Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Bank = £5,675

No time at all today, a quick note to say i'm going for a Johnston double.

16:00 South Exemplary £400 win 7/2

Race comment:tracked leader, led after 3f, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out**6TH

16:30 South Coax £400 win 10/3

Race comment: close up, hampered after 1f and soon in rear, ridden 4f out, soon outpaced, switched wide 3f out, driven and kept on to snatch 4th post*4TH

Bank = £4,875

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Bank = £6,375

Short on time this morning, backed these two.

15:50 Bangor Sir ian £400 win 2/1

Race comment:tracked leader and keen, ridden to lead before 2 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened**5TH

16:20 Bangor Liberate £300 win 14/1

Race comment:held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened from 8th*6TH

Bank = £5,675

Friday, 25 March 2011

Bank = £5,025

Extremely bust betting day for me, lets hope this lot can boost the bank.

14:30 Lingfield Cristaliyev £250 win 14/1

I’m going to oppose the odds on favourite Dorothy’s dancing as plenty went in her favour when she won lto, race was run in a poor time and for me she doesn’t look like a natural sprinter. The selection has run in better company then he meets today, was unsuited to the trip lto. And didn’t look too appreciate the fibresand after fly jumping the start over 6f at Southwell the time before that. Ran some decent races last year and looked to have to scope to improve.
1st time out at Lingfield today but I think he’ll be well suited by the sharp nature of the track.
Not seen since last Nov but trainer can ready one and should go close in this company.
Race comment:held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong**4TH

15:15 Newbury Kasban £250 win 11/2

Useful on the flat and warming to his task over Hurdles, Showed a good attitude to win of the back of a break lto when responded well to win by 5 lengths over this trip. Will appreciate the good ground, and should handle the run in. Jockey takes of a useful 7lbs.

Race comment: prominent, led 3rd, headed after 5th, driven and every chance before 3 out, weakened approaching last**5TH

15:50 Newbury Bui Zhu £400 win 9/2

Made a good start 1st time over fences at Fontwell making all to finish 1st over 2m4 despite looking a little green at times. Well thought of by connections he was dropped straight into a competitive handicap over 2m6 here last November finishing 7 ¾ lengths back in 5th to some useful types. Probably given a bit too much to do that day sure to come on for that run and should appreciate the return to a smaller field here today. Dropped 2 lbs, Jumps well and is looks to be improving into a decent staying type. Should go well in this company.

Race comment:led, jumped well throughout, strongly challenged from 4 out, hard ridden 2 out, stayed on gamely under pressure, just held on**WON

16:00 Sedge Sitting Tenant £300 win 5/2

Useful over hurdles then off track after an injury. Took a fall on reappearance lto looked a little out of sorts(forgiven after 446 days off the track) Well bred sort and connections think he’s got big potential, step back today gives him an excellent chance. Trainer has an excellent record here in these events and I’ll take him to put in a bold bid against the like’s of Catch Bob who is a poor jumper and finished well back lto to today’s Odds on favourite Lightning rod(who I believe will struggle to see out this trip)

**Non runner

16:25 Newbury Alcade £400 win 11/2

Scopey sort who should relish the step up in trip today. Showed good speed travelling well to finish 1 length back round here last time out (lost a shoe that day). Was impressed by his attitude in what was a tough handicap debut and think he’ll come on for that run. Shrewd yard reports that he’s been schooling well, also Jockey is currently riding well which can be a big plus in these races.

Race comment:settled in mid-division, headway approaching when not fluent 3 out, stumbled and unseated rider after next

20:15 Wolv £350 win Liberty Lady 6/1

Backed this one lto, ran a good race and today’s step back will suit, this is tougher but looks to be improving and I was pleased enough with her last run so will go in again.

Race comment:in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish**4TH


Bank = £6,375

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Bank = £5,525

Nothing to get to excited about today, but I’ve found a couple I like the look of.

