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02 Jan 21 07:57
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Good morning Guys/Girls and a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 to all.

I don't need to start this thread by explaining history behind it as i did in previous years (most readers know it anyway) so lets get straight into the concept for those that are not familiar.

Conditions of each lay post will be exactly the same as they always were (since April 2018). Only one post in any given day (to prevent chasing) bookmaker odds of 5/2 or under and matched on here to win a level stake of £50. A copy of the bet will be shown as part of the post together with what i consider a reasonable reasoning for the lay selection. For complete transparency i will post the status and running P/L.

My first thread had 66 selections in 70 days but i was home for 5 weeks at the time and since then have become more infrequent simply due to work commitments although the latter has reduced a little in recently. I hope to be able to post more often in 2021.

The 4 previous threads (2 in 2018) were all profitable with an current overall gain of £2242 to a level stake (breakdown at the end of this post) although the last couple were a little disappointing. I could go into a lengthy synopsis into why but it would be pointless and appear i was looking for excuses.

I will also continue to post my 'thoughts of the day' albeit reduced in content (one banker and one EW) and primarily on Saturdays.

As on all my lay threads everyone is welcome to post, banter is more than welcome and all i politely request is no personal bickering please. We all noticed on the previous thread there are those that have no interest in the game or anything constructive to say (preferring to act as childish trolls) but this is sadly a reflection of social media we know today. 

My previous lay threads record (all on this forum)

Daily Lay Thread 2018 (Spring/Summer)
Total 66 selections (including Saturday and Sunday thread)
Success 55/66
Strike rate 83%
Overall profit +£1657 to level stake £50

Random Daily Lay Thread 2018 (late Summer/Winter)
Total 64 selections
Success 46/64
Strike rate 72%
Overall profit +£425 to level stake £50

Daily Lay Thread 2019 (reduced selections)
Total 78 selections
Success 56/78
Strike rate 72%
Overall profit +£81 to level stake £50

Random Lay Thread 2020 (reduced selections)
Total 36 selections
Success 25/36
Strike rate 69%
Overall profit +£79 to level stake £50

Good luck to all in 2021 Happy

I have a couple on a shortlist for today and expect to post later.
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Report Macintoshmatty September 11, 2021 3:30 PM BST
well done Anorak
Report September 12, 2021 12:07 PM BST
Good afternoon Guys and greetings from a sunny Longchamp.

I arrived at the course early (about 40 mins ago and have never seen it so empty although the first race is not until 1.23. There are 9 people in the salon i'm in and 3 of those are working, one at the entrance and 2 at the bar. I have been to Longchamp on non-Arc days before and it's so much more comfortable than the October weekend, although i suspect there will be several thousand here later.

I'm only interested in the Arc trials, even though Adayar is a NR (unfortunately). Hopefully the other days banker Snowfall wins well and the only other bet i expect to have (for a much lesser stake) is Skaletti. I will stay to watch the Nichols horse in the following race but without backing it.

Thanks to those that posted on the the thread in my absence yesterday, it's nice to see it's used by real racing fans.


WD with the bet, it was certainly an intruiqing question. If a gun was put to my head i would choose Buick over Doyle, but i wouldnt have much between them. Personally speaking my favourite jockeys are Frankie and Colin Keane.

China Castle

I didn't go to PSG in the end (as envisaged in a previous post) without Messi and Neymar i thought i would give it a miss (Mbappe played and scored). I  checked to see if they were playing in Paris on Arc weekend, but they are away. Thanks for the tip.

Good luck and have a nice Sunday all.
Report TheAnorak September 15, 2021 6:15 PM BST

For info - you mentioned a French 2-y-old called Welwal some time back. He's been declared for a class 2 1600M conditions race at Chantilly on Friday, first race on the card. Only seven runners and rather oddly, the other six are all fillies, three of which won last time out.
Report September 15, 2021 8:28 PM BST
Good evening Guys,

Back from Paris (Monday night) a nice weekend with exception of the 2 minutes 32 seconds it took for Snowfall to run the Prix Vermeille. Very disappointing (her and me) but i was almost resigned to her getting beaten when the field came into the straight, she didn't appear to be travelling well and i couldn't understand why Frankie had her so far back.

Pre-race i was expecting her to be up with the pace from the off at least and it wouldn't have surprised me if she had made the running even though AOB had a pacemaker in the field. C'est la vie, that's racing and we all know that odds of 2/9 doesn't make anything a certainty.

Snowfall wasn't my primary reason for going anyway, it was Adayar in the Prix Neil, but as we all know he was a NR (i knew this beforehand). He would probably have beaten that field easily enough, albeit at short odds.

Mind you, it could have been worse as i was intending to back Skaletti if Snowfall had won, but there was no way i was going to lump on at 7/5 to try and retrieve the loss, so i accepted it and left before the race. It wasn't all bad, i had a decent bet on the Leger winner the previous day, but still a losing weekend financially. I should have gone to Yorkshire, not Paris.

