Tuesday blog!


More crossbar hitting action again yesterday. Sea Tiger travelled well through the race but got locked in a pocket against the rail as they came down the hill and quickened things up. He barged through to finish fourth without having a hard race and will be of obvious interest over the coming weeks off a basement mark, it was very encouraging how much money came for him.

I’m still not quite sure how Rat Catcher didn’t win. I suspect now that he actually got to the front too soon and is going to be a horse you have to produce on the line. He traded at 1.18 in running. Still he was always going to be an each way certainty in that line up so no damage done and we go again.

We have lost the two jump meetings today so the action revolves around Southwell and Kempton. I’m on Coral TV duties today so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I’m sure I’m not the only person that added BENNELONG to the horse watcher after his run at Lingfield four days ago. He was held up off a steady pace by his inexperienced rider and never got into the race despite never coming off the bridle. He has dropped to his last winning mark of 59 and has generally saved his best performances for Kempton so in a weak looking race he must come here with outstanding claims. He is a strong traveller that is versatile in his run style but I would exect Amir to have him close to the pace in here.

BENNELONG 3.15 Kempton Park- 2.5 pts win @ 7/2 generally (best odds guaranteed)

I’m sure we have a great opportunity to back ARTIST CRY (4.40 Southwell) this afternoon to get off the mark for Richard Fahey. Progressed with each of three runs in maidens and was actually unlucky not to go close last time after some trouble in running and being well backed. Have the feeling a mark of 60 probably underestimates him and I would be disappointed if he was not good enough to win this.

ARTIST CRY – 4.40 SOUTHWELL – 4pts win @ 9/4 (William Hill – Best odds guaranteed)

Be lucky today




Thursday blog…


A real busy day today so apologies if today’s blog is a little bit sparse.

Here are the trainers win and place strike rates over the last 14 days with a minimum of ten runners:

Karl Burke 66.67% (24 runners)

Chris Gordon 58.33% (12 runners)

Dermot Weld 57.14% (21 runners)

John Jenkins 55.56% (18 runners)

William Haggas 50% (22 runners)

Kim Bailey 50% (16 runners)

Andrew Balding 50% (38 runners)

Just a couple of noted runners for the action this afternoon. I will be going to against the field in the 4.25 Chester with KICKBOXER and THE HOODED CLAW both making some appeal despite less than ideal draws in stalls 7 and 9 respectively. Kickboxer ran a cracker at a massive price in the Cornwallis at Ascot at the back-end of last year and if that form is to be believed he surely is fairly handicapped off 81. His two runs so far this year should have him cherry ripe. The Hooded Claw is another one that finished 2013 off well and has slipped back down to a mark of 80. He didn’t get the best of runs on either of his runs so far to date this year and whilst that is a concern again here, he is priced accordingly. Granted a better draw I would be all over FIFTYSHADESOFGREY at 33/1 as he certainly has races in him off his current mark, but I doubt that will be today.

KICKBOXER 1 pt win @ 7/1 and THE HOODED CLAW 2 pts win @ 8/1.

Just a small note and an each way interest on SWITCHED OFF (4.35 Southwell). I’m sure he has been crying out to go back up in trip and whilst this is a competitive race, he has dropped in the weights. I don’t think he should be anywhere near the 28/1 that is available in places with Luke Morris on board.

SWITCHED OFF 1 pt each way @ 28/1.

Enjoy the day!