CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS: HURAIZ 2/1, ROYAL CRUSADE 5/6, VALKAN STAR 1/3, FESTIVE START 7/2, IMPRESSOR 13/8, SURF DANCER 4/7, MASTER MCGRATH 13/8, ESHAASY 13/8, PERSUASION 16/1, PASSION FOR FASHION 3/1, ANGEL OF DELIGHT 12/1, LAZULI 11/10, TAMMANI 9/2, COBRA EYE 15/8, MORISCO 6/1, ETHIC 4/6, ABSTEMIOUS 11/8, BOOMER 3/1, SEIZE THE TIME 2/1, TREBLE TREBLE 9/2, NASAIYM 6/4, DARK LADY 11/10, FLEETING PRINCE 11/10, WELL OF WISDOM 3/1, DR SIMPSOM 4/5, HOT TOUCH 7/2, MAN OF THE NIGHT 4/6, SO SHARP 11/10, IFFRAAZ 7/4, BILL NEIGH 13/8, DRAMATIC SANDS 6/4, DRAGON COMMAND 5/1, MIA DIVA 8/1, RAAHY 5/6, LINCOLN BLUE 7/2, HOMESPIN 6/4, FRED 10/1, PINATUBO 3/1, KING'S COMMAND 2/1, ETON COLLEGE 11/2, SHAMMAH 2/1, BIG CITY 5/1, THREAT 14/1, GOOD VIBES 11/1, MISTY GREY 14/1, ROSE OF KILDARE 6/5, RAYONG 7/2, LORD OF THE LODGE 8/1, WAR STORM 7/2, IFFRAAZ 4/1, OCASIO CORTEZ 7/4...

Friday, 23 August 2019

Spencer Hoping For A Double At Redcar (Plus 2-Year-Old Previews)

Windsor racing tips 2yo
17:15 Windsor 24 Aug 2019: 

Phuket Power ran a pleasing debut at Sandown a couple of weeks ago. The Tom Dascombe Kodiac colt looked like he needed the run that day and it showed with a slow start. To be honest the well-regarded winner Master Mcgrath was out the stalls like a bat out of hell and am not sure even Usain Bolt could have kept up. The 75,000 euro King Power purchase looked professional enough and De Sousa gave him a nice introduction. The step up to 6 furlongs looks ideal as Phuket Power was flying once the penny had dropped. Looks to have a great chance of making the frame at least. 

Bill The Butcher for the Richard Spencer yard. A £64,000 purchase for Rebel Racing. The Starspangledbanner colt has a few significant entries to his name, the betting will show how clued-up he is on debut. 

Serious Jockin is well-entered but disappointed twice for me and I have lost faith in this Mick Channon horse. 

13:40 Newmarket 24 Aug 2019:

Electrical Storm has some serious form to his name. The Dubawi colt has done everything but win in his three starts to date. Has been beaten by some top-notch 2-year-olds and has a host of decent entries coming up. The homebred Saeed bin Suroor colt needs to put in a decent performance here to take his place in any of the entries. I would be surprised if he can't get the much-needed win today.

Huraiz won't be letting Electrical storm have it all his own way. This Mark Johnston Sepoy colt has also been given some lofty entries by his trainer. Looked impressive on debut at Newcastle when easily beating the favourite River Cam by over 2-lengths. Has to give weight away for that win and that makes things a bit more difficult against Electrical Storm. 

17:30 Redcar 24 Aug 2019: 

It could be a nice day at Redcar for Richard Spencer as Tyler Durden will be hoping to complete the first part in a 2-year-old double for him. The Bungle Inthejungle colt made a pleasing debut at Yarmouth a couple of weeks back. A cheap purchase at 16,000 euro by the Rebel Racing Team back in September 2018. Tyler Durden was ridden along at the back for the first few furlongs before getting the hang of things late on and finishing with a rattle. Hopefully, he will be ridden more prominent today and can grab a place at least. 

