CRAIG'S RECENT TRACKER WINNERS:VENTURA TORMENTA 4/6, FINAL VOYAGE 9/1, IMPERIAL YELLOW 11/8, BOMB PROOF 6/4, TOP CLASSANGEL 18/1 3RD, ALWIGHWAR 11/8, MUTAZAWWED 1/1, TACTICAL 7/2, ALTHIQUA 2/1, LORD CAMPARI 100/30, MAN OF PROMISE 6/4, ON GUARD 11/2, MAGICAL MORNING 9/4, INHALER 10/3, FIESTA DE VEGA 5/1, CREATIVE FORCE 7/2, RENAISSANCE QUEEN 3/1, AWEEMAWEH 28/1 (FB), SHELDON 50/1 EW (PLACED), GEROLAMO CARDANO 13/2, FANTASTIC MS FOX 13/2 (FB), SHIMMERING 7/4, ARRIVISTE 3/1, DULAS 6/1, DELTA'S ROYALTY 4/6, PRINCE KAYF 40/1 (FB PAGE), ELEON 15/2, CELESTRAN 9/4, ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE 4/1, BYE BYE LADY 3/1, KING LEONIDA 13/8, DONNYBROOK 4/11, AL RUFAA 11/2, ALL YOU WISH 33/1, ANASTARSIA 3/1, CONVICT 6/4, GRAVITY FORCE 8/1, THEOTHERSIDE 33/1, NIGHT COLOURS 7/1, PLYMOUTH ROCK 11/4, POCKET SQUARE 9/4, PANIC ROOM 5/2, BAND PRACTICE 11/4, CAPE PALACE 4/11, PALACE PIER 11/8, IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH 8/13, ROMAN VISION 5/4, 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...

Thursday, 2 July 2020

14:30 Haydock - Freedom Flyer Makes Debut for Crisford's (3rd July)

It’s been a pretty quiet week with only a few 3-year-old trackers trickling through, I was pretty confident the Charlie Appleby colt State Crown would give me a run for my money after being given a few nice entries last season but could only manage third behind the nice-looking William Haggas Golden Horn colt Al Zaraqaan at Doncaster. Interested to see how State Crown comes out of that race. 

Previews:

14:30 Haydock 03 Jul 2020 

This looks a tricky little Novice Stakes race and throw in the soft going and you never know what to expect. I have two trackers in this and the first is the likely favourite Arctic Vega who has his third race for trainer Andrew Balding. Arctic Vega won well on debut but never really got involved the second timeout and has a penalty to deal with here. I’m willing to take a chance with a newcomer from the Simon and Ed Crisford yard. FREEDOM FLYER is a 160,000 gns Invincible Spirit colt who was well-thought-of last season. Not the easiest place to start and I’m not sure about the soft going but hopefully, I can get an each-way price and hope he can hit the frame at least. Has been supported at the time of writing. 

20:40 Chelmsford City 04 Jul 2020 

Nine go to post here with many of the top yards making the journey to Chelmsford. The John Gosden filly Paradise On Earth made a promising debut at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and sure to be popular with punters but I’m going to take a chance with RIVIERA BELLE who is trained by Charlie Fellowes and owned by Mr. A.E. Oppenheimer. Dam Eastern Belle won a Listed race at Newbury for John Gosden and had an official rating of 104. The Medaglia d'Oro filly made her debut at Chelmsford a couple of weeks back and it was average at best, I hope stepping up in distance could bring out the improvement needed to get involved and finish in the top three. A speculative each-way bet for me. 

15:50 Haydock 04 Jul 2020 

A pretty nice card at Haydock and another tracker I will have a small bet on is *DECLARING LOVE by Dubawi and out of Wedding March, trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin. I’m really interested to see how far she can go this season for the all-conquering Godolphin team. I’m looking forward to seeing her run after a promising debut at Newmarket last May, little did I know at the time that the winner of this hot contest Daahyeh would go on to win the Albany Stakes next timeout and has an official rating of a 110 for Roger Varian and the second Raffle Prize would go on to win the Queen Mary and the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket and has an official rating of 114 for Mark Johnston. I hope the long lay off isn't a problem, and she can go onto bigger and better things. A couple more trackers to note are: 

*NR

14:05 Haydock 04 Jul 2020

TOP CLASS ANGEL 

15:15 Haydock 04 Jul 2020 

ARABIC CHARM 

17:55 Yarmouth 04 Jul 2020 

ICE SPRITE 

18:55 Yarmouth 04 Jul 2020 

VENTURA TORMENTA 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Reviews, Previews & Trackers (29th June)

Bomb Proof trained by James Fanshawe
Reviews:

Quick review on my last couple of posts, first a couple of non-runners which is unfortunate but trying to find time now back at work is a nightmare but I will be keeping an eye out for Lost Eden and Zoffarelli when they are declared again. One horse I was looking forward to seeing back out was James Fanshawe's Bomb Proof (pictured) who was another short price (story of my life at the minute) but to be honest, I was expecting odds on but he drifted to 6/4 which was a nice surprise, Bomb Proof didn’t disappoint and considering the Society Rock gelding hadn’t seen the racecourse for over 400 days I’m sure James would have been pretty pleased with the performance. 

A couple of eye-catchers I wrote about last week were Nurse Florence and Imperial Yellow. I thought Nurse Florence had a good chance of making the frame at least but looking back I should have seen the warning signs of her debut race when being a little awkward in running. Nicola Currie looked to have a job on her hands trying to control the Jamie Osborne trained filly at Windsor and Nurse Florence could only manage fourth place, maybe one for the future when she settles better. 