15:00 Exeter Call to arms £300 win 9/1

Finished 2nd over this trip at Bangor last November. Was too keen throughout and possibly found the going too soft that day, Much improved lto over 2 miles at Catterick, settled for most of the race (idled slightly in places) and jumped notably well finishing 2 nd to the progressive Mark Twain. Running style should suit this track and should appreciate the better ground today. Well thought of by connections, still improving and if Donald devereux can keep him focused early on should go close in this company.

Race comment:held up in touch on inside, headway to track leaders when blundered 4th, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next**6TH

16:40 Southwell Liberty green £200 win 14/1

A decent sprinter, she has put in some good times to win twice and place once over this distance at Lingfield. A quirky sort and a good break is key as she needs to race up front. Missed the break lto and showed signs of temperament, driven form a long way out to end up ½ a length back from the winner. 1st time cheekpieces should help her to focus. Interesting to see the switch to fibresand, pedegree suggests see has a good chance of taking to the surface. Is not afraid to battle, and if in the mood I think can be capable of a big race today.

Race comment:chased winner, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out**4TH

Bank = £5,025

Monday, 21 March 2011

Bank = £6,175

14:10 Kelso Quel Elite £250 win 12/1

Wyse hill teabags is improving and deserves to be favourite for this, Won a weak race over 2m4 at Musselburgh last month, flattered by that form as the race was run at a false pace with nothing else getting into it besides the exposed Moon Indigo who was racing under a penalty, ran well here over today’s distance lto to finish 8 ¼ lengths back in 3rd. Should run a big race today but for me could do with further especially at a track like Kelso.
And the man is also improving, hacked up lto over 2m4 at Ayr, step back is not the natural progression for me, and I’m not convinced Kelso will suit his style.
Quel Elite caught the eye lto in a decent enough race over 2m3 at Catterick, The race was run at a good pace throughout and selection looked a little green, given an easy time on the run in but despite this ran on strongly in the towards the end, should settle for that run and shaped as if the step back would suit. With the predicted slow pace I’d like to see a change in tactics today with the selection up at the front under the useful Paddy Aspell. Trainer can land them at bigger odds and for me the selection who looks a fairly decent type was sandbagging lto and could be aimed at this race today.

Update:Wyse hill teabags won comfortably, Selection should have a race in him and after showing his true colours today I like to see him stepped up to 2m4f

Race comment: mid-division, pushed along and outpaced from 6th, kept on from 2 out, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner**2ND

15:50 Wolves Tornado force £400 win 9/2

Was impressed by the way he looked and travelled when winning over c+d lto, making all to beat some useful looking sorts. Has decent pedigree, is well suited to this distance and yard are in good form. A nice scopey sort looks every inch a stayer and still improving. The rest all have doubts for me, I’ll take this one lead from the front and win well today.

Update: Will keep an eye on this one, Should be more effective over further.

Race comment: tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace**3RD

Bank = £5,525

Friday, 18 March 2011

Busy day so will have to keep these write up’s brief

Bank £4,875

Cheltenham 1:30 £350 win Unaccompanied 7/1

Only her third run over hurdles, won impressively on first two starts, the second being a Grade one event. Both won over softer ground then today, but watching her action suggests to me she’ll have no problem with the quicker conditions and has won on good ground on the flat. A nice type with huge potential gets a 7lb Fillies allowance and I expect a bold run today.

Race comment: mid-division, steady headway when not much room approaching 2 out, tracked leaders going well between last 2, not much room again and switched left to challenge last, soon ridden and chased winner, kept on flat, always held**2ND

15:05 Old English £400 win 5/1

Travelled well when sent off odds on over 7f at Southwell in Feb, would have gone close if not for being hampered. Showed a good attitude lto over a mile here,again travelled well but caught out by the extra furlong so today’s step back should suit. Should be plenty of pace in this and if getting a position in behind the leaders I think he’ll appreciate the tow coming of the final turn in the hands of Kieren Fallon. A well bred sort should be capable of a big run in this company.

Race comment: soon led, made rest, ridden over 1f out, just held on, driven out**WON

Cheltenham 15:20 Midnight Chase £350 win 14/1

Will relish the good ground which could be key today. Loves it round here, been really impressed with the way he travels and Tom Scudamore rides well from the front. Face’s tougher opposition then ever today, but I think he’s still improving and has shown a great attitude, should run a big race today.

