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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:
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!
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. 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. 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Both teams not to score – Stoke v Arsenal/ Both teams to score – Liverpool v Man City. A £5 double returns £18.24 best odds.
3 draws: Norwich v QPR, Sunderland v Reading, Tottenham v West Brom. A £5 treble returns £286.60!
By Tom Clarke
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'.
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.
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!
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:
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:
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.
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
DESCRIPTIONS TO FOLLOW. GOOD LUCK!
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:
West End Rocker
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:
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:
On His Own
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
Paschendale Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Nottingham Forest v CARDIFF
Brentford v MK DONS
Wycombe v STEVENAGE
Afc Wimbledon v SOUTHEND
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:
Quito De La Roque
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
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
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):
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!
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):
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!
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:
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.
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:
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):
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.
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
Don't Push It
Loosen My Load
Eoin B's choices:
Stable Star: Captain Chris
Rest: Allure Of Illusion
Any Given Day
I'm So Lucky
Oiseau De Nuit
The Midnight Club
Joe's probably edges it, but anyway, here's my tip for tomorrow:
2.45 FFOS LAS:
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.
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:
Quito De La Roque
Summaries of each horse and jockey silks to follow. By the way, a first blink tip for tomorrow would be Barbican () 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.
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:
This is a red-hot favourite, so if you want a decent outsider, go for Viking Blond if he runs.
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:
Secret Edge (8/1 General)
Saqil (50/1 Bet365)
Sailors Warn (3/1 General)
I've started writing spoof stories for a comedy website called
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
Legendary. Anyway, here's my tips for tomorrow followed by my personal racing report part 2:
Roberto Goldback (5/2 Bet365 and Ladbrokes)
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.
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:
Jet Away (pink cap) (2/1 Bet365)
Dux Scholar (green cap) (11/4 General)
Slumber (white cap) (6/1 William Hill)
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
Red Seventy (5/2 Paddy Power)
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:
Jubilance (5/1 Bet365)
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!
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.
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.
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:
Al Saham Jockey: William Buick
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!
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:
Times Up (10/3 William Hill)
Tom's opinion on chance of winning: 9/10.
Moonlight Cloud (7/2 Betfred, William Hill)
IF YOU WANT A HIGHER PRICE:
Ladies Are Forever (25/1 Coral)
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.
Frankel (2/5 William Hill)
Chance:10/10. I look forward to Frankel running. Can't be beaten, best horse I've seen run on the flat, legend.
So You Think (5/2 most bookies')
Chance: 9 and a half/10.
Come back soon, to ensure our selections have won, I'm sure they will though!
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:
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:
Probables (in order):
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.
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.
Nearly easily the best horse in the race, although top weight and having a jockey change, should do well.
Points Of View
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.
4.30 SALISBURY (CLASS 3) (6f 212y):
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.
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):
Most Improved (9/1 Paddy Power, Coral)
Power (10/3 William Hill)
Spiritual Star (15/2 Coral)
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!
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:
Argaum (8/11 William Hill)
Kack Handed (5/1 Bet365)
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
4.20 BANGOR (CLASS 3) (2m 1f):
High Bird Humphrey
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:
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?
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Lyric Of Light Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI
Let's hope Lyric is Light on his feet and keeps up Frankie's storming form.
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):
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.
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:
Probably the handicapper again! International debut 3rd of 5 in the weights?
I'll add in the puns and googles later sorry!
Internationaldebut or Group Therapy. I'd put some money on both as this tip's for Ginger.
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!
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.
Alfraamsey (Odds not displayed yet)
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.
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):
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.
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:
A Boy Named Suzi
Huff And Puff
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.
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.
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)
Blazing Tempo Jockey: Ruby Walsh!
FULL: 4.05 SANDOWN
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!
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!
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:
Iver Bridge Lad
Steel City Boy
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!
Royal Rock should do it for Ted Durcan.
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:
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):
Set To Music
Meeznah Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Sense Of Purpose
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.
Set To Music, HRM The Queen's filly.
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)
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.
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.
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):
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):
Shark In The Sea
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.
I'll go Maastricht.
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.
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.
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: 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
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.
Beauty Pageant or Nomoreblondes. You choose, but if I had to choose one, I'd go Nomoreblondes.
Come back soon!
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:
Point Du Jour
Secret Love Jockey: George Baker
If You Whisper
Little Black Book
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!
