Saturday, 26 December 2015

2pts win SILIVINIACO CONTI  10/1 ( at least 3 firms and both exchanges) King George V1 Chase
1pt win BALLYNAGOUR  109/1 (Betfair)  King George V1 Chase

Caught Cue Card  in career best form last time when he himself turned in a performance short of optimum,albeit a highly respectable one. Was beaten in the same race behind Cue Card two years ago before winning this and there is every reason to believe he'll be at his very best today and put in a bold bid in winning this for the third year running.

Ballynagour was only beaten a head by Silviniaco at Aintree in the spring but is a frustrating sort to follow. What is not in doubt is that the ability is there and if he is one one of his days he is capable of running a massive race at silly odds.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 19 December 2015

3pts win STENRUBIN  13/1 (Betfair) The Ladbroke

The Hobbs yard can take the showcase weekend event for the second week running with this highly progressive four year old who is on a roll at the moment. A natural free running sort, the improvement has come with letting him have his head and a 6 lb rise in the ratings for his latest success is far from harsh - he beat a highly promising sort that day and it's not worth trying to complicate things about possible scenarios about not having an easy lead today; fact his he is a big player here and attractively priced too.

DH  + 18pts

Saturday, 28 November 2015

3pts win MILBOROUGH  33/1 (Generally available) At The Races Rehearsal Chase

Three of this gelding's four wins have come in soft or heavy ground - the other on ground on the soft side over 4 mile at this venue in last season's Eider. He's on a 9 lb higher mark today and would ideally want a bit further but the testing ground should help bring him into play . He shaped OK on his seasonal reappearance over hurdles and is worth speculative support at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win NED STARK 11/1 (Generally available) Hennessy Gold Cup

Both the Alan King runners are worth a second look here and there is certainly a lot to like about Ned Stark who progressed nicely throughout last Winter,winning three events on genuinely soft ground, the high point coming when winning a valuable G2 event at Wetherby. He was then unable to land a blow in the valuable 3m 1f handicap at the festival when the drying ground would not have been ideal. He shaped as though he needed the race on his comeback four weeks back and with conditions in his favour has a real chance today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 21 November 2015

3pts win ONE FOR HARRY 31/1 (Betfair) Betfair Fixed Brush Handicap Hdle

Arrives here having won the same Carlisle race for the second year running. Was close to the pace when falling four out in this last year though admittedly he did not give the impression he was travelling like a winner at the time.However, he's from a yard that does not generally over face it's runners and one in good form at the moment. Despite being weakish on  the exchanges at the moment he is very tempting at big odds and is worth chancing.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 15 November 2015

3pts win MAD JACK MYTTON  16/1 (Generally available) Stan James Greatwood Hdle

The runners from Jackdaws have been running really well at this meeting( a winner and four seconds from seven runners) and this one is worth a second look. Steadily improving with plenty more progression left in him, he can turn the Wetherby form around with Superb Story who appeals as the sort who needs a flat,sharp track to produce his optimum. Although the winner won that event conclusively Mad Jack Mytton visually ran like a horse who needed the outing more . Richard Johnson has an excellent long established record when teaming up with runners from this yard retains the partnership having teamed up with him for the first time that day

Lost -3pts

Friday, 13 November 2015

3pts win KING'S PALACE 7/1 (Generally available) Paddy Gold Cup Chase

Has looked a real prospect pre- Cheltenham festival in both his novice hurdle and novice chase years, only to disappoint on the big occasion each time. However, his overall profile is still one of a highly promising animal who could still turn out to be right out of the top drawer. As for tomorrow, he certainly goes well fresh having won first time out in all his three seasons of racing, he's 2 from 3 at this venue over fences, and he should give an excellent account of himself racing near the pace.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 7 November 2015

3pts win ZAND 16/1 (Betfair) Betfred November Handicap

Mighty interesting runner though ideally a higher draw would have been preferable.  Started his career off as a promising juvenile with John Oxx, was then trained in Germany for a year before coming over to Mark Johnston, with whom this will be his sixth run. He's shown enough to make himself interesting here, goes on the soft and could well give his owner compensation for Oriental Fox's narrow defeat in the Cesarewitch a couple of weeks back.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 31 October 2015

3pts win BALLYNAGOUR 6/1 ( at least 7 firms) Charlie Hall Chase

This one travels like a class act and you get the feeling that if they could go back a few years and start all over with him again, he'd have had a more lucrative career - he clearly is not the easiest to train. He goes well fresh, is pretty versatile regarding the ground - he's fully capable of an optimum performance in today's conditions, and he'll surely get involved here.

Lost  - 3pts

Saturday, 17 October 2015

3pts win TERRITORIES 12/1 (Betfair) Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes

With no worries over the easy ground, this ultra reliable sort has excellent prospects of turning around the Guineas form with Gleneagles, whose connections have avoided this ground with him but will let their charge take his chance here. Territories came up against a top class mare in the form of her life last time after previously winning the Prix Jean Prat cleverly, with Kodi Bear over eight lengths in areas. He is sure to run his race and is the value call here.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win G M HOPKINS 11.5/1 (Betfair) Balmoral Handicap

Is 6lb higher than when winning the Hunt Cup but his run off the same mark last time, when finishing  a good sixth in the Cambridgeshire after being hampered suggests that his new rating is fair. He leaves the impression that there could be further progress left in him, he'll not be compromised by the ground, and all in all he looks a very likely winner of this.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 10 October 2015

3pts win SPECIAL SEASON 8/1 (at least 6 firms) Vision Autumn Stakes

This one put up a taking visual performance on his debut at Sandown in August, marking himself as an interesting short and long term prospect. In light of that his defeat at Newbury was a let down, even taking into account that the horse that beat him looks a very useful prospect himself. It just may be that he isn't as good as he looked at Sandown - indeed the few that immediately followed home have been beaten since though the sixth home won next time. However, at the price he is worth taking a chance with to confirm the impression he gave om his debut.

Lost - 3pts


1.5pts win HIGH SECRET 29/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cesarewitch
1.5pts win ANGELGABRIAL 39/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cesarewitch

High Secret has shorter priced stable companions in the race but that should not deter from his own credible claims to this. He ran a cracker last time on his stiffest task to date when fourth in the Old Borough Cup. Ideally, a longer trip suits him and though he hasn't gone this far before, the signs are that it should suit him fine and allied to the prospect of further improvement he is worth support.

Angel Gabriel is a hardened campaigner, proven in this sort of sphere. He ran an excellent race here in Listed company last time but is proven off todays sort of mark in handicaps after running a terrific race when attempting to win the Pitmans Derby for the second year running - today his mark is only 1lb higher.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 4 October 2015

3pts win FREE EAGLE 16/1 (at least 5 firms) Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe

This is an immensely interesting runner here. Looking a star from the moment he made his debut as a juvenile,he hasn't been the easiest to train, having just six runs under his belt in his three seasons racing. However, there is no doubting his ability and he lines up here fresher than most and can turn the Leopardstown form around with Golden Horn and Found - the former has had some hard races recently and added to this Free Eagle clearly would have been closer to without the interference. On the basis that horses can't produce their optimum every time, there is a niggling worry over Treve, who hit right on the optimum button last time. New Bay has had the perfect preparation for the race but at the odds, and even allowing for the unknown about the extra two furlongs, Free Eagle is the value call.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win FUN MAC 8/1 (at least 3 firms) Qatar Prix Du Cadran

