Diary: February 1 2009

 

I had a rather disappointing day today with a number of my list horses such as Ballydub and Osana running well without winning.

The weather may take a hand tomorrow as we do seem to be in for some arctic conditions. In the hope that we do get some racing am going to start my preview of Sunday’s racing with a look at the Musselburgh card where Knockara Beau might be worth considering in the 1.30. This useful bumper performer is yet to make an impact over hurdles but has been given a break and his jockey tomorrow has a record of 121 on him.

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Although Kalahari King was beaten last time out the winner Doctor David did the form no harm this afternoon and the Ferdy Murphy 8 year old can get back to winning form in the 3.00 at the Scottish track.

There are two runners from my list to follow in action at Fontwell. Circus of Dreams in the 2.10 and Pterodactyl in the 4.10. Both have chances and it is important to note that the trainer of Pterodactyl is in particularly good form.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Alison Wilson.

Bye for now

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Diary: January 31 2009

 

We probably need to enjoy our racing while we have the chance tomorrow as apparently there is another cold snap awaiting us next week

Copper Bleu fairly bolted up at Newbury at the end of November winning by 14 lengths. The second on that occasion, Riverside Theatre franked the form the other day so I am inclined to favour Copper Bleu tomorrow in the 1.55 at Doncaster. The newcomer Master of Arts looks the danger. Now with David Pipe he ran up a sequence of 6 wins ion the flat for Sir Mark Prescott.

Lothian Falcon is a likable type. He has only been out of the first 3 4 times in his last 16 starts. He lines up in the 2.30 at Doncaster tomorrow and although he hasn’t run for 280 days he has gone well fresh in the past. He does need a sound surface so keep an eye on the going if you fancy him. Given good ground I can see him being placed at least.

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There are 4 runners from my list to follow in the 3.00. I tipped Kilmackilloge when he won at Wetherby in November partly on the basis that he goes well fresh and this was his first start of the season. He won well that day and has been given a 2 month break. He has gone up 8 lbs for his win which will obviously make life more difficult for him. He will appreciate the drying ground though. He is certainly not a forlorn hope but there are others I prefer. I’msingingtheblues looks the best of the Paul Nicholls trio. His form figures over fences read 121 and his last win when beating Calgary Bay was a good performance. He has won for his jockey tomorrow; Christian Williams and has strong claims. I’m So Lucky put in an encouraging effort when second to Planet of Sound at Newbury trying to give the winner 10 lbs and is another for the short list. Three Mirrors was 5th in the Paddy Power and arguably is best over further than tomorrow’s 2 miles. However there is likely to be a strong gallop which will bring his stamina into play. He is another that will not want the ground too soft .

These 4 all have a chance but at the odds I am inclined to go for Three Mirrors from a yard that traditionally does well in the second half of the season.

Gypsy George was runner up to Jass when they met at Ayr 3 weeks ago but now meets that rival on better terms in the 3.30. Gypsy George should be suited by this test of stamina and he is the selection.

In the 4.10 The Hollinwell and Picture This are my list runners. I am not confident enough about their chances to recommend them tomorrow though.

Turning my attention to Sandown there are some Champion Hurdle contenders lining up in the 2.05. Celestial Hero is likely to be a warm order following his second to Binocular last time. He was very enterprisingly ridden that day though and it is just possible that his finishing position flattered him a little. I am going to take a chance here and oppose him with last season’s Champion Hurdle runner up Osana. Although having his first outing of the season David Pipe is sure to have him fit to do himself justice.

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Buck the Legend represents my lit to follow in the 2.35 but with the form of the Twiston-Davies yard not at its strongest I am going to give this one a miss.

I have a short list of 3 in the 3.10. Ballydub chased home Punchestowns earlier in the season and that horse is now one of the favourites for the World Hurdle. The fact that Ballydub was a faller last time will put some people off but if we ignore that run he would be in with an excellent chance. How’s Business struggled at the start of the season but after a breathing operation absolutely bolted up at Exeter on New Year’s Day. She could still have more to offer. At a really big price Khachaturian comes from a stable that is in red hot form and this front runner might be a bit of each way value.

At Wetherby my each way selection in the 1.15 is Breakwater House. He looks on a fair mark and the testing conditions should bring his stamina into play.

