Diary; June 1 2012



2.25 Bornean is well bred and is said to be forward.


1.40 Lay Time was progressive last season and is regarded as one of Andrew Balding’s best prospects for the season. The extended mile looks an ideal trip.

2.15 Gatewood won well at York in the manner of a horse that can continue to improve.

4.05 Aiden O’Brien has 6 runners in the Oaks but the English challenge looks stronger. Vow won the Lingfield trial despite running about at the finish. Like Vow Kailiani is two from two. Most recently she took the Pretty Polly stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. On pedigree she looks sure to stay. The Fugue is not unbeaten having won 2 from 3 but her defeat came when 4th in te 1,000 Guineas where she was running on at the finish. She has since won the Musidora in good style although that could have been a weak renewal of the race. Of the trio I slightly favour The Fugue.

4.50 Fallen for You was below par at Lingfield on her last start but is worth another chance here.

soviet song


8.30 This doesn’t look the strongest of contests and Tawaasul looks to have the best form in the book.


4.25 Chatterati ran miserably last time but if that run is ignored he stands a chance.

5.00 Teacher wears first time blinkers. If the blinds have the desired effect this one would have a chance.

Picture courtesy of the artist Lisa Miller.

Diary: May 31 2012



3.05 Arabic and Autarch are the two I like in this.


7.10 Course and distance winner Ted’s Brother should go well.


6.45 Sir Prancealot won well at Bath and comes from a stable with a good record in this race.

7.20 Times Up looks to have a chance at the weights.

8.25 Redact and Top Offer are my two against the field.

Diary: May 29 2012



4.20 Flavius Victor might be better over a bit further than this but he has done enough to suggest that he can win a small race or two. He has an each way chance.

5.20 Lashyn and Gallipot are the two I fancy here. Gallipot looks to have the better chance.


3.10 Eastern Destiny was beaten into second at Redcar earlier in the month and stands a good chance of going one better here.

4.10 Sir Windsorlot has a bit of a mixed pedigree so it is difficult to estimate his ideal trip. Back to 6 furlongs tomorrow I have a feeling that further may suit. One to keep an eye on though.

Diary: May 28 2012



7.10 Cape Classic is a progressive sort. He was only beaten a neck at Doncaster last week and should be fitter for the run. He is well drawn and is ridden by Ryan Moore. He ticks the right boxes.

7.40 Angels Will Fall ran well in all her 5 starts last season and looks a sprinter with a future.

Saturday update


I didn’t have time to study the form for the Temple Stakes at Haydock yesterday.  Having given it some thought since my tip is for Bated Breath.

Just one other point to note, Archbishop is a non runner in the Haydock 2.30.

Good luck.

Diary: May 26 2012



2.15 Opinion won his maiden well enough at Windsor and looks a worthy favourite. At a bigger priced Trader Jack may well improve on his Sandown running now he has better ground.

2.45 Fiorente handles fast ground and takes a drop in class here.

3.20 Classy hurdler Grumeti comes here on the back of a win on the flat at Ascot and can follow up.

4.25 This looks a winning opportunity for Sea Moon. Dandino is the main danger.


2.00 Moidore just gets the edge here but both Beyond Conceit and Montaser are feared.

2.30 Archbishop was only beaten a nose at Newmarket last time and on better ground tomorrow he should eb competitive. Gabrial is the other one I like. He was only beaten a neck at Chester on his latest start.

5.15 Cravat is a nice big price running over what my well be his best trip.


2.05 Royal Peculiar ran poorly last time but had previously won well at Lingfield last season and is worth another chance.

3.10 Gulf of Naples, a grey son of Dubawi is a consistent sort and should give us a run for our money.

3.45 I am going for a big priced outsider in Vocational, twice a winner over the minimum trip last season.

Chester selections

3.25 Tidal Way

4.00 Pintura


3.15 Takar

Diary: May 25 2012



3.45 Expense Claim won a good handicap at Newbury to complete a handicap. A progressive sort he takes a step up in class here but could well be good enough.

4.20 Fanrouge ha done all his winning at Bath but was running on at the finish when 5th at Newbury last time out and has won on firm ground.


2.20 Fennell Bay carries top weight and is a horse in form with two wins to his credit this season already. The extra quarter of a mile here could bring out further improvement. Scrupul made no show last time at Doncaster but that was on heavy ground which may not have suited. He has come down 2 lbs for that defeat and could be well handicapped if we ignore the last run. Never perfect is open to improvement especially now he tackles 10 furlongs for the first time. He has won on heavy but should handle better ground. Watheeq is the type to improve with age and is one for the short list. Saffa Hill may improve for a step up in trip but Tallevu, who was on my list to follow at the start of the season has failed to sparkle so far.

This is a trappy contest with Fennell Bay very much the form horse. Plenty of others can b fancied and are open to improvement but at the odds I will go or Never Perfect.

3.30 Decision by one ran three times last season all at Wolverhampton winning on his final start. He was 6thy at Chester on his seasonal reappearance and should be fitter for that.

4.05 There are quite a few on my shortlist for this one. Farang Kondiew is an imposing sort with scope for improvement and he will do as my selection. Of the others Third Half probably didn’t relish the soft ground and could be a different proposition this time while Now My Sun should come on for his run at Ascot earlier this month.

Diary: May 24 2012



2.35 Jupiter Storm won well at Brighton last season on good to firm. He probably ran better than his finishing position of 6th of 10 would indicate at Newmarket last time on soft ground. He looks an interesting runner at a fair price. The twice raced Silver Lime won at Ffos Las last season on ground that may not have been ideal for him.

3.45 Gathering won a Newmarket maiden last season on her second outing. She is well bred, has scope for improvement and the ground should suit.



2.55 Morawij makes his debut here and is reportedly doing well at home.


6.10 Pearl Bounty looks a speedy type on his pedigree.

7.15 Swan Song was a good second at Newbury in a race that has worked out well.

8.20 Burnham ran well at Windsor recently and could be well handicapped.


7.05 Johnno has been a bit unlucky in recent races and remains on a decent mark.

7.35 Mubaraza was 4th at Newmarket and will probably appreciate this better4 ground. Looks a potential improver. Willie Wag Tail won over a mile at Redcar last season and is another open to plenty of improvement. Mizbah had solid form last season but disappointed on his reappearance at Beverley when last of 11 on soft ground. Counsel is another probably undone by unsuitable ground last time but it would eb dangerous to write this one of yet. Mubaraza gets the nod with a small each way saver on Willie Wag Tail.

Picture courtesy of the artist Sarah Aspinall.

Diary: May 23 2012



3.30 This does not look a very competitive affair and I think Scottish Vespers may prove good enough. On his only run since he was 3rd to Rosslyn Castle at Windsor and that horse has won since.