Imperial Yellow was my next tracker and after running well in what looks to be a nice maiden first timeout at Newmarket I was expecting the Roger Varian trained New Bay colt to go one better at Yarmouth, and he never disappointed sticking on gamely to beat the fast-finishing Wild Lion. 

Previews and trackers: 

16:00 Doncaster 30 Jun 2020 

A nice Novice Stakes race here with plenty of unexposed types that could be anything. The Charlie Appleby trained State Crown has been off the track for over 300 days and was last seen at Chelmsford last August when finishing third to Surf Dancer, the form of the race isn't top draw by all means but the New Approach colt was slowly away that day and bustled along mid-race before staying on without threatening the experienced Surf Dancer. A half brother to Key Victory and Blair House who are both talented horses from the Appleby yard themselves. State Crown takes a significant step up in trip here but I’m hoping he's wintered well and fit and ready to go onto better things. 

17:40 Kempton 01 Jul 2020 

The 3-year-old filly Cosmic Princess went into my trackers with an eye-catching performance in her only race at Kempton last October. Hollie Doyle steadied Cosmic Princess at the start and the 33/1 outsider was given a learning process before running on late to finish six. The third that day was Shimmering for John Gosden who easily won her next race at Lingfield. The step up in trip could see further improvement and hopefully, she can get involved in the finish and grab a place at least. Delta’s Royalty brings good form to the table and will be hard to beat in an interesting little race. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Two-Year-Old (2yo) Eye-Catchers

Roger Varian 2yo eye-catchers
Imperial Yellow was a £40,000 purchase at the 2019 Premier Yearling Sales for Roger Varian. His dam Soteria never set the world alight for Roger Varian and owners China Horse Club International when only racing three times in 2015. The New Bay colt started his career in what looks like a pretty decent maiden at Newmarket at the beginning of June. The winner Modern News finished fifth in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last week and looks a nice type for Charlie Appleby this season. Another Appleby runner Noble Dynasty who finished second in that Newmarket Maiden also looks a nice type and could even be the best horse to come out of that maiden, looks one to keep an eye out for in future. Imperial Yellow opened up at 22s and was supported to 16s at the off, the bay colt dwelt at the start and was then steadied towards the rear by jockey Andrea Atzeni before making steady progress all the way to the line. Imperial Yellow wasn’t beaten far in the end and when stepped up in distance will hopefully pick up a win for the Varian yard. 

Nurse Florence was a 33,000 euro purchase for Jamie Osborne at the 2019 Orby Sale. Owners The 10 For 10 Partnership also owns Overpriced Mixer who rattled up a couple of wins at the back end of last season. Hopefully, Nurse Florence can do the same after a promising start to her career at Yarmouth this month. Even though it was only a four runner affair and Nurse Florence wasn’t fancied in the market at 10s, I’m pretty sure Jamie Osborne would have been pleased with the performance of the Gutifan grey filly put in. Nicola Currie kept Nurse Florence in a decent enough position from the start even though slightly slow away from the stalls before making steady progress and finishing a close up third with plenty more left in the tank. The winner that day Yazaman has since run a great race to finish second in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. I can’t see much of a price for Nurse Florence next time but hopefully, she can get a win on the board for trainer Jamie Osborne. 

Ventura Tormenta who was having the first race of his career at Royal Ascot last week in the Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) and ran an absolute blinder for the Richard Hannon and the Middleham Park Team. The Acclamation bay colt was purchased at the Goffs Premier Yearling Sales for £95.000 and could be a name to look out for this season after an impressive debut. Considering Ventura was setting foot on the racecourse for his first time he looked professional and knew his job from the start against more experienced rivals. Waited within midfield by jockey Pat Dobbs Ventura Tormenta could never really get involved in the finish and I can see Ventura Tormenta being more tuned up and ready next timeout but take nothing away from him this was an eye-catching performance first timeout. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Royal Ascot - Reviews & Previews for the Coming Week

Royal Ascot 

Well, Royal Ascot is over for another year, personally, I don’t really bet as it’s hard to find an angle but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the top-class racing that’s on offer over the five-day meeting, especially the 2-year-old races, of course, then we had the legend himself Frankie Dettori firing in six winners including riding the amazing Stradivarius who completed a hattrick of Gold Cups in spectacular fashion for trainer John Gosden. I know it was a bit different this year with the virus but I thought it was a tremendous job done by everyone involved but hopefully next year we will return to normality. 


Reviews 

Just two trackers over the weekend and both didn't disappoint, first was the Richard Hannon filly Top Class Angel who ventured into handicap company for the first time. A huge drift seen her go off at 18/1 and to be honest, I thought my each-way betting slip was heading straight in the bin, anyway, the Dark Angel filly came with a late rattle to sneak third place, I should be happy with that but I’m still sure she has more to offer next timeout. The next tracker was the John Gosden Dubawi colt Almighwar who ran on Sunday. Considering he disappointed first time out last year when finishing tenth at Newmarket a starting price of 11/8 was a little skinny but the well-bred newcomer got the hang of things late on and stormed clear to win easily. 

Previews

12:45 Beverley 23 Jun 2020 

Interested to see Bomb Proof back out again after a 400 plus day absence. The 100,000 gns purchase at the October 2018 Yearling Sales has his first run for new trainer James Fanshawe after previously being with Jeremy Noseda. The Society Rock colt I imagine won’t be much of a price after an impressive debut at York last May but even so, I will be watching closely and hoping he still has the ability after such a long lay off. 

