Stewards' Inquiry: Place Your Bets

Stewards' Inquiry
Bookmakers love their sayings. 

At Great Yarmouth racecourse, one of the turf accountants plies his trade with the call to eager holidaymakers, bettors and children with an ice cream: ''Money without work.'' Those words seem to hang in the air longer than the routine chatter to a point where I would pay £20 for a moment of his silence. As a matter of principle, I would never bet with a bookie who thought I put so little time, blood, sweat and tears (of joy) into my analysis.

If betting on the races is money without work, I'm not sure what he would say about a photo finish. 

Betting on a photo finish. Is that your kind of bet? They are funny, old wagers. You can see the evidence before you. We know who has won and lost until we hear ''STEWARDS' INQUIRY''. The look of horror on those who have backed the ''winner'' a glimmer of hope for those on the ''second''. Other punters too busy searching the floor for a screwed-up betting ticket because they didn't think much at all. 

Your fate is in the hands of the stewards. I've never seen a steward, well not one who decides which horse is the moral victory. 

''I think that bump just before the finishing line made the difference...'' 

Very few horses have double-barrelled names but stewards do. Or that's the impression I have whether right or wrong. 

Have you ever bet on a stewards' inquiry? What is your thinking behind such a bet? Obviously, you have taken an opinion. But, in truth, you should be betting on the opinion of the stewards because you can shout ''Money without work'' but if you are not in the position of creating the truth you may be in for a surprise. 

Take yesterday's result in the 2:10 Beverley. 

Requinto Dawn was first past the post while Weeton ''second'' lost by a nose and a bump. I say a bump because along with wandering slightly across the course, Requinto Dawn bumped Julie Camacho's horse a yard or two before the line. 

The betting on the exchanges had Requinto Dawn priced 1/6f to keep the race. Pundits on Racing UK seemingly convinced it was going to keep the race. Although the lady on the programme said she would wait for the result as you can never tell...

Lots of punters betting on the favourite to keep the race. Easy money! Money without even thinking about work. 

Oh dear. 

Somehow, somehow, somehow...

The result: Weeton was awarded the race. Plenty of punters shouting double-barrel words.

Nasty.

Monday's Racing Tips

Faster Than That
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Monday 4th September - 

1:50 Windsor - 

Noted juveniles: Take Me With You & Sergio Leone.  

Interesting: Take Me With You is one of Noseda's best two-ear-olds and connections will be hoping for victory. A wide draw isn't ideal but class should prevail. Sergio Leone has an even wider draw. One of four horses to receive an entry for the Convivial at York does suggest connections regard this youngster. If Noseda's charge is backed to very short odds, Hannon's second time out may appeal to each-way backers. 

2:10 Ripon - 

Noted juveniles: Mokaatil. 

Note: This looks a race for Mokaatil to win after three decent starts. A fourth at Royal Ascot looks stiff competition for these. Once considered for the Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2). 

2:20 Windsor - 

Noted juveniles: The Love Island

Note: Nursery race. Not my favourite race type but they do give the opportunity to find a few bigger priced winners. David Evans' charge is capable on a going day at this grade although rated just 69 on official ratings.  

2:40 Ripon - 

Note juveniles: Seen The Lyte.

Note: John Quinns' tiny filly is a speedster and consistent type although yet to win all bar a short head. Probably best to lay your stake in-running if betting on the exchanges but a horse those doesn't lack in determination.

3:00 Brighton -

Noted juveniles: HaveoneyerselfBodybuilder & Blessed To Empress

Note: Nursery. Can't say I have much to say about this race but we have three entrants so time will tell.   

Wednesday's Racing Tips

Look At That Cow Run
Wednesday 9th August 

2:20 Brighton - 

Groveman has been a little slow to learn what racing is about but the penny is starting to drop. This colt is going the right way and I think we will see a more professional display today at each-way prices.  

2:40 Pontefract - 

A few non-runners here with more rain falling. Beatbox Rhythm is worthy of note and held in some regard by Burke. The trainer goes well at this course and will make a bold show. 

5:15 Yarmouth - 

Charlie Hills has another fair type running here in the same ownership as Groveman. Bartholomeu Dias is one of the stable's better two-year-olds although not seen since a big run at Royal Ascot. Looks about even money but connections will be expecting a win today.  

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Tuesday's Racing Tips

2:00 Beverley - 

Looks a competitive heat. Codicil has received a listed entry. Very few of Sir Mark Prescott's juveniles win on debut. They are usually high class or found a weak race. Could do well. 