I took a photo of Frankie leaving the jockeys room, he looked miserable and when i wished him good luck, he didn't react or recognise me. Laugh

I arrived at Longchamp quite early and it made a pleasing change hardly seeing anyone. The crowd got bigger for the mid-afternoon races albeit nothing like an Arc weekend (a few thousand maybe). Getting a bet on was easy, as was buying a drink, no queues at all and the salon i initially went in was so peaceful (my previous post was from there). You could basically sit anywhere in the winning post enclosure, in fact, for one of the races i went to the top terrace, i hadn't done that before. 15 euros was very good value.

For anyone going to the Arc, take your passport and digital covid vaccination barcode although immediate testing was available at the entrance on Sunday, so i assume a similar arrangement will be in place.

Looking at the future, the Newmarket meeting on 8th October is still a possibility (although i have a München appointment on the 11th). Happysandwich, Lucky Luciano and Alan may also be attending.

Good luck and have a nice evening all


Many thanks for the Welwal information, much appreciated. I had been checking the RP future entries but no mention of him. The form of his win LTO (only race) is difficult to sum up, hardly anything from the field has run since (runner-up has won) but i was taken with the way he ran to the line so i will have a small bet on him if he's a price.
Report Lucky Luciano September 15, 2021 10:55 PM BST
Hi Andrew,
Should be going on the 8th applied for two free tickets courtesy of Racingtv club day and bought another one today for a score as website showing "high demand" all Grandstand/paddock enclosure.
If you can't make it over, next big meeting close to home for me will probably be Sandown for the Tingle creek (not that long off) btw going Wetherby for Charlie Hall 30th Oct and staying in Harrogate for that weekend with the missus and friends, never been and really looking forward to that one, but a bit out of your wayGrin
Report TheAnorak September 17, 2021 9:54 AM BST
Morning All,

I'm off the Newbury this afternoon and one favourite I'll be opposing is Silk Romance in the 1:45. Her win at Newmarket looked impressive, but she was allowed an easy lead and could hardly have had a race more perfectly set up for her. Another Godolphin filly was second favourite that day, and was dropped out at the back and never got involved. They all look good beating up rivals that are going to be running in 0-75 handicaps before long!

Even money would be a bit skinny imo, 1/2 is just daft. I've already laid her and will back whichever of the others appeals most on inspection.

Also interesting to see D'Bai running again so soon - was his second to Glorious Journey last Saturday just a prep race?
Report TheAnorak September 17, 2021 9:56 AM BST
My fingers are running wild, that should read 'off to Newbury.
Report September 17, 2021 12:32 PM BST
Good afternoon Guys,


I will post on here by end of next week if i can attend Newmarket on 8th although i really fancy the idea. The only real constraints are close proximity to the Arc (previous weekend) and an appointment in München on 11th, but both of these are surmountable. As for Wetherby, Cornishmen are not allowed that far north Laugh (seriously, i went to Newcastle for the car ferry to Sweden years ago).


Good luck at Newbury and thanks for the heads up about Silk Romance and D'Bai. I’m happy to lay the former at 1.57.

As for my horse ‘to look out for’ Welwal (Chantilly 1.03) i noticed he’s 2nd behind an odds-on favourite. Liquidity is poor (only buttons to back) so i will have a fun lay of the latter.

Good luck and have a nice Friday all.
Report BESTMATE44 September 17, 2021 1:49 PM BST
Very well done Alan,top laying!
Report ashleigh September 17, 2021 1:50 PM BST
well done anorak.Cool
Report second again September 17, 2021 1:51 PM BST
Well done again Alan.
Report Eborman September 17, 2021 1:52 PM BST
Thank you
Report Eborman September 17, 2021 1:52 PM BST
Anorak, that is
Report happysandwich September 17, 2021 2:05 PM BST
Very well done Alan,

Hope you thought Heredia looked the best of the others in the paddock and backed that to win too.
Report gazza66 September 17, 2021 2:52 PM BST
Great stuff TheAnorak. Not everyday you get a 4/9 chance turned over.
Report September 17, 2021 2:57 PM BST
WD Alan, nice one (2nd @ 4/9)
Report TheAnorak September 17, 2021 8:16 PM BST
Thanks for the comments - it does seem that giving a horse a mention on here induces a Midas touch for me. But I don't want to take over the thread, so I'll stick to the occasional one and not make it a regular thing.

It looks as if Welwal ran into a filly of the highest class and one to keep in mind if she runs over here. She's called Raclette, a superbly bred Juddmonte filly by Frankel out of a mare that won four Grade 1 races in the US, and trained by Andre Fabre, so she's got a lot going for her.
Report GLASGOWCALLING September 17, 2021 10:19 PM BST
Well done on your lay Anorak, as regards taking over the thread fear not, those that have tried have either been banned

or eventually gave up, one was even banned from his local Tesco's ( May not be a bad thing ). Wink
Report September 18, 2021 9:35 AM BST
Good sunny morning Guys,


I have absolutely no problem with you posting lay selections on here (or anyone for that matter) in fact i welcome it and i'm sure many others do. Punters with your knowledge of the game improve the thread anyway, so please continue.

