QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS

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I can't believe how quickly the first classic has come upon us! The flat season really does start proper with the guineas weekend and then Chester and York coming up pretty quickly afterwards!this is why I love the flat at this time of year – its quality racing after quality racing. I'm resetting my competition with my dad today – in the NH season he beat me in terms of winning weeks but I had more profit than him. Honours even? Sit back and enjoy the racing today – I hope I've found a couple of big priced handicappers amongst an old favourite!
 
Here are my selections :
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE 1430 NEWMARKET (nap) (3rd – 8-1 = £5.00)
Old Father time is catching up with this guy but he remains a huge favourite of mine. He always runs a solid race and still has a touch of class. He runs off the same mark of OR107 as his last run and win and he has come second in this race for the last two years behind SOLE POWER. Two years ago off this mark too. There is nothing of SOLE POWER'S ability against him today and my guy will love the fast ground and he has a great record first time out with runs of 1,2,2,2.

DEEDS NOT WORDS 1525 GOODWOOD (nb) (unplacec = -£5.00)
A decent performer at best but he has dropped down to a handy mark and back to his last winning mark of OR88. He will appreciate the ground and the stablehave sent out an odd winner or two. He could surprise a few of these and run a big race at a big price
 
HIGHLAND COLORI 1450 GOODWOOD (treble) (3rd – 14-1 = £8.75)
I put this fella up on the blog a few weeks ago and despite being nicely positioned he faded at the end. He is still on avery appealing mark and the drop back to 7f will suit. I'm going to give him another go today, he has been far better than his mark suggests and I'm hoping for a revival. PASTORAL PLAYER is a horse I jumped off a cliff with but has been on a long losing run and I can't select him today but he is also on a hell of a mark.
 
CELESTIAL PATH 1545 NEWMARKET (unplaced = -£5.00)
I backed this horse when he won first time out at York last year and then he followed it up cosily in a Listed race at Haydock. He really does have a touch of class and will love this quicker ground. He has to improve on his Racing Post Trophy third but he hated the ground thst day and stillfinished third behind ELM PARK. Sir Mark Prescott knows how to get a handicapper ready but he hasn't had a 2000 Guineas runner ever! He wouldn't run himif he didnt think he was good enough thoughand I think he has a brilliant each way chance. I also think IVAWOOD could win this, he was class last season and despite an under par performance last time the run will have done him a world of good. He still has all the ability and will run a big race.
 
My Dad's selections are :
LUSTROUS 1415 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
ONLINE ALEXANDER 1430 NEWMARKET (unplaced = -£5.00)
IVAWOOD 1545 NEWMARKET (3rd 10-1 = £6.25)
RED REFRACTION 1450 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
Standings
Father 0-1 Son
Profit
Father -£8.75
Son £3.75
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The Flat Finale

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The blog returns after a couple of weeks off due to my busy schedule! My dad has put in a real late burst over the past couple of weeks and he tipped up both INTEGRAL (7-2) and INTRANSIGENT (16-1) – his second big priced winner in a row. Its narrowed the weekly competition to 14-15 as we head into this final week.Profit stands at £170.12 to me compared to £125.06 to him. Another big winner or two will see him possibly win but with the returns of the jumps I’m confident of holding on today! We will start the competent form scratch again next week for the jumps season. We’re both NH lovers so hopefully the blog will produce some good winners for everyone over the winter months! The flat season is brought to a close today with the Racing Post Trophy being the highlight, it’s been another cracker with some real standout performances. My horse of the summer has to be TAGROODHA though, awesome filly!

Enjoy the racing today and hopefully we’ll give you winner or two again on the blog!

CELESTIAL PATH 1550 DONCASTER (NAP) (3rd – 6-1 = £3.75) I have backed this fella on both his runs this year and was wondering where Sir Mark would send him next. It’s unusual to see the Prescott yard send out a horse in a race like this, but hen they do you have to sit up and take notice. Think of CONFIDENTIAL LADY, HOORAY, ALBORADA. This guy has looked a smart proposition and is well bred, running green on both starts but still having the class to see it out in the closing stages.The ground is a bit unknown but his breeding (FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND/HAWKWING) indicates it shouldn’t be a problem. I really excited about this horse, particularly next season as a 3 year old. A big race run I reckon today!

ELUSIVITY 1515 DONCASTER (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) I’ve settled for this guy over another two who have recent form but I think their mark will catch them out; those being DUNGANNON and KICKBOXER. I’ve opted for this selection as the ground being truly soft brings his past form more into play and he is now running off a very appealing mark, albs lower than this time last year. He has a high draw, a feather weight and the ground well in his favour. 20-1 as I write this could be a silly price, a great each way chance in my opinion.

