York, Haydock and Newmarket

For today’s blog I look to the stars! I blooming well need to with my recent suggestions. Last week was another blank show with not even a place; I can only apolgise if you were foolish enough to side with my thoughts! The stars may give a change of fortune today….so he says! The photo above is of the horses head Nebula…apt indeed! Read on and you will see why! Good luck with whatever your selections are today, I hope you fare better than me against the old foe!
 
ASTROPHYSICS 1455 YORK (nap) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really like the chances of this horse in his handicap debut today. He won over 6f at Newmarket last year, the form of that race was franked with the 2nd,4th and 5th winning shortly after. He then showed he has speed over 5f with a cracking effort in the Flying Childers, going down by a head to BEACON. If he reproduces that he must have a sniff. He’s got a mark of OR104 for this but is weighted nicely at 9st 1lb and he could run a big race at a big price!
 
MEHDI 1630 NEWMARKET (nb) (Unplaced = -£5.00)
I really fancied the chances of this one last time at York and he ran well behind ALGAR LAD – he just got going to late. He’s on the same mark again today andI’m hoping the quicker ground will push him on as he comes out of the dip.
 
DUSKY QUEEN 1345 YORK (treble) (3rd – 7-1 = £4.37)
It pays at times to side with a mare in form and this girl is certainly that. She rana cracker here last time beating Royal Seal in the same race she won last year. She was impressive too. She’s been raised 7lbs for that but it may need a little more to stop her. HIGHLAND COLORI ran much better last time at Goodwood and is the danger, knowing my luck he’ll win as I’ve left him alone for the first time this year!
 
EMERAHLDZ 1530 YORK (Unplaced = -£5.00)
This filly is another decent horse and she needs genuine good ground. She’s been dropped back to a mark of OR86 today, just a pound above her mark when second here in October in a Class 2 handicap. She’s in a Class 3 today with a little more weight but she’s been crying out for a run with a few prior engagements scratched due to the ground. I’m hopeful of a good run.
 
My Dad’s selections are:
ALFRED HUTCHINSON 1345 YORK (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00)
WAKEA 1420 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)
MONSIEUR JOE 1455 YORK (WON 9-1 = £28.12)
OUT DO 1510 HAYDOCK (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87)
 
Standings
Father 3-1 Son
Profit
Father £54.01
Son – £46.88
 
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York Dante Festival Day 1

After another dismal day on the blog on Saturday I'm blooming hoping my luck changes at the Knavesmire this week. It should be a cracking meeting and I've got Doncaster on Saturday to look forward to aswell. Good luck if you're having a flutter.
 
MEHDI 1440 York (nap) (3rd – 10-1)
The drop back to six furlongs will help this fella and he should be fit after his first outing. He's got a featherweight here and Hanagan in the saddle. He was a narrow second to HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE in the Ayr Silver Cup last year and that form is decent with that one getting narrowly defeated at Guineas weekend. He should run a big race.
 
MUTHMIR 1515 York (nb) (unplaced)
He has looked a very smart sprinter last year and must be a Group horse this year! This is a competitve race to begin but one that he should win.
 
VOICE OF A LEADER 1410 York (treble) (4th – 33-1)
Nothing like a big priced runner in a handicap! This guy has ability but only had one run last year and for me the ground was against him. He has a decent handicap mark based on only a few outings and clearly the handicapper is concerned about his potential. I think he could run a big race on better ground.
 
TOGETHER FOREVER 1545 York (2nd – 9-4)
This filly has lots of scope and ended last season on a high. She will definitely stay and I think she will give Star of Seville a close run for her money.
 

Super Saturday

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Another pretty successful week on the blog last time with CASPIAN PRINCE winning at 9-1 and a bit of place money for HYMENAIOS. The profit is looking pretty good at the moment and I’m hoping to add to it today. There are some cracking races today and lots of horses I track running and it’s been difficult to get them down to my best four for the blog, lets hope Ive chosen wisely. Looking forward to Royal Ascot next week and will hopefully get a blog up for each day. Father’s Day tomorrow so I’m looking forward to getting my feet up! Wishing my Dad a Happy Father’s day for tomorrow too – lets hope you can catch me on the blog at some point! I’ve opened up quite a gap!

On to the races then!

DUTCH ROSE 1515 YORK (NAP) (unplaced = -£5.00) she has been raised albs for defeating SIRIUS PROSPECT the other week here and I must admit I made a note of her that day, especially as I was on the runner up! She took her York record that day to 4 runs and 4 wins and with a slight ease in the ground I think she will take all the stopping today. It’s the first time this season I’ve resisted backing FENCING who looks more and more complex to ride, hope he doesn’t decide to put his right foot forward!

CAPO ROSSO 1420 SANDOWN (NB) – (NR) it proves wise sometimes to follow a horse in form and this fella is. A commanding front running display last time at Ripon caught the eye and that was his third successive win. The ground will be ideal again and this race isn’t much hotter than the Ripon encounter so his albs hike in the ratings shouldn’t peg him back.

