Diary: October 1 2010


Lang Shining was quite a high profile horse at Sir Michael Stoute’s yard at one time but never quite fulfilled his early promise there. A change of stable and a drop in class has led to a very successful campaign for him in 2010. His win at Kempton yesterday was his 6th of the season. Sophie Doyle has partnered him on 5 of those wins.

There have been a few racehorses with names connected to the “Fab Four” – Lennon was a decent 2 mile chaser, McCartney was a winner of 3 races on the flat while Harrison George has been running well this season winning 3 races already. Staying with the Beatles theme Tangerine Trees has had a tremendous season and would have been a seriously profitable horse to follow. He won today at Newmarket making it 5 wins for the season. His winning odds have been 13/2, 6/1, 7/4, 33/1 and 9/1 today.

A couple of other winners that caught my eye today were Royal Trooper and Kenyan Cat. The former followed up his success at Hamilton with an all the way win at Warwick where he was given a canny ride by Paul Mullholland. The jockey was given every assistance from the horse who is a really gutsy performer. Kenyan Cat was another Warwick winner and he has now also won 2 on the bounce. Once again full marks to the jockey, this time Simon Walker who had to weave a way through when the horse was squeezed for room.


At Newmarket tomorrow I had the 1.55 down to a short list of Cityscape, Fair Trade and Tamaathul. I was impressed with Cityscape when he won at Haydock earlier in the month and he gets my selection.

In the 2.30 I will go with Hooray who appears to have the best form on show. If you forgive Maqaasid her last run she could well provide the main danger.

I have supported Temple Meads this season and he has rewarded me with a couple of wins so I will tick with him in the 3.05. Strong Suit could be the danger.

Desert Sage could prove the answer to the Challenge Whip at 5.25.

Sir Mark Prescott could be the man to follow at Lingfield where both Honoured (5.15) and King’s Realm (5.50) look to have winning chances. At Wolverhampton Veroon has an each way chance in the 9.15.

There is jumping at Hexham where Cape Tribulation makes his chase debut in the 2.40.  Another one to look out for is Moon Indigo in the 3.15.

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

Diary: September 29 2010


September has been quite a fruitful month for us and last night’s preview yielded a couple more winners thanks to Harlestone Times and Regal Park.

Tomorrow’s racing looks difficult. Housepoint is related to several winners and is dropped back in trip to 7 furlongs after finishing well behind over a mile and a half last time. She did show a modicum of form on her first run last season. I wouldn’t rule her out in the Newcastle 3.50.

Zaplamation will appreciate the ground in the 5.30 while in the same race Baraconti has his first run for trainer Ruth Carr.

In the 3.25 at Nottingham my two against the field are Medicinal Compound and Lucky Windmill.

Diary: September 28 2010

Red Lover is well thought of at home and should be all the better for a course and distance run at Newbury 10 days ago when he contests the 3.10 at the Berkshire track tomorrow.

Towbaat is a bit better than his form figures suggest and would have a chance in the 3.45 if the ground dries out.

Sadafiya has been in good form and goes for a hat trick of wins in the 4.20.

176594_Training Day, Newmarket Heath

In the 4.55 I quite like the chances of the Hughie Morrison pair Present Alchemy and Sohraab. Regal Park comes into the 6.00 on the back of a decent win at Goodwood and with Richard Hughes on board still chasing the jockey’s title the pair should go well.

At Brighton my best bet is Harlestone Times in the 3.20. He won somewhat cosily at Goodwood and can defy a rise in the weights over this longer trip.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Susan Shaw.

Good luck.

Diary: September 26 2010

I had Golden Blaze in my notebook as one to back next time. His entry in the 2.25 at Ascot seems quite a strange one though as I expected him to appear at a Northern track and in a race over further. The trainer must believe the horse has a chance in this though and I am tempted to have a little 10p each way.

Andrew Balding is double handed in the 3.00 with Chiberta King and Final Victory. The former started his campaign really well with a win at Newmarket but his three subsequent runs have been disappointing. Final Victory has gone up in the weights for a win at Goodwood in May but has not come down again despite a couple of defeats. He does handle ease on the ground though and at 14/1 is probably each way value.

Monitor Closely is yet to recapture his form of 2009 but if he can find that level of form he would be in with a major chance in the 4.10.


I had a short list of 3 for the 4.45. Lady of the Desert and last year’s winner Sayif would probably be better suited by a sound surface so I will go for Dalghar for my selection.

Brick Red is my selection in the 5.20.

At Musselburgh Hamloola may be able to bounce back from a defeat at Kempton where she was badly drawn. She runs in the 4.00. In the 4.35 Red Jade will act on the ground and has title chasing Paul Hannigan in the saddle.

Diary: Saturday Update


Just a couple of thoughts on the Haydock 2.35.  Sunny Game is a horse I have been waiting for.  He was 3rd in a race at Chester that has worked out well and has had a break so comes to Haydock a fresh horse.  The other one to think about is the confirmed mud lover Bollin Felix.

Good luck this afternoon.

