Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two to watch in readiness for the Cheltenham Festival

With the last of the mince pies barely consumed, thoughts are already turning to spring, and it is only a few short weeks till one of the most popular events in the National Hunt calendar, the Cheltenham Festival. Runners and riders are still to be confirmed for all but the showpiece event, but the rumour mill is going full pelt, particularly in the wake of some telling performances at Kempton last week.

Two to watch from the Honeyball Stables 

Anthony Honeyball had a productive weekend, with an impressive performance from Fountains Windfall in the Handicap Chase. The eight year old gelding, ridden by Aidan Coleman, romped home by nine lengths and was the class of the field. Honeyball is looking to make the most of the horse’s novice year, and is predicting big things for the future. He told reporters he looks like being “a grade one horse.”

Another from the Honeyball stable that seems likely to take the 100 mile ride trip from Dorset to Cheltenham is Ms Parfois. The seven year old mare has been blowing away the competition more often than not, with five wins in her last seven races. The most recent was the Hampton Novice’s Chase at Warwick on 13 January, with a comfortable five length win under jockey Sean Bowen. Honeyball feels Ms Parfois is ready to take things to the next level.

Place your bets

Either or even both horses are likely to be entered in the RSA Chase on Wednesday 15 March, and given her form, Ms Parfois is certain to attract the interest of punters. However, it is Friday’s showpiece event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup that will really be grabbing the headlines. Keep watching online to get these Cheltenham odds as they develop and evolve over the coming weeks.

Last year, 7/1 shot Sizing John won a dramatic event, after the 3/1 favourite collided with the penultimate fence while leading, and trainer Jessica Harrington has been single minded in having him in tip top condition to defend his title. He is currently being quoted at around 5/1 by most bookmakers to do just that.

Those odds place him as second favourite for victory, behind the impressive Might Bite. Bookmakers edged the nine year old gelding ahead in the odds after an impressive win at the King George VI Chase in Kempton last month, and most are now offering around 3/1.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is full of confidence, but it is tempered with the knowledge that anything can happen in racing. He said: “We have got to behave ourselves at Cheltenham. Cheltenham is a different ball game and he will probably want to go right." 

While the above two are the bookmaker favourites, those looking for a realistic outside shot could do worse than to place a pound or two on Disko. The seven year old is well rested after his last outing at Down Royal in November, where he coasted to victory. Odds of 20/1 could be too good to refuse.

Friday, January 12, 2018

2K to 10K Betting Challenge (Bet No 2 ) (Sat 13th Jan )

The 2K to 10k Betting/Bankroll challenge continues on Saturday,with the bankroll now down to £1920 (£76.00 stakes ) after Velvet Revolution finished disappointing fifth,behind Lord George in 2 mile handicap at Kempton.Having looked unsuited by slowly run race, never really picking up in straight.

Moving on to Saturday we have fair looking card from Lingfield,with the main interest the 6 furlong (C3) Betway Handicap at  1.25 .

9 Runners declared for 0-95 (C3) 6f handicap on the poly track at Lingfield.This looks decent All Weather class 3 sprint.The four standout contenders are Reckless Endeavour , Boom The Groom, Kasbah & Human Nature.

RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR : Five-year-old bay gelding ,winning 2 out 7 on All Weather .Last victory coming in 6f conditions race at Dundalk in September for Ger Lyons .Been running consistently for Jamie Osborne ,including finishing running on 1L third over C&D at Lingfield last time.Normally comes from off the pace ,will need luck in running from stall (2) ,though solid claims with clear run .

BOOM THE GROOM : Seven-year-old bay gelding ,winning 4 out 22 on All Weather .Useful sprinter back in 2016 ,including winning valuable class 2 handicap at York ,off mark 102 .Not at same level these days ,though did return to form last time ,finishing creditable second to useful Udontdodou at Chelmsford in class 2 handicap .Up 2lb in weights ,looks still fairly treated on  mark 96,though not won since August 2016  .

