Aintree, Wincanton and Kelso 05/11/16

  North Hill Harvey 2.10 Wincanton

No fewer than 8 of my 50 to follow run today one of them Shantou Village is up against the mightily pressive Virgilio making for an intriguing dilemma.


1.35 Shantou Village 50TF,Virgilio 

2.10 North Hill Harvey 50TF (pictured above)

2.45 Antartica De Thaix

3.20 The Yong Master e/w 50TF, Carloes Destrier e/w 50TF


12.55 Our Reward e/w

2.05 Young Dillon

2.40 Mister Miyagi 50TF

3.10 Some Buckle

3.45 Katachenko 50TF, Ravens Tower 50TF

4.15 Cruiseaweigh


12.35 Tree Of Liberty

1.10 Jokers and Rogues

1.45 Bourne

2.20 Present Lodger

2.55 Domtaline

Down Royal

2.35 Valseur Lido


Carlisle 30/10/16

1.00 Two Taffs

1.35 Hainan e/w

2.10 Like A Diamond e/w

2.45 Belmount

3.15 Onefitzall

3.50 Bristol De Mai

4.20 Treshnish e/w

Wetherby, Ascot, Ayr 29/10/16

Cue Card 20151031Cue Card after winning the Charlie Hall in 2015

It’s Charlie Hall day where the outcome of the feature event hinges on Cue Card being as good as he was last year. All the vibes from connections are that he is and if so he should see off some ole rivals and young pretenders. 

The bet365 hurdle is by contrast wide open with at least 6 of the 7 runners not easy to dismiss. Ballyoptic is still progressive however and may well justify favouritism and cement his World Hurdle credentials.

Holly Bush Henry is a strong fancy to make a winning chase debut in the opener.


1.35 Holly Bush Henry

2.00 Card Game

2.45 Ballyoptic, Native River e/w

3.20 Cue Card, Wakanda e/w

3.55 Zipple Back e/w, Alexander the Grey e/w

4.30 Royal Vacation

5.05 Blue Rambler e/w, Apple of Our Eye e/w


1.55 Ballyoptic

2.25 Noche De Reyes

3.00 Diego Du Charmil

3.35 Voix D’Eau

4.10 Quieto Sol

4.45 First Drift

5.20 Coup De Pinceau


2.05 Master Of Finance

4.20 Presenting Junior

4.55 Work In Progress

5.30 Formidableopponent

Wetherby and Uttoxeter 28/10/16


2.00 Sharp Response e/w

2.45 Today Please

3.20 Degooch e/w

3.55 Nietzsche e/w

4.30 Bertalus e/w

5.00 En Joule e/w


2.00 La Bague Au Roi

2.35 One Forty Seven

3.10 Oorayavic e/w

3.45 Le Prezien

4.20 Special Wells e/w

4.50 Eardisland e/w

Aintree 23/10/16

1.40 Robin Roe

2.15 Kerrow

2.50 Forgotten Gold

3.15  Great Try, Jacks Last Hope e/w

3.50 Three Musketeers

4.25 Behind The Wire

5.00 Ilovemints

Cheltenham and Kelso 22/10/16


Fox Norton after finishing 3rd in the Arkle chase in March.

Thomas Campbell and a couple of places horses in the 5.05 were all I had to show for my efforts on day 1 of the Cheltenham meeting. Aristo Du Plessis and Cottersrock were particularly disappointing on the quick ground.

Tagliatelle 4.05 returns to hurdling after losing confidence over fences and along with Shantou Village 4.40 runs for my 50 to follow today.


1.50 Keltus and Henryville e/w

2.25 Wholestone

3.00 Wolf of Windlesham e/w

3.30 Fox Norton and Boondooma e/w

4.05 Zarib and Pere The Pear e/w

4.40 Shantou Village

5.15 Woodfort


2.00 Brio Conti

2.35 Urban Hymn

3.10 Scotswell e/w

3.40 Nomoreblackjack

4.15 Big River

4.50 Runswick Days e/w

5.25 Present Trend

Cheltenham 21/10/16

The  jumps season gathers pace today with the first of two days racing at its spiritual home Cheltenham. Colin’s Sister and Templeross represent my 50 to follow in the first where they are up against Paul Nichols El Bandit.

2.10 Colin’s Sister, Templeross

2.45 Aristo Du Plessis

3.20 Florrie Boy e/w, Marquis of Carabas e/w

3.55 Cottersrock

4.30 Thomas Campbell

5.05 Azure Fly e/w , Velator e/w

5.49 Cyrius Moriviere


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