Daily Dabble September 2

AUTUMN is definitely moving in and the darker evenings seem to have sneaked up and pounced. Jump racing is beginning to enter the radar and Richard Johnson has already ridden 75 winners. The proper National Hunt stuff will start next month but it is the focus of today’s column as there are Jump meetings at Southwell and Worcester. BRAVE SPARTACUS (4.10 Southwell) is an old favourite, the sort of horse who feels like an old friend. He is nine now and may not be getting any better but he showed when winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen that he is as well as ever.

Today he reverts to hurdles at Southwell in a class 3 handicap and I fancy he will take some catching. James Reveley rides as well as most NH jockeys and it’s his only ride today. Paolozzi and Champagne Present are both scopey types but may have to go some to reel in Brave Spartacus.

LILY WAUGH showed decent form in mares’ novice chases in the spring and appears at Southwell (2.40). She would be 9lb worse off with Urcalin if it was a handicap and can see off that rival and Indian Stream.

At Bath (2.20) OUTRAGE showed a good attitude to win at Windsor and looks to be an improving type while the beautifully bred KAZZIANA, who is a daughter of Oaks heroine Kazzia, should be hard to beat in the 2.50.

On another note I’ve gone top of the Racing Post Naps Table. It probably won’t last but the competition ends on October 22 so there is a bigger incentive than normal to find winners!

Have you any tips? Feel free to leave comments below…

Be lucky!

One thought on “Daily Dabble September 2”

  1. Graham Oliver says:

    Hi Jason,

    Hope you had a good holiday.

    Well done on leading the Naps table. I’m sure all your readers will hope that you are “on top” at the end of the 22nd October.

    The only tip that I can offer is to leave well alone anything that I may tip.

    English racing has been a bit so-so since York, but we are now moving into the latter part of the season, with all the “championship decider” heats to look forward to. Next week’s St Leger is looking an intriguing contest, and I will make my final choice a little closer to the race. At the moment I still like Giovanni Canaletto, but things can change.

    The coming weekend see’s the 2015 renewal of the Haydock Sprint Cup. It has been won by some of the best sprinters around since it’s inauguration in 1966. I still remember Sir Peter O’Sullevan’s 2yo Be Friendly winning the first running, beating another 2yo Green Park, if my memory is correct. He repeated the feat the following year, and was favourite to get a hat trick in 1968, before the meeting was abandoned due to the weather. He turned up again as a 5yo, but was well beaten by the champion sprinter, David Robinson’s brilliant Tudor Music.

    Other notable winners have included Lianga, Boldboy, Moorestyle, the flying Habibti, Green Desert, Danehill, Invincible Spirit,and possibly the best winner of all, the imperious Dayjur, back in 1990.

    The entries for this years race appear well up to scratch, and at this stage I do like the look of Strath Burn from the stable of Charlie Hills. The unbeaten Twilight Son will also be a tough nut to crack. A race to savour.

    A quick comment about last Sunday’s racing at the Curragh. Joseph O’Brien comes in for a lot of criticism, both from the press, and apparently also from “the lads”, notably Michael Tabor. Although, in my humble opinion, both Seamie Heffernan and Colm O’Donoghue are at least the equal of Joseph, I thought the ride he gave Beacon Rock was top notch. Beacon Rock was being rousted along from the three furlong point, and two furlongs out his cause looked hopeless. However, Joseph did not give up. Still in fourth place at the furlong pole, Beacon Rock suddenly began to respond. He made up at least three lengths and got up on the post to beat Precious Gold, Stellar Mass, and Afzal a shd, shd, and a hd. A great ride, and a deserved win.

    I was a bit surprised not to hear of an inquiry into how many times Joseph hit him with the whip. The TV footage wasn’t clear, but it was definitely a few more than seven. Not as many as Lester on The Minstrel though!


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