Diary: July 25 2007

Winners have been a bit thin on the ground over the last few days.  The only success from our list to follow so far this week came from Richard Fahey’s Handsome Falcon at Beverley.  The only 3 year old in the field he battled gamely to win at 4/1.


I am not holding out too much hope for the 3 runners from our list that run tomorrow although Yossi would appear to have the best chance.


Yossi has been expensive to follow and many will have just about given up on him by now.  Doubts have been expressed about his attitude but he did little wrong on his last run when caught tight on the line by Rhaam.  He does possess ability though and things might just drop right for him in the 2.05 at Lingfield although he does have to overcome a bad draw.


Fisberry has not won for 2 years.  He has shown very little this season but he is coming down the weights and his trainer does well with sprinters.


Ravi River is another from my list to follow that has disappointed.  He has only been dropped 1 lb despite 4 successive defeats.


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Diary: July 22 & 23 2007

It may have been raining cats and dogs for the last week or so (month or so?) but it certainly wasn’t raining winning horses for me today.  Cape and Portal where among those that disappointed, while Escape Route is in danger of finding a quick escape route from the sport if he keeps misbehaving at the start.  Green Room actually did the best of the horses from out list to follow chasing home Turbo Linn at Newmarket.


What is the winner equivalent to making hay while the sun shines?  Whatever it is Willie Haggas’s 3 year old Mutajarred is doing it.  He completed his hat trick at Nottingham in the last race on Friday before the meeting was abandoned and he clearly loves the prevailing conditions.

  Redcar is subject to an inspection tomorrow morning.  If it goes ahead River Thames must be in with a good chance in the 3.20.  He won on the bit at Ayr on Monday and should be able to defy a 6 lbs penalty.  

Moving on to Monday Seafield Towers runs in the 2.45 at Ayr.  He was tailed off last behind River Thames on Monday but was 10 lbs out of the handicap.  He is in the handicap proper this time and from a good draw could just go well at a big price.  10 year old Legal Set doesn’t win very often these days but has posted a couple of fair efforts of late.  He is another with a nice draw and could be one for the each way punters.


There are 3 qualifiers from our list to follow at Beverley.  Handsome Falcon (7.30); Bo McGinty (8.00) & Currahee (8.30)


In the 7.20 at Windsor Politeia could go well. She was running on late on her debut at Newmarket earlier in the month.


The lightly raced Marozi was an impressive winner at Lingfield on only his 2nd start and will take some beating in the 7.50.


Good luck


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Diary: July 20 & 21 2007

Tonight’s bulletin will cover both Friday and Saturday.




I see that Sylvester Kirk saddles Ballora in the Newbury 1.30.  This filly is apparently well thought of by connections. The stable’s juveniles usually need their first run but I would certainly keep an eye on this one for the future.


Rainbow Promises makes a belated return to action in the 3.40.  Brian Meehan has always thought of her as a Group class filly and she broke the juvenile course record at Lingfield last season.  She may well be able to take this if fully would up with the consistent Vital Statistics the likely danger.


Brian Meehan introduces an interesting newcomer in Queen Scarlet in the 6.15 at Newmarket.  She is a half sister to the high class miler Nannina.  Another runner to look out for is Luca Cumani’s Time Control, a filly with an excellent pedigree.


We’ll Come was a solid 3rd last time out at Newmarket where he couldn’t cope with a devastating finishing burst from Tybalt.  He is back to 7 furlongs in the 6.45 and has solid claims.  The other runner from our list to follow is Flores Sea who has been unplaced on his last 3 starts since winning over this trip at Thirsk.


Tetouan has only been out of the first 2 once in his last 5 starts.  He should again be on the premises in the 7.50.


I have an abysmal record when following Sir Michael Stoute runners.  Lang Shining is the latest to get the kiss of death in the 8.20.  He was a promising 3rd on his only start as a 2 year old.


Mutajarred goes for a hat trick in the Nottingham 3.55. He was a runaway winner last time out at York and a 6lbs penalty may not be enough to stop him on his favoured heavy going.


Julatten is an interesting one.  She is a half sister to the high class Irish hurdler Iktitaf.  She has had 3 runs as a juvenile over sprint distances and makes her handicap debut over a mile in the 4.55 at Nottingham.


There are 3 runners from our list to follow in the 7.35 at Pontefract.  Bo McGinty has been running well this season and deserves to win one of these.  He is well drawn and has the benefits of a very talented apprentice taking 3 lbs off. Pacific Pride and Geojimali have both been a bit out of sorts lately.




Eastern Gift was 4th on his debut at Ascot.  He can go one better in the 7.30 at Lingfield.


In the 2.30 at Newbury I like the look of Reverence and Al Qasi.  Reverence might be one to avoid if the word soft does not appear in the going description.  Baltic King would have an each way chance on a fast surface.


Plum Pudding indicated that he might be coming back to form last time out at Sandown and he could go well in the 2.50.


Our list to follow is well represented in the 4.25.  Stotsfold may find this company a little too hot while Caldra may need the run and would prefer good or softer ground. I will take a chance with Hearthstead Maison to outbattle Blue Ksar.


Star of Light has not had his ground all season but if the going rides on the fast side in the 5.00 I would give him a chance.


In the 2.35 Portal may be able to reverse the form with her Lancashire Oaks conqueror Turbo Linn.  The other runner from our list to follow is John Dunlop’s Green Room.


Escape Route has been unlucky in his last couple if runs and is my tip to put things right in the 3.05 at Newmarket.


Cape needs a bit of cut in the ground so conditions will be the key to her chance in the 3.55.


Deserted Dane may have struggled in the heavy ground last time out and is worth another chance in the 5.15.  Bo McGinty is also entered.


Osteopathic Remedy represents our list to follow in the 7.40 at Haydock Park.


See you on Saturday evening.


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Diary; July 16 & 17

Kevin Ryan’s River Thames is on a decent mark if he can rediscover his best form. As a 2 year old he was 3rd in the Group 2 Flying Childers but has now dropped to a mark of 70.  He has form on soft ground and Jamie Spencer has been booked to ride him for the first time in the 3.30 at Ayr.


There are a couple of runners from our list to follow in the 4.00. They have had contrasting fortunes so far this season with How’s She Cuttin’ having won 3 and Buachaill Dona yet to get off the mark.  How’s She Cuttin’ has not been out of the first 2 in her last 9 starts.  She started the season on a mark of 63 and has now gone up to 86 so life is getting increasingly difficult for her. Her draw should suit her style of running though.  Buachaill Dona won at York last August beating Terentia and looked a horse with a bright future.  That win came off a mark of 91 and he has now dropped down to 96.  He looked progressive last season and with a couple of runs under his belt already this season he could strike here.


Moving on to Tuesday there are 3 from our lit to follow in the 9.15 at Kempton. Of the two trained by Hughie Morrison, Duty Free and Composing, the former seems the best on the basis of his 2nd at Bath last week.  Alleviate is a half sister to Allegretto and was 2nd in a race at Beverley last time out.  Duty Free would be my selection.


Dance of Light was 7th in the Oaks and drops down to 10 furlongs in the 7.55 at Yarmouth.


Next bulletin will be on Tuesday evening.


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We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
  Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
   And sitting by desolate streams;

World-losers and world-forsakers,
  On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
  Of the world for ever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
  And out of a fabulous story
  We fashion an empire’s glory:

One man with a dream, at pleasure,
  Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
  Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
   Built Nineveh with our sighing,
  And Babel itself with our mirth;

And o’erthrew them with prophesying
   To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
  Or one that is coming to birth.

Arthur O' Shaughnessy 1844-1881

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