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Betfair Chase Day 2019 (Haydock Park)

Today’s Haydock fancies:

12.05 Hay- Torn And Frayed (e/w).

12.40 Hay- Singlefarmpayment (e/w).

1.15 Hay- Activial (e/w).

1.50 Hay- Project Bluebook (e/w).

2.25 Hay- Ask Ben & Sykes (e/w).

3.00 Hay- see link above.

3.40 Hay- Gold Opera & Perfect Candidate (e/w).

10 years ago.

King George VI Chase 2015 (Kempton)

Will they be saying Ric who later?

Will they be saying Ric who later?

Today’s Kempton fancies:

12.50 Kemp- Marracudja (e/w).

1.25 Kemp- West Wizard (e/w).

2.00 Kemp- Bally Beaufort (e/w).

2.35 Kemp- Old Guard (e/w).

3.10 Kemp- Valseur Lido (e/w).

3.45 Kemp- Max Forte & Swnymor (e/w).

2o years ago #KingGeorgeVImemories

Betfair Chase Day 2015 (Haydock)


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Today’s Haydock fancies:

12.10 Hay- Beau Lake & War Singer (e/w).

12.40 Hay- Lackamon & Harry The Viking (e/w).

1.15 Hay- Balmusette (e/w).

1.50 Hay- Irving (win).

2.25 Hay- Baradari (e/w).

3.00 Hay- Silviniaco Conti (win).

3.35 Hay- Straidnahanna (e/w).


Ode to Kauto Star


You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go.

Stratford (Tuesday)


Buckets and hoses will be on hand today on this blistering hot June day. The welfare of the horses is paramount on days like this and all racecourses will be well equipped with the necessary tools.

Today’s Stratford fancies:

6.30 Strat- El Massivo (win).

7.00 Strat- Call Me Vic (win).

7.30 Strat- Kings Bayonet (e/w).

8.00 Strat- Lucky Landing (e/w).

8.30 Strat- Bus Named Desire & Bay Fortuna (e/w).

9.00 Strat- Bare Necessities (e/w).

Forget about your worries and your strife! 😉

Betfair Chase 2013

Dynaste-AintreeIt’s the long awaited “Mini Gold Cup” at Haydock this afternoon and you can read my little spin through of the eight runners by clicking on the picture of Dynaste above.

Zamdy Man (A Coleman, 15/8 fav) & Spirit Of Shankly (N Fehily, 7/2) were Friday Haydock winners and with a spot of luck I’d like to add to that tally Saturday.

Lot’s of excitement surrounding Haydock races today and rightly so. Here’s just a taster from Twitter:

Today’s Haydock fancies:

12.10 Hay- Ubaldo De Menhies & Moujik Borget (e/w).

12.45 Hay- Far West (win).

1.15 Hay- Gorgehous Lliege & Jaunty Journey (e/w).

1.50 Hay- Special Catch & Edgardo Sol (e/w).

2.25 Hay- Lie Forrit & Lovcen (e/w).

3.00 Hay- Dynaste (e/w) & (Comb Exacta 1-3-8).

3.35 Hay- Relax & Mac Aeda (e/w).

To find out which of these runners are my strongest don’t forget to ready my regular Friday evening column called “Something For The Weekend” on JPFestival under the Community Membership tab.

cookiemonsterThe cookies are on Michael! 😉


Betfair Chase Meeting (Fri)

betfair-chase-weekendClick the banner above for my spin through the runners in the “Mini Gold Cup” at Haydock tomorrow.

It’s the eve of the November “Big One” and Haydock race today with Good to Soft ground. They’re not overly blessed with runners but that seems to be a common theme everywhere at the moment. You can see people getting more and more agitated on social media as this trend continues, especially when there is plenty of prize money on offer. What exactly is happening?  Where are you? Not everyone can win at Cheltenham surely?

Today’s Haydock fancies:

12.50 Hay- Fighter Jet & Milano Magic (e/w).

1.20 Hay- Shangani (win).

1.55 Hay- Zamdy Man (win).

2.30 Hay- Many Clouds (win).

3.05 Hay- Spirit Of Shankly (e/w).

3.40 Hay- Wuff & Ceilidh (e/w).

Big race runners? We will see you again?

(Kauto) Star – that’s what they call you!

There has been lots of conjecture and arguing on a whole host of social media platforms in the past 24 hours over the future plans for Kauto Star. Frankly a lot of it has become very tiresome so let’s just sit down, grab a mince pie and watch a little tribute RPTV made to King Kauto  a few weeks ago.