As for the French filly Raclette, you could be correct. Her debut form stacks up with 4 subsequent winners coming out of the field and she won easily yesterday. Welwal was giving her 3 lb but is probably not up to her class. I lost small on the race but recovered quickly with a lay of Silk Romance.

Thanks Glasgow.

More later, i'm actually in the office for a few hours (with one eye on ITV4 Wink).

Good luck and have a nice Saturday all.
Report Macintoshmatty September 18, 2021 9:58 AM BST
Move over Andrew there's an Anorak in town!!
Report brigust1 September 18, 2021 12:41 PM BST
Hi Andrew and Anorak. You wouldn't adam and eve it but, after just finishing a project I have spent 18 months working on, I am away for three weeks just when someone who looks like he knows what he is talking about is sharing a platform with someone who definitely knows what he is is talking about and they are going head to head. Plus there are some great races coming up. 

I had planned to go to France but be back for the Arc then the quarantine rules were lifted and I booked to stay another week. Not making great decisions at the moment, it seems. I should be back for Champions Day, but plans are still fluid. Added to that I am too early to avoid paying for the PVR test. Keep up the good work guys.
Report i_agree_with_nick September 18, 2021 1:12 PM BST
Yes, please both keep posting (Andrew and Anorak).   Like some others, I only occasionally follow you in but love reading the write-ups!
Report i_agree_with_nick September 18, 2021 1:12 PM BST
* and anyone else, for that matter.
Report September 19, 2021 9:03 AM BST
Good morning Guys,

This time last week i was preparing for a quality afternoon live at Longchamp on a warm, sunny day, but fast toward to a cloudy day west of München, 3 average Sunday meetings and Betfair LV (no racing channels here).

Not much action across the Channel either (at least with UK/Irish interest) but from a Black type perspective there is the German St Leger at Dortmund with listed races at Hannover and Strasbourg. John Egan (one of the oldest jockeys riding) rides at the former that i thought was an odd booking.

AOB often has several runners in classics (much to the annoyance of some punters) but it appears another trainer is taking a leaf out of the same book this afternoon over at Capanelle (Italy). There are 3 group races with a total of 16 runners at the meeting and Aldunio Botti trains 10 of them (including 4 of 4 and 4 of 6 in a couple of the fields).

I flipped through the UK/Irish cards over a coffee earlier this morning but nothing really jumped off the page. The class of runners was average (although Newmarket is represented up at Hamilton) but the highest winning prize appeared to be only €12,390 for an Irish NH race with the field rated in the low 160s, it's hardly surprising some owners are leaving the game.

One runner i layed earlier is the Paul Nicholls trained Dogon (Plumpton 3.10). His recent form figures of 2-2-3 may look promising but were in small fields where a few didn't finish, or were basically tailed off in all but name. Seems devoid of pace where it matters as well. The drop in trip may benefit, but he's prone to the odd error and Plumpton is not forgiving. I think Bryony will make the running but get picked off in the latter stages. If there is a negative for layers it's the trainers only runner this afternoon.

Another top trainer with a sole runner is Nicky Henderson with Impulsive One (Plumpton 3.40) already a short price (11/8) but i wouldn't want to be lumping on this one. A winner on the flat (rated 81) making a hurdle debut, but will have to run well to catch Fred Bear around here (albeit the latter is carrying a 7b penalty). Could be too classy and hose up although i have my doubts. I will have a small lay on this one.

Some of the afternoon races look trappy and i don't feel it's a strong favourites winning afternoon so maybe i can find a P/L lay to post later.

I was in the office for much of yesterday and although i had one eye on the Opening Show (via Transponder TV) i didn't watch a single race later. I only had one horse bet, a lay of Head Mistress in the group race at Ayr. Apprentice ridden first time out and Colin Keane next, but the latter stayed in Ireland for some non-descript rides and Gary Carroll took over. Up in distance/class and at 5/2f i thought she was short enough in an open race. Finished 4th (apologies for the aftertiming).

Most of us have read of Altiors retirement, a wonderful NH horse, one of my favourite chasers and i was lucky enough to see him run several times including the Tingle Creek win in 2018. I think Nicky made a mistake running him against Cyrname at Ascot, he was never the same thereafter, neither was the winner. The discussion of who was the better, him or Sprinter Sacre will continue for years, but in my opinion it's a no contest, the latter wins.

Good luck and have a nice Sunday all.


Laugh i'll close the door on the way out.


Alan and i are not going head to head, nor would i attempt it. I'm an aerospace engineer first, massive life-long racing fan 2nd (so it's certainly nowhere near BG v Frankel Wink) but i'm flattered he posts on this thread, his knowledge of the game is far superior to mine and most.

I didn't fully understand your post, are you in France now and going to the Arc ? I have the race and the Newmarket meeting on the 8th October still in mind as you will have read.


