Thursday is the calm before the storm of Breeders' Cup, the start of the Jebel Ali/Meydan season, and the weekly fun of the fair at Dundalk, among others.
Wednesday's reverse forecast was never in much doubt for the blog and landed comfortably, with Clonbanan Lad making all, chased throughout by Operating. The latter stayed on nicely after the last and will be sharper for the run. Both look worth following. The Nap, Eastern Dragon, at Kempton,  halved in price from when I put it up at 12/1 e/w last night and ran a good race, benefitting from the drop to 6f and finished second to Ouzinkie. The winner is clearly more progressive than I allowed for, but the 12/1 was a cracking value bet and hopefully a few got on.
That did mean that Dale Gibson won the monthly Naps competition, well done that man!

THURSDAY:

A couple of all weather meetings, a fair card at Lingfield but no bets for me, and some modest jumping fare on Thursday, and a real struggle to find a bet to be honest. I nearly passed altogether, and its small stakes only for me, well aware that there will be bigger fish to fry in the following few days, but Jessie Harrington could do well with the proverbial stable cat at the moment, and, JOHNNY'S LEGACY (1.55 Clonmel) should get off the mark over the small obstacles in this dreadful race, despite having shown little so far in this sphere. Has a Dundalk handicap win off 70 to its name and is taking on a bunch of horses that virtually 'to a man' will struggle ever to win anything.
At least Sands Cove won a bumper but has never gone off bigger than 7/2 on three subsequent runs but has been beaten a combined total of 72 lengths on these three runs.

The other one to look out for is Noel Meade's bumper debutant, BOSE IKARD (Clonmel 4.25); obviously there's a bit of guesswork, but Nina Carberry's last five rides for Meade are 1,1,2,1,2 and this is a very average looking group. Jubilee year's debut was in a weak race at Killarney, while the more experienced Fitzcarraldo could go well but no surprise if another debutant, Best Value, runs ok.
The selection is still in the trainer's name and if he is keen to find a buyer, will likely want this horse to deliver first time.

Ahead of time but on Friday because it is such an early race, just to mention i fancy MY VERSE (Jebel Ali Friday 11.35 am). Won first time out in 2009 and has twice won at this track after a break, and has to be caught first time out. It's the first meeting of the 'season' and all runners are running after absences so this is logically an excellent chance.

THURSDAY BETS: Small stakes day for me. Not sure i will Nap either of these in the competition.

Win Singles/Win Double:

1.55 Clonmel: Johnny's Legacy
4.25 Clonmel: Bose Ikard

Note the very early Friday bet as above, which would be a stronger bet for me than either of Thursday's offerings. Of course I'll have much more in the next entry on Friday's superb racing..

Thanks as always for your appreciated support and the blog is going to be a whole lot busier over the next 48-72 hours, bring on the Breeders' Cup! :)