#startracking Friday May 27th 7.00pm

Starting to put this together at 4.30pm and so far it has been dire today! At Bath Muwaary had a bus to catch and Tetradrachm didn’t pick a hoof up, they occupied the last two places come the line! My mood wasn’t the best after declining Masterpaver at 5/4, see it open at 3/1 and win at 5/2! Mind you the horse must be talented to get Hamilton out of the hole he had got them into! Giddy was taken out at Haydock today (Going-Good to Soft) and runs at Chester tomorrow (?).

Let’s hope things improve over the course of writing this as we have Constantino, who has halved in price, a two star** each way selection @ 10/1 with WH and Stardrifter is a one star* win selection @ 9/2 with WH.

Dark clouds are over the #startracking study! Five horses drive for the line and Constantino is FOURTH beaten two heads and a neck!! I am now losing the will to blog, Stardrifter has finished SECOND!!

Time to recharge my enthusiasm batteries. I will post this as it is and I will fill the gaps in tomorrow morning by 11am. If Pricewise dares put one of them up…….

These are Saturday’s recommended #startracking investments and why


Haydock 2.00                         GERRY THE GLOVER Has form over course and distance, in this grade, on ground on the soft side of good, Atzeni is a plus and I think he is a knocking two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general.


Catterick 4.40                         BEARDWOOD Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!!

Haydock 3.10                          HOME OF THE BRAVE



Chester 4.35                           ENGAGE Ted Durcan goes to the Rodeye to partner this daughter of Pour Moi. Good ground will be fine as will be the step up to 12f. The one drawback I have had with Engage is that although athletic she lacks a little size, which around Chester could be a real plus.

She is a two star** win selection @ 5/2 with Ladbrokes and Betfred.

Haydock 3.20                         DOLLAR REWARD 6F is on the short side for a son of Shamardal? Let’s focus on the positives, this is Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore combining in a C4 handicap on a Saturday and at 9/1 with Coral I am willing to make him a one star* win selection.


Chester 2.50                           GABRIALS KAKA

Chester 3.25                           GABRIALS STAR

Chester 4.00                           BILLY SLATER

Catterick 5.15                                     SPIRIT OF ZEB Probably better on the AW but he is only 1lb higher than his last winning mark on turf and that was also in C5 that he drops into here. Ground is fine and Adam McNamara’s 7lb claim brings him into play. If the lad can get any sort of position off into and out of the tight downhill bend he could have a squeak. 8/1 with PP is big enough to make him a one star* win selection.


Catterick 5.45                                     HYLAND HEATHER

Chester 2.15                           GIDDY

Haydock 3.20                         DANCING YEARS


The following horses are all a Watching Brief.


Chester 2.50                           RENE MATHIS Another that needs respite from the handicapper and being dropped a pound OR103 102 is of little use! In six visits to Chester he has been fourth four times, so he acts on the course, he’s drawn well in stall 4 but a mile and that handicap mark are enough to put me off.

Chester 2.50                           VALLEY OF FIRE



Haydock 3.45                         TANEEN Just doesn’t have the form in the book to be competitive G2 3yo 6F sprint, indeed the handicapper thinks he has 26lb to find with Gifted Master. That makes the choice of race by Roger Varian and the H-a-M team curious indeed and Taneen is a horse I will have a very close eye on.

Haydock 4.55                         CLAYTON HALL Stop Press – he is now trained by Brian Ellison!! David Armstrong’s gelded son of Lilbourne Lad having had his three runs goes handicapping off OR73. Two on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton and a “dwelt, kept on” fourth at Beverley. Trip should be fine, no idea how good he is? If and when he learns to settle, with experience he could be OK. OR73 72



Salisbury 8.20                         THIRD ROCK £85K yearling by Japanese sire Hat Trick was withdrawn from last Autumn’s H-I-T sales. Had three runs as a 2yo over 6, 7 and 7 furlongs showing nothing but greenness and returned 25/1 on all three occasions. Has been gelded and breeding suggests he wants 10F. Time for #SuperStoute to wave his magic wand. OR68 suggests handicaps to me.



Catterick 4.40                         CANYARI Turn isn’t far away with Doncaster the likely venue. OR86 85 Possibilities of C3? Now down to last winning mark. Just don’t think Cattericks sharp 7F out of stall 1 will play to his strengths. George Chaloner will really need to have his wits about him to make the frame.



Haydock 3.45                         DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT DJ was a fantastic 2yo who improved stones in the autumn but the vibes coming out of Musley Bank have not been positive. “He didn’t do very well over the winter and has only just started to pick up now. He’s ready for a run but it’s a watching brief at the moment with him. Any rain would help.” It was Good to firm today, 3yo sprinting is THE toughest division, I like #FantasticMrFahey will have my fingers crossed but it is a Watching Brief.

