Friday, June 07, 2024

John Of Gaunt Stakes Preview (Sat 8th June 2024 )

The John of Gaunt Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain first run in 1976, open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of 7 furlongs and 37 yards (1,442 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June.

The event is named after John of Gaunt, the 1st Duke of Lancaster, who lived in the 14th century. It was formerly open to horses aged three or older, and it used to be classed at Listed level. The minimum age was raised to four in 1998, and the race was promoted to Group 3 status in 2008.



Most successful horse since 1976 (2 wins):

Warningford – 1999, 2002

Main Aim – 2009, 2010

Leading jockey since 1986 (3 wins):

Ryan MooreMajor Cadeaux (2008), Main Aim (2009, 2010)

Leading trainer since 1986 (4 wins):

 John GosdenMutakddim (1995), Decorated Hero (1997), Mount Abu (2001), Sleeping Indian (2005)


Betfred John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+) Winner £48,204 12 runners 7f37y Good To Firm ITV4 (STALLS Inside)

race conditions  £85,000 guaranteed For  4yo+ Weights  colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties  after August 31st 2023, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb Entries  17 pay £850 Penalty value  1st  £48,203.50 2nd  £18,275.00 3rd  £9,146.00 4th  £4,556.00 5th  £2,286.50 6th  £1,147.50 
(1) WITCH HUNTER (119) 
(1) NOBLE DYNASTY (119) 
(3) TIBER FLOW (118)
(4) POGO (117)
Competitive group three contest over 7 furlongs on ground described as good/firm.The Charlie Appleby trained 6-Y-0 Dubawi gelding Noble Dynasty , has been put in clear favourite at around 7-2, after making all in class two handicap at Newmarket off mark 105, that was good effort off  9-12 , though has yet to win in listed or group company, including when only fifth in G3 Ras Al Kor at Meydan in March .Looks short enough in market in such competitive race .

The Richard Hannon trained five-year-old WITCH HUNTER , should go well after finishing creditable staying on third in G1 Lockinge stakes at Newbury last time . Had some decent form last season , including winning G2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.With plenty pace in the race , this hold up performer should get race run to suit.Odds around 13-2 look solid each-way value with bookmakers paying 4 places .

Of the others the 8-Y-0 Pogo can't be ruled out, goes well here at Haydock , including winning this race in 2022 , also finished good second last time at Haydock in the Spring Trophy listed stakes .Place claims in open looking race .

(UNPLACED SP 7-2 LOSS £200/ 2.00 PTS  )
1ST : TIBER FLOW @ 6-1
2ND : SIRONA @ 12-1
3RD : POGO @ 11-2

Friday, May 31, 2024

Epsom Derby Preview (Sat 1st June 2024 )

The Derby Stakes, also known as the Derby or the Epsom Derby, is a Group 1 flat horse race in England open to three-year-old colts and fillies. It is run at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey on the first Saturday of June each year, over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres), or about 1½ miles.[1] It was first run in 1780.

It is Britain's richest flat horse race, and the most prestigious of the five Classics. It is sometimes referred to as the "Blue Riband" of the turf. The race serves as the middle leg of the historically significant Triple Crown of British horse racing, preceded by the 2000 Guineas and followed by the St Leger, although the feat of winning all three is rarely attempted in the modern era due to changing priorities in racing and breeding, and the demands it places on horses.

The name "Derby" (deriving from the sponsorship of the Earl of Derby) has been borrowed many times, notably by the Kentucky Derby in the United States, and to describe many other key racing and sporting events. The term "Epsom Derby" is often used in the United States and elsewhere, in order to differentiate The Derby from other races such as the Irish Derby or German Derby.[2] The Derby run at Epsom is usually referred to as "the Derby" in Great Britain. It is one of Britain's great national sporting events[3] and has a large worldwide TV audience.[4]

Betfred Derby (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings) (Class 1) (3yo) Winner £882,408 20 runners 1m4f6y Soft ITV
 race conditions  £1,500,000 guaranteed For  3yo colts and fillies NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including 29 May merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible. Weights  colts 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb pay £3,000 Penalty value  1st  £882,407.60 2nd  £334,540.00 3rd  £167,425.60 4th  £83,401.60 5th  £41,856.40 6th  £21,006.00 
16 Runners go to post for not the strongest looking DERBY, though still interesting race on ground described as good/soft .
AMBIENTE FRIENDLY: Impressive 4L winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial last time on fast ground , showing improved form stepping up in trip . That form looks solid with third horse (Meydaan) boosting form since, looks open to further improvement over middle distances this season.Best form on good ground .

