael Hills reported that the horse wasn’t enjoying the ground at all.
I guess it wasn’t [...]

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The perfect wave

I wonder how much of my character has been created by fate.  As a boy I had a lot of luck.  My father took me to the races for the first time when I was nine - I was allowed one 25p bet on the big handicap of the day.  I picked the horse I most liked [...]

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Goodwood day 1

It’s a glorious day - perhaps summer is finally here.  Goodwood starts and I have a early runner. 
Major Eazy goes today in the Betfair sponsored Molecomb at 4:00.  It’s a pretty decent race - he’ll have to step up on his last run but I give him a respectable chance and he should go well.  I’ll [...]

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Ho Hum

Shawhill ran well but never looked like being the winner.  I don’t think there are any excuses - it was a decent run and she was fairly beaten by a couple of decent horses.  I guess it was asking a lot to of a first season filly to see off these experienced handicappers over a [...]

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A fantastic result at Sandown today with Effingham coming second in his maiden.  I’m extremely positive, for a number of reasons;

He clearly needed the run and will come on a lot for it
He ran green, missing the break a little and he lost ground jumping the walkway
Sandown maidens are generally pretty good (although I’m not so [...]

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One I forgot to mention - Captain Hurricane runs on Friday at Newmarket.  He’s been pretty useless for a long time now, but I think that there’s a decent chance he’ll come right one day and when he does he’ll be a seriously well handicapped horse.  He got to a point where he was so [...]

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Today’s runners

Two going today, and I’m not expecting any results.  Prince Ary I fancied a couple of days ago, but that was before the rains came.  He’ll go ok on it but it doesn’t do him any favours and I won’t be backing him now.  Baldovina has shown nothing in her last two runs - we’ll try [...]

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Nothing runs for me during the week, but a fair bit of action at the weekend. 
Prince Ary is down to run on Saturday at Market Rasen in a race that the Pipe’s have won on several occasions.  He ought to have a decent chance.  Baldovina has two entries for the Saturday and one at Windsor on the Monday [...]

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The July sale at Tattersalls has just come and gone, and also a big sale at Saint Cloud.  We’ve been pretty busy, but the market still feels pretty toppy and the selling has gone better than the buying.
Three of the string sold last week.  Thunderbolt Jaxon made £6k, Master of the Race £11k and Conservation [...]

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Today’s fancies

No big racing bets today but a couple of small ones for me.
Brig : 4:00 I’ll have a little on Murrumbidgee.  This solid performer seems to lack a real turn of foot at the end of his races and needs to win with a sustained gallop.  He has the right man on board today.
Kemp : [...]

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I thought it was an absolutely stunning performance from Winker in the July Stakes - everything went wrong and we still won.  I couldn’t have a higher opinion of the horse.  We have believed for a while now that it would be an understatement to just call him a  classy horse - his work at  [...]

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A horse of authority

With Haydock off Shawhill misses her chance today, but the race is rescheduled for Wednesday at Newmarket.  I don’t think we’ll go for it now - it was always a big ask trying to win a group 2, and there’s a Listed race at Longchamp on Saturday that looks more suitable.  It’s a 3yo fillies [...]

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A long week

I’ve been very busy lately and I haven’t been updating my blog as I should - fortunately I’ve had a couple of able deputies keeping things moving.
George and Ned started on a week’s work experience last Monday, and it was great to have them around.  Betfair is an interesting place to be - the atmosphere [...]

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I’ve been waiting to write that headline for a long time.  Major Eazy’s win at the fifth attempt on Saturday night was long overdue, and at last we have confirmation of something we have believed for a long time - he is a proper racehorse.
Every jockey who has sat on ME has told us that [...]

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I’ve got some catching up to do, but first a quick note on Major Eazy in the 7:15 at Lingfield tonight.
Brian described him this morning as “a certainty”.  I’ve been in racing for long enough to know that certainties as described are anything but, and I suspect ME is no exception to this.  Two hurdles [...]

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We spent the day preparing questions that we were going to put forward to some of the more senior members of Betfair.
It was challenging as we had to do a bit of research on their background and had to think of suitable questions; we were kindly helped with some of the questions that we were [...]

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Ascot post mortem

I went to Ascot on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Winker was obviously the high point, but I managed to find one winner each day, including Binanti on the Friday which I backed at 44.
There still seems to be a lot of talk about the new stand and the redesign of the course, and a lot [...]

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The rains

The heavy rain of the past few days have got into the ground pretty much everywhere, and this changes my betting strategy.  I won’t be placing any big bets for a while, but I’ll have a few small ones on outsiders with the right sort of breeding.  Today I’ll back Indian Days in the 7.10 [...]

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It’s a great day’s racing but for me the day starts and ends with the first race.  Winker Watson makes his long awaited Ascot appearance, and I’ve told pretty much everyone I know to get on.  I’m a star if he wins and a my name is mud if he doesn’t.
I think the world of the horse.  The [...]

