Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

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So after a long break and a nice fortnight of sunshine on my back it's time to get the blog going after after a sabbatical. It's takes quite a while to do this properly and prior to my break I didn't have the motivation for some reason. When I get like that the best thing I always do is have a break from it. I do this for fun and if it stops being fun you just need a break. So lets hope my new found vigour and drive leads to some decent winners. Not a bad day today although the soft ground has carved a few of the cards up, and we have got the Ebor meeting at York next week to look forward to. Sit back, enjoy the racing and hopefully I'll find a winner or two on here; or as was happening previously, my dad certainly will.
PALLASATOR 1435 NEWBURY (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This is going to be a slog today. My selection has proven stamina and they will need bags of at up the Newbury straight today. He ran well in the Goodwood Cup behind Big Orange and has always looked like a horse capable of group success. His 2 length third behind FORGOTTEN RULES at Ascot on Champion Day last year was a decent effort and he is a pound lower than that effort today. The trip is maybe a little short but with the ground being as it is it will play to his strengths and I doubt they will be too quick for him.
WITHERNSEA 1510 NEWBURY (nb) (3rd – 7-2 = £2.18)
Has to get the nod now the ground is soft. He wasn't too far behind. SALATEEN last time on quick ground and the winner did sneak a run on them all. That form is decent as is his second to Arctic Feeling in a class 3 earlier in the year. He must have a big chance. Good old PASTORAL PLAYER went in for me at Glorious Goodwood and had the ground been a bit better he would be carrying some of my money too.
BRETON ROCK 1545 NEWBURY (treble) (3rd – 5-1 = £3.12)
This has always been a decent horse on soft ground and that was never more prominent when he took this last year off the same mark. He's never really got going this year and was given too much to do last time, but he was finishing strongly. On softer ground today than last year he should have a better chance and I hope he shows his true colours. I'm fascinated at how ADAAY will fare, if he copes with the extra distance and the ground he could be a huge price.
ECCLESTON 1530 RIPON (unplaced = – £5.00)
This is a cracking race as always and O'Mears has a brilliant track record and a decent record in the race. At Ripon you're either better on one side of the track or the other, I'm hoping my guys side will have it today. He's progresive horse and is being backed quite a bit. Old Spinatrix could be his danger.
BIG OUTSIDER – this is going to be a new part of the blog where I will select an outsider which I think has a decent chance of winning.
Today's selection is KASTINI 1615 NEWBURY(WON 14-1) he is on a decent and appealing mark and prefers some cut in the ground. He has ran well on soft and heavy ground and has breeding that supports this ground today. Denis Coakley is a trainer I keep my eye on and his booking of Paul Hanagan for this is an eye catcher too.
My Dad's selection are :
BONDS GIRL 1450 NEWMARKET (unplaced = -£5.00)
CAPTAIN BOB 1510 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)
HERE COMES WHEN 1545 NEWBURY (unplaced = £5.00)
DON'T TOUCH 1530 RIPON (WON 4-1 = £12.50)
Father 3-1 Son
Father £51.51
Son -£50.58

