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By:
differentdrum
When: 18 Nov 22 17:11
Nice to see Finn Lambert ride the bumper winner after two decent rides earlier. He has a nice chance on Arizona Cardinal tomorrow, and a win on that might spark a few more chances. His efforts were in stark contrast to the ride by Bellamy on the Lavelle bumper horse. If you are on a third favourite in one of these races you should never be thinking of conceding 15 lengths to the favourites. The horse didn't take a pull so he could have ridden exactly the same race about 10 lengths closer. Is the guy trying to make himself the Spencer of the jumps game? As it happens the horse has shown about as much ability as a 200/1 shot. There was a time when the stable didn't fart about in these races. I am surprised they think they can now.

Hard to believe tomorrow can be any worse for O'Neill yard.

Scarface should be hard to beat in the opener, but it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if Are U Wise To That gave him something to think about. It's a decent pedigree and his bumper win has received a couple of boosts. I don't know much about the breeding of Beachcomber in the bumper other than to say the sire was a good ground horse who hasn't produced anything of note. At Haydock the question is whether Easysland will ever recapture his cross country form. The move seems to have been a disaster, and a mere completion would now look like a success. What price would he have been for this sort of race prior to the move?

Elsewhere the well touted Might I should have every chance at Haydock in the stayers hurdle. It would be nice to see him brush up his hurdling. At Ascot I am hoping a stronger pace will see So Scottish in a better light than the Carlisle match.

I like Henderson, but it is hard to believe he is thinking of not running Constitution Hill. In the golden era of hurdling (67-81) did horses ever duck challenges on account of the ground? Would he pull out of Champion Hurdle on tomorrow's ground? I can only assume we are breeding them softer and softer.
By:
penzance
When: 18 Nov 22 17:18
Any news on Garry Clermont?
cheers
By:
differentdrum
When: 18 Nov 22 19:04
It was a very nasty fall, but I am assuming he is okay as there is nothing in the analysis of the race to suggest otherwise. If that isn't true it was an even worse day than I thought.
By:
differentdrum
When: 19 Nov 22 16:15
Two non runners, and another dire performance from Easysland. It's as if someone has removed the engine. Is it really worth carrying on with him?

Non runners the key words on a very poor day for racing. Three of the 'big four' were no shows, and the only one that did turn up totally bombed. A Plus Tard is a real puzzle. That's a ninth defeat in just fifteen chase starts. He finds a way to lose far too often to be declared a superstar. Perhaps on his day he has just proved himself the best of what is an ordinary bunch of staying chasers?

Not much to say about Ascot other than I think if you swapped the jockeys on Boothill and So Scottish you would probably get a different result. So Scottish must have lost around five lengths with mistakes and switching and as a stayer he was never going to peg that back. O'Sullivan has looked good booting home some penalty kicks for Connell, but today he looked out of his depth. Burke on the other hand is fast becoming the weighing room go to job jockey. That win will probably help Fry forget about the seemingly overrated Might I. That was an horrendous trip pulling too hard and bungling his way round.

Over in Ireland he had zero competition, but Kilcruit made a nice shape at his fences in the novice chase, and Absolute Notions outstayed Deep Cave who had looked to be travelling the better, in the novice hurdle.
By:
differentdrum
When: 19 Nov 22 18:21
Two handicappers tomorrow at Exeter, Holly and Half The Freedom.

As a Graded bumper winner I would imagine hopes were high that Holly would be better than a 125 handicapper. That said last season she beat several subsequent winners easily at Wincanton, and started this one with a reasonable third to the easy winner, Sonigino. She has second top weight tomorrow, but doesn't have to concede that much weight. A little bit of progress from Chepstow should give her every chance. Despite the prices I would much prefer her chance to the much shorter priced Half The Freedom. He has a pretty modest flat pedigree, but didn't run on the flat. Having gone off big prices all starts last season he seemed to show improvement when finishing runner up on seasonal debut. In that race he either didn't travel, or was outpaced (he is upped in trip tomorrow), and to my eyes seemed to find the jumping element a real effort. It's a moderate race, but I couldn't have him at 5/2.

