Preview of day two at the Punchestown Festival

By Luke

After a successful day one with three winners from four selections I have six selections for day two. The feature race on the card is the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup off at 6:05. Bellshill comes in here fresher then the two market leaders. He was last seen pulling up in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. His jumping let him down early on and Ruby pulled him up early in the contest. Bellshill has run three times at Punchestown and has won each time, that includes this race from twelve months ago. On official ratings he has seven pounds to find to beat Al Bloum Photo and six pounds with Kemboy but both have had tough races recently. I think he will run well and hopefully keep his unbeaten record at Punchestown at 11/2.

First race off at 3:40

The first race on the card is a very competitive handicap with twenty five runners. Press Conference doesnt look too harshly treated off a mark 123. He was last seen winning a maiden hurdle at Limerick beating Annamix. He showed vast improvement from his first attempt over hurdles when he could only manage to come home in seventh. He has been off since December when he won at Limerick so comes in here a fresh horse. I think the step back up in trip will bring him on and he will hopefully run well at 8/1.

Race two off at 4:20

Zero Ten looks a class above these horses in my opinion. He was last seen finishing second at Fairyhouse in a Grade two with Easy Game back in third. Prior to that he had won his two previous starts over hurdles winning at Leopardstown and Galway very easily. If he runs his race I think he will win at 5/4.

Race three of at 4:55

Paloma Blue reverts back to hurdles after things not going smoothly over fences. He did manage to win one race over fences at Leopardstown when he bet Moon Over Germany. Moon Over Germany has since came out and won well at Aintree. Paloma Blue was a good Novice Hurdler finishing fourth in the Supreme back in 2018. On official ratings he has six pounds in hand over the favourite Vision D’honneur. I think he will return to winnings ways here at 11/4.

Race six off at 6:40

Abracadabras was last seen finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. That is the best form of any runner coming into this race. He is still only learning his trade after running out at Leopardstown prior to Cheltenham. If he can reproduce the run from Cheltenham I think he will win at 15/8.

Race eight off at 7:45

Gypsy Island has been impressive to date and is the right favourite but I think Jeremys Flame could run well at a big price. She looked to be the winner turning in at Leopardstown last time out before tiring late on after racing keenly. The winner of that race, Santa Rossa has since came out and finished second at Aintree in a Grade two. The fourth, Botani has since came out and won by a wide margin at Kilbeggan. If he can settle, I think she will go close at 16/1.

Four selections for Punchestown

By Luke

Tuesday marks the first day of the fantastic five day festival at Punchestown. The feature of the seven races on day one is the BoyleSports Champion Chase off at 5:30. Un De Sceaux comes in here being the fresher horse than Min who has run at Cheltenham and Aintree. Last year Min done the same and ran a disappointing race here. Un De Sceaux was last seen finishing fifth in the Ryanair where he was held up which wouldn’t have suited him. The drop back down to two miles will see him to better effect and also a return to front running tactics. I think he will go close at 11/4.

Race three off at 4:55

Raya Time steps into handicap company for the first time after some nice runs in maiden hurdles. He has run into some nice horses in maidens finishing second to Annamix last time out. He is a keen sort who I think will be suited by the quicker pace in handicaps, which will help him settle. I think his mark of 127 is fair and I think he will run well at 9/1.

Race six off at 6:40

Delta Work comes into this race on the back of a great run in the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He was left infront three out and I think on another day if he had more cover coming into the straight he would have won. Prior to that he was unbeaten over fences for his three runs. I think he will return to winning ways here at 6/4.

Race seven off at 7:15

Front View ran a nice debut finishing second behind Blue Sari at Gowran back in January. Blue Sari has since came out and finished second in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Front View was beaten eleven lengths and he was a further fourteen lengths ahead of the third home. He was still going well last time out when he was brought down in Naas. I think he will come on for his runs and run well at 11/4.


Preview of racing at Navan

By Luke

Navan’s seven race card gets underway at 2:05, but My first selection comes in Race two off at 2:35.  Verhoyen ran a good race last time out to finish third behind Mokhalad at Naas. He is a horse who has only won once when winning at Dundalk last year. He was once highly rated at 93 but now runs off a mark of 69. I think he  is down to a mark he can compete at and I think he will run well at 7/1.

