Saturday Tipping Competition

Enjoy horse racing? 

How about joining our Saturday Tipping Competition? 

Place your mythical 2 points stake (win or each way) on one selection every Saturday for the month. 

It's so simple: leave your tip via blog post comment (which goes live Friday evening) or send an email It's easy, fun and it makes pocketing a decent prize - within your grasp. 

The monthly winner receives a £10 free prize. That's right it doesn't cost you a bean to enter and you can pocket a tenner.

Along side the free entry, we run a Pro Competition? (It's the same competition, selection etc as free comp but for a decent wedge.) 

Simply use the Pay Pal button (below) to make your £10 entry fee and join a great group of regulars in a winner-takes-all competition. It's great fun, lets you dance the dance with outlandish bragging rights - and (could) put money in your pocket!

Many winners of the free competition have used their prize as entry for the pro competition - winning £170 [Eric]. Not bad when it cost him nothing! 

Several thousand pounds have been paid in prize money. The monthly winners usually bag £120+. The more entrants - the bigger the prize. If you have friends who would love to take part and fancy winning the pot then bring them along. Unlike bookmakers a winning entrant will never be banned.

In truth, we would love a monthly prize of £250. With readers' help we can make it happen. 

The rules are given here. It's simple, fun and we are talking wonga.      

Earn money when a friend joins the pro ranks. If you find a new pro comp player then we will pay you £1.50. (A one off payment for that player/Pay Pal email address, they must not have been in the free or pro competition before). All new entrants will be asked who sent them along and when they say your name (Clint, Eric, Jodonovan....etc) you get the money.   

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Tipster selections:

5:45 Newmarket - Atlantic Crossing 2pt w (Colzoss)


A 0-65 rated handicap. Eight two-year-olds racing over 5f on good to firm ground. By all accounts an average race. One horse makes appeal as a potential in-running lay bet, perhaps at big odds-on. 

On Appro has run five times, placed third on one occasion. Tim Easterby's bay daughter of Approve races in the familiar silks of Habton Farms. Make no mistake this filly is fast over four furlongs. In fact, she would have gone close to winning on a few occasions if such a distance was available in this country. This bay showed such pace last start when contesting a claiming race at Catterick over the minimum trip. Drifting hugely on the exchanges just before the off, touching about 40/1, before something of a late punt. Those backers were probably aware she would hit the front and have the opposition struggling to keep tabs. That is, until the final furlong, where she tired dramatically in the closing stages. 

There is a fair chance those race tactic will be employed at Musselburgh and touch short odds in-running. I would be tempted to lay this horse in-running at 1.5 (1/2on) if not much shorter. If this doesn't go to plan then you have nothing to lose but if tearing off in front then the bet could easily be laid. There is always the chance the horse could win although I feel that is unlikely. However, if laid in running at huge odds on there is little to be lost. Certainly worth an interest which could return a potentially big win.

Warwick Racecourse aims to become leading small Jumps course with all-Jumps programme from 2015

Wednesday 30th July 2014 – Jockey Club Racecourses today announced plans for a 17-fixture all-Jumps race programme at Warwick Racecourse from 2015 and a vision for the Midlands track to become regarded as one of the UK's leading small Jumps courses within the next five years.

With an all-Jumps focus, clear identity and a boosted race programme, the move is designed to help the course to thrive over the long-term, rather than continue to struggle to remain viable in its current dual-code capacity. The plan – developed by the local course management and racecourse committee with the help and full support of the wider Jockey Club Racecourses team – will see several million pounds invested in Warwick in the coming years, including through reservoir expansion, enhanced irrigation systems and prize money contributions.

The current Flat course will be utilised to provide a spring or autumn course, in addition to the existing winter course. The move follows a programme of consultation about the best future for the racecourse, which was the first to stage Jumps racing in Great Britain in 1831, effectively introducing the code to these shores. 

The consultation, which gathered the views of trainers, jockeys and owners, as well as Warwick Annual Members and racegoers, highlighted the significant differences in perception between the quality and purpose of Flat racing at Warwick in comparison to its more highly regarded Jumps programme. Warwick currently stages 11 Jumps fixtures and 10 Flat fixtures. Jockey Club Racecourses has worked collaboratively with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to develop Warwick’s new all Jumps programme, particularly in the conversion and transfer of fixtures. Having consulted with The Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association, the BHA has approved the conversion of six Flat fixtures to Jumps at Warwick and four Flat fixtures transferring to Nottingham (x2), Carlisle and Epsom Downs, within the provisional 2015 Fixture List. The management at Warwick will work in consultation with BHA Course Inspectors on implementing the necessary changes to the track in order to accommodate the additional Jump fixtures. 

