Monday, 28 October 2013

This is how Monday Looks....

So all Racing in England has been Caped off with some just some egg n spoon stuff going on in Ireland although if you really need a bet today then RULE THE WORLD is my NAP >....see ya soon ;-)

.....BooooM 1st @ 2.42 ;-)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Joys of 5am >>..

Yes for some unfathomable reason i got up with the larks this morning and not feeling that great for it tbh but hey ho...
Last big hurrah for the Flat Season today as we have the Final Group race of the Year in the form of the Racing Post Trophy which for many is a pre cursor to next years Classic hopes as previous winners have included the likes St Nicholas Abbey , Camelot , Motivator and Authorised so as a blue riband event this is a quite an important one,
The race itself has been a safe haven for Favourites over the last 10 years with many and not all at short prices although 99/00 and 05/06 were rather anomalous years in the sense that both of these year coupling's resulted in big double figure odds winners but that def is not the norm although that said this year could see a big priced anomalous winner as this looks quite wide open.

So what to do today?..well i think as Time is of a premium today i would just pick out four of todays biggest races and have a look at them...

RACE 1 : Galiway / Piping Rock - 1st @ 3.98 ( & 2nd @ 3.65 )

Worthington's Whizz Kids Stakes (Registered As The Horris Hill Stakes) (Group 3) (Str)

..This is a nice looking race for the 2 yr olds and although it lacks the prestige or the class of the Racing Post Trophy its still a decent enough race in its own right and we do have a couple of above average young uns in the field.
Firstly we have to mention PIPING ROCK from Hannon , this strapping Dubawi Colt hacked up in Heavy going lto and will have no problems with this ground today, its form is rock solid having smashed Hartnel to pieces lto and that franked the form by smashing up a good field from the front yesterday , so it has the going, loves the trip , can quicken off any pace and more pertinently can do it on this bog like ground and does look to have a bit of class so has to be the winner right?..
Well im not so sure , as im very wary when Fabre sends a lone raider over from France and today we get to see GALIWAY an unbeaten ( onced raced ) son of Galileo and with Peslier taking the reigns i have to give this every chance without ever actually seeing it run but i dont think he would send a horse over if it wasnt capable of running to at least 105 and that alone would put him in the mix....if he can run beyond that and prove really good then the Win beckons however it is a tall ask for such a young and inexperienced runner but not beyond its grasp imo.
TBF without these two runners this is nothing more than a good Grade 3 Hcap and you can pick any one of five or 6 that will be winning or in this case running for places so i feel its pointless looking elsewhere and at the odds the only bet i think worth considering is a WIN Dutch.


Full Result

1st (7)10 Piping RockR Hannon28-12P J Dobbs3/1
In touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon hung left, ran on strongly opened 7/2
2nd (3)GaliwayA Fabre28-12O Peslier5/2f
In touch, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never reached winner opened 15/8 touched 11/4
3rd (8)¾Day Of ConquestR Hannon28-12J Fortune25/1
Prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace



Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap)

..This looks a very strong renewal with quite a few having very strong claims but none more so than WISHFUL THINKING if fully fit and ready to go, 2nd in this last year and a previous CD Winner this is imo the Class in the race but has been beset with training isues which is a shame as its my beleif that if this could have been kept tip top and without its breathing problems then this would have been one of the greats....
WALKON offers a huge threat to this as this up n comer has it all pretty much , Can race on any ground from Good to Heavy , loves the trip ( also a C & D winner ) has pace and stays on strong, jumps usually very well and will be in the van all the way round.
The only other really worth considering here is EDGARDO SOL but the PN inmate has been a bit disappointing at times and none more so than i had backed it heavily to win the Game Spirit but was comfortably beaten by Wishful Thinking > for me the jury is out although i would not be at all surprised if this run a big race.
Best " Outsider " is imo Carrickboy ( currently 30/1 ) , this long striding sort by Silver Patriarch loves the softer going, stays and can jump like a stag when in the mood and has generally contested at the higher levels and with a good deal of success but is prone to a stinker or two and some lazy habitual jumps...if he is in the mood he could run a very tidy race and could be good for a trade.
* I will also be having a For profit Saver on Walkon and a trade on Carrickboy as i feel that all these combined should return a nice profit.


