Talking Horses Wednesday September 8th 2021

A diamond of a day yesterday for our regular tipsters. Never has the Hitlist been so packed.

Rakib didn’t just land his nap at 8/1 (BOG) Coley’s Koko but recommended a double in Haparanda 5/2 and Swan Bay 8/13 – both won. Fine work, Rakib.

El Gran Senor mentioned 17/2 winner Inverness. Well done, sir.

Miss Terri Tipster’s first selection Polam Lane won at 16/1. Brilliant stuff, Miss Terri.

Jonathan Dawe’s sole selection Pearly Prince also won at 16/1. You are back with a hell of a bang, JD.

Alan struck again with his customary EW nap on a big priced runner – Obee Joe scampering home at 10/1.

CraigR went EW on Lifetime Legend, placed at 15/2. Nice one, Craig.

Finally, Mickle’s nap Militia won at 11/2. Well done, Mickle.

Superb work, all. Thank you.

The blog’s nap got stuffed. Just Hubert – I swear I should know better; he has never won when I’ve backed him but wins regularly when I don’t.

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

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.

What This Blog Is For

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.

We are now in a position to open this main daily article to all subjects. It can be very enjoyable when something is latched onto by our knowledgeable, quick-witted posters as they indulge in wordplay and jousting. We still want tips of course, from those who want to tip. It’s by no means an obligation.

If you do post a tip/nap, just include it with whatever subject you are discussing, preferably at the foot of your post. So long as you remember to come back after a winner and put the details of that win in the monthly Winners Thread, then we can include you on the Hitlist in the next day’s main article.

General guidance: No swearing, please. We’re not prudes, it’s just that there is wide scope in the swearword lexicon and we do not have moderators (and hope we’ll never need them). Also, please keep discussions on politics and religion to The Lounge section, though brief references to these subjects in the main article are not forbidden.

Thanks for looking in. If you are betting, especially if you follow our tipsters, good luck with your bets, 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.

All the best


  1. I am not taking credit for tipping Inverness as I clearly specified my nap was a reverse forecast with Graffiti who belied his odds but didn’t come second in the Goodwood 14.55.
    I am titling at Windmills right now and don’t accept charity.
    My strategy to win the September Hitlist with a 50 quid prize courtesy of Ladrokes is to make a single surgical strike.
    Alas I was working in Mallow all day today but can’t get there tomorrow to see the opener where ‘Forever and Always’ (what the hell) makes her debut.
    She is a full sister to The Gurkha.
    There have been classic winning Horses who have won maidens in provincial venues like Grey Swallow at Galway but I don’t know one who broke the duck at Mallow.
    My long term nap is that Filly whose name we can ignore ( and who is a totally different colour to The Gurkha; who was monitoring the mating process? Was the Teaser really gelded?) to double up in the 1,000 Guineas on the 1st Sunday in May.
    If she wins today I don’t want it recognised as a nap. That can wait till May.


    1. I have been drilling down in that Racecard and have decided to leave a nap.
      The card is a nightmare where APOB, JPOB or Jessica Harrington could all get a treble.
      Admiraloftheblue catches my eye in the 17.05.
      Put away by APOB since running on yielding in May. The skys will open up on Mallow on Wednesday night but not before then and 6F on Good ground for his pedigree makes me think I will make him my nap for today.


        1. I’m not sure Simon. Unfortunately, Jadhlaan was fatally injured in that race. I don’t know if EGS will accept your entry.


  2. Morning all…today’s EW Nap Northern Bullet 13:45D 8/1 Sky paying 4 places…Well done to all of those winning tipsters yesterday and good luck today


  3. Well done yesterday’s winning tipsters. Today’s nap will be frantastic (5/2) 14:20 at Donny. Let’s see if he can live up to his full brother cracksman!


  4. I wish I was off to Uttoxeter today. Sounds lovely. It is a trappy card.. Dai Harrogate in the 3.05 looks like the closest thing to be nappable so I’ll go with that. Enjoy your day.


    1. It looks like your autocorrect must have mangled Dal Horrisgle, David! Definitely the most interesting race there though -several with good form going in and that one on handicap debut might just make it one to watch rather than play. The already-tipped Frantastic and Two Door Saloon look good. 4 days for the St Leger festival seems a little excessive so no Doncaster nap…instead an EW flyer on Nana Patsy (7/1, 5 places with Paddy’s) in the 7.05 Cork (lots of extra places available in their final few races) who has a very decent claimer in Siobhan Rutledge on board. Best of luck and enjoy the rest of the heatwave everyone, though yesterday will be very hard to top!