18:00 Redcar 24 Aug 2019: 

It could be wishful thinking here I know but I'm hoping another Richard Spencer horse can do the business for me. Katniss Everdeen is a lovely Camacho filly owned by Rebel Racing. Another cheap purchase at 10,000 euros in September 2018. Katniss was well-supported on debut when backed from 25/1 to 16/1 before the off. Looking green on debut and kept in midfield by Harry Bentley before staying on gradually at the finish. An extra furlong should suit and hopefully, she can get in the first three home. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Friday's Preview (22nd August)

Godolphin 2yo horse racing guides
17:35 Goodwood 23 Aug 2019: 

Two horses of interest in the British E.B.F. Novice Stakes for 2-year-olds. The hot favourite I imagine will be the Charlie Appleby trained Volkan Star and rightly so. This Sea The Stars bay colt cost a cool 1,000,000 gns at the 2018 October Yearling sales. A pretty professional debut at Newmarket when travelling strongly throughout the race but was beaten by the unexpected winner Cepheus who is also highly regarded by trainer Brian Meehan. As for Volkan Star, this looks to be a stepping stone to bigger and better things. I imagine the step up in trip will bring out more improvement. The other horse of interest who could be each-way value is the Andrew Balding-trained Hold Fast. This Fastnet Rock filly made her debut here at the beginning of the month. Slowly away that day and looking very inexperienced, David Probert gave her a nice introduction and when the penny dropped she made steady progress. Stepping up in trip should bring some improvement and any market support will add a bit of confidence in what looks a nice race. 

14:15 Ffos Las 23 Aug 2019: 

Skontonovski is trained by Richard Spencer. This Harbour Watch colt made a pleasing debut at Newmarket at the beginning of August. Purchased for £50,000 in August 2018 and owned by Rebel Racing Premier. Skontonovski must have been working well before his debut because he started off 7/2 second favourite to the eventual winner Lazuli. This looked like a pretty nice race with the third-placed Ziggle Pops well-thought-of by Richard Hannon. Skontonovski was hampered at the start and checked when making his move a furlong out before running on again. Trainer Richard Spencer thinks very highly of Skontonovski and I expect a win won't be far away. Skontonovski was well-backed the other day at Windsor but was withdrawn. I may take an early price in case money comes in for him again. One negative is Richard Spencer hasn’t had the best 2-year-old season. 

14:05 Newmarket 23 Aug 2019: 

Two trackers of note here: 

Thread Of Silver.
Tomouh

15:15 Newmarket 23 Aug 2019: 

This looks above average race with a few big guns ready to be unleashed. A real tough call to pick the winner but I will note my trackers: 

Royal Crusade for the Charlie Appleby yard. This Shamardal homebred colt looks a nice type on paper and is highly regarded by Charlie Appleby who has given him a Group 1 and Group 2 entry. 

Impatient for the Ralph Beckett yard. The More Than Ready filly looked professional on debut at Kempton. Not the best draw and outpaced 3 furlongs out before staying on again the final furlong to close the gap on the nice Gosden winner Eshaasy. Should come on plenty for the experience and interested to see any market support for this nice looking filly. 

Great Image had an early entry for the Class 2 Peter Walwyn Stakes at Salisbury in June but didn't run. 

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Midweek Previews And Reviews (20th August)

Previews and reviews I must admit I shouldn't have had a bet Saturday because as I said in my weekend post I didn't really fancy much. In the end, I backed Sun Power to win. It's funny because I can understand now why some gamblers wait till last minute before betting. First, it's good to see the market and most of the time it really does pay to be cautious, especially with 2-year-old horses and second, it's good to see how your horse is going to post. Well, Sun Power was really keen going to post and had to be restrained by jockey Silvestre De Sousa. I wish I could have cashed out at that point. Sun Power was exactly the same through the race and disappointed. 

Phantom Bride was my next each-way bet for Karl Burke. It was a speculative bet and despite being well-supported she also disappointed in what was a Saturday to forget but the lesson learned was if I don't fancy anything strongly. I should be more patient and not bet. 

