Well done Richard, another win in the tipping competition ...


Bookmakers should act like bookmakers

Monday, 24 June 2019

"Flowers grow in inches, but are destroyed by feet."

Gardening Saying.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a really warm morning and is muggy and very close. There are forecasts of thunderstorms but whether they reach here or not is debatable. I think tomorrow is the most likely time for us to get a downpour. We have been cantering close to home with the horses using Hamilton Hill as the main polytrack of choice. All has gone well. We have just been trying to get them in and out with the weather like it is. It is cooler in the boxes than it is in the open.

Velvet Vision

We had a few disappointing runners at the weekend although Astroman certainly ran ok on Saturday. Archie Bear took charge of his young rider and nearly went to Cambridge but all is well that ends well and no harm done. Isaac Murphy was again frustrating and I think we may find him a different life outside of racing.

Ness of Brodgar leading Velvet Vista

The headlines on the Racing Post today are about the bookmakers and how some of them refused to lay Dettori in multiples after his four timer. There are obviously a few who are proper bookmakers but the majority who restricted ordinary punters ought to have their licences looked in to. Overall the bookies won at the meeting and many made good profits, but if they are not going to behave in a proper bookmaker way, they shouldn’t be allowed to have a licence.

Off to get breakfast Bob?

Richard Marriott had a marvellous week in the tipping competition and finished £525 up with me minus £201.25. This is all to a £10 win stake on five days of racing. I hope some of you followed his information and not mine. Well done Richard and roll on Goodwood.


It's the final day of Royal Ascot

Saturday, 22 June 2019

"Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers."

Lewis Mumford.

Topanticipation and Astrogem

It was one of those days yesterday at Ascot where you go full of hope but come back very disappointed. I’m not sure yet what is wrong with Garrel Glen, if anything, but we will be doing lots of tests on Monday just to check her over. My gut feeling is that I ran her over the wrong trip and she needs a mile and a half like most of the family. We will give her a good break now (she is out in the field at present) and bring her back towards the end of the summer. She is a hugely talented filly but we haven’t seen anything like her best yet.

Garrel Glen turned out

My tipping didn’t get any better yesterday but then neither did Richard's, so we are here on the last day with me a long way behind. I think it is nearly impossible to catch up but you never know. Here are our efforts today.


2.30  Year Of The Tiger    3.05  Uban Icon    3.40  Southern France    4.20  Blue Point  5.00  Spring Loaded    5.35  Max Dynamite


2.30  Lope Y Fernandez    3.05  Space Traveller    3.40  Salouen    4.20  Invincible Army    5.00 Baron Bolt    5.35  Cleonte

Growing just outside Frankland Lodge

It is very disappointing that after four days of Royal Ascot there have been nine breaches of the whip rule. This always happens at the big meetings as there is so much at stake. Days off and fines are all well and good, but in these days of animal welfare the only way forward, in my opinion, and we have mentioned this plenty of times before, is to disqualify the horses where the whip rule has been breached. It would only take one horse to be disqualified for the jockey to get it into their head and keep within the rules. The big problem, and we are continuously being told, is that the punters would object, but I am sure they wouldn’t as they would understand the rules as well as anybody. We now have the video referee in football and although there have been a few hiccups everybody will get used to it and accept the result, win or lose. I just can’t see the problem with disqualification. It would certainly benefit the horses and the public at large.


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