Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Annual Result 2019:  Loss of - 136 pts

Previous Years

2007 +320 pts
2008 + 4 pts
2009  - 6 pts
2010 - 108 pts
2011 - 4 pts
2012 + 85 pts
2013 + 74 pts
2014 - 55 pts
2015 + 40 pts
2016 + 133 pts
2017 - 30 pt
2018 - 95.5 pts

Saturday, 28 December 2019

3 pts win DORKING BOY 8/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Heed Your Hunch H'cap Hdle

On paper has a much stiffer task than when we won last time at Taunton off an 8 lb lower rating but a few of his dangers today have question marks over their present condition and this Schiapirelli gelding should appreciate the step back up in trip. Doesn't do things fast but is gritty and may just be on a steady upward curve.

Won + 24 pts

3 pts win STRONG PURSUIT 13/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Mandarin H'cap Chase

Has clearly had his physical problems but won first time out last season and it is unlikely a race that would be a nice prize for one of his abikity would be wasted to get him straight. Plenty to like.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 26 December 2019

3 pts win DANNY WHIZZBANG 11/2 ( at least four firms)
Ladbrokes Kauto Star

A fascinating looking renewal of a race that has thrown up some stars down the years. Danny  Whizzbang  beat two useful individuals on his comeback run and provided he can be kept together physically, has a very big future in this sphere.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win LAKE VIEW LAD 8/1 ( almost all firms)
Rowland Meyrick Chase

Is 8 lb higher in the ratings than when winning this last year, when he arrived on the back of a victory in the same Newcastle race he ran in last time.Though he trailed home last of the finishes he should be a different proposition today with the benefit of that run under his belt, his run at Cheltenham in the spring showed he will be capable of winning off this mark, and all in all he makes plenty of appeal today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 21 December 2019

3 pts win UMBRIGADO  9/2 ( almost all firms)
Betfair Exchange Trophy

This one is a quality act with bags of potential. He made a noteworthy seasonal reappearance at Haydock, moving for a long way like a one going to play a big hand in the finish but came up short like one needing the run. However the significant drop back in trip today points to the three mile finding out. Impossible to to stray from him here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 14 December 2019

3 pts win IGOR 11/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Albert Bartlet Novices Hurdle

Looked a much improved proposition when winning at Ascot  last time . Very much appeals as one who will progress further for today's step up in trip and at this moment in time, has the potential to progress enough to be a contender back herr on March. Is of considerable interest here and is fairly priced.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 7 December 2019

3 pts win KIMBERLITE CANDY 10/1 ( PPower & Betfair Sportsbook)
Randox Health Becher Chase

Comes from a yard that that promises to move up another tier, and one that is in good health at this moment. Typical of Fleminsfirths, he enjoys testing ground and provided adapts to the fences, should figure here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts  win CONIGSBAY 12/1 ( at least six firms plus all exchanges)
London National H'cap Chase

Another from the Tom Lacey yard that that should be taken on board. Looked a quality staying handicap chaser in the making when winning at Exeter last season and very much catches the eye here.

Race Voided

Saturday, 30 November 2019

3 pts win DANNY WHIZZBANG  11/2  ( Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook)
Ladbroke John Francome Novices Chase

A former point to point winner who  won a couple of novice hurdles for his new yard before having a wind op. Lacks the experience of his two rivals but is a highly promising individual with the physique for fences. His trainer has alluded to him taking time to get fully tightened up but he should be in good enough shape to figure.

Won + 16.5 pts

3 pts win EPITANTE  5/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Ladbrokes Intermediate Hurdle

Was hard to assess going into Cheltenham having looked very useful against inferior rivals. While on weights and measures she reproduced her form at the Festival, the truth is that she almost certainly wasn't on song and she can start the new season off back on the right footing today.

Won + 15 pts

1.5 pts win ELEGANT ESCAPE 12/1 (at least eight firms)
1,5 pts win OK CORRAL 10/1 ( at least seven firms)
Ladbroke Trophy Chase

The typical winners of this race down the years have travelled well throughout without hitting flat spots. Elegant Escape does not fit this profile, often coming under pressure at crucial stages leaving himself plenty of leeway to make up, as happened when he was runner up last year.However, if the fitting of the blinkers have him racing into his bit and travelling, he could take some beating.

OK Corral is still relatively unexposed despite his age, with only three races over fences,  and if there is on racing off a rating that undermines his true talent, it's him for sure. Is of massive interest here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 November 2019

3 pts win AMALFI DOUG 14/1 ( at least this price with almost all firms)
Cashout in Play with Betfair H'cap Chase

Has been in terrific heart over the past few months and ran much better than the lengths beaten indicates last time, with his stamina giving way late on. Back in trip today there is no reason why he should not make his presence felt here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win KATESON  11/2 ( almost all firms)
Betfair Exchange H'cap Hdle

This is a smart sort who may be able to defy his mark on his first venture in handicap company. Is proven fresh so can be expected to be turned out in a condition enabling him to perform to his optimum.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SYKES 40/1 ( at least eight firms)
Betfair Best Odds H'cap Hdle

Is a game, trustworthy performer who should have come on from a good seasonal debut run and returns to the scene of what on weights and measures was probably a lifetime best run last February. Is 4 lb higher in the ratings here but still in the picture and hard to resist to small stakes at present odds.

Lost - 3 pts

Sunday, 17 November 2019

3 pts win COUNTISTER 25/1 ( Betfair, Betdaq,Matchbook,Smarkets exchanges)
Greatwood Hurdle

Although Geraghty is on the other McManus horse, this one could still very much be a live one. Lightly raced and clearly fragile to train, he can go well fresh which is not surprising, given it would be wasteful to use a race to condition one who will not be appearing too often. The ground will be fine for him and he could run a big race - though confidence would be increased if he shortened on the exchanges in the next few hours.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts EDEN DU HOUX  5/1 ( at least nine firms)
Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle

The smart looking Ecco is not proven on this sort of surface and may be worth taking on. This one had the third horse well beaten off when runner up on his hurdling debut. The winner of that race ran too bad to be true yesterday so the form should not be downrated yet, and Eden Du Houx remains a promising prospect in his own right.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 November 2019

2 pts win SIRU DU LAC  15/2 ( Hills and Bet Victor)
1 pt win EAMON AN CNOIC 23/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
Bet Victor Gold Cup

The 2m 4f handicap here at the Festival is clearly the key race to mull over here.  That was run on better ground than today's but the winner Siru Du Lac is proven in testing conditions and there is no knowing the level of his eventual ceiling and he may be able to defy the further hike in the ratings.

Eamon An Cnoic was a close fourth in that race. He revels in testing ground and although  Pond House don't dominate this event anymore, it's an event they dearly strive to win and they are in the mix with this one.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 November 2019

3 pts win ROCK THE KASBAH 10/1 ( at least five firms)
Badger Beers Silver Trophy H'cap Chase

Is 3 lb above his highest winning rating but there is enough to like to take him on board. He has run well fresh in the past, hails from a yard in healthy form right now, and though considering where he is trained it's surprising he has never run at this venue, he handles all types of tracks, both ways round, so should be fine. Has solid claims and is hard to resist at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 November 2019

3 pts win ELEGANT ESCAPE 7/1 ( at least this price with nine firms)
Charlie Hall Chase

Has run well fresh in the past and although he is one who relishes a real test of stamina is not a complete slow coach. The ground will assist, he's a likeable sort, full of quality, and is well capable of winning this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 26 October 2019

3 pts win AMALFI DOUG 11/1 ( at least four firms)
Paxtons Chase

Faces by far his stiffest task to date and is away from his favourite playground of Perth but could still be worth taking aboard. He is in fine heart, still on the upgrade, hard fit, and should not be inconvenienced by the step up in trip.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SYKES  15/2 ( at least five firms)
Pertempts Network H 'cap Hdle

Is 8 lb higher in the ratings than when finishing runner up in this last season. However, despite advancing years, he developed into an improved performer, is a likeable individual , and is comfortable on testing ground.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 19 October 2019

3 pts win CAPE BYRON 10/1 ( at least five firms)
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes

Fluffed his lines the last time he was on the top stage in the July Cup but he loves this venue, is able to produce his optimimum in the soft, arrives here in top form and in today's conditions could find an extra couple of pound improvement and win this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DELPHINIA 22/1 ( at least eight firms)
Qipco British Champions  Fillies and Mares Stakes

Has been a slow burner as have many good middle distance fillies from her yard down the years. Is now really coming into her own and although dropping down in trip  it is hoped the inside track will be more testing than predicted, as she should outrun her price and is live upset material.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MAGNA GRECIA 13/2 ( at least four firms)
Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes

Has not done much wrong in his limited career and has a verified excuse for his run at the Curragh. Guaranteed to be spot on for this, he is the one they have to beat provided he copes with conditions.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MEHDAAYIH 16/1 (at least ten forms)
Qipco Champion Stakes

