Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Racing Tips

2YO Racing Tips
2:00 Catterick - 

Just the one entrant here, although the betting suggests this is a two-horse race. Both look fair sorts. Scott Dixon's Deia Glory has run four times and a speester. This bay daughter of Khyllachy nearly sprang a 50/1 shock when leading for most in the Hilary Needler Trophy Conditions Stakes. She was caught in the dying strides. On place, this March foal was a long way down the field in the Queen Mary Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot. Considering she led for most and beaten nine lengths it wasn't a bad effort. Not much of a price so a watching brief. 

2:40 Lingfield - 

Quite an interesting race. Chonburi has a significant entry although looks limited compared to the better types trained by Richard Hannon. Most interesting is Isaac Queen trained by Archie Watson. This bay daughter of War Command cost 42,000 euros. Watson has a few talents in his string and this bay filly is one of five entered for the Lowther Stakes Group 2. The number of entrants could slightly dilute the level although she is well fancied in the market and from a low draw is respected. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Monday's 2YO Racing Tips

Kevin Ryan Horse Trainer
Been very busy these last few days so will just detail the basics.

2:15 Ripon -  

Murqaab was outclassed in the Windsor Castle Listed race at Royal Ascot. 

Sosume is interesting. This French-bred son of Siyouni cost 105,000 euros at the breeze-up sales and one of just two horses the stable has entered for the Gimcrack Stakes Group 2. Karl Burke's debutantes can be a little hit and miss but they can win when talented and primed. If priced 10/1 & less SP has respectable each way claims. Note: Very well backed from 7/1, early, on exchanges.  

Another Gimcrack entrant is Three Card Trick, trained by Kevin Ryan. This British-bred son of Piccolo races in the familiar silks of Guy Reed Racing. This March foal started his career at York, a course the trainer often sends his better prospects. He was relatively fancied that day and ran well to finish second to Dunkerron, who finished fourth next start in the July Stakes (Group 2). 

2:45 Ripon - 

A 5f nursery. Not the race type I bet. One significantly entered juvenile being Mayson Mac who made a splendid winning debut and highly tried thereafter.  Down the field last time out in the Windsor Castle Listed race at Royal Ascot. This should feel easier. 

6:10 Wolverhampton - 

So Brave won well on debut and then uplaced in the Empress Fillies' Stakes Listed race. Has a winner's penalty but this is a marked drop in class. 

6:20 Windsor - 

William Haggas has First Thought entered here. Not shown a great deal on two starts to date. 

Magical Wish had been noted by Group Horse as Hannon seemed to be taking particular care placing this colt who is in the ownership of Middleham Park Racing. This Irish-bred son of Heeraat ran very well on debut at Salisbury when beaten a short head. Looks to set a stiff task.  

6:40 Wolverhampton - 

I always like a Tom Dascombe debut winner. Light My Fire held an entry for the Lily Agnes Stakes but made her debut at Ripon when winning comfortably. This Irish-bred daughter of Dragon Pulse looks an inspired buy at just 23,000 euros. 

6:50 Windsor - 

Adam West doesn't have to many entered juveniles. Capala is no world beater but ran ok on debut after a slow start. He had a wide draw at Kempton and then ran wide until tiring in the final furlong. He wouldn't have won with a lower draw but is better than seen and this drop in distance may be a positive. Would seem to be better suited to auction class but still may have some hope. 

Swiss Pride is no slouch and deserves respect. Richard Hughes charge has shown ability in his three starts to date. He wasn't given the best ride at Nottingham when his jockey went a stride too fast. Interesting this drop in distance. Won't have any problems although whether he can show that pace over this shorter distance has to be seen. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wednesday's 2YO Racing Tips

David Evans Horse Trainer
Six two-year-old races - from a claimer to novice stakes and nurseries too.

I'll have a quick look to note any significant entrants.

2:10 Catterick (Claiming)

No entrants of significance.

2:50 Yarmouth - 

No entrants of significance. 

