#startracking Saturday April 30th 11am

Its Guineas weekend already and some great racing at HQ. Good back up cards at Goodwood (keep an eye on Jamie Spencer), Thirsk (ground could be key) and Doncaster (#FantasticMrFahey could be in business!).

Punchestown Festival Day Five is my last interest in the jumps until Chepstow in the Autumn and THAT horse is down to run. DE NAME ESCAPES ME has been the subject of two ante post plunges this season already and hasn’t got to the post in either!! Today he has SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much in his favour except he is trained by Noel Meade, who is 1 from 57 for this Festival, hasn’t had a winner in April and everything he sends to the track runs like a drain! (see Disko yesterday!!!). I can’t recommend him as anything but a Watching Brief and the same applies To Rathnure Rebel in the following race.

#startracking Runners Saturday

Newmarket 4.55                    ABDON/SKY KINGDOM/SPEED COMPANY No outstanding morning prices so it is a Watching Brief for all three in a race that could well contain a hatful of future Group race winners!

16:55 Newmarket – Speed Company He wouldn’t be the biggest but I was pretty taken by the way in which he quickened up for me to win a handicap off 89 here last month, winning pretty snugly after looking an unlikely winner for much of the race. This step up in class looks more than justified but he clearly needs to improve again to be beating the likes of Cymric, whose Lagardere second marks him out as the clear form choice and the one to beat, and the extra 2f shouldn’t be a problem for him. But this field is full of unexposed 3yos. The boss’s Newbury winner Abdon is a nice colt, Sky Kingdom was impressive when winning the Wood Ditton and Tathqeef‘s third in the Fielden was not without promise. In summary, we all have Cymric to beat, but plenty in here have the potential to give him a race, and I hope that I am one of them. Ryan Moore/Betfair April 30th

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Newmarket 2.00                    SPRING OFFENSIVE    (See Friday Blog)

Newmarket 4.20                    STAMP HILL                (See Friday Blog)

Newmarket 5.30                    DOLPHIN VISTA          (See Friday Blog)

Goodwood 2.50                     RIGHT TOUCH             (See Friday Blog)

Thirsk 2.45                              ONE BOY OK on first start for new yard and well drawn. One star* win @ 7/1 WH.

Thirsk 2.45                              ROYAL CONNOISSEUR Win in his turn low grade sprinter on seasonal debut. Pass.

Thirsk 3.55                              HOME CUMMINS Likeable filly with solid form getting a positive mention in trainers weekend blog. Home Cummins is working extremely well ahead of her reappearance in the totepool Thirsk Hunt Cup. Again you’d have to be worried she might just need it but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she ran a big race even though she’s drawn wider than I’d ideally want in 14.” One star* e/w @ 14/1 Betfred + Ladbrokes.

Newmarket 3.45                    RIBCHESTER Fingers crossed for a great run but I think he is G2 at best. Watching Brief.

Doncaster 5.15                       IN MY PLACE If the trainer says the horse is “disappointing” an “I don’t have the key”, a definite Watching Brief!

Doncaster 5.45                       CANYARI Plenty in his favour here, course, trip, ground, jockey and I just rushed to Betfred to get the 8/1! Two star** each way selection.

Doncaster 6.15                       L’APOGEE Wait for handicaps. Pass

Doncaster 6.45                       CHAMPION HARBOUR “Bogged down” on debut at Nottingham and expected to improve for a run. One star* win selection @ 7/2 with PP.

Doncaster 7.15                       ANOTHER TOUCH Did me a big favour at Ayr last backend and loath to desert the horse. Trainer suggests he will “come on for the run” and bigger fish to fry down the line. One star* win selection @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

Doncaster 7.15                       YOUNG JOHN All went wrong at Royal Ascot last year but he went there with a chance and this is a C2 handicap off OR83!! One star* win selection @ 12/1 general.

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Goodwood 5.10                     PELOPONNESE Niarchos homebred colt by Montjeu who will probably want 12F+ in time. Three runs as a 2yo in C4/5 maidens showing limited promise but starts off life handicapping off just OR67 and Ted durcan has the ride. One star* win selection @ 6/1 general.

#startracking Wednesday April 27th 1.15pm

The card for the second day of the Punchestown Festival is as good as I’ve seen, the two bumpers are peerless, but as for having a bet I’m stumped. I backed Supasundae at Cheltenham but he’s no 9/4 shot! I backed Bellshill at Aintree but can you back these Mullins hotpots going to the well again? I have always thought the Punchestown Gold Cup would be Road to Riches best chance of a G1 win this season but didn’t anticipate this strength of opposition. I am putting all of the runners in both bumpers in my tracker, recommend you do the same!

Ascot is an excellent midweek card (more of this please BHA!) with plenty of future winners on show, Notebook at the ready!

#startracking Wednesday runners

Pontefract 3.45                      ENGAGE She won on debut over Doncaster’s straight mile needing every yard to get up on the line in a C5 maiden. Surprisingly she dropped a furlong when upped three grades to run in the valuable Sales race at Newmarket when she comfortably led to The Dip before being outpaced. The winner, Alice Springs, is 1,000 Guineas bound. She should enjoy the 10F trip in this C3 fillies handicap on Good ground and you can’t fault the yards form. Her handicap mark reflects her form but hopefully age, trip and experience can bring improvement. Little curious to why Liam Jones gets the ride when both Durcan and Donohoe are at the meeting?

Engage is a one star* win selection @ 11/4 general.

ENGAGE – “This smart filly is from the first crop of Pour Moi, an emphatic winner of the 2011 Epsom Derby, who is from the brilliant family of Bosra Sham and Lammtarra. This filly’s female line also boasts plenty of class acts, including her dam’s half sister Solemia, who won The Arc in 2012. This filly’s half sister Stormina was the winner of six races, including three at Listed level, and is the dam of Silasol, the Champion 2YO filly in France.” Highclere Website 10th Sept.2015

ENGAGEproves tough when winning on debut Engage looked a smart filly in the making when winning on her debut this afternoon at Doncaster.  Having broken well from the stalls jockey Stevie Donohoe settled the filly in behind the odds on favourite Langlauf in about fourth.  Engage travelled strongly through the race but as they approached the two and a half furlong pole the pace began to quicken and she lost her position as the rest of the field came to challenge.  At this point Stevie switched Engage to the stand side and, under his urgings, she began to run on gamely and looked like she might scrape into a place.  However once inside the final furlong it became clear she was gaining ground with every stride and she stuck her head out well to eventually pass the post a short head in front.  Engage battled hard inside the final furlong and Stevie was very complimentary about her, stating she is sure to improve for the run as well as a step up in trip.” Highclere Website 15th August, 2015

Ascot 4.30                               MOHEET Cost £800K at the Craven Breeze ups 2014 and was a wide margin winner of only start as a 2yo. It just didn’t go right for him last year, 3rd in the Craven, 8th in the Guineas and 10th in the Derby and then back to a mile when 3rd in the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood. He wintered in Qatar running 3rd at Doha.

He had traffic problems in the Guineas, Goodwood and Doha and all this talented son of High Chaparrel needs is a bit of luck and to find his best trip. He starts off his 4yo campaign in Listed company on Ascot’s straight mile. Much as Richard Hannon’s horses have benefitted from a run Moheet ticks plenty of boxes and @ 16/1 with Coral he is a one star* each way bet.

Wolverhampton 5.45            DORA’S FIELD Now here’s a conundrum. Everybody saw her really promising run at Newmarket, “The fifth DORA’S FIELD travelled well, became unbalanced in the Dip but wasn’t asked to get competitive. As that was her third run we all await her handicap mark. Fillies only, 10F, galloping track as she has a bit of size about her.” Yet here she is in a 8½F C5 maiden on Tapeta and she still hasn’t got a handicap mark. She is as big as 6/1 in places with the Godolphin filly a warm order. It has to be a Watching Brief, running on fourth?

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Pontefract 2.35                      HAMMER GUN Definite signs of ability on debut as 2yo at Leicester when given a hands and heels introduction. Knew much more second time out in an 8½F C5 maiden at Nottingham and did best of the rest behind the very impressive Derby hope Mr Khalid. Should improve for step up to 10F on 3yo debut, has Ted Durcan on board and is a one star win selection @ 4/1 general.

