Daily Dabble November 23

I SHOULD rename this column Infrequent Dabble or something similar as it’s been a while. Anyway, two horses stick out for me today. In fact, for a Monday there’s some decent racing, especially at Kempton. But the first fancy goes at Chelmsford… and is LACAN (3.05). This four-year-old is effective on the all weather and …[Read More]

Daily Double August 6

UPDATE: RIDEONASTAR HAS BEEN DECLARED A NON RUNNER. THOSE who saw RIDEONASTAR (5.10 Haydock) run at Salisbury last week will have noted how unlucky he was. The gelding lost several lengths at the flag start after pretty much whipping round and it was a minor miracle that he was in contention two furlongs out after …[Read More]

Daily Double August 3

TODAY’S double is actually a treble. Three horses quietly fancied. BATHOS (2.30 Nottingham) is the first. His form figures do not inspire but I’m convinced he’s better than he’s shown. He was only three lengths behind the useful Lathom at Beverley on his second run before disappointing in his next two runs. William Buick does …[Read More]

Daily Double July 24

SEAMOUR (2.55 Ascot), as regular readers may know by now, is something of a favourite of this blog. He ran a blinder from a horror draw in the Northumberland Plate and was beaten only two lengths. Today he goes in the Brown Jack Handicap at Ascot and I think he’ll gain compensation. The heavens are …[Read More]

Daily Double June 9

YESTERDAY was a mixed bag. Darrell Rivers hit the frame at 12/1, which was nice, while Rose Acclaim stayed on late in her race but too late to nick a place. Good to see former 2,000 Guineas runner Fair Trade come a close third at Thirsk. it’s always lovely to see an old boy come …[Read More]

Daily Double June 8

I ENVY Paul Hanagan. Today he has 12 booked rides: six at Thirsk this afternoon, then another six at Pontefract tonight. If I was off work I’d be off to both meetings. Sadly. I’ll have to keep an eye on the tellybox. There’s also a decent card at Ayr and the usual Monday night evening …[Read More]

Daily Double June 7

TODAY feels a bit like after the Lord Mayor’s show. Yesterday was one of the finest day’s racing for many a year. We saw a fabulous Epsom Derby winner steered to victory by a 44-year-old Italian who, apart from being the most charismatic figure in the sport, remains one of the finest exponents of race …[Read More]

Daily Double June 5

THE fillies take centre stage today and I’ve already looked at the Epsom Oaks in another post. It is a race high in quality and Crystal Zvezda is taken to swoop late to win. She’s been heavily supported this week. Star Of Seville also carries each-way appeal. There was almost 3mm of rain overnight at …[Read More]

Daily Double June 4

DISAPPOINTING news this morning that Al Kazeem will miss Royal Ascot. He returned to form at the Curragh a few weeks ago landing the Tattersalls Gold Cup and was among the favourites for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. But he returned from Ireland with an injury and will miss the royal meeting and the Eclipse. …[Read More]

Daily Double: June 3

WELL and truly hit the crossbar yesterday. Hakka did the business at Wolverhampton (15/8) but Cactus Valley was touched off at Ripon at 12/1. Hey ho. As for today, I’ve been waiting for LORD REASON to reappear and he runs at Chelmsford at 6.20. His turn is nigh and hopefully it will be today. The …[Read More]