Dark horses: Eager for Zeva

FILLIES will be thriving in this sort of weather and a lightly-raced three-year-old catches my eye today. ZEVA cost £180,000 as a yearling and has always been a favourite of her trainer David Simcock (left). She was well backed for her only race as a juvenile when she was a solid third on Kempton’s Polytrack. …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Trust in Rust

TWO horses catch the eye today and both go to Redcar. Ann Duffield, left, is having to do without her top work rider, husband and ex-jockey George, who broke his leg in a gallops fall recently. But she has a nice horse in the three-year-old RUST who makes his seasonal reappearance today (4.40). He showed …[Read More]

Dark horses: Custer’s last stand

ALAN King enjoyed a purple patch in April, with the highlight being Godsmejudge winning the Scottish National. His string have continued in fine form into May and he landed a treble at Kempton on Sunday (probably would have been four if Pantxoa had stayed on his feet). Today he sends a couple to Wincanton and …[Read More]

Richard Hughes signing a coup for BetVictor

FEW jockeys are as articulate as Richard Hughes, both in print and verbally. So BetVictor have scored a real coup in securing the champion jockey as a regular columnist. Earlier today in his latest post Hughesie highlighted the chance of Sir John Hawkwood, who duly obliged in the first at Chester. And his latest column …[Read More]

Dark horses: King Muro to reign at Chester

ANDREW Balding has his team in good form and he usually makes his mark at Chester’s May meeting. Today his three-year-old KING MURO stands out in the last race. This is a progressive type who won a maiden at Kempton on his reappearance with real authority, making all the running and staying on strongly. He …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Paris Rose to bloom

WILLIAM Haggas has made an excellent start to the season and PARIS ROSE could continue his good run at Warwick today. This filly was rated one of his nicest two-year-olds last season but only saw the track once in a soft ground maiden at Doncaster behind The Lark, in which she ran ok. She is …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Owen can score with Ice Pie

TOM DASCOMBE has his horses in decent order. Most seem to be running well and several have been knocking on the door in recent days. He sends an interesting filly north to Thirsk on Saturday in ICE PIE, the winner of her only race. It was the manner in which she put the race to …[Read More]

Dark Horses: The name’s Bondesire…

THE upwardly mobile yard of David O’Meara (left) is continuing on its upward curve. He has had a hatful of winners already this season and virtually everything he runs seems to be performing well. Today his three-year-old filly BONDESIRE contests the 6f handicap at Pontefract and could run a big race. I saw this filly …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Whatever You Do…

IT’S a huge week for Richard Hannon that could culminate in another 2,000 Guineas success with the impressive Toronado. But today there are more modest pickings at stake. WHATEVER YOU DO is a filly that has always worked well at Marlborough and she has shown some distinct promise in her three races. But the other …[Read More]

Manyriverstocross to strike

ALAN King has his team in tip-top form and if Hold on Julio gets his jumping together he could run a huge race in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on Saturday. But he also sends decent hurdlers MANYRIVERSTOCROSS and Ardlui up to Ripon for the £25,000 2m handicap at 2.55. Manyriverstocross ran a blinder …[Read More]