Thursday 27 May 2021

Friday's Thoughts (28th May)

It’s been a while since I have posted but my good friend Jason Coote has been writing a few posts to keep the blog ticking over. It was nice to see one of my three-year-olds to follow Empress Josephine come with a late rattle to get up and win the 1000 Guineas on Sunday. I mentioned this horse in December when unraced after being given a few significant entries as a 2-year-old last season. A few trackers have come through so I will give my thoughts quickly.

14:00 Yarmouth 28 May 2021 

A few nice looking 2-year-olds here but I will be keeping an eye on NEW SCIENCE for the Charlie Appleby team. I think with a few trainers Charlie's 2-year-olds have looked in need of the experience so far this season looking at his handful of runners, it’s not surprising with everything that has happened lately. Dam Alta Lilea was a decent type for Mark Johnston back in 2012. Alta Lilea won first timeout over seven furlongs at Leicester on good to soft going, her best performance was the following season when finishing third in the Park Hill at Donny. Bred to want further in time this looks a good starting point for the Lope De Vega colt. Trainer Charlie thinks a fair bit of New Science and has a decent strike rate at Yarmouth so I’m expecting a bold show here if under 15/2. 

17:05 Fairyhouse (IRE) 28 May 2021 

The lucky last at Fairyhouse here, well I will be hoping it is anyway. Back to my 3-year-old trackers from last season, they have been a bit hit and miss to be honest and that’s something I will look at after this season ends. ULSTER BLACKWATER made a promising debut for Joseph O’Brien at Leopardstown three weeks ago. Easy to back that day and looked to be given a nice ride without getting too serious. Joseph thought a bit of this Camelot filly as a 2-year-old plus has group entries this year, I will be seriously disappointed if Ulster Blackwater can’t make the frame at least here. We do have a few unexposed horses so I won’t be going mad and hopefully I can get an each price but that could be wishful thinking on my behalf. 

18:45 Haydock 28 May 2021 

Richard Fahey’s horses have looked in need of the run too this season and he’s a trainer I can’t seem to catch but it has to happen one day, it’s a shame only seven run here. NEAT AND DANDY was slowly away at Ripon a fortnight ago in heavy ground. Looking back at the race It looks like the Dandy Man colt definitely had more to give but wasn’t given a hard time. The price could be the key and if under 9/2 I will expect a decent run here. The Haydock King Tom Dascombe also brings one here and another who will be expecting a bold show from Lordman if supported in the betting. Not the easiest race to read. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.


  1. Nice post, Craig. Unlucky with neat And Dandy.

  2. Thanks mate and yes thought was going to get back up for a minute. Thanks again


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