Pontefract 2.35                      ARISTOCLES Stoute runs two in this 10F C5 maiden at Pontefract with Steve Donohoe partnering what the market sees as the second string. This homebred son of High Chaparrel out of a Selkirk mare will appreciate the trip but hasn’t been put in either of his races to date. He will supposedly get a handicap mark after this his third run and that is where his future lies. Watching Brief.

Pontefract 3.45                      ENGAGE (See above)

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Pontefract 2.00                      MELESINA Non Runner

Pontefract 2.00                      SPRINGFORTH For fans of the Fahey yard this 2yo debutante is a joy. Sired by Fahey’s July Cup winner G1 Mayson out of Spirit Na Heiraan, who was a full sister of G2 Canadian Stakes winner Barefoot Lady, and both trained by #FantasticMrFahey! Homebred by the Steel’s using a David Armstrong sire!

An early February foal will be an interesting Watching Brief.

Pontefract 3.10                      NORMANDY KNIGHT Three runs in C5 resulting in two wins (OR61 + OR66) and a second (OR71). Runs off OR72 here and neither the ground nor the trip should be an issue. The two areas of concern are whether he is ready to roll first time up and is seven pound claimer Hayley Irvine (0-7 for the yard) up to the job around a trappy Pontefract track? At 16/1 with Betfred it’s worth a one star* each way wager to find out!

Pontefract 3.45                      COSMIC HALO She has done me some real favours in the past especially at York with Paul Hanagan on board but is on a losing run of fifteen going back to September 2014! No longer a betting medium unless its 10F/York/Hanagan!

Pontefract 5.25                      PICCARDO Eye catching 3yo 6F sprinter at the bottom of the handicap off just OR65. Three less than average runs as a 2yo (dwelt, OK and un-steerable round bend at Kempton!) and absolutely no interest in the market 6/1 to 10/1. Has to be a Watching Brief for this gelded son of Piccolo. No doubt Hamilton will ping him out of two and make every yard!

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Luca Cumani Website 26th April “We have liked War Story for a while and it will be interesting to see what handicap mark he is given.” Ears prick up when Cumani is asking about a handicap mark! Put WAR STORY in your tracker.

 

#FantasticMrFahey In First Place April 23, Doncaster, 3rdThe front pair pulled clear in this race for newcomers, but this son of Bated Breath shaped promisingly. Trainer Richard Fahey has said his juveniles have been needing the experience, and having travelled well, In First Place looked a little lost when asked for his effort. He should do better when next seen.” David Baxter 2yo’s to Follow Racing Post April 26th In First Place April 23, Doncaster, 3rd The front pair pulled clear in this race for newcomers, but this son of Bated Breath shaped promisingly. Trainer Richard Fahey has said his juveniles have been needing the experience, and having travelled well, In First Place looked a little lost when asked for his effort. He should do better when next seen.

 

#startracking Tuesday April 26th 2pm

Just managed to lose two hours work!

Looking forward to Punchestown this afternoon and for the next few days as Mullins rolls out the big guns one more time. Today Vautour and Yorkhill and although unbackable at the prices I don’t fancy taking them on either. The Hunter Chase and the two bumpers I’ll pass on which basically leaves two races.

Punchestown 4.55     Love these big field top grade two mile handicaps. Normally I am looking for an improver. Bamako Moriviere could be one for Mullins on this better ground but there is zero interest in the market so far. Seven Nation Army has some solid bumper form but comes here on the back of a fall and could be another Brookhouse/Poorhouse serial bridesmaids! Top of the market are Copy That, for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy, who has already been given a 12lb hike for winning his last race and Automated who was second to Ivan Grozny at Aintree but in a former life with Clive Brittain was beaten around Wolverhampton at C5 level and I can’t have either of them. Modem and Art of Payroll should be competitive but they are more likely to finish fifth and sixth than win! At the prices I like the top weight MACNICHOLSON. He was second in the race last year, finished seventh in the Galway hurdle and is trained by a red hot Jessica Harrington (6 winners from last 12 runners!). 20/1 each way with Coral getting FIVE places seems to be value.

Punchestown 6.40     The G1 3m1f Novice Chase is a fascinating race because of the varied routes the runners have taken to get here! Rule the World won the Grand National! Not for me just seventeen days later. Noble Endeavour, fell when every chance two out, and Southfield Royale, plugged on for fourth, ran in the very strong 4m NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Both will get the trip but are they quick enough? Shantou Flyer and Ballychorus have issues with the obstacles. Outlander, Zabana and Sub Lieutenant all look better over 2m6f which leaves me with Harry Fry’s English raider HENRYVILLE. He was good enough to carry 11st 9lbs to fourth in the 2015 Pertemps final, he is two from three over fences and comes here a fresh horse. At 9/2 general that seems a fair bet.

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Bath 3.55                    SHABBAH Was due to run earlier in the week but taken out because of Soft ground. I wrote for that race “If this was Sir Mark Prescott we would be all over it but surely Stoute is using the same plan? Three runs as a 2yo at 7/8F for a horse who will need 12F and he turns up as a 3yo in a C5 12F handicap at Beverley off OR64 with Ryan Moore on board. Owned by same chap who has Nathra and he paid £200K for this son of Sea the Stars out of a dam who produced Ingleby Symphony who won off OR78 when trained by #FantasticMrFahey .” This race looks a harder option as its 10F not 12F and there are half a dozen in here with form. 9/4 is way too short, it has to be a Watching Brief.

Bath 4.30                   MAWAANY This gelded son of Teofilio is a half-brother to 100+ rated Kilimanjaro and runs in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours. Ran really green in an 8F C4 Salisbury maiden last September but did much better on reappearance when stepped up 4f and equipped with a first time visor on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton when he might just have bumped into one, in the shape of Batts Rock. Clearly second best on that occasion, this is his third run and from which he will get a handicap mark, which is where his future presumably lies. Mind you at 14/1 with Ladbrokes he’s worthy of a one star* each way selection with the stable in such good form.

Lingfield 5.40              PERCYS ROMANCE A homebred daughter of Sir Percy who has had three runs as a 2yo without pulling up any trees. Looks a trier not a winner and starts off her handicap career in a C4 8F event at Leafy Lingfield off just OR73! Hardly a handicap with just 5lbs covering the eight runners and no claimers riding. Again the price tempts me, 8/1 with WH, one star* win selection.

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Paul Hanagan rides three for his previous boss at Nottingham before hot footing it to Wolverhampton for two on their night card for his current employer, H-a-M.

Nottingham 2.35       BELLE TRAVERS Put in as big as 6/1 last night she has halved in price to 11/4 tops. She won on debut as a 2yo but hasn’t won since in eight attempts. She has been beaten over this trip, in this grade and off this mark. She looks like another of those dodgy Fahey homebred fillies to me! Led out of the sales ring unsold at £95K so someone thinks she has talent! Pass.

Nottingham 3.05       MISS VAN GOGH Bred by Dom Joly’s wife she was a cheap but successful purchase. She’s won four of her fourteen races and was disqualified from first in another and seems best suited by a straight mile on Soft ground. It would require a career best performance to win off OR82 but not beyond the realms of possibility. Hanagan has ridden her only twice but won both times. Got to be worth one star* each way at a large looking 12/1 general.

Nottingham 3.35       PERCEYVIVACE No idea what to make of this daughter of Sir Percy who was a basement buy at just £5K. Three runs as a 2yo culminating in a fourth in a C4 York maiden behind stablemate Dolphin Vista and William Haggas’s Carenot who have both won this season. WITHDRAWN 8.52am Great!

#startracking Monday April 25th 7pm

I’ll have a look at Punchestown in the morning. I see Hanagan has three for Fahey at Nottingham but the one that interests me is ridden by the 7lb claimer Adam Mc Namara in the last.

Nottingham 5.20       EVANGELICAL My notes say “Cheveley Park Stud have a mare called Pious and this is her third consecutive offspring to be housed at Musley Bank. Exactly what I have written for her half-sister Postulant applies to Evangelical.I have included this young lady as her dam, Pious, has produced the likes of Solemn, Penitent and Supplicant all of whom were mid 80’s performers and if she is kept in training she could easily make a mockery of her current mark of 69. She is unlikely to get a yard over 6F and wants Good ground. She was green at times last year and if she has grown up she could easily run up a sequence.” Surely she can win a Fillies handicap off OR69.” This race ticks all the boxes and she is a three star*** selection @ 15/8 with PP.

