To give new clients an idea of what is on offer, I have included some examples from last year’s service.
"Quote: “Needless to say, conditions will be extremely testing at Carlisle this afternoon and stamina will be at a premium. The concluding bumper at 3.25 sees former Irish pointer HESTER FLEMEN make her British debut, having been bought by Donald McCain for £55,000 in March. Trained in Ireland by Aidan Fitzgerald, she is a big strapping mare by Flemensfirth who ran in two point-to-points. On her debut in January, she had the misfortune to bump into the high-class mare Carrigmoorna Rock. Beaten four lengths by Robert Tyner’s charge, the winner has gone on to land a Listed mares’ novice hurdle at Newbury’s Hennessy meeting and is now rated 128. It is a terrific piece of form. Hester Flemen then confirmed the promise by winning next time by a distance during the same month. Both her points were run on heavy ground and the fact she is a six year old has to be an advantage. The stable form remains a slight concern but Donald has sent out 8 winners during the last fortnight. In terms of opponents, both Innis Shannon and Mardale have shown promise but the fact they are both four year olds will make life tough for them against a much older mare.” "
ADVISED @ 15/8 WON by 24 lengths at 4/7
"Quote: “With form figures of FU, BERNARDELLI’s chasing career has hardly gone to plan thus far. However, the step up in trip in the 2m 3f handicap chase at Doncaster (2.55) this afternoon ought to be in his favour. Nicky Richards’ gelding is one from one over two and a half miles, having won over the distance at Perth in the spring, albeit over hurdles.The Golan gelding fell early on at Newcastle on his chasing debut last month and was then beginning to stay on over two miles at Carlisle last time when unseating Brian Harding at the second last. The soft ground won’t be an issue and, provided he gets his jumping together (Doncaster’s fences aren’t the stiffest), he is the unexposed runner in the field. Expect Arctic Ben, Hopeand and Quicuyo to ensure it is a strong early gallop and that is likely to play into the hands of the hold up horses, including Bernardelli. Nicky Richards’ string continue in good form and Bernardelli will hopefully offer each-way value (unfortunately only 7 runners though). Both his career victories have been on right-handed tracks but he was placed twice over hurdles going left-handed (Kelso & Hexham).” "
ADVISED @ 4/1 WON by 9 lengths at 7/2
"Quote: “STELLAR NOTION is featured in the Top 40 Prospects of One Jump Ahead and I am hoping he will take advantage of a lenient looking mark on his chasing bow in the opening novices’ handicap chase at Leicester (12.40). Trained by Willie Codd when finishing second in his only Irish point, he was bought subsequently by Roger Brookhouse for 140,000gns and joined Tom George. Successful in two of his three starts last winter, including over hurdles at Newcastle, he then chased home dual chase winner Un Ace at Doncaster (conceded six pounds). Granted an official rating of 120, he appears to have been given a favourable mark, if considering Un Ace won over fences at Doncaster on Friday with a mark of 142. The Presenting gelding goes well fresh (first time out 21) and he finished second in his point on a right handed track. A big tall, scopey gelding, I will be amazed if he doesn’t prove better than a 120 rated chaser.”"
ADVISED @ 9/4 WON by 13 lengths at Evens.
"Quote: “The Listed William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot (3.00) is set to be run on good ground, which will be very much to the liking of the favourite SIGN OF A VICTORY. A dual novice hurdle winner last season, the Kayf Tara gelding is rated 139 and there is a feeling at Seven Barrows that he is very well handicapped. Successful at Doncaster and Newbury, he looked an unfortunate loser on his final start at Ayr in April. Hampered at the final hurdle when Mister Nibbles parted company with his rider, Nicky Henderson’s charge was carried on to the chase track, which allowed Vibrato Valtat to come through and win. Decent ground is the key to Sign of A Victory and this event will hopefully set him up for a tilt at the Ladbroke Hurdle over the same course and distance next month. Barry Geraghty had the option of going to Northern Ireland to partner Ma Filleule at Down Royal. It looks significant he stays in the UK.” "
ADVISED @ 9/4 WON hard held at 15/8
"Quote: “American/Canadian racing is certainly not my cup of tea but I received some strong information this afternoon regarding this evening’s Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. The former Irish 1000 Guineas winner JUST THE JUDGE is currently available at 5/2 with Ladbrokes but there is a belief within the Qatar Racing organisation she should be an even money shot. Without a victory since her success at the Curragh last year, Charlie Hills’ filly was a running on third in the Beverley D Stakes at Arlington in August. The extra furlong at Woodbine ought to be in her favour and she is expected to go very close.”"