ANCIENT WISDOM : Useful Two-Year-old ,winning 4 out 5 ,including winning G1 Futurity Stakes at Doncaster on heavy ground .Finished staying on 6L second in Dante Stakes at York earlier this month.Best form on soft surface .This longer trip should suit .Solid Each-way claims .
CITY OF TROY : Justify Colt ,Last Years Champion Two-Year-old rated (125), winning 3 out 3, though bitterly disappointing in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this mont, when 4-6 fav, only finishing well beaten 9th .Clearly somthing amiss that day, though never raced further than 7 furlongs.Has to be Question mark about this 12f trip from poor draw in stall one.Best form on G/S or Soft
DANCING GEMINI : Improving sort, winning twice as two-year-old , finished excellent second in French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp earlier this month, though never raced further than mile ,got be doubts about staying this trip .
LOS ANGELES : Unbeaten Camelot colt ,winning 3 out 3 ,including winning 1M 2F G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in France at the end last season .Made winning reappearance in Derby Trial stakes at Leopardstown earlier this month ,staying on well .Looks open to further improvement over this longer trip, best form on soft suface .
MACDUFF : Improving Sea The Stars colt, finished fair fourth in Royal Lodge at Newmarket last season, made promising reappearance in Sandown classic trial, finishing staying on second to Arabian Crown .Looks open to further improvement over this longer trip , best form on good or good/soft .Place claims

BELLUM JUSTUM :Sea The Stars colt. Won 2 out 5, including winning Epsom Derby trial last month, that wasn't the strongest listed contest ,with second well beaten since .will need plenty improvement to figure in this much stronger contest .
DEIRA MILE :Camelot colt, Bits and pieces of form as two-year-old ,including finishing fourth in G1 Futurity stakes , though only victory came in weak 10f Novice Stakes at Windsor .Longer trip may suit , though needs further improvement .

VOYAGE : Golden Horn Colt ,Won 10f maiden at Newbury in good style on his debut start last month , looks promising type, though faces very difficult task on only his second start . 
DALLAS STAR : Cloth Of Stars colt ,winning 2 out 6, including winning Ballysax stakes at Leopardstown in April at 50-1 on heavy ground .Bit to find on form, though will be suited by further rain .

EUPHORIC : Frankel Colt, Only victory came in Navan maiden on debut, plenty to find on form ,including finishing behind Los Angeles last time .Looks the Aidan O 'Brien third string .

SAYEDATY SAYDATY : Anodin colt ,only victory came in All Weather 1 mile novice stakes at Kempton last season .Will need big improvement over this longer trip .

GODS WINDOW : Dubawi Colt , winning 2 out 5, bits and pieces of form ,including finishing staying on third in Futurity Stakes behind Ancient Wisdom ,though well beaten in Dante Stakes last time .Plenty to find on form , though will be suited by soft surface .

MR HAMSTEAD : Galileo colt, maiden after three starts, only rated 86. Looks to have very little chance in this group one contest .
KAMBOO : Awtaad colt, won mile maiden on All Weather at Kempton last season , faces very difficult task over this longer trip .
TABLETALK : Camelot colt , been supplemented for the race at cost £75,000 , though only victory came in 10f maiden on All Weather at Chelmsford .Will need big improvement over this longer trip .



A race that revolves around CITY OF TROY .If bouncing back to his two-year-old form .9lb clear on official BHA ratings, though has big question mark over this 12f trip , having only won over 7 furlongs. Has also been done no favours with bad draw in stall one .You can never write off Aiden O Brien getting the horse back to top form, though not for me after such poor run in 2000 Guineas .
The unbeaten Camelot colt LOS ANGELES looks open to plenty more improvement over this longer trip , the form the Derby Trial stakes at Leopardstown is nothing special ,though looked very good prospect last season when winning the group one Criterium de Saint-cloud on only his second start on soft ground . Looks plenty more to come over this 1M 4F trip .

ANCIENT WISDOM looks the main danger, after finishing second in Dante Stakes, though well beaten in the race by Economics, gave big impression this longer trip and easier dround would defiently suit this Dubawi colt .