3:10 Beverley - 

David Brown has so far seen a poor season with his two-year-olds. Fortunate Vision most likely needed the race on debut at Yarmouth. This looks a stiff contest but may improve and could go well at a price.  

4:10 Goodwood - 

A race with very good price money and very competitive. Plenty of well-regarded juveniles on show. Tribal Quest and Rebel Streak have sound claims. 

2:00 Pontefract Racing Tips (30th July)

Mark Johnston Racing
The sole two-year-old race of the day. Interesting heat with a few form horses on this stiff course. 

Kalagia is the only juvenile in this field to receive who has received a significant entry. This daughter of Kodiac has to shoulder a win penalty which, we have seen many times this year, takes some doing. In many respects, these penalties are forgotten by punters. I would love to see the statistics for horses.   

Sosian hasn't received a significant entry as yet but has a level of ability. She is likely to be outpaced in the early stages. If betting, I would take a punt in the in-running market because I can see much bigger odds being available. Fahey's charge will undoubtedly run on with verve and could well take some beating. 

Big Les has Jamie Spencer booked, which catches the eye for a smaller trainer like McLinton. He rode this likeable colt last time at York over 5 1/2f. I can see this son of Big Bad Bob being sent to the front. The issue is whether he can fight off finishers with the likes of Sosian flying at the death. 

If betting, I would try to lay your stake in running just to protect your interests. It is possible this bay might gain an easy lead and this may allow you to put a few quid in your pocket after a furlong or two. On balance, I could see how money can be made on a few of these.  

2:00 Ffos Las Racing Tips (25th July)

Harry Dunlop Horse Trainer
2:00 Ffos Las - 

Coal Stock seemed to improve beyond recognition last time out over course and distance. Difficult to know whether this son of Red Jazz has finally found his feet or flattered. 

Harry Dunlop's Mafeking wasn't disgraced on debut and intriguing to see he went to France in his second start when fancied in the betting but disappointed. A big price today, but I wouldn't give up all hope just yet because I would take the trip across the channel as a positive. 

Rod Millman is a capable trainer when given the ammunition. This son of Mastercraftsman, Master Grey, was strongly fancied on debut when showing limited ability. He was supported on the second start at Salisbury when stepping up in distance. That was a tough race and the form has been franked a number of times. To be fair, this grey colt showed ability that day before being squeezed out in the closing stages. 

Richard Hannon's Move Over ran well on debut but been a touch disappointing on his last two starts. The blinkers have been applied today which suggests he hasn't been trying or losing focus. This son of Acclamation is probably better than seen. A slightly frustrating character. 

Charlie Hills' Rhosneigr wasn't fancied on debut when starting 33-1. However, this son of Iffraaj was supported at Leicester when returning over 7f. The form of that race is fair enough and going the right way. 

Mark Johnston has a wealth of talented two-year-olds and a string envied by most. Mail Order is a 30,000G purchase at the yearling sales. Johnston is one of those trainers who easily wins easily or finds disappointing losers when making their racecourse bows. 

Miss Condi hails from a trainer who doesn't have many juveniles. Best watched.

Simon Crisford's two-year-olds are usually strong in the market if fancied but Shrewd Approach started at 14-1 when beaten on debut at Kempton. More is needed. 

Conclusion: A tricky-looking race. A good few have something to prove after showing limited ability or lacking. Difficult to know what to think about Coal Stock after two poor runs he seemed to find Pegasus wings. If that form is true, then he would hold very good each-way claims. Master Grey is interesting. He is clearly held in some regard and there was a glimmer of ability last time out at Salisbury in what was a competitive heat. Another who could hold fair claims and hit the frame. Rhosneigr didn't show a great deal on debut but went well second start. The form of that race is decent for a race of this type. Looks the leading light.     

2:00 Redcar - (23rd July) Arbalet Gets Third Time Lucky

Hugo Palmer's Arbalet has been something of a talking horse but punters haven't been singing the praises of this son of Dark Angel who has been runner-up on both his starts to date. 

Racing in the familiar silks of owner V I Araci, this April foal cost 370,000E. 

In truth, Arbalet has been beaten by a couple of fair juveniles. He would have gone very close when favourite on debut at York if not for a very tardy start. The 9/4f ran on with verve but couldn't defy the void losing to International Man by less than two lengths. Richard Fahey's winner looks a real talent. 

Arbalet held every chance in his second start at Yarmouth. He was a short priced favourite in the morning, but substantial support came for James Tate's Hey Gaman who went on to trounce Palmer's charge who simply didn't have the pace over 6f. Connections have decided to step up in distance which looks a good move and this must be the best chance he's got of winning. Josephine Gordon takes the ride. I would imagine she will press on and make this a test of stamina after being caught short on his two previous runs losing the race in the early fractions. 

