Dark Horses: Will Jammy Guest get lucky?

THE gallops grapevine is buzzing today. Newmarket’s Craven meeting kicks off with a couple of fascinating 3yo races. But I don’t mean the Nell Gwyn or the Free Handicap, which are both traditional classic trials. The two maidens could turn out to be more informative in the long run. They are both awash with unraced …[Read More]

2013 Flat season: Ten Horses To Follow

I SPENT a large chunk of last summer analysing juvenile races and putting name after name into my 2yo notebook. That trusty notebook has formed the basis of the following list of Ten Horses to Follow for the 2013 Flat season. They are all three year olds but you won’t find Kingsbarns, Mars or Certify …[Read More]

Sir Henry Cecil – an (unlikely) working class hero

I HAVE always had a strange obsession with Sir Henry Cecil. When I was about seven or eight I started to follow his horses. I made lists of his two-year-olds and three-year-olds. Wollow and Kris were among the early favourites. A bit like a child deciding to support a football team just because they were …[Read More]

Twice Over the value

Racing will hopefully pay homage to the equine superstar that is Frankel at York today. I am slightly nervous about him trying 1m 2f for the first time but a part of me is expecting him to devour the extra distance and produce something special. Let’s hope so. The Juddmonte International is not a betting …[Read More]

Royal Ascot: Day 2

After the thrill of watching another Frankel demolition job, today is all about the giant that is So You Think. He faces the Queen’s Carlton House in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. But the dark horse here is Godolphin’s Farhh, who is lightly raced but unbeaten. Last year Frankie Dettori mugged So You Think with …[Read More]

Star of Rohm to Reign at Ripon

All roads lead to Ripon this afternoon where there is a decent card at Yorkshire’s “Garden” racecourse. The opener is an interesting 2yo race with several promising types. Star of Rohm ran a blinder at York on his debut and is coming back in trip to 5f. Botanic Garden and Body and Soul have both …[Read More]

Our Boy Jack to strike for Fahey

Six meetings today and six more tomorrow. Great weather. There’s no excuse not to go racing this weekend. But finding winners will be tricky as the faster ground leads to bigger and more competitive fields: a far cry from the recent bog-like conditions. At Goodwood Expense Claim should complete a four-timer. He was most impressive …[Read More]