Daily Dabble August 26


BLOGGING is great because you can change things at the drop of a hat. From today the Daily Double column is now the Daily Dabble. Why? I don’t want to be constrained to picking two horses. Plus, well, because I can!  On to the racing, and David O’Meara seems to be the man on everybody’s lips. He has even been linked with taking over from Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle, although the North Yorkshire maestro denied those rumours earlier this week. O’Meara could have a decent day today. Read More

Daily Double August 24


THIS column is back after a hiatus. Or a holiday, of sorts. Down to business. It’s more than 300 miles from Middleham to Brighton but Mark Johnston will go anywhere for a winner. Today he sends SILENT DREAMER (2.00) on the trek to the south coast and could be rewarded with a winner. Read More

York Ebor Festival


APPARENTLY York is known as the “Ascot of the North”. Racing folk might want to rethink that after this week’s Ebor Festival, which promises to be every bit as good, if not better, than June’s royal meeting in Berkshire. In fact, the quality of the equine talent galloping down the Knavesmire might see Ascot being dubbed the “York of the South”. Read More

Shergar Cup and Saturday selections


I’M not quite sure what to make of the Shergar Cup. It’s decent PR for the sport but I’m not sure it offers much more. So I’m going to gloss over the jockeys’ competition in the unending quest to find winners. Talking of jockeys, Jamie Spencer (pictured left) captains the Great Britain and Ireland team and one of his rides takes the eye in the 2.05… Read More

Daily Double August 6

UPDATE: RIDEONASTAR HAS BEEN DECLARED A NON RUNNER. THOSE who saw RIDEONASTAR (5.10 Haydock) run at Salisbury last week will have noted how unlucky he was. The gelding lost several lengths at the flag start after pretty much whipping round and it was a minor miracle that he was in contention two furlongs out after making up the ground. He eventually finished seven lengths behind the winner and he must have lost at least double that at the start. Today he runs over 1m 6f off the same mark: in fact the useful Jenny Powell claims an extra 5lb. He should go very well. The other main selection is… Read More

Daily Double August 3

TODAY’S double is actually a treble. Three horses quietly fancied. BATHOS (2.30 Nottingham) is the first. His form figures do not inspire but I’m convinced he’s better than he’s shown. He was only three lengths behind the useful Lathom at Beverley on his second run before disappointing in his next two runs. William Buick does well for Mark Johnston and I’m expecting an improved show in the nursery off a mark of 62. Next up is… Read More

Daily Double July 31

GLORIOUS Goodwood is proving typically competitive. I’ll come back to today’s racing shortly. However, for the double we’ll start with BAHAMIAN DESERT (8.25 Musselburgh). He is bang in form and was chinned close home last weekend. He runs off the same mark tonight and should be very hard to beat. The other half of the double… Read More

Daily Double July 29

SHREWD punters tend to avoid the big festivals when they’re on and concentrate on the minor meetings. Finding winners at Cheltenham, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and Galway is more difficult than a routine card at, say, Ripon or Nottingham, so it usually pays to look elsewhere. With that in mind the two main tips are away from the Downs where the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes looks to be at the mercy of Solow. The first selection… Read More

Glorious Goodwood Day One


HARDLY glorious weather for it, but one of the best week’s racing of the year starts today. Rain-softened ground isn’t ideal in the height of summer and it has already scared off Gleneagles and a few other big guns at Glorious Goodwood. The forecast is kind for the rest of the week and I suspect the ground will be good or even quick by the end of the five days. Today’s first selection goes in a competitive opener… Read More

Postponed books Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ticket


Picture: Sky Sports THE defection of Golden Horn robbed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of much of its lustre. However, I think it was the right decision. He may still have won but a hard race may have bottomed him out and taken the edge off him. With so many good targets still to aim for, Golden Horn still has the pantheon of greatness within his reach. It would be marvellous to see him go through his career unbeaten and go out on a high in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October for which he is generally second favourite behind Treve. Read More