ADVISED @ 5/2 WON at 8/5
"Quote: “Dan Skelton won the two and a half miles handicap at Aintree (2.45) tomorrow a couple of years ago with Like Minded. Paul Nicholls’ former assistant appears to have an outstanding chance of winning the 2015 renewal with the ex-French trained VIRGILIO. It is worth recalling Skelton’s comments in One Jump Ahead: “A very tough horse, he won twice in the space of six days at Warwick and Aintree in May, having previously been trained in France. An easy winner at the former, he was entitled to win at the latter under his penalty but it was a quick turnaround and he beat a good horse (Sea Lord). His two wins were gained on contrasting ground and I think he is open to plenty of improvement. He is likely to go to Aintree (7th November) for a conditions race, where he won’t have to carry a penalty. If that went to plan, we could consider something like the Ascot Hurdle (21st November).” The fact Skelton was even considering a race like the Grade 2 Ascot Hurdle, he must feel the six year old is well treated tomorrow off 138. A winner over hurdles in France, he was absent from December 2013 until May this year. As discussed, he then won twice at Warwick and Aintree off marks of 118 and 125 on his first two runs for his new handler. A six lengths winner on the latter occasion, he beat subsequent winner Sea Lord. Effective on testing ground (already soft at Aintree and more rain forecast overnight), he goes well fresh (204 days) and I was told by a contact in the yard this afternoon that Virgilio has had an ‘away day’ and worked on the grass at home a handful of times. In other words, fitness shouldn’t be an issue. He looked a strong stayer when winning over course and distance during the spring and there is every likelihood Bowdler’s Magic will provide a generous early gallop. The stable have sent out six winners since the 24th November. In terms of the opposition, I feel Un Ace, Karinga Dancer and Fort Worth would prefer better ground. Cheltenham Festival winner Qualando is feared because he could improve over the longer trip but Paul Nicholls’ four year old (his age group have won 3 of the last 8 renewals) was beaten over twenty lengths on his reappearance. I will be disappointed if Virgilio doesn’t go close.”"
SELECTION: VIRGILIO (3/1 Ladbrokes, 11/4 Bet365, Betfred, BetVictor, Coral, Skybet, William Hill) 2.45 Aintree. WON @ 5/2 by 8 lengths.
"Quote: “All eyes will be on the first day of the Paddy Power Festival at Cheltenham tomorrow but there is also jumping action at Hexham, where conditions will be bottomless. Indeed, they won’t be jumping the fence at the top of the hill in the novices’ handicap chase at 1.15. Borders’ trainer Sandy Thomson has his small team in decent form at present with Blue Kascade winning at Wetherby last month and the likes of Oscar Lateen, Neptune Equester and stable star Seeyouatmidnight have all finished in the money during the last fortnight. While two miles is undoubtedly on the sharp side for MOSSIES WELL a bold showing is anticipated on his chasing debut at the Northumberland track nevertheless. A former Irish pointer, he was fourth behind the high-class Free Expression before finishing second in his only other point when handled by Eugene O’Sullivan. Bought soon afterwards for 24,000gns, he raced a handful of times for his new handler last winter. An unlucky third behind Sir Vinski at Ayr (badly hampered before finishing strongly) in January, he was an easy eleven lengths winner at the same track a couple of months later. The Morozov gelding handles soft/heavy ground and is reunited with James Reveley (rode him at Ayr in January). Indeed, I contacted James’s agent yesterday and he stated that the rider is keen to come over from France to partner Mossies Well before he heads back to Paris to ride at the weekend (has only got two rides on the Hexham card and the other is an ex-Flat racer rated 45). Therefore, I can’t imagine the gelding is having a run out. Bred to improve as a chaser, I am hoping Mossies Well will be too good for the opposition. The Sue Smith trained Forward Flight currently heads the market but he has already had three runs over fences and he, too, may want further. I suspect he will set the pace, which will suit Sandy Thomson’s charge. The one I fear most, especially with a fence missed out, is Peter Niven’s Engrossing. The six year old had some decent form with the likes of Glingerburn and Days of Heaven and will be speedier than Mossies Well. However, he isn’t bred to excel as a chaser and I am hoping the combination of fences in bottomless conditions will prove his undoing.”"
