The blog ended a very good Friday with three winners and two seconds from the seven selections, and happily the Nap i offered up for the competition was, in the end, Atmpspheric High, which won well. However another was a huge eyecatcher in that race for next time, and I suspect will have delivered quite a speed figure.... ;)

Saturday's horses to watch in the market had a very good day on the blog with three winners and a pair of seconds, however Skilful was disappointing. Cheers for Thea let the side down though.



A real end of season look to the weekend's racing and not many really strong bets. The most solid on Saturday looks to be SKILFUL (Doncaster 4.45; 5/4 Bet365). Had a light season, made all last time and the horses rated around its 109 have severe question marks. Monsieur Chevalier ran poorly after a change of yards last time, Bronterre lacks a recent outing and ran poorly when last seen and Captain Ramius was well behind the selection last time. The others simply don't look good enough and i will be having a strong bet, though it might be a bit short for my nap table entry, only time will tell.

My favourite bigger price on the day is CHEERS FOR THEA (Wolverhampton 8.45; E/W; 10/1 Bet 365). Best run for a while last time when not beaten too far over course and distance. Dropped to a mark of 65, below previous c+d winning mark of 69 in 2010, and has won off 78 on turf since.
EDIT: Within moments of "going to press", the price on Cheers for Thea has been cut to 7/1!

The rest on Saturday is 'bits and pieces' even though i hope blog favourite Trading Leather can win the RP Trophy. However a fourth quickish run for a two year old is not my idea of a bet. There are no other strong Saturday bets.

I will look in the market though at several before deciding whether to back any of them, so these are not blog bets, and purely for reference they are Almalekiah (Wolver 5.45); Natural high (Stratford 3.20); Lady of Glencoe or Dubh Go Leir (Wexford 5.10); and some at Leopardstown, Rasmeyaa (2.10); Zand (3.50) and two in the finale, TruthWillSetUsFree and King of Queens both e/w (5.30).

Sunday has four jumps cards, and there are no bets on them for me, (horse I was waiting for taken out overnight) but the Group One on the level at Longchamp does have one I like. I think Brown Panther will struggle to concede 12lbs to DALKALA (Longchamp 2.45) on deep ground that will suit the selection.
Beat Shirocco Star in a slowly run race at Longchamp on Arc weekend. The latter chased home Sapphire next time to give the form a decent look and Christophe Lemaire rides the selection in preference to stablemate Verema, having ridden both on all their career starts to date.
A bigger danger might be Les Beaufs who almost landed a 50/1 shock on the same Arc card in a faster time when a fine second. That race was run on the best ground though an hour and a half earlier on a filthy day, and DALKALA is preferred.

Thanks for popping in, looks a tricky weekend!