Strictly on the book, the pull this reliable sort has with Clondaw Warrior on Royal Ascot running should be enough to turn the form around. However, that was also the case when they re opposed in the Doncaster Cup but there were mitigating circumstances there - it can be dangerous to class horses as unlucky but he wasn't given the best of rides that day and with the right sort of pilot on today for Longchamp, and with no worries about the trip or ground, Fun Mac should give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 3 October 2015

3pts win CABLE BAY 8/1 (at least 9 firms) John Guest Bengough Stakes

Interesting that this one reverts back down to 6f for the first time since finishing a close fourth in the Gimcrack over two years back, He's only won once since; a G3 at Haydock this spring , but has consistently faced stiff tasks and has overall been acquitting himself well. The fact that his trainer has been excelling with his handling of his sprinters makes the decision to take the drop in trip more significant than it would normally be and he is a very tempting proposition here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win GABRIEL'S LAD 14/1 (Lads,Betfred,Bet365) Totescoop Challenge Cup

A setback delayed this ones reappearance until last month when he only beat a sole runner home here. However, he shaped far better at Newbury last time giving the impression all the ability is still there. His rating is now back down to only 2 lb higher than when comfortable winning last year's Victoria Cup, and the two results over this C&D yesterday at the very least indicate that his chance will not be compromised by his 1 draw. Makes plenty of appeal.

Lost - 3pts


Friday, 25 September 2015

3pts win MY DREAM BOAT 23/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cambridgeshire

On the face of it, a 9 lb rise in the ratings for his win last time might just put him out of this but there are reasons to believe that might be at least fair. Although the victory was unexpected ( he started 33/1) there was no fluke about it. He won in visually convincing style and the runner up has since come out and won a Listed event at Newbury.The extra furlong should not prove a problem, neither the deadened ground; he looks to have definite improvement still left in him, is housed in a shrewd set up,and warrants support.

Lost - 3pts

Friday, 18 September 2015

2pts win HIGHLAND ACCLAIM 12/1 (Generally available)William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
1pt win HOOF IT 25/1 (Betfair) William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

Highland Acclaim again showed his current well being when running a cracker to finish fifth in the Portland last weekend. That was a fourth consecutive  run bordering on optimum and reappearing here off the same mark, over a trip that will assist, he should give another excellent account of himself.

On his 24th run since winning the Stewards Cup four years ago, Hoof It finally got his head back infront last weekend, when dropped to his lowest mark for five years, and 20 lb lower than his Goodwood winning mark. He is an interesting runner under his penalty and is not one to rule out lightly.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 12 September 2015

2pts win HIGHLAND ACCLAIM 11/1 ( at least 9 firms) Ladbrokes Portland
1pt win FAST TRACK 14/1 (generally available) Ladbrokes Portland

Highland Acclaim arrives here in terrific heart after running big races on his last three starts. He remains on a competitive mark, will not be compromised by the projected easing in the ground, and it's worth noting that the stable had the first two home in the spring handicap here on Thursday.

Ease in the ground will likewise not minimize the chance of Fast Track who has some smart form in the book and is open to further improvement, not having much mileage on the clock for a four year old racing in this sphere. It's a little concerning that some of the fancied runners from the yard have been disappointing recently but one of the two runners ran really well here yesterday and he is one for the short list.

Lost - 3pts

Friday, 4 September 2015

3pts win TOTALIZE 16/1 ( at least 7 firms)  Betfred Old Borough Cup

A talented but relatively lightly raced dual purpose performer, Totalize ran a cracker on his reappearance at this venue in May, chasing home a better fancied stable companion. On his only run since he was well beaten in the Pitman's Derby in which the two horses that finished immediately behind him here finished third and fifth, highlighting the strength of that race. He's versatile regarding distance and ground, the yard is in fairish enough form and all in all he appeals at a nice price.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 22 August 2015

1.5pts win DANNYDAY  12/1 (Generally available) Betfred Melrose
1.5pts win ANTIQUIRIUM 16/1 (Generally available) Betfred Melrose

An interesting renewal with many possibilities - Dannyday has shown improved form since being stepped up to this trip for his latest two outings, both at Haydock. He stays,goes on the ground, is almost certainly open to further improvement and should not be too far away.

Antiquirium finished runner up trying to give weight to a promising sort last time. He's being switched around with trips at the moment, running Ok in the Queens Vase, then narrowly beaten back over this trip then back again to 12f last time. That doesn't inspire confidence but fact is he's running really well, has plenty of ability and his price will look very big if he goes on the surface.

Lost - 3pts


2pts win ASTRONEREUS  11/1 ( at least 4 firms inc PPower & Betfred) Betfred Ebor
1pt win WADI AL HATTAWI 18/1 (Betfair) Betfred Ebor

A likeable sort who rarely runs a bad race, Astronereus has been stepped up to today's trip on his last two outings and looks better than ever. After winning here last month he then ran a cracker at the Goodwood festival, narrowly beaten in a tight finish. He's fine on this ground, does not have too much mileage on the clock for one of his age, and is proven in  the hustle and bustle of these large field handicaps, as demonstrated at Royal Ascot.

Wadi Al Hattawi started 9/1 for this last year but finished in the rear. He's clearly had his problems as has only been seen once since when winning here last month. He is tried in the blinds for the first time, goes in the ground, and from a yard with a good record at this fixture and with a 00132 from the runners here this week. Not one to rule out lightly.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 20 August 2015

3pts win CURBYOURENTHUSIASM 8/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Hills,Lads,Betfred) Skybet First Race Special Stakes

This Mastercraftsman gelding is progressing along nicely at the moment. After winning two Windsor handicaps on his first two starts this season, he was sent up here in July for a handicap that was much more competitive than the prize money indicates. Just touched off by a Godolphin horse, there was a five length gap to the third horse, with a few those who line up tomorrow further back. He's been raised again by the assessor for that run but there is every reason to expect another good run. His yard is in good form, any give won't bother him and Spencer who has struck up a good relationship with him retains the ride.

Lost - 3pts


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

2pts win YOU'RE FIRED  10/1 ( at least 3 firms inc PPower and Betfred) Clipper Logistics H'cap
1pt win BIRDMAN 14/1 (at least 8 firms) Clipper Logistics H'cap

The similar handicap here last month won by Birdman could be key to this. Many from that field re-oppose here including the first three home.

You're Fired was third in that event and two runs previously had run another cracker here, finishing a close second to Alfred Hutchinson. His shrewd yard is in good form right now and You're Fired will not be inconvenienced by the predicted further rain. Relatively lightly raced for a 4 year old and open to more improvement than most of these, he should give a very good account of himself.

Birdman won the aforementioned event here in good style, his fourth win since joining O'Meara in the Spring. He was a well beaten third in a Listed race on his run since so is yet to be tested off his new handicap mark. In a conundrum he is one of eight runners from his yard here but he is fully proven in soft ground and it would not be a surprise if he came out on top.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

3pts win SHORE STEP 12/1 (at least 10 firms) Symphony Group Stakes

Connections pulled this one out due to the very soft ground on Saturday - he acts with some give and you'd have thought they would have chanced him which makes it all the more significant that he was saved for this. The yard has continued in excellent form from Saturday onwards - in fact they've been going in at all sorts of prices and the animals are clearly in terrific heart right now. Confidence is also increased by the booking of De Sousa, who has ridden the horse only twice - the latest two starts in which he ran big races both times.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win BIG THUNDER 6/1 (at least 6 firms) Fine Equinity Stakes

This is the showcase meetings for the local yards and both the O'Meara runners have strong claims. They occupied the first two berths here last time, when this one was having his first run for the yard. He travelled well from the front all the way round and held off the challenges gamely. Saved By The Bell was close enough plenty way out and was no way compromised by the way the race was run and Big Thunder should confirm the form on worse terms. He ran like a horse who's been revitalised by the move to his new yard and it's worth bearing in mind that when he first scored for old connections he won four out of his next six starts.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 15 August 2015

3pts win SHORE STEP 12/1 (Generally available) William Hill Great St Wilfred H'cap

This one looks very likely to figure here. He arrives in excellent hear having run a cracker last time in the Steward Cup Consolation ,and previously too in the Sky Bet Dash. The yard may overall be having an ordinary season but the horses are probably better hear now than they've been all season and that augurs well for another optimum performance from Shore Step. While he hasn't ran on an easy surface for over a year, past performances suggest he'll be Ok on today's surface.

