Saturday, 17 November 2018

Saturday's 2YO Update (17th November)

King Power Racing Co Ltd (Andrew Balding)
A quick run through the significant entrants. (Post after the race).

12:15 Lingfield - 

Barys has raced four times for Archie Watson. This son of Kodiac has been fancied on all starts and not beaten that far when racing from 6f - 1m. A fourth in the Convivial Maiden Stakes when beaten less than two lengths a fine effort. Watson must be a look frustrated that this bay cold is still a maiden. The blinkers have been applied for the first time. Not the best of draws in stall eight.    

Barys 2/1 1st 

Note: A very easy success for Archie Watson's horse. Unchallenged.  

1:00 Lingfield - 

Humanitarian ran well on debut for John Gosden when runner-up to stablemate Kick On. This son of Noble Mission was priced 12/1 that day, most likely in need of the run and a fraction bigger price that should have by being second string. Will start odds-on for this race. 

Humanitarian 5/6f 1st

Note: Another easy winner by 5 lengths. 

6:45 Wolverhampton - 

Interesting to see how Magic Illusion goes on this third start. Charlie Appleby's charge has made hard work of winning so far. This well-bred son of Dubawi was priced even money to make a winning debut at Ascot. Finished second best. Then failed to shine when the jolly at Newmarket, stepping up to one mile. That was a pretty stiff race but it was still a somewhat disappointing effort. Connections are stepping up to nine and a bit furlongs, so time will tell if this works. This doesn't look the strongest field and valuable experience should help. 

Magic Illusion 1/2f 3rd

Note: Just plain disappointing and the gelding operation hasn't changed too much. Just not as good as connections thought.

7:15 Wolverhampton - 

Hello Bangkok goes here for Andrew Balding and the late owner of King Power Racing Co Ltd. Park House Stables have had a topsy-turvy year with their two-year-old with outsiders winning aplenty while favourites have come undone. This bay daughter of Tamayuz ran well on debut when narrowly denied by a talented horse in Shambolic. However, punters were left feeling all at sea when this 200,000 guinea-yearling purchase flopped next start at the even-money favourite. A shocking effort in fifth beaten over ten lengths. I would draw a line through that run as it was too bad to be true. Balding is dropping this horse in distance. Difficult to know if this is a good or bad idea. I generally consider that the trainer knows best. This filly is held in some regard and the team will be hoping for more today although from a far from an ideal draw. 

Hello Bangkok 2/1 4th

Note: Gives the impression that the trainer got it wrong. The distance must have been a furlong too short although time may tell it didn't make too much difference. On review, didn't have much go right and capable of better. No match for the winner but may have a win in her this season. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Friday's 2YO Update (16th November)

The Cool Silk Partnership
Just to give people a freebie (because normally these posts are hidden until after the result) I will show one post every Friday, until the end of the year 2018.

Let's take a look at the significant horses going today. 

12:50 Lingfield - 

Difficult to know what to think about Orange Blossom. I have little doubt this chestnut filly has shown a high level of ability at home and reason why James Givens had her compete at pattern class. This daughter of Showcasing was dropped in class at Catterick last time out. Whether the soft(ish) ground didn't suit it is difficult to tell as it wasn't a particularly slow time. However, Orange Blossom was never travelling and ran pretty hopeless. She had the blinkers applied that day which have been removed. Were they the problem? It's a big question mark. Perhaps the all-weather surface will suit. At best, she has a leading chance but with a wide draw and so many unanswered questions you may be a brave soul to bet. I suspect, she will either win or be unplaced. Interested in seeing how this horse goes today because it is intriguing if not frustrating, too. 

Orange Blossom 9/2 5th 

Note: Another poor effort from Orange Blossom who has clearly regressed. Just shows how horses can go from talents to lesser lights all too quickly. 

