Diary: October 1 2007

All the Good was a bit of an afterthought when I was compiling my list to follow but he has more than earned his place with a couple of wins. He was always travelling smoothly in the 12 furlong handicap at Ascot this afternoon and reeled in another from our list, Ladies Best to win by a neck.


Later in the afternoon Irish raider Haatef showed that sprinting is very much his game with a fine win in the Group 2 Diadem.


Seb Sanders did his title chances no harm with a clutch of winners up at Musselburgh, including Tonnante for Sir Mark Prescott.


The opener at Bath (2.10) tomorrow has some interesting looking juveniles.  Both Todber and Your Pleasure showed enough promise on their debut runs to warrant taking seriously.


The only runner of the day from our list to follow is Coup D’Etat in the 3.20 at Brighton.  He has a pretty unimpressive strike rate but is dropped in grade here and should be on the premises.  He is not one to put your shirt on though.


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Diary: September 30 2007

Our list to follow has had a lean time of it over the last few days although Diamond Diva, River Thames and Cabinet all finished 2nd today.


Ascot again stages some top class racing tomorrow and there are a number of runners from our list to follow in action.


Hawridge Prince, New Guinea and Sunley Peace represent our list in the 2.35.  Hawridge Prince looks to have the best chance.  He won this race last year and relishes a trip.


We have 5 runners in the 3.10: Strategic Mount, All the Good, Rampallion, Heaven Knows and Ladies Best.  Heaven Knows has been most disappointing this season but is upped in trip here and has dropped down the weights a few pounds.  Rampallion is lightly raced and has a good record with give in the ground. All the Good and Ladies Best are quite closely handicapped.  All the Good stays well and is not a forlorn hope by any means but my preference is for Ladies Best.  He is yet to win this season but things may just drop right for him here and with Ryan Moore in the saddle he gets my vote.


I quite fancied Stotsfold for the 3.45 after his win last time out at Goodwood but the ground may not be to his liking.


The Diadem Stakes looks tricky to solve at 4.20.  Balthazar’s Gift and Benbaun look the most likely winners with preference for the former.  Of the runners from our list to follow Al Qasi will have ground condition in his favour and should go well.   Stewards Cup winner Zidane steps up in class and may well be able to bridge the gap.


Plum Pudding is our list horse in the 4.55.  His 3 career  wins have all come at Newmarket.  He races off 95 here which is only 2lbs higher than his highest winning mark and with Ryan Moore riding he has an each way chance.


Our only list runner at Musselburgh is Tonnante in the 5.15.  She isn’t a world beater but she stays and Seb Sanders will be looking for a win in his tussle with Jamie Spencer for the jockey’s crown.


The jumps season is beginning to gather momentum and there is a decent card at Market Rasen tomorrow.


In the 2.10 Kimi is a bit unlucky to still be a maiden. He has suffered from illness and injury but if back to fitness again may be able to lose his maiden tag.


Tim Vaughan is new to the training ranks.  He has a couple of runners with decent each way chances in Brinkmanship (2.45) and City Affair (3.55).


At the Curragh Strike up the Band and Evening Time represent our list to follow.


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Diary: September 28 & 29 2007

Lang Shining has only raced 3 times in his career to date and looks open to plenty of improvement.  He tackles 10 furlongs for the first time in the 2.00 at Ascot tomorrow and looks a likely winner.


Dance of Light represents the same stable and our list to follow in the 3.45.  She appears held by some of her rivals but did show promise when 3rd at Yarmouth 2 runs ago and has an each way chance.


Mount Hermon has won twice this year and there may well be more to come.  The stable are in form and he looks a sporting each way bet in the 4.20.


Corrybrough looks an interesting newcomer in the 2.45.  He is a half brother to Artie who won the William Hill handicap a few years back.


Osteopathic Remedy has been running well this season without quite getting his head in front.  He goes in the 5.05 at Haydock where he certainly has place claims.  Tom Eaves has the ride.


Moving on to Saturday Passion Fruit is our list runner in the 2.00 at Ascot. She has already justified her inclusion on our list with a 14/1 win. This looks a pretty competitive race and she has gone up a couple of pounds for a fine 3rd in a listed race at Doncaster. She has never won over a mile but the way she has been finishing her races this season suggests that the trip may suit her.


