Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Make mine a double...

Ok, you visit your local bookies. But what's your bet? Are you a singles man? Perhaps a quick double is your favourite tipple. A treble? Patent...trixie? Or with a change of accent and a ten gallon hat - in true John-Inman style - you rush to the window with a Yankee. Why not go over the border for a Canadian? Forget the cheap super market line of alphabettie spaghetti and go for a Heinz. You devil...A Super Heinz. Sounds like having beans on toast with extra tomato ketchup just for the buzz. So you want the best brands? But enough about my ramblings. What I'm interested in learning from readers is what is your favourite bet? Why does it meet your needs? Or which bet do you really hate which drives you to distraction when you see it placed? Don't be shy, leave a comment and I bet we have a winner post (perhaps).

Sunday, 29 January 2012


Hi, My Name Is John...

We Cordially Invite You To... (Our Cocktail Party Celebration)

Welcome, welcome...erm, not you
Wait a minute, can you please ignore the cocktail party suffix. I've told them before...those girls. This is a blog, not a red carpet leading to the bloody Oscars Award. Sorry...  

Nothing too exciting to talk about. Those Daily Beach Babes have been giving me the eye (again) & Hi, My Name is John, has just finished the night shift. We've had mixed reviews about John, so we will keep him to the Sunday slot. More pipe and slippers than Cheltenham Gold Cup. I find Johnny 5 quite amusing. We can learn a lot from our elders (Neil). I bet John has taught you a trick or two from reading his introduction. Next week he has something very funny to share with you. Well, with us all... 

I've been talking to my youngest brother, Gareth.He is a web master. Has a cloak and everything. I think I'm getting mixed up between a web master and a wizard, hey. Well, he runs a couple of successful websites and even sold one, a few years back, to a company in San Francisco. It was down Silicone Valley. Nothing to do with PIP. He met someone from Google, a mix of geeks, taken to a Goo Goo Dolls concerts and heard a funny story about Robin William's wife hiding in the bathroom for two days. I keep telling him to go back.

Well, he is always trying to point me in the right direction, like younger siblings do (in a nice way, of course).

However, as my mind works in furlongs it takes a slap on the arse and someone holding a tuft if grass in front of my face for me to be propelled forward.I kept wondering why I wore metal shoes. I'm sure many of you out there, would suggest I need to remove the blinkers or grow substantial sideburns in an attempt to replicate cheek pieces. You may be wondering - like most of my posts - where this one is leading? I'm talking search engines. (I doubt you saw that coming...)

The Wizard says to gain a higher page ranking we need to write a few guest posts on other blogs/websites. At present we are sitting just at the bottom of page one for ''Racing Tips'' on Google. Think we are just about top of the tree for ''2yo Horse Racing Tips'' or some combo of those words. It's all GobbledyGoogle to me. In this fickle world of search engine words, even a carefully positioned apostrophe can add ten readers a day!

I wonder if anyone actually types ''2yo Racing Tips''. Some. A few. A few die hards with green teeth and weld marks on their hind quarters. I'm feeling sorry for ever creating a blog after writing that last sentence. What have I descended to? However, times must...and to attract even more readers than the Daily Beach Babes could imagine, you (me) well, we need to be at the top of the search engines. I'm wearing shoulder pads just in case we are vying for space because the top of this tree seems as sharp as the point of a diamond. I've got a plan. If you cling to me and I cling to you, and Joe Bloggs hangs on my left metal shoe we could be okay. Well, The Wizard calculated that people who head the list for ''Racing Tips'' will probably gain 100 sign-ups to their ''Free Tips Offer'' a day. Makes interesting reading, hey. I'm not sure what you have to do to reach that summit? That diamond at the top of the tree seems a pretty stiff task. In fact, my climbing crampons have cramped. So we have to look toward more level avenues, rather than ascend those clouds in the sky, chasing rainbows, or pots of gold. It's either pay lots of money, bride, cheat, send the Daily Beach Babes and John to do their stuff or steal a magician's wand. And there's me thinking it was all about picking a winner or two.