Chester 4.35                           MONACO ROSEMarwan was keen to run” is #FantasticMrFahey talk for, don’t blame me when it’s beaten!



Beverley 4.10                         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 seventeen going back to September 2014! No longer a betting medium unless its 10F/York/Hanagan!

Catterick 3.30                         ENERGIA FLAVIO Although he continues to slide down the handicap he doesn’t have a preferred trip and he has to be Only If… Wolverhampton C4, probably 8½F and even then only to small stakes!

Catterick 4.40                         OUR BOY JACK Will win this season but probably not here. Thirsk/Ayr with some serious cut in the ground.

Catterick 4.40                         KHELMAN An “Only if…” horse. Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less. So despite Adam McNamara taking off 7lb and Khelman is drawn 1 it is very much a Watching Brief.

Khelman                              1st           11/2 Well I got this one wrong. They backed Khelman from 7/1 to 11/2 and he got a seam a furlong out and he burst through in a messy race where the third was disqualified. OR8387. I will stick with Only if .. 6F, C4, OR80 or less.

Catterick 5.15                                     GABRIAL THE TIGER Has to be an OnlyIf… horse. He needs to get down to OR70, he needs a sharp 7F and double your stakes if it is Musselburgh!

 Haydock 2.00                        HOME CUMMINS Currently OR89. Handicapper needs to relent from OR89 and she goes on the “Only If…” list. Only interested If she comes down to OR85.



Beverley 5.20                         FRAP Think Dr. K has bought a rabbit here and I’m sure I can hear the Hannons chuckling. Either never quite gets there or weakens in final furlong if he does! NWMM. Having said that OR58 is heading to a plater’s mark! Of course off OR58 with Rachel Richardson claiming 5lb #FantasticMrFahey got the mule in the winner’s enclosure. Even with the same girl in the saddle Frap is up 4lbs and I refuse to believe the same rabbit can be pulled out of the hat, again!

Chester 5.10                           MODERNISM ONLY IF … C4 10F Tapeta (Wolverhampton/Newcastle). NWMM on Turf.

Chester 5.10                           CHARACTER ONESIE You know it’s a bad horse when even the trainer is clutching at straws Character Onesie is another who has been disappointing this season but we’re going up in trip here in the hope that brings about some improvement.”


For me all 2yo’s are a Watching Brief until Royal Ascot.

Beverley 2.20                         SPRINGWOOD C4/5, 6/7F nursery material. Runs in the RF Racing Club colours.

Beverley 3.00                         SPIN DOCTOR May well be quite an important as well as emotional 2yo filly for the yard. She’s a Cheveley Park homebred sired by Mayson who won the G1 6F July Cup trained by the #FantasticMrFahey.

Spin Doctor                        1st           11/1 Hello! With the stalls on the Stands side Spin Doctor was drawn in the middle of the course. Out fine, travelled in second wave, came to challenge 2F out, led 1F out, got rail, gone. Nice. Probably enough to get a ticket to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

Chester 1.45                           SCOFFLAW £60K purchase at Tatt’s Book 2. Son of promising Australian sire Foxwedge.



Intilaaq was found to have a dirty scope following his poor performance in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening. The Roger Varian-trained colt was sent off the 5-4 favourite for the Group Three contest but weakened quickly out of contention after making the running and trailed in sixth of the seven runners behind Time Test. The four-year-old will now receive treatment and connections will have to sit tight to see how he is over the next few days before deciding whether he can still make Royal Ascot where he has a couple of options. “He was incredibly disappointing. He didn’t scope 100 per cent after the race, so that might be a genuine excuse at least for part of the run,” said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. “There’s no doubt he was disappointing. He’d been working really well at home, so we were all amazed by that. We’ll have to wait and see if we get on to Ascot now or whether we have got to take a pull with him. We’ll treat him and just get him cleared up. He folded very quickly. I thought they went hard early and then Paul (Hanagan) very much felt about slowing it up after the first three furlongs or so. He thought he’d managed to get a breather into him and all he did was go backwards.” Sportinglife.com May 27 2016, 11.36 BST

This doesn’t amuse me


George Baker, the rider of TETRADRACHM, unplaced, reported that the colt hung left throughout. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt during routine testing found it to be lame, left fore.

Nor does this


The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, TOGA TIGER (IRE), unplaced, had hung quickly right, interfering with STARDRIFTER, placed second, but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.


Tomorrow is another day etc. etc.


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