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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