Far from a vintage renewal and the outstanding candidate, Magical, may not be over her Longchamo exertions and is worth opposing at short odds. Mehdaayih faded after trying to make all at the same meeting but remains of interest. Ideally suited by good to soft, and with an excellent record when Havlin is aboard, she looked to have a big one in her after the impression she created when winning the Cheshire Oaks and this could be her day.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BIOMETRIC 11/1 (at least a dozen firms)
Balmoral Handicap

A few lengths higher in the ratings for his Britannia victory on easy ground but ran a cracker at York last time out after disappointing at Goodwood in a Group 3 when things played out wrong. Back on ground that should suit, and still retaining the profile of a future Group horse, he is worth taking aboard here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 12 October 2019

3 pts win AL SUHAIL 9/2 ( almost all firms)
Dubai Autumn Stakes

 The Solario form is going to look healthy in the long term and this colt, who finished third in the Sandown event, has an excellent chance here. He's untried on testing ground but his smart dam handled it well.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DARKSIDEOFTARNSIDE 49/1( at least two exchanges inc Betfair and Smarkets)
Emirates Cesarewitch

 Not in the best of best of berths but hopefully the able claimer aboard will get him to a prominent position early. He has hit form having had his conditions on his last two starts and should relish the test today and at the odds available makes more appeal than the plot horses.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ZANZA 12/1 (at least six firms)
Cotswold Stone Supplies Steel Trophy

 Has the profile of an animal that his yard does well with and appeals as one who has a couple of valuable handicaps in him, having ended last season looking on the upgrade with promise of more to come.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 10 October 2019

1.5 pts win APPARATE 14/1 ( at least 3 firms in PPower and Victor)
1.5 pts win SKYMAX  16/1 ( almost all firms)
Old Rowley Cup Handicap

Apparate showed a willing attitude to win an ultra competitive Ascot handicap last time and the 4 lb higher will not prevent him being in the mix again, given that he is likely to continue on the upgrade.

A few of these are linked to the Melrose and Skymax could come out best of them. A winner of a ten furlong Nursery here last backend, this gelding had improved on his last two starts with the application of blinkers, acts with give underfoot, and the drop back down in trip could suit

Lost  - 3 pts

Sunday, 6 October 2019

1.5 pts win JAPAN 15/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
1.5 pts win SOTTSASS 8/1 (at least five firms)
Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe

Enable scraped home by the skin of her teeth in this last year and while there were mitigating circumstances it could still pay to take aboard a couple against her.

Japan has vindicated the  long term belief that he would develop into the best Ballydoyle three year old and should give an excellent account of himself here, while Sottsass has bern given the traditional French prep, with the mid season break, and has good prospects of giving his trainer his first success in this event.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MABS CROSS 11/1 (at least five firms)
Prixe de l' Abbaye

This reliable mare can follow up last season's victory in this event. She has never encountered ground this testing but most of her sire's good prpgeny handle it and connections are optimistic it will suit her.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win WALDPFAD 11/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Prix de la Foret

This smart German animal has shown high class form in the sprinting division recently, beating Khadeem at Newbury and finishing third on the big Haydock event.The step back up in trip amd soft ground will not hinder amd he is sure to give a good account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 5 October 2019

3 pts win SEXTANT 6/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Cumberland Lodge Stakes

Could be worth going down the line that it was the trip and not the ground that was the reason for this one dropping put so quickly in the later stages of the Geoffrey Freer. He bounced right back last time, looking like he is still progressing and has a major chance here.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win RIP ORF  8.5/1 ( Betfair,Betdaq and Matchbook exchanges)
1 pt win SILVER LINE 28/1 ( Betfair, Betdaq and Smarkets exchanges)

Lots of the same old adversaries filling this field who win in turn and the cards could fall right for Rip Orf today who runs consistently well at this venue, has won two valuable events similar to this here, and has no fears of the underfoot conditions.

Silver Line catches the eyes at fancy prices. Back in his juvenile days he ran a cracker here in the Norfolk in the soft. He's not developed the profile one would expect but he has shown signs that one of these valuable handicaps may be within his compass.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 28 September 2019

3 pts win PYLEDRIVER 10/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Unfashionable pedigree but thought the world of by his yard and won a decent event at Haydock last time in soft ground that was not expected to suit. Back on better ground today, further progress can be expected and his claim must be taken seriously.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win BERINGER 20/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
1 pt win   CHANCE 33/1 ( almost all firms)
Bet 365 Cambridgeshire  Handicap

Beringer appeals as one who will be ideally suited by a true run race at this trip and proved his big field scenario credentials when running a cracker to finish fifth in a fiercely competitive handicap at Goodwood two outings back. Not altogether straightforward but is in the reckoning here.

Chance was in fine heart during the Summer, progressing by nearly two stone in the ratings and reeling off a hatrick.Despite running below form last time, he retains an overall progressive profile and is worth taking aboard for small stakes.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 21 September 2019

3 pts win SHADN  15/2 (at least half a dozen firms)
Dubai Duty Mill Reef Stakes

Followed up her Rose Bowl win with a cracking effort when stepped up in trip in the Prestige. The two ahead of her have franked the form by both producing excellent efforts next time, and this one is hard to keep away from here despite the niggly doubt about the step back down in trip.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win GULLIVER   10/1 (at least five firms)
1 pt win SOLDIER'S MINUTE 22/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

Gulliver did not get the rub of the green behind Buffer Zone last weekend but showed himself to be in great heart and is the value option put of the two here.

Soldier's Minute's York clear cut York victory in May off a 4 lb lower rating than today put him right in the mix of this. Has been disappointing since but that is reflected in the odds available.Fitted with a hood today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 14 September 2019

2 pts win DAZZLING DAN 14/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq Exchanges)
1 pt win MUTHMIR 21/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
William Hill Portland Handicap

Dazzling Dan has developed into a very useful and reliable sprint handicapper. He has plenty of mileage left so should be a good few pounds of his ultimate ceiling and has good prospects of defying his reassessed mark.

Muthmir won this years back but judging on his run in the Dash back in June, retains enough ability to be a force off his present rating despite his advancing years. Could be worth small stakes at his present exchange odds.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 7 September 2019

1.5 pts win NOT SO SLEEPY 12/1 (almost al firms)
1.5 pts win MELTING DEW 12/1 (almost all firms)
Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup

Last year's November Handicap runner up hasn't won on the level for a couple of years but acts well in this ground and arrives here in good heart.

Melting Dew is likewise finding it hard to get his head infront. However, he ran his best race for a while in an equally competitive event at York last time and is down to a rating below his last winning mark.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win NEVER DO NOTHING 8/1 (three quarters of all firms)
Lavazza Stakes

Is developing into a solid, reliable handicapper who is in excellent shape at the moment on the back of two good efforts over course and distance on his last two starts. Every reason to believe he'll play a big part in this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 31 August 2019

2 pts win ARCANADA 9/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pt win PENWORTHAM 20/1 ( half a dozen firms)
Sportpesa Handicap

Arcanada is in fair form of late, has won for today's rider, and the drop back down in trip should not inconvenience. Should be prominent form a favourable draw beinvolved in the finish.

Like many in theis field Penwortham has plenty of experience around here. Ran better than the distance beaten would suggest last time and is worth small stakes at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts

1.5 pts win SOLID STONE 13/2 ( at least four firms)
1.5 pt win MORDIN 15/2 ( at least five firms)
Betway Heed Your Hunch H'cap

Solid Stone had some fancy entries earlier in the season and it was no doubt probably hoped by connections that he'd be operating on a higher tier by now. Nevertheless, he still has time to go on an upward curve has strong enough claims here back up intrip.

Last season's Cambridgeshire runner up Mordin has had some stiff tasks this season but showed himself in good heart last time. He is interesting with his promising 7 lb aboard.

Lost - 3pts

3 pts win ORNATE 7/1 ( almost all firms)
William Hill Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes

Very speedy sort who has run well when facing some incredibly stiff tasks. Goes well here and there is ever reason to believe that he'll give a very good account of himself today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 24 August 2019

3 pts win LAND OF OZ 9/1 (at least three firms inc PPower and Bet 365)
Skybet Melrose Handicap

Has reeled off four in a row since the second week in July, managing to keep ahead of the handicapper. This is by far his stiffest task to date but there could still be plenty more to come and the Heath House yard have for a few decades been adept at developing animals with this sort of profile.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win DRAMATIC QUEEN  26/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
1.5 pts win WEEKENDER 29/1 (Betfair Exchange)
Skybet Ebor Handicap

Dramatic Queen has escaped the attention of her heavily backed stable companion but her own chance should not be overlooked. Won a G3 over course and distance in May then followed up with another good effort in the Lancashire Oaks. Her run last time was too bad to be true and she merits serious consideration.

