Sandown, Ffos Las

Morning all from a very snowy Sheffield! Had a right downpour of the white stuff this week! Bloody hate it. By the kind permission of Fran, who you can all follow on twitter @Riosrider2, I have the wonderful photo of our big price near miss last week, BIG FELLA THANKS, to say I was gutted about that was an understatement – however I was pleased he ran to what I said in my blog. Please give Fran a follow, she has taken some amazing photos and regularly tweets them. She has kindly given me the permission to use them from now on when typing my blog. Thanks Fran! Last week was unlucky as stated above and I thought the nap VAGO COLLONGES was going to walk his race too coming up the straight! Interesting to see where he goes next and over shorter. Have found a couple of horses I really like today and hopefully they will give us another shout for our money. As always I wish you luck with whichever horse carries your well earned coins as we continue to strive to defeat our old foe! Good luck guys!
 
#twiiter gamble. The boys are back for another week, lets hope they bring in the big one! Give them a follow too.
@LiamKenniford – GLOBAL POWER 1440 FFOS LAS
@Fernando_RF2 – CARRIGMOORNA ROCK 1355 FAIRYHOUSE
@DazGilbert1 – WAR SINGER 1510 FFOS LAS
@Tonythetyke – LEWIS 1445 WETHERBY
 
Here are my selections for today :
 
VIA SUNDOWN 1535 SANDOWN (nap) (PU = -£5.00)
He beat BENVOLIO off a one pound higher mark this his mark today last year on heavy ground. That's pretty smart form considering BENVOLIO'S exploits this year and his targets. My guy ran in the Hennessy and then in a Listed race at Ascot behind THE YOUNG MASTER, all of which were too high targets for him and he was found wanting. He is back in a more suitable race today and has a very nice mark and I believe a cracking chance. He was fancied last time at Kempton but unseated and I hope he can jump soundly today! That day when ARKDILLY WITNESS won my guy was a pound higher in the weights than the winner, today he is 7lbs better off with that rival – that could prove key! I am confident of a good run but am mindful of CANTLOW too – he could reproduse today if it's a going day for him.
 
IMPERIAL LEADER 1500 SANDOWN (nb) (PU = -£5.00)
Yet to win a race since his novice hurdle success but he has ran in some very good, competitive races. His second behind IRISH SAINT on unsuitable heavy ground off a mark 4lbs higher than today is pretty decent form. He then ran third behind FINGAL BAY at Exeter off a 5lb higher mark than today. Can you see why he's fancied today? Interestingly the ground is better today which I think will help as will the slight drop back in trip, he has the stamina in the bag and could go at them early. Great chance to get off the mark this season.
 
PUFFIN BILLY 1405 FFOS LAS (treble) (PU = -£5.00)
A smart horse and I like to follow horse who go back over hurdles after being jumping and after a fall. They grow in confidence as the race progreses and this guy could do the same. He is 7lbs lower in the ratings today than when being beaten by MELODIC RENDEZVOUS in heavy ground a couple of years ago. He was also a creditable 5th behind CHAMPAGNE FEVER at the Festival that year, that is much better form than anything else, bar one, see below. The ground will be testing and people are talking about low weights being needed but my guy is use to shouldering big weights and running well. He carried 11st 11lbs when getting beaten by MELODIC RENDEZVOUS and has 9lbs less today. Class is class as I always say and the stable and jockey are going well. My twitter friend @Pirate_B has talked me into a saver on HIDDEN IDENTITY too. She also has smart form and is a crazy price after being not too far behind the likes of QUEVEGA at the festival. Give Darrell a follow here
 
ELY BROWN 1445 WETHERBY (unplaced = -£5.00)
Another one starting out over hurdles for the season after going chasing last. He's top weight and the class horse by a mile for me. He is dropped into class 3 company for this after running in Class 1 chases last season. He beat MILLBOROUGH and GREEN FLAG here off a mark of OR140. Course form is key here! His last hurdle win came at Aintree when he best GAUVAIN on good ground over this trip off a 4lb lower mark. He has also beaten HOLYWELL on soft ground at Warwick and with Charlie Deutsch taking a valuable 7lbs off in weight today he has to have a chance. Our old friend from the other week JOIN THE CLAN goes again but he's been raised a massive 11lbs by the handicapper for that and it wouldnt surprise me that the rise is too much and they take it steady with him with his mark for Cheltenham the priority. Class is class – come on Ely!
 