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.
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!
License To Till
You've Been Mowed
Don't Call Me
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.
I'll go Tenby Lady. See, I picked just one!
Come back soon!
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:
Set The Trend
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'.
I'll go Beacon's Lodge.
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
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?
Got to be Swendab.
THURSDAY: 8.15 WOLVERHAMPTON
Wine 'n Dine
Let's hope Liberation isn't the Final one to finish.
I'll try the others later, they've all got strange names!
Final Liberation all the way.
Come back soon!
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. Barons Spy
4. Spanish Bounty
5. Avon Light
6. Sophie's Beau
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.
Baron's Spy all the way.
Odds to come when released.
Come back soon!
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:
Let's hope Torus is King in the opener tomorrow. That was alright, wasn't it? No? Okay...
Let's hope we see a Cunning Act from J G Portman's gelding tomorrow. That's not bad, is it? Whiplash Willie () will finish well if he stays the mile and six furlongs, 2 furlongs more than his ideal trip.
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 () 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:
Tactician (12/1 Coral, Betfred & totesport)
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.
Let's be the Optimist and hope Forever wins.
That's it then, wish me luck! And you!
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)
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:
GOOGLING A RUNNER:
Primevere means Primrose in French. It's also the middle name of some French surgeon.
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!
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.
Let's hope we can have a Celebration and that Suit is also Strong in the race!
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!
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:
Mehdi (11/2 StanJames)
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!
Got 6 tips as I'm doing the scoop6:
Rock A Doodle Do
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.
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.
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:
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.
Caraboss (7/2 William Hill, Paddy Power)
January pulled up. Got to return to form some time! Me, not January. Certainly not January!
Oaks competitor Zain Al Boldan came 7th of 8. That's all I'm, saying. Moving on...
5.30 NEWTON ABBOTT
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:
Zain Al Boldan (9/2 William Hill)
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:
Fox Hunt (9/1 Bet365)
Overturn (18/1 Coral)
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.
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:
Frankel (4/5 William Hill)
OUTSIDER WORTH A MENTION IN THE SAME RACE:
Rio De La Plata (50/1 Blue Square Bet)
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.
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:
Worthington (13/2 Paddy Power)
Going ambitious, another outsider who will surely do well. Hopefully. Maybe.
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:
Moonlit Garden (16/1 Paddy Power)
Feel like going for an outsider, and this is the perfect filly for it.
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)
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:
Indian Pipe Dream (11/4 William Hill)
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.
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:
Lily's Angel (WIN)
3.45 MARKET RASEN:
Points Of View (E/W)
Sud Pacifique (11/4 William Hill)
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!
Stella Point (4/1 Victor Chandler)
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.
I'm going patriotic for this late race, my tip for this race is Derby jockey Will Buick. Here it is:
England Rules (7/1 Victor Chandler)
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.
Lily Of The Valley (6/1 Paddy Power)
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:
Zoffany (12/1 Paddy Power)
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.
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. Law Of The Range 5/1 (MY TIP) Jockey: S De Sousa Trainer: M Botti
2. Fontley 5/1
3. Off Chance 7/2
4. Dark Promise 6/4 favourite
5. Gobama 33/1
6. Folly Bridge 8/1
7. Kinky Afro 33/1
8. Snow Dancer 66/1
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!
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:
Law Of The Range (11/2 William Hill)
2.00 SANDOWN (CORAL CHARGE):
Margot Did (6/1 William Hill)
3.10 SANDOWN (CORAL-ECLIPSE):
Snow Fairy (9/1 Boylesports, but I'm with William Hill where the odds are 7/1 atm)
Dorcas Lane (8/1 Bet365 but I'm with Hills again at 7/1 atm)
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-.
Fox Hunt (7/1 William Hill) -if odds are still like this-.
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
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.
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.
OUTSIDER WITH A DECENT CHANCE
Edgewater (14/1 Betfred)
Canaveral (10/3 SportingBet)
American Lover (333/100 Betfair)
Principal Role (7/4 Bet365)
IF YOU WANT A BIGGER PRICED DECENT CHOICE:
Opera Gal (6/1 Paddy Power)
Solemn (14/1 Paddy Power)
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!