Weekender races off a similar rating to when he finished runner up in this last year. Has showed this year that he retains all of his ability, will be at home in a true run event at a track that suits him. and the fact that Dettori is on the stable companion is nothing to fret about, and actually adds a few points to his price.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 22 August 2019

3 pts win CARADOC 15/2 ( at least this price with five firms)
Skybet Handicap

This lightly raced Camelot colt knows to get his head in front and catches the eye trying this trip for the first time under a  penalty for his recent Windsor success, The form of that event has already received a boost with the third horse home winning since, and it will be surprising if Caradoc does not carry on progressing.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BIOMETRIC 10/1 ( at least five firms)
Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap

It's perhaps best to ignore this one's last run. It cannot be blamed on the fact that it was a G3 as he was never looking like a contender from an early stage, plus the task was probably really not much harder than the Royal Ascot one. Back in handicap company he looks on the face of it to have a stiff task off a 9 lb higher mark than that career best Ascot victory which came with give underfoot, coming from off the pace. However, he had previously been progressing well on faster ground, racing up with the pace, tactics that will suit him here. Could eventually be a proper Group horse and is worth supporting to get his career back on track.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

2 pts win UNDER THE STARS 9/2 ( two firms inc PPower)
1 pt win CELTIC BEAUTY  14/1 ( almost all firms)
Skybet Lowther Stakes

Under The Stars passed cheaply through the sales ring as a yearling but looked a good prospect when ridden confidently to win the Princes Margaret. She is in all the sort of races that a winner of this would expect to be entered in and is from a yard that has upgraded itself.

Celtic Beauty's Albany form gives her prospects here. She won her maiden in clear cut style last time looks a few point too long.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win PETRUS  14/1 (almost all firms)
Clipper Logistics Handicap

Has improved from being gelded and has developed into a very useful handicapper this season. Ran a fine race in a competitive Sandown event last time and races off the same mark here. Very much in the mix and is worth a go.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MAGICAL 4/1 ( at least five firms)
Darley Yorkshire Oaks

Rocket science not needed here. Has run Enable to less than a length twice and has three weeks extra recuperation from the Eclipse while the Gosden mare, visually, appears to have had the hardest race of her life in the interim period. Logic says there is a bit of value in the price on offer

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

3 pts win PERSUASION 7/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Tattersalls Acomb Stakes

Charles Hills has won this twice in the past five years and this Dewhurst entry looked a potential top class colt when winning at Goodwood. Indications are that the form of that race will work out really well and Persuasion looks certain to give an excellent account of himself here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win JAPAN 6/1 ( PPower and Betfair Sportsbook)
Juddmonte International Stakes

Was rumoured to be the best of the Ballydoyle Derby hopes during the winter but met with a setback and needed the run here in the Dante before running a highly promising race at Epsom. He really looked the business in the King Edward but was more workmanlike in France. Looks to be plenty more to come though, the drop back down may not inconvenience, and he is the value call.

Won + 18 pts

Saturday, 17 August 2019

2 pts win LAKE VOLTA 8/1 (at least half a dozen firms)
1 pt win  GUNMETAL 18/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq Exchanges)
William Hill Great St Wilfred

Lake Volta is a hardy sort who wins in turn. This is less competitive than the task he faced in the Stewards Cup where he ran a cracker too finish seventh. He acts in today's ground and should give a good account of himself.

Last year s winner Gunmetal has won in easy ground in his days with Charlie Hills but is not proven on a surface as testing as todays, something which will have added a couple of points to. A repeat of his sixth in the Wokingham would see him go close here.

Gunmetal NR, L Volta Lost - 2 pts

Saturday, 3 August 2019

3 pts win DESERT SKYLINE 9/1 (at least half a dozen firms)
Qatar Summer H'cap

Ran his best race of the season by far when finishing third to King's Advice at Newmarket last time. The stable has finally shown signs recently that it's out of the doldrums and has already bagged a valuable prize at this meeting. This one is very much one for the short list here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win KHAADEM  11/2 (at least three firms)
Unibet Stewards Cup

A real dilemma with this one in the sense that his profile blindly draws you in, and these types have burnt multitudes of fingers down the years. However, sometimes they are as good as they seem and given Charlie Hills handling of his sprinters in recent years, the fact that he has an entry in the G1  Haydock sprint, plus his run last time where he never got the rub of the green but left the impression that he could be be top notch, means it could pay to pile into this colt today as if he is up to G1 level, he'll win this off today's rating of what is a G3 one at best of 107.  Has a favourable draw too, just a little worry about the hustle and bustle big field experience, and there must be little in negativity to take this sort of price, for those who have missed the larger prices earlier.

Won + 16.5 pts

Friday, 2 August 2019

3 pts win BIOMETRIC  13/2 ( at least five firms)
Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes

There is a little concern for this one if it turned tactical here and he's not likely to be asked to come from so far off the pace at at Ascot and hopefully will settle not too far off as in his earlier races. His overall profile is a very pleasing one, with there being no knowing what the level of his ceiling will be. Should give a good account of himself here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win INDEED  11/1 (almost all firms)
Unibet Golden Mile Handicap

This lightly raced gelding landed on thr ground running when arriving form France and has looks to have one of these top showcase handicaps in him. His Newmarket victory was quite taking, with the first and second pulling away and him giving the impression that he had more left in the tank. Has an eyecatching chance here with a 3 lb penalty . He could however be better drawn - though his berth is not a line through chance one.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 1 August 2019

3 pts win SINJAARI 4/1 ( at least five firms)
Unibet Handicap

With hindsight the tactics used on this colt at the Royal meeting did not further his chance. If prepared to forget that run then he remains an animal with immediate prospects of plenty to come and has a lot less on his plate here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SPANISH MISSION 5/1 (almost all firms)
Qatar Gordon Stakes

This one took the Bahrain in good style last time,  which is now a much better race since the prize money boost and reduction in distance. This is slightly shorter and though shaping like a real stayer, should have enough pace to figure in a big way here.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

2 pts win DESERT ICON 8/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1 pt win DUBAI TRADITION 14/1 (Betfair Exchange)
Unibet Three Year Old H'cap

Desert Icon's Salisbury victory looks even better now in light of the three that finished immediately behind him all acquitting themselves well since. There looks to be plenty more to come from him.

Dubai Tradition has a St Leger entry and appeals as one who will show himself much better than the weights and measures do so far. Nevertheless, he battled out his Newmarket victory and one from a line through a Varian horse, if believed, puts him in with a similar chance to Desert Icon.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 29 July 2019

2 pts win SETTING SAIL  4/1 ( at least four firms)
1 pt win JOHNNY DRAMA 11/1 ( at least these odds with five firms)
Unibet H'cap

Setting Sail deserves the 4 lb rise for his fine run in the John Smith's Cup last time. That was on quick ground but he's won in the soft so the predicted weather should not be offputting. Has a first rate chance here.

Looked as though he did not get home over a true run twelve furlongs in the Duke of Edinburgh. Reverts down in trip and has his first run for Andrew Balding. Very much one to consider.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 27 July 2019

3 pts win WINGS OF TIME 9/2 (almost all firms)
Porsche Handicap

Looks to have bags of improvement left in him and showed a good attitude when winning at Newmarket last time. His trainer is quoted saying that he was going to step him up to ten furlongs but this trip with give should be fine for him - he's yet to race on ground with ease but plenty of his sire's progeny handle it well.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FANAAR 10/1 (almost all firms)
Moet and Chandon International Stakes

This one ran a cracker in the Britannia, not getting the rub of the green despite racing on the favoured side. The ease in the ground will be ideal and the drop back in trip will not hinder, in fact he'd run another excellent race over this trip on his previous outing and everything could just fall into place for him today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 July 2019

3 pts win KHAADEM  7/1 (almost all firms)
Bet 365 Hackwood Stakes

Charlie Hill's excels with his sprinters and this Dark Angel colt looks another potential high class performer to be produced from his yard. Khaadem's Carnarvon win here earlier in the season has been boosted by the third going on to win the Jersey, and it may pay to cross out his disappointing Commonwealth Cup run - he's won with give so you can't put it down to the ground. Appeals as the value call here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 13 July 2019

3 pts win KODITIME 16/1 ( almost all firms - bigger on exchanges)
Berfred Heritage H'cap

Both of Clive Cox's runners are worthy of respect in this and the temptation must be to side with the value call in this one who should outrun his price. Considered classy and forward enough to run in the Norfolk here in his juvenile days, a couple of long absences have limited his appearances but he ran a cracker on his reappearance at York and conditions are ideal for him today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MOUNTAIN ANGEL 6/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
John Smith's Diamond Jubilee Cup H'cap

You can search through these and consider those with a half chance at bigger odds, but balancing it all out, it's so hard to get away from this one who has turned into a tip top handicapper, and who ran a very credible race in the Listed Hampton Court last time when not getting the rub of the green.He's 5 lb higher in the ratings than his last handicap appearance at Epsom but gave the impresion there was more left in the tank that day.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 11 July 2019

3 pts win OUTBOX  7/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Bet 365 Trophy

Difficult not to take an interest in this top grade handicap and Outbox is hard to veer away from. He finished lasr season with a highly progressive profile and began this campaign with a pleasing effort over at Chantilly last month. Has an Irish St Leger entry, is open to further improvement, and his ceiling could be 10 lb better than his present rating of 102.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

1.5 pts win GABRIAL THE WIRE 14/1 ( at least this price with ten firms)
1.5 pts win RATHBONE 16/1 (at least ten firms)
Bet 365 Handicap

Gabrial The Wire won in the style of one with plenty more to come at Chester last time. The step back down in trip will not inconvenience, the fast ground is ideal, and he looks a likely type for this with a competent 3 lb claimer aboard.