Thank you.
Report brigust1 September 19, 2021 9:28 AM BST
Hi Andrew. It was a remark in jest. You have been keeping the forum going almost single-handedly for a while now so any new interest has to be welcomed. No, I am flying out tomorrow. I had wanted to go for three weeks and go to the Arc but my wife works so I had to take quarantine into consideration so booked flights to return on the 1st. With quarantine lifted I have extended our visit back to the original three weeks so will now miss the Arc, though I will watch it at friends on the tv. 

You do yourself a disservice by suggesting you are only an aerospace engineer because your write-ups are always well researched and a damned good read. Of course with the forum dying on its feet your performance stands out even more, a bit Frankelesque you might say, but we won't go there.Whoops
Report ashleigh September 19, 2021 9:32 AM BST
andrew, on a quiet day the best racing looks to be at bro park sweden, a group 3 and 3 listed races with  plenty of english interest. david egan has rides in each race.
Report Eborman September 19, 2021 9:39 AM BST

Totally agree with your comment regarding AIS

My favourites bar tab for the BF Forum takes me straight here!!

Main interest for me still looking into the Forum is seeing what AIS is thoughts are (plus the likes of Anorak and one or two other knowledgeable people) - made a few bob too!
Report Lampus September 19, 2021 10:55 AM BST
Good Luck ANDREW Happy
Report TheAnorak September 19, 2021 11:08 AM BST
Just to advise caution at Plumpton, where it is raining and the radar suggests it will continue to rain until just before the first race. Not heavy, but rain falling on good to firm ground there can produce dangerous underfoot conditions.

Andrew, I'd be with you in taking on Impulsive One. If it was any good, it wouldn't be running at Plumpton in September! And for todays challenge, can anybody name a horse that raced on the flat for Haggas and went on to do well over hurdles. When he's them for two seasons, there isn't generally much petrol left in the tank.
Report stewarts rise September 19, 2021 2:02 PM BST
Hope you don't mind me putting up a horse I think is worth laying at the price is De Mazzaro at Hamilton a horse I've took an interest in for a few years now ever since his jockey dislocated his arm in a race in Ireland and unable to ride a finish.
Horse has become a lot more consistent since joining T Davidsons Yard and using forcing tactics to win 3 races and 2 close 2nds. Last race ran pretty well up to form at the weights from the previous race and won't be far away whatever but at about 6/4 I'll be laying mainly due to the soft ground and it's breeding. Although has won on soft ground over hurdles his best form on flat is on Good-G/F ground, by See you think whose stats are considerably worse on soft ground unsurprising being bred in NZ, dams form appears better on good ground as well, bound to be up there just hope 1 or 2 others go past.
Report Lampus September 19, 2021 3:18 PM BST
Well  Done  ANDREW  HappyHappy
Report gazza66 September 19, 2021 3:19 PM BST
Well done AIS. Dogon went to 1.06 in running.
Report stewarts rise September 19, 2021 3:26 PM BST
Well done Andrew!
Report second again September 19, 2021 3:31 PM BST
Dogon must have made you sweat Andrew,well done though you have been unlucky on occasions it all evens out.Cool
Report stewarts rise September 19, 2021 4:27 PM BST
Thought the horse on the outside Dandys Angel was coming to win it but didn't stay. Apologies to anyone who listened.
Report TheAnorak September 19, 2021 7:37 PM BST
Impulsive One looked to thoroughly enjoy that - the exception that proves the Haggas rule!
Report Eborman September 20, 2021 7:43 AM BST

No apologies needed, sir

It's always good to listen to reasoned opinion, that is why I enjoy this thread and have done for the past 3 or 4 years, thanks
Report isleham September 20, 2021 4:40 PM BST
there was some very interesting races in north america over the weekend with charlie appleby cleaning up with the assistance of frankie.
Report isleham September 20, 2021 4:41 PM BST
the two 2 year olds looked particularly impressive and will surely finish up at the breeders cup
Report September 20, 2021 6:48 PM BST
Good evening Guys,

Dogon (2/1 runner-up) got thread readers/layers off to a good start although i must admit i thought he was going to win approaching the last fence even though he rarely finds much in a finish. Bryony took off like a rocket from the off (more or less expected) and neither did anything wrong but you need a fair bit of faith to back the horse pre-race unless you plan to trade IR.

Unfortunately Impulsive One let the side down in the following race, but no excuses as he looked the winner 2 out and was different class in the end. Mind you he drifted from an early 11/8 to 11/4 SP. I got this one completely wrong but i don't have issues laying ex-flat race horses on debut over hurdles, more so if they are short in the betting, although not all of them of course.


Many thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated.


Thanks, i wasn't aware Bro Park was on even though i flipped through the RP cards earlier in the morning. I noticed Pat Cosgrove had a winner, i can't ever remember him riding up there before but don't quote me on that. A track i've never been to although i used to watch the trotting elsewhere in earlier years, but it's been a long time since i last went.