KASBAH : Six-year-old bay gelding ,winning 3 out 16 on All Weather .Last victory coming over C&D at Lingfield in class 2 handicap in January 2017 .Also finished good second in this race last year.Bounced back to form last time,finishing creditable second behind the progressive three-year-old Dubai One .Up 1lb in weights ,though still looks on decent mark .

HUMAN NATURE : Five-year-old bay gelding ,winning 2 out 5 on All Weather.Shown progressive form this winter,including winning 6f class 4 handicap at Chelmsford last time in good style.Up 5lb in weights and stepping up in class,though looks open to plenty improvement on All Weather after just five starts .Interesting contender .

VERDICT : KASBAH looks to be returning to peak form, after finishing good second last time over C&D.Has decent record here at Lingfield over six furlongs (2212),including finishing creditable second to Jordon Sport in this race last year .Still Looks well treated off mark 91 ,having finished nose second last season over C&D off 6lb higher mark .Odds around 6-1 look very fair each-way value .

Of the others Reckless Endeavour looks next best,finishing just behind Kasbah last time when not getting the best of runs ,though again this hold up performer will need luck in running from low draw. Odds around 3-1 look short enough.

Human Nature can't be ruled out after winning in good style at Chelmsford last time,though races off 5lb higher mark, will need career best to land this class 3 contest .



*Betting bank running total £1886*

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Dayjur: The World's Fastest Horse

John Galsworthy said: 'I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse.' 

I wonder what this esteemed novelist would have said about one of the most astounding racehorses to ever set hoof on track. 

Name the fastest horse in the world? Fair enough, it's an open-ended question which covers hundreds of years. However, there are plenty of racing fans who only need one attempt. 

Simply: Dayjur

There was no mistake when the Racing Post called him 'the world's fastest horse'.  If you are looking at the latest racing odds then Sun Bet puts the sparkle in any wager.

This son of Danzig out of a mare called Gold Beauty was foaled on the 6th February 1987. An American-bred colt, trained in Britain and raced across the world. 

Major Dick Hern trained this star sprinter, owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum. Ridden by Willie Carson on every start.

For such an outstanding talent, he raced just 11 times in his career. But those races made memories few will ever forget. 

Two-year-old record:

Made his debut on 15th June 1989 over 6f at Newbury. Held up, quickened to lead over 1f out, easily. 1st 8/15f

Beaten on his second start when runner-up to Clive Brittain's Rushmore. 

Three-year-old record: 

1990: A year to remember for this exceptional horse. He raced nine times. Defeated on his return to Newmarket when failing to stay 7f,  the first and the last attempt over this distance. A disappointing 7th.

1st May 1990:

Even money favourite and back to winning ways at Nottingham over 6f.  

18th May 1990:

Defeated by a head to Tod, trained by Jack Berry, at Newbury over 6f.

28th May 1990:

Dropping back to 5f for the first time saw this speed machine take on older opponents winning the Temple Stakes (Group 2) at Sandown. 

22nd June 1990: 

Exceptional. Dayjur Makes virtually all to win the King's Stand Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. 

23rd August 1990:

The first attempt at Group 1 Class. York. The Keeneland Nunthorpe Stakes 5f. The 8/11f wowed a jubilant crowd. Quote: 'Made all, stayed on strongly final 2f, ''VERY IMPRESSIVE'' (a tag rarely if ever used).

Winning time: 56.16s (fast by 1.34s)

8th September 1990:

Stepping back up in distance to 6f at Haydock. The Ladbroke Sprint Cup (Group 1). The 1/2f made all, to go clear over 1f out, ran on well.

7th October 1990: 

His first race across the channel. The Prix de L'abbey, Longchamp, France. A 5f dash. Dayjur crushed his rivals with a two-length victory. Made all, went clear over 2f out, eased close home.

27 October 1990:

The Fastest Horse in the World...