A few interesting races at Punchestown tomorrow, and over here hopefully Bear Ghylls can land his first chasing win, and fingers crossed that Quinlan will make sufficient use of the strong staying Harjo in the opener. The current market suggests he won't.
By:
differentdrum
When: 20 Nov 22 11:55
All four horses mentioned very weak in the market despite obvious form chances. Let's see how many bomb.
By:
differentdrum
When: 20 Nov 22 16:59
The answer to the question 4/4, a very easy day for the layers.

Nothing wrong with the ride on Harjo, he just looked embarrassingly slow. The two placed horses from that Carlisle novice have now both bombed next time. Have they just failed to reproduce, or are they not much cop? Given he was a Grade 1 novice hurdler, Bear Ghylls would have been odds on sitting in third and jumping well, but the moment he was asked for an effort he just looked like a very slow plodder. The market 5/4-100/30 seemed to know something wasn't right beforehand? How was that possible? The stable has had a terrible time, and this looks like the nail in the coffin. Nobody is going to want to know the horse after such a wretched performance.

So to the two O'Neill runners. Holly started off in a fairly prominent position, but O'Neill has pretty quickly just allowed her to drop back, and from that position he has just made no effort. The ride, if you can call it that, was a disgrace. This was the third favourite, not a 200/1 shot. Punters got no run for their money, and deserve protection from this sort of thing which brings the game into disrepute. I still haven't seen O'Neill ride a good race all season. He is no more than adequate at best. The stable would have at least as many winners, if not more, if McClernon took the rides. As for the one in the last race he always looked to be struggling, and eventually faded away to nothing.
By:
differentdrum
When: 20 Nov 22 17:17
Can't really see the market reaction to State Man's win at Punchestown. His jumping is far from slick, and didn't he just do what was expected? Why wasn't Constitution Hill in the race? Sad to see the performance of Embassy Gardens at Cork. He very much looks the part, but he also looks a dog. He didn't want to go past the leader today. Russell out rode O'Keeffe, and although O'Keeffe got on well with The Nice Guy that horse is straightforward, and he hasn't looked up to the job on others for Mullins and Nolan.

Two runners for the stable at Kempton, and I doubt either will trouble the places. Carrigdoun Boy has already been exposed, and Orrisdale would need a personal best to figure.
By:
differentdrum
When: 21 Nov 22 16:31
Not too sure what to make of Carrigdoun Boy. Clearly he wasn't fancied so has he improved for the softer ground, or has he took advantage of several rivals not turning up? Orrisdale didn't offer much hope. Just a little puzzled why you would line up on the front end if you wanted to race fifth or sixth. Isn't it preferable to drive one along on the front end rather than wait until he has dropped back through the field?

Just the one in the bumper tomorrow, Letmetellusomethin. I think he is of some interest at big price. He looked very straightforward on debut, but couldn't find a gear in the straight. That looked a better race than tomorrow, and the form has already received a couple of boosts. Hopefully, the softer ground will see him in a better light. The Nicholls horse went for 245,000, but the form his win has yet to be tested.

Later on the card Blenkinsop tries to follow up his Ludlow win. He only went up 4lbs which for me leaves him at least 10lbs well in. The big question is how much of that advantage is negated by Hugh Nugent?
By:
differentdrum
When: 22 Nov 22 16:00
A sensible ride from O'Neill, close to front in a slowly run race. I doubt I will be saying that too often. Well beaten, but a comfortable each-way collection at a big price. Perhaps one or two might now realise Blenkinsop was given an awful ride last time, but crossed the line with a ton in hand? Nugent didn't get the stride right on a couple of occasions, but he has ended up winning like a 1/5 shot. Even the handicapper might notice this time.

No stable runners tomorrow.

The two bumpers look pretty average. I will be keeping an eye on Inebranlable in the Hereford race. Fortunately, I managed to have a small bet before Bet 365 cut him from 20/1-8/1. He was eventually well beaten in an English point, but the winner was subsequently sold for 205,000, and it might have been an above average race.
By:
differentdrum
When: 23 Nov 22 16:45
Well the least said about Inebranlable the better. At least punters didn't have to wait long to know their fate. Never at the races and no promise whatsoever. If they were that worried about trying to be competitive why waste a run? That's the second recent Clarke/Jones effort that has looked like a schooling exercise having attracted some market support. The first of those Ooh Betty runs tomorrow in a race judged on her last performance she has zero chance of winning.