Once the new Flat season begins, if any successful blog (i.e.you have a respectable readership) would be interested in a HCE writing a guest post on the subject of two-year-old horse racing then drop me a line. In addition, we would welcome guest posts from other blogs/websites.

Friday, 27 January 2012


I'm glad you're reading this. I need your help. As the two-year-old season has come and gone, the long wait for the new Flat Turf season has begun, but for the moment I need something to fill my ten-gallon hat & cowboy boots. Well, what are we going to do? I have decided to leave that question with you. In fact, you can be part of the Yankeeyou experience. Wait a cattle-rustling minute. This could be revolutionary. It's certainly got my betting account in a spin. This is truly a social betting experience because this Yankee has gone global. I want you to make the selections for my Yankee. Have you got a winner up your sleeve? Do you want to be part of the populous? You, Yankeeyou, you.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Cheltenham Festival 2012

It's in the blood

Cheltenham Festival - The Runners and Riders

The Cheltenham 2012 Festival is the most eagerly awaited event in the National Hunt calendar. There are four days of racing and each day has a great race card that includes a variety of different races ranging from novice races through to Grade 1 featured races. Every year there are spectacular line-ups of runners and riders, and the 2012 festival promises to be no different.

The featured race on Day 1 is the Champion Hurdle which is run over 2 miles and half a furlong. It is anticipated that Hurricane Fly will make a good showing and the horse is a clear ante-post favourite over Grandouet, the winner of the International Hurdle last year. Another horse to look out for is Binocular, the winner of this race in 2010. 

On Day 2 the featured race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.  Last year the race was won by Sizing Europe who this year is back defending his title. He is the clear ante-post favourite ahead of Big Zeb and the Nicky Henderson horse Finians Rainbow. 

Day 3 features the World Hurdle, which is run over 3 miles and includes 12 hurdles to be jumped. Big Bucks is the clear odds-on ante-post favourite. It is not surprising as over the last three years the horse has made this race his own, having won them all. Such a winning streak can’t last for ever, but there is no reason to suppose that he won’t make 2012 his fourth consecutive win. 

The feature race in Day 4 is of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the most important race in the festival. Long Run was the winner last year and he shows every chance of repeating the victory in 2012. He is a clear ante-post favourite, though it is far too soon to write off Kauto Star, despite his advancing years; he will be 12 years old. 

The leading rider in 2011 was Ruby Walsh, a feat he had previously achieved in 2010 and 2009. Will be repeat it yet again this year? In 2009 he won seven races, in 2010 three and in 2011 four. Currently he is the Irish National Hunt champion jockey and his total of wins is now over 1,400; betting on him to clean up this year at the Cheltenham Festival could be smart money well spent. 

With the upcoming Cheltenham festival 2012 getting closer by the minute, why not come and check out all of the latest betting odds and offers today with 2012cheltenhamfestival.com.

Brian Meehan's 2yo For 2012 Season

Brian Meehan
Brian set a benchmark for others in the profession to aspire to in years to come when bookending his first season at Manton by winning two of the world’s most valuable races, the Dubai Duty Free in the Middle East and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the USA, the double yielding staggering prizemoney of £2,777,688 It was an achievement recognised with the coveted ‘International Trainer of the Year’.
In between that magnificent twin triumph, he registered a fine season on the domestic front, highlighted by David Junior’s win in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown in mid-summer.
Even before the move at the beginning of 2006 to the Sangster family’s legendary estate on the Wiltshire Downs near Marlborough, Brian was widely acknowledged as a trainer going places.
When he set up his own training business in Lambourn in 1992, the son of a Limerick orthopadic surgeon had eight horses, one of them owned by his ever supportive close friend Richard Hannon, to whom he had been assistant trainer for six years.
Brian’s progress since those fledgling days has been admirably consistent, and, apart from those already mentioned, his Group 1 wins include the Champion Stakes, Prix Morny, Prix de la Foret, Cheveley Park, Grosser Dallmayr Preis, The Gazelle and most recently the Man O’War stakes with Red Rocks.
It therefore came as no surprise that after John Gosden left Manton, the Sangster family headhunted Brian to take over at what few will argue is the outstanding training establishment in Britain.
With a new three year contract agreed in the spring of 2008, Brian will be aiming to add to the Group 1 winners sent out from there. When the deal was signed, he said:”This is the most wonderful place to train and I’m delighted we’ll be here for at least another three years, possibly longer. We’ve a great relationship with the Sangster family. I believe one of the key elements of our success over the years, both in Lambourn and now here at Manton, is the first class team of staff that we’ve put together; they all work very hard to make certain the job gets done as it should be done.”
To learn more about Brian Meehan's two-year-olds for the 2012 season, please click on the banner (below).