I also mentioned Queen’s Order who broke her duck with a nice win at Pontefract on Sunday, it was made a lot easier with Dazzling Des and Ventura Lighting both non-runners. I had another speculative bet on my other tracker Serious Jockin who was another who was never involved. Hopefully, I can make up for a bad weekend with a couple of wins this week.

14:15 Bath 21 Aug 2019: 

A couple of trackers in this 2-year-old Maiden Stakes race. Aweemaweh was a cheap purchase by Mick Channon last September. Aweemaweh has been given a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes entry. It could just be a pipe dream but to have any hope will have to put in a bold show here to stand any chance of making the lineup in September. The chestnut colt made a pleasing debut last week at Salisbury over six furlongs. The ground that day was soft and Aweemaweh plugged on without threatening the impressive winner Ascension. Interesting to see any market support for this Bungle Inthejungle colt and I hope I can get an each-way price. 

Another tracker to note in this race is Tommy Rock for the Clive Cox stable who also has a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes entry. A 100,000 euro purchase for owner Peter Ridges. The market will prove the best guide for his chances on debut. Mick Channon has a decent record at Bath with his 2-year-olds but Clive Cox has a really impressive one. I may even do a split stake depending on prices and market support.  

14:35 Carlisle 21 Aug 2019: 

Ainsdale for the 2-year-old Carlisle specialist trainer Karl Burke. Ainsdale looks to have a great chance of making the frame at least here, after being beaten by the impressive Richard Fahey and Cheveley Park owned Custodian at Pontefract a couple of weeks ago. The Mayson colt stayed on without threatening the easy winner. A recent significant entry gives me hope that a better run is expected here and with the forecast soft ground at Carlisle, Ainsdale should be right at home. 

14:05 Carlisle 21 Aug 2019: 

Herbert Pocket is my last tracker for the Tim Easterby yard. The one positive here is this Helmet colt started his career in a Class 2 race at York in May. Despite finishing towards the back that was a good sign but a few negatives here too. Been off the course since then which makes me think must have been some kind of problem also had no significant entries since his debut in May. Needs to attract some support for me to even consider betting on this outsider today. Thanks for reading and good luck.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Weekly 2-year-old Eye-catchers (Monday 12 - Sunday 18th August)

2yo eye-catchers
18:00 Windsor 12 Aug 2019: 

Clegane has had two runs for trainer Ed Walker. To be honest, this daughter of Iffraaj hasn't done anything wrong on both starts. Market support on her debut run, she looked professional enough when staying on to finish sixth to Hot Touch. Her latest run on Monday night at Windsor was also a race full of promise. Having the worst draw in stall one, Clegane was slowly away and stuck at the back before making headway and finishing a never nearer sixth. A bit more luck next timeout should see this filly in with a chance to land the spoils. 

14:30 Beverley 14 Aug 2019: 

Wise Glory looked clueless on debut and despite the market support this Muhaarar colt definitely needed the experience. Simon Crisfords homebred colt was poorly drawn and always behind until staying on to snatch third despite looking awkward for most of the race. No significant entries as yet. I will be interested to see his next run and wouldn't be surprised to see him step up to a mile next time out. 

14:00 Beverley 15 Aug 2019: 

Band Practice has been unlucky on both her runs so far this season. The Archie Watson filly made her debut at Lingfield against the highly-rated Al Raya. Considering that was her first run she showed a lot of promise that day when only beaten just over 3 lengths. Band Practice looked to be in with a shout at Beverley on Thursday only for the saddle to slip and that was the end of that. Well-supported that day I think she would have definitely gone close and to add to the confidence behind her she has been given a Cheverly Park Group 1 Stakes entry. The Clipper Logistics chestnut filly is one to follow this season. 

13:50 Salisbury 15 Aug 2019: 

Single is another bargain-basement buy for owner and trainer Mick Channon, who cost just 5,000 gns. Some late support for this Nathaniel filly at Salisbury on debut. Despite looking green David Egan gave her a lovely introduction to the racecourse and late progress makes her a filly to look out for next timeout. 