My Dad's selections are :
POLAMCO 1500 SANDOWN (PU = -£5.00)
LITTLE BOY BORU FFOS LAS 1405 (PU = -£5.00)
THERE'S NO PANIC 1535 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)
GORGEHOUS LLIEGE 1440 FFOS LAS (2nd 6-1 = £3.75)
Standings
Father 6-6 Son
Profit
Father -£42.32
Son £159.49
 

Trials Day at Cheltenham

We know we are not too far from the festival when trials day is upon us. We also have a the Skybet chase at Donny too! God I love NH racing! I hope you followed the blog last week as my fine form continued with a win for the nap REBEL REBELION at 12-1 and also a win for BITOFAPUZZLE at 5-2. I'm hoping to continue this run going again and think I've found a great nap and a couple of decent prices in the big handicaps! I'm sat doing the blog on a Friday night for a change ready to go out with some old work colleagues for a nice Italian. Tomorrow is a busy day as I'm in school most of the day for rehearsals for the school play – OUR DAY OUT so wont get chance to watch the races until I get home! Sadly I may have to miss the #twittergamble out this week as I may not get time to hear from the lads. If I did you'll see it below. Whatever you are sticking your well earned money on, good luck in our continuing battle with old enemy – the bookie!
 
#twittergamble selections
@Liamkenniford – Un Temps Por Tout 1535 Cheltenham
@Fernando_RFC2 – Vaule At Risk 1500 Cheltenham
@TonytheTyke – Garrahalish 1315 Cheltenham
@DazGilbert1 – Green Tornado 1620 Lingfield
 
VAGO COLLONGES 1500 CHELTENHAM (nap) – (3rd – 8-1 = £5.00)
This fella really has some smart form in the bag! His season started with a defeat by THOMAS BROWN who has since franked the form with a victory and is now rated 6lbs better than my selection. THOMAS BROWN was defeated prior to his win by OUT SAM from the Henderson yard, who has since gone on to win again! Even more interestingly third in that race that day, behind THOMAS BROWN was a certain TEA FOR TWO who then went on to win two on the bounce including the demolition of the field in the Lanzarote. Told you it was smart form didn't I! My guy has also been ultra-consistent in all his runs and has been knocking at the door and could take a race like this. Bring it on! He's 7-1 as I type this!
 
NIGHT IN MILAN 1515 DONCASTER (nb) – (3rd – 12-1 = £7.50)
Loves it here, and ran so well when a narrow second, by a head, to one of my old favourites GRANDADS HORSE here last time. My guy was 5lbs worse off in the weights that day and they reoppose here with only a pound difference! Effectively he's 4lbs better off. He is also better off in the ratings too, my guy has been raised 2lbs to a mark of OR146, whereas his old nemesis was raised 6lbs for his win to a mark of OR145. It's tight and there are some other smart horses too, but I reckon my guy has it today, he's a better horse than when pulled up in this last year and I'm hopeful of a big run
 
BIG FELLA THANKS 1425 CHELTENHAM (treble) – (2nd – 25-1 = £15.62)
This guy is on such an appealing mark I have to have a bet on him! He has been a real star over the years and is in his twilight yet he still has ability. He has dropped to a mark of OR135, that is a full 10lbs lower than his last winning mark. You may say this is because he is in decline. For me though he's just been up against top horses and on a tough mark. He ran well in behind the likes of MA FILLEULE, TRANQUIL SEA and CHANCE DU ROY last year. He was also beaten by my selection PACHA DU POLDER a few years back in a hot race, that was off a mark 19lbs higher than this. He is also racing off a decent weight below 11 stone too and this could be his day!
 