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Ascot day 2

Some good racing, but I probably won’t go.
US Ranger will be all the rage in the Jersey with good reason - no bet for me.   I’m told that there is considerable stable confidence behind Nannina in the second, but she won’t appreciate any softening of the ground.  If the ground is right I’ll be backing [...]

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Post Mortem

Henry the Navigator was my only winner of the day, but he only scraped home - if he’s the best that Ballydoyle have it’s good news for Winker.  Miss Andretti won in an unbelievable time - Dandy Man may have been unlucky and Enticing ran very well and if progressive could be the real deal one day.  [...]

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Thunderbolt tonight

Thunderbolt Jaxon runs in the 9:00 at Yarmouth tonight.  I definitely give him a chance - he is capable and performs well at home but he isn’t straightforward and always seems to throw his races away.  He’ll come right one day, and maybe today is the day.

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Baldy disappoints

I was very disappointed with the way Baldovina ran on Sunday - she never looked like getting into the race.  She’s been doing some eye catching work at home and in time I thought she’d become one of the stars of the string, but on the basis of that run she’s not going far.  I’m hoping that [...]

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Today’s bet

I’m having a small bet today on Coyote Creek, who impressed me when third behind Shawhill a couple of runs back.  He’s been third since then - he was unlucky that day and I think the trip was a little short in any case.  He should go well today - I’d have a decent bet [...]

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I’ve had an enormous number of second places this year, and there haven’t been many that I have been genuinely happy about.  Shawhill’s courageous second place in France, clobbered close to the line with a decent gap back to third, is one I will remember affectionately for a long time.
Taking a horse abroad is not easy.  We took [...]

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Thoughts for the day

I’ve had a little time to go through the card today and I’ve made a few calls, but not a lot to report.  I’ll be having two small bets.  Cassies Choice makes a belated appearance as a 3yo in the 3.30 at Redcar - she might be an improver and the conditions look right.  Equally [...]

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RIP Berkhamsted

I was sad to hear that my former horse, Berkhamsted, was put down on Saturday after breaking down at Towcester.  Evan Williams bought him off me in the February sale at Tattersalls and immediately took him novice chasing - this was a pretty bold move by Williams as Berky was a flat horse who had [...]

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Shawhill in France

Shawhill, who has run extremely well for me without winning, takes her chance tomorrow in a listed race at Le Lion D’Angers in France.  It’s a fairly bold move - she’s proved that she’s a decent handicapper but she’s done nothing to suggest she can compete at listed level.
I’m very happy to be taking this [...]

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Two runners today - Mon Michel in the first at Uttoxeter and Master of the Race in the last at Sandown. 
I’ve just got off the phone to Gary.  We’re running Mon Michel because he needs this to qualify for the Jewson in October, which is his early target.  If the ground is too firm then [...]

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One for fun

I’ve not had much time today, but the racing looks pretty grim and I’m not going to get heavily involved.  I’ll be having one (extremely small) bet tonight on Squiffy in 7:40 at Southwell.
Squiffy and his two full brothers are trained by Peter Cundell - collectively they have not won a race in 20 attempts.  In [...]

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Tom has had Etoile Argentee for a while now, and we have had a chance to check her out in full.
She is reasonable sized - around 15h3 but solid.  She was skinny and appeared underfed on arrival, but nevertheless weighed in at 440kg - for comparison Baldovina weighed in at 410kg and Shawhill 418kg when [...]

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One more for luck

One more horse I’ll be following today is Chain of Gold in the 2:20 at Carlisle - well entered up from an interesting stable, and rumoured to be pretty decent.

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Nicky kicks off

Nicky Vaughan has his first runners today - Don Jose and Four Tel line up in the 7.15 at Thirsk.  Nicky is training at Michael Owen’s stable - formerly he was assistant to John Gosden, and both of his horses tonight are ex Gosden.  I’ll be watching and I wish him luck.

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Thoughts for the day

It’s been half term and I’ve been away for a week with the wife and kids, with very little time to look at the form.  First day back and it looks a great day for a bit of action.
In the first a Leics the form of American Art, owned by art dealer Matthew Green, looks [...]

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Best in the world

Authorized was truly awesome, and won exactly as Pete told me he would some time ago.  I’d backed him at the start of the season - I thought about having an enormous bet when the price drifted close to the off, but decided not to burden him further with my money.
The papers focussed on Frankie.  It’s [...]

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D-Day

Even money Authorized ? I have no doubt he is the best horse in the race and I will be cheering him on for Pete and all his team. A return to the Derby winner’s enclosure will be every bit as emotional for P C-H as it was for Henry Cecil yesterday in [...]

