The Flat Finale

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The blog returns after a couple of weeks off due to my busy schedule! My dad has put in a real late burst over the past couple of weeks and he tipped up both INTEGRAL (7-2) and INTRANSIGENT (16-1) – his second big priced winner in a row. Its narrowed the weekly competition to 14-15 as we head into this final week.Profit stands at £170.12 to me compared to £125.06 to him. Another big winner or two will see him possibly win but with the returns of the jumps I’m confident of holding on today! We will start the competent form scratch again next week for the jumps season. We’re both NH lovers so hopefully the blog will produce some good winners for everyone over the winter months! The flat season is brought to a close today with the Racing Post Trophy being the highlight, it’s been another cracker with some real standout performances. My horse of the summer has to be TAGROODHA though, awesome filly!

Enjoy the racing today and hopefully we’ll give you winner or two again on the blog!

CELESTIAL PATH 1550 DONCASTER (NAP) I have backed this fella on both his runs this year and was wondering where Sir Mark would send him next. It’s unusual to see the Prescott yard send out a horse in a race like this, but hen they do you have to sit up and take notice. Think of CONFIDENTIAL LADY, HOORAY, ALBORADA. This guy has looked a smart proposition and is well bred, running green on both starts but still having the class to see it out in the closing stages.The ground is a bit unknown but his breeding (FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND/HAWKWING) indicates it shouldn’t be a problem. I really excited about this horse, particularly next season as a 3 year old. A big race run I reckon today!

ELUSIVITY 1515 DONCASTER (NB) – I’ve settled for this guy over another two who have recent form but I think their mark will catch them out; those being DUNGANNON and KICKBOXER. I’ve opted for this selection as the ground being truly soft brings his past form more into play and he is now running off a very appealing mark, albs lower than this time last year. He has a high draw, a feather weight and the ground well in his favour. 20-1 as I write this could be a silly price, a great each way chance in my opinion.

ROLLING ACES 1500 AINTREE (TREBLE) – The Nicholls’ string have generally needed a run, but this fella is a class horse and I’m expecting big things from him this season. His second to BOSTON BOB over course and distance join April was a cracking run and with the ground being decent it will allow him to show his true colours. He does have a high mark but I think he will go on to better things this year after this, and will a solid round of jumping he must have a great chance.

THE PIRATES QUEEN 1535 CHEPSTOW -this mare is waiting for her first hurdles win. She has ran well in a few races last year, particularly with a bit of cut in the ground. She was put in her place by As I Am when going off favourite at Cheltenham last time out but the ground wasn’t soft enough that day. Today she has a nice weight allowance and the excellent O’Regan on board. I think she will be really competitive.

My Dad’s selections are :

GLORIOUS PROTECTOR 1420 NEWBURY

EMERAHLDZ 1440 DONCASTER

UXIZANDRE 1500 AINTREE

DUNGANNON 1515 DONCASTER

Standings

Father 14-15

Profit

Son £170.12

Father £125.06

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Newmarket and Ascot

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Well my old man gave me a true pasting on the blot last week. He tipped up BRONZE ANGEL (14-1) to win the Cambridgeshire and Exitas (6-1) at Market Rasen too. He’s getting closer in the standings but still a bit off in the profit with only a few weeks of the flat season left. We reset when the jumps start! I got up this morning and saw some strange wet stuff falling from the sky and had kind of forgotten what it was! I’m sat typing the blog thinking will it or won’t it rain at Newmarket and Ascot to affect the ground. Anyway whatever happens we’ve got some cracking racing to look forward to and of course the Arc tomorrow – for me TAGROODHA wins that!

Good luck today if you’re having a flutter – here are my selections.

RECKLESS ABANDON 1515 ASCOT (NAP) – (unplaced = -£5.00) was such a smart two year old and even more so with cut in the ground. Has been getting his head back around racing this year and a decent second to MECCAS ANGEL in September, who has gone on and won again since is a decent form line. I’m hoping some of the aforementioned wet stuff gets in the ground to help his chances. He must have a great shout off 110 today.

YODELLING 1455 NEWMARKET (NB) – (NR) she was so impressive on her racecourse debut in a race that Godolphin have such a good record in. She was going easily and won in a canter. She’s bred to run at this level and higher and I’m expecting big things from her today and in the future.

FINTRY 1530 NEWMARKET (TREBLE) – (3rd – 7-2 = £2.18) Maxim Guyon has deserted this fella in preference for Miss France. I’m not about to desert him though. I was on when he battled well to win at Sandown last time and despite taking a bit of winding up he was comfortably clear of the rest. Come rain or shine he will act on the ground and I think Monsieur Guyon will regret his decision.

