A pretty good start to the year for the blog, inches away from being oh so much better! Nailed the forecast in the opener at Meydan, Lily's Angel getting first run on the flying Ariete Arrollador, however Farrier was very disappointing behind an impressive winner in Royal Empire. Didn't put up Sharestan but gave it a positive mention in dispatches and it bolted up. A very fine horse and should build on that success in coming weeks, definitely one to keep onside.

The oft mentioned but not actually put up Barbecue Eddie won in gritty style, while the Nap looked for all the world we had the money only to get chinned right on the line. Hopefully any readers on were as suggested on e/w, but oh the Agony!

A welcome to new readers incidentally, and in winter the blog is aimed mainly but not wholly at the all weather racing at Meydan and Dundalk - with occasional updates when something else stands out, my main emphasis being on the turf flat season in the UK during the summer when I update the blog most days.
I'm strictly amateur and all comments should be read with that in mind, thanks! ;). I'm very selective with my betting, sometimes will go several days without a bet, and other times might have three or four in a day if the 'shape' is right. i think patience is a virtue! And please excuse my typos, trying to keep them to a minimum!

Friday i've already mentioned that I think HAATHEQ (10.45) and TREBLE JIG (11.15) should win at Jebel. They won't be much of a price, but might be worth a double, or backing Haatheq in a single if odds against.

Dundalk's card for once makes unusually limited appeal this week. only three bets for me. Ten year old He'll Be Remembered is rated in the 130s over both hurdles and fences, so a flat mark of 72 must be workable. Won a chase 16 days ago decisively, so we know the gelding is in good heart and a run behind the talented Rebel Fitz shows that the horse retains plenty ability. I couldn't put anyone off an e/w bet at what should be a good price, and I was tempted to go with this one initially, but conditions are very different here and COTTESLOE (Dundalk 9.20) could be progressive after a win here recently on only fifth career start, beating recent winner Bensoon decisively and with the booking of Nina Carberry, gets the vote instead.

My main bet, is BALMONT FLYER (Dundalk 8.50) NAP. Typical of a progressive Dundalk horse and scored with any amount in hand last week. Even though Trans City is 9lbs better for about 4 lengths, such was the authority of the winner, I prefer the selection to go in again. Saint By Day has the talent to challenge and is in good heart, but I'm not convinced by this horse in a finish, a bit of a monkey on occasion, while Balmont Flyer seems more genuine and gets a confident vote.
Hopefully anyone fancying it got on at the 9/4 when put up last night, now into 6/4.

ADDITIONAL: I'm adding in THAT'S A FRET e/w (6.20 Dun) 10/1 Boylesports, now it's down to a mark of 65, allowing it to run in the 47-65 grade for the first time in over two years. This time last year was running against the likes of Gordon Lord Byron and Farmleigh House with credit, and even though there are a couple of potentially progressive younger horses in this, a recent run in hotter company behind Copper Dock after a break shows the ability is still there and 10/1 is just too big to resist. It is mainly a favourites day on the blog, so this offers a nice alternative for people looking for a more tempting price.

Incidentally look out for KAAFEL (Ling 3.10) on Saturday, after winning in a good time last time out. I will be backing it.

As always, thanks for reading, appreciate everyone's time is precious and therefore very grateful to each of you!