Falmouth Light is the main opponent. Mark Johnston's son of Cape Cross won on debut but failed to deliver when favourite at Leicester. Perhaps the win penalty proved too much of a burden. Although he never seemed to be happy that day and was soon in trouble. In what looks a weak contest, punters may feel he is a safe each-way bet. 

Barbarianthegate is progressing with racing. His last two efforts at Chelmsford have displayed a gutsy attitude. He may struggle with the likes of Arbalet but likely to lead and probably a safer bet than Falmouth Light to hit the frame. 

Conclusion: This looks a fine opportunity for Arbalet to break his duck after two creditable but frustrating defeats. The major problem on those races came from running over an insufficient trip. Connections will be fancying this 7f will tick the winning box. At odds-on punters may well keep their hands in their pockets due to burned fingers. However, this looks as good a chance as he has had. Perhaps backing Falmouth Light or Barbarianthegates each way is a bet to nothing, especially if the favourite has seconditis. Falmouth Light has a win penalty and a poor race last time out to contend. Barbarianthegates in a battling type who will go well but I don't think has the class to frighten the jolly. 

Thursday's Racing Tips (20th July)

Mick Channon
1:50 Chepstow - 

Interesting to see Mick Channon has potentially one of his better two-year-olds starting in this restricted race type. Dan's Dream is a home bred daughter of Cityscape and she has been given a Lowther Stakes Group 2 entry. This isn't any guarantee she is a super star but as you will note on the entries page of Group Horse Daily [subscription only], it is one of few for West Ilsley. To be fair, this January foal will need to be sharp to beat Demons Rock. I will say that very few of Channon's debutantes win when priced over 8/1. May have each-way claims.

2:00 Hamilton - 

Jive Lady has been something of a thorn in my side. She was given on our mailing list and I got a bit of stick because this daughter of Exceed And Excel looked pretty poor in her first two starts. The fact of the matter is that we are rarely wrong with our analysis at pinpointing talented juveniles. While this bay filly is no world beater she proved a point third time out when sustaining her pace until the line to be beaten by a capable horse. Once again, Mark Johnston's ''pocket rocket'' ran well at Nottingham when tiring in the closing stages to finish third. Make no mistake this May foal have ample speed but I do slightly worry this stiff 5f may find her out in the final furlong.  

2:20 Chepstow- 

Interesting to see Time For Wine here in her second start. She received an entry for Royal Ascot, which may well be pie in the sky. However, David Evans' daughter of Equiano wasn't disgraced on debut at Windsor over 5f. The form of that race is decent for this level and a step up in distance will be to her liking. At odds of 25/1, there may be some value. This filly was entered to run quite recently but a non-runner. I get a sneaking feeling there was money for her that day which may indicate the same will happen here. Time will tell. 

6:40 Doncaster - 

Not my favourite race type these nursery races. However, a few of these have been noted by their respective trainers. Miss Dd won well last time out when wandering across the course. Silca Mistress is a speedy filly. She won well at Thirsk and then struggled when competing at Listed class last time out. This will feel a lot easier and not a bad weight. Moonlit Sands wasn't disgraced when taking part in the Hilary Needler Stakes. Brian Ellison steps her up to 6f. She has a low official rating and if ever going to go close this could be the race.  

In Search of Class Horses

Charlie Appleby - The Apple of Godolphin's Eye
It's been a quiet time On The Gallops. 

However, we have been keeping our ear to the ground and I've heard the sound of hooves. Not just any, old horses but class two-year-olds who have been pleasing not only trainers but connections. We run a private website called Group Horse Daily. You can click on the link but you won't get to see what we have to offer because it is subscription based. To be honest, it is as cheap as chips at just £37.5 per annum. 

What do you get for your money? 

Daily updates about the best two-year-old horses in training, categorised by trainers big and small, and even noted to help you pinpoint tip selections on the day. 

The worth of knowing the best horses for a given trainer speaks for itself. If you have these specimens on your radar you are three-quarters the way to picking a winner. In fact, our list will detail the winner of every Listed/Group race. 

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For reference, consider one trainer who has been exceptional this year. Charlie Appleby has been firing in winners from the start of the season and it has carried. 


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Here are a few of the two-year-olds detailed this season:

Sound And Silence 
Aqabah 
Masar 

We have a selection of juveniles yet to make their racecourse debut worthy of note:

Aurum 

This son of Exceed And Exel is a talking horse who we expect to go well when making his debut soon. 