Brian Meehan Website

Charlie Hills Blog Update

We started 2012 in style when our first runner, Basseterre, won readily at Lingfield on Saturday. He could potentially be a nice horse and we will take our time with him now. He came out of the race well and has tightened up for it.

This we we'll have quite a few runners. On Monday Red Soles goes at Wolverhampton. She didn't run last year as she never really showed anything at home. A spell schooling seems to have perked her up, but she has been off an awfully long time and we are not that confident. She will almost certainly visit Dark Angel this year so this may be her only run. One Wednesday a nice filly, Piece Of Cake, runs at Lingfield. She had her fair share of problems which kept her off the track last year, so she will almost certainly need the run. On Thursday Red Trump, a Red Clubs half brother to Moss Vale, and Evelyn May are in Kempton. They are both going nicely at home. Never Satisfied and Hey Fiddle Fiddle are entered at Lingfield on Friday, and Margate is in at Wolverhampton. Never Satisfied, who has done well over the winter, and Margate, who is a nice big filly, are the most likely to run. Hey Fiddle Fiddle is also in at  Lingfield on Saturday.

Looking ahead we have purchased a horse privately to run at St Moritz on 19th February. He is the sprinter Desert Strike who ran at Lingfield on Saturday. He's a big bull of a horse who should hopefully handle the conditions out there.

Charlie Hills Blog

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Psychology Of Winning by Bud Maxwell

Of all the legendary sports figures, golf's Tiger Woods often is the first who comes to mind when you think of the psychology of winning. But the mindset of a winner goes far beyond the sporting fields of competition; rather, it extends to personal relationships, family and career. Much of winning is a mental game, a preparedness by design, a blueprint preplanned in your mind.

Be Prepared

    • The old adage that "nice guys finish last" is likely just that--an old adage. Most experts claim that being prepared is your best bet for success. Preparedness comes in many different forms. An athlete prepares his body for competition by training, a student prepares her mind for an examination by studying and a police officer by intense training. When one's body and mind are properly prepared, the psychological effect of becoming a winner is greatly enhanced.

    Losing is a Part of Winning

    • In order to learn how to become a winner, you also must learn how to lose. Valuable lessons can be learned by losing. It is important to remember that losing is not an indictment of your inability; rather, it should be viewed as a learning tool used to improve your skills. The act of losing can be made positive by managing future emotions and analyzing poor performance.

    Goal Setting

    • Most psychologists believe it is difficult, if not nearly impossible, to win without first establishing a distinct set of goals. Your goals, however, must be achievable and not beyond reasonable expectations. Developing goals, your blueprint for success, is the first step to winning.

    Creating a Vision

    • Just as important as establishing a realistic set of goals is envisioning success. If a person cannot envision being a winner, he never will. As a whole, most people find it less stressful to "not lose" than to win. To most people, losing is easier than winning. Winning is a complex process that involves preparation, training, dedication and goals, a formula that often is beyond the capacity of many. Those who have the ability to envision themselves as winners become just that with preparation and dedication.

    Fear of Winning

    • If you have never won, winning means redefining yourself. For most, it is simply easier to remain the same person you've always been rather than become someone whom others will hold in high regard, envy and even criticize.
      In order to become a winner, you must prepare, create goals, develop a vision and act. Simply put, believing that it is just as easy to win as to lose and following a blueprint for success will go a long way to achieving your winning goal, whether it be in sports, family or career.