BLACK RIVER 1315 CHELTENHAM – (unplaced = -£5.00)
This guy has flattered to deceive so far, yet I have to stick with him as I beleive he is such a talented horse and exciting prospect and this track may bring out the best in him. I'm putting last time down to awful ground as I think it really was bottomlesss that day. He runs off the same mark today and has to have a good shout in a competitive race. He did beat VAUTOUR as a juvenile! Game on!
 
My Dad's selections are :
 
 
Standings
Father 5-6 Son
Profit
Father -£31.07
Son £179.49
 

Haydock and Ascot

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Quite another profitable week for the blog. Good old JOIN THE CLAN (8-1) and then HAWKES POINT (17-2) rompted in to take some well earned coins off the bookies. I’m hoping I can keep this run going! Lets hope the return of SPRINTER SACRE is a good one today. He’s one of the best chases I’ve seen and just hope he reprodces something near his best today. Fingers crossed. Whatever you are on today, good luck in our weekly battle against our old foe the bookie!
The #twittergamble boys have opted for the following this week. Let’s hope the big one comes in :
@LiamKenniford GARDE LA VICTOIRE 1425 ASCOT
@DazGilbert1 WISHES AND STARS 1555 TAUNTON
@Tonythetyke FISHING BRIDGE 1555 TAUNTON
Here are my four for you
 
REBEL REBELLION 1535 ASCOT (nap) (WON 12-1 = £37.50)

I know this horse has a race like this in him. I thought he would run much better than he did last time at Wincanton. However, on the back of that the handicapper has lowered his rating another 2lbs to a mark of OR141. That is only 2 lbs higher than his last winning mark. He could be very competitive today on this ground and off this mark. With the jockey taking his allowance off he is effectively running off the racing weight as BALLINVARRIG but rated 8lbd better. This has to be it today! Come on the Rebel!
 
CORRIN WOOD 1515 HAYDOCK (nb) (PU = -£5.00)

He ran a cracker last time at Wetherby when the weight told giving 8lbs to DOLATULO. He was very assertive from the start and similar tactics are needed today. Interetingly the handicapper had dropped him another pound to a mark of OR 146. That is only 2lbs higher than his last winning mark. With HEY BIG SPENDER in the race he is also a full 10lbs lighter in the saddle than last time
 
GARDE LA VICTOIRE 1425 ASCOT (treble) (unplaced = -£5.00)

Is the class horse in the race and has some pretty smart form in the book. He beat VANITEUX in the Greatwood and was a respectable 5th in the Ladbroke giving BAYAN 8lbs. While he has to carry alot of weight again today class is class and he can take this today.
 
BITOFAPUZZLE 1350 ASCOT (WON 5-2 = £7.81)

She is a smart prospect and brought unbeaten bumper form to hurdles and was not disgraced when narrowly beaten by THE PIRATES QUEEN last time. CAROLES SPIRIT is the class horse in the race but having to give 5lbs to and up coming smart one may be too much – or so I hope.
My dad’s selections are :
BALLINVARRIG 1535 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)
TOBY LERONE 1515 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)
RAYVIN BLACK 1425 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)
WHISPERING HARRY 1525 TAUNTON (WON 11-4 = £8.59)
 
current standings
Father 5-6 Son
Profit
Father -£31.07
Son £156.37
 

Lanzarote Day – Kempton and Warwick

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Doffing my cap is the order of the day today to my fellow horse racing friends on here. The #twittergamble boys produced a beauty last week with SOMCHINE winning at 10-1 for @Tonythetyke, WALSER winning at 7-2 for @DazGilbert1 and UNIONISTE winning at 5-2 for @Fernando_RFC2 – spot on boys. Their selections for this week are below! As I say every week the boys are worth a follow! If you had put all four selections in a £1 Lucky 15 you would have had a profit return of £281 – great tipping fellas!

