Tag Archives: Curragh

Thirsk (Friday)

Pic: Louise Pollard

Today’s Thirsk fancies:

1.00 Thirsk- Wheal Kitty (e/w).

1.30 Thirsk- Noonie (e/w).

2.05 Thirsk- Stonific (e/w).

2.40 Thirsk- Muscika & Rathbone (e/w).

3.15 Thirsk- Cassy O (win).

3.50 Thirsk- Soller Bay (e/w).

4.20 Thirsk- Excessable (e/w).

Don’t forget my Curragh fancies in the link above!

ITV Racing Tips (Sat 17th July 2021)

Today’s ITV Racing tips:

1.50 Newbury – Solid Stone (E/W)

This Listed Steventon Stakes over 1m2f can go the way of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Solid Stone under jockey Richard Kingscote.

Well fancied in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot, the five-year-old finished 2½ lengths third to Juan Elcano and lines up here off an official rating of 113. He’s clearly one of the class acts in the field and I cannot see him finishing out of the top three today.

At 5/1 in our 888sport horse racing betting, he’s an each-way play to nothing.

2.05 Market Rasen – Mrs Hyde (E/W)

The Brian Ellison-trained Mrs Hyde was as a game as pebble last season and will not want for fitness in this, having had two fairly recent runs on the flat.

The eight-year-old mare accounted for Verdana Blue in the Listed Mares’ Hurdle at Wetherby last October and that form is some of the strongest on show in this line up. Trading at around 12/1 in the betting, she looks too big an each-way price to ignore.

Of the others Hooper and Ingelby Hollow have to be respected.

2.25 Newbury – Withhold (E/W)

Roger Charlton’s Withhold is somewhat of a standing dish in these staying races and the course and distance winner can serve it up to them once again on Saturday.

A former winner of both the Cesarewitch and Northumberland Plate, the eight-year-old should give punters a good run for their money at odds of around 7/1.

2.40 Market Rasen – Captain Tom Cat (NAP)

Having been in attendance for Captain Tom Cat’s emphatic chase debut at Aintree on the 14th May, I was well aware from the post-race interview that this Summer Plate was on Dr Newland’s, and the owner’s, agenda and wish list.

Two polished victories later and the six-year-old has arrived at his intended target. For all those reasons, I make Captain Tom Cat our 888sport NAP of the day, and I advise taking the 5/1 in our online betting.

3.00 Newbury – King’s Lynn (WIN)

Royal runner King’s Lynn can return to the winner’s enclosure on Saturday afternoon and put a smile on Her Majesty’s face.

Narrowly beaten in the Wokingham, this looks like a great opportunity for Andrew Balding’s four-year-old to bounce back to winning wins.

3.10 Market Rasen – Byron Flyer (E/W)

The Ian Williams-trained veteran Byron Flyer has been running with credit over both codes of late and can be a major player in this Class 2 hurdle.

With three places on offer, he looks well worth a punt at odds of 7/1.

3.25 Curragh – Snowfall (WIN)

A highly unoriginal selection but the English Oaks winner Snowfall should also add this Irish equivalent to ever expanding portfolio of top grade victories.

Those of you considering the forecast options should write down Divinely in the first instance. I can’t see her finishing 18 lengths adrift of her stablemate on this occasion.

3.40 Newbury – Gubbass (E/W)

The two-year-old colt Gubbass, trained by Richard Hannon Jr, won the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Leicester in good style with this Weatherbys Super Sprint being the target for some time now.

In a race of 22 runners, the 6/1 available on this exciting juvenile looks rather enticing.

Summer memories

Curragh (Sunday) 🇮🇪

It’s the first day of the flat season in Ireland today and it’s certainly not a day to go overboard with your bets, but who can ignore the lure of those big handicaps later? There’s some value knocking about in them for sure.

Today’s Curragh fancies:

1.30 Curr- Freedom Of Speech (win).

2.00 Curr- Ecclesiastical (e/w).

2.30 Curr- Soilse (e/w).

3.05 Curr- Laelaps (e/w).

3.35 Curr- Saattay (e/w).

4.10 Curr- Agitare, Protagonist & Quizzical (e/w).

4.40 Curr- Mulzamm, Overheer & Allegio (e/w).

5.10 Curr- Glow Worm, Aloysius Lilius & Never Back Down (e/w).

Bowerman winning last year.