Rathbone travelled like a likely winner at one stage in a fiercely competitive York handicap but did not pick up and finished behind a couple he reopposes here. Back on faster ground, he has prospects of reversing that form and going close. Worth taking onside.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BAGHDAD 13/2 ( at least this price with four firms)
Princess Of Wales Tattersalls Stakes

On the face of it this one has a massive task on his place stepping up in class and does not fit the profile of most past winners of this. In reality however, it only takes a couple to be below par to put him bang in this. The jury is still out on whether Masar will be the same horse he was before his setback, while Mirage Dancer is not an insurmountable opponent. Baghdad is in fine heart at the moment and makes plenty of appeal at the odds available

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 6 July 2019

3 pts win GREENSIDE  15/2 ( at least six firms)
Coral Challenge

Has not been the easiest to train but as a result has plenty of mileage left for one of his age. Has been in fine heart this season and his performance here last time must be upgraded with the ground turning against him. Plenty in his favour here and can turn that form around.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win REGAL REALITY 9.5/1 (Betfair and Betdaq exchanges)
Coral Eclipse

Enable has to be taken on first time back and stepping down in trip. Regal Reality looked to be going places when winning the Brigadier Gerard last time and fits the profile of numerous performers from the Stoute yard in the past four decades plus, who have stepped up and held their own in the very highest grade when kept in training past three.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 29 June 2019

3 pts win MICHAEL'S MOUNT 10/1 (at least three firms inc Ladbrokes)
Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase

Is not proven on this surface but appeals as much as any of his rivals on the back of a willing front running performance at Pontefract, the form given approval by the fact that the two finishing closest behind him had both been impressive winners on their previous start. Big chance of defying his penalty and McEvoy should gell well with him.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win TIME TO STUDY 12/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1 pt win AUSTRIAN SCHOOL 18.5/1 (Betfair Exchange)
Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase

Time To Study ran well in this last year to be sixth when under the care with Mark Johnston. In the time that has passed he has been gelded and switched to Ian Williams, running his best race for his new trainer in the Ascot Stakes the other week. He races off  12lb lower rating than last year and catches the eye here.

Austrian School has a live chance on his best pieces of form and we get get an extra few points on to his price due to a below par performance at York last time, which is probably best to put a line through.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 21 June 2019

3 pts win SOUTHERN FRANCE 9/2 (almost all firms)
Hardwicke Stakes

After his St Leger run, followed by a crack at the Cesarewitch, it seemed this one was considered an out and out stayer and one who you'd have expected to line up in something like the Queen Alexandra. However, his Yorkshire Cup run has changed the whole perspective. He threw in a dangerous looking challenge to Stradavarius but was unable to get past. That run makes him an interesting proposition stepped back to twelve furlongs, and he looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

1.5 pts win SANDS OF MALI 14/1 (at least four firms)
1.5 pts win BOUND FOR NOWHERE 14/1 ( almost all firms)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Sands Of Mali has had two runs at this venue both at G1 level; narrowly beaten in the Commonwealth Cup at this meeting last year, then when beating Harry Angel in the British Champions Sprint in the Autumn. In his two starts this season he was behind Blue Point at Meydan, and dissapointed behind Brando in a conditions race up at Hamilton. He'll be back to his best here.

US challenger Bound For Nowhere raced alone in the centre when third in this event last year. The fact that connections,who are not in the habit of wasting their journeys, have chosen to return for another challenge raises the prospects of him putting in another bold showing.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win TIS MARVELOUS 22/1 (at least seven firms)

Is a bit of an inand out performer but ran a blinder to finish a close fourth in this last year. He won at this venue later in the season and did not get the rub of the green at Goodwood last time. Off only a 2 lb higher rating than last year, and with the stable in fair form, there are far worse propositions at the odds available and he makes some appeal.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 20 June 2019

3 pts win PONDUS 11/2 ( at least seven firms)
King Edward V11 Stakes

This highly promising, progressive colt is certainly a good deal better than what he's been able to show on weights and measures. He appeals as one who will have a prominent second half to the season and his yard do not have the firepower to put block entries in the G1 races, so his King George entry here next month indicates how high regard he is held in.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FUJAIRA PRINCE 13/2 ( at least three firms)
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

Only five races under his belt but is really coming of age now. Ran a cracker in a hot York handicap, narrowly beaten by a Gosden horse who is almost certainly Group class. He is 4 lb higher in the ratings here but that is fair. There is plenty more to come and he can confirm the form with the horses who finished behind him at York.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

2 pts win CAP FRANCAIS 16/1 (at least three firms)
1 pt win GETCHAGETCHAGETCHA  50/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
Hampton Court Stakes

Cap Francais travelled like a decent horse but never got home behind Anthony Van Dyck in the Lingfield Derby Trial. It goes without saying the drop back intrip should be ideal and he must enter the reckoning.

Getchagetchagetcha's odds do not do him justice. It was a decent little conditions race he won at Leicester last time, he does not have that much to find on the ratings, and hails from a shrewd set up who are always worthy of respect.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win AWE 16/1 (at least three firms)
Britannia Stakes

The ground is going to dry but by how much is anyone's guess - as is whether the stand side will have the same advantage as on Wednesday. If the advantage swings to the other side with the ground drying it won't be the first time this has happened and it will increase confidence in Awe from his five berth. He looks a conceivable winner of this, and one who could develop into a Group horse in time. The stable is flying and Kerrin McEvoy aboard is another bonus.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SINJARRI 6/1 ( almost all firms)
King George V Stakes

Another from the Haggas yard that is hard to get away from. Narrowly beaten in a Newbury handicap jam packed with promising sorts, the step up in trip should bring about further improvement which will be required to come home ahead here. Appeals as the most likely winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

3 pts win WESTERN AUSTRALIA  4/1 (almost all firms)
Queen's Vase

This one really takes the eye here given that the ground has eased and he improved a stone on his fifth and final run as a juvenile when running a cracker in the Futurity with give underfoot, splitting both subsequent Guineas winners and the St James Palace winners. He won well when upped significantly in trip at Navan last time and looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win I CAN FLY 5/1 (Hills and Boylesports)
Duke of Cambridge Stakes

The standout piece of form is this one's close second to Roaring Lion here in the QE11 on soft ground last Autumn. Admittedly, some finished close up behind that maybe should not have been so close but the winner was a colt out of the top draw and this filly has been shaping recently like one promising to return to her peak. Sure to take all the beating.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win KYNREN 14/1 (at least four firms)
1 pts win RED STARLIGHT 40/1 (at least six firms)
Royal Hunt Cup

Your hardened handicappers win these events more than your touted potential Group winning horses in disguise nowadays, and Kynren is at home in thse big fields and is in his element with give in the ground, which he never got in this event last year. Everything to like about his chance.

Red Starlight has been runing consistently well, acts with ease underfoot, and has run well at this venue more than once. Will need to improve further to win but the Cheveley Park owner bred fillies that stay in training beyond three tend to progress, many taking their form to a higher tier.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 17 June 2019

1.5 pts win LE BRIVIDO  13/2 ( at least three firms inc P Power)
1.5 pts win HAZAPOUR   9/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Queen Anne Stakes

The subject of much hype, Le Brivido has now drifted to his right sort of price and all in all, has strong claims. Narrowly beaten in the French Guineas two years ago before winning the Jersey here, he encountered a setback that halted his career for a while before switching to Ballydoyle from where he's had two eyecatching runs. It's no secret he's been prepared to peak for this and looks sure to give an excellent account of himself.

Last year's Derby fifth Hazapour has been reprofiled and looked a useful miling prospect when winning a G3 at the Curragh last time. He is unexposed at this trip and in a far from vintage renewal of this event, it would be no surpise to see him go close.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win GUILDSMAN 7/1( at least ten firms)
Coventry Stakes

Created a fine visual impression when winning on his sole start at Goodwood in easy ground earlier this month. The form has not been tested but the race was won by the subsequent Albany winner last year and he appeals as the value call holding, at this early stage, as much promise as any of his rivals.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win SHAMAN  11/1 ( at least four firms inc Hills)
1.5 pts win CIRCUS MAXIMUS  14/1 ( Ladbrokes, Victor, Coral)
St James Palace Stakes

The three year old colt miling division has a bit of a jumbled look about it and it could be that we don't get one horse stamping his authority on the season. Shaman ran a cracker in the French Guineas, looks to be getting better, and this right handed circuit with give underfoot presents the platform for him to produce an optomum performance.