#Twittergamble

@DazGilbert1 YOUNG DOTTIE 1540 LINGFIELD

@Fernando_RFC2 WARRANTOR 1440 KEMPTON

@LiamKenniford SEGO SUCCESS 1355 WARWICK

@Tonythetyke CLOSING CEREMONY 1425 WARWICK

As for my own fortunes last week, not great is the best summation. Although TRIOLO D’ALENE ran well on poor ground and with Geraghty hardly touching him or making an effort watch him the next time he runs on good ground. Not a bad spectacle today although this is quiet time as we start to head towards trials day and the build up to the festival. Whatever your well earned money is on today, I wish you all the luck in taking some money of our old foe! Game on!

JOIN THE CLAN 1425 WARWICK (NAP) (WON 8-1 = £25.00)

Now as follows of the blog know I am always partial to trying to find a decent price horse in a handicap as my nap when and where one pops up. I think this fella is the answer today, my only real concern is the form of Jonjo O’Neill’s stable, at least he had a winner yesterday though! So why do I put my money on an outsider with not a win for a while! Well he could be really well handicapped today and he has a feather weight on his back. The last two runs he has shouldered 11st 12lbs and 11st 2lbs. He steps rightly so back up in class today and an apprentice taking 10lbs of in weight, so he’s on racing weight of 10st 2lbs. That weight around here in testing ground over 3m 2f could be crucial! Get on!

DELL ‘ARCA 1440 KEMPTON (NB) (unplaced = -£5.00)

he has lots of smart form in the book and I think the distance last time was far too long. He returns to a better target today and he has always promised to be a good thing and has been beaten by SLASH OF GINGE, LAC FONTANA and more recently CONEYGREE an his mark has always stayed high. WARRANTOR could be the danger but I think my home has all the class today.

MICKIE 1355 WARWICK (TREBLE) (unplaced = -£5.00)

she is back down to her last winning mark and has Dickie Johnson back on board, together they have won 3 out of her 4 success. She’s a good solid yardstick over hurdles and HIGHLAND RETREAT put her in her place last time but off level weights in mares only race. That one franked the form again this week and today my selection gets her 3lb allowance back which could make all the difference.

HAWKES POINT 1535 WARWICK (WON 17-2 = £26.56)

He has been given a real chance today! He is 6lbs better off after his Welsh National shambles but to put that in perspective its a 4lb lower mark today thayhn when he was piped by MOUNTAINOUS in the same race last year, just beating TIDAL BAY too. Interestingly today he is tried in first time blinkers, good old MON PARRAIN was the same last week and we know what happened there. This is his best chance of a big race success for me.

My Dad’s Selections are :

AWAYWITHTHEGREYS 1425 WARWICK (PU = -£5.00)

WARRANTOR 1440 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)

HOWARDS LEAGACY 1515 KEMPTON (unplaced = -£5.00)

CARRUTHERS 1535 WARWICK (PU = -£5.00)

STANDINGS

FATHER 5-5 SON

PROFIT

FATHER -£24.66

SON £111.06

Wincanton and Sandown

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Well what a start to the New Year Cheltenham was! The nap MON PARRAIN (25-1) went in as well as the nb PTIT ZIG (evens) and ROCK ON RUBY (5-2) brought a tasty profit on my Lucky 15!!! I know some of you had MON PARRAIN too and just wanted to say thanks to all of you who made some nice comments via Twitter on Thursday, much appreciated. I am bloody relieved to be honest, it was ages since I had put a good one up here!

So on to the first Saturday of the New Year and it isn’t great to be honest! I’m writing this on Friday as I’m treating Mrs GB to a weekend away for her birthday so will get limited time on Saturday. We’re off to pick her birthday present and then staying in the hotel we got married at, Whitley Hall, near Sheffield, it’s a beautiful place and would encourage any of you to stay there if ever you are up my neck of the woods.