Race three off at 3:10

The Irish Rover sets the standard here. He ran eight times as a two year old,the best of those runs came in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh over six furlongs. He ran a nice comeback finishing fifth over a distance that is possibly too far for him. A return to sprinting will see him to better effect here and I think he will be hard to beat at 15/8.

Race six off at 4:45

Blenheim Palace looks very interesting off a mark of 76. He didn’t show much during his two year old campaign but I think he is a horse who will improve with racing. He finished eight on seasonal reappearance, he was given an easy reintroduction when his chance of winning was gone he was given an easy time. I think he will come on for the run and can run well at 8/1.

Race seven off at 5:15

Union Gap ran well on seasonal reappearance at Clonmel to finish third over two miles. He will enjoy the step down in trip from two miles to one mile and five furlongs. Noel Meade and Colin Keane have a great record when teaming up and I think he will run well at 6/1.

Preview of racing at Limerick and Wexford

By Luke

This weekends action could be considered the quiet before the storm that will be the fantastic Punchestown Festival. Five days of great racing with lots of exciting races and horses coming over from across the Irish Sea. By the looks of things Buveur D’Air and Defi Du Seuil lead the British challenge, but before that we have two cards on Saturday and two cards on Sunday.

I have two selections at Wexford and the first of those is Three Stars who runs in the second race off at 2:30. He hasn’t been in great form over fences this season and the switch back to hurdles seemed to make him spark back to some of his old form. He was last seen finishing second over hurdles at Leopardstown. Tombstone won on that occasion and Count Simon was back in third. Count Simon has since came out and won at Perth off a mark of 133. Three Stars runs off a mark of 130 and if he reproduces his Leopardstown run I think he will be hard to beat at 3/1.

Race three of at 3:05

No Way Jack was last seen finishing second at Fairyhouse. That was a major improvement from what he had shown in Maiden Hurdles. He ran a better race than the five length second suggested, it looked between himself Breesy Mountain coming to the last when Bressy Mountain came down and hampered No Way Jack. Scotch Quay got the perfect run up the inner. No Way Jack would have been closer only for his mistake at the last and being hampered. If he can reproduce that run he will go close at 3/1.

My first selection at Limerick comes in the first race off at 1:35

Dianthus ran a nice seasonal reappearance at Gowran earlier this month. She led for most of the race before being past inside the final furlong. She has never ran over shorter seven furlongs and tries six furlongs and one hundred and fifthy yards which is only seventy yards short of seven. I think she will come on for the run and think she has an each way chance at 9/1.

Race three off at 2:50

Bodhicitta ran a nice seasonal reappearance at Cork last weekend. She finished second to the race fit Isotope who had been kept busy at Dundalk through the winter. Last year she ran two very promising runs when finishing second at Gowran and Killarney. I think this is her opportunity to break her maiden and win at 9/2.

Race eight off at 5:30

Royal Admiral has been a model of consistency for Ado McGuinness. Since August 2018, he has run seven times and been out of the first three once when he finished fourth in October 2018. He ran a nice reappearance at Dundalk finishing third over one mile and two furlongs. The step up in trip should be a help and I think he will go close at 4/1.

Jumps Finale Day Preview 2019

By Samantha

So the English jumps season is coming to a close. This Saturday, the champions will be crowned – Richard Johnson as Champion jockey, Bryony Frost as Champion Conditional and Paul Nicholls regaining his Champion Trainer crown from Nicky Henderson.

There have been some incredible performances this season by the equjne participants. My highlights have been City Island winning the Ballymore and Paisley Park winning the stayers for his lovely connections but who could forget Tiger Roll winning his second Grand National? That was a win which will live in the memory for a very long time.

Let’s hope we see some more stellar racing on the day that brings closed a memorable season of jumps racing but, most of all, I hope all horses come home safe.

bet365 Novices Championship Final Handicap Hurdle

The Owners Group syndicates have done very well this season with Pentland Hills winning the Triumph Hurdle. Another of their stars has been GETAWAY TRUMP. He was one of my ’20 To Watch’ at the start of the season and won two hurdle races at the end of November and early December. He ran well to be second in a grade one behind subsequent Aintree Festival winner Champ. He lost his way a bit but got back to winning ways last time at Ayr. He has a huge weight to carry but he’s got lots of class and hopefully that can see him through into the winners enclosure. The Skelton team have had an incredible season and they have two runners. Humble Hero, who won nicely last time out, seems the stables pick and preferred to the consistent, three times winner Flash The Steel who has each way claims. Birds Of Prey may find this on the short side but he has won twice on the flat. Listed flat winner, Lord Yeats ran very well at Aintree to be fourth in a handicap hurdle but, arguably, would prefer more dig in the ground. Scarlet Dragon was also a classy flat performer and he won very well at this trip in January at Huntingdon.

