'Horse Racing' Category

Another winner for the string and my betting form is still very solid. Prince Ary won easily and posted the best time of the night - he finished tired but he appeared to stay the slightly longer distance. Hernando Royal was a well backed and easy winner.
The bet that got away was Potentiale in the [...]

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Winker Watson, recently top of the Racing Post 2yo ratings with 92 has slipped to fourth - Major Eazy is joint seventh on 88. Achilles of Troy tops the list with 100. Call me a pedant but I don’t like the name - Achilles was Greek and he fought against the Trojans, not with them.
Shawhill [...]

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Daily Double

Tight for time today. I haven’t got any runners today, and not much later in the week. I was very impressed with Achilles of Troy yesterday - Winker Watson may go head to head with him in the Coventry which looks like a decent challenge.
I’ve gone through the cards, and hard to find anything compelling [...]

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1,000 Guineas

No luck in the 2,000, in fact quite an annoying result. I backed Cockney Rebel twice last year, losing out both times - it’s one of those occasions where I often have a saver for sanity’s sake, but this time I didn’t. It’s the 1,000 today, but I won’t be having a bet. I think [...]

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2000 Guineas

Captain Hurricane only beat a couple home, but I was happy with the run. He didn’t settle for the first couple of furlongs and he was well out the back. He showed he still retains ability and maybe one day he’ll win another race.
It’s the 2,000 Guineas today and I think it’s a strong renewal. [...]

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Major Eazy finished fourth after Jamie Spencer found trouble in running. We were pretty happy after the race - when the Major saw daylight he shot through, and if he had had a clear run earlier we think he would have won. He’ll probably go for the National stakes now.
Captain Hurricane runs on Friday - [...]

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Three runs down and a mix of results. Master of the Race ran poorly €“ we were expecting a strong showing but he was never in the hunt. He finished lame but it looks fairly minor. I€™m disappointed but not entirely surprised €“ he€™s looks to be a bit of a rogue and I shouldn€™t [...]

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Mick and I went down to Lambourn early on Thursday to catch up with a few trainers.
We started with Tom Dascombe, and watched all four horses in light work. Conservation has recovered from the gelding operation and also from an accident he had on the horse walker - he’s still a while away from a [...]

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Lying low

It’s looking like King’s Head won’t run at Punchestown now, and I’ve decided not to travel over - I’m feeling a bit travel weary a the moment and it’s nice to have a quiet week.
My good betting form is continuing - I had a decent bet on Fong’s Gazelle last night. He beat Shawhill last [...]

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Back to earth

It was a bad day on Saturday - I had four bets, one of which won at around 16-1 (Bustan at Thirsk) but still finished well down on the day as I had such a big bet on Dutch Art. I made some amends today by having a chunky bet on Missis Potts who had [...]

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Update

I had a long chat with Pete this morning. Winker recovered from the race extremely well. He’s a very uncomplicated horse and appears to be a true professional - we will probably go straight to Ascot with him now. Lord Snooty will come out in two or three weeks, either at Newmarket or Windsor - [...]

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A winner at last! It’s a real relief, and it was great to be back in the winner’s enclosure again. I’d had 24 runs since my last winner, with 8 seconds, 4 thirds and 3 fourths - I was beginning to think I was cursed.
I got to the course early and I had the chance [...]

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The Winker Cometh

I travelled up to Newmarket to watch Major Eazy run and arrived forty minutes before the race - I met up with Jeremy, who with his brother Ed are the co-owners. The horse looked pretty well in the pre-parade ring - fairly lean and very calm. Richard Perham joined us - he said that he’d [...]

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A few to watch

No runners today, but I’ll be watching a few. Brian runs two in the first at Warwick, and it should give a good indication of how forward his 2yos are - ours runs tomorrow. Later on in the 4.30 Pagano makes his debut for Alan King. I went to the sales intending to bid for [...]