Paul Cole Blog Update

The weather seems to have turned cold again this week but all the horses are continuing to do well, the two year olds look great and are still trotting. Swingland, Pearls From Sydney & Joy To The World are back in work here after having a winter holiday at Kirtlington & Stratford Place respectively. Circumvent and Strategic Mount are both cantering. We are planning for Circumvent to run in the Winter Derby at Lingfield at the end of March. 

I didn't catch up with Putin or Berlusconi (rumour) but I did catch up with Pete Towshend who is working over here at the moment. Willie Carson leaves on Thursday and Chris Wright & Martin Myers arrive at the weekend (Racing Update!)

HCE Snippets: Two-Year-Old Talk

George Baker

Dan, Adam, John and Keith (a fellow QPR man) with us through the morning yesterday. To see George Baker canter with his 2-year-old full sister. Who is to be named Petite Georgia......

A busy morning here. Lady Cobham and Giles and Felicity Irwin here to see their Sakhees Secret filly canter. Jeremy Gompertz to see his Notnowcato filly. And Marcus Locock here with some of the syndicate he has put together for the Bahamian Bounty 2-year-old, Bountybeamadam. Well named.....

A quiet week on the runners front. February the lull before the storm of the Flat season kicks into gear. The 2-year-olds continuing their progress.

Monday, 23 January 2012

It's A Price Thing...

HCE Gold Tips  
On the back of Neil's request for more statistical-based insight from two-year-old horse racing I have found a number of pointers which make startling reading. 

* Data adjusted by a strict criteria from HCE.  

Kevin Ryan
A talented trainer of two year olds if you have ever seen one. However, from nearly 300 juveniles to have run on debut over the last number of years 70% of winners were priced 7/1 & less.

Mick Channon
It has always surprised me how this stable maintain the public perception that their two year olds are winners in waiting on their debut runs. In recent years they have attained only an 8% win rate on debut but most startling of all from over 400 runners only a handful won when priced over 8/1, in general, they were 11/2 & less.       

Amanda Perret
It's no surprise to see this stable struggle to win with two year olds on debut. However, in recent years 10 juveniles have been priced 13/2 & less. They all lost.

Peter Chapple-Hyam
Most trainers have a much greater chance of winning with two year olds on their second start compared with debut. In fact, it is almost an unquestionable truth for every trainer of juveniles. Peter Chapple-Hyam is one of the exceptions. His fancied juveniles have a much greater win rate than those on their second start, although their place chances are very similar. Richard Fahey comes from a similar mould, although his first and second time out juveniles have similar strikes rates.

Sir Michael Stoute
Often training the cream of the crop. But did you know that in recent years over 80% of his two-year-old debut winners have been priced 13/2 & less.  

This information is just the tip of the iceberg and part of our analysis for HCE Gold Tips (the best information being kept for our loyal subscribers)

Just a quick note to say Roy is back: 

All out to win

Memorable Big Wins

It started with a horse called Isn't That Lucky and ended with one called A Dream Come True - a run of eight winners that turned a 50p stake into Britain's first million pound betting-shop pay-out.
An unnamed small-time gambler, believed to be in his sixties, backed eight horses to win races in a multiple bet called an accumulator, at combined odds of nearly 2.8 million to one. If just one had lost, he would not have received a penny.
The man is a regular punter at one of William Hill's betting shops in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. He struck his bet on Friday but did not find out about his giant win until he went to place more small bets yesterday.
The punter will collect exactly £1 million in winnings, William Hill's maximum pay-out on horse racing, which it says has never been reached in a betting shop before.
David Hood, a spokesman for William Hill, said: "It is a staggering bet, and earns him a place in history as the world's first betting shop millionaire. Even a scriptwriter couldn't have dreamt this one up."


Page views are a little down today. Probably just one of those days with racing being pretty low grade. 

