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
Father 11-15 Son
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
Inglis Drever Bay gelding
Owner Graham Wylie
Trainer Howard Johnson
Runs 35 – Wins 17, seconds 8, thirds 3
Earnings – £796,952
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)
Father 11-15 Son
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.
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)
FATHER 11-14 SON