Circus Maximus was is an interesting additon to this, brought markedly back in trip after his Derby run. He was close behind the two Guineas winners in the Futurity last backend and the fitting of the blinds allied to taking up this engagement suggest connections believe there is another undiscovered angle to him.

C.Maximus Won + 19.5pts

Saturday, 15 June 2019

1.5 pts win DESERT SKYLINE 14/1 ( almost all firms)
1.5 pts win GOLD MOUNT 14/1 (almost all firms)
Skybet Race to the Ebor Cup

Desert Skyline has drawn a blank since winning the 2017 Doncaster Cup but has been up against it being campaigned in the best staying races since. He was below form in the Yorkshire Cup here on his seasonal debut but this event is more open than first appears and he is worth chancing at the odds available.

Gold Mount has his first run for the Ian Williams yard having been based in Hong Kong since leaving Alan King in 2017. He was not disgraced behing Cross Counter at the Dubai Festival and is worth a second look here.

G. Mount Won + 19.5 pts

1.5 pts win LUXOR  18/1 ( almost all firms)
1.5 pts win FIRELIGHT   28/1 ( at least five firms)
Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint

Luxor has a hyped up stable companion in this but his own chance should not be overlooked. He looked an interesting prospect when winning a backend Nursery at Newbury on easy ground. He was plum last on his reappearance but that his accounted for in his odds. The stable continues in healthy form and the excellent Kerrin McEvoy is aboard, who rode this track well in his Godolphin days.

Firelight shaped well enough on his seasonal debut at Windsor last month. He ran a cracker in the Lowther here last year, is effective with give, and the owner/breeders stock do tend to train on from two to three.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 8 June 2019

1.5 pts win SPEEDO BOY  13.5/1 ( widely available on exchanges)
1.5 pts win MELTING DEW 15.5/1 ( widely available on exchanges)
Bernard Synley Memorial H'cap

Ian Williams yard is returning to form after a lean spell and Speedo Boy is very much one to consider here. A versatile sort, he races off a 2 lb lower rating than when sixth in the Cesarewitch last Autumn and appeals as the value call in the race.

Melting Dew remains in the Stoute yard, is sure to be a different proposition than when finishing last on his seasonal debut, and a repeat of his cracking run in a valuable handicap at the big Goodwood meeting off a 5 lb lower rating than todays, would be good enough to go very close in this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DREAM SHOT  5/1( at least four firms -bigger on exchanges)
Truckingby Brian Yeardly Conditons Stakes

James Tate has been upgrading his status in the training ranks and this colt showed a good attitude when winning on his only start at Goodwood a couple of weeks back.  It was only an auction event and the form has so far not been tested, but the horses he beat were from the right sort of yards and the form could look better than the norm for that sort of event in time.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 1 June 2019

2 pts win ALKAAMEL 7/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pt win CREATIONIST 10/1 ( at least four firms)
Investec Private Banking H'cap

Alkaamel is the less fancied of the two Haggas runners according to the market but has strong claims to this in his won right. He was on the go back in January on the AW, winning three times, but has been switched to turf for his last two outings and the form of his latest run when runner up at Newmarket is working out OK. Stepped up in trip, further improvement should be forthcoming.

Roger Charlton won a similar sort of race to this at Newbury the other week with a classy looking sort and Creationist is worth a close look. Has been progressive in his four runs on the AW and the switch in turf could bring his form up to a new level.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SIR DRAGONET  3/1 ( almost all firms)
Investec Derby

Hard not to have been going around in circles on this race in the past few weeks. Sir Dragonet one clearly needs the racecourse to get him interested as he was not originally entered in this, started 12/1 in his Tipperary maiden, and was still allowed to go off 8/1 at Chester when Moore was on Norway. Nevertheless, if there is going to be real outstanding winner of the race this year then it is most likely to be this one as he visually looks the real deal and there was substance to the Chester form last time.The fact that he appears to be the yard's first string reduces worries about how he'll handle the ground.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 30 May 2019

3 pts win MOUNTAIN ANGEL 9/2 ( at least five firms)
Investment Wealth & Investment H'cap

Not too many miles on the clock for one of his age and won in the style of a smart, improving handicapper in the City and Suburban here back at the spring meeting. Atzeni is two from three on him, the yard remains in good form and he has strong prospects of defying his 5 lb rise in the ratings.

Won + 13.5 pts

2 pts win PINK DOGWOOD  3/1 ( at least three firms and all exchanges)
1 pt win LAVENDER'S BLUE  18/1 ( at least four firms)
Investec Oaks

Cases can be made out for plenty of these with some impressive visual trials to digest - however, Pink Dogwood has openly been Ballydoyle's main hope for this for a while now and she may just prove to be too good for these. She won her trial in the style of one who would improve massively for the run and being a full brother to last year's Irish Derby winner, the step up in trip will be ideal.

After winning her maiden in taking style when well supported in the market, Lavender's Blue ran a cracker to finish runner up when stepped up in class. The fourth horse home in that race Star Terms, gives the form a solid look and this one will improve further for the extra two furlongs. Could surprise.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 25 May 2019

2 pts win MUNHAMEK 8/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pts win BEATBOXER 20/1 (almost all firms)
Amex Silver Bowl H'cap

Munhamek showed a willing attitude when winning last time but what the form means in the context of this and the rating he is off on his handicap debut is difficult to gauge. However, he appeals as one who will win more races ,is sure to race prominently from his number one berth and will have every chance to show what he is made of here.

Beatboxer started favourite for the Royal Lodge but ran a stinker, and then had a wind op. On his first run since he was beaten a mile at Newmarket, running as though something was wrong. Worth another chance at the price.

B'bxr Won + 18 pts

3 pts win PILLASTER 9/2 ( at least four firms)
William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies Stakes

Below form on her seasonal debut but it is most likely that she'll return to her optimum here. The level of form she showed last season when winning a G2 at Goodwood then following up with a solid third in the Park Hill makes her the one to beat and she should give an excellent account of herself.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 18 May 2019

3 pts win FOREST OF DEAN 6/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
Al Zubarah Gold Cup

As always, this is a fascinating race to get stuck into and this renewal is well up to standard. This colt now looks as though he is getting his act together. After winning a humble Newcastle novice event, then getting beat in a Redcar handicap in which the form looks nothing special even for that venue,  he then looked a much improved performer when winning a Doncaster handicap from a few animals who themselves should go on to do OK.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win LAVENDER'S BLUE  13/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Haras De Bouqeutot Fillies Trial Stakes

For those if us who have kept a curious eye on Benny Anderson's small breeding and racing operation down the year's, this fillies success in a Newmarket maiden recently suggested that she has the potential to be the best animal he's been connected with. The fact that she was well supported beforehand indicated that she is held in some regard and she won in the style of filly who will be plying her trade in Group races very soon. It will be surprising and disappointing if she is not involved here.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 16 May 2019

3 pts win INVITATIONAL 11/1 ( at least this price with three quarters of all firms)
Oak Farms Stables Fillies Stakes

You can make a case out for plenty of these but Invitational has to catch the eye given the form of her yard. Her form is hard to weigh up but has to be upgraded in light of the two animals that finished closest behind her last time going on to win on their next outings. Admittedly, they too never achieved anything that would put them in with a chance in this but as, shown in the Musidora, the Varian yard does not generally over-face its charges and her chance has to be seriously considered here.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

3 pts win JAPAN 5/1 ( at least this price with almost all firms)
Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes

There is a feeling that Too Darn Hot may have been rushed into this after his setback making him tempting to oppose at the price. While Ballydoyle have surprisingly never used this event for their best Epsom hopes, Japan was rumoured to be their number one Derby hope through the winter and  he has the opportunity to provisionally put himself at the top of the pecking order tomorrow.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

3 pts win RARE GROOVE  14/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on exchanges)
Sky Net Race to the Ebor Jorvik H'cap

This one would be a few points shorter if he was housed in one of the fashionable yards. Showed progressive for last autumn and has started off well this season, appealing as one who is continuing on the upgrade and arriving here in great heart.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win LIMATO 13/2 ( at least this price with nine firms)
Duke of York Clipper Logistic Stakes

This former July Cup winner has his ideal ground and there is every reason to believe he will have another good season, half of which was wasted last year trying to turn him into a miler. The stable is in fair form and fingers crossed he'll be in good enough shape to produce his optimum form.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 11 May 2019

3 pts win THISTIMENEXTYEAR  12/1 ( over a dozen firms)
Pertemps Swinton H'cap Hdle

