Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

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So after a long break and a nice fortnight of sunshine on my back it's time to get the blog going after after a sabbatical. It's takes quite a while to do this properly and prior to my break I didn't have the motivation for some reason. When I get like that the best thing I always do is have a break from it. I do this for fun and if it stops being fun you just need a break. So lets hope my new found vigour and drive leads to some decent winners. Not a bad day today although the soft ground has carved a few of the cards up, and we have got the Ebor meeting at York next week to look forward to. Sit back, enjoy the racing and hopefully I'll find a winner or two on here; or as was happening previously, my dad certainly will.
PALLASATOR 1435 NEWBURY (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This is going to be a slog today. My selection has proven stamina and they will need bags of at up the Newbury straight today. He ran well in the Goodwood Cup behind Big Orange and has always looked like a horse capable of group success. His 2 length third behind FORGOTTEN RULES at Ascot on Champion Day last year was a decent effort and he is a pound lower than that effort today. The trip is maybe a little short but with the ground being as it is it will play to his strengths and I doubt they will be too quick for him.
WITHERNSEA 1510 NEWBURY (nb) (3rd – 7-2 = £2.18)
Has to get the nod now the ground is soft. He wasn't too far behind. SALATEEN last time on quick ground and the winner did sneak a run on them all. That form is decent as is his second to Arctic Feeling in a class 3 earlier in the year. He must have a big chance. Good old PASTORAL PLAYER went in for me at Glorious Goodwood and had the ground been a bit better he would be carrying some of my money too.
BRETON ROCK 1545 NEWBURY (treble) (3rd – 5-1 = £3.12)
This has always been a decent horse on soft ground and that was never more prominent when he took this last year off the same mark. He's never really got going this year and was given too much to do last time, but he was finishing strongly. On softer ground today than last year he should have a better chance and I hope he shows his true colours. I'm fascinated at how ADAAY will fare, if he copes with the extra distance and the ground he could be a huge price.
ECCLESTON 1530 RIPON (unplaced = – £5.00)
This is a cracking race as always and O'Mears has a brilliant track record and a decent record in the race. At Ripon you're either better on one side of the track or the other, I'm hoping my guys side will have it today. He's progresive horse and is being backed quite a bit. Old Spinatrix could be his danger.
BIG OUTSIDER – this is going to be a new part of the blog where I will select an outsider which I think has a decent chance of winning.
Today's selection is KASTINI 1615 NEWBURY(WON 14-1) he is on a decent and appealing mark and prefers some cut in the ground. He has ran well on soft and heavy ground and has breeding that supports this ground today. Denis Coakley is a trainer I keep my eye on and his booking of Paul Hanagan for this is an eye catcher too.
My Dad's selection are :
BONDS GIRL 1450 NEWMARKET (unplaced = -£5.00)
CAPTAIN BOB 1510 NEWBURY (unplaced = -£5.00)
HERE COMES WHEN 1545 NEWBURY (unplaced = £5.00)
DON'T TOUCH 1530 RIPON (WON 4-1 = £12.50)
Father 3-1 Son
Father £51.51
Son -£50.58

The Coral Eclipse

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Last week was another decent week for the blog with good place money for the nap CHANCERY and third best ROYAL RASCAL. MIDNITE ANGEL won me an absolute packet and some times its important to follow these horses who drop down a grade or two as they usually romp in as she did last week. I’ve got a rather tidy profit of £194.98 to a £2.50 each way stake – hoping to break through the £200 marker today.

There are some cracking races today and personally I think the races at Haydock are more interesting than at Sandown, but its a good day, so lets sit back and enjoy.

PALLASATOR 1530 HAYDOCK (NAP)(2nd – 7-1 = £4.37) this horse will be fine with the ground and looked a strong staying type the season before last. The Prescott yard has just got going and he has thrown a couple of winners in this week so the horses seem to be fine after their setback. Sir Mark knows how to prepare one for these big handicaps and this fella could be another good type. I actually think the drop back in trip will suit him, if they ride him handy and look to kick for home from the turn not many will get past. He has guaranteed stamina and may get a soft lead and go on from there. Or that’s what I hope!

TALENT 1455 HAYDOCK (NB) – (3rd – 7-1 = £4.37) she won the Oaks last year in convincing style and was unlucky in the Leger. It looked like she needed the run in the Coronation Cup and she never really got going, this is a much easier contest and with that run in her, she should improve. She will relish the ground and I’m expecting a dominant run. SULTANINA is my danger, she ran very well when stepped up in class last time to Group 3 and battled well to win over course and distance. Great race this.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1405 SANDOWN (TREBLE) – (2nd – 5-1 = £3.12) I’m a massive fan of this horse and he has run well on both his starts this season, showing the old sparkle is still there. He usually pops up with a win or two each year and after a few defeats in this I think today is his day. The firmer the better for him so I hope any more rain stays away, this old boy has class and at this level he could have too much for his rivals. STEPPER POINT has really returned to form this year and ran a cracker in the Kings Stand and should be thereabouts. STEPS was flying a few runs back and just missed out at Epsom; I think his day has past. EXTORTIONIST has ran two great races recently and could be a big danger to my boy.

TRUE STORY 1550 SANDOWN (unplaced = -£5.00) Kieren Fallon thinks a lot of this horse, and he’s a good judge for me base don what he has sat on! You cannot doubt the horses ability and with question marks over his last two runs I’m willing to give him another go here. The Epsom undulations didn’t really suit last time and if Fallon can start winding him up in this home straight he may get there at the line. This race will come to soon for The Fugue for me and fillies don’t have a great record in this, nor to 3 year olds for that matter!!! If the rain came I’d be willing to put a few shekels on TULIUS who has been running well this year. To be honest I’m loping forward to just watching this, it’s the best renewal of this race we have had for a good few years.

My cliff horse of the season BURANO goes again in the 1440 at Sandown and I have to give him a go.

There will be no blog next week as I’m in Edinburgh on a stag do! Should be fun but messy!

My dad’s selections are :

STEPS 1405 SANDOWN (unplaced – £5.00)

COMPLICATE 1420 HAYDOCK (unplaced -£5.00)

VELOX 1440 SANDOWN (WON – 11-2 = £17.18)



Father 9 – 13 Son


Father +£62.67

Son +£201.84