Diary: October 1 2011


Having followed Thimaar all season with very limited success I finally gave up on him today and he won at 6/1. Sums up my flat season really.

Tomorrow’s fixtures don’t exactly get the pulse racing. At Ascot Desert Law and Astrophysical Jet are worth considering in the 4.25. Secret Witness has a fair bit to find on the rating but he was finishing like a train at Haydock last week after a tardy start homeand then finding trouble in running.

The consistent Mehdi has an each way chance in the Newmarket 3.00 while there might be more to come from the once raced Dance with me at a big price.

Bea Remembered was third at Taby in a listed race last week and reappears in the Newmarket 4.45. She should run well but the Henry Cecil runner will be hard to beat. Incidentally, Täby racecourse, located in the northern suburbs of Stockholm, is the premier track in the three Scandinavian countries where racing is run, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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

Diary: September 30 2011


Well Sharp has been tilting at windmills since winning a small race at Redcar in May but has ability and tackles a more realistic task at Ascot tomorrow in the 3.30.

King Ferdinand has won a couple of times for us this season but has gone up in the weights as a result. He runs in the Ascot 5.15 where the odds of 12/1 probably represent his chance. His wears a first time visor after a poor run at Newmarket last time.

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At Wolverhampton in the 8.45 Tapis Libre has come down to a mark he could win off.

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

Diary: September 25 2011


Not a great day on the tipping front yesterday with only Courageous coming in for me at 9/2. The horse was ending a 25 run losing sequence.

Not much to go at on Sunday. Fieldgunner Kirkup, owned by an osteopath, Kevin Kirkup seems to have lost his form but wears first time headgear in the Musselburgh 3.55.



One race that I didn’t get the chance to look at last night was the Newmarket 3.10. Music Show has not been able to repeat her form of last season but she will like the ground and wears a first time visor.  At 20/1 she might be worth a small each way interest.

Diary: September 24 2011


I received a “hot tip” today but I didn’t pass it on which was just as well as it came 7th of 10 at Worcester. We did at least break our losing run thanks to Fire Fighter a 11/8 favourite at Wolverhampton who won as he pleased under Robert Winston. Fire Fighter is a rapidly improving sort that could win again.

The big betting race tomorrow is the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket(3.50). With 35 runners it is worth betting on more than one runner. Circumvent (28/1) a recent Goodwood winner, Sagramor (14/1) winner of a big handicap at Royal Ascot and the potentially well handicapped Riggins (33/1) would be my three against the field.).

The front two in the betting will be hard to beat in the 2.35 but at a bigger price Shumoos could be each way value.

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In the 5.00 Striking Spirit is the complete outsider but is coming down the weights and has an each way chance.

In the 3.55 at Haydock both Lyric Street and Motivado could be open to further improvement.

Looking for an outsider in the 5.05 Mull of Killough and Light from Mars are worth considering.

At Chester Mashaaref has the form to figure in the 4.10 while Courageous continues to creep down the ratings in the 5.20.

My thanks to the artist Sally Martin for today’s picture.