MUTHMIR 1405 ASCOT – (NR) I have to put this guy on despite his short price – pretty similar to TIGGY WIGGY last week, its like printing money with this one. Won the Portland with loads in hand despite blowing the start and having a poor passage. Bags of class and should take this too if the rain doesn’t get in! If he’s a non-runner my other selection for the blog purpose is below.

MORACHE MUSIC 1550 ASCOT – has a decent record here and his current mark of 106 is doable. Ran very well on good ground to beat BADR AL BADOOR at Donny and was just behind JUSTICE DAY at Haydock in July. BADR AL BADOOR has since franked the form beating DANZENO and they both go up in class today. JUSTICE DAY goes against MUTHMIR also in a better race. This guy stays where he is and has a great chance!

My Dad’s selections are :

STEPS 1405 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

TROPICS 1515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

INTEGRAL 1530 NEWMARKET (WON 7-2 = £10.93)

INTRANSIGENT 1550 ASCOT (WON 16-1 = £50.00)

STANDINGS

FATHER 14-15 SON

Profit

FATHER £125.06

SON £170.12

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Cambridgeshire Day

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A return this week to more normal surroundings for the blog after a weekend away in beautiful County Durham last week. My selections at the moment are in the pits of despair, trying to recollect my last big winner on the blog is like trying to remember the last time Liverpool were the champions of England! However, today brings renewed vigour and hope, and remember the jumps are on the horizon!!!!

QUICK WIT 1550 NEWMARKET (NAP) – (unplaced =-£5.00) here we go then. The nap in the Cambridgeshire and 40-1 when I’m writing this. This fella has been running in some top company this season and he has had a good few months off. He was a narrow second to GRANDEUR at Goodwood last year over 10f and had the likes of BROWN PANTHER AND DICK DOUGHTYWYLIE behind him that day. He just hasn’t been able to cut it with the big boys. He is 6lbs less in the ratings than that defeat to GRANDEUR and he also has stall 1 to bounce from which is where the quicker grounds could well be. Hughesy on board too! An interesting selection that has a great chance!

WHOZTHECAT 1535 HAYDOCK (NB) – (unplaced =-£5.00) has been poor this season but interestingly is now dropped in class and runs off 88, a mark he has previously won off. This mark is also his lowest in over 12 months. The good ground should suit and if he runs to his previous form he will have a good chance at a huge price!

TIGGY WIGGY 1510 NEWMARKET (TREBLE) – (WON 6-4 = £4.68) this filly has been phenomenal this year and I just can’t see her losing this and she possibly should be odds on based on her demolition of the field in the Lowther.

NAFAQA 1435 NEWMARKET – (2nd 5-4 = £0.78) this fella come where with the best form on offer. With TOOCOOLFORSCHOOL franking the form so impressively last week you would expect more to come from my selection.

Dad’s selections

BRONZE ANGEL 1550 NEWMARKET (WON 14-1 = £43.75)

EXITAS 1415 MARKET RASEN (WON 6-1 = £18.75)

BALLINCURRIG 1450 MARKET RASEN (unplaced = -£5.00)

CONFESSIONAL 1555 RIPON (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

Father 13-15 Son

Profit

Father £74.13

Son £172.94

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St Leger Day

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Unfortunately I haven’t had a great deal of time this morning to get any detail down for the blog. The last classic of the flat season is upon us already, where has that season gone again. I used to go every year to the St. Leger until we had our children and we had pencilled in to go this hear but our friends couldn’t make it, gutted to as the horse I own a minute share in is running there today!

HARTNELL 1550 DONCASTER (NAP) – I think this fella has a great chance today. I’m hoping he breaks my Leger duck too, Ive not win it since Brian Boru! I love the fact that he stays two miles and if he is handy turning into the straight, with stamina guaranteed and a real battling quality they may not get past him. For me Kingston Hill will not win.

HUMIDOR 1440 DONCASTER (NB) – Goldream has been a real favourite and money maker for me this year but I think he’s handicapped to his best now. This guy has a cracking record here, he’s 2-3 including a Listed win and finish first over this trip in the flying 5f at Epsom in a void race. Its such a competitive race this, but my selection must be up there from his high draw.

SAKHEES RETURN 1700 DONCASTER (TREBLE) -this is the horse I own a mini stake in through the #Teamchoochoo group on twitter. The step up to a mile will suit him and he’s targeted at better races than this. He won well over 6f earlier in the year and he will be ridden to win today. Hope he runs well and places at least, but more importantly returns safe and sound

ES QUE LOVE 1515 DONCASTER - I love this horse and last week the trip was too short for me against some very talented out and out sprinters. This trip and the conditions will bring the best out of him despite the penalty he carries, should run another big race.