MAVEN 1440 YORK (TREBLE) – (unplaced = – £5.00) this mare has been really consistent this year and has a pretty decent record at the track too. Her last run behind MY SPIRIT was good and she has been left on the same mark for this. The jockey gets on well with her and I can see her running on late to take this.

CASPIAN PRINCE 1535 MUSSELBURGH (unplaced = -£5.00) this boy did us a trial favour last week and it does pay well to follow a sprinter in form. I don’t think this will have come too quick for him and he can bounce out again from the plum draw and I don’t think anything will get to him. BODY AND SOUL nearly got us a big winner the other week and he could be a real danger, but then again another three or four have real chances too. A great little race.

I also fancy a few of these each way at big prices

SLEEPER KING 1550 YORK

EXTORTIONIST 1455 SANDOWN

WARLU WAY 1405 YORK

JACK LUEY 1430 MUSSELBURGH

My Dad’s selections :

G FORCE 1455 SANDOWN (3rd – 5/4 = £0.78)

DANZENO 1550 YORK (unplaced = – £5.00)

BODY AND SOUL 1535 MUSSELBURGH (4th – 4-1 = £2.50)

LLANARMON LAD 1615 CHESTER (NR)

STANDINGS

FATHER 8-12 SON

PROFIT

FATHER +£51.59

SON +£162.17

York

A cracking few cards on offer today at York and Haydock! This time next week we will be gearing up for the Derby, lets hope the weather picks up. Hoping for a few winners today to keep topping up the profit on the blog. Here are my selections for today :
 
ROYAL RASCAL 1430 CHESTER (nap) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) ran in some top races last year following on from a very successful season before that beating Odooj and running Rodshu Queen close. This is more her level and should run a very big race from stall 1 off a very appealing mark.
 
SIRIUS PROSPECT 1350 YORK (nb) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) has 3 wins here and the latest off this current mark in a class 1 listed event. Has two wins to his name on soft and 4 on good so the ground should suit. I think he is the best horse in the race and will hopefully show his true colours.
 
BODY AND SOUL 1450 YORK (treble) – (2nd – 17-2 = £5.31) this boy is due! He has won a this level beating Moviesta here and he also boasts the defeat of Hototo is his youth. The Duke of York Stakes was a step too far last time and this is more realisitc. Big chance
 
CLEVER COOKIE 1420 YORK – (WON – DEAD HEAT – 3-1 = £5.62) I'm chancing this one to improve again. He was very impressive last time beating Tres Coronas. This is another step up and he is raised 8lbs but with form on this softer ground he has another great chance.
 
My Dad's selection are :
GARSWOOD 1440 YORK (-£5.00)
YORK GLORY 1515 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
MIGHTY YAR 1535 NEWMARKET (-£5.00)
SHAMSHON 1550 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
 
Current standings : FATHER 7-11 SON
PROFIT – SON = £155.93 FATHER £48.81
 

York Day 3

The blog chucked up another winner on Thursday with Mr Fallon riding NAVAJO CHIEF (15-2) to perfection. My other runners were nowhere and really disappointed me! Oh well, on to another day.
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1515 YORK (nap) – this horse has a very strong form line with J Wonder. They both caught my eye when romping clear of the field at Newmarket last year. We all saw what J Wonder did the other week and this horse I feel is just as good and for me is a crazy price.
 
AHZEEMAH 1445 YORK (nb) – another horse with smart form, but over slightly further. This is always feel is a good thing as you can be more assertive with them. He's only a pound higher than when defeating SIMENON here and he ran BROWN PANTHER close last year too. TAC DE BOISTRON has been so impressive but this may be one too many!
 
CHANCERY 1415 YORK (treble) – this horse has been a little disappointing but for me he's primed to run a big race tomorrow!he has won here twice and his latest run was much better and he's been kept on the same mark for this!
 
DON'T TELL ANNIE 1345 YORK – this is a cracking race and there are loads with chances. This horse won well last time and a few who were in behind have come out again and ran creditably. I think she's the value in the race!
 

York Day 2

Not a bad first day at York with MADAME CHIANG (8-1) winning and ASTAIRE (5-1) coming second. The ground seems to be drying up but I reckon it will still be sticky and slow. I'm leaving the Dante alone as I think the favourite has it in the bag.
 
MAN OF PLENTY 1700 YORK (nap) – (unplaced) finished a creditable third at Doncaster on his reappearance and he got no room in the run in and got hampered. On the back of that I really think he'll stretch out and win tomorrow. He is only rated a pound higher now than a decent second at Ascot in October.
 
JUDGE N JURY 1345 YORK (nb) – (unplaced) this horse has dropped to a very appealing mark and is now a pound lower than his last winning mark here at York. The ground will suit and Mr Dettori on his back who rides so well at York. Positive chance.
 