York & Newbury (Saturday)

Today’s York & Newbury fancies:

12.15 York- Ancient Times (win).

12.30 Newb- Jaaizah (e/w).

12.45 Newb- Iva Reflection & Birkenhead (e/w).

1.05 Newb- Maximal (e/w).

1.20 York- Tasaamuh (win).

1.40 Newb- Deise Blue (e/w).

1.55 York- Ranch Hand (e/w).

2.15 Newb- Method (win).

2.30 York – *click both *links above.

2.50 Newb- Huboor (win).

3.05 York- click here.

3.25 Newb- click here.

3.40 York- click here.

4.00 Newb- click here.

4.10 York- Fendale & Muscika (e/w).

4.30 Newb- Zefferino (e/w).

5.00 Newb- Isomer (e/w).

*7.15 Curr- Irish Oaks: click here.

Last year’s Irish Oaks.




Newbury & Curragh (Friday) ITV4 📺

Racing? ITV? Friday evening? I’ve never known it before, but racing needs all the positive exposure it can get at the moment so it makes perfect sense to take a look at all of the free-to-air races today. Call it a practice run for Royal Ascot next week 😀

Today’s ITV4 races:

4.40 Curr- Aiseirigh & Irish Master (e/w).

4.55 Newb- Count Of Amazonia (e/w).

5.10 Curr- Flash Gordon & Maid Of Spirit (e/w).

5.25 Newb- Jackstar (win).

5.40 Curr- Music To My Ears & Ocean Monarch (e/w).

5.55 Newb- Elgin & Nette Rousse (e/w).

6.10 Curr- Gold Maze (win).

6.25 Newb- Lunar Jet (e/w).

6.40 Newb- Royal Lytham (e/w).

Last year’s 16/1 winner – Phoenix Of Spain.




Curragh (Sunday)

Today’s Curragh fancies:

1.50 Curr- My Friend Stan (win).

2.20 Curr- Jungle Cove (e/w).

2.50 Curr- Shehreen (e/w).

3.25 Curr- Franklin Street (e/w).

4.00 Curr- Innisfree (win).

4.30 Curr- Gin Blossom (e/w).

5.05 Curr- Borelli (e/w).

5.35 Curr- Myrcella & Gunmetal Jack (e/w).

Back in the olden days!

Curragh (Sunday)


Today’s Curragh fancies:

1.50 Curr- Treaty Of Vienna (11.0) e/w.

2.20 Curr- Eziyra (2.26) win.

2.50 Curr- La Rioja (9.2) e/w.

3.25 Curr- Capri (1.65) win.

3.55 Curr- Theo’s Well (12.5) e/w.

4.30 Curr- Sors (11.0) & Bubbly Bellini (25.0) e/w.

5.05 Curr- Jennie’s Jewel (6.8) e/w.

5.35 Curr- Ormskirk (19.5) & Texas Rock (23.0) e/w.

Oh Vienna!

Get Cartmel !


I woke up to a very nice surprise email from those lovely folks at RUK this morning. It appears I got lucky taking on that 2/7 favourite in the first race at the Curragh yesterday.

Today’s totally sticky selections at Cartmel:

2.20 Cart- Never Never (win).

2.50 Cart- Princess Bella (e/w).

3.25 Cart- Claragh Native (e/w).

4.00 Cart- Edmund (e/w).

4.30 Cart- Rebecca’s Choice (e/w).

5.00 Cart- Euro Farmer & Toreador (e/w).

5.30 Cart- Granaruid (e/w).

This is for Nige! 😉


The Curragh Of Kildare

Oh the winter it has passed
And the summer’s come at last
And the small birds are singing in the trees
And their little hearts are glad
Ah, but mine is very sad
Since NH racing will soon be far away from me

The flat is back today and to me as a racing fan it always signifies that spring has arrived. We now get the best of both worlds with a mixture of NH & Flat Racing taking place between late March, April and early May.

My concentration is still very much fixed on the forthcoming Aintree Festival at the moment but a bit of a foray into the Curragh action on a cold but sunny Sunday afternoon breaks things up a little doesn’t it?