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Ascot Going Wednesday GoingStick update @Ascot Straight 7.4 (Good to Soft) Round 6.2 (Good to Soft, Soft in places) Monday 08:15 TurfTrax ‏@TurfTrax  11am Mon. 25th April

Michael Prosser, clerk of the course at Newmarket, says ground is “good” and expects it to be that way for the Guineas at the weekend Racing Post ‏@RacingPost  1pm Mon. 25th April

The €150k Helmet filly x Zoumie in training with David Wachman has been named Bramble Rose. She was the sire’s 3rd most expensive yearling. Novice Punter ‏@maiden_claimer  9am Mon. 25th April

Noel Fehily is replacing the injured Jonathon Burke on Alan & Ann Potts’ horses @punchestownrace this week Brian Flanagan ‏@BHDFlanagan  11am Mon. 25th April

Racing Post 3:34PM 25 APR 2016 G FORCE, who was withdrawn from stallion duties at Tally-Ho Stud in County Westmeath last month due to fertility issues, will return to training having been bought to run in the same colours as 1,000 Guineas entry Jet Setting. The deal was brokered by bloodstock agent John Kilbride and will see a syndicate put together with some of the founding members of Equinegrowthpartners to own the Group 1 winner. The son of Tamayuz will be trained by Jet Setting’s trainer Adrian Keatley and Kilbride said: “The syndicate has only been going for a few months and the first thing is that we get G Force back to the track and see where we are with him. He’s come to us in very good condition from Tally-Ho Stud. He’s let down a little bit but we’ll do plenty of work with him and get him rolling again. There’s no rush or expectation with him and we’re just so happy to get a horse who’s done what he’s done before.”

Of targets for the season ahead Kilbride added: “It’s hard to say at this stage but there’s the Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh on Derby day that might be suitable, or something along those lines. We imagine that he’s retained his ability, it’s just getting him back to that stage. We think there’s definitely some squeeze left in the lemon and there’s an upside with him. Fingers crossed he can do the business.”

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Growl                                                        OR 89                    Peak 97               LWM –                 RPR 94

One of four to run in the C2 6F sprint at Ripon. Had a coming together with stablemate Eccleston out of the stalls which put them at the back of the main group and did well to weave a passage through. Of Fahey’s runners the newcomer to the yard, Growl (OR89), did best. He has some interesting 3yo form, 5L off Limato in a G3 at Ascot! Quicker ground, stiffer track and he could be a player. He won on debut at two but hasn’t won in ten runs since. A nice 0-90 C3 6F on quicker ground could restore confidence. He’s a hold up horse so hopefully Dr K. won’t take him to Chester!!

Flowing Clarets                                 OR 75                    Peak 75               LWM –                 RPR 74

Made her seasonal reappearance in a C4 handicap at Ripon on Good to Soft ground. Drawn on inside, missed break by two lengths, still two lengths off the back at halfway, had to go five wide and flew home. Still green as grass but this daughter of Pastoral Pursuits is quick. 6F C4/C5 and has to win off OR75!

Victory Bond                           OR 89                    Peak 97               LWM –                 RPR 94

Only seen once in 2015 when second to Algometer in a Newbury 8F C4 maiden that is beginning to look strong form. He is a big strapping son of Medician homebred by the Bloomsbury Stud. He made a winning debut at three in a C4 10F maiden at Ripon , literally head and shoulders above the rest, he won by 7L and 10L in the style of a Group horse and 10F looks to be his trip.

#startracking Saturdays Results

Both handicaps at Haydock, 2.10 and 3.20, involved coming round the tight left hand hairpin bend then everybody congregated on the far rail. Luck played a big part in both results. Case for false rail?

Haydock 2.10             RIGHT TOUCH             10th      8/1        three star*** win selection @ 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

Pushed early to get prominent position from stall 10 of 13. Prominent and just about led 1F out, one pace. Used too much too soon? Prefer straight 7F with something to aim at.

Haydock 2.10             WITHERNSEA                  2nd        14/1      Watching Brief.

Cracking run on ground thought to be too quick. Held up, SammyJo got a good run through and only Predominance too good. He’ll be up another 3/4lbs for this. Needs to nail a C2 7f Handicap sooner rather than later.

Haydock 3.20             GABRIALS KAKA            12th      6/1JF    one star* win selection @ 9/1 with Coral, 8/1 general. The first three home came from the back in a race that got very messy about 2F from home. Kaka spent much of the race in the box seat but Queally was caught out when the leader came back in his lap. He and a series of others were hampered and the chance was gone.

Ripon 3.50      All bar one of 13 chose to race on the stands rail. First four home drawn 8, 14, 9 & 12!

Ripon 3.50                  TATLISU                              7th        6/1      one star* each way selection @ 7/1 with Betfred and Coral. Tacked across from stall 6, no cover in midfield, pushed from 3F out, some sort of chance 1½F out, kept on one pace. Lot of whip waving from young McNamara! May get dropped a pound?

Ripon 3.50                  ECCLESTON                      9th        4/1Fav one star win* selection @ 8/1 with Coral.

Halved in price. Had a coming together with stablemate Growl out of the stalls which put them at the back of the main group. Had to follow Growl through when no chance 1F out eased off. Tony Hamilton, the rider of ECCLESTON, unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run.” BHA Stewards Report Could easily land one of these C2 6F sprints but probably not a big one. Ayr Bronze, Great St.Wilfred Consolation etc.etc.

Of Fahey’s other two runners the newcomer to the yard, Growl (OR89), did best. He has some interesting 3yo form, 5L off Limato in a G3 at Ascot! Quicker ground, stiffer track and he could be a player. No show from Alben Star.

Ripon 4.55                  UNDER ATTACK             2nd        10/3      At 2/1 with Betfred he is a one star win* selection.

Kept away from the others on the way to and at the start in case he boiled over which suggests he is a nervous type. Took trail from winner, came to challenge 2F out but his bigger opponent just kicked and was gone. Under Attack has the attitude of a trier and surely this gelded son of Dubawi can pick up a C4+ handicap off OR80 10/12F?

Ripon 5.30                  EARLY BIRD                      7th        4/1        one star* win wager here @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

Strange. Watching in real time I thought she was going to win 1½F out! Looked to be travelling well, get a gap on the rail and home you go! Didn’t get the gap and her action went a bit in the last two hundred yards of Ripon’s undulations! Flat track, quicker ground, 5F may get 6F, C4 fillies handicap.

Leicester 3.25             EAST INDIES                    6th        6/1      Watching Brief but put him in your #startracker.

Raced wide, led after 2F, asked 2½F out, nothing, beaten. Settled OK in front, maybe 10F is his trip on better ground?

Leicester 4.00             HOME OF THE BRAVE 1st       11/4Fav three star*** win selection @ 15/8 with PP.

Led from the go, made all, impressive. Next stop the Lockinge and why not?”Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.”

Leicester 5.10             ULYSSES                      2nd        9/4      two star** win selection.

Tough to know what to make of this race, a C5 10F maiden at Leicester? The winner Imperial Aviator was the most experienced, having had three placed runs on the AW including a C3 event and he and Ulysses came 6L clear of the third, the hype horse UAE Prince. Ulysses attempted to make all and the front pair quickened at the 2F pole with the selection beaten half a length. Stoutes other pair Yangtze and Autocratic both kept on well without ever being competitive in 4th and 5th.

Doncaster 6.35           FORGE                                 1st        5/6Fav two star** win selection @ 5/2 with PP.

Hello! Here is a proper racehorse. Backed into odds on and with reason! He was prominent, tanking along and when Richard Kingscote let the handbrake off he stretched 5L clear. This was a C4 maiden on Good to Soft over Doncaster’s straight 7F and heaven knows what he beat but he has plenty of size about him, settled and quickened. A gallop report in sportinglife.com last august said FORGE is a nice colt and the brother to talented filly Radiator looked the part clearing five to six clear of KOKONI while still on the bridle. The son of Dubawi looks to be going the right way but is from a family with attitude.” Well he seems to have grown up and he must surely step up in grade next time out.