The specific details will be confirmed as part of the publication of the 2015 Fixture List by BHA. With a total of 17 Jumps fixtures slated from 2015 – running August to May – Jockey Club Racecourses has pledged to increase its average prize money contribution across Warwick’s Jump fixture programme for 2015. 

Recent highlights over Jumps at Warwick include the Betfred Classic Chase, contended by the likes of Auroras Encore and West End Rocker; the Kingmaker Novices' Chase, won by Long Run and Finian's Rainbow; and the Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle), won by The New One and Carruthers. Three of the last five winners of the Crabbie's Grand National – Auroras Encore, Ballabriggs and Don't Push It – raced at Warwick in the build up to their Aintree triumphs. In addition, it has been announced recently that a Novice Chase in January, the Hampton Novices’ Chase, has been upgraded to Listed status by BHA. Many industry commentators have expressed the desire for British racing to strengthen the quality of the Jumps programme throughout the year and en route to the major festivals. Jockey Club Racecourses intends for this move to help towards achieving this. 

The UK's leading racecourse group is governed by The Jockey Club's Royal Charter commitment to act solely for the long-term good of British racing. 

Ian Renton, the Jockey Club Racecourses Regional Director responsible for Warwick Racecourse, said: "Warwick can now benefit from a clear identity and, in the coming years, significant investment as a top quality small Jumps course. I have every confidence it will succeed because we are building on Warwick's existing strengths, which has been underlined by the industry’s support for Jumps racing through the consultation we have carried out over the last few months. We want people talking about fantastic racing at Warwick and boosting the important role it plays in the British Jumps racing programme. "We could invest further in the Flat track at Warwick, such as increasing the camber, but that work would just return the Flat course to a position where the course has been struggling. It's not a decision we’ve taken lightly but I feel we have left no stone unturned to ensure this is the right move for British racing in the long-term. It's time for Warwick not just to survive, but thrive."

Nicky Henderson, leading Jumps trainer, added: “I very much welcome the news and see it as a huge benefit to Jumps racing. “Warwick is a very fair course that has good, competitive Jumps racing, especially in the novice chase and novice hurdle departments. The fences are nicely sighted, they can be a little challenging down the back, but they are of a good size. We run plenty of horses there and with good, competitive novice hurdles and novice chases the field sizes are always good. “It is very positive that the current Flat course is being transferred as additional space to run the Jumps races, and to have the flexibility of that extra ground. The ground can get testing in the winter making the spring ground less desirable but it’s a bonus that this issue will be resolved to allow for the space to run the extra fixtures that have been introduced during the spring and the autumn. “Geographically it is very well situated for us in Lambourn and it is an inviting course for all sorts of horses. The prize money at Warwick has always been good and they run some good races there.”

2:35 Goodwood (31st July) Ivawood: Winning Money This Easy Is Pornographic

The Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes Group 2 for colts and geldings over 6f on good to firm ground. Nine two-year-olds take part: all raced and winners. This contest could well be about one horse - Ivawood.

This son of first season sire Zebedee cost 220,000gns when purchased at Tattersalls October Sales 2013 (Book 1) Lot 472, by Mrs A Skiffington. This February foal, a bay colt, out of a poor multiple-winning mare [Keene's Royale, trained by Ralphe Beckett] has won both starts to date. 

Richard Hannon has a wealth of talented two-year-old horses in his two stables but Ivawood was very much a talking horse on debut when racing over the minimum trip on debut at Sandown [5f]. Racing in the familiar silks of owners Carmicheal Jennings, this good-looking juvenile was sent off 8/11f when making a taking debut win over Magical Memory, who proved victorious at Leicester next start. 

Every inch a confidence rider, Richard Hughes won in unhurried fashion when taking the July Stakes Group 2 at Newmarket over 6f, going away in the final 100 yard to win readily by two-and-half lengths. 

Other race entries include: Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2), Champagne Stakes (Group 2), Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2). The Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) & Racing Post Trophy (Group 1) are likely to be on the agenda come the end of the season.

Both trainer and jockey have spoken of this horse in glowing terms and it is already one of the favourites for next year's 2,000 Guineas. 