GIFTED GIRL 1415 YORK (treble) – (unplaced) she ran a pretty decent race behind at Esoterique at HQ on her first run back. She has some of the best form on offer in the race and the softer surface I think will help.
 
NAVAJO CHIEF 1445 YORK – (WON – 15-2) has won here three times on good or softer. He won this race last year off three pounds more than his current mark. Keiren Fallon has won on him twice and his riding style of winding a horse up to deliver at the right time is perfect for this horse. Great chance.
 

York Day One

Well the heavens have opened and York is soft. This has surely had a negative impact on the calibre of some of the races. However, we've got what we've got. The Dante gives us the next Derby clue, and to be honest I've not been impressed with anything so far! Enjoy the first day and be lucky.
 
ASTAIRE 1515 YORK (nap) – was a horse that really impressed me last year and just kept on improving. The Greenham was obviously too far and he drops back to sprinting now. Three year olds dont have a good record in this, but the horse is 2 from 2 here, including a soft ground Gimcrack success. I think he's top class and could bounce back big time here!
 
ROYAL RASCAL 1445 YORK (nb) – this horse has two wins over 6 furlongs here on soft and I was really impressed by his victory over Odooj here a couple of years ago. He ran awfully last year, but the ground was a determining factor in that. He should run a big race! I also like the chances of BLAINE who seemed to run better last time and is on a good mark judged on his Gimcrack success here. VALBCHEK also can't be discounted off top weight as he is a smart sprinter.
 
PASAKA BOY 1345 YORK (treble) – the horse could improve further as a 4 year old. He caught my eye when winning over this trip at Epsom last year. His comeback run wasnt great and he is now only 2lbs higher than that
Epsom victory. He should offer more this season and on his second run
 
MADAME CHIANG 1415 EPSOM – I'm taking a chance on this horse and she could be something special. If you judge her the way she won her debut then you can see potential and that was on soft ground too. She's worth a chance here with questions about a few.
 
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Cesarewitch Day

 
Another fantastic day of racing today. I'm more than excited now though as we have the first major jumps card of the season, yay! Whilst I enjoy the flat, jumps really is my thing! Can't wait! Enjoy the spectacle today and good luck if you're having a wager.
 
TULIUS 1725 NEWMARKET (nap) – (unplaced) this horse was super smart last year and just got better with every race. He will live the ground and trip today and is good fresh. A big run expected and my best bet of the day.
 
VALBCHEK 1530 YORK (nb) – (unplaced) has only had a handful of races and in my opinion is a smart horse. Ignore his last run as the 5f and quicker ground didn't suit. This fella defeated Swiss Spirit last year and was 2l behind Tropics at Newmarket in August. It's his handicap debut and his mark could be lenient judged on that form.
 
WAR COMMAND 1510 (treble) – (WON 10-11) the trip, the ground, the race, everything is in his favour today and I can't see him being beat. Reckon he'll go off odds on
 
GREAT WHITE EAGLE 1435 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) looks to have bags of potential and could be a real genuine classic horse next year. The others need to step up for me to get near my selection. Hot Streak looked smart last week, but this is tougher and Supplicant is tough but is he Group 1 class?
 
ALBERT BRIDGE 1550 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) what a race this is! My selection get the nod as I think he will lovet he trip and will the rain coming the ground should have sufficient juice in it to bring out his qualities over this trip. A good low draw helps his chances too. Pallasator is a giant, but I don't think he'll stay and his trainer wasn't that bullish about him. Tiger Cliff is class, but has alot of weight and a poor draw. The real danger could be Smoky Hill, who is thrown in on an eye catching mark. If you find the winner you're a good one!
 
I fancy a Fallon and Godolphin double at York with THOUWRA (PU) and OUT OF BOUNDS (Last!)
 
On the jumps front at Chepstow I have to have a flutter on the following
 
THE ROMFORD PELE 1615 – (2nd – 7-1) was a decent hurdler and not as good at that as his rivals but he always looked a stayer in the making with the smooth passage in the race he takes and coming off the pace late. Could be a chaser to follow this year.
 
FOR TWO 1645 – (3rd – 11-4) never finished his races off last year, with a bit more time now to have matured and strengthened I would expect to see him battling to the line and has a bit of class to see off the others
 
GAUVAIN 1715 – (unplaced) was class in his day and Hobbs is a master with the older horses and getting them going again. Had a pipe opener last time and Dickie opts for him over the other horse. He is class at his best and if he's on that form he'll murder these.
 
DUKE OF LUCCA 1745 – (unplaced) ran in some top races last year and was consistent. Is down in class and this mark is very appealing. He has to have a channce on his seasonal bow.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/209 = 20.5%
Wins 174/1054 = 16.5%
Placed 276/1054 = 26.2%

Win and Placed = 42.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£61.83

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.

BLOG STATS :

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!
 
BLOG STATS :

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