Diary: April 30 2010

 

There are a few potential improvers in the 4.45 at Doncaster. Dandino won quite nicely at Redcar last month and should run well but my preference is for the Henry Cecil runner Rigidity. He has only had two career starts, winning the second of them at Yarmouth last September. His handicap mark of 77 looks potentially lenient.

Layla’s Dancer was a disappointing beaten favourite last time out but is worth another chance in the 5.15.

Down at Lingfield The Scorching Wind has been a bit unlucky of late and could bounce back to form in the 3.15.

My only election at Musselburgh is Rebel Duke in the 4.00.

Diary: April 29 2010

At the time of penning these notes, with one result still to come, we have had a good day with 4 winners from 7 selections.

Just a couple of selections tomorrow. Azaday in the Folkestone 4.10 and up at Redcar Haigh Hall in the 4.00.

Diary: April 28 2010

Selections for Wednesday;

Ascot 2.45 – Aviate

Ascot 3.20 Citytscape

Ascot 3.55 Askar Tau

Ascot 4.30 Mon Cadeaux

Pontefract 4.40 Beat The Rush

Pontefract 5.15 Mr Freddy

Kempton 7.05 Towbaat

Kempton 9.10 Primaeval

 

Diary: April 27 2010

At the start of the flat season I introduced a new feature called “handicap hints” with which I will be trying to pinpoint future handicap winners.

The first three to go on the list were all taken from the Lincoln Handicap, Harrison George, Mia’s Boy and Mull of Killough. They have all run since with Harrison George winning at 11/2. I am working on the basis that HG has done his job and have decided to remove him from the list. Mia’s Boy was runner up in a listed race at Doncaster only beaten a head. Even so I have also removed him from the list as I am afraid he may become something of a “twilight” horse and be difficult to place. Mull of Killough could only finish 21st of 23 at Newbury but he met trouble in running and he stays on the list. Cityscape ran well in 4th in that Newbury race and he has been added. I have also added Hamish McGonigall who was 3rd at Beverley recently from a bad draw. He failed to win last season and has come down in the weights as a result.

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I have added a couple more. Roker Park who ran today at Newcastle. I have a feeling that he could come in at a big price at some stage of the season. It is worth noting that he has won 3 times in the month of June! Lastly, I have included Hanoverian Baron to the list. He was second at Epsom last week despite not having conditions to suit.

Looking back to Saturday’s racing I was pleased to see that my selection for the “Whitbread” Tamarinbleu was also the Pricewise pick. The horse also got a pretty confident vote from trainer David Pipe on the Morning Line so I was feeling pretty smug about my 16/1 ticket. In the race though he was soon behind and never jumped with any fluency.

The one that got away on Saturday was Haatheq who won at Leicester for John Dunlop. He is a horse I had been waiting for as he looked on a lenient handicap mark. He duly won at 7/2 but I missed him!

We had one winner today thanks to Contredanse at Windsor.

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Turning our attention to tomorrow Cygnet represents the same trainer/jockey combination as Contredanse in the Nottingham 7.05. A lightly raced, well bred 4 year old he is a course winner and should go well. Cygnet would have to be the selection but one that has an each way chance at a bigger price is Veroon who I think may pick up a decent race or two this season and will appreciate both trip and ground.

Rainbow Six represents the in form trainer Marco Botti in the 8.05 and the Italian also has a fancied runner at Lingfield with Mount Juliet, formerly trained by Simon Callaghan, in the 4.00. They are a couple to look out for.

Today’s pictures are by kind permission of the artist Susan Shaw.

Diary: April 26 2010

 

Master Rooney ran quite well at Beverley recently despite not being well drawn. He could go close in the Newcastle 4.10 tomorrow where Rebel Duke and Roker Park are others to consider.

At Windsor my selections are Pekan Three (7.10) and Contredanse (7.40).

Diary: April 26 2010

 

There are a couple of decent races at Bath tomorrow.  Anglezarke has a good record first time out and looks the one they all have to beat in the 4.25.  he Henry Cecil runner Tomintoul Singer looks the main threat.

Cool strike has shown marked improvement since being fitted with a visor.  The firm ground at Bath should suit him and he is the selection in the 3.50.

Diary: April 24 2010

The curtain comes down on another jumps season tomorrow with the mixed card at Sandown. The last big handicap pf the season, which I still think of as the Whitbread Gold Cup has been a bad race for favourites in recent years and it may pay to look for a bigger priced selection. Tamarinbleu has possibilities. He looks as though he may have been laid out for this by trainer David Pipe, he is a course winner, he will handle the ground and he was second on his last run and the winner and the third that day have both won since. At around 14/1 he looks a fair each way bet.