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Major Eazy looked good for a while but when the going got tough he fell away. I think he got there far too soon and could have done with more cover. Frankie was very positive after the race - he said he had a lot of speed, should go for the Windsor Castle [...]

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Thoughts - 31/05

A couple of small bets for today. I like Atabaas Pride in the first at Ayr. Johnstone’s horses could be going better, and I think if they were this one would be shorter than it is. Montaquila is an obvious favourite and the form looks pretty solid, but at very short odds [...]

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Major Eazy goes for the National Stakes at Sandown tonight. We still have a fair bit to learn about the horse. On balance it feels as if the conditions of the race are a small negative - the draw looks moderate, we think he’ll go on the ground but it’s an imponderable we [...]

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Mon Michel goes at Fontwell today having run up a string of three second places. He really should go in today - he’s a classy animal - although I wouldn’t want to take too short a price on him as he isn’t always the easiest ride.
AP takes the ride for the second time. [...]

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Good days racing

There’s a lot of good racing today and I won’t be around to watch it. There are a number of horse going that I’ve been watching.
Cockney Rebel goes for the double in the Irish 2,000. I won’t be having a bet in the race, but with so many dark horses in the race [...]

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Master of the Race has not been a resounding success over hurdles, so we’re taking him back to the flat hoping for a bit more luck - he runs in the 5.30 at Goodwood today.
He’s one of those horse who is good on the home gallops but hasn’t done it on the racecourse. When [...]

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A very poor show from King’s Head. Having spoken to Gary I was feeling pretty confident before the race, but he ran badly again and there could be no excuses this time. I’ve had a long chat with Gary - he says the KH is throwing away his chances by racing to keenly, [...]

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I claimed a horse from Saint Cloud yesterday - Etoile Argentee. She ran a close third in a 1 mile 3yo fillies claimer on heavy ground - the provisional rating from the Racing Post for the run was 73. She was in for E26k - I bid E31k and I was the only bid (hence [...]

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King’s Head goes today at Huntingdon, and he could be a real value bet. The ground is key for him. Last time he ran the rains came and ruined his chances - he gets another chance today on ground that he will appreciate. The firmer the ground the better his chances - the first races [...]

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Fancies - 23/05

There are a few this afternoon that may tempt me in. At the short priced end of the scale I like Fitzroy Crossing and Conwyn Bay at Ayr and Scarlett Heart at Lingfield. I may back Miss Wedge at Lingfield - she’s clearly able but she doesn’t look to be the most genuine and she [...]

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It was another very disappointing display from Thunderbolt Jaxon, and it highlights the folly of persevering with horses who don’t do it on the track. There’s no question that TJ has speed and some level of ability, but he’s not showing it and his runs if anything are getting worse.
Pete has another 2yo running [...]

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Mon Michel was pulled out on Sunday as we were unhappy about the ground. It was getting firmer by the hour and we didn’t want to risk him on it. He’ll probably come out on either Wednesday or Saturday.
Thunderbolt Jaxon goes tonight at Wolverhampton in what looks a pretty low grade race. He goes well [...]

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A bad day’s betting today, perhaps stemming from the fact that I don’t have the time to do my research properly. I spoke to Pete in the morning - he thought Polar Circle had a great chance but he was concerned about her temperament. He said Declaration of War (Newm 4:40) also goes well, but [...]

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Authorized was stunning today and it’s going to take a very good one to lower his colours in the Derby. In the end I decided to back him, and the result was never in doubt - he could be a very special horse.
No runners today but a couple on Saturday - Adam Eterno and Captain [...]

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Less is more

Dante day dawns, and with it some excellent racing, but for the most part I think I’ll be spectator rather than speculator. In the Middleton the highly touted Anna Pavlova takes centre stage and a strong run appears expected. In the Dante Authorized makes his seasonal bow amid high expectation - I know Pete thinks [...]

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Shawhill showed again what a game filly she is without getting her head in front. The ground was totally different to anything she had encountered to date, but she dealt with it well. She blew a lot more than last time and she’s due a rest. I’ve had a chat with Tom - we’ll give [...]

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New Recruit

I claimed a filly called Shepherd’s Warning from Thirsk on Saturday night - the first time I have ever claimed a 2yo. She will be trained by Nicky Vaughan, who is training at Michael Owen’s yard - they will have their first runner in the next few weeks. Nicky reports her to be “sweet and [...]

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The end of a long week. King’s Head didn’t win, but after the rain I didn’t expect him to and I didn’t have a penny on him - for some reason he was heavily punted. Crimson Monarch didn’t stay. Ger Butler proved that he is very much in form, winning Highland Legacy’s race with a [...]

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King’s Head goes to Wincanton tonight to try to open his account over hurdles. We took him back to the flat last time, but there were technical reasons for doing that - if he had won a hurdle before May 1 (the beginning of the new jumps year) he would have lost his novice status, [...]

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