Stewerts Rise

It's never a problem posting on this thread or laying a winner, we all do the latter, so no apology necessary (as Eborman posted). If there is reasoning to support a back or lay, it's a positive and much better than simply posting back ABC or lay XYZ (more or less a guess) readers can then make use of it as they wish.


Charlie is a decent trainer, not many of his runners get layed on this thread.

Have a nice evening all.
Report September 20, 2021 6:49 PM BST
Alan, Happysandwich, Lucky Luciano, Mr Spreadsheet.

Just to let you know i bought a premier grandstand ticket for Newmarket on Friday October 8th earlier, so it looks very much on the cards i will be coming over (the night before probably).

If you would like to meet up for a coffee/beer at the course before racing starts, let's arrange it via PM (or my other contact means as some of you have them). If anyone wants to do his own thing later, that's fine, but it would be nice to shake hands and exchange views.
Report Lucky Luciano September 21, 2021 8:32 AM BST
Morning Andrew,
Jolly Good.
Another old name btw you may remember from many years ago, was a decent horse trained by Bruce Hobbs who I’m sure I backed, which is why I remember the name Happy
I will message you later
Report September 21, 2021 10:29 AM BST
Morning Guys


BH trained several decent horse, Cry Of Truth, Tromos, Tumbledownwind and Jacinth immediately spring to mind, was it one of these ?
Report TheAnorak September 21, 2021 12:12 PM BST
He actually trained a horse called Jolly Good - won the 1975 Magnet Cup as a 3-y-old at odds of 9/2, ridden by W Carson.
Report Lucky Luciano September 21, 2021 12:28 PM BST
Andrew, Alan
Remember Tromos, maybe wrong but think the colours black with white spots ? and was still at school when Jolly Good won the magnet cup so would have only been pocket money and that wasnt much
Report September 21, 2021 12:29 PM BST
Thanks Alan, it went completely over my head, and i actually wondered why Lucky had mentioned Bruce Hobbs in the first place.

It was a long morning Laugh
Report TheAnorak September 21, 2021 1:01 PM BST
Yes, those were the colours of the Cambanis family, who owned Stilvi, the brilliant sprinter who went on to be the dam of Tyrnavos (Irish Derby), Tromos, Tachypous, Tolmi etc, all trained by Hobbs.
Report happysandwich September 21, 2021 1:04 PM BST
I’ll be going on the 8th with my wife and we’ll make arrangements to meet up nearer the date.


Notice you’ve got 3 tickets – are you going mob handed? Laugh
Report happysandwich September 21, 2021 1:11 PM BST

Unless you are wondering - I’ll meet up with my wife before the 8th. Laugh
Report Lucky Luciano September 21, 2021 4:01 PM BST
“Notice you’ve got 3 tickets – are you going mob handed?”
Couple of minders Wink

Nice to know you’re coming along look forward to meeting you
Report September 22, 2021 12:42 PM BST
Good afternoon Guys,

No time to concentrate on a lay selection this afternoon (workload) but there is a runner of interest later in Albegone (Redcar 4.53). It took 12 races for the penny to drop and lose his maiden tag although to be fair he hadn’t run badly once he went into handicaps. Winner of his last 2 (both over 5f) the first at Musselburgh by 4L, but it was his easy win at Hamilton LTO that caught my attention, to say it was effortless is an understatement, he certainly looked better than a class 6 sprinter

The handicapper was also impressed by the win raising him 9 lb to 62. Conditions of the race this afternoon mean he has to carry a couple of 6lb penalties bringing him up to 65 and he’s up in class. His 'come from off the pace' style will be suited to Redcar. The field appears half-decent (in context of the class) but he looks to be an rapidly improving handicapper and 7/4 is probably around the right odds. I think he will win (backed earlier) although he's not a good thing of course.

Moving on to Newmarket (October 8th) i’m looking forward to meeting everyone (already met Happysandwich and his wife). We may not be able to be together as a group all afternoon (Happy can’t walk too far) but this is not a problem, i/others can amble at times and i also want to see Ed Thompson (he stands at the course). Many thanks for the responses, all we need now is a winner or 2 on the day.

Good luck and have a nice Wednesday.
Report September 23, 2021 11:58 AM BST
Good afternoon Guys,

My sole suggestion yesterday, a back of the 13/8f Albegone (Redcar 4.53) came unstuck albeit only by a fast diminishing head (2nd). Punters often say they were unlucky when a bet is beaten in a photo but there could be some justification in this case. Jinked at the start, was a bit free in the early stages and drifted from centre of the track to the stand side. He was giving the winner 7 lb, up with the pace earlier than i envisaged pre-race, and to be fair it wasn’t a bad performance although i expected him to win. He can win in a similar class race soon.

On to this afternoon and like yesterday a little busy, but there is one NH runner i layed earlier, One True King (Perth 2.30) who is making his chase debut. Winner of a maiden and novice hurdle last season although in the latter race 5 didn’t finish and 2 were basically tailed off (9 runners). Not the most fluent over the smaller obstacles although may do better over fences. Did win a P2P but it took him 6 attempts. Hasn’t run since late March and his record doesn’t scream out a good run when fresh. Runs off 128 against several in-form rivals and barring One Touch i think the field is in with a chance of winning.