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!:
Domino Dancer (6/1 Paddy Power)
Dorabelle (6/1 William Hill)
JUST INCASE YOU WANT A BIGGER PRICED DECENT CHOICE:
Space Telescope (7/1 Bet365)
Sorry about the lack of articles lately, but tonight's tip is as follows:
Sacred Shield (4/1 StanJames)
And here's tomorrow's:
Hot Spark (8/1 Paddy Power)
Salisbury, bot Sainsbury's, come back soon!
Inetrobil (6/1 StanJames)
Glen's Diamond (7/1 Paddy Power)
Mijhaar (7/1 Victor Chandler)
Theyskens' Theory (7/1 Bet365)
Shamali (14/1 sportingbet)
Eternal Heart (7/1 Bet365)
Bannock (9/1 Bet365)
GOOD EACH WAY BET:
Tell Dad (66/1 StanJames)
Rumh (4/1 William Hill) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI
'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 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:
Fame And Glory (9/4 favourite Paddy Power)
Tastahil (25/1 Victor Chandler)
Overpriced Irish gelding Tastahil won spectacularly in his last Class 1 race, ripping apart the field, similar to Rumh's exceptional last run.
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:
Sagramor (9/1 favourite StanJames)
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.
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.
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.
'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.
TIPS FOR TOMORROW:
Codemaster (10/3 favourite William Hill)
Another worth mentioning is Frankie Dettori's ride Splash Point at 25/1 with Coral, with form of: 221-210
I'm A Dreamer (5/1 William Hill)
Lolly For Dolly (12/1 totesport)
Couldn't decide sorry!
Planteur (4/1 Bet365)
Well there's no point going for So You Think at 2/5 (SkyBet), you'll hardly get anything back!
Lord Aeryn (40/1 SkyBet)
Green Destiny (7/1 William Hill)
31 run, this should be great! I love races with a big field!
Dozy (11/1 Sportingbet)
Best Terms (14/1 Boylesports)
EACH WAY BET:
Vocational (20/1 Boylesports)
Humdrum (5/1 Bet365)
Tips for all races tomorrow:
Goldikova (13/8 William Hill)
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.
Sole Power (8/1 William Hill)
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).
Dubawi Gold (16/1 totesport)
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.
Power (5/1 William Hill)
La Estrella (40/1 Victor Chandler)
All wins have been in lower Class races, but should be good each way in this.
LAST RACE TO FOLLOW
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.
Incendo (8/1 Paddy Power) Each Way
Quick Form Check: 3169-22
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. Rumh 5/2 favourite Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI! Trainer: S bin Suroor
2. Imperial Pippin 9/2 (MY TIP)
3. Moment Of Time 7/1
4. Palm Pilot 40/1
5. Fanny May 20/1
6. Poplin 6/1
7. Matula 10/1
8. Gracefield 14/1
9. 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:
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. Classic Vintage 11/1 Jockey:T P Queally Trainer: Mrs A J Perrett
2. Granston 25/1
3. Tominator 16/1 (MY TIP)
4. Porgy 7/2
5. Mister Angry 25/1
6. Dansili Dancer 9/2
7. Kitty Wells 15/8 favourite (SURPRISE)
8. 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:
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Tominator (16/1 William Hill)
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!
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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...
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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
Native Khan (9/1) £1 E/W (5th)
Pour Moi (6/1) £1 E/W (1st)
Recital (9/2) 50p E/W (6th)
Treasure Beach (25/1) 50p E/W (2nd)
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! :)
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
That's who I'm going for!
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:
Miss Mediator (6/1 Echo Racing)
Great Acclaim (5/1 Echo Racing)
Laganbank (5/2 Paddy Power)
Quick Form Check: 30/14-8 Jockey: Ruby Walsh
Fairwood Massini (7/1 Paddy Power)
Quick Form Check: 65272-6
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!
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
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
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.
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:
Knighton Combe (9/2 William Hill and Bet365)
Quick form check: 33533-2
OUTSIDER (WHO IS WORTH ALSO BACKING AT EACH WAY)
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
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. Dozy 9/2 Jockey: J P Spencer Trainer: K A Ryan
2. Vocational 7/4 favourite Jockey: Frankie Dettori
3. Lily's Angel 5/2
4. Queens Revenge 9/2
5. Tip Top Gorgeous 100/1
6. Van Go Go 33/1
7. Majestic Rose 14/1
8. Chevanah 20/1
9. Rano Pano 100/1
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:
Vocational (2/1 SkyBet) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI
Snow Bay (7/1 Bet365)
Results and review of today's 7.40 Windsor to follow very soon.
