Saturday, 30 October 2010

3pts win KAYF ARAMIS 8/1 (Generally available) John Smith's Hdle

This likeable animal did not enjoy the same level of success last season as in 08/09, but showed himself to be as good as ever and his run in the Joseph Heeler at Haydock finished the theory that he could not be competitive in Graded races - if Big Bucks is not in opposition Kayf Arimis is up there with the best of the rest. He disappointed in the Cesarwitch after an encouraging prep but there is nothing to be too scared of against him here and he makes plenty of appeal at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win MASSINI'S MAGUIRE 13/2 (Generally available) United House Gold Cup H'cap Chase

It will be interesting to see if the move to Pond House turns the career of this former Cheltenham festival winner around. Nowadays,he Pipe team do not work the oracle with new inmates with the regularity that was once the case but this gelding looked a serious long term chasing prospect in his novice hurdle days and if the new team have managed to brush up his jumping technique, he could be in for a lucrative season in valuable handicaps. The fact that he held a Charlie Hall entry is encouraging and he is worth supporting in the hope that you might see a new animal today.

won + 19.5 pts

Saturday, 23 October 2010

3pts win TULLAMORE DEW 12/1(2 firms and exchanges) Totesport Silver Trophy Hdle

This gelding won first time out two seasons ago and went close on his first outing last year and allied with the the way the only two recent runners from the yard have performed' it's highly likely that he'll be fully tuned up for this. He's lightly raced for one of his age but is proven in the valuable handicap scenario and a reproduction of his Coral Cup run would see him go very close and the rise of 4lb in the ratings is far from harsh.The softening ground will not hinder and he is the value call here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win MASTER OF HOUNDS 7.6/1(Betfair) Racing Post Trophy

After being beaten inches by Dunboyne Express, the defeat which followed at the hands of stable companion Roderick O'Connor put him down as one who would probably end the season in the second tier of the yards juveniles. However, Roderick O'Connor's run in the Dewhurst has changed that perspective. Master Of Hounds has since won a poor event easily but is clearly a classy individual who should continue to progress and provided he handles the easing ground, he is certain to be in the shake up and is fairly priced.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 16 October 2010

3pts win MAIN AIM 12/1 ( 3 firms and exchanges) Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes

There is still the inkling that this animal, however frustrating and seemingly exposed he now is,still has something untapped within him.After looking likely to develop into a genuine G1 animal he has been a let down and has not really looked to have an optimim trip - his most prominent display when runner-up in last season's July Cup, and though the ulcers can be excused for his immediate efforts after,he failed to build on that. The visor is thrown on today indicating that connections think that there is more in the tank and at the odds available he is worth supporting in the hope that the equipment is the missing link.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win BERGO 35/1 (Betfair) Tote Cesarwitch
1pt win ACT OF KALANISI 54/1(Betfair) Tote Cesarewitch

The versatile and enthusiastic Bergo is still relatively unexposed despite his age and is capable of playing a big part in this off top weight. The last time he ran in a handicap on the level was in Frankfurt 4 years ago so trying to link up the horses that he's finished near in the Listed races and their performances in handicaps is the nearest guess whether he's on a fair mark - but its at least encouraging that Drunken Sailor, who he was beaten inches by off level weights at Goodwood, had finished runner up in the Northumberland Plate off only a 2lb lower mark than Bergo races off today. More importantly, he has been in tremendous heart of late and there is every reason to believe that he will easily outrun his odds.

Act of Kalinisi has yet to prove himself competitive in company this competitive and on the face of it is well enough exposed. However, he won last time in the style of an animal who may be suddenly on the upgrade and plenty from this yard scythe up the ratings after looking to have levelled out.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 October 2010

3pts win IRISH HEARTBEAT 9/1 (Generally available) Coral Sprint Trophy

This gelding looked one to follow when winning at the Lincoln meeting and got his head back infront when winning a competitive little race, again at Doncaster, from an animal who has since run a blinder in a very valuable Ascot handicap. Irish Heartbeat again ran to a similar level of form when fifth at Ayr last time and though more versatile than most of these regarding distance, the soft surface on this sort of track at this trip will be a big help - he never quite got too them in this race last year on good ground on his first race for the yard. He has most likely not reached his ceiling and provided things don't pan out against him and he's not compromised by the part of the track he races on, he will be the one to beat here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 October 2010


It's not the most eagerly awaited of Arcs' tomorrow and the combination of what is an ordinary renewal and testing ground make it worth scanning the longer priced contenders and none appeals more than Nakayama Festa. We know that the quality of Japanese racing is such that when their horses venture out of their homeland their chances have to be taken seriously. The trainer of this colt was responsible for sending El Condor Pasa over for this and he would have been a facile winner if he haden't had the misfortune to come up against the outstanding Montjeu and we can be certain that Nakayama Festa would not have been at peak for his trial race, a race which gave hope that he will be able to produce his optimum on soft ground.

Lost - 3pts
2 pts win RANSOM NOTE 16/1 (Betfair) Totesport Camebridgeshire
1 pt win CIRCUMVENT 40/1 ( 3 firms) Totesport Camebridgeshire

Ransom Note is an extremely likeable individual and has plenty going for him here. He knows how to get his head infront and has proven himself in the big field scenario and on a straight course, and the draw has been kind to him. He is 7lb higher in the ratings than when winning at York but he is going forward and his type are more preferable than something that has slipped down to a nice mark but hasen't won for an age.He won last backend on good to soft and the good progeny of Red Random are able to perform with give in the ground. The one niggling worry is the trip as he diden't fully seem to get home when tried over ten furlongs on the July course on good ground despite the ratings telling us that the performance was as good as anything he'd achieved at the time. That was one of the hottest 3 y-r-o handicaps of the year and the winner, Circumvent, who is fully proven in easy conditions catches the eye most of the longer priced contenders here and should run a prominent race on the far side rail.

Lost - 3pts