3:10 Catterick - 

Mark Johnston's Prairie Spy has won on both starts to date. Interesting that her trainer has opted to send this daughter of Sepoy to contest an nursery for this third start. The opposition are rated in the 60s, while she has an official rating of 87. A horse respected in the stable and one that will be contesting at Group class if winning here. 

4:00 Lingfield - 

A poor nursery for horses rated in the 60s (a couple rated 71). Wolstonbury and Habanera have been given entries but limited. This race wouldn't take much winning so they may have some chance. Not the type of race I would bet myself but intriguing nonetheless. 

4:35 Lingfield - 

No significant entrants

7:25 Kempton - 

Interesting to see David Evans' One Kiss made her debut at Class 2 and wasn't disgraced. Stepping up in distance. This looks a fairly competitive field and it may be the case she was slightly flattered on that racecourse bow but looks a big price at 25/1. 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Monday's Racing Tips (9th July)

Kevin Ryan Horse Trainer
2:00 Ayr -

Celebrity Dancer won well on debut for Kevin Ryan. Finished third next start at Pontefract when stepping up in class. 

Tim Easterby's Amadeus Grey has been runner-up on the last two starts, both at auction class. 

The third entrant is Mark Johnston's Royal Big Night, who started his career at York although well beaten. 

 6:10 Windsor - 

A competitive 6f race on good to firm going. 

Boa Nova won quite well on debut at Bath, in what turned out to be a scrappy affair. Brian Meehan's two-year-old headed to Royal Ascot and unplaced in the Coventry (Group 2) when 100/1. 

Kevin Ryan's Sense Of Belonging ran well on debut at York in a classy race. This son of Dutch Art was made odds on next start at Hamilton when racing on soft going. By all accounts this was a poor run. Whether this was due to soft ground or because he took a keen hold could be reasons. Ryan has entered this chestnut colt for the Phoenix Stakes (Group 1). Connections will be expecting a big run here from a prime draw. 

In addition, Swiper has received an entry and beaten favourite over course and distance. 

6:30 Ripon - 

One of Charles Hills significant entrants. Hawayel finished unplaced in the Albany Stakes (Group 3).     

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Thursday's 2YO Racing Tips

Group Horse
3:00 Haydock - 

The first two-year-old nursery of the season. I can't say this is my favourite race type, although if I do have a fancy they usually go well. I will detail the significantly entered. Not sure if I will bother to do this for all the nursery races because those higher rated are likely to feature many. It proves the principle of Group Horse Daily that, amazingly, we detail the best horses in training. No surprise to those who follow and appreciate.

Significantly entered horses in this race.

High Horse 
Finoah
Dancing Speed 
Five Helmets
Ventura Bay 
Leoube

Conclusion:  Too many featured here to take the race seriously. I usually look for horses who haven't shown their hand in this race type in the hope they are on a good handicap mark. A couple who may have some hope, one not entered, are Leoube and Triple One, who is progressing well and must win races off 68. Time will tell. 

3:30 Haydock - 

Critical Data won well last time in a restricted auction race. Has to shoulder a win penalty which makes life harder. Pablo Escobarr ran well on debut when a beaten favourite to a fair juvenile in Certain Lad. Mark Johnston's charge has received a National Stakes (Group 1) entry for the big Irish race. 

6:15 Newbury - 

A rare entry for Henry Candy, who isn't the type of trainer to waste his time with foolish hopes. Layla's Dream has received a Class 2 entry a while back. This daughter of Assertive is a home bred for Lady Whent. The mare was a triple winer over sprint distance but a limited horse in some respects. Interesting horse. Candy can ready a debutante and it wouldn't be a surprise to see this February foal go well. On the opposite side debutantes can make you look very foolish at times. 

6:45 Newbury -

A well entered and talented juvenile here in The Paddocks, trained by Richard Hannon. Finished last in the Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot.  This son of Charm Spirit has to shoulder a win penalty. This will feel a lot easier but competitive. 