Doncaster 7.05           INVERMERE                8th        16/1      one star* each way selection @ 12/1 with WH.

Drawn 1, raced in middle of track, midfield, asked 2F out, limited response, limited talent. Back to 7F and fillies only.

Doncaster 7.35           SIMPLY SHINING           3rd        4/1 (only 6 ran!) one star* each way selection @ 10/1 with WH. Led on rail, headed furlong pole, kept on third. Probably needs quicker ground? OR80 is workable!

Sandown 4.10                        SAUSALITO SUNRISE 3rd        20/1      one star* each way selection @ 25/1 general. Fabulous run from a fabulous staying chaser. Hard to know what he targets next season with a handicap mark in the 150’s? He goes well at Cheltenham on Good to Soft and he would obviously get in the Grand National.

Sandown 4.10                        CAROLES DESTRIER     11th      12/1      two star** e/w wager @ 12/1 general. Was creeping into it on the second circuit but didn’t jump well enough to get competitive.

Sandown 5.55            KILCREA VALE            9th        8/1      one star* win selection @ 12/1

Now they tell me he will be a chaser!! I just can’t get Henderson right at all!!

Sandown 5.55            ALCALA                       Non Runner   two star** each way selection @ 12/1 with William Hill.

#FantasticMr FaheyLastSaturdayOverview

A really poor Saturday for #FantasticMr Fahey with just the one winner from 22 runners and he won by a short head and a nose! On Sunday better, 2 from 5. With the exception of Withernsea, who ran well on quicker than ideal ground, it was his senior C2/C3 handicappers letting him down.

Sunday

24Apr16  Mus 7GF  C63yHc 2K     5/8  6L,                  Rubis 9-6 v1                        9/2  Jack Garritty  — —

24Apr16  Mus 9GF  C4Hc 5K         6/9  5L,                  Bahamian C 9-1                 8/1  Sammy Jo Bell  — —

24Apr16  Thi 8Gd  C53yHc 3K       1/10  1¼L,            Island Flame 9-2              8/1  Robert Winston  — —

24Apr16  Thi 6Gd  C63yHc 3K       5/15  5L,               Sadie Babes 8-12 h          7/1  Adam McNamara  — —

24Apr16  Thi 5Gd  C53yMd 3K     1/9  nk,                 Sanaadh 9-5                      4/1  David Nolan  — —

Saturday

23Apr16  Don 7Gd  C4Hc 4K          9/15  9L,               Character Onesie 9-11   12/1  Miss Emily Bullock  — —

23Apr16  Don 8Gd  C4Hc 5K          3/6  2¾L,              Simply Shining 9-0            4/1  Adam McNamara  — —

23Apr16  Don 8Gd  C33yHc 7K     8/11  8¾L,            Invermere 8-8                   16/1  Tony Hamilton  — —

23Apr16  Don 7Gd  C4Md 5K        7/12  16½L,          Back To Bond 9-1              25/1  George Chaloner  — —

23Apr16  Don 5Gd  C52yMd 3K  3/9  3¼L,               In First Place 9-5               6/1  Tony Hamilton  — —

23Apr16  Don 10.5Gd  C3Hc 7K  6/13  2¾L,              Darrington 8-8                   9/1  Tony Hamilton  — —

23Apr16  Rip 5GS  C43yHc 7K       2/8  1½L,              Flowing Clarets 9-0          7/2  David Nolan  — —

Drawn on inside, missed break by two lengths, still two lengths off the back at halfway. Had to go five wide and flew home. Still green as grass but this daughter of Pastoral Pursuits is quick. 6F C4/C5 and has to win off OR75!

23Apr16  Rip 5GS  C43yHc 7K       7/8  12L,               Early Bird 8-13                    4/1  James Sullivan  — —

23Apr16  Hay 8Gd  C5Hc 4K         1/10  shd,            Farham 9-4                         11/4F  Sammy Jo Bell  76 -3

23Apr16  Hay 8Gd  C53yHc 4K      8/9  9½L,              Black Magic 9-2 12/1  Jack Garritty  53 -20

23Apr16  Rip 6GS  C2Hc 16K          8/13  6L,               Alben Star 9-7                    12/1  David Nolan  — —

23Apr16  Rip 6GS  C2Hc 16K          7/13  5L,               Tatlisu 8-11                         6/1  Adam McNamara  — —

23Apr16  Rip 6GS  C2Hc 16K          4/13  2¼L,            Growl 8-5                            10/1  Barry McHugh  — —

23Apr16  Rip 6GS  C2Hc 16K          9/13  6¾L,            Eccleston 8-10 v                4/1F  Tony Hamilton  — —

23Apr16  Hay 8Gd  C2Hc 28K        12/15  15L,           Gabrial’s Kaka 8-9             6/1J  Tom Queally  63 -35

23Apr16  Rip 8GS  C3Hc 10K          8/12  11L,             Imshivalla 9-0 h                 11/2  Adam McNamara  — —

23Apr16  Rip 8GS  C3Hc 10K          9/12  12L,             Our Boy Jack 8-7               14/1  Natalie Hambling  — —

23Apr16  Rip 16GS  C2Hc 22K       9/14  11L,             Gabrial’s Star 9-11 b        14/1  Tony Hamilton  — —

23Apr16  Rip 16GS  C2Hc 22K       3/14  5½L,            Gabrial’s King 9-11           10/1  George Chaloner  — —

23Apr16  Hay 7Gd  C2Hc 28K        10/13  5¾L,          Right Touch 9-4                 8/1  Jack Garritty  92 -9

23Apr16  Hay 7Gd  C2Hc 28K        2/13  1L,               Withernsea 8-13               14/1  Sammy Jo Bell  103 4

23Apr16  Rip 5GS  C42yNvAc 5K  3/8  5¾L,              Boundsy 9-0                       11/2  Tony Hamilton  — —

#startracking Monday April 25th 11.30am

Busy going through the Saturday videos but thought I had better get this out. I will post the weekend results in tonights blog. Handicaps are naff today but three interesting 3yo maidens and Stoute has a player in each.

Looking forward to the Punchestown Day 1 decs coming out any second!

#startracking Mondays Runner

Chelmsford 3.00         ARISTOCRATIC Trained by the in-form Sir Michael Stoute this homebred daughter of Exceed and Excel out of a Pivotal mare makes her seasonal reappearance in a C5 7F maiden on the sand at Chelmsford. Her form in two C4 7F Newmarket maidens last season is strong. On debut she was third to Promising Run doing best of those racing for the first time. Sent off at 7/1 she was keen early and although towards the rear she had no cover but kept on well from two furlongs out to get a place under hands and heels riding. On her second visit to HQ she was made 5/4F and despite leading early she was headed after 1F and travelled well enough, she came to challenge going into The Dip but couldn’t match the pace of First Victory and Wholesome and again had to settle for third, the three of them pulling six lengths clear of the fourth. The winner has a host of G1 entries and a couple behind have already won giving the form depth.

This afternoon Aristocratic is the only filly against nine colts and receives five pounds. She drops a Grade today to C5 and is reunited with Ryan Moore but will need to break smartly to negate stall ten of ten runners and the attentions of Tigerwolf who has finished third and fourth behind Gifted Master and Waterloo Bridge both times in C2 events. That form may have flattered Mick Channon’s colt and with the current well-being of Stoute’s string Aristocratic is a two star** win selection @ 13/8 general. Put her in your tracker, she is a classy filly, up to a mile, and has a G1 entry at Ascot in the Coronation Stakes.

#Stoute 3yo alert

Windsor 6.30                          SIR GEORGE SOMERS US bred, this son of Capo Blanco is owned by Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited (Background info below!) and have named this colt after the founder of Bermuda itself, Sir George Somers. Their website says “This impressive colt was a 340,000 Guineas purchase from Tattersalls October Book 1 and boasts a pedigree that is steeped in racing royalty. His grand dam is by Northern Dancer out of the prolific producer Sex Appeal and is therefore a full sister to none other than El Gran Senor, the European Champion two year old and three year old of his generation. Physically this colt is very similar to his sire Cape Blanco, himself a racehorse of the highest calibre and the winner of five Group 1s, including the Irish Derby.