Non-runner




Saturday, 8 August 2015

3pts win GREEN LIGHT 9/1 ( Lads, P Power & Exchanges) Betfred Goals Galore H'cap

On probably the worst racing weekend of the year this event is arguably the most interesting  betting wise.
The unexposed Basateen is priced up accordingly after his eye catching run at York and Green Light appeals more at double the price. Ralph Beckett's horses are in good heart at the moment and after winning on his seasonal debut at Nottingham, Green Light ran a cracker when starting in the outside box at Chester, eventually finishing a close fourth after failing to obtain a clear run. Off the same mark today, and on a more suitable track given that he comes from well off the pace, he should give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 1 August 2015

3pts win JAN VAN HOOF 20/1 (Betfair) Qatar Stewards Sprint

This one catches he eye very much. A lightly raced animal who never ran at two he is now a sprint handicapper on a definite upward curve with plenty more improvement left and arriving here on the back of a Newmarket victory that now looks more meritable than it did on the day - the two that followed him home have both ran well here this week, while the fourth came out and won next time.

Lost - 3pts


2pts win HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE 9/1 (at least seven firms) Qatar Stewards Cup
1pt win GAMESOME 31/1 (Betfair) Qatar Stewards Cup

Huntsman's Close has stonewall solid credentials for this. He was denied a clear run when beginning to mount his challenge in this last year but can handle the big field scenario, as shown when winning the Ayr Silver Cup, and arrives here better than ever. In the hands of someone who has a proven record of excelling with this sort of animal, he looks certain to give an excellent account of himself off a 4lb higher rating than when winning at Windsor last time.

Gamesome was third in the Windsor race but disappointed last time when tried with the blinds. He's becoming a frustrating sort , has only one career victory but has plenty of ability and you feel that he'll win one of these when something unlocks. He could run really well at a big price in the Qatar second colours.

Lost - 3pts





Thursday, 30 July 2015

3pts win BASEM 6/1 ( at least six firms)  Betfred Mile

A highly progressive sort who could be good enough to take up his Celebration Mile entry here at the end of next month, Basem stands out here. A winner of three of last four ( the defeat coming when failing to stay 10f), all at Sandown, he should confirm the last time out form with Munaaser on worse terms, as he appeals as one who is some way off reaching his ceiling. He doesn't look the type to do anything visually flashy but appeals as a real professional, genuine sort. He races not too far off the pace so should not encounter any serious traffic problems and is likely to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

2pts win RESONANT 12/1 (Betfair) Land Rover Stakes
1pt win ROTHERWICK 18/1 (Betfair) Land Rover Stakes

The 'Extel' does not have that intrigue that once surrounded it but it's still one of the most interesting three year old handicaps of the season and the Unibet at Newmarket could be the key race to this.

Four from that race reoppose here - the winner Resonant has been out since and beaten easily in a duel. However, he'd won the Unibet convincingly and as is customary for many from his yard, it would not be a surprise to see him back to his very best here - if so he'll take some catching.

Rotherwick never got in a blow in that event, though finished a respectable fourth in the end. He'd previously finished a cracking fifth in the Britannia and before that had what we now know was an impossible task in trying to concede weight to Jack Hobbs at Sandown. Putting the winner aside, the form of that event has still worked out excellently and Rotherwick is worth a go at the price.

Lost - 3pts


Monday, 27 July 2015

2pts win BATTERSEA  6/1 (Generally available)Summer Stakes H'cap
1pt win FORGOTTEN VOICE 16/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Lads,Coral,PPower) Summer Stakes H'cap

Roger Varian's yard is in cracking form at the moment and Battersea shaped OK on his belated reappearance, though running a rustyish sort of race. He steps up by two furlongs here but  judging by his run over a furlong less at Newmarket last season, the trip should be within his compass. He retains an overall progressive profile and can turnaround the form with those that finished ahead of him at Haydock.

Forgotten Voice retains his ability despite his age, albeit being a little quirky. and should give a very good account of himself here. He is ideally suited by going right handed and his last victory came here in August 2013.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 25 July 2015

3 pts win HEAVEN'S GUEST 9/1 (Generally available) Gigaset International Stakes

A standing dish in these valuable handicaps, Heaven's Guest ran well in a similar event here on soft ground last backend  off a 2 lb higher rating than todays, and ran a cracker to be a close up fourth in this event last year off the same rating as todays. He's won a similarly valuable event over C&D in October 2013 and arrives here in good heart after a fine Bunbury Cup run. Seems sure to run very well and definitely one to take aboard.

Won + 27pts ( no R4 NR's declared prior to time of selection)


Saturday, 18 July 2015

3pts win DELL ARCA 7/1 (Generally available) Betfred Summer Plate

It's amazing to think that his switch to novice chasing last Autumn was aborted after two attempts; connections clearly not being pleased as to how he was adapting -  the form of course now has a completely different look to it as in the last of those two attempts at Newbury he was beaten only a length and a half by Coneygree ! After seven runs back over hurdles where he mostly faced very stiff tasks he returned to fences at Uttoxeter in May beating a promising last time out winner comfortably. Although he's had a lot of racing under his belt for a six year old, it's hard to gauge what his ceiling will be in the chasing sphere but surely it'll be a good deal higher than his present rating of 142. And while admittedly he has been overall disappointing considering the start he made in this country when winning the Greatwood, he has a big opportunity to begin a new upturn in his career today.

Non Runner

Saturday, 11 July 2015

1.5pts win VOICE OF A LEADER  13/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq)John Smith's Cup
1,5pts win COLLABORATION  18/1 ( at least 5 firms inc Corals )John Smith's Cup

Voice of a Leader has clearly had his problems that have limited his appearances but has always been held in favourable regard by connections and he has a big opportunity to make up for lost time today. On his only appearance this year, and only his second in the last 22 months, he ran an extremely encouraging race over C&D here in May. A repeat of that run alone would see him go well here and there is plenty of improvement left.

Collaboration could never strike a blow when finishing ninth in going for a four timer in the Wolferton. It may be that the handicapper now has his measure but it can often pay to overlook a below par effort at the Royal meeting (though he was only 3 lengths off the winner) and he'd previously given the impression that he hadn't got to his ceiling just yet. Definitely worth taking aboard at the price.

Collaboration NR, V.O.A Leader Lost - 1.5pts


Saturday, 4 July 2015

3pts win FARQUHAR 14/1 ( 2 firms and both exchanges) Bet 365 Old Newton Cup

This one is 7lb higher in the ratings than when winning a valuable Newmarket handicap last October. A repeat of that level of form would see him go close here. He made his seasonal reappearance eight weeks back so may possibly have encountered some sort of setback in the interim. However, its likely that he'll be spot on for today and with him not minding getting his toe in, appeals very much as the value call here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 27 June 2015

1.5pts win NEARLY CAUGHT 20/1 (Betfair) John Smith's Northumberland Plate
1.5pts win BLUE SURF 25/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) John Smith's Northumberland Plate

Nearly Caught is one of seven here that ran in that Haydock race over today's trip last month .Cases can be made out for all of them coming out best today but this one has for a while looked that he has on of these big handicaps in him. He remains relatively lightly raced for one of his age and open to a tad more improvement, is reliable and sure to be racing prominently close to the pace, looks very likely to take a hand in the finish.