Ran a cracker at Aintree last time showing a level of form that puts him bang in this. He has a pleasing profile, with a mixture of that stonewall solid performance allied to the prospect that he is now on an upward curve with plenty more left to come. The 7 lb claimer who partnered him for the first time at Aintree keeps the ride for today. Much to like about his chance.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win GLORIOUS JOURNEY  15/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq Exchanges)
Tote Victoria Cup

Started last season  in the Craven. He never came up to classic standard but still ended up wining a Group 3 in Deauville, so deserves the 109 he races off here. He has however been gelded since so there may be further improvement from him. Give in the ground is ideal and with the yard continuing in good form, he is one to be interested in.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 10 May 2019

3 pts win RESTORER 6/1 ( at least eight firms)
Boodles Diamond H'cap

It's telegraphed that this has been the plan, arriving here after a long break, just as he did when winning this last year. On ratings the task is more difficult but he is fully effective in soft ground, and the yard are giving signs that they may just be about to hit form.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win CLIFFS OF DONEEN  12/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
1 pt win SPEEDO BOY 20/1( at least half a dozen firms)
Sportpesa Chester Cup

Ralph Becket's already had a couple of winners at the meeting and this ex- Ballydoyle inmate is mighty interesting on his second run for his new yard. He's been fortunate with the draw, has been well supported this morning, and you'd rather take aboard than be against.

Versatile Speedo Boy showed improved form over hurdles during the winter and while he disappointed in his Meydan runs, there is every chance that he may progress further on the level this season. Worth a go at the price.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

3 pts win MAGIC CIRCLE 100/30 ( at least five firms)
Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes

Kew Gardens ideally wants better ground and needed the run on his first appearance last season. He is worth taking on with last years Chester Cup winner Magic Circle who, with the owners fondness of this venue, will be fully primed, was formerly effective at this sort of trip, and should not be too inconvenienced by stepping down again.

Lost - 3 pts
3 pts win SOCIETY QUEEN  10/1 ( freely available on Betfair Exchange)
Boodles Diamond H'cap

Not seen since winning a York nursery at the end of last July with give underfoot. Very likely to be spot on in condition given that this meeting has been chosen for her reappearance, has a friendly draw and a 5 lb claimer up who as with mot of the apprentices the yard nurture, will be worth the allowance.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SIR DRAGONET  8/1 (at least four firms)
MBA Chester Vase

Created a highly encouraging visual impression on his racecourse debut at Tipperary the other week when beating an Aga Khan horse on soft ground. With the predicted easing of the ground today being less of a hindrance to him than most of his rivals,  he appeals as a likely winner of this and the 8/1 available now is worth taking.

Won + 24 pts

Sunday, 5 May 2019

1.5 pts win MELTING DEW 10/1( at least three quarters of all firms)
1.5 pts win NEW SHOW 11/1 (at least three quarters of all firms)
Qatar Handicap

Given how his yard have done so well down the decades in finding further improvement their older handicappers, it is not unreasonable to expect further improvement from the already very useful Melting Dew and it may pay to take his condition on trust for this, his seasonal debut.

The lightly raced New Show reappears under a penalty on the back of a Windsor success. On paper this looks stiffer but his present well being is assured and, if over whatever inflictions he's had, is open to plenty more improvement having only his seventh start here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win JUST WONDERFUL 11/2 ( at least a dozen firms)
Quipci 1,000 Guineas

Having been a bit in and out,including when disappointing at Royal Ascot, this filly appealed as a potential winner of this when she won the Rockfel here in visually pleasing style, giving the impression that this was the beginning of her taking herself to a new level. The run at the BC need not be considered and she is the one to beat today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 4 May 2019

3 pts win AL MUFFRIH  7/2 (at least half a dozen firms)
Spring Lodge Stakes

Not been seen last June when, with hindsight, he was far from disgraced in a hot novice stakes at Sandown. At the time he looked sure to win more races. In the interim he's been gelded but retains an overall promising profile and his yard is in cracking form at the moment, so he should not be found wanting condition wise. Has held up well in the market this morning too.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 27 April 2019

3 pts win DREAM DU GRAND VAL  18/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
Bet365 Novices Championship Final H'cap Hdle

Was pitted in at the deep end in the Imperial Cup and was overall disappointing despite the task at hand plus the suspicion that he wasn't enjoying the testing ground. His previous progressive profile in this country had come on better ground which he has today and he is not one to dismiss lightly.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win LE REVE  20/1 ( almost all firms)
1.5 pts win VYTA DU ROC  25/1 ( at least seven firms)
Bet 365 Gold Cup H'cap Chase

Le Reve has been a revitalised performer in the past few months and looked to be really enjoying himself when winning the Grand Military here two outings ago. Ran very well in a competitive Kelso handicap last time and has a far better chance than his odds indicate.

Vyta Du Roc has a better fancied stable companion in the race but a return to the form that saw him fail only narrowly to win this race two years ago would put him in the mix. Has been below form this season but it is interesting that connections have kept hold of him.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 22 April 2019

2 pts win ANY SECOND NOW 12/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pt win WHISPERINTHEBREEZE 20/1 (almost all firms)
Boylesports Irish Grand National

Any Second Now won the Kim Muir in the style one who would find this longer trip within his compass. And while the Cheltenham race may have been the season long plan, there is every hope that he will be in similar heart here and he may be worth taking aboard.

Whisperinthebreeze came down when leading in the four miler at Cheltenham. There is room left for improvement in the jumping department but the ground has come in his favour and the yard is in excellent form at the moment.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 April 2019

3 pts win CAUSE TOJOURS  4/1 ( at least two thirds of all firms)
Betway Challenger H'cap Hurdle Final

Has run well enough off his present rating to suggest he is still on a winning mark. He has proven form when fresh, so will be spot on after his winter break and has a fine chance of resuming winning ways today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MOKAATIL 11/1 ( all exchanges)
Scottish Sprint Cup

Reappears quickly under a penalty following his Pontefract victory on Monday and it would be no surprise if his yard have managed to reform his in and out profile, given he is still young for one racing in these niche events. The lad aboard takes the 5 lb off and he has a fair chance of following up

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 13 April 2019

3 pts win DUKE OF NAVAN  9/1 ( almost all firms)
Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

Despite his age, he has been managed well by connections down the years and retains all of his ability. The ground has come in his favour today and he has excellent prospects of repeating his 2017 victory in this race.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win AZZERTI  5/1 ( at least two thirds of all firms)
J&D Pierce Novices Champions H'cap Chase

Ran a fair race at the Festival and is now stepped up to this trip for the first time.Pedigree suggests he will stay, still has an overall progressive profile and the yard won this two years ago and had the runner up last year.

Lost - 3pts

1.5 pts win CHIDSWELL  22/1 ( at least three firms inc PPower and Victor,  bigger on exchanges)
1.5 pts win TAKINGRISKS 33/1 ( Betfair Exchange)

Chidswell has a lifetime high rating to defy, but he arrives here in the form of his life on the back of a Grimthorpe success that has taken his profile up a notch to a new level. Ground is ideal, trip an unknown but connections place their charges shrewdly.

Takingrisks has similar experience to his stable companion and is also trying this sort of trip for the first time. Has acquitted himself well in some decent races this term and appeals as a likely player.

T'Risks Won  + 33 pts (NR's & exchange reduction reduced advised price to 23/1)

Saturday, 6 April 2019

3 pts COOLANLY 12/1 (at least six firms)
Gaskells Handicap Hurdle

Fifth in the two mile novice hurdle here last year, this Fleminsfirth gelding acquitted himself well on his first venture in handicap company in the Martin Pipe at the Festival. Steps up to this trip for the first time and it could be right up his street.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ONE FOR ROSIE  11/2 ( at least three firms in PPower and Victor)
Betway Mersey Novices Hurdle

Ran an absolute blinder in a traditionally fiercely competitive novice handicap hurdle at Sandown last month, beaten only inches. He will be making a name for himself in the future and is sure to give an excellent account of himself here.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win LAKE VIEW LAD  23/1 ( Betfair Exchange)
1 pt win DON POLI  159/1( Betfair Exchange)
Randox Health Grand National

Lake View Lad has developed into a quality staying handicapper and ran a pleasing trial at Cheltenham last time. He appeals as one who will stay this sort of trip and could play a big part in this.

When Don Poli won his Sun Alliance four years ago he looked an animal who would bag a premium race. Third in the Gold Cup the following year, he then looked an ideal candidate for this but met with a setback after finishing third at Leopardstown the following February, to the subsequent Gold Cup winner. Missing for nearly two years, he's not shown much in his three races since the long absence but is worth a go at the odds, in the hope that he is anything like his former self.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 5 April 2019

2 pts win CANARDIER  8/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
1 pt win  THREE MUSKETEERS 23/1(Betfair Exchange)
Merseyrail H'cap Hurdle

Canardier ran a cracker in a more competitive race at Cheltenham. He has less miles under his belt than most of today's rivals and there is more to come from him.

