Talking Horses Monday October 4th 2021

On catchup, David is added to the Hitlist for his winning nap on Saturday Nickel Back advised 2/1 (SP 11/4). Well done David. On Sunday, the Arc result seemed to stun everyone in racing except the Post’s Maddy Playle – well done to her. The best we did here tipping wise on the race was a 5th place (Skybet went 5 places) for Rakib’s Seliway, tipped EW at 33/1 – nice one Rakib.

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

Today’s nap for the blog is Sir Rumi in the 3.00 Lingfield at 6/1 BOG.

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. After the Lord Mayor’s Show fare on Monday really …but there is a Group 3 at Tipperary 3.35 where I’ll try LOCH LEIN for the red-hot Harrington yard again as an e/w nap, 13/2. NB: Miquelon 6/4 in the 1.00 Lingfield.


  2. 3.52 Stratford – Lost In Monmatre, heavily backed last week (8s to 2s), but was always on the back foot on a trip a little too sharp.
    Nearest at the finish about 4l behind the re-opposing winner, but the extra 2f and softer ground should see him gaining revenge


  3. After making a show of Myself yesterday when I Couldn’t get a grip on a German Pedigree in the 15.05 (GMT) but napped the bad German Egg in the Lagadere at Longchamp at 13.5O (GMT) I am reverting to the solid ground of the incredibly boring Tipperary Racecourse.
    In the opening Maiden I am torn between Sundial and Sussex at 14.05. Equally good names. I was once close enough to kiss the Dam of Sussex who is called Kissed. I don’t know where or when but it is enough for a Nap. The 14.05 at Tipperary is my nap with Sussex


  4. I should also say the Auldchiel Bòoby Prize for September was won by myself with 3 very impressive last finishers in fields of 8 in 3 seperate land masses and 2 G1s. The fact I won demonstrates some validity to the prize. Bacciodilupo churned up a score of 57 and Jonathan gave me a late scare as I know he can go on a Florida Roll but it was all done and dusted early doors.


    1. Congratulations on winning the ABP, I’ll try and do better in October.
      I trust you enjoyed Paris. (As someone nearly said years ago “you’ll always have Paris “).


    2. The winner of the inaugural running of the Auldchiel Bóòby Prize eh🏆🚽🏆…well done/unlucky, egs! And never mind, you’re still a most excellent torquing horse 🐎.


    3. So it seems that I am now etched into the hinterland of history with a prize name after me. Well, if that’s what’s needed – in the words of our master a hetacomb of my reputation – so be it. To all future winners of the ABP, I wish you the best of mental health. Although, since I’ve more or less removed myself from the burden of napping crap horses, you’ll have to ask if such an award is an indulgence. A bit like asking Alexander Johnson (I refuse to call him Boris) to award a trophy for pig breeding. Or am I just a little confused.


    1. Your nap/my nb did it nicely – kicking myself for not tipping the forecast though. Il Bandito just got up for what I think is his 6th 2nd place in a row!


      1. it was a likeable run wasnt it? Nice ride from OM who kept it simple enough and could be called the winner a fair bit it. I believe you are right about Il Bandito!


  5. The syndicate’s AUSSIE MOON is declared to run in the bumper at Ludlow on Wednesday. Let’s all wish she has a nice day out.


  6. NAP My Holy Fox, 3.05 Tipperary, 10/3.

    Very best wishes for Wednesday. May Aussie Moon run well, enjoy it and return safe and sound .


  7. Once again Ruth Carr has a patent running at Wolverhampton this evening…in the 18:00 Katheefa…40/1…this horse has previously won at 25/1 and 28/1 ..only Ruth knows when it is going to go in…18:30 Mac McCarthy 6/1 and Khazaf in the 19:00 8/1


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