An easy 7/1 winner for the blog on Wednesday kept things ticking over, and the two moderate sprinters ran decent enough races, one managing to place at 25/1. In truth none ever looked like winning come the latter stages but we move on. The winner was the main danger for me so happy enough with the analysis- some hope for the future at that level. 


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None. No target races (3m+ chases,5-7 furlong handicaps with trends) on Thursday I don’t believe. 



(running total.. +18.5 points) 

4.00 Nottingham

Celtic Sixpence – 1 point win – 5/1 (BV/PP/BetfS) 9/2,4/1 (general) UP*

*Ah well there was rain, but doesn’t look like enough unfortunately- for once a course that didn’t water and it remained good to firm. She didn’t pick up when asked and was eased, all of the winners best form was on good to firm. I thought worth the risk that it would soften. Still, she has run better than that on good to firm so it was still a bit underwhelming.

The geegeez gold ‘horses for courses’ report worked wonders as a ‘way in’ yesterday and I am hoping for more of the same from this one. Celtic Sixpence is 2/7, 3 places at the track in handicaps from 6f through to 8f (today’s distance) She has won over CD off 73, her highest winning mark. She races off 66 here. She hasn’t raced here since August last year. I sense connections are rubbing  their hands and getting the champers ready. This is her race to win for me and 5s, 9/2 looks more than fair. 4/1 is fine also I think, I wouldn’t want to go lower than that. However, they will also be doing a rain dance. This one doesn’t need it soft but I want the forecast showers to arrive just to take the sting out of the ground. Her best form is on good or worse and while she has placed on good to firm, that would be a slight concern. IF this were soft already, we wouldn’t be getting anywhere near 5s I don’t think. That’s the chance you take. She has also won at C4 level and this is her 4th run of the season and comes on the back of two respectable efforts. She is fit, in form, and running well. She returns to her favourite track, well handicapped and ready to do business. She has the highest speed rating in the race and crucially likes to get on with it. I think they may try and make all here or at the very worst be tracking in second/third. She will be in the right spot, no excuses. The pace set up would be the concern for the fav who is usually held up and the stats say that running style is a negative here over this CD. Happy to take him on at the prices. Thecornishbarron was able to dictate a crawl LTO and he won’t be able to do that here. That may scupper his chance and he has a big weight to contend with. All in all I feel quite confident about this one. We shoule get a run for our money whatever the weather does, if the rain arrives I suspect we may get a bit more than that 🙂 


5.25 Galway – 

Improver – 1 point win – 9/1 (BV/BetBright) 8/1 (general) 4th *

*no excuses there, jockey got after him soon enough. I suspect they may be stepping him up in trip here, got outpaced before staying on well enough. 

Well I am struggling to let this one go at this price. You get the feeling this one could live up to his name and could well be smashed off the boards. What say the stats…

Tony Martin is 3/9, 5 places with his flat handicap debutants here in the last 5 years. That is the way in. My stats pack shows that with flat handicappers here that are 5 or younger is was 10/23, 16 places..+40 SP at last 5 festivals. His runners here this week, before the 27th, have finished 2,P,2,17,2 – I know he had a winner yesterday (Wednesday) in a Maiden – he was 0/5, 0 places in maidens at the Festival so I suppose when they start winning, we should take note. There was a cloud over the stable going into this due to illness. Well to me it looks like Martin has been spending his time getting everything right, and plotting up plenty for this. So, Improver could well Improve any amount. He has had runs over jumps and on the flat in maidens. He could be no good, he could have any amount in hand. He has handles soft in maiden hurdles and he must be here to run well. Martin doesn’t mess about at this meeting. 10/1 – 8/1 looks well worth a go to my eyes. Importantly not much has shown any great winning form in this to date. It looks weak enough and he won’t need to be that smart. He also gets a tongue tie for the first time. On paper, stats wise, he is eye-catching. 

That is all for today in this section. 

TO NOTE: In the 1.10 Stratford both the Greatrex and Dr Newland (Desert Sensation) runners show up prominently on a few stats and were prominent on my note-pad. In the end a bit too much guesswork in this maiden hurdle. The former has tried handicaps etc and comes back to a maiden- maybe he is just moderate. The latter, at 7s, with STD up is more interesting. Trainer in cracking form,has a good record here in non handicaps and with horses he gets from other yards. The question is over the horse, and his stamina/ability to jump etc – he is flat bred/claimed from the flat (not related to stayers really- well 7-8f flat horses) and who knows if he will stay- but the good Dr knows what he is doing with this type and I wouldn’t put anyone off a nibble. Others have more solid recent maiden hurdle form but there stamina questions over a few of those also. Maybe at 7s I should have just gone with the stats and ignored the horse, but I have left him. (I may have 1/4 point on to find out) 



Meehan Maidens (any odds)

5.40 Ffos Las- John T Chance 

7.00 Epsom – Asfaar 


2.00 Good – Ode To Evening (any odds) 2nd 12/1>10/1


Ffos Las (16/1< a guide) 

7.15 – Swift Cedar / Vercingetorix 

8.20 – Moojaned



(running total… 5/26, 9 places… +48.85 points) 

NONE today.  