Full Result

1stConquistoS Gollings811-0A P McCoy17/2
Tracked leaders, switched right after 2 out, led last, driven out opened 8/1
2ndAstracad (FR)N A Twiston-Davies710-5 tS Twiston-Davies4/1
Led, hit 2 out, driven and headed last, held flat, stayed on opened 9/2
3rd1Viva Colonia (IRE)B Ellison810-4Danny Cook16/1
Held up in rear, headway approaching 11th, went 3rd after last, stayed on, unable to get on terms with front pair opened 14/1
4th511 Mr Moonshine (IRE)Mrs S J Smith910-4Ryan Mania8/1
Tracked leader, ridden after 3 out, lost 2nd before last, no extra flat opened 10/1
5th11Oiseau de Nuit (FR)C L Tizzard1111-8 tJ Tizzard28/1
Mid-division, blundered 9th, soon behind, stayed on approaching last, no chance with leaders opened 25/1
6th6Wishfull ThinkingP J Hobbs1011-10 tR Johnson7/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, hampered 2nd, jumped right and mistake 4th, mistake 7th, switched right and progress before 12th, bumped 4 out, awkward and weakened 2 out opened 6/1 £2800-£400


RACE 3 VALBCHEK EW - Unplaced ( this is in the Bin now )

Bet Through The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap5f

  • (3yo+, 5f, Class 2, 20 runners)

Yes you know i hate these 20 runner magic pin fuckface luckfested shitbox races...however there is a runner here today that for my sins i will be giving ONE FINAL CHANCE to shine!!!...and that horse is VALBCHEK , two years ago this was touted by me as a future classic winner but has been hit with training problems, injuries and various other setbacks so has been both disappointing and lightly raced but has shown an improved attitude on its last couple of runs...actually no it hasnt im deluding myself this animal is a rascal...but it did run with some promise lto and although just 6th was still only beaten by less than 3L and was checked / hampered in the final 1f afetr a tardy start this had to be pushed along at half way then it found its desire and was fairly charging towards the end and with a clear run could have possibly snatched it and now with Ryan Moore riding instead of Father Ted i am expecting a much improved run and performance and i think this is a very good EW bet ( 12/1 ) .

STEPS is an obvious danger as this has been in sparkling form and there are a host of other runners that can all turn in a winning run on the day if in the mood so this bet at best is speculative and at worst it is downright just has to be done.
Best Outsider is imo Tangerine Trees , the winner of last years Abbeye has the ability and is weighted to win if he can return to anywhere near that sort of form...for a punt i think you will def get a good run for your money at big odds ( 32/1 ).


Full Result

1st (16)19 DungannonA M Balding68-11 (+1) bOisin Murphy (5)16/1
opened 20/1
2nd (3)½Hawkeyethenoo (IRE)J S Goldie79-8G Lee16/1
opened 20/1
3rd (12)nk16 Harrison George (IRE)P J O'gorman89-0 tG Gibbons33/1
4th (17)21 Pearl Blue (IRE)C F Wall58-9T E Durcan10/1


RACE 4 : PINZOLO EW - Unplaced - ( The whole race was Garbage )

Racing Post Trophy (Group 1)

..This as previously mentioned looks a very tough renewal with so many having chances obvious or otherwise.
KINGSTON HILL created a very good impression lto winning in soft ground and beating good yardstick Oklahoma City quite comfortably and will surely be the one to beat however there are a raft of quality in opposition and i feel this is worth taking on today.
SOMEWHAT has to get a mention as this is imo the form choice  , this stays , likes the ground and can quicken , although slightly like a students flat ( unfurnished ) this big gangly sort does enjoy getting his toe in.
Century created a big impression when winning very well fto and this will be a leading player although i dont think any of the AoB trio are currently world beaters and will be over bet or under priced and are best left alone.
PINZOLO is a runner i feel could be a bit special and does have the X-Factor , this won very well lto beating a very good runner in Red Galileo who then went onto frank the form by winning its next race by 4L , Pinzolo himself had a lot to do in its race when still 2L down in 3rd well inside the 1f but ran on very strong , this looks a tough ride but also looks very classy.

