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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Monday treble

The last post pre-Glorious Goodwood. Not much luck yesterday with only GABRIAL (4-1) being placed. He has a few Listed types in him I'm sure, he just needs to sort his raceday persona out!
 
If you're having a flutter today, good luck with it. Here's to a great few days on the Sussex Downs.
 
The Bandit's Treble

HOT REPLY 1415 WOLVERHAMPTON (nap) the stable are absolutely flying at the moment sending in winners everywhere. This filly is an interesting runner and worth taking a chance on being the sister of the smart KRYPTON FACTOR who started out his career with Sir Mark Prescott too.

HALSTATT 1615 WOLVERHAMPTON (nb) – is back down to his last winning mark and has dropped in class too. His best trip this and the return to a more reasonable class may prove to be the key.

LUKEYS LUCK 1920 UTTOXETER (treble) – has a decent record here and this extended trip should eek some more improvement out of him.


BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/193 = 21.8%
Wins 169/962 = 17.6%
Placed 254/962 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£55.83

Monday treble

The last post pre-Glorious Goodwood. Not much luck yesterday with only GABRIAL (4-1) being placed. He has a few Listed types in him I'm sure, he just needs to sort his raceday persona out!
 
If you're having a flutter today, good luck with it. Here's to a great few days on the Sussex Downs.
 
The Bandit's Treble

HOT REPLY 1415 WOLVERHAMPTON (nap) – (Stone cold LAST!) the stable are absolutely flying at the moment sending in winners everywhere. This filly is an interesting runner and worth taking a chance on being the sister of the smart KRYPTON FACTOR who started out his career with Sir Mark Prescott too.

HALSTATT 1615 WOLVERHAMPTON (nb) – (unplaced) is back down to his last winning mark and has dropped in class too. His best trip this and the return to a more reasonable class may prove to be the key.

LUKEYS LUCK 1920 UTTOXETER (treble) – (3rd – 17-2) has a decent record here and this extended trip should eek some more improvement out of him.


BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/194 = 21.6%
Wins 169/965 = 17.5%
Placed 255/965 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

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

Monday selections

YOU KNOW YOURSELF 1540 KELSO (nap) – (WON – 100-30) ran really well in defeat last time out when returning to his last winning mark. With the trip and ground in his favour I'm hoping he wins this.
 
PEMBROKE 1810 WINDSOR (nb) – (unplaced) cost quite a bit as a yearling and is well bred, being related to the awesome Canford Cliffs. Could be an interesting contender on his debut.
 
KEEP KICKING 1520 WOLVES (treble) – (unplaced) has produced three decent runs so far since winning a jumpers bumper. A pretty decent handicap mark and he has a good chance here at a decent price.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 38/169 = 22.4%
Wins 155/837 = 18.5%
Placed 224/837 = 27%

Win and Placed = 45.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£60.33
 

Tuesday selections

MIAS BOY 1630 WOLVES (nap) – (3rd – 4-1) ultraconsistent and will run another good race. I'm hoping for a strong pace to be set, mostly the case herevat Wolves in a race like this. If that happens then he has a better than good chance.
 
BACK IN FOCUS 1840 PUNCHESTOWN (nb) – (unplaced) won well again a Cheltenham and I think his juming will hold up better than his stable companions and he will take this.
 
JEZKI 1620 PUNCHESTOWN (treble) – (WON – 2-1) I thought he ran really well at the festival and if he would have jumped the last better he would have been closer. He caught the flight and lost momentum. Back on home soil I can see him reversing the form.
 
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/165 = 21.8%
Wins 153/822 = 18.6%
Placed 221/822 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.5%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£58.33
 

Monday selections

Not a bad day on the blog on Sunday with my nap coming second at 17-2, the nb coming third at 13-8 and the treble horse winning at 7-4. As always we start the week in search of a winning nap. Once Saturday and the Bet365 Gold Cup is out the way it's full steam ahead with the flat season. Ive just booked my hotel and tickets for Warwick's evening meeting in May. I always go there and love the place.
 
Anyway, good luck on Monday and here are my best three, plus one extra!
 
ST PAUL DE VENCE 1800 WINDSOR (nap) – (unplaced) was chucked in at the deep end for his racecourse debut at Royal Ascot last year. Won his next race at Kempton well and the four behind him have all won since. Strong form.
 
THANE OF CAWDOR 1650 KEMPTON (nb) – (3rd – 4-1) running consistently well of late and ran well in defeat last time. Returns to a course his has won on and I expect another bold show.
 
FLEUR DE LA VIE 1920 WOLVERHAMPTON (treble) – (WON – 9-1) knocked up a hat-trick of wins on the all weather last year and has won here. The last outing should have put her spot on and blew away the cobwebs. The stable are flying too.
 
An extra one chucked in today too SPIC N SPAN 1820 WOLVES – (unplaced) is still well treated and 2lbs lighter than when runnnig last time. A return to the form shown in claimers in this handicap will see him run well.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/164 = 22%
Wins 152/819 = 18.6%
Placed 220/819 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.4%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£59.33
 

Thursday selections

Well I was really disappointed with the performances of all my selections on Wednesday. I suppose that is racing after all. Not had much time to do the blog tonight, so short and sweet.
 
 
BLANC DE CHINE 1825 WOLVES (nap) – (unplaced) is two from two here at the track and has a good record when fresh. Gives him every chance in a race like this.
 
