John Burke

John Burke is a long term tipster at the Consistent Profits service, a contributor to On Course Profits and of course a regular contributor here at the Daily Punt.

Soggy Newton Abbot

Morning all,

Inside today’s main piece I continue my look ahead to the weekend’s big race action and I have a selection from this afternoon’s meeting at Newton Abbot.

Before all that I know some of you like your stats. Well, I’m going to share an interesting one with you.

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Something For The Weekend

Morning all,

Not only is Cheltenham back this weekend but so is Aintree on Sunday. The feature race of the Aintree card is Grade 2 Old Roan Chase, whose previous winners include the likes of Kauto Star, Monet's Garden and Albertas Run. Yes, we can safely say the National Hunt game is cranking into gear.

Inside today’s main piece I have an ante post selection for the Old Roan Chase. Plus, I look at the Vertem Futurity and have a selection from today’s meeting at Newmarket.

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Yarmouth Selection

Morning all,

Not sure about you but I’m ready to get into jumps mode now. Yes, I know we still have Saturday’s Vertem Futurity and the possibility that Luxembourg could find himself joining Native Trail and Coreobus as a serious 2,000 Guineas contender. He would have to really win impressively to be challenging Native Trail for favouritism but a good win and trainer Aidan O’Brien can start to look forward to the first Saturday in May.

The November Handicap on the final day of the flat season used to be one of the big betting races of the autumn. The bookies would have the race priced up by now and it would be a lively ante post market.  I had quick look on Oddschecker and not one firm had priced up the race yet. Which goes to show its lack of importance in the calendar these days.

To all intents and purposes the flat season is now over in Britain and now we can concentrate on the winter game. That’s not to say there won’t be any flat selections between now and November because there will a few.

The 2021-22 National Hunt Season began in May. However, it only starts to get into gear at Chepstow at the start of October and really hits into turbo speed at Cheltenham Paddy Power meeting in November.  Talking of Cheltenham jump racing is back at HQ on Friday, as the track stages the first day of the two-day Showcase meeting.

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Champions Day Review & Pontefract Selection

Morning all,

The grand finale of the British flat season, a day when Champions are crowned. Britain’s richest day of racing. Yes, Champions Day is done and dusted for another year. It’s never going to be a Breeders Cup, is it?  Our season isn’t just structured that way. However, I thought it produced some compelling action and worthy winners.

Frankie's not happy

There was only one downer on Champions Day and it was Frankie Dettori.  Is it me or is Frankie becoming a grumpy old man? Last month he was having a go at Hollie Doyle. On Saturday he went for a young Irish jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle after the Long-Distance Cup.

Having looked at the race again I really don’t know what Frankie was complaining about.  It was just a normal, tactical move. Why open the gap for someone who sits in 2nd last?  

The truth is Frankie gave Stradivarius a moderate ride and he knows it.  I don’t think he gave Palace Pier the best of rides in the QEII either and trainer John Gosden’s comments after the race indicated he didn’t either.

Dettori’s public bullying of a young jockey on national tv was unedifying for the sport. Especially considering the bullying allegations about the sport in the Sunday press.  As ever the racing press keeps silent. We can’t criticise Frankie, can we? It would be nice if one racing journalist told Frankie you need to take responsibility for your own actions and not blame others. I won’t be holding my breath.

Inside today’s main piece you can read my thoughts on Champions Day. Plus, I have a selection from Pontefract.

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