Diary: September 17 2011


Ayr 2.15 Prime Exhibit

3.20 Macs Power

3.55 Xilerator

Newmarket 2.55 Balty Boys and Mehdi have the form in the book while the unraced Dance with me could go well at a big price.

5.15 Sluggsy Morant

Newbury 3.05 This is a very competitive race. Labarinto and Kirthill make most appeal.

3.40 Deacon Blues

5.25 Fieldgunner Kirkup

Diary: September 10 2011


Tomorrow sees the last classic of the season, the St Leger at Doncaster (3.10). Sea Moon was an impressive winner of the Great Voltigeur at York and is a worthy favourite. At the odds though I am inclined to select Census each way. He stays, looks to be on the upgrade, should be placed and if for any reason the favourite under performs he could well be the winner.

In the 2.35 I will put up Secret Witness each way at a big price.

Looking at the 3.45 I am interested in Eton Forever. He won the Spring Mile early in the season and was then 5th in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot off a mark 11 lbs higher. He has had a light campaign and although he has plenty of weight he could go well as long as there is some give in the ground.


At Goodwood Desert Law might be up to winning the listed race at 2.50. He was a comfortable winner at Bath on his last start and seems to be going the right way.

Korngold probably should have won at Ripon last time. He should have conditions in his favour tomorrow and will give us a run for our money in the 4.35.

Jack Smudge has been very expensive to follow this season as he has struggled to get anywhere near his 2010 form. He continues to drop down the weights and might be worth one last chance in the 5.05.

At Bath my best bet is Tonerre in the 2.15.

Today’s picture courtesy of the artist Margaret Barrett, is of Canon Can, winner of the 1997 Doncaster Cup, beating the great Persian Punch.

Diary: September 9 2011


The Doncaster 1.55 looks a tricky handicap to solve. Precision Break is three from three at Doncaster and has to be considered. Harlestone Times looks over priced at 12/1 while the lightly raced Bourne tries this trip for the first time. Bourne is the tentative suggestion although stamina is unproven.


If we ignore his latest run Dumbarton would be in with a chance in the 4.40.

Sholaan was impressive on his debut when second at Kempton and can go one better at Chester in their 2.00. Midsummer Sun is the selection in the 4.50.

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

Diary: September 7 2011


Today was a profitable one thanks to Hot Spice ata tasty 11/2.

I will try a couple more fairly speculative tips for tomorrow. Captain Kolo showed signs of a return to form at Thirsk last time and could go well in the Carlisle 4.30. Heavy rain is forecast but he does have form on soft ground.


Another horse that was runner up on his previous start is Viking Storm who is my selection in the Kempton 8.20.

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