Daily Punt: So Kean on Edmund

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TOP quality racing across both codes today. John Gosden is making hay at the moment and everything he runs should be respected, while My Tent Or Yours wears a hood and earplugs in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Then there is the Scottish National at Ayr and Tidal Bay trying to treat several young guns a lesson. Here are five that will carry my money today… Read More

Daily Punt: A load of Bull and Bush

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THIS column has been performing wretchedly this week. In fact, since a  stupendous Saturday six days ago, we’ve failed abysmally to spot a winner. Pentiffic ran okay but was never allowed to get his own way at Ludlow yesterday. No excuses. So the law of averages suggest a winner could be nigh. Today’s cursed subject is the progressive mare BULL AND BUSH who is sent up to Scotland for the 4.55 at Ayr. Read More

Daily Punt: Terrific Pentiffic

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AMONG the early casualties in last week’s Foxhunters Chase over the Grand National fences was PENTIFFIC, who unseated at the second fence. He was quietly fancied to go close, although I don’t think many horses would have coped with the eventual winner Warne. Pentiffic had earlier bounced back to form at Warwick and today he reappears quickly after his Aintree aberration in the 5.00 at Ludlow. Read More

Daily Punt: Biographer made of the write stuff

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BIOGRAPHER is a late-maturing type who somehow failed to win last season, despite running several solid races. Among them was fourth in the Doncaster Cup over two miles and there was another good run at Ascot on Champions Day. Today he kicks off his five-year-old campaign in the Listed Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham. It is a fairly warm contest with progressive looking horses including Mighty Yar and Flyng Officer, plus the useful High Jinx. Read More

Daily Punt: Zee Zeely

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A STRONG card at Pontefract today sees the likes of Ryan Moore and Paul Hanagan in the saddle and some choicely-bred raiders from Newmarket make the trek to West Yorkshire. The 1m 2f maiden at 2.40 is of particular interest and has attracted two Derby entries and a colt entered in the 2,000 Guineas. Last year it launched the career of Libertarian, who went on to be second in the Derby. For good measure it also featured Elidor, who won at Royal Ascot. Of the two Epsom entries, preference is for ZEE ZEELY who is one of five rides for the in-form Ryan Moore (four winners yesterday). Read More

Daily Punt: Cloverdale

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THERE was a lot to like about the way Mark Johnston’s CLOVERDALE won at Southwell on his racecourse debut. It was a comfortable victory with an air of authority, and suggested there would be more to come. The form does look a bit suspect and he may not have beaten much, but he has been given a handicap mark of 84, and that could be generous. Read More

Daily Punt: Heavenstown

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TALK about after the Lord Mayor’s show… Our Grand National horse Balthazar King ran an absolute blinder to be second to Pineau De Re. He’s only 10 and could return for another crack next year. Our Daily Punt column was in clover yesterday. BALDER SUCCES was a brilliant winner of the Maghull Novices’ Chase and looks a proper Champion Chase contender next season. And WHISPER, despite sweating up badly before the race, ground out a brave victory against At Fishers Cross in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Wilde Blue Yonder also ran a blinder to be fourth despite being hampered turning in and then missing the last flight. He is an exciting prospect. For good measure SUCH A LEGEND won at Chepstow, albeit at odds-on. Read More

Daily Punt: Balder’s dash to glory

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GRAND National day tomorrow, probably my favourite day of the year. I’d love to see the mercurial Tidal Bay sign off a brilliant career with victory and he has every chance. However I have still allowed sentiment to influence my selection with the brave and bold BALTHAZAR KING. Full Grand National preview is here.  I’m hoping three other big favourites of mine triumph on an extremely strong supporting card at Aintree… Read More

Daily Punt: Aintree Ladies’ Day

tatenenAINTREE was fabulous yesterday. Quality racing on perfect ground, and not too big a crowd, so getting to the bar was easy! Of our Daily Punt horses, Activial folded tamely but Claret Cloak ran well to be third. Maybe the race just came too soon after Cheltenham. The racing looks more open on day two but the horse I really like is in the 4.50. I was at Carlisle on a miserably wet Monday last November when STONEBROOK fairly hosed up in a bumper. He made a huge impression and has continued to progress. He is thrown into a competitive handicap today but with AP McCoy on board and an attractive racing weight he looks very interesting. Read More

Daily Punt: Activial to light up Aintree

activialI’M off to Aintree today for the start of the Grand National meeting. It’s an excellent card although a couple of the Grade Ones have cut up a little. But one race that is almost as strong as the Triumph Hurdle is the opener. Harry Fry bypassed Cheltenham with ACTIVIAL (above) to wait for today’s juvenile hurdle (2.00). That was a bold move and it could be rewarded with victory today. He has three lengths to find with Calipto on Newbury form and the latter was the hard luck story of the Triumph. However fresh horses tend to do well at Aintree (L’Unique won this last year after missing Cheltenham) and Activial could not have been more impressive when winning at Kempton last time. Read More