Three Musketeers was third in a Graded novice hurdle here four years back. He hasn't shown that level of form for an age but catches the eye on his first run for Gordon Elliot and would go close off his present rating if returning to anything near his best.

T. Musktrs Won  + 20 pts

3 pts win ITCHY FEET  9/2 ( at least nine firms)
Top Novices Hurdle

A repeat of this one's run in the Supreme Novices  would be good enough for him to win this. Apart from the niggly worry about him bbv'ing, there are no negatives against his claims here and he looks certain to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win JANIKA 13/2 ( at least six firms)
1 pt win SUB LIEUTENANT 50/1 ( Hills and Bet 365 - bigger on Exchanges)
Randox Health Topham H'cap Chase

Janika ran a fine race at Cheltenham and looks a safe enough conveyance for these fences that did not appear to take too much jumping yesterday. He is the only animal in the field with the potential to go on to better things and must be included in any portfolio for this race.

Sub Lieutenant has had a long career mixing it in with the big names and is very useful in himself. He races prominently and could run a big race if getting into a rhythm.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win EBONY JEWEL 9/1 ( at least three firms inc Victor and Bet 365)
Weatherby's Racing Bank Standard Open Bumper

Hails from a yard having a good season. Changed hands for £70,000 last December and looked a highly promising individual when winning by a wide margin at Ayr last month, a piece of form on par with what any of his rivals here have achieved.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 4 April 2019

3 pts win BAGS GROOVE 9/1 ( Ladbrokes, Victor, Bet 365)
Devenish Manifesto Novices Chase

Has excuses for his Kempton Christmas defeat, and if that run is ignored he is right in the mix here boasting a level of form as good as most of his rivals, a track likely to suit, added to the fact that his stable is in healthy form too.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win SIR JACK YEATS  16/1 ( at least seven firms)
1.5 pts win BEAR'S AFFAIR  25/1 (Hills - bigger on Exchanges)

Sir Jack Yeats is better than his run suggests in this last year, arrives here on the back of what is arguably a lifetime best performance and is a safe conveyance. Should give a really good account of himself.

Bear's Affair finished runner up last year. He arrives here in far better form than the winner (who ran a stinker at Cheltenham compared to last year) and has claims to defy his years.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win LADY BUTTONS  8/1 ( at least six firms)
1 pt win WHATSWRONGWITHYOU  16/1 ( at least seven firms - bigger on Exchanges)

Lady Buttons is 9 lb higher in the ratings than when winning a handicap chase at Newbury in December. She has been thriving in the interim period, including three runs over hurdles, and it would be silly to not take her aboard.

Whatswrongwithyou acquitted himself fairly well in his first big field run over fences in the Grand Annual. There is further improvement to come though he'll need to race more prominently here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win THE GLANCING QUEEN 11/2 ( Hills, Unibet, and Exchanges)
Goffs Mares Bumper

Ran a fine race to be fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Festival, which in the context of this race is the most trustworthy and solid piece of form. Will take all the beating here.

Won + 16.5 pts

Saturday, 30 March 2019

3 pts win BERINGER 8/1 ( at least three quarters of all firms)
Unibet Lincoln Handicap

Has some eye-catching midsummer on offer from last season and looks an interesting proposition for a true run race at this distance. The stable's runners are performing well at the moment and Beringer should not be found wanting condition wise.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 March 2019

3 pts win SOME CHAOS 9/2 ( at least this with almost all firms)
Liz Adam Memorial H'cap Chase

Likeable, highly progressive young chaser who had an excuse for his reasonable if below par Cheltenham run prior to returning to winning form last time, looking in tremendous heart. Plenty more to come from him and should take plenty of beating here.

Won + 13.5 pts

3 pts win AYE RIGHT 8.5/1 ( at least this available in the Exchanges)
Paxtons H'cap Hurdle

A game front runner who is a standing dish around here. May look at first instance to be vulnerable to better handicapped rivals but he continues in fine fettle, and further improvement may be forthcoming over this longer trip.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 March 2019

3 pts win SHANNON BRIDGE  20/1 ( at least six firms - bigger on exchanges)
Marston's Pedigree Handicap Hurdle

Been below par for a while now including when switched to fences, but it's interesting that his powerful yard that kept hold of him him and this is his first run after a wind op, which was the case with the stable's County Hurdle winner. He's off a winnable rating, should be fine in the testing conditions, and is worth a go at double figure odds.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MS PARFOIS  10/1( at least this price on all exchanges )
Marston's Midlands Grand National

A likeable who would be interesting in an Aintree Grand National provided there was sufficient ease. Was in fine fettle last Spring, just touched off in the four miler at Cheltenham before running a blinder behind Terrefort at Aintree.  She disappointed on her only start this season in the old Hennessy, but it may pay to forgive that run as she looks the ideal package for this.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 14 March 2019

3 pts win ALLAHO  8/1 ( at least four firms)
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Can become the third Cheveley Park owned winner at the meeting. He stamped himself as one with a big future when decisively winning a Grade 3 at Clonmel last time and there is nothing not to like about his chance here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win BELLSHILL  11/1 ( at least three firms)
Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Was beaten fair and square when third behind Might Bite in the RSA here two years ago but much water has passed under the bridge since and he arrives here with less questions to answer than that rival and has a big claim to this prize. His may not have the exciting profile of one or two of his rivals but he's now a hardened campaigner, who handles hustle and bustle, with plenty of staminia as displayed in his excellent Irish National performance last spring. Walsh has chosen him ahead of his stable companions including Kemboy, who he finished behind in the Savills, and he looks set to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5pts win MOUNT MEWS  33/1 ( Boylesports - similar on exchanges)
1.5 pt win COOLANLY 33/1 ( almost all firms)
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys H'cap Hdle

Mount Mews once was potentially the most exciting prospect trained in the North. Things have not worked out, the chasing career is on hold yet again after never really taking off, and he's changed yards. Still, he was a very useful novice hurdler and the handicapper has relented a little since his last run in handicap company.

Coolanly won here at the November meeting. He then had too much on his plate in the race won by Champ, but disappointed when dropped in class at Wetherby last time. Has a live chance if bouncing back to his best.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

3 pts win LOSTINTRANSLATION   4/1 ( Betway and Exchanges)
JLT Novices Chase

Meets Defi Du Seuil for the third time. It's one apiece but this Fleminsfirth gelding who has a great attitude won the clash back here on New Years Day and despite being a year older than his rival  appeals as the one who will go on to have the best chasing career of the two.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win FIRST ASSIGNMENT  12/1 (three firms and at least this price on all exchanges)
Pertemps Network Final

Won twice here earlier in the season and has run pleasing races on his two starts since. From a shrewd set up that has built a cult following amongst racing fans, he must be taken on board.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win TOUCH KICK  20/1 ( three firms inc Corals)
1 pt win ROGUE ANGEL 25/1 ( at least three firms - bigger on Exchanges)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir

Touch Kick has an overall progressive profile, from a yard in cracking form and has an owner who likes to have one for this. With a competent rider aboard to boot, there is plenty to like at the price.

Former Irish National winner Rogue Angel is not getting any younger but ran a cracker in the Cork National in November. Below form on his three starts since, he'll be fresh from a break and is possible surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

3 pts win TOPOFTHEGAME  7/2 ( at least this with almost all firms)
RSA Chase

Former classy hurdler who went close to winning at this meeting last year, this one has long appealed as a top notch three mile chaser in the making and has done nothing to dispel those hopes in his two starts over fences so far. Will take all the beating here.

Won + 10.5pts

2 pts win LETHAL STEPS  8/1 ( at least four firms)
1 pt win CHIEF JUSTICE  20/1 ( at least two firms inc Corals and Ladbrokes)
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

The Cheveley Park operation had a winner on the first day and have two interesting runners in this both housed with Gordon Elliot.

Lethal Steps has run well at listed level on the flat and in the context of this race has shaped well on the last two of his three hurdle starts. The ground is an unknown but he has to be near the top of any short list.

Chief Justice has been on the go over timber since September, winning on four occasions. He was up against it in the race won by Sir Erec last time but has had a wind op since and is of interest despite lacking the typical profile for a winner of this event.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win MASTER DEBONAIR  12/1 ( at least eight firms)
Weatherby's Champion Bumper

The Tizzard's have won this with Cue Card in the past and as they don't tend to overface their charges this Yeats gelding is of major interest having been put away for this after winning the bumper here at the November meeting. The ground is an unknown for him but he appeals as the value call.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 11 March 2019

3 pts win MISTER FISHER  16/1 (at least four firms inc Ladbrokes,Coral & Betfred)
Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle

Not in the limelight for this due to his much hyped stable companion gaining much attention, this highly promising sort in his own right is very likely much better than weight and measures ratings indicate and could play a big part in this.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER  8/1 (at three firms inc PPower and Victor))
1.5 pts win UP FOR REVIEW 8/1 ( at least seven firms)
Ultima Handicap Chase

Give Me A Copper is real sucker material. His yard have clearly held him in high regard for a few years but things have not gone right and we still don't know the level of his ability. He ran promisingly after a long absence last time and with the stable firing he should be spot on - even though he holds a Grand National entry.