7:45 Wolverhampton - 

James Park Wood is a decent two-year-old and well respected in the Beckett stable. This son of Australia was relatively fancied on debut but found himself in a very hot race (it was Group class). Stepping up to one mile second start, he did little wrong when losing by a head to a talented winner. Should go well although taking on a horse in Metatron who looked stunning on debut. Has to defy a win penalty. 

James Park Wood 1/1 6th 

Note: A disappointing effort. May have regressed.  

8:15 Wolverhampton - 

Readers may remember I noted Cadeau D'Amour because he was entered to run in the Brocklesby but wasn't seen until October! He didn't show any ability on debut and must have needed the run. However, there was a glimmer of hope next start at Nottingham when 66/1. It was a competitive enough race and this son of Camacho ran well in sixth, and given a relatively easy ride - pushed out hands and heels. There is always a fear that horses on their third start will be angled to nurseries. This factor may be a problem or not for this day. Isn't without a chance at 20/1 against a number of fancies who are racing for the first time. 

Cadeau D'Amour 33/1 7th 

Note: A big price and never really in contention. Looks like a nursery horse.  

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Thursday's 2YO Update(15th November)

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Let's take a look at the races. 

I will keep this brief as I'm busy working on other websites and updating information on Group Horse Daily. 

1:10 Southwell - 

Theatre Of War has won a race and well respected by connections. Like a few here, has to shoulder a win penalty. 

Another entrant, the only horse for Adrian Nicholls, is Xtara who makes a return after a long break of almost 100-days. 

Theatre Of War 11/4 2nd
Xtara 9/1 7th 

Note: Theatre Of War didn't do much wrong under a penalty. Couldn't hold the late charge of Gremoboy. Xtara ran as though needing the run after a long absence. 

5:15 Chelmsford - 

California Love is one of Richard Spencer's better juveniles. This chestnut filly won on her second start. She has raced a pattern class on her last three starts and been relatively outclassed. Has a win penalty to defy but clearly a talented daughter of Sole Power. 

Sirinapha hasn't achieved a great deal and unseated his jockey last time out. Has been given a Class 2 entry which may give a glimmer of hope but needs to show more. 

Calfornia Love 6/4f 1st
Sirinapha 25/1 7th 

Note: Dropped in class and easy success for California Love.  Sirinapha will be better in handicaps. 

6:45 Chelmsford - 

The best two-year-old in Gary Moore's stable, Clara Peeters has been a consistent juveniles racing in the familiar silks of Richard Green. Won on the second start after a respectable debut. Last time stepping up to Listed class where she finished fifth. Has the apprentice jockey, Nicole Currie, in the hot seat to take 3lb off the win penalty. 

Clara Peeters 6/1 5th

Note: Was held up at the back of the field and given a lot to do. Ran on well to finish 5th. Personally, I had a bet on Lady Lizzy who went well at huge odds on exchanges (17.5). Ran a great race. We don't just know about Group Horses - we know about everything when it comes to betting two-year-olds. 


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Update

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Let's have a look at today's races. I will keep this brief as I can as not feeling a million per cent motivated at this very second. 

I wonder which horses have significant entries? I'm looking for the first time just to show readers how easy it is to do this yourself from the Group Horse 2018 trainer/horse lists. The 2019 Group Horse (Info) will be kept for the private members' page so it won't be on this site, either.  

Anyway, back to the millstone...

I will post this now as there are no candidates. 

Take a read from a new website we have just acquired called Sprinterstogo. It's all about sprint horses and we've just updated a couple of good reads:

Dayjur: The Horse Who Jumped Shadows 

Can You Remember Klute? (The World's Fastest Horse) 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday's 2YO Racing Updates (13th November)

Posted - retrospectively (please detail your interest to if you wish to know more...)

4:15 Chelmsford - 

6f £20 Free Bets At Novice Stakes (Class 5) (2yo)

Going: Standard 

Runners: 10 

Just two horse with significant entries: Brandy Spirt & Fares Kodiac. 