Of the others MACDUFF & AMBIENTE FRIENDLY look horses that can improve over this 1M 4F trip .Both ran with pleny of promise on there last starts .Solid Place claims.

1PT WIN @ BSP  8.80
(THIRD SP 6-1 LOSS 1.00 PT)


Thursday, May 16, 2024

Jerry Banks: Lowestoft's Professional Gambler at Great Yarmouth Races

Jerry Banks: Lowestoft's Professional Gambler at Great Yarmouth Races
Written by Jason C [Fen Boy]
Jerry Banks, a professional gambler from Lowestoft, is a familiar face at horse racing events, particularly at Great Yarmouth's racecourse down Jellico Road. Known for his sharp eye for high-class races, Jerry is often accompanied by the Fen Boys, a group of close-knit friends who share his passion for racing and good times. Their excursions to the races are not just about betting but about enjoying a day filled with camaraderie, excitement, and tradition.

A Passion for Pattern Races:

Jerry's betting expertise focuses on pattern races, which are the high-caliber contests that attract top horses, jockeys, and trainers. Among these, the Great Yarmouth meeting holds a special place in his heart, especially the John Musker Fillies Stakes. This prestigious race, held every September, showcases some of the finest fillies in the sport, making it a highlight of Jerry's racing calendar.

Savvy Betting Strategies:

Jerry's approach to gambling is both strategic and informed. He frequently utilizes Free Bets UK offers to maximize his betting potential without risking too much of his own money. These promotions, available through various online bookmakers, allow Jerry to place bets with bonus funds, enhancing his chances of a profitable day at the races. His skill in finding value and leveraging these offers is a testament to his professional status in the world of gambling.

The Great Day Out with the Fen Boys:

A day at the races with Jerry and the Fen Boys is full of laughter and good-natured banter. Despite the group's focus on serious betting, they never miss an opportunity to enjoy themselves. Jason, one of the Fen Boys, adds a humorous twist to their outings. Despite his regular attendance at the races, he never places a bet. "Why risk money when I can enjoy watching you lot win?"

Post-Race Traditions: The Avenue and Savoy Tandoori:

After the races, the tradition continues with a visit to The Avenue Pub. This cozy spot is perfect for unwinding, celebrating wins, or commiserating over near misses. The atmosphere is always lively, with fellow racegoers sharing their stories of the day's highs and lows. Jerry and the Fen Boys enjoy the camaraderie, good drinks, and the chance to dissect the day's events in detail.

The evening often culminates with a trip to the Savoy Tandoori on Regent Road. Known for its delicious Indian cuisine, the restaurant is a favorite for the group. Over a curry and freshly baked naan, the friends recap their day, share laughs, and plan their next racing adventure. The combination of great food and company makes it a perfect end to a day at the races.

The Thrill of the Sport:

For Jerry Banks, horse racing is more than just a hobby—it's a way of life. His passion for pattern races and the joy of sharing these experiences make each trip to Great Yarmouth a memorable event. Whether celebrating a big win or enjoying the simple pleasures of a day out, Jerry's love for the sport and the friendships it fosters are what truly define his racing adventures.

Photo: JC Copyright 2024 

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Dubai World Cup Meeting Preview (Sat 30th March 2024 )

Dubai World Cup is the highlight of Dubai's sporting and social calendar and attracts the best horses and riders from all over the world. It is the world's most spectacular race day with a total prize money of US$ 30.5 million for the showcase of nine races, including US$ 12 million at stake in the title contest.

The Dubai World Cup was created in 1996[2] by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.

It is held on the last Saturday in March as the final race of the Dubai World Cup Night. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs). It is open for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up. Since its 2019 running, the race has carried a purse of $12 million.

race conditions  £787,402 guaranteed For  southern hemisphere 3yo+ & northern hemisphere 4yo+ Weight for age  4yo from 5yo+ 3lb Penalty value  1st  £456,692.91 2nd  £157,480.31 3rd  £78,740.16 4th  £39,370.08 5th  £23,622.05 6th  £15,748.03 7th  £7,874.02 8th  £7,874.02 
This looks top quality staying contest over 2 miles on the turf at Meydan.The Aidan O'Brien trained four-year-old colt Tower Of London  has been put in favourite at around 3/1 ,after winner the 1M 7F G3 Red Sea handicap at Riyadh last month ,that was fair effort beating Enemy, after finding plenty trouble in running .Will be suited by this slightly longer trip ,has to be respected in open looking race ,
At the prices the 7-Y-0 gelding COLTRANE looks the each-way value.especially with bookmakers paying 5 places , goes well fresh ,including winning the G3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot first time out last season .Had some useful form in 2023 ,including finishing creditable 2nd in Ascot Gold Cup & winning the G2 Lonsdale Cup at York .Solid each-way claims with fast conditions in his favour .

