First Flow is strongly fancied by trainer Kim Bailey to become the definitive ‘party pooper’ and deny Ascot racegoers an anticipated ‘match of the season’ outcome when Shishkin and much-vaunted Irish raider Energenume clash in a four-runner grade Clarence House Chase on a ‘soft’ surface over two miles of theContinue Reading

Sweet Aroma has excellent prospects of making it third time lucky in the eleven-runner ‘aged’ Fillies’ Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Newcastle tapeta today having performed adequately on a similar surface at Wolverhampton eleven days when this Richard Fahey-trained Kodiac three-year-old was beaten only two and a half lengthsContinue Reading

Dion Baker achieved a time-handicap debut mark over a similar distance three months ago which wins the seven furlongs Novice Stakes on Newcastle tapeta today nine times out of ten; trainer Kevin Ryan apparently has the Ribchester gelding in grand form according to reports and has booked experienced Northern-based PaulContinue Reading

Olympic Eagle represents a Clive Cox-trained ‘special’ tonight in an eight-runner Novice Stakes over six furlongs of Southwell tapeta which has drawn criticism since replacing the thirty-two year old Fibresand recently; is it unfounded? I’ve been at the cutting edge of all-weather racing in England since its introduction in 1989Continue Reading