Race comment: led to 12th, tracked leaders, pushed along 14th, lost place 16th, outpaced 4 out, no impression from next**5TH

Returns £2000

Bank = £6,175

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Update: quick update to say that I've had another £200 on Midnight strider at 8/1 now Erinjay is a NR.

15:45 Towcester Gifted leader £400 win 7/1

Has shown signs of ability and has raced in much better company then he meets today, Not as bad a bare result suggested lto travelled well and given easy time on run in when jockey recognised he was beaten. Was outclassed two starts prior to that over 2m1 and 2m3. Ran well and finished one paced over 2 miles to finish 2nd at Haydock last Nov finding one too good in the persistent Rio Gael. Does finish one paced so today’s race could be well suited as I predict there will be a distinct lack of pace throughout, with the exception of l’eldorado who I expect to make all, L’eldorado won lto over 2m1 at Market Rasen, that was against very weak opposition (was unchallenged virtually the whole way) on a track suited too his running style. I think he need further then today’s trip and will get found out by the selection on the run in.
Kadoushki is not the horse he once was, only just held on in a very weak affair at Sandown lto so one to oppose for me, Can’t see anything else getting involved, and the trip, pace and circuit all look to be in the selections favour today.

Update: Ran a shocker!

Race comment: held up mid-division, one pace in 5th when jumped left 2 out**5th

18:15 Wolves Midnight Strider £250 10/1

Don’t normally get involved in these races but I can’t ignore the fact this one is 10/1.
Not straightforward by any means put does respond well when asked. Goes well round here won twice and placed twice in six starts two wins have come over today’s trip. Has looked a little awkward in bigger fields previously and will appreciate the smaller field here. His best runs have been when he gets the rail early, which today’s inside draw should help him achieve. Can forgive last two starts as he was ridden the wrong way,(held up instead of racing prominently and preferably needs to be covered up.) Dubai Miracle will have his supporters but has looked ungenuine and for me is better over shorter. Erinjay rate’s the main danger, but may prefer the pace a little stronger then he gets today.

Race comment:led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, stayed on**2nd

Bank = £4,875

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I good day out at Cheltenham yesterday, but of course It could have been better.

The bookies won the battle yesterday but I will win the war.

Bank = £7,575

13:30 Cheltenham Major Malarkey £250 win 25/1

Trainer seems to have got this one right over fences now, travelled well when winning comfortably off the back of a break at Chepstow last November. That wasn’t a particularly strong race but what caught my eye the most was his impressive jumping. Forgiven for next run at Bangor put in a solid effort to finish 3rd, was under a penalty and turned out too quickly. Finished 1st in a competitive race over 3 miles at Newbury last Dec, again travelled and jumped well, put in a gutsy effort at the last and shaped like a stayer (which he is bred too be). Forgiven for his last run when pulled up at Haydock as was clearly unsuited by the testing conditions that day. A nice type and will appreciate the firmer ground here today, useful amateur jockey, is another plus.

Race comment:tracked leaders until unseated rider 3rd

14:05 Cheltenham Oscars well £400 win 4/1

Very impressive when winning lto beating useful types including Zaidpour. Should go a decent gallop in this which for me will only help the selection as I think he’ll find a lot of these out up the hill. The big question is whether he’ll cope with the quicker ground but looking at his action suggest to me he should. Very nice sort who looks to be improving and I’ll take him to put in a bold run today.

Race comment: raced keenly, held up mid-division on inside, headway 3 out, led going well approaching next, narrow advantage when blundered badly and headed last, not recover and no impression flat**4th

16:00 Cheltenham Tiger O’Toole £200 e/w 25/1

Improving son of Kings Theatre (Decent sire record at this track 15 winners from 89 runners) Good ground is key to this horse, gets that today and will appreciate the strong pace if covered up. Was impressed by his run when winning at Ascot lto, ran on strongly reeling in Lough derg to beat some useful types, the way he dealt with the run in that day suggests to me he’ll cope with the hill and the step up in trip today.
Good e/w claims.