I am struggling to find the motivation to write posts at times. Not so much writing material but just trying to understand what people want. Need the two-year-old racing to start to give me some focus. The best writing comes from that burning passion which beats within your heart. See, always knew I was being pulled towards Mills & Boon. 

With so little feedback from readers it is difficult to appreciate whether new topics work or not. Hi, My Name Is John, is one new theme I feel has merit. He is a funny character and someone you will be hearing much more about in the near future. Well, if he ticks your box, that is. No point writing if it falls upon deaf ears or people flick past. I know John has little to do with racing in ways (apart from his eachway Trixie) but that may not be a bad thing as it can be good to have a distraction from gambling at times.

The Yankeeyou is okay but as I don't have any strong opinion on horse racing beyond the two-year-olds it has some limitation.

I must say I am disappointed with the numbers joining HCE Gold Tips. I know it's not the best time to for people to join - being out of season etc - so we will have to see how things pan out. I would like to thank Mark of Patient Speculation for his recommendation on his blog. It is much appreciated. All subscribers will be given the most professional service and I will be pulling out all the stops to make this season profitable. If HCE Gold isn't in profit by the end of the 2012 season then I will be amazed. In fact, if it doesn't go well then I will not give any tips in future. In truth, it doesn't make a blind difference whether people subscribe or not because this is simply a promotion for bigger and brighter opportunities but if people want to be part of something I feel have potential then you are welcome. I would like to thank all those who have subscribed. You will not be disappointed - just impressed.

Thanks for all those who read HCE on a regular basis. 

(I want to apologise for being Mr Grumpy Head. I will upload a motivational post and stare at it for an hour or two :-)


That's me looking at today's page view stats

Hello, My Name Is John

It's A Trainer No Brainer

Mark Tompkins
Trainers trainers everywhere but not a horse to back. Well, that can often seem the case when betting two-year-olds on debut. In fairness, it isn't the wisest move to bet on juveniles when making their race course bow because from a statistical standpoint they are much more likely to win on their second start. Peter Chapple-hyam, Richard Fahey & Tom Dascombe are masters at scoring on debut. However, many trainers feature a particularly poor strike rate. Here are a few of the worst candidates.

Worst Trainers For 2yo Debutantes Winners    (Based on *statistics  at least 6 years data)

Mark Tompkins 0/128

Michael Esterby 2/102

Rod Millman 1/94

Dean Ivory 0/54

Hughie Morrison 4/115

John Hills 3/122

Michael Blanshard 0/48

Peter Makin 0/46

Reg Hollinshead 0/45


All selections from Mr Random

Sunday, 22 January 2012


For Immediate Release Jan. 13, 2012

From acclaimed director Michael Mann and “Deadwood” creator David Milch, the
nine-episode season of LUCK, starring Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar®
nominee Nick Nolte, debuts SUNDAY, JAN. 29 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT), with other
episodes debuting on subsequent Sundays at the same time.

LUCK is a behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gambling's
denizens - owners, trainers, jockeys and gamblers. Michael Mann assembled a brilliant
cast led by Hoffman and Nolte when he directed the pilot written by series creator David
Milch. In making the episodes as executive producers, they work collaboratively together
with Milch masterfully overseeing the writing for the series and Mann supervising every
aspect of the filmmaking. LUCK was filmed at Santa Anita Park and other Los Angeles

As the series opens, Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) is released from
three years in federal prison. Heʼs met by his driver and bodyguard, Gus Demitriou
(Dennis Farina), who fronts as the owner of the $2 million Irish Horse that Ace just
bought. A brilliant but disreputable trainer, the Peruvian Turo Escalante (John Ortiz),
introduces us to their prized Irish thoroughbred, who is being examined by his girlfriend,
track veterinarian Jo (Jill Hennessy).