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Still searching

12 days on from my last post and still no winners. Kings Head ran well to come fourth - the trip was probably to long and we’ll drop him back. Master of the Race also did well in coming third at a big price. He’ll get a handicap now and should be able to pick [...]

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Catching up

I’ve been very busy lately - a lot to write about but not enough time to write it. I don’t seem to be able to update this blog from work due to firewall issues which makes matters worse.
I went to Milan ten days ago - I had lunch at San Siro one day and watched [...]

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Bridesmaid again

I went to Ascot on Saturday to watch Mon Michel run - I took a box and invited a few mates along. MM was in the first race - Rodger arrived at the box fairly early, and he was unhappy about the jockey bookings.
Jamie Moore normally rides MM on the home gallops, and often MM [...]

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Ascot Saturday

Mon Michel runs in what is a very competitive juvenile on Saturday - Robert Thornton takes the ride. He’s been disappointing thus far, well beaten into second on his last two starts, but he is good on the gallops and my feeling is that he is weighted to pick up a big handicap if and [...]

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Still luckless

King’s Head was beaten fair and square by a decent looking animal. Prince Ary ran a stinker today and finished with quite a nasty cut on his leg. I’ve now had five second places and a couple of thirds since my last winner - roll on the flat season.

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I was spectacularly bad today - all my fancied horses finished unplaced and the only horse I laid won. Not much to be said about that.
King’s Head goes tomorrow. He’d like it a little firmer but he should go ok - I spoke to Gary today and he said that the horse works like a [...]

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Update

I’ve rung around my various trainers to see if I could turn up anything.
Nick Gifford has five going at Newbury today. I asked him about Latimer’s Place in the 2.25. The horse is getting on a bit. The ground is key (he needs it good) and he has that. He’s getting a bit old though [...]

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Racecourse Action

At last a decent period of action on the horse front - I have runners on each of the next three days.
Master of the Race goes on Saturday at Newbury in what looks to be a red hot novice. I had a long chat with Tom about him this morning - Tom was expecting a [...]

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Cold Turkey

With Cheltenham now over I now have to honour my promise to my wife and give up smoking. I’ve been smoking solidly for 25 years so this may not be easy - still there’s nothing like a good challenge. Fortunately there are two others in Betfair who are giving up - Josh Apiafi and Martin [...]

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The final curtain

Cheltenham drew to a close and I faced the horrible realisation that for the first time in my life I have gone through the meeting without finding a single winner. I didn’t bet in as many races as I normally do due to time constraints and I twice had the heartbreak of seeing my horse [...]

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Last Chance Saloon

A busy day yesterday. Still no luck betting and heavily down for the week. I left early and drove over to Bimingham to pick up a puppy, then drove back home. I’ll make my way back to Cheltenham this morning for the final leg.
I’ll take Degas Art to win the Triumph today, with a saver [...]

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Update from the course

I’m in the Betfair tent now listening too all the gossip. The World Hurdle is the big one and I’ve heard a few views. BJK is not proving popular with the experts I’ve spoken to. Mighty Man seems to be the big Timeform fancy and there are a lot of good reasons to like him. [...]

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It was a typically busy day at the course yesterday. I got there early and went to the Betfair marquee. We had a betting panel of four giving their views to our guests.
Harry Findlay, part owner of Denman, appeared impromptu in the box and got onto the stage - he spent about 15 minutes explaining [...]

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Day 2

Not a great start to the week. I ended up with two large bets - one on Distant Thunder and one on Straw Bear.
The Bear was going like a good ‘un when he burst a blood vessel - he trotted in after the race with blood pouring from his nose. I was with Nick in [...]

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Mon Michel

Just a quick one today as I’m tight for time. Mon Michel is running in he 3.00 at Plumpton - AP takes he ride as Jamie is currently off for a ban. He drifted a little this morning but he’s still odds on. Anything other than a win will be a disappointment - he’s been [...]