19:55 Thu 25 June 2020 Leicester 

One tracker I have been waiting for a while for is the Richard Hannon Sea The Stars colt Lost Eden. Out of Godolphin filly Ghostflower who only raced twice in a short career back in 2012 when placed both times. A 120,000 euro foal rising to a 200,000 euro yearling back in 2018, Lost Eden was well-thought-of by trainer Richard Hannon last year and whatever he does first time out I'm sure he will improve for the run and hopefully be a nice horse for the Hannon team this season. 

14:10 Fri 26 June 2020 Newmarket 

Zoffarelli has an early entry for the Newmarket Maiden Stakes race for Ralph Beckett. The Zoffany colt is a 60,000 gns purchase for owners Mrs. M.E.Slade, Mr. B.Ohlsson & Partner who also owns the promising Ralph Beckett trained colt Lucander. Mare Genuine Quality only raced seven times for Ed Vaughan, her highlight being a third in a Listed race back in 2013. Market check needed on debut.

Thanks for reading and good luck.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Two-Year-Olds (2yos) to Follow | Tactical Wins the Windsor Castle Plus Review and Previews

Two-Year-Olds (2yos) to Follow | Tactical Wins the Windsor Castle Plus Review and Previews
Reviews:

It was a case of the early bird catches the worm with a couple of my winning trackers last weekend. Lord Campari was available at 9/2 the night before the race at Newbury but you had to be quick, I missed out by minutes getting 100/30 and ended up with 11/4 but was happy in the end as it shortened again to 15/8 in what was an impressive performance by the Roger Varian trained winner. 

The result was never in doubt after the Kingman colt broke smartly and made all to win easily from John Gosden's Tsar back in second. 

My other tracker Turaath ran a great race to finish fourth at 25s and as I said in my last post an easier race would have been ideal for this Oasis Dream filly. 

A couple of disappointments on Saturday were Byzantine Empire and Cosa Orga

I had two trackers Sunday and was pleased to see the Godolphin filly Althiqa win after a long lay off and another who will be running in higher grades this season. Do You Love Me could never land a blow at Newmarket and will be interested in how the expensive filly runs the next timeout? 

Onto Royal Ascot, the Windsor Castle Stakes looked a minefield, and with most of the field only running once you would have to be a brave man to have a bet. 

In my February post, I wrote about the Andrew Balding horse Tactical as a horse to follow this season, well I didn't expect Her Majesty's Tornado colt to be hammered into to 7/2 favourite and take apart a field full of potential talent to win with a bit in hand. Looking forward to seeing how far Tactical can go this season. 

14:00 Fri 19 June 2020 Newmarket 

Top Class Angel steps into handicap company for her first start of the season. As I have said before, I don’t like handicaps but will give it a chance here. 

Top Class Angel is by Dark Angel and out of Expensive Date, trained by Richard Hannon Jr and owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. The 240,000 Euro Dark Angel bay filly was purchased from the 2018 Orby Sales and looks a nice type for Richard Hannon despite still being a Maiden.

Her two runs last season both showed a win will come sooner rather than later. Top Class Angels last run at Haydock was a bit unlucky I thought as she was drawn out wide and had to be settled at the back by Pat Dobbs losing a few lengths in doing so. The winner West End Girl won the Sweet Solera Stakes for Mark Johnston a couple of runs later as for Top Class Angel she was staying on under a considerate ride.

Against a few experienced types here she will have to be on top of her game and can hopefully grab a place at least. Available at 12/1 at the time of writing. 

16:25 Sun 21 June 2020 Kempton

Almighwar has a lovely pedigree and should show more now tackling a longer trip. The John Gosden Dubawi colt was never involved on debut at Newmarket last October. Dam Taghrooda had an official rating of 125 after winning the Oaks and the King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in what was a short but spectacular career for John Gosden. In the saddle is the jockey of the moment Jim Crowley and I will be surprised if Almighwar doesn't put up a much-improved performance here at Kempton. 

Thanks for reading and good luck

Monday, 15 June 2020

Which Two-Year-Old (2yo) Horse Holds the 5f Course Record at Windsor?

Charles The Great course record for 2yo at Windsor
It's great to see Windsor racecourse back in action. 

Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire has been the starting point for many a flashy two-year-old. Sitting on the Thames, it is a beautiful location and a very scenic paddock lined with trees. 

Few horse racing fans haven't enjoyed an evening at this festive meeting whether on course or watching the box in the corner of the room.

Richard Hannon amongst other talented trainers has made this a happy hunting ground. 

But here's a question. Which two-year-old holds the 5f course record at Windsor and when did it happen? 

There have been some exceptionally talented juveniles racing at this course on the dog-leg five-furlong sprint. Horses drawn low often glide along the rail and take some catching if gaining a lead. 

On the 23rd of May 2011, Charles The Great, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, trained by Andrew Balding and in the ownership of Kennet Valley Thoroughbred  V proved he was faster than most two-year-olds in the country with a blistering display. 

This son of Holy Roman Emperor, out of an unraced mare [Jojeema], was an inspired yearling buy at just 30,000G. 

Time would tell this bay colt would be a wise investment for connections. 

Charles The Great made his debut at Ascot when finishing sixth of seven at odds of 33/1. 

However, connections must have thought this March foal had more than a fleeting chance of winning when heading to Windsor on his second start some sixteen days later. Racing on good-to-firm going, drawn in stall four, he faced five opponents - all previous winners. [Lord Ofthe Shadows, Boomerang Bob, Tioman Legend, Starfly & The Dancing Lord].  

