The Coral Eclipse

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Last week was another decent week for the blog with good place money for the nap CHANCERY and third best ROYAL RASCAL. MIDNITE ANGEL won me an absolute packet and some times its important to follow these horses who drop down a grade or two as they usually romp in as she did last week. I’ve got a rather tidy profit of £194.98 to a £2.50 each way stake – hoping to break through the £200 marker today.

There are some cracking races today and personally I think the races at Haydock are more interesting than at Sandown, but its a good day, so lets sit back and enjoy.

PALLASATOR 1530 HAYDOCK (NAP) – this horse will be fine with the ground and looked a strong staying type the season before last. The Prescott yard has just got going and he has thrown a couple of winners in this week so the horses seem to be fine after their setback. Sir Mark knows how to prepare one for these big handicaps and this fella could be another good type. I actually think the drop back in trip will suit him, if they ride him handy and look to kick for home from the turn not many will get past. He has guaranteed stamina and may get a soft lead and go on from there. Or that’s what I hope!

TALENT 1455 HAYDOCK (NB) – she won the Oaks last year in convincing style and was unlucky in the Leger. It looked like she needed the run in the Coronation Cup and she never really got going, this is a much easier contest and with that run in her, she should improve. She will relish the ground and I’m expecting a dominant run. SULTANINA is my danger, she ran very well when stepped up in class last time to Group 3 and battled well to win over course and distance. Great race this.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1405 SANDOWN (TREBLE) – (2nd – £3.12) I’m a massive fan of this horse and he has run well on both his starts this season, showing the old sparkle is still there. He usually pops up with a win or two each year and after a few defeats in this I think today is his day. The firmer the better for him so I hope any more rain stays away, this old boy has class and at this level he could have too much for his rivals. STEPPER POINT has really returned to form this year and ran a cracker in the Kings Stand and should be thereabouts. STEPS was flying a few runs back and just missed out at Epsom; I think his day has past. EXTORTIONIST has ran two great races recently and could be a big danger to my boy.

TRUE STORY 1550 SANDOWN - Kieren Fallon thinks a lot of this horse, and he’s a good judge for me base don what he has sat on! You cannot doubt the horses ability and with question marks over his last two runs I’m willing to give him another go here. The Epsom undulations didn’t really suit last time and if Fallon can start winding him up in this home straight he may get there at the line. This race will come to soon for The Fugue for me and fillies don’t have a great record in this, nor to 3 year olds for that matter!!! If the rain came I’d be willing to put a few shekels on TULIUS who has been running well this year. To be honest I’m loping forward to just watching this, it’s the best renewal of this race we have had for a good few years.

My cliff horse of the season BURANO goes again in the 1440 at Sandown and I have to give him a go.

There will be no blog next week as I’m in Edinburgh on a stag do! Should be fun but messy!

My dad’s selections are :

STEPS 1405 SANDOWN (unplaced – £5.00)

COMPLICATE 1420 HAYDOCK (unplaced -£5.00)

VELOX 1440 SANDOWN (WON – 11-2 = £17.18)

SALUTATION 1530 HAYDOCK (NR)

Standings

Father 8-13 Son

Profit

Father +£55.49

Son +£194.98

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Super Saturday

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Another pretty successful week on the blog last time with CASPIAN PRINCE winning at 9-1 and a bit of place money for HYMENAIOS. The profit is looking pretty good at the moment and I’m hoping to add to it today. There are some cracking races today and lots of horses I track running and it’s been difficult to get them down to my best four for the blog, lets hope Ive chosen wisely. Looking forward to Royal Ascot next week and will hopefully get a blog up for each day. Father’s Day tomorrow so I’m looking forward to getting my feet up! Wishing my Dad a Happy Father’s day for tomorrow too – lets hope you can catch me on the blog at some point! I’ve opened up quite a gap!

On to the races then!

DUTCH ROSE 1515 YORK (NAP) (unplaced = -£5.00) she has been raised albs for defeating SIRIUS PROSPECT the other week here and I must admit I made a note of her that day, especially as I was on the runner up! She took her York record that day to 4 runs and 4 wins and with a slight ease in the ground I think she will take all the stopping today. It’s the first time this season I’ve resisted backing FENCING who looks more and more complex to ride, hope he doesn’t decide to put his right foot forward!

CAPO ROSSO 1420 SANDOWN (NB) – (NR) it proves wise sometimes to follow a horse in form and this fella is. A commanding front running display last time at Ripon caught the eye and that was his third successive win. The ground will be ideal again and this race isn’t much hotter than the Ripon encounter so his albs hike in the ratings shouldn’t peg him back.

