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Hi, welcome to UK Racing Information. It may take you a while to read this page, in fact you will probably give up long before you reach the bottom, but what you will find is that it contains a huge amount about racing and form, provided by someone who knows the form inside out. Please read as much as you like and let me know what you think. I have consistently provided race selections based on my knowledge, systems and databases that very few others would have looked at, and I invite you to participate by buying the systems or the databases, or subscribing to my subscription service, which has provided numerous winners at up to 50/1 when up and running!
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(21st October) In the last five days I have provided subscribers with winners at 33/1, 22/1, 16/1, 14/1 nap, 12/1 twice, 10/1 twice, 8/1, 6/1 and 4/1, plus numerous placed horses and a straight forecast (22/1 first and 5/1 second) valued at over £120! Where else can you get winners like that, genuinely sent out around midday, well before racing starts? My selections cost £10.50 per week or £30 per month, for which you get selections for about 10-12 races per day, all of which have been carefully selected for their winning potential. To join in the fun, please email me, or send your remittance via Paypal to snookermag@aol.com giving your email details. See my results by clicking on the Daily Selections Page link below.

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I have compiled a new short study explaining how to research horse racing form, enabling anyone to select good priced winners. This is entitled: Picking Big Priced Winners From Form (not to be confused with my system Winners From Placed Form), which can be used in conjunction with the system. This is now available by email for £4.00. Paypal acceptable to snookermag@aol.com Please email me if you are interested.

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My daily comments on racing have provided numerous big priced winners and places over the last few months, and you can see from the results that I have an excellent knowledge of horse racing form and can pick horses that other people have not even considered, Now that's better than backing all the short-priced favourites, isn't it?

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In April my daily selections (free to view and posted well in advance) produced winners (returned SP) at 50/1, 25/1, 20/1, 8/1 twice and 6/1 twice, plus a number of other placed horses at big prices. Several of these were actually at bigger prices at the time of posting and were backed in before the race, so you could have got even better by taking early prices.
On 22nd June (see below) from 9 selections I gave Seneschal 50/1 winner, Danehillsundance 9/4 winner, Stargazy 20/1 winner, Helping Hand 12/1 winner and Fathey 16/1 third, beaten less than half a length, and two others were just outside the places. Where else can you get tipping like that? If everyone had winners like that, the bookies would be broke!
On 23rd September my selections, sent out before noon, produced 4 winners at 16/1, 12/1, 8/1 and 7/2 and several places at good prices. I have posted my recent selections here:

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{short description of image}I am still looking to complete my list of subscribers to my daily selections. If you prefer, I can send just top-rated (see below!) Please email me if you are interested.

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June 2nd 2011: I shall shortly be passing on my new selections by subscription only, at a rate of £10.50 per week or £30 per month, so if you want to share my sometimes wayward, sometimes brilliant, but always honest, selections, please email me in the next couple of days. You may of course join at any time. I will post the outcome of these selections when the new list starts. Go here for my previous daily selections, including numerous winners, 40/1, 20/1, 16/1 nap, 14/1, several at 12/1 and some huge-priced places! I am not currently posting selections, but will start a new list if you email me soon..

4th November: Just thought I would have a look at today's racing: So far - System bet Domoly 8/1 winner of the 1.40 Hexham! System bet Magot De Grugy (sixth out of seven with one pulled up last time) 3/1 winner of the 2.50 Fontwell. System bet Colour Of Love 14/1 winner of the 3.00 Ffos Las, with system bet Galatian 10/1 third! System bet Azulada Bay 7/2 winner of the 3.20 Fontwell. System bet Financial Climate 14/1 winner of the 4.20 Fontwell. Not a bad day for the system, and I haven't checked all the results!

12th October: Just thought I would keep an eye on recent results, and found a few good ones today: Database top-rated Cape Royal 12/1 winner of the 2.40 Nottingham, and Vhujon 16/1 winner of the 5.40 Kempton! Database for the Flat still available at £12.50 and for NH £10 (£20 for both). System bet Henry Holmes 28/1 winner of the 5.10 Lingfield, and system bet Focail Maith 8/1 winner!

17th September: Hi, sorry I have not updated this blog recently, but I have spent some time away from racing. Just to let you know that my databases are still doing well, and recently gave a clear top-rated 28/1 winner in Hinton Admiral and Mishrif at 8/1! Flat database available for £12, National Hunt for £10 or £20 for both! Payment by Paypal to snookermag@aol.com

13th-16th June: I am having a while away from racing at the moment, and I apologise if you look forward to reading my blog, but please feel free to contact me with any questions on the system or anything else to do with racing. If I can help, I will.

7th-12th June: Sorry that again I have not followed the racing during this period. Hope you got a few winners from the system and my recent tips!

3rd-6th June: I have not been following the racing closely in the last three days, but no doubt someone will let me know what system winners they have found? It would be nice to hear from someone else for a change!

2nd June: New Selection Subscriptions wanted - see above. The top three official rated first, second and third in the 2.40 Hamilton. System bet Drawback 25/1 second in the 2.50 Lingfield. Doc Hay (-450, see below 30th May) 6/1 winner of the 3.10 Hamilton. Argentine will do better soon, and Tournedos failed again (totally unpredictable!). Best in Jobe (see 7th April) 9/1 winner of the 3.40 Hamilton with system bet Frequency 14/1 second. System bet Arrow Storm 11/4 winner of the 4.50 Lingfield. Gallantry should have done better. The top two official rated first and second in the 3.30 Southwell. It is amazing how often this works, and worth bearing in mind for forecasts, etc. System bet All Right Now 100/30 winner of the 4.00 Southwell with Aultcharn (sys+1) 9/1 third. System bet Premier League 9/2 winner of the 5.00 Southwell. Flow Chart was well in on old form, finishing third at 50/1, so worth bearing in mind, although Grayson's runners are very unpredictable. Another system bet today, Cheveyo, should show again soon. Before I looked at the full result, I thought "I bet that finished fourth or seventh", and, guess what? It finished seventh! It is amazing how often they use seventh place as a -0! System bet and official top-rated Yabora 100/30 winner of the 5.50 Wetherby, with the next two top-rated second and third! Bill Turner showed that he is no back number with first time out newcomers with a 25/1 winner in the 6.00 Sandown! Brandywell Boy and Cape Royal (6.30 Sandown) should both be worth a bet soon, as their form figures are now very promising (in my eyes). How did we know that best in Soft Spoken Guy would probably not win the 6.55 Wetherby? Because it should have been favourite, but opened up as third favourite! System bet Kingsmoss 9/4 winner. Best in Serena's Pride had a trial run today in the 7.05 Sandown, as it was clearly going better than the horses that went past it! Keep an eye on it soon. May's Boy (almost a system bet) 33/1 winner! Norman Orpen (-2550, almost a system bet) 15/2 winner of the 7.35 Sandown with Viva Vettori (sys+1) 15/2 fourth. Pairc Na Gcapall, which I tipped recently (see 15th May), 4/1 winner of the 7.15 Uttoxeter. Tampa Boy is also better than this run.

31st May & 1st June: I did not follow the racing on either day, but noted the following system results: Bedloe's Island won 20/1, No Poppy won 9/2, Stagecoach Opal won 9/2, Blue Signal won 3/1, plus a number of placed horses, several at good prices.

30th May: System bet Le Corvee 9/1 winner of the 2.50 Towcester. Put up a much better performance than last time against Chrysander. The latter should still have won at these weights, so I suspect it may have eased off a little. System bet Mandalay King 22/1 second, with system bet Apache Ridge 16/1 third in the 2.55 Carlisle. Final Salute will do better soon. System bet Hurricane Lady 8/1 winner of the 3.05 Chepstow. Twelve Paces (3.20 Cartmel) is thrown in when wanted soon. System bet Red Fama 40/1 winner of the 3.30 Carlisle! System bet Russian Rave 7/1 winner of the 3.50 Leicester, with system bet Night Trade 20/1 third! System is working well so far today, just wish I'd had a combination bet on a few of them! System bet Halucha 20/1 third in the 4.00 Towcester. I think I can safely say that Halicarnassus should put in a good run next time, now that they have done all they can to convince us that it is useless! Both Bajan Parkes 6/1 and Finellas Fortune 11/1 had -450 figures in the 5.20 Redcar, finishing first and second! Well, it's not far off my system figures -460! System bet Magnitude (see my tip on its penultimate run 19th March) 4/1 winner (why so short?), with system bet Ishismart 12/1 second in the 5.35 Leicester! The only thing I object to is the amount of money for many of these horses after a poor series of runs, suggesting that these runs were deliberately bad. French Art (fourth in the 4.20 Goodwood) will probably do better next time as a system bet, but watch out! That stable likes to back them! I had system bet Ivory Lace and Fault as my best two in for the 4.55 Goodwood, finishing second and third! I also had system bet Robby Bobby (see 26th April) as being thrown in for the 5.30, winning at 6/1! Must have been backed into that price.

29th May: I did not follow the racing today, but I think there were a number of system results, including a 33/1 winner!

28th May: With so much other sport on television today, I did not get involved in the racing, but noted the following system winners: Majuro 16/1 in the 3.30 Catterick, Rosewin 7/1 in the 4.05 Catterick, Whereveryougoigo 5/1 winner with Citrus Mark 4/1 second in the 6.20 Stratford. There were also numerous system placed horses, as happens on most days. Email for your copy of the system (£5) or my new form study (£4) now!

27th May: System bet Bling King 14/1 winner of the 2.30 Brighton! It is unusual for Noseda to have a 25/1 winner (Regal Realm in the 2.20 Newmarket)! System bet Swiss Dream 9/1 winner of the 2.55 Newmarket! I have a feeling that Whoateallthepius will put in a good performance shortly. Song To The Moon was best in on official ratings including 3lb claimer in the 3.05 Brighton, and won the race at 9/4, but Illuminative is much better than its official rating, and should be watched for in a nearby handicap. My two best in for the 3.20 Newcastle were Fossgate 11/2 (which I tipped very recently on 24th May) and Spahi 4/1, which finished first and second! I also fancied system bet Golden Future (16/1 third) so could have had the tricast if I had been backing today! Keep an eye on Media Stars, which will be a system bet next time. Edes Dot Com (second) was by far best in on all known form for the 3.40 Brighton, but perhaps wanted to get rid of a couple of first places before winning again? The winner must have improved a lot otherwise. System bet Geblah almost got up in the 3.55 Newcastle, but second place was no good, except for forecast purposes. Astroleo was best in for the 4.15 Brighton, winning at 7/1 and I also fancied Vinces, which looked like coming in the first two for a long way. The latter should win a race soon. I fancied No Hubris in the 4.05 Newmarket, coming third at 11/1 (system next time), and I also had a sneaky feeling for the winner Folly Bridge at 20/1, with -36 figures, which either do well or are useless in preparation for a system bet! Klynch won for the third time in a row in the 4.30 Newcastle, but two horses were better in, Burnwynd Boy (thrown in but only third, clearly each-way money) and Hinton Admiral, which will both do better very soon. System bets Byron Bear and Inca Blue 17/2 second and 4/1 third in the 5.05 Newcastle. I mentioned some time back that Ruth Carr has a lot of well-handicapped horses when the stable hits form, and she had had numerous winners recently, including Amazing Blue Sky 11/4 in the 6.05 Haydock tonight. The only drawback to this is the fact that the horses are almost always backed heavily when they win, so there is not much chance of a good price. Still, you were given the information here in good time to take advantage!

26th May: Best in Filun completed a hat-trick in the 2.40 Brighton, after I had slated it for underperforming for a long time! Saxonette (-540) 11/4 winner of the 2.50 Ayr. It was not best in by any means, but most of the others appeared to be running to their own agendas, including Surely This Time (last) and Novalist. Both of these will do better soon. Fathey and Avonvalley were very disappointing in the 3.00 Folkestone, and I am sure they will both do better soon. Unfortunately the Grayson stable can't buy a winner in recent times, although many of its runners are fantastically well-handicapped. I don't know where Gothic Chick came from, but somebody knew something (it was 19lb well in on last season's form). System bet and thrown-in Beckermet (see 3rd May) 3/1 winner of the 3.50 Ayr! The other horse that I mentioned in that comment, Dhhamaan, has also won since. They knew what they had there! Charles Parnell was disappointing and no doubt was put off by the presence of Beckermet. Whatyouwoodwishfor should also run better soon. Phluke (third in the 4.10 Brighton) was best in on old form and will probably win soon, but Diddums was also well-handicapped. winning at 15/2. Durgan should do better very soon. System bet Frontline Girl 4/1 winner of the 4.20 Ayr. Dabbers Ridge was thrown in but too big a price, made a menacing move from last place two out, but never got there, and will do better soon. Also bear Moody Tunes (third and stablemate of the winner) in mind. My recent tip, Quanah Parker (see 7th May) 3/1 winner of the 4.50 Ayr! System bet Red Yarn 18/1 second in the 5.00 Folkestone. Nezami should do better soon. System bet Magical Speedfit 2/1 winner of the 5.10 Brighton.

25th May: System bet Benbane Head 2/1 winner of the 2.30 Newton Abbot. Monel (by Cadeaux Genereux) 14/1 winner of the 2.45 Ayr. The back form between Kings Story and Transvestite worked out to the pound in the 3.05 Newton Abbot, although Killing Me Softly (third) was best in on old form, but made its effort too late. System bet Ginger Ted 10/1 winner of the 3.15 Ayr! System bet With Grace 5/4 winner of the 4.15 Newton Abbot, with system bet Hatchet Man 50/1 second! Not a bad forecast (£82.99)! Why do the principal rivals (Full Of Spirit) pull up so often? System bet Ykikamoocow 4/1 winner of the 4.25 Ayr! Mozayada should have done better off this rating, as should Eternal Instinct. Also keep an eye on Casino Night (fourth) which seemed to fade too easily. Connections of the winner and placed horses must be aware of this, or they could not be sure of getting a return! Macmar was thrown in for the 4.45 Newton Abbot, but you could tell it was not going to win from a long way out. Hopefully will do better as a system bet next time. The winner Gem Mill had typical system type figures, but I would not have picked it. Olival is also due a better run very soon. I felt really sorry for McCoy, who looked sure to win from some way out, but got pipped on the line (violins...). Valdan 9/1 (see 3rd May) was best in for the 4.55 Ayr, but with poor recent form I think second place was all that was wanted, despite travelling supremely well all the way. Must win soon if running like that again. Perhaps Blazing Buck's connections were aware of that. Jackson is another to keep in mind, along with Duar Mapel, which had that dreaded 7lb claimer on it today. Devil Water was far better in than Authentic Act in the 5.00 Sedgefield, but the rider left its effort too late, and it looked a bit like a fait accompli.

24th May: System bet Umph 7/1 third in the 2.20 Chepstow. System bet Munaawer (very well in on old form) 25/1 second in the 2.40 Ripon. Official top-rated She's Rosie 3/1 winner of the 2.50 Chepstow with system bet Crucis Abbey 13/2 second. System bet Ilissos 8/1 second in the 3.00 Lingfield. Tanforan (3.20 Chepstow) was a big price, made a brief effort, but soon backed out. The horse is very well handicapped when wanted, so keep an eye on it. I would also have expected Bold Cross to finish closer than it did today. I Confess was best in on official ratings for the 3.30 Lingfield, but I had Dichoh as best in, never getting into the shakeup. That one and Kipchak will do better when wanted. Stonescrabstomorrow is also thrown in for a handicap, hopefully soon. I fancied Ruth Carr's Dubai Dynamo 11/2 winner in the 3.40 Ripon, but two other horses could have done better, namely Suits Me and Prince Of Dance. Keep an eye on both of these soon. System bet Snow Bay 7/1 third. Spinning Waters 7/1 and Dove Cottage were two of my fancies for the 3.50 Chepstow, finishing first and third, with system bet Orbital Orchid 5/1 second! Strange how you can almost visualise the outcome before the start sometimes! I don't know why Overwhelm was such a big price in the 4.00 Lingfield, as it looked like winning for much of the race before dropping out. Perhaps that was why it was that price! Worth keeping an eye on. Lady Del Sol and Watts Up Son are better than they showed today in the 4.10 Ripon, so keep an eye on them for the future. I thought Norman The Great (16/1 third) might run well in the 4.20 Chepstow, as King's flat runners invariably show up. I was surprised how easily Beaumont's Party ran with 6lb extra, must be a listed or group horse in the making! Edgeworth was disappointing, as it came up easily, then apparently found nothing. 7lb claimer on again! Will do better. You can tell when they are not really wanted, because they seem to be fighting the jockey (who is probably holding them back). (4.30). I will be surprised if Silca Conegliano does not show up in the next at Lingfield. Well, despite being very well in, it did not show, so I would suggest a small interest next time out. System bet Auto Mac 25/1 third in the 4.40 Ripon. The top two official rated finished first in a dead-heat! System bet Haulit 8/1 third in the 5.00 Lingfield. I don't know how much lower Cavalry Guard has to go in the weights before it wins, as, unless it has lost all of its ability, it could almost run backwards and win off this mark! Byrd In Hand (second) is also due a win. Fossgate (sys+1) 33/1 second had to be in the shakeup in the 5.10 Ripon off its current mark, and can win soon. The only doubts about its performance were the long price and the first place remaining at the front. It seems reasonable to assume that the Bethell stable does not back its horses, as it has had several long-priced places today. Strangely enough, the other horse that I fancied, Mohawk Ridge, finished second! Quite often I can run my eyes down a racecard and think that two or three stand out. Cactus King was 25/1 in the 5.30 Lingfield, and its performance (last) reflected that. It probably won't be such a short price when it's out to do the business, which can't be long! Mnarani was backed off the boards in this race, and duly won (well it was 26lb well in). Why do they have to get every last ounce of profit out of a good run? It ruins it for everybody else! Illuminative was similarly well in, and must do better soon.

23rd May: System bets Sairaam 16/1 and Copperwood 20/1 second and third in the 2.15 Leicester. Don't know what happened to Jacqueline Quest, but the lowest rated, Saddlers Bend won the 4.15 leicester. What a cheek to have results like that! Doesn't say much for the others! At least the highest rated won the 4.45, but, of course, Lang Shining is much better than that really. Oh, I just noticed that they are stablemates! Naughty, naughty! Unusual for Mr Easterby to have a 33/1 winner (2.00 Carlisle), although it does vary, some are backed and some are not. Depends on the owner, I suppose. After all my fuss about Fremen it has now won three out of four recently. Why didn't it win before? Mastership was the only one that did not really compete to its ability in this race, so watch for it soon. Makes me laugh when I see horses like Mangham (3.00 Carlisle) struggling to win off 65, so it should not be long now. System bet Mini's Destination 11/1 winner of the 4.30 Carlisle. Northern Bolt (5.00 Carlisle) is worth a bet soon now, as it was heavily backed today. I had Hansomis (second) as next best in. Klynch, that I kept tipping on previous runs (see 25th April), has now won twice (including 10/1) in a row, so it just shows what it was capable of! Berbice becomes increasingly frustrating, and it must be its turn very soon now (6 furlongs+).