It would be a major surprise if this 4/9f doesn't arouse a winner's cheer at Glorious Goodwood. 

Australia on target for Juddmonte International

With the British Flat racing season well past the midway stage of 2014 the York Ebor Festival, featuring the top class Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, is drawing nearer, this year promising to feature the outstanding three-year-old middle-distance colt Australia, trained by Aidan O’Brein, writes Elliot Slater.

The International is always one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the year, a clash between the best three-year-old’s and older horses in training, often attracting the cream of the crop from not only Britain and Ireland, but also from France, and occasionally from even further afield. If Australia does indeed take his chance in the 10 furlong contest he will be expected by most experts to start at odds-on on Betfair, despite the strength of the opposition that could include such as Mukhadram, Noble Mission, Trading Leather, and The Grey Gatsby.

Australia, a son of Galileo, proved himself a smart performer last term when landing two of his three races as a juvenile, including a Group 3 success at Leopardstown in September that made plenty of good judges sit up and take notice, marking him down as a potential Derby winner. The Ballydoyle-based colt did little wrong on his seasonal reappearance when running over an inadequate mile in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, staying on strongly under pressure inside the final furlong under Joseph O’Brien to finish a close third behind the surprise winner Night of Thunder and the outstanding three-year-old miler of this season, Kingman.

His 2000 Guineas run unsurprisingly hinted at much better to come over a longer trip and Australia duly started a warm favourite for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 7, never giving his backers a moment’s concern as he glided around Tattenham Corner before coasting into the lead a furlong from home, eventually going on to beat the gallant Kingston Hill with plenty in hand by a length-and-a-quarter,

His subsequent victory in the Irish Derby was little more than an exercise canter when Kingston Hill was a late withdrawal leaving O’Brien’s star to beat two inferior stable companions without turning a hair. It won’t be that easy at York, and with the likes of Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram, subsequently an excellent third in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot behind the brilliant Taghrooda, the much improved Noble Mission (a Group 1 winner this term), and the impressive French Derby winner, Kevin Ryan’s locally trained The Grey Gatsby amongst his potential rivals, any flaws in Australia’s ability to perform at the highest level over just 10 furlongs could well be exposed.

For his part, Aidan O’Brien appears to have few concerns on that score, pointing out that his charge had the pace to go very close over a mile in the 2000 Guineas and is one of the classiest thoroughbreds he has ever handled.

It all points to Australia in the Juddmonte International at York on August 20, a race that looks well worth waiting for.

2:30 Goodwood (29th July) BET365 MOLECOMB STAKES (Group 3) (CLASS 1) (2yo)

A Group 3 Class 1 Stakes race over 5f on good going. Eight two-year-olds take part: seven colts and one filly. All juveniles have multiple race experience, winners bar one colt trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam. A fascinating race featuring some of the best juvenile sprinters.

Beacon has shone brightly since losing on debut when strongly fancied. It is interesting to consider that Richard Hughes [jockey] said this son of Paco Boy was better than another of their stars Kool Kompany who has won five of his six races, twice at Group 2. In fairness, Beacon has something to prove to match that talent but this January foal has caught the eye with a progressive profile, seemingly taking a major step forward last start when winning the Dragon Stakes Listed Race at Sandown over the minimum trip. This bay colt was a great yearling buy at £52,000 and a supreme acquisition for the familiar racing silks of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Albany). This good-looking juvenile won well last start and was favoured by Hughes' hold-up tactics. In some respects the Sandown race fell a part with Mukhmal & Snap Shot setting the pace. That approach has proven the downfall of the former when giving what could only be described as a ridiculous ride in the Norfolk Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot. If this turns into a tactical affair, Mark Johnston's juvenile may prove a tougher nut to crack if ridden with more restraint.

However, you can guarantee Hughes will sit off the pace and play a waiting game with Beacon, to pounce in the final furlong. 

Cotai Glory looked a difficult horse horse to control on his first three starts and moody when winning at Bath in the hands of George Baker. I had fears this son of Exceed And Excell would spit the dummy out when racing at Listed class, stepping up to 6f. In truth, he ran well and showed a professional attitude. Although beaten in fair style by Limato, time may tell that unbeaten horse trained by Henry Candy is smart. Dropped back to the minimum trip there will be no fears about him getting the distance but whether these fractions will have this chestnut colt slightly struggling for pace only time will tell. 