bet365 Oaksey Chase

This is a relatively new race as the inaugural running was in 2014. The first four renewals were won by Menorah who was an excellent servant for Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. None of these ran in this last year but Josses Hill followed in Menorah in 2017 to finish third. He has ran three times this season and was behind Charbel, fell and then unseated. He likes good ground and is a dual grade two winner but has a bit to find. Charbel won in October and December but struggled ever since and pulled up in the Ryanair. Black Corton has ran five times this season and been second on four of those occas. He was behind DEFINITELY RED at Wetherby at the start of the year. That race was the first leg of a double which concluded in a grade two at Aintree. He was beaten at 1/6 by Captain Redbeard in a two runner race which was a shock. He was then brought down in the Gold Cup. This is more of his kind of race and he can get back to winning ways. San Benedeto and Go Conquer both ran over the Grand National fences with the former coming seventh in the Topham and Go Conquer pulling up in the big race. Cobra De Mai won well last time and is rated higher than Gold Present, who hasn’t won since December 2017.

bet365 Celebration Chase

This race has been won the past two years by ALTIOR and he tries to make it three years in a row this Saturday. He has won his last eighteen starts and that includes four Cheltenham wins. He had a really tough race last time at Cheltenham which is why he bypassed Aintree but I can’t see him getting beat. We wanted the big Altior/Cyrname clash but Paul Nicholls pulled out Cyrname due to the ground being so firm. Sandown needs rain otherwise Altior may not run either. He goes against four other horses. Paul Nicholls has Diego Du Charmil, who has followed in Altior and Gods Own in his last five starts. Gods Own is a grand horse. He won the Haldon Gold Cup in November and if anyone can beat Altior it would be him or Sceau Royal. He won a grade two on seasonal reappearance then was last in the Tingle Creek behind Altior. He’s classy on his day though as he gave Altior a proper battle at Cheltenham. Vosne Romanee is good but not up to this level.

bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Three of these ran in the Grand National three weeks ago – Joe Farrell, Rock The Kasbah and Step Back – but none finished the race. The Mark Bradstock trained Step Back won this last year off a 10lbs lower mark. He ran off 149 for his first two starts this season and then got pulled up in the Aintree Grand National. He won’t want the ground too firm as he’s quite delicate. He has finished behind THE YOUNG MASTER and Rock The Kasbah. The Young Master won this in 2016 off a 6lbs higher and won his first two starts this season. He was a good third at Cheltenham last time and that will set him up perfectly for this. Rock The Kasbah won a grade three in November but fell in the Grand National. Joe Farrell was well backed for that race but was pulled up. His two runs before that were good so if he has to be bang there. Beware The Bear won at the Cheltenham Festival but was pulled out of the Scottish National due to the good ground so he may not even take his chance in this. Yala Enki stays further so could be decent value at 20/1. Talkischeap is a novice and the only chase he has won was two runners. He’s the likely favourite but, for me, he’ll struggle.

bet365 Select Hurdle

This isn’t a great race and its quite tough to work out. Rayvin Black is likely to make the running. He’s a nice sort and has won on good to firm before. Nicky Henderson has three runners. Nico De Boinville rides On The Blind Side. This seven year old has been chasing this season and really didn’t take to this. Winner of a grade two, he has never ran on ground this firm. Thomas Campbell won a listed handicap hurdle and, like On The Blind Side, didn’t take to fences. He has been well beaten the last twice. One of the marea is With Discretion, she hasn’t been seen since over a year ago so she is a bit of an unknown quantity especially as she has ran and won twice in the UK. The other mare is Mia’s Storm. I fancied her for a race at Aintree but she ended up nineteenth of twenty one. She is better than that though. Old Guard is a really gutsy horse. He hasn’t won for over a year and was beaten convincingly in the Grand Spirit Hurdle last time so that’s a worry. BLACK OP gets a chancey vote. He also went chasing this year but didn’t take to it. He’s been behind Paisley Park the last twice but if he can return to the Ballymore form of 2018 then he should be bang there. Younevercall hasn’t been seen for a while but has won five if his eleven starts. Jarvey’s Plate is a Listed winner and Blu Cavalier is ultra consistent.

