Diary: August 1 2009

Not a vintage day at Goodwood this afternoon although Raines Cross 3rd beaten two necks at 20/1 was a decent shout.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day and once again I will start at Goodwood. In the opener at 1.55 Lady Luachmahar is on a hat trick, comes from a stable in form and has a good draw so she gets the nod in front of Jedi who has solid handicap form based on his last start at Chester but is not done any favours by the draw.

In the 2.30 I am going to take a chance with Zacinto even though he is having his first run of the season. The 15/8 being quoted about him does look a bit skinny though and if you want something at a bigger price Four Winds has some high class form and looks over priced at 8/1.


There are plenty in with chances in the Nassau Stakes at 3.05. Midday, Spacious, Katiyra and Rainbow View all make some appeal. The trip of 10 furlongs looks to be spot on for Rainbow View and I would just give her the edge.

I don’t have a particularly strong view of the Stewards Cup but the Dandy Nicholls pair of Sonny Red and Buachaill Dona command respect

On to Doncaster next and the 3.15 where my each way selection is Adorn. Although she has not been firing so far this season I am hopeful that she will be able to return to the sort of form that saw her placed in a Group 1 last year.

Alcalde and Mr Freddy are the two I like in the 4.25. Both come from stables bang in form and at this distance I can’t really split the pair. The market should be a good indication of their respective chances, especially as Alcalde has been of the track for quite a while.

One of the more disappointing horses on my list to follow has been Falcativ who won a small race at Yarmouth but has not really progressed from there. He is dropped back from 12 to 10 furlongs tomorrow and it is not impossible that he will bounce back. At the 3/1 quoted though I think he is plenty short enough.


There are some interesting newcomers in the 3.55 and three that catch my eye are Quality Mover, Goolagong and Queen of Wands. Goolagong holds a Group 1 entry and comes from a stable that can get one ready first time out so I will take a chance with her.

Cadre represents my list to follow in the 4.30 but has a fair bit to find on the form book with some of his rivals. My other selections at Newmarket are Mubrook (5.05) and Jachol (5.40).

There is also racing at Thirsk where my only selection is Autocracy in the 1.45.

Today’s pictures are courtesy of the artist Margaret Barrett.

Be lucky

Diary: July 31 2009


The opener at Goodwood tomorrow at 2.10 looks an open race. Warringah was only caught close home at York last time over 14 furlongs so he will have no stamina problems over a mile and a half tomorrow. With both trainer and jockey in top form he looks a reasonable bet.

Moving on to the 3.25 Cloudy Start has obvious claims. He has only been out of the first 3 in two of his 9 career starts and should handle the ground as long as it is not too soft. Course and distance winner Dubai’s Touch from the in form Mark Johnston yard is the other one I like.

In the 4.00 I will take a chance on the northern challenger Ghostwing each way at a really big price. He was flying at the finish in a decent Group 2 at Newmarket and looks to be going the right way.

Raines Cross was 3rd behind Monsieur Chevalier on his second outing and although disappointing since he may benefit from the step up to 7 furlongs in the 4.35 and at 40/1 has an each way chance. Another outsider to consider is Imperial Warrior making his handicap debut . He is a half brother to Wyatt Earp.


There is also an afternoon card at Thirsk where Woodsley House runs in the 2.40. He did us a favour earlier in the season winning at 20/1 so as a horse to follow he has already done his job. He has an each way chance tomorrow at around 12/1.

Alicante goes for the hat trick in the 3.50 and will be hard to stop. Cape Vale broke a losing sequence when winning at Ffos Las recently and with that confidence booster behind him goes into the 4.25 with a good chance. He actually won over course and distance on his first run as a two year old.

There are two runners from my list to follow in the 7.50 at Haydock, Cook’s Endeavour and Ben’s Dream. Both come into the race with chances but my preference is for Cook’s Endeavour who looked to be coming back to form when 3rd on Leicester on his latest outing.

Kona Coast appeared in my article of unraced 2 year olds to follow and makes his debut tomorrow in the 5.55 at Newmarket. I am going to stick with him but I am a bit concerned that he wears blinkers for his racecourse bow!

katy newmarket july

Poet’s Voice, a son of Dubawi should have learned plenty from his debut run and is my selection in the 7.00. Lastly, I am going to stick with Raaeidd in the 8.35 although he is starting to look exposed and has been a little disappointing.

Today’s pictures are courtesy of the artists Ruth Buchanan (top, Thirsk parade ring) and Katy Sodeau.

Diary: July 30 2009

I was interested to see that Mark Johnston’s Drumfire took the opener at Goodwood yesterday. The horse featured in book on 2 year olds that Paul Lincoln used to publish. Sadly the last of these annual publications on 2 year olds to follow was in 2006 as lack of support led Paul to discontinue the books.

