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Plumpton (Monday)

Photo by Alan Crowhurst

Today’s Plumpton fancies:

1.10 Plump- Fuseau & Dapa Lad (e/w).

1.40 Plump- Penny Mallow (e/w).

2.10 Plump- Mab Dab (e/w).

2.40 Plump- Mr Pumblechook (e/w).

3.10 Plump- Brother Bennett (e/w).

3.40 Plump- Poucor (e/w).

4.10 Plump- High Up In The Air (e/w).

My Top 3 Racing Moments Of 2014


I had to set the alarm for 3.55 am to watch racing moment number three on my list but it was well worth it to witness Ryan Moore steer home the German trained horse Protectionist in the Melbourne Cup at the start of November.

Moore saved ground all the way, avoided traffic at the business end of proceedings, then powered away from the remarkable Red Cadeaux.

It was certainly a welcome interruption to a good night of sleep.


The likelihood of a running of the Grand National not featuring in my top three racing moments of the year is very rare however on this occasion it only makes my number two spot.

A chance eavesdropping session by myself and Calum Madell on the Aintree parade ring steps after the conclusion of the 2013 Becher Chase had us both scrambling for our notebooks. Brian Hughes was convinced Pineau De Re would be suited by the fences come the following April and the good doctor listened intensely.

I didn’t back Pineau Du Re quite as early as Calum did but I got a nice chunk of 33’s at the end of January 2014 and some 25’s on the race day itself back in April.

As for you lucky readers I recommended Pineau De Re for you here on the blog. Not bad after also recommending you go with Lord Windermere at 20/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup three weeks earlier.


There’s certainly some joie de vivre about my final racing highlight of 2014 as I ventured across the English Channel back in October for my very first visit to Longchamp.

I was in total awe of the entire race course. Those French Racing authorities certainly know how to put on a good show. The atmosphere was so relaxed, it wasn’t over busy, there were no lager louts to be seen, you could wear what you wanted and the entire ambiance of the place was fantastic.

Of course a few winners always help proceedings along and I was lucky enough to back Trêve at home at 11/1. She’d been written off my many a UK pundit but class is permanent and she showed it again on that beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top three racing moments of 2014. I actually had the potential for ten moments but that would have been quite laborious reading.

Do you have a top three? I’m sure you do. Please share your moments with me and others underneath in the comments box. It’s good to talk!

Melbourne Cup 2014


It’s often mistaken as the Australian equivalent of Aintree Ladies Day but the Melbourne Cup is much bigger than that. It’s the race that stops a nation!

The only stopping the race will do in my house is me getting a full nights sleep as I set my alarm for 3.55 a.m. That’s what you call dedication.

If you’ve got a little time to spare before the big race or you suffer from insomnia then the chaps at On The Other Hoof have done a video preview of the race.

Featuring on that video is Hong Kong based writer Andrew Hawkins and here is his excellent in-depth analysis on every single runner in the race. It’s very good and an essential read.

2014 Melbourne Cup Complete Guide

Mully’s Melbourne Missives:

AU REVOIR (95.0 win, 20.0 place) & PROTECTIONIST (8.8 win, 3.35 place) both each-way on Betfair.

And to finish here’s Men At Work just to get you in the mood 😀




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! 😉

Haldon Gold Cup 2011

Heartbreak at 4am this morning for the Mull It Over Blog and more importantly the Ed Dunlop team as Red Cadeaux just got touched off a nostril at a final S.P of 50/1 by the 7/1 French raider Dunaden. For those of you who haven’t seen the race here’s the final agonising moments:

What an absolute pièce de résistance it would have been to tip a 50/1 winner here on this blog. The strongest of my three fancies I supported the selection with an accompanying picture and caption. You know I mean business when I do this 😀 . After getting up at 4am to watch the race and letting out a muted cheer of elation shortly after so as not to wake the neighbours, the gutted feeling is still there within me. It must be a thousand times worse for the Ed Dunlop camp.

However not to dwell, that’s the nature of the sport we all love and watch. Plenty of snakes and plenty of ladders. Brush yourself down and move on 😀

Today’s fancies are at Exeter:

1.50 Ex- Rocky Creek (win).

2.20 Ex- Big Easy & Rody (e/w).

2.50 Ex- Comb F/C 1-2-3  (total cop-out sorry 😉 ).

3.20 Ex- Sam Winner (win).

3.50 Ex- Plein Pouvoir, Lavenoak Lad & Honourable Arthur (e/w).

4.20 Ex- High Carol & Kahsabelle (e/w).

I've got the power!

(Sam) Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner tonight hopefully! 😉


Melbourne Cup 2011

With fairly uninspiring racing today on UK shores I’m going to concentrate on a few fancies for the early hours of Tuesday morning at Flemington (04.00 GMT).

My three eachway fancies are:

  • Niwot (9-1)
  • Drunken Sailor (28-1)
  • Red Cadeaux (25-1)

Niwot will be as sharp as a button after winning the Group 3 Lexus Stakes at Flemington just three days ago and qualifying for the weights. Any horse with some Sadler’s Wells progeny in it is good enough for me 😀

Drunken Sailor has had a 17-day rest. I was very impressed by the manor in which this horse won the Glorious Stakes (Jukebox Jury behind in third) and I can see a similar late on the scene scenario happening here.

Red Cadeaux is a favourite of mine as I was always keen on Cadeaux Genereux too. He often gets outpaced mid-division but if there are any floundering out in front he often find the reserves to run them down.


Yesterday’s sole winner at Carlisle was Arisea (Mr J Belbin, 7-1 ). Joel Belbin gave this one a patient astute ride for his first winner under rules and Joel looks a good prospect for the future.


Red - will he dare?

Remember to set your alarm clocks! 😉