bet365 Josh Gifford Novices Handicap Chase

The top weight Larry is only six and has already won over course and distance. Huntsman Son and Militarian, who was well beaten five days ago, both also carry 11st12lbs. Huntsman Son was ninth in the Close Brothers after winning a novice chase beating Molineux. Good Man Pat was pulled up at Cheltenham but was only beaten three and a quarter lengths in a grade two. Psychedelic Rock and Aintree My Dream have been running well but this is quite competitive. DIDERO VALLIS is an ex-Willie Mullins horse. He’s won twice for new connections. His run at the Cheltenham Festival was very good and that seems the standout form. Gone Platinum has won his last two but this is a big step up in grade.

bet365 Handicap Hurdle

Trans Express has done most of his running lately at Exeter and won a few times. His is one of three who won last time out. The other two are Commanche Red and the bottom weight That’s A Given. The former is a nice sort. He’s is lightly races and he stays this trip but also has a lot of pace as he’s a dual winner at two miles. That’s A Given is two from six but is stepping up in grade. WAIT FOR ME won this two years ago off a 1lbs higher mark. His third last time was good and he showed he will be winning soon.

R1- Getaway Trump
R2- Definitely Red
R3- Altior
R4- The Young Master
R5- Black Op
R6- Didero Valis
R7- Wait For Me

Preview of racing at Fairyhouse

By Luke

After a hard day for the Irish Grand National, I have a few selections that will hopefully fair better then my last post. The feature race is race six off at 4:40. Ivanovich Gorbatov is a horse that has little consistency but ran a nice race at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival. He bypassed Cheltenham because of a rise of his handicap mark by the British handicapped. He will love the quick ground at Fairyhouse and comes in a fresher horse than some. If he is on a going day he will hopefully go close at 8/1.

Race two off at 2:40

Stowaway Forever runs for the father son combination of Philip and Luke Dempsey.  He is a very consistent horse, when he has stayed on his feet he has been in the first three since November 2018. He ran a good race last time out finishing second in Wexford when giving the winner lots of weight. If he runs his race he won’t be too far away at 11/4.

Race three off at 3:00

Slowmotion is trained by Joseph O’Brien and Mark Walsh is in the saddle. She was last seen finishing fifth over hurdles at Cheltenham. She won this contest back in 2017. Reverting back to fences will see her to better effect and also receives weight off the top two in the market. If she runs her race she won’t be far away at 7/2.

Race four off at 3:40

The Church Gate was in the process of running a big race when squeezed out at Limerick last time out. He has been in good form over hurdles winning two ina row, one in November and one in December during the Christmas festival. His rating of 107 over fences is a winnable mark. If he can’t recapture the winning from at the tale end of last year he will go close at 4/1.

Race five off at 4:10

Choungaya had every chance coming to the last when he fell at Punchestown back in February. He will enjoy the quick ground at Fairyhouse. That was his first attempt at three miles and it seemed to be going well until the last. I think a mark of 136 is a fair one and I think he will go close at 8/1.


Preview of racing at Fairyhouse

By Luke

The €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National is the highlight of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse. Currently thirty runners will head to post for this contest over three miles and five furlongs. I will have three swings in the race and the horse I’ve liked for the race is Roaring Bull for Gordon Elliot and Luke Dempsey is onboard. He is one of the twelve Gordon will saddle in the race. He is only six years old and has a light weight of ten stone two pounds. He was last seen finishing third behind the favourite Burrows Saint at Limerick. Roaring Bull was finishing very strongly and nearly got second over three miles. He was racing off level weights with Burrows Saint but now receives six pounds. The extra five furlongs will suit and as with all the runners he will need luck in running but I think he will run a good race at 33/1.

Shady Operator is the shortest price of my selections at 10/1. He was last seen at Cheltenham finishing seventh in the Close Brothers. He finished nearly two lengths behind Roaring Bull on the occasion. Like Roaring Bull he is also six years old and a novice. That was over two miles four and like Roaring Bull, I think the distance will suit him. If he gets round I can see him being in the mix.

My last selection is the mare Shattered Love for the Aintree Grand National winning combination of Gordon Elliot, Davy Russell and runs in the colors of Gigginstown. She was last seen finishing ninth in the Gold Cup. She is a Grade one winning Novice Chaser. Unlike the other two selections, stamina would be a concern and possibly the quick ground. If she stays and jumps I think she too could be in the mix at a price of 16/1.