Iguaza Falls would be my suggestion in the 2.35.


Proviso has made a big impression when winning both her starts and could be something special.  She is hard to oppose in the 3.10.


Utmost Respect was so impressive at Ayr last week that I would be inclined to stick with him to follow up in the 3.40.


Blue Ksar, Dunelight and Duke of Marmalade represent our list to follow in the 4.20.  This looks a pretty tricky affair with Cesare and Excellent Art looking the two to beat.


The ultra consistent Diamond Diva has at least place claims in the 4.55.


Balliasta has not shown a lot in 3 starts but Barry Hills has a great record at Chester and she may well run better than the bare form suggests in the 3.25 at the Roodeye.


Cabinet was a bit unlucky when 4th at Beverley on his last run and the first and second that dy have both won since.  He looks good for the 4.35 at Chester with Northern Jem an each way prospect.


Dig Deep and River Thames run for our list to follow in the 5.10 but neither is particularly well drawn.


Cape and Geojimali are our list runners in another sprint handicap, the 3.00 at Haydock.  Geojimali ran well enough last week in the Ayr Gold Cup but is 3 lbs out of the handicap. Cape has failed to live up to expectation this season and I see that he has left James Fanshawe’e yard.


We have 3 runners in the 3.35.  Obstructive will handle the ground but is 7 lbs higher than his last winning mark.  Bo McGinty has been in good form all season and should again give a good account of himself for Hayley Turner while the out of form Blazing Heights continues to drop down the weights.  He would be in with a good chance on his best form.


There are some good reports about Prime Exhibit who makes his debut in the 5.20.


Free Offer will appreciate the ground and despite being on a career high mark should go close in the 5.50.  Tebee is the other runner in this race from our list to follow.


The only runner from our list to follow in the evening meeting at Kempton is Comma in the 7.20.


I will try and update the site again on Saturday morning with any late thoughts.


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Diary: September 27 2007

Not a lot to say about Thursday’s racing.  There is just one runner from our list to follow and that is Julatten in the 4.50 at Pontefract.  Recent form has been somewhat less than encouraging though.


Looking back at today’s arcing there was a pleasing display from Julie Camacho’s Salsa Time in the opener at Redcar.  She is a half sister to the recently retired dual purpose horse Dancing Bay and is one whose career I will be following with interest.



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Diary: September 26 2007


Goodwood is an unusual track and often favours course specialists.  Illustrious Blue certainly comes into that category with no fewer than 5 wins at the beautiful Sussex venue.  He must he respected in the listed race at 4.05.   The other runner from our list to follow in the same race is Al Tharib.  He has won twice this season and set a course record at Kempton is the process of recording one of those successes. 

Ballora has shown plenty of promise in her two runs to date.  Jamie Spencer rides her in the 6.20 at Kempton where she must have very chance.


Bye for now


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Diary: Sept 24

Saturday saw an excellent haul of 5 winners from our list to follow headed by Kevin Ryan’s Advanced in the Ayr Gold Cup, with Jamie Spender in the saddle.

Best ride of the day came from Johnny Murtagh who waited at the back with Monte Alto before producing him late to win the 10 furlong handicap at Newbury. This was Monte Alto’s 3rd success of the season. Another to claim his third win of the campaign was Black Rock in a competitive handicap at Ayr where he stayed on well under Philip Robinson.

Henry Cecil has enjoyed something of resurgence this season and he brought back Multidimensional to win at Newbury where jockey Ted Durcan rode a particularly well judged race.

Our 5th winner was Vanquisher who finally got off the mark at the 11th time of asking in a poor race at Newmarket. Fittingly, on a day to honour Lester Piggott, Vanquisher is trained by Willie Haggas, the great man’s son-in-law.

Moving on to Monday, there are 3 meetings on the flat. Big Timer won his first 3 starts on turf last season and was sent over to the USA for a Grade 1 event on dirt at Belmont Park but was tailed off. He runs in the 2.40 at Hamilton tomorrow, his first race since finishing out of the money at Lingfield back in March. He has a bit to find with the likes of Welsh Emperor, who won this race in 2004, but as a lightly raced 3 year old may have scope for improvement. Tom Eaves, his usual pilot, has the ride.