NONE today. A 16/1 3rd was all there was to shout home about from Perth from limited runners.  



These notes are a starting point for further research….


Well a winner for Andrew Balding continued his decent record here with those 12/1 or shorter – of course I omitted to mention him on here but hopefully some of you picked him out. Hannon very nearly had his first winner over 8/1 (was 0/42 before that) and he has had a habit of firing in biggies this year where previously the market was a good indicator (namely at Newbury!) Stoutey had a winner- his technically ‘not qualifying’ due to finishing 5th or worse LTO (0/13,1 p) but they are small enough numbers and not many of those 5th or worse placed finishers will have been unplaced in The Derby on their previous start. All his runners 9/2 or shorter are worthy or close inspection. 

We move on…

2.00 –

Ode To Evening – I will have to have a small nibble on this one- Johnston micro qualifier, also Top Weight and won at July meeting LTO- all big positive ticks. We shall see how he goes. 2nd 

Montsarrat- also a Johnston Micro Qualifier. One of his other two will probably win now! UP

Stargazer for Stoute – hovering around 9/2 / 5/1 ticks his ‘micro angle’ box also. 3rd 

2.35 – 

Some stats/ways in could point the way to the Hannon, Gosden and O’Brien runners in this. If the market is to be believed they all have a smart Godolphin horse to beat. I am interested to see if Ardad’s last run was a blip, or whether he just isn’t in this league. 


Johnston is 1/15, 5 places in Nurseries last 5 festivals – and also had a poor enough record with all 2 year olds here (3/43 or so, 0/15 last year) but he put that right yesterday so maybe they should be taken more seriously this year. All three of his tick positive and negative stats boxes. Top Weight a positive, as are the drawn stats for the next two. The negatives for those moving up 1 or 2 classes (0/21,7 places) but the place stats offer some promise. 

Well that was some result, the 1,2,3! 

5.30 – 

Johnston’s – No 1 a micro qualifier and also Top Weight, Highly Sprung has a good draw but ‘falls down’ on class move stats. Both nice prices though. 

AHH The 25/1 top weight missed the break and finished like a train in 3rd. What might have been. Still a fun run for anyone who had an EW nibble! 

SO, pay attention to anything that won or came second at July Meeting LTO, they do well long term, or have done. And any Balding horses going off 12/1< are worth a second glance. He has a few runners today, who would need to be backed a bit. But, ‘odds caps’ are there to make fools of you! 



1.50 – 

A Sizing Network – Morris does well here from limited runners UP-

Oh – The Other Morris Runner (missed him!) Won 100/1>66/1! Well,he was 3/10, 3 places here last 5 festivals before this year. I don’t think I would have ever backed him on what we knew to date! 

Marinero – ticks boxes for typical De Bromhead winner here- 2nd, photo. 

3.00 –

The two Wachman horses interesting, 12/1<… 6/26,10 places with such types before this year. 

Dream Walker- as an aside looks interesting after a quick glance- he was impressive at Ayr. 


The Wachman horse again. 


Where do you start!…All the Martin ones have to be of some interested given his overall record in handicaps here, both codes. All three a bit older,more experienced than typical winners though. (small samples mind)

Tigris River- as an aside caught the eye having a very brief look through- some smartish flat form and that run LTO may have put him spot on for this. And we know Joseph can train. 

5.25 – 

Byron Beauty  – interesting for Rogers, does well with those Top 3 LTO, 12/1< 

6.00 –

Llancillo Lord- Thomas Mullins 2/4, 4 places with NHF runners here last 5 festivals. Long time off but solid form on paper. Interesting how he goes in market and in race. 


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  1. Hi Josh

    I have the first Qualifier for the Josephine Gordon angle runs in the 6.45 at Ffos Las – To Be Wild for Hugo Palmer.

      1. Cheers Steve, I don’t think I will get the wheelbarrow out for that one but will watch with interest! Hopefully this one, price wise, isn’t a sign of things to come for that angle!

  2. Well done on your winner today Josh.

    I am still hitting crossbars and there isnt a huge amount I like tommorow. I do want to have a bet on Lathom tomorrow in the finale at Goodwood. Drops back to his own age group after having raced vs his elders. Winner of his last race has won agian and Thesme has also ran very well yesterday. Should get a good tow into the race from Sigh of the Zodiac drawn next to him. I also think Fireship is far too big in the 16:35 at Nottingham. Drops down to a class 4 for the 1st time in 4 years. He hasnt been running badly in class 2s recently and the visor seemed to help LTO (only a short head behind Secret Brief who won the Lincoln amongst several others so it wasnt a bad class 2). is 2/3 in class 4s. His only try over this distance he wasnt disgraced in a listed race back in October even if there is a bit of doubt he definitely stays. Other issue is jockey is 0/11 for the trainer however at 33/1 I have to have a bet. Finally small bet on Ted Veale for interest purposes in the Galway Hurdle.