Race one off at 2:05

Lever Du Soleil runs for trainer Gavin Cromwell and Conor McNamara gets the ride claiming a valuable seven pounds. He has been in good form of late finishing second in both his last starts. Earlier in the season he finished third behind Chief Justice and Coeur Sublime at Fairyhouse. That forms is working out well with Chief Justice finishing second in a Grade two and also winning a handicap hurdle at Aintree off a mark of 137. Coeur Sublime ran a great race in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham to finish seceond.  The fourth and fifth have also came out and won since. I think his handicap mark of 123 is reasonable  and I think he will run well at 7/1.

Race two off at 2:40

This race looks to be between the front two in the market, Coeur Sublime and Gardens Of Babylon. Garden of Babylons edges it for me. He was last seen finishing third in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Coeur Sublime finished second on that occasion beating him by nearly four lengths. He made a few mistakes during the race including at the third last. If he can jump better I think he is still improving, I think he will get his head infront at 7/4.

Race three off at 3:15

Golden Jewel represents trainer Edward Cawley and Adam Short rides claiming three pounds. He was last seen finishing fourth at Naas behind the improving Mount Pelier. He has only ran over the distance once and that was over fences back in 2018 when he finished third. On his penultimate start he finished 15 1/2 lengths behind Eight And Bob when Golden Jewel was giving him nine pounds in Fairyhouse in late February. He now receives three pounds plus the jockeys claim. I think he will run a good race at an each way price of 14/1.

Race four off at 3:50

Petit Mouchoir represents Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore is in the saddle. He was last seen finishing down the field in Cheltenham when he didn’t stay the three miles. He pulled very hard for a lot of the race and gave himself little chance of getting home. He made good ground to be in with a chance after two out before fading. The drop down to two miles four furlongs will suit him and if he doesn’t race too keenly early on I think he will run a great race at 17/2.

Rade five off at 4:20

This is the trickiest race on the card in my opinion, with not much between the top three in the market on paper. The one I ended with was Ordinary World for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. He has finished in the first three in two Grade ones since Christmas. His best form seems to come on better ground which he will get at Fairyhouse. This will only be the second time he races over two miles four furlongs, he ran over the distance on his seasonal reappearance at Gowran and finished fourth. He receives weight off the top two in the market and I think he will run well in this trick you contest at 3/1.

Race seven off at 5:40

Young Paddymc runs for Thomas Gibney and Danny Mullins takes the ride. He has been in good form this season not finishing out of the first two in his three runs. His sole win this season came at Punchestown back in January winning easily beating a decent field. The third and fourth have since came out and won since, the third Roxboro Road won a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday impressively. I think his mark of 120 is fair and he should run well at 9/2.

Race eight off at 6:10

The exciting Andy Dufresne makes his second appearance on track having won on debut at Down Royal. He was an expensive purchase at the Cheltenham sale in 2018 costing £330,000. I think he will be very good and will be very hard to beat. He is currently 4/6 and could possibly go off shorter so is not a betting price. Mt Leinster could be the one to follow him at a price of 11/2.

Teams Selections in the Grand National 

Killian- Any Second Now.

Samantha- Burrows Saint and Forever Gold.

Max- Burrows Saint, Shattered Love and Shady Operator.

Lambourn Open Day 2019 Photo Gallery

19605CDB-00FC-4864-8201-F12033FF9AB3.jpegBy Samantha (@sam_angelina22)

Lambourn came to life on Good Friday when thousands of people flocked to the Berkshire village to see the equine superstars stabled there. Twenty three yards, including Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows yard, were open for the public to come and see the horses at home and I was lucky enough to visit two stables.

Lambourn is about two and a half hours from where I live in the Midlands and we arrived at about half past nine at Charlie Hills’ yard. Hills only trains flat horses and has a nice team of horses to go to war with this year, containing 2000 Guineas hope Phoenix Of Spain and one of the fastest horses on the planet Bataash.

After going round that yard, we went to the picturesque Warren Greatrex yard. I loved the way it was set up and the horses (well most of them) were extremely friendly! Greatrex has experienced the thrills of the top level victories with La Bague Au Roi.

