NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Wed Oct 24
Fontwell, Worcester
Wed Oct 24
Goffs Open Yearling & HIT Sale
Thu Oct 25
Carlisle, Ludlow, Southwell

Entries & Recent Form

What a great day for the yard on Saturday with Qulinton winning the Listed Summer Plate Chase at Market Rasen.  Our seven year old won by nineteen lengths and now looks as though he will be heading for the Galway Plate, for which he is as short as 8/1.  His owners are real racing enthusiasts, so the Irish had better be prepared as there will be some celebration over there were he to follow-up!  I know I keep singing the praises of our young conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell, but he is looking more the finshed article every time I see him ride.

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I can't wait until Goodwood starts on Tuesday - let's hope that the weather will be as glorious as the racing!  I love watching high class flat horses in action in all the top races, and they don't come much higher class than Frankel or Canford Cliffs who do battle in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.  I wonder what tactics will be used aboard Henry Cecil's star three year old and which jockey will commit for home first?  It will certainly be cat and mouse between the big two, but I would imagine that Frankel will try to run the finish out of Canford Cliffs - still, not long now!

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There is some great quality jumping action from Market Rasen this afternoon and we have runners in both of their highlight races.  David's Punchestown winner Street Entertainer carries top weight in the Listed Summer Hurdle, and while that is clearly a big ask of a four year old he is improving at a rate of knots and is reunited with winning rider A P McCoy.  Qulinton goes in the Summer Plate and his form received a boost when Sir Ian, who he beat by a short head at Worcester (the pair 28 lengths clear) subsequently came out and won easily.

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A P McCoy continues riding in splendid form as he demonstrated yesterday with a treble at Cartmel yesterday and barring injury he is already well on course for an incredible sixteenth successive jockeys championship.  He really is a fantastic ambassador for our sport and always takes time out to pose for photographs and sign autographs for racing enthusiasts - I guess it makes signing easy when you are just known as "AP"!

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I thought that a number of our runners ran with credit yesterday.  Frosted Grape ran her heart out to finish runner-up in the handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter and was only denied by the genius of A P McCoy aboard the winner Calypso Bay.  Calypso Bay had dropped 20lbs in the weights of late and our mare was conceding 5lbs to the winner - she looked as though she would hold on for most of the way and only gave best close home.  The pair of them were thirty lengths clear of the third, so she clearly perfomed very well and there should be other days for her so long as the handicapper does not crucify her.

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The Racing Post have gone big on the Open at Sandwich this year - they have a 23 page pull-out!  There seems to be evey golf fact and figure ever recorded to help you find the winner.  No doubt all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy - he is a best priced 5/2 to finish the week as the top Great Britain and Ireland player.  He does hit the ball a long way and is clearly at the top of his game, but he would be a far from original choice.  I think that I will be backing Luke Donald to be the top British player at odds of around 7/2 - he won the Scottish Open last week by four shots - he hits the ball very straight and he has a great short game.  I will also be having a little bit of 11/1 about him winning the championship, 2/1 about a top 6 finish and 10/11 about a top 10 finish - it sounds like I could do a few quid!

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It seems to me that everyone is in danger of getting their phones tapped...with the possible exception of tipster Derek Thompson!  If one newspaper is tapping people's phones, the chances are that there will be others at it.  It's a wonder that the bookmakers haven't already chalked up odds about it - it could be called a telephone book!

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