Best Outsider has to be SNOW SKY , this won its egg n spoon maiden by 11L in Heavy ground and looked very very nice and if the ground cuts up thru the afternoon then this has a major chance of causing a shock , This big son of Nayef will outstay most if not all of these if it becomes a grind....interesting.

If the ground was good or better then i would be on Somewhat EW however as the ground is riding soft then will be having two EW's on Pinzolo and Snow Sky.



Some cracking racing on today , bets on , drink ready...sit back and relax..and Good Luck.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Wonder of Wednesday >>

Morning Race Fans ,
                               Not much happening this week to be honest as the flat season grinds to a halt , the rain is pouring and the NH season slowly builds up a pace where we have a lot of hurdlers trying to chase , some proving they still have the same ability and all really have to prove or show there fitness.

So for today where not much is really happening i have decided to look at the Fav's at Newmarket and try and explore any worthwhile betting opportunities >>..


RACE 1 : FRAY @ 3.1 - BACK - 1st @ 2.84
A nice Champs Elysee sort with easily the best form of those that have run ( still not that strong tho )  in a fairly weak looking maiden for HQ this would have to be a back but in reality is a watcher , when the fav has done little and there seems little opposition its just not worth getting involved.

RACE 2 : MUTTAKAYEF @ 5.1 - BACK - 2nd ( hit 1.20 IR )
Another Maiden and this ism a big priced Fav in a field with many very well bred sorts but none more so than the Fav being by See The Stars however this is nowhere near being the most expensive as one of the two New Approach Colt's cost £460,000 and could also be very useful.
Punting wise i would say the Fav is a good bet ot BTL at the odds as it should hit 3.65 or similar as long as it takes a strong position early on but this is another where its a bit of a guess here as so many look on paper at least to have an equal chance.
*BACK - BTL - 

RACE 3 : SUDDEN WONDER 1.96 - LAY - 1st @ 1.79 ( Easy )
Only a small 4 runner field where only 3 have a realistic chance of winning and the two against the Fav have a solid chance , Cape Wrath Won on Soft going over a similar trip at Newbury and will be a major player whilst Nobel Metal although beaten last two runs since his Maiden Win it must be pointed out that they were in very competitive Listed/Pattern races and he will find this considerably easier so at odds on the Fav has to be a LAY.


Thats it for today >> some hoovering to do ;-)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Well here we are..its SATDEE..>

Well its been a Fun Year for the Flat season , Dawn Approach tried and failed at being the new Frankel, Ruler of the World won a sub standard Derby and has ruled nothing since , Toronado and Sky Lantern both ran as expected , Talent won a fairly good Oaks and Leading Light romped away in yet another poor classic, Camelot was disappointing ( now retired ) , Lethal Force was superb ( now retired ) and we have a new WR cost for a yearling > £5,600,00.00 ....bonkers stuff as Coolmore and the Sheiks go toe to toe...With the sires Dubawi come good on the soft , Invincible Spirit was great with it Firm and the new kid on the block is most definitely Mastercraftsman however as we saw last year its difficult being great every year as Ravens Pass and New Approach have done little this term so hopefully Sea The Stars will give us some Stars as 3 yr olds next term...Maybe we might even have a little star from Avonbridge ??..who knows?!..*wink wink*.
So this season ( for me at least ) comes to a crashing halt tmrw but it does go out with a bang as we have the much lauded Champions Day and some stars out on show for one last hurrah and this is being aided by the beginning of the NH season proper as we go into day 2 of the Cheltenham meeting so i have decided that instead of doing a single card in full i will cover both meetings but in lite form as i just dont have enough hours in the day to do everything the way i would like.