David Evans has been patient with Disruptor who was meant to make a return to racing the other day but a late non runner due to going. He didn't have much go right on first and second start. Very much in need of the experience on debut when running on and pushed wide on the bend at Lingfield when a beaten favourite. I think that race was decent and the fact he started the jolly positives. There was money for this chestnut colt the other day at Chepstow so I wouldn't be writing him off. I get the impression connection are looking for slightly better ground so could be a non runner. However, a horse who should run a race if starting. 

Hugo Palmer has been quiet this season and not hitting the high notes as yet. James Street was meant to run at Yarmouth the other week but withdrawn on a vet's certificate. There was a little bit of money for this son of Gale Force Ten. A 130,000G breeze up (2yo) purchase in the familiar ownership of M M Stables. They have stablemate Never Back Down, who is pretty smart and a note two-year-old for us last season. 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tuesday's 2YO Update

David Evans Trains Disruptor
Three two-year-old races to consider. 

2:15 Hamilton - 

No entries of note. 

6:45 Chepstow - 

Tisneverending is a significant entrant for Stan Moore. She has been flitting between the UK and France. Not the easiest horse to assess. 

7:15 Chepstow - 

An intriguing race. A few of these are worthy of note. Shaybani has to shoulder a win penalty but good enough to contest the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. Wasn't disgraced in mid division. 

David Evans is a fair judge and Disruptor is better than seen on his first two starts. Needed the run on debut, when finishing with verve. A beaten favourite next start when stepping up to six furlongs after a long break. Nothing much went right that day. He wasn't helped at all by running wide and then being pushed even wider on the final bend. In truth, there was a lot to like about that performance although backers where left frustrated. The race looked decent. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the first seven horses at Lingfield go on to win. If this wasn't such a stiff contest, I would be pretty keen on this French-bred colt hitting the frame if not winning. Not without a chance at fair odds. 

I don't usually detail horses here if they haven't been given significant entries. However, there are a few horses which may be able opponents. 

Roger Teal's Spirit Of May has very good win and place claims if priced 13/2 and less. Dutch Treat has fair each-way claims if priced 9/1 & less sp.  

A tough race in ways but very interesting.  

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Thursday's 2YO Racing Update

Amy Murphy Horse Trainer
1:40 Newmarket - 

This looks an ideal opportunity for Amy Murphy's Happy Odyssey. This bay daughter of Camacho may have been a cheap breeze-up purchase at just £14,000. However, this April foal was half fancied in the betting when finishing a creditable second to Country Rose who is sharp over five furlongs. She isn't much of a price but a recent Listed race entry gives some confidence. The stable have a couple of talented two-year-olds to give some measure. 

2:20 Nottingham - 

Richard Hughes has done a little better with this season's two-year-old string although he never fills me with confidence. Swiss Pride showed a glimmer of ability o debut, running on after a slow start. He is a willing type who battled when runner-up against The Last Party. Shame this is a seven-runner race for each-way bets. Should go well. 

2:30 Newcastle - 

Amadeus Grey made his debut at York when ''never dangerous''. He was quite fancied at Wetherby stepping up in distance and down in class. A creditable effort that day when second best. Could well start this at odds-on. 

Mark Johnston's Aisling is no talent and one significant entry sometime back details a horse who is heading toward handicaps. She steps up in distance. Interesting to consider whether this is a plus or minus. The only thing I would say about this filly is that she hasn't had much go right in all three races so far: pulling too hard and then pushed far too wide last time out. 

3:05 Newcastle - 

Hugo Palmer hasn't set the world alight this season with his juveniles but there is still time to make his mark. Almufti cost 120,000G at the yearling sales and pretty strong in the betting on debut when starting at 3/1. This good-looking colt traveled well but tired in the closing stages. That was a very competitive debut, in a race worth over £30,000. I would expect a big run. Perhaps worthy of an interest if touching each way prices. 

6:30 Hamilton - 

Port Of Leith has been consistent although beaten on three start. The only horse to be given a significant entry. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Tuesday's 2YO Racing Tips

2:00 Beverley - 

Victory Command has proven a smart colt winning two races from five starts, placed on three other occasions. Mark Johnston has a decent string of juveniles ad this son of War Command enjoyed a step up in distance at Beverley, leading all the way and holding the runner-up even shouldering a penalty. None of these look likely to press this juvenile unless he disappoints. 