Although a 6 year old, this will be only the third time Blue Surf has ran at this trip but there is every reason to believe he can run to his optimum over it. On the first occasion, he failed by inches to concede a lot of weight way to the winner in a Goodwood handicap, on the last in last Autumn's Irish Cesarewitch, he came from a long way back to finish a respectable eight. He's won a competitive  12f Epsom handicap on his only start this term and has claims here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 20 June 2015

2pts win HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE  12/1 (Generally available)Wokingham Stakes
1pt win DIVINE 33/1 (Betfair) Wokingham Stakes

Roger Charlton's horses are in cracking form at the moment and the yard has an eyecatching record in this event. Ayr Silver Gold Cup winner Huntsman's Close ran a blinder on his reappearance, just being touched off by Eastern Impact. He's up 4lb in the ratings for that but could still develop into a very smart performer in his own right. Provided fortune dictates that he doesn't race in a disadvantaged group, he'll go really close here.

The lightly raced Divine looked much improved when winning a Windsor handicap on her seasonal debut. She's up 10lb in the ratings for that but judging by her subsequent run when fourth in a Listed event at the same venue, her present mark does not exaggerate her ability. In fact, there is almost certainly further improvement left and she is interesting at a big price.

H'smans Close NR, Divine lost  - 1pt




Thursday, 18 June 2015

3pts win HOME OF THE BRAVE 16/1 ( at least 7 firms) Commonwealth Cup

This one is worth considering reverting back in trip. A quick headstrong two year old, he found 7f within his compass when making all to win the European Free H'cap on his reappearance. The runner up franked the form by winning the King Charles next time, before running fourth to Dutch Connection here yesterday, Home of the Brave failed to last home in the Guineas but still finished a credible sixth. 6f will likely prove be his optimum and he appeals as the value call here.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win ASTRONEREUS 10/1 ( at least 3 firms including Hills)  Duke of Edinburgh

Has lots going for him . A progressive son of Sea The Stars, he arrives here on the back of a Newmarket victory and will not mind this fast ground. He's run two crackers on both his visits to this venue, both over this trip, and is game .genuine and trustworthy, and seems sure to give a very good account of himself.

Lost - 3pts


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

3pts win SPACE AGE 12/1 ( At least 3 firms including Hills and P Power)  King George V Stakes

This tremendously likeable individual is impossible to ignore here. Always looking the sort who would develop into a smart sort over middle distances, he reappeared in a hot handicap at Newbury but failed to get the run of the race, being checked then finishing strongly with two rivals in this finishing ahead of him. Then, at Newmarket last time, he wasn't ideally suited by having to make his own running but enthusiastically fought off his challenges to prevail. He's up 3 lb in the ratings for that but is better than the bare form suggests and is still open to considerably more improvement and it will be disappointing if he doesn't play a big hand in this.

won + 36pts


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

3pts win DUTCH CONNECTION 18/1 (Betfair) Jersey Stakes

A decent two year old, this colt was the subject of a part purchase by the shrewd Cheveley Park Stud at the beginning of the season and was quietly fancied to run well in the 2,000 Guineas at the time, He finished a respectable seventh,weakening inside the final furlong and looking as though a return to this trip would suit him. He has chances of reversing the form with the couple that finished ahead of him at Newmarket and could surprise some better fancied rivals.

won + 52pts


3pts win YOU'RE FIRED 18.5/1 (Betfair) Royal Hunt Cup

This one looks a much improved performer this season and after an authoritative success on firm ground at Beverley ran a cracker off a 7lb higher rating in a much more competitive York handicap, narrowly failing to catch Alfred Hutchinson. He's up a further 3 lb in the ratings but that run puts him bang in with a chance, particularly considering that further improvement is on the cards. Unlike some other, the ground is not an issue and he catches the eye at present odds.

Lost - 3pts

Monday, 15 June 2015

3pts win AIR FORCE BLUE 7/1 (Generally available) Coventry Stakes

Looks a well up to standard renewal and this one has plenty of appeal. In his sole outing at the Curragh, he pulled away from his field at the furlong marker like a good one, and though he held on by only a neck in the end, he's most certainly much better than the bare form and open to plenty of improvement. The form itself already looks stonewall solid with the second and third both winning since, and he is certain to give a very good account of himself.

Lost - 3pts


2pts win DIGEANTA 11/1 (Generally available) Ascot Stakes
1pt win HARDSTONE 20/1 (at least 5 firms) Ascot Stakes

Digeanta's run when fifth off a 1 lb lower rating in last Autumn's Cesarewitch puts him in here with a massive chance. Although an 8 year old, he's relatively lightly raced having been a store and not starting until 5 years old, in the NH sphere. He shaped well at Leopardstown the other week over a shorter trip and looks primed to run a big race here.

Hardstone finished one place behind Digeanta in the same Leopardstown event and he too merits plenty of respect here. Five of his nine runs have come on the AW at Dundalk so he's still plenty unexposed. The 1m 7f he encountered last time was the furthest he'd been, and he steps up notably in trip again here. From a shrewd set up, this has a bit of a plot about it.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 13 June 2015

2pts win MAGIC MEMORY 13.5/1 (Betfair) 888Sport Charity Sprint
1pt win EXPLOSIVE LADY 20/1 (Betfair) 888Sport Charity Sprint

Scalzo was a visual gem at Haydock but has been put up 18 lb in the ratings and the value is certainly elsewhere.

Twilight Son looked one with an interesting future too, when winning a decentish Newmarket handicap - he's up 11 lb for that and the third in that event, Magic Memory, shouldn't really turn the form around with a 5 lb pull. However, that only tells half the story. Despite being ready to run early in his juvenile career, Magic Memory has trained on really well and appears to be getting better all the time. Since the Newmarket run, he came out and won a competitive Leicester handicap and there looks to be plenty more to come.

Explosive Lady shaped well when third on her reappearance at Haydock and has acquitted herself well in all five career starts. From a shrewd set up, she has already shown some pretty smart form and is not one to rule out lightly.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 6 June 2015

3pts win DUTCH UNCLE  8/1 ( at least six firms)  Investec Private Banking Stakes

Has been raised 3 lb to a rating of 84 for finishing third at Newbury last time - that looks far from harsh as the form of that race looks sure to work out well though most have yet to reappear -  of the  first six home only Space Age has been seen since but looked very useful when winning at Newmarket. Hard to find any negatives about this ones chances and he looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win GIOVANNI CANALETTO  10/1 ( at least nine firms) Investec Derby

This year's race has a strange shape to it and there are genuine question marks hanging over everything. The Oppenheimer family had serious doubts regarding Golden Horn's stamina as he was not originally entered, while the two that followed him home at York need to improve to win this. Succes Days has surely been flattered by beating disappointing hyped up types, while Epicuris looks a big awkward onepaced boat. The likes of Hans Holbein, Kiliminjaro, Storm the Stars and Moheet could make the frame which brings Giovanni Canaletto into the picture. Before his setback at the end of April he was to be the main Chester Vase horse ahead of Hans Holbein and though he was disappointing when beaten into second at the Curragh when he did eventually reappear, he has clearly impressed at home for Moore to pick him ahead of his two stable companions who have genuine place prospects. It's all very subjective but he still appeals most in an ordinary looking renewal.