He is Ted Durcan’s only ride of the day in this 10F C5 3yo maiden. The race also contains a Newmarket talking horse in Roger Varian’s Choreographer, also on debut. The China Racing Club paid 850,000 euros for this son of Sea the Stars and in his Racing Post stable tour today the trainer suggests this is one of three potential G1 3yo’s he may have.

This could be a red hot maiden and is a definite Watching Brief!

Magnum was second to leading Derby fancy Midterm last year and John Gosden’s Rex Bell was third to Algometer in a hot maiden at Newbury last October and has already run this season finishing second over C & D. Market moves will be interesting, the early move is for Early Bell, 5/1-3/1.

Wolverhampton 7.20            ALYDAY This de Rothschild homebred filly, a daughter of Kylacchy, made an eye-catching debut at the backend of last season when second to Aljazzi at Newmarket over 7F. Alyday was hampered at the stalls, travelled strongly and didn’t get the clearest of runs in The Dip when coming to challenge. A filly of immense promise it is no surprise she is odds on, 8/11, to get off the mark in this C5 7F fillies maiden on the Tapeta at Dunstall Park. Graham Gibbons, on his only ride of the night, should have a steering job. Watching Brief.

 

 

Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited

Bermuda Sun Friday, September 13, 2013 6:00 AM

Bermudian businessman Simon Scupham last night unveiled a scheme that gives islanders the chance to become part owners of some the most promising thoroughbreds in the world. Mr Scupham, who is chairman of Shoreline Insurance Managers Ltd in Hamilton, has teamed up with the UK’s leading horse syndicate management firm, Highclere, to establish Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing (BTR). The new venture will also mark the first time that ‘Bermudian’ horses race on some of the most famous courses in the sport of kings such as Goodwood, Ascot or Newmarket. The horses will even be given Bermudian-themed names and the jockey’s silks will be Bermuda pink and dark blue. 

Mr Scupham told the Bermuda Sun that the creation of BTR was the realization of a personal dream that had been many years in the making. “I have always felt there was a place for something like this in Bermuda. To have the Bermuda brand on the international racing scene is not just exciting, it’s also going to be great for Bermuda. I’m looking forward to the day when BTR’s pink and blue colours are seen on the racecourse and indeed the winner’s enclosure. “This is an opportunity for people in Bermuda with a passion for the sport to own a thoroughbred horse that competes on the big stage.”

Mr Scupham’s partnership with Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and the firm’s boss, Harry Herbert will give syndicate members access to a wealth of experience and expertise. The Highclere team, which is based where the hit TV series Downton Abbey was filmed, will act as BTR’s racing manager. The firm’s bloodstock expert, John Warren, will choose the first two ‘Bermuda’ horses next month at the sport’s two major sales that take place in Ireland and England. They will then be trained by two of the UK’s best trainers; Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden, before they start racing in 2014.

Mr Herbert told the Bermuda Sun: “This is a very exciting new venture for Highclere and we are extremely pleased to be a part of it. This will also be great publicity for Bermuda too if things go well. At the moment we have around 28 syndicates and race around 50 horses and we have owners all over the world but our partnership with BTR is a new kind of venture and it has great potential.”

Mr Scupham revealed that although the BTR horses would initially run in the UK, there were hopes that they could be taken further a field to races like the Breeders Cup in the US and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. He added: “I have been involved with Highclere since 1999 and in that time I have had interests in nearly 100 horses that have run in more than 600 races with a win percentage of nearly 25 per cent. This opportunity is not a guaranteed win-win. It’s an opportunity for people in Bermuda who genuinely love the sport to be a part of this great sport as an owner.”

#startracking Saturday April 23rd 11am

Of the horses I put up last night Forge has been the best supported. They are taking on Home of the Brave and hopefully we have got the right #FantasticMrFahey horses? Be lucky!!

#Saturdays Fab Four

Haydock 2.10             RIGHT TOUCH

Ripon 3.50                  TATLISU

Ripon 5.30                  EARLY BIRD

Sandown 5.55                        ALCALA

#SandownsSuperSaturday

What a great climax (not words I’m used to hearing) to the jumps season. Fantastic viewing but trappy to find a bet. Lets start with the Whitbread Bet365 Chase.

I’ve had three on my shortlist for over a month namely Sausalito Sunrise, Le Reve and Carole’s Destrier. I thought the ground had gone against all three but this morning Sandown seems to have changed from Good (Good to Firm in places) to Good (Good to Soft in places) which brings them back into play. I can’t have anything that ran in the Grand National and Le Reve had a tough race so that’s the Spanish Archer. The trip, ground and the fact he is a fresh horse

are all in favour of Sausalito Sunrise, the downside is the 11st 12lb he has to lump round. He has however earned that dubious privilege and he is a one star* each way selection @ 25/1 general.

Caroles Destrier has been earmarked for this race since he won the London National over course and distance before Christmas. I took 14/1 for two stars** each way earlier in the week and I would now recommend the same two star** e/w wager @ 12/1 general.

This race is all about rhythm and jumping. Those fences could easily catch out the likes of Southfield Theatre (again!) and Measureofmydreams, the Druids Nephew bulldozed his way round Aintree and Hadrians approach is surely past his sell by date. You could give squeaks to the improving Henri Parri Morgan and last year’s winner Just a Par but I’m quite happy to stick with Sausalito sunrise and Carole’s Destrier.

As for the rest of the card I think Mullins can cause a stir with Voix du Reve, Valseur Lido and Vroum Vroum Mag but I don’t like the price of any of them! I’ll sit back and watch Sprinter Sacre and Un de Sceaux. Some Buckle is a #startracking horse from the Brookhouse/Poorhouse section who could pop up in the penultimate race, the novices handicap chase which just leaves the final race of the season, a twenty runner 2m4f C2 handicap hurdle, Yippee! Firstly I’m going to put up the top weight Kilcrea Vale who has looked capable of winning one of these C2 events since hacking up on hurdling debut! His mark has slipped to OR145 so he gets in here. He is an all or nothing horse so he is a one star* win selection @ 12/1 general for Nicky Henderson to spoil the party! However I think Paul Nicholls and Team Ditcheat have a real player down the bottom of the weights in the shape of ALCALA. His run when third to Barney Dwan over course and distance in March looks really strong. The second Potters Point was placed in the G1 novice at Aintree and the fourth, Two Taffs, hacked up in the Aintree C2 handicap! Alcala is a hold up horse and he will need the breaks in the straight but he is a two star** each way selection @ 12/1 with William Hill.

#startracking Saturday Updates

Doncaster 7.05           INVERMERE Could turn out to be a bargain buy at just £25K as she won her maiden at C4 level over Chester 7F having been placed over the same trip in her first three runs. Her final run was a close up sixth of fifteen in a competitive fillies nursery at Headquarters and she was only beaten in the last hundred yards. She could be another one who may come good in those 6F 3yo handicaps at Newmarket. May get 7F in time and yet to prove herself out of fillies only company.

A little surprised to find she’s taking the boys on in a C4 handicap over Doncasters straight mile! #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news Invermere is a filly who has done well over the winter. I’m looking forward to her run in the Black And Veatch Handicap although at this stage I’m a little unsure over whether she’s a seven-furlong or a one-mile filly. She starts out over the longer trip here.” His enthusiasm warrants a one star* each way selection @ 12/1 with WH.

Doncaster 7.35           SIMPLY SHINING #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news Simply Shining won the Yorkshire Water Charity Fillies’ Handicap last year and I thought she ran quite well on her reappearance at Nottingham. She’s entitled to improve for that run and if she does she’d be another who isn’t without a chance.” Young Adam McNamara makes his way from Ripon for this one ride and his seven pound claim will enhance the fillies chance. She is a one star* each way selection @ 12/1 with WH.

 

#FantasticMrFahey

Haydock 2.10             RIGHT TOUCH             See above

Haydock 2.10             WITHERNSEA             See above

Haydock 3.20             GABRIALS KAKA         See above

Haydock 3.35             BLACK MAGIC            RF He’s had a wind operation over the winter so we’ll see how he runs2. Watching Brief.

Haydock 5.05             FARHAM                     Was supposed to be a leading 3yo last season but he is still an eight race maiden! Watching Brief.

