Daily Punt: September 1

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Pitmen’s Derby: Hit the Tropical Beat

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PLENTY of people moan that the Epsom Derby is no longer run on a Wednesday. But if you delve into the history books another “Derby” also used to be run in the middle of the week. This was the Pitmen’s Derby, a fantastic occasion and an annual holiday for miners who made the pilgrimage to Gosforth Park for the staying handicap each year. Sadly, the race ceased to be a holiday in 1949 and was switched to a Saturday. Now the Pitmen’s Derby or, of course, the Northumberland Plate, is one of the richest staying handicaps in Europe. This Saturday’s race looks as competitive as ever. Read More

Royal Ascot five to follow

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AS sporting weeks go, they don’t get much bigger than this. The World Cup continues to thrill but a wonderful side dish is provided by Royal Ascot 2014. Five wonderful days of racing, supplemented by the usual dose of tradition and heritage that resonate not just with racing purists but the nation as a whole, start tomorrow. Finding Royal Ascot winners won’t be easy, especially in the big-field handicaps. But here are five horses who will, hopefully, pay their way… Read More

Royal Ascot: A Group One feast

Nothing quite beats Royal Ascot

THE weather is set fair for Royal Ascot. There isn’t a drop of rain forecast for the next week at the Berkshire track, which is great news for fashionistas and even better news for thoroughbreds wanting fast ground. Tuesday’s racing is immense with three Group One races kicking off the royal meeting. There are very warm favourites in two of them, while the other is wide open. So let’s look for some value… Read More