22nd May: I did not follow or back in the races today, and, while there were a few system results, there is nothing significant to report. I have more or less completed my latest form study, and it should be available shortly. If you want to know how to pick value selections, please email me for a copy.

21st May: System bet Just Lille 7/2 winner of the 2.05 York. System bet Crown Choice 15/2 winner of the 2.15 Goodwood. It was pretty obvious from the ratings that Question Times underperformed in the 2.25 Chester, and I thought for a long time that system bet Muffraaj was going to win, eventually finishing second at 10/1. Awzaan should have won the 2.35 York on all known form, and its turn will come when wanted. Is it today for Halicarnassus in the 2.45 Goodwood? Let's see! Well, it finished fourth after making an eye-catching run in the last few furlongs, and I thought it was going to win at one point! Make a note for the near future! Borderlescott could have finished closer apart from a late removal of the blindfold, and should be worth a bet in a similar race next time. The top two in the ratings, Times Up and Theology, first and second in the 3.15 Goodwood. Despite its poor recent form, City Leader was one of the best in for the 3.20 Goodwood, and won at 16/1! Just shows that they like to display poor form for price purposes quite often. I was watching Prince Siegfried, and I thought it could have finished closer apart from being hampered near the finish. Bear it in mind for a future event.Does not always work, but often good for a (reverse) forecast, giving better odds than just picking the winner! My recent tip, Our Jonathan, (see 13th May) 100/30 wiiner of the 4.00 Chester. They like to get their value from them, don't they? System bet Balcarce Nov 14/1 third. Damika is due very soon. System bet English Summer 11/2 winner of the 4.35 Chester. Odd, isn't it? They make one horse favourite, put the stable jockey on it, and the other one wins! Can't be coincidence! Dickie Le Davoir wins at 20/1 again! Why did it have two bad runs in between (just for effect?)? Don't know what they are doing with Indian Trail, but keep a close eye on it now. Tabaret is another due soon. Magic Cat (4.40 Haydock) was best in, finishing third, and should win again soon. Keep an eye on Oliver's Gold (5.00 Goodwood) which is due a better run. System bet Not My Choice 5/1 second in the 5.10 Chester. I had that one and the winner Orpenindeed as my two best in!

20th May: My recent tip and system bet Aviso 6/1 second in the 2.40 Bath. Must win soon. System bets The Bells O Peover 9/1 and Standout 8/1 second and third in the 2.30 Haydock. Henrys Air, which I backed recently and was well in on old form, 66/1 winner of the 3.10 Bath! It's form figures are worth noting -3666. My system suggests -3660 are worth watching, so pretty close! Mister Ben Vereen was hacking behind the leaders, but did not get a run until almost too late! I had system bet Colincas Lad (9/2 third) and Grey Boy as my best two in for the 3.20 Yarmouth, but the latter was the stablemate of the winner, Cane Cat, (22/1) which probably explains why it finished out of the places! Will do better, hopefully next time. Integria must be much better than its official rating to get second place off this weight! Serenas Pride was best in for the 3.30 Haydock, but was clearly not wanted today. The first and second were both off the same top rating of 80 (3lb claimer on the winner), often a good indicator. Could not understand why Bassett Road was 12/1! System bet Regal Approval 7/2 third. I had Ebraam (third) and Brandywell Boy (fourth) as my two best in for the 3.40 Bath. Strikes me that they are often only running to get certain positions, but there is no way you can prove that! I don't know why Collect Art was favourite, but it won! Wallis was a big price (8/1) in the 3.50 Yarmouth, but it is dangerous to write off Cumani horses, which can often be anything! I thought system bet Night Lily would win, but seemed to struggle to get on terms. Why was Timocracy ridden like a dervish for the last four furlongs of the 3.10 Bath? It was obvious it wouldn't win with those antics, and perhaps that was the plan? It was better than these on all known form, but somebody knew otherwise. Diddums can also do much better. Penang Cinta did not seem to have any intention of winning the 4.40 Bath (dodn't know why) but it should have, so will do better soon. Why do they rarely run two good races in succession? Best in Market Puzzle was asymmetrical in the 4.50 Yarmouth, which probably explains why it was only fourth. The form was very solid, so hopefully it will do better next time. System bet Moonlight Fantasy 40/1 third! Second placed Petsas Pleasure was also well in, and can win before long. System bet Exiles Return 40/1 winner of the 5.40 Towcester! I mentioned that Sinadinou should have won a race earlier when it was favourite, and tonight it won the 7.20 Catterick off a much lower mark, so they obviously like an easier task! System bet Baby Driver 9/1 second, and another recent tip of mine, Anddante in third!

19th May: I did not follow the racing today (at least with any money), but noted the following: System bet and my recent tip, Quanah Parker (see 7th May), 12/1 third in the 1.50 Haydock. Amazing Blue Sky (-540 figures are often good) 20/1 second. System bet Sam Sharp 12/1 winner of the 4.00 Haydock, with my recent tip, Charlie Cool 13/2 fourth (will do better). Strangely, the two horses with the best form figures, Lady Amakhala and Madrasa, finished second and third at 25/1 and 20/1 in the 4.35 Haydock. System bet Sunday Bess 5/1 second in the 5.05 Haydock. System bet Plaisterer 22/1 winner of the 5.35 Haydock! Damn! I would have backed it if I had had a bet today! It is a horse that I have always noticed winning well when wanted. Also system bet King Zeal 25/1 third in this race. Pevensey is due a better run soon (-05 figures today). System bet Rushwee 13/2 winner of the 2.30 Wetherby. Best in Blue Charm (-060) (see my tip on 13th September, since when it has come down 6lb in the weights) 22/1 winner of the 2.10 Southwell. System bet On The Cusp 9/2 second in the 4.25 Southwell. System bet Clear Ice 9/2 winner of the 4.55 Southwell, with my recent tip Charles Parnell (sys+1) (see 14th February) 16/1 second! The latter is almost a certainty when wanted. Isn't it strange (and probably enfuriating for favourite backers) when Hannon's apparent second string Sixx 10/1 beats its stablemate in the 5.50 Sandown? This happens so often that it can't be coincidence. They just like bigger prices! Top stables have so much ammunition that almost anything is capable of winning, and it appears that they take advantage of that. How often does Fallon ride for Hannon, almost a tip in itself, but you can't bank on it. As soon as I heard the name Memphis Man mentioned before the 6.30 Salisbury, I thought "That will probably win", and it did, at 8/1! Isn't it strange how they run badly so many times, then suddenly seem to find their true form? Wonder why that is (nudge nudge, wink wink)? Little Perisher is definitely worth a bet very soon now, as it is almost as well handicapped (sorry, didn't realise it came third in this race).

18th May: Filun won again today easily at 5/6 in the 2.25 Lingfield. So why didn't it win before when I backed it countless times? System bet Lady Lam finished third, but I feel it can do better soon. System bet Mutayaser looked to be going best of the lot in the 2.35 Goodwood, but seemed to be squeezed out at a vital moment. Worth watching out for again. Humor Me Rene 11/4 was best in at the weights and on previous form, so I was surprised that it was not closer to favouritism in the 2.45 Lingfield, but it took its time in overhauling the favourite (for exchange purposes?). Lean Machine was slightly disappointing in fourth, but should do better, possibly in a handicap. A Cecil 1-2 in the 3.00 Lingfield, which did not entirely surprise me! System bet Dvinsky 13/2 second in the 4.10 Lingfield. This Elhamri (ah, third today I see) keeps running below form, and the same applies to Bonnie Prince Blue, so keep an eye out for them now, as they must run better. Strange how the lowest rated of the lot Masked Marvel won the 4.20 Goodwood. Is that a deliberate holding back of a horse? I thought system bet Sweet Possession was going to win easily in the 4.30 Kempton, eventually overtaken near the line. Can win soon, along with Miss Bootylishes, which faded too tamely for my liking. System bet Sunset Kitty 13/2 winner of the 5.20 Lingfield. Don't take any notice of the second place for Aspectus, (see my prophetic comment 11th April) as it is absolutely thrown in off this mark for a future race! Simple Rhythm (5.30 Goodwood) had a 7lb claimer on it today, suggesting that it was not wanted, but it was best in for this race and should do better soon. A 1-2 for Hannon this time in the 5.40 Goodwood! System bet Woolston Ferry 20/1 winner of the 6.15 Goodwood! Teen Ager should win again soon off this mark.

17th May: System bet Deerslayer 6/1 winner of the 2.50 Brighton. System bet Baby Queen 8/1 winner of the 3.00 Nottingham. My recent tip and system bet Nifty Roy (see 11th April) 33/1 second in the 3.10 Southwell. Amazingly on the betting show, Nifty Roy at one point was 50/1 in the betting, but 4.60 on the Tote! Is that an indicator or what? Sycho Fred is messing around at present, but unfortunately usually gets heavily backed when wanted, so take an early price! Beaver Patrol was thrown in for the 3.20 Brighton, finishing only second, but must win soon. Despite what they say, Andorn (3.30 Nottingham) is still very well-handicapped and will win again soon. They do that quite often, throwing in a bad run to suggest that it has reached the end of its winning run. No doubt everybody concerned knows all about that! Two Maktoum horses first and second in the 4.00 Nottingham, and of course it was the longer-priced one that won. Strange how that happens, because it would not happen if they did not want it to. Kings Realm was better in than Cygnet on the ratings, but the latter won somehow and was favourite. It's almost as if they know the result before the race! A horse that I backed last time out in a bumper, Tiradia, (-26) 66/1 third! Irish Symphony was clearly not wanted today (unfit?) but will do better. Phluke 11/1 was thrown in for the 4.20 Brighton, and seemed to have plenty in hand from the front, but also seemed to allow the favourite to overtake it near the line. How do we know what had been said beforehand? System bet Indian Violet 18/1 third. My recent tip, Apache Dawn, (see 17th April) 20/1 second in the 4.40 Southwell. Semi Detached was also going well until not running on in fourth, and will do better.

16th May: My recent tip, Spiritonthemount, (see 12th April) 7/1 winner of the 2.00 Bath, from system bet Miles Of Sunshine 12/1. You can be fairly sure that Prince Charlemagne (20/1 today) will be much more competitive soon, as it is very well in off this mark. The two Easterby's first and second in the 2.10 Wolverhampton. Auntie Joy ran on well for second, but one suspects that they knew which one would win out of the two, as they are not going to cost each other money, are they? System bet Don't Tell Baby appeared to be travelling well, despite being at the back of the field in the 2.20 Newton Abbot, but was eased, and I feel sure has more to give when wanted. The first two home had similar names, Abnaki and Akbabend, and I think the second had more to give than it showed here. Unusual for McCoy to have a 12/1 winner when riding for O'Neill! Franklino was top-rated, and will now be a system bet next time, so bear it in mind. Best in Silca Conegliano finished fast and (too) late in the 2.30 Bath, so keep an eye on it for the future. You would almost? think that they have been told not to finish in the first three, but that would be ridiculous, wouldn't it? System bet Avonlini 5/1 winner of the 2.40 Wolverhampton. Not only a system bet, but also symmetrical, which is often a good indicator! Suhayl Star was a big price today, showed for a while, then dropped out, so probably a trial run today and will do better. I thought Avontuur was going to win for a while, so another to keep in your notebook! Simply Strong was best in for the 2.50 Newton Abbot, but I suspect that, with very poor recent form, second place was all that was wanted. Alldunnandusted (fourth) can also do better. Hoh Hoh Hoh never showed in the 3.00 Bath, but this former listed class horse has come down about 40lb in the weights recently, and must show very soon now (lagged towards the back most of the way today). Witchry (third) was also much better in than most of these. System bet Charlietoo 16/1 winner of the 3.10 Wolverhampton! I thought my old favourite Almaty Express (second) was going to lead all the way! System bet Errigal Lad was well backed today, but never figured, and must do better shortly. Misaro (fourth) has also been disappointing recently. Stage Acclaim should have done better in the 3.20 Newton Abbot, and probably will next time, along with King's Forest, which was clearly not expected today. This Kylenoe Fairy seems to be a very good horse making its way up the ratings. Decoy (second) put on a great surge near the end, but was just denied, and clearly has more to give. Best in Scommettitrice ran on late in the 3.40 Wolverhampton, but it was stablemate Juarla which won the race. They knew what was going to happen! System bet Stravsambition 20/1 third. Marodima should not have been caught in the 3.50 Newton Abbot if they really wanted it to win, so one has to suspect otherwise for today. Next best Dominican Monk won the race, and travelled very well. Best in Angelena Ballerina only wanted second place today in the 4.00 Bath, but will do better again soon, along with Goose Green (fourth). The winner, Jewelled, is by Fantastic Light, so may have been better than the bare form figures.

15th May: System bet Pepper Lane 10/1 winner of the 3.10 Ripon. Kerry's Requiem must do better, possibly as a system bet next time. Chevy To The Levy was thrown in for the 3.30 Market Rase, but put in a deplorable effort to finish third, so must do better very soon. That 7lb claimer ("I'm not winning" again!) Cortinas and Mibleu (3.20 Stratford) are due better runs soon. Pairc Na Gcapall was very disappointing in the 3.50 Stratford, but spare a thought - it was getting rid of a first place - and will do better, as will Woodlands Gem when they decide to let it run properly. System bet Minella Bliss 25/1 third. The 5lb claimer this time made all the difference on Haldibari over Knighton Coombe. Best in Hail Caesar finished only third in the 4.00 Market Rasen, and will probably do better in a bigger race, although the winner, Karingreason, was also well-handicapped. Butler (sys+1) 12/1 winner of the 4.10 Ripon with system bet City Of The Kings 10/1 third. System bet That'll Do 15/8 winner of the 4.20 Stratford. System bet Angelo Poliziano 10/1 winner of the 5.10 Ripon.

14th May: I did not follow the racing today, but noted a number of system results and horses that I have tipped recently, including: Yorgunnabelucky, 33/1 winner of the 2.50 Newmarket! Singeur 14/1 winner of the 4.25 Thirsk, with system bets Silaah second at 5/2 and Beat The Bell third at 9/2. Good tricast! Other system winners: Glencadam Gold 2/1 and Neebras 4/6. I tipped Advanced on its last run, finishing second today at 13/2 in the 3.00 Thirsk. Funny how it was such a short price after a series of poor runs! There were other system results which you can check for yourself.

13th May: Official top-rated Izzi Top 8/1 winner of the 2.10 Newbury. Steady Eddy's tip and a surprisingly big price for one I would have short-listed! May Be Some Time (top-rated on previous form and almost a system bet) 33/1 third in the 2.20 Newmarket. System bet Magical Flower 16/1 third in the 2.50 Newmarket. Clear top official rated Theyskens Theory 15/8 winner of the 3.00 Newmarket (5/2 available at one point)! Some of the others which were well-rated did not perform very well, including Flood Plain and Primevere. You could see that Census was going to win the 3.10 Newbury from a long way out, but I don't know why Diamond Vision dropped out to be last when it seemed to be going almost equally well a couple of furlongs out. Best in Ramona Chase made no show in the 3.25 Newmarket, and together with Ellemujie (ran on late for seventh place) will do better soon. Both will then be system bets. Why do I get the impression that they were under instructions? System bet Thirteen Shivers (see 11th April) 16/1 winner of the 3.35 Newmarket! Insolenceofoffice did not show today, but can do much better soon. Our Jonathan was best in for the 4.10 York, but was a fast-finishing third again. Must win soon now. Damika is another that has been hanging fire, and must show soon. If the result is right, that makes Hoof It a group class horse. Time will tell. Official top-rated Elzaam 100/30 winner of the 4.20 Newbury. System bet Zain Shamrdal 8/15 winner of the 4.35 Newmarket. On ratings, Rojo Boy should have finished closer, so worth keeping an eye on. Bell and Turner with Communicator in the 4.45 York, and of course Fahey and Hanagan on the third, Lexington Bay, at 20/1. Best in Maslak's jockey did not appear too keen to win in the 4.55 Newbury, so watch out for it next time out. One of my favourite sires produced Peintre D'Argent to win from well back. Next best Zafranagar finished only fourth and will do better. System bet Cornish Beau 20/1 third. Best in Brandywell Boy was not wanted today in the 5.10 Newmarket, but will do better soon, along with the well-handicapped Bertoliver, which led on sufferance, but never convinced me that they wanted it to win. My fancy, Tout Regulier, was hacking in the lead in the 5.20 Aintree, and would have won easily but for falling at the last flight! Unfortunately this will not go unnoticed, and it will probably start a short price next time, but will it win then? Gulf Punch will also do better as a system bet soon.

12th May: I had Judge and Jury as my best in for the 1.30 York, and it finished fourth at 14/1, although appearing capable of better. Its previous form was poor, so perhaps that was all that was wanted today. System bet Racy a fast-finishing third at 12/1. Tabaret is due a better run when in the handicap proper, and Swiss Franc can also do better. Music Show should have finished closer in the 2.00 York, and should be seen to better effect soon. I suppose Miss Topsy Turvy off bottom weight must have been fancied in the 2.10 Salisbury, but why had it not shown at all previously? Makes you wonder what they are up to! System bet Selection Box 12/5 winner of the 2.20 Perth, and, when the favourite ran out, Tomzatackman (sys+1) 50/1 second! Not a bad forecast, but a bit of luck needed! Odds-on favourite Wikaala beaten into fourth in the 2.50 Perth! I would have fancied Gray Mountain on the ratings in any case, but they don't like odds-on prices, do they? I had Party Doctor and Spirit Of Sharjah as best in for the 3.00 York, but both were big outsiders, and ran accordingly, although Spirit Of Sharjah was clearly going well without threatening. Sysatem bet Dance And Dance 9/1 third. Silly Billy should have won the 3.10 Salisbury on the ratings, but the price was suspicious, and it finished last! These races make you scratch your head sometimes! In fact, looking back, Pick A Little was best in on previous form, and that finished third. Very strange! System bets Move In Time 12/1 and The Thrill Is Gone 18/1 second and third in the 3.35 York. I had two fancies for the 4.00 Perth, and they were Sotovik 7/1 and Curahee 9/2 (first and second)! Damn! Why does this happen so often when I am not backing? System bet Scotch Warrior also finished third at 7/1, to complete my misery! Maktoum and Abdullah first and second in the 4.20 Salisbury. So what's new? Always worth bearing those colours in mind, because they don't own rubbish! Best in Nemo Spirit dropped out tamely in the 4.45 York, but will be symmetrical and will probably run better next time. Night Orbit and Counting House are two others that will do better. Aviso was on a trial run today in the 4.55 Salisbury, and is thrown in when wanted, so keep it in mind. French Art will also do better soon, but tends to be heavily backed when wanted. They must have known that Zowington would miss the break in the 5.45 Newmarket, because it was thrown in, but not wanted today. Simple Rhythm finished fourth, and will also do better soon. When they are big prices, does that mean that they have told the others they won't be trying? That seems an obvious assumption. Shaws Diamond and second-placed Ongoodform should also do better soon. Kyoto was well out of the handicap in the 5.55 Ludlow, but could still have finished closer if they had really wanted it to. Keep an eye on it when it is in the handicap soon. It looked as if Coeur De Fou had broken a leg, but it was all right, apparently.

