Daily Dabble September 1

YESTERDAY the ground at Epsom was pretty testing and it promises to be the same again today. I’m pretty confident GALESBURG (2.00) can handle it. He left a good impression when he won at Leicester on good to soft over 6f and being a son of Shamardal he should enjoy the heavy conditions. Galesburg missed …[Read More]

Daily Double July 6

I’M off to David O Meara’s yard today for the media launch of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Festival, which begins on July 18. Then it’s on to Ripon for tonight’s evening card. But today’s two tips run at Ayr. The first will probably go off favourite and can atone for getting chinned on the …[Read More]

Daily Double June 23

FAIRLY low-key fare today. In fact, it was a struggle to find two horses to put the mockers on. Those unlucky steeds are NUMBER ONE LONDON and POPLAR CLOSE although if both these beasts win, you won’t be ordering a Ferrari with the winnings… Number One London was a useful stayer on the Flat for …[Read More]

Daily Double June 21

Barney Dwan

IT’S with a slight sense of relief that Royal Ascot is over and we return to the humdrum. The racing was as good as I can remember at the royal meeting and the international challengers enriched the occasion. But, as ever, finding winners was tough and if it wasn’t for Illuminate, Time Test and Mahsoob …[Read More]

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]

Famous horses: The Mill Reef story

MILL Reef didn’t look like a champion. He was small: “diminutive” was the usual description. He was also unlucky because he was foaled in the same year as another equine great in Brigadier Gerard. But he was totally brilliant, especially when upped in distance. This Saturday sees the 41st running of the Mill Reef Stakes …[Read More]

Two-year-old notebook

Each week I’ll be picking out some juveniles who have caught the eye on the racecourse and will also be highlighting a few unraced horses who have been working well at home. Watch this space… October 9 Senator Bong was a 12/1 winner at Nottingham for the list last week. Muthmera, Greatwood and Ostaad hit …[Read More]