There must have been real hope of a sparkling display as Charles The Great was backed from 20/1 - 12/1. 

He led after one furlong, made most after, ridden and definite advantage over 1f out, stayed on well to win by one-and-a-half lengths. 

A course record time of 58.69s 

You can see the full result here

On the back of this stunning performance, Charles The Great went to Royal Ascot to contend the Norfolk Stakes (Group 2). He disappointed in tenth place, losing a right-hind shoe. 

However, this colt was far from done. He bounced back to his imperious best when heading to Newbury to contest the Wetherby Super Sprint. He held the late challenge of Lily's Angel to win a bumper prize of £98,360 by a short-head. 

He would race once more at two when finishing third in the bet365 Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) at Goodwood, behind David Watchman's Requinto (who went on to win the Flying Childers and future stallion). 

The interesting thing about Charles The Great is after just five races at two, he disappeared off the radar. 

He was gelded on the 8th of September that same year.

He changed stables on 18th January 2012. 

Trainer unknown. 

Nothing was seen of this speedy colt for just over a year. In fact, no one even knew who trained him or, perhaps, where he was stabled. 

Then he appeared. 

A trainer notification appeared on the 24th of January 2013. He was in the care of John Moore and racing in Hong Kong. 

The Australian born Moore has a long history within the training ranks after starting work as an assistant trainer with his father in Hong Kong in 1971. After taking out his licence in 1985, he carved out a highly-successful career. 

Charles The Great was in good hands and there would be ample chance for his new connections to enjoy more victories. 

Always a battling type, he won on debut by a short head at Sha Tin taking the Sha Tin Vase (Group 3) and earning his owners Julian Hui Chun Hang and Michele Monique Reis £108,657,66. 

In fact, this was one of four victories in Hong Kong, including four attempts at Group 1. Although he had success at both Group 2 and Group 3. 

He retired on the 22nd of May 2016. Racing thirty-five times, he achieved five wins, two seconds and six thirds. 

And an official rating of 105 detailed a very talented horse. 

His total career earnings came to £987,326. 

Charles The Great still holds the racecourse record for a two-year-old racing over 5f.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Something for the Weekend...

Man Of Promise, On Guard, Magical Morning, Fiesta De Vega, Creative Force, Inhaler, and Renaissance Queen all nice winners for the blog the past week, let's hope a few more nice types come out my horses to follow this season. 

12:15 Sat 13 June 2020 Newbury 

Interesting little race this with the favourite likely to be the John Gosden trained Kingman colt Tsar. The form doesn't look anything special but with winter behind him any amount of improvement is possible. A couple of interesting trackers in the race are Lord Campari and Turaath. 

Lord Campari is also a Kingman colt out of 98 rated Blanche Dubawi and cost 350,000 gns. The Roger Varian trained March foal contested a pretty hot contest in August last year with another Gosden horse Palace Pier winning impressively then going on to win next timeout and making a huge statement for the season ahead when winning a Class 2 Handicap at Newcastle with ease last week. Lord Campari was a no near sixth when they met but despite being a touch keen Lord Campari stayed on steadily and the extra distance will hopefully bring improvement to be involved at the finish.

Turaath would have to improve dramatically here to figure after not showing much on debut at Leicester last September. The Charlie Hills Oasis Dream filly takes on the boys here but is well-bred being out of 110 rated mare Fahdhayyil. A bit clueless on debut I would have liked to see her in an easier race than this and a market check is needed here. 

15:45 Sat 13 June 2020 Sandown 

Most of the top yards turn up for this Maiden Stakes race at Sandown. We have a Gosden newcomer, a Varian Irish Derby entry but I’m giving Gosden's other runner Byzantine Empire a final chance after finishing a pleasing third on his comeback race at Newcastle two weeks ago. The Golden Horn colt is a half-brother to Crazy Horse and Richard Pankhurst who both ran to a decent level under the guidance of John Gosden and hopefully, Robert Halvin can guide Byzantine Empire home here at Sandown. 

16:10 Sat 13 June 2020 Newbury

Cosa Orga is another who is on last chance saloon here after another no show last timeout. One positive thing is this looks a slightly easier race than the Golden Horn colt contested at Yarmouth the last timeout when having his first run for new trainer William Haggas. I will have a minimal stake and hope for the best for a place at least. 

15:15 Sun 14 June 2020 Newmarket 

Nice days racing on Sunday and my next two trackers I guess will be short so no bets but two I've been looking forward to seeing for a good while now and hope they both run well. Althiqa made a favourable impression when making her debut at Thirsk in April last year. The Dark Angel Charlie Appleby runner has had wind surgery and hasn't been seen since her winning the fillies Maiden, hopefully, Althiqa can win here and go onto better things if her long absence isn't a problem and she has no issues.  

17:00 Sun 14 June 2020 Newmarket 

Any regular readers of the post will know I have waited a while for Do You Love Me to run for Karl Burke and owners Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited. The well-thought-of Galileo filly makes her debut in what looks a tough little contest but hopefully, she can do herself justice first time out here. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Magical Morning for Inhaler (Reviews & Preview)

REVIEWS


It was nice to get off to a great start on Wednesday with the Karl Burke trained Inhaler winning the first at Pontefract when holding on to win by a neck at odds of 100/30. The writing was on the wall for my next two as both Sands Of Giza and Sparkling Olly went for a walk in the betting and both disappointed. The last was the mount of good old Frankie Dettori, he seems to get better with age this man as he rode the perfect race on Magical Morning. The John Gosden colt was very impressive and can hopefully step up a level this season. 

