Friday fancies

I WAS at Pontefract the other week when Paul Hanagan steered BACK LANE to a comfortable victory in what was a decent maiden. He looked to win with a bit in hand and can follow up in the 2yo conditions race at Musselburgh today. Viva Verglas and Mick’s Yer Man are both speedy but Back …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Light the blue Touch Paper

TOUCH PAPER was considered a possible Queen Mary contender back in the spring but has found 5f too short on her two runs. Tonight she is upped to 7f and with Richard Hughes on board should prove very hard to beat at Kempton (7.00). In the same race don’t be surprised if Assolut, who has …[Read More]

Five to follow at Glorious Goodwood

GLORIOUS Goodwood is looming like a shimmering shaft of light. Course officials may not have Frankel to boost numbers this year but they are still confident that more than 100,000 people will visit during the wonderful five days of top-class racing. Here are a few Glorious Goodwood tips to hopefully make it a Glorious betting …[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]