Brandy Spirit was dropped in the deep end when competing at Class 2 on debut when making his debut at Newcastle over 6f. This gelding is a son of Charm Spirit went off a 33-1 shot after a few piranhas nibbled it back from 50-1. On the face of it, Brandy Spirit had a mountain to climb. His saving grace may have been that he wasn't burdened by the win penalty like Fares Kodiac who was just a half-length behind. Mick Easterby's charge was a little slow from the stalls but soon made stylish headway and unlucky in the sense of being short of room. However, he showed gritty determination to run on for a deserved third place. That first effort detailed a horse of some ability. There should be ample improvement. As with all bets, whether you want to jump in at odds of 1/1f is another matter. 

Fares Kodiac is definitely one of the best two-year-olds in Marco Botti's stable. This March foal has been entered for a Listed race. He won by a breath on debut and then raced at higher class on both second and third start. As mentioned, he was just half a length behind Brandy Spirit last time out. There is a chance he will appreciate this turning course rather than the straight they met last start. 

Conclusion: This looks out of the two favourites (no surprise) but neither horse offers much value. If they got stuck into one, or the third favourite is backed, it may make a better opportunity.  

Fares Kodia 9/4f 1st 
Brandy Spirit 9/4f 2nd

Note: A nice performance from Fares Kodiac who won under a penalty. I was correct in thinking this turning course would suit more than it would for Brandy Spirit, who was off the pace and run on with purpose. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Saturday's 2YO Update (10th November)

Yes, I know that is an American race horse
Every good thing comes to an end and this is the final day of the Group Horse Daily Promotion. Future posts will be retrospective (i.e written about what happened). Hope you have enjoyed the experience. 

Let's take a look at today's race action.

12:20 Doncaster -

Night Secret has received a single Class 2 entry for William Haggas. It details a horse of interest but far from the better juveniles in the stable.  Ran ok on debut but disappointed (most likely ran race) next start at Newmarket. Has a fighting chance. 

Clive Cox has a few decent sorts in his string. Unless *Eligible has disappointed on both starts to date he looks a limited son of Dark Angel. The significant entry may have been a mistake. This Irish-bred cost a pretty penny at 130,000 G at the yearling sales (cost more at foal). Ninth on debut.  Even worse at Newmarket. Priced 28/1, but really needs a stick of dynamite up its ass. If is it has ability, connections are likely to be focusing on the nursery route. Dropping back in trip. Struggled to go the pace last time over 7f. Best watched. 

Night Secret 7/2 2nd 

Note: Eligible a non-runner. Night Secret ran well in second but not the class of the runaway winner Dazzling Dan. 

12:55 Doncaster - 

One of just a couple of two-year-olds James Bethell gave significant entries to this year. He is a very talented trainer who could do with some ammunition. Good to see Edgewood is in the ownership of David Armstrong, who could transform this stable as a loyal patron. This bay colt is a son of Garswood. This horse was nibbled at in the betting on debut at Leicester but relatively unfancied. Interesting that Jamie Spencer was onboard that day. The way this February foal ran, he needed the experience. There was significant money for Edgewood on his second start at Redcar. Once again, he took an age to get going - crawling back ground at the line to lose by a neck. You have to slightly question this drop back to 6f. Perhaps the trainer knows best? 

Edgewood 5/1 1st

Note: Edgewood coped with the drop in distance in a tight finish. Nice to see this colt get his head in front. 

5:00 Chelmsford - 

Charlie Appleby has done pretty well this season with his two-year-olds. True Belief with start at prohibitive odds. This Irish-bred son of Excelebration cost £95,000 at the yearling sales. Ran well enough when a beaten favourite on debut at York. Flopped the second start when contesting the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. He was fancied to go well that day but finished last. Was slow away and then much too keen. There must have been an issue to have been off course such a long time unless he was given time to strengthen up with a winter campaign in mind. Worthy of respect. 

