Weekend Wonders

Good morning all,

Well, what can I say, thanks for all the kind comments yesterday after Cabragh did the business for us in grand style. Never really looked in danger of defeat from the moment they went out onto the final circuit, and came home a ready winner in the end. He’s in again at Hexham next week – I’d suggest we won’t be getting any fancy prices then…

For me, the satisfaction comes of finding a winner most people won’t even have looked at, and again shows the benefit of actually going to the races and looking at these horses. It was obvious from the size of him he needed fences, then you see the trainer’s modus operandi, put two and two together and in this case it actually made four!

Anyway, on to today. It’s Aintree for me, and a ridiculously difficult card to tackle. I’ve done a paragraph or two on each of the TV races today but I’d suggest it’s a low stakes day all round.

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Sandown Thoughts

Good morning all,

Most enjoyable day at Leicester yesterday, and a profitable one too. Pleased that London Prize won the first (well backed near the off) and then almost had heart attack as Royal Etiquette, who regular readers will know I had a share in for most of this year (but no longer) almost snatched the seller at 33-1! I was delighted for Rod and Collette Carmichael, who own the majority of him now, as they’ve had to be patient with him and both had made the effort to travel up from London to see him, despite it being only a seller. Hopefully he can win a handicap soon, if they can keep him in the same form.

There’s times when 4-7 looks value, and if you’d seen Thankyou Very Much’s opponents in the paddock, you’d have seen why. One looked unfit and the other half asleep, so to my eyes you were taking the odds-on he’d jump round. He proved 11l too good for Nefyn Bay with a country mile back to the other. Paid for the teas and the beef rolls, anyway.

I’ll be keen to take She’s Late on next time, as he’s won a race that’s absolutely fallen apart (3.10) and will get a few lb for it. Captain McGinley was still on the bridle and going well when unseating, and he’s probably the one to give another chance to.

Anyway, on to today, where one from the Ten To Follow goes, and there’s my fancies for Sandown too.

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Ffos Las, We Love You….

Good morning all,

We got back from our marathon journey to Ffos Las around 9pm last night (and to be fair, we stopped off for food on the way home) and despite my backside being numb from being sat on it from so long, we both agreed what a great day it was and was well worth the effort.

The track is as clean and modern as you’d expect somewhere as new as Ffos Las to be, but it’s the fact we were made to feel so welcome from the moment we got there to when we left that made the day so great. we were given a quick once-over of where everything was on arrival, and then the O&T lounge (with free Welshcakes, which I’d never had before and ended up scoffing too many) was spacious and clean.

Betting facilities are plentiful, the main grandstand is superb and the paddock offers excellent viewing. However, one gripe…..Continue Reading

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It’s a Long Way To Go….

Good morning all,

Well, as long as the frost hasn’t got into the ground today will see me visiting Ffos Las to see my friend Becky’s horse, Coole Charmer, run in the first at 1.20. It’ll be my first time at Ffos, so I’m looking forward to ticking another one off the list.

Coole Charmer runs under the Heart Racing banner, a syndicate Becky set up a few months back to try and make owning a horse that bit more affordable for folk, and the shares for Coole Charmer sold out pretty quickly. She’s hoping to add a second horse to the syndicate before much longer, so it’s a case of watching this space. Coole Charmer needs to show a bit more today, but to be fair, he’s taken on Thistlecrack and Baron Alco in his two runs this season, so it’s hardly surprising he’s not got competitive yet. Today looks more suitable.

The journey to Ffos Las is a long one – just about the longest one I’ll encounter (4 1/2hrs from my house) but did make me think about those other great racing journeys we make from time to time……Continue Reading

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