11th May: Again I did not get involved in backing or watching the racing today, but there were a few system results and one or two that I tipped recently. System results included Bollywood 100/30, Lewlaur Supreme 9/2 and Saturn Way 4/1, plus I also said that Orion Express should win again soon, but would probably be backed (see 12th April) (which it was).

10th May: I did not watch any of the racing today, but on checking the results, I found a bundle of system results, including several that I had tipped recently: Highland Warrior, (see 27th October) 20/1 winner of the 3.00 Beverley! Cheers For Thea 25/1 second in the 4.00 Beverley. Unknown Rebel 3/1 winner of the 5.00 Beverley. Spirit Of Grace 33/1 winner of the 5.10 Warwick! Lytham (see my tip 26th April) 14/1 winner of the 5.40 Warwick! Miss Polly Plum (sys+1) 25/1 winner of the 2.50 Yarmouth! Sail Home 9/2 winner of the 4.50 Yarmouth. PonchaTrain 5/2 winner of the 6.45 Sedgefield with Persian Prince 11/4 second! I tipped Provost for a good run recently (see 25th March), and it won the 7.45 Sedgefield at 7/1! System results continue to be plentiful!

9th May: System bet Siena Blue 9/2 winner of the 2.00 Wolverhampton, with system bet Misere 6/1 second. The first and second home in the 2.10 Brighton were both by Piccolo, with Channon almost getting another winner! No prizes for getting first and second in the 2.20 Redcar, with Johnston and Fahey! System bet Aquasulis 9/1 second in the 2.30 Wolverhampton. My three for the 2.40 Brighton were: Integria (15/2 first), Interakt (11/2 second) and Poetically (unplaced), so the latter should be borne in mind (stablemate of the second). Pity I wasn't backing, as it was a good forecast! Nomoreblondes (sys+1) 5/1 winner of the 2.50 Redcar (I fancied system bet Grudge quite strongly, although the form worked out exactly at the weights). Although Elhamri was best in at the weights in the 3.00 Wolverhampton, I have learned not to trust it unless there is any money for it! Even next best Green Manalishi ran poorly, as is often the case, and when there was money for Steelcut, I thought "They know something about the previous two mentioned!" It's a shame that we can't have a race where everything runs to its merits! Why do I get the feeling that connections of Muhandis knew that Emilio Largo would not beat them in the 3.10 Brighton (although looking like doing so until right near the end)? They like to give favourite backers a fright, but they don't like to deprive their mates of their money! Official top-rated Lady Kildare 4/1 winner of the 3.20 Redcar. It's amazing how often those with ratings do better than the fancied horses (Spinatrix and Pantella). Dream Dream Dream (sys+1) 33/1 second. Is today the day for Profit's Reality? We'll find out shortly. Well, yes it was (20/1 winner, 3.30 Wolverhampton!), (see 26th February) but I wasn't backing today! It's always the way! As soon as it started moving up in mid-race, I knew it would win! Wily Fox was best in at the weights for the 3.40 Brighton, but they obviously had other plans between them today! Even Kerchak was better in than the winner, but it was a four horse race, and you know that nothing is cut and dried! Best in Frognal (3.50 Redcar) will be a system bet next time, and is worth noting. System bet Reel Buddy Star 9/1 second. Hanagan again with the winner. Best in Maze decided to come third today in the 4.40 Brighton, which probably explains why Piazza San Pietro was so heavily backed. Maze should win again soon. The jockey made Acropolis look like a real donkey (making sure it did not finish in the first few places) in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, which takes some doing on a horse that finished fourth in the Arc De Triomphe and is running in a 0-60 handicap! No doubt it will win again when the jockey doesn't ride it so pathetically (oh, sorry, didn't realise he was part of the trainer's family)! Talk Of Saafend is another that is much better than it showed today, and is due soon. It's so annoying when you know the truth but can do nothing about it except moan and laugh sarcastically. The 7lb claimer made all the difference (for once) in the 5.10 Brighton, and the places worked out accordingly too. I hate those blokes bragging about their bets on the telly! Somebody gave him a tip, obviously! Best in Muntami really spat the dummy out today in the 5.30 Towcester, finishing last, but that merely confirms to me that it is going to run a big race very soon now. Unlike some people, that encourages rather than discourages me (except for this race of course). Photogenique also ran on late to finish second (they always seem to do that with previous poor form and it makes me fume).

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8th May: System bet Fade To Grey 14/1 winner of the 1.50 Worcester! System bet Denton Ryal 6/1 third in the 2.10 Plumpton. Sky Calling (almost a system bet) 8/1 winner of the 2.50 Worcester, Pin D'Estruval (sys+1) 5/1 second, and system bet Sadlers Star 12/1 third! Top-rated Or Sing About 11/4 winner of the 3.10 Plumpton. Bobby Donald will do better when in the handicap proper. Captive Audience (third 3.20 Worcester) has really disappointed in recent outings, and must do better soon, having come down a long way in the ratings. Helium (all 0's, P's and 6's) had come down 16lb in the weights before finishing 33/1 second in the 3.50 Worcester! Just shows that checking on back form can be profitable. Hawk Gold (second at 25/1 in the 3.40 Plumpton) had come down 20lb in the weights and should have won this, but perhaps second was all that was wanted on recent showings? Other system results today: Youngstown 3/1 winner of the 3.30 Uttoxeter, with King Of Castile 9/2 second. Zerashan 4/1 winner of the 3.45 Leopardstown, with Rock Medley 9/2 second. Teenage Kicks 7/2 winner of the 4.10 Plumpton. Qulinton 4/1 winner of the 4.20 Worcester. French Ties 6/1 second in the 4.30 Uttoxter. Not a bad set of results! Keep an eye on Mujamead, which must run better very soon, now that its form looks quite mediocre.

7th May: My recent tip, Absa Lutte, (see 11th April) 6/1 dead-heat first in the 1.50 Nottingham (thought it had won on its own first time around). Another of the three on my shortlist, Yurituni, finished third at 13/2. I had Duff and Lovelace as my two best in for the 2.00 Haydock, but neither were out to compete today. Tropical Paradise (ran on but never got there) and Dever Dream were two disappointments in the 2.10 Lingfield, and Perfect Tribute obviously improved a good deal for Clive Cox at 12/1. I thought World Heritage was going to figure in the finish for a long way in the 2.20 Ascot, eventually finishing fourth, but will do better. At least the winner, Alainmarr, was the top-rated, which does not always work out in these races. I thought for some time that Ballesteros had been laid out to win the 2.30 Haydock on this significant day, but it eventually finished third. The winner, Mabroor, was by a top-class American stallion. Channon is very much on form at present, and there was good money for Zain Al Boldan in the 2.40 Lingfield. It had obviously been thrown in for its previous races! I tipped Waldo Winchester recently (see 17th April), and typically it finished second today at 18/1 when it had no right to do so on the ratings! That surprises me, as I thought they would wait for a handicap! I don't know why they do that, perhaps to justify a gamble when it does win. It will probably run again before it gets a hike in the weights. System bets Soorah 10/1 and Fontley 25/1 second and third in the 2.50 Ascot. Best in Hallstatt had asymmetrical form in the 2.55 Nottingam, and despite travelling best, finished only second, even with Hanagan on board. I had the feeling that it was not intended to win today. These Bollin horses always seem to find a bit when needed! Best in and course and distance winner Liberate 12/1 winner of the 3.05 Haydock. Damn! Not backing again today! I thought Michael Flips would figure, and I think will do better after this apparent trial run. Three system bets first second and third in the 3.10 Punchestown, with Bellvano, Montan and Keki Buku! Does the system work or not? I was going to tip up Panama At Once from the 3.15 Hexham, which dropped right out, then ran on again for fourth, but I gather it is now being retired! I had the first two on my list, including system bet Lethem Present (33/1 second). Norminster is due a good run soon. I had Dordogne 10/1 winner and Hurricane Higgins on my list for the 3.10 Lingfield, and the crafty man put his stable jockey on the latter! System bet Manassas 25/1 second in the 3.25 Ascot. The winner Hawkeyethenoo has improved incredibly from an opening rating of just 60! Will the thrown-in Advanced ever win another race? There's no point in running it if not. Al Muheer is another being kept under wraps at present. I had Bounty Box and Khor Sheed on my shortlist for the 3.30 Nottingham. Chaninbar was thrown in for the 3.40 Haydock, and would have figured but for a tardy start! Caravel was next best, eventually finishing fifth, and will do better. Don't know what happened to Alasi in the 3.45 Punchestown, but you can bet it will run better very soon. It makes me laugh when I see the best in horses apparently labouring and dropping out, and this applied to Wotchalike and Treason Trial in the 3.50 Hexham! Both of these will do much better, hopefully next time! Why do they have to put on such a show? System bet Birnies Boy 9/1 second. A first winner of the season for Suroor with top-weight Badeel in the 4.05 Nottingham (good price). System bet Bated Breath winner of the 4.10 Haydock, from system bet and top-rated Society Rock. I can't understand why Tamagin was such a big price, but its performance today reflected that! No doubt a handicap success will come along. Best in Buxton can do much better than its run in the 4.55 Lingfield, as can Slugger O'Toole (system bet next time). Nezami (sys+1) 10/1 third. Those Smith colours (Free For All) are always impressive to watch. System bet Deacon Blues 8/1 second in the 5.10 Ascot. Mac Gille Eoin is due a better run very soon. Keep an eye on Quanah Parker, which was clearly hacking in the 5.20 Haydock, but was never allowed to stride on! I bet it won't be 33/1 when it's wanted! Bourne did not run like the potential winner, but nothing else seemed to want to beat it! Very strange, one wonders about the arrangements at times! Bajan Pride and the habitually disappointing Kheskianto are two to bear in mind from the 5.15 Nottingham. Steel City Boy (see 19th April) finally won at 8/1 in the 5.45 Warwick! Memphis Man ran on too late, but that was probably the plan for today. System bet Volito dead-heat third. Before the race is run, just wondering if Excusez Moi will hack up in the 6.00 Thirsk, or will it find something to beat it even now? I suspected as much - it finished third after a slow start, despite being thrown in for this race! They are working up to a win, as usual. The main other disappointment was Bonnie Prince Blue, which never showed, finishing fourth.

6th May: Impossible to pick the winner of the 1.35 Lingfield, except that the winner Arabian Star had that 3lb claimer on it again. He seems to be making a name for himself! That's four winners in a row! System bet Kyllachy Star 6/1 winner of the 1.45 Chester! Fahey, Hanagan and Koukash yet again! Gets a bit monotonous! Marine Boy and Captain Ramius were best in, and must run better soon. A big disappointment with Perfect Day in the 1.55 Nottingham, but Cole's often improve for the run, a comment which should apply to Fairy Moss, which ran on well at the end. Same trainer and jockey again in the 2.20 Chester! They are getting greedy! I don't understand why The Paddyman is running so badly at present - should at least have been in the frame! Official top-rated Hugely Exciting 11/4 winner of the 3.15 Lingfield. The top three official rated, Traffic Sister, Our Gal (system bet 10/1) and Saskia's Dream 14/1 first, second and third in the 3.40 Nottingham! Amazingly the 90 rated winner was 5/1! Those three would have been on my shortlist if I had been backing! This April Fool must be much better than its official rating if Perfect Ch'i and Qadar ran anywhere near their full ability in the 3.50 Lingfield, but one can never be sure about that. King Columbo is due a better run very soon now. System bet Layla Jamil 7/1 winner of the 4.05 Chester, for Koukash again and Channon this time! Amazing - must save his best horses for Chester! I wondered why Hits Only Jude was a big price in the 3.15 Nottingham, and I found out when it finished fourth, but full of running. Keep an eye on Destiny Blue, which made easy ground, then, deliberately or otherwise, found trouble in running. Must win again soon. I gave Imperial Djay a glowing report last time it ran (see 30th April), and it won again today at 8/1 in the 4.40 Chester! Majuro was best in, and finished fourth at 20/1 after looking like winning at one point! I have tipped Fathey on numerous occasions over the last year or two (see its last run on 25th January), and it finally got a dead-heat today at 14/1 in the 4.50 Nottingham! Ronnie Howe ran well for along way and must win soon. System bet Libertino 9/2 third. I had Edes Dot Com and Salient as the two best in for the 5.00 Lingfield, finishing second and third. If they ran to form, then West Leake must be better than its bare form. System bet Lovers Causeway 12/1 winner of the 5.10 Chester with system bet Dahaam 5/1 third! Another system bet Brouhaha was clearly not wanted today, but will do better soon. Bell had a winner with Twinkled in the 5.35 Lingfield, and probably the 7lb claimer did make a difference on this occasion. It was significant that De Sousa went from Lingfield to Ripon to ride 10/1 winner Chevanah in the 5.40. Course and distance winner Winters Night 9/1 winner of the 5.50 Ascot, with course and distance winner Toolain third. Although Tournedos was thrown in and well backed for the 6.00 Hamilton, I was not surprised when it did not perform. The same applies to Sandwith, which was getting rid of a first place, and should do better soon. Mrs Duffield has had two winners so far tonight! King Of Swords is also exceptionally well in, but may take a race or two more, and is usually backed when making an effort. How many times have I backed Dower Glen (second) in recent outings? Livvy Inn, fourth in the 6.15 Aintree, must win a race before long, and keep an eye on Quickbeam soon. The winner, Willandrich, had a 10lb claimer on it, which probably made the difference. Federstar is well in when running over fences particularly. Best in Classic Descent (another Ruth Carr runner) finished only fourth in the 6.35 Hamilton, but was rather hampered by Muftarres when making a good looking run. I had the winner, Bold Marc, as my second best in. Apart from the Duffields, these Burkes and Ryans are going well too! Best in Pleasant Day decided to finish second in the 7.15 Ripon, but should have done better, so keep an eye on it. My recent tip, Gala Casino Star, 9/4 winner of the 7.40 Hamilton.

5thMay: Moynahan was best in on old form for the 2.05 Goodwood, but finished only third, despite travelling best. Will do better, along with Kavachi, which cruised up at one point, then dropped away again. Dream Eater should have been involved in the finish of the 2.20 Chester if it had not missed the break badly, so one can only assume it will do better when starting on terms! Best in Arumun was either not fit or not wanted today in the 2.30 Newton Abbot, and will do better. Wasntme was never in contention, and pulled up, and I am always very suspicious of these runs when there is no apparent reason for it. Bet it will run better when wanted (now that it has got rid of that winning form)! System bet and top-rated Son Amix 7/1 second in the 3.40 Punchestown. System bet Jutland 6/1 winner of the 4.05 Chester. Georgebernardshaw is thrown in on old form, and I would suggest will do much better next time. System bet Patriot 10/1 winner of the 6.55 Wetherby. Keep an eye on Follow On, which seemed to be going as well as anything towards the finish. Oniz Tiptoes will be a system bet next time, and it is about time that it delivered off this mark! Flying Doctor should also do better, but usually gets gambled off the boards!

4th May: Best in Appeal Denied fell in the 2.00 Kelso, and should do better soon. My next three best in finished first, third and fourth, but I mentioned the second, Lyndseyfield Lodge in dispatches recently. System bet El Maachi 8/1 third in the 2.10 Southwell. I had the first four written down on my shortlist! I also had the first three written down for the 2.20 Chester, including system bet Blaise Chorus 16/1 second! System bet Baraathen 5/1 second in the 2.35 Kelso. Keep an eye on Durgan, possibly in a handicap, after the 2.45 Southwell. Bertiewhittle should have won this on the ratings, so should do better soon. Moorhouse Girl was well there going well for a long time, so will run better soon. Overturn 11/2 was my first selection for the 2.55 Chester! Keep an eye on Sentry Duty, which has ideal system figures next time. Best in Nevada Desert had an off day in the 3.20 Southwell, but can win again soon. Second best Eastern Hills finished third at 12/1. My recent tip, General Tufto finished fourth, and will do better, as will Rub Of The Relic, and Final Tune is due a better run now. I thought best in Moorhouse Lad was going to lead all the way in the 3.30 Chester, but dropped out late on. Looked like a trial run, and one to keep an eye on, along with Fathom Five and Green Park. I had system bet Bubbly Breeze 3/1 and Almutaham 4/1 on my shortlist for the 3.45 Kelso, finishing first and second, but Bow School (fell) was best in and will do better. System type bet Tillys Tale 14/1 winner of the 4.30 Southwell. I wasn't backing today, but had earmarked that one for a good run! Best in Border Tale, that I have tipped a few times recently, 11/4 winner of the 4.45 Kelso. Strange how they are so short in the betting when they win, as opposed to merely placing! As soon as I heard the name Calculating, I knew it would win today (6/1 in the 5.05 Southwell) when I was not betting! Typical! They don't half take their time in winning, and it must just be to make you fed up! Funnily enough, having tipped Dhhamaan yesterday, Dammam caught my eye in the 5.35 Cheltenham, winning at 14/1! What a coincidence! Formerly trained by Alan King too! Former top-class chaser Billyvoddan 7/1 winner of the 6.10 Cheltenham! Although these selections do not always work out, for whatever reason, you can get some good winners by studying back form. The way that guy rode Templer in the 6.45 Cheltenham, I was really expecting a dud run, but in the end it was too classy for the runner-up. The one that was poor was Kornati Kid, which had obviously been set up not to compete with the winner. Oniz Tiptoes will be a system bet next time, and it is about time that it delivered off this mark!

3rd May: A horse that I have tipped on a number of occasions (and system bet today), Houston Dynimo, (see 9th April) finally consented to win today at 6/1 in the 2.40 Newcastle! They like to keep you waiting while it goes down the weights! Valdan looked to be going well behind the leaders, but did not go through with its effort, and should do better soon, along with Capable Guest, which was given the day off today. Dar Es Salaam (system type form) 14/1 second. The three best in horses made no effort to get in the first two in the 2.50 Fakenham, so I can only assume they were not going to compete against each other! They were: Feeling Peckish, Petroglyph and Bualteoir. All three may do better in bigger races. Sorry to hear about the death of David Chapman today, and I wish granddaughter Ruth Carr all the best. Hopefully she will have a few more winners soon. System bet and top official rated Pandoro De Lago 11/10 winner of the 3.10 Newcastle. Judging by its run in third, Lady Of The Knight must have made considerable improvement on it 25 official rating! My old favourite, Bateleur, 9/2 winner of the 3.30 Bath. Only wins once in a blue moon, which makes it impossible to make any money on it! I am sure that is why it is done. Makes me laugh when results like Assassino (4.25 Fakenham) happen, espaecially when the family wins its own trophy! What were the others doing? Go on dear, you can win it today, we don't mind... I tipped Barkston Ash recently (see 18th April), winning the 4.45 Newcastle at 10/1! Anddante was backed today, but finished only fifth and will do better. System bet Lightning Sky 66/1 fourth in the 4.55 Punchestown. I had a feeling that Daraz Rose would win the 5.00 Fakenham, but Kanonkop should have finished closer, and will do better soon. Tombellini (sys+2) 22/1 winner of the 5.20 Newcastle, with system bet Broctune Papa Gio 4/1 third. Convince (10/1 second) was clear best in on old form. Mrs Carr's Beckermet and Dhhamaan are both worth a bet if running soon.