THE CHEKA 1530 NEWMARKET (nb) – (unplaced) ran consistently well last year and has every chance here. He has a fantastic record fresh which reads 11321 for his first time runs in the past five years. Six furlongs on good ground is ideal.
 
STIPULATE 1640 NEWMARKET (treble) – (2nd – 15-8) has a great chance to get his nose infront and it will be thoroughly deserved too. Has course and distance form too and will hopefully improve further as a four year old.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 36/160 = 22.5%
Wins 147/803 = 18.3%
Placed 216/803 = 26.8%

Win and Placed = 45.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£63.33
 

Monday selections

 
Not a good day on the blog on Sunday with only the nb CONQUISTO running to a place. Not a good day for Ryan Mania either, 24 hours after the biggest day of his life he is air-lifted to hospital. The reports I read as I was writing this suggested he got a kick in between the shoulders and it wasn't anything too serious. I hope this is the case. It just shows you what a rollercoaster career being a NH jockey can be.
 
Here are my selections for Monday :
 
BOGSIDE 1430 KELSO (nap) – (unplaced) has won 2 out of 3 hurdles here and will appreciate the change back to hurdles after average performances over the bigger obstacles. He's 7lb lower in the ratings than his last win here and he is the class horse in the race.
 
KAI BROON 1530 KELSO (nb) – (3rd – 6-1) he won this last year and is another one who is a bit of a course horse. He is 8lb lower than last year and this is the time of year he generally wins.
 
THANE OF CAWDOR 1710 WOLVES (treble) – (3rd – 7-2) finally got off the mark last time when the increase in trip seemed to do the trick. He's up 4lbs for that but that is doable and he should be thereabouts again.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 34/152 = 22.3%
Wins 141/773 = 18.2%
Placed 208/773 = 26.9%

Win and Placed = 45.1%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£60.83
 

Imperial Cup Day

I have to start todays blog with the horse that won big for the blog on here last Saturday, PACHA DU POLDER (courtesy of Getty Images). His win made it two big winning Saturday naps on the trot, with OPENING BATSMAN wining the week before. I also had a nice winning nap yesterday with HANOVERIAN BARON. I'm hoping therefore I am getting a good position ready for the festival next week. Lets hope I can keep the Saturday trend going today! To be honest the racing is a bit average today and is obviously playing second fiddle to the events at Prestbury Park next week. I hope I've picked a few out though.
 
ALVARADO 1440 SANDOWN – (nap) (REF) he is only 4lbs higher today than when winning at Wetherby in October. He defeated PIGEON ISLAND that day and had subsequent winner EASTLAKE well behind. I hoping the stiff finish here, similar to Wetherby's finish will play to his strengths.
 
MR MOLE 1515 SANDOWN – (nb) (PU) is still on a good mark and the significance of Paul Nicholls sending him here with the ground turning in his favour is a real plus. He has solid form and he defeated MELODIC RENDEZVOUS back in October. Huge chance!
 
EDMUND KEAN 1405 SANDOWN – (treble) (3rd – 9-2) I napped him on his reappearance when he won easily at Fakenham earlier this year. A facile success followed and he is unexposed and good be a very good horse. Again the ground seems to have gone in his favour. I had a good day in this race last year when tipping AMBION WOOD, this guy won't be the same price as that but he is a similar type.
 
MIAS BOY 1455 WOLVERHAMPTON – (4th – 17-2) has been running well in defeat this season and is now 6lbs better off than when he was third in this last year. George Baker rides him for his only ride of the day and I think the fast paced battle between LOYALTY and GUEST OF HONOUR will set up the right pace for him to attack off.
 
SKYTRAIN 1715 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 15-8) made all last time over 7 furlongs and it seemed to be the right distance to get the best out of him. More to come and he should take this.
 
MOLLY'S A DIVA 1550 SANDOWN – (WON 17-2) won battling on heavy on her first start on heavy ground and then followed that up with another solid success last time out at Huntingdon. Could be dangerous on this ground.
 
KENNY POWERS 1420 WOLVERHAMPTON – (2nd – 9-4) is a course and distance winner who has been running well at Meydan and should be sharp and fit and should take this.
 
DO IT FOR DALKEY 1525 AYR – (WON 100-30) conditions will be perfect for this one and two recent good runs in second will have set him up nicely for this. His second last,time to COOL OPERATOR is solid form, COOL OPERATOR defeated RIGADIN DU BEAUCHENE prior to that and we know what he did after that!
 
So, those are my selections for today. Hopefully I can keep this good trend going. I will be putting an in-depth blog up every night prior to the Festival days and will do an analysis of each horse I fancy in each race. Can't wait! Good luck today if you're betting and remember to do so within your means.
 

My Best Three for Friday

Just a quick blog as three really stand out for me on Friday. Here's hoping that they come good. Have been a bit quiet on the napping front this week after last Saturday's success. Think I've got a good one here though with a solid form chance.
 
HANOVERIAN BARON 1910 WOLVES (nap) – (WON – 9-2) split Loyalty and ROBIN HOOD'S BAY last time out. Both have since won again, the latter beating SPIFER the other day. He goes well fresh and has had a good break since that run.
 
CHAPEL HOUSE 1610 LEICESTER (nb) – (PU) won this race last year and is another horse in my opinion who has been craving the better ground. With at least ggod to soft ground forecast, has a great chance.
 
EVERAARD 1510 AYR (treble) – (PU) won well the other week when I napped him. Is in a higher grade but is effectively a few pounds well in, normally knocks up a few wins this time of year and this could be another.
 
So, those are my best three. Good luck if you're having a flutter yourself!