Haydock and Ascot

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Right after a week off last week due to The Bandit being on a bender in Leeds the blog returns with what can only be described as a fantastic day of racing. The likes of FAUGHEEN, THE NEW ONE, SILVINIACO CONTI, MENORAH all on show, sit back and enjoy the best that National Hunt can throw at us today if nothing else. The previous blog bore a little fruit for us at long last with POLLY PEACHUM (6-1) showing us what a talented mare she is, one to watch for the future. I also thought OPENING BATSMAN ran so much better and showed some of his old sparkle and I’ll be interested to see where he goes next and interestingly the handicapper raised him 3lbs for that run.

So on to today, firstly I asked some of my twitter followers to put up their best bet of the day, this was the result. Make sure you put a few shekels on this and give each of them a follow if you’re a twitterati.

Shotavodka 1535 Haydock from @Tonythetyke

Fletchers Flyer 1225 Ascot from @Fernando_RFC2

Volnay de Thaix 1425 Haydock from @LiamKenniford

Silviniaco Conti 1500 Haydock from @DazGilbert1

@Theknibbler also came in for Taquin de Seuil 1500 Haydock

Let’s hope my fellow twitter friends show us the way!!

UNCLE JIMMY 1425 HAYDOCK (NAP) – this guy has been on my radar for a few years and he has been performing admirably. This is a step up for him but the trip and the ground will suit him, he won’t mind the soft underfoot conditions and if anything I think it will bring out more improvement in him and he reminds me of HOLYWELL a few years ago. He is a ridiculous price and is a cracking each way chance, but I reckon he will in it. His run at Aintree behind PECKHAMECHO was a good comeback and will have set him up nicely for this. He also defeated SOUND INVESTMENT by 4 and a half lengths at Newton Abbot in early October and look at how impressive he was over the bigger obstacles last time out. Lump on I reckon he will take this today!

TAQUIN DE SEUIL 1500 HAYDOCK (NB) – I really do like this horse and he performance was little scratchy in the Charlie Hall but he has always looked a class horse for me and one that will compete at the top level. Having Geraghty in the saddle will help steady him and his patient style will suit. The cheekpieces will also aid his cause to and I think today is the day that he shows his full potential. I think Cue Card will flatten out up the hill and he will battle it out with SILVINIACO CONTI for the honours

AL FEROF 1405 ASCOT (TREBLE) – he is without doubt a class horse and even though Nichols hasn’t been that bullish about him I still think he will take this. He goes well fresh and ultimately has Ruby back on board who knows him inside out. The ground should be fine and if he is being aimed to be tip top for Kempton then really he has to win this to have any chance there!He has won the past three seasons on his reapperance!

EMPERORS CHOICE 1245 HAYDOCK – loves the mud big time! Has top weight and you never know what you may get but boy can he paddle through the mud! He ran a cracker behind RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE here in February in a much better race than this and before that beat FIREBIRD FLYER in heavy ground over 3 and a half miles. That horse rompted in yesterday so he has strong form in the bag. I’m hoping he has too much ability for some of his rivals today. Not top weight for nowt!

My Dad’s selections are :

LYVIUS 1315 HAYDOCK

BIG EASY 1425 HAYDOCK

SILVINIACO CONTI 1500 HAYDOCK

ULCK DU LIN 1515 ASCOT

Results so far

Father 1-1 Son

Profit

Father -£16.73

Son £7.39

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A Soggy Saturday!

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The Bandit writes the blog from a very soggy, miserable Sheffield this morning and the ground at nearby Doncaster is going to be very testing. Not the greatest Saturday on the betting front I’ve seen and I know a few of my fellow twitterati are looking to opt pout today. However, jumps is my baby so I’ve had to have a look and hopefully I’ve found a few to whet the appetite ready for the first being meeting at Cheltenham next weekend. I always bet with my heart and have to follow the horses who I know have the class in the bag there are a few of those today, so please as always remember these are my thoughts and my horses that are close to me, so I’m not saying slap all your wages on them! I hope they run a good race and that we get a good cheer, potentially there are four decent winners here!

Sit back and enjoy the best you can on this dreary day!

OPENING BATSMAN 1440 WINCANTON (NAP) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this boy is a cliff horse for me and one I always keep an eye on and follow. To say he had a disaster last season is an understatement, yet here he is at a decent 12-1 in a competitive race, why not be a big outsider based on last year? Easy, he’s a class horse and his mark today is very eye-catching. The handicapper has given him a real chance today. He beat ROLLING ACES in the Racing Plus Chase the other year of a mark of 140 – so now you see! I just hope the rest over the summer and the cheekpieces have rekindled the old fire in his belly. Fehily will stoke him up if so!

JACK DEXTER 1425 DONCASTER (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) he won this race last year off a big penalty and comes here in form off the back of a veery good second on horrible ground to GORDON LORD BYRON at Ascot. He is also albs better off today with the second placed horse that day TROPICS. He also loves it here and will love the mud, and boy oh boy has it been raining here this morning! Has to have a super chance!

