Diary: November 27 2006

Saturday had its successes on the tipping front.

  

v     I fancy Silverburn to come on for his earlier run and win this. (WON)

  

v     [Opera Mundi] and if he is good as people say he will be hard to beat.  (WON)

  

v     Keep an eye also on Saintsaire the change of scenery might just do the trick for him. (WON)

  

v     Strictly speaking our old friend Inglis Drever should prevail here. (WON)

  

v     If pushed for a selection I would go for State of Play and Idle Power. (State of Play WON)

   

v     Our other runner is Afsoun. He gets the nod here. (WON)

  

v     Aces Four won here last time out and the step up to 3 miles in the 1.25 should be in his favour. (WON)

  

v     If the promised rain does materialise this will suit Neptune Collonges.  He stays really well and should have come on for his second to Our Vic in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby. (WON)

  

v     I am going with Straw Bear for my selection. (WON)

  

Sorry about the trumpet blowing – I don’t often get the opportunity!

  

I see that Denman won again this afternoon at Newbury.  He looks a high class chaser and it will be interesting to see where he goes next.  He is by the way a full brother to Silverburn.

  

There is only one runner from our list to follow running on Monday.

  

In 1955 Jimmy Shand recorded the hit single "Bluebell Polka" which reached number 20 in the charts and earned him an appearance on a BBC television "Pop Music" programme.  You live and learn on this site! 

  

Well the horse names after the popular accordionist, Sir Jimmy Shand, runs in the 1.30 at Folkestone.  He won bumpers at Ludlow and Huntingdon before failing in the Aintree Festival bumper.  He is well bred along strong jumping lines and I am hopeful that he will pay his way over hurdles this season.

  

A few pointers

  

I thought readers might be interested in hearing about some of the horses featured in these pages in recent years who are now point to pointing or will be hunter chasing.

  

Arnold Layne was the name of Pink Floyd’s first hit single.  It was actually banned by the BBC because of the “offensive” lyrics.  Pretty harmless stuff viewed from today’s perspective.

  

The horse of the same name, a gelding by Roselier, won a bumper for Richard Phillips in April 2005 and was placed in a couple of hurdles.  He is now trained by Gerald Bailey in Northamptonshire and will be running in point to points.

  

Mouseski, Patches, Whitenzo, and Le Passing were all with Paul Nicholls and are being trained by Richard Barber who actually runs a satellite yard for the champion rules trainer.  They are all likely to go hunter chasing.

  

I seem to remember that Ballylusky was owned by Channel 4 pundit Jim McGrath at one time.  He once won a handicap chase at Aintree a few years back and a handicap hurdle at Haydock later in the same year.  He is now trained by Sheila Crow, an experienced point to pointy trainer from Shropshire.  Go For Bust is also with the same yard.  He won a handicap hurdle at 18/1 when on my list to follow last season, when he was with Nicky Henderson.

  

David Easterby is the son of veteran trainer Mick.  He has Kadarann under his charge.  This horse was pretty decent under rules when he was trained by Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls.  He won a couple of Grade 2 chases.

  

Ivanoph is a horse I had on my list to follow a few years back.  He was a winner at Auteil before moving to Paul Nicholls and he went on to win 3 times in the UK.  He is with Steve Flook now, a former trotting driving champion.  Ivanoph has had a few problems but has always had ability.

  

The website Furlongtogo used to publish an excellent list of horses to follow.  They seem to have stopped doing it now; I think the guy who did a lot of the research may have been ill.  Anyway, I think I got the idea of following a horse called Stamparland Hill fom Furlongtogo. He won a couple of chases and was placed a fair few times.  He probably didn’t live up to his early promise.  He tended to race a bit keen I seem to remember.  He is now trained by Gary Hanmer in Cheshire.

  

We might see a couple of classy types from Nicky Henderson’s yard in hunter chases this season.

  

There were really high hopes for First Love at one time.  He was never out of the first 2 in his first 13 outings and although he has not scaled the heights once envisaged he has won 9 times for his owner who just happens to be The Queen!  Amateur Jamie Snowden has partnered First Love for his last 3 wins and clearly gets on well with the horse.  For obvious reasons he will probably be aimed at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Memorial Hunters' Chase in March, a race he won easily last season.

  

I best remember Scots Grey for a terrific finish he was involved in at Kempton at Christmas time in 2003 when he just pipped Hand Inn Hand by a short head.  Scots Grey has been a decent chaser in his day and his mixed it with some of the best.  He was 3rd in the Mildmay of Flete at the 2003 Cheltenham Festival. Is appears that he may go hunter chasing and should do well in that sphere.

  

I will return to this topic in a day or two.

 

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