Wednesday blog: The Gypsy Revival?


Eye Catchers Coming Soon

Morning to all! I would like to extend a very warm welcome onboard to all of the members that may well be reading for the first time today. I hope you enjoy my pearls of wisdom and most importantly, make a few quid through what you read. Kick off with a quick re-cap on yesterday. Toot Your Flute actually ran really well. SDS had to use up quite a bit to get to the front from stall 11 and he travelled really well through the race. I thought momentarily that he might have nicked it off the bend but the two classy horses went by. He still ran very well to finish third at 20/1 if you backed him each way. Keep an eye on him for when he qualifies for handicaps.

All Or Now is such a winner waiting to happen. He’s a hold up horse and on a really tight track they went no pace at all. I lost track of the amount of times he jumped into the back of runners. In truth it wasn’t the best ride. As they quickened he was caught out of his ground and then flew home to be beaten a length. Certainly another one to add to the list.

Moving on to today’s action. We have three horses going today of the eye-catchers list with varying degrees of interest. We will spin through them in time order.


Probably went into a thousand notebooks after his unlucky defeat at Goodwood at the glorious meeting. He had been in mine since the back-end of last year. The frustrating thing about him is that he has only managed one win in rising 16lbs in the weights. His run at Ascot two weeks ago can be forgotten and that should have put the son of Rock Of Gibraltar spot on for today. We know he acts on the track, this is the easiest contest he has tackled since his victory and with Fanning back on board I am hopeful that he can win this well. Conditions should be fine and with the weight for age allowance I think he is still a well handicapped horse off 86.

2 pts win @ 11/4 generally.


This seven-year old needs no introduction really. All of my regular readers probably still tip their glass whenever they see his name from his exploits in 2012 which included winning the November handicap in a canter off a mark of 93. He has had one or two problems since then and has largely been out of form but there have been signs that there is still some of the old spark there. His mark has now dropped to 77 and this is as weak a  race as he has contested in some time. The cheek pieces go back on tonight to try to aid a bit more and Tom Queally is on board who actually has a very healthy strike rate when riding for Mick Appleby. He is generally a 9/1 chance this morning so he is definitely worth a stab at a decent price. Just hope they go a good enough gallop up front so that he can cruise into the race in his own time.

1 pt win @ 9/1 BetVictor/Betfred

The last of the trio today is a bit of a shot out the back of the hand in the form of  GYPSY RIDER (9.20 Kempton). His form this year has been average, he is dropping back in trip and has stall eleven to contend with. Ok, that’s all the negatives out of the way. The positives are he is now running off a career low mark, his best form tends to come at Kempton, Liam Jones takes over in the saddle and he has a first time visor fitted. Add in the fact that you can back him at 20/1 this morning and I think we have a goer. He’s generally a hold up horse so from the outside  gate Liam can just take his time in tracking over. Fingers crossed they go a decent gallop and provided he still has the pace for six furlongs he should have a very god chance of making the place money at the very least!

1 pt each way at 20/1 generally

So nothing overly strong today but three small darts that hopefully should give us a chance of a decent return on the day. A full day of videos yesterday meant that another 16 runners were added to the eye-catchers list from the last weeks racing. It is all building up very nicely and with plenty of them entered over the coming days, I am looking forward to plenty of winners.

Enjoy your racing today,

Be lucky


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