SELECTION: MOSSIES WELL E/W @ 4/1 (Bet365, BetVictor) & 7/2 (Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred, Skybet, Boylesports). WON @ 6/4
"Quote: “The ground is currently described as good to soft, good in places on the chase course at Uttoxeter but a significant amount of rain is forecast overnight. Therefore the likelihood is that the two and a half miles handicap chase, which rounds off the card at 4.10, will be run in testing conditions. That is good news for the ex-French trained gelding ALOOMOMO, who carries plenty of stable confidence. Previously handled by Yannick Fouin, he won a bumper in France in October 2013 and was bought for €80,000 soon afterwards by Raymond Anderson Green and The Large G & T Partnership syndicate. Without a win in his subsequent eight starts, he reportedly suffered with ulcers before being transferred to Warren Greatrex last season. The five year old raced twice for the head of Uplands, producing a very encouraging effort at Carlisle over three miles two in March. Only beaten five lengths in fourth, the race was a 0-130 handicap chase (compared to tomorrow’s 0-120) which contained the likes of Russe Blanc and Fill The Power. Switched back to hurdles at Ayr in April for his only other run for Greatrex, he almost certainly found the ground too lively (good) and his future lies over fences. Whilst interviewing Warren for One Jump Ahead during the summer, he recommended I included Aloomomo, saying the following: “Previously trained in France, he raced twice for us during the spring. Fourth at Carlisle, the trip stretched him, but James Reveley, who rode him in France, was impressed with him. He then had a run over hurdles at the Scottish National meeting at Ayr because his owner Ray Green was keen for him to go there. We gave him a break afterwards and he has come back in looking a million dollars. I think trips around three miles will suit him and I hope he is on a fair mark.” I spoke to Ray (Green) at lunchtime today and he is expecting a big run. He feels Aloomomo’s optimum conditions will prove to be three miles on soft/heavy ground. The gelding will therefore be ridden handily tomorrow by Gavin Sheehan (Gold Ingot is the other possible front runner). He said Warren feels he is a completely different horse this season and, in his own mind, wouldn’t be surprised if he is rated around 130 by the end of the season. If that proves the case, he is thrown in here off 108. A sound jumper, the more rain the better and his stable are in decent form – Greatrex trained runners since the 22nd October have finished 11132.”"
SELECTION: ALOOMOMO (100/30 Betfred, 3/1 Bet365, BetVictor, Ladbrokes) 4.10 Uttoxeter. WON @ 5/4 by 12 lengths
"Quote: “In all likelihood, the ground at Aintree tomorrow will be good to soft following rain on Saturday morning/afternoon. That won’t be a problem for the Philip Hobbs trained SYKES in the staying conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at 1.55. The Mountain High gelding won an English point-to-point on good to soft and I think he will appreciate the step up to three miles. A nine lengths winner at Worcester a year ago, his trainer explained in One Jump Ahead: “A winning English pointer, he raced twice for us last season winning over hurdles at Worcester in October. He then suffered with a minor pelvic problem hence he hasn’t raced since. Allocated a mark of 114, it looks fair and I will be disappointed if he can’t be competitive off such a rating. He will stay three miles.” Absent for eleven months, the six year old made an encouraging return to action at Newton Abbot in late September when a length second in an extended two miles five handicap hurdle off a mark of 114. Admittedly, the winner has disappointed since and Sykes has been raised four pounds. However, he travelled strongly through the race and possibly paid for racing too keenly early (fresh having been off for so long). With the run under his belt, he will hopefully settle better and relish the longer trip. Already a winner over two miles seven, he is set to be partnered by the promising Ciaran Gethings (rode stablemate War Sound to win the Swinton Hurdle in the spring) and I can’t believe a mark of 118 is the sealing of his ability. Every year, Philip only includes horses in his interview in OJA which he feels will win races and is rarely wrong with assessments. Sykes has been given sufficient time to recover since his last race (27 days), so I don’t think the bounce factor will be an issue. The fact he can race keenly is a minor concern, especially stepping up in trip, but he settled well enough when winning at Worcester last year and the likes of Benefit of Youth and Come To The Party ought to provide a decent early tempo. In terms of opposition, Gone Forever is respected but Brian Ellison feels he is at his best over two and a half miles on soft ground and this may be a prep before he goes chasing. Tantamount rates a danger because he is a course winner, his trainer is in fine form (3 winners at Kelso on Saturday) and he sports a tongue tie for the first time. The fact the six year old hasn’t won for nearly two years slightly tempers enthusiasm though. The Jonjo O’Neill trained Optimistic Bias is another live threat. A former Irish pointer, he is unexposed and was a winner at Southwell last spring. He probably has more to offer off his mark of 119, he runs well fresh and is set to be ridden for the first time by Patrick Cowley (ridden 3 winners from only 13 rides for Jonjo this season). I like stablemate Box Office on the same card at 3.00 (stepping up in trip, fitted with a tongue tie for the first and was given a very sympathetic ride at Chepstow on his reappearance, plus Barry Geraghty stays in the UK to ride him rather than heading back to Ireland) but trying to second guess Jonjo O’Neill is an impossible task. Sykes has the benefit of a run this season though and the Hobbs team continue in excellent form. Proved on sharp tracks, I am anticipating plenty of improvement over this longer trip.”"