Two for O'Neill tomorrow. Henry Gondoff swaps hurdles for fences, and Brogan for McLernon. You have to have doubts that either is going to make the huge difference he is likely to need. He was the first under pressure on that seasonal debut, and he didn't look in love with the game. It was a surprise that he actually finished. I suppose his only chance rests in handling conditions better than some of his rivals. Itso Fury is perhaps a surprise handicap runner. You might have thought that he would have been upped in class in a conditions race. Perhaps the key is looking for better ground and trying to get a bit more experience as he has only beaten a small number of rivals. It's guesswork if 124 is lenient, but I would rather watch him do it at around 3/1.
By:
differentdrum
When: 24 Nov 22 16:13
Henry Gondoff as bad as expected. The future is not looking bright. Itso Fury probably ran a personal best in defeat. The times indicated that the going was not the good that was given.

Four runners tomorrow. Highland Getaway took a long time to get the idea on debut, and if he shows the benefit of that experience looks to have at least a decent place chance. Also Known As showed nothing on debut, and although it looks a weak race, looks hard to fancy. File Illico  was progressive at a low level, but his only defeat in the last four came at Ffos Las, and this is much more competitive than any of his wins. The ground may also be softer than ideal. Soaring Glory makes his chasing debut. Not sure he has ever been one to trust. He has the scope for fences, but he wasn't the greatest jumper of a hurdle. On the plus side he has a 100% first time record so perhaps tomorrow is the day to catch him?
By:
sageform
When: 25 Nov 22 08:38
They are either not yet in form or not much good on this season's evidence.
By:
differentdrum
When: 25 Nov 22 10:51
Irrespective of ability, I think it is hard to string much together if you hold up vitually every runner. I wouldn't be giving up just yet. There are impressive point winners such as Red Dirt Road and The Gooner to come.

Also Known As taken out. I am a bit surprised that Highland Getaway is such a big price. Plenty in this family liked a bit of cut. It is a big day for Soaring Glory, and given his first time record he is hard to rule out.
By:
differentdrum
When: 25 Nov 22 17:06
Four became two. I was very surprised it wasn't one as there wasn't much in favour of File Illico and 4/1-18/1 tells the story. Although he ended up well beaten Highland Getaway again showed a bit of promise. It didn't look like he had learnt too much from his debut, but once McLernon grabbed hold he jumped much better and kept staying on. It looks like he needs strong handling so hopefully, McLernon will keep the ride.

At Newbury the feature fought out by a couple of pensioners just highlighted how much the stayers division is ripe for something from left field. Following that Warwick novice Lacey did the bookmakers another nice turn in the novice chase. Jet Powered did all you could hope for in the opener. Not sure why Skelton thought it was wise to give him 3-4 lengths start. Doubt Stay Away Fay is anywhere near Hermes Allen's level. He looked booked for second until the Henderson horse ran out of petrol. Paint The Dream has done me a favour in the past, but I got him totally wrong today. Usually a front runner I wonder how many who backed him today thought he would take a lead. His next performance might confirm whether it was as good as it looked, or the race actually fell apart.

Hopefully, three runners tomorrow. It looks a huge ask for Petit Tonnerre off topweight on ground that could well be quicker than ideal. At Bangor I think Gwennie May Boy has every chance of defying his penalty. He was quite impressive for an 80/1 shot over course and distance, and given a step up in trip should be no issue, the testing ground should help his cause. Walk In My Shoes hasn't gone the right way since chasing home Magic Daze in a point, but if the wind op has worked this is a winnable race. The stable could do with a winner.
By:
differentdrum
When: 26 Nov 22 16:38
Not a bad day with a winner, and two crossbars. Very good no nonsense ride from Jaime Brace on Walk In My Shoes. Job done in getting her winning bracket. Gwennie May Boy was outpaced by what looks a decent prospect. He would have been better off in the longer novice hurdle. Very good effort from Petit Tonnerre who travelled well, but couldn't peg the winner back. A race like the Coral Cup would seem an obvious target.

A day of many decent performances. Le Milos did me a rare ante-post favour. I wasn't sure about the ground, but his jumping was near faultless, and he was very game up the straight. Not convinced by either Luccia or McFabulous. Luccia is flat bred, and I just wonder how long she will last, and McFabulous was a bridle job against a very poor jumper. Constitution Hill couldn't have done anything more in beating a very likely on the wain Epatante, and Not So Sleepy who Burke failed to strangle, and ended up bungling his way around. I have backed L'Homme Presse for the Gold Cup, but on today's evidence I would be concerned about his jumping. He made one really bad blunder under no real pressure, and it seemed as if Deutsch was at pains not to ask him at any fence. He will have to do that in a stronger race. For me Inothewayurthinkin was the pick of the Gowran winners. He jumps really well, has a good attitude, and would probably appreciate a stiffer test.
By:
differentdrum
When: 26 Nov 22 20:21
Big raid at Carlisle tomorrow in a bid to add to the successes earlier this season.