Diary: September 25 2010


I will start tonight’s preview at Ascot although from a punting point of view I suspect that the better value is to be had in the North West at Chester and Haydock.

The Ascot card kicks off with a big field mile handicap at 1.55. Sajjhaa could be the answer here. She started at 8/1 on the Oaks where she finished last but when dropped to a mile at Bath on her most recent outing she won well. Reportedly best on good ground I hope that the ground dries out for her tomorrow. She is also the right age group for the race as 3 year olds have won each of the last 9 renewals.

Frankel has looked something special and should have no trouble in winning the 2.30 while I think that White Moonstone will come out on top in the 3.05.

The 3.40 looks a difficult puzzle to solve. I have been tipping Suruor in some of the big handicaps this season and although running well he is yet to win. I am starting to think that the handicapper has his measure at the moment as he is 7 lbs higher than his highest winning mark. Side Glance on the other hand has proved a profitable horse for us to follow winning twice. He is a course winner and looks to be on the upgrade. If the ground dries out sufficiently then Wannabe King would come into the reckoning. He looked like a horse returning to form on his last outing. The other one I like is Gramercy who won at Ascot earlier in the season and looks value at around 25/1.


In the 4.50 Wake Up Call takes a step up in class but is on a winning run and could be worth a small each way interest.

In the 3.30 at Chester Ejyeyaaz at least has his favoured ground conditions while Great Charm looks value in the 5.15.

In the 3.10 at Haydock ValeryBorzov looks well handicapped and will not mind the ground. Another one I like in this is We Have a Dream who will also be suited by the recent rain.

We were successful with Cheverton up at Ayr last week andhes is not without a chance of following up in the Haydock 3.45. He is a course and distance winner and is suited by ease in the ground. Walvis Bay and Noble Storm are not without chances, the former in particular could be dropping to a handy mark. At the bottom of the weights Haajes has an each way chance.

Aquarian Spirit has a poor strike rate but did run with promise when 2nd at Thirsk recently and could break his duck in handicaps in the 4.55.

My only selection at Market Rasen is Royal Max in the 5.05 for trainer Ian Williams.

Today’s picture is by kind permission of the artist Jane Dunn.

Diary: September 24 2010


Tomorrow sees the start of the Ascot Festival meeting and I will start tonight’s bulletin there. The first race, the 2.00 is a nursery, that is a handicap for 2 year olds. I have been following Byrony who is trained by Richard Hannon and the horse has now won 3 in a row. He has of course gone up considerably in the weights but I will stick with him until he loses. Another I like in this race is Apace a winner at Folkestone last month.

Another horse that I have been following is Michael Bell’s Hypnotized who runs in the 2.35. He has won a couple of times on the all weather at Kempton but has largely been disappointing of late. He tries a longer trip here but as he has tended to pull hard in his races I will keep a watching brief on this occasion.

In the 3.10 there are 3 horses that I have been following; Star Rover, Dungannon and Deacon Blues. I am not sure that either Star Rover or Dungannon are racing over their optimum trip here so I will plump for the consistent Deacon Blues who was a good third in the Portland handicap on his last start and has the benefit of Kieren Fallon in the saddle (who won for us on Jade at Pontefract today).

In the 3.45 I am going for the 100/1 outsider Funday. She is a sister to the hurdler Pigeon Island and I just think she may be better than she has shown so far.


There are some decent types in the handicap at 4.20. The connections of Bramshaw were very enthusiastic about him when they appeared on the Morning Line the other week and this lightly raced type is one to consider. For my selection though I have chosen Brick Red who was a winner at Kempton last month and may be ahead of the handicapper.

Haydock next and Muffraaj is an interesting runner in the 2.45. As the name suggests he is by Iffraaj who was Timeform’s highest rated speed horse of 2006. Leviathan will like the soft ground and is my selection in the 4.30.

In the 5.05 Lordship ticks most of the right boxes. He likes soft ground and has won 3 times for his jockey Jake Payne.

At Wolverhampton the Godolphin juvenile Tahaamah can make a winning debut in the 7.45.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Jane Dunn.

Diary: September 23 2010

I don’t have a particularly strong view on tomorrow’s racing but I will just point out a handful of horses of interest.

Staring at Pontefract in the 2.30 Jade has shown some promise for up and coming trainer Ollie Pears. He will stay further than this 6 furlongs in time and may be being lined up for a handicap over further once he has qualified for a rating. With K Fallon booked to ride tomorrow though he could be of interest if there is any market confidence behind him. Jade is certainly one to look out for.


Cheyenne Red who runs in the 3.30 is one to keep tabs on in the coming weeks as he has slipped down the weights to what looks a winnable mark. His record suggests that he likes some give in the ground and he may not get that at Pontefract tomorrow. Once again though he is one for the notebook.

The 4.00 could be between High Office and Fastnet Storm. Fastnet Storm has won twice at the track from 3 runs while High Office showed a willing attitude when scoring at Yarmouth last week and reappears here under a 6 lbs penalty.

At Perth could be one to go well at a big price is Le Roi Max in the novice hurdle at 2.50.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Jo Stockdale.