Just a few notes. Working on a number of fronts these days and not much energy going spare. Sixteen fillies over 6f on good to firm going. Couple of talking horses here with Al Khateya and Lenience both holding entries for the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). On balance very unlikely these debutantes will have the class to contend at that level but nonetheless their entries hint at ability. The former trained by Richard Hannon was purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle at the yearling sales for 350,000eur. A wide draw is far from ideal. Conversely, Lenience, trained by Martyn Meade, has a prime draw in stall one. This daughter of Oasis Dream is quite interesting simply for the fact that Meade has only given pattern entries to three juveniles this season, including Kurland [pictured]. She runs in the familiar black and white silks of Ladyswood Stud. Sefton Lodge generally go well with their debutantes so if this bay filly has a touch of class I'd expect some promise today if not hitting the frame. At odds of 10/1 there could well be some meat on the bone.  

Lenience - worth a small speculative bet. I'd take the 10/1 and hope she is backed to half odds etc for a decent no-lose bet. Difficult horse to assess in some respects. 

Touched half odds on Betfair so satisfied with my analysis. Either needed the run or poor. Terrible start just about summed things up.  

2yo Dark Horses

Group Horse is a great free resource for spotting top-notch two-year-olds, Steve Taplin would be looking at these juveniles wishing he could add these to his worthy book. I'll keep this short and sweet. Ten top-class horses. These will be winning. Note these horses and watch them perform. Most will win and contest group races.

Emotionless - Charlie Appleby - (unraced)

Fatherly Friend - Karl Burke - (raced)

Foundation - John Gosden - (unraced) 

Lapilli - William Haggas - (unraced)

The Invisible Dog - Richard Hannon - (unraced)

Zhui Feng - Amanda Perrett - (unraced)

Awesome Quality - James Tate - (unraced) 

Spanish City - Roger Varian - (unraced)

Taneen - Roger Varian - (uraced)

Click And Roll - David Brown - (unraced) 

All are best bets at 13/2 & less SP. Zhui Feng may be a bigger price. 

Saturday Tipping Competition

It seems a long old time since the last Saturday Tipping Competition but with the turning on a new month we're back. Alan Winter won a tidy sum to take June's meaty prize, after showing sparkling form all year long. Can the man who brings Winter to Summer use his futuristic freeze gun to hinder those who dare to win some loot? I'm quite fearful, myself. Anyway, all those who want to join the Pro Comp, please pay your £10 via the Pay Pal button on HCE. For all the freebies, take the plunge. What's a tenner on the grand scale of things. The choice, as they say, is yours. 1PM Deadline. Good luck to all. 

1:45 Doncaster Racing Tips (1st Aug) UNISON ESSENTIAL COVER WHEREVER YOU WORK MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

Nothing too outstanding to consider but a few pointers for horses that could go well this season. Interested in seeing how Taurean Star goes here. Michael Bell has a pretty poor strike rate on debut which makes me wonder if this American bred son of Elnadin will be better second time out. It's a plus Jamie Spencer is on board and a Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) entry brings confidence. It wouldn't be a surprise to see this bay colt show up well. On balance, I'd take a watching brief. 

3:25 Newmarket - *Nemoralia is held in high regard by connections and done little wrong last start over course and distance. Not the biggest price at 7/4 but must go well. 

4:20 Goodwood - A very interesting maiden and a few well touted two-year-olds looking for this big purse of £16,000 to the winner. *Beast Mode could be capable of better. Mediciman has sound each way claims if priced 13/2 & less SP. Tigerwolf is high in the pecking order for Mick Channon although very few debutantes win priced in double figures and he's quoted on tissue prices at 25/1. Could still show promise.    

1:45 Doncaster - Taurean Star (best watched but could be a talent)
3:25 Newmarket - *Nemoralia (takes the beating) NR
4:20 Goodwood - Mediciman (ew claims if 13/2 & less SP) 

So irritating watching this race with Mediciman having unending problems in running. I know the pundits on TV only have a fraction of time to give their summary but blimey their comments annoyed me as much as watching the bloody race. It would have gone close with clear run and placed with ease. 