Good luck and have a nice Thursday all.
Report Lampus September 23, 2021 1:01 PM BST
Thank you ANDREW Happy
Report second again September 23, 2021 1:09 PM BST
I thought you were unlucky yesterday with Albegone Andrew.Having looked at One True King he does seem too short so I have followed you in so be lucky today.
Report TheAnorak September 23, 2021 1:26 PM BST
A possible lay later this afternoon, Wakey Wakey in the Pontefract 4:40, currently trading at around 2.4, although there isn't much liquidity. Hasn't achieved much in two runs at Thirsk - fillies first, third and fourth when he was second there ten days ago over 7F. Ran freely that day, which isn't going to help over the stiff mile at Pontefract.

And perhaps the killer in terms of would you want to back or lay at that price - Tim Easterby in 2021, is 3/83 in 2-y-old novice races and 1/46 in 2-y-old maidens. As ever, a yard more interested in handicaps.
Report second again September 23, 2021 2:39 PM BST
Very well done with One True King Andrew,I would not have looked at the race without your input.Happy
Report starkeycars September 23, 2021 2:41 PM BST
WD Andrew one true king unplaced will also have a look at wakey wakey both good informative write ups always look forward each day to reading andrews and Alan’s thoughts on the days racing Happy
Report BESTMATE44 September 23, 2021 3:12 PM BST
Well done again Andrew.
Report starkeycars September 23, 2021 4:47 PM BST
Wd Alan with wakey wakey !
Report Early Morning Riser September 23, 2021 5:00 PM BST
Well done both
Report madhatters September 23, 2021 7:28 PM BST
WD Both
Report Lucky Luciano September 23, 2021 8:10 PM BST
Well done fellas,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hope you both had profitable day
Report September 24, 2021 8:52 AM BST
Good morning Guys,

Many thanks for the post lay comments, much appreciated.

The suggested lay selection One True King (2/1) floundered at Perth and eventually finished last of 5 beaten 92L although he was eased in the closing stages to be fair. I didn’t think he would win of course but it was a very poor run. Under pressure before 4 out and faded quickly so maybe something was amiss, or he was simply not fit, the vet later stated an examination failed to reveal anything abnormal.

Hopefully more later (busy morning).


WD on your lay selection, Wakey Wakey (4th) an even better one at 5/6f.

I’m not a stats guru, but the 2 year old figures you posted for Tim Easterby were interesting, certainly something to consider in future.
Report September 24, 2021 12:54 PM BST
Good afternoon Guys,

A review of the cards over a Chicken salad earlier (according to the menu at least) and it appears to be a decent day of racing with something to cater for all tastes, flat turf, AW, NH and even a good thing over at Chantilly (2.21) albeit restricted odds.

Looking at the betting, the Joel stakes (Newmarket 3.35) appears to be a duel of the boys in Blue with Master Of The Sea v Benbati although i wouldn’t rule out the Shadwell runner. I don’t go against Charlie's runners so often (it’s a stable i like) but i wouldn’t want to be lumping on MOTS at 5/4, classy sort though he is. Hasn’t run since the Guineas in early May due to a setback, up against his elders for the first time, a tendency to be keen in his races and a decent rival in Benbati is sufficient reasoning to be wary of the likely favourite.

Most of the field tend to be held up so i expect Benbati to dictate the pace (could be tactical) or at least run much more prominently than LTO (forget the run as he was slowly away). Winner of this race in 2019 and runner-up last year. Rather than back this one i feel a lay of Master Of The Sea is the bet, albeit with few on the side of layers.

Another suggested lay at a much lower class level is Emaraty Hero (York 4.25). Finished 2nd LTO when running without a penalty after winning previously and receiving 8 lb. It was his first race at the trip (16f) and although running well enough backers must have been disappointed. He was also receiving a fair bit of weight when he won 3 races ago over a shorter trip. The handicapper has subsequently raised him 7 lb (74 to 81) and he’s giving weight to several rivals in a very open handicap in my opinion. Odds of 13/8 are too short.

I layed both selections earlier.

I also noticed John Leeper was running (Newmarket 4.10). Readers know i'm not a fan of this one at all, i've always thought he was over-rated. Back up in trip and in a winnable listed race, but it needs an act of faith to be backing him even at the envisaged odds of 9/2 and a couple of NR's. Not for me although if i do lay him later, it will only be to a small stake.

Looking further ahead, most will know William Buick has chosen to ride Adayar over Hurricane Lane in the Arc, this was more or less ‘expected’ of course. I like the horse, he was my primary reason for going to Longchamp for the trials almost a fortnight ago (pulled out) although i’m not suggesting he will win the race (at least not yet).

Good luck and have a nice Friday all.
Report happysandwich September 24, 2021 1:02 PM BST
It was salmon & cucumber sandwiches for me.Cool

Just received my 2 tickets for Newmarket 8th Oct. (Grandstand & Paddock) numbers are 149 & 150.
Hope there’s a few more going.