Having been pulled out of Newbury, Soaring Glory has quickly been found another opportunity. Even if first time is the time to catch him I think I would have preferred the 9/1 on Friday than the 6/4 tomorrow. It's not a bad little field for a northern novice. The Gooner sold for 280,000 having run out an easy winner of his only point. He finished strongly in an attritional contest with only two finishers. He might end up better over further, but it will be disappointing if the penalised runner proves too good. I am not sure what has kept Annie Mc off the track, but you would imagine she would need a personal best in order to make a winning return. Flight Deck doesn't travel or jump, but despite those obvious negatives he has won races, including over course and distance when he was still fifth at the final flight. He has dropped a pound for a very poor return in a better race at Aintree. Again Clarke/Jones provide the main opposition. Morning Spirit hasn't fulfilled the promise of his chasing debut, and this doesn't look any easier. Beachcomber was pulled out of an Ascot bumper and has found what looks a very weak race. As I said previously the sire was a good ground horse so perhaps a surprise to see him pulled out on that sort of ground.
By:
differentdrum
When: 27 Nov 22 16:04
A very much more down than up day for the stable with the jock again emphasising his bang average quality in the saddle. The moment he allowed Soaring Glory to drop back to last alarm were ringing. You can sometimes get away with the odd blunder on the front, but not if you are continually trying to make up ground. The Gooner didn't travel, and looked terribly slow. On that evidence even upped to three miles you wouldn't be convinced he would be competitive. Annie Mc faded tamely in a race where the favourite looked an absolute dog. By the fourth race the rider seemed to finally grasp the idea that being closer to the pace wasn't a bad move. In fact given his previous runs you would have thought Flight Deck was a different animal. Perhaps the drop in grade helped, but I wouldn't be sure he woiuld reproduce next time. Morning Spirit travelled and jumped well throughout and this looked a step up for a horse who was previously just 1/17. Beachcomber looked very ordinary in a poor bumper.

More decent racing in Ireland. After American Mike made a winning hurdling debut I suggested he was so unimpressive you could rip up Ballymore tickets. A few might agree now. Unfortunately, I took him on with Affordale Fury and Three Card Brag. The latter must have gone close had he run. Grangeclare West was impressive enough in the novice where My Trump Card was a big eyecatcher. The Big Dog was a game winner of the feature. If only he could jump a little better. I flagged him as a young horse on here, and it's taken a bit of time for him to fulfill his potential.
By:
differentdrum
When: 27 Nov 22 16:15
One runner tomorrow, Locks Corner at Catterick. Two years ago he was 20lbs higher over fences, but most of his 'form' (mainly in very small fields) since then has been rubbish. Last time he ran Blenkinsop close which reads well, but the winner was given a dreadful ride, and actually won with a ton in hand. It's an ordinary class 4 handicap, but I wouldn't be parting with anything at 4/1.
By:
differentdrum
When: 28 Nov 22 18:41
Locks Corner made it three wins in three daysfor the yard. All handicappers who had something to prove. You wouldn't have thought the softer than forecast ground was ideal for Locks Corner, but he ended up being the only horse to finish his race off. It will interesting to see if he can back this up. It's going to be even more interesting to see what mark Blenkinsop gets. 

Another big raid tomorrow, this time at Southwell. Five runners, all with chances, and only one winner might be considered a disappointing haul.

