#startracking Tuesday December 22nd 4pm

Currently working on Saturday/Sunday entries, should be out for 11am tomorrow with an update Saturday morning at the same time. I think we may have a cracker at Leopardstown on Sunday!!

 

STOP PRESS “John Ferguson has announced he will hand in his training licence at the end of April in order to devote more time to Godolphin.” Racing Post ‏@RacingPost 9.53am Tues. 22nd  

 

“Gold Cup winner Coneygree will not defend his Cheltenham crown in March with Sara Bradstock deciding it “prudent” not to run him this season” Racing Post ‏@RacingPost 9am Tues. 22nd  

 

Vroum Vroum Mag hacks up at Clonmel. Racing Post tells us “Ireland’s champion jump trainer is considering keeping Vroum Vroum Mag over hurdles for the festivals next year, with the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham a distinct possibility, depending on Annie Power’s well being. Mullins said: “She did what we were hoping she’d do. Options are open but we could go down the hurdling route as otherwise she’ll have to take on Grade 1 horses over fences at some stage. We have it in the back of our minds that depending on how things go with Annie Power she could be one for the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham.” So is Annie Power unlikely to run this season? Reports recently have been upbeat with a run before the festival being mooted and a possible crack at the World Hurdle but no activity in the Ante Post market and she is still a top priced 12/1 with Paddy Power, who have her at 11/10 for the Mares hurdle. If she lined up in either race she would be half those prices. It is not a strong division. What the hell I’m having a random tenner @ 10/1 on AP in the WH (3.45pm 22/12/15). Just seen AP is 5/1 with Skybet??Ireland’s champion jump trainer is considering keeping Vroum Vroum Mag over hurdles for the festivals next year, with the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham a distinct possibility, depending on Annie Power’s well being.

Mullins said: “She did what we were hoping she’d do. Options are open but we could go down the hurdling route as otherwise she’ll have to take on Grade 1 horses over fences at some stage.

“We have it in the back of our minds that depending on how things go with Annie Power she could be one for the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham.”

 

#startracking runners

Just had to send a stroppy e-mail to nagme.com who failed to send me notice of a couple of #startracking horses!

HAYMOUNT                    2nd          2/5F No bet and on the bare facts disappointing. As I said in the original piece Haymount is a long term prospect needing three miles and possibly a fence and there is every chance he may have bumped into @one here. Ruby Walsh speaking to Paddy Power was fairly bullish about Mall Dini and here is what Richard Pugh wrote on 27 February 2015 when discussing top Irish PtP performers “The only dual winner of the bunch. He was impressive in taking a maiden at Belharbour on his debut in a decent time. Only three weeks later he made his second outing when contesting a Killaloe winners race and came home a distance clear of Ormolu Print. He is not long out of his four-year-old year so this is a very impressive CV to have even before March. He goes back to a Glacial Storm and then a Buckskin mare. Likely winter performer at a high level in time.”

TIPPMANBOY Non-Runner Presumably because of the heavy ground.

 

#startrackingoohthatsinteresting

Here are two articles that are well worth reading.

The first is from Kevin Blake who you may know from ATR or The Final Furlong Podcast or writing for the Irish Field. He is well worth following on twitter and in his most recent blog at At The Races he outlines some of the Big Questions that will answered this Christmas.

http://www.attheraces.com/blogs/kevin-blake

The second is a general piece from Timeform guru Simon Rowlands (another interesting man to follow on Twitter) on Ante Post betting with some interesting Cheltenham angles.

https://www.timeform.com/racing/articles/ante-post-betting-the-timeform-knowledge-17122015

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