Interesting to see John Ryan's Battle Of Waterloo. Well, I say that although I am slightly fed up writing about this horse considering I was writing like Oscar Wilde when this beast was a non-runner when withdrawn at Newmarket due to soft ground. I really should cut and paste from the last post! (Joke). I never lack words about horses. Didn't do much on debut, perhaps showing a little bit of ability for a fleeting moment. Then, back like money was going out of fashion at Yarmouth. I don't know what was going on there. Ciaran Fallon (appreciate) either went much too fast or the horse ran off with gusto. Either way, it was there one moment and gone the next - tailed off. Interesting to see what might happen today but I'd take a watching brief. The only hope could be betting at 16/1+ and hope another gambler ensues. However, you may be wiser to just watch and learn. 

Battle Of Waterloo 10/1 1st
True Belief 4/5f 5th 

Note: What can I say? Even when I question the info it goes and wins easily at huge odds [16/1 early]. It really doesn't get any better than this. True Belief drifted in the betting and may have gone a touch too fast and paid the price. No more info coming on this page, so if you want to know the real talents contact me 

5:30 Chelmsford - 

Mark Johnston fields Massam who has won twice in six starts. This son of Dubawi put in two wins and then stepped up to Group 3 [relatively fancied] but finished last. A fair juvenile with an official rating of 95 and total earning over £20,000.  

Massam 6/4 2nd

Note: Massam led for all the way but couldn't hold off the late finish of Spanish Mission. 

Thanks for all your support (but that's it for Group Horse - all future posts will be retrospective).

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Thursday's 2YO Racing Tips (8th November)

Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Another horse detailed in Surfman, who wins well. You know you don't find this sort of consistency. 

 Let's have a look at today's 2yo races of interest. 

5:15 Chelmsford - 

Days Of Glory races in the familiar silks of high-profile owners Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith. This American-bred son of Scat Daddy cost $300,000 at the yearling sales. Trained by Richard Hannon, he wasn't fancied on debut when starting at odds of 20/1. It looked a typical back-end Maiden (Stakes) with Andrew Balding hitting the jackpot with a 50/1 winner called Landa Beach. Days Of Glory weaved a wayward path that day when veering sharply left leaving the stalls, soon recovered to track leaders, shaken up over 1f out, losing place when impeded entering final furlong, weakened final furlong [Racing Post]. A recent Class 2 entry may give a touch of hope for this second start. No betting at time of writing so we will have to see how this colt fares in the market. Update [tissue price] 7/1. 

Days Of Glory 7/1 2nd

Note: ''A fair race by Days Of Glory. No threat to thee easy well-backed debutante but hot the frame.  

6:15 Chelmsford - 

Mark Johnston is always a powerhouse. An impressive string with talented juveniles. *Themaxwecan clearly likes a trip as detailed by his debut win at Bath over 1m 2f. This son of Maxios knew where the line was, too, when flaring his nostrils to win by a short-head. Connections must think something of this relatively cheap yearling purchase [50,000G] because he has received two Listed race entries of late. Interesting if he can shoulder the win penalty which must take some bearing over these extended trips.

* NR

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Update (7th November)

Peter Winkworth's Racing Silks Not a bad day yesterday with a few horses winning, others hitting the post and one or two looking as slow as a snail. 

A few two-year-old races today but no significantly entered so a quiet day. I will detail one horse that has no entries as yet but looks a good prospect who will sooner than later. 

12:35 Nottingham - 

A very strange occurrence for me. No significantly entered two-year-olds here but I do like the look of Surfman. An exceptionally handsome son of Kingman. No price but a horse with a future owned by ex-trainer Peter Winkworth, who bred the horse, too. 

Surfman 10/11f 1st

Note: No significant entry but just as we detailed a smart horse in the making. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Tuesday's 2YO Update

Clipper Logistics Horse Racing
Coming to the end of the Flat turf season.  