Few races have lived so long in the minds of those who watched Dayjur when contesting the greatest race in America: The Breeders' Cup Sprint (Grade 1) Dirt. 

Dayjur's final race.

Win prize money of £279,503

A wide draw made this a challenge. Contested the lead with 14 rivals, but mainly Safely Kept, a brute of a mare. Dayjur looked to be the better horse when he jumped a shadow not once but twice near the finishing line. Dayjur lost by a neck. He was the better horse!

Dayjur went to stud after this race - a top-class sire


British Horse of the Year 1990
European Champion Sprinter 

Total earnings: £327,280 

Friday, January 05, 2018

2K to 10k Betting Challenge ( Bet No 1 )(Sat 6th Jan )

Been quiet start for the 2K to 10k betting challenge, though on Saturday we finally get  underway,with interesting race at Kempton .

10 runners declared for 32Red (0-105) (C2) Handicap on the polytrack at 8.15 .

This looks quite competitive class two  staying handicap at Kempton .
The four main contenders look to be Lord George ,Velvet Revolution ,Sun Blazer & Royal Reserve .

LORD GEORGE : 5-Y-0 Grey gelding ,winning 2 out 8 on All Weather ,last victory coming in  11f handicap at Kempton back in 2016 .Been in fair form this winter,including finishing second over C&D in class two handicap at Kempton in November .Goes well here at Kempton (212) Each-way claims off 1lb higher mark, in first time visor .

VELVET REVOLUTION : 5-Y-0 Chestnut gelding , winning 3 out 10 on All Weather ,including winning over C&D at Kempton in class 4 handicap in August,off mark 81 Shown progressive form this winter ,winning 1M 6F (C2) handicap at Wolverhampton last month  .Looks fairly treated off 2lb higher mark.Will be suited returning to 2 miles .

SUN BLAZER : 8-Y-0 Grey gelding ,winning 7 out 28 on All weather Bounced back to form in November winning 2 miles (C3) handicap at Newmarket .Also won over C&D at Kempton in class 4 handicap in December. Up 3lb in weights and this looks much stronger race ,though can't be ruled out on his old form  .

ROYAL RESERVE : 5-Y-0 Bay gelding , winning 4 out 12 on All Weather .Returned to winning form last week ,winning 2 mile class 4 handicap at Lingfield by short head .Also finished fair third over C&D in class two handicap in November ,though has 2L to find (same terms) with Lord George on that form .

VERDICT : The progressive VELVET REVOLUTION should go well returning to this longer trip ,needed every yard of the 1M 6F trip ,when winning class two handicap at Wolverhampton last time .Still looks fairly treated off 2lb higher mark .Odds around 9/2 look solid each-way value .


£40.00 EACH-WAY @ 9-2 SKYBET 
(UNPLACED SP 7-2 LOSS £80.00 )

*Betting Bank running total £1920*  

*(Staking £2000 betting bank divided by 25 =£80.00 stake)*

Monday, January 01, 2018

2K to 10K Betting Challenge Starting (Thu January 4th 2018 )


For 2018 I will be taking on the 2K to 10K betting challenge.Hopefully there will be some interest in the challenge,with good profits over the next 24 months.

Welcome to the (2K to 10K ) Flat Racing betting challenge,starting Thursday Jan 4th 2018.This will be 2 year challenge,with patient steady approach,though I'm quietly confident of hitting the 10k target.


1) Betting bank £2000 split into 25 units .Starting stake will be £40.00 e-way ( £2000 divided by 25 ) = £80.00.

The stakes will change upwards or downwards depending on profit or losses added to the running total (Betting Bankroll ) 

The betting bank will  continue to be divided by 25 units to arrive at the stake for that particular day .

2) Class (1) (2) or (3) flat/AW races only .

3) All bets each-way to protect the betting bank.

4) minimum price 3/1 .

5) Average two bets per week .

6) All bets will be recorded on, olbg/

*These are my own personal stakes * You can adjust the betting bank of £2000 to suit your own budget .