Perth Festival 2014 (Day 1)


It’s Day 1 of the Perth Festival today and the sunshine has finally made a breakthrough. It should be a good day of racing.

Today’s Perth fancies:

2.10 Perth- Another Mattie (win).

2.40 Perth- Rev Up Ruby (e/w).

3.15 Perth- Oscar Rock (win).

3.50 Perth- Too Cool To Fool (e/w).

4.25 Perth- Pas Trop Tard (e/w).

5.00 Perth- Pigeon Island & Good Order (e/w).

5.35 Perth- Ryton Runner & Solway Dornal (e/w).

If you haven’t seen it already check out a new twitter account called Ruined Racing Pics. It’s really quite funny! Ruined Racing Pic



Irish Grand National 2014

They’re racing in County Meath today and the feature race at Fairyhouse is the Irish Grand National later this afternoon.

Today’s Fairyhouse fancies:

2.45 Fairy- Clarcam (win).

3.15 Fairy -Upsie (e/w).

3.45 Fairy- Prince Rudi & Silver Tassie (e/w).

4.20 Fairy – Stowaway Shark (e/w).

5.00 Fairy- Home Farm, Lion Na Bernai & Mullaghanoe River (e/w).

5.35 Fairy -Tarla (win).

6.05 Fairy- Mackey’s Forge & Raajih (e/w).

6.35 Fairy- Bosman Rule (e/w).

Upsie side your head! ;-)

Mully’s Birthday Eggstravaganza at Haydock Park


Good Friday lived up to it’s name here on the blog with winners from Captain Cat ( J Doyle, 4/1) & Jonny Delta (I J Brennan, 12/1) and places from Mica Mika (Samantha Bell, 20/1), Passing Star (R Winston, 7/1 ), Communicator (Oisin Murphy, 8/1), Trinityelitedotcom (R Kingscote, 5/1 j), Highland Knight (David Probert, 25/1), & Categorical (Miss S Brotherton, 11/2).

41yearsToday it’s my 41st birthday which on a rare occasion falls on the Easter Weekend. It’s also a Saturday which fits in very nicely with my love of racing and fortunately there’s a meeting within reasonable traveling distance at Haydock Park so things have slotted together well. A few of the Twitterati are meeting up with me there so you’re more than welcome to come and say hello to us.

Today’s Haydock fancies:

1.30 Hay- Val D’arc (win).

2.05 Hay- Kian’s Delight (e/w).

2.40 Hay- Mojolika & Ben Cee Pee M (e/w).

3.15 Hay- Bincombe & Midnight Sail (e/w).

3.50 Hay- Benny’s Well (win).

4.20 Hay- Garrahalish (e/w).

4.50 Hay- Blaklion (win).

Oh cheers guys! ;-)



Thank Goodness It’s Friday

EasterBonnetIt’s an historical Good Friday on British shores today as the first ever racing fixtures take place at Musselburgh & Lingfield on this day.

There’s a great deal of excitement on my Twitter timeline this morning around the holiday racing. Here’s the story told in full…

Today’s fancies from both Lingfield & Musselburgh:

1.45 Ling- Scottish Star & Mica Mika (e/w).

2.10 Muss- Magic Florence (win).

2.20 Ling- Interception & Fab Lolly (e/w).

2.40 Muss- Tangerine Trees (e/w).

2.55 Ling- Passing Star (e/w).

3.15 Muss- Eagle Rock & Jonny Delta (e/w).

3.30 Ling- Communicator & Arr Kid (e/w).

3.50 Muss- Roachdale House (e/w).

4.05 Ling- Trinityelitedotcom (e/w).

4.25 Muss- Majestic Moon (e/w).

4.40 Ling- Captain Cat & Highland Knight (e/w).

4.55 Muss- Opt Out (e/w).

5.20 Ling- Robin Hoods Bay (win).

5.30 Muss- Findog (e/w).

6.00 Muss- Categorical (e/w).


Back to the form book! ;-)


Scottish Grand National (Day 2)

Today’s Ayr fancies:

1.30 Ayr- Titus Bolt (e/w).

2.05 Ayr- Valdez (win).

2.40 Ayr- Montbazon (e/w).

3.15 Ayr- Le Bacardy (e/w).

3.50 Ayr- Lie Forrit & Trustan Times (e/w).

4.25 Ayr- Wyse Hill Teabags (e/w).

5.00 Ayr- Scotswell (e/w).

5.35 Ayr- Saint Charles (win).

Would I Lie Forrit baby yeah?