Ripon 2.05                  BOUNDSEY                 RF Our two-year-olds are tending to need their first run this season – we don’t know why..” Watching Brief.

Ripon 2.40                  GABRIALS KING          Trying to improve his rating to get into the 2016 Chester Cup. Hasn’t won over this trip for two years and still 2lb above last winning mark. Watching Brief.

Ripon 2.40                  GABRIALS STAR          Trying to improve his rating to get into the 2016 Chester Cup. Too often the bridesmaid. Watching Brief.

Ripon 3.15                  IMSHIVALLA               Can never get this filly right! I’ll pass.

Ripon 3.15                  OUR BOY JACK           Will win this season but probably not here. Thirsk/Ayr with some serious cut in the ground.

Ripon 3.50                  ALBEN STAR               Love the horse but probably better on the sand these days. Best results may be behind him now?

Ripon 3.50                  TATLISU                      See above

Ripon 3.50                  ECCLESTON                See above

Ripon 3.50                  GROWL                       New addition. Doesn’t look anything special. Watching Brief.

Ripon 5.30                  FLOWING CLARETS    RF Her work has been ordinary at times this spring..” Watching Brief.

Ripon 5.30                  EARLY BIRD                 See above

Doncaster 5.35           DARRINGTON             Still searching for his best trip. Ran best races over Newmarket’s 8F. Watching Brief.

Doncaster 6.05           IN FIRST PLACE           RF Our two-year-olds are tending to need their first run this season – we don’t know why..” Watching Brief.

Doncaster 6.35           BACK TO BOND          Average form in what looks a hot maiden. Watching Brief.

Doncaster 7.05           INVERMERE                See above

Doncaster 7.35           SIMPLY SHINING        See above

Doncaster 8.05           CHARACTER ONESIE  Wants further and firmer ground. This is a Lady Amateur Rider’s handicap. I’ll pass!!

 

#startracking Friday April 22nd 7.30pm

Fantastic climax to the Jumps season at Sandown plus four competitive Saturday Flat cards. In tomorrow’s 11am blog I will cover selections for the National Hunt, plus horses to keep an eye on and why I’ll be watching the rest of the #FantasticMrFahey army!

Good day in the office with Stoute and Moore (he’s suspended tomorrow) doubling up and Midhmaar running a cracker.

#startracking Saturday runners

Haydock 2.10             RIGHT TOUCH Did us all a favour at Ayr last backend and a horse with a winning attitude. Had a run on Lincoln day in the Spring Mile, albeit a poor one, but has better ground and his ideal trip of 7F here. What he wants is a good pace to aim at and with the likes of ex-Fahey Majestic Moon in the field that is what he should get. Jack Garrity, who won on him twice last season, takes the reins and I regard that as a plus. Plenty of stars are aligned here and he is a three star*** win selection @ 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

Haydock 2.10             WITHERNSEA I would have been all over this horse if they had had some rain this week as Haydocks 7F would have done nicely. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is taken out tomorrow. Watching Brief.

Haydock 3.20             GABRIALS KAKA he hacked up on the sand last Saturday and he is up 4lbs and out a week later. On past form he is still well in and Paul Hanagan said he picked up amongst horses. With confidence restored let’s hope Tom Queally (??) can persuade him to repeat the dose for the good Dr. K. He is a one star* win selection @ 9/1 with Coral, 8/1 general.

A typically trappy early season 14 runner C2 6F sprint at Ripon however ideal Fahey territory it being a 6-8F handicap on a Saturday. To add to the conundrum he runs four and I’m going to suggest backing two of them.

Ripon 3.50                  TATLISU As his Trainer suggests in his weekend piece to sportinglife.com Tatlisu is going to need a lifetime best to win this off 102 but does handle the track and Ripon can be a case of horses for courses.” The second point of handling Ripon, third on his last three visits, is what appeals plus an ability to run well first time up and Adam McNamara taking off seven pounds is a bonus. He is a one star* each way selection @ 7/1 with Betfred and Coral.

Ripon 3.50                  ECCLESTON He was with Fahey as a 2yo, David O’Meara had him as a 3yo but he is now back at Musley Bank. Not an easy horse to win with but as the #FantasticMrFahey thinks he’s best of the four he has to be a one star win* selection @ 8/1 with Coral.

Ripon 4.55                  UNDER ATTACK He made an eye catching debut for Sir Michael Stoute in June 2015 when 4th to Ibn Malik in a C4 7F maiden at Newmarket, easily outrunning his odds of 33/1. Sent off 5/2JF a month later for a similar contest at Sandown he displayed some “attitude” as the Racing Post recorded “Unseated rider before entering stalls, held up in 8th, dropped to last and urged along 2f out, kept on final furlong”. He has since been gelded and connections will be hoping for a more mature performance from this Dubawi colt. His breeding suggests he will need at least 10F as his mum was an OR100 rated middle distance filly. So we will watch on Thursday 5.50 Chelmsford, and then see how he gets on down the handicap route? Sent off an unfancied 10/1 shot he was unruly in the stalls and slowly away. Pushed to get a racing position on rails, midfield. Came four wide into the straight and kept on well to grab second behind Murad Khan. Has been given OR80 which is surely workable stepping up in trip.

He neither steps up in trip or goes in a handicap but runs in this C4 10F maiden in what looks a match with Victory Bond unless the Hugo Palmer newcomer Zorlu gets involved. At 2/1 with Betfred he is a one star win* selection. Probably best to wait until a few more firms price this race up.

Ripon 5.30                  EARLY BIRD #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news Early Bird who is a filly we like. She won well on her final start at two at Catterick and she could run well here. She’s interesting.” That is enough for me to put her in #startracker and have a one star* win wager here @ 6/1 with Ladbrokes. James Sullivan is a rare jockey booking (0 from 4 in 2015).

Leicester 3.25             EAST INDIES I was hugely impressed when he won a 10F Monday night maiden at Kempton by 7L despite pulling all the way. He then stepped back to 7F for the big sales race at Newmarket and this middle distance prospect was never competitive. He has been gelded, which could help him settle, and he wears a first time hood, which should help him settle. He starts off handicapping over 12f, which his pedigree suggests should suit, carrying top weight in this C3 3yo race. The six in opposition have all had a run, three winning and the other three were second, and the Godolphin team have hardly hit the floor running so he has to be a Watching Brief but put him in your #startracker.

Leicester 4.00             HOME OF THE BRAVE I’m a fan of the trainer, Hugo Palmer, and this horse especially. He has ideal conditions here. “Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.” He is a three star*** win selection @ 15/8 with PP.“Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.”

Leicester 5.10             ULYSSES Ran in the other division of the C4 8F maiden at Newbury that Midterm won for Stoute. This chestnut son of Galileo out of Oaks winner Light Shift was a stronger fancy of the two on the day. Immature but stayed on in eyecatching fashion and is screaming out for 10/12F. Surely a G1 horse in the making.

Timeform says “Promising type. Sixth of 15 in maiden (4/1) at Newbury (8f, soft) on debut, considerately handled. Off 6 months. Up in trip. Stable having good spell and holds a Derby entry.” I think this is a REAL dark horse who was all over the gallop reports last season.This looks an ideal place to start, a C5 10F maiden at Leicester and this should be his next big step to stardom! Ted Durcan rides when supposedly he could have ridden the other two Stoute entries. Varians newcomer has been put in at odds on and just on the strength of stable form it’s the Stoute horse for me. If you can get anywhere near the 9/2 Coral are offering he is a two star** win selection.

Doncaster 6.35           FORGE Firstly add him to your #startracker. Juddmonte homebred son of Dubawi and who’s US raced dam was good enough to win the Beverley D. He was a tall leggy 2yo who has had just the one run. He was 7th in a warm 7F maiden at Newmarket behind Tashweeq. Travelled well just off the pace but was one pace from 2F out under hands and heels. Needs 10F+ and to grow into his substantial frame. Will enjoy a galloping track and probably Firm in the going description. He’ll enjoy Doncaster and its drying ground and hopefully 7F will be enough. He is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with PP.