MAVEN 1440 YORK (TREBLE) – (unplaced = – £5.00) this mare has been really consistent this year and has a pretty decent record at the track too. Her last run behind MY SPIRIT was good and she has been left on the same mark for this. The jockey gets on well with her and I can see her running on late to take this.

CASPIAN PRINCE 1535 MUSSELBURGH (unplaced = -£5.00) this boy did us a trial favour last week and it does pay well to follow a sprinter in form. I don’t think this will have come too quick for him and he can bounce out again from the plum draw and I don’t think anything will get to him. BODY AND SOUL nearly got us a big winner the other week and he could be a real danger, but then again another three or four have real chances too. A great little race.

I also fancy a few of these each way at big prices

SLEEPER KING 1550 YORK

EXTORTIONIST 1455 SANDOWN

WARLU WAY 1405 YORK

JACK LUEY 1430 MUSSELBURGH

My Dad’s selections :

G FORCE 1455 SANDOWN (3rd – 5/4 = £0.78)

DANZENO 1550 YORK (unplaced = – £5.00)

BODY AND SOUL 1535 MUSSELBURGH (4th – 4-1 = £2.50)

LLANARMON LAD 1615 CHESTER (NR)

STANDINGS

FATHER 8-12 SON

PROFIT

FATHER +£51.59

SON +£162.17

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Pitmans Derby

Good morning from a wet Sheffield! To be honest I'm thankful for a bit of rain the hayfever has been killing me over recent weeks so any respite is a plus. I had a cracking time at Haydock last Saturday for their evening meeting. Only had one winner and a couple of seconds, the winner Steve Prescott goes again today at Chester – he looks a decent prospect. Anyway on to todays selections and the highlight is the Pitmans Derby today, its a bloody tough race to pick the winner – good luck with it! I'm opting for GLENARD to take the race. He looked progressive last year and has form on this type of ground, will get the trip and has a good each way chance.
 
CHANCERY 1455 NEWMARKET – (NAP) (3rd – 16-1 = £10.00) this horse has been knocking on the door of late but has also run a few disappointing races when fancied. There are a few ground question marks with some of these today and I'm chancing him to run back to form on ground that should suit. He has to reverse form with BATTALION from that race at Ripon which also had SUEGIOO back in third.
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1745 NEWMARKET – (NB) (WON – 9-2 = £14.06) I thought this girl would run better at Royal Ascot. She showed great speed as a juvenile and hasnt met the requirements of the lofty targets she has has. This is a big drop in class and I think she has a cracking chance today.
 
ROYAL RASCAL 1515 NEWCASTLE – (TREBLE) (2nd -14-1 = £8.75) this filly is another one who has some decent form in the bag. She came just short against BONDESIRE at Chester, who has since run well. Off a mark 7lbs lower than when defeating ODOOJ at York. She has been running well of late, except last time out, but I'm willing to put a line through that. The quicker ground shouldnt be a hinderance, she finished 3rd to RODSHU QUEEN on good to firm. 20-1 is a bonkers price for me as I write this.
 
GOLDREAM 1610 WINDSOR – (NR) won well for the blog at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day and then ran creditably on easier ground the next time. This faster surface will bring out the best in him and I'm hopeful of a winning race. Should get a good toe from a few front runners and then with Jimmy Fortune powering him through it could be set up nice for him.
 
I also like the chances of BODY AND SOUL 1440 NEWCASTLE and I'm intrigued to see how BONNIE GREY 1420 NEWMARKET runs on better ground.
 
My Dad's selections are :
MUTHMIR 1405 NEWCASTLE (2nd – 9-4 = £1.40)
SAAYERR 1440 NEWCASTLE (unplaced – = -£5.00)
GABRIELS LAD 1530 NEWMARKET (unplaced – =-£5.00)
ANGEL GABRIEL 1550 NEWCASTLE (WON 4-1 = £12.50)
 
Standings
Father 8-13 Son
Profit
Father +£55.49
Son +£194.98
 
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Royal Ascot Day 2

Well the first day wasn't great for the blog! Not even a place other than KINGMAN. Was a cracking first day though and I must take my hat off to SOLE POWER! What a performance that was!
 
On to Day 2 and hopefully a little more luck!
 