RACE 1 : ASCOT 1345 : ESTIMATE - Unplaced ( A terrible race tactically as Harris Tweed stacks them all up on dead ground and fails by a nose to hang on to the King that is Johnny Murtagh )
The Long Distance Cup to start off proceedings which is a fantastic way to start , Estimate will be many peoples favourite for this and rightly so for many reasons as this has done nothing wrong , had two races this term and won them both very well ( The Sagaro Stakes and the Ascot Gold Cup ) and with the ground getting softer his undoubted stamina will come to the fore and this is gteed to be in the shake up come the final 1-2f and has every right and every chance of winning but is just a bit short at 2.98.
Ahzeemah is a very interesting sort, very rarely out of the top 2 , stays the trip very well , loves the ground and is another gteed to give its running but i do think this runs a bit slow for the grade and does lack a bit of class and this makes it vulnerable and even at 9.2 im not tempted although i may put a lower price in the run for a lay say around 5.6 and 3.85 as this may flatter to deceive again. ( Hit 3.80 )
Times Up is running right up to his very best and is another that if in the same mood could surprise with it being a surprise and at 16.5 certainly does make a good bit of EW value as this will be storming home when others have cried enough. ( BFSP 29.30 and hit 3.50 )
Harris Tweed is just below the level on show given the race make up and the Irish Duo look over rated imo although useful but no better than group 3 / Group 2 Hcaps.
Saddlers Rock has my fav Irish jockey on D P McDonogh ( i have said this before but you guys really should be following him, he picks up a lot of loose rides and gets big priced winners ) who i think has now nabbed the stable retainer for John Oxx ( canny move ) and even tho this is the rank outsider this will def be getting some money from me at big odds to trade because i have faith in the jockeys ability to get me a ride and a profit although i cant see it winning but it wouldnt take me breath away if it did.
High Jinx owes me a nice win and will be getting some change as well, this has bags of ability but quite often throws the towel in..moody sort but worth one more go.
Having examined all the form it really is quite hard to get away from Estimate, it wont have any of my money on it but it will probably win.



Full Result

1st (4)Royal Diamond (IRE)J P Murtagh79-7J P Murtagh20/1
2nd (7)nseHarris TweedW J Haggas69-7 pG Baker8/1
3rd (10)¾12 Eye of The Storm (IRE)A P O'Brien38-11W J Lee13/2
4th (12)111 Pale Mimosa (IRE)D K Weld49-4P J Smullen14/1
opened 16/1
5th (8)nkSaddler's Rock (IRE)J M Oxx59-7D P McDonogh25/1
6th (9)nkBiographerD R Lanigan49-7 p1T E Durcan16/1
7th (3)½10 Estimate (IRE)Sir Michael Stoute49-4R L Moore2/1f
£2250-£1000(x2) £4000-£2000(x4) £2000-£1000(x8) £1000-£500(x11)
RACE 2 : 1400 CHELTENHAM : NELTARA - Unplaced ( Did absolutely nothing and i got this all wrong, looking to beat the favs and their ability to stay the Pipe horse hacks up with Monbeg dude the best outsider )
Over to the NH team and the Sniper says >> NELTARA to shoot down the opposition , all the big boys are playing and we have a few from Ireland but none in this field are as proven over the trip as Neltara and i think the 22/1 is a joke and an insult and if this doesnt trade at least half its bfsp in the run i will eat my shoes!.
Oscar Magic , Vinnie the Fish and Ariel all make great appeal however at the odds i simply cant resist the allure of Neltara.