Race comment:always behind, outpaced when blundered 3 out**20th

19:50 Kempton Sunset Kitty £400 win 9/4

Improving sort, caught the eye when she won well lto at Wolves despite having a bit to do on the turn, Lightly raced, should cope with the smaller field and 7f looks to be her trip, trainer tends to target these sorts at this time of year, the rest are all exposed, and for me this one looks well handicapped going into this.

Race comment:chased winner, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out**4th

20:20 Kempton Colebrooke £300 win 3/1

Twin Soul looks to be the main danger, but for me she has been be flattered by her form so far as the her last two races were weak affairs, and the extra 6 lbs could find her out, seemingly improving but one to oppose for me. I’m going with the Johnson runner Colebrooke, far from disgraced in last two outings off the back of a break unexposed at this trip and improving, may try to set a muddling pace which with his running style could be an advantage.

Race comment: chased leader until 9f out, settled in 3rd, ridden to dispute 2nd from 2f out, upsides and every chance 1f out, one pace in 3rd final 110 yards**3rd

Sunset Kitty + Colebrooke £100 Double

Bank £5,725

Update: The last two days have been brutal with me dropping £3650 almost half my bank, I always go in heavy at the festival and have done well by it in the past but clearly I have made some serious errors of judgement so far this year. What was particularly frustrating were the two poor runs tonight at Kempton. However i'm not one for hard luck stories and i'm far from done yet, may take a break tommorow as i've had thorough look through the cards and nothing stands out yet.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Here we go then, off to Cheltenham this morning, all preperatiions are in place so now it's just a case of getting there, enjoying a good few drinks the forcast good weather and the top class racing.
These are the one's i'll be backing today.
Again apologies for the lack off write up's but this morning has been hectic and I've got to dash off soon.

Good luck to everyone who's playing today.

Bank = £9,375

13:30 Recession proof £350 win @ 9/1

Race comment:tracked leaders on inside, lost place 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace**5th

Magans Star £300 win @ 18/1

Race comment:tracked leader, led narrowly after 1st, headed 3rd, with leader, led again briefly before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened**13th

14:40 The Rainbow Hunter £250 win @ 25/1

Race comment:mid-division, ridden and weakened 4 out**12th

Slippers percy £200 win @ 50/1

Race comment:mid-division, hampered 3rd, blundered 12th, behind from next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out

15:20 Oscar Whisky £350 win @ 9/1

Race comment: tracked leaders, hit 2nd and 3rd, led narrowly 2 out, soon ridden and headed, demoted to 3rd last, stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair **3rd

16:00 Maljimar £350 win @ 11/2

Race comment: held up behind, headway and in touch 24th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace under pressure flat**4th

Bank = £7,575

Monday, 14 March 2011

A quick update to say I decided to take a break last week after a turbulant start to the month. I spent the time preparing for the festival and will hopefully cash in as a result!, It's going to be a challenging few days as i'm likely to be turning over around 5k.



Saturday, 5 March 2011

No time for a write up but I like the look of these two.

Bank £6,775

Kelso 15:05 Pokfulham £400 win 9/2

Race comment: held up in mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, soon chasing leaders, led after last, hard ridden, stayed on well**WON

Kempton 16:00 Trooper Clarence £400 win 2/1

Race comment:prominent, settled in 3rd from 2nd, closed 7th, challenging when left in lead 4 out, drew clear from 2 out, eased towards finish**WON

Returns: £3,400

Bank = £9,375

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Very busy today, I’m off to Southwell so I’ll have to keep the write up’s brief.

Bank = £8,075

14:10 Southwell Unwrapit £500 win 4/1

Believe her to have ability for reasons outlined in my post when I backed her a couple of weeks ago. Keeping the faith with this one, Still believe She’s well handicapped and could be right their in this company, Tendency to hang but get’s the headgear fitted for first time today and small field is also a bonus.