Lost - 3pts


Thursday, 4 June 2015

3pts win LADY OF DUBAI  12/1 (Generally available) Investec Oaks

You can make out a feasible case for nine of the eleven runners here and Lady of Dubai appeals as the value call. She put herself in the reckoning when winning the Goodwood trial, a race that though not traditionally the strongest pointer to this race, has at least thrown up two winners since the Millennium. It's incredible that Luca Cumani still hasn't won this event , having saddled both the second and third way back in 1977. Lady of Dubai has strong claims of breaking the hoodoo - she confirmed at Goodwood that she had trained on well through the winter and the female line is full of stamina and one that served John Dunlop well down the years.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 30 May 2015

3pts win EMELL 20/1 ( 3 firms inc Hills and PPower) Timeform Jury Stakes

Only has a career strike rate of 2 from 23 but is a talented sort who rarely does anything wrong - just one of those who falls between handicapper and proper established  Group horse. He's in very good heart since the blinds were fitted - winning a valuable handicap here in decisive style in April, before acquitting himself well in Goodwood and Ascot handicaps. He doesn't have much to find with these and in a race with question marks hanging over a few of these, he is cracking value at present odds.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win GREEN DOOR 11/1 ( at least 6 firms) Titanbet Spring Sprint

Olly Stevens has his horses in good form at the moment and Green Door appeals as a likely winner of this event. Although he hasn't won since September 2013 and has never won in handicap company, he ran an excellent race off this rating at Newbury last time under today's rider and has the blinds on for the first time this year - in which  two of his three wins have come in.Seems sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 23 May 2015

3pts win FLASHY MEMORIES 12/1 ( at least 11 firms)  Betfred Silver Bowl

Mutarakez is up 10 lb in the ratings for his Sandown success and is plenty short enough. Elsewhere, you can make some sort of case for most of them and one that catches the eye at the price is Flashy Memories. Out of a Lowther winner, he looked better than your average Redcar maiden winner when successful on his debut at that venue on easy ground last Autumn. The two that followed him home have since franked that form. In his two starts since, he ran well when runner up on the AW on his seasonal debut before acquitting himself better than the weights and measures suggest on firm ground at Newmarket. He has ground to make up on the winner here but will appreciate the give underfoot and the yard is in healthy form at the moment.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 16 May 2015

3pts win SPACE AGE 9/1 ( Corals, Bet 365 and Betfair)  Al Zubarah London Gold Cup

Went up to Beverley on the last of his three starts last season to lose his maiden tag and taking into account his pedigree built the profile of one who would develop into a very useful handicapper this season. His yard continues in cracking form and while its guesswork as to how much he has progressed through the winter, he has been given a King Edward V11 entry and hindsight may show how well he was in here off a rating of 85

Lost - 3pts


3pts MOOHARIB  12/1 ( Generally available) Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Appeals very much as one who is now massively improved and given the visual impression created at Ascot last time it would be no total surprise if he could leap up from listed to Group 1 company in one go. There is also  some substance to that form as well -  the runner up had acquitted himself well against Custom Cat last Autumn. Although a top grade event the first two in the forecast may be vulnerable on the seasonal debuts and all in all Mooharib is irresistible at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 9 May 2015

3pts win WAR SOUND  11/1 ( Ladbrokes and both Exchanges)Pertemps Network H'cap Hdle

The ground has now turned officially soft which will help this ones chances while compromising a few others who were expecting Spring conditions. He looked very promising when winning on his debut at Exeter in January, and returned to form two outings later when again winning comfortably, when re-united with today's rider. He could never get into the race at Aintree on Good ground last time and that run can be forgiven - an unexposed type with any amount of improvement left and the type Hobbs does well with, he should give an excellent account of himself here.

Won  + 33pts


2pts win RUSSIAN REALM 14/1 (Generally available) Totescoop Victoria Cup
1pt win PROFESSOR 28/1 (Betfair) Totescoop Victoria Cup

Though nowhere near living up to his pedigree, Russian Realm still turned in to a useful sort for his old yard, but one who was always looking as though he could go on a sudden upward curve if they found the missing key to him. - if one existed. With the original owners keeping hold of him, he is of massive interest on his first run for O'Meara . The booking of  Richard Hughes, a rider rarely used by the yard, also heightens interest.

Professor had a fruitless campaign in Dubai but returned looking none the worse when running a fine race in a valuable Haydock handicap. On his two starts at this venue , he's won over C&D and finished second in last year's Wokingham off a 6lb higher rating than todays. Not one to dismiss lightly and catches the eye at the odds available.

Professor NR, R Realm lost  - 2pts

Sunday, 3 May 2015

2pts win HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE 12/1 (Generally available)  Havana Gold H'cap
1pt win EASTERN IMPACT  23/1 (Betfair) Havana Gold H'cap

Huntsman Close races off a 7 lb higher rating than when winning the Ayr Gold Cup on his last appearance last September but appeals very much as one who has yet to reach his ceiling. The Charlton yard has a good record with this sort of animal and the horses are running well at the moment which indicates that this one won't be needing this. Another positive is that Doyle is two from three on  him and all in all he is a feasible winner of this.

Eastern Impact also makes his reappearance but runs well here and he's likely to be spot on condition wise and the  5 lb claimer aboard today has won on him the only time they partnered up. He's another who should get better with age and still strikes as one who could have a fruitful future in Group races.

E Impact won + 20pts


3pts win MALABAR 10/1 (Generally available) Quipco 1,000 Guineas

This Raven's Pass filly can finally give his trainer a winner of the classic that he has threatened to win a few times in the past. She belongs in this grade and plenty went wrong for her when stepped up to a mile for the first time in the Marcel Boussac, when she was value for finishing a lot closer than her placing suggests. A true run race at this trip will be ideal as she'll probably stay two furlongs further and a big run should be forthcoming today.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 2 May 2015

3pts win EDUCATE 7/1 ( 3 firms and both exchanges) Makfi Suffolk Stakes

Is back down to the same rating as what he won the Cambridgeshire off 18 months ago. Has been hard to place since but all the ability appears still to be there, He ran a reasonable race in the Earl of Sefton here last time out and as there is nothing to be over scared of in this field, he catches the eye at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win TAMASHA  12/1 ( at least 10 firms) EBF Stallions Daisy Warwick Stakes

The Ralph Beckett yard is in excellent heart at the present and this augurs well for the condition that Tamasha will in up in on her first appearance of the season.It's a guessing game as to the level of her ability - she disposed of her field comfortably in an ordinary Salisbury maiden before never really getting a blow in in a Listed AW event. However, her trainer excels with his fillies and mares and it would be no surprise if she was up to winning this. certainly worth chancing at the price.

Non Runner


Saturday, 25 April 2015

3pts win BOB'S WORTH 14/1 ( Generally available) Bet 365 Gold Cup

This lightly raced part-enigma has only had five runs since his triumph in the  2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He looked a well up to standard winner of the race on the day but his only since was in the Lexus, 17 months ago. However, in a perfect world there is still plenty of mileage left on his clock, he's from a yard that would not persevere with a lost cause, and it would be no surprise if they conjured up a performance not far off from his best days. If so, then he is wonderfully well in off 159.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 18 April 2015

3pts win SIGN OF A VICTORY 6/1 ( at least 9 firms)  QTS Scottish Champion Hdle

This guy needs today's good ground to produce his optimum. The last time he had his conditions was when winning a valuable Ascot handicap in taking style back in November. His two runs since needn't be examined and he lines up here 8 lb higher in the ratings than at Ascot which is far from unreasonable - that was almost as competitive as today's race and he won with plenty in hand. He is very much the preferred option here.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win SEGO SUCCESS 14/1 ( at least 12 firms) Coral Scottish Grand National
1pt win SAMSTOWN 31/1 (Betfair)  Coral Scottish Grand National

Sego Success was given plenty to do by Waley-Cohen last time and will hopefully return to racing near the pace today which will present him with a fine chance of reversing the Cheltenham form with Broadway Buffalo, who isn't the safest conveyance. Sego Success has an overall progressive profile and is just the type that Alan King excels with, and looks the ideal sort for this event. The spring ground will not be a problem.

