Browsing Archive: November, 2012

Amateur preview St Andrew's Day. Chance a fine thing!

Posted by jim g on Thursday, November 29, 2012,
The blog has taken a break but is back whenever there's good quality flat racing in particular, and Friday does not disappoint with Dundalk, Jebel Ali and Wolverhampton. Not all about the Hennessey meeting for sure!

Only early bird readers will catch Jebel, with the first race at 10.05am and there runs my best bet on the card. I put up Sarbola last time but finished 3rd behind Mutual Force. Has a reasonable chance of reversing form here, but preference is for the lightly weighted KARMA CHAMELE...
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Amateur preview 16/11. Ballot gets my Vote!

Posted by jim g on Thursday, November 15, 2012,
The blog continues on the 'easy list' for a couple of weeks, but when the all-weather sparks into life, as on friday with four meetings, at Lingfield, Wolverhampton, Jebel Ali and Dundalk, will continue to update.
It's the last two meetings that attract me betting wise, with a Maximum bet at the Irish venue.

FRIDAY:

SARBOLA (Jebel Ali 12.55) with the excellent James Doyle booked, can take the final race on the Jebel card. A winner of two races after a break last November by 4l and 7l, the 5yo ca...
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Amateur update 11/11. Tarquin looks Great

Posted by jim g on Saturday, November 10, 2012,
Just a recap of Sunday's bets below, as the blog prepares to take a short break, though will continue to do updates for Jebel Ali and Dundalk.

The end of a fabulous flat season, despite the dreadful weather. Given that this is the blog's first full season, overall delighted with how it went. From March till about June the blog was almost unstoppable. The second half of the season was an inevitable come-uppance, but the last few weeks have seen a gradual return to form.
Frankel was needless to s...
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Amateur preview 10/11. Smooth Operator

Posted by jim g on Friday, November 9, 2012,
A brave run by Portrait Emotion on Friday, just beaten in a driving finish and not getting the verdict, despite a long stewards' enquiry as the result of an objection to the winner

SATURDAY:

November handicap day at Doncaster and a plethora of near impossible races to unravel for ambitious punters. There is one very strong fancy on the card for me, and that's SAJHAA (Doncaster 2.00) in the Listed race. Had a nice spin in France recently when not beaten far and that should have blown away the c...
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Amateur preview 9/11. Angel's a Horse to back

Posted by jim g on Thursday, November 8, 2012,
Another very brief update - it's that time of year. Delighted to report though that Rochdale did the business at a lovely sp of 11/2, winning the same race for the third year running, going clear in the home straight and lasting home by over 2 lengths at the line. Dubh Go Leir made a fine effort to make all and found just one too good, but Mentalist was slightly disappointing, finishing a one paced third.
Rochdale will likely reappear in a fortnight for a race where his last four year's figure...
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Amateur preview 8/11. Head for Rochdale.

Posted by jim g on Wednesday, November 7, 2012,
The quiet start to the week continued on Wednesday with Grange a late non-runner.

I talked of a maximum on thursday. Having been very confident that would be the case, i was surprised by jockey bookings for the Al Raihe stable at Meydan. It's not unusual for the stable to have multiple runners in a race, and though Royston Ffrench isn't always on their best, he usually rides ROCHDALE (Meydan 4.10). That and the fact that the horse is nine now conspire to cloud the picture somewhat and I've had...
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Amateur Update 7/11. In range-grange?

Posted by jim g on Tuesday, November 6, 2012,
hopefully one or two caught my monday evening update, where i put up Fiorenti e/w at 33/1 in the Melbourne Cup. Just gave the winner first run, finishing fast and late to take second and make it a fine start to the week for blog readers.

Wednesday continues the quietest start to a week I can remember. If GRANGE (Fairyhouse 1.45) takes his chance after a good second on Tuesday at Punchestown, well worth a look in the market. A winner at this trip recently at Tipperary and could still be progres...
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Update 6/11

Posted by jim g on Monday, November 5, 2012,
No bets again for Tuesday but that will change on Wednesday or Thursday. Thanks for being patient and hope that despite the blank days at the start of this week you will continue to support the blog!

EDIT: Just a very quick one though, I think Fiorente is interesting in the Melbourne Cup e/w 4am overnight (33/1 Victor Chandler). Has a verdict over last year's runner up, Red Cadeaux, just nine career starts so still open to improvement (first time blinkers), good draw in 10 and won a Group 2 tw...
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Amateur update 5/11

Posted by jim g on Sunday, November 4, 2012,
After the disappointment of a Nap chinned on Friday, Point of Entry was another second. Lost a couple of lengths when receiving a hefty bump early in the race (possibly from Treasure Beach), which meant it travelled two thirds of the way down the field, and beaten a staying on length at the line, it's not hard to think that made a crucial difference. Did, as I hoped, finish ahead of 3rd, 4th and 5th, the 'dangers' St Nicholas Abbey, Trailblazer and Shareta, but Little Mike (which had been 29 ...
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Amateur preview 3-4/11. Santa visits early!

Posted by jim g on Friday, November 2, 2012,
After a magnificent day's racing on Friday, Saturday doesn't have quite the amount, but the quality is sensational with the Breeders' Cup at 'Santa' Anita again taking centre stage. Friday, with so many selections, was almost inevitably mixed. three positives at newmarket produced two winners and a third, while My Verse ran a decent but annoying second, , Amethyst Dawn a non-runner but a huge disappointment as the evening's best, Rayhari, was beaten in a photo that the studio thought had won....
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Amateur Preview 2Nov. Ray can Shine

Posted by jim g on Thursday, November 1, 2012,
Thursday's action was as dire as anticipated. Even Jessie Harrington is going to have her work cut out to get a race out of Johnny's Legacy, after a 'reluctant' performance. A return to Dundalk looks the only hope. unusually nina Carberry gave her mount far too much to do, Bose Ikard, and the horse flattened out when belatedly sent up to challenge a furlong out. I said it was a day I nearly passed altogether, rather wish I had!
Thankfully we have some sensational racing imminent. Thursday was ...
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