LUCK – 2
Meanwhile, veteran trainer-turned-owner Walter Smith (Nick Nolte) contains his
optimism pinned on his promising “Big Horse” because heʼs wary. Of what, weʼre unsure,
but we learn thereʼs a dark history and a shadow of scandal behind the horse.
Four degenerate gamblers, Marcus (Kevin Dunn), Renzo (Ritchie Coster), Jerry
(Jason Gedrick), and Lonnie (Ian Hart), meanwhile, are pooling their meager resources to
bet Jerryʼs hunch on the dayʼs long shot, a high-stakes Pick Six winners contest.
LUCK also stars Richard Kind as jockey agent Joey Rathburn; Tom Payne as a
beginner jockey Leon, a.k.a. “Bug Boy”; Kerry Condon as Rosie, an exercise girl with
jockey ambitions; and real-life racing Hall of Famer Gary Stevens as Ronnie Jenkins, a
talented but boozy veteran jockey.
Continuing guest stars on the series include Patrick J. Adams, Joan Allen, W. Earl
Brown, Bruce Davison, Spencer Garrett, Barry Shabaka Henley, Ted Levine, Jurgen
Prochnow, Alan Rosenberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Chantal Sutherland and Sir Michael

Episode one is directed by Michael Mann and written by David Milch; episode two
is directed by Terry George and written by John R. Perrotta; episode three is directed by
Allen Coulter and written by Bill Barich; episode four is directed by Phillip Noyce and
written by Jay Hovdey; episode five is directed by Brian Kirk and written by Scott Willson;
episode six is directed by Henry Bronchtein and written by Robin Shushan; episode seven
is directed by Brian Kirk and written by Amanda Ferguson; episode eight is directed by
Allen Coulter and written by John R. Perrotta & Jay Hovdey; and episode nine is directed

by Mimi Leder and written by Eric Roth.
The executive producers of LUCK are David Milch, Michael Mann and Carolyn
Strauss; co-executive producers are Henry Bronchtein and Eric Roth; Dustin Hoffman
serves as producer.

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Guess Who?

No, it's not Mr Potato Head

This photo is made of two horse race trainers. 

But who?

(It's too easy, hey)

(Just to make it difficult who is the third bloke?)

Either Retweet or phone Crime Stoppers (now)

Friday, 20 January 2012

A Quiet Day, Mr Fahey

Richard Fahey
I have been struggling to write posts these last few days. I'm relying on the Daily Beach Babes and Yankeeyou to fill this space. 

Sure they have their fans, those girls.

I would like to thank the regular supporters of the Yankeeyou who forward their tips. In truth, it is a thankless task. If the selections win, the world and his wife want more but if they lose then Mr & Mrs from Cats Bottom convince themselves they could do much better following their olds aunt's method of reading the tea leaves. I sometime wonder if I would be better to revert to more stealthy tactics and bet behind my cloak and dagger. Perhaps turn into Mr Random. Who knows, one day I may just disappear from blogging as quick as I arrived. As with most things in life, it is probably best to please yourself and let the rest of the world come and go as they wish.

This two-year-old black hole doesn't make for inspiring prose. Always waiting for the new season to begin. I had intended to write a few HCE Snippets, taken from trainer blogs with regard to their juveniles, how they are progressing etc. The Brocklesby is a word two-year-old fans listen out for. It's like a whisper which grows to a shout as the race day comes galloping into sight. It's akin to a Chinese whisper. That tiny promise builds momentum, playing Mind Games with those who dare dream...

