Kings Head (4yo) | Trainer: GARY MOORE

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King’s Head

Just a quickie today as I’m off to Kempton.
King’s Head runs in the 2:40 and he’s favourite.¬† He’s been disappointing lately and we’ve dropped him to claiming class.¬† He’s working very well at home and if he puts his best foot forward he’ll win this race in a canter.
It’s a big if though.¬† He doesn’t [...]

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A quiet day yesterday¬†- my two boys went to see “The Snowman” up in town with Jane’s mother.¬† Eddie who is four and¬†talks non stop and has opinions on everything had his grandmother laughing all day.¬† He explained his strategy to her for getting us to put the TV on;¬† “I ask mum, and if [...]

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I’m having a quiet time of it here on the farm.¬† We’re very exposed here and it’s very cold - we’ve all had the flu and are mostly staying in.¬† The kids (and me) have been spending a lot of time on the Wii, which can be a bit dangerous.¬† There’s this game called Mario [...]

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I went to Lapland on the weekend, which was good fun.¬† It was a real winter wonderland - pine forests of deep snow.¬† We had a late night husky ride (they don’t half motor), a reindeer sleigh ride followed by¬†a trek to meet Santa in a hut in the woods and a snowmobile trek.¬† The [...]

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I’m going through a quiet period horse wise.¬† Mon Michel is probably out for the season, and he was possibly my best prospect for this year.¬† Tifernati was bought to go hurdling this year, but he had a massive wart on his backside which had to be removed - he should go in to Gary’s [...]

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If there’s one thing I dread it’s when a trainer calls me unexpectedly in the early morning.¬† Gary Moore called me early on Friday - Mon Michel is probably out for the season with a leg problem.¬† We don’t know how bad it is yet as he kicked and broke the scanner when we tried [...]

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I’ve had better weekends.¬† On Friday in the day my main fancies ran badly,¬†although I found a couple of winners¬†to limit the damage.¬† I had three runners in the evening, all fancied a little bit and¬†they all finished tailed off!¬† I decided to have a go at the Scoop6 on Saturday - I put only [...]

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Three runners at Wolverhampton this evening, and I may go up.¬† King’s Head goes in the 8:50 and both Shepherd’s Warning and Effingham go in the 9:20.
King’s Head comes here mainly because we haven’t had the right ground to run him over the jumps.¬† He doesn’t like it soft and it’s tough finding the right [...]

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I’m back at my desk having flown in to a freezing cold Heathrow at 5:30 this morning wearing shorts and a T-shirt.¬† I hardly slept a wink and I’m fading fast - as soon as I’ve done the blog I’m off to bed.
I couldn’t have been more impressed with Melbourne - it’s got everything.¬† It’s [...]

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Still in Aus and¬†still suffering from¬†jetlag - I suspect I’ll finally get over it when it’s time to go home.¬† I travelled¬†over with Stephen Morana, Betfair’s Chief Financial Officer, who¬†is also¬†feeling it.¬† I had a busy day Wednesday, finishing late in the office¬†- Stephen was asleep in his chair.¬† We walked back to the hotel [...]

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A quite incredible day in the financial markets today.  Massive gains around the world were topped off with an almost unbelievable rise of 936 points on the Dow Jones - a move nearly twice as big as the previous all time high move of 499.
It’s the sort of fillip the financial world needed to get moving [...]

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Jane and I went to Ascot yesterday as guests of Watership Down Stud.  I have yearling filly with them that I really like - Sadlers Wells out of Race the Wild Wind and a half sister to King Charlemagne and Meshaheer.  The room was full of all types of racing people with a few theatre people [...]

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A good day on Sunday with King’s Head doing it nicely.¬† He needs it G/F or firm and given that he has¬†invariably delivered¬†when he has had his ground I probably should have given him a stronger write up.¬† He may come out again on the weekend - he has entries on Saturday at Market Rasen [...]

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A disappointing day yesterday on the track and an expensive one for my account but by no means a disaster.
Nicky Nutjob was disappointing, but it’s probably not the end of the world.¬† He’ll improve plenty for the experience, but he’s not looking like a sharp or early type - he’ll¬†probably be more effective over longer [...]

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A quick one from me from the hotel computer.
It’s not easy checking out the racing from here as all betting related sites are blocked by the Italian regulator.¬† I can access the Racing Post site at least, where I can check out Bouguereau’s oppo.
Only six runners but no easy task on.  Boug is extremely well, [...]

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Up and down betting at the moment.¬† Good bets on Addikt and Whispering Angel came in but I took a heavy loss on Royal Destination last night.¬† I missed an opportunity when Papradon, who had nearly reeled in Lilac Moon last time, won the first at Newmarket at a big price.¬† It’s a nice boost [...]

