Druid’s Folly can strike at Lingfield

Paddy Brennan rides Druid's Folly

A QUICK word about yesterday where Cyrius Moriviere was clear when his saddle slipped at the second last and David Bass had little chance of staying on him. The horse should be followed as he jumped really well. Four for today at Lingfield… The ground is bound to be testing so make sure you punt …[Read More]

Zipple Back to score at Doncaster

Noel Fehily is on Zipple Back

DONCASTER stages a better-than-average card for a Monday with the promise of decent ground attracting plenty of southern raiders. Be warned that there is a band of rain due from mid morning that could have an effect on conditions. ZIPPLE BACK has always been highly thought of and he will be a warm order to …[Read More]

Lil Rockerfeller to shine at Cheltenham

Lil Rockerfeller

A HAPPY new year to you all. It’s a big day for ITV On Sunday as it begins its terrestrial coverage of our sport. Ed Chamberlin, Richard Hoiles, Matt Chapman et al will probably be tucked up in bed early tonight in readiness for what is an excellent card at Cheltenham tomorrow. It will be …[Read More]

Six for Saturday

I CAN’T recall the last time there was no racing on terrestrial television on a Saturday. Thankfully, Racing UK has, sensibly and enterprisingly, decided to show all races from Newbury and Warwick for free. Fair play to them. The Grade One Challow Hurdle (1.50) is the highlight of a decent card  at the Berkshire track. …[Read More]

Cue Card v Thistlecrack in King George battle

Cue Card and Thistlecrack with Colin Tizzard

IT’S akin to Ovett v Coe. Or Denman v Kauto Star. Or Ali v Frazier. Thistlecrack v Cue Card is a Boxing Day treat in the King George VI Chase that not many could have anticipated. The tale of the tape may favour last year’s winner Cue Card. He looked as good as ever in …[Read More]

Thomas Shelby should run a Blinder

Thomas Shelby

FANS of Peaky Blinders will probably be piling into a horse running in the 2.10 at Towcester today. THOMAS SHELBY was the lead character in the BBC drama, the charismatic but violent horse-loving head of a Birmingham gang. His equine namesake is no mug either. Thomas Shelby, the horse that is, was just half a …[Read More]

Barney Dwan is one to follow

Paddy Brennan rides Druid's Folly

ANOTHER one gone. Today racing is mourning the death of Walter Swinburn. Just over a year after the sport lost the legendary Pat Eddery, the news that the cherubic “Choirboy” had passed away yesterday came as a huge shock at the age of just 55. As a 19-year-old he steered the brilliant Shergar to victory …[Read More]

Nick Alexander to continue hot streak

Nick Alexander

NICK Alexander has had a pretty good week. Four winners so far and those who were vanquished still ran well. If the Scotland-based trainer has a stable star then it is probably LAKE VIEW LAD. He was bought after finishing third in a decent Punchestown bumper in 2015. He progressed to win a bumper and …[Read More]

Sego Success fancied at Doncaster

Sego Success

TWO winners yesterday: INAAM at 8/1 and A HARE BREATH (2/1). Today I like SEGO SUCCESS, who ran a lovely race at Bangor, travelling as well I’ve seen him travel for a long time before lack of conditioning told in the closing stages. He likes Doncaster and should be hard to beat in the bet365 …[Read More]

Big Chief Benny to oblige at Doncaster

Big Chief Benny

ONE winner (9/4), a second and a third yesterday. Waiting Patiently looks a very decent chasing recruit and comfortably held off Forest Bihan, who looks to be crying out for a longer trip. Today sees the first day of Cheltenham’s December meeting and, surprisingly, good ground prevails (good to firm on the cross country course). …[Read More]