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Merseyside AA County Championships 2013 - Arrowe Park, 5 January

 

 This is from my blog on juniorathletics.co.uk . Have a look round the site and you can find some of my previous blog articles for the site.

This was my aim for the whole season. My first ever session with my current coach was at the end of August last year. He asked me what my aim was for the cross country season, and we agreed that it would be to win the Merseyside County Championships. This race was on the 5th of January 2013, and in the week before the race, I did everything possible to ensure I was perfectly prepared for the race. This paid off - I won!

It was the first time I had been given a proper race plan, as being the only u15 in my training group, my coach is usually understandably very busy with the many u17s in my training group. However there was some time between the two races this time, and my coach used this to go through a map of the course with me and plan where I would make my moves. This eventually proved vital to my victory.

In the previous few races before this one, I had sped off too fast and therefore had to slog out the remainder of the race on a negative attitude and low fatigue levels. We recognized this and planned my race differently for this one.

At 12 o clock, the gun sent us off and my aim for the season was about to be either achieved or destroyed. We got off to a decent pace, and following my race plan, I settled in about 7th place, remaining relaxed and confident I'd pick the first few off when it suited me. My coach was all over the course for my race, which was extremely beneficial as his comments were vital to my race. At the end of the first straight, he told me to move into 2nd or 3rd so I did so, conserving my positive mentality.

Round the first mile or so I was always 2nd to several different leaders, but I ensured they were ones I could catch when necessary. After the first mile or so I drifted into the lead, still with plenty remaining in my legs. Ryan Doubtfire, a friend of mine who also runs for Liverpool Harriers, was in 2nd place behind myself as we progressively moved away from the rest of the field. Ryan kept on my shoulder throughout, which made me anxious at times as I retained my lead.

The woods were lethal, like a mud bath. Thankfully I had found this out before the race, so I adjusted to the conditions for that period as we ran through the woods. On exit of them, there was my coach again, telling me not to be scared of Ryan, so I stopped looking over my shoulder as often. As we approached the lethal hill before the finish, I reminded myself that I was the one that had been doing all those hill sessions and this was my chance to get away from Ryan. Just before the hill, Ryan came up right beside me, considering the overtake. This motivated me to gain speed and use the hill to my advantage. I gained some ground on him on the hill, as we turned for the finish.

I looked at the finish, then about 200m away, and thought to myself 'This is a matter of who wants it more, and I know how much I want it', as I increased my speed and my advantage over Ryan. I celebrated ecstatically as I crossed the line. I picked up my ticket, looked at the number one on it and reflected on what I'd just done.

I'm sure I couldn't have done that without a brilliant run from Ryan, and have thanked him for that. My coach Adrian Webb is also one to thank, as the plan and the in-race comments made my race. There are many people to thank for this victory, including all of my training group and club.

The trophy presentation was fantastic, and the announcer made it even more special: "The Merseyside County Athletics Association U15 Boys County Champion 2013, Tom Clarke!". I collected my gold medal along with another one and a trophy as we also won the team event! What a day.

 

Liverpool Lads EightLane Video

Me and my running group feature in EightLane's popular 'Training Tuesday' series:

Visit the link below, and let me know what you think after. My Twitter is @TomClarke40 

http://www.eightlane.org/videos/training-tuesday-liverpool-lads-ft-matthew-shirling/

Denis Stracqualursi Interview

Denis Stracqualursi spoke to evertonfc.com a few months after his loan spell at Goodison park expired. There were mixed opinions between Evertonians on whether Stracqualursi should be given a new contract, but there was no objectors on whether Stracqualursi deserved a new contract. Blues loved Denis for his determined attitude, as a perfect role model for up and coming footballers. He wasn't the best footballer in the team, but had one of the best attitudes in the Premier League.

The following is the interview piece from evertonfc.com:

 

Denis Stracqualursi says playing at Goodison Park was a ‘beautiful dream’ and that he was truly humbled by the support he received.

The Argentine target man spent last season on loan with the Blues before returning home to seal a move to San Lorenzo.

His soul-baring honesty on the pitch made him a firm favourite and he admits that the backing from the stands meant a great deal to him.

“Playing in that stadium was like a beautiful dream and something which I will never forget,” the striker told evertonfc.com.

“I will be grateful all my life for the kindness with which I was treated. Some of the nicest things that happened in my life happened there.

“The year at Everton was the best year of my career and I will never forget those amazing fans.”

It wasn’t just at Goodison that Stracqualursi was appreciated.

David Moyes never shied away from praising his work ethic – something that also made him popular with his teammates.

The striker feels he learnt a great deal during his year on Merseyside and believes he is a far better player for the experience.

“I loved my time there and I enjoyed every single training session,” he explained. “I was surrounded by top, top players who were all really nice guys as well and they all helped me to feel part of the group.

“I was also lucky to have a great manager in David Moyes and I learnt so much from him. 

“He is also a great person and he was always really straight with me and told me exactly what he was thinking.

“It was something which was really useful while I was there and something that will really help me in my future career.”

The hard work on the training pitch led to 28 first-team appearances as the Blues finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Stracqualursi played his part in the cup run, netting in the earlier rounds against Fulham and Blackpool, but the undoubted highlight of his spell was a crucial goal to clinch a 2-0 league victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park.

“Scoring that goal was the sweetest thing that happened and I felt a huge rush of emotion as a result of all the effort I had put in to reach that moment,” explained the 24-year-old.

“Reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup was fantastic as well and again highly emotional when you consider all the work the squad had put in to get there.”

Now Stracqualursi is looking forward to a fresh challenge in Buenos Aires with San Lorenzo – one of the big teams of Argentine football.

He does, however, admit he was a little disappointed not to remain on Merseyside.

“My ambitions with San Lorenzo are to win the league as it is a massive club in Argentina – and at the same time to score a lot of goals,” he said.

“It was disappointing [not to stay at Everton] because I had given my all and I would have liked to have stayed there for many years.

“I would love to come back to England and even more so to come back to Everton. The reason is because of all the lovely memories and how well I was treated by the supporters.

“My family absolutely loved living in Liverpool. We enjoyed being at the ground and all the people there – it was a great life experience for all of us.

“I really love Everton and will always have a soft spot for the place. I send all my best wishes to the Club and its supporters for the new season.”

 

Paul Nicholls Season Preview 2012: Top Ten To Follow Report: First Five

Here is the first installment of several previews that Paul Nicholls gave to racing fans at Ditcheat, his training base. I'll report on what was seen at these previews, giving you an early insight on to what's to come this jumps season from Ditcheat. These are 10 horses of Paul Nicholls' that he thinks will prosper this season, and he knows his stuff!

1. Red, pink epaulets Sanctuaire

Looked great, hardly caused the lad leading him any problems except a little unsettlement towards the end of the ring. With a handicap of 167, he's the highest-rated horse that Paul Nicholls has ever had as a novice chaser going into his second season. First run this season will be the Tingle Creek at Sandown, where he bolted the Celebration Chase by 17 lengths on his last appearance. After that, will be aimed at the Champion Chase.

2.  Red, pink hoop and armlets Silviniaco Conti

Looked very relaxed. Great campaign last year over fences. 'Jumps nicely, stays really well and is maturing all the time'. Will start off in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Definitely an entry for the King George, 'Aintree would be perfect for him in the Spring and still give him plenty of time'.

3. Red, black seams, black and beige chevrons on sleeves, black and red quartered cap Pacha Du Polder

Head uncomfortable at times and looked a little shaken up. Only had 5 starts but looks to be class this season. 5-year-old, won 3 chases last season. Had cough in the Spring, had one moderate run so Nicholls left him out of Cheltenham. Possibly to run in the Henessey Gold Cup, might be his first run of the season. Looks promising.

4. Yellow, royal blue spots Toubab

 Needed a little reassurance from leading lad and lass but no major unsettlement. Will go 2-mile handicap chasing this year. Mixed season last year. 'Would have won' at Haydock last season but fell at last and injured himself. Was travelling well at Cheltenham before being brought down. 

5. Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Poungach

Nicholls' highest-rated novice hurdler to go chasing this year. Wasn't right when 5th behind Big Buck's at Aintree, Nicholls was just trying to get him some hurdling experience. They've schooled him a lot recently, has potential as a chaser when he gets the hang of jumping, which they will work on with him.

To be continued... 

Tom Clarke's Weekly Betting Column

I first drafted this article for the site 'The Executioner's Bong', where I do alternate weeks with another lad on a betting column. I realized it wasn't my week this week so I finished this article for my website instead. Please have a look at 'The Executioner's Bong', especially next week when my betting column will be up at the weekend. Also check out the 'Followtonians' site for which I cover the Everton Ladies. Here's this week's betting column:

Premier League Treble:

Liverpool v MAN CITY, SWANSEA V West Ham, Aston Villa v EVERTON

A £5 stake would return £67.31 best odds across the board, but with a single firm such as Hills, you may be looking at something more like £55.

Manchester City look to take advantage of Liverpool’s poor first result, where they didn’t play too badly but Luis Suarez’ wasting of chances and a few controversial decisions led to a 3-0 loss to West Brom. Manchester City are the league champions though, and I believe they can get the better of the reds. Manchester City were forced to fight back to win 3-2 against a surprisingly solid Southampton side last week, having been behind 2-1 at one point.

Swansea top the league table at the moment after a great 5-0 victory over Norwich, with new signing Michu looking a great player. They play a West Ham side who arrive on the back of a 1-0 win against Aston Villa.

That Aston Villa side face a tough task against our boys, who we saw beat Manchester United 1-0 after a superb performance from the Toffees, especially our giant Belgian: Marouane Fellaini.

Goalscorer Treble:

Michu, Jermaine Defoe, Carlos Tevez all to score at anytime will bag you £50 from a fiver stake with WillHills, although Coral looks to get you better odds on the goalscorer market.

Best Of The Rest

Friday night’s clash between Bolton and Nottingham Forest holds some decent odds. The best bet (in my opinion) is in the 9/4 offering of Kevin Davies to score at any time, but Chelsea to be beating Newcastle at half time looks good value at 11/10. Norwich and QPR were both beaten 5-0 in their opening matches, and you can get 13/10 for it to be a draw at half time. Other value includes the 13/5 for Borussia Dortmund to be leading Werder Bremen 1-0 at half time in Friday night’s match. Finally, a correct final score of 2-1 to the Toffees when they travel to Aston Villa appeals to me at 10/1.

Saturday Treble:

2.5 goals plus in the following matches - Chelsea v Newcastle/Man U v Fulham/Blackburn v Leicester. A £5 treble returns £25.20 with William Hill although better odds may be elsewhere on this one.

Sunday Double:

Both teams not to score – Stoke v Arsenal/ Both teams to score – Liverpool v Man City. A £5 double returns £18.24 best odds.

Weekend Longshot:

3 draws: Norwich v QPR, Sunderland v Reading, Tottenham v West Brom. A £5 treble returns £286.60!

By Tom Clarke

Twitter: @TomClarke40

 

And They're Off

Many racing fans know the feeling; when you've been excited about a spectacular day to the races for weeks, you turn on The Morning Line for some last-minute tips. Then all you get is Nick Luck telling you the meeting is off. Or when you've studied the form for hours the night before, and a bar rolling across the bottom of your Sky Sports News screen destroys your whole day plan. I have brought this matter up because I have seen many race meetings cancelled lately. I have sympathy for those disappointed eager race-goers.

It's the middle of July, and you ready yourself with sun cream and a deck chair by the front door. Excitedly, you peer out of the window for a quick weather check, only to realize it's pounding it down and the road is flooded.

As shown in the situations above, race meeting cancellations can be a real pain. However, is it for our own good? If you were to take your sun cream and deck chair from the front door, and attend the race meeting (if it were on) in the pouring rain, would it be as enjoyable? The answer is obvious. Also, due to racehorse trainers protectiveness -it's completely understandable it is for the health of their racehorse-, there definitely wouldn't be many competitors in the race anyway. Approximately 3 horses per race running at a much slower pace than usual, with you stood there getting absolutely soaked. Sound pleasurable?

Myself, I would much rather attend the races in better conditions, such as some sun (not that we get much of it in Britain). This would make races much more enjoyable to watch because the quality, speed and quantity of racehorses involved, in all races, would be much better than that of a miserable rainy day.

Virtually every day, in the racing news, there is a race meeting cancellation currently. This seems ridiculous for this time of year. However, as you curse Nick Luck for breaking the bad news to you; or throw the sun cream and deckchair to the floor in anger, try to think of how much worse it would have been anyway, if it was on. Also look forward to the next meeting, hoping for the right weather (again).

So when you wake up tomorrow and check the racing news (only to realize there's been a race meeting cancelled somewhere) this has hopefully gifted you an alternative outlook on the matter. As Monty Python told us: 'Always look on the bright side of life'.

Frankel & Black Caviar: 'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em'

I'm sure every racing fan would love to see a clash between Frankel, Henry Cecil's unbeaten colt who is arguably the best racehorse ever, and Black Caviar, the Australian filly who is also unbeaten, in 22 races.

Both horses ran most recently at Royal Ascot, where on the opening day, Frankel produced a spectacular display to absolutely rout some top class competition. Later that meeting, on the final day, Black Caviar (who had been flown over from across the world weeks before and paraded in lycra) gave all connections a real scare, after jockey Luke Nolen appeared to ease her off heavily during the final sprint, as the foreign rider may not have been used to the rapid finishes in British racing. Nevertheless, she won by a head to stretch her fantastic unbeaten run to 22, although hardly justifying 1-6 favouritism.

So there has been some talk of a clash between these two, and as it appears very unlikely because there are several factors against this speculation, such as them having different preferred distances, and the obvious distance geographically between their bases.

In my opinion, I would absolutely savour a clash between them. However, if it isn't to be, there is an alternative. I think they will both go on to remain unbeaten, and retire that way. When they do retire though, I think they should be put together in a stud farm.

Yes, you've probably guessed my idea by now; that they should breed racehorses together, as two of the best racehorses ever, we should make the most of them being in the same era. This way, it would be spectacular to witness whole careers of the two, merged into one, leaving us with a blinding future, something for the entire world of racing fans to look forward to.

Here's to a bright future for racing, one we can all await hungrily, a mouthwateringly exciting family of unbeatables.

Types Of Bets

Ever fancy doing more than just the single win or each way bet? As recommended by one of our great members, here's the betting definitions, given by Ladbrokes:

A single is 1 bet on 1 selection, player or team in a particular event. Your selection must win that event for you to get a return.

A double bet is 1 bet made up of 2 selections, players or teams in 2 different events. For you to be successful both selections have to win.

A treble is 1 bet made up of 3 selections, players or teams in 3 different events. For you to be successful all 3 selections have to win. 

An accumulator is 1 bet with 2 or more selections, players or teams taking part in 2 or more different events. For you to win, all your selections must be successful.

A trixie is a full-cover multiple bet with 3 selections in different events. It is made up of 4 bets - 3 doubles and 1 treble. To get a return, a minimum of 2 selections must win.

A yankee has 4 selections from different events. It is made up of 11 bets - 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 accumulator. A minimum of two selections must win for you to receive a return.

A super yankee is 26 bets over 5 selections - 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and one accumulator. A minimum of 2 selections must win for you to receive a return.

A heinz is 57 bets over 6 selections - 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 fourfolds, 6 fivefolds and 1 accumulator. A minimum of 2 selections must win for you to receive a return.

My new personal favourite, a patent is a full-cover multiple bet with singles consisting of 3 selections. It is made up of 3 singles, 3 doubles and 1 treble. 1 selection must win for you to receive a return.

A lucky 15 is 15 bets over 4 selections - 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles and 1 fourfold. One selection has to win for you to receive a return.

A lucky 31 is 31 bets over 5 selections - 5 singles, 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds and 1 fivefold. One selection has to win for you to receive a return.

There you go, I'll be trying out the patent for the first time this weekend, comment in the GUESTBOOK what you'll be going for if you like. By the way, I'd like to mention that my recent view count has been as high as ever, with a huge rise in the last couple of weeks so I just want to say thank you so much as my hard work is paying off, and keep it up!

Tom's Flat Two To Watch

Since the jumps racing season is drawing to a halt and is very close the the end now, the flat racing season has already began and is already going on, and has been for a couple of weeks. To be honest, I love jumps racing so much it's tempting to dislike and dismiss the flat, and I do think of it as too.. well.. flat but it's the only racing I'm going to get soon so I'd better start now. As I pin myself to every jumps race, savouring every little bit of what we have left of the obstacles for now, I'd like to pick a horse to watch throughout the flat season, and now is an appropriate time to start before everything gets going on the flat and it becomes obvious who'll flop or fly. So I've decided to make it hard for myself and choose now, for a challenge.

Myself and you, my readers, will be able to follow this horse as if we own it, for free. Feel free to place a bet on it when it runs to increase the feel of ownership, and when at the races, get to the front next to the parade ring to enhance this! So here's our horse for the flat:

Royal blue Swedish Sailor

Trainer: M Al Zarooni      Owner: Godolphin          Reg. Jockey: Frankie Dettori

This young 3 year old colt has only raced once, and that was only at Class 5 level last October, but he showed immense potential and promise, packed in to that mile. He went off at 7/2 favourite after connections reported and publicised his potential, and he proved them right with a beautiful 5 length victory. Follow this one very closely, could be an Epsom Derby hero, he's currently at 25/1 for the big race.

Here's a one to watch extra, so you'll regularly see a run:

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Noble Mission

Ran a superb 2nd to the above Swedish Sailor on what was also his debut, and followed that up with an impressive win over a mile at 3/1 a couple of days ago (21 April). Well publicised for being full brother of the amazing unbeaten Frankel, you can get Noble Mission as low as 16/1 (Bet365) or as high as 33/1 (Ladbrokes) for the Derby at Epsom, and I'd put a bet on now as the price will rapidly shorten nearer the time, due to his Frankel connections. Definitely another to watch.

TOM'S TIPS: 2012 SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL

It's over for another year -the famous four and a half mile Aintree spectacle - I'm devastated to say, as the National and Christmas are my favourite times of the year, but the closest thing to it follows soon after, a week in fact. As the jumps season disappointingly fades out and the flat term takes over, because I much prefer the jumps, I will make the most of what is left, therefore savouring the Scottish version of what I love most in racing. Ted Walsh recently made a very good point while discussing the proposed changes to the Aintree Grand National course: 'Make it a four-miler over park fences with 20 runners and it may as well be the Scottish National', which highlights the magical feeling of the Aintree National. But this i  here's my picks for the Scottish Grand National:

 Harry The Viking

Form: 2-11112

 Portrait King

Form: 630211

 Ikorodu Road

Form: P52211

 Fruity O'Rooney

Form: 1-62132

DESCRIPTIONS TO FOLLOW. GOOD LUCK!

TOM'S TIPS: 2012 GRAND NATIONAL

Here it is, finally, after studying the form since last year, the Grand National takes place at Aintree on Saturday. The biggest steeplechase in the world awaits, along with plenty of horses and jockeys, 40 of which will fulfil a dream of running in the John Smith's Grand National, and with a race like this, everyone has a chance of winning, proved in 2009 by 100/1 shock winner Mon Mome, who runs again this year. I've studied every runner with complete care, in the hope of winning again, along with you, my tip followers. I had a 1,2,3,4,5,6 in the race last year, so I'm quite sure you're in the right place here for tips. Anyway that's the build-up, here's the tips analysis:

As the weather here is sometimes unpredictable, I have tips for several goings, but the weather is meant to be showers until Wednesday, and from then on it brightens up with only around 40% rain on Aintree in the days before the race, and last time I checked they were watering the course, so I expect the going to be good, maybe good to soft in places, though it's difficult to predict. Tips:

IF HEAVY GROUND OR THEREABOUTS:

Red, white sleeves, red spots, brown cap West End Rocker

Form: 1PB/P1

The 10 year old, after spending a year off the track, was in with the leading pack in last year's National, but was brought down by another runner unfortunately. However, last December, the Alan King trained gelding was back to Aintree for the Becher Chase on the National Course, and romped home in heavy ground by 22 lengths to 2011 Grand National 5th Niche Market, who was another 32 lengths back to the next finisher. Before this, he was pulled up at Cheltenham in November. So if it rains, you know who to go for, should be able to carry handicap of 10-12

IF IT RAINS BUT NOT TOO HEAVY:

Maroon, white braces & sleeves, maroon cap Seabass

Form: 11111

Unbeaten in his last seven, Katy Walsh's ride is experienced over in Ireland but not so over here. Most of the gelding's wins have been over arounf 2 miles, but he has ran well over 3 miles before, although the National is a giant step up at 4 miles 4 furlongs. Seabass also should be able to handle his handicap of 10-12.

IF SOME RAIN:

Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap On His Own

Form: 4P1-B1

With Ruby Walsh now this gelding's confirmed rider, this Willie Mullins trained runner has had 3 outings this year, firstly a win at Ayr in a Class 2 Novices' Handicap Chase over 3m1f with Paul Gallagher onboard, before being brought down just after Christmas at Leopardstown. This was followed by a 13 length win in the Thyestes Handicap Chase. Very much an up and down horse that can be quite unpredictable, should be able to run off 10-11 with Ruby onboard.

IF GOOD GROUND:

Black, orange seams, orange sleeves, orange stars on cap Killyglen

Form: 30341

Stuart Crawford's gelding also is sometimes up and down, but has experience of the National, after running greatly last year, staying with the leaders for almost the whole race, before falling four from home. He's been pulled up 4 times in his career which raises doubts, and was also beaten in February by fellow National contender Cappa Bleu. However, Killyglen has had a good season and has only been handicapped with 10-4 which he can easily deal with.

IF GROUND IS GOOD TO SOFT OR THEREABOUTS:

Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al

Been underrated after meeting legends Kauto Star and Long Run so many times this season and most of his star performances have been around the 3 mile mark, and it is up for debate whether he will stay the huge National trip, and his handicap of 11-08 only makes this worse for him. Possible, but if you're unsure on him (like me a little) then go for the runner below:

Royal blue, pink hoop Cappa Bleu

Form: 2P/133

Was very successful recently before a 20 month absence, but bounced back impressively with a win over 3 miles against some useful chasers at Haydock, then a great 3rd to Le Beau Bai at Chepstow in the Welsh National, before another 3rd in a chase at Ascot over 3 miles. With 1st/2nd/3rds in 6/8 of his starts, the 10-10 handicap he's been given shouldn't be too much of a burden.

IF NO HEAVY RAIN:

Dark blue and light blue stripes, black and red striped cap Shakalakaboomboom

Form: 7-1122

I've been watching this gelding's progress for a while now, and have been impressed. In form Nicky Henderson's entry has already experienced Aintree with a 7th place in the Topham Chase last year, although has been on even better form this year, as shown in short above. Looks like he can easily handle his handicap of 10-12, after top class wins at other great racecourses such as Cheltenham and Punchestown this year over 3m 1f. Followed this up with two 2nd places, the second of which was slightly disappointing as it was lower class and he faded late on. I'd put a bet on now before all the 'I-liked-the-name' punters come in for him and lower the price.

Nice to be doing racing tips again, I'll surely be doing more soon, good luck in the big race and I'll try to inform you of any late changes although I'll be busy this week.

Thanks for reading, be sure to come back soon!

Sunderland v EVERTON Preview: FA Cup Quarter Finals

Firstly, here's the teams:

Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Gibson, Gueye, Cahill, Jelavic.

EFC Subs: Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Anichebe, Duffy, Hahnemann.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bridge, Turner, Kyrgiakos, Larsson, McClean, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Bendtner.

 SAFC Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Dong-won, Meyler, Gordon, El Mohamady.

Royston Drenthe is out again, after being also left out against Swansea, and David Moyes said this was down to 'family problems,' and he would give him some 'compassionate leave'. Let's hope he's back soon, he's quite a character! Hibbert is left on the bench tonight, after he made his 300th appearance v Swansea on Saturday. He's never scared to put a tackle in and does that spectacularly so, but Neville has been started over him today, which may be down to fatigue, as he is getting older. On the subject of getting older, some Evertonians are doubting Tim Cahill's ability, questioning if he is 'past it' or not. We have probably seen his best days, but in the sport, we've been proved wrong on the subject many a time, the primary current example being arguably the best striker in the Premier League at the moment, Robin Van Persie. Cahill will play just behind in-form forward Nikica Jelavic, who has been exactly what Evertonians were searching for before January, in desperate need of a decent striker. Bring in the big Croat from Rangers, and suddenly the moaning stops. As soon as he's fit and back in form, after suffering an injury setback with inflammation of his Athletic Pubalgia. No, never heard of it before that either.

Everton, after complaining of needing centre-backs, now find themselves spoilt for choice with class talent in Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, and in-form World Cup finalist Johnny Heitinga. In front of the centre backs will be fans favourite Marouane Fellaini, and January signing from Manchester United, Darron Gibson. Everton are unbeaten with Darron Gibson in their side, so playing that card in such a big match will be very interesting.

Finally the surprise of the Everton starting XI: Magaye Gueye. With Drenthe out and a risk of Coleman aggrevating an injury, the toffees are a bit stuck for wingers, so welcome back Gueye to start. He has played regularly for the French under 19s, and has been quite promising in his previous appearance, however, with all respect (the lad has potential), he's probably not yet the finished product, so playing him in the quater finals of the FA Cup -with Liverpool awaiting at Wembley in the Semis- could appear as a risk, but we'll see how it pans out.