Trapista turned in a very safe round of jumping on chasing debut. You would hope the extra distance should help, but she does have to concede a few pounds to some potential improvers. Pyffo was a 62,000 3yo, and related to Mr Glass and Yanworth, he probably has the most eyecatching pedigree in the race. It would be no surprise if he goes close, and as I write the 3/1 is going. Red Dirt Road's point win has been franked by the next three home, and that form would seem to give him every chance. Unfortunately, he made all to win that point, and even over two miles history suggests there is very little chance of O'Neill being sensible enough to adopt similar tactics. Unlike the stable's recent handicap winners, Biowavego looks to be on a nice upward curve. I thought he was impressive at Worcester and he looks the one to beat tomorrow. Bertie's Bandana was pulled out with a self certificate a couple of weeks ago. He still steps up in trip tomorrow, but without the previously declared cheek pieces. It wouldn't be that much of a surprise if he is better than 95 and this looks a pretty ordinary class 5.
By:
differentdrum
When: 29 Nov 22 16:04
Again just the one winner on a generally disappointing day. Trapista's best asset is her jumping, and that is completely wasted holding her up for a change of pace she doesn't have. She was nearly brought down which can be another issue with hold up rides. Despite market support Pyffo didn't look the full shilling from the start, but has run well enough before being swamped for pace by a better looking model. Lavelle wins bumper minus Bellamy. Pyffo looks a stayer, and there wouldn't seem much point hanging about in bumpers. Fortunately, Red Dirt Road tugged O'Neill to the front, and stayed on well enough to hold off the runner up. It was a poor race, and presumably, he will now be upped to a more suitable trip. I have said before horses continually make you look foolish, and Biowavego was a prime example. He coped with soft ground at Worcester, but today he hasn't travelled a yard, and the writing was on the wall way before the interference. A mystifying performance from a previously progressive horse. A massive drifter, Bertie's Bandana didn't look to be enjoying things before ejecting O'Neill in the last.
By:
differentdrum
When: 29 Nov 22 16:19
Three tomorrow. Merveillo makes his debut at Haydock. It's a very ordinary starting point, but the concern would be that they think he is so slow he needs three miles. At Ludlow, The Composeur is 8lbs lower than his last winning mark, but signs of encouragement were not obvious last time. He went close on his previous run over course and distance, and drying ground should help. Cawthorne Banker has the best form on offer in the bumper. That initial start was nearly two months ago and it does make you wonder if he might have had a little setback since.
By:
differentdrum
When: 30 Nov 22 16:17
The winner a day never looked likely to continue. Merveillo was a huge drifter, and although McLernon managed to get him to jump, he very slow. The Composeur just did what The Composeur does these days, makes the running, gets headed, and fades away. Cawthorne Banker, another market drifter, appeared to run his race, but found two unexposed ones too good. Despite his pedigree better ground might suit. Another very disappointing gamble on a Bailey horse.
By:
differentdrum
When: 30 Nov 22 16:39
Three runners on a typically poor Leicester card. On The Bandwagon appears to have found a race to match his current level of ability. Imperial Bede has also landed in what looks an ordinary novice. He raced too freely in the Aintree bumper before stopping to nothing. The horse was also keen and displayed a high head carriage in his French starts. The market may be the best guide, at least the only one we have. Again it is a moderate race, but I can't have Dollar Bae until she is upped in trip.

Just reverting back to today that was a big opportunity for Jordan Nailor on Beauport, but horse and jock were not up to the job. That Carlisle race is not working out.
By:
sageform
When: 01 Dec 22 11:06
they do seem to be running a lot of very moderate horses in the last 2 weeks! Are they all being lined up for a handicap win off 80-90?
By:
Whippin Piccadilly
When: 01 Dec 22 13:20
Chianti Classico Cool
By:
Whippin Piccadilly
When: 01 Dec 22 13:27
The Pikar form was given a nice boost at Haydock yesterday. It will be interesting to see which race he turns up in after being pulled out of his intended target on Saturday
By:
differentdrum
When: 01 Dec 22 14:35
I don't think they are holding anything back, these are the best they have got. The worry is if you can't pick up the scraps you aren't going to get much at the top table. Collectors Item was dreadful upped in class.

