Goodwood – Stewards Cup Day

Two winners on the blog yesterday with the super smart J WONDER winning at 7-1 and PETHERS MOON AT 11-10. The final day brings us the Group One Nassau Stakes and the Stewards Cup. This will be my last blog for a while as I'm off on my holidays tomorrow, a week stay over in Dorchester in the caravan, then onwards over la manche to France and Brittany for a few weeks. The first time we've taken the van abroad, exciting times ahead! Yet the French can wait, on to the important matter of horses and winning some holiday coin off the old foe. Here are my selections :
 
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD (nap) – (unplaced = -£5.00) William Haggas was on fire last week, everything he saddled seem to go in. None were more impresssive than this fella who trounced the field in the Skybet Dash at York. I really fancied GOLDREAM that day and this one was the only one to beat it. He's officially 2 lbs well in under his penalty and that must be a tip in itself after last week. Should run a huge race.
 
CONFESSIONAL 1405 GOODWOOD (nb) – (unplaced = -£5.00) is just starting to hit some form again after a dry period. Interestingly he has a very good record at the track and was second in this three years ago and came fourth in a Group 2 here also. His last run behind KIMBERELLA is pretty decent form and his mark remains unchanged, he is currently 2 lbs below his last winning mark and is overdue. Today could be his day in a race that will suit his style.
 
TWEETY PIE 1810 DONCASTER (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this horse is a blog favourite after winning at 66-1 to one for me last year and he has been running well of late. His second last week at York let me down for a big payout but this step back up in trip and his current form are big pluses, the trainer is starting to find a bit of form too.
 
JAMBOREE GIRL 1740 DONCASTER – (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00) the ground is key to this horse and he ran really well when second at Haydock behind HANNAH'S TURN. He has been dropped a pound in the ratings since a poor run behind WAR SPIRIT at Haydock, however the ground was soft that day. With quicker ground today he should hopefully run a better race and I'm hopeful he will win!
 
My Dad's selections are :
TATLISU 1405 GOODWOOD (3rd – 11-2 = £3.43)
ENLACE 1455 NEWMARKET (2nd – 13-8 = £1.01)
OASIS FANTASY 1440 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
STANDINGS
FATHER 10 – 14 SON
 
FATHER = +£37.11
SON = +£200.27
 
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2013 – The Bandit’s review

I figured as it was the last day of the year that I should look back on my blogging exploits of 2013. Firstly can I say a huge thank you for all you guys and gals that take time to read my blog every week. I really enjoy sharing my views on a sport we all love and I've really enjoyed interacting with some of you over Twitter this past year. I've been able to join #Teamchoochoo and get a share in a race horse! Cheers @ianmallard. I've also had over 11,000 views of the blog this year – awesome stuff. Another big thank you to those of you who RT the blog on Twitter.
 
So here are my blogging highlights this past year!
 
HOLYWELL

I tracked this horse all last season and knew it had a big race in it! I mentioned it as one of my strongest bets at Cheltenham of the week here. He only went and obliged at 25-1 – I napped him that day and it was great to get some responses on twitter from people who had read my piece and thought they would have a go too. Cheltenham was quite a good festival for the blog as I also had BACK IN FOCUS, LORD WINDERMERE, CHAMPAGNE FEVER, HURRICANE FLY, AT FISHERS CROSS AND BOBS WORTH that won for me. Took some money off the bookies that week.
 
OPENING BATSMAN

I napped this fella on the blog just before Cheltenham when he beat Rolling Aces at Kempton. Was great to as thr race panned out just like I thought and I also had a top treble that day with my nb IRISH SAINT and my treble horse GRANDIOSO also landing. Read the blog here
 
PACHA DU POLDER

My form was pretty hot in and around this time and I napped this horse at Newbury. It was always rated highly by Paul Nicholls but never seemed to get his ground. It did this day at romped in at 18-1. Another huge winning nap! Read the blog here
 
TIDAL BAY

I have mention this old boy! He's my favourite horse in training and what a year it has been for him, his Lexus techincally came in 2012 but what a turnaround Paul Nicholls has made with this horse! It makes you wonder what he could have achieved had he been there all his career and how poor Howard Johnson really was! His performance in the Hennessey giving Bob's Worth 6lbs and only just being beaten was ace and also what a brave fight he gave in the Welsh National just last week. He for me is already a National Hunt legend!
 
That was the end of the jumps season really except for the Aintree festival, this always seems to elude me and I never quite get the winners there! I'm still waiting for a National winner too – getting a bit like AP did before his success – just cant seem to pick the winner! Tidal Bay this year? Who knows!
 