SELECTION: SYKES 1.55 Aintree DEAD-HEATED @ 5/2
"Quote: “Alan King has his string in good form with Grumeti winning the Cesarewitch last weekend, while both Oceane and Duke of Sonning have won juvenile hurdles during the last fortnight. Whilst interviewing the head of Barbury Castle for One Jump Ahead during the summer, it was clear he felt former Irish pointer PRESENTING LISA had more to offer. Bought for 40,000gns at the Cheltenham November sale having won one of her three Irish points (won on good ground by twelve lengths), the Presenting mare won on her Rules debut for King in a bumper last December. Only fourth on her two runs over hurdles at Huntingdon and Towcester, her trainer explained in OJA: “A winning Irish point-to-pointer, she is a decent mare who I like. She was an easy winner at Towcester in a bumper on her first run for us before Christmas but wasn’t quite right thereafter. She had a couple of runs but didn’t scope great so we gave her a good break. She is another who will be going mares’ novice hurdling and will be suited by two and a half miles plus.” In other words, there were excuses for her below par runs over hurdles. With those comments in mind, it is interesting to note she goes down the handicap route at Market Rasen (4.25) tomorrow and contests the two and a half mile mares’ handicap hurdle off a lenient looking mark of 105. Good ground suits, she goes well fresh and is unexposed. It will be disappointing if she can’t go very close.”"
SELECTION: PRESENTING LISA (5/2 BetVictor, Ladbrokes, Skybet, 9/4 Bet365, Betfred, Boylesports, Coral & William Hill) 4.25 Market Rasen. WON @ 13/8
"Quote: “Charlie Appleby must be looking forward to running the exciting Emotionless in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. His juveniles have been in good form with the stable sending out 33 two year old winners during 2015. That tally looks set to be added to in the opening nursery at York tomorrow (1.45). Godolphin two year olds are invariably well handicapped on their nursery debuts with Start Time being a prime example at Windsor on Monday. That very much looks the case as far as CULTURATI is concerned with an opening mark of 89. A well bred son of Dubawi, who has raced three times (twice on soft ground), he was only beaten a neck by subsequent Group 3 Acomb Stakes winner Recorder (rated 105) on his debut at Newmarket in July. Back in fifth that day was Muntazah, who was since won at Leicester and finished third in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes and is officially rated 103. A mile may well have stretched Culturati next time at the same track when chasing home Ventura Storm (won again since and now rated 98) but he made no mistake on his third outing. Sent off 6/5 favourite in a seven furlongs maiden at Ascot on slow ground, he cruised to the front over two furlongs out before getting tired late on. Adam Kirby’s mount still prevailed by a short head. Both the runner-up and third have won since. In other words, the form of his three races is particularly solid. With that in mind, Culturati looks potentially thrown in off 89. The drop back to six furlongs is a minor concern but he showed a lot of speed at Ascot. His dam won a Listed race on good to soft ground and he has already proved he relishes easy conditions. In terms of the opposition, Tidal Wave looks a threat. He, too, is dropping in trip having raced too keenly over seven furlongs last time. Richard Hannon’s Canford Cliffs colt has only raced on good or faster ground but his dam won twice on heavy so there is every chance he will cope with the conditions on the Knavesmire. Richard Fahey runs three and Mark Johnston is always a threat with his juveniles. However, I am hoping Culturati will outclass his rivals and develop into a Pattern performer himself.”"
SELECTION: CULTURATI (2/1 Paddy Power, 15/8 Coral, William Hill, 7/4 Bet365 & Ladbrokes) 1.45 York. WON @ 15/8