12:15 Redcar - 

Div I

A big, old field on testing condition (soft). 

John Gosden has King Of Comedy going here. This son of Kingman is a home-bred colt from Lady Bamford. He ran out a comfy winner on debut at Sandown over 7f. Has strong claims. Like all of these winners, has to shoulder a penalty. However, this colt ran out a sweet victor giving the impression he can progress to bigger prizes. 

Interesting to see Victory Day making his second start for William Haggas. This son of Bated Breath is owned by Clipper Logistics. This March foal is detailed on our 10 Dark Horses Mailing so worthy of extra attention. He made his debut at Yarmouth, almost 50-days ago. Victory Day was relatively fancied on debut when slightly outpaced but run on in the closing stages. Should improve for that first start. This £270,000 yearling purchase was originally entered for the Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2). That was the beginning and the end of the significant entries so we will have to see whether this is something of a limitation. I would give the horse the benefit of the doubt. Even better claims if priced 13/2 & less SP (no betting as I write this post so time will tell).

King Of Comedy 8/15f 2nd
Victory Day 4/1 4th 

Note: King Of Comedy ran on but couldn't get to the debut winner. Victory Day was held up a long way off the pace. Ran on but just didn't look good enough in 4th. 

12:45 Redcar - 

Div 2 

Another big, old field. 

Five Amarones was an inspired purchase by Mike Smith from the Tom Dascombe stable. Next start, cruised home by four-and-a-half lengths. Considering this gelding was narrowly beaten by a head in a Selling Stakes, such an impressive victory came as something of a surprise. There is one thing that this horse likes - soft ground. Disappointed last time out at Nursery class and, I guess, reason connections have gone back to Stakes class. Has to shoulder a win penalty although a 5lb apprentice perched on top. Five Amarones is a limited horse with an official rating of 74. His strength is the testing ground. 

Kevin Ryan has George Mallory is on a recovery mission. This son of Kingman cost 145,000 Euros at the breeze-up sales. Readers will be familiar with the F. Gillespie's silks. This February foal was given a stiff task by making his debut in the Convivial Maiden Stakes (the richest Maiden in Europe). He was quite fancied that day when priced 11/1 at York. It was a very good debut when finishing 6th place and a similar number of lengths. I'm pretty sure connection (and punters) expected a big run at Ayr when stepping up to 1m on soft going. It was a very disappointing effort. Nothing happened. There must have been an issue that day because it just couldn't be that bad. A return to the soft ground. You have to consider the trainer knows best. Dropping back in trip. I'd expect a much better run today. 

Five Amarones 15/2 2nd 
George Mallory 4/1 8th 

Note: Five Amarones enjoyed the testing ground and put up a bold front-running performance. Beaten by a better horse in second place. George Mallory was well backed but showed nothing. There must be a problem with this horse because the first run showed real promise. The only other reason may be looking at nursery races. Be interesting to see if this big horse shines at some point. 

5:40 Kempton - 

Nivaldo won well on debut and given a Class 2 stakes entry. Has to defy a win penalty. 

Just noticed I had missed this second division. Another one of our 10 Dark Horses going here for Saeed bin Suroor. Silent Hunter was a beaten favourite on debut when finishing a respectable fourth. Should go well today and holds each-way claims. 

Nivaldo 13/8 1st
Silent Hunter 5/2 2nd 

Note: Nivaldo ran well under a win penalty. Cruised clear but was being caught near the line although eased to a fair win. Silent Hunter is clearly a decent horse and will be winning soon. Drifted to 5/1 on the exchanges and I had an each-way bet. Seemed to hang when in the straight and took an age to gather his pace before finishing with spirit. 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Monday's 2YO Update

Saeed bin suroor
A quiet start to proceedings with just one two-year-old race on the cards. 