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Day 1

Well another disappointment today with Mon Michel, but no time to cry. Cheltenham beckons, so let’s see if I can cut the mustard as a tipster.
Race 1 - The Supreme Novices
Well I hate to be dull but I just can’t get away from Amaretto Rose. I have always liked progressive fillies, particularly those that mature [...]

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Calm before the storm

It’s all a bit quiet in the lead up to Cheltenham, and not much to blog about. I’m very busy at work and fairly engaged in it all at the moment, so I haven’t been following the racing. One of my syndicates is in the process of buying another horse for the jumps in Ireland, [...]

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Embarrassment

Saturday was a disappointing day. Mon Michel was running at Kempton, and having given the matter some thought I concluded that at 14-1 he was an outstanding bet. I don€™t normally proactively tip my horses, but I decided to share the good news. I rang my mother, my uncle and my sister and told them [...]

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Commerce rules

I was disappointed to read today that Wimbledon have decided to award equal prize money to men and women, bowing to political pressure and bringing them in line with the other grand slams. It’s a case of politics ahead of commercials, it’s not a decision that can ever be reversed and it sets a dangerous [...]

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More frustration

Damn and blast. With Lingfield called off we lost a lot more than a day at the races - we lose the opportunity to give Mon Michel a prep race, but more significantly we can’t go for the Fred Winter now as we won’t have the required three races for a handicap mark in the [...]

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Exorcism required

I went to the €œSharp Edge Entrepreneurial Awards€ last night. It€™s a great honour to be nominated for awards but I have a real phobia about public speaking, and when I realised that all the winners were making short rousing speeches I started drinking hard and praying that we wouldn€™t win. We won the main [...]

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Another for the string

I got back from a weeks holiday on Dartmoor on Thursday night and didn’t go into the office on Friday. It gave me a chance to catch up with the horses and hatch a few plans.
Straw Bear was down to run in the Kingwell hurdle, and he had the look of a banker about him. [...]

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I travelled up to Newmarket after work and checked into a hotel. I had an early start this morning at Pete Chapple-Hyam’s where I was hoping to see a few of our horses work, but the weather got in the way. I spent a while there and had a good chat with Pete.
It’s early days [...]

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Follow the Bear

BETTER TOGETHER ran well down the field at Chepstow - apparently he jumped ok and he looks to have come back alright. His day will come but it is probably a long way off.
Nick runs his “superstar” in the Agfa hurdle at Sandown tomorrow. There is no horse I have enjoyed watching on the gallops [...]

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Triumph Market

I’ve been looking a little further into the Triumph and the market looks seriously lopsided to me. The majority of the principals in the Triumph are horses who want or need it soft, and Cheltenham is invariably good or better. Since 1990 Cheltenham (on Gold Cup day) has been soft once (1995) and G/S once [...]

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Buying and Selling

I sold BERKHAMSTED at the Doncaster sale today. He went for 12,000 Guineas, bought by Evan Williams who will now take him jumping. He may turn out to be a decent hurdler - he has enough size and he stays. I made a small profit on him but with training costs I am out of [...]

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Quiet Time

It’s a slightly frustrating time at the moment as some of the horses are not running because of cancellations, ground conditions etc., but also some are not doing serious work at home as the conditions have been so bad. I have one runner over the weekend - Berkhamsted who runs at Lingfield, probably his last [...]

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No runners imminent so a few comments on picking horses and trainers. I still have a lot to learn as an owner, but these are my thoughts at the moment.
I believe in meritocracy in all areas of business, and horse racing should be no different. In picking a trainer, the plan should be to find [...]

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Disappointing day

Not a great start for my blogging with both of my horses stuffed out of sight.
I charged down to Wincanton after an early morning meeting in the office. The weather was fine when we got there, but the car park was a mud pit. I met up with Tom Dascombe who had just walked the [...]

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I€™ve always been passionate about racing, but I€™ve never had the cash before to be a full on owner. I sold some shares in Betfair in April 2006 and all of that has changed €“ as I write I own or have shares in 21 racehorses. Most of them are on the flat, but there [...]

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