Talking Horses Tuesday September 21st 2021

Back in harness, it’s time to catch up with the Hitlist for Saturday and Sunday:


Strensham Court napped @ 5/6 won the 5.10 Plumpton @ 8/15 for Harrytheactor

Glory And Fortune Napped @ 11/4 won the 2.40 Plumpton @ 5/2  for Jakebuckfast

Albegone wins at 6/4 for Mickle

YIBIR wins at 2.65/1 for Jonathan Dawe


Bielsa tipped at 10/1 returned at 17/2 for Mickle

Mr Magyu returned 3rd as a EW nap at 18s. David

Hurricane Ivor at 4/1 Mickle

Dubai poet (nap) won at 5/6 RobJ

Well done to all.

It might be worthwhile building the Hitlist separately, so that quick reference is easy. I’ll give it some more thought.

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

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  1. Morning all,

    Some trappy looking cards today, probably summed up by the 3.00 and 3.35 at Beverley, where it appears that the favourite ‘can’t lose’, so best give a lot of races a swerve. Still no guarantee of winners, but I’m sticking with just these today:

    Lingfield – 1.00 Sayifyouwill (e/w), 3.10 Retrospect
    Newcastle 7.20 Foxy Rascal

    Good luck to everyone with your bets


  2. Other than looking forward to seeing L’Autonomie in the 15.45 at Auteil today, nothing really inspires me in the racing on these shores in terms of punting. Warwick will be worth reviewing this evening, for NH guidance. So may I ask fellow commentators what they are most looking forward to in the coming NH season?

    Mine’s, hopefully, my first visit to the Dublin Festival of Racing.


  3. I’ll be glad to see the back of 5 furlong sprints! Id like to see a move away from the festival being the be all and end all and better horses competing more regularly against each other but thats wishful thinking. i enjoyed the veterans races last year and it will be good to see what the like of the Skeltons have up their sleeve as they were a bit quiet in the summer racing where they have made quite the mark in the past. A syndicate horse to cheer on, lots to enjoy.


  4. Good point about the Skelton’s quiet Summer. Is it a change of direction or just the stable out of form? I suppose they kept a few going to the end of the season when they might have otherwise been rested?


    1. I think I read somewhere in an article about Harry Skelton that they was a change of emphasis to focus on the winter game. The consequence is that he is way behind in the jockeys championship, but he has spent the time upgrading the yard etc.


    2. First few years they were making hay in summer, last year I think they realised they were up to the mark with the best British trainers so Id go with emphasis change for the bigger prizes. They’ve been running so few it’s hard to judge form.. But previously they’ve had a Mark johnston like approach to smet jumps where if they are fit they’re outt


  5. Yeah. Must be funny for Harry in particular. Must be down about 60 winners! Probably more. To be fair I doubt he’s just had his feet up and he’s hardly missed a day last few year


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