Marine FC vs FC United Of Manchester

Sorry I haven't updated this website for a while, it didn't work for some time which some of you might have realized, but I've fixed it now, it's all good. Now it's working again, I'll be updating it as often as usual.

Right, the Marine match: it was my first time at the Arriva, and as we walked in, we paid a visit to the club shop. Just a little shed, but nevertheless, we gave it a go. We soon found they have collections of hundreds of old programs from many teams, vintage for 50p. We bought a couple, and rushed in with a few minutes until kick-off. Decent old-fashioned bijou ground, with an option to stand or sit (for the home fans anyway), so we opted for the seats. As we took in all the pre-match tension, I recognised the good atmosphere and hoped for the best, while the incredibly annoying United fans roared out their hopeless singing skills, persuading many Marine fans to consider ear muffs next time.

Kick off then, and I overheard some whispers from the regulars that this was Marine's biggest attendance in a while, which turned out to be 1111. Good thing I came, otherwise it would have spoilt all the ones. Both teams seemed passionate even though this was obviously a lower league than the more recognised English groups. Marine were especially lively in the first half, with good chances from Aaron Rey among others, and left the pitch 1-0 up at half time, after a goal in 27 minutes from a Robbie Lawton free kick which reached eventual home man of the match Jonathan Goulding who powered in a shot to lead. 

Although Goulding received Marine's man of the match award, two players which stood out to me on my first visit were captain Neil Harvey, and a centre back who resembled either Per Mertesacker or Brede Hangeland, named John Shaw. 

After half time, for the first few minutes Marine seemed quite complacent with their lead, which led to Matthew Wolfenden tapping in an equalizer, which sent Marine defensive from then on. This didn't work too well though, and except from a few Marine chances from the likes of the impressive Neil Harvey, it was all United.

United seemed intensely determined to get that late winner, throwing all they could at Marine's defence in the last few minutes, as their fans threw all they could at the pitch. Eventually they got that goal to sink Marine, When Adam Jones converted a Kyle Jacobs free kick.

Overall, despite the result it was a great day, and I hope to return soon, although the Evo-Stik Premier season comes to an end soon, with both United and Marine very close to the play-off places.

Update on Tom's Tips

Sometimes I will post my tips on this website, but if I haven't done one on this, go to my Twitter page as I will always put one on there, and Follow me. If you don't have Twitter and don't want to make one, just search google for '@TomClarke40 twitter' and visit my page and find a tweet containing my tip, they will always start with 'TOMS TIPS', you may have to scroll down to find it though. Any problems or queries, use the GUESTBOOK on the toolbar above and I'll be happy to help.

Tom's FOOTY and Racing Tips For Tonight and Tomorrow (5th January) (Respectively) PLUS Footy Coupon Brief

See those results for the footy coupon in the article below? Can you get any bloody closer?! Won 3 of 4, and was winning the other one 3-0, but a comeback from Brentford cost me £30! Although there was a '90 minutes' policy on the tickets as the equalizer was in 90+2, Pat Toolan wouldn't pay out. YES, THAT'S A BAD REPORT ON PAT TOOLAN, DON'T PUNT THERE, IT'S BOLLOCKS.

Anyway, footy tips for tonight's game at Goodison where Everton face Bolton:

 Landon Donovan to score first (7/1 188BET) for the yank to fill the tank first

 Leon Osman to score first (9/1 Betfair) for Os to be the boss first

 Leighton Baines to score first (14/1 General) for LB to cause an LBW on the Bolton defence. Come on, that's a hard one.

On to tonight's racing tips, and it's over to Dubai sand for the Meydan Masters International Jockeys Championship Handicap, with familiar jockeys such as Frankie Dettori, Colm O'Donoghue, Will Buick, Tom Queally, Christophe Lemaire, Ryan Moore and Mikael Barzalona among others involved. Starting out with Dubai racing as it is undescribably more difficult to work out what they've been running, here's my 2 picks:

3.45 MEYDAN:

Orange, orange, white stars sleeves, white, orange star cap Uptown Guy

Form: 413215-

Maroon, white braces, white sleeves, maroon, white star cap Paschendale                Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Form: 961/183-

Tom's Footy Coupon New Year's Eve

Nottingham Forest v CARDIFF

Brentford v MK DONS

Wycombe v STEVENAGE

Afc Wimbledon v SOUTHEND

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday 28th Dec) PLUS Racing News and Footy Coupon News

Sorry I couldn't get on to do boxing day tips, but it was a huge day for racing, with Kauto Star winning a record 5th King George VI, hopefully attracting more racing fans. Also, Binocular won the Christmas Hurdle, beating Rock on Ruby by a neck, and one of my fantasy racing horses Overturn by another 8 lengths, after Jason Maguire pushed the button a bit too early in the final few furlongs. Grands Crus took the Feltham by just over 2 lengths to Silviniaco Conti, and another 3 lengths back to Bobs Worth in 3rd. Then Kauto Star obviously took the King George VI, with evens favourite Long Run just over a length back in 2nd, and Captain Chris a well-beaten 3rd. My stable star Master Minded was pulled up due to a blunder at one of the jumps near the end, and is now being treated in the vets, with his career in the balance. We all wish Master Minded a speedy recovery, and Paul Nicholls our best wishes and that Master Minded will be able to run again. 

Now onto my footy coupon, I had 4 away wins on a £2 bet, and if I won it would get £116.25 to annoy the bookies, with 3 3 o clock kick offs and a half 5. Newcastle beat Bolton 2-0 with goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and red-hot-form striker Demba Ba, and Peterborough beat Forest 1-0 thanks to a 20th minute goal from Boyd, and Accrington Stanley 'Who Are They?' snatched a 75th minute winner from Hughes to beat Morecambe 2-1. I had hope of that £116 now, and all I needed now was West Ham to beat Birmingham. I thought I had it when Carlton Cole scored in the 3rd minute, but Murphy salvaged an 81st minute equalizer, and now is top of my hate list. Just messing, I'm gutted though, but my tips can get us back on form, here they are:

2.00 LEOPARDSTOWN:

Yellow & light green diabolo, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad

Form: 113-242

2.35 LEOPARDSTOWN: 

Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Quito De La Roque

Form: 2111-11 

By the way, if anyone wants to add a finish to my Christmas Racing Story, leave an ending in the GUESTBOOK, and I'll add them on to the site 

Tom's Annual Christmas Racing Story

Christmas morning it was, only morning of the year where the stables are empty, the feeders were yet to come, as well as the trainer for a quick check-up on his horses. Pure silence, as the horses began to awake, to witness the icy surfaces, that special Christmas feeling. As they enjoyed a rare peaceful moment, it was interrupted by a small, skinny figure in big, black boots and a helmet.

He looked prepared, as he confidently swung himself over the gate, and bounced over towards the stables. He was alone, the only one in the park, yet was focused, focused on an apparently important task.

He began to jog now, towards a wooden door, entered, and disappeared for a lengthy amount of time. 'He must have gone; or is staying in there', was the apparent result. 

Pure silence again, as snowflakes began to fall on the again empty park, nothing to be heard but the infrequent sound of a horse.

Suddenly, he appeared again. On a horse this time, speeding past at what seemed at the time to be 500mph. He carried this speed round the gallops for ages, before muttering 'Now this is Christmas'. He took his hands of the bridle and his eyes to the beautiful wintery scenery in cockiness for a second at the most, but that was enough. Just one second, changed him forever. Shame.

TO BE CONTINUED... 

Then the author realised how awful he is at creative writing and how he should stick to the sports

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Tom's Fantasy Horse Racing Summaries Part 3 PLUS Merry Christmas from tc123.webs.com !

Merry Christmas! My favourite time of the year, but there's one bad thing about it, and this is a big bad thing for me: NO RACING ALL WEEKEND! :(

But let's look at all the good things, and I hope you have a good one, and thanks for being a great reader of tc123.webs.com , and for getting us on Google with so many views! I've given you 3 Christmas presents already, with 3 out of 3 tips since my return have all been winners! Now yours to me can be to keep coming on and taking my tips and reading the articles please! Here's something interesting to read, part 3 of my fantasy horse racing summaries:

FANTASY HORSE RACING SUMMARIES [PART 3] (2nd OF REST):

Light blue, orange epaulets Beshabar

In 2011, this gelding seemed to be at his best under R Johnson, not winning under anyone else, but coming quite close at Cheltenham in a Class 2 amateur riders' novices' chase by getting 2nd to Chicago Grey under amateur Mr Tom David. However, under Johnson, Beshabar won the Scottish National over 4 1/2 miles and also a class 4, 3 mile beginners' chase at Doncaster.

With only 11 starts since 2008, this long distance stayer has won 6 of which, with a 2nd to add to that. He's among the favourites for next year's Grand National at Aintree, after his Scottish national victory and has proven over previous years to be able to win under Ruby Walsh (Betfair Handicap Hurdle at Ascot in February 2010) and Harry Skelton (Heroes Handicap Hurdle also in February 2010) and also Daryl Jacob (Sunderlands National Hunt Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final in March 2008 and the Exeter Novices' Hurdlein January 2008).

Come back soon, for your load of boxing day tips! 

ANOTHER WIN! 3RD WIN OUT OF 3 In Results Brief PLUS Part 2 of Fantasy Horse Racing

Elusive Ridge won by 2 1/4 lengths! Another win, but there's no races for the next two days, but plenty of quality on Monday. Jamesie got 2nd as well as I said, I'm like a betting psychic at the moment! I'll carry on with my tips on Christmas night for Monday, but I can't do any now, as there's no races to tip! I'll probably put a footy coupon on this website tomorrow morning, as that's always good, I normally just put a pound on and it's good fun. Here's part 2 of my fantasy horse racing summaries 

FANTASY HORSE RACING SUMMARIES [PART 2] (START OF REST): 

Yellow, red star, yellow sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap, red star Al Ferof

Another great Nicholls-Walsh horse, there is many, but this one is surely very special. Unbeaten in 2011, this gelding has tackled very short odds and huge handicaps to come through unbeaten this year. Feared by all his opponents, he's best at around 2 miles, but has won this year at nearly 2 miles and 4 furlongs, but when tried at 2 miles 5 furlongs at the end of 2010, he only managed 3rd of 8 under Harry Skelton, though he was carrying a lot of handicap weight.

Looking very promising for 2012, this superstar is clearly a winner at Class 1 Grade 1 level, winning races such as the grade 1 Henry VII Novices' Chase by a neck and then 14 lengths to 3rd, the grade 2 Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase by 7 lengths and then 37 lengths, the grade 1 Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle by 2 lengths and then 3 and 1/4 lengths.

Hope he has a great and successful 2012, as well as all of you readers!

ANOTHER WIN! THAT'S 2 OUT OF 2 For Tom's Tips in Results Brief PLUS WIN ANOTHER XMAS FORTUNE in Tom's Tips For Tomorrow

1-2-3! It was worth an each way bet on one of the females that I mentioned, they were long prices, and even though there wasn't many in the race, it was always going to be either of them getting 2nd. So Young won easily as expected, and won you a Christmas present from me if you had money on any of my tips! If you want another Christmas present from me, or have missed out on one so far, I've got plenty, so get on this:

5.30 DUNDALK:

Dark blue, white star, white sleeves, maroon stars, white cap, maroon stars Elusive Ridge

Form: 455311

PJ Smullen's mount will probably win this^, but if the price is too short for your liking, what I'd do is put some more on it, but if you want a longer price, I'd go for Jamesie. No point going for any of the others in my opinion. 

Back With A Smack as My First Tips After Break Get a 1-2! PLUS Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Which will almost guarantee you a special xmas present!)

Mohayer won! With Kaybeew 6 lengths behind in 2nd! This'll get me back in the swing of tipping, and I hope they'll win you a Christmas fortune! Here's my next tip, your own guide to glory:

1.35 THURLES:

Purple, yellow chevron & cap So Young

Form: 1/113-61

I'm not sure of the price yet, but if it's too short for your liking, then I'd consider a go for Miss Nomer or Noras Fancy, whichever price is longer on the day, two about evenly matched horses, though last time out for Noras Fancy was a 2nd to Miss Nomer herself, by 4 lengths. That's only if you're up for a quite long shot, though, to play safe, go Mullins & Walsh's french favourite, So Young.

FANTASY RACING HORSE SUMMARIES [PART 1] (STABLE STAR):

Emerald green, yellow spots, yellow and emerald green halved sleeves, purple cap Master Minded

Undoubtedly one of Paul Nicholls' top racehorses in his stables at the moment, Master Minded is an excellent veteran, still got it, with 17 runs since 2008, 5 of which in 2011. Grand National 2nd jockey Sam Waley-Cohen recently quite truly branded him as 'inconsistent', although the Master has won 3 of his last 5 outings. A brutally honest way of putting it is that sometimes when he runs he's amazing, but sometimes he's awful. 

Last time out he won the prestigious Amlin 1965 Chase (a Grade 2, Class 1) but before that he was dreadfully last of 3 with hot favouritism of 2/5, beaten by even a 20/1 outsider, whose only victories have been in Class 4 fields. However, before that, he won the Melling Chase spectacularly by 9 lengths to 2nd place. However, before that, he finished an awful 8th of 11 as a 2/1 favourite, beaten even by a 66/1 outsider, and only beating by 1 place a 150/1 outsider. However, before that, he won the Grade 1 Victor Chandler chase, beating 2nd place by a short head, but 20 lengths back to the rest!

Unpredictable, I gambled picking him as my stable star, and in his next outing, he faces Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, and the best jumps horse of the last decade, Kauto Star. Good luck lad, but following his 2011 pattern, he's due for a bollocking. Let's just hope Christmas comes a day late for him, and all look out on Boxing Day at Kempton for a possible Christmas miracle?

Over n out, come back soon. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday 21st December) PLUS UPDATE On Loads!

I've been doing pretty well on the fantasy racing recently with wins from horses like Overturn, Al Ferof, Big Buck's and others. I've been enjoying it so much I've got two of my mates to fill one in, they don't know too much about racing, but they haven't chosen too badly. My choices are two articles below this one, and my mates' choices are shown below:

Joe D's choices:

Stable Star: Long Run

Rest: Any Currency

Big Buck's

Calgary Bay

Don't Push It

Loosen My Load

Midnight Chase

Mossey Joe

Rare Bob

Starluck

Eoin B's choices:

Stable Star: Captain Chris

Rest: Allure Of Illusion

Any Given Day

Dave's Dream

I'm So Lucky

Mossley

Noble Alan

Oiseau De Nuit

Overturn

The Midnight Club

 

Joe's probably edges it, but anyway, here's my tip for tomorrow:

2.45 FFOS LAS: 

Red, yellow stars, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star Kaybeew

Form: 7/8F16-1

The Twiston-Davies' Class 3 gelding has won 2 of his last 3, and looks sharp for this one. Another worth a mention is Mohayer, who'll surely come close. Kaybeew won last time out at this course, but steps up just over 1 and a half furlongs.

Summaries and jockey silks of my fantasy racing coupon selections will appear on this page soon, so look out for it, coming soon. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Sat 3rd December)

I've got Al Ferof running in the 1.55 at Sandown tomorrow for my fantasy racing, and my dad had Quinz today in the 2.30 at the mentioned racecourse, who was pulled up.

I may be biased for the name, but I quite fancy this one as a quick tip:
 
2.25 FAIRYHOUSE:
 
Emerald green, white diamonds on sleeves, emerald green cap, white diamond Clarkey
 
Form: 971326
 
 

Tom's Entry: William Hill Fantasy Racing Coupon: The Jumps PLUS More (29 Nov 11)

I'v entered a fantasy racing competition, and I'm not doing too well at the moment, only as I have horses with loads of quality, but some of them don't run too often. It's all good though, once they start having a crack, I'll get more points. Here's my choices:

Stable Star:

Master Minded

Rest:

Al Ferof

Spirit Son

Beshabar

Big Buck's

Overturn

Bobs Worth

Quevega

Quito De La Roque

Riverside Theatre

 

Summaries of each horse and jockey silks to follow. By the way, a first blink tip for tomorrow would be Barbican (Royal blue, yellow cross belts, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars) in the 5.30 at Kempton tomorrow. Before I finish, carry on reading my thespoof.com articles, by scrolling down a few articles to find one of mine, and after reading that, you'll see a box saying 'more from this writer' and let the others send you into hysterics. Maybe.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (24 November 2011) 

Haven't wrote for ages sorry! I've been doing all my writing for thespoof.com , click one of the links for one of my articles two articles below this one, read it, and then at the bottom of the page, you'll see something saying 'More Articles From This Writer', where you can read my other articles. The Landon Donovan one is the most popular, but see which you think is the best and leave your opinion in my GUESTBOOK. 

Anyway, for the first time in AGES, here's my tips for tomorrow:

2.10 NEWBURY:

 Grands Crus

Form: 1122-61

This is a red-hot favourite, so if you want a decent outsider, go for Viking Blond if he runs. 

Tom's Tips For Today (Saturday)

What do you think of my spoof.com articles? My Landon Donovan one overpowers the others with over 500 views in under a week at the moment, with my John Terry and Michael Jackson ones struggling behind with just under 100. Please leave your opiion in the GUESTBOOK.

By the way, you know I like having a look at how National runners do, so huge outsider Or Noir De Somoza ran terribly the other day, not really worth mentioning; but 2010 winner and 2011 3rd Don't Push It runs in the 3.10 at Cheltenham today, at around 28/1.

Here's who I'm going for:

1.20 CHELTENHAM:

Dark blue, maroon star, maroon cap Secret Edge (8/1 General)

Form: 21

Yellow and royal blue (quartered), white sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap Saqil (50/1 Bet365)

Form: 561

1.25 NAAS:

Red, white cap Sailors Warn (3/1 General)

Form: 126-712

 

NOTICE

I've started writing spoof stories for a comedy website called

www.thespoof.com

I've done one story already, about Landon Donovan's possible return to Everton, read it and tell me what you think through the guestbook:

http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s6i101632#this 

UPDATE: 

I've added a new article, making a laugh out of the horrible John Terry racism row. If he did it, it shows how much of an absolute... he is. Anyway, this makes light of the situation where I claim an amateur lip reader is hired for the situation and I show what he thinks was said. Here's the link, read it and tell me what you think through the guestbook:

http://www.thespoof.com/news/magazine/amateur_lip_reader_hired_for_john_terry_racism_row_10144.htm

UPDATE (WEDNESDAY 9TH NOV): 

I've added another article, my Landon Donovan one is on about 500 views at the moment after 2 days, with my John Terry one only on about 50. Here's a new one, making a laugh of the horrible Michael Jackson trial. It's different in a lot of ways to the other two, but I hope you like it. Here's the link, read it and tell me what you think through the guestbook:

http://www.thespoof.com/news/magazine/michael_jackson_denied_human_nature_by_doctor_in_drug_thriller_10156.htm

By the way, sorry about the shortage of tips, I'll do a lot on Saturday, as I'm due a punt; I'll do my footy coupon and a few races.

Tom's Racing News (Sunday 6th)

I like watching Grand National runners run in the year, so just to mention faller Becauseicouldntsee is running in the 1.40 at Cork on Sunday.

Plus, I  think I may have come closer to making my choice on my shareholding on the racehorses, I think I'll go for Kahfre (details 3 articles below this one), a share is about £30 more, for 0.1% less ownership, but with a better website. I have my doubts, so I might still go for Back To Paris, but for now I'm still choosing. Please leave your opinions on this difficult decision in the GUESTBOOK. 

Tom's Quick Tip For Tomorrow (Saturday)

I'll update this with my football coupon tomorrow, but for now, here's my quick tip for tomorrow:

2.50 DOWN ROYAL:

Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blazing Tempo
 
Form: 125-214
 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday) PLUS Tom's Personal Racing Report Continued (Part 2)

I've just found the best jockey silks ever, I'll just show you before my tips, this is a Class 1 chaser called Chasing Cars and also Horner Woods (I'm sure there's more), let me know in the GUESTBOOK if you've seen better:

Crazy quilt

Legendary. Anyway, here's my tips for tomorrow followed by my personal racing report part 2:

1.55 THURLES:

Black, yellow diamond, yellow diamonds on sleeves, yellow diamond on cap Roberto Goldback (5/2 Bet365 and Ladbrokes)

Form: 3220-1U

Tom's Personal Racing Report PART 2: 

I'm really tempted to go for Back To Paris, but I've read two reviews of the site I'd purchase it from, and they're both bad, 1 star out of 5. If I bought Along Came Rosie or Kahfre, it'd be from the Select Racing Club, and I can't find any reviews for them, so if anyone is with them, please let me know what they're like in the GUESTBOOK. Any more thoughts, also leave them there. I'll add more to this article soon, or add a PART 3. 

Tom's Personal Racing Report

Sorry there's been gaps of a few days between my last few tips, it's because I've been researching all about two racehorses that I might buy a share into for Christmas. I looked through a few sites, and two racehorses stood out, one called Along Came Rosie, a mare who costs £89 per 0.2% share, and I was quite interested in her, here's her form and colours:

Royal blue, yellow chevrons, royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, quartered cap Along Came Rosie Trainer: A Crook Reg. Jockey: F Davis
 
Full Form: 1-3358F
 
But another stood out more than the above mare to me, although this gelding is nine years old, he's still looking good over flat and hurdles, and this is the one I think I'll go for:
 
Light green, dark blue cross belts, white sleeves, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Back To Paris Trainer: P A Kirby Reg. Jockey: Kyle James
 
Full Form: R4F73133PU4125
 
This one likes to race at Bangor (not too far away from me) and I'd have an Owner's Badge to get into the parade ring! I'm tempted, and this gelding runs a lot in a year (obvious looking at his form) and I'll own my part for 7 months, so I'll get a few runs out of him hopefully, even at 9 years old.  
 
UPDATE: 
 
A 4 year old gelding called Kahfre has joined the running (no pun) for my share, his silks and form:
 
Maroon, light blue sleeves, white diamonds, white cap, maroon diamond Kahfre
 
Form: 23-3161539
 
What do you think? Who should I go for? Leave a message in the GUESTBOOK by clicking on the toolbar above and posting your warmly welcomed views. Plus, if you're interested in buying a share in any of these two, or want me to recommend a site for you to have a look at more, please post a request in the GUESTBOOK.

ANOTHER WIN AND 2ND AND A JUST MISSED 4TH FOR MY TIPS In Racing Results Brief

Slumber was out on his own on the left hand side of the track, but won well by 1 3/4 lengths to Dux Scholar in 2nd, and then nearly 4 lengths back to 3rd, with Jet Away only about a nose back in 4th! GREAT RESULT! For full result and race video, follow the link below:

Tom's Tips For Today (Saturday) PLUS Racing Results Brief

EXCELETTE GOT 2ND, with Miss Lahar 5th and outsider Alice's Dancer 11th. 13 ran. I'll put my footy coupon on later, haven't got it yet but will when I have it. For now, here's my tips for today:

4.25 NEWMARKET: 

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Jet Away (pink cap) (2/1 Bet365)

Form: 6-12921

Green, Pink sash, White sleeves, Green cap Dux Scholar (green cap) (11/4 General)

Form: 2-31322

 Green, Pink sash and cap, White sleeves, white cap Slumber (white cap) (6/1 William Hill)

Form: 0-13372

All 3 of these owned by Khalid Abdullah, I think one of his is surely going to win the race. If I had to pick one, I'd probably go Jet Away, but any of the above is a good bet. Dux Scholar is carrying more weight handicap than usual, but his best time over about this distance is 2m 7s, which is better than any of the others' in this race. Slumber has been up against some difficult competition, such as Derby 2nd Treasure Beach, and Derby 9th Pisco Sour, and Slumber's best time is over about 28 yards short of today's distance, but he ran something like a 2m 9s. However, when Jet Away last ran a few weeks ago over 88 yards more than today's distance, he did a 2m 8.5s, beating a Class 3 field by 9 lengths to 2nd placed Rasmy.

I'd say this one's either going to Jet Away or Dux Scholar. If you want a longer priced outsider, I'd go Kieren Fallon's ride Honour System (25/1 Paddy Power), but if you want to play safe, read the above and take your pick!

Tom's Tips For Today (Friday) PLUS ANOTHER 1-2 FOR MY TIPS In Racing Results Brief

PERPETUALLY WON JUST 3/4 OF A LENGTH AHEAD OF PIPPA GREENE, WITH 33 LENGTHS BACK TO 3RD PLACE! Pippa Greene was leading up to the final hurdle, when Perpetually took over and from then on it was clearly a two-horse race to the line, and Perpetually took it, just. Mentioned Yahrab was 4th, 7 ran. Here's a link to the results page and on that page is a link to the race video:
 
 
3.00 NEWMARKET:
 
White, royal blue cross belts, royal blue and white hooped sleeves and cap Excelette
 
Form: 211232
 
Royal blue, yellow epaulets, royal blue and white striped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Miss Lahar
 
Form: 495223
 
OUTSIDER WITH A LONGER PRICE WITH DECENT CHANCE:
 
Pink, royal blue stripe, striped sleeves, hooped cap Alice's Dancer
 
Form: 52615 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday 26th)

I've missed racing in the 3 days I haven't done tips! I had planned to go to Haydock tomorrow so I would have done tips for all 6 races but there's been a change of plan, so I might be going to the 19th November meeting to see the likes of Kauto Star and Long Run! Here's tips for one of the races tomorrow:

3.25 HAYDOCK:

White and royal blue stripes, royal blue sleeves, white spots, yellow cap Pippa Greene

Form: 2-22

Black, black and maroon striped cap Perpetually

Form: 1

Both of these geldings' times have been head and shoulders above the others on 2 miles and ha;f a furlong, but the half furlong drop shouldn't matter too much. In their last races (both over 2m 110y), Pippa Greene was about 8 seconds faster than Perpetually, but it looks like these two will be the dominators, if Perpetually can carry the considerably high handicap weight he's been given, which I doubt slightly. If there was going to be an upset, it would probably most likely be one of the Kenirys' (F) mount Yahrab, but I'd definately go for PIPPA GREENE.