ROLLING ACES 1500 AINTREE (TREBLE) – (3rd 8-1 = £5.00) The Nicholls’ string have generally needed a run, but this fella is a class horse and I’m expecting big things from him this season. His second to BOSTON BOB over course and distance join April was a cracking run and with the ground being decent it will allow him to show his true colours. He does have a high mark but I think he will go on to better things this year after this, and will a solid round of jumping he must have a great chance.

THE PIRATES QUEEN 1535 CHEPSTOW – (3rd 7-2 = £2.18) this mare is waiting for her first hurdles win. She has ran well in a few races last year, particularly with a bit of cut in the ground. She was put in her place by As I Am when going off favourite at Cheltenham last time out but the ground wasn’t soft enough that day. Today she has a nice weight allowance and the excellent O’Regan on board. I think she will be really competitive.

My Dad’s selections are :

GLORIOUS PROTECTOR 1420 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)

EMERAHLDZ 1440 DONCASTER (unplaced = -£5.00)

UXIZANDRE 1500 AINTREE (unplaced = -£5.00)

DUNGANNON 1515 DONCASTER (WON 13-2 = £20.58)

Standings

Father 14-16 Son

Profit

Son £176.05

Father £130.64

Haydock Sprint Day

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First week back at my job after a six week break and it feels as if we’ve never been away! Meanwhile the Scoop 6 cranks up to another level and has us all dreaming of being millionaires. Of course the races chosen give us all practically no chance! We can live the dream though. My selections are :

Race One – Day of Conquest (10)

Race Two – Valbchek (2)

Race Three – Buckstay (7)

Race Four – Big Thunder (6)

Race Five – Agent Murphy (2)

Race Six – Es Que Love (4)

Horses from history Part 2


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Inglis Drever Bay gelding

Owner Graham Wylie

Trainer Howard Johnson

Runs 35 – Wins 17, seconds 8, thirds 3

Earnings – £796,952

Major wins

Champion hurdle Trial 2005

Kingwell Hurdle 2005

John Smith’s Hurdle 2005

Long Distance Hurdle 2005,2006,2007

Cleeve Hurdle 2008

What a superstar of a hurdler this boy was. He was the first horse to lower the colours of the mighty BARACOUDA at Cheltenham, going on to win three World Hurdles (then Long Distance Hurdle) before BIG BUCKS came on the scene. He took staying hurdling to another level. He always had a characteristic flat spot in a race and then came into the race over the last flight and kicked on. Was a wonderful horse and I would have loved to have seen him race against BIG BUCKS. One of my favourite hurdlers of my generation.

On to todays selections, after a poor few weeks my dad has crept back up the leaderboard for number of wins but I’ve still got the profit well above. Lets hope there are a few winners today! A great race day with something like 45 races on offer, sit back and enjoy as we head towards the Leger next week.

BIG THUNDER 1515 HAYDOCK (NAP) – (NR) full steam ahead on Big Thunder Mountain – yeeeehaaaa! This guy was very progressive last year beating the likes of SALUTATION and GLENARD before fluffing his lines a little this season. I don’t think connections have got the trip right this year and the interesting factor here is the drop back in trip for me. 14furlongs is about right for him in my opinion and he is 2 from 3 at Haydock, including over this distance. He has also won on genuine good ground and the Prescott yard have had two winners in two days from these middle distance sorts. Massive chance!

CELESTIAL PATH 1700 HAYDOCK (NB) – (WON 11-8 = £4.29) another Prescott selection but one I’ve been waiting for. He won very well first time out at York at 16-1 and the form of the race has been franked with the 2nd, 4th and 6th in the race all winning. The yard have been patent with him and have waited for the right race with right conditions, the step up to a mile shouldn’t be a problem. He’s entered in the Racing Post Trophy and the Derby, could be a really nice horse!

ES QUE LOVE 1550 HAYDOCK (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) what a cracking race this is, firstly I cannot see SOLE POWER winning this race. His record over 6f is 0 wins! My guy has more miles on the clock than a Being 747, the Johnston yard had him out practically ever week last year. However, his move to the Cox yard has brought out real improvement and his last two runs have been really eye catching. If he is ridden up near the pace I really think he has the taking of this!

AGENT MURPHY 1530 ASCOT – (3rd – 12-1 = £7.50) has been impressive to watch this year and has been raised another albs in the ratings for his second to Redkirk last time. I think he is a smart horse and despite a few question marks about his stamina on the breeding, I’m intrigued to see how he does. If he stays he has a hell of a chance!

My Dad’s selections are :

DON’T CALL ME 1355 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

HASSLE 1515 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)

GWAFA 1530 ASCOT (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00)

HOT STREAK 1550 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

Father 11-15 Son

Profit

Father £22.57

Son £197.68