Talking Horses Wednesday September 15th 2021

Good to see Rob J back on the Hitlist with his nap yesterday Jakamani at 10/3.

Jonathan Dawe struck too with Asmund at 5/2.

And Alan, always there or thereabouts with his EW nap Mutannaseq 2nd at 6/1.

Well done, gentlemen.

The blog’s confident nap drifted to 3/1 (I was sure she’d be odds on) and got stuffed.

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

Brunch at 16/1 3.30 Sandown is today’s nap for the blog.

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  1. Couple of ew shots, that could go well.
    Sandown 5.10. Pirouette Queen. 16/1
    Yarmouth 2.15. Aunty Birdy. Who would be of interest on her Irish 2yo form. 22/1


  2. Not my kind of Racecards.
    Sligo is an nice enough place to be today but I would prefer to be in the Town itself and not near the Racecourse
    I think I have been to all the great Ecclesiastical Yorkshire buildings with associated Racetracks aside from Beverley and Thirsk.
    My nap is at Beverley 13.30 ridden by Hollie Doyle trained by W.Haggas and called Ridicule.
    I can’t let go of that Pacemaker job last Sunday. Sorry.


  3. Good morning,

    Just a non-runner to shout home from the Lucky 15 yesterday. Try another today with these:

    Sandown 5.10 Sunset Memory
    Yarmouth 1.10 Fauvette, 2.45 Newyorkstateofmind, 3.50 Aletoile

    Good luck to all with your bets


  4. Very good article by Kevin Blake on the ATR blog page ,well worth a read . Uncomfortable for the IHRB but telling it to them straight.


    1. Rough rides or whatever you choose to call them seem endemic in Ireland – its not my favourite betting medium as many tracks seem to have sharp bends where no-one appears to want to give ground at any cost. its Gladiatorial at times – Ben Hurs chariot races seem friendly in some instances.


  5. im going to head ew for the nap today on a tricky day too…Glinger Flame is currenty 7 to1 in the Kelso 5pm and that looks a fair price for first 3.


  6. NAP is SUDORA , 3.40 Beverley, 8/1 or so..

    NB is SHETLAND BUS, 5.00 Kelso, 7/2 or so.

    Well done to yesterday’s winning tipsters..


  7. Just spotted that Escobar is running in the 15:30 Sand ….so will chance a Nap….has won in heavy going in a 20 runner race at Ascot…find out if he copes with Sandown…


    1. Alan,
      I don’t think the monthly Auldchiel Booby Prize is getting much traction.
      I am not happy that Innisfree going wrong last Saturday has sent me up to lead with 115 points.
      I think there may need to be an ‘Escobar Rule’.
      If a Horse is collectively napped more than 10 times in a 60 day period (a conservative estimate as I think I alone napped him 3 times in that time frame) and fails to win then that Horse should forfeit it’s right to be a nap.
      Escobar will of course win one day but only when none of us are looking.
      I think he should be barred from being a nap.


        1. Elgransenor….always difficult to ignore Escobar …as you rightly said the day that you choose to ignore him, he’s going to win. Much like some of the trainers that I follow, after a while I will almost give upon them and lo and behold a trainer that I follow Dianne Sayer springs a first and second in the 5 O’clock at Kelso and another trainer I follow was 3rd in the same race….rewind and I should have done a tricast…c’est le vie…


      1. Too stringent maybe? No doubt the Escobars would approve. I think there should be a rule on how many horses can be named Escobar (or variations thereof) especially after that ridiculous day at the ‘Welcome to Ebor’ Ebor festival….


  8. Well, if nobody’s going to nap Mostahdaf in the listed race at Sandown… Only 7/4 but has course and distance form on the same heavy ground he’ll find today.


    1. Yes, he’s back after the unfortunate incident on the gallops…always reminds me of Margaret Rutherford (Murder at the Gallop!!)


  9. Sorry Alan 😶, you went for the holy grail of napping Escobar… cosy enough win for the fav. tho. Crowley never having to get too serious. If it’s any consolation i had mine in an ew double with Calliope up at Kelso so just got my money back. Nice one Terri with Fauvette!


  10. What I love about this blog community is that everyone is so happy for each other about their winning tips. And no one pretends to be someone they’re not. This is probably unique on the internet, certainly on racing forums. I feel we can all be ourselves here, which is so refreshing.


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