23 June 2018

Update:

Mac Tottie 2.00 Perth looks as though he could be tough to oppose today.  I am interested to see if he wins, he was 2nd to Linganno Felice when he won on Linganno’s second win at Market Rasen.

Iain Jardine has told my wife and father in law their horse is in good shape, and pencilled in for 21st July for the Summer Hurdle (handicap) .

Cant find a winner at Royal Ascot yet !

 

23 June 2018

Nice to get a winner for my subscribers 13 WINNERS this month from 20 bets advised.  Savaanah who I advised at 11/8 (without Fav) yesterday am, was a cosy winner 7.15 Wetherby.  She handled the quick ground well, and was given a confident ride by Adam Mcnamara.  He is a young jockey who is not really getting enough chances at the moment, good vaue for his 3lb allowance.

 

I will do an update message later and try and give followers a free each way tip in at Royal Ascot.  The meeting is so tough to try and back winners at, that is why I lower my sights and look at the other meetings, like yesterday !

More later.

21 June 2018

Frankie Dettori was at his supreme best yesterday.  His ride on Stradivarius was brilliant.  He may be 47, but he seems to be riding as well as ever, at Ascot he is so good.

Today is as it has been over the previous days, very difficult to pick a winner !

It is interest betting only for me.  I can see the Ballydoyle maestro Aiden O’Brian having another good day.  Just Wonderful has been heavily backed this morning, she is from an excellent family.  Ryan Moore has opted to ride her, so it looks as though she is expected to be the best of the O’Brian fillies. I hope Invincible Army can run his usual consistent race in the 3:40. This horse is totally genuine, he has won 2/6 of his last 8 starts, with good runs on the other four starts, finishing 2nd in all four !

More tomorrow.

21 June 2018

Late with my blog post today.  I just walked in to the house to see the 3:40 at Royal Ascot.  Magic Wand whom I backed in the Oaks, bounced back to form on the faster surface today, she didn’t perform to her best when 4th at Epsom.  It just shows once again what an exceptional trainer Aiden Obrian is.  He is on another level to the majority of trainers, John Gosden is obviously a brilliant trainer, but sadly my old boss Saeed Bin Suroor is struggling to find a winner at the meeting.  Charlie Appleby on the other hand has been doing well this season.  Having left the Godolphin team almost 7 years ago myself, it was sadly on the slow slope down then, and currently does not look like getting back to the great days of the late 90’s and early millennium years! Another Daylami, Fantastic Light or Doyen is badly needed.  I hope Saeed can find one, the best horse during my time with the blue team was Dubai Millenium.  He was an absolute machine, but horses like him only come along once !

20 June 2018

Another difficult day ahead for punters, especially at Royal Ascot.  Cracksman drops back 2f today for the Group 1 Prince Of Wales Stakes, he won over 12f last time at Epsom.  He only just got up that day, having looked beaten at one stage.  But really good horses always seem to find a bit extra, even when possibly slightly not at their best.  I think he is around 4/7 to win.  I think I would rather back than lay !

Frankie Dettori was at his best yesterday at Ascot.  He really seems to ride the track so well.  The Gosden/ Dettori combination looks really strong this week, Cracksman today and Stradivarius is running in the Gold Cup, he should run well, but Order Of St George may have something to say about winning !

19 June 2018

Today is the first day of Royal Ascot.  Lots of very good horses performing.  It is always very difficult to back a winner at the prestigious meetings, as everything is trying !

Todays first race looks a good one.  Rhododendron will start likely favourite for this race, she will be primed for the race by her brilliant trainer Aiden O’Brian.  If I was having an interest bet in it, Lightning Spear is a bit of value each way at around 8/1.

More tomorrow.

18 June 2018

Fairly quiet day, I fancied one at Carlisle who was 4th.  Gearing up for Royal Ascot , starts tomorrow, it is a great meeting.  A lot of bubbles will burst this week !

Looking at football later, England should get a win, hopefully it can be decent performance.  It is vital to get a good start in such an important tournament, although Germany lost 1-0 yesterday.  I still think they will raise performance levels and qualify, but they did show yesterday that maybe they are not a team to be afraid of, a number of players are not as quick as they were, It is wide open the tournament, hopefully we can get a win and then try and think of our next opponent.

17 June 2018

A few big priced winners yesterday at many meetings.  Franny Norton was the man to follow at Chester, he bagged a three timer.  He is a very good rider, nobody rides Chester as well as him, he has been tactically brilliant for a few seasons at the tight track.

Chester is so unique, a lot of horses find the turns very difficult, it helps if you have a horse that is a strong traveller.  I was lucky enough to ride a winner at Chester for Denys Smith as an apprentice, it was quite a few years ago.  My old guvnor Denys  was a very good man to ride for, he never put pressure on you, orders were usually similar- on whatever you rode, he liked his horses to be ridden fairly close to the pace.  He was a good trainer of Flat horses or Jumpers.

He was a good trainer of jockeys as well.  When I was apprenticed to him we had Alan Dickman, Chris Grant, Andrew Stringer all riding the jumpers, all very good riders, and Pat Kelleher as senior jockey on the flat, with Robert Sidebottom, Chris Olivier, Paul Sedgwick and myself, all apprentices trying to get rides on the flat, competition was strong !

Racing has changed so much, Richard Hughes wrote an excellent article in the Racing Post last Saturday.  He said how hard it was for trainers currently trying to manage staff, and also keep staff on a full time basis.

I recently visited Newmarket, I was on the Heath watching the horses training,  and was shocked by some of the staff riding out, a lot of good riders riding, but a lot of very poor riders as well.  I think something has to be done with the racing schools. I am not totally sure of how long school leavers attend the British racing school in Newmarket when they join, it used to be around six weeks.  But you don’t scratch the surface in that amount of time, the problem is youngsters do the six weeks, and start work in one of the racing stables, and think they can do the job.  I am not sure what the answer is to make a positive adjustment, but 6 months rather than 6 weeks may be a starting point !

 

16 June 2018

Another Saturday that looks very difficult ! Racing is oso competitive today, as expected. I like to try and give a free selection on Saturday’s, something with a little bit of value in one of the handicaps.

Todays free selection is as follows:

Horse: Citron Major

Time: 3:35 York

Current Odds: 9/1 ew

Worth a few of the hard earned cash each way.  Track bias at York in sprints can be crucial.  It is always advantageous to come from where the pace is generous, when riding a horse that is a tad keen, especially over 6f, and likes to finish off its race strong, Citron Major fits the ‘finisher’ profile.  This is a strong race, numerous horses with chances, I just think my selection is improving, plus a good 3lb claimer riding.  Of rivals, Staxton has had a run, that was 59 days ago, his stable are flying now, so he can be in the mix, Bengali Boys has top weight, he is another with a good claimer on.  I feel old when I see the name Sebastian Woods, he is the son of Wendyl Woods, who was a good flat jockey, his uncle Sean was riding when I was, good guy who rode plenty of winners, and was a very successful trainer in the U.K. and Hong Kong.