2nd May: I did not have an interest in any of the races again today (Judd was struggling against Higgins), but noted my recent tip, My Gacho, 9/2 winner of the 4.20 Beverley, plus a number of good system runs, including Treasure Way 7/2 winner with Gemma's Delight 11/2 second in the 3.40 Warwick, Dr Darcey 8/1 second in the 5.10 Warwick, Swiss Dream 7/1 second in the 3.00 Kempton and Merchant Of Medici 14/1 winner of the 4.00 Kempton! Quaroma and Chaussini (travelled like a dream) are both worth noting from the 5.00 Kempton. Memphis Man which I have tipped so often, finally won at 11/1 today in the 2.25 Windsor! I always miss them when they win - Sod's Law!

1st May: Again I did not back in any races, but looked over the form before racing. I noted Chilworth Lad (sys+1) 14/1 winner, tipped by me last time out. Best in Aurorian 8/1 second in the 4.40 Salisbury, and should win soon. Cape Kimberley (typical system form) 14/1 winner of the 5.15 Salisbury with system bet Witchry 20/1 third. Berbice (3.40 Hamilton) must now bw due very soon, as it is thrown in on old form. Keep an eye on Record Breaker again soon now. System bet Euston Square (see my tip on its last run 1st April) 18/1 winner of the 4.50 Hamilton! Keep an eye on Mangham soon, as it is too good to continue running so badly..

29th & 30th April:Again, with the World Snooker reaching its conclusion, I have not followed the racing in the last two days. I was enthralled by the match between Judd Trump and Ding Junhui, and hope the Bristol youngster (who has come down here to Cornwall a few times) can now go all the way to taking the title. Sorry if I have not posted much here recently, but I hope to be back in a few days. System results and comments 30th April: System bet Bahceli 16/1 winner of the 5.25 Newmarket. System bet Enderby Spirit 8/1 winner of the 7.45 Doncaster with system bet Star Rover 16/1 second. System bet Nave 11/4 second in the 8.15 Doncaster. System bet Investissement 16/1 winner of the 3.30 Goodwood. My recent tip Dubai Dynamo 9/2 winner of the 4.10 Thirsk, and with my recent suggestion that Ruth Carr would get a few winners soon, stablemate Imperial Djay 5/1 winner of the 4.45 Thirsk! I am certain that the last-named horse is much better than its mere form.

28th April: Again I did not have an interest in any of today's races, but there were a number of system results, including a few with sys+1 figures. In case you don't understand that, this is where an extra -0 (-F, -P, etc) has been added, so you get -4000, -350P, etc. There is no reason why they should not try the next time either! I won't go through them all here, but check them out against the figures. I note also that the horse that has been exasperating me, Filun, finally won today at 3/1. They like to keep you waiting!

27th April: With the World Snooker still in progress, I have not devoted much time to following the racing, especially with so many small fields, but I noted another good lot of system results today. Don't tell me it doesn't work!

26th April: I suppose Mousie 11/1 had the best form figures for the 2.10 Yarmouth, but you never know what is going to happen in these races! You would have thought if it was fancied that it would have been a shorter price! Ton-Chee was best in for the 2.20 Exeter, but today was not the day! Now it has got rid of that first place, it should start to show soon. Freddy's Star should probably have won failing that one. I hate it when McCoy wins apparently by default as the winner was nothing special on form! Best in Robby Bobby dropped out in the 2.30 Lingfield, then ran on for third! I hate it when they are not out to win the race! Obviously claiming races are not good for well-handicapped horses, as they are afraid for their handicap mark! I had Button Moon 10/11 and Moone's My Name 7/4 for the forecast in the 2.40 Yarmouth, but nothing special about that! Bushwacker was best in for the 2.50 Exeter, but they never seem to win small races! Makes it hopeless when backing to win! And to cap it, I backed Goodtimetoby each-way and it finished third! We have a string of small races today, so doesn't look good! Rudegirl was pathetic in the 3.00 Lingfield, and I backed it to beat both the first and second horses! You can't back like that when they run so badly! Are they keeping it back for handicaps later, as it has changed stables recently? I had Fawley Green for the forecast in the 3.10 Yarmouth, but it would not get second! Annoying! I thought River Indus would win the 3.20 Exeter, especially in a two runner race, but it was a McCoy benefit again! What do you have to do to get him beat? Do they know which is going to win before they start? Bell had another winner with Amelia's Surprise in the 3.30 Lingfield! Hayley would not win for me in the earlier race! Typical! I backed system bet Bedibyes each-way, just pipped for a place! I had Ivan Vasilievich 11/2 in the 3.40 Yarmouth (thought the 7lb claimer would make the difference) but missed Black Pond 12/1 for the forecast (deteriorating form figures)! How the hell could you pick Fresher Fishing in the 3.50 Exeter? Only if you have a system like mine, and I did not back it! The other system (outsider of four) worked here. System bet Salsify 10/1 winner of the 3.55 Fairyhouse. Wondered why Newbay Prop was 12/1 (now I know)! System bet Seek The Fair Land 33/1 third in the 4.10 Yarmouth. Mata Keranjang was thrown in on old form, but disappointed yet again! It only wins when they want it! Wish I had the tricast in that race! Robinson's only ride, Excellent Guest, 20/1 winner! Did they want Sara's Smile to lose the 4.20 Exeter? Looks like it, the way it ran all over the place in the closing stages! Jimmy Ryan was thrown in for the 4.30 Lingfield, but did not compete today. Must win very soon now! I also backed Anjomarba (11/1 third) each-way. System bet Quiamo Malta 18/1 fourth in the 4.25 Fairyhouse. Best in Johnny Hancocks finished third in the 4.40 Yarmouth, and will do better soon. No money for best in Winning Show in the 5.00 Lingfield, but will do better, along with Lytham and Crystal Gale.

25th April: System bet Rossbrin 5/4 winner of the 1.40 Huntingdon. Captain Sully (sys+1) 25/1 winner of the 2.15 Huntingdon! System bet Dispol Kylie (see my tip on its last run 16th September) 8/1 winner of the 2.00 Redcar. System bet King In Waiting (see what I said on 5th April) 4/1 winner of the 2.35 Redcar. I am still waiting for Oniz Tiptoes to show its true form, finishing second today in the 3.15 Market Rasen. Must win a bigger race soon! Woody Valentine (3.25 Huntingdon) also continues to disappoint, and must show very soon. My recent tip, Prince Pippin, (see 21st March) 5/1 winner of the 3.30 Plumpton. I had Fathsta and No Hubris for the forecast in the 3.35 Warwick! I backed No Quarter last time out, but not today in the 3.45 Redcar! Klynch was thrown in, but refuses to show at present! Keep it in mind for next time out. I backed Shadrack to beat the favourite in the 4.00 Plumpton, but the latter finished third! Can't boil an egg by them! I had Aquarian Spirit and Just Bond in the 4.55 Redcar! Lyndseyfield Lodge appeared to be running all over them in the 5.00 Market Rasen, but a bad jump ruined its chances! Keep an eye on that one soon. I had Melodize 7/1 in the 5.30 Redcar. I like them when they are shortish prices with little or no form. It says a lot! I had Benjamin Bittern and Soleil Malta in the 5.35 Market Rasen, and thought I had got it, but the latter just got pipped into third place! I haven't covered everything today, because as usual on a Bank Holiday, we are inundated with races!

24th April: Again, I did not have an interest in the racing today, but a number of good system results and recent tips from me ran well, including Tri Nations (see my comment 18th April) 8/1 winner (3.45 Plumpton) and Hereditary (see 19th April) 11/1 winner of the 5.15 Plumpton. Do you know that I have backed that horse on numerous recent starts, and as as soon as I miss a day's racing, it wins! Makes you feel that someone up there has something against you! I think I'll leave my comments to that for today, as I am so disgusted! Check the system results for yourself, especially the man that demanded a refund on it from me recently.

23rd April: I did not have an interest in today's racing, but several of my recent suggestions won today and several system bets won or were placed at good prices, including Teenando (see 11th April)! Strange how it was only 9/2 today after being big prices in its previous races. Can never understand that.... Typical!

22nd April: No UK racing today.

21st April: I did not follow or have any bets on the racing today, and fortunately only one or two of my recent tips came in. They usually do win when I don't back them! Baccalaureate (see my strong tip 25th March) 8/1 winner of the 2.20 Ludlow. I would have backed Othermix on its previous outing, but it was a non-runner, and won today at 5/4. Tyup Pompey won again today on its favourite track, and The Snail, which I also backed last time in the same race, was second at 16/1. Captain Marlon, which I have tipped so often recently, ran in a hunter chase today and finished second at 16/1, despite apparently being out of its depth on official ratings. Did the Tizzards get fed up with it not winning when wanted?

20th April: System bet Falasteen (with Spencer on board), also course winner, distance winner and beaten favourite, 20/1 winner of the 2.00 Epsom! Amazing! How many more indicators do you need? Nicholls' apparent second string again. He is so crafty that you never know which of his runners will perform best! My old favourite and system bet Cape Royal also finished third at 20/1. The frustrating Indian Trail must surely run well soon now! A double for Spencer with Sunny Game 3/1 in the 2.35 Epsom! Two course and distance winners first and second in the 2.45 Southwell with Jonnie Skull 7/1 and Exceedingly Good 11/1! The other one, and clear best in, Stonecrabstomorrow, must show soon, probably next time. Also keep an eye on Fools Gold and Street Crime. Kyoto led till not far from the finish in the 2.55 Hereford, and it looked like a trial run, as it was very well in. Danehillsundance, which I backed last time, 2/1 winner. Who are these people gambling these horses into short-priced favourites? Those famous colours of Abdullah are often worth following, even if the horse has little form, and Slumber obliged at 7/1 in the 3.10 Epsom! Buailteor was clear best in for the 3.30 Hereford, but as I have said on numerous occasions, they do not often win with -05 or -P5 figures! Will do better soon, as will stablemate Bay Central, which will still be a system bet next time (finished last today). System bet Spanish Duke 14/1 winner of the 3.45 Epsom! Best in Georgebernardshaw (former group class horse) led most of the way before packing up, and can do much better. Next best Ramona Chase 12/1 third. Ginolad (4.40 Hereford) (45lb below its best mark) continues to run poorly for one so well handicapped, and, as a system bet next time, surely must show? System bet Bollywood 8/1 third. System bet Barathea Dancer 11/2 second in the 4.50 Epsom. High On The Hog threatened to get in contention, and will be a system bet next time. My tip of several occasions, Capable Guest, (see my tip 10th December) 14/1 winner of the 6.05 Newcastle. It would do when I had a day off, wouldn't it? System bet Law To Himself 11/2 third. I did not follow the racing closely today, just dipped in here and there, but the last one was a cringer for me, as I had waited so long for it!

19th April: I knew I should have put my free £5 bet on Royal Dignitary in the 2.00 Southwell, but I did not trust it to win at 7/1 (15/2 returned) when I took it! Still, it's a winner, and tipped by me recently (see 30th March)! If Camden could win the 2.20 Fontwell, why didn't Allerford Jack also figure, as they were equally in at the weights? Was it because of that wretched claimer again? Obviously because they did not want it today! That's the second time I have criticised the running of that horse. Annoying, because I had them in a forecast! Keep an eye on it, because it should have run better. I had a little each-way on both Steel City Boy (14/1 second) and system bet Eastern Hills (9/1 third) in the 2.30 Southwell! The disappointment was Dancing Freddy, which was just about best in on my ratings! I backed Celani at 8/1 each-way in the 2.40 Pontefract, but it was the outsider, Szabo's Destiny which won at 12/1! Just shows you can never tell from the prices. How the hell could Fruity O'Rooney beat American Trilogy in the 2.50 Fontwell? No chance at the weights on all known form, so a plot must be considered. As I said , anything can beat anything if that is what is wanted. Probably the latter is waiting for a bigger race. I had Cheveyo (second, came up on the bridle) each-way (I got 25/1) in the 3.00 Southwell, but best in Ronnie Howe and Bertbrand were disappointing and will do better. Best in Judd Street (3.10 Pontefract) is not running to its best form at present, and must do better soon. Tabaret is also well in when wanted. Flipando (symmetrical form) 7/1 winner. Best in Hereditary did not show in the 3.20 Fontwell and must do better soon. My next best Insignia (see 20th March) won the race at 7/1, damn it! King Kasyapa (fell) was also well in, but they probably didn't like the short price (seven naps on it)! I had Jamaican Bolt to beat Beautiful Day in the 3.30 Southwell, at least it was a result! I couldn't pick Spruzzo (-050) in the 3.40 Pontefract! Chocolate Caramel was best in, but never showed with any chance, and Jackson showed up well for a long way. Both of these must do better soon. I did have a little fancy for Night Orbit, but did not back it. Simone Martini was best in for the 4.00 Southwell, but they rarely win at huge prices! I thought Tilliemint would get into the places in the 3.10 Pontefract, but it sounded as if it finished fourth. I could have had the forecast with Redvers, which was the next best on form. Midnight Macarena should have figured much more closely in the 4.20 Fontwell, and must be being held up for a tilt in the future. Best in Icelandic was not out to do the business today in the 4.30 Southwell, and I'm glad I did not put my free bet on it! Must win another race soon. System bet Masai Moon 14/1 second and system bet Academy Blues 7/1 third! What I can never understand is why the first few always seem to be a long way clear of the others! This Almahaza has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few races! Titan Triumph was best in for the 4.40 Pontefract, and I wasted my free bet on the b.....! I suppose it was -06, never a good sign! Why do they never run properly when I back them? Bet it will run better next time, but that's no good today! Pity, as I backed Count Bertoni when it won two races back! Kilvergan Boy (second) was by far best in for the 4.50 Fontwell, but it was not out to win today. Perhaps it will be next time now? Next best Sumdancer can win a race soon. I was annoyed that Home went against my system in winning with an outstanding first place! Best in Plenilune was clearly not wanted in the 5.05 Southwell, despite being a system bet! Dazhakee (sys+1) 11/4 winner from next best On The Cusp and system bet Buzz Bird in third. System bet Hong Kong Island 13/2 winner of the 5.10 Pontefract. Gala Casino Star was best in on my ratings, but was asymmetrical and finished third again. Global front-ran for a long way, and this was probably a trial run for a future tilt. General Tufto could turn up at a good price soon now, particularly at its favourite track. Henderson again with a bumper winner in Victor Echo 3/1 in the 5.20 Fontwell, with system bet Majorica King 4/1 in second. The third, Farbreaga, also had good form, probably in point-to-points. Best in His Grace ran a poor race in the 5.30 Bath, so should do better as a system bet next time.

18th April: I had Speedy Directa 11/2 in the 2.10 Towcester, but was disappointed again with Woodlands Gem and Tavalu. Why do I always pick the wrong Evans runner? I had Aquasulis in the 2.20 Redcar, but it was the other one that got placed! I had Rolanta 5/1 (see my tip 12th April) in the 2.30 Exeter, hopefully with Ryton (actually third) for the forecast! Could not even get the forecast in the 2.40 Towcester. What happened to Sagunt? Ridiculous! Wonder how much they had on the forecast? Best in Shardakhan was too big a price to be winning the 3.00 Exeter, but will do much better soon. Forest Rhythm's form figures also suggested it would not win, despite its short price. I had Olympian as best in with the claim for the 3.10 Towcester, but Haarth Sovereign clearly had some improvement to come. The annoying thing was that I also backed Tri Nations, and it was making good ground when falling! You can expect Sadlers Star to figure soon now. Again I thought I had the forecast with Clara Zetkin and Mother Jones, only for the latter to get pipped on the line! Impossible! I had Victory Parade to beat Foynes Island in the 3.30 Exeter, but it fell at the last! Ours was disappointing in third, but I think it ran to its betting show! I had best in and system bet Arctic Echo 12/1 in the 3.40 Towcester! The next two best in, Antonius Caesar and Or Sing About obviously did not perform because they knew that it would win! Best in Barkston Ash was a big price in the 3.50 Redcar, and of course it finished fourth after leading! How can you compete against the plans for the race? Anddante will also do better when backed probably. System bet Doctor Parkes 11/2 winner of the 4.20 Redcar with system bet Solar Spirit 10/1 second! Red Cape was best in, but no money for it today. Pity, I thought Ruth might be pulling a fast one! Captain Royale can also win again soon. I had Lord Henry 2/1 and Takeroc 5/4 in the 4.30 Exeter (not exactly rocket science!) Blasted best in Kinkeel stayed too far back to win the 4.40 Towcester, and typically finished third in a six horse race! You can almost see it happening from the betting! Will win again soon, along with Wee Ziggy, which underperformed today. Dolly Parton was best in for the 4.50 Redcar, but did not figure, so you can book that one for a win soon. Kiama was thrown in for the 5.00 Exeter, but typically front-ran, then dropped out. How enfuriating! Risk Challenge was also better than its fourth place, but you can't make them win if they are not wanted! Mrs Mop ran a poor race as expected in the 5.20 Windsor. Why do they never follow up on a place? Yet another best in horse finished third in a seven horse race! This time Talk Of Saafend in the 5.25 Redcar was the offender! It really annoys me! Poor horses, they can't help how they are ridden, but somebody can! Wisemans Diamond is another that can do better. I had my usual third, fourth and fifth in that race!

17th April: I had Like The Da 25/1 in the 2.05 Gowran Park (I got 33/1), but I did not have much on it! Best in Daraybad was not wanted today in the 2.25 Wetherby, despite making late progress. The same applied to Waldo Winchester, which finished fifth (running on) for the third time in four races! Third best Muntami finished third yet again at 10/1! All three, particularly the first two named, can do much better. I mentioned the second, Petrocelli, as being capable of better on its most recent flat run. Looks as if they were getting it fit for this! Chevy To The Levy was best in for the 2.45 Stratford, but I had a saver on Indian Pipe Dream just in case! Thne former can win another race soon. How do you know when a best in horse (Sweet Seville) is not competing? When it's 14/1 in a 5 runner field and pulls up after a couple of fences! Why do they ride the next best in (Rory Boy) like a donkey? It's really annoying! And when it looks like dropping out, it runs on again for third. I could almost guarantee that would happen, as there was no money for it in the race. You can't get more exasperating than that, and it happens so often with well-handicapped horses that have been on a bad run! I will be surprised if Sweet Seville wins next time with an outstanding first place, but they do sometimes. Two system bets first and second in the 3.35 Wetherby, with Oscar Barton 15/8 and Milano Supremo 15/2! Top-rated Laureate Des Loges third and system bet Empress Orchid second in the 3.50 Stratford. System bet Western Gale 4/1 winner of the 4.10 Wetherby. Battlecry was a certainty for the 4.25 Stratford and surely they can't engineer a horse slipping up, can they? Ruined my possible accumulator. I always have a feeling that these race results are prearranged, as Seymar Lad was next best in and finished last! Best in Railway Park fell at the first in the 4.40 Wetherby! Are they out to get me today? It really gets me, anyway! It was the same jockey that took the wrong course in the previous race, but he sustained a bad injury apparently, so I can't blame him. At least Knock Three Times got placed, but Cornish Castle is still waiting! Keep an eye on Kalalushi, which had no apparent reason to back-pedal. I am still waiting for Apache Dawn (5.00 Stratford) to run to form! After its stablemate won earlier, I thought there might be a double on, but not today! System bet James Pollard 9/2 third (ran on fast when it was too late, as usual). Hail Caesar should do better soon. What the hell was Maguire doing with Riptide in the 5.15 Wetherby? Anyone backing it would have had kittens, judging by its antics! Both Fourpointone and The Iron Giant were better in than Katalak in the 5.30 Stratford, so I can only assume that the other two did not want to win today! It is so difficult to predict these small races when three of the horses are so similarly matched. I think trainers should have to tell us what will happen (hehe)!