Of the others Eldar Eldarov, looks the most interesting, after winning Irish St Leger last season in good style , beating the useful Kyprios by 3.5 lenghs, though there has to be question mark over this longer trip ,having been well beaten over this trip in previous races .
Race 7 - Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+) Winner £2,283,465 16 runners 1m1f Good RTV

race conditions  £3,937,008 guaranteed For  southern hemisphere 3yo+ & northern hemisphere 4yo+ Penalty value  1st  £2,283,464.57 2nd  £787,401.57 3rd  £393,700.79 4th  £196,850.39 5th  £118,110.24 6th  £78,740.16 7th  £39,370.08 8th  £39,370.08 
Maximum field for Dubai Turf over 9 furlongs ,this looks cracking group one contest with seven G1 winners in field .  
Three time Dubai Turf winner LORD NORTH   should make bold bid to land this race for fourth time in row . Has once again followed the same path as previous years , having his prep race in Winter Derby , when finishing lengh second behind Military Order last month ,always improves greatly for that first run of the season . Has excellent record over this specialist  9 furlong trip ,winning 4 out 4 . Odds around 8-1 look very fair each-way value, especially being reunited with Frankie Dettori who knows the the horse so well .

 Do Deuce is clearly useful sort winning 4 out 10 in Japan ,top rated on official figures ,having shown some decent form over last two seasons ,including beating Equinox in Japanese Derby back in 2022 , returned to form in December winning 12f G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama .However All his best form has been over 1M 4F , so there has to be question mark dropping down three furlongs .
Of the others Luxenbourg has to be respected , having finished fair fourth Neom Turf Cup at Riyadh last time, had some decent form last season , including finishing close second in Irish Champion Stakes and Hong Kong Cup .Should come on for that race at Riyadh,each-way claims .
Race 8 - Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+) Winner £2,740,157 12 runners 1m4f11y Good RTV
race conditions  £4,724,409 guaranteed For  southern hemisphere 3yo+ & northern hemisphere 4yo+ Weight for age  4yo from 5yo+ 1lb Penalty value  1st  £2,740,157.48 2nd  £944,881.89 3rd  £472,440.94 4th  £236,220.47 5th  £141,732.28 6th  £94,488.19 7th  £47,244.09 8th  £47,244.09 
12 runners go to post for this valuable 1M 4F group one contest on turf
The Aidan O 'Brien trained 4-Y-0 Deep Impact colt  Auguste Rodin heads the field on official ratings on (125) after winning four group one contests last season , including Epsom / Irish Derby , Irish Champion stakes and Breeders Cup Turf, clearly the one to beat on form, though looks short in market, having been beaten first time out for last two seasons . 
At The prices the five-year-old mare EMILY UPJOHN looks the each-way value , goes particularly well fresh, having won first time out for last three seasons, including winning the Coronation Cup at Epsom last season, when beating ARC runner up Westover in good style , also finished excellent half-lengh second in Eclipse at Sandown behind four time G1 winner Paddington ,when trying to concede that rival 7lb .Has to be forgiven for disappointing run in King George ,though has twice ran poorly in that race . Looks the solid each-way bet at around 7-1 ,especially with bookmakers paying 4 places .
Of the others the Japanese filly Liberty Island looks interesting after finishing creditable 4L second to Equinox in Japan Cup , though was receiving 9lb from that rival ,had previously won the Japanese Oaks in some style by 6L, should go well, though will still need further improvement to land this top class G1 contest .
Race 9 - Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Dirt) (3yo+) Winner £5,480,315 12 runners 1m2f Fast RTV
race conditions  £9,448,819 guaranteed For  southern hemisphere 3yo+ & northern hemisphere 4yo+ Penalty value  1st  £5,480,314.96 2nd  £1,889,763.78 3rd  £944,881.89 4th  £472,440.94 5th  £283,464.57 6th  £188,976.38 7th  £94,488.19 8th  £94,488.19 
The Feature race on the card the 12 million dollar Dubai World Cup over 1M 2F on the dirt .
Last years winner USHBA TESORO  should go well after finishing excellent second in Saudi Cup last time .Was impressive winner of this race last year when coming from last to first to win comfortably.This fast finisher will be suited by decent pace .Odds around 7-2 look fair value 
Derma Sotogake looks the main danger, was impressive 5L winner of UAE Derby at this meeting last year , also finished excellent second in Breeders Cup Classic in November, though will need to reverse Saudi Cup form with Senor Buskador & Ushba Tesoro
Of the others the kabirkhan looks most interesting after winning G1 Al Maktoum Challenge over C&D in January, that was decent effort, though will need further improvement to land this much stronger race .

