Talking Horses Tuesday September 14th 2021

The blog’s blushes were saved yesterday by David and Alan. David’s nap Head On won at 5/2 and Alan’s EW nap Foreseeable Future was 3rd at 20/1. Thank you, gentlemen for keeping the Hitlist going.

The blog’s nap chose yesterday to give up its improving profile.

If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout via the September Winners thread. I believe Miss Terri had at least 2 winners. I shall include her in the update tomorrow.

The blog’s nap Farhh To Shy in the 2.55 is available generally at 6/4. My reading of the form suggests she should be odds on (tempting fate, no doubt). She’s been nowhere but Yarmouth her whole, admittedly short, career, and returns today bidding for her 3rd course win on the back of a smooth victory last time.

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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  1. Hi Joe

    I struggle to find the winners thread, probably as I visit so seldomly, however Push The Tempo won for me today at Worcester. 4-1 sp felt a bit skinny!!

    Stay well Si


  2. BALKO SAINT 13/2 Clairefontaine 13.07. I know I said no bets until better racing, but this one looks interesting over in France.


    1. Jane Williams does really well with her Frenchbreds over there, hoovering up the valuable premiums available. She is a regular at this track. This well -bred horse looked a useful juvenile over hurdles, wasn’t disgraced in the Triumph and won very nicely at Compiegne last time. He looks made for chasing, especially over French obstacles at this stage of his development. Good luck.


  3. Going to do a JPOB double in the two opening maidens at Punchestown.
    Perfect Thunder in the 13.30 and Fearless Futures in the 14.00.
    They are both unraced which gives them better form than their direct opponents who have been out.
    I note a Horse called Hasty Hollie is running in that 13.30. If only.
    There is money coming for Perfect Thunder who is my nap.


    1. EGS, an interesting theory that a horse with no form has better form than a horse with form. Worthy of a Ph.D thesis as I’m pretty sure it has to be an original thought. But i noticed upon watching the opener, Perfect Thunder was looking to compete with SMB for the now coveted title of fastest crab, pretty sure a GPS tracker attached to PT would have shown him cover considerably more distance than all the other horses; his only failure compared to SMB was not taking out all his rivals while doing so.


      1. Jonathan,
        A Horse called Twinkle held the form lines to that opener.
        I know her to be a very bad metric aside from her silly Barbie Doll name.
        I am happy to take on Horses with proven useless form with Horses with unproven useless form any day.
        In fact that will be my strategy for the Naas Maidens on Thursday where I have laid out my bets already.
        Tomorrow’s Racing doesn’t look appealing.
        I will just have a copycat bet on someone else’s tip.
        Thanks for that tip today but you need a few days recovery time before you come back in ship shape.


  4. Good morning to all,

    A nice return from a double on one of the Lucky 15’s yesterday, so don’t want to give too much back today so keep it with another Lucky 15 on these:

    Wolverhampton 5.50 Aadel, 6.50 Retrospect, 7.20 One Hart
    Yarmouth 4.30 Expert Opinion

    Good luck to evryone with your bets

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  5. Imphal at Fontwell 2.05 which is not without current market support. its a Fontwell card that rather suits me today and after a few busy days where i’ve caught little racing ( Including a fine day out Saturday cheering on Motherwell beating Aberdeen at Fir Park; three wins on bounce – i wonder if Steelmen here is a Well fan as that the clubs nickname). i hope to catch much of this today.


  6. ASMUND at Redcar 14:15. One win from 22 runs which was back in 2019. Recent form 32323. What could possibly go wrong? I know I’ve backed him a few times so hoping a few of you can share in my misery as I go over the cliff.


    1. Jonathan,
      Good spot. I like form that looks like a football team without a Goalie or a lone Centre Forward and will share your misery.
      The problem is that 4th is the most obvious next number.


    2. Won well. For my sins I went to the first 3 races at Redcar today. Awful place, but at least it can now be ticked off the list😆


  7. Keep an eye on the Fontwell newcomers’ bumper today. The top two in the betting for this four-runner affair are both by Telescope, so are obviously of interest for syndicate members. I am confident this young sire will prove to be a good source of bumper winners over the next few seasons. Jamie Snowden’s Eye To The Sky is favourite and the one I’d be with today, as he’s a half-brother to I K Murphy who won a Carlisle bumper on debut for Olly Murphy. Rain is around, which will do his prospects no harm. The Snowden horses have been in good form over the summer. The other Telescope is Stuart Edmunds’ Santesa who is interesting up against the boys. She too has winners in her pedigree, including a bumper debutant. Edmunds’ horses have been suffering a bit from seconditis recently and I wouldn’t be surprised if this filly continues the trend. The other two look out of it.


    1. Well if you don’t get two miles one and a half furlongs at Fontwell you have something to worry about. The favourite was well backed but looked pretty burly to me and having gone clear he found nothing from a furlong out. He found less than nothing, if that is possible in the laws of physics.

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  8. Frank rode a nice horse to win on debut for D Simcock at Yarmouth. Light Infantry was green as mint but the jockey gave him a lovely introduction and he didn’t know he’d had a race. By the way, he’s a very well named colt: by Fast Company out of Lights On Me. The Light Infantry marches at 140 paces per minute. My dad, a Light Infantryman himself, once showed me what that looks like in the garden, and by heck it’s quick.


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