JERSEY STAKES 1430

Another intriguing contest to get us going. The French have an interesting contender with Frankie on board in REDBROOK and he could improve even more. MUSICAL COMEDY could run a big race and give us a Royal winner but I'm opting for SUDIRMAN who has Group 1 winning form and the softer ground can be offered for the last two lesser performances.
 
QUEEN MARY STAKES 1505

ANTHEM ALEXANDER (TREBLE) has a great chance to further boost the breeding credentials of STARSPANGLEDBANNER. The way she won at Tipperary suggested greater things to come and with the owner opting for this race for here it further boosts her credentials for me. PASTORAL GIRL should like this ground and could improve on her first run at a huge price.
 
PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES 1545

I think TREVE will win this despite the latest defeat. However I am fascinated to see who wins out of THE FUGUE and DANK for the place money. I'm opting for DANK to improve again.
 
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES 1625

SKY LANTERN is key here, if she shows the form of her win here last year she will take some pegging back. However, fillies with a penalty to carry seem to always lose in this race! INTEGRAL has alot going for her and she ran so well for me last time. WOODLAND ARIA could also be around at the end.
 
ROYAL HUNT CUP 1700

BURANO (NAP) has the credentials for this race. He has only one win to his name but his last two runs have been very eyecatching. He had no real luck in running when in behind at Newbury and then travelled well at headquarters. A big field on this wide track should help him find the space and this race suits a late fast finisher. The draw should help too. NICEOFYOUTOTELLME travelled so well last time when winning and could be the danger.
 
SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP 1735

MAJEYDA has the class to take this. She ran well in the 1000 Guineas and in a Group 3 too and is top weight for a reason. Class is class and I think she's very good but I'm going against her and against the decisions of Hughes and Dettori and I'm opting for MIDNITE ANGEL (NB) to show her class again. If she reproduces the run behind J WONDER last year and goes up with the pace she could take some pegging back.
 
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Royal Ascot Day One

I start the blog today with news that the horse I have a tiny share in won on his second race course start yesterday. SAKHEE'S RETURN won at a massive 20-1! Lets hope there is a lot more of those for the boy, this time next year he could be at Ascot!!!
 
Right, time to doff the hat, get the champers out and regail in our land – the royal meeting has arrived. A cracking spectacle of quality horses! I cant wait to watch this week and seeing what stories are made. Below are my day one selections – good luck to all.
 
QUEEN ANNE STAKES 1430

Toronado will be all the rage and rightly so with his form from last year, but 300 days off could leave him wanting and odds-on won't do it for me. I'm opting for SOFT FALLING RAIN (nb) who has always looked a class horse, the ground continuing to dry out will help his chances further and I think he'll run a huge race.
 
COVENTRY STAKES 1505

A Paul Hanagan/Al Maktoum double for me. ADAAY was very impressive when winning both starts at Newbury and Yarmouth. There will be more to come from this one and I think he can take this. Mr O'Brien has a decent record in this and War Envoy will be primed for a better run this time.
 
KINGS STAND STAKES 1545

SHEA SHEA (treble) deserves to win a race like this. He so nearly did last year before SOLE POWER wore him down on the line. I hope my boy will hold on this time with Soumillon in the saddle. HOT STREAK could run a cracker but will probably get Spencer'd and I'm fascinated to see how ES QUE LOVE runs over five!
 
ST JAMES' PALACE STAKES 1625

I backed KINGMAN in the Guineas and he just failed, he won the Irish equivalent easy and I think he will put NIGHT OF THUNDER in his place in this race. Nothing else to say – go champ!
 
ASCOT STAKES 1700

I'm not a big fan of these staying races other than the Gold Cup. Nicky Henderson always has to be feared in these, but I really don't fancy any of his. SIZZLER ran a few crackers last year and could be there at the end but I'm opting for VILLA ROYALE who ran so well last time at York and with the stable in form, could run a big race.
 
WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES 1735

This is a cracking end to the day. I really fancy MIDTERM BREAK (NAP) I watched him run at Ripon first time out and he looked a smart horse. He has since improved further and is proving to be a decent prospect. This is another big step up but one I think he can take. MERDON CASTLE could be the danger with form through KOOL KOMPANY.
 
GOOD LUCK ON DAY ONE EVERYBODY!
 
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Derby Day

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Derby Day today! What a cracking day of racing this is and I just hope the thunderstorms don’t spoil the going or the spectacle. I came very close last week to a big win on the blog with CLEVER COOKIE deadheading at 3-1 and then I had three seconds all beaten by hardly anything! BODY AND SOUL (17-2), SIRIUS PROSPECT (3-1) and ROYAL RASCAL (3-1).



