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Last Time Around…

Good morning all,

My final column for the Punt, and I’m not going to get all sentimental, but thankyou all for the kind messages last week, they’re all very much appreciated. I know a couple of you asked if you could leave me the price of a pint somewhere, so at the bottom of today’s piece is a link you can leave me a couple of quid if you’re so inclined.

Hopefully I can find you a big-priced winner on my last day to pay for that pint! There’s one in particular I like, and I’ve already backed it Thursday when prices came out, so read on to find what it is…

2.20 Haydock

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The problem with Scarlet Dragon is that he finds winning hard these days, but if he’s to have a crack at something at Ascot next month, then he’s going to have to put up a better showing here and I think that could be on the cards.

He’d have needed his seasonal debut to blow a few cobwebs away, and there was just enough in the run to suggest he retains his ability. There’s no doubt he’s also got a bit cleverer as he’s got older, and having refused to race on his final start of last year, make sure you back him with a bookmaker that will refund your stakes if he does that again, but if he puts it all in, then he’s on a good mark and could go well.

2.55 Haydock

I really like Viola here.

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How she is five times the price of Sea La Rosa is a mystery to me, given she gave her almost a stone and a beating at Doncaster last year and even on revised terms next time out, was only beaten ¾l by her, again giving her almost a stone. Yes, Sea La Rosa possibly improved a little during the second half of the season and beat Viola on the all-weather in the winter but back on grass she really shouldn’t be the price she is. Especially as she won fresh around this time last year too, and she’s simply too big to ignore.

2.05 Beverley

Absolutelyflawless is 2-2 and was quite impressive at Chester last time but this will be the fastest ground she’s encountered to date, and with that I prefer the claims of Parr Fire, a rare first-time out 2yo winner for Nigel Tinkler at Doncaster earlier in the month. The ground there was very quick, and despite greenness early on, she came through to win with a bit in hand and was never stronger than at the finish, which gives plenty of hope this uphill finish will suit her well. With second home Double O narrowly beaten at Carlisle earlier in the week, the form has a reasonable look to it, and anyway, this is about the potential of the horse as much as anything.

2.40 Beverley

Wobwobwob was undone by stall 1 at York last time (six of the first seven home came from double-figure draws) but in finishing eighth, still gave the impression he was in form, and on his seasonal debut at Ripon the time before, was beaten under a length in a race that’s working out well.

He’s yet to win over this far, which does ask a question, but he was an very easy winner at York over 7f last year and I see no reason why he won’t get the extended trip. Indeed, he should enjoy it, and I think he’ll go well here.

3.45 Chester

Fools Rush In and Boardman are two of the more obvious ones for this 7½f handicap, but if we’re making Boardman favourite then we’ve got to be looking at an old friend in Oh This Is Us as a possible winner too.

He was, on the face of it a bit disappointing at Newbury last time but that’s basically him these days, consistency not being his strong point, but his previous length third to Boardman at Haydock would give him every chance on 6lb better terms today.

Drawn nicely in stall 3 today, his Chester record of 11213 reads very well and that makes him look a cracking each-way best here.

Today's selection – Viola (e/w, 4 places with Skybet) 2.55 Haydock

Good luck with all your bets today,


And if you wish to leave a thankyou, then…..

Take care, and I'll see you all around somewhere, I'm sure!

19 thoughts on “Last Time Around…”

  1. I’ve enjoyed all of your columns David, both interesting and informative so thanks for that. Where can I find you in the future please
    Best of luck what ever do

    1. Hi Brian, thanks for your kind words, you can find me on the Sporting Life website where I’m writing the Punting Pointers column with Rory, daily at around 9.30am.

      Many thanks,


  2. Hi Brian,

    Myself and Rory (Delargy) do a daily column on the Sporting Life website called Punting Pointers, you can find us on there.

    Thanks Brian, and good luck!

  3. I have enjoyed reading your columns every week.thank you for your tips every week.good luck in your next venture david. thanks malcolm.good luck.

  4. Maestro,

    I’ve never been able to fully believe that your content was free. I’ve paid for some tipping services in the past and none of them have come within a country mile of the quality and interest of your posts.
    And of course I’ve had a fair few good days out due to your expertise so thanks for all those winners.

    I’ve had Punting Pointers bookmarked for some time so it’s great that you’re not going far!


    1. Very kind of you to say so Andy. Rory and I put a lot of hard work into the columns we write and no-one’s more delighted than we are when we get on a roll for everyone that follows us.



  5. mr leslie peers-ross

    Hi David sad to see you go ,I have enjoyed your general and especially Saturdays with plenty of info through all of these. Thank you for saying where you will be I have not read The sporting life for years during my riding days ay Captain Boyd-Rochfort then Peter Thrales at Epsom thats it enough of my rambling may I say it was a great pleasure over the years reading all your columns and shall continue where you are now ..Thanks again Leslie I am still going strong at 82yrs .

  6. Thanks very much for all your work over the past few years. Always enjoyed reading them as you give a much different insight especially into the low grade racing. Onwards and upwards and hope to bump into you at Sandown, Exeter or the Abbot before too long

    1. I have no doubt whatsoever our parhs will cross again soon Steve! See you around, and thanks very much for your kind words mate.

  7. Always enjoyed this column and my RSS email feed to it. I will of course see you around on the courses and in the usual rooms. We’re also going for daily tipping on the 888sport blog as of June the 1st,so my writing schedule will be changing significantly now. See you around! Mully

  8. Sorry to here you are leaving the punt. I have your contributions entertains and informative. I particular enjoyed your write ups from the courses, you painted a picture very well in such few words. Off course will sorely miss all the content and all your opinions.
    Still just have to content myself with punting pointers and any YouTube videos. Wishing you every good fortune and many winners in the future.
    (Deserved pint left)

  9. Mr David
    The Sporting Life App is downloaded and already found my way to yours and Mr Rory’s spot. So glad it isn’t goodbye.
    On a very selfish level I hope every now and again we get a video on your YouTube channel. Enjoy that pint. Cheers.

  10. All the best David and many thanks for all your contributions over the past, pleased that you are still doing the Punting Pointers.
    Will hopefully catch you in person at the races soon, look after yourself and keep Mr Delargy on that tight rein.

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