Super Saturday

This is my first blog for over a week, just haven't had the time recently and was in Warwick last weekend at their evening meeting. What a night that was, I had CAPO ROSSO there which won at 8-1, however, when the bookies first put the prices up for that race he was 20-1 in a few places. When I went back with my winning slip and the bookie saw my price his face was a picture! Happy days!
Anyway on to today after a belting week at York. There are some fantastic races on around the country today and have spent a good bit of time this morning on them. Got quite a few selections so have put up three Lucky 15's today, including my normal best three. Enjoy the racing and good luck.
Lucky 15 Number 1

IMPERIAL DJAY 1710 THIRSK (nap) – (unplaced) this horse hasn't quite hit form yet this season but is now an incredible 10lbs lower than his last win. He has two course and distance successes here, at todays class and class 5, both of those on good ground. The last time he won a class 4 was off a mark of 83 at Chester, today's mark…..83. This sprinters run well in behind and gradually their marks drop, I can see this boy bouncing back to form off this mark today.
BEAUTY PARLOUR 1550 NEWBURY – (NR) the doubt with some of these horses is whether they are actually group one class or not. With a Group 1 victory to her name over the distance this girl has that. The master Cecil will have used the winter to work out how to make her tick and her last run should be discounted on that alone. Massive chance today for me.
DICK BOS 1525 THIRSK – (unplaced) won well on softer ground last season at Windsor for the Hannon team last year and he caught my eye then. Mr O'Meara usually gets a grasp of new horses early in his yard and he showed a return to form at Ripon last time. He is 4 lb better off with Klynch for a one and a half length defeat and the trainer was bullish about his chances is morning.
CRUISETOTHELIMIT 1450 THIRSK – (unplaced) the reappearance second behind CHEWOREE is pretty decent form and he had excuses last time. CHEWOREE didnt exactly boost the form at York this week but threw his chances away at the start despite being very well fancied. With the ground a bit softer he has to have a huge chacnce and money has come already for him.
Lucky 15 Number 2

JEHANNEDARC 1405 NEWBURY (treble) – (3rd – 9-2) I was really impressed woth this horse's last run behind KHIONE last time. One the same mark and over slightly further those battling qualities should come in to play today. The booking of Ryan Moore is another huge plus.
HODGSON 1540 BANGOR – (WON 7-2) has yet to get off the mark but it is not for trying! After dropping another 3 lbs in the ratings and the application of head gear again may revitalise things. Today has to be the day!
RIOT OF COLOUR 1440 NEWBURY – (unplaced) I have backed this horse a few times and there has to be excuses for her latest terrible run. She is able to go on any ground and I reckon this drop back to 6f will suit her, she can use some of her reserves to come late up to the line. Could be a massive price due to that last poor run.
KITTEN ON THE RUN 1515 NEWBURY – (unplaced) this horse is the unknown quantity in the race. However, he is unbeaten and won at a mile last time at Listed Class and is bred to stay this trip. The trainer is very good with these middle distance horses and I think that he is pitching him in here for his first run reflects against some highly fancied types reflects his thoughts of the horse. Could muller these at a big price.
Lucky 15 Number 3

COMRADE BOND 1345 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) has three 7f successes to his name at Yarmouth. His comeback run there was decent and that could set him up nicely here. He has won at a higer level than this and wasnt far behind last time out.
CARAVAN ROLLS ON 1420 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) this horse won well first time out after a lay off last year and was an unlucky fifth last run. He is on the same mark as that performance and likes it running fresh. Lots of possibilities – one negative – Jamie Spencer!!
SECRETINTHEPARK 1455 NEWMARKET (nb) – (unplaced) this horse is one of mine to follow since winning well last season. I tipped him to win last time at the Guineas meeting and I thought that was impressive. I reckon there is still more to come and the doubters are out talking about others reversing the form. Not me, he has more to offer and his price may get bigger with the doubters!
DUNDONELL 1530 NEWMARKET – (WON 15-8) a class two year old and he put in some good runs. This return to 6f will help and I dont think anything else in this race has the ability to beat him. Simple as.

