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Laytown (Thursday)

Today’s Laytown fancies:

3.45 Lay- Lady Nathaniel (e/w).

4.15 Lay- Many Dreams (e/w).

4.45 Lay- Ishebayorgrey (e/w).

5.15 Lay- Royal Admiral (win).

5.45 Lay- Letmestopyouthere (win).

6.15 Lay- Pillar (e/w).


Laytown Races 2017

Today’s Laytown fancies:

5.05 Lay- Pillar & Mo Henry (e/w).

5.35 Lay- Shabra Emperor (e/w).

6.05 Lay- Dandy Rock (win).

6.35 Lay- Tom Dooley (e/w).

7.05 Lay- Seanie & *Usa (e/w).

7.35 Lay- Monteverdi (win).

*with a run.

I add this video every year without fail for this fixture.

Laytown (Thursday)

Horse Racing - Laytown Beach

Today’s Laytown fancies:

4.10 Lay- Oor Jock (win).

4.45 Lay- Clear Focus (e/w).

5.20 Lay- Rigid Rock (e/w).

5.55 Lay- War Anthem (win).

6.25 Lay- Hilary (e/w).

6.55 Lay- Our Max (e/w).

Traditional 😉


Haydock (Friday)

ourmax(Getty images)

Our Max (S Foley, 10/3 the grey, second left) was the only winner for the blog yesterday at the spectacular Laytown meeting.  If you want to see an amazing set of pictures from the race day click on the actual picture above.

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He should be so lucky

He should be so lucky

Today’s Haydock fancies:

2.00 Hay- Magic Music Man (e/w).

2.30 Hay- The Fairy (e/w).

3.00 Hay- Bachotheque & Rasaman (e/w).

3.35 Hay- Poyle Vinnie (e/w).

4.10 Hay- Newtons Law & Mister Manannan (e/w).

4.45 Hay- Democrates & Escape To Glory (e/w).

5.20 Hay- Silvery Moon & Cruck Realta (e/w).

5.55 Hay- Deepsand (e/w).

Go on the music man! 😉

On The Beach (Laytown)


When I first started up this blog back in 2009 this unique beach based fixture in Ireland was one of my very early posts. It’s a meeting that captivates everyone’s imagination and one of these days I hope to attend it in person just to say I’ve been there to witness this racing spectacle.

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Today’s Laytown fancies:

2.35 Lay- Doonard Prince (e/w).

3.05 Lay- Enigma Code (e/w).

3.40 Lay- Our Max (win).

4.10 Lay- Curl Cat & Gold Falcon (e/w).

4.45 Lay- My Son Max (e/w).

5.15 Lay- Moonbi Creek (e/w).

Take it to the max Chris! 😉






Southwell Sou’westers

southwellJust the one winner for the blog last night on the beach at Laytown when Saratoga Baby (Miss J M Mangan, 11/4 joint-fav) won by an impressive 2¾ lengths. @PollyRogers on twitter was particularly happy with the result as she had visited Saratoga racetrack the day before and I emailed her to back it.

135 entries were revealed today for the Melbourne Cup on the 5th November. Do you have an ante-post fancy at this stage?

Melbourne Cup winners and jockeys

  • 2012: Green Moon (Brett Prebble)
  • 2011: Dunaden (Christophe Lemaire)
  • 2010 : Americain (Gerald Mosse)
  • 2009: Shocking (Corey Brown)
  • 2008: Viewed (Blake Shinn)
  • 2007: Efficient (Michael Rodd)
  • 2006: Delta Blues (Yasunari Iwata)

I think I might have a couple of bob eachway on DANDINO @ 25/1 myself.

Today’s Southwell fancies:

2.10 South- Points Of View (e/w).

2.40 South- According To Trev (win).

3.10 South- Hi Tide (e/w).

3.40 South- Experimentalist (win).

4.10 South- Vinnie The Fish (e/w).

4.40 South- Compton Blue (win).

5.10 South- Tara Muck & Ruaraidh Hugh (e/w).

pointsofviewWe all love a few pointers! 😉

Laytown Sally


This will be the fourth consecutive year I’ve done a blog post on Laytown Races and this unique meeting never fails to capture my imagination.

Niall Cronin summed it up nicely in his Irish Herald piece yesterday:

SINCE 1868, the unique spectacle of horseracing on the strand at Laytown Beach has been attracting crowds from near and far and the only meeting held on the strand under the rules of racing will host its annual card tomorrow afternoon at the Co Meath venue.

