Sedgefield (Tuesday)



If you’ve got a big moustache/mustache then get yourself along to Sedgefield races today as you can win a prize for the biggest on show (oo-er). Women can enter too- it’s all about equality these days!

Today’s lip ticklers are at Sedgefield:

12.20 Sedge- Not A Bother Boy (e/w).

12.50 Sedge- Chivers (e/w).

1.20 Sedge- Apache Pilot (win).

1.50 Sedge- Silver Vogue (win).

2.20 Sedge- Stanley Bridge (e/w).

2.50 Sedge- Brother Scott (win).

3.20 Sedge- Hillier (e/w).

You make me Chiver! ;-)


Troytown Chase (Navan)


Will you be touching tweed today? Pippa O’Connor openly encourages it but just be careful who you’re touching or you might end up with a fat lip.

I’m just back from two enjoyable days at Haydock Park. Menorah put up a good fist of a fight in the Betfair Chase so I was very happy with that. Highlight of the weekend had to be the £2 comb exacta result I “fluked” when Thorpe (25/1) beat Oscarteea (11/4) after Kiama Bay fell with the race at it’s mercy. The exacta paid £89.70 so I got that twice which was a stroke of amazing good fortune.

Today’s Navan fancies:

12.25 Nav- Snow Falcon (e/w).

12.55 Nav- Free Expression (e/w).

1.25 Nav- Sin Miedo & Obispo (e/w).

1.55 Nav- Clarcam (e/w).

2.25 Nav- Thomond & Pandorama (e/w).

2.55 Nav- Give Me A Break & Silver Tassie (e/w).

3.25 Nav- Twentytwos Taken (e/w).

Betfair Chase 2014

Richard Johnson and Menorah clear the last fence to win the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby

Spotlight on the Betfair Chase             

Saturday the 22nd November will see the tenth running of the Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) at Haydock Park so let’s take a look at some of the big race trends and the trainers and jockeys to follow on the day.

The race itself is a Grade 1 Chase run over 3 miles and has been won by Kauto Star four times and also by another Gold Cup winner, Imperial Commander.  Silviniaco Conti & Cue Card have won the last two renewals and are both entered again this year.

Trainer Trends

Paul Nicholls (5-1-10) saddled Kauto Star to win it four times and also trained Silviniaco Conti to win it in 2012 and finish third in 2013.

Nigel Twiston-Davies (1-1-6) saddled Imperial Commander to finish first and second in the race.

Colin Tizzard (1-0-2) won the race last year with Cue Card.

David Pipe (0-2-3) has trained the runner-up in 2008 & 2012 and third in 2009.

Nicky Henderson (0-2-2) saddled Long Run to finish second in 2011 & 2012.

Age Trends (win-place-runners)

6-y-o: 2-1-3

7-y-o: 2-4-15

8-y-o: 1-2-19

9-y-o: 2-2-14

10-y-o: 1-1-4

11-y-o+: 1-0-4

Horses aged six have gained two wins and a second from just three attempts and all three were French bred.

Price Trends

Eight of the last nine winners were priced 9/1 or shorter and the favourite has won the race four times in all.

Other Race Trends

Six of the nine winners ran in the previous season’s King George race and four of the nine winners have run in a Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Three of the last nine winners ran in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last time.

Haydock Jockey Trends (last five seasons)

Jason Maguire 26-105, 25%, -£14.40, A.P McCoy 10-23, 19%, -£23.80, T. O’Brien 9-46, 20%, +£5.58,

W.Hutchinson 7-36, 19%, -£9.88, B.Hughes 6-68, 9%, -£9.27

Haydock Trainer Trends (last five seasons)

Donald McCain 33-143, 23%, -£2.08, Venetia Williams 10-76, 13%, -£14.18, David Pipe 10-58, 17%, +£10.71, Nicky Henderson 10-55, 18%, -£6.98, Paul Nicholls 10-53, 19%, -£5.43

Previous Winners

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This race demands a high level of pre-race form to be a contender and in all probability the winner is likely to come from the first three in the betting. Cue Card, Dynaste and Silviniaco Conti currently head the market and will all have their supporters for obvious reasons. Menorah the recent Charlie Hall Chase winner from the all conquering Hobbs/Johnson/Whateley team is an interesting prospect should he line up and could be an interesting outsider.


Haydock (Friday)

sausagerollsIt’s free sausages rolls at Haydock Park tomorrow for the Betfair Chase. I can hardly contain my excitement so I’m going this morning and staying over in a tent at the gates so I can be first in the queue. Yum yum!

Today’s Haydock fancies:

12.50 Hay- Night In Milan & Hartforth (e/w).

1.20 Hay- Valco De Touzaine (win).

1.55 Hay- The Brock Again (win).

2.30 Hay- Virak (win).

3.05 Hay- Adam De Breteau (win).

3.40 Hay- Midnight Shot (win).

It’s close to midnight! ;-)

Wincanton (Thursday) & 8yrs blogging

8thanniversaryHow time flies! WordPress inform me I’ve been blogging eight years today. It only seems like yesterday. I remember starting off the blog to chart the ups and downs of doing the placepot and things progressed from there.

Tuesday’s winners at Doncaster for the blog were The Pirate’s Queen (Denis O’Regan, 2/9 fav) & Out Of The Mist (A Coleman, 4/1).

Today’s Wincanton fancies:

12.50 Winc- Nebula Storm (e/w).

1.20 Winc- Quite By Chance (win).

1.50 Winc- Frampton (e/w).

2.25 Winc- Voix Deau (win).

3.00 Winc- According To Sarah (win).

3.30 Winc- Midnight Charmer (win).

4.00 Winc- Sun Quest (e/w).

Go Sara(h)! ;-)

Doncaster (Tuesday)

doncasterThere was a nice end to the Open Meeting at Cheltenham on Sunday when I picked Uxizandre (B J Geraghty, 15/8 fav) & Garde La Victoire (R Johnson, 10/1) here on the blog. That victory for Victoire gave me a few top ten finishes in some Festival Tipping competitions I entered so I was very pleased.

Today’s Doncaster fancies:

12.50 Donc- Iona Days (e/w).

1.20 Donc- Boss Des Mottes (win).

1.50 Donc- Sky Watch (e/w).

2.20 Donc- The Pirate’s Queen (win).

2.50 Donc- Wakanda (e/w).

3.20 Donc- Fantasy King (e/w).

3.50 Donc- Out Of The Mist (win).

Let me be your fantasy! ;-)


Cheltenham Open Meeting (Sunday)


It was with great sadness that I read about the passing of the Irish racehorse training legend Dessie Hughes this morning. So many winners throughout his illustrious training career that it’s hard to list them all here. We will all have personal memories of winners we’ve backed trained by Dessie and those are the reasons his legacy will live on in our hearts.

Bitofapuzzle (N Fehily, 4/1) was the only winner for this blog yesterday. I spotlighted the horse on Friday evening and it was the nap of the weekend for readers of my “Something For The Weekend” column on JPFestival.

All the features and advice columns are doing pretty well on there at the moment. Take a look for yourself. I would thoroughly recommend joining as it’s run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.

JPFestival home of Something For The Weekend et al.

Today’s Cheltenham fancies:

1.00 Chelt- Saphir River & Daveron (e/w).

1.35 Chelt- Emerging Talent (win).

2.10 Chelt- Duke Of Navan (win).

2.40 Chelt- Uxizandre (win).

3.15 Chelt- Baradari & Garde La Victoire (e/w).

3.50 Chelt- Birch Hill (win).

Thanks for the memories Dessie!