Haldon Gold Cup Preview

Morning all,

Shandoz got the week’s tipping off to a good start. As I said last week. It takes the pressure off for the rest of the week when you fire in a Monday winner. Shandoz got a perfect ride from jockey David Egan. Hopefully you got on at 9/1 as the money really spoke in the selections favour as he was returned at just 9/2.

Time to put the flat turf season firmly to the back of your mind and concentrate firmly on the winter game.  Granted I will be having a few bets on the Breeders Cup this weekend and of course in the November handicap at Doncaster but apart from that its mostly the jumps for me now.

The weather over the last couple of days has helped to get me fully immersed into the winter game. There’s been plenty of rain around the country which hopefully means we should start to see perfect jumping ground around our racecourses.

Now is the perfect time to de-clutter and refresh those trackers and its a process I completed yesterday. Inside today’s main piece you’ll find a couple of horses for the tracker. Plus, I have a selection from today’s big race at Exeter.

In tomorrow’s column I will be looking ahead to the weekend’s big race jumps action which includes the return of the National fences at Aintree for the first time since April and on Thursday you can read my Breeders Cup Preview.

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Jump racing at its best

Morning all,

A new month and the clocks have gone back, making the next five months even more depressing than they need to be. It also means the racing starts much earlier in the day.

The Irish flat season came to end yesterday at a very wet Naas. The English one finally exits stage left at Doncaster on Saturday. If you like your flat action you must look towards Australia and the US this week. At 4am tomorrow UK time it’s the Melbourne Cup. I used to set my alarm to watch the “race that stops a nation”.  Maybe it’s a lack of international jockey’s or a decline in international runners but It’s not a race I will be getting up early for this year or even have a bet in.

Next weekend’s Breeders Cup is another matter altogether. Del Mar – “where the surf meets the turf” plays hosts to this year’s Breeders Cup.  It should be a fantastic couple of days of high class racing and for the first time you’ll be able to watch all the action on ITV on Friday & Saturday evening.

More on the Breeders Cup in Thursday’s column. Inside today’s main piece I look back some highlights from Saturday’s action at Wetherby & Down Royal. Plus, I look at couple of races on an excellent Kempton card.

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Saturday Selections

Good morning all,

An early start for me, as I'll be at Ascot, so posting today's selections nice and early.

Rain is due at Ascot, and Wetherby might get a drop more as well, so expect soft conditions.

I'll start doing some video reviews/previews from next week, as I know it's been a while since I did any, and it would be good to get back in the swing in readiness for Cheltenham in a couple of weeks time.

And thanks for all the nice comments about the Carlisle piece yesterday, they're all very welcome.

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In Praise Of…Carlisle

After a couple of days away in the Lake District to celebrate my partner Caroline’s birthday, what better way to finish the week off than a couple of racing days, firstly at Carlisle and then, on the way home on the Friday, watch the Buick/Murphy battle continue with a visit to Haydock?

It’s the Carlisle part of the trip that you’ll hear about today, as it was our first visit to the track and I have to say, I hope it won’t be our last after a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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