      1. Rakib, this is a bit of a therapeutic day out today as all 3 of us have lost someone in the last year & we haven’t been racing together since Cheltenham 2020.

        I think it can be safely assumed that there will be no watching rather than playing. 🙂 🙂 🙂


        1. I’m sure your loved ones will be with you in spirit then and that’ll be better than a tip (from me, anyway!) -it does feel in a way still like the whole country hasn’t been racing together since Chelt 2020… have an absolute whale of a time playing and watching, bet! 🐳


          1. I took heed and watched the drift – Sky no longer do BOG on extra place races. So glad I did! You called it as well. Great stuff :o)


            1. Yes, got stung a while back with Sky and their sneaky terms so I rarely use them nowadays – well done for staying on the ball. If I’d been watching for late moves I’d have got cold feet and switched horses! Actually I need to see where the money was going- that can point to a horse winning next time out..


  5. Good morning,

    Phew it’s a hot one around at Terri Towers! Well done to all on the winners yesterday and thanks to Joe for hosting this. Just four today, I’ll be covering in a variety of bets.

    Carlisle 2.10 Two Door Saloon (Nb)
    Doncaster 4.00 Tarboosh (Treble), 5.00 James Watt (Acca)
    Wolverhampton 7.20 Moonlit Night (Nap)

    Good luck to everyone with their bets


  6. After 4 years of purgatory on the golf course, much of my game yesterday could, in context, be described as just beautiful. We’re awaiting the arrival of our great-granddaughter who is, of course, just beautiful. Scotland’s win last night can, if you push the boundaries of belief, be described as just beautiful. So my nap today is Just Beautiful in the 3.25 at Donnie, doubled up with Khadeem in the next.

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      1. Joe. Michael here. Although I have gently teased calling your site a mini me version of TH I can see the main TH has gone backwards. But although less than perfect it does still operate. You have emphasised the need for politeness, yet I am reading comments about that are pretty low grade. DN as he now refers to himself instead of bstard seems a little obsessed and I do not appreciate what he has said which in turn has encouraged others. So it seems to me one thing missing is a moderator which I assume should be you. Therfore I would expect that you at the very least offer an admonishment to him. I only occasionally have a look on here as I’m staying loyal to the original, but if this is how you perceived it to be then you ought to be disappointed.


        1. Michael, a bit of distanced ribbing isn’t’t worth moaning about; and on the whole this a very civilised forum with hardly a cross word uttered.


        2. Hello Michael,

          I’m aware of comments made here about you/your Guardian comments. It’s not something I encourage as I believe that those who have had what they deem unpleasant exchanges with you in the past, might be better served personally by forgetting about you. I think that bringing your name up here meets no useful purpose and did consider publishing a post to that effect. But such a post might have simply brought you back into the limelight, when I wanted you out of it completely, for the sake of the blog. It was a difficult call; perhaps I made the wrong one.

          As to the ‘flavour’ of some recent posts, I don’t like it at all and it saddened me to see it. But, again, there’s a line between rule-setting and encouraging enjoyable content. Perhaps, again, I got that line wrong.

          I have no intention of admonishing anyone here. Everyone’s take is subjective, and if I hadn’t known your history I might well be taking a different view. But I do know it, and, (playing the ball and not the man), I have found many of your posts mean spirited, cruel and bullying (again, I’m judging your posts, not you). From what I have read in The Guardian, a very large percentage of regular posters there share my view of your posts. I will say now, those types of posts are not and never will be welcome here.



  7. Today’s NAP is WREN’S BREATH, 3.25 Doncaster, 8/1 as a scrawl. Her last run was 21st July when I tipped her to win at 17/2. Today is much tougher…

    Wouldn’t be surprised if LOCH LEIN at 20/1 runs well in the same race.

    Some seriously top tipping yesterday! Congrats to all those tipsters!


    1. Good call on Loch Lein. I think i tipped it on its last outing in Ireland and it ran on late for 3rd as well – there must be a win for it waiting somewhere.


  8. I’m hoping Wonderful World wins the first at Donny. It would be quite something for a horse which debuted in the Brocklesby to win at the Leger meeting.


    1. The high temperatures today must have an effect on NH horses ..sure if somebody told me that I was going running and jumping for a couple of miles and finishing with a stiff uphill finish….I would tell them where to go ..


    1. Hate to go against you Alan, but I’m NBing ‘How Bizarre’ in the 1620. Again Sky pay an extra place (no, I don’t work for them :o) )


    2. Backed in to 10/3J and finished nowhere….guess that after yesterday …it’s back to one of those days again…c’est la vie..


  9. I see that Harry Bentkey got a winner at Happy Valley today. And Zac Purton rides a 50/1 winner. How often does that happen?


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