Lake View Lad one to follow

RACING got the lift it badly needed on Saturday when Cue Card produced a magnificent performance to beat Coneygree in the Betfair Chase. After a miserable few weeks, the sport finally created positive headlines and the pair of chasing superstars could clash again in the King George VI Chase. Meanwhile, the National Hunt season is …[Read More]

Ten horses to follow for 2016/17 jumps season

I LOVE autumn. Change is in the air. From green to brown, from sun to rain and from flat to jumps. October is the month where dreams begin to form for starry-eyed National Hunt owners, trainers and jockeys. Chepstow’s two-day meeting kick-started the jumps season last weekend with potential stars Ballyoptic, Rock The Kasbah and …[Read More]

Notebook: Horses to follow June 1

IT’S Epsom Derby week… and without wanting to sound like an old fart, I do wish it was still on a Wednesday afternoon. Bunking off school early when I was a kid to race home to watch the race was part of the tradition. Anyway, Saturday it is, and this year the race has been …[Read More]

Notebook: Horses to follow May 17

Photo: Michael Stevens FOUR excellent winners for the horses to follow notebook in the past week. SPERRY (7/2) (left) confirmed the promise she showed at Ascot by winning at York and could now head for the Royal meeting. Another John Gosden horse, GENRES (5/6), was another nice winner when he made all the running at …[Read More]

Notebook: Horses to follow May 3

I’M hoping someone read last week’s notebook and pencilled the unraced Illuminate into their tipping tomes. The Zoffany filly made a winning debut at Salisbury today at an SP of 8-1 despite being the supposed second string of Richard Hannon. Given a confident ride by Cam Hardie, she showed a decent turn of foot and …[Read More]

Weekly notebook: Horses to follow

HERE we take a look at a few horses to follow. These animals have caught the eye in the past seven days and might be worth keeping a very close eye on next time out… PLANE SONG (Michael Stoute): On his Windsor debut this chestnut Nayef colt showed typical inexperience for a first-time run until …[Read More]

Horses To Follow: April 23

TIME for a new column. Each week we’ll highlight a few horses to follow, animals who have caught the eye and the imagination on the racecourse. Among them will be winners, horses who have been unlucky, some who are well handicapped and one or two who have yet to race. Here is this week’s list… …[Read More]

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]