The other runner from our list to follow is Strike up the Band. His last win came nearly a year ago in a listed race on soft ground at Chantilly. He finished last of 12 in a listed race at Beverley on his most recent start last month but he had been of the track for a while before and we can perhaps ignore that run. He seems to handle any ground.

After 3 runs as a juvenile Robbie Scott looked a likely type for handicaps this season but he cut no ice on his return to the track 43 days ago when beaten 32 lengths. That was not a promising effort but there are two things that might just give a glimmer of hope. First of all the ground for that last race was firm, which may not have suited. Secondly, Robbie Scott is related to Bosham Mill who actually won a hunter chase over 4 miles plus, so maybe the extra distance of tomorrow’s race will bring out some improvement when he runs in the 4.10.

For those that are interested in such things Robbie Scott’s half brother Doctor Scott runs in the following race, the 4.10. His 4 career wins have all come on fast ground which rather calls into question my earlier theory. Oh Well!

Perfect Stride, a son of Oassis Dream should collect in the 4.30 at Leicester but looks likely to be a very short price.

Coup D’Etat represents our list to follow in the 5.30 at Leicester. He is a course and distance winner but has a poor strike rate and although he has ability he is not an easy one to predict.

There are also 3 meetings on Tuesday. Spume has recorded 1 win from his 9 starts this season and as that was at 8/1 you are about to go into the red if you are backing him every time he runs and he loses in the 3.30 at Beverley. He has come down the ratings and races off a mark lower than his last win. No 3 year old has won this race in the last 10 years though so the portents don’t look good.

In the 3.10 at Brighton I thought about the once raced Wannarock who is quite well related.

Sir Mark Prescott has not enjoyed quite his usual level of success with his 3 year old handicappers. His View from the Top has won once, with that success coming on the all weather at Wolverhampton. He tackles 12 furlongs for the first time in the 4.10 at Brighton and is not absolutely guaranteed to get the trip on pedigree as he is by a miler. Seb Sanders will be keen enough to get a win here in his quest for the jockey’s title.

Salsa Steps has shown enough in a couple of runs this season to put her in with a chance in the 3.20 at Folkestone.

Northern Jem, a half brother to Polar Jem and Polar Red, is very well thought of by his trainer. He seems to have been found a winning opportunity in the 5.20 at Folkestone.

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Diary: September 22 2007

We had a couple of excellent winners from our list to follow this afternoon.  Utmost Respect landed a huge gamble in the Ayr Silver Cup and won with the minimum of fuss.  Earlier Halicarnassus had narrowly prevailed in the Group 3 race at Newbury.  He is often scrubbed along during the race but can produce a very strong finish.  He has done our list to follow proud with 3 wins now.

The Ayr Gold Cup is one of the big sprint handicaps of the season and always a difficult puzzle to solve with two 33/1 winners in the last 10 years.

Borderlescott carries top weight and would certainly not be winning out of turn.  Runner up to Fonthill Road in this race last season he was just collared on the line by Zidane in the Stewards Cup and has since gone down by a short head at Beverley.  He has a potentially favourable draw and seems to hand le any ground but the weight might just prove to be an anchor.

Advanced was 3rd in last season’s race and showed he retains his ability when 2nd at York a couple of starts ago in listed company.  He has form over 7 furlongs which could be a plus on testing ground and he also has the benefit of Jamie Spencer in the saddle.  Like Borderlescott he has his share of weight.

Knot in Wood has been in good form this season and after an effortless victory at Hamilton he was a close up 3rd in the Stewards Cup.  Talented apprentice Jamie Moriaty takes 3 lbs off and out of stall 3 he has to be one for the short list.  You have to respect any Dandy Nicholls runners in this type of race, and he is well represented.  His son Adrian, who has ridden the winner twice in the last 10 years, rides Buachaill Dona this time.  He carries a 5 lbs penalty for a win over 5 furlongs at Musselburgh, in fact his last 3 wins have come at 5 furlongs.  Another Nicholls runner, Turnkey, will like thje ground but is not well drawn.  I will burden Knot in Wood with my selection with Fullandby a possible main danger.

In the 2.20 I see that Mick Channon’s Dellini wears a first time visor.  She won well at Chester a couple of starts ago.