      1. Not that I’ve noticed. He is 1/16, 5 places over the past 7 days so 6% win and 31% place. Slightly down from his 9% annual win rate and around the same place. Just doesn’t have the greatest win rate compared to others I think.

  3. I got a tip on Commissioned for Royal Ascot. The same source was still fairly bullish about the Goodwood Cup, although this is a lot more difficult. Apparently the target is the Melbourne Cup – not sure about that, but might be worth a small EW interest tomorrow. Trained by Gordon Elliott has to be a plus! Apologies that this is nothing with trends, but hey as a newbie I thought I’d pass it on.

    1. Hi Steve, all comments are welcome on these pages, and you never need apologise. As long as there is some sort of reason connected with a horse you fancy that is good enough for me. There are many ways to skin the proverbial cat in this game, and if you have sources etc that you trust and that have given you winners before then you are more than welcome to share them! This is a place for all racing fans/enthusiasts – I just happen to have a certain approach, but welcome the variety! Keep them coming. Many readers have different approaches/ways in – the more the merrier. And good luck.

  4. 1.10 Stratford me already traded in & out with a free bet on that Desert Sensation thanks to Skybet, has no figures either code to brag about – while I was there though Three Colours Red looked interesting but would prefer softer ground on previous & the same could apply to Magic Music Man, the one I like is My Mo, A Coleman good course stats boasts highest recent/last time figs.

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    1. Cheers Andy, thanks for that- personally I am not into trading at all, but I am sure there will be some readers who appreciate that link.

        1. Haha- just nipped out and got back in- yep, throwing around the odd 25/1 winner as you do! Top work. We were due another one of those in the comments, and it duly arrives! Hope you had a bit on.

  5. Goodwood

    2:00 – Sttargazer i am hoping is he proverbial group horse in the making.. goes well fresh so absence isn’ t an issue. Also a each way nibble on Ode To Evening

    3:10 – Big Orange could get back o back wins in the Goodwood Cup but given the form of the Roger Charlton yard i couldn’t resist an each way nibble at 8s on Quest For More second in the race last year and like fast ground.

    5:30 – Gine for a couple of nibbles on Lathom and Just Glamours in the unlucky last


    5:25 – Improver – I am on the Tony Martin one… looks a weak contest


    2:55 – Vaulted – Trainer Richard Fahey usually sends a decent juvenile to Nottingham and it’s worth giving a second glance to any two years who have their first start here. In the past 5 years the trainer is 5/13 38% +10.88 A/E 2.63 7 places 53% +19 with such runners here.

    Finally…. Galway Hurdle

    4:45 – Had a dart at the Galway Hurdle have to confess haven’t gone with the trends approach here but looked for a couple that could place at big odds

    Ted Veale, put in a great effort on the Flat here on Monday, when finishing 2nd. The nine year old follows the same pattern as he did last year. Was an excellent 3rd 4 1/2 lengths behind his stable mate Quick Jack last year. May not have the legs of some in the field but if they go a good pace and the hold up performer can get a clear passage there is no reason why he cant make the places again.

    The other one I like at each way price is Modem from the Jessie Harrington yard. The six year old has been running respectably on the flat in recent weeks but always seems to be competitive in these big field hurdle races over 2 miles. Granted he might not be handicapped to win in the grade and his jumping can leave something to be desired but his record in races with field sides of 13 plus is 1/5 4 places an 80% win/place strike rate which is very good and makes him a modest each way punt today.

    Good luck to all

  6. Could kick myself Josh…I always follow ”Mouse”..i met him years ago at the Grand National [the proper one]…a lovely little fealla. he knew one of my rellies in Ireland…a Horse Breeder…..but he went the dogs when he lost his son….god love him….but can he train….
    I was in a rush today and just lumped on his other one….I never even looked further……****….lol. I know how you must feel now Josh.

    1. Quite, why given his stats/mention I didn’t bet £2.50 or something ew I will never know, but easy to say when they have won! Never mind.

  7. A great shout with Modem John…I thought he had it for a moment….had it ew…..cheers for the heads up.

  8. Inauspicious start for me at this tipping game – Commissioned didn’t even get to half way in a flat race! According to Twitter he came back in a horse ambulance with a fair size cut on his near fore – hopefully just a superficial injury.

    1. Yep – I would put a line through that – was struggling before 1 furlong was out- was so bad that injury would explain it, maybe done in stalls. When you put horses up in public you have to get used to some/many dropping out back of tv haha, or that may just be me!!

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