6:10 Musselburgh Racing Tips (31st July) IRISH STALLIONS FARMS EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

I'll keep this brief as I think I'm slowly going mad... Far too busy. One horse is worth noting here and that is Black Hambleton. Bryan Smart hasn't been engulfed with juveniles this season, compared with past, but he has a couple of talents with King Robert and Kentuckyconnection gearing up to race at Group level. This bay colt, a son of Dick Turpin, ran well enough on soft ground on debut at Hamilton behind War Queen. This February foal is likely to improve for that first start and appreciate this step up to 7f. The betting is very important here and I would take a watching brief if not priced 13/2 & less SP. I'm not saying he cannot win outside that guide but it would temper my enthusiasm. If fitting this criteria he should have good win and place claims. With only eight runners it could be sod's law one of two drop out to hinder three places. Even if there are two places I would still bet (no worries if you are betting on the exchanges). 

7:10 Bath - A Maiden Auction Stakes over 5f 161y on good to firm going. Jamie Osborne is always worth noting with his two-year-olds on their second start and My Best Song should be primed today. This American bred daughter of Songandprayer was a cheap buy, a $12,000 yearling. She ran behind the impressive Galileo Gold on debut at Salisbury. The winner is a talent who won the Vintage Stakes (group 2) at Glorious Goodwood the other day for new owners Al Shaqab Racing Ltd. My Best Song was eclipsed by one of today's runners Zeeoneandonly who certainly has pace to burn. She has a wide draw but likely to go to the front. My Best Song is likely to improve after an absence of over fifty days. The betting is very important. I would give this youngster decent each-way claims if priced 13/2 & less. If outside this guide, best watched.  

Black Hambleton 6th (didn't run race - better will be seen next time out)
My Best Song 9/2 2nd 

2:55 Nottingham Racing Tips (30th July) BREEDERS BACKING RACING EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo)

Just a quick note on one or two as no time as usual. 

2:55 Nottingham - Dream Mover will go well for Marco Botti and connections Team Valor. I feel like cheering just thinking about their name. This son of first-season sire Dream Ahead made a lovely introduction and pretty fancied in the betting when third behind Melabi at Doncaster. He cost 160,000gns at the Breeze-up sales and will improve for that first run. Middleman is making his debut and held in some regard by John Gosden. This home bred should be respected. Both are priced about 5/2 [Wednesday evening] which doesn't look great value. I'd hope Dream Mover drifts a touch in the betting and if available at each way prices would be a decent bet. 

4:20 Goodwood - A giant field of eighteen two-year-olds. *Haggle ran well on debut in a class race and must go well for Luca Cumani and Bedford Lodge. I'd be looking for an each way price as there are a few challengers. Notary is a stiff opponent. Of the debutantes Lady Perignon is something of a talking horse for Andrew Balding. She cost 185,000euros at the yearling sales, racing in the silks of Mrs Fitri Hay. I must admit a good few of Balding's two-year-old debutantes have run poorly this season, which tempers enthusiasm. They can hit the mark if priced 10/1 & less so the betting is the best guide. This daughter of Poet's Voice is, perhaps, best watched but worth noting for future.     

2:55 Nottingham - Dream Mover (ew) if available 6/4 1st (was bigger early)
4:20 Goodwood  - *Haggle (ew) if available (NR)

Group Horse - Probably the best horses in the world

It's a funny thing but so many people don't realise what they have right in front of their nose. Always so busy searching for the one bet that will make a difference. You may have seen and read a lot of things about horse racing. You have visited many websites: some good, some bad, some...well it wouldn't be polite to say. It doesn't make much difference what people do in ways. I trundle on with my approach. I know it works. I have one piece of information that you need to consider. In fact, I would go so far to say that this website is as good as you will find. People detail what they know about a stable's top horses. They know what they are told. Grouphorse.co.uk details information that is worth its weight in gold. The best two-year-old fillies and colts in training. I'm telling you now - you will not find better information. Take a look at this entries page here. Jot down the best unraced juveniles, watch them...and then come back and tell me what you think. I don't need to wait for your reply. You will find winner after winner.  

Wednesday's Racing Tips

Just a few pointers. Seven two-year-olds races across the country with changing ground conditions. Looking for one wearing wellington boots and a poncho. Yesterday's tip Sir Roger Moore had no luck in running and is much better than seen. If going for a maiden next start, especially at an average track, will take some beating. 

Back to Wednesday: 

1:50 Redcar - Hope Cove was fancied to go well last start at Doncaster, when third. That turned out to be a pretty hot contest and this looks a lesser race to taste of victory. If available at each-way prices - a fair bet. Kingthistle hasn't been seen for a couple of months but ran with credit at stakes class in the Brian Yeardley at Beverley. Mick Easterby doesn't have many juveniles in his care but E A Brook's charge could well hit the frame at 10/1 [backed]. 