16th April: I had Knight Valliant 14/1 and Rain Stops Play 16/1 in a forecast in the 1.50 Ayr! Poet should have won the 2.05 Newbury on ratings and the weights, and ran well, only to finish third! Indian Days (-W60) 7/1winner! I had Dickie Le Davoir 14/1 again in the 2.15 Leicester! Elhamri keeps disappointing, despite being thrown in at its best. Nadiya De La Vega looked best in for the 2.20 Ayr, but only ran on for third when it was all over! I had Mandurah 15/2 in the 2.30 ripon! Good day so far (unusual for a Saturday)! Then I had Rimth 13/2 in the 2.40 Newbury, with Eucharist in third. Pontenuovo was disappointing in fourth. Four winners and a forecast in the first few races? Unheard of! I next had the forecast with Cockney Fire 11/2 and Triggerlo 5/2 in the 2.45 Leicester! System bets Sanctuaire, Bygones Of Brid and Overturn first, second and third in the 2.50 Ayr! What a tricast! Nearby (which I also backed) can do better soon. First, third and fourth for me in the 3.00 Ripon! How close can you get? I had Montaff, Montparnasse and Halla San! I could not pick the runner-up in the 3.10 Ripon. Do they do that deliberately to get a good forecast? Best rated Lovelace was a big disappointment in the 3.15 Ripon, and Duff front-ran, only to come fourth! What is going on with these runners? Bak to reality in the Scottish Grand National, with only Gone To Lunch anywhere near the leaders! System bet Light From Mars winner of the 3.45 Newbury, with system bet Pintura second. I backed Proponent (fourth) each-way. Could not get one of the first three in the 4.00 Ayr! I had Sweet Chili each-way in the 4.10 Ripon, but was disappointed with Channon's, as he always seems to win when I don't back him (I had Montaff earlier, however). I had the Cecil 1-2 at 3/1 and 20/1 in the 4.15 Ripon! Fremen (4.35 Doncaster) continues to disappoint, but it's only a matter of time. I had Trans Sonic, which would finish fourth, wouldn't it? Cyflymder should also be running better soon. Should have known that Godolphin would have a winner with Lajooj in the 4.50 Newbury. I had Danehill Dante and Discovery Bay on my list. I could not get one of the first three in the 4.55 Leicester! Karate must make a better effort soon! Bikini Babe should have finished in the first two in the 5.15 Ripon! First and third again in the 5.10 Doncaster! I backed Visions of Johanna in the 5.30 Haydock, and it was Prince of Johanne that won! Amazing! I went downhill after a great start today. Typical! keep an eye on Boundless Spirit, which showed up for a long way in the 6.00 Haydock, and was then pulled back by the jockey. It has now got rid of all winning form, so should start to show soon. I backed Riverdale (third) each-way, but could not get past that Fahey man! I backed Fareer to win and Balcarce Nov for a place in the 6.30 Haydock, and what happened? Top-rated Fareer was useless (as often happens) and Balcarce Nov looked like coming through for second, then got pipped on the line! Enfuriating or what? You have to feel these runs are deliberate. System bet Cono Zur 14/1 winner of the 7.35 Haydock! I wanted French Art or Hits Only Jude for the forecast, none of which figured in the places! Ruth Carr's horses are beginning to fire, so keep an eye on her runners, as she has lots of well-handicapped ones! Two system bets which failed to perform in the 7.55 Doncaster were Sing Sweetly and Countess Comet, so keep them both in mind for the future!

15th April: I backed Sir Walter Raleigh to finish second to the favourite in the 1.45 Ayr, and I thought it had a lot in hand and could probably have got second if pushed. One to keep an eye on, possibly in Ireland. I thought course and distance winner Norse Dancer was going well enough to get placed in the 2.10 Newbury, but it got overtaken and finished fourth! System bet Rigolleto 16/1 third. Why do Johnston's horses always seem to drop out of the back in these races? I had Teenage Idol (third 20/1) in the 2.20 Newbury. Keep an eye on Enfant De Lune, which was a big price today, but made good ground before dropping out in the closing stages. Culcabock can also do better as a system bet next time. Kaolak threw in a bad run today, but that is typical after a few placed efforts, and means nothing. Qadar ran a lifeless race in the 2.30 Wolverhampton, but -36 figures are often a bad sign (and a 7lb claimer). Can do better again. They only seem to let them win every so often, to give the impression that they are not well-handicapped! I had system bet Arctic Court with Lively Baron for the forecast in the 2.50 Ayr! I backed Lough Corrib last time out, and should have put it in the forecast with Roodee Queen in the 3.00 Wolverhampton. I put in Poetically, which looked likely to get second place most of the way. The latter was certainly the best looker, and will do better, possibly in a handicap. I backed Imperial Pippin 71 winner in the 3.15 Newbury! I don't believe my luck! Second, third and fourth in the 3.25 Ayr with Door Boy, I'msingingtheblues and Premier Dane! Why is there always one you can't predict? All three were better in than the winner! Why did Brent Pelham tail off last in the 3.35 Wolverhampton? Makes you mad! The thrown in Green Manalishi finished only fourth in the 4.10 Wolverhampton. You can never trust that horse to run well (not his fault). I knew Garstang would be involved, juust glad it didn't win, as I backed it in a forecast with GM! Typical Hannon! His horse beats the top two in the betting, and he likes to do that! Al Kazeem got stuck behind at a vital time, then showed a great turn of foot too late, so worth another go. Prohibition got no run in the 4.30 Brighton, and I feel sure could have got second place if wanted. Should just ahve backed Prince Apollo straight! You know when Kipchak is a big price it is not going to win, but like a fool I still backed it! It should still have finished in the first two if it ran anywhere near to form, so why didn't it? Racing has gone mad again now, with races all over the place. Why don't they spread it out a bit? I hate it when my horses go off in front, because they never stay there. I had Moorhouse Lad and Sohraab in the 4.55 Newbury, and the latter could definitely have got placed, but eased off in the closing stages. keep an eye on both of them, because they were not wanted today! I was just about to back Polly Holder in the 5.00 Brighton when the race went off! How the hell can you back with races going off every couple of minutes? It's enfuriating! I had system bet Political Paddy in the 5.05 Ayr, and it kept closing and closing under pressure but never quite got there (fourth)! Best in Classic Descent decided to hang out the back, then run on for fifth in the 5.20 Wolverhampton. That one and Amary are much better than that, and can win soon. Is it fair that best in horses are allowed to run down the field, then win when the money is on them? I looked at Warnes Way in the 5.25 Newbury, as I had backed it over hurdles previously. Nemo Spirit faded after making the running, but that is just a blind, as it is well in for a win soon. Satwa Gold is another that did not show today and can do better. I got Down The Stretch 4/1 in the 5.45 Chepstow, but Peplum ran a strange race, rushing forward at halfway, then pulling up. I think there is more to come from that one. Best in Corrib finished like a shot for third in the 5.50 Wolverhampton, but if they want to win, why aren't they closer to the pace? That one must win soon. I knew that Buxton was best in for the 6.00 Brighton, but having really annoyed me a few times in bigger races, I went against it, expecting it to get a place today! Just shows you can never tell their plans (crafty b...s!)! Zimbabwe let me down again in the 6.20 Chepstow, but I also backed Ethiopia with the favourite, so did ok! Damn! I backed system bet St Ignatius last time, but did not notice it today in the 6.30 Brighton! I did get Mandhooma each-way, but it finished too late! Art Scholar is still not performing, despite being a system bet tonight, but I bet there will be floods of money for it when it does try! You wonder why best in Roseska is a big price in the 6.45 Wexford, but you soon find out, as it drops out of the race! I can't work out why they do that when they have a good chance! Then For The Staff decides to come fourth! It's bewildering! Isn't it strange that the two I backed in the 6.55 Chepstow both dropped out the back (Pause And Clause and Postmaster)? It must be deliberate, as they are both far better than that! It just makes you very angry to get no run! Jaunty Journey (which I also backed last time) 20/1 third. It happens all the time! Bakoura was best in for the 7.10 Brighton, but mysteriously finished fourth. How can you truat horses when they are obviously not running to their best? I suspected Hannon's horse would get into the shakeup, having shown nothing previously. Baily View was going better than anything in the 7.15 Wexford, then dropped back. There is no point in backing them if they are not out to win (yet another 7lb claimer)! Keep an eye on that one in Ireland. Why did Oca De Thaix take the lead, drop out, then run on again in the 7.25 Chepstow? It's almost? as if they want something else to win! Unfortunately that one was not Doc Wells, which should at least have been in the shakeup, but irritatingly finished about fifth! These hunter chases are a real menace for picking winners, which bear no relation to conventional National Hunt form. Hannon got the winner again in the 7.10 Brighton, thwarting my forecast with system bets Shostakovich and Majestic Ridge. My God, it's frustrating when they keep producing these winners from nothing! If I had done the tricast with that one, I would have been well in! I backed system bet Andunowhat in the 7.45 Wexford, and it was never sighted until it finished like a train for second! If it wanted to win, why was it so far back? Unbelievable! Were they in league with the winner? I couldn't pick There And Then (almost a system bet) in the 7.55 Chepstow, but I did have Varkala (second 14/1) each-way, which ran very well and nearly got it! These horses that win a race, then have three poor efforts are often worth a bet (in hindsight)!

14th April: The only horse with a previous run, Princess Banu, 11/1 winner of the 1.50 Newmarket. Can often be quite important. I had Meandmyshadow dead-heat first in the 2.00 Beverley, but did not get the forecast, despite including Exchange in my bets. I never go that little bit further when I should, but it costs more! My mian bet Moremaloke was uneasy in the betting, and disappointing in the race. System bet and official top rated Third Intention 5/4 winner of the 2.10 Cheltenham. Wish I had stuck with it to beat Higgys Ragazzo! I had Midsummer Fair and Air Traffic both 6/1 for the forecast in the 2.25 Newmarket! My best result in the last two days! None of my selections figured in the 2.35 Beverley - Kingdom Of Munster, Baltimore Jack (which normally front-runs) and Blue Spinnaker, which is always backed when figuring. All three are due soon now. System bet Brisingamen Eric ran a good race, and could figure soon. Three out of the first four for my tricast in the 2.45 Cheltenham, with system bet Magical Legend 10/1 winner, Classic Swain and Simarian. The latter is very well in, and could have won but for a bad mistake late on. Have You Seen Me got in the way! As usual, there's always one you don't anticipate! A 1-2 for Hannon, including his outsider Auld Burns in the 3.00 Newmarket, and guess what? I backed the other one each-way! How can they be so crafty? Toolain (see my comment yesterday) beat that one last season, which confirms my opinion. I had Red Kestrel and Granston, both each-way in the 3.10 Beverley, but did not do the forecast (although I was tempted)! No money for Sway in the 3.20 Cheltenham, although it was always going well, and did not finish off. Banjaxed Girl (fifth) is better than it showed today also. I had Genki 12/1 in the 3.35 Newmarket. Prime Defender ran well, but dropped out, and must do better soon, as must Doncaster Rover. I did not pick up on Belle Royale in the 3.45 Beverley, which had the best form last year, but had thrown in three duff runs. Just shows you have to check all the form! System bet Triggerman winner of the 3.55 Cheltenham. Benefit Night was best in, but did not go through with it. Beat The Boys was next best in, and will do better. Dark Dune appeared to be going better than anything in the 4.20 Beverley, but was never put into the race with a chance. Keep an eye on that one, and the other one I backed, Jeu De Vivre, which finished very fast after having no room. Kayf Aramis was disappointing after leading most of the way in the 4.30 Cheltenham, and Dantari will also do better. It's just a quaestion of what they want them to do on the day! Counting House is another that should do better again when wanted. Steele Tango was disappointing in fourth in the 4.45 Newmarket, as was Forte De Marmi. These Hills' horses always seem to make abig improvemnt on their previous form when they win! If I'd known that Danehillsundance would fall and Faith And Reason would be brought down, my next choice would have been Mycenean Prince (20/1 winner)! Amazing! I missed the forecast again in the 5.05 Cheltenham, despite backing the first and second! What am I up to? Waltham Abbey decided to drop out in the 5.25 Sedgefield, despite being one of the best in! At least Border Tale got third (again) and must win soon. Alan King had a big-priced winner (10/1) in the 5.40 Cheltenham, and having made the point earlier, I did not back it! Blasted TV pundits put me off with One More Cookie, and may have put off Tizzard too! God, this game can be annoying! I keep doing stupid things, as I put Johnston's second string in for the forecast with Glencadam Gold. I think I am chasing outsiders too much at present, and it rarely comes off! I backed Its A Man's World in the 5.55 Sedgefield, and it dropped out far too quickly for my liking! Keep your eye on that one and Castlebury, which made good ground, then did not finish off. I backed system bet Queen Commander each-way in the 6.05 Tipperary, and thought it was going to win until the other horse came and hacked past! Kings Bastion will do better very soon in Ireland. I should have known! The one with symmetrical form, Saddlers Bend, 9/1 winner of the 56.15 kempton. Best in Perfect Ch'i looked like winning, but must have been eased up to finish so far back! They always have a way of getting beaten! Next best Spinning Bailiwick did not perform either! I think form figures are more important than actual abilty! What on earth was wrong with Flying Doctor in the 6.25 Sedgefield? Should have won this on previous form with the claimer, but perhaps that was why it did not perform! I though Hollo Ladies also had a better chance than the winner! Both can do better than that! Kasanka ran on well in the 6.35 Tipperary, but once it got within range of the winner, the jockey stopped riding as if under instructions to come second! I suppose I should have done the forecast! Duplicity could hardly be more thrown in than it was in the 6.45 Kempton, and I don't know how much further down the weights it can go before it wins by default (was 100 rated not long ago). What on earth are they up to? It looked like coming to win, then the jockey pulled it back! Should be investigated, as it could carry this lot! That claimer again (just to let the others know, I suppose). It will probably be backed off the boards when it is wanted! How could you pick Esme Rides Again in the 6.55 Sedgefield when there were three others better in? I cna't believe the machinations that must go on for these races! Toulouse Express was clear best, but was apparently lucky to get second! I get more and more disillusioned with the outcome of a lot of races. This just shows that they can let anything win if they want to! I did not think that Play The Rock would win with -05, and it duly finished fourth. At last a return with Tranos 10/1 and Schinken Otto 7/1 for the forecast in the 7.25 Segefield! I expected Poseidon to run better for my tricast, but that one will come again. The money for it tonight must have been from people like me! I have almost given up on Prince Of Thebes (7.45 Kempton), but I guarantee that if I don't back it, it will win! How many times do you have to back these b...s before they win? Oooh, la la la la! No, they can't come second, then win! They have to go through all this rigmarole, which gets maddening after a while. Is it just to get a price, or what? Regal Rave and Having A Ball are two others to keep in mind. It was noticeable that the first three in the race all had symmetrical form, so that is clearly something to look for. Solaise looked to be going incredibly well in the 7.55 Sedgefield, but apparently found nothing in the finish. Keep an eye on that, because it was much better than its finishing position. I did have a litlle each-way on An Capall Mor (second). Fifth In Line should have won the 8.15 Kempton at the weights, but the way they run, ratings and weights seem to mean nothing! Probably won't win next time either now! I looked at the second, Ezzles, because you can't write off Cole runners, no matter what their chances appear to be! My Lord never looked like winning, but that asymmetrical form is a concern.

13th April: The first two on my list, Commended and Afkar first 11/4 and second 7/2 in the 1.50 Newmarket. I commented on how badly No Legs ran last time, but Evans' other runner Seven Year Itch won the 2.00 Catterick. You can't ignore his early runners, but I was amazed at the price (14/1)! Bold Addition (2.10 Cheltenham) must be much better than its official rating unless the others ran well below form! Another winner for Evans with Jack Who's He in the 2.25 Newmarket. They must have known they had a good one to back against Hannon! I had the first three written down for the 2.35 Catterick, but could not get the right forecast again! Not my favourite type of day today, with lots of flat non-handicaps! Top-rated His Grace pulled too hard early for its own good! I thought Toby Jug was probably the only one which could beat Galaxy Rock, but unfortunately it fell early on, destroying my combinations! No good so far! Can only get better! Two system bets first and second in the 3.00 Newmarket, with Sir Reginald 4/1 and Madany 7/1 (no room until late). The best in, Neebras, missed the break and never got in it! No doubt it won't miss the break when it is wanted! Kyncraighe was best in for the 3.10 Catterick, but finished just out of the places again. Now has symmetrical form, and should show very soon. I also backed the second best Trading, 13/2 winner. System bet Commander Veejay was well there for a long way and can probably do better. Best in Tasheba dropped out tamely in the 3.20 Cheltenham, and will do better. I also backed Secret Dancer (9/2 third). My Shamwari (symmetrical form) 15/2 winner. Should have backed it! Why do Maktoum's never seem to win when they are favourites (Elzaam 3.35 Newmarket)? The annoying thing was that I fancied the other two which finished first and second! Could not get the favourite turned over in the 3.45 Catterick, not even with a Fahey horse, but, from the betting, they knew the score! Why do outsiders never figure when I want them to? Pigeon Island was out of the weights, but was the best in of the others, but once again was disappointing. Perhaps they don't want to win a race which will put it up a lot in the weights? Fahey must have read my mind, because he then proceeded to produce a 14/1 winner in Barefoot Lady (4.10 Newmarket)! Grrr... Very disappointing best in Blue Nymph in the 4.20 Catterick, with Leaving Alone and Weetfromthechaff also well there without figuring. System bet Valentino Oyster 25/1 third finished like a rocket, but will probably not repeat the feat next time out! Why do the best in horses nearly always pull up when they are not going to win? It really annoys me when I see them start to wilt for no reason! Tisfreetdream (thrown in) is due very soon now. What happened to Toulain in the 4.45 Newmarket? You can guarantee that one will do better soon. System bet Irish Boy 7/1 winner of the 4.55 Catterick, and I did not back it again! What am I up to? Tancred Spirit (second) was best in on my ratings. None of my best in seem to be making any effort today, and it's beginning to get to me! Phar Again and Ortega tailed off in the 5.15 Southwell, and you can't back with any confidence when that happens! Come on, you b....s! Of course my best in Yungaburra got loose in the 5.30 Catterick, to round off a perfect day! You would think they do it deliberately! To add insult to injury, next best Klynch missed the break! What the hell do you have to do to get the best horses to win? It beggars belief what goes on! And what was even worse, I missed the 5.20 Newmarket, and the first two on my list finished first and second! Gloucester looked to be full of running in the 5.40 Cheltenham, but did not go through with its effort. Must do better soon, along with Celticello, for whom there was no money today (there usually is). To cap a great day, my selection, Back to Paris, fell in the 5.45 Southwell! Kirby had two in thre, and I fancy Haka Dancer was the one he intended to win. Bathwick Bear was going as well as anything in the 5.55 Newmarket, but the jockey did not push it out and just eased fractionally in the final furlong, allowing his horse to be overtaken for a place! How annoying! Keep that one in mind. System bet Bubbly Braveheart 7/2 winner of the 6.00 Kempton. Yet again, my selections finished fourth and fifth, with Olney Lass (just eased again in the final furlong) and the thrown in Sir Haydn. I'm getting fed up with this! You might just as well look for the symmetrical form figures, because the first four again had those! Oh dear! I can't find anything that is actually trying to win today! Jacarado and Feeling Peckish were my best in for the 6.15 Southwell, but both dropped out for no apparent reason, and can do better. You could tell that Jacarado had more to give, as it started to run on again after dropping out! I fancied Lord Of The Reins to win the 6.30 Kempton, but wanted Grudge (third) for the forecast! I am sure it could have got there with a little more effort from the jockey. One of those days where nothing quite works out! Wish I had had the courage to back Morocchius (sys+1) each-way in the 6.45 Southwell at 66/1! I have had my eye on that one for a while now, as I thought it would do better at some point. They are so crafty that they keep its form under wraps until ready to strike! I fancied Laterly too, but thought the favourite would beat it if it stood up! Missed a great forecast there! Best in Our Kes made no attempt to win the 7.00 Kempton, but my old nemesis, Filun, managed to come second again. A horse I have followed quite a lot, Minder, also finished third at a good price, but they let the winner have far too much rope! Vinces must also be due a good run soon. A terrible day today, with the least number of good results I have had for several weeks! Those days do happen now and again!