Last time I went racing at the Rowley Mile Course I watched this on the big screen.
Report September 24, 2021 1:48 PM BST

All the previously mentioned names are going on October 8th (you know i will be there) albeit with a proviso you promise not to wear a Leyton Orient scarf or kick off after losing a bet in a photo finish Laugh

This was my last visit to Newmarket (went with another poster) it was a really good day for me.
Report happysandwich September 24, 2021 2:06 PM BST

Cancel the above link it was June 2003 not October 2019 and I remember Jonny Wilkinson kicking the winning try on the big screen.

Was the other poster you went with a brickie?
Report stu September 24, 2021 3:22 PM BST
With you on the lay of Emaraty Hero Andrew. GL (to us both).
Report Lampus September 24, 2021 3:39 PM BST
Well  done  ANDREW  MOTS  HappyHappy
Report second again September 24, 2021 3:48 PM BST
He was beaten a long way out,well done again.
Report Buzzards September 24, 2021 4:28 PM BST
Nice one Andrew
Nice one Son
Nice one Andrew
Let’s have another one?
Report stu September 24, 2021 4:30 PM BST
That's another quality one Andrew - unplaced even. Cool
Report Eborman September 24, 2021 4:32 PM BST
Keep 'em coming!

Thanks again
Report The Dragon September 24, 2021 4:39 PM BST
top stuff andrew vwd surely u must be retied by now on your winnings

i dont get to look at your pics very often due to work committments so please keep going until i retire and maybe i can make a few quid to boost my retirement coffersWink
Report Trusty September 24, 2021 6:20 PM BST
Two favourites, both unplaced. Can't do much better than that....VWD.
Report Early Morning Riser September 24, 2021 7:58 PM BST
Well done again Andrew,you are hitting the ball out of the park lately,keep it up.
Report Lucky Luciano September 24, 2021 8:50 PM BST
Well done today, top tipping
Report GLASGOWCALLING September 24, 2021 9:25 PM BST
Nice run of form on here lately, well done all. Happy
Report isleham September 24, 2021 11:24 PM BST
Report isleham September 24, 2021 11:26 PM BST
I was on the Rowley Course today and probably 150 was pretty close to the mark for the crowd size !!!
Report happysandwich September 25, 2021 9:21 AM BST

If that’s true I’m very surprised, I thought everyone was chomping at the bit to go racing.

I think it will be a different story on the 8th, where backing Inspiral with Frankie on board in the Fillies Mile will pay for their ‘getting in money’.
Report September 25, 2021 11:01 AM BST
Good sunny morning Guys,

Many thanks for the comments after my lunchtime post yesterday, much appreciated.

A decent day for the thread (and my wallet) the Chantilly 'good thing' won (my neighbours cat in Sweden could have picked it) and the 3 suggested lays were beaten. Not all good though, i can't even buy a winner in the daily naps competition.

A zillion meetings in UK/Ireland this afternoon (well 8 to be exact) and like yesterday a good mixture of codes, but you have to wonder if there's too much racing these days.

There's also a quality card at Auteuil with several graded races although you wouldn't be aware if you only read the RP (wake up guys). Paradiso will still be unbeaten after the Juvenile hurdle (carrying a 5 lb penalty) but will be short odds. There's also a G3 in Dresden but i wouldn't have a clue about the local runners.

There's often a debate whether Australian trainers are better than their European counterparts (i don't subscribe to this) but they attained more ammunition when the ex-Michael Stoute trained Zaaki won the G1 Underwood stakes at Sandown earlier bringing up 5 group wins on the spin.

He won easily (led early, but conceded the lead at the mid-point) and odds of 1.36 were freely available on here last night, not bad for a 2/11f. The Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate are probably his for the taking, but whether's he's the next Aussie superstar is another story and group races are run every 10 minutes down there.

On to this afternoon at Newmarket and apart from the minefield that is the Cambridgeshire handicap, 2 year olds take centre stage with 3 group races, the Middle Park, Royal Lodge and Cheveley Park stakes that in bygone years was the only G1 race for fillies in the calendar. One of my favourite UK race days, although i don't think the latter races are cut and dried by any means, in fact it looks a difficult card.

If there is a lay at the meeting (and there are only 9 winners from 93 runners) then the likely favourite Sacred Bridge (2.25) could be the one, albeit coming with a risk as she's unbeaten in 4 and highest rated. Ger Lyons and Colin Keane (one of my favourite jockeys) know the time of day and whilst she will be difficult to beat, her overall form can be questioned and it's a decent field. An interesting race as 5 of the first 7 in the betting are drawn together. I was surprised the AOB/Coolmore runner was such high odds although she has a lengthy break to overcome.