Samstown won the Peter Marsh on heavy ground but is just as effective on a better surface. He won the novice handicap in splendid style on this day here last year and shaped very well in a Kelso handicap hurdle last time out. He should run very well at a big price.

Lost - 3pts


Friday, 10 April 2015

3pts win SEEDLING 9.5/1 (both exchanges) World Famous Just Eat Mersey Novices Hdle

Developed into a very useful novice earlier in the season and arrived fresh for the Supreme ,having been rested since a success at the Cheltenham December meeting. He was quietly fancied that day but never got further than the fourth and now has a suitable opportunity to atone and establish himself at a reasonable level in the pecking order of this season's novice hurdlers.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win ALVARADO 25/1 (Betfair)  Crabbies Grand National

Looked a contender for this event when winning at Cheltenham in November 2013 and in the 17 months since he's only had three outings, pulling up at the same venue on New Years Day 2014, a staying on fourth in this last year, and when a shaping OK fifth at Doncaster in February, his only appearance this season. The spring ground will be ideal for him, he's only a 1lb higher in the ratings than last year and though his hold up style is not perfect for this race, the fact that his stamina for it is now fully proven means he won't need to get as far behind as last year and will hopefully race from mid-div. It goes without saying that he's had an ideal mapped out preparation and he has a massive, massive chance.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win AINSI FIDELES 9/1 (Generally available) Betfred Mildmay Novices Chase

Although he's had 8 races over fences there is still something very much of the unknown about this horse and today will be when he can be accurately be gauged. It's certainly likely that he wasn't at his best when Splash of Ginger beat him at Cheltenham in October, but just as likely too that when he won the Reynoldstown Virak was well below par. What is not in doubt is that he remains a highly promising sort who sees out this trip well and who will be fully effective on the surface and course.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win SIMPLY NED 24/1 (Betfair) Betfred Melling Chase

This is the first time that Nicky Richards has tried Simply Ned over this sort of trip since he pulled up in a handicap hurdle at this meeting two years ago. He's since developed into a cracking chaser, was runner up in the 2m novice race here last year, and has been running consistently well since, indicating that he may appreciate today's step up in trip. Given the trainer's fantastic record here, he very much appeals as one who will run a big race here and is worth taking aboard at big odds.

Lost - 3pts


2pts win EASTLAKE 12.5/1 (Betfair) Crabbie's Topham Chase
1pt win DARNA 24/1 (Betfair)  Crabbie's Topham Chase

Eastlake has plenty going for him and looks sure to give a very good account of himself. Third in this last year, he arrives here on the back of an excellent effort in finishing runner up in the Gran Annual. The drying ground will not be a concern, he's a safe conveyance who has never been on the deck in his career, and apart from the fact that he wouldn't want to be as far back during the race as he was last year, it's hard to raise any real negatives over his prospects today.

Darna catches the eye at present odds. His yard is in cracking form at the moment as he bids to follow up his Cheltenham victory, the form of which puts him bang in this with a serious chance. He is relatively lightly raced for one of his age but has an impressive career strike rate and there ain't alot to dislike about the way he fits into this.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win WESTERN RULES 21/1 (Betfair)  Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Has won both starts visually stylishly and could be absolutely anything - what is for sure is that the yard do not overface their charges and he is clearly held in high regard to be taking his chance here. As has been said, the Greystoke team have a fantastic record here, including a 3 from 3 on one day a few years back and regard this as their main meeting, not Cheltenham. Definitely worth chancing.

Lost - 3pts




Wednesday, 8 April 2015

3pts win STARS OVER THE SEA  25/1 ( 2 firms inc PPower and both exchanges) Betfred Anniversary Juvenile Hdle

This animal ran for the first time in the calendar year in the Triumph, running even better than his respectable seventh place suggests after looking likely to play a prominent role at one stage. On the face of it he's now been conclusively beaten by Hargam both times they've met but the impression is that we've far from seen the best of him over timber and on a circuit likely to suit he could run a very big race and possibly cause an upset.

Lost - 3pts


2 pts win MENORAH 8/1+( at least 7 firms) Betfred Bowl
1pt win SMAD PLACE 14/1 (at least 4 firms) Betfred Bowl

Menorah was runner up in this in 2013 before disappointing last year. He arrives here fresher than in recent years, absent since the King George and everything points to a cracking run here, where he also won the Manifesto as a novice. He showed himself as good as ever on his first two starts this term and should give an excellent account of himself.

Although Smad Place has done most of his racing in the soft, his run  when finishing second in last year's Sun Alliance proves he is capable of high level form on good ground and if a couple of these don't produce their optimum, which is a possibility, he is capable of going close.

Lot - 3pts


3pts win NED BUNTLINE 7/1 (Generally available) Betfred Red Rum H'cap Chase

Despite this being his second season over fences he still only has six chase runs under his belt, and after running another cracker in the Grand Annual, comes to this venue for the first time. He has a helpful pull in the weights with Next Sensation, who got a good run on them coming down the hill, and a first rate chance of coming out best here.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win CALL THE COPS 7/1(at least4 firms and both exchanges)Injured Jockey's Fund H'cap Hdle

The Henderson yard is holding on to it's form extremely well and Call The Cops has excellent prospects of following up his Cheltenham victory off a 7 lb higher mark. As he had done previously, he traveled like a class horse and has more potential than those that re oppose here and could realistically turn into a World Hurdle material if kept to timber.

Lost - 3pts









Monday, 6 April 2015

1.5pts win TAMMY'S HILL 29/1 (Betfair) Boylesports Irish Grand National
1.5pts win USUEL SMURFER 45/1 (Betfair) Boylesports Irish Grand National

As wide open an event as you could find and plenty catching the eye at nice prices.

2014 Cheltenham Foxhunters winner Tammy's Hill hasn't been since since running in a handicap hurdle in December but has a proven record of going well when fresh and must be considered today. He's run well on all three outings on this tricky course, including a win, will handle the hustle and bustle despite this being his handicap debut, and knows how to get his head infront.

Usuel Smurfer won a 22 runner handicap chase around here last April and has been mixing it over fences and hurdles since, winning a handicap hurdle at Leopardstown in December. There's still plenty of the unknown about him and this sort of trip could be his making.

U.Smurfer NR, T.Hill lost  - 1.5pts

Saturday, 4 April 2015

3pts win SOUTHFIELD VIC 15/2 ( at least 10 firms)  Red Mills Series H'cap Hdle Final

This fellow is the only one here with any serious long term aspirations to reaching the higher echelons and could be capable of giving the weight away today. He stays, goes on today's ground, is markedly progressive and from a yard  that is holding on to its form.He's a bit easy in the market, probably as a result of the trainer stating that he'd ideally want better ground but is hard to get away from and preferred to the three below him in the weights who all ran in the same Carlisle race, and all with claims of coming out best of the trio.

