Dark Horses: Veiled Intrigue

HENRY Candy has done rather well with the progeny of the dam Verbal Intrigue. Codemaster was second in the Jersey Stakes to Strong Suit in 2011 and, more recently, Code of Honor has won three times and proved very useful. Tonight the last foal of Verbal Intrigue makes her racecourse debut at Windsor. VEILED INTRIGUE …[Read More]

Dark horses: Grey day for Fahey

RICHARD Fahey sends out his usual Saturday tsunami of runners and it’s a grey colt with no real form who catches my eye. TWO SHADES OF GREY showed nothing on his debut but then hinted at ability with an improved run at Beverley when just three lengths behind the winner. He looks an ideal type …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Adorable Choice

TOM Dascombe’s mare ADORABLE CHOICE has done this writer two big favours in recent years. I backed her to win at 33/1 at Lingfield and then at 25/1 at Nottingham the following year. On both occasions she jumped out and made all. For good measure, she did the same at Pontefract (also winning at 25/1) …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Follow the Lady

NEWMARKET’S July meeting kicks off in glorious sunshine today and there are two Group Two races and a Group Three to look forward to. Most of the contests look trappy from a betting perspective but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the fillies’ maiden at 3.50, which was won last year by Certify. Horses …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Aye aye Captain

TRAINER David Brown has some nice two year olds. My Catch and Wind Fire ran blinders at Ascot and the promising Sir Jack Layden broke his duck at Ayr on Sunday. Today he saddles CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT who has also shown promise. He hit the crossbar on fast ground on his debut at Beverley before seeming …[Read More]

Dark horses: On a roll..

THIS blog is having a good time of it. A nice winner earlier in the week (Claim The Roses) and a 20/1 juvenile winner at Kempton last night (Cornish Path) from our two-year-olds to follow list probably means I’ve used up my luck. But I’m sticking with two year olds today and here are a …[Read More]

Dark horses: Coming up roses

THE two-year-old maiden at Wolverhampton (3.15) looks a run-of-the-mill affair but there might be a nice horse lurking among the field. Ocean Storm sets the standard on form while Solidarity should step up considerably on his debut run for Godolphin. But Ed Vaughan may have a nice horse in the unraced CLAIM THE ROSES. This …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Headlong and Paris Rose

PUNTERS will be lucky to find one winner at Royal Ascot today. The racing is ultra competitive but I’m hoping Disclaimer can add to Lady Cecil’s emotional success on Thursday with Riposte. However, I’m looking further afield to a couple of interesting types. Brian Meehan’s two year olds have been in very good form and …[Read More]

Dark horses: Back Blighty

YES, it’s Royal Ascot week, but I thought we’d aim the Dark Horse microcope at a slightly less glamorous meeting. So tonight’s all-weather card at Kempton gets the treatment and two horses catch the eye. Lady Cecil will be busy saddling up to eight Warren Place runners at Ascot this week but the yard has …[Read More]

Dark horses: Stick with Paris Rose

THIS column highlighted the claims of William Haggas’ PARIS ROSE last month when she made her three-year-old debut at Warwick. She ran well into third and there was promise of more to come. Tonight she is sent on the long trek from Newmarket to North Yorkshire for a lowly maiden at Ripon at 8.45 and …[Read More]