Tantastic is a very long time winning but a gilt-edged opportunity presents itself in the eight-runner Novice Median Auction Stakes over five furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta today; it will be impossible for Brian Ellison’s charge to gain ‘winning brackets’ if this tenth attempt fails. One of my favourite sayings is,Continue Reading

Riknnah, heavily-backed, concluded what became a troublesome week of missed opportunities when prevailing narrowly Saturday night, on Lingfield polytrack; how significant and ironic! Injustice of over-watering turf racecourses surfaced dramatically (yet again!) at Epsom where starting prices, positioning of runners was farcical as jockeys were again completely mystified by underfootContinue Reading

‘Never bet two-year-olds seriously until after Royal Ascot’ was advice proffered in this column several years ago, after events at the weekend I’m likely to exercise even more patience this year; in the last week or so juvenile form just hasn’t made sense and I’m still bleating on about howContinue Reading

One Ruler is strongly-fancied by trainer Charlie Appleby for the Epsom Derby over twelve furlongs of famous ‘Downs which are expected to ride ‘good to firm’ following a deal of watering which doesn’t make sense; how can watering be equally spread over hills and specific undulations? It’s a misnomer saturatingContinue Reading

Now do you understand why ante-post betting is a ‘no-go’ area for this experienced columnist? Last Monday nineteen were declared for the Epsom Derby on Saturday but in a completely unexpected interview two days later Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien stated Ryan Moore-ridden Bolshoi Ballet would be his only runner fromContinue Reading

‘You’re nearer to heaven in a garden than anywhere else on earth’ and so I’m wondering are these angels, constantly flying into this garden, giving huge entertainment as they feed and squabble (territorially!) over matters of obvious huge concern? highlight of Spring has been nesting and fledging of magpies highContinue Reading

Roscioli is a ‘double-died’ certainty for division two of the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of Kempton polytrack tonight, if we can overlook an ignominious fourth (of four!) at Newmarket last time out which, actually, wasn’t quite as bad as it reads! Remember the race in which Mutasaabeq so impressed,Continue Reading