PREVIEW

19:30 Thu 11 June 2020 Yarmouth 

I have two trackers in this race and have been looking forward to the exciting Charlie Appleby colt Man Of Promise since July last season when he ran a stormer to finish third in a bunch finish to Mums Tipple at Ascot. You would have to be a fool to bet against the well-thought-of Into Mischief colt but yes I will be having a small each-way speculative bet on John Gosden's Thebian just in case Man Of Promise disappoints. The Kingman colt was a £230,000 breeze-up purchase and to be honest, showed very little on debut at Chelmsford last September but hopefully will sneak a place here. 

EYE-CATCHES 

15:40 Tuesday 02 June 2020 Newcastle -

Lost My Sock is a 2-year-old chestnut colt trained by Tim Easterby for owners Ryedale Partners No 4 and was bought for 21,000 euros at the October 2019 Orby Sale. At this early stage of the season, it’s hard to say how strong the races are so not much to go on this week. You could say jockey David Allen definitely earned his money on this Bungle Inthejungle colt as Lost My Sock looked like he was half asleep when coming out the stalls, ridden from the start the 7/1 shot ran on and wasn’t beaten far in the end in what was promising debut but will need to be quicker out the stalls next timeout. 

15:05 Tuesday 02 June 2020 Newcastle - 

I had my eye on a few in this race but I guess the most obvious one is the Karl Burke trained Significantly who went off 3/1 favourite. The Garswood colt was purchased for £52,000 at the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale in August 2019. Significantly was away well and held up in midfield, I think jockey Ben Curtis was in two minds on which way to go but once out in the open Significantly picked up well and ran on to finish a close second. Sound Reason and Fools Rush In are also worth a look next timeout. 

13:50 Thursday 04 June 2020 Newmarket 

This looked a pretty nice contest. To be honest, a number of these 2-year-olds caught the eye. The winner, Eye Of Heaven, is a nice type for Mark Johnston. The first three should pick up a win soon. 

The one I have put in my trackers is the Roger Teal's Dark Angel colt Gussy Mac who was purchased for £52,000 at the Goffs Premier Yearling August Sale. This April foal was slowly away (which can be forgiven for his first run) and was then settled in at the back of the field by jockey Jason Watson before making headway a few furlongs out to finish a never nearer sixth. I hope Gussy Mac can settle down next start and hopefully pick up a race for Roger Teal. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Monday, 8 June 2020

The Curious Incident of the Gambler's Wife Who Drank Tea

I think the first time I went to a traditional brick-and-mortar casino was a decade or so back. In truth, I don't know why I didn't go before because if you are looking for a cheap meal, fancy settings, exceptional customer service, and a chance to win or lose a shirt - you're in the right place. 

To be fair, I am a little bit careful when it comes to fixed-odds betting because long term you are guaranteed to lose. But short term you can beat the house so you just need a plan and stick to it. 

I've played online casinos before and you can get some decent offers such as free spins or double your bets. When in West Palm Beach, Florida, I may even have a dabble with these online casinos for USA bettors

Anyway, unlike most people imagine, going to the casino doesn't have to come with a public health warning. You can have a great evening out and it doesn't have to cost you much cash at all with match bets, free alcoholic drinks, and online offers for cut-price meals. I use all these things to put the odds in my favour. I know it sounds slightly strange to equate a cheap steak meal to putting the odds in your favour but it's truth. 

I've been to three Grosvenor casinos: Great Yarmouth, Luton, and Nottingham. 

I won money in two out of three (I think Robin Hood stole my cash on the Trent).

You may be looking at the post title and thinking what has some old dear drinking a cup of tea got to do with gambling at the casino. 

Well, it has, and I'm going to tell you why. Because two of the biggest gamblers I have ever seen had their wives by their side drinking tea at the roulette table. 

The first was a bloke at Great Yarmouth called Graham (I'm not sure what his wife was called). I'd seen him at this casino a few times and compared to the locals he stood out from the crowd with a number of £1000 chips. 

I'd never seen anyone there before with a chip bigger than £100. 

I kind of liked Graham's style because he went for it covering the table with stacks of £5 chips and a few single £25 scattered here and there. He targetted single numbers and with most of the table covered he seemed to be winning most spins. However, when he missed the mark, an avalanche of chips went down the chute. He then hit on a winning turn and won a few grand as his wife sipped her tea only to say: ''I was six grand down earlier.''  

The curious incident of the gambler's wife who drank tea didn't stop there. 

On a night out at Luton, with family and friends, I spotted an elegant Indian gentleman playing roulette and his wife sat by his side drinking tea. I'm not sure if she was enjoying earl grey or a tumbler of Socrates hemlock but it certainly didn't bring her husband any luck. 

While I played with my 50p chips, he was laying down the fifties like it was going out of fashion. He seemed emotionless at the loss of thousands. In fact, a few people watching noted he had lost £15,000 in about an hour. 

He kept pulling fifty-pound notes out of his pocket wad after wad. In fact, I never saw him take anything out of his pocket less than £50. I'm sure if the UK currency had a £1000 note he would have had those too. 

Anyway, I decided to call it a day and cash in my £75. Considering I started with £20 I was pretty pleased. 

I went to the cashier's desk and who was there before me - the Indian man. He'd clearly run out cash and using his credit card for round two. I could hardly believe my eyes as the whole counter was covered with £500-pound chips and another colour of which domination I wasn't sure. If they were a grand a piece he would be cranking things up even more because from a quick look he had at least £20,000 at hand. 

All I would say is this if you are sitting at the table with a lady who is drinking tea, get ready for a man to turn up with a bulge in both pockets. 