My Dad’s selections are :

Top of the Glas 1420 Chester (now a NR)

Pinzolo 1455 Chester

High on Life 1440 Doncaster

Windshear 1550 Doncaster

Standings

Father 11-15 Son

Profit

Father £22.57

Son £197.68

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Ayr Gold Cup

I'm sat writing my blog in a different location today. We're in a fantastic country house in Witton-le-Wear in County Durham. My dad is 65 today so there are 14 of us in this house for the weekend. Beautiful house and beautiful location. Fly fishing in the River Wear just half a mile away, a nature reserve at the back of the garden and a pub across the road, heaven!
Lets hope the blog chucks up a few winners today, if you can find the winner of both the Silver and Gold cups today at Ayr not only will you take a big paycheck home but you can be classed 'King of the Punters'! Betfred are offering 5 places on those races so you have to have a dabble.
 
DUKE OF FIRENZE 1550 AYR (nap) – has won over 5 and 6f and will like the ground. He's been a little disappointing of late for the Cowell yard, however this horse is class and Cowell really can get them going. He won the Epsom dash last year of 2lbs higher than this and his third to Ajjaad last time showed the possibilities of a return to form. A big price and he could run a big race.
 
LEXINGTON ABBEY 1440 AYR (nb) – this horse has been super consistent this year and his last two runs have caught the eye behind improving types. This is the type of race that will suit off a feather weight, add the fact he is potentially well drawn and has a certain Pat Smullen on board he has to have a great chance.
 
ROSEBURG 1455 NEWBURY (treble) – his last run was disappointing based on his previous exploits this season, but the ground for me was the cause. The softer conditions today should ensure the return to the form he showed prior to that run. He must run well today but Air Pilot could be much better than his mark.
 
PASTORAL GIRL 1405 AYR – she has been running in some good races this year and her run at Ascot behind Osaila was really good amd a reproduction of that would surely make her trouble the judge. This track will suit her style more too as I think the undulations of Salisbury didnt help either.
 
Here are my dad's selections :
 
AIR PILOT 1455 NEWBURY
JUSTICE DAY 1530 NEWBURY
GO FAR 1550 AYR
OSTEOPATHIC REMEDY 1625 AYR
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Haydock Sprint Day

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First week back at my job after a six week break and it feels as if we’ve never been away! Meanwhile the Scoop 6 cranks up to another level and has us all dreaming of being millionaires. Of course the races chosen give us all practically no chance! We can live the dream though. My selections are :

Race One – Day of Conquest (10)

Race Two – Valbchek (2)

Race Three – Buckstay (7)

Race Four – Big Thunder (6)

Race Five – Agent Murphy (2)

Race Six – Es Que Love (4)

Horses from history Part 2


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Inglis Drever Bay gelding

Owner Graham Wylie

Trainer Howard Johnson

Runs 35 – Wins 17, seconds 8, thirds 3

Earnings – £796,952

Major wins

Champion hurdle Trial 2005

Kingwell Hurdle 2005

John Smith’s Hurdle 2005

Long Distance Hurdle 2005,2006,2007

Cleeve Hurdle 2008

What a superstar of a hurdler this boy was. He was the first horse to lower the colours of the mighty BARACOUDA at Cheltenham, going on to win three World Hurdles (then Long Distance Hurdle) before BIG BUCKS came on the scene. He took staying hurdling to another level. He always had a characteristic flat spot in a race and then came into the race over the last flight and kicked on. Was a wonderful horse and I would have loved to have seen him race against BIG BUCKS. One of my favourite hurdlers of my generation.

On to todays selections, after a poor few weeks my dad has crept back up the leaderboard for number of wins but I’ve still got the profit well above. Lets hope there are a few winners today! A great race day with something like 45 races on offer, sit back and enjoy as we head towards the Leger next week.

BIG THUNDER 1515 HAYDOCK (NAP) – (NR) full steam ahead on Big Thunder Mountain – yeeeehaaaa! This guy was very progressive last year beating the likes of SALUTATION and GLENARD before fluffing his lines a little this season. I don’t think connections have got the trip right this year and the interesting factor here is the drop back in trip for me. 14furlongs is about right for him in my opinion and he is 2 from 3 at Haydock, including over this distance. He has also won on genuine good ground and the Prescott yard have had two winners in two days from these middle distance sorts. Massive chance!

CELESTIAL PATH 1700 HAYDOCK (NB) – (WON 11-8 = £4.29) another Prescott selection but one I’ve been waiting for. He won very well first time out at York at 16-1 and the form of the race has been franked with the 2nd, 4th and 6th in the race all winning. The yard have been patent with him and have waited for the right race with right conditions, the step up to a mile shouldn’t be a problem. He’s entered in the Racing Post Trophy and the Derby, could be a really nice horse!