Tom's Tips For Today (Saturday 22nd) PLUS NEW! TOM'S FOOTY COUPON TIPS FOR TODAY:

I've got 2 racing tips and 2 footy tips for today. and because they're new, I'll start with the footy ones:

SECTIONS LIST (ON WEEKEND FOOTBALL SUPER SOCCER COUPON):

Hearts v RANGERS (8/13)

BLACKPOOL v Nottingham Forest (10/11)

Leyton Orient v SHEFFIELD UNITED (6/5)

Reading v SOUTHAMPTON (11/8)

Rotherham v SHREWSBURY (6/4)

That's the sections list for if you want quite a bit of a gamble, and a £1 stake on that would win you £73.85, which is very good. If you want to play more safe, go for my long list tips below:

Reading v SOUTHAMPTON (11/8)

Leyton Orient v SHEFFIELD UNITED (6/5)

Rotherham v SHREWSBURY (6/4)

That's the long list, which from a £1 stake would get you £13.06, which is alright. Here's my racing tips:

3.00 DONCASTER:

White, emerald green hoop Fencing

Form: 31

3.30 AINTREE:

Emerald green, yellow spots, yellow and emerald green halved sleeves, purple cap Master Minded

Form: 4/11181-

Master Minded under a lot of weight (by that I don't mean Ruby Walsh!) by the handicapper, but should run well, beat Albertas Run last time by 9 lengths, under a weight about 10lbs lighter.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) PLUS Racing Results Brief

Callisto Moon ran tiredly in 3rd. You may be thinking that's alright, but there were 4 runners. McCauley was a non-runner, so at least you got your money back for that one. I'm more confident with these:

2.30 NEWMARKET:

White, large red spots and armlets, red and white quartered cap Red Seventy (5/2 Paddy Power)

Form: 1176

Red Seventy will probably win, but he'll be carrying a very large weight, so if you want a lighter runner with longer price go for my 'don't underestimate' below:

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Light blue, light blue and pink diabolo on sleeves Jubilance (5/1 Bet365)

Form: 81218

Under Will Buick, should do well and come close to Red Seventy, but will have to beat his own best form to beat him. Been great over 7 furlongs, and should make the trip over a mile. 

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th)

3.10 EXETER:

Dark blue, white stars, red sleeves, white cap, red star Callisto Moon

Form: 71B41F

Good horse when on form, was leading last time out when he fell at the 2nd last. Last time out was only yesterday (2 days before the race), so could be tired, but looked grand after the fall.

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Yellow and white stripes, yellow sleeves and cap McCauley

Form: 442-19U

Hasn't ran too well under Matthew Hampton, but now under Richard Johnson (who's on fire at the moment as a jockey), Johnson could steer him to victory, and McCauley is the least recent horse to run in a race in this race, but his last time out was still only 29th September. 

Another Saturday Win For My Tips, Here's Tom's Quick Tip For Tomorrow (Monday)

Frankel won well, not much luck with the others though. I won my football coupon, I'll put some of them on this site in the future. Here's my quick tip for tomorrow:

3.40 PONTEFRACT:

Royal blue Al Saham Jockey: William Buick

Form: 1

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Saham means Shares in Malay, that's all I can find! It's a Godolphin runner, what do you expect!

Come back soon! 

ANOTHER 2 WINS, THAT'S 9 OUT OF MY LAST 11 FOR TOM'S TIPS In Racing Results Brief, PLUS ASCOT SPECIAL In Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Saturday 15th)

KINGLET WON HIS RACE, AND SO DID STEPS TO FREEDOM! I'M ON FIRE! That's why I'm tipping the 5 Class 1 races at Champions Day in Ascot! Get another cheeky win, get on these:

1.50 ASCOT:

Black, emerald green sleeves, striped cap Times Up (10/3 William Hill)

Form: 411231

Tom's opinion on chance of winning: 9/10.

2.25 ASCOT: 

White, emerald green hoop and cap Moonlight Cloud (7/2 Betfred, William Hill)

Form: 4-17211

Chance: 9/10 

IF YOU WANT A HIGHER PRICE:

Black, large yellow spots, armlets and cap Ladies Are Forever (25/1 Coral)

Form: 1-50431

Chance: 8/10 

3.00 ASCOT:

Dark blue, white sash and sleeves, quartered cap Gertrude Bell

Form: 1147-11 (14/1 Victor Chandler) 

Chance: 8/10, she's so high up in the prices because of a poor run there once, but I'd still go for her. If you feel uncomfortable with that, go Meeznah, but I'll probably stick with Gertrude Bell.

3.35 ASCOT:

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Frankel (2/5 William Hill)

Form: 11-1111

Chance:10/10. I look forward to Frankel running. Can't be beaten, best horse I've seen run on the flat, legend.

4.10 ASCOT:

Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap So You Think (5/2 most bookies')

Form: 112114

Chance: 9 and a half/10.

Come back soon, to ensure our selections have won, I'm sure they will though!

Tom's Racing Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

As I write this, my Wednesday tip hasn't ran yet, so I'll update this when the race has finished. By the way, I've updated that tip at the bottom of the article, so have a look. Here's my tip for tomorrow:

2.45 PUNCHESTOWN:
 
Emerald green, black sash & sleeves, green cap Steps To Freedom (7/4 Paddy Power)
 
Form: 1F1-01
 
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE (OUTSIDER):
 
Dark blue, white cross sashes, white sleeves, emerald green cap Mackeys Forge (8/1 Paddy Power)
 
Form: 3132-23
 
MY TIP:
 
Steps To Freedom will probably take it, but if you want longer odds, go for Mackeys Forge, underestimated gelding.
 
Let's hope Ryan Power's mount can climb the Steps to a win, and find Freedom from his recent unpredictable form.
 
Let's hope Mackeys can Forge a win from his recent placed efforts.
 
There's my puns back, bad as ever!
 
Come back soon! 
 

ANOTHER WIN! 7 OUT OF 9 RECORD FOR MY NEW STREATEGY! In Racing Results Brief PLUS Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday)

OSTLAND WON BY AN AMAZING 48 LENGTHS! Ostland Points of View (14/1) was 71 lengths 3rd behind Ostland (4/1), with the favourite that I didn't mention Spock in 2nd in favouritism at 3/1. Get on this to get yourself a cheeky win:

7.40 KEMPTON: 

Probables (in order):

Royal blue Kinglet

Form: 133

Royal blue, yellow cross belts, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars Storming Bernard

Form: 322117

White, dark blue armlets and cap Graphic

Form: 6141

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Royal Blue, Yellow Cross Belts, Royal Blue Sleeves, Yellow Stars, yellow cap Queens Sandridge

Form: 971069

Maybes:

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Samuel Pickwick

Form: 621

Emerald green, black chevrons on sleeves Ghostwriting

Form: 1718

MY TIP:

I'd go Kinglet or Storming Bernard as Graphic has been great at 7 furlongs, but never tried at a mile.

Sorry about the lack of puns recently, haven't had much time, if you miss them (doubt it) scroll down and read some of the er.. classics. I'll do some soon.

LATE UPDATE:

Sorry, I forgot some obvious facts, and now I've remebered them, that has swayed me towards Graphic, so I'd go Graphic, but Kinglet and Storming Bernard are both each way punts for me.

Tom's Quick Tip For Tomorrow (Tuesday)

3.50 HUNTINGDON:

Yellow, blue stars on body Ostland

Form: 4-11129

Nearly easily the best horse in the race, although top weight and having a jockey change, should do well. 

Dark blue, white braces, sleeves and cap Points Of View

Form: 22211P

Has been outstanding at lower distacnes with National winning jockey Jason Maguire, but due to his injury, S Quinlan had to ride him last time, and pulled her up. Not useful, and will be hard for him to stay the distance, especially being heavily handicapped, but could come close if runs well.

Tom's Quick Tip For Tomorrow

4.30 SALISBURY (CLASS 3) (6f 212y):

 Light blue, dark blue stripe, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap Polar Annie

Form: 816171

Royal blue, white cap Al Aasifh

Form: 107-232 

If this was over 7 furlongs, it would be Polar Annie no question, but it's only 8 yards under, so I'd go for Polar Annie. 

Looking at times, Al Aasifh hasn't had the best over her last two races at 7 furlongs, but before that, at 6 furlongs, the Irish colt produced a great time, so this distance is just under 7 furlongs, so it might suit.

6 WINS IN A ROW! GET ON MY: Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Saturday) 

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL, MY OUTSIDER WON BY 14 LENGTHS BACK TO MY MAIN TIP ARGAUM IN 2ND, AND 3 LENTHS BEHIND THEM WAS MY OTHER MAIN TIP, KACK HANDED, AND THEN SURF AND TURF IN FOURTH! And yes, I'll stop doing so many tips for the same race because you can't choose. I'll do that from now on, as I'm giving you so much choice, it's hard for you to pick, when that's my job! From now on, I'll do one or two main ones, and then a 'don't underestimate', and that's it. If you feel like a long shot, go for the 'don't underestimate', but if not, go for one of the main tips, there'll be one or two. If you can't pick, in the 'MY TIP' section, there'll be a summary of the mentioned horses. Let's get going then, Saturday, the big racing day of the week, going for a seventh in a row!

3.10 NEWMARKET (CLASS 1) (7f):

Orange and white (quartered), orange sleeves Most Improved (9/1 Paddy Power, Coral)

Form: 21 

Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Power (10/3 William Hill)

Form: 11121

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Emerald green, yellow stripe, yellow cap Spiritual Star (15/2 Coral)

Form: 31

MY TIP:

If Most Improved runs, I'd definitely go for him, as according to my source, last time out (in a Class 4) he won by 5 lengths with an astonishing time of just under 1 minute 16. That's 12 seconds faster than favourite Power ran the same distance last time out. Spiritual Star also dominated a Class 4, with a time of 1 minute 24 seconds. Most Improved surely looks like the Most Improved, so I'll probably be going for him. Trumpet Major doesn't look to bad at 16/1 with most bookies, that's a maybe, so I've told you who I'd go for, given you a summary, so hopefully that's helped you pick. Let's go for a lucky 7 in a row, get a cheeky Saturday win!

5 WINS IN A ROW! Tom's Tips For Tomorrow PLUS Racing Results Brief: My 5th Win in a Row!

FIGARO WON BY OVER 3 LENGTHS TO MONOPOLIZE, WITH ANOTHER 22 LENGTHS BACK TO THIRD! IN A 1m 2f RACE! Sunday Bess ran dreadfully, Kahraba didn't run, but Figaro ran exceptionally.

Get another cheeky win now with this, as I go for 6 in a row!

4.00 WORCESTER (2m) (CLASS 4) 6 run:

Black, white hoop, black sleeves, white stars Argaum (8/11 William Hill)

Form: 222121

Pink, orange armlets Kack Handed (5/1 Bet365)

Form: 82-1516

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Surf And Turf (7/1 William Hill)

If you want a decent long shot, I'd also maybe try Dancewiththedevil at 14/1 with Bet365 at the moment, vould drift out, but if you want an outsider or dark horse, this is the one; he's beaten Surf And Turf before.

MY TIP: 

As I say, Dancewiththe devil looks a good outsider, but doesn't have too much chance against Argaum and Kack Handed. If I had a punt, I'd go one of them two, Arguam is odds on, so if you want decent money back, go Kack Handed. Arguam should win, but Kack Handed should go closest, so take your pick.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) GOING FOR 5 WINS IN A ROW

Hoping to add to my collection of winners, to get 5 in a row! Jump on the bandwagon quick by getting another cheeky win!

By the way, I'm thinking of joining the Elite Racing Club, so can any current members go to the GUESTBOOK on the toolbar above and leave a message to tell us what it's like, and what you think of it please? Nice one, here's my tip:

5.00 NOTTINGHAM (1m 2f) (CLASS 5) 5 run

Yellow and purple (quartered), purple sleeves, yellow stars Sunday Bess

Form: 720232 

White, red stripe, armlets and cap Figaro

Form: 65-4262

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Royal blue Kahraba

Form: 323

MY TIP:

I'd probably go Sunday Bess, but Figaro looks good, and a lot of my wins have been thorugh my don't underestimate, and Kahraba is joint-top of the ratings with Figaro, but joint-bottom weight.

4TH WIN IN A ROW, I PICKED THE TOP 3! In Tom's Racing Results Brief

MY DON'T UNDERESTIMATE Barbican WON! MY TWO MAIN TIPS Highland Castle AND Solar Sky WERE 2ND AND 3RD! HOW GREAT IS THIS STRATEGY?! Come back tomorrow for more tips, get yourself that great feeling of a win! Here's to another 4! Come back soon!

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday) PLUS 3RD WIN IN A ROW in Racing Results Brief

My don't underestimate RAMPANT RONNIE WON! My main tip High Bird Humphrey was 2 1/2 lengths behind in a respectable 2nd, with favourite Serious Choice 10 lengths behind in 3rd, and my other tip Sara's Smile not at her best without Maguire, in 4th. Here's the link to watch the final few furlongs:

 
This new strategy is my best ever on tc123.webs.com yet! I won't be doing summaries tonight sorry, but here's the tips and their form. Have a cheeky win by getting on this:
 
4.05 ASCOT (CLASS 1) (1m 6f):
 
Maroon, yellow cross belts and sleeves Highland Castle
 
Form: 311581
 
Dark blue and pink stripes, pink sleeves and cap Solar Sky
 
Form: 2125
 
DON'T UNDERSTIMATE:
 
Royal blue, yellow cross belts, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars Barbican
 
Form: 142511
 
Buthelezi ran in the St. Leger, worth a mention.
 
MY TIP: 
 
I'd go Solar Sky, but take your pick either of the main 2, the don't underestimate, or the Leger pacemaker Buthelezi who could do well.
 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday) PLUS ANOTHER WIN in Racing Results Brief

ARTISTIC JEWEL WON BY A LENGTH! Only 4 ran in the end, with Arnold Lane 2nd, my 'don't underestimate' Ihsas another length behind them in 3rd, and Gusto just behind in 4th. Here's the link to watch the last few furlongs:

http://www.chroma.premiumtv.co.uk/streaming/watch/RacingUKFlashVOD/partnerId_166/videoFileId_10871772/clipId_1852068/index.html

This new strategy in on fire! Have some fun with a nice win, get on this:

4.20 BANGOR (CLASS 3) (2m 1f):

Emerald green, royal blue hooped sleeves and cap High Bird Humphrey

Form: 62P9-12

Mid-weights, this gelding has a great chance of landing this Class 3. Last time out, at give or take a few yards the same distance at Stratford, he was 3 lenths behind Lord Jay Jay in a Class 3, beating 3rd placed Farleigh House by another 5 lengths. One before that, at Bangor, I was there to witness him win by 3 lengths to the same Farleigh House (who I had money on), and then another 53 lenths back to 3rd place. Has a superb chance if he beats this mare below:

Black, yellow cross belts and sleeves, red cap Sara's Smile

Form: 132831

Top of the weights, Henry Brooke has left High Bird Humphrey to ride this mare, normally ridden by injured Jason Maguire. She won last time out over pretty much the same distance, but that was a Class 4, however she did win by 20 lengths. That was under a great ride from National winning jockey Jason Maguire, and with a change of jockey and very high weights, can Sara's Smile snatch it?

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Black, orange triple diamond and sleeves, quartered cap Rampant Ronnie

Form: 263210

MY TIP:

I'd go High Bird Humphrey probably, but if you want Sara's Smile or Rampant Ronnie after seeing the odds or my summaries, then go for it, all 3 have a decent chance in a field of 7.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) PLUS A WIN Plus Second and Fourth got a Mention, in Racing Results Brief

DARE TO DANCE WON! Mirrored got second 2 lengths behind! Snd Calaf got fourth a neck or so behind Mirrored! Here's the link to watch the last few furlongs:

http://www.chroma.premiumtv.co.uk/streaming/watch/RacingUKFlashVOD/partnerId_166/videoFileId_10870239/clipId_1851591/index.html

I'm well sticking with this new strategy now! Want to get on the bandwagon and get the win you've been waiting for for ages? Get on this:

3.35 SALISBURY (CLASS 2) (6f)

Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Gusto

Form: 3146

Richard Hannon's colt took onboard Silvestre De Sousa last race to came 6th in a 6 furlong Class 1 at Ripon, but before that ran off my money at York to come 4th in a Class 1 over 5f under tomorrow's jockey Richard Hannon. Rated highest off all racers tomorrow at 95 and 2nd in the weights, he's due a win after his last 2 disappointments, and his last win was only a Class 5.

Black and white (quartered), emerald green collar and sleeves, white cap Artistic Jewel

Form: 153

Underestimated in the weights because of her gender, McMahon's filly came a very close 3rd in her last race, which was a Class 2 at Doncaster over 6 furlongs. Before that was a close 5th in a 5f Class 1 at Newbury at 3/1, and a Class 5 good win at Windsor over 5f. Should go well, one to watch.

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE:

Royal blue Ihsas

Form: 1

MY TIP:

I'd probably go Gusto again, but the other two I mentioned also look promising: Ihsas and Artistic Jewel.

TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Gusto' means 'Taste' in Spanish and Italian. Let's hope he recaptures the Taste of winning.

Let's hope Artistic can bag the jewels (best part of £8,000) in the 3.35.

TRANSLATING A RUNNER: No clue with this one. The HSAS (Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve) were some American hard rock band in the 80s. Nice.

Come back soon, and be sure to read the music and footy articles below! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday) PLUS Read The Footy Articles Below This One as Well as This!

Sorry but it's only a short tip again, but it'll be good I think, plus I've done a summary on both of them. Take your pick between these two probable winners:

4.40 AYR (1m 2f):
 
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Calaf (7/1 Bet365)
 
Form: 722192
 
Trained by Richard Fahey, this colt has experience against some decent opposition like Ebor meeting last race winner York Glory. Underestimated in the prices and last in the weights, he ran a good 2nd at Chester a few weeks ago, a length and a half behind top class colt Midsummer Sun and a neck ahead of another top class racer Poplin, Calf could cause an upset, and at 7/1, I would definately put money on this colt.
 
 
Emerald green and white diamonds, striped sleeves, red cap Dare To Dance (4/5 Paddy Power)
 
Form: 311
 
Paul Hanagan rides, so could be good but last time he rode for this trainer J Noseda, which was also a Class 3 race, he came last of 11 on 4-1 filly Deity. Nevertheless, he's a top class jockey and this is a top class horse. Dare To dance has won his last two, one a Class 3 race over a mile and two furlongs at Newmarket under Jamie Spencer, in which he won by just over 2 lengths, and the other being just over a mile at Sandown in a Class 5 under Ryan Moore, winning by slightly over a length. Good shot, but a very short odds on price puts me off a bit.
 
 
I'd probably go Calaf if he runs, but take your pick. Or maybe Dare To Dance could snatch it, I don't know, you choose of these two tips.
 
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE: 
 
 Mirrored (8/1 Bet365)
Form: 650203 

Everton v Man City AND Spirit Of Shankly v Liverpool 8 Football Reports!

EVERTON V MAN CITY:

2-0. I know we had a good record against them, but come on, they're a changed team, we didn't have much chance. Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Hart, Clichy, you name them, they're all rock solid to beat. Except Lescott, give him £200,000 a week and he'll do anything for you.

Sylvain 'Yes, I'm sure I don't want to play for Guadeloupe, who are they?' Distin had a great game, with other good defence performances from Leighton 'What the hell were you doing at Wigan' Baines and Phil 'Hoof It' Jagielka, but Moneybags City's attack was too much.

Jack 'Make your mind up Man U' Rodwell did very well marking David 'Let's have it, Navas' Silva, keeping the silky spaniard quiet while Marouane 'Better hair than David Luiz' Fellaini started just behind Tim 'Wizard of Oz' Cahill, with the belgian beauty playing the full 90 minutes. Cahill was brought off after just over an hour for Louis 'Too good for Facebook' Saha, who had an alright game. 

All round our lads played well, but a bad mistake from Royston 'Didn't get in the Madrid team as he was too good' Drenthe sealed the win for the Mancs with a stray pass to the Sitteh attack.

SPIRIT OF SHANKLY V LIVERPOOL 8: 

We lost 6-1. Evenly matched teams, but that influenced some bad spirit between some players and the opposition, which is sometimes quite interesting to be honest. After tearing up their right back (if i do say so myself!) for the first hour, one of their players started trying to trip me up during a stoppage. He was about 3 foot smaller than me, so that wasn't a problem at all.

What I like about our lads, is: while enjoying ourselves and all that, most of us throw everything we've got into the game. I happily played the full game, and came off absolutely knackered at the end, but I was glad to as I like to use all my energy in the game, as I love the team, and everyone involved in it are amazing, with all players, coaches, dads and everyone being very encouraging and will sort a problem straight away when needed.

A few of our lads got into some little spats, and they did get told to calm down, but in a way it's nice to see that as it shows the players' commitment to the team in most cases. I'm pretty sure all of our boys gave it our all, and I'm happy with how it went, and an evenly matched tie vs Kingsthorne next weekend could give us a vital confidence boost. 

NEW: Tom's Music Blog and Autumn Playlist PLUS Tom's Racing Tip For Tomorrow

Just topped up my iPod with a few new songs, and I've decided to put them on my website in case you want a listen:

Some of the chart music at the moment has been alright, so I've got a few ones like No Regrets by Dappy, which is alright, top of the charts at the moment. Here's the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoImizvsj5w&ob=av2e

Sticking with the charts, Rizzle Kicks are looking good at the moment, with a quite good song Down With The Trumpets and Miss Cigarette:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ip8OsExLJs&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA_tBIOt8MY&feature=relmfu

Lil Wayne's doing well as well, with a few raps like 6 Foot 7 Foot, but one where he sings all the way through (How To Love) but is amazing, I've had it on repeat for ages! Here they are in the above order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7tOAGY59uQ&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVwEo9YE_EI

A few more good ones are Lick Ya Down by Cover Drive, It Girl by Jason Derulo, Don't Go by Wretch 32, Solo by Iyaz, Till I'm Gone by Tinie Tempah and Wiz Khalifa and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5. Here are the YouTube liks in the above order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pARrzv_3I-o&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFOt_ilmQKY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj1BMpUnzT8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=140ImixpY7M&ob=av3e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2K2cs4vfkk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEPTlhBmwRg&ob=av3e

Also, Ed Sheeran has released a very different song to his hit The A Team, which is much better in my opinion, called You Need Me, I Don't Need You. Cher Lloyd is also releasing a new song called With Ur Love, after her debut single Swagger Jagger received mixed reviews. I'm a huge Cher Lloyd fan, and myself that she could do better than Swagger Jagger to be honest, and she's done exactly that with this great hit featuring Mike Posner. Here's the links in the above order:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXvzzTICvJs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUBvqwwI3WM

After having a look at Everton left-back Leighton Baines' blog (which inspired me to write this), I liked a few of his reccomendations, including a rap by Giggs called Don't Go There:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EuI2_pjDlM&ob=av3e

Here's the full Autumn Playlist:

Dappy - No Regrets

Rizzle Kicks - Down With The Trumpets

Rizzle Kicks - Miss Cigarette

Lil Wayne - 6 Foot 7 Foot

Lil Wayne - How To Love

Cover Drive - Lick Ya Down

Jason Derulo - It Girl

Wretch 32 - Don't Go

Iyaz - Solo

Tinie Tempah - Till I'm Gone

Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

Ed Sheeran - You Need Me, I Don't Need You

Cher Lloyd ft. Mike Posner - With Ur Love

Giggs - Don't Go There

 

TOM'S FIRST GLANCE RACING TIP FOR TOMORROW:

3.00 NEWMARKET:

Royal blue Lyric Of Light                       Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI

Form: 11

Let's hope Lyric is Light on his feet and keeps up Frankie's storming form.

3 CONSECUTIVE WINS FOR TOM'S TIPS! Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) PLUS Results Brief

INTERNATIONALDEBUT WON! That's 3 wins in the last 3 for my tips! That was for Ginger! The amount of pressure I felt to pick a winner after devoting that to Ginger McCain, racing legend! It's back though, as I go for my 4th consecutive winner:

3.45 GOODWOOD (FIRST GLANCE TIP):

Royal blue, white cap Prince Siegfried

Form: 42-6811

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Prince Siegfried is a film character from the 1967 ballet film Schwanensee, better known as Swan Lake. Let's hope he dances his way past the others, but Andrew Balding's filly Opera Gal looks his biggest threat.