Should be a good Class 1 race, ten due to run, couldn't choose between these two:
Horseradish (9/1 Victor Chandler)
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!
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.Brown Panther 2/1favourite (I BACKED) Jockey:R Kingscote Trainer:Tom Dascombe
2. Reflect 13/2
3. Quschi 20/1
4. Gottany O's 20/1
5. Cry Fury 11/2
6. Viking Storm 12/1
7. Whiplash Willie 9/1
8. Spyder 33/1
9. Greyfriars Drummer 8/1
10. Wayward Glance 11/2
Great starting race.
1. Sagramor 15/2 (I BACKED) Jockey: N Mackay Trainer: H Morrison
2. King Of Jazz 16/1
3. Winter's Night 9/1
4. Mariachi Man 14/1
5. Toolain 14/1
6. Polar Kite 7/2 favourite.
7. Cruiser 14/1
8. Orientalist 50/1
9. Fred Willetts 40/1
10. Sikeeb 6/1
11. Weapon Choice 33/1
12. Mubtadi 12/1
13. Indian Jack 25/1
14. Crown Counsel 11/1
15. Sonning Rose 40/1
16. Star Surprise 12/1
17. 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...
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:
Brown Panther Form: 1-41 Odds: 5/1 William Hill
Sagramor Form: 5212-2 Odds: 7/1 William Hill
Tangerine Trees Form: 91411-1 Odds: 10/1 William Hill
Russian Spirit Form: 383221 Odds: 46/5 WBX
Who’s Shirl Form: 01511-7 Odds: 81/5 Betfair
April Fool Form: 342112 Odds: 5/1 WBX
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!
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:
Frequency Form: 721133
Jack Luey Form: 321148-
Steelcut Form: 140151
Bertiewhittle Form: 442-233
Beaumont’s Party Form: 1224-30
Granny McPhee Form: 37-8314
Moonville Form: 3
Norville Form: 412112
Accumulate Form: 00/2211
Plato Form: 432102-
Red Roar Form: 1128-36
Mica Mika Form: 1691-22
Jockey silks (colours) to follow.
Come back soon!
MY FAVOURITE JOCKEY FRANKIE DETTORI RIDES AT SANDOWN TONIGHT SO:
Imaginary World (4/1 Paddy Power) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI
Quick form check: 424622
Haylaman (9/2 Blue Square)
Quick form check: 51-2 Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI
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
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.
Jaya Bella (147/50 Betfair)
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 (14 MAY 2011) 3.45 NEWBURY
1. Canford Cliffs 4/5 favourite Jockey: R Hughes Trainer: R Hannon
2. Worthadd 25/1
3. Premio Loco 33/1
4. Dick Turpin 11/4 (MY TIP)
5. Red Jazz 14/1
6. Dick Turpin 7/1 (MY OTHER TIP)
7. 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).
1. Guts For Garters 10/3 favourite (MY TIP) Jockey: A P Heskin Trainer: M Hourigan
2. Not Before Eight 8/1
3. Kells Castle 16/1
4. Annie May 5/1 (MY OTHER TIP)
5. Ballito 14/1
6. Bronte Bay 20/1
7. Rookery Rebel 14/1
8. First Row 6/1
9. Bazically 11/1
10. Do You Follow Me 14/1
That Beats Banaher, Banna Beach
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!
TODAY: 3.45 NEWBURY
JLT Lockinge Stakes (Group 1)
Twice Over 8/1 (William Hill)
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.
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.
TONIGHT: AINTREE 7.05
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!
sportingbet.com Handicap (Class 2)
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.
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. Ancient Cross 10/1 Jockey: G Gibbons Trainer: M W Easterby
2. Falasteen 15/2 (MY TIP)
3. Racy 12/1
4. Judge 'n Jury 14/1
5. Secret Millionaire 25/1
6. Duchess Dora 6/1
7. Johannes 5/1 favourite
8. Swiss Franc 25/1
9. Fitz Flyer 22/1
10. Blue Jack 9/1
11. 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!
totepool Handicap (Class 2)
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!