Doncaster 7.05           INVERMERE Could turn out to be a bargain buy at just £25K as she won her maiden at C4 level over Chester 7F  having been placed over the same trip in her first three runs. Her final run was a close up sixth of fifteen in a competitive fillies nursery at Headquarters and she was only beaten in the last hundred yards. She could be another one who may come good in those 6F 3yo handicaps at Newmarket. May get 7F in time and yet to prove herself out of fillies only company.

A little surprised to find she’s taking the boys on in a C4 handicap over Doncasters straight mile! #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news Invermere is a filly who has done well over the winter. I’m looking forward to her run in the Black And Veatch Handicap although at this stage I’m a little unsure over whether she’s a seven-furlong or a one-mile filly. She starts out over the longer trip here.” His enthusiasm warrants a one star* win selection @ (to be updated in the morning)

Doncaster 7.35           SIMPLY SHINING #FantasticMrFahey said in his sportinglife.com weekend news Simply Shining won the Yorkshire Water Charity Fillies’ Handicap last year and I thought she ran quite well on her reappearance at Nottingham. She’s entitled to improve for that run and if she does she’d be another who isn’t without a chance.” Young Adam McNamara makes his way from Ripon for this one ride and his seven pound claim will enhance the fillies chance. She is a one star* win selection @ (to be updated in the morning).

#startracking Friday April 22nd 11am

Cracking card at Sandown with handicappers running in Group races and future Group winners in the handicaps! Not surprised that Pricewise has put up Midhmaar and hope a few of you got on in Ladbrokes at 9am @ 25/1! All the betting action seems to revolve around john gosden. They have backed/nibbled most of his except Southern Stars in the Sandown 4.05 which has drifted like the proverbial! Atone is a one horse book?

#startracking Friday Runners Updates

Sandown 2.20            VENTURA STORM      Non Runner

Sandown 4.35             SHALL WE Niarchos homebred by Dansili out of a Saddlers Wells mare, so worth her weight in gold. Had a spin on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton last November when a very respectable staying on second to Khaleesy. Luna Mare was third when trained by Richard Fahey (may still be!!). Only two companies priced up @5/2 and 7/2. Update in the morning as both of those quotes are a bit tight! Currently just 3/1 so it’s a Watching Brief.

#startracking Saturday Going Updates

Haydock Park / Sat 23 Apr

Good (GoingStick: 6.8 on Thursday at 07:30) Updated @ 7:45am, Fri 22 Apr

Leicester / Sat 23 Apr    

Good to Soft (GoingStick: 5.6 on Friday at 08:15) Updated @ 8:48am, Fri 22 Apr

Ripon / Sat 23 Apr                           

Soft, Good to Soft in Places (GoingStick: 6.1 on Thursday at 07:45) Updated @ 7:54am, Thu 21 Apr

Doncaster / Sat 23 Apr

Good to soft Good in places (GoingStick: 7.6 on Friday at 07:45) Updated @ 6:46am, Fri 22 Apr

Sandown Park / Sat 23 Apr

Chase – Good, Good to Firm in a few places Hurdle – Good (GoingStick: Chase 7.9 Hurdle 7.5 on Friday at 07:00) Updated @ 7:54am, Fri 22 Apr

#startracking Craven Report Updates

Timeform 20th April 2016

“Ben Fearnley picks out three horses that caught the eye at last week’s Craven meeting at Newmarket.

Amazour – Newmarket, Tuesday April 12th Amazour’s form tailed off at the back end of his three-year-old campaign, but his handicap form from the first half of last season – which included a sixth in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, when the trip seemed stretch his stamina – make him interesting from his current mark (92), and he shaped as if his outing over six furlongs at Newmarket last week would put him spot on for something else. The most obvious option for him now would be the valuable handicap over the same C&D on Guinea’s weekend, and he’ll definitely one to be interested in if he shows up there.

Mulk – Newmarket Wednesday, April 13th The Wood Ditton is a race traditionally full of well-bred types from big stables and obviously usually throws future winners (Basem won the race in 2013 while Eclipse winner Mukhadram was second passed the post in 2012). There is every reason to think this year’s renewal will be the same. Sky Kingdom justified strong market support in style last week, but arguably the one to take out of the race was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mulk, who finished second after conceding first run to the winner and came from further back than the other principles. Mulk doesn’t have any future entries, but he is open to significant improvement after his debut (has a large ‘P’) and is one to keep on the right side of going forward.”

#startracking Thursday April 21st 6pm

Better afternoon today with Garcia doing the business nicely and Carnageo running on having blown the start, it really is Hamilton’s Achilles heel!

Quality card at Sandown, notebook and wallet at the ready. Doncaster is more about quantity!

#startracking Friday runners

Sandown 1.20            CHIEF WHIP US bred son of Giants Causeway cost Messrs Magnier, Tabor and Smith $250K and is not at Coolmore but with Richard Hannon. Only ran the once as a 2yo but couldn’t have been much more impressive. Out OK, travelled well but had to sit and suffer just behind the leaders waiting for a gap but when he did get daylight he really quickened up in the style of a good horse. The 2nd and 3rd have both won since suggesting Chief Whip is an OR95+ horse and possibly a Group contender. He has an entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas. That run was at the end of July and he had plenty of entries later but never appeared, which suggests an issue or two?

As I have waited so long for this class act and the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye and he is a two star** win selection @ 7/2 with Coral and PP.

Sandown 1.20            MIDHMAAR Won once from six starts as a 2yo but now as a gelded 3yo he could be a handicapping money spinner. He was green on debut, ground was Soft on his second run and on his third run in a maiden on the AW at Lingfield ran into two OR90+ horses! He comfortably made all in a C3 8F nursery on Good to Firm at Salisbury. Stepped up to C2 8F at Doncaster he was too keen early and wouldn’t settle but was still only beaten 1¼L in fifth. On his final run in a C4 nursery over Ripon’s 8F round a bend he was last away in a field of 13, intended or not, but he settled, travelled and stormed up the straight, only to be blocked twice and still got to second beaten only by the progressive Move Up. Ideal conditions for this son of Iffraaj would be 8F on Good to Firm with some pace on and the chance of cover. His current rating is 84 and very workable. An early season win and he could be an Ascot Britannia candidate.

He is a must one star* each way selection at a massive 22/1 (!!) with Betfred.

Sandown 2.20            MIDTERM Currently second favourite for the Epsom Derby at 10/1 after just one winning run in an October C4 Newbury maiden over a mile. Absolutely bred in the purple, mum Midday dad Galileo, and despite drifting in the market (6/1-8/1) his performance was stunning. RP analysis, “Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out and brought wide of others near stands’ rail, strong run to lead well inside final furlong.” Makes his seasonal reappearance in the G3 10f Sandown Classic Trial and the racing world eagerly awaits!

Sir Michael Stoute’s 3yo’s currently rock and this blueblood is a three star*** win selection @ 6/5 with PP.

Sandown 2.20            VENTURA STORM Tim Palin, racing manager for Middleham Park Racing said after his win at Newmarket last August, “On the race time he didn’t look a Group-race winner on Friday but they went a muddling early pace and visually he looked a Pattern performer and that is in keeping with what Richard Hannon has thought for a while. It would be a huge leap of faith to say he is a good as Toormore as he was a champion two-year-old, but physically he is in his kind of mould. He has at least the same level of ability as Kool Kompany and will improve throughout the season. He is definitely a Group-race performer north of a hundred (rating), whether that is 102, 112 or 122, I don’t know but he is heading in the right direction.” He also won his next race, a C4 Conditions at Salisbury but then came badly unstuck when stepped up to G1 at Longchamp in the Prix Jean-Luc Languedoc in October. He starts his 3yo campaign in the Listed Fielden Stakes at the Craven meeting over 9F.

Ventura Storm Dwarfed by the other three but took trail, led 2F out and saw it out well.

Trainer Richard Hannon told the RP “”Ventura Storm is a lovely horse and Ryan Moore said he would get a mile and a quarter no problem. He liked this sort of ground and we may have a look at something like the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot. Mine have been needing the run but he’s got away with it and he’ll be better next time.” Middleham’s racing manager Tim Palin added: “He is in the German 2000 Guineas but that won’t happen. He’ll be in the Dante and the French Derby and the Italian Derby. He could go somewhere before the French Derby, but would go straight to Italy. As Richard said, when you’re in the promised land, it might be worth having a shot at the Dante and French Derby.”“Ventura Storm is a lovely horse and Ryan Moore said he would get a mile and a quarter no problem,” said Hannon.”He liked this sort of ground and we may have a look at something like the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot. VENTURA STORM has been declared to run in the GROUP 3 classic trial @Sandownpark on Friday. He will be ridden by Frankie. Tom Palin ‏@tpalin 11am Weds.