Plus, have a look at my footy article including matches from Everton v Wigan, Everton v Aston Villa, my Sunday League team Spirit Of Shankly v Woolton Athletic, and Spirit Of Shankly v Woolton Vinci. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday) PLUS Have a Read of my Footy Articles below this one as well as this!

Grand National legend trainer Ginger McCain has unfortunately died 3 days short of his 81st birthday. May he rest in peace, and members and writers of tc123.webs.com pay our deepest respect to Ginger and his family. Ginger won the National 3 times with Red Rum, and was a legend in the world of racing, and his son Donald is already following successfully in his dad's footsteps. As we reflect on a great man, this tip is for Ginger and the McCains. 

I've got to win with it now, haven't I! Here it is: 

4.00 BEVERLEY

Probables:

White, dark blue striped sleeves, dark blue and yellow hooped cap Internationaldebut

Form: 636811

Yellow, royal blue stars, yellow cap Group Therapy

Form: 505344

Black, pink seams, hooped sleeves and cap Mister Manannan

Form: 685891

Maybes:

Grey Golden Destiny

Form: 20-0407

Outsiders: 

Maroon, light blue chevron and sleeves, light blue cap, maroon spots Favourite Girl

Form: 357370

Donkeys: 

Probably the handicapper again! International debut 3rd of 5 in the weights?

I'll add in the puns and googles later sorry! 

MY TIP: 

Internationaldebut or Group Therapy. I'd put some money on both as this tip's for Ginger.

 

Everton v Wigan Summary PLUS Spirit Of Shankly v Woolton Vinci Summary PLUS Racing Results Brief

Firstly, MY SUNDAY TIP ALFRAAMSEY WON! By 7 lengths! And then another 18 lengths to 3rd place! That's 2 from my last 2 tips! Keep visiting my website to win more! Here's my football summaries:

EVERTON V WIGAN: 

3-1! That's great, and Everton are one of the few teams in the prem that play good football right to the end, not fading out after 75 mins or so. That's what we're good at, grabbing goals in the last few minutes, as our lads are fit enough to play good football 'til the final whistle, whereas Wigan faded out, running out of fuel late on.

Tony 'When He Scores We Riot' Hibbert had a great game, especially that cross which supplied Apostolos 'Greek Myth' Vellios with a goal. Hibbo's back on form, and the riots finished last month! Might see one in Goodison if he keeps up this form!

Vellios supplied us with another super-sub performance, adding to that '5 minutes that shook the world well more than the nightmare 15 of '05' that was his short time to shine versus Villa, which he did well, but getting that goal today boosted his confidence.

Plus, Denis 'The Menace' 'Still can't pronounce it' Stracqualursi got a first run out for the first team, with fellow loanee Royston 'The Flying Dutchman' Drenthe making another sub appearance, and the fact that he got a goal in 90+8 minutes must have shown Moyesy that he should be starting. That place could be vacated by Diniyar 'Russian Revolution' 'I can finally say it after two years' Bilyaletdinov, who didn't have the best of games, getting subbed after not even an hour.

Most of the others played well, including Phil 'Come on Fabio, give up on Dawson' Jagielka, who scored a header after Tim 'Wizard of Oz' Cahill hit the bar.

SPIRIT OF SHANKLY V WOOLTON VINCI

This is the first match summary I've done for my Sunday league team (Spirit Of Shankly). Why it's called that, our first manager was a kopite. Plus, they couldn't call it Spirit Of Dixie because of the initials! Here's my match summary:

This was the first competitive match of the season for us, after we lost our pre-season friendly vs Woolton Athletic 7-1, but played much better in the 2nd half, drawing it 1-1, with myself scoring our goal after having several runs down the wing and converting one of them into a goal. It was my first match as a left winger, as I was formerly a centre-half. I'm right footed, so it's sometimes hard to get it on to my right foot quick enough to whip a cross in, but I do my best.

Anyway, the match v Woolton Vinci, we had a few new lads making their debut, and they enjoyed their first match by the looks of things. Some of our players hadn't played over the summer, so will take time to find their usual form. I played the full match, and got a good lot of the ball in the first half, creating runs down the left wing whenever I could. In the 2nd half, I didn't see as much of the ball despite shouting for it a lot, but most of our lads did their best anyway. The manager played our usual left back for the last 20 minutes or so, after trying out one of our new full backs, and neither of us got the ball much as some people must have been trying the right side, but when we did in the last minute, I got us a late goal! I won't mention the score for obvious reasons (look at the score of the last match), but hopefully we'll develop our performances, gel together as a team quickly, and get some points. Plus, I'll do my best to continue my form, with 2 goals from 2 matches at the moment, they have really given my confidence a needed boost, and I hope to develop that further, and so will the team. Come on S.O.S!

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow (Sunday) PLUS RESULTS BRIEF (WIN!) PLUS MORE, Just Read!...

DEACON BLUES WON! I hope I won you all a couple of quid with that tip, and well done done to Frankie for riding him very well to win by a length. Here's my first glance tip for tomorrow, by the way, sorry for the lack of full tips recently, there'll be a load coming your way! PLUS, tomorrow I'll write a summary of a couple of Saturday's footy matches, maybe including my own Sunday League match.

2.00 PLUMPTON:

Dark blue, white star and sleeves, royal blue and white hooped cap Alfraamsey                (Odds not displayed yet)

Form: 332

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Al Fraa M Se Y' means 'The Brothers M Y' in Romanian. That's.. err... interesting. Why not just put the spaces back in to make it easier for tipsters like myself?  I'm probably not even anything close to what it actually means though.

Tom's Tip For Today (Saturday)

3.40 NEWBURY:

Black and white stripes, red sleeves, white cap Deacon Blues

Form: 30-2111 

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow (Friday) PLUS Results Brief

A Boy Named Suzi got 2nd, Zuider Zee got 6th, and Rockfella last. First outsider (nearly maybe) won by 3/4 of a length. Here's my first glance tip for tomorrow:

5.30 NEWBURY (DUBAI DUTY FREE CUP FIRST GLANCE TIP): 

Orange, black stars, halved sleeves Beacon Lodge

Form: 533323

I've done a google on this one before, I'm sure, so I'll leave you with the challenge to find it if you want! Take a look at my Everton v Aston Villa summary while you're doing so, it's well worth a read. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday) PLUS Results Brief PLUS More, Read and You'll find Out!

Blazing Tempo got 4th in the Kerry National, with 20/1 Alfa Beat winning well to Bideford Legend and Lenabane.

King Torus came a disappointing 7th, after weakening after 8 furlongs or so. It's hard for him and Richard Hannon, as his best distance would probably be 8 or 9 furlongs, nut they only do races 7f and 1m that are anywhere close to that. Saying that, he did win at Haydock in a Class 1 race over a mile.

I might start writing match reports for my junior football team if anyone wants a read, I may start soon as we're finally finding our feet after 4 seasons! And I scored on Sunday so I may enjoy writing them this season, hoping I maintain form! Here's my racing tip:

4.10 YARMOUTH 

Probables: 

Emerald green, black chevrons on sleeves Zuider Zee

Form: 6-43423

Black and purple (quartered), purple sleeves Rockfella

Form: 45-1631

Maybes: 

YELLOW,  WHITE diamonds on sleeves A Boy Named Suzi

Form: 25-2121

Orange and white (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Woolfall Treasure

Form: 71-0923

Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap Huff And Puff

Form: 5-14032

Outsiders:

Yellow, red chevrons, red sleeves, yellow diamonds, black cap Bowdler's Magic

Form: 636503

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Thubiaan

Form: 8-22149

Royal blue Bay Willow

Form: 713090

Donkeys: 

Emerald green and white diabolo, white sleeves, quartered cap Hayzoom

Form: 2674-46

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Zuider Zee' means 'South Sea' in Dutch.

Let's hope Fella Rocks the others out of place. Come on, I have done one of these in a while, take it easy.

Let's hope that after the 4.10, we can say that the Boy done good. That was alright.

Let's hope Woolfall gets the Treasure of £9,956.

Let's hope Kieren Fallon's mount can Huff And Puff and blow the others down like a suffragette in the Derby.

Let's hope.. well, Bowdler's Magic.

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Th U Bia An' means 'Senandung u th an' in Malay. 'Senandung' means 'Hum' in Indonesian. Bloody hell, why don't they just call 'em Jack or something.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Willow Bay is an American telly person, editor, author, former model, wife of someone who does Disney. That's Wikipedia for you.

'Hayz Oom' means 'Uncle Hayz' in Dutch. What a field.

MY TIP: 

You choose between Zuider Zee and Rockfella. A Boy Named Suzi is in fir a shout as well, but if I had to choose, I'd go Zuider Zee. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) PLUS Results Brief PLUS READ THE FOOTBALL ARTICLE BELOW THIS ONE AS WELL AS THIS ONE!

ROYAL ROCK WON! Another win after a while! By the way, I went to Chester races on Saturday and I also did a football coupon but didn't put them on the website sorry! The footy coupon did no good, but you missed out on 2 winners at Chester! Sorry! None of that any more though, every bet I put on from now on, I will do my absolute best to get it on the website for you! Here's a first glace tip for tomorrow, plus a full tip:

FIRST GLANCE: 4.10 LISTOWEL (KERRY NATIONAL)

Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Blazing Tempo                      Jockey: Ruby Walsh! 

Form: 1125-21

FULL: 4.05 SANDOWN 

Probables:

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap King Torus

Form: 4117-41

 White, black hollow box, black and white halved sleeves The Rectifier

Form: 6-64223

Royal blue, white cap Secrecy

Form: 1214-14

Maroon, emerald green and white striped sleeves, white cap Mikhail Glinka

Form: 51-5524 

Maybes:

Royal blue Emerald Commander

Form: 3-42174

Cherry, black sash, primrose and white quartered cap Lay Time

Form: 5-124

Outsiders:

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Critical Moment

Form: 17-3449

Maroon, royal blue and white hooped sleeves, royal blue cap, white spots Fontley

Form: 592886

Donkeys: 

Pink, black sash, white sleeves Lieutenant Kojak

Form: 64

MY TIP:

I'll go King Torus.

Don't have time for the puns and googling again sorry! I'll make up for it next time! If you're disappointed about that, or even if you aren't, read the footy article below! 

FOOTBALL: Everton 2 Aston Villa 2 Summary

Anyone see Everton on Saturday? I won't make this too long, just a quick summary. Fellaini played very well in central midfield, with a great effort from Baines as well. Denis 'did I say that right' Stracqualursi was on the bench, and sadly didn't get his chance to show the Goodison faithful what he's made of, but Royston 'Flying Dutchman' Drenthe got the best part of 20 minutes to introduce himself. He played quite well, put a few decent passes in during the last 20 minutes. A substitute that impressed me was our greek teen Apostolos 'Theseus' Vellios, who came on with only 5 minutes to go for Tim 'The Wizard of Oz' Cahill. Vellios didn't have much time to try to impress Moyesy, but had about 2 great chances, one being when Shay Given came out of his penalty box to clear away, but Vellios tapped it round the Irish stopper, but misplaced his shot. Another was his ambitious attempt that nearly lobbed Shay 'Eat your Hart out' Given, which had very good height and power on it, but Given was well-placed to tip it over the bar.

I made all of them nicknames up on the spot by the way, I'm quite proud of them, far better than my racing puns! If there's another match, fight, race, anything that you want me to summarize, just leave us a message in the GUESTBOOK and I'll be happy to do so. My racing tip is in the article below, but I won't do googling or puns for this one as this article is enough for you all to dote on for tonight!

Just messing, come back soon, and be sure to read the tips article below! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday) PLUS Results Brief

Dettori's filly Meeznah got this one, and I put her 2nd in my list! Pretty good?! And my tip Set To Music got 2nd! Impressed? Here's my tip for tomorrow:

4.40 YARMOUTH

Probables:

Terracotta, black cap Royal Rock

Form: 0-63093 

White, black stars on sleeves Iver Bridge Lad

Form: 121207 

White, royal blue hoop, diabolo on sleeves, royal blue cap Imperial Guest

Form: 4-10585

Maybes: 

Red, yellow sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Bathwick Bear

Form: 204592

Pink, black chevron, quartered cap Gramercy

Form: 18P0-52

White, red sash, red and white striped cap Masaya

Form: 31-6330

Outsiders: 

Red, emerald green hoop, striped sleeves, red cap Steel City Boy

Form: 702253 

Donkeys:

Me for putting Steel City Boy an outsider? No, it's a very good field, that's fair. There's no donkey runners for once though!

MY TIP:

Royal Rock should do it for Ted Durcan.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday) PLUS Results Brief

Outsider Cai Shen won the 4.20 at a surprisingly short 7/1, with Godolphin maybe and Dettori mount Zeitoper 2nd, and 1st maybe Black Spirit 3rd. However, my tip Ceilidh House was a non-runner. At least you get your money back, that means you can afford this tip! Here it is:

3.00 DONCASTER

Well, these are all in with a massive chance, and are all Probables, but I will try to put them in order, with the best at the top, and then leave my tip at the end of the article, as I always do.

Probables (ALL BUT IN ORDER):

Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Set To Music

Form: 3-31111

Royal blue, yellow hollow box Meeznah                       Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Form: 37-3217

Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Sense Of Purpose

Form: 0-51211

 Red and emerald green (quartered), white sleeves and cap Goldplated

Form: 211611

Royal blue, white hollow box, striped sleeves, check cap Cracking Lass

Form: 126702

Yellow, royal blue diamond Polly's Mark

Form: 224543

Dark blue Spin

Form: 0-82742

Let's hope Music is Set To this task.

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Me Ez Nah' in Basque, means 'Nah Not Me'. 'Want to name this horse, Saif Ali (owner)?' 'Me ez nah'. 'Ok, not a decent name then?' Pretty decent horse though.

Let's hope Sense wins the Park Hill Stakes with Purpose.

Let's hope Plated gets the Gold.

Let's hope Lass goes out and Cracks the others apart.

Let's hope Polly makes her Mark on the racing world.

Let's hope Colm O'Donoghue takes this filly for a Spin. Apologies if that sounds terrible.

MY TIP: 

Set To Music, HRM The Queen's filly. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) PLUS Results Brief

Buzkashi came home 5th, with my 2nd probable My Queenie winning. I was very close. Again. 66/1 outsider Aliante came home 3rd, with 1st maybe Saytara 4th. By the way, if anyone is going the races on any day, leave me a message in the GUESTBOOK and I will leave a whole article of all races on that card dedicated to you to give you tips, if there isn't too much demand. It's first come first serve, so if anyone wants to, the offer's there. I have a first glance tip for the big race at Doncaster tomorrow: the 3.10 Scarborough Stakes. Here that is, and my full tip for tomorrow:

3.10 DONCASTER (first glance)

Dark blue, light blue cross belts, royal blue sleeves and cap Duchess Dora
 
Form: 811232 
 
4.20 DONCASTER (full)
 
Bottle green, white cap, lime green star Ceilidh House
 
Form: 30981-3
 
Dark blue, gold hoops, white sleeves and cap Sahara Sun
 
Form: 12211-2
 
Red and yellow (halved), white cap Elusive Pimpernel
 
Form: 5-36523
 
Maybes:
 
Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap Black Spirit
 
Form: 46-2836 
 
Pink, white sleeves Fallen Idol
 
Form: 154-551
 
Royal blue Zeitoper                    Jockey: Frankie Dettori
 
Form: 111/3
 
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Rasmy
 
Form: 51/43-76
 
Red, emerald green triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Cai Shen
 
Form: 232370
 
Outsiders: 
 
Royal blue, white cap Wealthy
 
Form: 225-090
 
Donkeys: 
 
The Handicapper as it looks! 
 
Let's hope Sahara gets the Sun she's used to running in in China!
 
GOOGLING A RUNNER: The Skipinnish Ceilidh House is a purpose built music, event and conference venue in the heart of Oban with spectacular views across Oban Bay. Translated into plain English, this probably means the following:
An exaggerated pub in the middle of nowhere next to the sewers.
 
Elusive Pimpernel! Doubt I can get that one!
 
Let's hope Black shows his racing Spirit like his fellow American Secretariat.
 
Let's hope Fallen is an Idol to all other Competitors. Or that Idol doesn't Fall.
 
What is it with all these names? I think Godolphin are going for me with some of these. GOOGLE TRASNLATING A RUNNER: 'Zei Top Er' means 'Said A Top' in Dutch. Talking clothes.
 
Now this is interesting. I looked at it and though 'oh gosh, probably means talking kecks or something' but it actually... GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Ras My' means 'My Race' in Dutch. That's clever.
 
GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Cai s hen' means 'Horse and Hen' in Romanian. I think that's a pub down our road.
 
Let's hope Godolphin are more Wealthy after this race, and that they stop throwing complicating names at me to translate. Messing, Godolphin are cool, they have Dettori.
 
MY TIP: 
 
Ceilidh House. The racehorse, not the exaggerated pub in Wales.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday) PLUS Results Brief

My donkey Enjoying won! He beat my tip Maastricht by a short head, so I'm pretty happy with 2nd by only a short head. They were followed by maybe Foster's Road in 3rd, and fellow maybe Welsh Nayber in 4th. Other probable Glee came in an unexpected 6th.

4.30 LEICESTER

Probables:

Black, yellow cap Buzkashi

Form: 3

Purple, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, purple armlets, purple cap, yellow star My Queenie

Form: 5325

Emerald green, orange hoop and sleeves Maliha

Form: 94 

Dark blue, emerald green cap Khione

Form: 

Maybes: 

Royal blue Saytara

Form:  

Red, green cap and striped sleeves Egretta

Form: 

Black and white (halved), sleeves reversed, red cap Amelia May

Form: 9

Yellow, grey sash Protect

Form: 56

Outsiders: 

Dark blue, yellow chevron hoop, yellow cap Tiger Cub

Form: 96 

White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap Aliante

Form: 09

Black, white cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves and cap Samasana

Form: 950905

Donkeys: 

White, royal blue sash, hooped sleeves, royal blue cap Tresabella

Form: 0

Let's face it, I'm not going to get most of these, come on: Tresabella, Samasana, Buzkashi, Maliha, Aliante, Khione, Saytara and Egretta, this is the worst field I've ever had on this website when it comes to names! I'll try them when I've got a month to spare. At least.

MY TIP:

Go Buzkashi. 

Tom's Tips For Today (Sunday) (First Glance Tip) AND Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Monday) PLUS Results Brief

I so nearly went for King Torus who won at 3/1, but First City just edged it, who came in 5th! By the way, I'm doing a 'First Glance' tip for today and a full tip for tomorrow. 'First Glance' is a new strategy of mine for a race that is on soon, and that I need to do quickly. I do have a good look at it, but for not as long as my full tips. Here they are:

TODAY: 3.30 YORK (FIRST GLANCE SELECTION):

Dark blue, yellow diamond, diabolo on sleeves, pink cap Valery Borzov

Form: 800-331

GOOGLING A RUNNER (LITERALLY): Valeriy Boznov was infact a runner. An Olympic sprinter, once the world 100m and 200m champion in the 1972 Munich Olympics for the Soviet Union. Let's hope this York runner lives up to his name then.

TOMORROW: 4.10 BATH (FULL SELECTION):

Probables:

Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Maastricht

Form: 43551

Red, emerald green triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Glee

Form: 21044

Maybes:

Black, pink triple diamond and sleeves Snowed In

Form: 153201

Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Clean Bowled

Form: 05934

Royal blue, white striped sleeves, white cap Shark In The Sea

Form: 005

Light blue and mauve (quartered), white sleeves and cap Foster's Road

Form: 866

 Welsh Nayber

Form: 068

Outsiders:

 Accustomed

Form: 5027

Donkeys:

 Enjoying

Form: 55086

 

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: 'Richt' means 'Focus' in Dutch. That's the closest I'm getting.

Let's hope there's Glee for the owners of this runner.

Let's hope Snowed comes In first. That's probably the worst I've ever written. And I've written some pretty bad ones.

Let's hope Bowled comes home Clean of the others.

Let's hope.. no, can't get that one. If you can, leave it in the GUESTBOOK.

Let's hope Road can be a real Runner and win this one.

Let's hope Welsh Nayber... doesn't live up to it's name and run like a sheep.

Let's hope this runner is Accustomed to winning.

Let's hope we'll be Enjoying this race with a win. 

MY TIP: 

I'll go Maastricht. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Saturday) PLUS Results Brief

Beauty Pageant came in 3rd, with Nomoreblondes 9th. Out of 9. I said you choose, didn't I?! I immediately thought Beauty Pageant was 3rd, but when the result came through, turns out she was just a nose behind 2nd placed (I classed as a donkey) Invincible Lad.

2.00 HAYDOCK

Probables: 

Dark blue and pink stripes, pink sleeves and cap Dark Promise

Form: 6411-14 

White, red epaulets, hooped sleeves First City

Form: 4-62334

White, orange cross belts, orange cap Navajo Chief

Form: 025161

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap King Torus

Form: 14117-4

Maybes: 

Royal blue Rainfall

Form: 35813-6

Emerald green, black chevrons on sleeves Questioning

Form: 15-3537

Maroon, royal blue and white hooped sleeves, royal blue cap, white spots Fontley

Form: 359288

Outsiders: 

Royal blue, white cap Sahara Kingdom

Form: 1/27-662

Donkeys: 

Royal blue, Red cap Atlantis Star

Form: 0/13-000

 

Let's hope Dark can Promise us a win.

Let's hope City comes First.

Let's hope Navajo is Chief of this race.

Let's hope Torus is King tomorrow. These are all simple.

Let's hope there's a little bit of Rainfall as all Frankie Dettori's mount's form has been on soft ground.

Let's hope there's no Questioning John Gosden's colt.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Fontley is a wrough Irons company that is well exaggerated as they took the website picture with a rainbow in the background. You don't see me doing that do you? Cheats. Kind of a good idea though, might try it.

Let's hope Haydock is Sahara's Kingdom in the 'Goals Galore' Superior Mile.

Let's hope Atlantis is the Star of this lot. What an easy field.

MY TIP: 

First City.

Tom's Brief Tip For Today (Thursday) PLUS Tom's Full Tip For Tomorrow (Friday) PLUS Results Brief

Switchback was 4th, and Shooting Line was 5th in yesterday's 8.20 at Kempton. This was won by one of my maybes: Trumpington Street at 8/1, with another maybe 3 1/2 lengths back (Little Black Book) and behind then, by another 2 1/4 lengths in 3rd, was one of my probables: Point Du Jour.

Here's my brief tip for today: Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Colour Vision in the 5.30 at Salisbury, you can use that as a tip if you want, but here's my more detailed tip for tomorrow, which I spent more time selecting carefully:

FRIDAY: 1.40 HAYDOCK

Probables:

Black, orange epaulets, diamonds on sleevesNomoreblondes

Form: 125123

Lime green Beauty Pageant

Form: 21-1421

Maroon, large white spots, white sleeves, maroon spots and spots on cap Bronze Beau

Form: 071552

Yellow, purple and yellow halved sleeves, yellow and purple quartered cap Oldjoesaid

Form: 478072 

Maybes:

White, purple collar and cuffs, striped sleeves, white cap Foxy Music

Form: 008250

Black, yellow star and armlets, red cap Gottcher

Form: 727164

Emerald green and orange (quartered), orange sleeves, emerald green armlets, white cap Mayoman

Form: 504355

Light blue, orange epaulets Lucky Art

Form: 811752

Outsiders: 

Red, black collar and cuffs, old gold cap Walvis Bay

Form: 045-757

Donkeys: 

Light blue, beige epaulets Invincible Lad

Form: 9-36079

 

Let's hope E S McMahon's filly can put on a beauty pageant and bag the Big Society Handicap for his stables.

Let's hope No More Blondes put any money on this, there's loads of them, it'll shorten the price! Wait... I'm blond. Oh yeah...

Let's hope Bronze gets the gold tomorrow.

Let's hope Old Joe can Say that he won the opener at Haydock on 2 August 2011.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Foxy Music is a company of musical artists that can be hired for special events and occasions. It features tribute acts, including a Rollin Stones tribute called Rollin Stoned! Legendary! Must have taken a lifetime to come up with that! Great, that's my birthday entertainment sorted!

Gottcher! That's all for that one.

Can't get that one. I'll google translate it: if you put a space between mayo and man, it means 'Man in May' in Spanish. It's August. No, it's not even August is it, September now!

Let's hope Art gets Lucky in the 1.40.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Walvis Bay is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. It means 'Whale Bay' in some language, I think it's German.

Invincible Lad. Ha! Donkey.

MY TIP:

Beauty Pageant or Nomoreblondes. You choose, but if I had to choose one, I'd go Nomoreblondes.

