Diary: November 28 2015

The main event tomorrow is the Hennessy Gold Cup, the 3.00 at Newbury. 8 of the last 10 winners have carried more than 11 stone. Two that fit that category this year are Saphir du Rheu and The Druids Nephew. The former was runner up in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and went on to win a Grade 1 novice chase at Aintree. The Druid’s Nephew won a competitive handicap at the Cheltenham Festival last season and was running a big race in the Grand National before falling in slightly unlucky fashion. Of those further down the weights I will give a mention to Ned Stark, a winner at this meeting last year who also won a decent race at Wetherby. He has already run this season, at Ascot, and that should put his right for tomorrow.

Saphir du Rheu is the selection with the other two mentioned next best. Smad Place who was 5th last season is another to consider.

1.15 La Vaticane is my other Newbury selection.

Diary: November 27 2015

We had mixed fortunes at Newbury today. A couple of fallers in the novice chase, a couple of odds on winners and a 7/1 winner in the bumper.


12.25 Alan King has won this race a couple of times in recent years. He saddles Ardamir this time, a winner over hurdles in France. He carries a penalty for that win but is a scopey sort and I will burden him with my selection. The Paul Nicholls runner looks the danger.

2.05 Three Musketeers and Zeroshadesofgrey were both beaten favourites last time out but both showed promise. My selection is Three Musketeers with a small saver on Zeroshadesofgrey.

3.15 Champers on Ice has the best form credentials and has to be the selection. Minella Awards is a horse with considerable potential and any market move in his direction should not be ignored.

3.45 Wait for me has impressive bumper form and should go well over hurdles. He is the selection. At a bigger price Bun Doran looks interesting.


12.15 Billy Biscuit.

Diary: November 26 2015


12.30 This is an intriguing contest that could revolve around Modus and See the World. Modus, representing the Paul Nicholls stable is flat bred but has very solid form in bumpers, being placed twice in Grade 1 races. He has also already won over timber at Taunton for which he has an 8 lbs penalty. See the World was hugely impressive when winning a bumper at Wincanton last season on his only start. The selection has to be Modus but See the World could just be very special.

1.35 Unowwhatimeanharry, a recent Cheltenham winner, is my selection.

2.10 Beast of Burden was going like a winner when unseating at Chepstow and should go close given a clear round. Value at Risk is a course winner and was 5th in the Albert Bartlett. It is hard to choose between the two but I will go for Value at Risk.

2.45 Chosen Well handles the ground, goes well fresh and comes from last season’s winning stable.

3.50 Fly du Charmil and Royalzaro are point to point winners. Preference is for the former.

Diary: November 22 2015


2.00 This looks an interesting novice chase where there are a number with chances.

Onenightinvienna runs in the colours of West Tip and like that horse he stays and jumps well. He won a point to point, a bumper and is a dual winner over hurdles. He handles soft ground and won his bumper on heavy. Dawson City won twice over hurdles but has always looked a staying chaser in the making. He has already won in heavy ground and the conditions should hold no fears for him. Kingsgate Native was running a promising race on his chase debut when falling 4 out at Carlisle earlier this month. A winning pointer he was rated 140 over hurdles and he3 has won on soft ground. Fletchers Flyer is another winning pointer. He also won a bumper at Punchestown before winning over hurdles at Ascot and Wincanton. He acts on heavy going.

My selection is Fletchers Flyer although Onenightinvienna is very much feared.

3.00 Ikrapol ran well in a couple of races in France, handles soft ground and should go well on his debut for David Pipe.


1.20 Surtee du Berlais

3.50 Miss Joeking

Diary: November 21 2015

Not a bad result today with 4 winners from 7 selections. Tomorrow’s racing comes from Ascot, Gowran Park, Haydock and Wincanton.


12.20 American was awarded a race between the flags on a disqualification. Since arriving at Harry Fry’s yard he has run well to finish 3rd at Aintree. The ground should suit him here and Barry Geraghty in the saddle is another plus.

1.30 Smart Talk is on a hat trick. She is upped in class but should still be competitive.

3.50 Semper Invictor is getting 7lbs from bumper winner Criq Rock and that might be enough to tilt the scales.

Gowran Park

Willie Mullins saddles American Tom (1.00) and Stone Hard (1.25). Both look to have good chances.


12.10 At 10/1 Balmusette is worth a small interest.

1.15 Gunner Fifteen looks potentially well handicapped on his first run for Harry Fry. Stiletto will appreciate the ground and looks the danger.

1.50 Top Notch looks a progressive sort and the ground should suit him here.

2.25 I had Our Kaempfer pencilled in for this race but the ground is unlikely to suit him.


12.00 The Organist won a bumper at Perth and looks the type to win races over hurdles.

12.30 Be On Time, runner up at Fakenham last time should find this track more to his liking.

Diary: November 20 2015


1.00 Krugermac was runner up in a bumper at Punchestown on his only start to date. It is interesting that his new trainer has sent him to Ascot rather than one of the smaller tracks.

2.05 The unbeaten Kilrea Vale is the selection here.

3.50 Forest Behan ran with plenty of promise on his first start for Brian Ellison at Ayr. A winner vin France he will handle the ground and looks sure to go well.


1.20 It is worth taking a chance on Doctor Phoenix, a winner at Lingfield recently he has the ground in his favour.

1.55 Welsh Shadow should be up to winning this.

2.30 The unbeaten Minella Rocco is the selection.

3.05 This contest should suit the Sue Smith trained Vintage Clouds.