Diary: August 29 2011


Plenty of meetings tomorrow. None of them look easy!

At Epsom Picture Editor has some form that would put him in with every chance. Forte Dei Marmi is the other one I would consider. He has been well below par in most of his races this season but on last year’s form he would go close.

At Newcastle the well regarded Warcrown looks good for the opener at 2.15.

Spinatrix has done really well for me this season and I will stay with him in the Newcastle 5.45.

Other selections; Ripon 3.35 Xilerator; Warwick 3.20 Inler

Diary: August 27 2011

A fairly ordinary looking day at the races tomorrow. At Newmarket there will be a hot favourite in the 2.30. It might be worth taking on the jolly each way with Balty Boys and Mehdi.

Mac’s Power ran well in the Stewards Cup last week and is my selection in the 3.30.

Leviathan likes soft ground and looks each way value in the 4.35.

Another that could be value is Distant Memories in the Windsor 6.40. He is a previous winner of the race.

Diary: August 26 2011


I start each season with a list of horses to follow and 3 from this year’s list are in action tomorrow.

Secret Witness has already rewarded me with a win at 9/1. He runs in the 3.40 at Ffos Las where he is 3 lbs higher in the handicap than when he won at Doncaster recently. He should be thereabouts and is worth a small each way interest at 8/1.

Spinatrix has been very consistent and should again be in the first 3 in the Newcastle 7.25. He would be value at 4/1.

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Lastly Jack Smudge who runs in the Thirsk 4.25. A multiple winner last year he should some slight signs of a return to form when 4th at Doncaster in June when wearing first time blinkers. No blinkers this time but might be worth a small each way wager at odds of 12/1.

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

Diary: August 24 2011


I have a bit of a theory about the 7.20 at Kempton (I should probably get out more!) Junket has been running quite consistently without quite getting her nose in front. She has dropped a pound in the handicapper and he jockey tomorrow is able to claim a further 3 lbs. So 4 lbs better off, my maths cam just about cope with that, she should go close to winning. She has already shown that she handles the track and her pedigree suggests the distance should suit her. That’s the theory anyway.


At the start of the season I was told that Sholaan was quite highly regarded by his trainer Willie Haggas. He makes his debut tomorrow at Kempton in the 7.50. The stable are in good form so I will burden him with my selection.

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