Talking Horses Thursday October 7th 2021

A cracking Wednnesday’s tipping from David, who’s been in superb form lately. His nap Dazzling Glory advised 9 to 4 won at 3/1 SP, and his NB Paxis won at 11/8. Brilliant stuff, David.

The Steelman too is back with a massive bang, his nap Treasured Company advised 6-1 wins at SP 11/4. The Steelman also tipped Good Regal at 8-1 which won at SP 17/2. Fantastic work, Steelman; good to see you back.

And Rakib, never away too long from the Hitlist napped Dha Leath advised e/w at 10s, came home to win at an SP of 12/1. Superb stuff, Rakib. All three of you have made it a memorable day on the blog.

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The blog’s nap Pink Eyed Pedro was blown away by the impressive Outonpatrol, who really caught my eye and is the first jumper so far to go into my notebook. He promises to be considerably better over fences than hurdles, and his zest and appetite for a fight were impressive.

Thursday’s nap is Paricolor in the 2.30 Ludlow at 6/1 BOG.

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  1. After a decent day today I’m chucking a few quid at the racing at Ayr. It’s not the most inspiring card but here I go …

    3.15 John Kirkup 14-1 EW 5P (Nap)

    Needs it softer than he has been getting. Big Les (Fav) will be hard to beat but I’d rather have a go for a quid or two at a bigger price.

    4.25 One hart 16-1 ew

    Totally speculative. Only real pace angle I can see in the race. Seems to have been mostly AW based for its career but it’s with Grant tuer now and he likes to find these weak races at northern tracks to win.

    4.55 Nikolayeva 12-1 EW 4P NB

    Plummeting mark. Wants soft turf and now into a class 6. I fear De mazarano could well still be ahead of his mark. But most in this race had question marks about temperament or trip.

    A lunch money bet kind of day ….

    Good luck

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  2. Firstly thanks for all the support yesterday for our filly from both members and non members. Dilton summed up the filly’s first run perfectly yesterday. We are content.

    The nap is a short priced double SERGEANT Exeter 15.05 and STORM HOME Exeter 16.15. The NB tomorrow is HUNNY MOON Worcester 13.38 – small bet at 2.89/1.

    And DN’s French reconnaissance mission continues with his small share in WAR DIAMOND 33/1 at Bordeaux Le Bouscat, with Ioritz Mendizabal replacing the apprentice. No bet advised, but if you are that way inclined, prayers would be appreciated.

    Cependant, comme disent les Français, il faut être de la partie pour concourir !


    1. Milton also runs Mi Laddo and Sufi today. Mi Laddo looks like it’s seen some money 14s into 8s and id say has a better chance than Sufi.
      You nap looks to have a good chance. Sargeants last run was upgraded by my Nap yesterday.
      Thanks for the update DN. All sounds great.


  3. In the off chance that there may be a decent race with a class Horse running today I quickly scanned the N. America and French Racecards. The answer is no and Chelmsford is about as good as it gets.
    However the 14.35 at St. Cloud led me to delve in to the background of the Wertheimer owned, Fabre trained Martel.
    He is out of the double G1 winner Lady of Shamrock who cost 2 million dollars.
    Unfortunately her 1st 3 Foals were useless and it is probably why Fabre ran him in a silly maiden but the ground was listed as heavy and that must count today.
    I found out he has a half brother called Oxalis which is a crass name as this plant is deadly if a Horse ingests it.
    Enough Martel Brandy is also deadly for a Horse.
    My nap is Martel in the 14.35 at St. Cloud at 11/8.
    It is a field of 7 and I may do an alcohol related tricast with Condrieu and Day Off.
    I am torn with my N.B. between the top weight Anchorage in the 13.45 at Thurles and Malawi in the 16.40.
    Ballydoyle are running Horses at Thurles with an overall win rate of 1% today.
    I will go for Malawi in the Horse and Jockey. I think the pub of that name sponsor that race but it actually sits in a real village called Horse and Jockey.


  4. If anyone has a spare 30k hidden under the mattress the filly that ran 2nd in the bumper at Ludlow is looking for an owner .


  5. The two Shorties mentioned by DN have obvious claims and Paul Nichols has 2 at Worcester ( 2.48, 3.58) that might be worth playing with them in trebles and an Acca. At longer odds todays nap is A Night in Milan ay Ayr in the 16.55 ( 4-1). Ive had some nights in Milan, wonderful food and Duomo di Milano is awe inspiring but it seemed very much a working city rather than a touristy place. Reminded me lots of Glasgow in truth, they even have proper bookmakers that show UK racing live.


      1. it was a cracker of a finish – won going away from just about nowhere! Great ride when it works but gave it plenty to do.


        1. Didn’t look comfortable for most of the trip, It was being bumped along for the first mile so I was looking to cash out most of the way then in the straight it patently wasn’t worth it! Glad it got going eventually… interestingly, I think I heard it’s a relative of one of Joe’s faves, Native River. I thought the ‘great ride when it works’ totally applies to Sergeant at Exeter (DN’s tip) if you saw that -now that was confidence!


          1. Did see Sergeant. Very confident ride, cruising through at last and going away. As weight climbs hopefully be a bit closer to pace but still worth keeping on side


  6. Todays EW Nap is Frightened Rabbit 16:55 Ayr 10/1 4 places…2nd last time out and could have gone on to win but was forced very wide by a loose horse during the final furlong or two.


  7. Will try to sneak a late nap: Plastic Paddy in the 8.00 Newcastle, an odd 7/5 price. Should have more scope at the mile trip.


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