Talking Horses Wednesday August 4th 2021

Simon Thompson gets on the August Hitlist with 7/2 nap Shining Success, and Simon is joined by Rob J who napped 1/4 chance Sweeping. Dirty Northerner is never far away from the list and Mother Earth bore him a winning nap today at 2.96/1. Robicheaux advised an EW bet at 40/1 on Speak Of The Devil who went very close when third in France. The Steelman also nailed an 11/4 winner at Deauville. Well done Gentlemen.

The blog advised two win bets, but, as ever, napped the wrong one. Quercus made up for it with an all the way win at 15/2. The blog’s EW perm got dumped in leg 2.

Today’s nap for the blog is Rockesbury in the 5.15 at 16/1. The Skybet extra places EW perm today features:

4.10 Urban War: Mercurius Power: Dawn View

5.15 Rockesbury: Knockabout Queen; Lincoln Red

5.30 Mister Orange: Obee Jo

As ever, please leave your naps/tips by making a comment below. All welcome, especially newcomers; just enter a name when asked so we know who is who. No prizes, but it’s good fun here among some seasoned punters, most of whom spent years commenting at the Guardian on the original Talking Horses forum, which has now been heavily cut back.

If you tip a winner, please use the Winners thread to highlight your result and we’ll put you on the Hitlist next day. There is a Winners thread for each month.

We also have a Lounge thread for general chat, though as a forum we are a bit limited to what WordPress, our host here, provides as far as structure goes.

Thanks for looking in. Good luck with your bets today, but please bear in mind that this is meant to be ‘fun’. There are many wise heads posting tips here and we haven’t yet gone a day without somebody tipping a winner. But never bet more than you can afford to lose. Small stakes can still produce wide smiles.

Now, a Syndicate update: Many of the Talking Horses folks have spoken on and off about teaming up to buy a horse. Again, it’s not restricted in any way. If you are new here and fancy having a share in a horse that will be managed by very knowledgeable people (one a retired trainer who has maintained international connections) take a look at the Syndicate Thread (search ‘Syndicate’ using the box at top right of this page).

Now, here is the update from Dirty Northerner, who is managing the project:

I will again start with an update of the current syndicate outline commitments. I am pleased to say that some more of you have stated that they may commit further once they know what is the extent of the initial financial involvement.

David – 2.5%
Luke H – 2.5%
Comartun – 2.5%
EGS – 2.5%
Aurorian – 5%
Jamie – 10%
Rob J – 2.5%
Betlikemen – 5%
Gourin56 – 2.5%
Savoieblue – 2.5%
Jakebuckfast – 2.5%
Arkle66 – 2.5%
TheSteelman – 2.5%
Paulbad – 5%
Dilton – 10%
DirtyNortherner – 10%

Total – 70% or £8,400 towards the purchase/lease-purchase.

Dilton has found what he has told me is a very nice well grown Bay yearling filly by a Group winning stallion out of a winner producing mare who won herself. She’s not been named.

The yearling filly is a half sister to 4 winners and her dam is  a half sister to many black type winners (one of whom is a top sire in France) on the flat and over hurdles.

The filly is home bred and reared properly on a stud farm that he knows well and trusts.

At his request I’ve arranged for her to be vetted on Friday and I am meeting Dilton on Monday at the stud to hopefully complete the purchase.

We believe we can get her for around £4,500, including VAT and the cost of a vet’s inspection that’s taking place on Friday.

If we buy the filly she will remain at the stud until the end of October, at a cost of £250 per month for feeding and looking after, before going to be broken in.

In time I will adjust the percentage shares and training fees for the horse accordingly.

While this is positive news and while progress with the BHA, ROA, Weatherby’s and insurance companies to establish the syndicate is taking place, there remains the possibility that we do not buy her should the vet fail her in any way .

All the best


  1. Thanks Joe for posting this and for your work to date on this blog. It’s really appreciated.

    I look forward to seeing the comments on the Syndicate update on the Syndicate thread.

    The nap is Thady & Daddy’s SWEET ENOUGH at 11/8 in the 7.15 at Yarmouth. Next best is TASHKAN at the liquorice town at evens, 3.15 both win bets, then in multiples with SIX STRINGS, also at Ponty at 6/4, in the 3.45. All selections were made early doors – Tuesday 3,30.

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    1. Should that not be Thady and Dady given the pronunciation of Jr’s name. Can you imagine going through life being called Thady, even worse than Thadeus. There’s a bit of Rees-Mogg in JG, it seems. Then again, he’s a Tory with some dodgy friends.


