Monday, August 15, 2022

York Ebor Fesival

York Racecourse is a horse racing venue in York, North Yorkshire, England. It is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered, and second behind Ascot in prize money offered per meeting.[1] It attracts around 350,000 racegoers per year[2] and stages three of the UK's 36 annual Group 1 races – the Juddmonte International Stakes, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

York is one of the Premier tracks in Europe having recently won the Flat Racecourse of the Year Award, for the fourth year, and also came out top in The Times newspaper survey of all Britain's racecourses.

The course is located in the south-west of the city, next to the former Terry's of York factory, The Chocolate Works. It is situated on an expanse of ground which has been known since pre-medieval times as the Knavesmire, from the Anglo-Saxon "knave" meaning a man of low standing, and "mire" meaning a swampy pasture for cattle.[3] For this reason, the racecourse is still sometimes referred to as "The Knavesmire". The Knavesmire was originally common pasture, belonging to the city.[4] It was also the scene of the hanging of Dick Turpin in 1739.[5]

The Ebor Festival is a four-day race meeting held at York Racecourse in York, England, each August. The 2022 Ebor Festival will take place from 17th to 20 August.[1].Was established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap.Each of the four days has feature races:

Wednesday is called Juddmonte International Day and features the Juddmonte International, the Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Acomb Stakes.

Thursday is Ladies' Day and features the Lowther Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

Friday is Nunthorpe Day and features the Nunthorpe Stakes, the Gimcrack Stakes and the Lonsdale Cup 

Saturday is Ebor Day and features the Ebor Handicap  the Strensall Stakes. and the City Of York Stakes 

(Selections will be posted on later in the week ) . 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Glorious Goodwood Day 4 (One Selection)

Day Four at Glorious Goodwood , with the feature race the G2 King George Stakes at 3.35 ,though going concentrate on one the main supporting races the G3 Glorious Stakes at 4.10 .

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+) Winner £56,710 9 runners 1m3f218y Good To Firm ITV (STALLS Outside)
race conditions  £100,000 guaranteed For  4yo+ Weights  colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 9st Penalties  after 2021, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb Entries  15 pay £1,000 Penalty value  1st  £56,710.00 2nd  £21,500.00 3rd  £10,760.00 4th  £5,360.00 5th  £2,690.00 6th  £1,350.00

1) REBELS ROMANCE (110) (2) GLOBAL STORM (108) (3) FANCY MAN (107)

Rebels Romance has been put in short price favourite in this group three contest after bolting up in listed event at Newmarket last time, on his first start on the turf .Has previously shown useful form on dirt/all weather (4 out 7) ,including winning G2 UAE Derby back in 2021 .Strong claims on back of  that listed victory,though odds around 5-6 look incredibly short in this stonger race .

At the prices Rebels Romance's stable companion GLOBAL STORM looks the each-way value,has been running consistently this season over this trip ,including finishing creditable third to useful Hukum in stronger G2 race at Meydan in March.Also finished fair third behind Breeders Cup winner Yibir last time in Prince Of Walses stakes at Newmarket .Odds around 8-1 look very fair value ,especially with bookmakers paying 4 places in this 8 runner contest. .-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 



0.50 PTS EACH-WAY @ 8-1 HILLS (1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4)         

(FOURTH SP 8-1 PROFIT + £30.00/0.30)                                                            ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                                                            

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Glorious Goodwood Day One (Tue 26th July 2022) (One Selection )

Day one at Glorious Goodwood features three group races,including the group one Goodwood Cup at 3.35,though going concentrate on the two-year-old race G2 Vintage stakes.

Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes (Group 2) (IRE Incentive Race) (Class 1) (2yo) Winner £85,065 9 runners 7f Good ITV (STALLS Inside)
race conditions  £150,000 guaranteed For  2yo Weights  colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 9st Penalties  a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb Entries  14 pay £1,500 Penalty value  1st  £85,065.00 2nd  £32,250.00 3rd  £16,140.00 4th  £8,040.00 5th  £4,035.00 6th  £2,025.00 

The Karl Burke trained Holloway Boy has been put in clear favourite here at around 9-4,after causing massive upset when winning the listed Chesham stakes on debut at 40-1 last month at Royal Ascot .However the form of the Chesham Stakes hasn't really worked out, with six horses coming out the race all beaten since ,including the 2nd & 4th both finishing last next time .Obviously open to plenty improvement on his second start ,though odds around 9-4 look way too short on this completely different track .

The Dark Angel colt MYSTERIOUS NIGHT looks interesting over this longer trip ,after finishing promising 3L third to the useful Pesian Force in group two July stakes last time,staying on nicely at finish.Looks open to plenty improvement over 7 furlongs for inform Charlie Appleby stable .Odds around 9-2 look solid each-way value .
Of the others the unbeaten Dear My Friend  looks best of the rest ,after bolting up in 7.5f Novice Stakes at Beverley last time ,beating 79 rated rival by over 5L under 6lb penalty.Takes big step up in class,though looks promising sort.