ES QUE LOVE 1550 HAYDOCK (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) what a cracking race this is, firstly I cannot see SOLE POWER winning this race. His record over 6f is 0 wins! My guy has more miles on the clock than a Being 747, the Johnston yard had him out practically ever week last year. However, his move to the Cox yard has brought out real improvement and his last two runs have been really eye catching. If he is ridden up near the pace I really think he has the taking of this!

AGENT MURPHY 1530 ASCOT – (3rd – 12-1 = £7.50) has been impressive to watch this year and has been raised another albs in the ratings for his second to Redkirk last time. I think he is a smart horse and despite a few question marks about his stamina on the breeding, I’m intrigued to see how he does. If he stays he has a hell of a chance!

My Dad’s selections are :

DON’T CALL ME 1355 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

HASSLE 1515 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)

GWAFA 1530 ASCOT (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00)

HOT STREAK 1550 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

Father 11-15 Son

Profit

Father £22.57

Son £197.68

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Sandown/Beverley/Chester

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It’s been about four weeks since I last did a Saturday blog, all the way back to the Stewards Cup! A nice summer holiday in Dorchester and France was the reason for this gap. After lots of vin rouge, croissants and sun, I’m refreshed and ready to go! The National Hunt season is looming upon us now and already I’m getting excited for that. We still have Champions Day, the St Leger, Cambridgeshire to name a few to still tackle though.

A new addition to the blog this time around will be to profile class horses of years gone by. I’m open to suggestions from anyone, so if you’ve got a favourite horse you want me to include on here just give me a shout on twitter and I’ll put it up for you. Today I start with a horse that was my first cliff horse as a teenager getting into racing. He gave me a few good runs for my money and made me start to love the National Hunt game.

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Challenger Du Luc – Bay Gelding

Owned by David Johnson Trained by Martin Pipe

40 runs – 7wins, 9 2nds, 3 3rds.

Total Prize money won – £191, 440

Big Race wins

Cathcart Challenge Cup March 1996 – Cheltenham

Murphy’s Gold Cup – Nov 1996 – Cheltenham

He didn’t win anything too major but it was always his battles with Señor El Betrutti that captivated me, he was a brave horse and I had backed him in the National when Earth Summit won, unfortunately he fell that day. A top little horse who got me going in this sport of kings!

On to the blog and today’s selections!

BEAU NASH 1455 CHESTER (NAP) – (3rd – 9-1 = £5.62) excuses last time for the poor run came due to the ground. He is a proven perfumer on ground that is soft. If you look back in the form book over the past few months there are some decent sippers of good runs. One particular run to take note of is his thirds to Wee Jean at Goodwood, it was an eye-catching run and considering how well the winner then went on to run at Royal Ascot in the Sandringham and then just being pipped at Sandown, my selection has to have a great chance today! I think he is better than his current mark and I’m hopeful of a very big run today.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1425 BEVERLEY (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) definitely a heart selection, I love this old guy! He normally these days wins one or two races a season and he’s been unlucky a few times this season. On his A game he would trounce this lot. I think the track will really suit him and Tony Hamilton is a great jockey booking. He’s been dropped 2 lbs in the ratings for the first time in over 15 months, interestingly to a mark he won off! Big chance today!

COCK OF THRE NORTH 14.40 SANDOWN (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) the ground is key for me today in this. While AKTABANTAY and FUTURE EMPIRE are clearly smart horses, I’m not so sure about the ground for them. My selection has some smart form in the bag too, I watched his trounce the Brocklesby field on Lincoln day and then he ran second to the very smart TIGGY WIGGY on soft ground, not form to be dismissed. He could run a big race today at a very appealing price.

FIRST POST 1730 SANDOWN – (unplaced = -£5.00) 3 wins here and he is now back to a winning mark and he’s been dropped a further albs from his last winning mark. The ground will also help and he has been running really consistently of late on soft ground with a 2nd and two thirds. Today is his day!

I also reckon GABRIAL 1530 CHESTER could make fools of them today and WHERE THE BOYS ARE 1540 BEVERLEY has a good chance a following up.

My Dad’s selections are :

BALLESTEROS 1410 CHESTER (3rd – 6-1 = £3.75)

APOSTLE 1455 CHESTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

WHIPLASH WILLIE 1530 CHESTER (2nd – 11-4 = £1.71)

FORGOTTEN HERO 1550 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

FATHER 11-14 SON

Profits

Father £32.57

Son £190.89

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