12th April: Best in Lucky Art managed to get beaten in the 2.10 Southwell, although my first reaction was that it had won! Memphis Man should do better soon, probably over 6 furlongs, and Cheveyo has been hanging fire lately. I had two of the first three in the tricast, but did not do the forecast (silly fool). I could not pick the winner in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, but did get the second, Palindromic. Chester Delyte was equally well in with that one, so must be waiting for another occasion. I had Novabridge and Dangerous Illusion (-450) 12/1 for the forecast in the 2.30 Folkestone. Keep an eye on Areef (2.40 Southwell), which came up to the leaders travelling well at halfway, then dropped out again. Bell's horses are usually better than that, but there was no money for it today. System bet X Rated 5/2 second. I can never understand how they knew that the favourite would be so much better, judging on its previous form. Rubenstar looked very threatening coming into the closing stages in the 2.50 Wolverhampton, but did not finish off, and is worth keeping an eye on. Fortunately I did Master Of Dance (system type form) each-way and the forecast with I Confess. I had Black Baccara and Magical Speedfit for the forecast in the 3.00 Folkestone. I knew that only Ingleby Arch 8/11 and Bonnie Prince Blue (9/2 winner) had much chance in the 3.10 Southwell, so I did the reverse forecast. Just wish I had more on it! The two best in for the 3.20 Wolverhampton, Lastkingofscotland and Spa's Dancer missed the break, then both ran on late. Spa's Dancer certainly looked as if it could have picked them up if going through with it properly! Keep an eye on both and Arachnaphobia, as none of them were clearly wanted today! Annoying people! Night Trade (sys+1) 16/1 third with system bet Tewin Wood 9/2 second. Blasted Swordsman cost me my free bet in the 3.30 Folkestone! Apparently going best, it then dropped out to last, leaving second best My Valley 8/1 to win! How annoying! So much for Evans' Cote Du Rhone in the 3.40 Southwell! Could not have finished further behind if it had tried! I thought he gave Gannon his best rides usually. Royal Patriot was best in for the 3.50 Southwell, but despite going well finished third or fourth. Spiritonthemount was gambled on, but did not go through with its effort. Both of these will do better. Blasted favourite always gets in the way! System bet Haldibari 10/1 second. Best in Thoughtsofstardom had -36 figures in the 4.00 Folkestone, which is not usually a good sign, and so it proved today. Next best Diddums 7/1 second would probably have won if its rider got a split slightly earlier. I ignored Taikoo in the 4.10 Southwell, and you ignore Morrison's horses at your peril! Calculating at least got second, but should have won if Record Breaker did not. What was the matter with system bet Ay Tay Tate? I am sure Play Music could have finished closer in the 4.20 Southwell, as it seemed to drop out too quickly for my liking. The only one with an official rating, Zakon, finished second at 11/2. Best in Exit Smiling will show soon now, as it was hopeless in the 4.40 Southwell, which is always a good sign. System bet Elusive Fame 15/2 third. General Tufto will pop up soon now too. Rolanta was well backed in the 4.45 Taunton, but dropped back after leading. Trial run? Tiger Dream fell, which was annoying, and will do better, along with Motor Home, which did not quite get into it. System bet Stravita 9/2 winner. C.P.Joe was well in for the 4.55 Wolverhampton, finishing third at 12/1, but they rarely win with those figures at the first time of asking. Beherayn was best in for the 5.00 Towcester, but they did not want it to win today (poor recent figures. Was probably going best, but was never put into contention to win. I don't know what happened to Shalamiyr in the 5.05 Folkestone, but on hurdles form it must be much better than it showed today! I had the first and second also written on my list. One of those days today when whatever you back does not seem to be out to win! The unfortunate exception was that I had the first two written down for the 5.25 Wolverhampton, but was too late for the bet with all the other meetings (and my dinner) going on! System bet Businessmoney Judi 11/4 winner of the 5.30 Towcester. I did Vertige Dore to beat Murdoch in the 5.45 Taunton, but you could see that Be Kind (20/1) was going far better! The best two in for the 6.00 Towcester, Zhukov and Don't Tell Nina, typically finished fifth and fourth! It would be nice if they actually tried to win for once! Zhukov travelled better than anything and the other ran on from the back when it was all over. Sickening! Keep them both in mind. Best in Kirbys Glen looked like overtaking Thunder Child in the 6.15 Taunton, but in the end settled for second place. Waiting for a bigger race? Solitary Palm was also going well until making a horrendous mistake two out, and can win a race soon. So many times favourites win races with no apparent right to! Ton-Chee is much better than it showed in the 6.30 Towcester, and was hacking on the outside without making any effort to win. May not be next time either, but must win a race when wanted. Bollywood (system bet next time) and Mossmann Gorge (second) can also win soon. You can never trust small races, and best in Heir To Be capitulated too tamely for my liking in the 6.45 Taunton. No doubt the decision had been made before the race, because it was a big outsider. It could have probably won, but they are saving it for a bigger race. It's annoying when you know it should win, however, and you feel you are just throwing money away. System bet Jackstown 7/1 winner of the 7.30 Towcester, and my recent tip, Orion Express (see 29th March) 5/1 winner of the 7.45 Taunton. I said then it would probably be backed, and 5/1 was far too short for its form figures! Not a bad finish, and a pity I'd given up for the day by then. These days go on and on with evening meetings as well. Overkill, really.

11th April: Only Sycho Fred of my selections got into the argument in the 2.00 Hexham. I don't know how they decide which ones are going to try! Teenando unseated rider in the race, and will do better soon, along with Manoubi and Nifty Roy. None of my selections competed in the 2.10 Wolverhampton. How often do I say that? Final Tune, Farleigh and Street Crime can all do better. I had two of the first three in the 2.20 Plumpton, but that Moore beat both of mine again! Petroupetrov was thrown in, but did not seem to want to win the race, and Formedable was next best! Why is it that the only one I backed to win in the 2.30 Hexham, Along Came Rosie, fell before it got into the race? Makes me fume! Desperate Dan was best in for the 2.40 Wolverhampton, but perhaps 5 furlongs is too short for it, as it only ran on too late. I also backed system bet Efistorm, but had third and fourth for my forecast. I did not back Lewyn, but thank God for that! What sort of race did that run? None at all! I don't understand how they could make Ilongue favourite in the 2.50 Plumpton, when both Monsieur Georges and Vasodilator were far better in, Unfortunately the latter fell when still in contention (although I don't think it was intended to win from the antics of the jockey), destroying what I thought was a certain forecast. I had system bet Mr Supreme in the 3.00 Hexham, but my forecast horse came only third. A pity, as I also had the second (-440) at 33/1 on my list! I often back Wade's horses too! Thirteen Shivers was best in for the 3.10 Wolverhampton, and I actually thought it had won for a short time! They are so clever, these jockeys, that they can just win or just lose as they like! They rarely win in these small races, because it's probably worked out beforehand, as far as I can see. I had to back it, though. Keep an eye on Castle Myth, which ran well for a long way in the 3.20 Plumpton, and Royal Mile, which made good ground, then dropped out again. Both of those are better than they showed today. I had first and third for my tricast in the 3.30 Hexham, with Harry Flashman and Or D'Oudairies. Tot O'Whisky and Baltic Pathfinder were disappointing (again). I thought Crocodile Bay was going to win the 3.40 Wolverhampton, but just pipped on the line! I would have preferred Aviso to have been there for the forecast, but that one will win soon. I wonder how long it will be before Vhujon makes an effort? Little Perisher is also due a better run very soon. Best in Toni Alcala ran yet another poor race in the 3.50 Plumpton, and must start showing very soon now. Alterrain was also disappointing in fourth, but that -05 is not encouraging! Again, none of the best in figured in the 4.00 Hexham! How can you back like that? Bywell Beau finished fourth, Degas Art fell and Woody Valentine also finished out of the frame. It does my head in sometimes! All of these will do better soon. For once Dascombe's Mundesley showed nothing in the 4.10 Wolverhampton. I should have done the favourite with Mccool Bannanas, but I was greedy again! I give up! The best horse finished second in the 4.20 Plumpton, and the next best finished fourth! Did they plan this beforehand, as the winner had no right to win! Makes me boil! Mister Matt and Bushwacker must do better. Abragante was thrown in for the 4.30 Hexham, travelled better than the other two, then finished third. Should have won easily! They seem to get whatever place is convenient! At last! I had The Which Doctor and Uphold in the 4.45 Wolverhampton! The ratings worked at last! I had best in Airedale Lad 17/2 winner of the 4.50 Plumpton, but could have had the first two (including Just Beware0 if I had had time to get the bet on! Two in a row! What is happening? Stevie Gee was thrown in for the 5.00 Windsor, but contrived to get beaten, with next best Silver Wind in third. Both can win soon. System bet and best in Yetholm 7/1 second in the 5.10 Ffos Las. This Sun Tsu must be some horse if all the others ran to form (which I doubt very much). Always Bold and Pocket Too will also do better soon. I have noticed that this Forever's Girl seems to run well when apparently not expected, and it won the 5.20 Wolverhampton at 9/1. Absa Lutte was my best in, but finished only third at 6/1, and Athakeel ran on well from the back for fourth. Why is my selection so often useless? I wondered why Grand Schlem was weak in the betting in the 5.40 Ffos Las, and of course it pulled up! Not very edifying! I backed it to beat the first and second home, so I might as well have done a reverse forecast on those too! Aspectus was thrown in for the 6.00 Windsor, but decided to get rid of that second place before trying! Must start to show now. I was torn whether to include Edgewater, and like a prat I then left out Kay Gee Bee for the forecast. It's so difficult to strike a balance! What are they doing with Baylini, it never runs two races alike? When a horse like Aspectus runs, the others must ask connections what it is going to do today, as I have said many times before. If The Rainbow Hunter had jumped two out properly, it would have beaten Balleyvesey, but you often wonder if that was the planned result! Isn't it terrible to be cynical? I feel sure that Shelovestobouggie is better than its finishing postion tonight, but that is probably my pocket talking, as I thought it looked sure to get placed before fading. The Cox stable is certainly one to follow, though. Best in Open Day (third) was just getting rid of one of its first places in the 6.45 Ffos Las. So often they just run on like that when they don't want to win! I will never learn, even though I know what is happening. I suppose I was attracted by the money for it, but it is probably not stable money! How come William Hogarth was first under pressure, yet still finished second?

10th April: System bet Invictus 7/2 winner of the 2.00 Ascot. I backed Spirit Is Needed with it, but the latter dropped back to fifth, despite rallying well two out. I looked to have a good forecast with Chrysander and Le Corvee in the 2.20 Ludlow, but system bet Bundle Up got in the way somehow! I have mentioned before that Bundle Up seems to run very well when wanted. They must have known something about Tayarat, because it was a big price and dropped out tamely after leading early. Tico (-W40) 16/1 winner of the 2.25 Tramore with system bet Lord Ben 9/4 second and system bet Quartz Debilleron 33/1 third. Drat! I backed Aerial to beat system bet Gee Dee Nen in the 2.35 Ascot and it worked out the wrong way around! Just shows you can never count on anything in racing! One point to note: Two of the other three had a first place at the front and the favourite had a claimer on it (always a worry)! I had the forecast in the 2.10 Wincanton, but I expected a better run from Sir Cool, even though it was a big price. I suspect they are holding that one up for handicaps. I had system bets Benefique and Presenting Ruby in a forecast (£30+) in the 3.00 Tramore! I had Victory Parade 4/1 and the thrown in Gentleman Jimmy 13/2 for the forecast in the 2.45 Wincanton, and my third choice, El Diego, finished third! I thought best in Apache Chant 12/1 was going to win the 3.30 Ludlow, but just pipped by Badgers Cove, which I feel is still improving. Expect improvemnt also from Puerto Azul soon. I had Banimpire 14/1 in the 3.45 Leopardstown, because I backed it last season and thought it could have done better! I also had Double Vodka each-way in the 3.45 Ascot, which obliging ran on for third when it was too late! Keep an eye on Soulard, which front-ran today and will do better soon. Best in King Kasyapa was hacking behind the leaders in the 3.20 Wincanton, but again finished only second. Why don't they win? Ruby Valentine will do better soon, and Shardakhan is thrown in when wanted. I had the first three written down for the 4.05 Ludlow, although it was probably not rocket science! I had Magic Sky 12/1 and Appleaday 4/1 for the forecast in the 4.20 Ascot, which paid £57+! The thrown in Marodima will only win when it is wanted! That is the conclusion I have come to, so you have to keep backing it until they decide it is going to run properly. It's annoying, but that is what happens! I had Tyup Pompey 14/1 in the 4.40 Ludlow! First, third and fourth in the 4.55 Ascot, with first choice Georgian King looking like winning, then making a bad jump at the last to throw the race away! I also had the winner, Puzzlemaster and the third Arkose. Why is there always something that gets in the way? Why does hardly anything win in a hunter chase unless it is a short price? Emotional Article was best in for the 5.15 Ludlow, but only ran on for third when it was too late! Jaamid and Almaydan (got its compulsory -0 today) are worth a bet soon. I thought there could be only one forecast in the 5.30 Ascot, but for some reason Oracle Des Mottes did not compete and lay way back behind the leaders. Are they allowed to do that sort of thing? Even the favourite apparently just scrambled home! One of the best in for the 5.05 Wincanton, Halden Caulfield, finished third at 33/1! Al Amaan will do much better when wanted. Galantos is also due a better run. As expected, Featherintheattic won the 5.45 Ludlow at a a canter (good price 7/4). I refuse to believe that The Booble Blitz and Generous Kenny are as bad as they showed here today! Keep them in mind for the future. I imagine that with a Henderson horse in the field, they wnated to keep a low profile!

9th April: Best in Dickie Le Davoir scored a three-timer at 20/1 in the 1.35 Thirsk! Could not understand the price on that one! Pity that none of my other picks figured for the forecast, although Mandurah was well there for a long way! Others to consider soon: Northern Bolt, Ryedane and Dancing Freddy. A pity that the other best in horses don't seem to compete in these races if they think they cannot win! I backed Cue Card to beat Spirit Son in the 1.45 Aintree, which was the wrong way around! I also backed system bet Drill Sergeant, which was just pipped into fourth place! The best two in for the 2.00 Lingfield, Salient and Buxton ran poorly, although Salient was in the lead going into the last furlong! Both will do better soon. I don't know why I kept looking at Rondeau (13/2), but it always seems to win when backed (and it was a system bet!). Best in Zomerlust finished only fifth in the 2.10 Thirsk, and my second choice, Celtic Sultan was never sighted, although it normally front-runs! Keep an eye on both soon. The winner, Joseph Henry, 18/1, was my third choice. Too many meetings again today! My first two on my list, Finians Rainbow and Ghizao, first and second in the 2.15 Aintree, although Starluck should have done better. Best in Folio was useless again in the 2.30 Lingfield. I don't know how you can keep backing them when they have no intention of winning! System bet Taste The Wine 6/1 winner of the 2.35 Chepstow, with Grosse Prophet (sys+1) 15/2 third. Love Of Tara (2.25 Bangor) will do better soon, as -06 are not good figures usually. Worth A King's is another to consider soon. I had On The High Tops 18/1 in the 2.45 Thirsk, with Jamesway third! Boundless Spirit will do better, probably when it has got rid of another first place! What the hell happened to Stentorian with Dettori on board in the 3.00 Lingfield? It tailed right off and clearly was not intended to figure today. Will do better. Dom D'Orgeval was thrown in for the 3.05 Bangor, but finished only second. Must win soon when wanted. Tramantano and Khachaturian will also do better. Best in Tax Free dropped out in the 3.15 Thirsk, and it was Nicholls' other pair that finished first and second! What a clever man! Not nice if you have backed the right one, though! It strikes me that these races could be won by anything with the right level of cooperation! Mister Watizname was best in for the 3.45 Chepstow, but finished only second, with next best Manmoon back in fifth. I can never understand why they don't win when they are thrown in! Do they want to do it gradually all the time? Another best in horse that did not win the 3.50 Thirsk was Houston Dynimo, (seventh) which has been ages without winning! Valdan (sixth) and Maslak (fourth) are two others running well below par recently, and all three will do better, perhaps when the competiton is not so hot! Why do I get the feeling they were all being held back a little? System bet Time Square 12/1 second. I had State Of Play fourth in the national, but had big tips for Oscar Time, which I did not back! Should have known that McCain would do well after Red Rum all those years ago, but BallaBriggs had gone up a lot in the weights after I had backed it a couple of times! Diktalina was best in for the 4.45 Bangor, but could manage only third. Next best Bright Sparky ran a shocker and will do better. That horse seems to be backed whether it will win or not! Clear best Duplicity front-ran for a while in the 4.55 Thirsk, then dropped back, allowing second best Lindoro to win at 6/1. Duplicity must do better very soon, but they are taking their time! System bet Mujaadel 15/2 third. Sysatem bet George Benjamin 7/1 winner of the 5.25 Thirsk. Rock And Royal (sys+1) 7/1 second. Is this a Nicholls and Fahey benefit? The thrown in Hinton Admiral did not compete today, and second best Mozayada led for a long way before dropping out. Both of these will do better again soon, as will Captain Macarry. Winning connections must be aware that these horses are not competing, otherwise how could they be sure of a good result? I had the first and second on my list in the 5.35 Aintree, but backed Grandioso each-way, and thought I would at least get a place a couple of furlongs out. I had Pampanito each-way in the 5.45 Bangor, but was greedy and put it with Tiradia instead of Hazy Tom! I will never learn! McCain is getting very good at bumpers as well as jumps races! I did Sin Bin to win the 3.55 Chepstow, but I expected a better run from Kings Lad, which appeared to be going well at one point. Why did I not just do it to beat Chance Encounter, which had the best form? Wake up, man! There was no obvious reason why Beaubrav should win the 5.40 Lingfield, as all its rivals had better form, but they all seemed to be agreed on it, so who am I to argue? let them get on with it! Magicalmysterytour will do better soon now in a bigger race. It makes me laugh when I see how they use these small races to manipulate their form figures! Rheinland (sys+1) 16/1 winner of the 5.45 Tramore. I will get the hang of this betting lark one day! Lady Platinum Club was very well in on juvenile form in the 6.00 Thirsk, but contrived to come third again! There seems to be a lot of that going on, but they do win when they actually want them! That blasted Loyal Royal 7/1 (6.20 Wolverhampton) seems to win whenever I do not back it! I didn't have time to get a bet on, but would not have trusted it anyway. You just never know how many these horses will win in a row, it's a minefield! I did mention Cocktail Party 28/1 second recently, and Espy was due a better run too. Lethal (6.50 Wolverhampton) always seems to put in a series of mediocre runs between its winning efforts, but believe me that it will win when wanted again. What amuses me is the effort they put in to finish just outside the first six on many occasions! The Tatling finds it very difficult to win these days, and I feel it would be better over 6 furlongs, as it seems to be slow early on. The winner Novay Essjay 11/1 was naughty, as it won with a first place at the front, but the rest of its form was system type (-060). Second placed Lily Wood and third placed Cavitie were also system bets. Poetically was best in for the 7.20 Wolverhampton, but they never seem to win in small races, and the other contestants seem to be aware of it. Wouldn't it be nice if nobody told anybody else anything, and they all ran their own races? That one will no doubt be suitably placed to win in the future when conditions (and form figures) are right. I am sick as a pig, as I got second, third and fourth for my tricast in the 9.20 Wolverhampton, and that blasted Blackstone Vegas beat the lot of them! My choices were Filun (which travelled like a certainty), Mary Helen and Moment Of Clarity! Pooah! There's always one you can't predict, isn't there? I can't believe that they don't win because of poor form figures. The only thing I can think is that Blackstone Vegas is probably better than the bare form, was a C/D winner and beaten favourite, which does comply with my system suggestions.