The yards closed at one o’clock and the action didn’t stop there! Visitors then came to a field in the centre of the town to see the exciting events in the main area. There was a motorbike stunt show, Retraining Of Racehorses demonstration and Riding For The Disabled demonstration explained to us with some erm … questionable… commentary.

Greats of the sport tried their hand at a different type of racing- camel racing! A P McCoy, Jamie Osborne, Noel Fehily and Nico De Boinville contested the final and A P McCoy replicated his 2010 Grand National heroics and won well. The public also got to see those jockeys school some horses over schooling fences up close which was great.

One of the highlights was the parade of equine superstars and they were out in force. Paraded were everyone’s favourite Sprinter Sacre; Gold Cup winners Bob’s Worth and Coneygree; Stormy Antarctic who won a big race abroad recently; Warren Greatrex La Bague Au Roi; recently retired Toast Of New York; dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air; Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills and Cheltenham Festival winner Hunt Ball.

There was also a very enjoyable show jumping competition between some of the stars of the game. AP McCoy, John Francome, Sarah Bradstock and Jamie Osborne were partnered by a young person in their team. It was a bit chaotic but in the end AP McCoy’s team won to the objection of everyone else.

Overall, it was a fantastic day and I urge any raging fan to go to one of these open days, whether it be Lambourn, Middleham or Newmarket, because it is the most perfect day for all of the family!

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the Lambourn Open Day…

Charlie Hills’ Yard



5yo bay gelding (Dark Angel x Anna Law)

Owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum

One of the fastest horses on the planet, this horse is good and he knows it. This Dark Angel gelding has won multiple group races and won the Abbeye at Chantilly in 2017.



3yo grey colt (Lope De Vega x Lucky Clio)

Owned by Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer

Phoenix Of Spain is the yard’s 2000 Guineas hope. The Lope De Vega colt won the Acomb Stakes on his third start and then wasn’t beaten far by Too Darn Hot and again by Magna Grecia in a race that has worked out very well. He is an exciting horse!



3yo bay filly (Ifraaj x Festivale)

Owned by Abdulla AL Khalifa

This filly made her debut last October at at Newmarket. She was a 40/1 shot but ran an absolute blinder to be beaten just a half length in third. She later ran at Chelmsford and finished third once again beaten three quarters of a length. She is entered in the 1:55 at Redcar on 22/4/19 so it will be interesting to see if she will get off the mark.



4yo grey gelding (Zebedee x Beautiful Dancer)

Owned by Dr Johnny Hon

This four year old is such a sweetie and has won three of his nine starts. He was out of his depth looking for a three timer on Easter Saturday in Class Two company but still looks to have a big future at the lower level handicaps.



3yo Brown gelding (Bated Breath x Brilliant Sunshine)

Owned by Kangyu Int Racing (HK) Ltd &F Ma

This Bated Breath gelding is yet to make his debut. He is out of an unraced mare, who is a half sister to a listed winner. He’s her second foal. The brother is zero from five. Glorious Sunshine was a really friendly horse and I hope he can be successful when racing.



3yo bay filly (Kingman x Exceptionelle)

Owned by D J Deer

This Kingman filly was third on debut beaten only two lengths and them ran in the same race at Newmarket as Fragrant Dawn but she cane ninth. She was only beaten a neck on seasonal debut and, interestingly, has an entry in the Irish 1000 Guineas so mu

Warren Greatrex’s Yard



7yo bay gelding (Brian Boru x Belsalsa)

Owned by the McNeill Family and Protec Networks LTD.

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know of my love of this gorgeous horse. I’ve followed him ever since of his nose defeat in a grade one hurdle and this year he was one of my ‘20 To Watch’ Horses. The reason why I was so excited to go to Lambourn was to meet this guy and he was such a sweetie! He gives awesome cuddles and is now one of my top favorite horses! One if the stable staff told me how they struggled to keep him sound, which is why his form can be a bit in and out, but, on his day, he’s a star!



8yo bay mare (Doctor Dino x Alliance Royale)

Owned by Mrs Julien Turner and Andrew Merriam

This mare has been one of the stars of the season. She won her first four chase starts, including two grade ones, and then bypassed Cheltenham as she doesn’t like it there, which is a shame as she could be a Ryanair horse next year. She was second to Kalashnikov at Aintree and the future looks bright.