Won + 22.5pts

Saturday, 28 March 2015

1.5pts win  MONDIALISTE 21/1 (Betfair) Betway Lincoln
1.5pts win BARAWEEZ 23/1 (Betfair) Betway Lincoln

David O'Meara conjures up all sorts from acquisitions from other yards and Mondaliste, who hasn't been seen since winning a Saint-Cloud conditions race last May when with Freddy Head, is mighty interesting on his first run for the Nawton yard. Placed third in the G1 Prix Jean Prat as a three year old, he remains lightly raced and must enter calculations today.

Baraweez is another ex- Freddy Head inmate but has had nine runs for the Ellison yard and has already established himself as a smart handicapper, winning five times for his new yard including two very valuable handicaps in Ireland. There could be further improvement left and he is definitely one for the short list.

Lost -3pts

Saturday, 21 March 2015

3pts win CULTRAM ABBEY 8/1 ( at least 7 firms) Thakeham H'cap Hdle

Odd but interesting events these and Nicky Richards has decided to step up Cultram Abbey significantly in distance and he is worth siding with. In addition to the unknown factor regarding the trip there is also the drying ground that he's not been tested on -however these factors are balanced out by his overall profile, lightly raced despite being an eight year old and open to notable improvement and in a yard that patiently places the horses extremely well.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 14 March 2015

1.5pts win  FOXBRIDGE 16/1 ( at least 7 firms)  Betfred Midlands Grand National
1.5pts win GLOBAL POWER 23/1 (Betfair) Betfred Midlands Grand National

The Twiston-Davies yard is not in the best of form at the moment but Foxbridge has very much the profile of the type of horse he has excelled with for many years - a progressive novice chaser in a valuable staying open handicap. He's won three off the bounce in testing conditions and if retaining his well being today must enter the picture.

Considering the level of form shown as a hurdler, Global Power has probably under achieved a little as a chaser. He ran in this off an 11 lb lower rating two years ago,finishing fourth. However, the fortunes of the year have taken an upturn since and Global Powers arrives here in good heart and the conditions will not compromise his chance,

Lost - 3pts

Friday, 13 March 2015

2pts win HARGAM JCB 7.2/1 (Both exchanges) Triumph Hdle
1pt win STARS OVER THE SEA  50/1 (Generally available) JCB Triumph Hdl

All Peace and Co's form has been in genuinely soft ground and if the rain does not come in buckets there will be a question mark over him making his stable companion , who has a similar level of form,  the preferred option. Hargam looks a very smart individual, his win at Musselburgh last time was pleasing to the eye, and he appeals as one who will continue to get better.

Stars Over The Sea looked like developing into a contender for this until beaten a long way behind Hargam here in December. That was too bad to be true, he's not been seen since, he is worth another chance and could surprise some better fancied rivals today.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win BLAKION  14/1 ( 5 firms and both exchanges)Albert Bartlest Novices Hdle

This in one who is going to run a cracking race at double fig odds. His form around this venue makes him more preferable than his narrow Doncaster conqueror Caraccio Apache, and the fantastic run of Parlour Games here on Tuesday has given a couple of pieces of his form a big boost. He stays all day and won't be stopping.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win HOLYWELL 12.5/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

A proper spring horse whose wins at the last two festivals have been on good to soft ground, and it's worth taking a chance and snapping up odds now as the forecast rain, if it arrives, will have to turn it into genuinely soft to hinder his chance. This years renewal has a strange shape to it with the hyped up Djakadam far too short, and two Galway Plate winners prominent in the betting along with a novice who would not have been certain to win the RSA.

Lost - 3pts

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

3pts win CALL THE COPS  11.5/1 (Betfair) Pertemps Network Final

Nicky Henderson has a very poor record in this event but fields a couple with serious chances here and Call The Cops, who goes well for Andrew Tinkler, is hard to put a line through here. Stepped up to this trip for the first time on his last outing he won with the minimum of fuss, showing that he needs decent ground to produce his optimum. He has the potential to develop into a smart individual and though this is a much stiffer task than last time he has ery chance of defying his penalty.

Won + 33pts

3pts win MA FILLEULE 5.8/1 (Betfair)  Ryanair Chase

This mare ran a cracker at this meeting last year chasing home Hollywell in the 3m chase.This sort of trip is probably her optimum though, and she shaped tremendously well last time at Ascot, running as though she may have just needed the run and can turn the tables on Balder Success. Certain to give a excellent account of herself.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win UN TEMPS POUR TOUT 11/1 + ( at least 7 firms)Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Cost a fortune when purchased from France and though he has shown very smart form in his four outings in this country it's unlikely we've seen the best of him and he appeals as one who will step up and go close to taking this tomorrow. He shaped promisingly on his only run this season in the Cleeve, and does not have much to make up on the two ahead of him. Though most of his racing has been in the soft he ran a cracker on better ground at Punchestown last spring and is one to have on your side here.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

1.5pts win DELL ARCA ( 25/1+ at least five firms) Coral Cup
1.5pts win BARADARI 16/1 (Generally available) Coral Cup

Dell Arca's try at chasing was postponed after a couple of attempts and his overall profile is not as appealing as it was when he ran in this 12 months ago, finished a close up fifth off a 3lb lower rating than todays. He then followed up with another cracking run at Aintree. He has shown this term that the ability is all there but has been a little in and out and the blinds may just be the key to him - if so his price is much too big.

Baradari ran a big race in the Fred Winter here last year after off a 7lb lower rating than he has here. He put up a good performance to win at Ascot last time in soft ground but will not mind the better ground here, in fact it'll probably suit better and the yard has been in fair enough form in the past few days to give encouragement that a good run is on the cards.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win STARCHITECT 20/1 + (5 firms and both exchanges)  Fred Winter

The yard has been in iffy form but his one is worth chancing at big odds. After winning his first two starts over hurdles, including when beating a rival in this Unanimite, He has come up against two very smart Henderson horses since, chasing them home each time. As the winners won with a bit in hand, it is hard to get a accurate guage on the form but there is just that possibility that he could be nicely in here.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win MOON RACER 8/1 ( at least six firms) Weatherby's Champion Bumper

Instead of trying to work out which will be the best of the seven Mullins runners it may pay to side with this fellow who stamped himself as a feasible winner of this event when winning in visibly pleasing style here in October. He was put away for this after that and nothing has occurred since that indicates he won't play a big part in this.

Won  + 24pts






Monday, 9 March 2015

3pts win SHANESHILL  12/1 ( 6 firms and both exchanges) Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hdle

The drying ground has come in this fellow's favour, the drop back to the minimum will be ideal and he has a serious chance in this despite Walsh picking the Mrs Ricci horse. Both the first two in the market are proven in genuine soft ground only and it could pay to try a hand elsewhere.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win NED STARK 9/1 ( 4 firms and both exchanges) Ultima Solutions H'cap Chase

A progressive novice who is a safe conveyance, Ned Stark looks a very likely type for this. Dennis O'Regan is two from three on him and while the ground would not want to dry too much this sort of trip is at the moment what he needs to produce his optimum. The yard is in decentish form too, and has a decent record in this event. All in all, a must for any short list here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win SEGO SUCCESS 5/1 (generally available) Toby Balding National Hunt Chase

Another Alan King runner who is hard to get away from. On a hatrick here, he beat a back to form decent type at Warwick last time, and the runners up in his previous victory has gone on and won his two races since and is due to line up in the RSA. Sego Success has very chance of making a name for himself at marathon trips - his trainer has had plenty enough  performers in this sphere in the past and he appeals as a very likely winner of this.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 7 March 2015

2pts win GREAT TRY 13/2 ( at least 6 firms)  EBF William Hill Novices H'cap Hdle Final
1pt win HELLO GEORGE 10/1 (Generally available) EBF William Hill Novices H'cap Hdle Final

Always an interesting race and one to look at when compiling a list of novice chasers to follow for the following season.