Dougal hails from the Hannon stable, which always impress at Goodwood. This son of Zebedee was outclassed when a 25/1 shot when well behind the stable's star turn Ivawood. There may be strength in numbers but more is needed today. 

Fast Act is a winner trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Jamie Spencer. A fair juvenile but may need the favourites to disappoint to prove victorious.

Union Rose seemingly ran a superb race when second in the Windsor Castle Listed Race at Royal Ascot but looking flattered when beaten with ease by Beacon at Sandown. He needs an excuse and a return to those dizzy heights, which doesn't seem likely. 

Spirit Of Xian is the only filly in the field, one of three runners for Richard Hannon. The blinkers are applied in hope of finding improvement which is needs against the boys. 

Burning The Clocks doesn't look good enough. 

Summary: Beacon looks the logical horse after beating Mukhmal last start at Sandown. However, it would be interesting if Hanagan could play a more tactical role and restraint rather than blast off too fast on Mark Johnston's two-year-old. He hasn't had a chance to show his true ability on these last two starts. Beacon will make a late charge and could well be a class act. Hughes rides this horse and track well and the one to beat. Cotai Glory has ability but whether this drop in distance will suit is a matter of opinion. Although well behaved last time out he could boil over if his temperament shows and one to watch until the off for those who fancy a bet. Beacon should take all the beating.

Saturday Tipping Competition

The final week of this month's Saturday Tipping Competition. It's tough at the top. OneEyeEnos & Rawnsley share the lead with 26pts. Will we see a tactical tipping heat? I'd go for an ew bet on a 1/10 shot myself. That's what makes this competition so much fun. It's like playing chess against Barbara Windsor. You're thwarted by images of Carry On Doctor and an enpassant of two fond memories. Sorry, I was daydreaming there. Back to proceedings. It might not be enough to rest on your laurels because Betmanmike sits on their heels with 20pts. Bobby Talk heads the field for the free competition with 21ts and could well pocket a tenner if backing a winner. Emanuel is a fraction behind with 20.5pts after a solid month.  Other double-figure point scorers include: Shukman (14pts), Fred Pippage (14pts), Capt Heathcliffe (13.41pts) & Racing Mama (10.4pts). Longbow has 9pts wrestling with Danny et al. No  entries will be uploaded until (1pm DEADLINE) as we don't want any tactical tipping. Email me if you want to keep your tip a secret! Good luck to all.  

Tipster selections:

1:55 Newcastle   - Playboy Bay 2pt w (Longbow) Unp
2:05 Ascot           - Goldcrest 2pt w (Bobby Talk) Unp
2:05 Ascot           - Tongue Twista 1pt ew (Racing Mama) Unp
2:40 Ascot           - Sir Guy Porteus 2pt w (Shukman) Unp
2:40 Ascot           - American Hope 2pt w (OneEyeEnos) 2nd
3:15 Ascot            - Field Of Dream 2pt w (Jodonovan) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Heavens Guest 2pt w (Tecbet) 4th
3:15 Ascot            - Brazos 2pt w (Gareth) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Redvers 2pt w (HCE) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Majestic Moon 2pt w (Betmanmike) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Bronze Angel 2pt w (Capt Heathcliffe) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Watchable 2pt w (Uncle Keith/Paul) 3rd
3:15 Ascot            - Gabriel's Lad 2pt w (Clint) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Pastoral Player 2pt w (Me Old Mum) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Georgian Bay 2pt w (Fred Pippage) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Don't Call Me 2pt w (Davidson) Unp
3:15 Ascot            - Heavy Metal 2pt w (Inittowinit) 1st (68pts)
3:30 York             - Hoof It 2pt w (Eric) Unp 
3:50 Ascot            - Mukhadram 2pt w (Mark) 3rd
3:50 Ascot            - Trading Leather 2pt w (Danny) Unp
3:50 Ascot            - Eagle Top 2pt w (Emanuel) Unp
3:55 Newmarket - Fast Track 2pt w (Rawnsley) 1st (12pts)
4:05 York             - Must Have 2pt w (Pam) 4th
5:00 Ascot            - Rising Breeze 2pt w (Waterhouse) Unp
5:45 Salisbury      - Massai Moon 2pt w (Winter) 3rd
7:15 Salisbury      - Mywaysalways 1pt ew (Bird) Unp

Still to update the final board but congratulations to Rawnsley winning the pro comp while Inittowinit won the free prize.