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

Daily Dabble July 4

NO flowery intro today: let’s get straight into it, beginning with CARNAGEO (8.15) who won decisively at Ripon last month and he was not disgraced in a better race at Haydock under a penalty when the ground may have been a bit quick and  the trip on the short side. He returns to Ripon tonight and although he is 9lb higher than his last run at the Garden Racecourse he should go very close with conditions in his favour. Read More

Daily Dabble June 30

TRIATHLON is interesting in the last race at Haydock today (5.00). She has shown glimmers of promise in her three runs and was not given a hard time at Nottingham on her seasonal bow when staying on nicely into fifth. The ground is likely to have some dig and as long as she handles it she should go very close under the excellent Danny Tudhope in what is an ordinary class five handicap. Read More

Royal Ascot horses to follow


A DAZZLING international challenge will light up five days of the best flat racing in the world at Royal Ascot this week. Equine machines from the USA, Japan and across Europe will mount one of the strongest cosmopolitan teams at the five-day thoroughbred festival. American mare Tepin is strongly fancied for today’s curtain raiser, the Queen Anne Stakes, while fellow US challenger Miss Temple City will take all the beating in tomorrow’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Read More

US Army Ranger can gun down Investec Derby rivals


I CAN’T recall such an open feel to the Investec Derby. Most bookies are going 9/2 the field. So they’re clueless as to who might win. Most of the trials were underwhelming and the added ingredient of slow-ish ground will complicate matters further. So who is going to win the 2016 Investec Derby, which will be Britain’s richest-ever race with a prize fund of £1.5million? Read More

Seventh Heaven the Investec Oaks value


AFTER her 1,000 Guineas victory it was inconceivable that Minding would start odds-against in the Investec Oaks. Success in the Epsom Classic seemed as inevitable as night follows day after her Newmarket romp. But the chance of Aidan O’Brien’s star filly going off at 11/10 or bigger looks a distinct possibility following her shock defeat in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The filly who was at one point being encouraged in some quarters to take on the colts in the Derby suddenly looks vulnerable and no longer looks a shoo-in at Epsom on Friday. So can she do the Classic double? Read More

Daily Dabble May 31

ALLBARNONE did the business for this column at Cartmel yesterday. Given a lovely ride by Tom Garner, he won with a bit in hand and should be followed on decent ground. His SP was 10/1 but I hope some of you took the 16/1 that was available earlier in the day. Hilary J showed plenty on her debut to come third while Grand Canyon was another nice winner (7-2) for the column. Tawdeea was unlucky and got no sort of clear run so keep in mind for next time. On to today… Read More

Daily Dabble May 30

A YEAR ago I backed a horse called ALLBARNONE at Cartmel. He looked all over the winner a furlong out but was rather worried out of it late on by Grand Vintage. Allbarnone remains a maiden and is clearly a tricky ride but Tom Garner has got a good tune out of him on his last two races. He went down by a neck at Ludlow and then ran a career best in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham last time out when he led a furlong out but clearly failed to get up the hill. Read More

Daily Dabble May 24

TWO horses tickle the tastebuds today. CELLDOMFED cruised to victory in a novice hurdle at Chepstow last month and steps up into handicap company tonight at Southwell (7.35). Visually, he could not have been much more impressive and he seemingly appreciated the better ground at the Welsh track. He could have got in lightly off 116 tonight and has the assistance of Richard Johnson in the saddle. The bits of 7/2 available will probably disappear soon. Read More