Diary: November 1 2010


Coup Royale is an interesting recruit to the chasing ranks. He runs in the 3.45 at Kempton tomorrow and is a dark horse that should be worth following this season.

The Cayterers looks quite well treated over hurdles and should be able to find a race off his current mark. He is my selection in the 4.20.

Wolverhampton selection; 1.10 Manoori

Diary: October 31 2010


Winners galore today as our good run continues.

There are a couple of promising types in the opener t Carlisle tomorrow (1.00). Rival D’Estruval who was 5th in an Aintree bumper in May is respected but slight preference is for Hexham bumper winner Tiptoeaway. The 2.40 is an interesting contest. I am hopeful that both Door Boy and The Hollinwell will pay their way this season and I would fancy this pair to run well.

Locked Inthepocket has form on soft ground and could eb the answer in the 3.45.

My only selection at Huntingdon is Wayward Prince in the 1.55.

Diary: October 30 2010

I will start tonight’s bulletin at Ascot where Emma Lavelle’s Pause and Clause can get off the mark over fences in the 2.25. A winner over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival he should have learned plenty from his chase debut at Market Rasen last month.

Recession Proof won for us at Carlisle the other week and I will stick with him in the 3.00. Get me out of here and Tocca Ferro look the main players in the 4.15. There is not much to choose between the pair.

Ayr is subject to a morning inspection and if it does go ahead the ground will be heavy. The 3.20 features 3 horses that have served us well this season in Royal Trooper, Royal Swain and Bollin Judith. Royal Swain should handle the ground and would be my slight preference over the other two. Bollin Judith has shown her best form on quick ground which is a concern. Lordship is my selection in the 5.00. He is a course winner, was second on his most recent start and has winning form on heavy ground.

Silks DP

At Newmarket I am hoping that Brick Red can bounce back from his disappointing effort last week. He runs in the 2.00 while I will have a few coins each way on Kingsfort in the 2.35. Shooting Gallery has an each way chance in the 3.45. The consistent Timepiece could be the answer in the 4.20 for Henry Cecil.

Over the jumps at Wetherby Duc de Regniere goes well fresh and will take some beating in the 2.50.

At Wolverhampton there are good reports about Green Apple who makes his racecourse debut in the 7.20.

My selections at Naas are 2.05 Shinrock Paddy; 3.05 Si C’etais Vrai.

Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Kirsten Harris.

Diary: October 29 2010

After a dismal start to my punting week things have take a turn for the better with Mohawk Ridge (6/1) and Tullius (25/1) amongst other winners over the last two days.

The flat season is drawing to a close but hopefully we will be able to squeeze in a few more winners over the next few days. Dean Swift could be the one to be on in the Newmarket 1.50 tomorrow. He is well thought of by his trainer and should have learned plenty from his debut run at Leicester last month.

In the 4.10 the consistent Zahoo shouldn’t be far away while in the same race Plaisterer looks over priced.


I like the look of Be My Light in the 4.20 at Uttoxeter while Bonfire Knight could make a winning debut over hurdles at Wetherby in the 3.55.

Walvis Bay won at Ripon at the beginning of August but rather went off the boil after that. His last run at York earlier this month was more like it though and he could be of interest when making his all weather bow in the Wolverhampton 7.10.

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

Diary: October 26 2010

At Yarmouth tomorrow the stoutly bred Raw Spirit could be interesting in the 2.30. He should be suited by the trip and the stable are renowned for having their juveniles ready first time up.

Housepoint probably has a small race in her somewhere. She has slipped down the handicap and could get competitive in the 3.00.

Similar comments apply to Dandarrell really. Not a world beater by any means but in with an each way chance in the 4.30.

Diary: October 23 2010

Tomorrow’s racing looks pretty difficult and the winners have hardly been flowing for me this week but here goes with a few thoughts.

Westlin’ Winds is something of a favourite of mine and I am hopeful that he may be able to upset the likely favourite at Aintree in the 2.10.

There is a small but select field for the Old Roan Chase at 3.25. Both Alberta’s Run and the veteran Monet’s Garden have good records at the track and both will like the ground. Neither trainer is in particularly sparkling form though and this is probably a race to watch and enjoy rather than risk a bet.

The 5.10 looks to be between Rock Noir and Medermit. The latter looks the percentage call.


Ballybriggan sets the standard in the 5.40 where Cygnet, a huge disappointment on the flat, should improve for his first run over hurdles earlier this month.

When I went to Sandown Grammar School there were 4 houses, each represented by a colour and named after an area of the town. I was in Alverstone and the horse of that name could be worth an interest in the 2.00 at Chepstow. A dual bumper winner she was 3rd to Peddler’s Cross at Bangor last season when not fluent over the hurdles. If her jumping has improved she would have a good chance.

In the 3.35 Captain Chris is one that I fancy after running up a hat trick last spring. The stable are going well and the ground will suit. Frascati Park looks the danger and the comments about ground and trainer form would hold good for him too.

Restless Harry has only finished out of the first two once when completing the course and should give us a run for our money in the 4.10.

Den of Iniquity does not have too many miles on the clock for a nine year old. He will need the rain to come in time for him tomorrow but if he gets some give in the ground I would fancy him in the 4.45.

Doncaster gets under way with a tough sprint at 1.45. Johannes, Noble Storm and Anglezarke all come into the race on the back of a promising last run and they represent my short list. At a really big price I wouldn’t rule out Secret Asset. Mark Anthony has an each way chance in the 3.30 while Flambeau looks well weighted in the 4.05.


I have a short list of 3 in the 4.40. Ella, Red Jade and Tajaarub all look to have chances but if pushed for a single selection it would be Red Jade. Honeymead was an impressive winner at Newmarket at the start of the month and can follow up in the 5.15.

Primaeval seems to like Kempton and should again go well there in the 8.45.

At Newbury outsiders have a good record in the 2.40 and La De Two and Jedi are a couple that could upset the more fancied runners.

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