Twist Magic should be too good for his rivals in the Celebration Chase at 2.30 but he refused to race just 4 days ago in Ireland and could be something of a risky proposition. Oh Crick returns to 2 miles here which looks his best trip and he has form on good ground. If Twist Magic fails to fire he could be the one to capitalise.

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Paco Boy is the class act in the 3.40, a race he won last season and his stable have won 4 times in the last 6 years. He is a short price though and it could be worth looking for an each way alternative. Border Patrol is a course and distance winner and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him in the first 3. For my selection though I am inclined to side with Confront who was progressive last season and should come on for his seasonal reappearance last month.

A case could be made for most of the runners in the 4.15. Crowded House and Glass Harmonium make most appeal, with slight preference for the former.

Up at Haydock the cleverly named Think it’s all Over looks the one to be on in the 7.35 where the booking of Jamie Spencer to ride looks interesting.

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The 3.00 at Leicester is a trappy little race even though there are only 5 runners. Mark Johnston runs two in Exemplary and Green Lightning. The latter won at Nottingham last season but was a beaten favourite at Doncaster last month when only 4th of 6. It is too early to write him off yet though. A winner at Bath on fast ground last season Exemplary was 3rd at Ffos Las 18 days ago. The tough and consistent Aquarian Spirit comes from a stable in good from and is narrowly preferred to the Johnston pair.

At Ripon I like the chances of King of Wands in the 5.45. He has his first run for his new trainer John Gosden who had a winner today at Sandown.

Today’s pictures are courtesy of the artist Lisa Miller.

Diary: April 23 2010

 

The big race tomorrow is the Irish Champion Hurdle. Solwhit, Medermit and Punjabi all try their luck after finishing down the field in the Cheltenham version while Dunguib, beaten when an apparent “certainty” at Cheltenham and Hurricane Fly returning from injury are other fascinating contenders. If Hurricane Fly is back to his best he would take some beating while Punjabi is proven on both the track and the going.

The Punchestown 4.55 looks ultra competitive. Quiscover Fontaine looks the pick of the home team although the ground may not be ideal for him. The British challenge comes from Kangaroo Court who was a first fence faller last week and Cheltenham winner Copper Bleu. I fancy this pair to go well.

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I have been following Luska Lad this season with some success. He comes into the 6.05 on the back of a hat trick of wins. His most recent success was at Fairyhouse and the form of the race was boosted this week when the runner up won. Whether the ground will suit Luska Lad may be questionable but he is a serious contender. Reve de Sivola was runner up to Peddler’s Cross and Cheltenham and that horse has since won well at Aintree. Quantativeasing and Fionnegas are others to consider but Luska Lad and Reve de Sivola would be my main fancies.

The 6.40 could go to Arvika Ligeonniere from a stable very much in form.

At Sandown Invincible Soul looks well handicapped in the 1.10 while Simenon looks over priced in the 1.45. I would be inclined to look for some value in the 3.55 where Zahoo, Rock a Doodle Doo and Higgy’s Ragazzo all make some appeal.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Karen Davies.

Diary: April 22 2010

Our good run continues with a couple more winners from last night’s preview.

At Fontwell tomorrow Latin America looks to have a lot going for him in the 2.20 and should record his first win of the season after a couple of seconds.

It seems that most of the heroes from the Cheltenham Festival have failed to reproduce their best form since. The latest Festival winner to reappear in Quevaga in the 5.30 at Punchestown. She should win although she will not have the benefit of Ruby Walsh in the saddle this time. Bensalem would be an interesting each way alternative back over hurdles after falling in the William Hill Trophy. Riverside Theatre ran a strange race in the Arkle, absolutely flying home after getting seriously left behind. He may not have been suited by the track at Cheltenham and warrants another chance in the Punchestown 6.40.

Rounding the bend

Wulfreda ran twice last season showing promise on her second outing at Yarmouth. She runs in the 3.00 at Beverley tomorrow where she looks to have a good chance. She is actually bred to appreciate further so if she fails this time I wouldn’t necessarily give up on her.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Maura Clarke.

Diary: April 21 2010

Today’s “best bet” Atlantic Tiger won at 5/2.

In February Tajaarub beat Atlantic Tiger on the all weather at Lingfield. That was his only run to date and he looked to have plenty of improvement in him. He is my selection in the 3.45 at Catterick.

My selections at Epsom are Rocket Rob (2.20), Trip the Light (2.55) and Alainmaar (4.05). At Kempton Hypnotized looks well handicapped in the 8.20.

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Denman should win the big race in Ireland while my other fancy at Punchestown is Ad Idem in the 4.55.

Today’s picture, courtesy of the artist Jenny Lupton, is of Beef or Salmon who won Punchestown’s Guinness Gold Cup back in 2004.