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! ;-)

Can you make it all green (jacket) at Augusta?


So here are the players carrying the Mully Millions this weekend. What are you laughing at? The number I’ve picked? Well you wouldn’t just pick one horse in the Grand National would you? :D

I’ve set up the above market to gain a return on every one of those players. The returns vary considerably but actually being in the market before the first round tee-offs is a huge advantage. It gives you the scope to chop and change and layoff/add to accordingly. If things start going pear shaped at some point over the weekend you can always play your get out of jail card….an emergency deposit!

The best of luck to all golf punters over the weekend. As always it should be an exciting roller-coaster of a ride.

Aintree Festival 2014 (Grand National Day)


It’s Grand National Day 2014 and for some this might be your third day of action on Merseyside, for others your once a year flutter on the race that captivates the nation.

If you fancy a name in the race or the nice colours being worn or your sister’s goldfish is named after one of the riders then don’t let my fancies today put you off. Your system may be much better than mine at the end of the day.

Today’s Aintree fancies:

1.30 Aint- Beat That (e/w).

2.05 Aint- Next Sensation (e/w).

2.50 Aint- Whisper (e/w).

3.25 Aint- John’s Spirit (e/w).

4.15 Aint- Raze De Maree, Pineau De Re & Lion Na Bernai (e/w).

5.10 Aint- Jumps Road & Kashmir Peak (e/w).

5.45 Aint- Heritage Way & Fly Home Harry (e/w).

Aintree Memories (Grand National):


Aintree Festival 2014 (Friday)

Horse Racing - The 2011 John Smith's Grand National - Day Two - Aintree Racecourse

The calm before the storm

It’s day two of the Aintree Festival and for some people on Merseyside the social highlight of the calendar year – Ladies Day.

To not put a finer point on it there will be tits, bums and legs everywhere today but if you are able to spare one eye please cast it over these beauties…

Today’s Aintree fancies:

2.00 Aint- Kilcooley & Splash Of Ginge (e/w).

2.30 Aint- Victor Hewgo (win).

3.05 Aint- Wishfull Thinking (e/w).

3.40 Aint- Ballybough Gorta, Fago & Mart Lane (e/w).

4.15 Aint- Seeyouatmidnight & Killala Quay (e/w).

4.50 Aint- Cheltenian & Twoways (e/w).

5.25 Aint- Millicent Silver & Georgian Firebird (e/w).

Aintree Memories (Topham Chase):