Ante-post focus: 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup


AT THE start of the National Hunt season, purists and pundits were licking their lips at the prospect of a so-called “golden generation” of young chasers coming to the fore. The thought of these upwardly mobile, scopey creatures making it to the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup line-up gave goosebumps to those of us drenched in jump racing sentiment and lit the blue touch paper for a host of hyperbole. However, more than halfway through the season, is the so-called golden generation really up to scratch? There are still more questions than answers… Read More

Daily Dabble January 29


SOMEHOW the foul recent weather seems to have evaded South Yorkshire, so it’s with some surprise that “good” is in the going description today at Doncaster. The result is a deluge of runners, more than 100 to be precise, and the racing is refreshingly competitive and a welcome antidote to the perennial debate over small fields. Read More

Daily Dabble: January 26

TEN days ago AZERT DE COEUR (3.25) caught the eye with the way he served it up to the improving Caraline at Wetherby, going down by a head. There were 15 lengths back to the third. Today Venetia Williams’ six-year-old is back at the North Yorkshire track as he bids to go one better. He has been raised 5lb, which is not overly harsh, and has a great chance of getting off the mark over fences. Read More

Daily Dabble January 4


WHEN you’re trying to stay off the booze for a month, you sometimes feel the world is conspiring against you. Last night images of lovely looking red wine being poured into over-sized glasses seemed to be on every TV advert. And then it didn’t really help my resolve when my other half poured a glass of something (even Baileys looks tempting when you’re denying yourself alcohol). So when poring over today’s racing it was no real surprise that the standout horse was ….ITSTIMEFORAPINT (1.20 Musselburgh). Read More

Ante-post Cheltenham Festival tips


THE Cheltenham Festival is less than three months away and the markets for the championship races are slowly but surely beginning to take shape. Backing ante-post is an occupational hazard and it can often pay to wait until bookmakers go non runner no bet, In fact, one major online bookie is going NRNB on a few select races so expect others to follow suit shortly. Here’s a few horses who have caught the eye recently and who might be worth a second look in the ante-post markets… Read More

King George VI Chase preview


MY third favourite race of the year (behind the Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup) rarely disappoints when it comes to drama. I was reminded the other day of the man dressed as Santa who nearly ran into and brought down a knackered Kicking King on the run-in in 2004. Read More

Crabbie’s Grand National clues in Becher

Highland Lodge

Picture: Liverpool Echo
I FANCIED Highland Lodge in the Becher Chase, so much so that I put him in my usual Saturday “life-changing” multiple bet. His 20/1 success was the only winner of the six, so life hasn’t changed… although the dream still lives on. The Becher Chase was a cracking spectacle and informative in several ways when pondering Crabbie’s Grand National implications. Read More

Daily Dabble November 30


ALAN King and Wayne Hutchinson were the talk of the town on Saturday when the gorgeous Smad Place destroyed a quality field in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Their good run should continue in the opener at Plumpton today when WILLIAM H BONNEY (1.10) makes his hurdling debut. He is regarded as one of the yard’s nicer young horses and confirmed this with a run full of promise in a bumper at Fontwell behind the useful Clondaw Cian. That horse has since made an impressive winning hurdling debut so the bumper form looks solid. Read More

Daily Dabble November 29

SNUKER could pot punters a few quid at Carlisle today. A thorough stayer and mudlark, he has slipped to a chase rating of 91 and with the capable Kit Alexander taking off another 3lb he’ll be racing off 88. His last two runs were off 101. Read More

Hennessy Gold Cup preview


JUST five may have turned up for the Betfair Chase last Saturday but the Hennessy Gold Cup promises to be something completely different. Seventeen go to post for the £200,000 contest, one of the oldest and greatest races of the season on Saturday. It is the major highlight of the three-day bet365 Festival at Newbury, which started on Thursday. Read More