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What a day of racing today! Here are my selections at Ascot and Cheltenham. Enjoy the racing and good luck.
 
ASCOT
 
ESTIMATE 1345 (unplaced)
MAAREK 1420 (unplaced)
DALKALA 1455 (unplaced)
DAWN APPROACH 1530 (treble) (unplaced)
CIRRUS DES AIGLES 1605 (2nd – 6-4)
REGAL PARADE (nap) 1645

CHELTENHAM
 
HOLD ON JULIO 1400 (PU)
WOOLCOMBE FOLLY 1435 (unplaced)
SAMTEGAL 1510 (WON 7-4)
BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE 1545 (nb) (unplaced)
MICKIE 1625 (unplaced)
DARK LOVER 1700
MY WIGWAM OR YOURS 1730

CATTERICK
 
CONFESSIONAL 1540 (unplaced)
GREEN PARK 1615 (unplaced)
 
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/210 = 20.4%
Wins 175/1064 = 16.4%
Placed 278/1064 = 26.1%

Win and Placed = 42.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.83
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Champions Day

It's almost upon us everyone! British Champions Day!
 
This time next week will see the cream of British and Irish thoroughbreds batlting it out to be crowned a true champion. What an idea this was to bring all these top races and horses together to bring down the curtain on the British Flat season.
 
Without a shadow of a doubt the race we all are anticipating to be a classic is the re-match between DAWN APPROACH and TORONADO. We have been treated to highly entertaining battles between these two equine superstars.
 
Next Saturday without a doubt is the decider. These superstars began their epic duel way back in May in the 2000 Guineas. That day Dawn Approach slammed all his rivals and looked head and shoulders above TORONADO. We then had the intereting decision to run DAWN APPROACH in the Derby, the less said about that the better!
 
Then we had the epic tussle in the St James' Palace Stakes when it looked like TORONADO had finally shown his true quality and he would surely go past DAWN APPROACH towards the line. What we didn't come prepared for was the huge heart the Godolphin colt showed that day to hold of his fierce rival and win by a short head. DAWN APPROACH 2 TORONADO 0

Step forward the DUEL ON THE DOWNS with both colts re-opposing in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Should Dawn Approach win it would have cemented him as top dog in this tussle, but TORONADO was having none of it. A superbly timed run by Hughes delivered him at the optimum moment and revenge was taken. DAWN APPROACH 2 TORONADO 1

So, to next week, the decider, the re-match, winner takes all race. Who will take the prize? Who will be crowned Champion colt?
 
Who knows? One thing for sure is I can't wait and as the anticipation builds over the coming week so will the pressure. Will anyone crack? Let's see. You can be there remember but Tickets for British Champions Day are selling fast. Make sure you don’t miss out! Get them here now.”
 
 
 

Glorious Goodwood Day 2

Well Day 1 didnt set the world alight for me with only LABARINTO (12-1) getting a place. Was gutted my nap AUSSIE REIGNS was a non-runner as I thought he had a great chance. Never mind, I live to fight another day and what a cracking day it is. Some trappy looking handicaps and of course the rematch in the Sussex Stakes, combined with a cole of decent group races. If you're having a bet, good luck!
 
JOHNNY CASTLE 1725 GOODWOOD (nap) – this fella has dropped back to a reasonable mark, only a pound higher than when he defeated SIRIUS PROSPECT on good to soft ground over this distance a couple of years ago. He has got a great draw and Amanda Perrett normally has a winner or two at the meeting. He ticks the boxes with his mark, distance and ground. Damn good chance to recapture old form. I'm also having an each way squeak on MR DAVID in this race, he is another one whose mark has reduced and he could have a good each way sniff with a trainer/jockey combo that have a great strike rate.
 
TORONADO 1505 GOODWOOD (nb) – I'm not going to desert this boy now. He may well have pipped DAWN APPROACH without interference last time, but who knows. Today he has the ground in his favour, a bit more cut will suit him perfectly and he will finally defeat his nemesis. Aiden O'Brien's horse is the danger I reckon back over a mile with some pretty top class form in his book.
 
