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Iím not a great fan of this time of the year. There are too many strange results at the fag end of the jumping season as many a fancied runner has already called it a day and is just out for an afternoon stroll. Add to those the disappointments who suddenly realise theyíve got to earn a bit of corn to keep themselves in comfort for another year and you can really throw your formbook out of the window. Best to keep your money in your pockets if you can.

The flatís in swing, though, so thatís ok. Really? The floors littered with slips for short priced runners who have not lived up to last seasonís reputation or have been beaten by ugly ducklings who have become swans. Wait until youíve seen them run! intones the post-it note on my screen. Until then............Best to keep your money in your pockets if you can.

Unfortunately, I neither have the discipline nor the patience to do whatís best for me.

Ah! Joy of joys. Thereís a couple I have watched and put in my tracker running this week-end. They might start the ball rolling as long as they donít drift.....bacause I donít back drifters, do I. Come on Red Poppy and Rosstafarian, get me started.

  1. Goodwood

    Been a bit of a mixed bag for me so far. Migration was a good start only for a plunge on Berkshire Shadow to go awry. Similar the next day with Nagano starting things off only for a plunge on Vadream to come unstuck. Pretty miffed that Jamie Spencer didnít give her a better ride (or is that just money talking).

    On to the next and came fairly heavily unstuck with Alfaadhel who ran well, but not well enough, but my tears dried when Lady Bowthorpe powered home.

    And so ...
  2. Rising Stars

    Three horses ran over last week or so with performances that had class stamped all over them. Iíll be surprised if they donít rake in a few good prizes between them.

    Yesterday, in the Class 1 Listed 1m2f at Newbury Real World oozed class. He didnít get a clear run until just over a furlong out and then put the race to bed in a few strides. The two three year olds dominated decent older horse and Derab is no slouch, but he had absolutely no answer to Real World.

    ďI ...
  3. Thank Goodness.

    I was hugely impressed with Mutasaabeq in his opening shot this season and it was no surprise he was supplemented for the 2000 Guineas where he finished a respectable, if undistinguished, seventh and showed he could hold his own in top company.

    With that behind him I had a bit of a plunge on him in the Jersey at Royal Ascot and although I can stand losing I was horrified to see him trail in sixteenth, yes sixteenth!

    He got his mojo back today, though. I took 2/1 last ...
  4. Newmarket Saturday (again)

    Well, youíd better believe Mr Ed Impressive performance by Starman and on that showing he looks the cream of the crop. For a minute I thought Art Power might hang, but he ran very well again. I thought Iíd be quids in on the race since Iíd backed Starman to win and Art Power each way 16/1 to six places. Turned out Iíd just backed him to win, too, which was a bit of a bummer. Moral - always check your bets.

    At York Ajyall played up a bit in the prelims and looks a difficult character. ...
  5. Newmarket Saturday

    After feast follows famine. Only two trackers at Newmarket for today and both in the one race - the Darley July Cup.

    Starman is a worthy favourite after his solid Duke of York win at York. Withdrawn from Ascotís Diamond Jubilee because of the lousy ground, he has got his ground this time (Can it really be good to firm? Theyíve been kicking chunks out of the ground in the races Iíve watched). If Ed Walker is going be believed defeat is out of the question and itís pretty hard to see ...
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