The TwitterGamble guys have gone for

@Tonythetyke Somchine 1405 Wincanton

@Fernando_RFC2 Unioniste 1535 Sandown

@LiamKenniford Earthmoves 1440 Wincanton

@DazGilbert1 Walser 1415 Newcastle

So, good luck everyone again! Let’s hope we have another profitable day!

VOLT FACE 1440 WINCANTON (NAP) (unplaced = -£5.00)

I’ve been waiting for this one since @tonytheTyke tipped him up in our #twittergamble the other month. He cruised into contention and looked all over the winner but then didn’t pick up at all and ended up finishing third. The ground was heavy that day which I think was the main factor, plus it was the first run of the season for him. He’s been raised 3lbs to OR128 for that but I think he will take this and kick on to better things. Kieron Edgar takes a valuable 5lbs off too.

REBEL REBELLION 1515 WINCANTON (NB) (unplaced = -£5.00)

Another class horse dropped in grade and off top weight! He’s slowly dropping to more a reasonable mark, and is only 3lbs higher than he was when competing in top level novice chases last year. He did run off OR150 back in April at Aintree. His mark of OR143 tomorrow is not bad and with the apprentice jockey taking 7lbs off in his claim that could prove to be very valuable. I thought he ran well in the Grand Sefton for a while and had the likes of HUNT BALL and DOLATULO behind. He could make a mockery of this!

TRIOLO D’ALENE 1535 SANDOWN (treble) (3rd 16-1 = £10.00)

The last time this fella ran in a class 2 handicap he smashed JUNIOR by 4 and a half lenghts off a mark of OR139. Since then he has won a Hennessy and ran in both the Gold Cup and Grand National. He is 4lbs lower today than his Gold Cup mark, he will enjoy the ground and the trip will be fine. He has a lot of weight to carry but as I always say in these handicaps, class is class and he’s not top weight for nowt! My only concern is how terrible the yard’s horses have been running! UNIONISTE has to have a great chance but I’m not sure it will be soft enough? BERTIE BORU showed what fight and determination he has after staying on to win well last time. A fascinating race!



AMORE ALATO 1500 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

Ran in some good races last year and has some decent form in behind the likes of LAC FONTANA and IRVING who have both gone on to better things. He is nowhere near that standard but is a decent handicapper and he showed that last time when just being pipped by a well handicapped SNAKE EYES. Interesting that McCoy is on board today, having beat him. I think McCoy’s pushing and driving style will suit too. Hopeful of another good show.



My Dad’s selections are :

VOLT FACE 1440 WINCANTON (unplaced = -£5.00)

AMORE ALATO 1500 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

RELAX 1535 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00)

BRICK RED 1350 SANDOWN (2nd – 4-1 = £2.50)

Standings

Father 5-4 Son

Profit

Father = -£4.66

Son = £69.50

Cheltenham Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re ready for the celebrations this evening, I thought I would do the blog on New Year’e Eve as tomorrow morning we all may have a slight headache! Whatever you are doing tonight, enjoy yourselves and immerse yourself with the people you care about. I wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2015, with many a success from our old foe the bookmaker.

Well I hope everyone has had a wonderful festive period with their loved ones. I know it bloody knackered me as always. I thought I would start the new year with a look back at 2014 and my racing highlights. The number one best thing for the Bandit this year was to finally own a very small share in a racehorse. I can only but thank @ianmallard for this and his efforts with #teamchoochoo. It’s a great venture to be part of and to see a horse you have bit in not only run, but win was a great feeling. I know we have got even bigger plans for the future, bring it on! Make sure you give Ian a follow, top fella and knows his racing!

My second highlight has to be HOLYWELL winning again at Cheltenham. The horse has always been close to my heart especially after I napped him to win at Cheltenham the other year on this blog. Here was the write up – Holywell – I hope he has the credentials to compete in the Gold Cup this year but I think his jumping needs to shape up a bit first!