Mutajarred has won all his 3 starts this season, by a total of 17 lengths.  He relishes soft ground and even though he has risen sharply in the weights he must be given a chance in the 2.50.  The other runner from our list to follow in this race is Proponent who has been largely disappointing this term.  Drops down to a mile here which may help him and he has won with ease in the ground.

In the 4.05 Fifty Cents returns after a break of 57 days.  He was a disappointing beaten favourite at Ascot on his last start.

There are 3 horses from our list to follow in the Doonside Cup at 3.40.  Ivy Creek has justified his selection on the list with a couple of wins already this season.  He has not been at his best on his last two starts although the soft ground will suit hm.  He is also returning to 10 furlongs after being campaigned over further.  He has won at 8 and 12 furlongs and ran well over ten at Chester earlier in the season.  Caldra has had a couple of encouraging “sighters” since returning from injury and should be spot on.  The soft ground will also be in his favour.  Sunshine Kid ran in the French Derby and posted a promising effort in a handicap last time out.  He has won on soft ground and comes into the reckoning.  Caldra gets a tentative selection.

We have 4 runners in the 5.15.  Black Rock has always looked a good sort and has won twice this season. Furmigadelagista battled well to win a Newbury maiden and was not disgraced over this trip last time at Sandown.  The soft ground will not be a problem.  Yossi has only been out of the first 4 once in 10 starts but he has only won once and that was at 1/4.  Bollin Felix has had a splendid season winning 3 times, including once cover this trip.  He loves soft ground but has gone up the ratings a long way since his first success.  The one they all have to beat though is Let’s Roll who is looking for a hat trick of wins in this race.  Black Rock is my selection but it might be worth a saver on Furmigadelagiusta.

Mark Johnston saddles the inconsistent Five a Side in the 3.35 at Catterick.  He wears first time blinkers.

In the 3.10 at Newbury our list will be double handed if Seabow takes his chance.  It seems he will only run if we get some rain though.  He won at Sandown last time and is well bred.  He would need to improve to be involved in the finish but is lightly raced.  Monte Alto has been amazingly consistent and has not been out of the first 3 in his 9 career starts.  Must have an each way chance.

Hogmaneigh won the Vodaphone Dash at Epsom earlier this year.  He tackles Group 3 company for the first time in the 3.45 at Newbury.  He has never won with the word firm in the going description.

Henry Cecil’s Multidimensional made up into a useful performance last season before suffering a pelvic fracture.  He returns in the 4.55 at Newbury after a lay off of more than a year. His wins have come on both fast and soft ground and if fully would up he would have a serious chance.

Both Transcend and Handsome Falcon have visited the winners’ enclosure once this season.  Transcend ran well on his last start when 2nd in a race where the 3rd has won since.  Handsome Falcon won at Beverley a couple os starts ago.  Both horses would probably prefer some give in the ground.

Vanquisher remains a maiden after 10 starts but he has been runner up on 4 occasions.  He should be in the shake up but you wouldn’t put your life savings on him.

We have 3 runners in the 3.55.  Lang Shining has looked a progressive sort and is preferred to Urban Spirit and Northern Jem.

See you tomorrow.


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Diary: September 21 2007

There are a few runners from our list to follow in action tomorrow.  Bo McGinty goes in the 2.55 at Ayr, carrying a 6 lbs penalty for his recent win at Haydock.  He does not have the bet strike rate and despite having a good draw he may find himself anchored by the penalty.

We have 4 runners in the Silver Cup at 4.40.  The lightly raced Utmost Respect looks to have the best chance on form but has a middle draw that might prove a hinderance.  Stable companions and full brothers Blazing Heights and Geojimali represent Jim Goldie.  Geojimali won the race last yaer and has slipped back to a reasonable mark after winning earlier in the season.  Pacific Pride is a course and distance winner but his recent form has been abysmal.

Osteopathic Remedy posted his best effort for a while when 2nd at Thirsk on his latest start but has gone up 3 lbs in the process.  He runs in the 5.15.

There are 2 runners from our list in the 2.45 at Newbury.  Bauer needs to improve to take a hand in this but that is not out of the question given the nature of his win in a Chester handicap.  The drop in trip seems unlikely to benefit him.  Halicarnassus has won twice this season and has a telling turn of foot. He has shaped as though tomorrow’s trip may suit him.


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