ROCK ON RUBY 1515 WINCANTON (TREBLE) – (3rd – 4-1 = £2.50) the star is back! A class horse in this sphere and proved that when getting beaten a head by THE NEW ONE at Aintree after a dismal showing when chasing earlier in the year. That form, plus his earlier hurdle form, is by far and away the best of offer here. He has to give lumps of weight away to IRVING but that one needs to prove he has it at this level, and I’m not sure he has it, especially based on his Cheltenham run.

POLLY PEACHUM 1405 WINCANTON – (WON 6-1 = £18.75) this one comes with a warning. She’s one I love and there are a few question marks against her today. That being the ground, she needs decent ground as you saw when she beat L’UNIQUE last year and was just pipped by SOUTHFIELD THEATRE, smart form you’ll agree! The weight she has to give away is the second question against her. However, she is a class mare and I have thought highly of her since I saw her demolish her rivals in a bumper at Warwick. Can she lug the weight? Yes, she’s going to be even better than her current mark suggests in my opinion, the ground is my sticking point today. She’s one for your notebooks though.

My Dad’s selections are :

HAWKEYETHENOO 1350 DONCASTER (NR)

TROPICS 1425 DONCASTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

STANDING OVATION 1450 WINCANTON (PU = -£5.00)

MELVIN THE GRATE 1605 DONCASTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings after Week 2

Father 1-1 Son

Money Scores

Father -£16.73

Son £7.39

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Charlie Hall Chase

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The start of the National Hunt season- Hurrah!!!!

We finished the fault blog off last week with the final standings as follows :

Father 14 -16 Son

Profit –

Son £176.05

Father £130.64

Not a bad total from both of us I’m sure you will agree! We reset the scores on the doors now for the jumps season! Both my dad and I prefer the jumps so hopefully we will continue the recent run and get a few winners on the blog. I had a few near misses last week with three of my four all placed but my Dad produced another solid winner for the third week on the trot with DUNGANNON at Doncaster (13-2).

Here are today’s selections

TAQUIN DE SEUIL 1515 WETHERBY (NAP) – (2nd 100-30 = £2.08) got better as the season progressed last year including a solid performance when winning the JLT Novices Chase at Cheltenham. This step up in trip should suit and we will see if he can mix it with the big boys today. He had DOUBLE ROSS and WONDERFUL CHARM behind the festival and it looked like he needed the outing when the latter got his revenge at Newton Abbott last time. That run though could prove to be the deciding factor today against SILVINIACO CONTI. Any horse that can win at Cheltenham and Haydock has the stamina to win up the gruelling Wetherby finish. Looking forward to seeing him hopefully run well today!

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1535 ASCOT (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) never really took to fences last year and flattered to deceive a lot. I’m willing to give him another go as he could be potentially very good. He has a very appealing chase mark in light of his hurdles exploits and he could use that to his advantage today. Let hope he fulfils some of the potential he has.

CLARET CLOAK 1420 ASCOT (TREBLE) - (2nd – 13-2 = £4.06) ground is the key to this horse and hopefully very little rain will have fallen by the off. He has 3 wins on good ground around this sort of distance but has yet to win a this level, he has the class for it though! He was beaten a nose by MANYRIVERSTOCROSS last November when giving him 5lbs, today he is albs better off and that could be a big factor. NEXT SENSATION ran very well last year but I feel a run is needed to get back to that level.

ON HIS OWN 1430 DOWN ROYAL - (unplaced = -£5.00) so near won me a huge chunk of money in last year’s Gold Cup. He ran a stormer that day and proved what a damn fine horse he is. He was a National favourite too a few times! I think that line of form is the best here to day and for me you an put a line through his last defeat to stablemate BOSTON BOB as he returned lame, there is the reason and excuse! I think on this yielding ground he will stay on up the finish and defeat his stablemate, with Ruby cursing his selection of rides! I hope anyway!

My Dad’s selection :

BOSTON BOB 1430 DOWN ROYAL (3rd 9-4 = £1.40)

DOUBLE ROSS 1515 WETHERBY (3rd 11-1 = £6.87)

ROALCO DE FARGES 1535 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

LAZER BLAZER 1500 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

Total Week One

Father – £1.73

Son -£3.86

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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) (3rd – 6-1 = £3.75) 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) – (unplaced = -£5.00) 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) – (3rd 8-1 = £5.00) 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 – (3rd 7-2 = £2.18) 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 (unplaced = -£5.00)

EMERAHLDZ 1440 DONCASTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

UXIZANDRE 1500 AINTREE (unplaced = -£5.00)

DUNGANNON 1515 DONCASTER (WON 13-2 = £20.58)

Standings

Father 14-16 Son

Profit

Son £176.05

Father £130.64

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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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