8thApril: A Media Luz came up going better than most in the 2.00 Aintree, then found nothing, for whatever reason! Keep your eye on that one, as it could have finished much closer! Typically my each-way bet, Good Faloue, finished third in a seven horse race in the 2.10 Hereford. I had the first three written down, but did not want American Ladie to win! I thought I might get the forecast in the 2.20 Newcastle until Marford Missile just prevailed! System bet Sarando 50/1 second in the 2.30 Aintree! I had a feeling that it had been hanging fire recently, but did not back it! I also backed Golan Way, and it ran a great race, despite several mistakes. They must have known what was going to happen in the 2.45 Fontwell, because Vagrant Emperor was best in, but finished as the outsider of three. Even the second was better in than the winner on ratings! The apprent Gosden second string, Tropical Beat, won the 2.55 Newcastle, and Miss Aix looked like winning until hanging fire behind the winner. Looked as if it could have won if wanted. Friday Night Lad also appeared to be pulled back a furlong out, so keep an eye on that one again. I had the first three for the 3.05 Aintree with Master Minded, Alberta's Run and Somersby, but wanted Somersby for the forecast. I would have had the tricast if there was one! Best in Quelclasse dropped out and pulled up in the 3.20 Fontwell. My next two picks, Keckerockernixes finished fourth and Curragh Dancer (running on after dropping out) fifth! I thought the former was sure to get placed, but typically was overtaken on the run-in by three others! You can't win with these b...s! However, I did win with Lady Chaparral 11/2 (I got 8/1) (the only one with solid form) in the 3.30 Newcastle! Keep an eye on Serenader (by Singspiel) which should do better in time. My recent tip, Always Waining, (see 24th March - I also tipped recent winner Drumbeater in the same sentence) 14/1 winner of the Topham (third successive win)! Bible Lord was a huge price today, but will do better in a more conventional race soon. I had River Indus in the 3.55 Fontwell, but wanted either Rebel Melody or Lavenoak Lad for the forecast. There's always one that gets in the way, isn't there? I had War Poet (another Singspiel from the same stable) each-way and the forecast with the favourite in the 4.05 Newcastle. Could not pick Saint Are in the 4.15 Aintree, although I backed it as a system bet last time! Without the -F, it would have been a system bet! System bet Minneapolis 33/1 second in the 4.30 Fontwell! Wish I would do them with the favourites! Home was best in, finishing fourth (again!). Keep an eye on King Of The Titans, which will run well before long. Galpin Junior (4.40 Newcastle) continues to run stones below its best form, but I can almost guarantee a better run next time, along with Tyrannosaurus Rex. The annoying thing was that I kept looking at Ingleby Star and did not back it! All of my selections for the 4.50 Aintree dropped out tamely, but all can do much better! These were Mobaasher, Pistolet Noir and Souffleur, which nwere very disappointing. Best in High Oscar had an outstanding first place, so I wondered whether it would perform, and it did not! Next best Take A Mile could only get a place, which was also very annoying! Bussa was disappointing in the 5.15 Newcastle, and you usually need to see money for Evans' runners. How come these short-priced favourites are nearly always beaten? I tohught the Tempest River (20/1 winner) form in a recent bumper was the best on offer, as it finished well in third over a shorter distance! I also backed Big Time Billy (third) each-way. How come the best thre horses (Duneen Point, Latin America and Shacklesborough) finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the 5.35 Fontwell? They all seemed to be doing their utmost not to figure in the finish! I hate that! Fortunately I also backed Ommega each-way second at 40/1! Yahrab was clear best in for the 5.50 Newcastle, but with no recent form, I was not surprised it did not win. Next best Nemo Spirit allowed itself to get beaten into second also at 7/1. You can't trust these to be run to their best form, it's too much about the correct placing, which is annoying. Burnt Oak will also do better. Petrocelli and Funky Munky were disappointing in the 6.25 Newcastle, but fortunately I had French Art 14/1 and Ravi River (which were the best two in) for the forecast!

7th April: The obvious 1-2 in the 2.00 Aintree, with Big Buck's beating Grand Crus again. Pity I didn't put a big bet on it! I had Queen's Revenge 11/2 in the 2.10 Ripon, but my forecast, No Legs, did not run for Cathy Gannon! I backed O'Neill's Storm Survivor in the 2.20 Hereford, but I should have known his main jockey was on Eastlake 16/1! Why did they back the other one, was it a ruse? I had Zarkandar to beat Grandouet in the 2.30 Aintree, but the latter was brought down at the last! I did back Houblon Des Obeaux each-way at 25/1. Jobe was thrown in for the 2.45 Ripon, but never really threatened. Will do better soon, along with River Falcon and Marvellous Value (fourth). I backed Pippa Greene to win in the 2.55 Hereford, but a mistake at the last probably cost it. Optimistic Duke and Allerford Jack were disappointing. I didn't think three short-priced fav ourites in a row would win, and Denman was very disppointing, but I had a feeling they knew that beforehand! You wonder sometimes if they don't win to save the bookies paying out on trebles and accumulators! Punchestowns should also have finished closer than last! Monitor Closely should have won the 3.20 Ripon, and will do better. I could not have St Moritz (-W50) but it won! Even Silver Grey should have done better than fourth! I thought I was going to get the forecast with Bernard and Woodlands Gem, but the latter faded into fifth after contesting the lead two out! All of my selections fell at the first few fences in the Foxhunters! These were Turko, Herons Well and Ice Tea! Even Silver Adonis was right up with the leaders, then faded out of the places! I looked at Mullin's Boxer Georg, but its rating was quite low, so I ignored it. I had Eternal Ruler second and Nawaashi third in the 3.55 Ripon, but could not pick the winner, Polar Kite! Il Battista tailed off, but this was just a blind, as it is much better than that! I backed Sports Line in the 4.15 Aintree, but it fell when disputing the lead! Safari Journey looked to be going as well as anything, but did not finish off. I only checked Silk Drum after the race to realise that it was best in! The wretched Chaninbar refused to race again, but has ability when starting. Typically the apparent Maktoum second string finished in front of the other in the 4.30 Ripon. Never write off these horses from powerful owners. Top Achiever ran another trial race in the 4.40 Ripon, finishing fifth, and must win soon. My second choice Olympian finished third. I mentioned Big Robert recently, and that one finished second at 11/1. I thought I was going to get the forecast with Lucky Art 13/2 and Sandwith in the 5.00 Ripon, but the latter dropped out towards the end. System bet Choc'a'moca 13/2 third with Fashion Icon (sys+1) second. Pearly Wey should run a better race soon, as should Sea Crest when it is in the handicap proper. Somehow I picked Shoudavenownbetter 33/1 in the 5.15 Hereford! Little Eaglet looked like winning, then the jockey decided to back-pedal! I had Michael Flips each-way 20/1 fourth in the 5.25 Aintree. The two best in for the 5.30 Ripon, Red Cape and Di Stefano did not compete today, and one of them was from the Nicholls stable, and typically his other horse finished in the places! I backed Boro Bee each-way in the 5.30 Clonmel, and it cam up going better than anything else, then finished fourth! Keep your eye on it in Ireland. Schinkel (sys+1) 25/1 winner! Clearly top rated Worldly Wise did not run to its best, for whatever reason. I can never get Coach Lane (5.45 Hereford) to run a good race when I back it! It is thrown in on old form, but is one of those that you keep backing and it never seems to be out to win! It's like beating your head against a brick wall, and I bet the stable connections are having a good laugh! Even next best Bushwacker found one to beat it, and This Way finished fourth. A bit of a non-event for me! Showtime Annie is thrown in when in the handicap proper. I had One Term each-way in the 6.15 Hereford, but could not find the winner, Harry Topper, although it was by Sir Harry Lewis and had a 7lb claimer on it. I usually pick up on these things, but not this time. It is difficult to research every horse with so many races and big fields!

6th April: I had my doubts if top-rated Dabbers Ridge would win the 2.10 Beverley with -05 figures and an outstanding first place. I was right! Fortunately I backed system bet White Deer 7/1 second each-way, and did the forecast with Rowan Lodge 17/2 winner (sys+1)! A £7 return for 20p was not bad! I thought Evans might have a 1-2 in the 2.20 Nottingham, but one of those Moores got in the act again, at a biggish price. If there is any money for their horses they usually are thereabouts. Another good result with best in Maze 11/4 and My Lord 9/2 for the forecast in the 2.30 Lingfield! Typically Fahey's apparent second string won the 2.40 Beverley. They prefer the bigger prices, don't they? System bet Secret Asset 9/2 second in the 2.50 Nottingham. No money for Judd Street today, but will do better, along with last placed Corporal Maddox. Could not get a result in the 3.00 Lingfield, as I don't like backing favourite to beat second favourite at these odds. Poyle Punch each-way and Uncle Dermot to win produced nothing! Best in Hamoody and Arganil were never sighted in the 3.10 Beverley, but will do better when wanted. I had Pineapple Pete 14/1 winner of the 3.20 Nottingham! Unfortunately I took 9/1! I had two of the first three for the tricast, but not Indian Shuffle (-040). Meandmyshadow should have done better than last! Best in Bonnie Prince Blue decided to come third today in the 3.30 Lingfield! Everything but the right result again, as I backed Misaro each-way and put it in a forecast with Bonnie Prince Blue, and Bonnie Prince Blue and Frequency in another forecast! Why do I keep getting the feeling that these races are planned beforehand? I had Dance For Julie 4/1 in the 3.40 Beverley, but wanted Leitzu for the forecast. Isn't it strange how they never run two good races back to back? I backed Akmal (faded tamely) in the 3.50 Nottingham, but had a saver on The Betchworth Kid winner at 8/1! Prince Charlemagne and Sommersturm (fourth) were best in for the 4.00 Lingfield, but neither were out to win today. The winner was the last one I would have picked! No doubt both of the aforementioned will be backed when wanted. Everything but the right forecat in the 4.10 Beverley, as I had the first three home! I backed Hawaafez to beat Art History and the two Johnston runners for the forecast! Blast! I assumed Fairley would be on the likely first home! System bet Colebrooke 7/1 third in the 4.20 Nottingham. Stablemate Smart Step appeared to be going well at halfway and will do better. I cannot believe that Anton Dolin is not better than a 60 rated horse! I wondered whether best in Triskaidekaphobia would make an effort today, so I backed Jimmy Ryan, which I thought would win, but just pipped on the line! The former could not get to the front today, but will do better again soon, as will Jimmy Ryan. System bet Commandingpresence 20/1 third. I backed Vetvey each-way in the 4.40 Beverley, and of course it would finish fourth, wouldn't it? I also backed Eduardo, which ran with promise without troubling the judge. Best in Amary did not compete today in the 4.50 Nottingham, but will do better soon. God, they annoy me sometimes! Mutamaleq was another that could have done better. I was not surprised that Fairley rode Johnston's winner in the 5.10 Beverley, as that balanced up the earlier win for De Sousa! Damn! I thought Sir Randolph was going well enough to win the 5.20 Nottingham, but did not finish off and finished third! Will do better. I did it in a forecast with the other system bet, Buzz Law (winner). Best in Cavalry Guard had asymmetrical form in the 5.30 Lingfield, and I almost expected a bad run from it! I also had Angelina Ballerina (11/2 winner) and Street Cry (16/1 third), which would have given me a good forecast! Well, I backed all afternoon on a starting bank of £2, but a few not quite successful later bets finished me off! Still not bad entertainment at that price! My recent tip, Lord Of The Reins, (see 1st March - one run since) 6/1 winner of the 5.40 Kempton. System bet Onceuponatime 7/1 third.

5th April: A great start with Hits Only Jude 5/1 and Classic Descent 20/1 for the forecast in the 2.10 Pontefract! The latter missed the break, so must win when breaking on terms. Carlitos Spirit was very well in too and should do better soon (40/1 today). Typically the horse with experience, Snowed In, won the 2.20 Kempton over the two hyped first-time outers. I thought Mrs Mop appeared not to be pushed too hard near the finish. I had the first three in the 2.30 Exeter, but unfortunately Knighton Combe did not win, although by far best in on old form. Perhaps not quite fast enough for hurdles? I also backed How's My Friend each-way, but did not get the forecast. I had the first three (the first four in fact) again in the 2.40 Pontefract, but again did not get the correct forecast! I had everything but the correct one in combinations! Grrr.... I wondered whether best in Free Tussy would win the 2.50 Kempton with asymmetrical form, and I was right to wonder! Fortunately I also backed Understory, and almost got the tricast, with the first two and the fourth! The best two horses did not figure in the 3.00 Exeter, with Made In Japan and Racing Demon dropping out tamely. Both of these will do better very soon. Third best Nemetan finished only third, despite being backed into favouritism. Best in Satin Love got hampered on the rail at a vital time, and finished fourth. Will do better soon, as will Blaze Of Thunder. I could not even get the forecast when the favourite unseated its rider in the 3.20 Kempton! I had Welsh Inlet to beat Chevise, but it would not hold on! System bet Drybrook Bedouin 9/1 winner of the 3.30 Exeter! Best in Pass Me By finished second, and next best Kilbeggan Blade finished fifth again! Is that deliberate? Best in King In Waiting came to the front in the 2.40 Pontefract, then dropped out again. Was it too far, or was it a trial run (system bet next time)? I then thought that next best Chocolate Cramel was going to win, but that finished out of the frame too! This Descaro must be a very well handicapped horse, as it always seems to win when backed! Typical Channon, produces a 20/1 winner in the 3.50 Kempton, and none of my selections even figured! What a forecast that I didn't get! I am sure Daliana will do better than it did today! I had Hidden Keel to beat Rougham in the 4.00 Exeter, but second place was in doubt for much of the race! Solitary Palm will do better when back in a handicap (should have finished fourth here). Fouth and fifth in the 4.10 Pontefract with Arlequin and Crackentorp, both of which finished too late! Should just have backed Fahey in a forecast! I had Leadenhall Lass in the 4.20 Kempton, but wanted Perfect Ch'i (third) for the forcast! I backed Oca De Thaix to beat Louis Pasteur in the 4.30 Exeter, but reckoned without the wretched Blackstaff! Canashito was not backed in the 4.40 Pontefract, and ran accordingly. In those colours, must do better at some point. I had Mohanad (see 1st March) in the 4.50 Kempton, but wanted Gandalf for the forecast! Should not have gone against Coda Agency for a place! Kavaloti was totally unbacked, but should win a race before long. How the hell can you find Russie With Love (50/1 second) in the 5.00 Exeter? I had best in Record Breaker (has been enfuriating for a long time) in the 5.10 Pontefract, but was disappointed with the efforts of Folk Tune and Agapanthus, both of which can do much better. Seems to me that if they know a better horse is out to win, they just don't compete! System bet Lovat Lane should have done better in the 5.20 Kempton, and will still be a system bet next time now. I fancied Delira, but did not back it, unfortunately. System bet Golden Gael 13/2 winner of the 5.30 Exeter. I also fancied Wiffy Chatsby (third) and Cosway Spirit (fourth), but King and Nicholls don't seem to get as many bumper winners as they used to. They probably will again when people lose faith in them! System bet Mrs Batt 9/1 winner of the 5.45 Limerick (and I backed it!).