Full Result

1stKings Palace (IRE)D Pipe511-3T Scudamore5/1
opened 11/2
2nd18Creepy (IRE)M Keighley511-3Ian Popham10/3f
opened 3/1 £3000-£1000 £1500-£500
3rd210 Monbeg Dude (IRE)M Scudamore810-12J E Moore25/1
4th13Kilbree Kid (IRE)T R George611-6 tP J Brennan12/1
opened 10/1
5th13NeltaraMiss C Dyson911-3Nick Scholfield25/1
RACE 3 : 1420 ASCOT : MAAREK ( NAP ) - Unplaced ( Reared in the stalls and blew the start )
Now we have the £200k+ Sprint Stakes over 6f and there is no way im deserting my NAP MAAREK  and the fact DPM is riding is just a nice bonus ;) , Won the Abbaye lto quite cosily and before that had won a nice race at Newbury on the back of some " iffy " performances but appears to be right back to his dominant best and should have too much for these in his ideal conditions...he has everything going for him here and there can be no excuses.

EW - VIZTORIA - 3rd @ 7.20
LONG - HOOF IT - 4th @ 24.40


Full Result

1st (6)12 Slade Power (IRE)E Lynam49-0W M Lordan7/1
Tracked leader, challenged on bit 2f out, led soon after, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well opened 6/1 £5000-£700
2nd (13)nkJack DexterJ S Goldie49-0G Lee5/1
Raced on on near side rail, chased leaders, stayed on to 2nd approaching final furlong, kept on as winner edged left inside final furlong, always held opened 9/2 £2700-£600
3rd (14)14 Viztoria (IRE)E Lynam38-10P J Smullen5/1
Raced on near side rail, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace of leading duo opened 6/1 £3000-£480
4th (11)hdHoof ItM W Easterby69-0K Fallon20/1
Led, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, well held when lost 2nd approaching final furlong, one pace and dropped to 4th inside final furlong
RACE 4 : 1435 CHELTENHAM : TARTAK - ( Pays Top 4 ) 4th @ 13.0 ( Much better runs there sneaking two places at decent prices..i suppose things could only get better!! )
This is a very tough looking 2m4f Chase , 16 runners and very tight on the ratings >From the entire field there are none that can be fully discounted as they all have chances of sorts.
Horse i have reports from..
1. TANKS FOR THAT : In great shape and ready for a race but not thought quite at the top of this level and will need some luck in running to win a place is best although it has a lot do to get there.
2.EASTER METEOR : Loved in the yard and not without ability but just not shown enough to suggest it could sustain a consistent run at this level and may well be outpaced in the final 4f although will travel well for the main but is another that if he is to get anything from this will need others to fail and the trip is still in question, not the staying of it but the pace at which it stays.
3. MALT MASTER : This is a very exciting prospect , stays the trip well and can be ridden on or off the pace and does give retained jockeys headaches is another right on the cusp of being great but isnt there just yet and its a worry that neither Geraghty nor AP have taken the ride.

So from those three we have gained precious little other than the fact that i dont see the winner there.
AP rides Vulcanite who is another tight prospect but has neither convinced in his ability to jump nor his staying prowess and is one to swerve at this juncture.
Astracad has winning form at the trip but whenever he has been asked to up his game he has been arseholed so the only conclusion is that he just isnt good enough at this level.
For me the three to focus on are Tony Star , Sew on Target and Tartak , none of these will be the best long term proposition but they must just about be good enough today.
All three are proven over the trip, all three have back form to get involved  and all three with be prepped for a win and not a warm up to other things as this could well be there Hennesy.