Lets hope today brings a few winners and then its full steam ahead for Royal Ascot! I fancy quite a few horses across the meetings today but have picked 4 who I think have the best chance and the best odds for me! If you’re having a flutter good luck!



HYMENAIOS 1335 EPSOM (NAP) – (3rd – 5-1 = £3.12) this horse defeated CAPE CASTER at Doncaster in March and it won nice and convincingly and went into my notebook. CAPE CASTER has since won and franked the form. More importantly that day my selection had ROMSDAL comfortably beaten, and he’s supplemented for the derby today! Ignore the last run as the ground wasn’t ideal and I expect a much more positive showing today!



LATIN CHARM 1530 MUSSELBURGH (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) has travelled a fair distance to compete in this and he has pretty decent form in the book. Two runs this year have resulted in places with one or two of the others proving too good. Today is his day! One of his conquerors BLACK SCHNAPPS ran well the other week behind WRANGLER at Haydock and that form could prove decisive here. He’s 3 lb higher than that run but I really think he will win this today!



CASPIAN PRINCE 1515 EPSOM (TREBLE) – (WON 9-1 = £28.12) won here over this distance in in April on good to soft and has a good chance of repeating that from a decent draw. He’s albs higher now but for me the key is that Adam Kirby, who won on him in April, is up again, despite SEEKING MAGIC, who has a great chance too, running from the Cox yard. He must fancy this ones chances more and so do I. Cracking race though!



AZAGAL 1645 DONCASTER – (unplaced = -£5.00) I had this filly the other week when she won here in May. She is up 7lbs from that and was entered in a class 1 listed last time. She is not good enough at that level and returns to a more realistic grade today. The ground will be perfect for her and its forecast to have even more rain a tDoncaster which would help her. She could run a big race again at a ridiculous price. The top two in the market keep her price high and I think she will take this today. Kerching!!!!!



I haven’t included the big race in the blog but my selection is the following :



EBANORAN – (unplaced) people are questioning the form off the Derrinstown Trial but for me it always holds up. That day he hung badly right and was disqualified after the post. The camber of the track at Epsom will straighten him up and the extra two furlongs for me will bring out even more improvement . John Oxx is the other factor, he has sent there over for the Derby and two of those, SINNDAR and SEA THE STARS obliged. He obviously thinks this one is good enough and I’d love to see the Aga Khan’s colours win this again.



My Dad’s selections today are – (and he has some catching up to do!)



BLACK SHADOW 1335 EPSOM (2nd – £4.37)

ETON RIFLES 1515 EPSOM (NR)

KINGSTON HILL 1600 EPSOM (2nd – £4.68)

NOTARISED 1530 MUSSELBURGH (unplaced = -£5.00)



Current standings :

FATHER 7-12 SON



Profit – FATHER +£53.31

SON +£177.17



from £2.50 each way stakes on all selections.

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York

A cracking few cards on offer today at York and Haydock! This time next week we will be gearing up for the Derby, lets hope the weather picks up. Hoping for a few winners today to keep topping up the profit on the blog. Here are my selections for today :
 
ROYAL RASCAL 1430 CHESTER (nap) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) ran in some top races last year following on from a very successful season before that beating Odooj and running Rodshu Queen close. This is more her level and should run a very big race from stall 1 off a very appealing mark.
 
SIRIUS PROSPECT 1350 YORK (nb) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) has 3 wins here and the latest off this current mark in a class 1 listed event. Has two wins to his name on soft and 4 on good so the ground should suit. I think he is the best horse in the race and will hopefully show his true colours.
 
BODY AND SOUL 1450 YORK (treble) – (2nd – 17-2 = £5.31) this boy is due! He has won a this level beating Moviesta here and he also boasts the defeat of Hototo is his youth. The Duke of York Stakes was a step too far last time and this is more realisitc. Big chance
 
CLEVER COOKIE 1420 YORK – (WON – DEAD HEAT – 3-1 = £5.62) I'm chancing this one to improve again. He was very impressive last time beating Tres Coronas. This is another step up and he is raised 8lbs but with form on this softer ground he has another great chance.
 
My Dad's selection are :
GARSWOOD 1440 YORK (-£5.00)
YORK GLORY 1515 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
MIGHTY YAR 1535 NEWMARKET (-£5.00)
SHAMSHON 1550 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
 
Current standings : FATHER 7-11 SON
PROFIT – SON = £155.93 FATHER £48.81
 
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