Royal Ascot Day One

I start the blog today with news that the horse I have a tiny share in won on his second race course start yesterday. SAKHEE'S RETURN won at a massive 20-1! Lets hope there is a lot more of those for the boy, this time next year he could be at Ascot!!!
 
Right, time to doff the hat, get the champers out and regail in our land – the royal meeting has arrived. A cracking spectacle of quality horses! I cant wait to watch this week and seeing what stories are made. Below are my day one selections – good luck to all.
 
QUEEN ANNE STAKES 1430

Toronado will be all the rage and rightly so with his form from last year, but 300 days off could leave him wanting and odds-on won't do it for me. I'm opting for SOFT FALLING RAIN (nb) who has always looked a class horse, the ground continuing to dry out will help his chances further and I think he'll run a huge race.
 
COVENTRY STAKES 1505

A Paul Hanagan/Al Maktoum double for me. ADAAY was very impressive when winning both starts at Newbury and Yarmouth. There will be more to come from this one and I think he can take this. Mr O'Brien has a decent record in this and War Envoy will be primed for a better run this time.
 
KINGS STAND STAKES 1545

SHEA SHEA (treble) deserves to win a race like this. He so nearly did last year before SOLE POWER wore him down on the line. I hope my boy will hold on this time with Soumillon in the saddle. HOT STREAK could run a cracker but will probably get Spencer'd and I'm fascinated to see how ES QUE LOVE runs over five!
 
ST JAMES' PALACE STAKES 1625

I backed KINGMAN in the Guineas and he just failed, he won the Irish equivalent easy and I think he will put NIGHT OF THUNDER in his place in this race. Nothing else to say – go champ!
 
ASCOT STAKES 1700

I'm not a big fan of these staying races other than the Gold Cup. Nicky Henderson always has to be feared in these, but I really don't fancy any of his. SIZZLER ran a few crackers last year and could be there at the end but I'm opting for VILLA ROYALE who ran so well last time at York and with the stable in form, could run a big race.
 
WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES 1735

This is a cracking end to the day. I really fancy MIDTERM BREAK (NAP) I watched him run at Ripon first time out and he looked a smart horse. He has since improved further and is proving to be a decent prospect. This is another big step up but one I think he can take. MERDON CASTLE could be the danger with form through KOOL KOMPANY.
 
GOOD LUCK ON DAY ONE EVERYBODY!
 
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Brigadier Gerard and Sandown

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I thought I would do a little mid week blog for a few I fancy at Haydock and Sandown. The Sandown meeting is always a good one with the annual running of the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. The bloody weather is playing havoc with the horses and the going at the moment. Lets hope the next week is dry ready for the Derby.

BONNIE GREY 1840 SANDOWN (NAP) – this is a cracking race! My selection was very impressive at Warwick in testing conditions. She hardly even broke sweat and the jockey never had to move a muscle, she could be very smart and this race will certainly be an indicator of that. Cock of the North ran very well in the Brocklesby and a repeat of that would see him go close. Via Via caught the eye when going away at Ripon and the form of ROUDEE was franked by MIDTERM BREAK on Saturday. An intriguing race!

BROWN PANTHER 1915 SANDOWN (NB) – I love this horse, he has got better and better over the last few years and he could be a high class Cup horse to follow. I think he will have too much for these today and his defeat of HILLSTAR at Chester was a good one. This trip will suit him and I think he’ll take this quite easily. I’m intrigued to see how MENORAH gets on!!!!

ANDERIEGO 1550 HAYDOCK (TREBLE) – this horse hasn’t won for a while now but he is on a very appealing mark. He has some form on soft ground and I just think there were signs of some sort of a revival the first run out this season and this softer ground may eek something out of him. If he puts his best foot forward this is a winning mark for him for sure!

RACE TO GLORY 1420 HAYDOCK – has run reasonably well in a couple a maiden races over 1m2f and this step up in trip should help and I think the ground will suit him more too. This trip takes some getting here especially on soft ground and I’m hopeful of a solid run.

Haydock and The Temple of Doom

Here we go again with a monster scoop 6! Lets hope it goes today, and I hope it goes to a £2 line or a small syndicate of 'normal' people and not the rich guys who have put thousands on to bet. Not had chance to do a Saturday blog for a while. My selections are below and I've got my daughter to select a scoop 6 too!
 
POWERFUL PRESENCE 1525 CATTERICK (nap) – (2nd – 12-1 = £7.50) this horse ran well at Ripon. On his first start and I fully expected him to win next time out but he disappointed. He returns here in a lower class race and his record is impressive here 1211.
 
BIG BREAK 1555 CURRAGH (nb) – (unplaced = -£5.00) she has a few decent runs on softer ground and the stable are in good fettle at the moment. She could be a horse to follow this year and I'm hopeful of a big run!
 
MIDTERM BREAK 1540 BEVERLEY (treble) – (WON – 11-4 = £8.59) followed up a good second to ROUDEE at Roipon with a good win at Southwell. Comes here in good form and really fancy his chances
 
SHORE STEP 1405 HAYDOCK – (2nd – 12-1 = £7.50) I always try to find a decent priced handicap horse and I think I've found it for today. This horse has won on better ground than this but also has run on good ground. Im hopeful the softer ground won't be an issue. He ran CAPO ROSSO close last year at Warwick and then followed that up with a success. CAPO ROSSO won again last weekend and this horse could have more in the tank!
 
My daughter's scoop6!
Leg 1 – BEAR BEHIND WON!
Leg 2 – SHOWBOATING
Leg 3 – LADY FRANCES
Leg 4 – MARCH
Leg 5 – SOLAR SPIRIT
Leg 6 – RED STARGAZER
 
Here are my Dad's selections
GO FAR 1405 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)
HOT STREAK 1440 HAYDOCK (WON 9-4 = £7.03)
JOYEUSE 1510 HAYDOCK (WON 3-1 = £9.37)
FIRST FLIGHT 1545 HAYDOCK (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
Current standings : FATHER 7-10 SON
PROFIT – SON = £141.26 FATHER £68.81
 

Ripon Raceday

As part of my week away in the caravan we're off to Ripon Races today! I've. Not been to the course before but I know its a lovely little course. I've picked my selections below and I also fancy a couple at Cheltenham too.
 
MIDTERM BREAK 1355 RIPON (2nd – 11-2)
POWERFUL PRESENCE 1430 RIPON (3rd – 25-1)
ADAM'S ALE 1505 RIPON (treble) (3rd – 5-1)
MAVEN 1540 RIPON (nb) (2nd – 9-2)
CHAMPAGNE SYDNEY 1615 RIPON (unplaced)
MON BRAV 1650 RIPON (nap) (unplaced)
MENDELITA 1725 (unplaced)
INJAZ 1755 RIPON (unplaced)

The ones I like at Cheltenham are :
 
THE PIRATES QUEEN 1405 (3rd 9-4)
POLLY PEACHUM 1515 (WON 9-1)
MON PARRAIN 1550 (WON 14-1)
 
And finally FENCING 1640 NEWMARKET (3rd – 7-2)