Nanton Bets


Nanton had a great career, enjoyed his racing at York, and won the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (I’m hoping to go on Monday).

He now resides at New Beginnings….I buy him hay from time to time.

I’m sure he would approve of today’s tips below.

Goodwood and Haydock double….MIRAGE DANCER and BATTAASH….both short odds but classy, the latter could be the star over 5f this year

Haydock Sandy Lane….JAMES GARFIELD….hopefully progressive this year, each way

York Sprint Handicap….DUKE OF FIRENZE….high rating, top weight but loves the Knavesmire, alternative classy GOLDREAM at big each way odds

Good luck.


Lockinge Stakes….Limato


Today sees another leg of the British Champions Series, this time over a mile, the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Favourite horse LIMATO, who has been 2nd in the Nunthorpe at 5f, has won the July Cup over 6f, and has won the Prix De Foret over 7f, now tackles a mile again for trainer Henry Candy and owner Paul Jacobs, both of whom seem to love testing skippy speedster out, anywhere, as long as the going is fast. Some achievement if this comes off! But Limato clearly has the class to do this, with his optimum trip probably 7f. He takes on some up and coming horses such as Addeybb and Rhododendron who steps down in trip. An interesting puzzle. My only bet of the day will, of course, go on skippy.


Cue Card parades….Sandown

Cue Card

Sire De Grugy (leaning on Special Tiara)


Tears at the ready as Cue Card parades before retirement to the country with pipe and slippers and racing post. Seriously….the end of a great career, but he’s healthy, as is the terrific Sire De Grugy who also parades.

Many of the top horses parade today and Richard Johnson will again deservedly be crowned Champion Jockey.

So, on the final day of the jumps season, here are some tips from a tipster who, for the first time has lost money over the jumps, perhaps because of loyalty to ‘old friends’ but, five 2nds on Cheltenham Day 1….pah! Great fun though!

Oaksey Chase….Grade 2….DOUBLE SHUFFLE….race in honour of Menorah, multiple winner

Celebration Chase….Grade 1….ALTIOR….but who is worth each way money? Special Tiara or Gods Own good odds

Bet365 Gold Cup….Grade 3….MISSED APPROACH….strong form at Cheltenham but Blaklion, unlucky in the Grand National, deserves a win.

Good luck.

Kelso….worth going just to get there


Not sure whether I’ll head up to Kelso today….if I do it’s worth it for the superb views as you enter Scotland over Carter Bar, as well as the great views at the track itself and for the unique country atmosphere, with enthusiastic Scots in tweed and burberry. Racing looks very competitive today, with Lady Venetia’s YALA ENKI looking strong in heavy ground in the big race. Eider winner Baywing is an obvious danger but the weighting here may be crucial on heavy ground.

Well done to ITV Racing for turning up today!

So, whether I go, or watch on the box, here are some iffy tips….


2.25….MIRSAALE….has touch of class but top weight

3.00….YALA ENKI….favourite’s chance, sneaky feeling Harry The Viking could run a big race at good odds down the weights

3.35….WESTERN RULES….good quality race with Donna’s Diamond a classy favourite


4.45….HAUL US IN….favourite, 5 lb allowance


Good luck!

Post races comment

Excellent, but wet, afternoon at Kelso, with three blog winners on a tough heavy going day. Even Yala Enki struggled to get round at top weight!

Musselburgh….Borderlescott Sprint Trophy



A couple of bets today at Musselburgh, a beautiful, but tight, course just south of Edinburgh. Well worth a visit! Sadly, there’s been a continuing wrangle between the local Council and course about the running of Musselburgh. This tussle for control has gone on far too long, threatening the very existence of the one race course catering for Scotland’s capital. The BHA needs to sort this….a lot of livelihoods at stake!

Borderlescott was a superb sprinter for the Bastiman stable, winning two Nunthorpes at York. I believe he cost around 16000 guineas and won around 800 grand. Having a race named after him at Musselburgh is well deserved and, today, his race has an excellent field. My money will go on CASPIAN PRINCE, despite carrying a large weight penalty (he defeated odds-on Marsha in a Group 2 last season). However, he’ll need luck, as does any sprinter at Musselburgh, with its narrow straight, and with the going likely soft.

My other bet today goes on MIXBOY, a front runner usually, in the Queen’s Cup over 1m6f. He’s a talented versatile sort, an excellent hurdler, who likes to steal flat races by outstaying flat horses by good judgement of pace. Tough conditions today may suit if he can get out of the gate well from an outside draw.

Good luck.

Newbury….Denman Chase….Game Spirit Chase….Altior!

Above….Denman, winner of one of the great Gold Cups of recent times….try watching it!


Newbury hosts two Grade 2 chases today, featuring the long awaited return of Native River and Saphir Du Rheu, both who ran extremely well in the Gold Cup last year, in the great Denman’s race, and two mile top chaser Altior in the Game Spirit, back after a wind op and, hopefully, almost ready to take on Min again at Cheltenham….potentially a superstar?

It’s a big test for all three after such a long lay off. Both races should be regarded as prep races here, though valuable in their own right. ALTIOR should have enough in reserve to see off the progressive in-form Politologue, but the Denman Chase may go to CLOUDY DREAM, race fit and running very well of late.

A huge prize is available to the winner of the Betfair Hurdle, a problematic Grade 3 handicap for punters. Take your pick! NIETZSCHE looks a good each bet at huge odds but my money goes on KALASHNIKOV who steps into handicap company with a touch of potential class.

Good luck!

Welsh Grand National….and Veterans Chase


Two terrific races for punters today….the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, perhaps a stayers’ mudfest today, and the Veterans Chase at Sandown, full of old favourites to pick. Such a fun idea, giving us all the chance to see horses we’ve followed for years battle it out against each other. Always brings a smile!

So, why the photo of a Mark 3 Triumph Spitfire? Back in the eighties I camped on Chepstow racecourse with my girlfriend and Spitfire. She had a dodgy clutch (the Spitfire that is) and I had to be relayed 200 miles home to North Yorkshire by the AA. Ah, what a car!

Anyway, a couple of tips….

Chepstow….Welsh Grand National….BISHOPS ROAD….able sort for Kerry Lee who should go well in the conditions

Sandown….DOUBLE ROSS….has ability, needs to recapture his best; expect THEATRICAL STAR to go well again….each way bets

Good luck….these races need it!

As for the Tolworth Hurdle? WESTERN RYDER but too short surely, SUMMERVILLE BOY has a decent chance at good odds.
And the Future Champions Hurdle? WE HAVE A DREAM but also too short.