I'm not as good on the flat with my selections as I seem to be over the jumps and to be fair I love the jumps more! The flat season revolved around these blog highlights for me
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE

An old favourite of mine and I put him up on the blog to win the Temple Stakes at Haydock and he obliged at 14-1 that day.
 
DECLAN CARROLL

Now Mr Carroll is a northern trainer I've followed for a few years and he is good to watch around York, Catterick and Beverley. Particularly with sprinters on their first or second run. Last year he sent out LASTCHANCELUCAS to win at 100-1 at York. This year I selected TWEETY PIE of his on the blog and it romped in at 66-1! Keep your eye on him, he sends a few big priced winners out every year. Read the Tweet Pie blog here
 
We of course cant forget the passing of one of the greatest horsemen of all time in Sir Henry Cecil. What a man he was – a privelege to have seen him train. We were also treated the the likes of TORONADO, DAWN APPROACH, DANK, and of course the blistering display from TREVE in the Arc.
 
It's been quite a year and I've loved every minute of it, I look forward to blogging more this year and maybe sharing a few more winners with you.
 

Saturday selections

Today's blog sadly is being written back at home rather than on holiday in my caravan in lovely Cornwall. However after a pretty abysmal Glorious Goodwood I am hoping I have a turn around in form. I have been pretty poor recently on the winners front, but you have good days and bad! Today see's the pointless competition that is the Shergar Cup, a tipping minefield as the focus seems to be on the jockey's rather than the horses! I normally avoid it like the plague but have risked one selection there today. If you're having a bet today, good luck and rememeber to bet within your means.
 
GLENARD 1705 HAYDOCK (nap) – there has been a hell of a lot to like about the recent performances of this horse and I think today is the day he wins. He is 5lbs better off with his latest conqueror BIG THUNDER for that defeat and with Haydock being a tough place to go and make all I reckon my boy can reverse the form today.
 
HOLY ANGEL 1630 HAYDOCK (nb) – he has twice gone close at this trip recently and all his best runs have been over 6f. He last two runs need to be ignored for me as 5f was too quick. The return to 6f and the booking of Robert Winston for the ride warrant respect
 
CONDUCT 1500 NEWMARKET (treble) – is a talented horse but seems very fragile in nature. However, has a good record fresh and on good ground. Worth taking a chance on him to beat these today.
 
TWEETY PIE 1600 HAYDOCK – won a 5f Beverley race at 50-1 for the blog a few weeks ago and has since ran well over 6f when runner up at Thirsk. He was just caught in the final furlong that day and this return to 5f should help on this quick track, raised 2lbs for that second at Thirsk, he has a big chance today.
 
BUSHEL 1440 ASCOT – ths one comes with the Shergar Cup warning! However, a good win at Ripon on his handicap debut on Tuesday cannot be dismissed and despite a penalty he is open to further improvement.
 
EDUCATE 1420 HAYDOCK – my original pick for this race TRES CORONAS is a non runner. So I'm opting for Ismail Mohammed's horse who has been very unlucky in his last few runs and as early season runs showed, he is a capable horse. Today, it could all fall right and he has a. Added bonus of Jonny Murtagh on board!
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1535 NEWMARKET – last week's run behind J Wonder here at Newmarket was a cracker and it showed some of the class I saw in when she was just pipped at Warwick earlier this year. I thought she looked at least a Listed class filly that day and she is entitled to a crack at Group level. The step up should suit amd Frankie will know her better after last week!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/198 = 21.2%
Wins 172/994 = 17.3%
Placed 261/994 = 26.3%

Win and Placed = 43.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£50.83

Saturday selections

Today's blog sadly is being written back at home rather than on holiday in my caravan in lovely Cornwall. However after a pretty abysmal Glorious Goodwood I am hoping I have a turn around in form. I have been pretty poor recently on the winners front, but you have good days and bad! Today see's the pointless competition that is the Shergar Cup, a tipping minefield as the focus seems to be on the jockey's rather than the horses! I normally avoid it like the plague but have risked one selection there today. If you're having a bet today, good luck and rememeber to bet within your means.
 
GLENARD 1705 HAYDOCK (nap) – (WON – 11-1) there has been a hell of a lot to like about the recent performances of this horse and I think today is the day he wins. He is 5lbs better off with his latest conqueror BIG THUNDER for that defeat and with Haydock being a tough place to go and make all I reckon my boy can reverse the form today.
 