Nordic Lights 

This chestnut son of Intenso cost 575,000G when purchased at the breeze up sales. Been showing ability on the gallops.  

Mythical Magic

This bay colt is a son of Iffraaj cost 140,000G when purchased as a foal. One of seven juveniles to be entered for the first declaration stage of the Gimcrack Stakes Group 2

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The Fastest Grand National Winner

Mr Frisk, fastest Grand National winner
The Grand National is held on 8th April 2017. Get ready to place your bets (5:15 Aintree). This famous steeplechase sees thoroughbred horses race over 4 miles and 3 ½ furlongs, two circuits on a course with 30 fearsome fences to jump. Who hasn't heard of Foinavon, Becher's Brook, The Canal Turn, The Chair... Each daunting structure topped with spruce from the Lake Distract, softening the blow of faltering horses.

It's the ultimate test of horse and jockey. Get ready for something special is happening at Grand National 2017

The Grand National isn't a race won easily. A daunting challenge of both man and ''beast''. Horses that excel with abundant stamina, mighty strength and lungs of steel. Toothless jockeys, battled scared, back, once more, to achieve that elusive win.

Red Rum made it look easy. In truth, his three victories in the 1970s displayed a mighty character who won again and again...

There are many different reasons why a horse wins this famous steeplechase.

Lucky: Foinavon in 1967.

Outstanding: Red Rum 1973, 1977 & 1978

Brute: Party Politics 1992

So many winners have told emotional, amazing & inspiring stories. Sometimes winning this race goes beyond the victory itself. Who could forget Aldaniti's win in 1981? A horse with crippling leg problems. Bob Champion a jockey suffering from testicular cancer and given months to live.

True winners – battling for victory and life. Imperious.

In many respects, the Grand National is as much about the swift as the strong. The classic tale of the tortoise and hare.

Records show the slowest winner of all time was witnessed on the inaugural running in 1839. Lottery beat his rivals at odds of 5-1f. He finished in a time of 14 minutes and 53 seconds. By today's records that seem very slow indeed. However, one victorian commentator was quoted as saying:

''Lottery could trot faster than most of his rivals could gallop.''

If Lottery was the slowest horse to win the Grand National then which horse is the fastest?

Many readers will remember this horse before I say his name.

Mr Frisk.

He set a new record time in1990. A sparkling display.

This eleven-year-old carried 10 stone six pounds to victory. A 16-1 winner trained by Kim Bailey, ridden by Mr Marcus Armitage, in the ownership of Lois Duffey.

He completed the course in a time: 8m 47.8s.

Mr Frisk is the only horse in the history of the Grand National to ever run under nine minutes. The fastest horse before this record was set by Red Rum in 1973 in a time of 9m 1.9s.

In truth, Mr Frisk ran so fast for one reason. It had been an unusually dry period leading up to the big race.

The official going: FIRM.

The track was lightning quick.

In these modern times, the firm ground wouldn't be considered acceptable. New guidelines regarding the safety and welfare of horses competing in the Grand National make this race different from the old days of blood, sweat & tears.

It is very unlikely Mr Frisk's time will ever be broken. He is the fastest Grand National winner in history.


On The Gallops - In Search of the Best Bets

A longer post for today's three-year-old racing action. Let's hope we can find a few winner. 

6:10 Bath - A Maiden Stakes over 1m 3f 44y on good going. Eleven entrants for this three-year-old +. William Haggas' horses are in good form and Rasmiya must go well here. This bay filly is a daughter of sensational sire Galileo and costs 230,000G when purchased by here present owners Al Shaqab Racing at the yearling sales. This March foal was joint-favourite on her debut performance at Chelmsford City where she started slowly and always too inexperienced to get to grips with Pursuitofthestarswho was ridden out. It can often be difficult for a debutante to win at the first time of asking on a turning course and this turf meeting on the better ground should be what the trainer ordered. The betting suggests this is a four-horse race at best and the second favourite West Drive has raced five times for Roger Varian and best placed second when less than one length behind Good Trip at Nottingham. He has had plenty of opportunities to win and although this chestnut son of Sea The Stars, who cost 100,000G when purchased at the yearling sales, is likely to hit the frame I am sure connections will be disappointed if Rasmiya does triumph here. 


