Talking Horses Sunday September 26th 2021

Apologies for yesterday’s blog being left halfway down the page. These should automatically ‘stick to the top’, and I must have screwed up on that.

The Hitlist is back with two Saturday winners – DN providing one with Asad Zabeel in France at 2/1, and Alan the other with 4/1 winner Modammej. Well done, gents.

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

The blog’s nap today is Strong Johnson in the 4.35 at the Curragh at 7/1.

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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  1. After Timing. I cannot lie.
    I did back JS on an Horse the day before but not in the Cambridgeshire, itself.
    I did back Tenebrism in the Cheveley Park.
    A curious campaign for Tenebrism with plenty of patience and I know DN was impressed by her debut and was probably on.
    I am expecting Ballydoyle rewards today and will do them all in multiples.
    However I am going for Arthurian Flame in the 16.05 at the Curragh around 10/1 as my nap.


        1. Her similarly-silked stablemate Luxembourg does look co-fav for the Derby tho. Wasn’t a great Beresford but he does look to have the turn of foot High Definition clearly didn’t have. Nap: Greatgadian 2.50 Epsom ,100/30. The Varian stable is flying along pretty merrily now and this fellow went close back on Derby day there. NB Moon Daisy 4.05 Curragh ,5/1.


          1. Luxembourg ran very green and I thought he would veer left. Heffernan managed to keep him looking at Horses on the right and doing what they are doing.
            Even though it was only his second run I wouldn’t be surprised if cheek pieces are on next time which should be the Futurity.


    1. You may well be right with your Ballydoyle multiples, however, I am interested in 3 at the Curragh. The nap being SUNSET SHIRAZ 7/2 14.30. The NB is LISMORE 9/2 15.35. Then NEW ENERGY at 9s in the 14.00.


      1. My wife and I had the privilege of meeting Dilton and his lovely wife last night here in Portugal. We were wined and dined and any trepidation about meeting new people soon evaporated in the heat of a warm evening. Dilton in my mind is now the “horse whisperer” and I, with the rest of the syndicate should have every confidence in his knowledge and the choices that he is making on behalf of us all.


        1. The pleasure was all ours and we had a most enjoyable evening with you both , perfect lovely people .Keep up the good work tipping the winners Alan and hope you and Mel enjoy the rest of your holiday here in the sun.


    1. Welcome to the club sir!! I wonder if we should get a tie done in similar vein to the Primary Club, which “reward” those who are out first ball in cricket??

      The nap is Melakaz in the 4.50 at Ffos Las.


  2. Good morning all,

    Probably just about enough racing today with three meetings to look at, but I’ll push the boat out and have an extra Lucky 15 in Ireland to spread the interest across the day:

    1) Curragh – 2.00 Impero, 3.35 Fernando Vichi, 4.00 Moon Daisy, 4.35 Jon Riggins
    2) Epsom 1.50 Galliac, 2.50 Data Protection, 5.00 Gosnay Gold, Ffos Las 2.40 Red Vineyard
    3) Epsom 3.25 Going Gone, 5.00 Sir Oliver, Ffos Las 3.10 Hope Probe, 5.20 Edge Of The Bay

    Good luck to everyone with your bets


  3. A tricky day, Oisin Murphy could have a good day at Fsos Las but I’ll pick Berrahi in the Epsom 3.25 as the nap, good course form always worth weight at this singular venue.


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