Is Seamour the Ebor answer?


THE rain is coming. Beautiful weather is about to be replaced by a downpour that could have a profound effect on the Ebor, Europe’s richest handicap, on Saturday. The ante-post favourite Ivan Grozny is also out of the race after being found to be lame, leaving Northumberland Plate winner Antiquarium at the head of the market. Read More

Limato to light up York Festival


IT seems five minutes ago that virtual silence reigned across York racecourse after Arabian Queen lowered the colours of Derby winner Golden Horn in the 2015 Juddmonte International. The fairy-tale success of Mecca’s Angel and the immense training performance by Joseph Tuite to prepare Litigant for Ebor glory were other highlights of last year’s terrific York Festival. The stature of this meeting continues to grow. It is the highlight of a packed August racing diary and, thankfully, the Knavesmire looks set to be graced by decent weather this week. So, good fast ground, and no excuses. Read More

Ridge Ranger to strike in Stewards’ Cup


FOUR winners yesterday for this column and Rusumaat was chinned on the line but it could not be much tougher today with the Stewards’ Cup and the Stewards’ Sprint on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. RIDGE RANGER (3.45) has a likeable profile in the Stewards’ Cup as she is improving rapidly. The mare is well drawn and has a similar profile to last year’s winner Magical Memory. Read More

Rusumaat to continue Johnston run at Glorious Goodwood


MARK Johnston is enjoying a typically fruitful week at Glorious Goodwood. Fire Fighting, Yalta and Bear Valley have already won and he has more chances on the last two days. He even had the one, two, three in nursery on Thursday but when he is mob handed in the same race, the difficulty is deciding which one to go with. Read More

Lathom overpriced on Glorious Goodwood day three


LATHOM (5.30) has been steadily improving with each run this season and his moment in the sun could be in the devilishly difficult 5f handicap that closes day three of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday. Few horses are as unlucky as David O’Meara’s sprinter: he often finds trouble in running, in fact going back to his juvenile days he was checked a couple of times in last year’s Molecomb Stakes. His running on fifth to the improving Alpha Delphini at York was a solid run last time out and he will appreciate the quicker ground. A price of around 10/1 looks fair. Read More

Global Applause can strike on Glorious Goodwood Day Two


DAY two of Glorious Goodwood sees an excellent renewal of the Qatar Sussex Stakes with the winners of the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas locking horns again. GALILEO GOLD, Awtaad and The Gurkha met at Royal Ascot when Frankie Dettori produced a masterclass to steer Hugo Palmer’s stable star to victory. I see absolutely no reason why he should not confirm the form today. Read More

Notarised can score at Glorious Goodwood


GLORIOUS Goodwood starts on Tuesday with some top class racing. Thankfully, after a wet Ascot and Epsom, we finally have a summer festival on good fast ground. Here are a few fancies…. 2.00: A typically tricky handicap kicks things off with 18 runners. The improver is Shakopee who won well under Jamie Spencer last time out and Luca Cumani has a track record of readying one for the big Goodwood handicaps. However Mark Johnston has an even better record at Glorious Goodwood and FIRE FIGHTING looks decent value at around 10/1. He rarely wins and his form figures look uninspiring but he has slipped to his lowest mark in more than a year (102) and was only three lengths behind Educate in the John Smith’s Cup. If Adam Kirby can engineer a decent position from a wide draw he should run a huge race. Read More

Glorious Goodwood preview


THE countdown to Glorious Goodwood is underway, or rather the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Summer has finally arrived with a vengeance and, thankfully, the weather looks set fair for this coming week. The course is being watered to maintain ground that is good to firm (good in places) and after a soggy Ascot it will be great to see a summer racing festival run on proper fast ground. Read More

Daily Dabble July 19

IT will be a surprise if MATHS PRIZE (2.00) fails to give The Queen a winner in the first at Ffos Las. The son of Royal Applause was scribbled into many notebooks after an eye-catching debut at Sandown when he stayed on in taking style to be second to Larchmont Lad. He was about two lengths ahead of Naval Warfare who he reopposes today. There shouldn’t be much between them but Her Majesty’s colt is preferred. Read More

Daily Dabble July 18


I WAS lucky enough to spend the morning at Mark Johnston’s huge operation in Middleham last week. It was eye-opening just how big and super slick his training base is. Set across three yards, Kingsley House, Warwick House and Park Farm, there are more than 200 horses in his care and more than 120 staff employed. I met Lumiere, his star filly (left), and I did a piece for the Sunday Express which might interest you. If you have never been to Middleham itself then you are missing a treat. The clip-clop of horses walking around the village can be heard from early in the morning and there are some lovely walks starting from the market square. There are also four pubs within staggering distance of each other. Marvellous! Read More