#startracking Wednesday July 27th 12.30pm

I must start with giving credit where credit is due. Great ride Tony Hamilton. At Beverley yesterday he bossed a race on Dawn Mirage and got a deserved win. Set pace, stacked them up, quickened when HE wanted to, job done! More of the same please Mr Hamilton.

Whilst on the subject of jockeys if you haven’t seen Ruby Walsh getting Penhill up in the first at Galway yesterday you need to. Matched at 1000 for £14 at Betfair (not by me!) that’s how good it is! Horse didn’t jump a flight.

At Goodwood today a possibility of a bit of rain morning/afternoon but doesn’t look enough to worsen the ground from Good (unless they get a heavy thunderstorm on watered ground) indeed it may just freshen it all up.


Struggling to find a bet in Sussex today. My two main bets today are at Sandown tonight. I will post this now and get the Sandown/Galway/Ante Post bit up ASAP!


#startrackingGoodwood Wednesday

2.00 2m5F Handicap Readers of this blog over Royal Ascot will know I am no fan of these extreme Flat races that just give the National Hunt crowd a day out in the summer. Two mildly interest me.

The Cashel Man Ideal race for young Jamie Spencer who can switch horses off with the best! He could have ridden the top weight No Heretic on whom he won the Chester Cup for the Hays but he rides this one instead. Like many in the race he steps up 5f in trip.

Iftiraaq Love this trainer, Seamus Durack, who just needs a couple of Saturday horses to show how good he really is. He’s booked Atzeni, Iftiraaq is at the right end of the handicap and will go on the ground.

3.35 G3 12F 3yo Gordon Stakes

Platitude #SuperStoute saddles this Juddmonte colt who was second in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot from an impossible draw then same position in the G3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. Watching Brief.

Ullysses My Derby selection with plenty of questions to answer, the main one being “Does he stay?” #SuperStoute watchers suggest he’s back to his best on the gallops. Watching Brief.

3.10 G1 8F Sussex Stakes This looks a cracker but will surely only involve the 3yo’s at the business end, won’t it?

Richard Pankhurst Won the 2015 Chesham at Royal Ascot and was a leading Classic fancy. Struggled with injuries since. I thought his last run was fine showing a bit of the old “whoosh” from the two furlong pole. Lightly raced classy colt who needs fast ground and why has Gosden got him in a G1? Price is way too big! He is an optimistic one star* each way selection at 50/1 with Coral.

3.45 G3 5F 2yo Molecomb Stakes No idea. Real lottery.

4.20 6F C2 Fillies Maiden 19 maiden fillies and much as I expect Bouquet de Flores to win could never suggest backing her at 5/4!

4.55 10F C2 Fillies Handicap

Intimation Just the type #SuperStoute excels with, improving 4yo filly, Ryan Moore rides but does she need some cut in the ground. Watching Brief.

5.25 7F C3 Handicap

Nothing leaps off the page to oppose this 2/1 favourite, Afjaan (Qatar Racing!), although after the Sales race at Newmarket last October I made a Notebook entry saying I thought Twin Sails had Group potential after an ill-judged ride from Robert Winston. The horse has his own ideas but is drawn three, has blinkers on and Dane O’Neill knows his way around Goodwood. One star* each way selection @ 8/1 general.



Concerning Mark Johnston, Tony Calvin wrote on Betfair “I got in a strop and vowed never to tip and back another Mark Johnston handicapper again, for the foreseeable future at least, on the grounds that it appeared a virtual toin-coss whether they either won or were tailed off. His method of training his horses on the racecourse, and keeping them on the go-go-go come rain or shine, obviously works for him but it certainly doesn’t help punters with trying to decipher when they are ready to oblige. Put it simply, I find the yard’s handicappers incredibly hard to call, and I am not alone.”

Hugo Palmer put on his BetFair blog “…normal comments apply with my un-raced 2yos. We ride them to finish off the race and improve for the experience, and we don’t over-face them at home where they do their work on the bridle.”


Article courtesy of Racing post website for #startrackers. All four races worth watching again.

“Four two-year-olds it could pay to follow BY DAVID BAXTER11:06AM 27 JUL 2016 

THE summer festivals come thick and fast now, and we are in the middle of Goodwood. On day one there was an obvious eyecatcher with Rich And Famous for the Mark Johnston team, and he should be winning soon. Earlier in the week, Tschierschen also ran promisingly on debut at Windsor, and is another who will be fancied to go one better next time. Those who kept the faith with Melesina were finally rewarded at Beverley this week, while I still believe there is more to come from Marie Of Lyon, who was not disgraced a Ascot in the Princess Margaret last weekend.

Previous selections from this column, Golden Easter and Helmsdale, are in action at Nottingham and Goodwood respectively on Thursday. Hopefully one or both will oblige.

Parfait, Nottingham, July 15, 3rd Having been restless in the stalls, he then raced greenly for much of the contest before getting the hang of things towards the end. To only be beaten three parts of a length by two with previous experience was a decent effort and the front three were nicely clear. He should be winning soon.

Ripper Street, Chelmsford, July 19, 5th Having made a satisfactory debut at Yarmouth, this colt again showed promise and will be of interest over further. Having been slowly away, the son of Big Bad Bob was never able to get really competitive, but did stay on steadily up the straight. When presented with 7f plus, he should be seen in a better light and is one to keep an eye for his next couple of starts. Runs at Newmarket on Friday.

Yarmouk, Doncaster, July 21, 7th Not too much went right for this colt on debut, and his effort can be upgraded. Having travelled off the pace he was bought to challenge but looked very green and unsure of what was required. He was then badly hampered, which ruined any chance of him getting involved. With that experience under his belt he should be a different proposition when next seen.

First Quest, Newmarket, July 23, 6th Like Ripper Street, this colt is trained by Ed Dunlop, and looked very well before making his debut. While never dangerous, he gave the impression he has a future. His pedigree suggests that he will perhaps need a bit further to make an impact, but he was not beaten far and did show up to challenge at the bottom of the dip but did not really quicken. He should be able to build on this effort.”


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