He is all guts and race fitness but lack of size and scope may catch him out here. Watching Brief.

Doncaster 3.55           GALLIPOLI This son of Dandy Man looks every inch a sprinter and won well, if a little wayward, on debut over 5F on Town Moor before running on well to be 4th in a C2 novice stakes around a tricky Beverley in late May. Not seen since, #amazingMrFahey reasoning “He has always been a big horse and we’ve given him time to fill into his frame. Gallipoli is a work in progress but he has done very well over the winter.”

Fahey has his string firing and his depth of 3yo’s means he should know where he stands. Any bet now on Gallipoli is surely at worse only money lent, so he is a one star* win selection @ 9/1 with Coral.

Doncaster 3.55           ANCIENT ASTRONAUT Fourth to Stamp Hill (should be in your #startracker!) at Pontefract. The second, Reflektor, has already won since. The form could be strong, he is a one star* win selection @ 12/1 with Ladbrokes.

#FantasticMrFahey

DONCASTER 2:10            Oak Bluffs A win in his turn low grade sprinter. Not for me. Watching Brief.

SANDOWN 2:55              Gabrial bet365 Mile (Group 2) Got to love this beast and Dr. K! He was placed in the Sussex mile and the QEII at G1 level and has earned connections over £400K in place money as well as win in Medan and the Lincoln and the Doncaster Mile on Town Moor. Will no doubt be ridden to pick up the pieces but he is no betting medium! Could be interesting to see if Ryan Moore can get a tune out of him?

DONCASTER 3:55            Gallipoli I’m Backing Lewis Ashley Modular Buildings Handicap SEE ABOVE

#SirMichaelStoute3yoAlert

Sandown 4.05                        ATONE A Juddmonte homebred filly by Oasis Dream out of Midsummer (placed at 12F at Listed level). Most of Atones sisters are now mares around the world. Midsummer did produce Midsummer Sun who was placed in G3’s in Australia. Has to be a watching brief as Atone makes her debut at three.

Sandown 4.35                        SHALL WE Niarchos homebred by Dansili out of a Saddlers Wells mare, so worth her weight in gold. Had a spin on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton last November when a very respectable staying on second to Khaleesy. Luna Mare was third when trained by Richard Fahey (may still be!!). only two companies priced up @5/2 and 7/2. Update in the morning as both of those quotes are a bit tight!

Sandown 4.05                        STARGAZER Let’s hope there is no Jack Hobbs lurking in this field! Stargazer is owned by Michael Tabor. Sired by Canford Cliffs. Both facts make him of interest. He was a progressive 2yo (432) and his last two runs behind Move Up and Paris Protocol were above average and he goes handicapping off OR87 in this C3 10F event. 15/2 with Coral seems a fair price and he is a one star* each way selection.

Doncaster 5.25           IMPEDIMENT This gelded son of Pivotal cost £90K and had three spins as a 2yo all resulting in midfield mediocrity. Makes his handicap debut over 12F off just OR65 carrying bottom weight in a C4 handicap on Town Moor. Has to be a Watching Brief.

#startracking Thursday April 21st 12noon

Sorry I’m late on parade but the allotment called?

What is going on with oddschecker? No betting history? No links to sportinglife.com? This is serious!

Anyway we have a couple of runners today and I’ll put yesterday’s dismal results on tomorrows blog!

#startracking Wednesday runners

Beverley 2.20 CARNAGEO Here is what I put in the Richard Fahey Alternative Unofficial Stable Tour, “Another purchase from the Arquana/Saint Cloud Breeze-ups he was given time to acclimatise and then had three runs in five weeks in October/November. None of them were anything special but now gelded he is a big, scopey son of Pivotal and looks sure to leave his present mark of OR70 well behind when growing into his frame and this handicapping project should be best around a mile with a bit of give in the ground. He runs for the Up For Anything Syndicate, which may well sum this horse up!” Well he is in a 7½F, 0-70, Soft ground Beverley C5 3yo handicap. Tony Hamilton rides and they are in stall 6 of 10. Looks about spot on, Carnageo is a three star*** win selection @ 7/1 general               

Beverley 2.50 GARCIA This is a 7½F, 0-95, Soft ground Beverley C3 3yo handicap. Here is what I put in the Alternative Unofficial Stable Tour “This homebred son of Paco Boy is one of the first Highclere Thoroughbred Racing have put with #FantasticMrFahey and he’ll be hoping for lots more like this one! The trainer calling him “a big, scopey horse.” Slow away and green before finishing strongly when third on debut to Prince Helvellyn in a C6 6F race at Newcastle on Good to Firm, he readily stepped up on this when winning a 7F C3 maiden on Good to Soft at York giving stablemate, Prying Pandora 8lbs and a one length beating. The softer ground, the longer trip or experience could have brought about the improvement but he looks a horse to follow. He has already been gelded suggesting the handicap route, where 10F may well be his limit. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back on the Knavesmire this summer.” Every chance Tony Hamilton could double up in this tight five runner contest. A two star** win selection @ 3/1 Ladbrokes and Betfred

Beverley 2.50    ARAB POET Stoute 3yo with Ryan Moore on board.

Beverley 3.50 SHABBAH If this was Sir Mark Prescott we would be all over it but surely Stoute is using the same plan? Three runs as a 2yo at 7/8F for a horse who will need 12F and he turns up as a 3yo in a C5 12F 0-70 handicap at Beverley off OR64 with Ryan Moore on board. Owned by same chap who has Nathra and he paid £200K for this son of Sea the Stars out of a dam who produced Ingleby Symphony who won off OR78 when trained by #FantasticMrFahey. Must be worth a dabble and is a one star* win selection @ Non Runner

Beverley 4.50 CARENOT Ran twice as a 2yo, both times he was second and this is a golden opportunity to break his maiden with Ryan Moore (staying for the last race!!) doing the steering. In his final run last season he was beaten by Dolphin Vista (#FantasticMrFahey) who has already won this season. Sadly long odds on and no bet!

#startrackingNeverbescared ofonehorse?

Really?

Godolphin website Posted 21 April 2016, 08:39 GMT Emotionless, the winner of last year’s G2 Champagne Stakes in breathtaking fashion is to miss the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. Charlie Appleby said this morning, “The horse has done nothing wrong in his work but I feel that he is still maturing and will be a better horse with more time.

“He is an incredibly exciting horse to train but he is a horse for the second half of the season and he has a real future as a four and five-year-old when he is fully developed.”The decision not to run is a difficult one but it is in the best interests of the horse and that is all that matters.”

Michael O’Callaghan warns that the 2,000 Guineas “might come a couple of weeks too soon” for Blue De Vega. French/Irish Guineas are options. Kevin Blake ‏@kevinblake2011 Weds. 11am

#startrackingHugoPalmer

HUGO PALMER is eyeing a potential tilt at the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes with Home Of The Brave, who is scheduled to make his seasonal return in the Tote-backed Listed King Richard III Stakes over 7f at Leicester on Saturday. Home Of The Brave was an impressive winner of the European Free Handicap on his return last season and was not disgraced when finishing sixth in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Palmer says he is in “zinging” form for his seasonal reappearance. “Home Of The Brave is in at Leicester and he is ready for a run, in fact I’m desperate to run him,” Palmer wrote in his Betfair blog. “He is zinging at home and couldn’t be more ready for a run.” After his Guineas run last year, Home Of The Brave was then dropped back in trip for the remainder of the campaign but Palmer is still open-minded about the four-year-old’s optimum trip. “I can’t wait to get him out and he’s in the Lockinge next month. I think you can mark up his sixth in the Guineas, his only start over a mile to date, as he made the running into a strong headwind. He is a much stronger horse this season, but sometimes that can make them faster. We will see.” Racing Post Tony McFadden 4:45PM 19 APR 2016

Mengli Khan will now go for a 0-95 handicap over 1m2f at the Guineas meeting.#HugoPalmer