Talking Horses Tuesday August 31st 2021

Great to see Alan continue his fine run on the Hitlist with EW Nap Diamond Cottage, advised 13/2 finish 3rd, and Fire Power winning at 13/2. Fine tipping, Alan.

Luke for Reinitinracing is never far away and nails another nap with Chavajod, advised at 3/1. Well done.

David too is still in good form napping DressedForSuceess who won at 11/8. Nice work, David.

And, Shock! Horror! The blog’s nap Garden Oasis, advised at 5/1 wins at 9/1! What’s the world coming to?

If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout via the August Winners thread.

My nap today is Recon Mission in the 2.50 Epsom. He’s around 7/2.

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.

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As mentioned above this long-running Steeplechasing blog was adapted in a hurry when The Guardian announced they were cutting back on their (usually) daily Talking Horses section. Many punters had gathered there over the years to exchange ideas and fancies. Part of the adapting we had to do at the start of this blog was restricting this daily main article to tips/naps, while we found our feet regarding house rules, moderation and stuff like that.

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All the best


  1. No naps from DNB for several days as I am plundering Europe of its riches (aka working away).

    And the racing on The Island is woeful.


  2. My experience of working in Roscommon for 6 months did me no favours yesterday.
    I worked in Cashel for 6 months and here’s to better things.
    When I worked in Cashel I realised the Ballydoyle/Coolmore lot do not have tips. They don’t even conceptualise it.
    I know that Chez Hans was a pioneering Restaurant as opening up a deconsecrated Church was strange at the time.
    Michelin became interested.
    Hans is German.
    An Irishman would not have thought of it at that time.
    Chez Hans is running in the 17.30 at Newton Abbot today and is trained by P. Nicholls and named after the Cashel eaterie.


    1. I never got to chez hans usually got stuck in daverns pub on main street.
      But you dead right never ever a whisper from anyone to do with coolmore .
      I think the own Cashel Palace .
      Ages since i travelled around..


      1. The best Civic Buildings in Cork City are deconsecrated Churches such as The Triskel Arts Centre (formerly Christchurch) where Perkin Walbeck the Great Pretender was crowned king of Britain and Ireland and St. Peter’s which is now a small exhibition centre.
        When Ireland transferred power from Westminster to Rome in 1921 the Church of Ireland Population shrunk from 20 to 2% in a single lifetime.
        Hence the need to get a Church off the balance books.
        I Holidayed in Cornwall as per usual and stayed as usual in a deconsecrated Hostel in St. Ives that was once under the Methodist Community and John Wesley Harding stayed there but it is unlikely we shared a bed after it’s recent refurb.
        There were once 7 active Methodist Chapels in St. Ives. Now there is just one.
        6 have been redeployed.

        I cannot find out what a deconsecration looks like.
        I know a Bishop has to be involved in Catholic and most Reformist Faiths where that power structure remains.
        I would imagine it has no spectator or media access particularly under Covid-19 rules.
        Maybe a sponge or absorbent material is applied by the Bishop to the area where Holy Water was applied in its Consecration?
        What Homily do they say?
        Maybe they don’t use prescribed Canon law and revert to some swirling dervish pagan dance?

        In reply to Naymargus, the Lads do indeed own The Cashel Palace but got unlucky.
        Just when their 3 year refurb was yielding rave reviews on its re-opening something happened to the Hospitality Industry.


  3. I predicted that Ruth Carr would have a winner today and “Seven for a Pound” went in at 25/1 which i was on…looking at the Sporting Life form for the horse, it won at Ripon over the same going and distance on the 14th July last year…to check this out go to “Sporting Life”….yesterday’s results Ripon 13:55…click on ” Seven for a Pound” and check the previous results 14/07/20….sometimes the winner is staring you in the face…

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  4. Nap: Captain Cobajay 5.15 Hex (an almost too-skimpy 13/8) NB: Henry Sellers 5.45 Hex 11/4 (appropriately enough an Irish raider).
    PS Congrats to the winners, real napping dragons esp. that Alan! And what a throwback on TH with a reasoned discussion on an actual topic. I think we all chucked our two cents in at the time why Ireland were the top dogs and would remain so for the foreseeable -I think my take after Cheltenham was that every element of British racing needed a step up to begin to compete again with Ireland- just to add yet another example, would you get teenage tipsters on this side of the Irish Sea with the pertinent in-depth knowledge that our new young friends at ‘rein it in’ (personally, I think they should let loose rather than rein it in- plenty of time for the latter when they get older!) are displaying consistently. They live and breathe this stuff in Ireland and Cheltenham is their Olympics, while over here the, er, Olympics is more the Olympics. Furthermore, who can say it would be a different story on the flat without the massive investment by Arab owners over the last 30-40 years in British racing.


      1. Merci, mine host! That 2.50 race looks the epitome of a trappy race btw (5 runners with a spread from 2s to 11/2, ouch! -good luck!- ) whereas yesterday’s Garden Oasis was tremendous value after the big market drift -Mr Dawe will be irked by that word but this has to be a legitimate use- where the price does not reflect the odds of winning!


        1. Extremely irked and I’m still irked by Old Misery Guts ride on Japan on Saturday. So irked in fact no naps or bets since.


          1. Jonathan.
            Tomorrow is the last day for the inaugural Booby Prize competition so don’t stay irked for long.
            You are on the cusp of history.
            You have set the bar high.
            I have kept score.
            It may be like that Bob Beamon Long Jump.


    1. Rakib
      Totally agree a cultural shift needs to occur whereby it it is “normal” for English to know at least a bit about the Horses.
      The biggest difference between living in both Ireland and England was the assumption in the work place that in order to watch say the Cheltenham Gold Cup you must have had a bet whereas everything stops in Ireland for the CGC and I never need to lie that my Horse came second even though I had no bet.


  5. Morning Tipsters… would be amiss of me not to mention that Ruth Carr has a single runner at Ripon in the 15:40….never run over 1 mile before,, at 12/1 ew i’ll throw a few bob on it.


  6. I’m on Captain Cobajay Hex 5.15 – i see its already been tipped but under work pressures so will have to double up on that one! Luck to all. Nice to see Joes tip win by a nostril yesterday!


  7. Today’s NAP is Nicks Not Wonder, 4.00 Epsom, 8/1 or so , Jamie and Saffie (their only runner/ride there today, it must be a sign from above! Or somewhere anyway!!).

    Well done to yesterday’s winning tipsters.


  8. Epsom 1.45 Banner Moonshine each way but win really!! Dropped in grade for yard which has done so well in the race over the years. 24-1 on betfair as I type.


  9. Expecting Saisons D’or to go better than 20/1 @ 1540. Dropping back in class for first time since March when he scored back to back off a similar mark. Whilst both those were on the AW, he is no stranger to winning on turf.


  10. Napping CLASSICAL MILANO today.19.15 Hexham. Well dona Joe, Hat-Trick! Once they get in the groove, these napper s, you have to get on board…


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