Limato to continue unbeaten run at Newbury


LIMATO has done everything right in his three runs and I was disappointed when he missed the Gimcrack Stakes at York. He has had a two-month break since his last race and reappears on Saturday in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. He should continue his unbeaten run at the main expense of Jungle Cat. Read More

Kingston Hill can grab St Leger glory


THE St Leger has been around for 238 years. In fact, it was first raced just 69 years after Scotland officially became part of the UK in the 1707 Act Of Union. The oldest Classic is steeped in history but let’s be honest: this year’s race is a shade disappointing. There’s nothing of the class of previous winners such as Oh So Sharp, Commanche Run and Reference Point but we do have the Epsom Derby second and third… Read More

Saturday selections: Feel the Power

solepowerIF I wasn’t chained to the Daily Star Sunday office tomorrow, I’d be at Haydock like a shot. There is a belting card and it is marvellous that SOLE POWER takes his chance in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup. There are few better sights than him and Richard Hughes in full flight. Read More

Daily Punt: September 1

stone roses

MICHAEL Bell has always thought a lot of STONE ROSES and this grey filly has been slowly getting her act together. In fact, I think she would have won at Newmarket last time with a clear run over 6f. She reverts to 5f at Brighton today (3.00), which is a slight worry, but with Ryan Moore in the saddle she looks primed to get off the mark. The biggest danger could be Roger Varian’s speedy Queen’s Pearl who showed very good toe on her debut over 6f before tiring. The drop in trip should suit. Read More

York Ebor meeting: Five to follow


ORDINARILY, the York Ebor meeting is one of the best Flat meetings of the year. But this year the probable presence of the Epsom Derby and Oaks winners is poised to give it added lustre. Australia and Taghrooda are both promising to be exceptional Classic winners and their participation in the Juddmonte International and Yorkshire Oaks is eagerly anticipated. But the supporting cards at the York Ebor Festival are typically excellent with the usual fusion of class and competitiveness. Here are five horses to look out for… Read More

Juvenile notebook: August 12


ONE of these blogs is overdue but a few two year olds catch the eye today so here goes. None more so than ENLACE who was expected to win at Newmarket the other day but was mugged on the line in a lucrative nursery after trying to make all. The Shamardal filly should regain the winning thread at Nottingham today before going on to better things. George Dryden is a tough opponent from the resurgent Ann Duffield yard and was impressive at Pontefract but Enlace should take advantage of the 5lb she receives. Read More

Glorious Goodwood: Day Two


KINGMAN is the star attraction at Glorious Goodwood on day two. I’ll be surprised if he fails to dispatch Toronado although tactics could play a pivotal role. One for the purists. Extremity did the business under a perfect Ryan Moore ride for this blog on day one. while Salutation and Dark Profit hit the crossbar. Let’s have another go on day two… Read More

Glorious Goodwood: Day One


FIVE fabulous days of top-class racing kick off tomorrow at Glorious Goodwood. The racing is as competitive and classy as you’d expect and the weather looks set fair for good fast ground. It’s a tricky card but these four horses stand out today… Read More

Trading Leather the King George value


TELESCOPE grew up and finally became a man at Royal Ascot. His victory in the Hardwicke Stakes was, visually at least, the performance of the meeting (along with Kingman). And, as a result, he is the warm 15/8 favourite for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. But in recent days the market has been shaken up by Oaks heroine Taghrooda being re-routed from last weekend’s Irish Oaks to the Group One Ascot race. Read More

The Coral Eclipse Stakes


IT’S a shame that Australia chose an exercise canter in a farce of an Irish derby over a tilt at the Coral Eclipse Stakes this Saturday. The shorter trip may have seen him to even greater effect. But the race is still building up to be a tasty morsel. Here is a rundown of the 12 still left in, nine of whom have some sort of chance. Read More