Take a look at the Group entries and see which trainers have horses you can't afford to miss. Click here to see the dark horses of racing.  


Monday, 25 June 2018

Monday's 2YO Racing Tips

Robert Cowell Horse Trainer
Just a coupe of races to review for significant entries. 

6:50 Wolverhampton - 

Just the one horse here being Blame Roberta. Robert Cowell has a bigger string of juveniles this season which should see a few making waves. This bay daughter of Blame races in the familiar silks of Khalifa Dasmal. A relatively cheap yearling purchase at just $27,000. She made her debut back in April, when contesting a fair race at Yarmouth over the minimum trip. I was struck by the size and scope of this April foal who was slow away but ran on with some purpose. She may have been given time because of an issue or needing time to strengthen up. Interesting to see how she goes. 

6:40 Widsor - 

A big, old ''newcomers'' Maiden Stakes over 6f 12y on good to firm going. Richard Hannon's horses have been in good form and Swiper has been noted with one significant entry. This Irish-bred bay colt is a son of Clodovil cost £40,000 at the yearling sales. 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Saturday's 2YO Racing Tips

Richard Hannon and Dad
Been a couple of quiet days as I fly back from America. Still feel like my watch tells the time of West Palm Beach. 

2:10 Newmarket - 

Flash Sentry was entered for a Class 2 race on debut at Musselburgh but showed little. John Ryan has decided on this marked step up in distance to 7f. The betting of 66/1 says no chance. 

Richard Hannon has a couple of entrants worthy of note. Neverland Rocks cost 480,000 euros and fancied on debut at Newbury over 6f 1/2. Gave the impression there would be more to come on this second start. Mordred received an entry for the Chesham Stakes Listed race at Royal Ascot. The only horse to be entered for the stable which suggests this son of Camelot, a 175,000G purchase, has ability. Interesting to consider how these two are viewed. Perhaps one needs the run or the stable are trying to blur the lines. If Mordred is backed, it could be significant. 

7:15 Haydock - 

Another Hannon charge who is progressive if not luckless is Glorious Dane. This Irish-bred son of Olympic Glory was a big drifter in the market on debut at Leicester. Very slow starter but showed a glimmer of ability. Next start, stepped up to 7f at Sandown, and relatively fancied in the betting. A slow start and hampered in the early stages saw this bay colt run on with real purpose. Must have got close if starting on terms. 

8:00 Lingfield - 

Just for good measure, another Hannon two-year-old with a significant entry. Critical Data ran with credit on debut at Leicester (the same race at Glorious Dane) and although a 33/1 chance came 4th. Made his return in a Class 2 race with decent prize money when third behind a couple of fair juveniles. A beaten favourite that day. Didn't do much wrong and stepping up to 7f should help. Looks a great purchase at just 20,000G. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday 2YO Racing Tips

Lady Aurelia - Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) Winner 2017
1:40 Hamilton - 

Quite a restricted race type which favours horses with race experience. Usain Bolt ran well on debut over five furlongs as if needing the run and most likely an extra furlong. He won next start when stepping up to six furlongs at Newmarket. Then dipping his toe into a tough Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. This son of Casamento was no challenger to the easy winner but plugged on to take second place. Has to defy a win penalty and dropping back to the minimum trip. Hamilton is a stiff course, and he may not be found wanting for pace, but it could be the case he is. Not sure if I would jump in at short odds because if outpaced mid race will be much bigger odds on the exchanges. 

2:10 Hamilton - 

Kevin Ryan is a calculated trainer and not one to give significant entries for the fun of it. Sense Of Belonging started his racing career in a valuable Maiden Stakes over 6f at York. He ran on well, after taking a keen hold, and finished third. This is the only juvenile Ryan has given a Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) entry. Unless there is a real surprise package, should be hard to beat at odds-on. 

2:30 Royal Ascot - 

Highlight of the day the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2).