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5:20 Salisbury - EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes over 1m 1f 198y on good to soft going. Thirteen runners declared but it already looks like one horse has been scratched. The betting suggests this is a three-horse race with a few big-gun trainers holding the aces and the rest are simply making up the numbers.William Haggas has one of the major fancies with the consistent if not frustrating Wave Reviews. This son of Fastnet Rock has been a beaten favourite on his last three starts with te biggest odds being 2-1. This 85,000G yearling purchase was beaten a short head on his second start at Newmarket and although achieving an official rating of 81was beaten six lengths by Sir Michael Stoute's Shraaoh at Newcastle (AW) when eased in the closing stages. After being runner-up many punters will be looking elsewhere and Roger Varian's Gibbs Hall could be the fly in the ointment. This grey son of Mastercraftsman has been placed in his two starts to date and second last time at Newcastle behind Huge Future trained by Saeed bin Suroor, in comfortable fashion. I would be tempted to side with Gibbs Hall to take this at the favourite's expense. The odds of 2-1 don't really give the impression of value so I would be looking to put this horse in an each-way double and banking on the place and fingers crossed for the win. Pure Innocence is one of three fillies to make the line-up trained by Raph Beckett and this daughter of Montjeu cost 105,000G as the yearling sales and races in the familiar silks of Clipper Logistics.  I would keep note of this horse when racing on her second start. 


You've got to Click And Roll

Nothing much of interest here for Monday's three-year-old racing. I'm always in contemplative mood so I thought I'd highlight a horse which may go well at a price when making its three-year-old debut this year. 

David Brown is a talented trainer and not the type of man to misjudge when assessing his string. 

Last year I had my eye on a filly named Click And Roll. This bay daughter of Smart Strike is out of an unraced mare. The fact she is owned by Qatar Racing Ltd added to my thought this then two-year-old would be a horse to note. Convinced Click And Roll was high in the pecking order - if not the best filly in the stable - I kept an eye on her progress. 

The Convivial Maiden Stakes at York was to be her debut effort which buoyed my spirits being a significant race (it features the most prize for any juvenile maiden in the country). 

Although a rank outsider, she was backed to 20/1. It was a pretty feeble effort, never competitive. I swayed towards her needing the run or perhaps disappointed on debut, which isn't unusual with two-year-old fillies. 

I expected much better second start. Stepping up to a mile I was ready for a big run. Again, there was support in the market starting at 8/1. 

Another anticlimax. 

Although not disgraced it was a pretty ordinary display. 

Brown had seen fit to entered her for the Rockfel Stakes Group 2, Cheveley Park Stakes Group 1 & Dubai Fillies' Mile Group 1. When comparing his two-year-old string I am pretty confident these entries indicates a horse of ability. 

So what are we to make of these first two disappointments? It is possible she under performed  on both starts. It may simply be that she was weak and needed time over the winter. 

Why take note of this horse? 

Over the years, I have seen a number of three-year-olds which fit this profile. They have been transformed with time and care to shine at three. A number have made a sparkling return to racing on their first start of the season often winning at huge prices. 

Whether Click And Roll is even ready to run in the next few weeks only time will tell. 

However, if this relative of Hootenanny makes her debut at maiden class - at speculative odds - you would be wise to bet each-way. 

I'd back that David Brown knows plenty enough to hold some hope this filly will be winning this term.

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Oh No! Moments every rider experiences

Horse riders are pretty tough. We take the mucking out, fall injuries, and expenses in our stride all for the love of riding.

Paddy Power racing has collated the best tumbles in photos. Some of these riders can relate to, when your horse is totally in charge.


Whoops!


You are cantering around the paddock enjoying the fresh air and suddenly your horse sees the end of a carrot and stops. All we can say is thank God for body protection.

Yikes!


Horse tack is getting more and more advanced. However, nothing seems to help you when your foot is caught in the stirrups and you’re head over heels.

Wowzers!


This is a common occurrence amongst show jumpers and sometimes gymkhana participants. Once you lose your balance, there is no saving you.

The flooded paddock


The outside tap is not working yet again, the rental fees are extortionate and to top it off the paddock is flooded. Who would own a horse hey?!

Play Time



Mud, sand, snow, horses love it all. And never more than when you are decked out in your brand new jodhpurs.

Ouch!


Having been bitten from an over excited mare previously the thought of an equine dentist at work makes me quiver. If horses make light work of carrots, imagine what they can do to your fingers!

6:20 Windsor On the Gallops (20th June) CLIC SARGENT MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

A Three-year-old plus maiden stakes over 1m 67y on soft going. Andrew Balding has a horse of interest here. Shongololo is a son of Manduro who cost 30,000E at the yearling sales. This gelding was quite fancied on debut at Chepstow but beaten a long long way. The betting is important here and if this horse is price 9/1 SP I would expect marked improvement with fair each-wat claims. It may be wise to watch the betting as if particularly weak I would take a watching brief.