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Last week we took delivery of a climbing frame, although you wouldn’t have recognised it as such when it arrived.¬† There were six bags of tubular steel rods all drilled with holes, three bags of nuts, bolts and assorted fitments, a swing, a slide and a canvas “den”.¬† There were also a couple of alan [...]

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A good day yesterday with Lilac Moon winning in fine style.¬† In quality terms she’s not one of my leading lights, but she’s developed into a lovely looking horse and and I’m very fond of her.¬† She isn’t what I would consider broodmare quality, but I’m looking for a few cheaper mares to have on [...]

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I had a good day at Wimbledon with Jane and our two daughters.  In truth the girls were a bit too young to appreciate it and they got bored towards the end.  When Andy Murray went two sets down we decided to call it a day and head home.  Oh well.
I spent most of the morning [...]

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I’ve been busy this week working on something that I’ll publish some other time.¬† Kings Head was supposed to run on Friday but we pulled him out after the overnight rain.¬† Lord Snooty ran in the US last night coming third.
My first four bets of the week, all at decent prices, all came second - I [...]

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I can’t remember a¬†more enthralling day’s sport than yesterday’s fare.¬† In the afternoon I watched the key bits of Ivanovic/Dechy, including a point where at match point down Ivanovic slams a forehand into the top of the net and it hovers and drops over just on the right side for her.¬† You couldn’t write the [...]

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… that is the question, and in my opinion the answer is a big yes.¬† Tariq runs in the Queen Anne, and gets the nap vote for the first day.¬† He’s in great form and he won at this meeting last year.¬† He’s progressive, he’ll be happy on the ground and the stable may finally [...]

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Unfortunately Winker now passes¬†Royal Ascot - the next opportunity may be the¬†Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly next month.¬† He worked on Wednesday with Al Qasi - he tired at the end of the gallop and blew the house down afterwards.¬† It’s frustrating as he’s not far off full fitness, but he wasn’t quite going to [...]

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Derby day finally came, although the rain I’d been hoping for didn’t.¬† It was a blow - I’d only kept Bouguereau in the race in the hope that the ground would come up on the soft side, but that wasn’t going to happen.¬† Still a great day out beckoned.¬† I got dressed in my fancy [...]

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Only a day away from a runner in the Derby, and although he’s a rank outsider I’m still pretty excited.¬† The rain didn’t come for me, but there’s still a fair bit forecast and it might be enough to turn the ground at the last minute.¬† Fingers crossed for a big run.
Thoughts on the big [...]

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Lockinge day

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 [...]

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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, [...]

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A winner on Tuesday night with Kings Head doing it nicely.¬† We‚ā¨‚ĄĘve believed for a while that he is a decent hurdler in the making and it‚ā¨‚ĄĘs good to see a little proof of that.¬† He needs top of the ground and he doesn‚ā¨‚ĄĘt get that often in the winter months, so he‚ā¨‚ĄĘll probably always [...]

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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 [...]

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I’ve had jumpers running over the last few days with no luck¬† In truth it’s been a pretty disappointing jumps season -¬† some fairly expensive purchases have run poorly, the only real¬†high point having been Mon Michel winning a few months ago.¬† I’m pretty happy with what I have for the flat this year though [...]

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It was a big day for Betfair yesterday, with an important high court ruling coming through from Australia.  The Western Australian government had introduced legislation that banned betting exchanges in WA and gave the racing authorities the right to decide who could and could not offer betting on WA racing.  Betfair had little choice but to challenge [...]

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A busy week, and a difficult one with Jane being ill with flu and me not being able to drive.¬† I still managed to fit in three visits to the racecourse, and with Cheltenham coming up I’m going to be raced out be the end of next week.
On Wednesday I went down to Fontwell, where [...]

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Cheltenham approaches and I have a few potential runners, but it brings a few dilemmas.¬† Currently I have both Mon Michel and Prince Ary declared for the Imperial Cup on Saturday and the County Hurdle on the Friday of Cheltenham, and they could both run in both races.¬† I also have King’s Head and Hope [...]

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Bert is en route to Lambourn and has asked me to report that King’s Head won’t be running as Gary Moore is concerned that the ground will be softer than he wants. The times and jockey comments from yesterday suggested that it’s unlikely to dry out enough despite a bright and breezy day today. At [...]

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The name game

The time has come to name the 2yos, and the Comic Strip Heroes horses are always good fun to do.  Jeremy and I compiled a list of around 40 names and we sat down with Ed to hammer it out.
We have three colts with Pete by Rock of Gibraltar, Bahamian Bounty and Fasliyev - they will respectively be [...]

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…and I’m beginning to get excited.¬† Winker is extremely well and we’ve been arguing the toss with Pete all week as to which race he’ll go for.¬† It’s looking like we’re going for the Norfolk on Thursday.¬† Major Eazy will run in the Windsor Castle on Tuesday, and Frankie is taking the ride.¬† He’s run [...]

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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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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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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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