ITALIAN RIVIERA 1355 GOODWOOD (treble) – this horse has been progressing nicely up until a narrow defeat last time when I think the jockey lost his whip or irons. Sir Mark Prescott is on form at the moment and this horse has followed a similar path to a previous winner of this race for him, KEY TIME, he won this off 81 a few years ago and my selection, off 80, should relish the extra distance.
 
EXCESS KNOWLEDGE 1430 GOODWOOD – he simply has the best form on the book, particularly when third behind JUST THE JUDGE last season at Newbury. His belated appearance behind MANDOUR was a good run and the ground will help today and his pedigree suggests this trip should suit too.
 
PARBOLD 1540 GOODWOOD – he won on soft on his debut at York and then was defeated by WAR COMMANDER in the Coventry. The step up to 7f should suit and despite Richard Fahey having a poor record with 2y olds in Group races I still see him as the best horse today.
 
SAUCY MINX 1650 GOODWOOD – is two from two at the track. This is a massive stat as I think this course takes some getting used to. He then ran second over a mle last time out and this extra furlong should bring out more improvement. The first part of an Amanda Perrett double!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/194 = 21.6%
Wins 169/970 = 17.4%
Placed 256/970 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£53.83

Glorious Goodwood Day 2

Well Day 1 didnt set the world alight for me with only LABARINTO (12-1) getting a place. Was gutted my nap AUSSIE REIGNS was a non-runner as I thought he had a great chance. Never mind, I live to fight another day and what a cracking day it is. Some trappy looking handicaps and of course the rematch in the Sussex Stakes, combined with a couple of decent group races. If you're having a bet, good luck!
 
JOHNNY CASTLE 1725 GOODWOOD (nap) – (unplaced) this fella has dropped back to a reasonable mark, only a pound higher than when he defeated SIRIUS PROSPECT on good to soft ground over this distance a couple of years ago. He has got a great draw and Amanda Perrett normally has a winner or two at the meeting. He ticks the boxes with his mark, distance and ground. Damn good chance to recapture old form. I'm also having an each way squeak on MR DAVID in this race, he is another one whose mark has reduced and he could have a good each way sniff with a trainer/jockey combo that have a great strike rate.
 
TORONADO 1505 GOODWOOD (nb) – (WON – 11-4) I'm not going to desert this boy now. He may well have pipped DAWN APPROACH without interference last time, but who knows. Today he has the ground in his favour, a bit more cut will suit him perfectly and he will finally defeat his nemesis. Aiden O'Brien's horse is the danger I reckon back over a mile with some pretty top class form in his book.
 
ITALIAN RIVIERA 1355 GOODWOOD (treble) – (unplaced) this horse has been progressing nicely up until a narrow defeat last time when I think the jockey lost his whip or irons. Sir Mark Prescott is on form at the moment and this horse has followed a similar path to a previous winner of this race for him, KEY TIME, he won this off 81 a few years ago and my selection, off 80, should relish the extra distance.
 
EXCESS KNOWLEDGE 1430 GOODWOOD – (2nd – 7-4) he simply has the best form on the book, particularly when third behind JUST THE JUDGE last season at Newbury. His belated appearance behind MANDOUR was a good run and the ground will help today and his pedigree suggests this trip should suit too.
 
PARBOLD 1540 GOODWOOD – (3rd – 11-4) he won on soft on his debut at York and then was defeated by WAR COMMANDER in the Coventry. The step up to 7f should suit and despite Richard Fahey having a poor record with 2y olds in Group races I still see him as the best horse today.
 
SAUCY MINX 1650 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) is two from two at the track. This is a massive stat as I think this course takes some getting used to. He then ran second over a mile last time out and this extra furlong should bring out more improvement. The first part of an Amanda Perrett double!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/194 = 21.6%
Wins 169/970 = 17.4%
Placed 256/970 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£53.83