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David Massey

David Massey is an on course bookmakers clerk, a Sporting Life race card author, a horse racing punter and of course a regular contributor here at the Daily Punt

Super Saturday?

Good morning all,

It's Super Saturday, if our beloved trade paper is to be believed, but given the number of meetings vying for our attention I'd rather be calling it Silly Saturday!

Newmarket, Ascot and York all stage big meetings and between 3.00 and 4.30 your head starts to spin with the amount of big races crammed into that 90-minute period.

I don't see how having the July Cup, John Smiths Cup and a Group 2 at Ascot all on the same day can be for the greater good of racing. It does seem that courses want to put all their eggs in one basket and have weekend racing, but the flip side of that is the dross that most Mondays and Tuesdays churn up instead.

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Off The Card

Good morning all,

Newmarket begins its three day July meeting and whilst the purists amongst us might well prefer it moving back to it's Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday slot, where it becomes the sole focus of attention, it's nevertheless three quality jam-packed days you do look forward to each year. I'll hopefully be there tomorrow, work permitting, where I'm already looking at Weld El Amarat in the mile handicap as my main bet.

Today, though sees the latest running of the Newmarket Town Plate, a race that's been going since the 1600's (I believe) and again, it's been moved from it's Saturday slot for some reason or other. Anyway, it takes place over 3m6f on the Flat and features a right mix of horses you'll know from hurdling and chasing with some that, quite frankly, will be doing well to finish the course and it's also fair to say the riding abilities on show will range from moderate to decent as well. Read More »Off The Card

The Long Walk Home

Good morning all,

Today sees my local track, Uttoxeter, stage one of it's popular July meetings (it's 80's night tonight, so I've polished the deelyboppers up in readiness) and it's fair to say it's a meeting of quantity rather than quailty. Still, I'm never happier than when I've got a 0-100 to have a look at, as it's where you're far more likely to find something unexposed lurking at the foot of the handicap at a big price, and we all like to back one or two of those occasionally. For what it's worth, I think the Novices Handicap Chase at 6.50 offers up the best chance of an upset tonight – the likes of Anti Cool (who has had bleeding problems, but ran better last time) and Jack Snipe (trainer not mucking around over hurdles with him, gets a hood) are interesting and I'll be looking to throw a few quid around on the Tote if they look well in the paddock.

Speaking of which, make sure you put Weld Arab in your trackers – Michael Blake's 5-y-o looked one of the better sorts in the paddock at Worcester (4.40) yesterday and ran his best race over hurdles so far, finishing fourth. He'll get a mark now, something around 100, you'd hope, and when he gets proper quick ground should win a race or two.Read More »The Long Walk Home

Any Cheltenham Pointers?

Morning all,

The wagon rolls on to Worcester for me today, and after the hectic Saturday that was Leicester (1000 bets struck, thankfully a winning day) it'll be nice to just have a relatively relaxing afternoon and do a bit of paddock watching.

There's always some debate as to the value of paddock watching – I know good punters who have never been near a paddock in their lives, and they back a solid percentage of winners, I know punters who won't have a bet until they have seen their horse go down to the start – but for me, on a day like today, where there's a bumper and two Novice hurdles on the card, I find it a useful part of the armoury.

Particularly as Worcester, strangely enough, can often throw up a useful pointer or two. The likes of Neil Mulholland, Charlie Longsden and Dr Richard Newland often start off some good types here in the Summer that progress well through the Summer/Autumn and pick up good early-season prizes. As such, I'll be keeping a close eye on Sir Toby (4.40) and The Way You Dance (5.10), who will be interesting when he's handicapped, to see how they get on.Read More »Any Cheltenham Pointers?