6:15 Leicester - Al Dallah is capable of winning a maiden. She ran well on debut, especially so second start and then was collard by a fair juvenile in William Jarvis' at Brighton. Cole's third franked the form with a win at Windsor the other day. This daughter of Footstepsinthesand must have each way claims if prices allow. Continental Lady is worth noting on debut for David Brown. This daughter of Medicean is one of two fillies entered for the Lowther Stakes (Group 2) and her stablemate won last start. Their debutantes can go well especially if priced 13/2 & less sp. If well backed it would be a sign of confidence. Certainly worthy of interest and could be a winner in waiting. 

7:50 Leicester - Philip McBride is a trainer I rate and Musical Taste has been relatively fancied on both her starts to date. This daughter of Makfi is owned by Qatar racing Ltd. I had a few quid on this horse second start and expected a big run but it didn't really happen. The race has turned out to be a fair standard but I do think this bay filly may have disappointed for some reason. This doesn't look the strongest of races and the stable have a very good strike rate (small sample) at this course and I would hope she can ht the frame and fingers crossed she wins. 

1:50 Redcar - Hope Cove  (ew) 9/2 2nd
6:15 Leicester - Al Dallah (ew)  3/1 3rd + Continental Lady (ew) if 13/2 & less SP 100/30 1st (bigger earlier) 
7:50 Leicester - Musical Taste (ew)  7/2 2nd     


Sir Roger Moore ran well on debut but disappointed when upped in class in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. This bay colt, a son of Zodiac, is very well regarded at home and after a spell on the sidelines hold good each way claims. Sterling Lines wasn't the most expensive yearling, especially racing in the silks of Mrs Fitri Hay who could add a couple of zeros on to the £22,000 and still go shopping for Gucci shoes. This son of Equiano is one of the better two-year-olds in Chapple-Hyam's stable and worth noting for the future. If backed to 13/2 & less could well make his presence felt. All in all, it's a pretty competitive race which isn't too surprising with almost £13,000 to the winner.  

1:55 Newmarket Racing Tips (25th July) ADNAMS SOUTHWOLD BITTER EBF STALLIONS MAIDEN STAKES (Plus 10 Race) (CLASS 4) (2yo)

Muntazah  was very unlucky not to win on debut when seriously hampered. This son of Dubawi is a beautiful specimen with plenty of size and scope. It is often difficult to judge horses as they can look different when compared from one race to the next but this bay colt is one of the best looking two-year-olds I have seen this season. Barry Hills is doing a great job for his late son, John, and this youngster holds a couple of flashy group entries and must go well. Recorder is held in high regard for William Haggas and is another who will have support. Culturati has ability and makes an intriguing race. Muntazah would be an excellent bet if each-way prices are available.   

Recorder 13/8 1st
Culturati 8/1 2nd 
Muntazah 7/4 5th

4:05 York - John Quinn knows a decent two-year-old when he sees one and Reputation is likely to improve a good deal from his debut over course and distance. This son of Royal Applause wasn't fancied in the betting when behind one of today's runner Point Of Woods. I'd expect this bay colt to be more professional this second start and justify his Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) entry. He has been entered for a number of races which gives the impression they are searching for the appropriate race. If available at each-way prices I'd be hopeful of hitting the frame.     

Reputation 9/4 1st 


Spanish City is well regarded by Roger Varian. This home bred chestnut son of Exceed And Excel is out of a Listed-winning mare, placed at Group 3. He has been given a Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) and Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) entry which suggest big plans. Although betting on debutantes can be like playing with fire I would take these as positives and expect a big run. If available at each-way odds is worth a small bet. Win or lose you will be hearing more of this colt. (Withdrawn 7/1)

3:40 Thirsk - Ribbing was sent off 3/1 joint favourite at Kempton when 4th in what looked a hot maiden. The winner is top flight, while the second horse has come out and won since. A chestnut filly trained by David Simcock. This American-bred daughter of Distorted Humor cost 85,000GNS at the breeze-up sales. She has received an entry for the Rockfel Stakes (Group 2) - the only 2yo group entry given by the trainer this season. I would expect an improved performance. It's slightly disappointing this race has seven runner and only two places for each way bettors if touching those kind of odds. However, I would be surprised if Ribbing wasn't in the first two. (2nd 5/2)