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday) Plus Results Brief

Tenby Lady came in 5th, with my first maybe Celestial Girl winning by 2 1/4 lengths at 16/1. Stevie Donohue went too early on Tenby Lady, and if it was over a mile and 1f, he would have won. But I'll forgive Stevie as he won well on Final Liberation for me last Thursday! Here's my tip for tomorrow, where I'll go for Kempton this time, as one of my favourite jockeys George Baker is running there, who I've mentioned on this page before for his great determination to follow his dream to be a jockey, even if he is 6 foot. Surely one to look up to, he's my first maybe in this race:

8.20 KEMPTON 

Probables: 

Emerald green, red sash, yellow sleeves and cap Shooting Line

Form: 63-1

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Wiqaaya

Form: 32-1523

Red, white sash, royal blue cap Switchback

Form: 7-7262

Black, white cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves and cap Point Du Jour

Form: 38-0751

Maybes: 

Royal blue, yellow epaulets, diabolo on sleeves Secret Love              Jockey: George Baker

Form: 210-60

Royal blue, white stripe, royal blue sleeves, white spots If You Whisper

Form: 6021-2 

Maroon, grey sleeves, maroon armlets, grey cap Trumpington Street

Form: 523106

Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap Little Black Book

Form: 335228

Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe General Synod

Form: 25-276

Emerald green and red (quartered), white sleeves and cap Social Forum

Form: 60-310

Outsiders: 

Royal Blue, White Epaulets, Black cap Muntasib (NON-RUNNER)

Form: 1-56639

Red, orange chevrons on sleeves, striped cap Orange Ace

Form: 01-84

Donkeys: 

Maroon, maroon and grey check sleeves and cap Taqaat

Form: 4-1280

 

Let's hope the others are in the Shooting Line of in-form jockey Kieren Fallon's mount.

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Wiqaaya. I've tried putting spaces everywhere and the best I've got is 'wi qaa ya' which means 'QAA or wi' in Turkish. I googled 'QAA' and it stands for 'Quality Assurance Agency'. And wi is short for wireless. so it means Complicating company or wireless. Horse names these days. The best I can come up with is 'Blue Beer' after the legendary 'Red Rum'. Can you think of better? Leave them in the GUESTBOOK if you think you can.

Let's hope Switch can get Back to winning form tomorrow.

GOOGLING TRANSLATING ANOTHER RUNNER: 'Point Du Jour' means 'Dawn' in French. Haha! Dawn French! You reckon they did that on purpose? And if they're going to run him in England, why not just call him 'Dawn'?

Let's hope George Baker can keep Secret going, so we will Love him for winning us some para! (That's money in Turkish). Translations take over the world these days.

Let's hope M Murphy's gelding can Whisper his way to the front and win it for us.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Trumpington Street is a street (obviously) in Cambridge just round the corner from the Uni. On it, it has a well exaggerated hospital on it.

Let's hope Little Black can Book his place in the London Mile in this qualifier.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: General Synod is a famous royal place. I think it might be a Church, but I'm not too sure. This horse is owned by HRM The Queen, who calls a lot of her racehorses after her properties.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: The World Social Forum is a big popular meeting in Brazil. Don't count on that, it's straight off Wikipedia.

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Depending on where you put the space, it either means 'Ib buyers and sellers' in Spanish, or 'Mountain Sib' in Romanian.

Let's hope Orange is Ace tomorrow. Easy.

GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Means 'Q ta construction' in Turkish I think.

 

You know how I do my 'Let's Hope..'s? Now you've got a chance to do your own.. Better ones! Come on, it's not hard to do better ones than mine, so if you've got some, get over to my GUESTBOOK and leave them in there!

MY TIP:

Switchback came home 2nd by a head on course, distance and jockey last time out, but Shooting Line also looks promising, with the booking of Kieren Fallon. So you can choose between Switchback and Shooting Line. I wrote this before checking the prices but after just checking now, Shooting Line is a higher price by a tiny bit if that makes any influence. Shooting Line is carrying a much bigger weight as it's a handicap, you choose, but I'll still go Shooting Line.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Monday) PLUS Results Brief, 4 FROM 5 WITH NEW STARTEGY

I said 'You choose' didn't I?! Libranno won! I also put both names in bold, instead of just Doncaster Rover. There you go, I have my 4 from 5 record! No, it's not cheating, it's putting 2 tips. Ok, I won't do it again. I'll try not to anyway!

4.50 EPSOM

Probables: 

Dark blue, yellow stars, dark blue sleeves, yellow cap Tenby Lady

Form: 457111

Pink, grey seams and armlets License To Till

Form: 963223

Maybes: 

Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap Celestial Girl

Form: 4-22741

White, dark blue star, light blue sleeves, dark blue stars, light blue cap, dark blue star You've Been Mowed

Form: 331517

Orange, white halved sleeves Fanny May

Form: 154-529

Dark blue, white cross belts, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Silver Grey

Form: 400510

Black, white seams, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap Don't Call Me

Form: 6-33433

Orange, mauve stars on sleeves, mauve cap, orange stars Ramona Chase

Form: 622424 

Outsiders: 

White and royal blue stripes, royal blue sleeves, white spots, yellow cap Tiger Webb

Form: 223-416

Donkeys: 

Dark blue, light blue spots, dark blue sleeves, maroon cap Wiggy Smith

Form: 47-2754

 

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Tenby is a town in South Wales described to be: 'A Town For All Seasons'. A lady from Tenby in Wales should look something like this: 

 

Let's hope License wins to put the winner's prize of £6,663 in his owner's Till. Dreadful.

Let's hope Celestial is the Girl that passes the post first in a race mixed with fillies and geldings.

Let's hope that by the end, Charles Bishop's mount has Mowed the others into the turf. Harsh.

Let's hope... No. Not that one.

Let's hope Silver gets the Gold tomorrow.

Let's hope the Nicholls get the favoured metal this time (Don't Call Me) (Gold) (Brackets for the dosey ones (Just messing).

Let's hope Ramona can win the Chase. That would have been very good if it was actually a chase.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: I think Tiger Webb is some fella on Facebook who likes PC games.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Wiggy Smith is a singer who sang a song called Galloway Man. Galway, why is he racing at Epsom then? Doesn't have much chance here either.

MY TIP: 

I'll go Tenby Lady. See, I picked just one!

Come back soon!

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Sunday) PLUS Results Brief

Beacon Lodge came in 3rd, because I forgot to look at the horses' best distances unluckily. Every cloud has a silver lining though, and this one is that I can learn from this mistake. This gave me a 3 from 4 record, so I hope to make that 4 from 5 tomorrow, in a surprisingly good Sunday card from Goodwood and the Curragh. Here's my tip though:

3.20 GOODWOOD (AGAIN):
 
Probables:
 
Red, white hoops, diamonds on sleeves, white cap, red diamond Doncaster Rover
 
Form: 324551
 
Yellow, emerald green cross of lorraine, striped sleeves, emerald green cap Libranno
 
Form: 431440
 
Red, white sash, royal blue cap Hooray
 
Form: 11-8178
 
Red, black stars, red sleeves Balthazaar's Gift
 
Form: 510-787
 
Maybes: 
 
Black, red chevron, sleeves and cap The Cheka
 
Form: 221446
 
Emerald green, yellow hoop, emerald green sleeves, white armlets, red cap, white star Lechevalier Choisi
 
Form: 126043
 
Outsiders: 
 
Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star High Standing
 
Form: 562010
 
Yellow, dark blue seams, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Karam Albaari
 
Form: 146-
 
Yellow, emerald green braces, yellow sleeves, black armlets, emerald green cap Jacqueline Quest
 
Form: D35-3R4
 
Donkeys: 
 
Dark blue, pink cross of lorraine, sleeves and cap Palace Moon
 
Form: 48-4004
 
Let's hope Doncaster Rover can do better than Doncaster Rovers (drew 1-1 with Bristol City today).
 
GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: I had to work hard with this one, not sure where to put the space between different letters in Libranno, but turns out 'Libran No' means 'Not Spared' in sunny Spanish.
 
Let's hope Sir Mark Prescott can shout Hooray about this filly. That'd sound terrible if I was Scottish. Saying that, it does anyway in a different way.
 
Let's hope Balthazaar gets the Gift of the £28,355.
 
Let's hope Tom Queally's mount Cheks in first.
 
GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Here we go with the Translate spaces again! 'Le Chevalier Choisi' in French, means 'The Chosen Knight'.
 
Let's hope William Haggas' gelding in Standing High after this, like his tall jockey George Baker, who I admire for following his dream, no matter what height. What a legend.
 
GOOGLE TRANSLATING A RUNNER: Oh no. This can measn a few words, depending on where you put a space. It can mean 'Snow Am Albaari' or 'Resevoirs Am Albanians Ari' or 'Karam Alba Free' or.. I THINK IVE GOT IT! I think it's 'Get Connected To The Land Free of M' in Turkish. But what's M? Ok, I'll stop now.
 
Let's hope Jacqueline wins the Quest.
 
Let's hope Palace's team are over the Moon after the Supreme Stakes.
 
MY TIP: 
 
Libranno or Doncaster Rover. You choose. So will I, I'll go Doncaster Rover I think. 
 

3 OUT OF 3 WINNERS WITH MY NEW SELECTIONS STRATEGY! Tom's Tips For Today (Saturday)

Baron's Spy, Swendab and Final Liberation all won their races! Giving me an 100% record with my new strategy! Chuffed! Here's my tips for today's big race on racing's big day of the week, to give me 4 out of 4:

3.20 GOODWOOD:

Probables:

Orange, black stars, halved sleeves Beacon Lodge

Form: 153332

Royal blue Poet's Voice

Form: 2119-20

Maybes: 

Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap Dubawi Gold

Form: 112264

Pink, royal blue epaulets, royal blue cap Set The Trend

Form: 710-413

Outsiders: 

Orange, black diamond, halved sleeves Premio Loco

Form: 28-4376

Royal blue, white cap Emerald Commander

Form: 13-4217

Donkeys: 

Purple and white diabolo, white sleeves, purple armlets, purple and white hooped cap Riggins

Form: 41-0800

 

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Beacon Lodge is a B&B in West Sussex, 15 minutes away from Goodwood itself. It has Wi-Fi, but the bad point is that is only has 2 rooms. They boast the website by having an option to read it in French. Hmm.

Let's hope Poet finds his Voice to keep Frankie on form.

Let's hope Dubawi gets the Gold.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: Premio Loco means Crazy Prize in Spanish according to Google Translate. That doesn't help.

Let's hope Emerald is the Commander of this race.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: I think it's a pirate saying for the ropes or something (Riggings). Plus, John Riggins is a former American Football player nicknamed 'The Diesel'. Let's hope Hayley Turner can find Riggins' 'Diesel'.

MY TIP:

I'll go Beacon's Lodge.

Tom's Tips For Wednesday & Thursday PLUS Tuesday Results Brief

My tip won today! 10 year old veteran Baron's Spy had me screaming at the telly as my new startegy worked! Whether or not my new startegy works most of the time is arguably too early to say, but so! I still won! And hopefully these 2 tips will too:

WEDNESDAY: 4.00 CHEPSTOW 

Probables:

Dark green, white stars, orange sleeves, dark green cap, white star Swendab

Form: 183411

Maybes: 

Black, light blue chevrons on sleeves Cruise Tothelimit

Form: 381125

Red and white (quartered), halved sleeves, white cap Bravo King

Form: 9214

Outsiders: 

Orange, red stars and sleeves, red cap, orange stars Belle Bayardo

Form: 0-57657

Donkeys: 

Red, white cross belts, light blue sleeves and cap Sugar Beet

Form: 219674

 

ANAGRAM: Bad News

Let's hope P Morris' gelding can Cruise To The Limit in the 4.00

Let's hope Bravo is the King of the Rhomco Handicap.

I won't even try that one!

Let's hope Sugar can Beet off all opposition tomorrow.

They were alright, weren't they? When am I going to get a yes?

MY TIP: 

Got to be Swendab.

 

THURSDAY: 8.15 WOLVERHAMPTON 

Probables: 

Emerald green, red seams, emerald green sleeves and cap Final Liberation

Form: 9-61511

Yellow, mauve spots, yellow sleeves Red Courtier

Form: 024182

Maybes: 

Dark blue, light blue cross belts, halved sleeves, quartered cap Rosewood Lad

Form: 126434

Outsiders: 

Maroon, yellow star, maroon sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap Gremlin 

Form: 19-3443

Red and royal blue check, royal blue sleeves, red diamonds, royal blue cap, red star Wine 'n Dine

Form: 327290/

Donkeys: 

NONE!

 

Let's hope Liberation isn't the Final one to finish.

I'll try the others later, they've all got strange names!

 

MY TIP: 

Final Liberation all the way.

 

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday):                   NEW SELECTIONS STRATEGY SPECIAL

No winners again at  York! That's two outings now, no winners! It's time for a change. A new selections strategy. At first look, you'll think the first name I put down is my tip. It's not. I will type up all runners and analyze their chance in the race, and then, I will pick who I think will win. So basically, it's 'show your working out'. To start, I will have a list of probables, maybes, outsiders and donkeys. Not literally donkeys, just the ones that are very unlikely to win. At the end of the article, I will do the puns (if they deserve to be called puns), googling runners and on the new note: anagrams. Funny ones. Or meant to be funny ones. By the way, I do these before looking at the odds. Here we go:

3.30 LEICESTER 

Probables:

3.Yellow, black chevron, diamonds on sleeves, black cap Barons Spy

 Form: 6-01361

4.Maroon, white epaulets, emerald green sleeves, white cap Spanish Bounty 

Form: 000-103

Maybes:

1.Emerald green, yellow stripe, yellow cap Dorback

Form: 5/3-6050

Outsiders: 

5.Light blue, white hoop, hooped sleeves, white cap, light blue diamond Avon Light

Form: 858803

2.Yellow, royal blue hoops, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Tamagin

Form: 0/8-5070 

Donkeys:

6.Yellow, red cross belts, red sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, red stars Sophie's Beau

Form: 966684

 

ANAGRAM: Sons barpy

Let's hope Spanish gets the Bounty. That was alright, wasn't it?! Still no?

Let's hope Dor gets Back to winning form tomorrow. No, that doesn't work because he's never won. Oh.

Let's hope Avon is Light on his feet in the 3.30.

GOOGLING A RUNNER: If you mess around with Tamagin's name a bit, you get Gin Tama, a well known Japanese manga. Whatever that is.

Let's hope Sophie impresses her Beau in this race. Dreadful.

MY TIP: 

Baron's Spy all the way.

Odds to come when released.

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For All Races At York Tomorrow (Saturday)

Back from Spain, so I can do tips again! No Friday tips though, as I'm off to York tomorrow so I've got tips for all 7 races there instead. More googling runners and terrible puns. By the way, as I'm writing this, the odds aren't out yet so I'll add them on later. Here's my tips:

2.00 YORK:

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap King Torus

Form: 14117-

Let's hope Torus is King in the opener tomorrow. That was alright, wasn't it? No? Okay...

2.30 YORK:

Orange, emerald green seams, sleeves and cap Cunning Act

Form: 332131

Let's hope we see a Cunning Act from J G Portman's gelding tomorrow. That's not bad, is it? Whiplash Willie (Light blue and orange diamonds, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, orange star) will finish well if he stays the mile and six furlongs, 2 furlongs more than his ideal trip.

3.05 YORK:

Light blue and grey stripes, light blue sleeves, hooped cap Blue Bajan

Form: 2-62103

I'm guessing that Opinion Poll will be a much shorter price, maybe even odds-on, so I'll go for the gelding he beat to 3rd by a neck in the Goodwood Cup.  Harris Tweed (White, red braces, black cap) also looks a good each way bet.

GOOGLING A RUNNER:

Bajan is short for Barbadian (which means anything that relates to Barbados) so Blue Bajan must mean a smurf from the North Atlantic Island. Could look something like this: 

3.40 YORK:

Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Tactician (12/1 Coral, Betfred & totesport)

Form: 8225-21

Non-runner in the Northumberland Plate, hope he runs tomorrow.

Lets hope HRM The Queen's gelding's jockey (J P O'Brien) uses the the right Tactics in the race. Dreadful, I know.

4.15 YORK 

Dark blue, light blue triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue diamond Forevertheoptimist

Form: 31471

Let's be the Optimist and hope Forever wins.

4.50 YORK 

Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap Wolfgang

Form: 410122

5.20 YORK 

Black, mauve triple diamond and sleeves, mauve cap, black diamond Berberana

Form: 044713

 

That's it then, wish me luck! And you! 

Tom's Tips For The Next Few Days

Mehdi got 3rd. The horse, not the French film director.Or the footballer. Or the Swedish bank robber, or the man who likes working out! (You'll have to read the article below to understand that, otherwise you'll probably think I've gone mad).

Here's my tip for today:

3.45 NEWTON ABBOTT:

Bushwacker (7/1 Betfred)

Form: 424-211

Let's hope he doesn't Wack the Bushes, but jumps them all clear of the other competitors! That was bad, I know, I google one in a minute.

TOM'S TIPS FOR TOMORROW:

4.05 SALISBURY

 Primevere

Form: 1-4422

GOOGLING A RUNNER:

Primevere means Primrose in French. It's also the middle name of some French surgeon.

THURSDAY TIPS:

4.15 SALISBURY

Dubawi Gold

Form: 9-11226

Fanunalter

Form: 71-2312

Let's hope Dubawi gets the gold, or.. No, I'll google this one:

GOOGLING A RUNNER:

Fanunalter is either a made up word or, like the 1981 Grand National winner Aldaniti, is the start of a few names put together. But, if you put a few spaces between some of the letters, in Italian, it means 'An alter fans' which doesn't make sense, or maybe it was an Italian priest who loved his job so much that didn't go to school!

FRIDAY TIPS:

3.45 NEWBURY

Kylesku

Form: 1

GOOGLING A RUNNER:

Kylesku is a small, remote fishing hamlet in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. Until 1984, it was the site of a free ferry. What the fishermen really do there will remain a mystery until one cheeky beggar tells his wife.

SATURDAY TIPS:

3.40 NEWBURY

 Excelebration

Form: 411-213

Strong Suit

Form: 32-6131

Let's hope we can have a Celebration and that Suit is also Strong in the race!

2.45 NEWMARKET

Emerald green, light blue star, emerald green sleeves, light blue stars, black cap Sutton Veny

Form: 126-336

Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap White Frost

Form: 22-1

This is a greys only race, which should be amazing to watch - although it's only Class 4 - so I thought I'd throw some tips in for this one as well. Let's hope Frost takes after Prost and Whites out the others. I'll google the other one:

GOOGLING A RUNNER:

Sutton Veny is a small village situated in the Wylye Valley.

Or her owner is a Southerner and when going to the breeze-ups, he told the trainer to look for 'Something funny'.

Unlike that joke. Come back soon!

Tom's Tips For Today (Monday) PLUS Results Brief

Medicean Man got 2nd by a neck! Close! Auld Burns also got second, so since I was doing the scoop6, I knew I had a chance to win the placepot so i set my sights on that, before Ivan Vasilevich was a non-runner, so don't know what happens with that, so I thought I'd just carry on going for the placepot. Sajjhaa started well, battling for 1st place, and then weakened drastically in the home straight, coming last except from De Sousa's mount who somehow unseated him. Frankie Dettori chose Discourse at Newmarket over Sajjhaa, so Godolphin put Ted Durcan on aguably one of their best horses. WHY  NOT MICKAEL BARZALONA? After that, I wanted to bet that if Frankie Dettori would have been on that horse, I would be nearly on my way to collect the placepot. Then Rock A Doodle do came 3rd last. I felt like Rocking his Doodle Do as there was no chance of a win now! And then, to stamp all over the cherry and the cake (as opposed to putting it on the cake if it weren't for 2 horses), Lily's Angel got second. Not much of an Angel to me.

Overall, it was good fun and I will do it again, and I reccomend you to, but if you lose the first or second race, you're stuffed, and there's absolutely no point watching five or six races that you actually have money on! It's good though, just take £2 to your nearest totesport, and ask for the scoop6, tell them your selections, and try to act like it's £2 million, instead of £2, it makes it much more fun! Here's my tip for today:

6.10 WINDSOR

Orange and white (quartered), orange sleeves Mehdi (11/2 StanJames)

Form: 3221

Let's hope.. No, I won't even try! I'm going to copy the great newspaper the Racing Post for this, in their section GOOGLING A RUNNER:

 Mehdi is a male given name. Some examples of people called Mehdi are:

Mehdi Charef: French film director and screenwriter.

Mehdi Nafti: Used to play professional football for Birmingham City.

Mehdi Ghezali: Swedish bank robber.

Mehdi Hadim: A man who likes working out.

 

That's a new section on my website, leave your opinion in the GUESTBOOK. Come back soon!

Tom's Tips

Got 6 tips as I'm doing the scoop6:

2.00 ASCOT

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE triangle, hooped sleeves and cap Medicean Man

2.15 HAYDOCK

Dark blue, pink cross of lorraine and cap Auld Burns

2.30 HAYDOCK

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE triangle, hooped sleeves and cap Ivan Vasilevich

2.45 HAYDOCK

Royal blue Sajjhaa

3.00 ASCOT

Black, white triangle, striped sleeves and cap Rock A Doodle Do

3.15 NEWMARKET

Light blue, orange epaulets Lily's Angel

Let's hope Man is my Medicine to success, and that Auld doesn't Burn a hole in my pocket, and that.. No, I won't try that one! Or the next! What are they calling horses these days! And that Doo Rocks the Doodle out of the other competitors, and that Lily's our Angel. Apologies for no form, I will add it later.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday 5th)

UPDATE: Caraboss came home 3rd of 8, having drifted up to 10/1 somehow after being forecast 3/1! I'll come back to form with Halfsin tonight, don't worry! The hot favourite Al Kazeem that I mentioned is now a non-runner so Halfsin has a great chance. Let's hope it wasn't a Sin to pick Half and that Slim takes us out of the Shadey. They were absolutely dreadful puns, once again! Can you do better with names like that? Leave one in the GUESTBOOK if you can.

8.00 NEWMARKET

Grey, emerald green inverted triangle, sleeves and capHalfsin (9/4)

Form: 233-111

I never like to go for hot favourites, and R Charlton's Al Kazeem is an odds-on one in this race, so I decided to go for Halfsin, unbeaten in his last three, looks to cause an upset. HOWEVER, if you're looking for even more of an upset, get on this dark horse who I think could cause a giant upset if he gets the space:

White, grey sleeves, black stars, black cap Slim Shadey

Form: 5-47048

Slim Shadey is used to running in higher Class races than this, and having run in the 2000 Guineas and the Juddmonte alongside Frankel, Slim Shadey is well underestimated.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

7.20 SANDOWN

Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringeCaraboss (7/2 William Hill, Paddy Power)

Form: 4-21

January pulled up. Got to return to form some time! Me, not January. Certainly not January!

 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Monday)

Oaks competitor Zain Al Boldan came 7th of 8. That's all I'm, saying. Moving on...

5.30 NEWTON ABBOTT

Red and white stripes, red sleeves, white spots January

Form: F4P1-1P 

Bangor Brief (From Friday) PLUS Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Sunday)

Went to see some hurdle races on Friday, was glad to after all the flat I've been studying recently, was brilliant because of the people I went with, the jockeys and trainers that were there, and the beautiful scenery in which the racecourse is built around. Plus, I got to talk to Jason Maguire! 

I will update this article some time tomorrow with results, race links and brief comments on the race. While I go on about the scenery and all that, there was one negative. No winners! Very unpredictable results as no favourites won (and in case you're thinking, I did not go for all of the favourites!), but I hope to get back to winning form, and I might just go for the scoop6 on Saturday as I feel as such a huge racing fan, I've got to get back to winning form some time, and wouldn't it be great if that time was in the scoop6!

- In case you didn't already know, the scoop6 is a forecast set up by totesport, where they select six of the best races of the day's races, and you pick the winner -. I've never tried it before so I hardly know much about it, but I've heard the jackpot is quite high, so I might have a go. Here's my tip for tomorrow:

4.30 NEWBURY 

Royal blue, white striped sleeves, white cap Zain Al Boldan (9/2 William Hill)

Form: 1-11953 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

Frankel won the Sussex Stakes, with Rio De La Plata 3rd. Great race, amazing to see Frankel rip apart some of the best horses in the world. Plus, I'm not sure about this but I only caught Tom Queally use the whip once! See what you think. Thanks to Sporting Life and Racing UK, we have the replay link:

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,12495,448777_3,00.html

Here's my tips for tomorrow:

3.15 GOODWOOD

Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Fox Hunt (9/1 Bet365)

Form: 164112

Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap Overturn (18/1 Coral)

Form: 21/10-16

 

Fox Hunt looks very good at that price, especially with budding phenomenon Silvestre De Sousa on board, while Grand National trainer Donald McCain's contender can be forgiven for his last run in the Northumberland Plate due to a lot of weight being carried. An added advantage is having a great partner like Richard Hughes to guide him.

Let's hope Fox Hunts down the others, or that Donald McCain's gelding Overturns the other 15 runners. Getting better. Maybe. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday)

Libranno came 4th in the Lennox Stakes, with Richard Hannon's other contender Strong Suit winning. Here is the link for that big race from Glorious Goodwood thanks to Sporting Life:

 http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,12495,448603_3,00.html

3.10 GOODWOOD:

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Frankel (4/5 William Hill)

Form: 111-111

OUTSIDER WORTH A MENTION IN THE SAME RACE: 

Royal blue Rio De La Plata (50/1 Blue Square Bet)

Form: 1211-34

Hard to look past Frankel, who looks set to beat Canford Cliffs. Should be a good race though. My favourite jockey Frankie Dettori's ride Rio De La Plata is at a surprisingly high price for such a decent horse, but this is one of the best fields in the race so it may be hard for him. 