    2. I have a bet on athlete from unheard of BURKINOFASO in triple jump at 4/1.
      I thought he would be 20/1.
      Fabrice zango is his name..i need sleep…b gud


  2. Thanks for the Trojan work of Joe, DNB and Dilton for sourcing the Horse. Has it got a white hoof or a white star on the Forehead as I am a sucker for that?
    I don’t care if the Horse doesn’t make our dreams come true as I don’t have fancy dreams. If it is a Horse that may one day race is the very limit of my dreams.
    I will not be able to wipe the grin off my face.
    I could not do any of your 3 jobs in a month of Sundays.
    We will hit 100% even if emotional blackmail may be required at the very end as I know how these things go.
    My Nap is in the 13.15 at Sligo in the Lake Isle of Innisfree Claimng Race.
    For some reason I won on Swiss Army Officer at Killarney at 5/1 and cannot remember why I did that bet.
    He must be treated as flotsam on the Lake of Innisfree to Kannoor who is my Nap, place only and trading at 6/1.
    I know this is not TripAdvisor but do not go on a boat tour on Lake Innisfree immortalised by W.B. Yeats. After 45 mins of the Poem being repeated on the Loudspeaker incessantly your ears start to bleed and you want to jump overboard and swim to the Isle for respite.
    I have been following the Horse Innisfree as I tend to trust Beresford Stakes winners. He hasn’t shown up for close to 2 years .
    He has 2 entries this week and if he runs in the Royal Whip on Friday I will be on.
    High Definition also has interesting entries in the very near future.


    1. Shes a lovely hard bay colour ,no white star ( I could dab one on for you ) but you are in luck , her off hind joint is white .


  3. Cheers for the update all sounds very promising. The yeats poem tale reminds me again of the Liverpool ferry’s which play ferry across the mersey every journey. Not a song I love anyway but a few skoots across the water and thoughts turn darkly to murder or at least breaking the tape recorder. Lovely buildings in Liverpool and if they could forget the beatles for a few year it would be an even nicer place to visit.

    I’m missing the Jumps this week but hope to have found a realistic chance in Yarmouth 7.45 Cheshire Plain.

    I would like that to please, please me by winning.

    Luck all


  4. Six Strings 3.45 Ponte. In terms of suffering songs I think I can pull out the trump card. Worked in a bar in the family room of a holiday camp. It was the summer of Black Race and Agado. Not only was it repeated twice an hour, we were ‘encouraged’ to join in with the song including actions. The absolute horror. For those of you who never experienced it, Hi-de-Hi was less a sitcom and more like a documentary. To be fair there were some great times, many unprintable.


    1. Now then Mickle. For my sins, in my youth, I worked behind the bar at what can be best described as an ‘alternative’ pub, the legendary New York bar in Wakefield. The attire for the barmen and bar-women was satin athletic shorts, sleeveless vests and towelling headbands. Every hour, The Village People’s YMCA blasted over the P.A.. Bedlam ensued with the bar staff, complete with tambourines and kazoos, dancing on top of the bar.

      The remainder best remains in the dark world.


      1. Could be a dead heat or a Short head in your favour in the embarrassing stakes but I think ‘Agadoo’ might have the edge in the awfulness of the song.


              1. DN, no worries mate, more down to my very poor gag than anything else.

                However, I think we will require photographic evidence if there is any knocking about


  5. Having had a good scour of the cards it’s seems to be a day of shorties and a lot still have question marks for me.

    I’ve plumped for a win bet on Lasting Legacy in the 4.20 Pontefract. She has had a nice break and has got headgear. Still seems to be mileage in her mark but maybe I’m asking too much. 7/2 seems fair enough. The main opposition could come from Captain Corelli who ran well after a break.

    I’m also taking a complete flyer on Oso Rapido in the 5.30 at 10-1 who has moved to Roger fell from D Omeara
    The track/trip and ground should suit but he may not be wound up yet. He has ran well fresh previously.

    Nap lasting legacy 7/2
    NB Oso rapido 10-1


  6. Today’s NAP is Shinkansen , 3/1 in the 3.27 Sligo..

    I loved reading the syndicate update, it’s getting exciting!


  7. My NAP today runs in the Brighton mile and is the Tom Dascombe trained runner, Kayfast Warrior. He runs without a penalty for his impressive win last time out and 10/3 could look a silly price after the race.
    From Luke


  8. Small fields at Brighton.. oh oh!! Off to Bath for a fuller field in the 4.30 and am chancing Lilandra to improve for the triple decker of headgear, a new trainer and stepping back up in trip. 25-1 on the machine at present.


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