A late post today. I was just watching the evening meeting at Chelmsford, the main race the 5:15 had a blackout about 2 furlongs from the finish. Thankfully the jockeys and horses all finished off the race ok. The race was declared void, as the judge could not ascertain what the winner was. Watching the At The races footage, from the track they said that the horse they believe to have past the post in front was Florencio, but the race was void. It looks as though it is a mechanical fault with the floodlights. The remaining races have been called off. A real shame for racegoers and trainers, owners and jockeys at the track,as you don’t get paid when something like this happens !
Tomorrows racing looks quite competitive at the race meetings. Hopefully I can find a winner, pretty hard at the present at this time of year, but you have to remain positive !
Plenty of wet weather around at Wincanton . It’s a shame as I did fancy Verdana Blue , she wants fast ground. So I will watch her race at 3:00 with interest, it looks competitive. I will look at tonight’s evening meeting at Chelmsford for a winner, Monumental Man is consistent in the claiming grade at 6:30, he looks to have a good chance of winning again.
It is the last day of the flat on turf today at Doncaster. Some very open handicap races. Eirene could be OK on the soft ground and drop down in trip today, she has each way claims at 2:05.
Late blog today. I saw a couple of races earlier from Warwick and Fontwell, the heavens opened mid afternoon here in Guernsey. Strong winds also, not too sure how much rain is falling at tracks in the U.K. , so I will wait for the morning weather forecast in the morning, if I am going to have a bet. Looking at the later races this evening Mossy’s Lodge 7:15 is a course and distance winner, under lady rider Paula Muir he could get another win tonight, course form at the Northern track is very important.
I will try and give a free tip tomorrow. Hopefully it will be at generous odds, winners are pretty hard to find on the flat currently.
It was good to see Kalashnikov win his first run over fences today at Warwick 2:00. He jumped well in the main, slight peck at one fence down the back straight, but it pretty much went to plan I think, he looked as though he had a fair amount in hand.
Heavy rain at Nottingham, the ground has changed to soft, it looks as though it is hard work at the track. So looking for anything that has form with give in the ground is advised at the track. I think I will be watching only. Some quite good racing at Mussleburgh over jumps, Normal Norman won well last time, he should be hard to beat in the 1:50.
Hopefully followers backed the horses I mentioned on here yesterday. Zoffany Bay was a good winner at Plumpton yesterday, he jumps well, and can win again. I mentioned that I thought Cross Counter had a live chance in this mornings Melbourne Cup, given a good ride by Kerrin Mckevoy, he managed to win. An excellent result for Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin operation.
Looking at today’s cards, I see the ground is on the quicker side at Exeter (Jumping) today. Crooks Peak is short odds at 1:30, he looks the one to beat, but bit short to bet !
At Wolverhampton, I thought This Girl was the one they all have to beat in the 3:25. She ran well on her first run this season, and should be fine on today’s all weather surface.
Looking at today’s meetings, Hereford and Plumpton are both jumping, and Kempton twilight card is on the level. At Plumpton, where the ground looks like being pretty quick, Zoffany Bay has his second run over hurdles today at 1:30. He was a good second last time at Exeter, this flat winner jumped well on debut and would be my idea of the winner of this maiden hurdle. Kempton has some nice fillies running in the 4:30, it looks hard trying to split the pair Watheerah and Fabiolla, they both ran very good debut races, I slightly prefer the former, who has champion apprentice Jason Watson riding, he rode a Group 1 winner yesterday in Italy for Luca Cumani on God Given at Cappenelle.
Tomorrow morning is the Melbourne Cup in Australia, a number of horses from the UK and Ireland are trying to win the £2.3 million pot, Cross Counter is only 3, he must run well, although his draw is not ideal. With only 8 stone on his back, He has an excellent rider on top in Kerrin Mckevoy, who will be hoping to win the race again for his former employers Godolphin. It is a race that looks very open, 24 runners over 2 miles, you need a lot of luck in running, they race very tight in Australia, so the riders have to be brave !
Really pleased to get my subscribers a winner yesterday. Thistle Do Nicely 12:55 Wetherby was a ready winner, advised at 6/4, he was well backed into a shade of odds on.
Hopefully November can be a good month, October was a difficult month, it is tricky betting on the flat at the end of a long season, many horses are in need of a break, and can run well below par.
The Breeders Cup meeting at Churchill Downs last night was a good meeting for the horses from the UK. Enable won well last night under regular jockey Frankie Dettori, she is exceptionally good. Flamboyant Italian Dettori had earlier won the Breeders Cup Mile on Turf, on Expert Eye, he is trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket, and owned by the same owner as Enable, Khaled Abdullah from Saudi Arabia, so a real international bag !
Today racing looks pretty good in Ireland at Naas and Cork, where some strongly contested jump races, the 2:10, which is a Novice Chase will be a good race, Winter Escape has too find some improved form to beat likely favourite Robin De Foret, I think it will be a tight race. I was really impressed with Royal Illusion 4:25 Cork, she bolted in on her racecourse debut 19 days ago, she is short odds, but quite rightly so.
Looking at today’s racing. Some good competitive races at most of the tracks, a pretty normal Saturday. I try and give a free each way tip on a Saturday, as fields are quite small apart from Newmarket, I will try and give a free selection. I am looking at Newmarket 2:35, Mannal was a good winner last time, not each way price, but her stable are in top form, she will take a bit of beating.
At the Breeders Cup meeting, it was good to see Line Of Duty win last night, I mentioned him yesterday, he had to overcome a stewards inquiry. He was given a good ride by William Buick to win, his horse did bump the second, but it was almost on the winning line, and was clearly the best horse in the race. Tonight sees Enable at 8:56, she will be looking at following up from her recent win in France. It would be good to see her win again. The main race is the 9:44, the Breeders Cup Classic on dirt, as I am not familiar with dirt American form, it’s hard to know what wins. Catholic Boy would be my small investment if I have a bet.
A late post today. Looking at the Breeders Cup meeting tonight. The races are ultra competitive. I think Sergi Perkerov in the 7:21 sprint has a good chance for Aiden O’ Brian , he will get a fast pace to aim at. It is the warm up meeting tonight for tomorrow really, but great prize money on offer , somsome good horses on show. Charlie Appleby will be hoping Line Of Duty can handle loose turf conditions to win in the Mile two year old race, Anthony Van Dyk has a poor draw to overcome to try and win in the same race.
I will post more later.
Looking at tonight’s evening meeting at Wolverhampton. Some competitive races, the 7:15 is a fillies Novice Stakes. Dreaming Away has attracted some interest in the betting, she has been backed from 7/1 into 3/1, she must be well regarded, he trainer Simon Crisford has his horses in good shape. Sun Hat is another with a good chance for Crisford in the 8:15 race. October has been a hard month to back winners, a lot of big priced winners on the flat, and the jump race meetings are only just starting to get going.
Roll on November !