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Primevere came 2nd on Friday, with my other mention Winter's Night 3rd, before I backed Hoof It on Saturday in the Sky Bet Dash, and won in a field of 20.
 
Here's the link to Hoof It's race thanks to Sporting Life:
 
 
Great sprint, well worth watching. Anyway, here's my tip for tomorrow:
 
3.10 GOODWOOD 
 
Yellow, emerald green cross of lorraine, striped sleeves, emerald green cap Libranno (6/1 William Hill)
 
Form: 5-24314
 
OUTSIDER WORTH A MENTION IN THE SAME RACE: 
 
Emerald green, white hoop, yellow sleeves, emerald green and white striped cap Majestic Myles (16/1 Blue Square Bet)
 
Form: 25-1571
 
Majestic Myles doesn't look great under Paul Hanagan, but ran well last time out at Chester with T Hamilton. Libranno looks very good ahead of the race so far though. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

Indian Pipe Dream pulled up. That's all I'm going to say. Oh, and now I realize why his price shot up.

Anyway... back to the good stuff, Moonlit Garden hasn't raced yet as I write this, but when I can, I will add her result on to this article for you just in case you want to know. Here's my tip for tomorrow:

3.20 SANDOWN 

Red, red cap, white spots Worthington (13/2 Paddy Power)

Form: 104

Going ambitious, another outsider who will surely do well. Hopefully. Maybe. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday)

Just to let you know, don't know why yet but my tip for in a bit Indian Pipe Dream has gone up to 11/2. Not entirely sure why, definately not the going, but should find out soon. Whatever it is, it's still a great price for a gelding who is unbeaten in his last three races. Now to tomorrow's races; here's my tip:

 7.30 NAAS

 Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Moonlit Garden (16/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 2356-02

Feel like going for an outsider, and this is the perfect filly for it. 

Changes Made!

As you can see, I've changed the theme of my website from a rapper to a boxer. Leave a comment in my guestbook to tell me if you like it, if not I might change it back. On the boxing note, I'll do some boxing tips:

SATURDAY 23 JULY 2011 20:05: DERECK CHISORA V TYSON FURY

  Tyson Fury (5/4 Paddy Power)

THE SAME SATURDAY NIGHT/ SUNDAY MORNING 01:00: AMIR KHAN V ZAB JUDAH

  Amir Khan KO Round 8 (16/1 Betfred) 

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Tom's Tips For Tomorrow

Word Power's race hasn't started yet, so I can't put the result, so i'll put it on tomorrow's article (if he's finished by tomorrow!) and also the result of the following tip for tomorrow:

7.10 BANGOR 

Dark green and yellow diamonds, dark green sleevesIndian Pipe Dream (11/4 William Hill)

Form: 56P11-1

He won his last race (of the same class) by a very respectable 23 lengths, so hopefully Indian will have a Dream day and smoke the others through his Pipe like he did in his last race. Get that? No? No.

By the way, if you're not a big racing fan yet, just getting into the sport of kings, or maybe you're just unsure, if you scroll down this page for a while you'll see an article on how to read form. I'll republish it nearer the top of the page soon for you.

UPDATE: Indian Pipe Dream just gone up to 11/2, not sure why yet but sounds a great price anyway.

Tom's Tips For Tonight

8.10 WINDSOR

Green, pink sash and cap, white sleevesWord Power (2/1 Betfred)

Form: 2

Tom's Tips: Saturday Selections

I've gone for 4 today, 3 in the Super Sprint, and one in Market Rasen's summer highlight as I love the action of jump racing. Here they are:

3.30 NEWBURY:

 Navy blue, red and light blue hoop and armlets, white cap Redact (WIN)

 Orange, black inverted triangle, white sleeves and cap Alejandro (E/W)

 Light blue, orange epaulets Lily's Angel (WIN)

 3.45 MARKET RASEN:

 Dark blue, white braces, sleeves and cap Points Of View (E/W) 

 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday)

5.20 NEWBURY

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink capSud Pacifique (11/4 William Hill)

Form: 22-116

Stella Point could only manage 4th at today's 3.40 Hamilton, so if you bet each-way it was only a 1-2 but Sud Pacifique looks very promising ahead of tomorrow, let's just hope she's ahead tomorrow!

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

3.40 HAMILTON

Dark blue and maroon diabolo, maroon sleeves, dark blue capStella Point (4/1 Victor Chandler)

Form: 3421

From now on, I will include the result of my tipped race from my last tip. In Tuesday's 8.30 at Yarmouth, Agent Archie won at 12/1, with my tip England Rules back in 5th. Not a great result, hopefully Stella Point will put me back on form tomorrow.

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday)

I'm going patriotic for this late race, my tip for this race is Derby jockey Will Buick. Here it is:

8.30 YARMOUTH

MauveEngland Rules (7/1 Victor Chandler)

Form: 418

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday) and Thursday Results Brief

Due to my Google Chrome Internet Service not working, I can't do a full result of today's Bahrain Trophy (1.20 Newmarket) but I will give a bried of the results and a link to the video clip. Before I do so, I'll mention that Crystal Capella won the big one at Newmarket under Ryan Moore (Princess Of Wales Stakes). Back to my tipped race, Derby 8th Masked Marvel won, with my tip Census finishing 2nd, with Oaks 9th Zain Al Boldan in 3rd place. They were followed by Hurricane Higgins, Solar Sky and Crimson Knight.

For the full race replay of that, here's the link. Go to the full result on the same website for the starting prices.

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Full_Results/0,12493,444763,00.html

 3.00 NEWMARKET

Grey, red chevrons, grey sleeves, red capLily Of The Valley (6/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 11111-5

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

 1.20 NEWMARKET

Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue capCensus (5/2 William Hill

Form: 721-12

Tom's Tips For Saturday (July Cup 3.35 Newmarket)

This isn't confirmed yet, I'll see what the odds are like nearer the time but at the moment, here is who I would go for:

 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Zoffany (12/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 113-222

Can't blame him for coming second a few times, I mean Bewitched and Frankel, hard horses to beat, so should run a great race, especially at 12/1 at the moment.

4.00 Pontefract

Feck the video player, I won with Law Of The Range at 5/1! If I say so myself, I'm getting to be a good tipster now! Maybe that'll convince you to go for my tips :) If you think this is a fluke, I'll tip a few races on Saturday, along with at least one race every weekday as always!

Not the fastest run race, but still a Class 1 field, so here's the result and video replay link:

 

1.Dark green and red check, dark green sleeves, pink cap Law Of The Range 5/1 (MY TIP)        Jockey: S De Sousa        Trainer: M Botti

2.Maroon, royal blue and white hooped sleeves, royal blue cap, white spots Fontley 5/1

3.White, maroon hoop, armlets and cap Off Chance 7/2

4.Dark blue and pink stripes, pink sleeves and cap Dark Promise 6/4 favourite

5.Red and yellow (quartered), chevrons on sleeves, red cap Gobama 33/1

6.Royal blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue armlets, quartered cap Folly Bridge 8/1

7.White, grey sleeves, black stars, black cap Kinky Afro 33/1

8.Purple, light blue and purple hooped sleeves, light blue cap Snow Dancer 66/1

 

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,27770,443699_3,00.html

 

Worth watching if you had a tip or a bet, and it was the only Class 1 race of the day, so worth watching anyway. Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday)

I couldn't watch previous races of the contenders in this race as there was a problem with the video player but I've tried my best:

4.00 PONTEFRACT 

 Dark green and red check, dark green sleeves, pink cap Law Of The Range (11/2 William Hill)

Form: 851-411 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Saturday) FINALISED

2.00 SANDOWN (CORAL CHARGE):

Emerald green, white chevron, purple sleeves and cap Margot Did (6/1 William Hill)

Form: 35-3411 

3.10 SANDOWN (CORAL-ECLIPSE):

Yellow, red epaulets and sleeves Snow Fairy (9/1 Boylesports, but I'm with William Hill where the odds are 7/1 atm)

Form: 112411-

2.50 HAYDOCK 

 Royal blue, light green sleeves and cap Dorcas Lane (8/1 Bet365 but I'm with Hills again at 7/1 atm)

Form: 12213 

 

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow (Wednesday)

 
4.10 WORCESTER
 
 Maroon, yellow cap, maroon spots Crystal Rock (10/3 William Hill)           Jockey: AP McCoy
 
Form: 3223-23

Tom's Saturday Preview

This is basically a draft preview for you of what's up on Saturday, and a reminder for me on who to go for.

2.50 HAYDOCK (LANCASHIRE OAKS): 

Dorcas Lane (16/1 William Hill)

Gertrude Bell (9/2 William Hill) -maybe-.

Mirror Lake (10/1 William Hill) -maybe-.

Polly's Mark (8/1 William Hill) -maybe-.

 3.25 HAYDOCK:

Fox Hunt (7/1 William Hill) -if odds are still like this-.

 4.15 SANDOWN

Fox Hunt (7/1 William Hill)

MAKE YOUR MIND UP JOHNSTON, IS HE RUNNING AT SANDOWN OR HAYDOCK? I WILL PROBABLY GO FOR HIM WHEREVER HE RUNS

2.00 SANDOWN 

Margot Did (7/1 Coral)

THOSE ARE MY BEST BETS FOR SATURDAY, NOT SURE WHICH TO GO FOR YET, WILL DECIDE NEARER THE TIME WHEN ALL HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Just got a 7/1 2nd with Edgewater in the 8.10 Windsor, congratulations to Dane O'Neill and J Akehurst for that, but here's a Class 3 Handicap Chase for tomorrow:

7.40 STRATFORD
 
 Yellow, orange braces, yellow and grey halved sleeves, yellow cap, orange stars Health Is Wealth (5/1 Paddy Power)
 
Form:  P31-113
 
Great each way chance, decent to win as well though.
 

Tom's Tips For Tonight

Yesterday I won the Irish Derby after going for Treasure Beach, but today the only Class 2 race of the day has only 2 horses so you'll hardly win anything but I've gone for a Class 4 race.

8.10 WINDSOR

OUTSIDER WITH A DECENT CHANCE

Black, orange star, orange sleeves, black armletsEdgewater (14/1 Betfred)

Form: 452160

GOOD TIP

Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Canaveral (10/3 SportingBet)

Form: 05-511

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (First 3 races at Newcastle on Friday)

6.20 NEWCASTLE

 Red, grey epaulets and sleeves, striped cap American Lover (333/100 Betfair)

 Form: 5842

6.50 NEWCASTLE 

 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Principal Role (7/4 Bet365)

Form: 34148-3

IF YOU WANT A BIGGER PRICED DECENT CHOICE: 

 Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Opera Gal (6/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 321-423

7.25 NEWCASTLE

 Yellow, black star, quartered cap Solemn (14/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 0-03112

 

Let's hope American is the Lover of the 7 furlong opening race, while I'm hoping Henry Cecil's filly has the Principal Role in the next race (or Opera Gal), and that L Keniry is Solemn to his job in the 7.25 at Newcastle.

How terrible were them puns. Right off the top of my head sorry.

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

Too hard to choose in the main races (3.20 Newcastle and 4.05 Warwick), though I may choose tomorrow, and update this article. Bu for now, here's a decent Class 2 race:

3.45 FFOS LAS 

There's two join favourites at the moment, but I'm going for two at the moment, if you want to go for both, do so but if you only want to do a single bet, go for the one of the following that isn't the starting price favourite. In case of a joint favourite, take your pick!:

 Grey, red disc, hooped sleeves, red cap Domino Dancer (6/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 433-111

 Black and white stripes, yellow sleeves, black and yellow striped cap Dorabelle (6/1 William Hill)

JUST INCASE YOU WANT A BIGGER PRICED DECENT CHOICE: 

 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Space Telescope (7/1 Bet365)

Form: 23114-3 

Tom's Tips For Tonight and Tomorrow (Tuesday Night and Wednesday)

Sorry about the lack of articles lately, but tonight's tip is as follows:

8.20 NEWBURY 

 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Sacred Shield (4/1 StanJames)

Form: 5-122

 And here's tomorrow's:

3.50 SALISBURY 

 Yellow, black disc, hooped sleeves, black cap Hot Spark (8/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 44152-2

 

Salisbury, bot Sainsbury's, come back soon!

ASCOT SPECIAL: Tips and Results Brief (Thursday Results and Friday Tips)

Friday Tips:

2.30 ASCOT 

 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Inetrobil (6/1 StanJames)

Form: 1

3.05 ASCOT 

 Red, white braces, white sleeves, red stars, white cap, red star Glen's Diamond (7/1 Paddy Power)

Form: 311-11 

 Yellow, black epaulets Mijhaar (7/1 Victor Chandler)

Form: 2-1

3.45 ASCOT 

 Neon pink, green diabolo, striped sleeves, pink cap, green visor Theyskens' Theory (7/1 Bet365)

 Form: 91136-1

4.05 ASCOT

Royal blue and light blue diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap, light blue starShamali (14/1 sportingbet) 

Form: 1/64-132

5.00 ASCOT

Light blue, light blue and white check sleeves, white capEternal Heart (7/1 Bet365)

Form: 3111

 

 

ASCOT SPECIAL: Tips and Results Brief (Wednesday and Tips for Thursday)

2.30 ASCOT

 Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Bannock (9/1 Bet365)

Form: 2112

GOOD EACH WAY BET:

 Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap Tell Dad (66/1 StanJames)

Form: 223

3.05 ASCOT 

 Royal blue Rumh (4/1 William Hill) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI

Form: 001-31

'Dy hell, did you see her last run? Absolutely amazing! Ripped apart a decent Class 1 female, when I saw that race my first thoughts were 'FILLY FRANKEL!'. She has serious talent, one for the future, plus she'll be under Frankie! 

DORCAS LANE  Royal blue, light green sleeves and cap is also one to look out for at 8/1 with totesport and most other bookies'.

THE BIG ONE: 3.45 ASCOT 

It's hard to look past the hot favourite for this, but I do have another great gelding as my tip as well as this. Here they are:

 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Fame And Glory (9/4 favourite Paddy Power)

Form:1115-11 

 Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Tastahil (25/1 Victor Chandler) 

Form: 86241-2

Overpriced Irish gelding Tastahil won spectacularly in his last Class 1 race, ripping apart the field, similar to Rumh's exceptional last run.

4.35 ASCOT 

 To be very honest, I only glanced at one or two of the competitors in this race, before seeing the name 'Sagramor'. As soon as I saw this name, I stopped looking at the horses in this race, and had decided already. One of my favourite race horses ever, I have followed this horse for about a year now, my favourite time seeing him was at Haydock, when he won the second race on the card, which won me about 20 quid from a £2 to win bet, and having been a fan of his for a while now, I was ecstatic. So guess who is my tip:

 Emerald green, light blue seams, emerald green cap Sagramor (9/1 favourite StanJames)

Form: 5212-21

 LAST TWO RACES TO FOLLOW

BRIEF RESULTS FROM TODAY AT ROYAL ASCOT:

11/1 Strong Suit won the 2.30, followed by my tip Codemaster, and Western Aristocrat.

My tip Lolly For Dolly (11/1) won the 3.05, followed by Chachamaidee and First City in a race dominated by outsiders.

Frankie's ride Rewilding won the 3.45, followed by odds on favourite So You Think, and 66/1 outsider Sri Putra. I 'shudda thought of that one! My tip Planteur was 4th

Julienas beat a large field of 28 to win the 4.25, followed by Dance And Dance, Dettori's 'Invisible Man', and Pendragon. My tip Lord Aeryn came 26th. Shouldn't have said that, He was always an outsider... ;)

To make up for that, my tip Best Terms won the 5.00, with Shumoos in 2nd, and Caledonia Lady 3rd. My other tip Dozy was 6th. I was 'dosey' to pick that one. Only messing. Bad joke that one!

 Rhythm Of Light won the last race, with Dubai Queen second in the 5.35, and Winter's Night third. My tip HRM's horse Humdrum was 5th of 14.

ASCOT SPECIAL: Tips and Results Brief with FULL RACE VIDEO LINKS!

Today, there was 3 big races at Royal Ascot, and I'll tell you all the placed horses ow, before writing a full results article soon on a few of the races. 

2.30 ASCOT BRIEF RESULTS AND RACE VIDEO LINK:

Firstly, the opening race of a huge week in the racing calendar, although 7 ran at the Queen Anne Stakes  at Royal Ascot, we all knew it was effectively a two horse race between Goldikova, and Canford Cliffs. When I tipped Goldikova, she was 2nd favourite to Canford Cliffs. Now, everyone seemed to see the field in my viewpont: '2 top class horses of about equal talent, there should be a good fight. Goldikova, higher odds than Canford Cliffs, let's go for that one then'. But I unfortunately didn't look past that, as Goldikova started this race as 5/4 favourite because most punters had the same thoughts as me. Canford Cliffs went down to 11/8, and guess who won. Goldikova was 2nd, with Ryan Moore's ride Cityscape in 3rd. Congratulations, Canford Cliffs.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVd3qQvghlI

3.05 ASCOT BRIEF RESULTS AND RACE VIDEO LINK: 

I was disappointed by Overdose when I went to see the Temple Stakes at Haydock, put he had a good race today, finishing a respectable fourth in a large field of 19. Prohibit won at 7/1, with Star Witness in 2nd, and Sweet Sanette in 3rd.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8EiGwu-n9I

3.45 ASCOT BRIEF RESULTS AND RACE VIDEO LINK:

'The big one', 'Race of the day', 'The Return of the Mighty Frankel', it was described as before, and as we all knew the absolutely scorching hot favourite won at 3/10. A congratulations gift to add to Henry Cecil's knighthood, as Frankel sped rapidly past his speedy pacemaker Rerouted who was lengths ahead, only to finish last. So Frankel won, Zoffany 2nd, and Excelebration 3rd.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwKNwdkhH7Q

 TIPS FOR TOMORROW: 

2.30 ASCOT 

 DARK BLUE, WHITE seams, halved sleeves, DARK BLUE and WHITE quartered cap Codemaster (10/3 favourite William Hill)

Form: 212-1

Another worth mentioning is Frankie Dettori's ride Splash Point at 25/1 with Coral, with form of: 221-210

3.05 ASCOT 

 Bronze I'm A Dreamer (5/1 William Hill)

Form: 11153-1 

 Grey, pink star, sleeves and star on cap Lolly For Dolly (12/1 totesport)

Form: 45-1122

Couldn't decide sorry!

3.45 ASCOT 

 Royal blue, light blue cap Planteur (4/1 Bet365)

Form: 22D5-11

Well there's no point going for So You Think at 2/5 (SkyBet), you'll hardly get anything back!

4.35 ASCOT 

 Emerald green, white cross belts, orange sleeves, royal blue cap Lord Aeryn (40/1 SkyBet)

Form: 126-122

 Dark green, beige stars on sleeves Green Destiny (7/1 William Hill)

31 run, this should be great! I love races with a big field!

5.00 ASCOT 

 Tangerine, royal blue collar and cuffs, dark blue cap Dozy (11/1 Sportingbet)

Form: 11

Cherry, black sash, primrose and white quartered cap Best Terms (14/1 Boylesports) 

Form: 11

EACH WAY BET: 

 Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Vocational (20/1 Boylesports)

Form: 122

5.35 ASCOT

 Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Humdrum (5/1 Bet365)

Form: 22121-1 

ASCOT SPECIAL: OPENING DAY OF ROYAL ASCOT!!! (Tuesday)

Tips for all races tomorrow:

 2.30 ASCOT 

 Blue, white seams, sleeves and cap Goldikova (13/8 William Hill)

Form: 11211-1 

To be brutally honest, you would hardly get any money back at all if you put your money on favourite Canford Cliffs tomorrow, yes you could say that about Frankel in another race today, but Frankel is unbeaten. And did you see him at the guineas? That's my point exactly. If you didn't, go right to the bottom of this page and click on the link to see the best horse in a good while. 

Canford Cliffs' form is: 23111-1. I prefer Goldikova, plus you'll get more money back at very respectable odds from great bookies', William Hill.

3.05 ASCOT 

 White, red striped sleeves, check cap Sole Power (8/1 William Hill)

Form:651-031 

I saw half of these at Haydock last month, when Sole Power beat off some great opposition (including the Budapest bullet: Overdose, and the previous Temple Stakes winner Kingsgate Native) in the Temple Stakes, it was the best race of the day at Haydock, and the main race of the day at all race tracks all around England. I was quite disappointed with favourite Overdose (who is at 12/1 best odds tomorrow), as there was a lot of hype surrounding him, and he only manaaged seventh, but Sole Power looks set to give a great race tomorrow. I've got to also mention Bridgetown, an American colt with decent form of 154-112, who is overpriced in my opinion at 14/1 best odds).

3.45 ASCOT 

 Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap Dubawi Gold (16/1 totesport)

Form: 19-1122

Well you'll get nothing back for the mighty Frankel, will you? EXCELEBRATION is one I would probably go for as well. Frankie's ride NEEBRAS looks a very good each way bet as well at 100/1.

4.25 ASCOT 

 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Power (5/1 William Hill)

Form: 11

5.00 ASCOT 

 Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap La Estrella (40/1 Victor Chandler)

Form: 111111

All wins have been in lower Class races, but should be good each way in this.

LAST RACE TO FOLLOW 

Notice about Royal Ascot!!!

Don't worry, I haven't forgot about the website :P I've just been having a day or two off before the big Royal Ascot week so sorry, there won't be tips for today's (Sunday) races, or Monday's, but we will almost certainly have a tip for every race on the card for every day at Royal Ascot!

Don't you think I should have a day off from all this hard work?! Only messing, I love doing it, but will just skip the day to prepare for Royal Ascot.

Remember, a big day on Tuesday, the return of the unbeaten Frankel! Plus every other race on the card at Ascot is Class 1 (bar one Class 2 race). Wednesday's 5.00 Queen Mary Stakes should be phenomenal as 16 of the 19 runners have won at least one of their last two races, concluding American filly Vocational, who has one one of her last three races, coming 2nd in both of the others. The remaining two fillies are still very good, Toffee Tart 2nd in both of her races before her unconvincing last race, and completing the field is Caledonia Lady, finishing 5th in her last race, which was a class 4 race, so no offence, but is best watched for this one!

Come back soon, and messages are very welcome in the GUESTBOOK.

Tom's Tips For Today (Saturday)

3.15 YORK

 Dark blue, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap Seal Rock (15/2 Blue Square Bet)

Form: 1-11 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday 10 June 2011)

4.35 SANDOWN

 Red and black stripes, black sleeves Incendo (8/1 Paddy Power) Each Way

Quick Form Check: 3169-22

3.05 Newbury

Frankie's back! he won on 5/2 favourite Rumh by 5 lengths, remember that name, I reckon this fast-footed filly will be known nearly as well as Frankel soon! Here's the full result and race replay:

 

1. Royal blue Rumh 5/2 favourite     Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI!        Trainer: S bin Suroor

2. Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Imperial Pippin 9/2 (MY TIP)

3. Cherry, black sash, primrose and white quartered cap Moment Of Time 7/1

4. Yellow, black spots, yellow sleeves and cap Palm Pilot 40/1

5. Orange, white halved sleeves Fanny May 20/1

6. Beige, royal blue sleeves and cap Poplin 6/1

7. Emerald green and white diamonds, striped sleeves, red cap Matula 10/1

8. Royal blue, white cap Gracefield 14/1

9. White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap Albaraka 9/2

 

Good race, great performance by Frankie and Rumh to win by 5 lengths, congratulations to them, and a close 2-3-4 gave my 9/2 filly Imperial Pippin 2nd place. Well worth watching as you should look out for Rumh in the future, thanks to Sporting Life, we have the link:

 http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,27770,437847_3,00.html

Tips (9 June 2011)

3.05 NEWBURY

 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Imperial Pippin (7/2 Bet365)

Form: 13 

Race Report: 3.20 Haydock (8th June 2011)

Good race, after the HUGE tip article I did on Tominator he ended up a respectable 3rd, only a few lengths back from the American winner Classic Vintage. At the furlong mark, he was quite a way back, but Tony Culhane released him very late, to finish a close 3rd behind Classic Vintage, and gelding Granston. Haydock is my favourite course, and there were a few good races ran there today, but the highest class race was this Class 3, with 8 running, and one non-runner. The non-runner (the Irish gelding Line Of Duty) looked quite decent, winning his last race at 28/1, and 7/2 second before that. Here's the full result, and the full race video link below the full result:

 

1. Maroon, light blue epaulets, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, quartered cap Classic Vintage 11/1         Jockey:T P Queally          Trainer: Mrs A J Perrett

2. Red, white chevron, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Granston 25/1

3. White, dark blue chevrons, armlets and cap Tominator 16/1 (MY TIP)

4. Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Porgy 7/2

5. Yellow, beige seams, yellow sleeves and cap Mister Angry 25/1

6. Pink and black diabolo, diamonds on sleeves, white cap Dansili Dancer 9/2

7. Dark blue and light green diamonds Kitty Wells 15/8 favourite (SURPRISE)

8. Black, green hoop and armlets, green cap, black spots Dance Tempo 6/1

 

Surprising race, with the hot favorite 2nd to last, and a decent chance Dance Tempo last, but Dance Tempo has been dreadful under J Fortune, last in both of his last two, but he was doing well with S Drowne before that, winning at 9/2. Also the race had a 25/1 second place, and a 16/1 3rd, very high odds in such a small field, but, overall, surprising in a good way, as I was entertained!