4:30 Kempton - 

Al Mureib is feeling like hard work for punters as he is yet to get his head in front in five starts. This Irish-bred son of Dubawi is a fair juvenile who has achieved an official rating of 84. That is plenty good enough to win most Stakes races but unfortunately, there has always been one or two opponents to deny this March foal. A beaten favourite on three starts. Only fifth last time out when competing at nursery class for the first time but just over three lengths. Just one of eleven two-year-old to be given a significant entry for Saeed bin Suroor. Bar a couple of horses this looks a weak affair. If touching each-way prices has claims. A wide draw isn't ideal if pushed wide. Always fearful that a horse with a few hard races may regress at some point. 

Stan Moore has had a lean year with his two-year-olds. A minimal number of runners and very limited. Delta Bravo was given a Class 2 stakes race entry which suggests connections held some hope of ability. A 66/1 shot on both starts to date, the debut in a hot Stakes race (Class 2). The winner, Fashion's Star, is a bright talent, while others have franked the form. This bay filly showed little when stepping up in trip to race over 1m 2f at Bath. It is unlikely, but not impossible, this daughter of Mastercraftsman has an element of hope at huge odds. The debut effort (more entry) gives a hint of ability, while the trip at Bath may have been too much. Also, horses can disappoint on their first and second start. I wouldn't hold my breath, but when a horse will be price 200/1 on Betfair (perhaps) there may be some argument for a speculative each-way bet. A low draw is a positive. Not been seen for a month. On balance, a mountain to climb. (Taking another look, needs a miracle). 

Al Mureib 7/4 2nd
Delta Bravo 66/1 7th

Note: Al Mureib may have been slightly inconvenienced by the wide draw and forcing him to lead. Didn't do too much wrong but a frustrating horse finishing in second place. Delta Bravo is limited and will be given a low mark for nursery races.  

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Saturday's 2YO Update (3rd November)

Richard Spencer: Rumble Inthejungle
Nothing much to report yesterday - with a non-runner (Battle Of Waterloo). 

12:15 Newmarket -

Soft going. 

Quite a few debutantes here. Material Girl has valuable race experience with three fair efforts. Richard Spencer is a talented trainer who does well with a limited number of two-year-olds. This bay daughter of Pivotal cost £52,000 at the yearling sales. Ran respectably over course and distance on debut when relatively fancied in the betting. Although placed fifth was beaten three lengths. Didn't do much wrong second start when third. The form of the Kempton race, last time out, has been franked. A relatively wide draw and running wide made life hard. An official rating of 72 sets an average parameter. Has claims but may be vulnerable to a decent horse. 

Material Girl 20/1 2nd 

Note: The favourite won easily but Material Girl went pretty well at big odds to take second place. 

12:50 Newmarket - 

Imperial Charm has been knocking on the door. This bay filly is a daughter of Dubawi. Simon Crisford is a fine trainer who knows his horses and this April foal ran a sterling race on debut when placed third but beaten just half a length. She returned over course and distance. Punters may have been disappointed that the 6/4f finished someway down the field in third place. In truth, she bumped into a couple of live talents in Sunday Star (Ed Walker) & Maqsad (William Haggas). Definitely one of the better two-year-olds in the stable. Always a slight concern about the testing ground but if not inconvenienced has strong claims. 

Imperial Charm 11/10 1st

Note: Easy victory for Imperial Charm who has a decent level of ability. 

4:30 Newcastle - 

Another Richard Spencer two-year-old. You Never Can Tell is a decent juvenile illustrated by an official rating of 94. A winning debut. Far from a disgraced second start at Listed class when fourth beaten the same number of lengths. Two attempts at Group class saw this son of Elzaam finish last of seven and eight. This is a marked drop in class. Looking at the betting we see pretty prohibitive odds at 1/4f. Has to shoulder a win penalty. Also, you have to be careful that he hasn't regressed. In truth, this should be an opportunity to pick up some easy prize money. 

You Never Can Tell 1/2f

Note: You Never Can Tell had been dropped in class and won well at odds-on.