HOLY ANGEL 1630 HAYDOCK (nb) – (3rd – 10-1) he has twice gone close at this trip recently and all his best runs have been over 6f. He last two runs need to be ignored for me as 5f was too quick. The return to 6f and the booking of Robert Winston for the ride warrant respect
 
CONDUCT 1500 NEWMARKET (treble) – (unplaced) is a talented horse but seems very fragile in nature. However, has a good record fresh and on good ground. Worth taking a chance on him to beat these today.
 
TWEETY PIE 1600 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) won a 5f Beverley race at 50-1 for the blog a few weeks ago and has since ran well over 6f when runner up at Thirsk. He was just caught in the final furlong that day and this return to 5f should help on this quick track, raised 2lbs for that second at Thirsk, he has a big chance today.
 
BUSHEL 1440 ASCOT – (2nd – 17-2) this one comes with the Shergar Cup warning! However, a good win at Ripon on his handicap debut on Tuesday cannot be dismissed and despite a penalty he is open to further improvement.
 
EDUCATE 1420 HAYDOCK – (3rd – 8-1) my original pick for this race TRES CORONAS is a non runner. So I'm opting for Ismail Mohammed's horse who has been very unlucky in his last few runs and as early season runs showed, he is a capable horse. Today, it could all fall right and he has a. Added bonus of Jonny Murtagh on board!
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1535 NEWMARKET – (2nd – 3-1) last week's run behind J Wonder here at Newmarket was a cracker and it showed some of the class I saw in when she was just pipped at Warwick earlier this year. I thought she looked at least a Listed class filly that day and she is entitled to a crack at Group level. The step up should suit amd Frankie will know her better after last week!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/199 = 21.6%
Wins 173/1001 = 17.3%
Placed 265/1001 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 43.8%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£54.83

Scorchio Saturday Tips

What a scorching day it is again today and blue skies dominate the scene here in sunny Sheffield. Terribly sad news this week came from the sport we love and lets hope Brian Toomey pulls through and makes a full recovery. Puts it into perspective what jockeys go through to bring us this sport we love. Thoughts with his family and friends.
 
On to today's races. One of the most competitive Eclipses for a while with not much seperating most of the field on ratings. Here are my selections today plus my Bandit's treble as normal.
 
CAPO ROSSO 1640 HAYDOCK (nap) – (unplaced) this horse won impressively at Warwick on quicker ground in early May and then ran well in defeat here at Haydock after that. The Brittania was too far and too competitive and this return to 7f on quick ground will play to his strengths from the front. He's dropped a pound from that and is only a pound higher than when being beat here by SO BELOVED.
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE 1405 SANDOWN (nb) – (2nd – 17-2) ran his no show race last time at the Royal meeting and this drop in grade and quicker ground will help him. He was running in great form prior to Ascot and a reproduction of that will see him take this. The quicker the ground the better for him!
 
THE FUGUE 1550 SANDOWN (treble) – (unplaced) I thought she ran a decent race at Ascot and it will have brought her on leaps and bounds. The girls don't have a great record in this but I think she will take this. She will love the ground and will be a lot closer come the furlong pole and she can storm past them.
 
WOODLAND ARIA 1515 SANDOWN – (unplaced) she was impressive first time out and looks a filly to watch. The mile is her optimum trip and I fancy her beat NARGYS here, my only worry is the ground may be too quick for her.
 
As well as these four I'm going with the following four in an each way Lucky 15.
 
BANOFFEE 1455 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) won very well at Chester and then was supplemented for the Oaks where the track and more importantly the ground beat her. On a faster surface here she should show her true form.
 
ES QUE LOVE 1440 SANDOWN – (2nd – 16-1) here I go again with my cliff horse! However, he has run really well of late and this mile wihich will be run quickly should suit and 25-1 on his Royal Ascot form is huge in my opinion.
 
HANOVERIAN BARON 1530 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) another horse who was in top form before Ascot and he never got close there. Prior to that his run at York when just pipped by SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD is decent form. The ground should suit and he now has an extra five pounds in hand with OPINION and that doesn't take into account his riders claim. Could run a huge race at a big price.
 
TWEETIE PIE 1505 BEVERLEY – (WON – 50-1) wasn't that impressive on debut but I follow Declan Carroll alot and he can get a horse flying on these courses in Yorkshire and this one with a run under its belt should improve, again a massive price in my opinion.
 
If you're having a flutter today, good luck and remember to bet within your means. Enjoy the sun and the racing.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 41/189 = 21.7%
Wins 168/949 = 17.7%
Placed 251/949 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44.1%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.33