Naps 39/173 = 22.5%
Wins 159/867 = 18.3%
Placed 230/867 = 25.4%

Win and Placed = 44.8%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£60.33

Summer Holiday in Somerset

I thought I would do a blog to share with you some of the beautiful places we've seen and visited this summer in our first real outing as caravanners.
We stayed for ten days on a really lovely site at Burrowhayes Farm. Just four miles past Minehead and a mile from Porlock. The site is beautiful and has all the amenities you need that are kept immaculatey clean. The staff are extremely helpful and went out of their way to sort a TV aerial for us and help with advice after our carbon monoxide alarm went off twice!! There is a lovely little stream running alongside the site which is fine for paddling in. A horseriding venue is also situated on the farm where children and adults can do a bit of pony trekking. Just up the round is the little hamlet of Horner which has an amazing tea garden there, a definite place to visit if you're in the area! All of this is situated on and around the Holnicote Estate, owned by the National Trust. The photo below I found of the farm is literally where our caravan was positioned.
The reason we decided to come down here was because my dear old gran was born here in a little village called Withycombe, I had visited the area as a child with my gran and thought it would be good to show the girls where their Great Grandma was born. Whilst visiting Withycombe we bumped into the assistant trainer at Philip Hobbs' yard as they were walking some horses through the ford in the village to get them used to it (photo below)
He invited us up to the stables later that afternoon for a tour. Whilst there we met Philip Hobbs himself and a few of his stable stars including Fair Along, Fingal Bay, Snap Tie and about another 50 beautiful horses. The staff and Philip were all incredibly friendly and polite and we all loved the visit!
Whilst driving around the area we went to various places that were simply beautiful. Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon is a must, labelled Little Switzerland. The drive into Lynmouth is amazing as you come down Countisbury Hill this is the view of the coastline and Lynton in the background. Simply breathtaking!
Once in Lynmouth, and after devouring a cream tea, we had a look at the Memorial in the Town Hall telling the tale of the great flood they had in the 1950's. We then ventured up the cliff side railway that connects Lynmouth to Lynton on the hill. Again, awesome views and a really fascinating piece of machinery, that is water powered. If you ever get chance I recommend a journey up, and down the cliff, not for the feint hearted amongst you as you can see below!
We also visited Watermouth Castle which is just a little beyond Lynmouth and was a great day out ( if a little expensive ) for the kids. It's basically a kids theme park with lots of rides and things to do for them. Again, set in beautiful surroundings and close to the lovely bay at Combe Martin.
Be warned though, all these places that we visited had to be accessed by going up the infamous Porlock Hill a 1 in 4 climb, with two hair pin bends to negiotiate too. I always remember as a youngster that when you are heading down the hill there is a sign that tells cyclists that they need to dismount and walk – a sensible piece of advice, trust me!
We also had a visit and another cream tea in the beautiful village of Dunster. You can visit the castle which is owed by the National Trust or just wander around this quaint little place with lots of shops and some great eateries! I can whole heartedly recommend the Ploughmans Lunch in the Victorian tea rooms, simply beautiful. Dunster takes my breath away every time I visit, one of my favourite places in the UK, especially the old Yarn Market.
We ventured on the West Somerset Steam Railway from Minehead to Blue Anchor on our final day. It's such a great journey and really good to see all the engines and carriages so well restored and looked after. All the staff work on a voluntary basis and want to keep this special part of Somerset's history going for all to enjoy. The line was closed by British Rail in the seventies and was left to ruin until it was restored and opened by the same company that runs it now, all the stations on the line are just perfect. You can imagine what a sight it was in the war eras with all the comings and goings of servicemen. This was how my Grandad (from Burnley, Lancashire) first met my gran, then uprooting her to Lancashire.
My little daughter thoroughly enjoyed the beach at Blue Anchor and proceeded to sink in the wet sand and mud when the tide had gone out. Sunk up to her knees and after falling backwards into the mud you can image the screaming and panic that set in to her. Thankfully, just as my wife and I were taking off trainers etc a young teenager who was having fun in the mud came and helped her. Having to wash her as best my wife could in the station toilets and to then travel back wet, with no dry or clean clothes wasn't ideal, but we saw the funny side.
So, would I recommend Somerset, of course I would. We have had a fabulous time and wish we could stay longer. We know though we've got many more exciting holidays ahead in the caravan. This was just our first, our taster, and frankly we love it!