There are a couple of runners from my list to follow in the 2.30, The Whisperer and Daldini. The Whisperer has had injury problems but has plenty of talent and if he can be kept sound there should be a nice prize or two in him. He is yet to finish out of the first 3 in his career and is a leading contender here. Daldini put in a respectable effort when 3rd at Doncaster last week. He handles give in the ground and his turn may not be far away.

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Wild Cane Ridge has won 9 times in his career with 4 wins each in heavy and soft ground. In very testing conditions he would be a big threat in the 2.50.

Companero has won his last 5 races and has impressed me with his attitude and ability this season. He is the selection in the 3.25. Skipper’s Brig has won 5 times in his career all on heavy ground. If the ground is bottomless then he would be a big danger to the selection.

Today’s pictures are by kind permission of the artist Katy Sodeau.

That is about it for tonight.

 

Diary: January 30 2009

 

Tomorrow’s jumps action comes from Catterick and Chepstow and there are a few runners from my list to follow to talk about.

At Catterick in the 3.45 Or D’Oudairies makes his chase debut. Not a bad hurdler, rated 112, he would be in with a shout if he takes to fences. He might not want the ground too testing though.

Vodka Brook won in emphatic style at Wincanton a couple of weeks ago and if repeating that sort of form would be hard to stop in the 1.20 at Chepstow.

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Like Vodka Brook, Pistol Desbois is attained by Robert and Sally Alner. He runs in the 1.50 where he should go well if his jumping holds up.

There are 3 runners from my list to follow in the 2.25 Qlinton, Hivikos and Quail. With David Pipe having had a few winners in the last week Qlinton could be a value each way bet at around 14/1.

Moorlands Teri won on the soft at Bangor last month and looks to follow up in the 4.40. The form of that race has worked out well and she should be in the first 4.

My thanks to the artist Ruth S Harris for allowing me to use today’s picture.  See links for more examples of this artist’s work.

 

Diary: January 29 2009

 

The Philip Hobbs trained Mark the Book has always looked a chaser in the making and although he has been off the atrck for a fair while I am going to tip him to get off the mark over fences in the 4.00 at Towcester tomorrow. Formerly a decent hurdler he ran well on only his second chase start when runner up at Chepstow in December 2007.At a bigger price Sir Peter, a faller last time out, looks over priced.

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Pride of Dulcote will be long odds on to land the Wincanton 2.40 but I am going to oppose him with Bakbenscher who showed improved form when winning his last start at Newbury.

Simply Blue represents my list to follow in the 3.10. He was 2nd over course and distance last October but has been slightly disappointing in two subsequent5 runs. If at his best he would have an each way chance.

 

Diary: January 28 2009

 

From the 6 horses mentioned in last night’s preview we had 2 winners and 3 seconds.

Once again this evening I am a little pushed for time so this will be a short update. The following horses from my list to follow are entered tomorrow.

Exeter 4.05 – Big Eared Fran

Leicester 1.35 – Carrickmines

Leicester 2.45 – Nom de Guerre

Leicester 3.55 Cruising River

Newcastle 1.55 – Steady Tiger

Newcastle 3.05 – Door Boy & Classic Cut

 

Diary: January 27 2009

 

The following runners from my list to follow are entered tomorrow.

Folkestone 1.50 – King Brex and Den of Iniquity

Folkestone 2.50 – The Old Pretender

Taunton 1.30 – Qozak

Taunton 2.00 – Special Envoy

Taunton 2.30 – Joker’s Legacy

Den of Iniquity, The Old Pretender and Qozak all look to have good chances and they are the selections.

 

Diary: Hanuary 26 2009

Christian Williams had a good win on Saturday on Big Fella Thanks. Tomorrow Williams rides the highly promising Lodge Lane for trainer Victor Dartnall in the Kempton 2.05. Lodge Lane jumped well when accounting for Wichita Lineman at Exeter on his chase debut and I fancy him to follow up tomorrow.

Buffalo Bob was a disappointing beaten favourite on his last start at Sandown. He tackles a longer trip tomorrow in the Kempton 2.40 and that should be to his advantage. He has an each way chance.

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Riverside Theatre had some smart bumper form winning twice as well as finishing 3rd to Diamond Harry at Newbury. He was a respectable 2nd to Copper Bleu on his hurdles bow and could go one better in the Kempton 1.00.

Bye for now.