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. Sud Pacifique (MY TIP) 3/1 favourite Jockey: R L Moore Trainer: J Noseda
2. Mica Mika 16/1
3. Rain Mac 5/1
4. El Torbellino 33/1
5. Defence Of Duress 9/2
6. Discovery Bay 6/1
7. Rutland Boy 9/1 (SP) 14/1 (OP) (MY TIP) Jockey: FRANKIE DETTORI!!! :D
8. Barwick 14/1
9. Bloodsweatandtears 20/1
10. Tapis Libre 16/1
11. Raucous Behaviour 16/1
12. Rutterkin 80/1
12 ran, with one non-runner: Luca Cumani's Danadana .
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:
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!
theripleycollection.com Stakes Handicap
Rutland Boy 14/1
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. Lytham 14/1 Jockey: A Kirkby Trainer: A W Carroll
2. Wood Fair 11/2 favourite
3. Transfer 9/1
4. Tt's Dream 33/1
5. Belle Boleyn 17/2
6. Kathleen Kennett 25/1 (MY TIP)
7. Crazy Bold 16/1
8. Peaceful Means 12/1
9. Art Scholar 25/1
10. Igaucu 13/2
11. Barbirolli 9/1
12. Thundering Home 12/1
13. King of Connacht 50/1
14. Gems 10/1
15. Sanctum 16/1
16. Trecase 20/1
17. Lord Wheathill 66/1
Close race, congratulations to all finishers. Look out for my tips for tomorrow, and come cabk soon!
Kepak Flat Race
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
Kathleen Kennett 17/1 (Betfair)
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!
Conolly's Red Mills Horse Care Cubes Handicap
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!
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. Ballybacka Lady 33/1 Jockey: F M Berry Trainer: P A Fahy
2. Sapphire Pendant 4/1 (MY TIP)
3. Dance Secretary 8/1
4. Handassa 11/4 favourite
5. Zaminast 7/2
6. Redharcnafarraige 12/1
7. Hurricane Havoc 14/1
8. Face Reality 14/1
9. Gemstone 11/2
9 ran with one non runner: 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!
2nd Skin Storage King Brachain Handicap Hurdle (Division 1) 3m
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.
Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial 1m
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.
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. Hawkeyethenoo 15/2 Jockey: G Bartley Trainer: J S Goldie
2. Manassas 25/1
3. Nasri 20/1
4. Brae Hill 9/1
5. Horseradish 5/1 favourite
6. Fathsta 20/1
7. Shamandar 20/1
8. Parisian Pyramid 33/1
9. Noble Citizen 33/1
10. Excellent Guest 12/1 (MY TIP)
11. Gouray Girl 33/1
12. Zero Money 16/1
13. Advanced 16/1
14. Mon Cadeaux 50/1
15. 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!
totesport Victoria Cup
Excellent Guest 12/1 Jockey: Simon Pearce Trainer: G G Margason
Irish Field Chase 3m
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.
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.Wishfull Thinking 11/4 joint favourite Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: P J Hobbs
2.Blazing Tempo 11/4 joint favourite
3. Hampshire Express 22/1
4. Arabella boy 20/1
5. Aigle d'or 14/1
6.The Hurl 20/1
7. Torpichen 10/1 (MY TIP)
8. Swing Bill 20/1
Ad Idem 9/1
Beau Michael 25/1
Bob Lingo 33/1
Aura About You 20/1
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.
Mick The Tent Memorial Novice Handicap Chase 2m 5f
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.
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.Quevega 8/11 favourite Jockey: Ruby Walsh Trainer: W P Mullins
2. Mourad 11/2
3. Carlito Brigante 16/1
4.Voler La Vedette (MY TIP) 7/1
5. Luska Lad 20/1
6.Won In The Dark 20/1
7. Oscar Dan Dan 33/1
8. Mikael D'Hauguenet 16/1
9. Ringaroses 25/1
FELL: Rigour back Bob 10/1.
I tipped fourth of 11 and mentioned third.
(one non-runner -Battle Group )
Look out again for my Tip For Tomorrow,hopefully I'll see you on this site again soon.
Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m
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.
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. Freedom Flyer (ridden by S De Sousa and trained by B Ellison) 5/1 (I backed)
2. Elfine 11/1
3. Jack's Revenge 11/4 favourite
4. Divine Rule 7/2
5. Runaway Tiger 5/1 (I backed)
6. Sum Satisfaction 12/1
7. Waterford Star 12/1
8. Goal 9/1
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!!!
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.
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:
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