1PT EACH-WAY @ 6-1 PADDY POWER (1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4-5)

1PT EACH-WAY @ 8-1 WILLIAM HILLS ( 1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4 )

1PT EACH-WAY @ 13-2 MOST FIRMS (1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4 )
(FIFTH SP 6-1 LOSS 2.00 PTS )

1PT EACH-WAY @ 7-2 MOST FIRMS (1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4 )

Friday, March 01, 2024

Dubai Carnival (Super Saturday ) 2nd March 2024

Super Saturday at Meydan, looks to be dominated by Charlie Appleby runners, with four odds on favourites , though there are couple other interesting races on the card .

Al Maktoum Classic Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 2) (Dirt) (3yo+) Winner £217,949 13 runners 1m1f110y Fast RTV
race conditions  £363,248 guaranteed For  northern hemisphere 4yo+ & southern hemisphere 3yo+ Penalty value  1st  £217,948.72 2nd  £72,649.57 3rd  £36,324.79 4th  £18,162.39 5th  £10,897.44 6th  £7,264.96
Not the strongest looking G2 contest on the dirt, with 11 runners declared for the most valuable race on the card .
The American trained  five-year-old CLAPTON should go well returning to G2 company , finished fair third to World Cup contender Kabirkhan last time in G1 Al Maktoum Challenge, on his first start at Meydan , had previously shown some fair form in U.S.A last season, including winning G2 Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs, should come on for that first run of the season,looks well positioned in stall 3 with William Buick looking eyecatching booking .
Franz Strauss goes well here on dirt at Meydan (2211 ) including finishing creditable second in G1 Al Maktoum Challenge last time, yet to win outside handicap company, though is consistent sort .Each-way claims .
Nevershow Weakness has looked very progressive sort this season, landing hatrick at Meydan earlier this month, was impressive 5L winner of 10f handicap last time at Meydan off mark 96 .Went up 9lb for that victory.Takes step up in class here and will have to overcome poor draw in stall 12 .Not for me at the prices.
Ras Al Khor Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 3) (Turf) (3yo+) Winner £179,487 16 runners 7f Good RTV
race conditions  £299,145 guaranteed For  3yo+ Penalty value  1st  £179,487.18 2nd  £59,829.06 3rd  £29,914.53 4th  £14,957.26 5th  £8,974.36 6th  £5,982.91 
Good turn out for this 7 furlong G3 contest on the turf, with 16 runners declared .
The Kevin Philippart De Foy 6-Y-0 Gelding VAFORTINO has been in good form at Meydan Carnival ,winning listed race in December over C&D ,though produced career best effort last time ,when finishing excellent 1L second in G2 Al Fahidi Fort behind Mysterious Night in fast time ,finishing strongly when not getting the best of runs .Will be suited dropping down to this G3 contest .Solid claims 
Noble Dynasty looks intresting for inform Charlie Appleby, had some fair form back in 2022 winning three races .including winning two handicaps at Newmarket, though will be returning from 15 month absence.Has to be respected ,though looks very short in market for horse taking step up in class .
Of the others Marbaan looks best of the rest, on the pick of his form, including finishing creditable second in G2 Zabeel Mile behind San Donato in January , the drop back to 7 furlong should suit .Each-way claims .
2PTS WIN @ 5-2 BET365 
(THIRD SP 7-4 LOSS £200/2.00PTS)

(UNPLACED SP 13-8 LOSS £200/2.00PTS )
0.50 PT WIN DOUBLE @ 11.25-1 BET365 (5-2 & 5-2 )
(THIRD & UNPLACED ) LOSS £50.00/0.50 PTS