I was a great fan of these annuals that pointed to the way to numerous winners both in the horse’s 2 year old campaigns and in later years. For example the 2006 book featured Just Dust a winner of 5 races that season including at odds of 10s and 25s. Others to feature that year were Conquest (winner of the Gimcrack and Stewards Cup), English Ballet (Sweet Solera Stakes), Hoh Mike (Group 3 winner), Indian Ink (2 Group 1s), Malt or Mash (November Handicap), Miss Otis (20/1 winner on debut) and the high class sprinter Sakhee’s Secret to name just a few. Amazingly the sales of this gem of a book were disappointing and it no longer appears on the book shelves.

Anyway, rant over. I enjoyed a fairly successful day at Goodwood yesterday but this afternoon things did not go so well with only Beyond Desire saving me from a complete whitewash.

The fun starts at Goodwood tomorrow at 2.10 with a 3 year old handicap that looks difficult to solve. It does have a very good record for winning favourites with 5 out of the last 10 years. In fact the biggest priced winner was 9/1 during that period. Following that trend I would suggest that we concentrate on Mirrored, Roman Republic and Hyades. All 3 ran in the Britannia with Mirrored coming out best in 3rd place. He has since finished 3rd at Sandown with Roman Republic again behind him. Roman Republic has since run at Newmarket where he was runner up to Firebet, yesterday’s winner. Hyades was a winner at Yarmouth earlier in the season on fast ground. If pushed to narrow it down to a single selction I would go for Mirrored although with the stable in good form Roman Republic might be worth an interest as well.


I looked at 3 for the 2.45. Siren’s Gift has a poor strike rate but is over priced at 50/1. Inxile is useful over the minimum trip but the percentage call is probably our old favourite Borderlescott who rarely runs a bad race.

With Marcus Tregoning back in form I will take a chance with his Askar Tau in the Goodwood Cup at 3.25.

Dark Mischief represents my list to follow in the 4.35 but he does seem to have lost his way a bit since winning at Newmarket back in April and it may be that the handicapper has got his measure for the moment. The 5.45 looks about as tricky as it gets and with the help of my trusty pin I have selected Northern Bolt and Invincible Lad.

At Epsom I will take a chance with the outsider of 4, Kattar, in the 8.05.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Ruth Buchanan.

Diary: July 29 2009

It will be an abbreviated preview tonight as I am off to the Moss Rose to see The Silkmen take on Huddersfield Town.

The big race at Goodwood is the Sussex Stakes at 3.25. Rip Van Winkle and Paco Boy are my two main fancies for this with the suspicion that Paco Boy will be better suited by the unusual track than his Irish trained rival.

soviet song

I also narrowed the 4.00 down to a shortlist of two, Chiberta King and Braveheart Move. The latter comes from a stable in form and looks to have been laid out for this. He is the selection.

In the 4.35 Beyond Desire is rumoured to be a smart newcomer while I like Club Tahiti in the 5.10 after his eye-catching effort at Newbury last time out.

In the 7.10 at Leicester I like the chances of the Luca Cumani trained Nbhan who was second at Sandown on his last start. The trainer excels with this type of horse. Speed Dating won up at Carlisle on Sunday and is turned out quickly under a penalty in the 8.45.

Nothing really takes my eye at either Redcar or Sandown so I will leave it there for tonight.

Tonight’s picture, of the 2004 Susses Stakes winner Soviet Song, is courtesy of the artist Lisa Miller.

Diary: July 28 2009


Glorious Goodwood starts tomorrow set on the beautiful Sussex Downs. The first race is at 2.10 and there are plenty in with chances. For my tip I am going for Royal Destination who I hope is still open to improvement after winning his last 2 races.

Although other horses have better form in the book than Harbinger the Sir Michael Stoute colt won with such authority a Chester on only his second outing that he may well have improved enough to land the 2.45.


Finjaan, Main Aim and Dream Eater represent my list to follow in the Lennox Stakes at 3.25. Finjaan had Rip Van Winkle and Delegator behind him in the Dewhurst last season but has since run behind those horses in the 2,000 Guineas. Tomorrow’s 7 furlongs is probably his best trip and the stable had a winner yesterday after having been beset with a virus. It is hard to get away from the chances of Main Aim though after his 2nd in the July Cup and he looks the most likely winner.

Selections later on are Monsieur Chevalier (4.00) and One Good Emperor (5.45).

My suggestions at Beverley are Daneshillsundance (4.20) and Union Island (4.55).

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Sarah Aspinall.

Good luck

Diary: JUly 27 2009


4 winners and a couple of 2nds from the eight horses featured last night so not a bad days work.

Charles Parnell has from figures that read 2112 when running at Southwell so should give a good account in the 3.15 there tomorrow.  Swinbrook is likely to give the selection most to do.


Block Party was only beaten a nose on his last run with the rest of the field in a different parish and he may be able to go one better in the Windsor 8.15.

Today’s picture is by courtesy of the artist Katy Sodeau.


Diary: July 26 2009


Runners from my list to follow entered tomorrow;

Ascot 2.50 Cactus Curtsey; 3.25 Fleeting Star; 4.00 Shamali; 4.35 Hevelius; 5.10 Judge ‘n Jury.

Carlisle 3.35 Saga de Tercey; 4.45 Visite Royale; 5.20 Speed Dating.