Daily Double August 3

TODAY’S double is actually a treble. Three horses quietly fancied. BATHOS (2.30 Nottingham) is the first. His form figures do not inspire but I’m convinced he’s better than he’s shown. He was only three lengths behind the useful Lathom at Beverley on his second run before disappointing in his next two runs. William Buick does well for Mark Johnston and I’m expecting an improved show in the nursery off a mark of 62. Next up is… Read More

Daily Double July 31

GLORIOUS Goodwood is proving typically competitive. I’ll come back to today’s racing shortly. However, for the double we’ll start with BAHAMIAN DESERT (8.25 Musselburgh). He is bang in form and was chinned close home last weekend. He runs off the same mark tonight and should be very hard to beat. The other half of the double… Read More

Daily Double July 29

SHREWD punters tend to avoid the big festivals when they’re on and concentrate on the minor meetings. Finding winners at Cheltenham, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and Galway is more difficult than a routine card at, say, Ripon or Nottingham, so it usually pays to look elsewhere. With that in mind the two main tips are away from the Downs where the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes looks to be at the mercy of Solow. The first selection… Read More

Glorious Goodwood Day One


HARDLY glorious weather for it, but one of the best week’s racing of the year starts today. Rain-softened ground isn’t ideal in the height of summer and it has already scared off Gleneagles and a few other big guns at Glorious Goodwood. The forecast is kind for the rest of the week and I suspect the ground will be good or even quick by the end of the five days. Today’s first selection goes in a competitive opener… Read More

Postponed books Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ticket


Picture: Sky Sports THE defection of Golden Horn robbed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of much of its lustre. However, I think it was the right decision. He may still have won but a hard race may have bottomed him out and taken the edge off him. With so many good targets still to aim for, Golden Horn still has the pantheon of greatness within his reach. It would be marvellous to see him go through his career unbeaten and go out on a high in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October for which he is generally second favourite behind Treve. Read More

Daily Double July 24

SEAMOUR (2.55 Ascot), as regular readers may know by now, is something of a favourite of this blog. He ran a blinder from a horror draw in the Northumberland Plate and was beaten only two lengths. Today he goes in the Brown Jack Handicap at Ascot and I think he’ll gain compensation. The heavens are expected to open at Ascot this morning and could turn the ground soft. That will suit Seamour who won in wet ground over hurdles. The other tip is… Read More

Glorious Goodwood ready to take centre stage


by CELIA ROCHE AS July turns to August there is only one place to look as Glorious Goodwood stages one of British racing’s most iconic summer meetings. With five days of thrilling action on the turf at Goodwood just around the corner, we look back at some recent memories from the meeting and highlight the horses likely to have a big say this time around. Read More

Daily Double July 20

RURAL CELEBRATION (3.05 Ayr) has two unplaced runs next to her name this season but I’m expecting a better performance today. That’s mainly down to the fact that she likes to get her toe in and the slow ground at Ayr should suit her well. In fact, all her wins have been on ground no quicker than good. She has also slipped down the ratings a little and so is dropped in grade to a class 4. She has won the previous two class 4 races she has contested. Hopefully she will repay each-way support today. The other selection is… Read More

Daily Double July 17

RAW IMPULSE (2.10 Haydock) made a good impression when winning his maiden with a bit of authority at Nottingham in May. A scopey don of Makfi, he was a one-time Derby entrant and although he may not have scaled those heights, there could be some nice races to be won with him. He has top weight in Haydock’s opener today and as long as he handles the fast-ish ground he should be hard to beat off a mark of 84. The other selection… Read More

Daily Double July 15

NUMBER ONE LONDON won well at Newton Abbot but, bizarrely, drops well back in trip to 1m 7f at Uttoxeter (2.50) today. Giving 6lb to John Ferguson’s Silent Movie looks a tough task but I liked the way Number One London travelled and jumped last time and Uttoxeter can sometimes take some getting in terms of stamina. He has oodles of that. Read More