The problem with many trainer websites is that their blogs are lacking in regular content. George Baker, Ann Duffield & Roger Charlton are the exception to that rule because they are avid bloggers and very insightful, humerous and honest souls. The Horse Trainer Website Directory, which can be found on HCE, took many hours to develop but it's bordering on a waste of time for the few who use it. Well, it is there if needed. I always take a look at what the trainers have to say, especially if I am considering a wager. It only takes a moment or two and it is often the difference between betting an not. True, some never have a bad horse, while others are so secretive they never say a word. I noticed a couple of times last year that Richard Fahey and owners Middleham Park Racing had a slight conflict in where their juveniles raced. In general, the owners opinion took preference although Fahey was at least honest enough to note publicly that he would have rather followed a different path. He wasn't always right. It struck me with last year's Brocklesby runner, Our Boy Jack, who went off 10/3. Fahey didn't seem to fancy its chances at all. I can't remember his reasoning but the colt done nothing that day although won a small race later in the season. If you learn about a trainer's opinion - his traits - you can appreciate whether he is open or not... too optimistic...or just trying to throw you a wide ball. I think there is a thin line between being cunning and trying to pull the wool over people's eyes. David Evans is a fantastic trainer of two-year-old horse but the antics surrounding Redair on debut at Kempton last season could have been taken two ways with the withdrawal of the stable's more fancied Seven Year Itch (owned by Evans) and the switching of Cathy Gannon to the, later, substantially gambled Redair, who won. If that was pure coincidence, then I'm backing the next black cat which crosses my path. Paul Cole's blog is as honest as they come. The information is there if you dig a little. Trainers often surprise, too. I sent an email to Rae Guest a couple of weeks ago about one of his debutantes because I was intrigued by the owners and if they were related to a breeder he once trained for. He was kind enough to reply. I always think that says a lot about a person.     

As the start of the new Flat season draws closer there will be much news and excitement about this year's crop of two year olds

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Patient Speculation (The Big 10)

If I were giving marks out of 10 then Patient Speculation would get a 9/10


That's not being negative - it simply indicating what a great tipster Mark is because nine out of his last ten horses have finished in the first three placings. That includes four winners! Now I don't know about you, but when did you last hear of a tipster achieving a 40% strike rate and 90% place?

 No wonder he calls them high probability each way selections.


Yankeeyou (Thursday)

I'm feeling confident today

Today's selections come from Phoenix Racing & Mr Random

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


The 2012-2013 renewal of the Tattersalls Millions has seen a total of 263 two-year-olds entered for the £1,300,000 six race series, which starts in September of this year. All the horses are graduates of the 2011 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1 with purchase prices ranging from 20,000 guineas to 700,000 guineas.

The leading British and Irish trainers have all made entries for a number of their two-year-old's including Aidan O'Brien, John Gosden, Luca Cumani, Saeed bin Suroor, Sir Michael Stoute, Sir Henry Cecil and Richard Hannon, who holds the largest number of entries at 21.
Richard Hannon, whose entries cost from 32,000 guineas to 280,000 guineas, knows the race series well, having been first and second in the 2011 renewal of the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy, with Coupe De Ville and Tell Dad.

Other trainers numerically well represented include William Haggas with 15 entries, Mark Johnston with 13, Mick Channon with 10 and Andrew Balding and David Wachman both with nine.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney also stands a chance of hitting the jackpot with his first venture into racehorse ownership. His as yet unnamed Bahamian Bounty colt out of Amazon Beauty is one of two Tom Dascombe trained entries.

Further notable entries include Phaenomena from Sir Henry Cecil's yard, who was bought by the Niarchos Family for 700,000gns. Fantasy In Blue, bought by Cheveley Park Stud last October for 410,000gns has also been entered.

Other high profile buys include Dream India and Marciano, by Oasis Dream and Pivotal respectively; both cost 360,000gns. Dream India is owned by Mrs Fitri Hay, Mrs John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and flamboyant Australian Paul Makin is the owner of Marciano.

First season stallions represented include Duke Of Marmalade, Mount Nelson, Raven's Pass and New Approach, whose 525,000gns colt out of Lady Miletrian has been entered by his owner Sheikh Mohammed. He is, as yet, unnamed.

Edmond Mahony, Chairman of Tattersalls commented, "The number and quality of the entries again demonstrates the popularity of the Tattersalls Millions series and it is particularly pleasing to see seven of the eight 2011 Tattersalls Millions winning connections with entries in the 2012/2013 series. The importance of giving owners opportunities to win decent prize money cannot be overstated and we are already looking forward to another competitive Tattersalls Millions series."

There are a total six races in the £1,300,000 series, starting in September 2012. All races take place at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse

£500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy - Saturday 6 October
£300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies' Trophy - Saturday 6 October
£100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy - Saturday 22 September £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes - Saturday 22 September