Entries & Recent Form

I cannot wait to see the rematch of Big Bucks and Grands Crus at Aintree tomorrow.  It will very tough to call the winner as Big Bucks has already won three times at the track and is an exceptional horse.  I think Grands Crus will like the track.  Remember, he has won at Haydock a flat left handed track and it is just a shame he is around when one of the best staying hurdlers of recent years is about.  I am sure Big Bucks will get beaten one day, what about tomorrow?!  Fingers crossed that both horses turn up in top form and provide another great race like they did at Cheltenham and most importantly return safe and sound which is the main thing.

Read more...

Following yesterday's confirmation stage for the Grand National, unsurprisingly most of the field (65) have stood their ground.  We will have three runners in the big race on Saturday: Or Noir de Somoza, Comply Or Die and Piraya, while we have two further entries, Faasel and Junior.  Junior is actually our shortest priced horse in the race, but he needs nineteen to come out before he will get a run and there is next to no chance of that happening...what a story it would be if he could win at Royal Ascot, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National?!

Read more...

E_Street_Boy_Chepstow_020411

It was another good day for the yard on Saturday when E Street Boy and Dan Breen completed an across the card double at Chepstow and Uttoxeter.  E Street Boy was completing a quick-fire hat-trick under jockey of the moment Conor O'Farrell,  having scored in facile style at Wincanton, Hereford and Chepstow within the space of six days.  I would imagine that the handicapper will take a dim view of his recent run of success and will reassess his handicap mark tomorrow.  In the meantime he has several entries this week and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him turn out again quickly if everything is okay.

Read more...

The Grand National meeting starts this Thursday and I will be up there each of the three days on my annual pilgrimage with David.  Most of my mates want to come too - well on Friday at least...I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that it is ladies day?!  The girls go all-out (in some cases quite literally) in their finery and always have their spray tans topped up to tangerine colour!  The thing that makes me laugh however, is that you often see the girls walking down the roads in a pair of flip flops before changing into their high heels when they are on the track!

Read more...

This time next week our old friend Gino will be getting our breakfast ready before we fly off to the Grand National.  Gino and Jeanette have played host to myself and David for the last few years now during the Grand National meeting and I'm hoping that we don't wear out our welcome this year.  It is always a great atmosphere at Aintree and I am getting goosebumps just thinking about the big race - I can't wait!

Read more...

See David's Update for exclusive audio
interviews with David & Tom Scudamore
ahead of the Grand National meeting

I see that Paddy Brennan has quit his position as stable jockey to Nigel Twiston-Davies.  It isn't really the biggest surprise in the world, with Nigel's son Sam rising through the jockey's ranks at a rate of knots, and as Paddy rightly said...blood is thicker than water.  Paddy is still going to be aboard some of Nigel's horses, including former Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander.  I guess that Nigel is going to have the same headache when his other son Willie leaves school and wants to turn professional,  Paddy Brennan will now turn freelance and I am sure that he will get plenty of rides - he is a top-class jockey, but it is not the same as being a retained stable jockey.

Read more...

E_Street_Boy_Hereford_web

I can't believe that E Street Boy was allowed to go off at odds of 5/6 when winning at Hereford yesterday afternoon.  He couldn't have been any more impressive when landing a conditional jockey's handicap hurdle at Wincanton on Sunday and he was turned out again without a penalty.  The Racing Post forecast he would be a 4/9 shot and he certainly won like one, scoring by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths, in the process giving Tom Scudamore a much needed winner.  I would imagine that David will have to turn him out again quickly before the handicapper has his say.

Read more...