 We have the full race replay, thanks to the brilliant Sporting Life, here it is:

 http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,27770,437575,00.html

Come Back Soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Wednesday 8th June 2011)

3.20 HAYDOCK

 White, dark blue chevrons, armlets and cap Tominator (16/1 William Hill)

Form: 799236

Looks a decent outsider at 6/1, hard to choose as the short form differs from the full form from my source, but I have based it on the full form. According to the full form, R Hollinshead's gelding is experienced in Class 2 and 3 races, finishing 6th in his last Class 2 race, 6th sounds bad, but that was over 1m 6f, which he couldn't stay, and I think was too long, but form-wise, his best distance has been about 1m 4f, which he does far better over, and tomorrow's race is over 1m 3f 200y, which will suit him much better. Tomorrow's race is a Class 3 race, and before finishing 6th in his last race (which was Class 2, and too far for him), he finished 3rd and 2nd over around 1m 4f, the 3rd in a Class 2 race, and the 2nd in a Class 3 race. 

 Before that though (according to the full from of my source), he won a class 2 race over 1m 4f 50y. Here's my own recreated form of the full from guide form my source:

Recreated Full Form: 48241-236.

And I haven't just picked it 'cos of my name!

Come back soon! 

How To Read Form

For all my mates in school who come on this, sometimes are only just getting into racing, and when I put my tips, I usually use something that shows you how the horses have done in their last few races, obviously called from.

I know this may sound boring, but it's only short, and it's very useful on my website as now I have posted this article, on all my tips form now on I will try to use form. 

If a horse's form is for example: 123456

This means that in its last race, it came 6th, in the race before that it came 5th, in the race before that it came 4th, and so on. Basically the last one in the sequence is the last race it ran.

Sometimes you come across form like this: 1230 

The 0 means it didn't finish in the top ten.

Sometimes you see a P or a F or a U in it like this: 654P6F3U 

The P means the horse was PULLED UP.

The F means the horse FELL.

The U means the horse UNSEATED ITS RIDER.

That's all for now, but I hope it's helped you a bit, and that'll be the only boring article that ever gets published on this site! Useful though... 

Come back soon! 

Tips For Today (Monday 6 June 2011)

3.45 NEWTON ABBOT

De Luain Gorm (12/1 Blue Square)Mauve, white diamond, quartered cap

The Amazing Derby 2011 (My horses and where they finished)

Absolutely loved the Derby yesterday, best one in a while, I treated it almost like the National, researching my horses for hours! Here are my horses that I backed, and where they came. After buying the tote, Betfred had a great offer on that if Carlton House won, they would return all stakes of any losing single bets! Although it attracted more bets to them, if HRM The Queen's horse did win, they would probably lose quite a bit of money, but thanks to Mickael Barzalona and Pour Moi, they didn't! All odds shown below are with William Hill, full result coming soon.

 

 INVESTEC DERBY 4.00 EPSOM DOWNS

 

Black, white chevron, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Native Khan (9/1) £1 E/W (5th)

 

Dark blue Pour Moi (6/1) £1 E/W (1st)

 

Pink Recital (9/2) 50p E/W (6th)

 

Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Treasure Beach (25/1) 50p E/W (2nd)

 

Total: £6

Thanks to Sporting Life (sportinglife.com), we have the full race video for you. Just put the link below into your address bar or just click on it if it works properly (which it probably will). Very good race, well worth watching, watch it now! :)

 

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,27770,426697,00.html

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Friday)

INVESTEC OAKS 4.05 EPSOM DOWNS

Wonder Of Wonders (4/1) £1 WIN

 Izzi Top (33/1) 50p E/W

 Beatrice Aurore (14/1) 50p E/W

 Zain Al Boldan (10/1) £1 E/W

Total: £5

That's who I'm going for! 

Toms Tips For Tomorrow (Thursday)

Tuesday's tip Laganbank came 2nd in the 5.35 at Ballinrobe. Sorry for not putting Wednesday's tip online, but I went for Petite Margot in the 3.55 Cartmel, who came fourth in an unpredictable race, in which the favourite came last. Here's tomorrow's tips:

 5.20 LINGFIELD

 Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap Miss Mediator (6/1 Echo Racing)

 Form: 333-34

7.05 SANDOWN 

 Dark blue, beige epaulets Great Acclaim (5/1 Echo Racing)

Form: 5-1 

Tom's Tips For Today (Tuesday)

5.35 BALLINROBE

Royal blue & white stripes, white sleeves, striped cap Laganbank (5/2 Paddy Power)

Quick Form Check: 30/14-8                         Jockey: Ruby Walsh

OR 

Yellow, black disc, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Fairwood Massini (7/1 Paddy Power)

Quick Form Check: 65272-6 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Monday)

3.10 GOODWOOD

 Red, black hollow box and sleeves Tropical Paradise (11/4 Paddy Power)

Quick form check: 61311-4.

Loves Goodwood, won 3 of last 3 there.6 Run in this Class 1 race, good luck to all.

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Today (Sunday)

My tip for yesterday (Lexi's Hero) did quite shamefully to be honest, so I won't really mention that one, as my tip deciding was rushed far too much, but I've spent more time on this one. A class 1 race with two excellent contenders, looking to be lengths clear of the rest of the field. These two are 2/5 hot favourite Fame And Glory, and also 4/1 gelding Rite Of Passage. Here's my tip

3.55 LEOPARDSTOWN: MY TIP

Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Rite Of Passage (4/1 Betfred and most other bookies')

 Quick form check: 11/1-

Hasn't run since 17th June 2010, but won on that day at Ascot, and won twice before that. 

 

3.55 LEOPARDSTOWN: HOT FAVOURITE WHO IS WORTH GOING FOR IF YOU WANT TO PLAY SAFE

 Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap   Fame and Glory (2/5 totesport and most other bookies')

Quick form check: 11115-1

To be honest, looks quite unbeatable, especially with Jamie Spencer, but Rite Of Passage looks very good as well, should be an exciting match, most likely to be a two horse race effectively, between these two, but 8 are due to run, good luck to all. 

Tom's Saturday Tip

3.25 NEWMARKET

 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Lexi's Hero (6/1 Blue Square Bet)

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (27 May 2011)

There is a class 1 race going on at Haydock tomorrow (the 7.05) in which I may back 2nd favourite Santo Padre at 3/1 with Paddy Power, but Noble Storm does look a hot favourite at evens with Paddy Power, although all of his good form has been in class 2 and 3 races, so I will go for experienced class 1 gelding Santo Padre, who looks a good each way bet. You can use that as a tip, however, here's my main tip:

 7.55 STRATFORD

 Dark blue, yellow sash, hooped sleeves Knighton Combe (9/2 William Hill and Bet365)

Quick form check: 33533-2 

 

OUTSIDER (WHO IS WORTH ALSO BACKING AT EACH WAY) 

 Pink, black star, black and pink diabolo on sleeves, black cap, pink stars King Of Castile 16/1 (William Hill and Bet365)

Form Check: 2FP2P-2

Usually races in Class 4 and 5 races, but except from when he doesn't finish, he has a habit of coming second. That's why he's worth betting on each way, but jockey Harry Challoner hasn't been at his best recently, which could lead to a bit of trouble for King Of Castile, but it's probably worth a try. Good luck to Challoner though, and I hope he improves form as quickly as possible.

MY SATURDAY TIP WILL COME ON THE SATURDAY MORNING THIS WEEK, AND WILL PROBABLY BE THE SAME ON MOST OTHER SATURDAYS. 

 How many times did I say 'Saturday' in that?! Be sure to come on after about half nine tomorrow to check my tip, as Saturdays are always big days in racing

May 25th 7.30 Beverley

I tipped my favourite jockey Frankie Dettori on filly Vocational for this class 2 race, who by the start was the favourite at 7/4. He led for a lot of this race, and it looked like he was going to win up until about half a furlong to go, when Jamie Spencer sneaked up the inside on 9/2 filly Dozy to sneak the win. Entertaining race, here's the full results:

1. Tangerine, royal blue collar and cuffs, dark blue cap Dozy 9/2             Jockey: J P Spencer           Trainer: K A Ryan

2. Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Vocational 7/4 favourite           Jockey: Frankie Dettori

3. Light blue, orange epaulets Lily's Angel 5/2

4. White, red seams, red and white quartered cap Queens Revenge 9/2

5. White, mauve star Tip Top Gorgeous 100/1

6. Yellow and purple (quartered), purple sleeves, yellow stars Van Go Go 33/1

7. Royal blue, white striped sleeves, white cap Majestic Rose 14/1

8. Dark green and yellow (quartered), red and white halved sleeves, red and white hooped cap Chevanah 20/1

9. Black and light blue check, black sleeves, light blue armlets, red cap Rano Pano 100/1 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (25 May 2011)

Sorry for the delay of review and results for the 7.40 Windsor on Monday, it'll come soon, and today's 3.40 Ripon will follow, but just to let you know, my tip came 3rd of 11 runners. Leave a message in my guestbook if you want the results of either of these, and if there is anyone, it'll be straight on. Here's my tip:

 7.30 BEVERLEY

 Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Vocational (2/1 SkyBet) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (24 May 2011)

3.40 RIPON

 Yellow, red sash, armlets and cap Snow Bay (7/1 Bet365)

Results and review of today's 7.40 Windsor to follow very soon. 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow

7.40 WINDSOR

Should be a good Class 1 race, ten due to run, couldn't choose between these two:

 Dark blue, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, dark blue armlets Horseradish (9/1 Victor Chandler)

 Yellow, emerald green cross of lorraine, striped sleeves, emerald green cap Libranno (7/1 Bet365 and Victor Chandler)

Elnawin is worth mentioning as well, good luck to these horses and I hope the tips are useful!

Come back soon! 

RACING RESULTS: HAYDOCK SPECIAL!

A great start to the day for me, winning first with Brown Panther in the first race, and then also with Sagramor in the second race! If you haven't guessed yet, yes I went to Haydock, I've mentioned it in the article below!

The first race, Brown Panther held back right at the rear for most of the race, and as R Kingscote headed towards the line with him, he made him sprint rapidly, winning spectacularly on the 2/1 favourite. Here's the full result of the 2.00 HAYDOCK

1.Dark blue, grey triple diamondBrown Panther 2/1favourite (I BACKED) Jockey:R Kingscote Trainer:Tom Dascombe

2. Red, emerald green triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Reflect 13/2

3. Apricot Quschi 20/1

4. Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Gottany O's 20/1

5. Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Cry Fury 11/2

6. Black, yellow hooped sleeves, yellow cap Viking Storm 12/1

7. Light blue and orange diamonds, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, orange star Whiplash Willie 9/1

8. Light green, pink stars Spyder 33/1

9. Orange and royal blue stripes, orange sleeves, royal blue cap Greyfriars Drummer 8/1

10. Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Wayward Glance 11/2

Great starting race. 

2.30 HAYDOCK 

1. Emerald green, light blue seams, emerald green cap Sagramor 15/2 (I BACKED)         Jockey: N Mackay       Trainer: H Morrison

2. Pink and dark blue (quartered), dark blue sleeves and cap King Of Jazz 16/1

3. Red, white hoops, mauve sleeves, red and white quartered cap Winter's Night 9/1

4. Beige, royal blue chevrons, beige sleeves, royal blue cap Mariachi Man 14/1

5. Yellow, black epaulets Toolain 14/1

6. Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap Polar Kite 7/2 favourite.

7. Dark blue, yellow epaulets, dark blue sleeves, yellow spots Cruiser 14/1

8. Red, beige seams, red sleeves and cap Orientalist 50/1

9. White, royal blue diamond, royal blue and white hooped sleeves, orange cap Fred Willetts 40/1

10. White, red sash, red and white striped cap Sikeeb 6/1

11. Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Weapon Choice 33/1

12. Yellow, dark blue sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, dark blue star Mubtadi 12/1

13. Royal blue, light blue stars, white sleeves, light blue stars and cap Indian Jack 25/1

14. Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Crown Counsel 11/1

15. Yellow, royal blue spots and sleeves, yellow cap Sonning Rose 40/1

16. Maroon and royal blue (quartered), maroon sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap, maroon star Star Surprise 12/1

17. Black, white hollow box, diabolo on sleeves Rigolleto 20/1

Great second race to carry on my winning streak, all eyes were on the vicious fight for the lead between eventual 4th Mariachi Man and eventual 2nd King Of Jazz, but behind all of the action, Sagramor was sneaking in from the back between a needle-thin space, and taking the lead near the line, winning us about 20 quid!

OTHER RACE RESULTS TO BE CONTINUED... 

CHANGE OF PLAN!!! TOM'S TIPS: HAYDOCK SPECIAL!

There was a short notice change of plan as I ended up going to Haydock, a great day with some amazing racing, here's the horses I backed. I backed the first two winners today at a great day, here's my full bets:

 2.00 Haydock

 Brown Panther   Form: 1-41   Odds: 5/1 William Hill

2.30 Haydock

 Sagramor   Form: 5212-2   Odds: 7/1 William Hill

3.00 Haydock

 Tangerine Trees   Form: 91411-1   Odds: 10/1 William Hill

3.30 Haydock

 Russian Spirit   Form: 383221   Odds: 46/5 WBX

4.05 Haydock

Who’s Shirl   Form: 01511-7   Odds: 81/5 Betfair

4.40 Haydock

 April Fool   Form: 342112   Odds: 5/1 WBX

5.15 Haydock

 Bolodenka   Form: 3466-11   Odds: 36/5 WBX

 

Jockey silks and reviews to follow. Well done to all runners, and thanks to all for an unforgettable day at Haydock, having witnessed Overdose (the Budapest Bullet). He may not have been on his best form, but I still saw him! Come back soon!

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow: CHESTER SPECIAL

I'm off to the races tomorrow, so here's the horses I'll probably be going for, and you can use them as tips to help you! Here's tips for every single race at Chester tomorrow:

 1.50 Chester

Frequency                 Form: 721133 

Jack Luey          Form:  321148-

Steelcut                Form: 140151

2.25 Chester

 Bertiewhittle               Form: 442-233

2.55 Chester

 Beaumont’s Party             Form:  1224-30

 Granny McPhee               Form:  37-8314

3.25 Chester 

 Moonville                            Form: 3

4.00 Chester

 Norville                                 Form: 412112

4.35 Chester

 Accumulate                           Form: 00/2211

 Plato                                        Form: 432102-

5.10 Chester

 Red Roar                                  Form: 1128-36

5.45 Chester

 Mica Mika                                 Form: 1691-22

Jockey silks (colours) to follow.

Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tonight: SANDOWN SPECIAL

MY FAVOURITE JOCKEY FRANKIE DETTORI RIDES AT SANDOWN TONIGHT SO:

6.55 SANDOWN 

 Dark blue, yellow cross belts, yellow and dark blue striped sleeves, dark blue and yellow striped cap Imaginary World (4/1 Paddy Power) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI

Quick form check: 424622

7.30 SANDOWN 

 emerald green, white star, white sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green cap, white star Haylaman (9/2 Blue Square)

Quick form check: 51-2 Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI 

8.35 SANDOWN 

 Bottle green, white cap, lime green star Elfine (9/1 Blue Square) Jockey: Dane O'Neill

Quick form check: 62-42

Frankie will be on Qaraaba who I will mention as he may do well at 16/1 with Blue Square, but sorry Frankie, I'll go fr Elfine for this one.  Just to mention, I have only looked at these horses slightly, I haven't thoroughly researched them like I normally do, I'm just trying stuff out! Thanks, come back soon!

GOOD LUCK TO FRANKIE IN ALL OF HIS RACES TONIGHT

 

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow (19 May 2011)

5.15 WETHERBY

 White, black chevrons, armlets and cap  Anaya (247/100 Betfair)

Sorry for the confusing odds, but all other betting shops' odds aren't out yet. Anaya is second favourite, finishing second in his last race (which was at Exeter on firm ground over 2 miles and 1 furlong), and third in the race before that. For both of these races, she was under P J Brennan, but tomorrow she will be under the saddle of Jeremiah McGrath. This should be interesting, as he has never ridden Anaya before this year, although she has been ridden by Grand National jockey Sam Twiston-Davies this year for two races, finishing fourth and third. Her form is: 3473-2. I also have to mention Jaya Bella, who if I was betting, would be on my slip with Anaya. Jaya Bella will be ridden by A P McCoy.

 Dark blue, white epaulets, halved sleeves, dark blue and white striped cap Jaya Bella (147/50 Betfair)

Tom's Tip For Today

5.10 SOUTHWELL

Hard Tackle (3/1 Blue Square Betting) Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap

Toms Tip For Tomorrow

8.50 KILLARNEY

 Emerald green & white stripes, yellow sleeves, white cap, emerald green star Big Bluff 10/1 (Bet365)

This gelding has raced 3 times in the last year, finishing 2nd in his last race, and 3rd in his two before that. Looks a good each way bet, and the odds are definately exaggerated at 10/1 (Bet365). Will be under the saddle of Miss J A Kidd, who hasn't ridden him before though.

LOOK OUT FOR FOOTBALL AND OTHER SPORTS ODDS COMING SOON AS WELL AS THE RACING!!!

Yesterday's Results for You

YESTERDAY (14 MAY 2011) 3.45 NEWBURY

1. Orange, black triple diamond, black cap, orange diamonds Canford Cliffs 4/5 favourite          Jockey: R Hughes              Trainer: R Hannon 

2. Green and pink hooped, pink sleeves, quartered cap Worthadd 25/1

3. Orange, black diamond, halved sleeves Premio Loco 33/1

4. Red, black spots and sleeves, red cap Dick Turpin 11/4 (MY TIP)

5. Light blue and red diamonds, light blue sleeves, red cap, light blue diamond Red Jazz 14/1

6. Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Dick Turpin 7/1 (MY OTHER TIP)

7. Red, black stars, red sleeves Balthazaar's Gift 66/1

7 ran, with three non-runners: Beacon Lodge, Cityscape and Shakespearan.

Not a very good race for the horses that I backed, I wouldn't normally have gone for this race as I'm not that keen on small fields, but it was the race of the day, being the only Class One race, and was a highly recommended race on a telly program that I would highly recommend: The Morning Line, on Channel 4 of a Saturday morning at five minutes to eight. I know what you're thinking: 'FIVE MINUTES TO EIGHT ON A SATURDAY MORNING?!' but I watch it on Channel 4 plus one so maybe you can too. Again, I know what you're thinking: 'FIVE MINUTES TO NINE ON A SATURDAY MORNING?!' but if you miss that, then unlucky, it might be on demand!

Fast race though, nice one, here's my other Saturday race to make up for no Sunday race (sorry about that by the way).

8.20 KILBEGGAN 

1. Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white starGuts For Garters 10/3 favourite (MY TIP)  Jockey: A P Heskin  Trainer: M Hourigan

2. Light blue & dark blue stripes, black & red striped cap Not Before Eight 8/1

3. Black & white quartered, hooped sleeves & cap Kells Castle 16/1

4. White, brown sash, emerald green cap Annie May 5/1 (MY OTHER TIP)

5. Yellow, black disc, halved sleeves, yellow cap Ballito 14/1

6. Pink & black diamonds, pink sleeves, black cap, pink diamond Bronte Bay 20/1

7. White & red striped, red sleeves, red cap, white star Rookery Rebel 14/1

8. Orange & royal blue quartered, orange sleeves, royal blue cap First Row 6/1

9. Royal blue & white quartered, white sleeves, royal blue armlet, white & royal blue hooped cap Bazically 11/1

10. Light blue, black panel, black armlet, quartered cap Do You Follow Me 14/1

 

PULLED UP:

That Beats Banaher, Banna Beach

FELL:

Dream Honours

UNSEATED RIDER: 

Sitting Back

Three non-runners: Imaalhall, Molinero, Rossbeigh

Haha! Sitting Back unseated his rider! Sounds funny! Unlucky to Sitting Back though, and to jockey P A Gallagher, and to all who fell or pulled up as well. Congratulations though to all who finished in a good race, which I won and came fourth! Not a high class race, but I went for it as I was out during the day and this gave me a chance to watch one. Quite good race though, and be sure to look out for my tips for tomorrow!

 

Tom's Tips For Today

TODAY: 3.45 NEWBURY

JLT Lockinge Stakes (Group 1)

 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Twice Over 8/1 (William Hill)

 Red, black spots and sleeves, red cap Dick Turpin 3/1 (Blue Square)

2,000 Guineas winning pair Henry Cecil and Tom Queally have a job to beat Canford Cliffs (5/6 Boylesports and most other bookies') and Dick Turpin (3/1 Blue Square and most other bookies'), and although I don't really like going for hot favourites, I didn't go for Canford Cliffs, but I have to mention Dick Turpin who I'll probably bet on as well as Twice Over today in the field of ten. Twice Over has (except form his poor last run) won both of his last two, and finished in the top 3 for all four races before that this year. Dick Turpin though, my probable other bet, has won his last one, and finished fifth and second in his two before that.

 8.20 KILBEGGAN 

White, brown sash, emerald green cap Annie May 6/1 (Paddy Power)

Winning her last race, which was also at Kilbeggan, this mare looks a good shot for tonight, but I also have to mention Guts For Garters who is also looking very good also at 6/1 (Bet365 and most other bookies'). She pulled up in her last race before her win at Kilbeggan, but came second before that at Clonmel. All of these three races of hers that I have mentioned, she was under the saddle of M J Bolger, who is also her jockey for tonight. Good luck to her and Bolger, and I'll see you later. 

Tom's Tip For Tonight

TONIGHT: AINTREE 7.05

Light blue, orange stars on sleeves, light blue cap, orange star Kai Broon 5/1

I would have gone for National winning duo Donald McCain junior and Jason Maguire but I don't really like going for hot favourites. Their gelding A Bridge Too Far isn't too much of a hot favourite at 3/1 (totesport and most other bookies'), but National grey Silver By Nature's trainer Lucinda Russell has a good 4 year old gelding in the race here: my tip Kai Broon, at 4/1 (SkyBet and most other bookies'). Having won both of his last two outings (which were at Kelso and Newcastle under Grant Cockburn and P Buchanan), he is on great form and will be under the saddle of Grant Cockburn, who has a good record on Kai Broon, winning one of only one. Kai Broon's form is as follows: 93741-1. Those who can't read form, this is very good. I will produce an article on this website on how to read form soon. My other tip for today's race wasn't successful, finishing 18th of 20 as I was in a huge rush last night, getting things ready, but I have thoroughly checked out this gelding, and he should do well. Another one to look out for is 3/1 favourite A Bridge Too Far, as I have mentioned previously in this article. Tomorrow's tip will follow.

Come back soon!

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow

4.10 YORK

sportingbet.com Handicap (Class 2)

 Red, black inverted triangle, black sleeves, red armlets, quartered cap Edinburgh Knight 15/2 (Blue Square)

 In the top four in his last two races, and not too easy at 15/2 (Blue Square), Andrew Heffernan should have an easy job in this race.

York 1.30

Great race, my tip came second! My tip was the 4 year old gelding Falasteen, who lead for most of the race, then unfortunately fell behind by not much over a neck to the 10/1 winner Ancient Cross. A great run from S De Sousa on Racy, who ran very well, but was unlucky to get caught up in traffic, as it was extremely dense on the left, up the inside, next to the rail. A slow start from 9/1 Blue Jack forced him to finish 10th of the field on 18, with 5/1 favourite Johannes at the rear towards the middle of the race, but eventually pushed up the field to finish 7th.

 On-off Falasteen jockey Adrian Nicholls rode Courageous today, as I mentioned in my tip, and came an eventual last. Falasteen had a great race under J P Spencer though, but one to look out for in future races is 12/1 Racy, who would have ran a brilliant race if it weren't for the density in the left of the field. I was quite surprised at favourite Johannes' mid-race crisis, as he was behind by lengths, having to dramatically catch up late on. 

Very close race though, not much at all separated the top 3 especially, here's the full result:

 

1. Mauve, maroon chevrons, hooped cap Ancient Cross 10/1             Jockey: G Gibbons            Trainer: M W Easterby

2. Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Falasteen 15/2 (MY TIP)

3. Light blue and white check, white sleeves, yellow cap Racy 12/1

4. Red, black star, white sleeves and cap Judge 'n Jury 14/1

5. Pink, dark blue star, dark blue sleeves, pink stars, pink cap, dark blue stars Secret Millionaire 25/1

6. Dark blue, light blue cross belts, royal blue sleeves and cap Duchess Dora 6/1

7. Royal blue, white epaulets, checked sleeves Johannes 5/1 favourite

8. Dark blue and pink stripes, pink sleeves and cap Swiss Franc 25/1

9. Yellow, black cross belts, yellow and black halved sleeves, black cap Fitz Flyer 22/1

10. Turquoise, dark blue cap Blue Jack 9/1

11. Red, black diamond, hooped sleeves, striped cap Befortyfour 50/1

12. Barney McGrew 16/1, 13. Skylla 14/1, 14. Hazelrigg 20/1, 15. Foxy Music 25/1, 16. Tabaret 33/1, 17. Solar Spirit 40/1, 18. Courageous 14/1

 18 ran, one non runner: Desert Phantom.