7yo bay gelding (Shantou x Village Queen)

Owned by The McNeill Family

This handsome horse won on debut in 2017 and then was second, pulled up and second again in the early part of the 2017/18 season. He then had a bit of a break before landing the Weatherbys sponsored NH flat race at the Aintree Grand National Meeting. We haven’t seen seen him since his seventeen length novice hurdle win at Perth in August.



9yo Bay Gelding (Golan x Polly’s Dream)

Owned by Alan & Andrew Turner

This horse is a brilliant staying chaser. He had a wind op last February and next time out won the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. He was sixth in the Becher Chase on his only start this year. In his career so far, he has won over £100,900 in prize money.



9yo Bay Mare (King’s Theatre x Specifiedrisk)

Owned by Robert Waley-Cohen

This mare is so consistent and ran quite well to be eighth in the grade three handicap Chase at Aintree. She won last time out at Exeter, finally getting off the mark in chases.



7yo bay gelding (Mahler x Cooladurragh)

Owned by Bolingbroke, Bunch, Howard & Sutton

It took this horse a while to win and finally did so in March 2018. He went chasing this season and has won his last two starts in good style. He’s a handicapper to watch out for next season.

Legends Parade






Preview of racing at Fairyhouse

By Luke

Fairyhouses’ exciting Easter three day festival gets underway on Sunday with seven races. The feature race on the card is the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase off at 4:25. Mengli Khan has been kept busy of late running at Cheltenham and Aintree. Those two runs came over the distance of this race, two miles and four furlongs. His first time trying the distance was at Cheltenham when he ran a creditable race finishing third behind Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation. Lostintranslation has since came out and won impressively at Aintree over three miles.

Mengli Khan

Mengli Khan ran another good race when finishing third at Aintree earlier this month. He finished third behind Kalashnikov and La Bague Au Roi, the first three pulled along at clear of the fourth. If he is none the worse for his two recent outings I think he is the one to beat at a price of 5/2.

Race two off at 2:20

Roxboro Road returns to hurdles after four runs over fences. He was last seen winning over fences at Leopardstown in March off a mark of 107 and now rated 111 over fences. He returns to hurdles and runs off a mark of 107. He has previously won over hurdles off a mark of 98 and I think 107 is a rating he will surpass in time. I think he will run a big race at 5/1.

Race three off at 2:50

Honeysuckle missed Cheltenham with a set back but makes it to Fairyhouse for this Grade one. She has won three races under rules to date. She has won twice at the track including a Grade 3 last time out over two miles and two furlongs. The extra two furlongs won’t be a problem and I think she will win at a price of 15/8.

Race five off at 3:50

Riders Onthe Storm didn’t get very far at Cheltenham falling at the sixth fence in the Close Brothers. Prior to that he bet Impact Factor at Punchestown. He now has to give Impact Factor five pounds but I think he is still improving and will be able to give away the weight to most rivals. I think he is the one to beat at a price of 3/1.


Five selections for racing at Dundalk

By Luke (@lukekeena1)

Midweek racing in Ireland comes from Dundalk with a seven race card. My first selection comes in Race two off at 6:15, I think Sundance Star is the one to be with. The only question I have about this horse is how ready he his with this being her seasonal debut. As a two year she was ultra consistent finishing second in three of her four starts. I think a mark of 71 is fair and I think she will run a big race at 10/3.

Race four off at 7:15

Nisior Donn was last seen finishing third at Gowran Park earlier this month. Prior to that run she won over course and distance off a mark of 57. She has run at Dundalk and only been out of the first three once when finishing fifth. She now runs off 67 and I think she is capable of winning of that mark at a price of 3/1.

Race five off at 7:45

Tennesse Waltz ran a nice seasonal reappearance here at Dundalk over seven furlongs finishing second. His last winning mark was 61 and now runs off 62. The step back up to a mile will suit and I think he will go close at a price of 9/2.

Race six off at 8:15

Pearlman was last seen finishing second over course and distance last month. He has the advantage of the recent run and form over ten furlongs. This son of Nathaniel has been seen on the track twice finishing second and third, I think this will be his time to get his head infront at a price of 9/4.

Race seven off at 8;45

Dayereh finished fourth last time out not beaten far by Wild Shot and Sharjah was back in second. Sharjah re opposes Dayereh here but on different weights. On that occasion Dayereh gave Sharjah three pounds, Dayereh now receives five and I think that will be enough for her to turn the tables. I think she will get her head infront at a price of 4/1.