WIN - SEW ON TARGET - 3rd @ 32.0
EW - TARTAK - 4th @ 13.0


Full Result

1st14 Johns Spirit (IRE)Jonjo O'Neill610-3R P Mclernon5/1
opened 7/1
2nd12 Rob Conti (FR)P J Hobbs810-4James Best (3)16/1
opened 14/1
3rd116 Sew On Target (IRE)C L Tizzard810-1Brendan Powell25/1
opened 20/1
4thnk13 Tartak (FR)V R A Dartnall1010-4 tJack Doyle11/1
opened 12/1
RACE 5 : 1455 ASCOT : TALENT - 3rd @ 5.48
The Fillies & Mares over 1m4f..what a cracker this looks with Hot Snap , The Lark and Talent all lining up to do battle and with the likes of Dalkala snapping away at their heels this could prove a very important race tactically,
I have no idea how Hot Snap will behave over this trip although she has been upped in trip last four runs without problem its still a guess and for me in a race like this that becomes a no bet situ.
TALENT has to be the one to beat here, take away an anomalous run in the Irish Oaks and her form is rock solid, Won the UK Oaks , 2nd in the St Leger and a win in the Pretty Polly makes her a stand out Filly in a dry season of stars.

WIN - TALENT - 3rd @ 5.48
EW - THE LARK - Non Runner -
LONG - HOT SNAP - ( For betting purposes Nymphea is worth a few quid EW if your backing roughies ) -


Full Result

1st (2)Seal Of ApprovalJ R Fanshawe49-3 hG Baker16/1
Held up in 5th, headway to get in behind leaders 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, led 1f out, stayed on strongly, driven out opened 14/1 £10000-£600
2nd (7)4Belle de Crecy (IRE)J P Murtagh49-3J P Murtagh10/1
Took keen hold, led 3f, tracked leading pair, wen 2nd over 2f out, challenged 2f out, led soon after, ridden and headed 1f out, chased winner but well held, stayed on to hold 2nd opened 8/1 £5000-£500
3rd (4)nkTalentR M Beckett38-10Jim Crowley7/2c
Took keen hold early and held up in rear, headway on outside 4f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to press for 2nd in closing stages but no chance with winner £12000-£3000 £4000-£1000(x7)
RACE 6 : 1510 CHELTENHAM : SAMETEGAL - 1st @ 2.84
Now we slow down a bit with a nice easy 6 runner 2m Hurdle and this is all about two horses , the Fit and ready HANDAZAN and the class in the race SAMETEGAL who has to give weight all around , now if this were a proper group race and they were racing all of level weights Sametegal would destroy them but fto and with the burden...its a tough ask and at over 3.0 each i think the safe play here is a dutch and rfc.

WIN - SAMETEGAL - 1st @ 2.84
LONG - N/A -


Full Result

1stSametegal (FR)P F Nicholls411-6D A Jacob7/4j
Took keen hold early, prominent on outside, led 2 out, ridden and edged left flat, pressed towards finish, held on well opened 13/8 touched 11/8 £700-£400(x3) £650-£400(x2)
2ndnkBayan (IRE)G Elliott411-2 ptD J Condon4/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, hit 2 out, ridden to chase winner last, stayed on, every chance towards finish, held close home opened 9/2 £2700-£600 £1800-£400
3rd11Handazan (IRE)A King410-12 pR Thornton7/4j
Led, headed and pushed along 4th, reminder and led after next, headed 2 out, beaten last, weakened flat opened 2/1 £675-£300 £1000-£400


....And here i am back again but short on time.....

RACE 7 : 1530 ASCOT : MAXIOS - Unplaced ( Never in it on bog like ground )
For some this will be the showpiece event with this years almost star attraction having a go but this horse DAWN APPROACH has split quite a lot of opinion with its all action, thrusting running style , it is one that 2f out looks hard at it but powers on and on like a Duracell bunny but is never that nice to watch..for me there is nothing better than watch a class horse cruise up with 1f to run still hard on the bit and cruising , toying with the opposition..that is a sight to behold and this simply cant do that but he is none the less a very smart beast that warrants respect but we he be back to his best ? , will he enjoy the softer going and test of stamina ?...
Soft going will be no problem for Olympic Glory and connections expect first-time blinkers to improve the Group 1 winner. But they'll need to if he's to reverse latest running with MAXIOS. The latter recorded an impressive five length victory dropped back to a mile for the Prix Du Moulin at Longchamp and Jonathan Pease's charge gets the vote. The talented but headstrong Dawn Approach ran way below par in France last time when Elusive Kate was also well beaten. The former may well handle the ground but still hasn't learned to settle properly. Gordon Lord Byron has won over a mile but 7f is his optimum trip and Soft Falling Rain makes more appeal. The latter is still improving judged on his latest Group 2 win at Newmarket though he's an unknown on the prevailing going. Kingsbarns' comeback in the Irish Champion Stakes was a bit of a disaster and the jury is out on him for the present.

