Feature Post: The Little Black Book #4

Adam Norman’s (track side pro punter) Little Black Book #4…

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To the ‘Little Black Book’, another excellent read….


Welcome to this new feature guest post – The Little Black Book (article #4) – courtesy of Adam Norman, who introduces himself below.

(if you missed article 1, 2, 3 just click the ‘free reports and systems’ tab link above..)

In what will be a fortnightly feature throughout the winter jumps season we have the chance to delve into the notebook mind of a professional punter, who’s main edge is being track-side on the northern circuit. 

This window into Adam’s racing adventures offers us a unique insight into his race reading and how he pinpoints horses of interest. There are some factors -especially fitness, conformation and physique – that you can only see track side. This is our window into his world and his extensive racing knowledge. 

Every two weeks Adam will aim to highlight 4-6 horses that caught his eye from his visits to the races.  They will be split into ‘short term’ ‘medium term’ and ‘long term’ horses of interest, to use and refer back to as you please. This format is exclusive to this blog, as are some of the horses noted, but builds on Adam’s own blog ‘Notes from the North’. This is often updated after each track visit and is worth a read. 

Adam’s an expert in our midst and i’m delighted to publish a free regular feature on these pages that will be informative, enlightening and with any luck profitable over time! 

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So, get your little black books and trackers at the ready, and delve into Adam’s first article below… (details on where to find his blog and his twitter profile follow below) 

…over to Adam….


About me

I’ve been going racing since I was a boy and have built up an understanding of what to look for in a horse in more than three decades at the track. I have been betting for a living since 2014, and writing a regular blog about my days at the races. In this fortnightly diary I’ll be pinpointing the horses that caught my eye – from those that are ready to go in next time, to some winners that could be more than a year in the making. Here’s to a profitable winter!


Short Term

Sea Story (Southwell – Nov 20)

The first five home in a competitive mares novice hurdle should be worth a second look next time but it is this daughter of Black Sam Bellamy that stands out as one to keep firmly on side.

A dual bumper winner, she showed a fine attitude in defying her penalty at Catterick with the field strung out behind, and was considered good enough to contest the hot Aintree bumper in April.

However, she is bred and built to tackle obstacles and almost poached this seasonal debut (nicely backed) from the front, eventually being outpaced from the last by an improving mare in Kimberley Point.

There was certainly no disgrace in this defeat, and provided she is stepped up in trip next time, could be a bit of value if going up against one with a reputation from a powerful yard.

Je Suis Charlie (Catterick – Nov 23)

He may not have beaten much in defying a penalty to land a Catterick novice hurdle, but the manner of the performance suggests a decent northern handicap could be his for the taking.

Rated as high as 80 on the Flat, John Quinn’s four-year-old has had a bit of a hit-and-miss career over timber thus far, but wind surgery looks to have inspired a chunk of improvement.

His keen-going nature may also have been a factor in previously weak finishing efforts, but such a strong travelling type should be suited to the more competitive handicap sphere.

The other factor to consider is his hugely improved jumping, which was flawless at Catterick, and all told a 5lb rise to 120 leaves him well placed to attack good handicaps at such as Musselburgh and Doncaster in the coming weeks.


Mid term

Cloth Cap (Catterick – Nov 23)

There was plenty to be taken from Catterick’s first jumps meeting of the season and this is another winner on the card that simply must be followed.

An embryo chaser over hurdles last year, connections have wasted little time in sending the six-year-old over the larger obstacles and he’s now won two of his first three, with much more to come.

Ridden with confidence in this Class 3 event, Richie McLernon seemed keen to hold onto his charge for as long as possible and he looked to have plenty left in the locker in repelling a decent benchmark in Red Giant, the pair hitting the line hard.

A son of Beneficial, he may be best away from the worst of the winter ground, but he looks an ideal type for the Skybet Chase at the end of January – providing he doesn’t win by too far on his next outing, as he’s gone up 9lb for this success to 134.


Canadian George (Catterick – Nov 23)

This horse was first spotted at Redcar in May but he failed to progress on the Flat and was eventually bought out of a seller by current connections last month.

He’s already had three runs in juvenile hurdles in November and has been allotted a mark of 100, which compares quite favourably with a Flat rating of 67.

A horse with a bit of size and scope, his shrewd yard may give him another couple of runs to get that mark even further down before looking to recoup their £8000 outlay.

Juveniles receive a very handy allowance from their elders in handicaps this side of Christmas and it wouldn’t be any surprise if they went for a touch with him over the festive season.



Cap St Vincent

Followed up his Ludlow win with a similarly facile success at Musselburgh. Can take a step up in class in his stride and is one to keeping backing.


A bit surprising that he was sent over fences next time out and he didn’t jump well at all. Maybe he’ll improve in that department but he didn’t show any encouragement and hopefully they’ll shelve a chasing career for now. The yard remains pretty quiet.


Long Term

Tickenwolf (Hexham – Nov 21)

This section is usually reserved for unexposed novices but this week we have an ageing handicap chaser in Tickenwolf, a Hexham specialist who is likely to look very well handicapped when the good ground returns in the spring.

Micky Hammond’s grey isn’t the most reliable and isn’t a horse I’ve been keen to follow before, but a running pattern has clearly emerged where he reserves his best for the undulations of the Northumberland venue, when the ground is good and he is faced with a stamina test.

Well-backed in the four-miler there last week, the ground had turned against him and he was pulled up after jumping and travelling well for the first half of the race.

I wouldn’t be interested in anything he does this winter, but is one to stick in the locker for April/May next year.


Thanks for reading and see you all in a couple of weeks,

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