Ebor Day at York

Not much luck yesterday with the selections, but I did think Kingsgate Native ran well on ground not ideal! I'm writing my blog today sat on a lovely caravan site just outside Matlock. The issue is the bloody weather, yep, it's been throwing it down here all morning and last night too! We had planned a big family BBQ aswell to celebrate my niece doing so well in her GCSE's. Oh well, we can't control the weather and it's seriously affected the horses at York. Below are my selections for today, good luck if you're having a flutter!
HANOVERIAN BARON 1550 YORK (nap) – (unplaced) he was due to run yesterday but sneaks in here off bottom weight. He has been running very well all year and was travelling really well at Haydock before being hampered slightly. Was doing his best work at the end and this step up in trip should suit. The claimer takes another 5lbs off and in the forecast rain-soaked ground it could prove crucial. Each way selection though.
VALBCHEK 1555 NEWMARKET (nb) – (unplaced) ran a cracking race on his belated return and has a fair bit of ability. TAAYEL defeated him that day but I reckon he will ge loads better after the run, big chance.
LANCELOT DU LAC 1630 NEWMARKET (treble) – (WON – 3-1) ran eyecatchingly well last time over 7f and just faded up the hill towards the finish. The drop back to 6f should suit and the rain should help too. Big run expected from me today.

PYTHAGOREAN 1455 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) has been running consistently well and has wins on fast and good ground. The rain I don't think has affected the ground at Goodwood as much and this fella has a good chance at this trip today.

MIDNITE ANGEL 1420 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) another horse running really well and has the ability to go in. She has decent form through her narrow defeat to J Wonder, although it was let down at York earlier. She holds Amazing Maria through that form and should win today.

SIRIUS PROSPECT 1405 YORK – (WON – 5-2) finally got his nose back infront over course and distance in July and never got competitive at Glorious Goodwood from a poor draw. I'm hoping he can bounce back again as he has some serious form from a few years back.

ELIDOR 1440 YORK – (unplaced) I really rate Martin Harley as a jockey, but last time on this horse he got it wrong and never got him in the race. He will stay this trip I have no doubt and the jockey will make up for his last error today and get him competitive earlier on. He was a Royal Ascot winner don't forget and I think he will take this today over an extended distance.

WILSHIRE BOULEVARD 1515 YORK – (2nd – 4-1) won last time out after finding 5f too sharp at Royal Ascot, plus it was on the back of a success just a few days prior and it may have come too soon. He should appreciate the ground today and he looks like an improving horse.


Naps 43/203 = 21.2%
Wins 173/1020 = 17%
Placed 270/1020 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 43.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£68.83

Friday at York

I haven't had much time over the last two days to do a blog. I had a great nap today, if you follow me on twitter you will have seen me nap MONT RAS at 25-1 and then follow that up with this girl above, THE FUGUE at 5-2. Let's hope Friday can be as good!

GLEN'S DIAMOND 1430 YORK (nap) – has a pretty decent record here, and won here in May. He has form on quick ground aswell as soft and with the overnight rain co ing his chances have improved moreso. with little pace on and if they ride him prominent he has the battling qualities and a touch a ability to take this.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1540 YORK (nb) – this fella has been running consistently well all year. The rain affected ground shouldn't be too much of a hinderance, and he has won here previously, including this race. Robert Cowell says he has found the secret to him! I hope he has, but I reckon he has a great each way chance anyway and I think the others will set it up for him.
GABRIAL 1505 YORK (treble) – this one is a quirky horse, but has bags of class on a going day! I still think for him the quicker the ground the better and his best run for me was on firm fround at Haydock. If tomorrow in his mind is a going day then he could run a big race!
Good luck if you're having a flutter!

Naps 43/202 = 21.3%
Wins 173/1017 = 17%
Placed 269/1017 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 43.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£69.83

York – The Ebor

What a week we have had at York. Top class racing and of course the awe-inspiring Frankel proving he is the greatest racehorse ever with a sublime performance in the Juddmonte. The week's success was tainted a little this morning though with the news that NEWFANGLED has lost her life after sustaining a hip injury earlier in the week. She was a potential superstar too.
I have to believe the going at York will be soft today. I live in Sheffield and since last night it has done nothing but rain, some of it very heavy. I'm not having the forecast good ground in the papers.
Here are my selections for today :
MONSHAK 1430 York – (nap) has won well the last twice over 12 and 14f on soft going. Will appreciate the cut, and 10-1 is a great price.
MOTIVADO 1540 York – (nb) Sir Mark Prescott is a handicap rogue and can get his horses on a role in these races. Motivado is 6lb well in and won well last time. My only concern is he has run poorly twice here before.
BEACON LODGE 1400 York – (treble) on his old form he would wipe the floor with these, ran poorly first time out but a chance is taken he will bounce back.
SADDLERS ROCK 1505 York – has gone from strength to strength this year and I can't see any other horse reversing any form. Great chance.
Good luck if you're having a wager!

Day One – York

Here we are again, with the one of the best flat racing festivals to look forward to – culminating on Saturday with The Ebor. Added to the spice this year is the greatest racehorse ever's final run, not to mention numerous high quality races and some memorable pin-sticking handicaps. I love York, such a fantastic course and always packed to the rafters with racegoers, I wish I could be there!
These are my selections for the first day :
DICKIE'S LAD 1400 York – not been running well this season and needs a dramatic return of form. However, York is a course that some horses like and some detest, this lad has finished 5th and 2nd here previously. The ever impressive Graham Lee is on board too. Each way selection.
EBN ARAB 1430 York – won well on debut and the form was franked by Related on Friday who ran well to beat Pythagorean. More to come from this one.
NOBLE MISSION 1505 York – this boy is quickly becoming one of my favourite horses with his gutsy efforts. He has got better and better as the season has progressed. I hope he can out battle Main Sequence, who seemed very unfortunate on his last run in France.
FRANKEL 1540 York – who else, I'm gutted this is the last time we will see this machine run. He's pure poetry in motion, a superstar, a horse of a lifetime and I'm so pleased I have been able to see him. Wonder what his progeny will be like?
DAZINKSKI 1615 York – I have backed him all year so I can't leave him for the race he won last year. He's only one pound higher this time around and I recKon a little rain will have helped his chances. My main worry has to br the classy hurdler COUNTRYWIDE FLAME.
SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD 1650 York – has gone up 6lbs for his last win. I think there is a lot more to come from this horse and the rise may not stop him. A competitve handicap with DANADANA high up on the list and one of my follow horses FORK HANDLES too. Great race.
Here's to a cracking day and a great festival! Enjoy!