13:50 Newbury 16 Aug 2019: 

Convict made a pleasing debut for trainer William Haggas. The starting price of Convict reflected on his chances but this chestnut Australia colt fell out the stalls. Kept at the back for most of the race by Richard Kingscote until making late progress the final furlong. I will definitely be looking out for this Derby entry and a step up in trip will see him get his head in front soon enough. 

13:40 Doncaster 17 Aug 2019: 

Ruby Shield is a 2-year-old War Front bay filly owned by Richard Henry and trained by Richard Fahey. Ruby Shield made a pleasing debut in a Doncaster 1 mile Maiden Fillies Stakes race yesterday. She was keen early on before settling at the halfway point before gradually staying on without threatening the well-thought-of Alpen Rose. Hopefully, she can improve the next timeout and pick up a small race. 

Thanks for reading and keep a lookout for next week's eye catches to follow.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Sun Set To Shine At Newbury (16th August)

It’s been a bloody long week and as much as I love my racing I just haven’t had the time to watch much racing never mind write a post for the blog. 

A quick review of the post I wrote on Monday. First up was the Kevin Ryan filly Reviette who drifted from the overnight price of 3/1 to 7/1 at the off. Reviette was badly outpaced before staying on at the death to grab third place and a bit further would have won. It was a nice performance and should be more to come over a longer distance.

Aweemaweh was my second fancy in the first division of the Novice Stakes race. Mick Channon likes this colt and he ran a promising race despite running green. My headline horse Impressor actually won for a change as normally when I mention a horse in the headline they get bloody beat, but Impressor was actually impressive (no pun intended) and looks to be a horse with a bright future. African Swift was my last fancy and just got outbattled in a ding-dong battle with Kalsara. 

Plenty of racing the weekend but I really am struggling to find any standout bets. It always seems to be the way on a Saturday lately, anyway I will write about a few that may have a chance but I won't be going overboard. 

13:50 Newbury 17 Aug 2019: 

Sun Power sets a good standard here and will be hoping to give the warm favourite Juan Elcano something to think about. The Richard Hannon Night Of Thunder colt is a 115,000 gns purchase for the King Power Racing Team and hasn't disappointed in his four runs to date. Has plenty of nice entries so is well-thought-of by the Hannon yard. The forecast good to soft ground shouldn't be a problem and at around 3/1 I will be putting Sun Power in one of my bets. 

13:30 Ripon 17 Aug 2019: 

A speculative bet here. Phantom Bride for the Karl Burke yard. This Fastnet Rock filly ran in a very hot maiden at Goodwood at the beginning of the month, with the first four all entered in decent races in the future. I know Phantom Bride finished way back but am sure she will find this grade more to her liking. Kings Caper obviously sets the standard and to add to the mix a few nice newcomers enter the equation but hopefully with a bit of luck Phantom Bride can sneak a place for me and the Ontoawinner owners. 

14:00 Pontefract 18 Aug 2019: A tasty little race at Pontefract to get stuck into here. Two trackers of interest, the first is Serious Jockin for the Mick Channon stable. The Footstepsinthesand colt was well-supported on his debut at Newbury this month when backed in from 6/1 to 9/2 at the off. Serious Jockin was slowly away that day but showed some speed to catch up before Callum Shepherd calling it a day a couple of furlongs out when no chance of catching the leaders up. Interesting that Mick Channon has dropped this colt back to five furlongs and also interesting is that Serious Jockin has been given a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes entry at Newbury. Needs to seriously improve here. My next tracker is Queen’s Order who I wrote about before her debut in July. The Kevin Ryan filly looked a nice type when making her debut over this course and distance last month when only beaten just under a length by Pop Dancer. The form has been franked when Pop Dancer won a Class 3 the other day. I expect Queen’s Order will come on for that run and looks to have a great chance of winning here. That does not say she will have it all her own way as we also have Dazzling Des who has to give some serious weight away and a newcomer Moon Power who cost 90,000 euros and is owned by The King Power Racing Team. 

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Sir Mark Prescott & the Story About a Goat

I couldn't help but smile when watching The Secrets of Heath House Stables: Sir Mark Prescott on Osborne Stables

The first of a three-part series giving the Racing Post a behind the scenes tour of Heath House. 