 Great Try ran OK in two decentish races before winning comfortable at Bangor last time. He travels well in his races, will appreciate the step up in trip, and makes more appeal than his stable companion even with Twiston-Davies aboard the other.

Hello George has been highly tried in his last two races in open age handicap company and without disgracing himself. The yard had a winner with it's only runner yesterday and Hello George  appeals as one who'll get involved here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win ARZAL 12/1 (Generally available) William Hill Imperial Cup

Arzal looks a very plausible winner of this. After easily beating today's rival West Wizard at Kempton, he returned to the same venue to run a cracker behind Supreme Novices hope Jollyallan, he was pitted into the Betfair Hurdle off the same mark as today where he ran a cracker to finish a staying on sixth after being badly hampered before halfway. Definitely worth taking on board.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 28 February 2015

3pts win STREAMS OF WHISKEY 8/1 (4 firms inc Hills and P Power) Betbright Grimthorpe

This gelding hasn't been seen since shaping well over hurdles three months ago. He has however gone well when fresh in the past and hails from a yard that is having a fruitful season and placing it's horses extremely well. Although Harding goes to Kelso to ride the promising Glingerburn, Streams of Whiskey has a serious chance off a 8lb higher rating than when winning a valuable Haydock event on similar ground to todays last spring and is worth taking aboard.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 21 February 2015

2pts win ALPHA VICTOR 9/1 (Generally available) Betfred Eider
1pt win SCOTSWELL 27/1 (Betfair) Betfred Eider

Despite being ten Alpha Victor still only has seven races over fences under his belt and his run in the Midlands Grand National last March when racing off a 2lb highr mark than todays indicated that he has a race of this sort in him. He returned to form at Wetherby recently and though his best form has generally been in more testing conditions than these he has winning form on good ground.

Scotswell catches the eye at the prices available. He stays forever,jumps well and lines up here in cracking form and could put in a bold show from the front.

Lost - 3pts


2pts win LA REVE 9/1 (Generally available)  Betbright Chase
1pt win RAJDHANI EXPRESS  22/1 (Betfair) Betbright Chase

La Reve looked in great heart when winning at Sandown recently and looks capable of defying a 7lb rise in the ratings. He has everything he needs to set him up for another good run, right handed track, 3 miles on soft ground, and still being only seven is open to further progression.

Rajdhani Express is tried in a hood for the first time and if things click together he would probably be good enough to give weight to these. Though it's over two years since he last ran at this venue he did leave an impression when tearing up his field in a novice handicap chase and he commands respect here.

Lost - 3pts


Saturday, 14 February 2015

3pts win LIE FORRIT 10/1 ( Generally available)  Betfred Grand National Trial

Lie Forrit has not reached the level over fences that was initially expected - his optimum being around a stone below his best over hurdles. However, he has aged very well and retains most of his ability and there is still plenty of mileage left in him. He arrives here in cracking form, will love the conditions and is very much one to have on your side today.

Won + 30 pts

Saturday, 7 February 2015

1.5pts win WICKLOW BRAVE 17.5/1 (Betfair)  Betfair Hurdle
1.5pts win FASCINO RUSTICO 18/1 (Betfair)  Betfair Hurdle

Wicklow Brave is a very big price if he returns to the sort of form that saw him finish sixth in the Supreme Novices last spring, where he looked likely to secure the runner up spot before tiring close. That race probably took alot out of him as he wasn't the same in his two races after. He returned in the Autumn to run two poor races and has not been seen since November. However there must be some sort of encouraging signs for him to line up here and despite his yard poor record in the UK this winter he has serious claims here.

Fascino Rustico appears to have improved from the move to his new yard. That though is not really measurable as he's just defeated inferior opponents in two novice hurdles - however he's been  impressive to the eye and if he has improved notably he could be well in here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 31 January 2015

1.5pts win VIRTUEL D'OUDON  11/1 ( at least 6 firms) Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle
1.5pts win A DOLL IN MILAN 10/1 ( Generally available)  Betway Welsh Champion Hurdle

Virtuel D'Oudon has been raised 9lb in the ratings for his Taunton success in similarly testing ground to todays but could still be on a winning mark. The first two were well clear of the others that day ,today's the step down in trip should not prove a problem, and the stable companion that Scudamore is aboard did not appear to relish these conditions at Haydock last time.

A Doll in Milan is put into handicap company for the first time and it's a guess to how reasonable her mark his.The form of her Wetherby victory has yet to be tested though the third home was leading when coming down on her next appearance. She stays and gallops and it's a case of having faith that the yard wouldn't put her in to be an also ran.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 24 January 2015

3pts win ROYAL PLAYER 15/2 ( at least 7 firms) Skybet Chase

Switched straight in to handicap company over fences after just four runs over timber, Royal Player is in terrific heart at the moment, fast on the upgrade, and the way he traveled and disposed of his rivals last time gives him an excellent chance of defying the 10 lb rise in the ratings provided he's just as effective going left handed. His in form yard have another runner with a similar sort of profile but Royal Profile arguably has better credentials and is a few points longer.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 17 January 2015

3pts win VINTAGE STAR   8/1 (Generally available) Peter Marsh Chase

Has lots going for him here. He was runner up in this last year in similarly grueling conditions as it will be today and is racing off a 4lb lower rating. He's certainly the same horse has he was 12 months ago - his Rowland Meyrick run can be ignored as he was never going after clouting the second , he had two decent races before Wetherby and it can only be encouraging that he's been stronger in the markets this morning than his stable companion.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 10 January 2015

3pts win DELL ARCA 11/1 (Generally available) William Hill Lanzarote Hdle

Though racing off a lifetime high rating over hurdles, it's very likely that his mark is a fair one looking at the excellent run off a 9 lb lower rating than todays in the Betfair followed by another cracking performance performance off a 5 lb hike. He finished the season off with another fine run in a G1 at Aintree and after two runs over fences returned to hurdles when well beaten in the Long Walk. Normally very reliable, that run can be overlooked and a prominent display is on the cards, even with one of his stable companions attracting stronger support at the moment.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 3 January 2015

2pts win ROCK ON ROCKY 16/1 ( Generally available)  32 Red H'cap Hdle
1pt win FIRST AVENUE 28/1 ( 5 firms inc Victor and Ladbrokes) 32 Red H'cap Hdle

You can make a case for almost everything here and the front running Rock on Rocky looked a much improved performer on his first two starts this season and there could be more to come despite blotting the copybook last time. It can be hard to put a guage on these quirky types and he's an interesting proposition in today's conditions.

First Avenue returns to the scene of his Imperial Cup success and showed the ability is still there with two early summer triumphs. His big success here came by picking them off in testing conditions and that'll no doubt be the plan today and he is not one to dismiss lightly.

Lost - 3pts


3pts win COUNT GUIDO DEIRO 7/1 (Generally available)  32 Red Casino H'cap Chase

A lightly raced, progressive staying chaser, this gelding very much has the profile of one that his yard excels with and is hard to get away from here. Conditions will be ideal, he is a clean jumper for one so inexperienced, and the 7lb claimer takes off the rise in the ratings from his Lingfield success.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Annual Results  2014

January   -  9pts
February  -  12pts
March  + 57pts
April  + 21.5pts
May  - 33pts
June - 8.5pts
July - 21pts
August + 7.5pts
September - 3pts
October - 15pts
November  - 27pts
December - 12pts

Total Loss of -  54.5pts on the year