Scottish Grand National (Day 1)

Coral Scottish Grand National (Day 1)

(From Ayr Racecourse website)

  • Date: 11 April 2014
  • Racing surface: Turf
  • Time of day: Afternoon
  • Fixture type: National Hunt
  • Gate opening time: 12.10pm
  • Price: Club – £27 | Grandstand – £17
  • Advance booking price: Club – £25 | Grandstand – £16

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Club Badges and Grandstand tickets can still be booked on-line or by telephone and will be available for collection at the collection booth in front of the course.

Both badges and tickets will also be available to purchase on the gate on the day.



THE months of waiting are over. The anticipation becomes  reality when the starter sends the horses off  for the opening race of the 2014 Coral Scottish Grand National at 2.10pm. And it’s the Easter Holidays, what better way to spend it.

Most of the leading stables throughout the UK and Ireland will have horses running over the two days with trainers including Paul Nicholls, David Pipe, Nicky Henderson and Alan King filling horse boxes full of equine superstars and sending them on the trip north.

Their stable jockeys Daryl Jacob, Tom Scudamore, Barry Geraghty, Robert Thornton and of course the legend that is AP McCoy are all likely to be riding.

There are seven superb races with around £100,000 in prize money and the highlight is the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase supported by one of our longest standing sponsors and invariably a tremendous event won last year by Bocciani ridden by Tom Scudamore.


Main supporting races this afternoon include The Coral Backing Poppyscotland Mares’ Handicap Hurdle and the Novices Limited Handicap Chase over the minimum distance of two miles.

There is a true sense of occasion at the Festival and even those who are not racing experts love the social aspect of the two days.

After racing on the opening afternoon we have live music from two fabulous bands for three hours.

Dakota play in the Horseshoe Bar bringing their own special touch to classic hits. They always have the dance floor full.

And downstairs in the Ayrshire Suite the party will be in full flow with the high octane music of The Honey Moons, a fabulous live band who will keep the dance floor packed and the crowd entertained with their wide ranging repertoire of tremendous songs.
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Today’s Ayr fancies:

2.10 Ayr- Sign Of A Victory (win).

2.40 Ayr- Plus Jamais (win).

3.15 Ayr- Vicente (e/w).

3.50 Ayr- Headly’s Bridge (e/w).

4.25 Aye- Le Bacardy (win).

4.55 Ayr- Mickie (e/w).

5.25 Ayr- Dundee & Forward Flight (e/w).

Hey Mickie!


Just what the Doctor ordered


This time last Thursday I would have just been arriving on Ormskirk Road via the train and trotting over to the Aintree gates. One week later the Festival has been and gone but what a tonic it was.

Naturally when you tip up and back the winner of the Grand National as part of an advised three to follow it gives you that extra lift but the whole three days was once again a super experience from start to finish.

Those of you that know me personally will know that my whole racing year is literally geared towards those three days in April on Merseyside so when it comes to an end it literally gives me the post-racing blues. Hence this is my first blog post since the weekend as I’ve really been in a stupor shouting things like “Bloody Flat Racing” at the TV. :D

I’ve got to say it was great meeting up with lots of people from Twitter over the three days for some good post-race chats and banter throughout the afternoons. In fact on one of the days I’ve never seen so many people from my timeline stood in one place.

Roll on 2015 !!!

doombarsandIt’s not all doom and gloom just because the NH season is nearly over! ;-)