Glorious Goodwood Day One

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So I thought it was time to end my blog sabatical and go again with the awesome summer spectacle – Goodwood. Although based on the ground we may get quite a few withdrawals and races not being as competitive, we will have to wait and see. A certain Mr Johnston has hit form right before his favourite week so he should be worth a follow. I will try and get a blog up for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, although I'm off on my jollies on Thursday. I'm sure we're in for a cracking few days anyway. As I'm sure you are aware I am part of a fantastic syndicate that own a few horses now, Teamchoochoo. We're currently seeking to expand the syndicate and have some very nice horses at really competitive prices. Please check out our website for more information, or contact me via Twitter. The website is
So on to my selections :
I've watched this fella twice this year and was expecting better of him but he has just not quite got competitive. He was in with a shout at York but was then eased and interestingly the handicapper has left him on a mark of OR97, suggesting he thinks he's still got a bit of class. He was quite eye catching in the race before this staying on well behind MAHSOOB and I think this quicker track will help him in the final furlong or two. I'm also interesting in how BURANO runs off a feather weight, and Amanda Perrett is one to watch at this meeting. A cracking race with FIRE FIGHTING bidding to go out from the front no doubt but giving his nearest rival 8lbs could be just too much. FORGOTTEN HERO won well at HQ a few runs ago and caught the eye staying on again in the same race at York. Spencer who loves a hold up horse could come late on him.
This is a cracking race and you could opt for a few of these. It's a shame AIR VICE MARSHAL is out as it would be a fascinating renewal between him and BIRCHWOOD. The latter ran well last time but has a blot on softer ground and that may be what catches him out this time. My selection won well on the course and the extra furlong should help bring out more improvement. The second in his last race has since gone out and won three times, the last being a Group 2 in France. It's interesting therefore that the same ownership send GALILEO GOLD here too, having won an ordinary race last time. Both him and IBN MALIK could be real improvers.
I found it interesting that Godolphin bought this one and despite a disappointing show behind SOLOW he still retains some ability despite him not getting his nose infront for over two years, and that was beating THE GREY GATSBY. The ground should be ok for him and in this lesser company he must have a cracking chance, it looks like the race may cut up a bit too with the withdrawal of LIMATO AND GLORY AWAITS. ASCRIPTION ran well last time behind CABLE BAY and AEOLUS was impressive too but they've both been hiked in the ratings and will need to improve again to win this whereas my boy shouldn't.
This fella was a great winner for me the other week in the Old Newton Cup staying on gamely to beat his stablemate WATERSMEEET and despite his 7lnbs rise in the weights he should have more to come. The extra two furlongs on this track should help him to motor on a bit to, rather than struggle up a finish. BATTERSEA was favourite that day and didnt show and I cant see any reason to reverse the form but I do think top weight ASTRONEREUS is the main danger. His defeat of DASHING STAR at York was impressive and he could go in again.
I really fancied this fella in the Epsom Dash but he never go in it depsite going off favourite. He is 3lbs lower today off a mark of OR86, only a pound higher than when a good second at Pontefract on soft ground. Which leads me to think the cut in the ground will really help his chances tomorrow and with Hanagan on board I like him even more..
A whole host of chances here and I'm opting for this one due to him handling Epsom rather well last time. That should help his chances here.
Another Johnston horse for me. He has carried a big weight like this before over the distance and run well and will appreciate a bit of cut or if the ground dries a little. He's a game horse and will kick on from a way out and he may be hard to peg back, he's got quite an appealing mark too.

Derby Day

The biggest flat race of the calendar is upon us already! A colts one chance to shine and go down as a breeding icon for the future! The Coolmore operation have made a monopoly of this recently but I dont think today is their day. I'm hoping for a complete change of fortunes on here, recently I can't pick my nose! Anyway should be a good day to sit back and enjoy!
TADQEEQ 1400 Epsom (nap)
Ran in three handicaps this year that have all been on the softer side of good. He got into a scrappy affair last time out and the yard have been in form and he is a big price! The better ground should suit when you look at his breeding and maybe the trainer thinks so as he would have been wothdrawn with there now being good to firm in places. I think the step up will help too. Good chance to sneak in under the radar.
GOLDEN HORN 1630 Epsom (nb)
The Dante form is the best on offer and I think the three who fought that out will do the same here. His breeding is superb and he is the best horse in the race for me, if he stays he wins!
Really disappointed me last time and he looked really progressive but he race no sort of race. He drops back down a class and I think he's worth another go. Without the previous blob on his form he would have been much shorter for a race like this.
GOTHIC 1715 Epsom
Another one who looked really out of sorts when quite well fancied at Newmarket a few weeks ago! If he bounces back he has the ability to beat these. He's a classy horse but needs to show it!
My Dad's selections are :
Father 3-1 Son
Father £54.01
Son -£46.88