No wonder she had a smile on her face. 

Author: Jason Coote

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Noble Dynasty Goes Close on Debut

It’s been great watching top-class Flat racing again over the weekend and while all eyes were on the 1000 and 2000 Guineas I was more interested in the new talents stepping onto the racecourse for the first time. 

I mentioned Europe's 2019 highest priced yearling Noble Dynasty who cost 3,600,000 guineas as one to watch out for at Newmarket and even though the Dubawi colt got beat by stablemate Modern News he ran a race full of promise and will be winning in the very near future. 

Another Godolphin runner I was keen to see back out again was Eastern World who was taking on King Leonidas, despite giving weight away King Leonidas put the Godolphin runner in his place with an impressive performance. 

I have a few trackers that I will mention for the week ahead, but as always the 2-year-olds are always a gamble first timeout. 

Wednesday 10th June Pontefract 12.45 

INHALER could be an interesting one and I will be keeping a close eye on this Karl Burke trained £32,000 yearling in the betting when he appears at either Haydock or Pontefract this week. Any money for the son of Elzaam will be positive. He’s currently 14/1 at the time of writing for the Haydock race tomorrow but with plenty of rain, I wonder if he will run. It also looks a competitive race with top yards out in force. 

Wednesday 10th June 4.35 Yarmouth 

SPARKLING OLLY has an early entry for Yarmouth and will hopefully run. The 300,000 gns purchase at the 2018 October Yearling Sales wasn’t fancied when going off a 33/1 shot on debut at Newmarket last October. 

Sparkling Olly was always up with the pace and looked like she knew her job from the start, it was only the last furlong or so when she ran green and could never land a blow. It looked like she had more to give to me and should have learned plenty from that experience. A well-bred filly related to Railway Stakes winner Lilbourne Lad. 

Wednesday 10th June 2.25 Pontefract

This tracker I have had for a while so I will be checking the market for sure. SANDS OF GIZA for Richard Fahey and the Cool Silk team. Purchased for £67,000 at the 2018 Premier Yearling sales and a half-brother to Sands Of Mali. 

Wednesday 10th June 6.45 Yarmouth 

MAGICAL MORNING The homebred bay colt looks the type to improve as a 3-year-old after an encouraging performance at Kempton last October. This is the first offspring of Dam The Lark who ended her career with an official rating of 106 after running to a decent level in Pattern races as a 3-year-old. The highlight winning the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster in 2013. 

Magical Morning took a slight drift in the betting from 7/2 to 9/2 before the off and showed a sign of greenness when slowly away, it wasn’t till a few furlongs out the penny dropped and Magical Morning improved to move up the field and finish a no nearer sixth. The winner at Kempton that day was the impressive Satono Japan who looks a useful sort. A step up in trip will hopefully bring out more improvement to the Muhaarar Colt. 

Good luck and stay safe.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

At Last, The Flat Season is Underway

At last, the Flat season is underway and hopefully, I can get a few winners to keep the betting bank ticking over. 

Just a quick introduction to what the blog is about for any new readers who have stumbled across it. I will be mentioning a few horses in each post that l like and hopefully do a midweek review to see how they ran. 

I will also like to add that I’m definitely no Hugh Taylor so be warned if you follow any of my bets they come with a warning 😁. 

It’s been a strange week as I’ve been trying to be careful with all the 2-year-old debutants this week and ended up missing out on a couple of winners plus a 3-year-old winner which was disappointing as my only three bets so far that I have done all lost! 

In my Godolphin 2yos to Follow post, I mentioned the well-bred Creative Force who is trained by Charlie Appleby and a half-brother to the John Gosden filly Persuasive. To be honest, I didn’t even notice he was running till he won impressively after making all at Newmarket this week.

Creative Force looks a 2-year-old with a bright future. 

Renaissance Queen was another I left alone and another who looks a nice type for the boys in blue after beating the well-thought-of Delta’s Royalty. 

The Tom Dascombe trained Adaay Dream was another tracker I left alone who won at Newcastle at odds of 13/2 which was disappointingly another missed chance. 

A few more Dascombe 2yos I will be looking out for are: Astronomic Choice who is owned and bred by Mr. John Brown. 

Bakersboy is a 100,000 purchase for owners David Lowe and Partner. 

Rattling Rosie owned and bred by Mr. D.R. Passant. 

Solent Gateway is owned by Mr. D.R. Passant & Heffin Williams.

Capo Bay is owned by Deva Racing Group. 

Robustly is owned by Chasemore Farm. 

Always Dreaming is owned by Ms. A Quinn. 

Right onto the weekend and the trackers are coming through thick and fast but disappointingly most are short prices so won’t be betting.

13:15 Sun 07 June 2020

The expensive Noble Dynasty was featured in my Godolphin 2yos to follow post and is a 3,600,000 purchase and a half-brother to the brilliant 122 rated Barney Roy who won the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2017 but another likely short price. 

16:45 Sun 07 June 2020. 

King Leonidas was very impressive when winning his maiden at Newmarket last October and will be a tough nut to crack but the Charlie Appleby trained Eastern World is a very well-thought-of Dubawi colt and will give him something to think about for sure. Eastern World made his long-awaited debut last December and was backed like defeat was out of the question. The 10/11 favourite managed to finish second despite looking a bit awkward and green through-out the race. Interesting to see what he can do this season but an early price of 6/5 makes it a race to just watch and enjoy. 