(THIRD SP 9-2 LOSS £10.00/0.10)

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Glorious Goodwood Preview

Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House. It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting in late July and early August, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to three of the UK's 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. Although the race meeting has become known as 'Glorious Goodwood', it is sponsored by Qatar and officially called the 'Qatar Goodwood Festival'.[1]

This is an unusual, complex racecourse with a straight six furlongs—the "Stewards' Cup Course"—which is uphill for the first furlong and mostly downhill thereafter. There is a tight right-handed loop at the far end of the straight on which there are starts for various longer distance courses. These include the 1 mile 2 furlongs (1m 2f) "Craven Course", the 1m 4f "Gratwicke Course" and the 1m 6f "Bentinck Course". The start for the 2m 5f "Cup Course" is quite close to the winning post—horses travel outwards on the straight, around the loop and back. Throughout the loop there are severe undulations and sharp turns. The course is used for flat racing only.

Greatest Moments

 The Goodwood Cup

The Goodwood Cup was first run in 1808 and is one of the leading staying races in the country.Stradivarius famously won the race four times in row between 2017 and 2020 and the eight-year-old will bid to make it five Goodwood Cups this year. Arguably the most famous horse to race at Goodwood was Kincsem, a Hungarian racehorse – who won the Goodwood Cup in 1878. Kincsem was unbeaten in a staggering 54 races.

 The Sussex Stakes

 The feature race at Goodwood is the Sussex Stakes – a Group 1 race for milers. The best milers in the world have contested this race over the years, including Brigadier Gerard in 1971, who was on his way to becoming the champion racehorse of his generation. The mighty Frankel, officially the highest-rated horse in the history of the turf, is the only horse to have won the race twice: in 2011 and 2012.

 The Nassau Stakes

Possibly the greatest race in the modern history of Goodwood was the Nassau Stakes in 2006. This is Goodwood’s third Group 1 race, when the fillies take centre stage. On this occasion, The Earl of Derby’s Ouija Board, one of the superstars of international racing, battled with Alexandra Goldrun – who had won the previous year’s Nassau Stakes. The two fillies fought it out all the way down the Goodwood straight with Ouija Board eventually winning in the closest of photo finishes.

Glorious Goodwood 2022 Feature Races 

Tuesday 26th July

7f Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes (Group 2) (IRE Incentive Race) (Class 1) (2yo) 
7f World Pool Lennox Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
2m Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
                                                                  Wednesday 27th July
7f Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
5f Markel Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) (IRE Incentive Race) (Class 1) (2yo)
1m Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
                                                                  Thursday 28th July 
6f Richmond Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 
1m4f John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 
1m2f (1m1f197y) Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
                                                                   Friday 29th  July
1m Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo) 
5f King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
1m4f (1m3f218y) L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+) 
                                                                 Saturday 30th July 
1m6f Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+) 
6f Coral Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (3yo+)
(Selections for Day One at Glorious Goodwood will be posted tomorrow evening 25th July ) 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Royal Ascot Day Five (1 selection ) Sat 18th June 2022

Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) (Class 2) (4yo+) Winner £54,000 13 runners 2m5f143y Good To Firm ITV4 (STALLS Inside)
race conditions  £100,000 guaranteed For  4yo+ Weights  4yo colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb; 5yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties  after June 14th, 2021, for each Class 2 weight-for-age or Class 3 weight-for-age race won 3lb; for each Class 1 weight-for-age race won 5lb (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 10lb) Weight for age  4yo from 5yo+ 1lb Entries  31 pay £500 Penalty value  1st  £54,000.00 2nd  £25,350.00 3rd  £12,680.00 4th  £6,340.00 
FALCON EIGHT should go well for Dermot Weld & Tom Marquand ,finished very good fifth in Chester Cup last month ,when trying concede 12lb to winner and 14lb to the second ,that form looks very solid with the second Coltrane winning Ascot Stakes earlier in week off mark 98 ,though a disappointing favourite in thie race last year that was on soft ground .Will be suited by faster ground.Odds around 9-2 look very fair value .
Wordsworth has been put in short price favourite for Aidan O'Brien ,finished fair fourth in Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April, though was disappointing in 12f listed race last time at the Curragh .Looks short enough for horse yet run over further than two miles 
Of the others Calling The Wind looks most interesting ,finished creditable second in this race last year on soft ground ,also finished fair third in Cesarewitch at Newmarket last season on better ground .One of the few guaranteed stayers over this extreme distance .Each-way claims 
(FOURTH SP 10-3 LOSS £100/1.00 )