Race comment:with winner, taken to race wide after 2f, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong**3RD

14:40 SouthwellNew Latin £400 win 11/4

In a race lacking any strength and depth, for me this one looks a far better type then the rest. Was impressed with his attitude Lto and the switch to 7f should suit. Fully expect this one to win well for new yard.

Race comment: pressed winner until ridden 3f out, switched left over 2f out, soon no impression, just held on to 2nd:2ND

16:40 Southwell Final Salute £400 win 4/1

Goes well round here and won well over c+d last month
Attrition will have his supporters after winning over c+d last month, flattered by that form as he had an easy time of it and the step up in class should find him out, Relatively unexposed and should make all but i'll take the selection who looks a better type to reel in attrition on the home straight.

Race comment: tracked leader until over 3f out, ridden and hung right 3f out, kept on one pace**5TH

Bank = £6,775

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A frustating week so far, but I'm taking these two to reline the pockets today.

Bank £8,875

Wolverhampton 17:30 Khanivorous £400 win 8/1

Showed a good attitude to win a maiden over 7f at Kempton on third start back in Nov 09, that wasn’t a particularly strong race, however He caught the eye on that occasion as he looked to have plenty of scope to improve physically. Reappeared last December over 8f, shaped as if needing the run but certainly looked to have put on physical improvement. 1st time visor looked to have sharpened him up, when putting in a good effort finishing 1 ¾ lengths back to the useful Chilli Green over 1 mile at Kempton back in January, travelled strongly and faded in the final furlong, Returned to 7f lto at Southwell to finish 4 ¼ lengths back, travelled well but looked unsuited to the surface. Looks like a fairly decent type and for me 7 furlongs is his distance, yard does well at this time of year and is currently going well, Mathew Davis know's his way round here and the booking by connections is significant. Plenty of pace anticipated pace which I think will suit if he gets a position just behind the leaders, One or two other interesting runners, Coolminx has good turf form but holds plenty of question marks coming into this and is probably better suited to 6f.. Avonrose has shown ability, but placed on last five starts and looks to have a poor attitude and I think she’s outclassed. The selection looks relatively unexposed and appears to have been aimed at this race today, so I fully expect a bold bid.

Update:mid-division, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure on outside to chase leaders inside final furlong**4TH

Kempton 18:40 Jungle Bay £400 win 7/1

Not usually a race I’d get involved in but I’ve been following this one closely, and I’m convinced he will win races this year.Brought over from France last December and is well thought of by connections. Has good form in France, put in decent efforts and times against better types then he meets today, mostly racing over 1 mile. Was a little unsettled on first two starts for new yard. Showed he was acclimatising when finishing 1 ¼ lengths back to Rubenstar over 7f at lingfield last month, that was despite being badly hampered and getting pushed out slightly on the final turn. He then finished 1 3/4 lengths back lto to the useful Norville over 6f despite a poor position getting caught up on the rail, I think he found Lingfield a little on the sharp side. Should be in no danger of getting outpaced in this company and if produced earlier then on previous occasions he’ll make full use of the run in here at Kempton. A nice type with a good pedigree this looks an excellent opportunity.

Update:reared start, in touch, pushed along halfway, hung right over 2f out, weakened soon after**8th

Bank = £8,075

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Bank = £9,275

Struggling to find anything in the way of betting opportunities of late.

Found one for today.

15:10 Lingfield Epsom Salts £400 win 5/1

Stays 2miles and handles the surface well. shaped as if needing the run Lto finishing 4 lengths back over 10f. Shrewd trainer who knows how to place his horses looks to have found him a good opportunity as he should appreciate a predicted steady pace and the smaller field here today, the last run having him ready for today’s step up in trip. Jockey take’s off 5lbs and works well with the trainer. On best form should comfortably beat the rest of these the main danger for me being Satwa Gold, I’ll oppose him today as he’s never shown his best at Lingfiled and has looked a little out of sorts on last few runs.
Got the 5/1 earlier, money has come in, but noticed Hugh Taylor has also put it up!

Update: Frustating day, despite travelling the strongest, the selection was given a very poor ride denying it a way through.

Race comment:held up in touch in rear, going well when nowhere to go over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders**3RD

Bank = £8,875