17:55 Sun 07 June 2020

It's not very often you will see me step into the handicapping scene but another Godolphin horse catches the eye. *Encipher is a well-thought-of colt trained by John Gosden who won a shade cosily at Newmarket last July, hasn't been seen since but will hopefully be fit and ready to move up a level and distance with Frankie on board. If I can get an each-way price I will have a bet. Good luck and stay safe.

*NR

Friday, 29 May 2020

7 Class Two-Year-Olds (2yos) from Phoenix Thoroughbreds

Phoenix Thoroughbreds was a dream that materialised before our very eyes. 

Amer Abdulaziz Salman was the man with not only the ambition but vision. In 2017 Phoenix Thoroughbreds emerged as a global force with over 300 horses worldwide. Readers will have their own favourites from this reputable company who have seen major wins in the USA, Australia and Europe, while they continue to grow their presence in the UAE and South America. 

From our niche within two-year-old racing, Advertise, a son of Showcasing, proved a star turn in training with Martyn Meade. This £60,000 yearling purchase has turned into a great investment on the course and at stud. 

On the track, he raced 10 times achieving 5 victories and runner-up on 3 occasions. 

Racing at two and three-years-old, major wins included:

2yo:

Arqana July Stakes (Group 2) 

Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) 

3yo:

Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 
Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1) 

Advertise achieved an official rating of 119 and total prize earnings of £904,358. In addition, such is the prowess of Advertise that he stands at the National Stud with a stallion fee of £25,000.

Other classy two-year-olds for Phoenix Thoroughbreds include:

Gronkowski who started his career with Jeremy Noseda before heading to Chad Brown and then S bin Ghadayer. Considering this son of Lonhro has achieved total earning of over £2M there is much to be enthused about. 

Another horse - a great buy from Phoenix Thoroughbred - came in the shape of Signora Cabello. She was originally in the ownership of Zen Racing & Partner (originally purchased at the yearling sales for 20,000GNS).

This January foal was sold at two to Phoenix Thoroughbreds for 900,000GNS. 

I've always thought John Quinn trained this filly very well and she is sure to win more races this season. 

Click this link to see Phoenix Thoroughbreds Top Horses

There is much to be proud of for the team at Phoenix. 

Anyway, let's move forward a little with thoughts about this Flat season and 7 talented two-year-olds kindly forwarded by Jamie Watson who is the PR and Marketing Manager for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Check out his Twitter timeline for all the latest news @JWatsonRacing

STOLEN SPOTLIGHT Showcasing (GB) / Overturned (GB) B.C. (GB) Whatton Manor Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds 115,000 Half-brother to the 105 rated Joseph Patrick O'Brien colt Alligator Alley who won a Listed race at York last season. 

“Now called Stolen Spotlight (pending) and in training with Peter Chapple-Hyam. Really nice colt with plenty of ability. He'll be one of our first juvenile runners of the season and we'll be hoping to get a win into him early to go to Royal Ascot.”

FARAAH Awtaad (IRE) / Hi Katriona (IRE) B.F. (IRE) Baroda Stud, Ireland Phoenix Thoroughbreds 200,000

“In training with Ado McGuiness and is named Faraah. She is a lovely filly and very sharp. All things being equal she'll be our first two-year-old runner in Ireland this year. In a 'normal' year, we'd be looking at some Royal Ascot engagements.” 

MASTER OF SOULS Kodiac (GB) x Soul Searcher (IRE)2018 Colt Lynn Lodge Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds €160,000

“Named Master Of Souls and in training with Peter Chapple-Hyam. Plenty to like about him with a nice attitude and lots of talent. Should be out early season and we may look at Royal Ascot targets but the chances are the meeting will come too soon. Plenty of targets for him later in the season though.” 

UNNAMED Kingman (GB) / Madam President (GB) B.F. (GB) Genesis Green Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds 270,000 Half-sister to the Ger Lyons colt Cappella Sansevero who was a decent performer as a 2-year-old when winning the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at Curragh and also ran a cracking race when finishing second in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot. Official Rating 104+

“In training with Ed Vaughan, she has been a little slow to come to hand but she's certainly not devoid of ability. Would be another we'll be taking our time with so probably won't see her on the track until late in the season.” 

UNNAMED Frankel (GB) / Attraction (GB) B.C. (GB) Floors Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds 525,000 A full-brother to the Mark Johnston 1,600,000 Guineas colt Elarqam who won his first two races as a 2-year-old including winning the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket and then went on to win the Group 2 York Stakes last season as a 3-year-old. Official Rating 124 

“He's a big scopy colt and like most Frankels is just taking his time to mature. He's showing plenty of ability and will go to Pete Chapple-Hyam when he's ready to go into full training. Looking towards the end of the season at least before he's ready for a debut.” 

UNNAMED Galileo (IRE) x Convocate (USA) 2018 Colt Marlhill House Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds €380,000

“Still in pre-training but will go to Peter Chapple-Hyam when ready. He's a big boy so is taking some time to come to hand. He clearly has plenty of ability and probably won't be ready until next season.” 

UNNAMED Australia (GB) x Seven Veils (IRE) 2018 Colt Mount Coote Stud Phoenix Thoroughbreds €100,000 

“With Karl Burke and looks to be another late-season type. We'll be taking our time with him but he's a nice mover and showing ability.” 

Visit Phoenix Thoroughbreds website for all the latest news. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Guest Post: 5 to follow from Simon @PaddockInspecto

I have been approached and asked whether I would like to provide a write up of some of my horses to follow for the forthcoming Flat Season. Something which I have never ever done before in my life. I used to write my own amateurish paddock notes, never published them, though a professional gambler once asked to see some copies and meet up. He has since completely given up on the game and discovered health, diet, and nature! 

