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

Daily Dabble May 23

ON an average sort of Monday I’ll look through the day’s racing and pick out a couple of horses I fancy. But not today. I made a note of 12 animals that I have a genuine inkling for today. So, without further ado, here’s the dirty dozen… Read More

Wings Of Desire flies into Epsom Derby frame

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THEY say fortune favours the brave. So the owners of Minding, So Mi Dar and Galileo Gold may have to “grow a pair” in the next fortnight if they are to achieve the ultimate glory. They have been, to these eyes at least, the three outstanding performers in the Epsom trials. Galileo Gold won the 2000 Guineas with authority while connections of flying fillies Minding and So Mi Dar have to decide whether to take on the boys. Read More

Dante Stakes preview

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AS Epsom Derby trials go, last year’s Dante Stakes at York was as informative as you could get. Golden Horn’s late swoop past Jack Hobbs seemed pretty impressive when it happened but the form was truly vindicated when the pair dominated flat racing’s blue riband itself a few weeks later. Read More

Moonlight Magic cut for Epsom Derby success

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SUNDAY was a good day for Godolphin. They suddenly have two horses to go to war with in next month’s Epsom Derby, notably MOONLIGHT MAGIC, who won the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. It was a likeable performance from the son of Cape Cross, although he admittedly got the run of the race after tracking his pacemaker Saafarr. Read More

Sign of a Victory at Ascot

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NICKY Henderson plundered the Chester Cup on Wednesday and he could strike on the flat again today at Ascot. SIGN OF A VICTORY is just below top class over hurdles. In fact his last race over jumps was in the Champion Hurdle in March when he was 23 lengths behind Annie Power. No disgrace at all in that. Read More

Taqdeer one to follow

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Photo: Getty I WAS a little worried that the two-day Guineas Festival at Newmarket might come up short in terms of quality. The 2000 Guineas had been billed as a one-horse race for most of the winter and that was partly down to an apparent lack of quality opposition. But this great game has a habit of producing the unexpected and making so-called experts look a little foolish. The eclipse of Air Force Blue was the shock of the weekend and instead we are now waxing lyrical about Galileo Gold who was beautifully prepared by Hugo Palmer and brilliantly ridden by Frankie Dettori. Read More

Daily Dabble: April 28

IT’S been yonks since I’ve done one of these so it’s time to start putting things right. That’s mainly because I fancy INAAM (3.20) at Lingfield. Richard Fahey is beginning to fire in the winners and this buzzy three-year-old already has two all-weather wins on the board. He has a habit of finding trouble and he would probably have won last time out if he had not been hampered twice. Read More

Mullins to dominate at Punchestown Festival

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WILLIE Mullins may have fallen short in his bid to steal the UK trainers’ title from Paul Nicholls but he is poised to become the King of Punchestown again this week. At last year’s Festival, the trainer won an amazing 16 of the 37 races and he looks set to be well represented at this year’s five-day meeting, which starts on Tuesday. Read More

Seeyouatmidnight the Scottish National value

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MOUSE Morris certainly knows how to win a National. Rogue Angel and Rule The World have already done the business in the Irish and English equivalents and now he has his eye on a remarkable and unprecedented treble. Rogue Angel is being prepared for a possible tilt at Saturday’s Scottish national at Ayr – and who’d bet against the shaggy-haired Irish maestro doing it again. Read More