Trying to find the Cambridgeshire winner is akin to looking for excrement in a cuckoo clock, you could pick half the field and not find it. My tentative selection (and only worthy of buttons for a stake) is the Micheal Bell trained Breath Caught although it will be his first race for him. Probably not good enough to win, but could get a first 5 place at decent win odds (currently 50 on here). His Newmarket record in races between 8f/10f is 1-2-2-1 including a CD win last year in the consolation race. Draw 1 in a quandry.

On to Arc news, i'm contemplating a lay of Hurricane Lane after posting (although liquidity is dire) not because of jockey plans announced yesterday but i sense he will miss the race. Watch this space.

Maybe more later.

Good luck and have a nice Saturday all.
Report stu September 25, 2021 11:45 AM BST
That's one tough lay you've put up there in Sacred Bridge, though I can see some of your logic.

Taking on a 4 time unbeaten horse at over 9/4 looks a little risky to me, but GL in any case if it's your pick. It is a tough race, so that's in your favour taking it on.
Report Lampus September 25, 2021 12:34 PM BST
Good  Luck  ANDREW Happy
Report September 25, 2021 12:56 PM BST
Hi Stu,

Thanks and absolutely correct, a risky lay as i intimated, but when you delve through her form it's patchy at least and nothing has come out of the G3 Round Tower stakes to frank the form (i accept she won easily).

The dip may not be an issue but several in the field have experience on the course (including winning there) and at this time of the year fillies can improve significantly. It's a decent field with several group winners and more open than the betting may suggest in my opinion.

Granted the 1111 looks good, but is she so far ahead of the field. I was content to lay at 3.20, my only horse bet so far after Breath Caught was withdrawn from the Cambridgeshire (ground should have been perfect for this one). 11 NR's in the race !

Good luck.

Thanks Lampus
Report Lucky Luciano September 25, 2021 1:34 PM BST
Afternoon Andrew,
Backed Nayef Road on Thursday because of the massive drop in grade from most of his races this year and AA rode a masterful race from the front. 
Today Art Power 4.10 curragh has the same kind of drop in grade, last 6 races 4 in group 1 and 2 group 2 and today drops to a group 3, finished within 2l of Starman 3 runs back in the July Cup. Last 10 years 3yo only won this race twice although admit havnt looked any deeper in the make up of those races. Well clear on ratings and only concern might be the going as most of AP races had soft in description although July cup was G to F.

btw any idea where SDS is hasnt ridden for a few days
Good luck today
Report ashleigh September 25, 2021 1:37 PM BST
sds suspended with a long whip ban.
Report Lucky Luciano September 25, 2021 1:38 PM BST
Tks ash
Report stu September 25, 2021 2:01 PM BST
How does SDS get a whip ban, but Luke Morris doesn't....?
Report FOYLESWAR September 25, 2021 2:01 PM BST
slys payin 8 places each way1/5th odds cambridgeshire
Report Trusty September 25, 2021 2:06 PM BST
be lucky to get more that 20p e/w with slybet and they may get referred first. Waste of fkin space .
Report Lampus September 25, 2021 2:28 PM BST
ANDREW   HappyHappy
Report Lucky Luciano September 25, 2021 2:29 PM BST
WD Andrew...again  on fire
Report September 25, 2021 2:32 PM BST 29 Mar 21 09:26

Whilst i may not have been overly enamoured with Broome, i was impressed with his first 2 year old runner of the season, the filly Tenebrism in the opener at Naas who won with any amount in hand even allowing for not knowing quality of the opposition.

Carravaggio, Immortal Verse and Pivotal in the pedigree, does it get any better from a speed perspective.

She was well touted beforehand and i was surprised at the 7/2 SP (i didn't back her). Ran green and in last place at one point, not going anywhere (must have been high IR) but the penny dropped eventually and she showed a very good turn of foot on soft ground to draw away and win impressively.

She must surely be Royal Ascot bound and i will want to be on her next time out. One for the notebook, although hardly one under the radar.

Mentioned her earlier and backed her at 16.0 Happy
Report September 25, 2021 2:34 PM BST
Thanks Lucky and Lampus

Double bonus with Sacred getting beaten.
Report stu September 25, 2021 2:35 PM BST
Tip my hat to you Andrew sir...

You saved me there, as I was nearly a backer of the Irish horse, but your lay made me stop and even unplaced, which I'd have also backed.

Golden run at moment for your posts.
Report stu September 25, 2021 2:37 PM BST
The Irish favourite I should clarify of course, as the other one was a bit better Laugh
Report Early Morning Riser September 25, 2021 2:49 PM BST
well done again Andrew
Report happysandwich September 25, 2021 3:13 PM BST
There was one winning ticket for the £50,000 ITV but it wasn’t mine.
I only told them which horse would win the last leg.Cool

happysandwich 24 Sep 21 20:55   

I hope I’m posting my first tip for the Lucky Pins on the right thread?
If not, maybe someone can put up the correct URL for me to bookmark.


Newmarket 25th 3:00 Perfect Power
Report second again September 25, 2021 3:20 PM BST
Well done Andrew you have been on fire this week with Tenebrism being the icing on the cake.
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