I should really be shouting “BOOM” & “LOOK AT ME” from the Twitter rooftops after yesterdays results at Sedgefield. I’m rather more modest than that but I was rather chuffed with Hannah Jacques (B T Treanor, 8-15 fav), Tutchec (B Harding, 10-1 ) & One For Harry (B Harding, 10-1 ) winning. Thank you Brian Harding who incidentally rode a 3 x 10/1 treble on the day. I let that third one slip away 😀

No selections today due to the abandonments unfortunately.

Troytown Triers


A very enjoyable day was had at Haydock yesterday and just when I thought the whole day was going pear shaped on the betting front the seventh and lucky last race gave me some redemption.  Monsieur Cadou (P J Brennan, 12-1 ) & Jaunty Journey (B Hughes, 8-1 ) Exacta: £196.30  CSF: £99.00

Today’s fancies are at Navan:

12.25 Nav- Jamies Benefit (e/w).

12.55 Nav- Wingtips (e/w).

1.25 Nav- Sizing Gold (e/w).

1.55 Nav- Mollys Captain & Hospital (e/w).

2.25 Nav- Ballyburke & Like Your Style (e/w).

2.55 Nav- Rupert Lamb (e/w).

3.25 Nav- Joanne One & Que Pasa (e/w).

Have a super Sunday! 😉

Betfair Chase Festival (Sat)

I thought it may well be worth repeating the post I blogged last Monday morning as it was quite an interesting story and a new Friday/Saturday audience may just be looking in today. So here we go again…

The day I took on Kauto Star (Betfair Chase Memories)

This morning I read a fantastic article on Horseracingchat.co.uk all about the Betfair Chase which is taking place today at Haydock Park. Having attended every single renewal of this race it brought back plenty of memories to me, but especially my recollections of 2008 are the most vivid in my mind. You can read the Memory Lane article here: Memory Lane: The Betfair Chase

Here is my own personal memory of the 2008 renewal:

It was 22nd Nov 2008 and I’d virtually done my nuts on the first three races prior to the Betfair Chase. I remember I had just £15 left to bet with. I can vividly remember thinking I’m going to have to call home and ask for a cash transfer. Whether the Gods or Angels intervened I don’t know but some divine inspiration came from somewhere. I decided I’d oppose King Kauto!

I toyed between a £1 permed exacta on Exotic Dancer, Snoopy Loopy, Tamarinbleu and Cloudy Lane or placing three £5 singles. I’d already ruled Ollie Magern out of the reckoning and was taking a punt on opposing Kauto. I opted for the singles and backed Snoopy Loopy @ 66/1, Tamarinblue @33/1 and Exotic Dancer @ 4/1 – all with the same rails bookie.

I took my place in the stands to watch the race unfold and it was clear coming down the straight Kauto Star was under some pressure. However, he began to rally and as the people around me screamed his name I began to feel slightly nauseous as they approached the last. “What a disaster” I thought to myself as I stared at the last fence. Then all of a sudden my life began to run in slow motion, a kind of surreal capture in time. Kauto Star slithered, his hind legs went from underneath him and as I gasped I could see Tamarinblue still leading the race. But then Tamarinblue began to get exhausted and Snoopy Loopy rallied to snatch the race, and all of a sudden my head felt like it had popped and the slow motion moment went and my body was overwhelmed with feelings of euphoria. I’d almost go as far as saying it was nearly better than sex! :D

When I went to the bookie to collect my £330 I said “I cannot believe that just happened”. He jokingly said “If you don’t believe it, give it back then”.

How much did the exacta pay you ask? Well, it did actually pay £526 but the memory I have from that day was priceless and is why I love National Hunt racing so much. #loveNH

Picture: Racing Post

Friday afternoon provided me with two winners at Haydock with Poungach (R Walsh, 11-4 fav) & Clondaw Kaempfer (J M Maguire, 6-5 fav) going in. Clondaw Kaempfer is as useful as we initially thought and I think McCain has a potential star on his hands there.

Saturday fancies at Haydock:

12.20 Hay- Hollow Tree (win).

12.55 Hay- Double Ross & Poole Master (e/w).

1.25 Hay- Baltimoar (win).

2.00 Hay- Lie Forrit & Railway Dillon (e/w).

2.30 Hay- Saphir River & Mr Moonshine (e/w).

3.05 Hay- Weird Al (e/w).

3.40 Hay-  Monsieur Cadou & Jaunty Journey (e/w).

Woops! Sorry, I got Baltimoar and Baltimora mixed up! 😉