 

Very good and close race, come back soon! 

Toms Tip For Tomorrow

1.30 YORK

totepool Handicap (Class 2) 

 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Falasteen 8/1 (William Hill)

 Not many that stand out for me in this Class 2 race, but Falasteen did, winning his last race with J P Spencer (his jockey for tomorrow) but coming sixth of thirteen in his overall last race. That was with Adrian Nicholls, who mustn't have used Falasteen's full ability, or maybe Falasteen just wasn't up to it on the day. Nicholls will be riding 14/1 (William Hill) shot Courageous tomorrow. Good luck to Falasteen, sorry for doing the early race tomorrow, but I'll make up for it to you by putting the full race video link at the bottom of my race report! Should be a very close race tomorrow, see you then. Come back soon!

York 4.45

MY TIP WON! Not the last time you'll be hearing that! After using the same tactics I used to back second with Sapphire Pendant in the 4.45 Leopardstown race on the 8th of May, I won the race with joint top weight, 3/1 shot Sud Pacifique. Sorry for being cocky about it, I'm just happy. I think that may be my first win since the National! I also mentioned El Torbellino in fourth, and Defence Of Duress in close fifth. My other tip was Frankie's (Dettori) Rutland Boy, opening at 14/1. Mica Mika lead in the final quarter mile at 16/1, and eventually came second by about a neck in a edge-of-your-seat finale to the race. 

Here's the full race analysis:

And they're off! Mica Mika lead in the first furlong, and one of my tips Dettori's 'Rutland Boy' started slowly. So Mica Mika lead, from Defence Of Duress in second, and El Torbellino in third (the two that I mentioned). Tapis Libre was fouth, wider than the others, trying to sneak up the outside, with Raucous Behaviour behind in fifth, followed by Discovery Bay, Bloodsweatandtears and Rutterkin. Sud Pacifique and Rain Mac appeared to be saving their energy for the late stages behind Rutterkin. Raucous Behavior then advanced in to fourth with the other main positions staying the same, with Discovery Bay also passing Tapis Libre. Barwick then came up the inside to gain a few positions. Just after halfway, Sud Pacifique started to gradually show the other competitors what he's made of on the final straight, passing most other horses. From then on, it was just a fight to the finish between close second Mica Mika and winner Sud Pacifique. Here's the full result:

1. Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Sud Pacifique (MY TIP) 3/1 favourite       Jockey: R L Moore      Trainer: J Noseda

2. Dark green, yellow star, yellow sleeves, dark green armlets, dark green cap Mica Mika 16/1

3. Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Rain Mac 5/1

4. Royal blue, white epaulets and armlets El Torbellino 33/1

5. Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Defence Of Duress 9/2

6. Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Discovery Bay 6/1

7. emerald green, white star, white sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green cap, white star Rutland Boy 9/1 (SP) 14/1 (OP) (MY TIP) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI!!! :D

8. Light blue and maroon (quartered), light blue sleeves, maroon armlets Barwick 14/1

9. Dark blue, pink seams, light blue sleeves, pink seams, dark blue and pink quartered cap Bloodsweatandtears 20/1

10. Light blue and dark blue diabolo, dark blue sleeves, light blue stars, light blue cap Tapis Libre 16/1

11. Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond Raucous Behaviour 16/1

12. Black, yellow seams, black and red striped cap Rutterkin 80/1

 

 12 ran, with one non-runner: Luca Cumani's Danadana Yellow, large black spots and spots on cap.

 

Great race as it promised, congratulations to all finishers in a very close race which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope you do too as I am going to let you watch it! Here's the link:

 http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Racing/0,27770,431633_3,00.html

 

 Thanks to sportinglife.com for the full race video, and thanks for a great race to all. And most of all, thanks to you for reading, come back soon!

Toms Tips For Tomorrow AND Warwick 5.40

4.45 YORK

theripleycollection.com Stakes Handicap 

emerald green, white star, white sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green cap, white star Rutland Boy 14/1

AND

Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Sud Pacifique 11/4

 

Should be a great race, I'd back all of the horses in this race if I could, very hard to choose, took me about an hour to choose and I could only narrow it down to 2, but I have to mention Defence Of Duress as he has came inside the top four in his last three races, and won his last one. I nearly picked him but it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just two. Rutland Boy is ridden by my favourite jockey Frankie Dettori, and looks like Frankie's picked a good one for tomorrow, so this is my chance to back him, come on, I had to. His gelding Rutland Boy has came inside the top three in both his last two races over the last year, winning his last one. Sud Pacifique is looking great for 4/1, his form 22-1 (for all of you who don't really understand form, that means he won his last race, and came second in the two before that). If it wasn't such a close field, with all competitors looking great, Sud Pacifique would be hot favourite. Though this race promises to be a good one. over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. I will also mention El Torbellino, looking good at 40/1, and Raucous Behaviour at 14/1. Can't wait for this race, guarantees to be amazing. Come back soon!

 

 

 

 Tried to watch this race on AtTheRaces, but it wasn't on, so I had to watch the race replay later on the Blue Square website. One of my tips Kathleen Kennett took the lead with 2 and a half furlongs to go, with my other tip Iguacu dead last! Kathleen Kennett lead from eventual winner Lytham, but towards the end of the race, Kathleen Kennett seemed to lose stamina, while Ignacu had saved his stamina until the end! Kathleen Kennett was eventually overtaken and finished sixth, while Iguacu climbed from 17th to 10th. Grand National fourth State Of Play's owner Evan Williams had his mare Peaceful Means in the race, finshing eighth at a starting price of 12/1. Here's the full result:

1. Royal blue and yellow (halved), chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap Lytham 14/1        Jockey: A Kirkby              Trainer: A W Carroll

2. Emerald green and red check, yellow sleeves, emerald green armlets, yellow cap Wood Fair 11/2 favourite

3.Royal blue, white cap, royal blue spots  Transfer 9/1

4. Black, red disc, red sleeves, black armlets and spots on red cap Tt's Dream 33/1

5. Mauve, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap Belle Boleyn 17/2

6. Orange, beige seams, orange cap Kathleen Kennett 25/1 (MY TIP)

7. Red, yellow star, red sleeves, yellow spots, red cap, yellow star Crazy Bold 16/1

8. Dark green and red check, dark green sleeves Peaceful Means 12/1

9. Emerald green, red sleeves, emerald green armlets, white cap Art Scholar 25/1

10. Red and royal blue diamonds, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap, emerald green diamond Igaucu 13/2

11. Emerald green, red stars, white sleeves, red armlets, emerald green cap Barbirolli 9/1

12. Orange, mauve stars on sleeves, mauve cap, orange stars Thundering Home 12/1

13. Emerald green, red chevrons, emerald green sleeves, orange stars, orange cap, emerald green star King of Connacht 50/1

14. Red, light blue chevrons, royal blue sleeves, light blue and red quartered cap Gems 10/1

15. White, red spots, striped sleeves and star on cap Sanctum 16/1

16. Red, white cross belts, emerald green cap Trecase 20/1

17. Purple and red check, purple sleeves, red cap Lord Wheathill 66/1

 

Close race, congratulations to all finishers. Look out for my tips for tomorrow, and come cabk soon! 

Toms Tips For Tonight & Tomorrow

7.50 ROSCOMMON

 Kepak Flat Race

 Emerald green, yellow diamonds on sleeves, striped cap Tom Horn 5/1 (Sky Bet)

 Nina Carberry is a good jockey, and came second when she rode this horse back in November, and looks a good bet at 5/1. Hasn't done as well with other jockeys but Nina will surely handle him well. Bulletproof also looks a great bet at 10/1. Sorry for the late notice of this race, but it should be a good one. Good luck to all competitors 

TOMORROW: 5.40 WARWICK 

Best Horse Racing on Sky Channel 432 Handicap

 Orange, beige seams, orange cap Kathleen Kennett 17/1 (Betfair)

AND

 Red and royal blue diamonds, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap, emerald green diamond Igacu 15/2 (Betfair)

Sorry, I couldn't choose. Kathleen Kennett is the dark horse, looks VERY good at 17/1, but Igacu looks amazing again at 15/2. Igacu has rarely finished out of the top four recently under all jockeys including Dane O'Neill, but Kathleen Kennett has also done great in her last few and is an outsider at 7/1, a great dark horse. Literally.

Come back soon! 

Toms Tip For Tomorrow (9 May 2011)

6.20 ROSCOMMON

Conolly's Red Mills Horse Care Cubes Handicap

 Emerald green, orange star, orange stars on sleeves, white cap, em green star Confidence 6/1

Won his last one, done quite well in his others. No horses have great form in this race, all very close, will be interesting. Ridden by P B Beggy, it has good form, quite likes the going, top weight at 140 lbs, but not much seperates the field, only a few pounds between the best horses. Did very well under M Harley, finishing second twice but is used to P B Beggy after 3 races together. Good luck to Beggy and Confidence, and it's worth mentioning Sovento as well, running in the same race tomorrow, I'd probably go for him too if I was betting. Haven't bet in a while as I'm probably going to splash out at Chester Races Roman Day! See you again soon! 

 

4.45 Leopardstown

I backed Sapphire Pendant for this race, but after 5 furlongs of the mile, Gemstone was first, with Ballybacka Lady in second and Face Reality third. 

With three quarters of the race gone, Sapphire Pendant (my tip) was in sixth. However, jockey W M Lordan was just saving stamina until right up at the end, when they eventually finished second! I will base my tip making on how I did it for Sapphire Pendant from now on, as for most of the others I have just been trying out different strategies to pick a good horse, but now I have found the best way, I hope to continue my success in the future. Here's me going on about my success in punting, but a huge congratulations to Sapphire Pendant and jockey Lordan. Coming second in this race was a great consolation for Lordan after very unfortunately coming 7th of 7 in the Derrinstown Stud Derby trials before this race. Sorry for mentioning that, Lordan! Although I will mention that after this race, he won the Leopardstown.com handicap aboard Moran Gra! Well done!

In the final furlong, Ballybacka Lady was in the lead by 2 and a half lengths to my tip Sapphire Pendant in second, and that's how it finished! Here's the full result:

1.Yellow, black cross sashes, white cap, yellow star Ballybacka Lady 33/1       Jockey: F M Berry           Trainer: P A Fahy

2.Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Sapphire Pendant 4/1 (MY TIP)

3.White, royal blue diamond, yellow sleeves, royal blue cap Dance Secretary 8/1

4.Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Handassa 11/4 favourite

5.Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap Zaminast 7/2

6.Pink, maroon diamond, quartered cap Redharcnafarraige 12/1

7.Emerald green, royal blue cross sashes, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap Hurricane Havoc 14/1

8.White, dark blue diamond, dark blue sleeves, white armlet, dark blue cap, white diamond Face Reality 14/1

9.Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Gemstone 11/2

 9 ran with one non runner: White, one red & one green stripe, green & red quartered cap Manieree. Heir To Be came tenth in my other race, but I again used a different tipping technique for that one, but will, from now one, use the one I used for Sapphire Pendant, second in this race. However, I may switch techniques from time to time...

Come back soon! 

Toms Tips For Tomorrow (8 May 2011)

1.50 WORCESTER

2nd Skin Storage King Brachain Handicap Hurdle (Division 1) 3m

 White, black star, black sleeves, white stars, white cap, black stars Heir To Be 22/1 (Best Odds)

Nick Scholfield has tons of experience on this gelding, and I've looked at the outsiders for this race, and Heir To Be is certainly one of them at 22/1 on best odds, and came 5th in the last race, and 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the three behind that. In the ten times Nick Scholfield has been on board this year, they have done very well, rarely coming out of the top 4. His 12/1 victory on 14 of October last year was outstanding, by over 5 lengths, and he hopes to repeat that brilliant run at ten to two at Worcester today. Am I Blue looks a good horse as well, especially with Peter Carberry on board, the pair winning their last race together, and may repeat that today. Good luck to those two I have mentioned though, especially Heir To Be as he is my tip, and I'll surely be watching, cheering on Scholfield aboard Heir To Be.

4.45 LEOPARDSTOWN

Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial 1m

 

 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap Sapphire Pendant 8/1 (Best Odds)

Only raced one in her last year, but won it on good ground at Cork. Looks promising, I hope she does well at Leopardstown tomorrow. 

3.25 Ascot

Didn't catch much of this race as I was watching Tranmere and Everton matches for my Football Match Reports page on this site, but after Nasri took an early lead, Hawkeyethenoo took a smooth lead after 2 furlongs, with Manassas chasing the leaders all through the race. 5/1 favourite Horseradish suffered a slow start, but eventually caught up to the top few. 33/1 shot Parisian Pyramid did well, chasing the leaders until slowing down inside the final furlong of seven. Another who was doing well but weakened in the final furlong was 16/1 Zero Money. Himalya started very slowly at 16/1, and was never a real competitor during the race after the poor start. Eventual last place Layla's hero chased the leaders at the start, but weakened after only two furlongs. No horses fell or pulled up, which is very good for a field of as high as 28. Here's the full result:

1.Black, yellow sleeves, black armlets, black cap, yellow stars Hawkeyethenoo 15/2      Jockey: G Bartley        Trainer: J S Goldie

2.Dark blue, yellow armlets and cap Manassas 25/1

3.White, royal blue cross belts, check sleeves, white cap, royal blue spots Nasri 20/1

4. Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Brae Hill 9/1

5.Dark blue, yellow stars, yellow sleeves, dark blue armlets Horseradish 5/1 favourite

6.Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, WHITE cap Fathsta 20/1

7.Maroon, light blue epaulets, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, quartered cap Shamandar 20/1

8.Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, royal blue cap Parisian Pyramid 33/1

9.Pink, emerald green epaulets and armlets, hooped cap Noble Citizen 33/1

10.White, royal blue hoop, diabolo on sleeves, royal blue cap Excellent Guest 12/1 (MY TIP)

11.Light blue, black braces Gouray Girl 33/1

12.PURPLE, GREY seams and sleeves, RED cap Zero Money 16/1

13.Red, white hoop, emerald green sleeves Advanced 16/1

14.White, emerald green hoops, dark blue sleeves and cap Mon Cadeaux 50/1

15.Dark blue, pink cross of lorraine, sleeves and cap Brave Echo 33/1 

Others finished: 16. Lowther 16/1, 17. Himalya 20/1, 18. Douze Points 25/1, 19. Rulesn'regulations 33/1, 20. Sunraider 50/1, 21. Lutine Bell 20/1, 22. Dhaular Dhar 40/1, 23. Castles In The Air 20/1, 24. Oasis Dancer 40/1, 25. Al Muheer 16/1, 26. Corporal Maddox 80/1, 27. Golden Desert 33/1, 28. Layla's Hero 33/1.

 

I won't do a review for my other tipped race: 2.30 Punchestown, but I will tell you that the 1.2.3 was: Freney's Well, Zest For Life, Burnt Oil Babe. My tip Loch Na Beaste was fourth at one point, then got injured and eventually pulled up.

Not the best day for my tips, but I will research deeply for my Tips For Tomorrow new edition. Come back soon! 

Tom's Tips For Tomorrow (Sat 7 May)

3.25 Ascot

totesport Victoria Cup

 White, royal blue hoop, diabolo on sleeves, royal blue capExcellent Guest 12/1 Jockey: Simon Pearce Trainer: G G Margason

 

2.30 PUNCHESTOWN

Irish Field Chase 3m

 Orange, black star, hooped cap Loch Na Beaste 9/1 (Betfair)   Jockey: J L Cullen    Trainer: Miss B A K Murphy

This Irish gelding is on good form, in the top 3 in her last 3 races, although it has ran plenty this year, it looks like one to watch at a Betfair price of 9/1 at the moment. J L Cullen has lots of experience on this horse and looks to do well tomorrow. It's the highest distance ran this year for this gelding, all the others being at about an an average of around 2m 3f, but I hope Cullen can hold him up for the 3 miles it has to run. Good luck to Cullen and Loch Na Beaste, and I'll be watching tomorrow.

4.55 Punchestown

Quite a mad race, with seventeen starters but only eight finishrers. Joint favourites Wishfull Thinking and Blazing Tempo led the pace for this race, ridden by R Johnson and Ruby Walsh, Wishfull thinking leading most of the way, with my tip Torpichen in mid-division, in seventh after five out, and also finishing seventh. Quite a busy and excitiing race with seventeen runners after AP McCoy's Thegreatjohnbrowne not running along with Willie Mullins' French horse Quadrillon. Two fell during the race: 20/1 shot Aura About You and B G Powell's Shoreacres at 16/1, with seven horses pulling up, some of which were respectable horses. They were: Ad Idem at 9/1, 25/1 seven year old Beau Michael, 33/1 Bob Lingo, Gonebeyondrecall at 25/1, respectable 10/1 shot Montan, Sebadee at 25/1, and finally G Elliott's Tharawaat at 16/1.

 Congratulations on a great run from R Johnson and 8 year old Wishfull Thinking, and also to third placed Hampshire Express at 22/1. Commiserations to both fallers and all that pulled up, better luck next time. Here's the full result:

1.Dark blue, light blue hoop, check sleeves & capWishfull Thinking 11/4 joint favourite       Jockey: R Johnson      Trainer: P J Hobbs

2.Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & capBlazing Tempo 11/4 joint favourite

3.Red & black hoops, yellow sleeves, red cap Hampshire Express 22/1

4.Royal blue, white cross sashes, check cap Arabella boy 20/1

5. Emerald green & orange hoops, white cap Aigle d'or 14/1

6.Emerald green & orange hooped, white capThe Hurl 20/1

7.Light blue, royal blue hoop, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Torpichen 10/1 (MY TIP)

8.Royal blue, emerald green sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Swing Bill 20/1

Pulled up:

 Emerald green & mauve halved, slvs reversed, quartered cap Ad Idem 9/1

 Yellow, red braces, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Beau Michael 25/1

 Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap Bob Lingo 33/1

 White, light blue sash, brown cap Gonebeyondrecall 25/1

 Emerald green & red quartered, emerald green sleeves, em green cap, red star Montan 10/1

 White, emerald green star, diabolo on sleeves, orange cap Sebadee 25/1

 Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Tharawaat 16/1

Fell: 

Purple, gold hoop on body & sleeves, yellow cap, purple spots Aura About You 20/1

 Beige, beige & black check sleeves, black cap Shoreacres 16/1

 I backed seventh placed Torpichen, seventh of seventeen isn't too bad, but I'll definately hope to do much better next time!:)

As always, look out for my Tip For Tomorrow again, I hope to be seeing you on this site again soon. 

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow (6 May 2011)

4.55 PUNCHESTOWN

Mick The Tent Memorial Novice Handicap Chase 2m 5f

 Owner details Torpichen SP

Good horse on form, may vary tip when odds come in, but in the top 3 in last 7 races looks promising, and odds won't be too low anyway. Good horse though, mainly ridden by A J McNamara. Experienced on this length, promising gelding on all sorts of ground. 

5.30 Punchestown

Just seen this race, another good one, changing hands all the way to the finish. Despite an error on the last fence, Ruby Walsh did very well aboard Quevega, saving stamina for late on in the race.  Fifth at the second hurdle (with Luska Lad in first, Rigour Back Bob in second, Mourad in third and cocky named Won In The Dark in fourth), Quevega was quite far back in the field of ten. By the fourth hurdle, having mentioned in my 'Tom's Tip For Tomorrow', Carlito Brigade broke into third, with second favourite Mourad dropping a few places. On the fifth hurdle, Rigour Back Bob fell from second, letting Luska Lad into a clear lead by ten lengths. AP McCoy's Ringaroses was the back marker. 

 On the second circuit, Luska Lad decreased the lead to 4 lengths to Carlito Brigante in second. My tip Voler La Vedette was in fourth. By around the third hurdle on the second circuit, Luska Lad's lead was reduced further to 3 lengths, with Carlito Brigante in second, Won In The Dark in third, Quevega fourth, in fifth was Mikael D'Haguenet fifth, with my tip Voler La Vedette back in sixth. On the second last hurdle Won In the Dark had passes Carlito Brigante to second, but just after that it was a one on one battle for first between Carlito Brigante and Quevega. On the last, Quevega made a mistake in first, but still held first. Katie Walsh, Ruby's sister was in close second on 2nd favourite Mourad (a Willie Mullins one two), but here's the FINAL RESULT:

1.Red, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue starQuevega 8/11 favourite       Jockey: Ruby Walsh       Trainer: W P Mullins

2.Yellow & light green diabolo, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad 11/2

3.Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Carlito Brigante 16/1

4.Red, light blue sleeves, red spots, red capVoler La Vedette (MY TIP) 7/1

5.Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Luska Lad 20/1

6.Red, dark blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered capWon In The Dark 20/1

7.Orange, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white & black hooped cap Oscar Dan Dan 33/1

8.Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Mikael D'Hauguenet 16/1

9.Light blue, black braces, pink cap Ringaroses 25/1

 

FELL: Red, black diamond & sleeves, black & red hooped cap Rigour back Bob 10/1.

I tipped fourth of 11 and mentioned third.

(one non-runner -Battle Group Yellow, dark green & royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap)  

 

Look out again for my Tip For Tomorrow,hopefully I'll see you on this site again soon.

Tom's Tip For Tomorrow!

5.30 PUNCHESTOWN

Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m

 Red, light blue sleeves, red spots, red cap Voler La Vedette 10/1

A great horse, good price at 10/1, won her last three with A E Lynch, came 4th and 3rd before that with different jockeys but overall a good mare and should do well tomorrow. Came 2nd and 1st in her last two Punchestown races and hopes to carry on her success tomorrow. Good luck to them and we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

Carlito Brigante looks good as well at 14/1, but I'll mainly be looking at Voler La Vedette.

 

6.15 Southwell Wednesday 4 May

Good run, I backed Runaway Tiger and Freedom Flyer but didn't bet tonight, great race changing hands all the time, here's how it went:

  Sum Satisfaction (12/1) took an early lead by 2 lengths after a furlong with Freedom Flyer behind in third, and Sum Satisfaction lead towards the middle of the race, but only by a length, as Freedom Flyer climbed into second place. Sum Satisfaction ran out of stamina towards the end, letting one of my tips Freedom Flyer into the lead, with Elfine (11/1) in close second towards the end of the race all the way to the line with Jack's Revenge (the favourite at 11/4) finishing third. For the first time today, I will also display the jockey silks as when I add the race replay link you will know who is who. Here's the full result:

1. Owner details Freedom Flyer (ridden by S De Sousa and trained by B Ellison) 5/1 (I backed)

2. Owner detailsElfine 11/1

3. Owner detailsJack's Revenge 11/4 favourite

4. Owner details Divine Rule 7/2

5. Owner details Runaway Tiger 5/1 (I backed)

6. Owner details Sum Satisfaction 12/1

7.  Owner details Waterford Star 12/1

8.  Owner details Goal 9/1

8 ran.

I backed a respectable 1st and 5th, too bad I didn't put any money on.

NOTE: FROM NOW ON I WILL BE PUBLISHING TIPS FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY'S RACES!!! 

6.40 Punchestown Tuesday 3 May

Results just in of this race, before I show you the results, before the race I picked two horses but didn't bet this time, just kept them in mind to see how they do: Head Of The Posse and Loosen My Load, with Paddy Power Head Of The Posse came in at 16/1, with Loosen My Load at 8/1. I will inform you when the full result comes in but at the moment, all I know is the first three finishers:

1.Quito De La Roque (French) at 10/3 Paddy Power

2.Western Charmer (Irish) at 12/1 Paddy Power

3. Head Of The Posse (Irish) at 16/1 Paddy Power (one of mine).

8 ran with 8 non-runners. The winning trainer was C A Murphy, the winning jockey was D N Russell. They have just been weighed in and the full result has just been given thanks to the Sporting Life website. 6 year old Reve de Sivola was fourth at 9/1 with Paddy Power. More race information and race video will follow.

2,000 Guineas Saturday 30 April 2011

Frankel started as hot favourite in this race at an amazing 1/2, I couldn't help but put a bet on for him as he was almost certain to win, as he did, extremely impressively, lengths ahead of everyone else. A great run from Henry Cecil's Frankel, and jockey Tom Queally only had to guide Frankel the right way as the winners huge stride overpowered all of the other runners. I also went for Casamento as I am a big fan of jockey Frankie Dettoris, and eventual third Native Khan. I nearly went for 33/1 shot Dubawi Gold, but I went for second favourite Pathfork instead. Dubawi Gold came second, so I would have gained quite a bit of money as I was going to go for an each way bet.

 Also congratulations to Slim Shadey with a great fourth from 200/1, but it was Frankel's day. Here's what happened:

 As they left the stalls, Frankel had a good start and was first all the way, an unbeatable run. Casamento looked good as well, suddenly finding the power to get ahead of Roderic O'Connor but then towards the end dropped back to let Dubawi Gold and Native Khan ahead, followed by some others including Slim Shadey and Fury in fourth and fifth.

 A great race overall, here's a link to watch it:  

 http://www.chroma.premiumtv.co.uk/streaming/watch/RacingUKFlashVOD/partnerId_166/videoFileId_10657146/clipId_1758750/index.html

 Any comments, don't be scared to use the guestbook, I'll be doing another review soon so keep watching for the latest news on racing, F1 and football here on tc123.webs.com

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