So, I agreed. Due to being under the group of those people at higher risk from coronavirus I am in permanent lockdown which allowed me the time to select a few hopefully high-class horses and some possibly at a lower level.

I go racing as much as possible however midweek meetings are always dictated by the amount of annual holiday work that allows me. Following my football team reduces the number of days too. Therefore, I am not a professional, do not watch every single race on TV, not a ratings expert, not a breeding expert, and certainly not compared to others on course a top paddock judge. Some have disagreed with that last bit I’m not so sure. Simply I open my eyes and close my ears on course. Unless I happen to be standing next to John Gosden! 

So maybe a different point of view to other horses to follow articles. I have only included horses I have actually seen on course with my own eyes with the exception of one.


Al Madhar

Al Madhar made his debut at the Newmarket July Meeting. At the time it was my impression this was clearly the nicest bunch of two years olds that I had seen all season in the parade ring pedigrees to match. Nothing has changed my mind since.


From this fourteen-runner maiden twelve have run since with seven individual winners. I am confident too that the Queen’s First Receiver (one further run good second) should quickly pick up a novice or nice handicap this season.

Al Madhar looked a smashing type. Good size, athletic, and quite tuned up. It caught my attention at the time he was very professional for his first-ever visit to a racecourse in every aspect from walking around in the parade ring, during the race itself and in the winner’s enclosure – a really good temperament. Clearly had a good education of the job in hand beating a decent yardstick in the not quite as fit Godolphin trained Al Suhail – currently rated 112. Still he will have learned further from the experience. The step-up in trip will be ideal. Noting his behaviour, temperament, professionalism and what he would have learned I have no issues he has not been seen out since. 


Military March 

My first sighting of this beast Military March was at Newmarket for his second ever run. He just stood out head and shoulders above the others in the pre-parade ring and hopefully will become a top middle-distance prospect for the remainder of the season and going forward. He was a beautiful good physical specimen who in my opinion had the scope to develop further during the winter. Co-incidentally he was running against his stablemate Al Suhail who actually, compared to his debut, this time I did not like his demeanour in the pre-parade ring whatsoever. I really enjoyed witnessing Military March win the Group 3 event beating his stablemate Al Suhail with another useful yardstick Molatham back in fourth. Possibly assisted further by racing against the stands rails both Godolphin horses went lengths clear and Military March showed a fantastic attitude up the rising ground to win going away with Oisin Murphy having a good job pulling him up. His physic, breeding, and his relaxed racing style plus attitude screamed Derby horse to me and the 28/1 ante-post price at that time was a no brainer not so sure at the current rates of 8/1 through. I really look forward to seeing him in the flesh next time out.


Vatican City
The Weatherby’s Design & Print Novice Stakes ran at Newmarket was clearly all about the scintillating performance of the winner Kinross. 

Vatican City a superbly bred chestnut colt of Galileo was too making his debut. A good looking individual, well put together, he caught my eye but did not immediately stand out against maybe some others. However, it definitely caught my eye in running. Last, in the stalls he displayed early signs of immaturity. Tenderly handled, not appearing to have the greatest of openings with horses in front of him, when the gap did appear, he made up ground in a pleasing fashion. 

He was a different proposition next time out in a weak Dundalk maiden winning easily with at least the second winning next time out. I really look forward to seeing him next time out be it in an English or Irish 2000 Guineas.

Society Lion

Society Lion is a horse who I feel can possibly notch a couple of wins on the turf or all-weather at a lesser level than those horses previously mentioned. His dam Pavlosk has already produced the three-time winner in Derevo. By Invincible Spirit he looked a well-made fairly strong two-year-old prior to his debut at Newmarket. Unfortunately, not a lot went right for him on debut as he was slowly away from the stalls, appeared keen, and from my vantage point became unbalanced in the dip. He made no mistake on his return in a small Yarmouth maiden next time out – his only run since. He obviously learned a lot from his debut run and won going away with some authority. Currently rated 86.


Spring Of Love 

Spring of Love, a good-looking filly, appeared quite fit and well compared to her stablemate in the field. Her sire is Invincible Spirit plus her dam Desert Blossom bred by Sharmadal. 

I believe after witnessing this performance she can progress again. To my eyes she was traveling very well for much of the race even when her opponents were coming under pressure. She handled the dip well and although ran around a bit the final furlong went away again with her nearest rival the staying on Waliyak 1 ¼ lengths behind. It was suggested at the time she would be put away for one of the trials this year though obviously now one will have to wait and find out what the intentions are from Godolphin & Charlie Appleby


Top Rank 

Top Rank is the horse I have included that I have not seen in the flesh. This Dark Angel colt should be included as he was originally my first bet of the new season at a double-figure price for the cancelled Lincoln at Doncaster. Current rating 91. I was really taken with his debut at Lingfield. He had to race wide for most of the race showing greenness in the process however once he hit the straight this strong specimen picked up really well and ran on to win on debut. He has since gone on to win at Thirsk (got struck into) and Newmarket. It appears he is well suited to a galloping track, and although I have read the trainer sited him as a fragile sort, he also believes he has the making of a pattern horse therefore potentially leniently rated for handicaps.

Powerful Breeze 

I would have definitely have liked to include the Hugo Palmer trained Powerful Breeze as I saw her as a major player in the 1000 Guineas however one will now have to wait until the second half of the season as she suffered a setback at home. 

I would like to thank Simon for this guest post and beautiful photographs.  

Guest post: Simon@PaddockInspecto