York, Haydock and Newmarket

For today’s blog I look to the stars! I blooming well need to with my recent suggestions. Last week was another blank show with not even a place; I can only apolgise if you were foolish enough to side with my thoughts! The stars may give a change of fortune today….so he says! The photo above is of the horses head Nebula…apt indeed! Read on and you will see why! Good luck with whatever your selections are today, I hope you fare better than me against the old foe!
ASTROPHYSICS 1455 YORK (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really like the chances of this horse in his handicap debut today. He won over 6f at Newmarket last year, the form of that race was franked with the 2nd,4th and 5th winning shortly after. He then showed he has speed over 5f with a cracking effort in the Flying Childers, going down by a head to BEACON. If he reproduces that he must have a sniff. He’s got a mark of OR104 for this but is weighted nicely at 9st 1lb and he could run a big race at a big price!
MEHDI 1630 NEWMARKET (nb) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really fancied the chances of this one last time at York and he ran well behind ALGAR LAD – he just got going to late. He’s on the same mark again today andI’m hoping the quicker ground will push him on as he comes out of the dip.
DUSKY QUEEN 1345 YORK (treble) (3rd – 7-1 = £4.37)
It pays at times to side with a mare in form and this girl is certainly that. She rana cracker here last time beating Royal Seal in the same race she won last year. She was impressive too. She’s been raised 7lbs for that but it may need a little more to stop her. HIGHLAND COLORI ran much better last time at Goodwood and is the danger, knowing my luck he’ll win as I’ve left him alone for the first time this year!
EMERAHLDZ 1530 YORK (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This filly is another decent horse and she needs genuine good ground. She’s been dropped back to a mark of OR86 today, just a pound above her mark when second here in October in a Class 2 handicap. She’s in a Class 3 today with a little more weight but she’s been crying out for a run with a few prior engagements scratched due to the ground. I’m hopeful of a good run.
My Dad’s selections are:
ALFRED HUTCHINSON 1345 YORK (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00)
WAKEA 1420 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)
MONSIEUR JOE 1455 YORK (WON 9-1 = £28.12)
OUT DO 1510 HAYDOCK (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87)
Father 3-1 Son
Father £54.01
Son – £46.88

Temple Stakes – Haydock and others

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So I return to the blog after a week off. Last week I ventured to Donny races for their evening meet followed by The Human League in concert afterwards. It was a great day all round with three winners and a good time had by all! Sunday was a different matter however! I had the worst hangover I have had in a long time! On to the horses, my dad has got off to a flying start and he had four very profitable selections a few weeks ago, as for me, enough said at the minute! I struggled to pick my nose last time! As always I'm realistic, sometimes you win, alot of the time you lose!! I'm always prepared to celebrate the successes and lick my wounds in defeat! Hopefully I will have a change of luck today. Good luck to you all whatever you're on!
HOT STREAK 1545 HAYDOCK (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
Won this last year off a 4lb higher mark. The surface is key for him and with a bit of cut in the ground he will be hard to peg back. His win as a three year old in this last year shouldn't be underestimated and with a solid return last time he is set up ready to roll. I expect a huge run today, lump on! My old mate KINGSGATE NATIVE ran a cracker last time behind his stablemate and he will be thereabouts again. He's worth a saver!
POOLE HARBOUR 1500 CATTERICK (nb) (unplaced = -£5.00)
Had a nightmare season last year with Dandy Nicholls, and he comes with risks attached. He really interests me on his first run for Karl Burke on ground he will love. He is running off a mark of OR80, which he has won off before, and was running off a mark of OR95 last year, so he has an attractive mark for me. He's drawn near some pace and is a big price for this class of handicap. I just hope he returns to his old form, if he does he could walk this.
MY DREAM BOAT 1455 GOODWOOD (treble) (unplaced = -£5.00)
I picked this horse last week at Donny. He's well bred for better ground and he absolutely hosed up. There was definitely more in the tank and despite a 8lb rise in his mark to OR84 he looked very good last week and there should be more improvement. My only reservation as my good friend @Pirate_B pointed out is that the jockey has yet to win for this trainer! I'm optimistic though and hope that what I saw last week was a decent horse on the upgrade.
GO DAN GO 1435 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)
This guy is really progressing quickly and I know he has to step up again but he is capable of it I think, especially on this softer surface. He has been running well all year and his success at Beverley was franked yesterday will the second going in. It's a big step up but his trainer is getting more talented and becoming very shrewd at placing his horses! A definite big each way shout.
My Dad's selections are:
Gabrial's King 1400 Haydock (Unplaced = -£5.00)
Mutarakez 1435 Haydock (Won 2-1 = £6.25)
Lastuce 1510 Haydock (unplaced = -£5.00)
Hot Streak 1545 Haydock (unplaced= -£5.00)
Father 2-1 Son
Father £34.02
Son – £36.25
A couple of extras I like today are –
and @Pirate_B likes the look of RED CHARMER 1700 Beverley!

