Horses To Follow: April 23

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TIME for a new column. Each week we’ll highlight a few horses to follow, animals who have caught the eye and the imagination on the racecourse. Among them will be winners, horses who have been unlucky, some who are well handicapped and one or two who have yet to race. Here is this week’s list… Read More

Daily Punt: Salute Salutation


SALUTATION looked a lovely type at three but had an ultra-busy season, running a mind-boggling 16 times. He looked like the break had done him good on his reappearance at Kempton when making all and hosing up, and despite being 10lb higher at Epsom today, it could pay to catch Mark Johnston’s four-year-old while he is in this type of form. Read More

Daily Punt: Talkonthestreet


TWO winners for this column yesterday in the shape of Piazon, albeit at a short price, and debutante Der Meister who was given a peach of a ride by Oisin Murphy at Yarmouth. One horse stands out today although fingers crossed the rain stays away for him at Ludlow. TALKONTHESTREET finally won over fences over 3m 4f at Stratford last month. Crucially, he got the good ground that he needs and showed great courage under Richard Johnson. Forcing tactics also seemed to suit the seven-year-old who is taken to follow up today in the (3.00). Read More

Daily Punt: Piazon to go one better


BACK after a hiatus, which included a couple of fab days at Newmarket. The National Stud and National Horseracing Museum are must-visits if you haven’t done them already… On to today and there’s no doubt that PIAZON would have won on his seasonal reappearance at Nottingham if he had not fluffed his lines at the start. For good measure he was also hampered before coming from a long way back to get within two lengths of the winner. He seeks compensation at Yarmouth today (3.50) and as long as he handles the quicker ground he should win. He is up 1lb but the useful Louis Steward (left) takes off 5lb. He could be a well handicapped horse. Elsewhere on a busy Bank Holiday Monday, a few others stand out… Read More

Daily Punt: So Kean on Edmund


TOP quality racing across both codes today. John Gosden is making hay at the moment and everything he runs should be respected, while My Tent Or Yours wears a hood and earplugs in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Then there is the Scottish National at Ayr and Tidal Bay trying to treat several young guns a lesson. Here are five that will carry my money today… Read More

Daily Punt: A load of Bull and Bush


THIS column has been performing wretchedly this week. In fact, since a  stupendous Saturday six days ago, we’ve failed abysmally to spot a winner. Pentiffic ran okay but was never allowed to get his own way at Ludlow yesterday. No excuses. So the law of averages suggest a winner could be nigh. Today’s cursed subject is the progressive mare BULL AND BUSH who is sent up to Scotland for the 4.55 at Ayr. Read More

Daily Punt: Terrific Pentiffic


AMONG the early casualties in last week’s Foxhunters Chase over the Grand National fences was PENTIFFIC, who unseated at the second fence. He was quietly fancied to go close, although I don’t think many horses would have coped with the eventual winner Warne. Pentiffic had earlier bounced back to form at Warwick and today he reappears quickly after his Aintree aberration in the 5.00 at Ludlow. Read More

Daily Punt: Biographer made of the write stuff


BIOGRAPHER is a late-maturing type who somehow failed to win last season, despite running several solid races. Among them was fourth in the Doncaster Cup over two miles and there was another good run at Ascot on Champions Day. Today he kicks off his five-year-old campaign in the Listed Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham. It is a fairly warm contest with progressive looking horses including Mighty Yar and Flyng Officer, plus the useful High Jinx. Read More

Daily Punt: Zee Zeely

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A STRONG card at Pontefract today sees the likes of Ryan Moore and Paul Hanagan in the saddle and some choicely-bred raiders from Newmarket make the trek to West Yorkshire. The 1m 2f maiden at 2.40 is of particular interest and has attracted two Derby entries and a colt entered in the 2,000 Guineas. Last year it launched the career of Libertarian, who went on to be second in the Derby. For good measure it also featured Elidor, who won at Royal Ascot. Of the two Epsom entries, preference is for ZEE ZEELY who is one of five rides for the in-form Ryan Moore (four winners yesterday). Read More

Daily Punt: Cloverdale


THERE was a lot to like about the way Mark Johnston’s CLOVERDALE won at Southwell on his racecourse debut. It was a comfortable victory with an air of authority, and suggested there would be more to come. The form does look a bit suspect and he may not have beaten much, but he has been given a handicap mark of 84, and that could be generous. Read More