As for today On The Bandwagon showed a bit more enthusiasm perhaps in part due to the better ground. The slip and taking off too early at the ditch didn't help his cause. Imperial Bede must have been one of the biggest drifters of the season 5/2-25/1. He looked awkward in the early stages, but he was within striking distance before it appeared that O'Neill made a decision not to try very hard from two out. The Stewards should have asked the question as to what he was thinking, but I don't even need to look to see if they did. Dollar Bae ran out a comfortable winner of a very poor race.
By:
differentdrum
When: 01 Dec 22 16:10
Four runners at Exter tomorrow. Sideshift has been consistently dreadful since joining the stable, and hard to believe it will be any different in the opener. Pride Rock was an eyecatcher on debut, but chances are this slightly stiffer test isn't going to be enough to see him any better than fifth or sixth. It seems a trait of the stable to keep running horses over inadequate trips, presumably to try and get a better handicap mark? This horse should be good enough to actually win a novice hurdle. Why not try and do that? Maypole Class seems to either win or pull up. Last time the representative could offer no explanation for the improved form. How often is that trotted out? This is much harder. I think Impatient is a first stable runner for Ronnie Bartlett who doesn't seem to have too many bad ones. Chances are it wouldn't need to be that good to win this.
By:
differentdrum
When: 01 Dec 22 18:47
Just noticed that Iron Bridge is due to run off top weight in a 6,000 handicap at Chepstow on Saturday. What is the point? Surely you look for a Graded race on a galloping track, and see whether you have a Brown Advisory horse? If he isn't then you look at handicaps. If he manages to win on Saturday you are still left wondering.
By:
liberator of the oppressed
When: 01 Dec 22 19:50
Has that one ran at Sandown come out again was fav they backed Hendersons one of JP's that sadly died cannot find name.
By:
differentdrum
When: 02 Dec 22 15:59
Impatient taken out, presumably ground too soft? Earlier Springshift managed to beat a couple of rags having jumped left on occasion. He looked plenty short enough at 18/1. I still think there is a potential punt down the line with Pride Rock. On both runs I think the rides have led to him finishing further back than his actual level of ability. Today he was ridden close to the pace and effectively burst over a trip too short. It's the last thing anyone using the extra places would have wanted, and probably didn't do the horse much good either. Maypole Class moved nicely into contention. It was difficult to see what happened two out, but the rider immediately gave up. Assuming it didn't sustain an injury you would think it would be of some interest next time.

Also at Exeter Blenkinsop completed a very easy hat trick. That's three wins despite the rides. Unfortunately, you couldn't guarantee that Hugh Nugent wouldn't find trouble in a two-horse race. I liked the attitude of Hugos New Horse at Sandown. It looks like he keeps a bit back for himself which should help his handicap mark.
By:
differentdrum
When: 02 Dec 22 16:34
Six runners tomorrow, five and Chepstow and Cloth Cap goes to Aintree.

It's been pretty much downhill for Cloth Cap since he followed up his surprise Ladbroke win. It will be another big surprise if he is in the mix tomorrow. The angle for Destin D'ajonc is his 2/2 Chepstow record, but he has a very poor first time out record. Time To Get Up runs off his Midlands Grand National winning mark, but I am not sure tomorrow presents a stiff enough test. Already discussed Iron Bridge. I am not sure why he is running here. What's the aspiration? It will be disappointing if he can't at least concede the weight to his stablemate. Big Ambitions was a 90,000 3yo and a full brother to Death Duty. Let's hope he is a bit more clued up than the Shantou horse the stable ran at Southwell.

At Sandown I quite fancied Homme Public but not at the price. Jock is on a losing run, and has cocked up on several occasions this season. That certainly hasn't been factored in.
By:
paulo47
When: 02 Dec 22 17:07
Iron Bridge will do well to give a stone to Fergal's horse .
By:
saxon farm
When: 02 Dec 22 17:55
I think Cloth Cap will outrun his odds.
By:
differentdrum
When: 03 Dec 22 10:56
Much talk about races over here, but chances are the really interesting races for the future are the novice hurdles and bumper at Fairyhouse. Everyone will be watching Facile Vega, but I will be keeping a close eye on the likes of Hartur D'Arc, Arctic Bresil and the horse who benefitted from his departure, Nick Rockett. There are many others.
By:
differentdrum
When: 03 Dec 22 16:20
Another shocking day for O'Neill again advertising his lack of talent. His dad shouldn't have to wonder why they are making no progress. The question is why would big owners throw big money at this outfit? The jock is tactically inept, consistently loses ground at fences, and is basically weak.

Destin D'ajonc was beaten running through the tape. He immediately lost his position, was slow at fence after fence, and that was that. A terrible performance. Similar story with Time To Get Up. He lasted a few more fences. The icing on the cake of terrible was Iron Bridge where O'Neill was completely outridden by the stable's 7lb claimer. You could ditch O'Neill tomorrow and just use McLernon and Brace, and you might even see an improvement. The Shantou bumper horse was again clueless. A decent effort by Cloth Cap, but he hadn't quite got the legs to see it out. Just returning to Iron Bridge he is yet another to have come away from Carlisle and disappoint.