York Dante Festival Day 1

After another dismal day on the blog on Saturday I'm blooming hoping my luck changes at the Knavesmire this week. It should be a cracking meeting and I've got Doncaster on Saturday to look forward to aswell. Good luck if you're having a flutter.
MEHDI 1440 York (nap) (3rd – 10-1)
The drop back to six furlongs will help this fella and he should be fit after his first outing. He's got a featherweight here and Hanagan in the saddle. He was a narrow second to HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE in the Ayr Silver Cup last year and that form is decent with that one getting narrowly defeated at Guineas weekend. He should run a big race.
MUTHMIR 1515 York (nb) (unplaced)
He has looked a very smart sprinter last year and must be a Group horse this year! This is a competitve race to begin but one that he should win.
VOICE OF A LEADER 1410 York (treble) (4th – 33-1)
Nothing like a big priced runner in a handicap! This guy has ability but only had one run last year and for me the ground was against him. He has a decent handicap mark based on only a few outings and clearly the handicapper is concerned about his potential. I think he could run a big race on better ground.
TOGETHER FOREVER 1545 York (2nd – 9-4)
This filly has lots of scope and ended last season on a high. She will definitely stay and I think she will give Star of Seville a close run for her money.

Victoria Cup Ascot

After the first Classics passed us by we had the thrills and spills of Chester and now we look forward to the proper Derby trial – The Dante – at York next week. I've not seen anything so far that jumps out as the Derby winner, but we may see something today at Lingfield and next week at York. I'm looking forward to next Saturday as I'm off to the meeting at Doncaster with my family. Hopefully the weather will improve. The handicaps on offer today are ace and I've picked a few big priced ones as always! Hopefully I'll be lucky! Good luck yourselves whatever you're on!
DREAM SPIRIT 1545 ASCOT (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
Make no mistakes this fella has class and decent form and despite being a little inexperienced I think he holds the key to this puzzle. He started well last year beating MAVERICK WAVE at Newmarket. That's decent form based on that horse's success beating CANNOCK CHASE at Chester this week. He was then the beaten favourite twice, firstly behind DARK EMERALD, who has performed admirably at Meydan, and secondly behind MOOHAARIB who went out and won a Listed race here beating other horses with smart form lines. My selection has a good draw, will enjoy the ground and could be a much smarter horse than his mark suggests.
ROYAL GUARDSMAN 1525 HAYDOCK (nb) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This fella is a monster price! For me he has been running well and caught my eye when winning well at Newbury, beating KIAMA BAY. He never really got into his next race behind GASSIN GOLF but he has all the credentials to step up here! He has a very light weight and Sam Twiston on his back too – this will help up the stiff Haydock finish and I think he has a cracking chance.
AZAGAL 1510 ASCOT (treble) (Unplaced – = -£5.00)
She won well last time over this distance and has only been raised 2lbs. That takes her back to another winning mark of OR89. She won this time last year off that at Doncaster and she has the scope to step up and go again!
MON BRAV 1655 ASCOT (Unplaced = -£5.00)
Won a class 3 on good to firm off a mark of OR78, he's three pounds less in this and I'm really interested in Hughsey taking the ride. He's ridden a couple of winners for the yard recently. This horse can be a monkey but can turn it on when the ground is decent and around the mark he's on today.
My Dad's selections are :
OASIS FANTASY 1400 ASCOT (3rd – 11-2 = £3.43)
STORM ROCK 1415 HAYDOCK (3rd – 9-4 = £1.40)
SOLAR MAGIC 1510 ASCOT (2nd – 7-2 = £2.18)
WAR SOUND 1525 HAYDOCK (WON 6-1 = £18.75)
FATHER £42.77
SON -£16.25