In the past, the meeting staged races as far as two miles with the course being specially routed, but health and safety measures were brought in in the mid-1990s and the furthest race now is seven furlongs, with two amateur races on the card and no seven pound-claiming riders are now permitted to ride at Laytown.

The meeting is one of the most highly anticipated on the Irish calendar with the unique occasion proving something different for racing regulars and rare racegoers alike.

Although only 10 runners can run in each race, when entries closed last Thursday, Horse Racing Ireland received a total of 144 entries for the meeting, which included seven previous course winners.

Most of those entries will end up being disappointed about being balloted out, but the meeting will attract some of the leading Flat trainers and jockeys as well as some of Ireland’s top jump trainers and jockeys.

Of course, punters looking at the card will often look for previous Laytown winners or those who have shown a liking for the all-weather surface at Dundalk, and the trainers who have enjoyed success over the years are Pat Flynn and local Aido McGuinness, who regularly trains his horses on the beach.

Racecourse manager Kevin Coleman and his team face into a hectic day tomorrow as the staff can only start building the track and putting up the running rails as the tide goes out and then of course, as soon as the last race is over, the track has to be dismantled before the tide is back in.

There is little that is ordinary about Laytown and its surroundings in terms of a race meeting, but it is certain to be well supported by those young and old from local towns and villages and far away as tourists who take the opportunity to witness this rare event.

Today’s Laytown fancies:

4.20 Lay- Jembatt (e/w).

4.55 Lay- King Of Oriel (e/w).

5.25 Lay- Pivotal Rock (e/w).

6.00 Lay- Saratoga Baby (e/w).

6.30 Lay- Mt Weather & All Silver (e/w).

7.00 Lay- Moonbi Creek (win).

Hope you make bucket loads today! 😉

Wolvo Wonders

A very punter unfriendly card has had me swerving Doncaster today except for giving you an opinion on the feature race The Doncaster Cup at 2.20pm in which I will go for High Jinx (e/w). Graham Lee is aboard again and he’s very much a man in red hot form so I’m pretty sure this horse will be a contender at the end of proceedings.

Parramatta (S Foley, 2-1 fav) was the sole winner on the annual sand castle fun we have at Laytown last evening. Heavily supported throughout the day Foley’s mount won with plenty in hand. Hope you got a few shells on! 😀

Tonight’s fancies are at Wolverhampton:

5.40 Wolv- Rano Pano (e/w).

6.15 Wolv- Ambitious Boy (e/w).

6.45 Wolv- Mandi Lexi (e/w).

7.15 Wolv- Any Given Dream (win).

7.45 Wolv- Star Of Broadway (e/w).

8.15 Wolv- All Time (e/w).

8.45 Wolv- Baltis Sister (e/w).

9.15 Wolv- Indieslad & Prohibition (e/w).

Nice cover! 😉


Life’s a beach at Laytown

Larks Lad (A P McCoy, 4-1 2nd-fav) was once again a solo winner for the blog yesterday at Uttoxeter. I suppose things could be worse if I got no winners at all.

It’s that time of the year again when this blog traditionally posts selections at Laytown for the annual spectacle of racing on the beach. If you use the search option on my home page you will find I’ve found a few winners at this meeting over the years so long may that continue.

Today’s Laytown fancies:

4.40 Lay- Pivotal Rock (e/w).

5.10 Lay- Parramatta (win).

5.40 Lay- Raise The Rafters (e/w).

6.10 Lay- Solent Ridge (e/w).

6.40 Lay- Enough Is Enough (e/w).

7.10 Lay- Invincible Soul (e/w).

Bringing back fond memories of the British Summer 2012!  😉

On The Beach (Laytown 2011)

Cygnet (Henry Brooke, 7-2 ) and a whole host of second places (+ a non-runner) were the outcome to the afternoon at Uttoxeter yesterday.

Today, as I traditionally do nowadays, is focus on some fancies at the unique meeting which is Laytown. The meeting was first recorded in 1868 and has been a highlight of the Meath sporting calender ever since.

4.45 Lay- Quai Du Roy & Bank On Black (e/w).

5.20 Lay- Hot Sand (e/w).

5.50 Lay- Lombrici (e/w).

6.20 Lay- Livaleo (e/w).

6.50 Lay- Rigid Rock & Withnail (e/w).

7.20 Lay- Eur Elusive (e/w).

Laytown Sally


Ahhhh, memories of perfect holidays rekindled! 😉