EW - OLYMPIC GLORY - 1st @ 7.20


Full Result

1st (7)11 Olympic Glory (IRE)R Hannon39-0 b1R Hughes11/2
opened 5/1 touched 9/2
2nd (4)12 Top Notch Tonto (IRE)B Ellison39-0D Swift14/1
3rd (12)¾Kingsbarns (IRE)A P O'Brien39-0J P O'Brien14/1
4th (5)2Dawn Approach (IRE)J S Bolger39-0K J Manning2/1f
opened 11/4 £2200-£800 £2500-£1000(x3) £900-£400(x4)


RACE 8 : 1545 CHELTENHAM - BALTHAZAR KING - 1st @ 4.80
A 3m Hcap Chase...tricky events for punting at the best of times..BALTHAZAR KING has to be the one here , a multiple CD winner , likes most ground including soft , jumps for fun ( has won the Glenfarlass here as well on the x-country course ) and is coming from a yard that is in form and lets not forget that this very race was one of his CD wins when he took it down last year.

WIN - BALTHAZAR KING - 1st @ 4.80
LONG - TOUR DES CHAMPS - 3rd @ 6.60


RACE 9 : 1605 ASCOT - CIRRUS DES AIGLES -  2nd @ 2.58

Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1)

..And for me this is the pick of todays races even if early in the week withdrawals have somewhat weakened it.
this can be broken down into 3 categories......


A) RULER OF THE WORLD , UK Derby Winner and a relentless galloper that does lack that killer turn of foot to set yourself apart from the rest , solid , reliable but no world beater.

B) CIRRUS DES AIGLES , Multiple Winner of the Prix Dollar , Pix Ganay  and a CD winner when winning this in 2011 and ran just as well when 2nd to the now Legendary Frankel last year , disappointed hugely on early runs this term but bounced back with a couple of bloodless victories as the ground turned soft " if " this was back to its very best then it problem..however i still think it a risky punt but if you can get 3.0 > then its just about becomes backable.

C) FARHH , A horse with undoubted class but has been the Darren Anderton of the equine world of late has the form to get involved although literally speaking it has something to find with CDA ^^ but that is a tight call , Beat an average field on its only run this season in the Lockinge but last years form makes him formidable when only beaten by the likes of Nathaniel and Frankel , if fit and ready this has every chance and there is good cause to suspect this has been laid out for this.

Then we have.....


A) MAIN SEQUENCE , Promised much and delivered little, a very frustrating type with a good deal of ability but a shit attitude, cant be trusted and has it all to prove.

B) HILLSTAR , A much better horse this season and does look progressive although when stepped up in grade in the King George and the Juddmonte was found out being easily beaten 5L + on both occasions but with a solid run could run a place or better if the stars fail to shine.

C) MUKHADRAM , This has been a revelation this term stepping up from Hcap company to exalted Group Class with ease and nearly caused a shock when 2nd to Al Kazeem but has been found out a little of late and i think it will be a surprise if this can win but i do think its entitled to place.

and then we have....THE FIELD....

And the remaining runners imo have very little chance of getting involved as they look woefully outclassed , out of form or just not good enough and can be readily dismissed.

WIN - CIRUS DES AIGLES - 2nd @ 2.58
EW - FARHH  - 1st @ 4.16



9 Races , 4 Winners & 4 Places and im very happy with that after a slow start ;-)))

And that rounds up my day as i have now run out of time....Good luck today folks, have fun , enjoy the spectacle and happy punting ...ttfn x.


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