Today’s Curragh fancies:

2.10 Curr- Initial (e/w).

2.40 Curr- Taaluf & Bobby’s Heart (e/w).

3.10 Curr- Great Minds (e/w).

3.40 Curr- Morga & Euphrasia (e/w).

4.10 Curr- Fly To The Moon & Princess Aloof (e/w).

4.40 Curr- Well Go Walking & Trail Blaze (e/w).

5.10 Curr- Alkasser (e/w).

Just a little plug for my Facebook page “Mulldog’s Friday Folk” where I post a weekly compilation of music which includes the likes of Christy Moore.

Mulldog’s Friday Folk


Stepping up to the plate at Market Rasen

It appears that to some degree summer has returned to the UK today and there is fantastic racing all over the country under both codes. The feature race over jumps today is the Summer Plate whilst a host of stars line up on the flat at Ascot for King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

With such a plethora of equine talent on show today I’ve decided to go through every race of the day in chronological order. That’s something to keep you entertained from early afternoon to late evening. I’ve even thrown in the Curragh for good measure. 😀

1.35 Ascot- Lindoro & Benandonner (e/w).

1.45 MR- Albillanbaz (e/w).

1.55 Rip- Tricky Madam (win).

2.00 Newm- Bouncy Bouncy (e/w).

2.05 Curr- Rose Ransom (e/w).

2.10 Ascot- Toronado (win).

2.15 MR- Premier Dane & Odins Raven (e/w).

2.25 Cart- Inch Rover (e/w).

2.30 Rip- Done Dreaming (e/w).

2.35 Newm- Steps (e/w).

2.40 Curr- Versilia Gal (e/w).

2.45 Ascot- Chil The Kite (e/w).

2.50 MR- Local Hero & Red Inca (e/w).

3.00 Cart- Melua Maid (e/w).

3.05 Rip- No Poppy & The Osteopath (e/w).

3.10 Newm- Set To Music (win).

3.15 Curr- Red Sea Poll (e/w).

3.20 Ascot- Questioning (e/w).

3.25 MR- Aurora’s Encore & Tiger O’Toole (e/w).

3.35 Cart- Colditz (e/w).

3.40 Rip- Choisan (e/w).

3.45 Curr- Takan (win).

3.45 Newm- Mull Of Killough (e/w).

3.55 Ascot- Van Ellis & Brae Hill (e/w).

4.00 MR- Jaffonnien (e/w).

4.10 Cart- Moulin De La Croix (e/w).

4.15 Curr- Meldina (e/w).

4.20 Rip- Jonny Lesters Hair (e/w).

4.25 Newm- Country Western (e/w).

4.35 Ascot- St Nicholas Abbey (e/w).

4.40 MR- Highland River (e/w).

4.45 Curr- Flic Flac (e/w).

4.50 Cart- Cool Baranca (e/w).

4.55 Rip- Art Form (e/w).

5.00 Newm- Blue Dune (e/w).

5.10 Ascot- Ex Oriente (e/w).

5.15 Curr- Circle (e/w).

5.15 MR- Sunday City & Knockavilla (e/w).

5.25 Cart- Los Nadis & Degas Art (e/w).

5.30 Rip- Honoured (e/w).

5.35 Newm- Dark Stranger (win).

5.55 Cart- Talk Of Saafend (e/w).

6.05 Rip- Celtic Step & Northgate Lodge (e/w).

6.15 Ling- Tobacco Road (win).

6.30 Hay- Mandi Lexi (e/w).

6.45 Ling- Tough Lady (e/w).

7.00 Hay- Cosmic Moon (e/w).

7.15 Ling- Huzzah & Silvee (e/w).

7.30 Hay- Dark Dune (e/w).

7.45 Ling- Potentiale (e/w).

8.00 Hay- Noble Bull (e/w).

8.15 Ling- Aciano (e/w).

8.30 Hay- Rhythm Of Light (win).

8.45 Ling- Roxelana (win).

9.00 Hay- Medieval Bishop & On The Hoof (e/w).

Hayley to turn heads today?

Enjoy your marathon sporting weekend! 😉