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Month: October 2019

Friday 1 November

I’m writing this on Thursday evening, having successfully swerved any visits from the nonsense that is “trick or treat”. Unfortunately, the tricks I have in mind would probably attract a visit from PC Plod.

So, on to a fascinating day’s racing on Friday. It’s not a betting day (for the most part), but should be very interesting and here are the ones that I’m looking forward to. A notebook day. OK, there’s a bit of betting involved!

Down Royal

12:40 Fury Road (4/5)

13:10 Daylight Katie (4/11)

13:45 Coeur Sublime (6/4 selection) and stablemate Coko Beach (5/2)

14:55 Samcro (chase debut – 1/7)

16:05 Pencilfulloflead (11/8) and Powerful Ted (15/8)


13:55 Sam Spinner (4/5). A good betting option after his winning debut over fences.

14:30 Nordano (11/2) to beat favourite Crealion (4/5)

15:05 A forecast. Guitar Pete (3/1) to beat Demi Sang (16/1)


12:55 Battleofthesomme (11/10 nap)

13:30 France De Reve (Nicky Henderson/JP/Geraghty). Opened at 11/8, now 4/7

14:40 Thomas Darby chase debut (6/4). Also of note: Summerville Boy and Western Ryder

15:15 Heavenly Promise (super hot Fergal O’Brien – opened 11/10, now 8/11)


Britain’s first all weather Group 1 is the Vertem Futurity 2-y-o 1m, relocated at 18:00. My selection is Innisfree at a current 13/2

Santa Anita

It’s a big deal that Santa Anita has retained the Breeders’ Cup after its torrid season. However, it’s taking place notwithstanding the opposition and day one sometimes provides betting options, but not obvious ones this time round. Therefore I’ll just choose the ones of interest without any intention of betting:

17:45 Campaign (4/6)

20:12 A’Ali (5/1 Dettori and even though drawn 10)

20:52 Arizona (2/1 O’Brien/Ryan Moore and drawn 12)

As ever, good luck, although bear in mind that, unless you’re very bold, this is overall a watching and noting rather than betting day.

Cheltenham 25 October 2019

My first bet of the new NH season was Brewin’upastorm in the 2.25 at Carlisle today. Got off to a good start, albeit by a head!

So here are the selections for tomorrow at Cheltenham.

14:00 Braid Blue (3/1)

14:35 Getaway Trump (11/8 second favourite behind Al Dancer)

15:10 Totally random- no bet

15:45 A great race – looking forward to Dinons (100/30) beating Wholestone (9/4) and wary of Mulcahys Hill (10/1)

16:20 A French head to head. I prefer Cap du Mathan at an appealing 6/1.

16:55 Great to have an amateurs’ proper chase over the Old Course and I’m with Doing Fine for Neil Mulholland and Sam Waley-Cohen, again at 6/1

17:30 Totally random race – no bet. If I’m rolling I’ll have a go with Ballydunblaze at 17/2

One of our best options has been to do a Lucky 15. It’s interesting that BetVictor has today announced that it’s cancelling “Lucky” bets because they’re costing them too much! A very good reason to stick with them where they’re available. So here they are (placed with fixed prices with Paddy Power):

Cheltenham 14:35 Getaway Trump 11/8

Cheltenham 15:45 Dinons 100/30

Dundalk 18:45 Thames River 7/4

Newbury 13:40 Bright Eyed Eagle Evs

Good luck! Based on the bet I’ve just placed the potential return is £351.44! Well, part of that will do!

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