Plenty going on elsewhere. I wasn't overwhelmed by Jonbon last time, but even though he has effectively only seen off one rival, I thought he was more convincing today. His jumping was accurate, and the further he went the better he went. I had talked up Banbridge, but it already looks as if he is being steered in a different direction. Shishkin seems to have gone, particularly in the jumping department. I would be surprised if Edwardstone is good enough to win a Champion Chase, if anything today was his Champion Chase. At Aintree Noble **** showed a real change of gear to take the feature. He looks to be improving, and given that we already know he stays the 16/1 looks too big for the Gold Cup. I would much rather have him than L'Homme Presse. If I owned Ahoy Senor he would be going elsewhere. Russell and Fox have had long enough to sort him out, and he looks to be getting worse.

Over in Ireland it was very hard to fault Facile Vega. At one stage he appeared to lose a bit of concentration, but it was very minor. You would think he would be versatile enough to take a lead should they wish. Joyeux Machin was a second bounce back winner for Paul Nolan. He had looked as if he was going the wrong way. Perhaps the Ballymore on decent ground might a better idea than the Supreme? I Am Maximus threw away the opener jumping to the left, and in closing bumper the three expensive pointers are either not very good, or the three jocks have given them idiot rides in a very slowly run race.
By:
differentdrum
When: 03 Dec 22 18:26
Three runners at Huntingdon with three different jocks.

Sermando is on a losing run, but although he went up a couple of pounds for placing he remains 10lbs below his last winning mark (a win over course and distance), and should have every chance in a poor race. Instead of going up in trip Hungry Hill faces an even sharper test. The horse is 50/1, but I suspect you could add a nought. When they all finally go up in trip perhaps the stable could have a novice handicap of their own? Will Anyharminasking be the only horse to defeat Constitution Hill? If he hadn't have run at Ascot he would probably be favourite tomorrow. As it is the run was so bad who knows what we can expect?
By:
differentdrum
When: 04 Dec 22 17:34
Sermando given every chance, but just beaten by a better one on the day. Hungry Hill all over the shop again, including when crowded. Under the circumstances he did well to finish sixth. Yet another awful ride from O'Neill on Anyharminasking. Too many bungles, and then topped it off by being unable to keep the horse straight. Should have gone very close. Jock being exposed on an almost daily basis.

The stable bought 4 of the 16 lots at the Tingle Creek Sale. The haul included a couple by emerging sire, Affinisea, most notably sales topper Brook Bay for 380,000. Do owners look at results and stable jocks? You wouldn't think so.

Weather seemed to turn things upside down at Fairyhouse with quickish ground turning to soft. Lossiemouth took the juvenile in nice style, but 3/1 for the Triunph? Slevin gave Comfort Zone a shocker. The Royal Bond was a lovely result for bookmakers. Marine Nationale was a big drifter while the well punted Champ Kiely fell in a hole and the other well backed one, Path D'oroux ran an absolute shocker. Cromwell has very quickly gone from in form to very much out of form. I am surprised Banbridge even ran in the novice chase. He wants a much quicker surface. Given they will probably duck Jonbon he has drifted to a backable price for the Turners. Time very much appears to have caught up with Honeysuckle. I wasn't sure she was ever travelling that well. Do they call it a day, or go back up in trip? Loved all the excuses for Mullins in the last. Didn't he simply go far too slowly on a staying horse....again?
By:
differentdrum
When: 05 Dec 22 18:00
Three at Huntingdon tomorrow.

Sacre Couer isn't the safest proposition as she can be keen, and isn't the greatest jumper, but off her lowest mark she has an each-way chance under Jamie Brace. Inch House is another winning pointer. This one was a 125,000 purchase from the family of Young Snugfit, Cashew King, and Peanuts Pet. Ridden prominently he was able to hold Are U Wise To That. At least they haven't started him over the minimum, but it does look the strongest of the novice races, and chances are he is probably running for a place at best. Mr Biggs runs in the second division of the shorter novice. He is by Telescope and my first inclination with any young horse by that sire is to put a line through it. It's a method that hasn't let me down much so far. This one showed very little on debut, and I wouldn't expect a deal more tomorrow.
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