Up For Review doesn't have much mileage on the clock for one of his age and shaped well last time in the Thystes, a race won by a stable companion who looks likely to take his chance in the Gold Cup.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win A PLUS TARD  6/1 (almost all firms)
Close Brother Novices Handicap Chase

This promising young chaser has done little wrong in his short career so far, including beating an Arkle hopeful two outings back, and finishing second to a classy looking sort in a Grade 3 last time. Looks sure to give an excellent account of himself here.

Won + 18 pts

3 pts win OK CORRAL 4/1 ( William Hill and Exchanges)
National Hint Challenge Cup

A talented novice chaser who would not have been out of his place in the RSA. Has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and can prove too classy for his rival here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 March 2019

1.5 pts win GOLDEN WHISKEY  23/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1.5 pts win SMACKWATER JACK 23/1 (Betfair Exchange)
EBF Matchbook Novices H'cap Hdle Final

Golden Whiskey travelled well after settling at Ffos Los and found when asked despite showing inexperience. Looks a  typical Fleminsfirth who will be suited by today's conditions and is one for the short list.

Smackwater Jack, is another Fleminsfirth who looks as though he will stay forever. He can turn the last race form around with Beyond Midnight and has possibilities, despite not being the first string from his yard.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win DREAM DU GRAND VAL 7/1 ( at least six firms)
Matchbook Imperial Cup

This one has readily accounted for inferior opponents on his last two starts and could be absolutely anything. The ground if anything should suit him and he holds two entries at the Festival. Surprisingly, the yard haven't won this for ten years but this one appeals as a likely type to break the sequence and could be far better than the rating he has been allotted.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 March 2019

3 pts win JOE FARRELL  9/1 ( at least this price with two thirds of all firms)
Greatwood Veterans Handicap Chase

Absent since winning the Scottish National last April but has won off a longer absence before and he is holding up well in the market this morning. Does not need extreme distances and is very much one for the short list here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 February 2019

3 pts win PROGRESS DRIVE  10/1 ( at least eight firms)
Vertem Eider Chase

Baywing's chance has faded as he needs something verging on a mudbath so it's not surprising to see him so weak on the exchanges. However, stable companion Progress Drive is mighty interesting arriving here after running a fine race on his first attempt at this niche trip. The fact that he's had a wind op since indicates that connections believe he's even better than what he showed there and he appeals as a conceivable winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win RATHER BE  9/1( Betfair, and Smarkets Exchanges)
888 Sports H'cap Chase

Interesting stepping up in trip after a break, experimental or not, and must be on the short list. Travelling well when brought down in the old Mackeson, then a plodding on fifth in the similar valuable event the following month. 5 lb higher in the ratings than when running a cracker in the novice's handicap at the Festival and is still relatively unexposed.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 February 2019

3 pts win DIDTHEYLEAVEUOTTO  9/1 ( at least six firms)
Betfair Hurdle

Although competing in a red hot novice hurdle last time, the feeling is that this one ran a level below what he is capable of, despite the ratings telling us that it was as good as what he has achieved so far. He is worth supporting to show that he is one of the bright stars of of this year's novice hurdle crop in an event where horses of his ilk have an excellent recent record.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win ROBINSFIRTH 15/2 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win RED INFANTRY 12/1 ( almost all firms)
William Hill Grand National Trial

Robinsfirth ran a cracker here last time after a long lay off and bar the customary concerns with bounce factors, there is every reason to believe he will relish today's trip and give an excellent account of himself.

Red Infantry faded in the closing stages, plodding on to finish not too far behind in the same event. He's won over today's trip here and the step back up will be to his benefit.

R'firth Won  + 14 pts

Saturday, 2 February 2019

3 pts win BALLYMOY 7/1 (at least five firms)
Sport Heroes H'cap Hdle

On first look this one has a stiff task giving weight all round in testing conditions but he is developing into a quality sort who will no doubt make a name for himself over fences in the future, and if anything should relish this step up in trip. The 5 lb hike in the ratings for his latest success is justified and he appeals as the likely winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER 18/1 (Betfair Ex)
1.5 pts win KIMBERLITE CANDY 20/1 (Betfair Ex)
Sport Masters H'cap Chase

Give Me A Copper makes his belated reappearance and is worth chancing. Although by Presenting, he seems able to handle testing ground really well and there is still plenty to find put about about him.

Kimberlite Candy hails from a shrewd set up and t may be worth forgiving his latest unexpected below par performance as he had been developing a promising profile beforehand.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 26 January 2019

3 pts win THE KING'S WRIT 8/1 ( this price at least with six firms)
Spectra Cyber Solutions H'cap Chase

Apart from the niggly doubt over the fact that his recent run of form has come in more testing ground than todays's, there is nothing not to like about the chance of this one here. He is enjoying his racing at the moment and can defy another rise in the ratings.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win INDEFATiGABLE 13/2 ( at least 3 firms inc Coral and Victor)
OLGB Yorkshire Mares Hurdle

This mare finished runner up to the promising Posh Trosh in a Listed event at Taunton last time with a fair performer well beaten off in third. She should only get better and is the value call to turn over a couple of established performers.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 19 January 2019

3 pts win DIVINE SPEAR  16/1 ( at least five firms)
Bet 365 H'cap Chase

We are far from getting to the bottom of this one and it may be best to overlook the re-appearance run. That had been the first time he had been seen since last February. At the time he was shaping into a novice chaser with a promising future in handicaps and his eventual ceiling will surely be higher than the 139 he races off here.


3 pts win RED INFANTRY 6/1 (at least a dozen firms)
Peter Marsh H'cap Chase

Drops down in trip but it will still be a sufficient test of stamina to give him the platform to produce his optimum. He comes here on the back of two cracking runs, including a victory here in November. He races off his highest ever rating today but is on an upward curve, looking to have further to offer, and looks a a conceivable winner of this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 12 January 2019

3 pts win DOUX PRETENDER  7/1 (with a dozen firms)
Lanzarote H'cap Hurdle

This one was not disgraced despite hanging and looking a bit quirky in a very strongly contested graded novice hurdle at Cheltenham last time. He had previously won a competitive novice hurdle at Ascot and overall retains the profile of a potentially smart gelding.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win DUEL AT DAWN  6/1 ( at least ten firms)
1 pt win SIZING CODELCO  29/1 (Betfair Ex)
McCoy Contractors Classic H'cap Chase

Duel At Dawn should strip fit after his comeback run and despite being a nine year old, is still unexposed over fences. His run on this day here last year in the novice chase when chasing home the very smart Ms Parfois is eye-catching and though he disappointed in the four miler at the festival, he appeals as marathon type.

Absent since last May, Sizing Codelco's fitness is taken on trust ( he's currently weak on the exchanges) but the yard continues to be in good heart and there are several pieces of form in the book that give this one a real chance.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 5 January 2019

3 pts win DARK EPISODE  13/2 ( with approx ten firms)
Lengthen The Odds With Victor H'cap Hdle

Beat two finishes at Leicester and is hard to weigh up but has any amount of improvement left in him and has the profile of one the yard do well with. Sure to progress through the season and will certainly end the term with a much higher than his current one of 119.

Lost - 3pts

3 pts win CULTRAM ABBEY  12/1 ( at least three firms inc Victor)
Unibet Veterans Chase

Despite being twelve, this one has not been over-raced down the years and has shown by his recent success that he retains his enthusiasm for the game. His yard has been in cracking form during the past month or so and despite him having no experience of this distinct chase course is worth a go at the odds available.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

3 pts win GIVE ME A COPPER  8/1 (Ladbrokes and Coral)
Betbright App H'cap Chase

Clearly been difficult to train as he's now turned nine with just six outings and a pt to pt run under his belt. Nevertheless, his powerful, in form yard retain him and he has to be of considerable interest here despite being difficult to weigh up.

Annual Results  2018

January  - 15pts
February + 18 pts
March - 25 pts
April + 2pts
May + 11 pts
June  - 25.5 pts
July + 43 pts
August - 48 pts
September + 18 pts
October - 17 pts
November - 27 pts
December - 30 pts

Loss of - 95.5 pts

Previous Years

2007 +320 pts
2008 + 4 pts
2009  - 6 pts
2010 - 108 pts
2011 - 4 pts
2012 + 85 pts
2013 + 74 pts
2014 - 55 pts
2015 + 40 pts
2016 + 133 pts
2017 - 30 pts