Sir Mark is such a good storyteller and the conversation about a stable goat brings a touch of humour to the daily endeavours keeping each and every racehorse happy. 

It seems that some horses enjoy a companion, a little friend in their box, to keep them occupied. You may have heard of horses going to the races with their buddy goat. Well, this was more of a stay-at-home goat.

Sir Mark Prescott asked his head lad, Colin, to get him a goat to keep one of the horse's company.  Later that day, Colin drove up to the stable in his little car with a goat sitting next to him in the passenger seat. 

They put the goat in the box with the said horse. 

The next day, they opened the door to find the goat stone, cold, dead. 

In the afternoon, Sir Mark Prescott saw an old lady walking across the courtyard, bent over, using sticks. He said to Colin: ''Who on earth is that coming to the stable?''

Colin said: ''It's the old lady, who I asked to borrow the goat!''

Prescott said to the head lad that he had better sort out the problem. 

Colin greeted the old woman with a smile, saying that Sir Mark Prescott was so pleased with the goat that he wanted another one!

The lady came back with the new goat and never asked about the first. 




Related story: 

Sir Mark Prescott has been on the trainers' cold list for some time. Winners as scarce as the mythical beast said to fly up the gallops at Heath House Stables. It's a secret place. Almost Willy Wonka-like in its evolution. It's reputed Sir Mark Prescott stopped a child sucking an Ever-Lasting Gobstopper by tempting him with a large Cuban cigar!

Read more...

Monday, 12 August 2019

Tregoning Hopes Impressor Can Impress at Salisbury

Tregoning Hopes Impressor Can Impress at Salisbury
To be honest, since Friday, I feel the 2-year-old racing has been disappointing. It has been hard to find strong bets. A couple of places on Saturday but nothing to get excited about. Windsor on Monday, I backed Ralph Beckett's Lucander who won by a neck. A nice bonus that the odds drifted from 4/1 to 6/1 before the off.

Sometimes, I feel my money is burning a hole in my pocket. I'm looking for a bet just for the sake of it. On Tuesday I did exactly that. Fair Pass looked like it had place claims written all over it but finished a disappointing fourth. 

Thankfully, I have scanned over a few of the 2-year-old races on Wednesday and things are looking up. 

14:00 Beverley 14 Aug 2019: 

At the time of writing, Reviette is forecast 7/2 but could be any price come Wednesday. The Kevin Ryan filly has no significant entries but made a promising debut at Beverley a few weeks back. Reviette had a few nice fillies in front of her that day and if she can improve on that run she will hopefully grab a place at least. 

13:50 Salisbury 14 Aug 2019 Div I 

Good Job Power has finished behind a couple of good horses in the name of Cobra Eye and Treble Treble and I would be surprised if this Richard Hannon colt is not in the top three but the interesting one is the Mick Channon Bungle Inthejungle colt Aweemaweh. A bargain Basement buy at 15,500 euros in September last year. Mick Channon has given Aweemaweh a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes entry and I am looking forward to seeing which way he goes in the market on debut. 

13:50 Salisbury 14 Aug 2019 Div II

Another nice race with a few potentially nice horses in. Too many trackers to mention here but the one that could sneak a place at least is the Marcus Tregoning colt Impressor who looked a future winner after an impressive debut in the European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes at Goodwood in July. Marcus Tregoning doesn't have many top 2-year-old winners but when he gives them a significant entry it's worth taking note. Last year, Mohaather was given a significant entry, and he won two Group races. With the likes of Stowman who I noted in my trackers after giving the hot favourite Ethic a race of it at Salisbury a couple of weeks ago, Smokey Bear and Bright Valentine as dangers, it's not a race to go mad on but one I will enjoy watching. 

18:10 Kempton 14 Aug 2019: 

The Mark Johnston trained Africa Swift looks like being a short-priced favourite here after finishing fourth in a Class 2 race at Goodwood at the start of August. Another race not to go mad on with a few unexposed horses form the top yards. Thanks for reading and good luck.