My final thought for the year was that my old mate and favourite horse of all time TIDAL BAY got a happy retirement! What an enigmatic horse he was, I just wish Paul Nicholls would have had him from the start, I’m convinced he would have won a Gold Cup if he had. He won an Arkle, a Maghull Novices Chase, a Cleeve Hurdle, the Bet365 Gold Cup, the West Yorkshire Hurdle twice and not forgetting that awesome late burst in the Lexus Chase two years ago. He will always be a star for me, happy retirement old fella!

As I write the blog we are already looking on the horizon for the Cheltenham Festival, I think it is something like 10 weeks away, can’t bloody wait. One thing is for sure we will have some more racing treats before then.

I’m hoping the change in a year will change my fortune on here, I’ve been shockingly bad recently and can only apologise to my dedicated followers, my old man is currently whooping my arse in our little competition, tipping up EMPERORS CHOICE more recently too. So here’s to a change in fortunes!

The twitter gamble guys have opted for :

@TonytheTyke Arctic Court 1520 Catterick

@Fernando_RFC2 Zeroshadesofgrey 1210 Cheltenham

@LiamKenniford Ptit Zig 1320 Cheltenham

@DazGilbert1 Diocles 1355 Cheltenham

Here are my selections for New Year’s Day :

MON PARRAIN 1245 CHELTENHAM (NAP) (WON 25-1 = £78.12)

This guy ran a creditable race when I tipped him up in the Becher Chase last time. He jumped very well and Ryan Mahon looked after him once the race was over for him. That can be a stepping stone to success for me in this race. He has been dropped another 2 lbs to a mark of OR142. He drops down a grade and off top weight has every chance with the very talented Sean Bowen taking 5lbs off his back. Top weights normally do well in races like this and I think he will run a big race and jump soundly on ground that will be up his street. The one that really worries me is CADEAU GEORGE, he has been raised 12lbs for his defeat of KNOCKANRAWLEY last time. That horse has franked the form too winning at Newbury the other day, he could be a real improver!

PTIT ZIG 1320 CHELTENHAM (NB) (WON Evs = £4.06)

Won so impressively last time, gaining his third chase success in a row! His jumping was quick and immaculate and he put the well touted JOSSES HILL to the sword. His rival today is CHAMPAGNE WEST who conversely didn’t look that great last time and was made to work a bit for his success. My selection is rated 5lbs better off on the ratings with a mark of OR157 yet they meet here on level weights too. Another solid round of jumping should boost his ankle credentials even further!

CAID DU BERLAIS 1355 CHELTENHAM (TREBLE) (3rd – 5-1 = £3.12)

Was running well in behind when he slipped on landing and was pulled up in the Fish Egg Gold Cup. I really fancied him that day as I was so taken aback by how he won the Paddy Power Gold Cup previously. I really think this horse is one to follow and will produce even better displays. Therefore I have to go with him again. I’m interested too in how SPLASH OF GINGE runs, he was just building a challenge in said Fish Egg Gold Cup when falling. ROLLING ACES is one of my horses I always follow and he ran very well when in behind WISHFUL THINKING earlier in the season, a reproduction of that will give him a sniff, but to be honest I think he is handicapped to his best at the moment.

ROCK ON RUBY 1505 CHELTENHAM (WON 5-2 = £7.81)

Now this is a race! Barring HINT OF MINT a case can be made for all of them. BEAT THAT has potentially the best recent form in the locker with his defeat of DON POLI at Punchestown in April. That one has since won two chases inclusion a Grade One at Leopardstown the other day. BEAT THAT must run well. Both SILSOL and VANITEUX are young pretenders to the throne, with the latter never really impressing me as yet. SILSOL however has impressed me with his ability and attitude and like my selection, he likes a fight! However, class is class and what can you not say about my horse, he is rated superior to most of these and showed now that this trip is more up his street as age catches up to him. He still has his smooth hurdling style and his big heart and over a favourite course he could be hard to peg back. All aboard!!!

My Dad’s selections I will add tomorrow before I re-post the blog.

Current standings

Father 5-3 Son

Profit

Father -£2.16

Son £74.50