4th April: I fancied The Dancing Lord to beat Queen Of The Hop in the 2.20 Folkestone, but did not have any money on it, unfortunately. King Mak, still thrown in for the 2.30 Kelso, finished only third at 8/1, and can win again. I was disappointed with both Bucepahalus and Benmadigan, which made no effort to get into the race. Plenty of money for Livvy Inn, but no show, so keep an eye on it soon. System bet Rolecarr 18/1 winner! I had Silverheels 6/1 and Lord Of The Shadows for the forecast in the 2.40 Windsor! On the other hand, the two I backed for the forecast in the 2.50 Folkestone finished third and fourth! Horses with variable form figures often can't be trusted. Best in Carters Rest looked like taking a hand in the 3.00 Kelso until making a mistake at the last. Will do better. My second choice, Bob's Dream, also finished well in second. Keep an eye on Super Baby, which is due very soon, and Carrietau, which was getting rid of a first place today. Best in Captain Sharpe never looked like winning the 3.10 Windsor, and as usual I did two forecasts, neither of which worked out! You have to take note of the money when Baker backs them! I had Apollo D'Negro to beat Cristaliyev in the 3.20 Folkestone. I thought I was going to get the forecast with Soft Spoken Guy and Milans Man for a long way nin the 3.30 Kelso, but at least I had the winner! System bet Uncle Fred winner of the 3.40 Windsor. Damn! I had it in a forecast with Ellemujie (third)! Damn! Didn't know there were only 7 runners, as I did Ellemujie each-way! I had Red Zeus 3/1 and Tony Hollis 6/4 for the forecast in the 3.50 Folkestone. Kings Grey did not run on in the 4.00 Kelso, and was very disappointing. That means you should keep an eye on it next time, as it is much better than it showed here (should have been close to second-placed Rupert Lambe on ratings). I had Informed Award each-way in the 3.40 Windsor, but as usual it only ran on for third when it was too late! I did not really notice Lucky Legs (second) on the card, but a powerful combination! System bet Gay Gallivanter ran a shocker in the 4.20 Folkestone. Salveo was disappointing in the 4.30 Kelso, but I also backed Putitawayforayear in third. Disappointments in the 4.40 Windsor were: Cape Royal, Equuleus Pictor and Efistorm, all of which are due a better run very soon. System bet Roman Dancer 14/1 second in the 5.10 Windsor. Grandmas Dream will do better soon, possibly in a handicap. Or De Grugy was best in for the 5.00 Kelso, but dropped out after leading. Currahee looked like taking a hand, but faded late on (asymmetrical form). Both will do better soon. System bet Kilbrannish Hill 8/1 third (hacking, but could not finish off). After winning a claimer last time, best in Sir Haydn did not compete today in the 5.20 Folkestone. My recent tip, Vinces, finished third at 6/1 (ran on late again), and is due a win soon. I put best in Coldwells in a forecast with More Equity in thbe 5.30 Kelso, and guess what? Coldwells dropped out tamely and More Equity won at 10/1! How annoying can you get? Never trust a horse that is out of the handicap, although some do win. They don't like getting a big rise for winning, unless they are exceptionally well in. Coldwells will be a system bet next time, and I can only assume it will be out to win then. No wonder Bogside was such a short price, as its only feasible opposition, Tom's Toybox, was not out to show today. Ridiculous! How can you back them when they are not out to compete? Keep the latter in your notebooks, becausee it ran on for about seventh place at the end (seventh place because that is what they usually want)! I also thought Glingermill would do better than about fifth. I should have noted Master Performer, with 4P figures.

3rd April: Jeer 11/1 was my third best rated in the 1.40 Doncaster, which makes me wonder why Active Asset and Mustajed did not finish closer! The latter only wins very occasionally, but I feel sure it could win a lot more if wanted. All of my top-rated were well in contention for most of the race, but dropped out one by one, including Ay Tay Tate and Duar Mapel. The latter keeps running well without threatening to win, but must do better soon (system bet next time). Global is another running below form. Is it not strange that the first four home were either non-claiming or 3lb claiming jockeys? Are those the only ones to concentrate on in these races? I keep wondering whether only three or four horses are actually under instructions to try to win, as there is so much dead wood which does not appear to make much effort! You rarely get a race where more than a handful are in contention. System bet King Of Jazz winner of the 2.10 Doncaster with system bet With Hindsight 20/1 third (I got 25/1). I had Solway Blue (see my tip 10th March) 14/1 winner of the 2.30 Market Rasen, and Muntami in third! Damn, I thought I had the forecast for a moment! The Iron Giant is due soon. Cyflymder finished fifth in the 2.45 Doncaster, but should have finished closer. I thought system bet Internationaldebut had the race won, but just collared on the line! System bet Imperial Djay fourth also. My Gacho and El Dececy (led for a while) will also do better soon. Majestic Times was thrown in for the 2.55 Curragh, but dropped out after showing up well. I can rarely catch them on a going day! I also fancied Just For Mary and First In Command, but these were never sighted! Makes me cringe at times! I had the forecast with Higgys Ragazzo and King Fingal in the 3.05 Market Rasen, with an each-way on Strathcal in third. I expected a better run from Troopingthecolour, but I expect this was trial run for later. System bet King Of Eden 10/1 winner of the 3.20 Doncaster! Why don't I back them? My top-rated Mastership 14/1 third. Dubai Dynamo must show soon, along with Extraterrestrial, which was backed today. Not My Choice was an outsider today, but can win again soon. Regal Parade should have won the 3.30 Curragh, but was not placed! I don't know why they take them to Ireland if they are not out to win. I backed The Cheka (8/1 second) each-way. Cottam Grange (3.40 Market Rasen) is due a good run very soon. I backed system bet What's Occurrin 12/1 third. What is it about O'Neill's horses that they seem to keep improving? Keep an eye on Lindy Lou and Royal And Ancient soon. Best in Advanced ran a better race in the 3.55 Doncaster, hopefully getting a place! Next best Our Jonathan (8/1 third) must have been out for a place, as it was a very short price! I backed Moyenne Corniche in the 4.25 Doncaster, but did not expect it to be beaten by Cracking Lass! Knight Legend continues not to win and its run in the 4.40 Market Rasen was too bad to be true! Will almost certainly figure next time out. I also backed Babysitter, so got a return. Parks Prodigy will also do better. The two that I backed in the 5.10 Market Rasen , D'Gigi and Skenakilla Cross, front-ran, looked like going better than the others, then finished fourth and fifth! How annoying! Gets my goat after a while! The winner, Toubeera, won first time out, and these are often horses to include in your considerations. I noticed after the race that it had won readily, also often a good pointer. I had best in She's A Character 13/2 in the 5.25 Doncaster! I did not expect Very Well Red to get placed, but it is one of my favourite horses! I did a reverse forecast with Torpichen and Jumbo Rio in the 5.30 Curragh, but the latter just got pipped for second. Typical! Articilitis ran well until fading, and should be noted soon in Ireland. I had Old Si 9/1 in the 5.45 Limerick, and had my eye on Conem, but did not do the forecast. Keep an eye on Woodbine Willie soon.

2nd April: Mata Keranjang was again disappointing in the 2.05 Doncaster, but I did get Manassas 16/1 third. Daraybad was thrown in for the 2.25 Uttoxeter, but finished only third at 14/1 after looking like winning. Can win soon, along with the disappointing Tiger Dream. Top Achiever was on a trial run today, leading before dropping out, and will also do better. I also had Arthurian Legend (-W60) 16/1 winner of the 2.15 Chepstow. Saphira's Fire (2.20 Kempton) was thrown in at these weights, but was obviously not wanted today. The 2.35 Doncaster changed completely in the last couple of furlongs, with best in Lovelace dropping out after leading. Also disappointing were Prime Defender and Doncaster Rover. Why don't they try to win when they are capable? I suppose they are getting rid of those first places again! Annoying! System bet Rangototo 5/2 winner of the 2.45 Chepstow. Damn! I wanted Cresswell Crusader (third 9/2) for the forecast! I thought Turner's She's Reel Dusty would have done better in the 2.55 Kempton. Damn! I looked at Jawking, but when it opened at a big price, I ignored it! I wonder how much Evans had on the forecast (cynical)? Yukon Quest must be better than it showed today in the 3.00 Uttoxeter! It really annoys me when they don't get into contention! I had the first two on my list, but not together! I did back Dancing Dude, but only got 5/1! System bet Sweet Lightning 16/1 winner of the Lincoln with system bet Brae Hill 22/1 second and system bet Dubai Hills 40/1 third! Wish I would do the system bets! I had Eton Rifles (fifth at 18/1). System bet Red Cadeaux 9/1 second in the 3.25 Kempton. Damn! I looked at Cosmic Sun too! I had best in Ramona Chase 66/1 each-way in fourth. I had He's So Cool 8/1 and Redair 9/4 in the 3.40 Doncaster! I thought system bet Billy Murphy 12/1 was going to win easily in the 3.50 Chepstow, but just got nabbed by Our Columbus! Mister Green was best in for the 4.00 kempton, but decided not to compete today. I had Baylini on my list, but can never trust that horse! Best in Drussell looked like figuring in the 4.05 Uttoxeter before getting hampered late. Will do better. One of my other choices, Yeoman Spirit finished third at 25/1. Also keep an eye on Kempley Green soon. I thought Nabah should have been a certainty in the 4.15 Doncaster, but you can't rely on these at shortish prices! Must do better soon. Fortunately I also backed Sud Pacifique. Maucaillou ran poorly in the 4.25 Chepstow, but will do better when wanted. Kinko Afro finished fourth in the 4.35 Kempton, but they never seem to do enough when they are big prices! Mosqueras Romance typically ran poorly when it should have been a certainty! I thought today was the day for Song Of Songs, but after getting into contention, it dropped right out! Never trust a big price from that stable! They like to back them! Snake Charmer and County Zen were also useless. I had Mirrored 18/1 in the 4.50 Doncaster and almost got the forecast with Veiled Applause (third)! King Kasyapa was best in for the 5.00 Chepstow and typically finished fourth. they always seem to do that before getting competitive, which is very annoying! Lucky Dance was a big price and ran accordingly in the 5.20 Doncaster, but will do better. System bet Bonfire Knight 100/30 winner. The three best in for the 5.30 Chepstow, Smack That, Amble Forge and Our Bob, just used this race to finish out of the places. It really makes me see red! Lorum Leader was thrown in for the 5.40 Uttoxeter, but failed yet again. When will it compete? Mister Wiseman looked sure to get placed, but finished fourth, of course! No money for Blue Spinnaker again in the 5.50 Doncaster. It was thrown in again, as it is for every race. When there is any money for it, get on! I backed Rosbay (fourth) each-way, and thought Gala Casino Star (third) would be in the shakeup. Nicholls' and Henderson's horses both did not run up to expectations in the 6.05 Chepstow, but this seems to happen a lot in bumper races. I am tempted to say look elsewhere when this is the case. Tizzard seems to do well in these races, but I did not back his on this occasion! The first two home were off the lowest weight, and one had a 10lb claimer on it, which I should have taken notice of! How are you supposed to pick a winner when almost every horse had finished place last time out?

1st April: Goodwood Starlight, equally in with the winner on ratings, was too far back and did not get competitive in the 2.10 Stratford. This seemed to be deliberate, and there was no apparent reason for it to do that. Keep an eye on Stevie Thunder and Bow To No One, which can probably do better. I backed Idler in the 2.20 Musselburgh, but you never know with Johnston's runners, which seem to be better over 7f+. I also backed Stonefield Flyer each-way (second). System bet Hannah Jacques 16/1 third in the 2.30 Newcastle. Pity, I wanted it for the forecast! Eighteen Carat should have done better. I had system bets Marley Roca and Kack Handed for the forecast in the 2.40 Stratford. See You Jack should do better in a bigger race soon. Royal Straight should at least have got second in the 2.50 Musselburgh, but no doubt is waiting for a bigger race. As I expected, Red Kestrel was thrown in, but I wasn't going to put a lot on it! Second and third with Fill The Power and Luso's Lad in the 3.00 Newcastle, but I wanted Luso's Lad for the forecast. Should have put them both in! I thought Le Corvee was nailed on for the 3.10 Stratford, but let me down for a win (ran on too late after the last hurdle)! Kasimali and Shilpa should also have done better, so perhaps a handicap is their target. Berbice was by far best in for the 3.20 Musselburgh, but I suspect needs 6 furlongs. Keep an eye on it next time. Argentine is another that was a huge price today, but should do better soon. Mandurah and Northern Dare are also better than they showed today. System bet Verinco 6/1 second. I give up on The Green Hat, which never wins a race! Lyndseyfield Lodge normally front-runs, but never got near the front today! Watch for it soon. Lerida was also getting rid of a first place, and will do better. King's Revenge was by far best in for the 3.40 Stratford, but did not seem to want to win! Will do better, hopefully next time. My third choice, Gifted Leader won the race at 10/1, but Ellerslie Tom, second best, dropped out tamely. I had Las Verglas Star 6/1 in the 3.50 Musselburgh. No money for Peppercorn Rent, which should do better soon. I don't know why Dottie Darroch caught my eye, but I did not back it. Waltham Abbey was thrown in for the 4.00 Newcastle, but contrived to come third, with second best Ardesia fourth. Both must win soon. I put my free bet on Cute N You Know It, and the b... dropped out as if shot! How annoying, as it was thrown in, but probably got too muchpublicity today! Next best Baby Car finished fourth at 16/1. They've got you every way, haven't they? Also keep an eye on Petrus de Sormain soon. Best in Prince Apollo looked like coming through in the 4.20 Musselburgh, then fell in a hole! Northern Fling and Euston Square were also better in than the others, but made no attempt today. What can you go on if you can't go on ratings! Note them all soon. Anotrher pathetic result in the 4.30 Newcastle, with best in Innominate and Monsieur Jourdain finishing out of the frame! Both should have figured, so assume they will do better next time. At least Commemoration Day won, although looking out of it at one stage, and of course my second choice Job One had a disaster at the first fence! It looked as if they did not like the price on Dressing Room in the 4.50 Musselburgh, and I backed it with the two that finished first and second, so that was useless! Play The Rock was thrown in for the 5.00 Newcastle, but would not get properly in contention, despite hacking behind the leaders, finishing about fifth! It might not win next time either, now having -05 figures, but keep it on your list. Fortunately I also backed the winner, Daasij, whose flat form entitled it to win off this mark. Could not pick the second or third in the 5.10 Straford. I thought Getaway Driver and The Goldmeister were going to figure, but dropped out too tamely for my liking! It is always worth noting Webber's horses (Gumball), however. Best in Ra Junior (fourth) did not compete too hard in the 5.20 Musselburgh, nor did Classic Descent. In fact it was third and fourth choices, system bet Hits Only Jude and Ravi River which fought out the finish! Blast! I did not put them in a forecast. Hold On Tiger figured for a while, then dropped out, and will do better. I looked to have a certain huge tricast in the 5.30 Newcastle until that wretched Bear Dancing came to beat them all! It makes me fume, because they were all better in than the winner, but must have let it win! System bet Shrewd Investor (16/1 second), system bet Toulouse Express (40/1 third) and Sycho Fred (fourth) looked to have the race between them two fences out! Oh my God! What a disaster! Instead of a huge payout I got almost nothing. I suppose the logical thing would be to include the favourite, but I did not fancy it! Did they conspire to get this result? Keep an eye on Twelve Paces now, as it is due very soon. Sycho Fred now has four fourth places in a row, so will probably try to win next time. Scommetitrice should have done better than third in the 5.40 Wolverhampton, so should be due a win soon, and Two Feet Of Snow is now thrown in when wanted. Two more first and second favourites beat best in Hi Dancer in the 6.00 Newcastle. There must be something wrong there! I could not understand why it was 12/1, but I soon found out! Daytime Dreamer was a huge price, but ran well for a long way and will do better soon, as will Lady Willa, which ran as if it was expected to run like that. How on earth could Quinmaster be the 14/1 outsider in the 6.30 Dundalk when it was the best rated of them all? Doesn't make sense, but it was reflected in the horse's running! I suppose it is probably better over 6 furlongs. Don't know how they get away with it! I managed to get War Of The Roses 11/2 winner in the 6.40 Wolverhampton, but was disappointed with Swords, which was thrown in, was a huge price, ran wide off the last bend for no apparent reason, but at least did not finish last! Must do better very soon. System bet Money Money Money 7/1 second. I notice that whenever Yossi gets placed in a handicap, it then runs in a claimer next time, when it is way out of its depth (placed third tonight, so watch for it in a handicap)! Very strange! System bet Dahindar 11/2 winner of the 8.00 Dundalk, with system bet Bashir Biyoum Zain 8/1 third. African Cheetah (-W5P) 13/2 winner of the 8.10 Wolverhampton. I have often mentioned that such figures are interesting and can produce results. Eastern Gift is still very well in on old form, but they probably decided it had gone high enough in the ratings for the time. This is a common habit with well-handicapped horses, they show a certain amount of their hand, then revert to type again for a while. A little now and again does not give away too much. Baskirov was thrown in for the 9.25 Dundalk, but these gambles often fail to win, and unfortunately I backed it. I had a look at Blue Ridge Lane, 33/1 because it had three duck's eggs after two wins, and was the official top-rated. Damn! Did not expect it to win at that price!

31st March: Third place in a seven horse race with Dougie Boy in the 2.20 Leicester. The favourite, Waybuloo must have been backed because Hanagan was on it! Kings Queen looked like winning the 2.35 Ludlow, but finished only second. None of the others outside the top three in the betting were remotely in contention. Enchanted Approach should do better in a handicap soon. I got the forecast with system bet Cootehill Lass 9/4 and Eternal Youth 8/1 in the 2.50 Leicester. I thought Thumbs Up might beat Fahrisee in the 3.05 Ludlow, but no joy! I backed Troubletimestwo (second 16/1) each-way in the 3.35 Ludlow, and had a little each-way on Peaceful Means (fourth). The latter looked like winning at one point, and is worth keeping in mind. Away from racing, I had a bet at 9/2 on Ding Junhui to beat Stephen Hendry 5-2 in the China Open. Didfn't look good at 2-0 to Ding, but he came through at the right score. Best in Tanforan finished fourth, running on when it was too late in the 3.50 Leicester. That was the reason it was a big price, no doubt. Keep it in mind for an early success. Damned thing ruined my bet, though! System bet Formulation 4/1 second, with system bet and second best Gordie Bee 10/1 third. I had Akarshan as best in for the 4.05 Ludlow, finished third at 12/1. Cruichain was next best, finishing second at 11/2. The annoying thing was that the race was won by system bet Russian Epic 8/1, and I could have forecast and tricast! Tyup Pompey (fifth) will also do better, especially at Ludlow, and keep an eye on Leamington Lad, which is better than its finishing position today (hard ridden, typically, when they are not out to win). I couldn't get Retainer beaten in the 4.20 Leicester, although I thought Glas Burn might do it for a while! I hade the winner Supernoverre 4/1 in the 4.35 Ludlow, and looked like getting the forecast with Mister Fantastic, but it just got pipped on the run-in at 11/1! I did get the forecast with Sand Owl and Mother Jones in the 4.50 leicester! My selection Emotional Article was a big price in the 5.05 Ludlow, but the b... only ran on for fourth or fifth when it was too late! Why do they do that constantly, it drives me mad! You can only say that it must be deliberate! I wondered whether Lastkingofscotland would figure in the 5.20 Leicester with its form figures, and it came cruising up going well, then dropped out again! Keep an eye on that one soon. Second best Mr Maccattack finished second at 10/1, but again I am not sure it was ridden out to my satisfaction. System bet Space Station finished third. Ours missed the break (they have a habit of doing that), but will do better. Henderson did not pull a fast one with his second string in the 5.35 Ludlow, just so that it does not become a pattern. I thought Castle Conflict would run a good race, and it finished second at 8/1. I was watching the 5.45 Wolverhampton, and Second Encore did not appear to be ridden out for second place! Very annoying when you have money on the forecast! Still I should have known, as system bet Sugar Beet finished second. I should pick up on these details more carefully! Best in Let Yourself Go (16/1 second) made rapid headway in the 5.55 Cork, but I doubt if it was intended to win today, as it should have done easily. Should win soon. Also keep an eye on next best Cane Brake, which was prominent for a long way today. Power Station has now got rid of a first place, and will do better soon. I thought best in Yossi 14/1 was going to win for a long way in the 6.15 Wolverhampton, but just got beaten by that blasted Broughtons Paradis! I was afraid of that one, but didn't do the forecast! Barbirolli was back to the usual after I missed it winning last time. Typical! Mary Helen will do better soon, along with Castlebury. Why do the bigger priced runners always seem to ease up and let the others go past late on? Consistant looked sure to get second in the 6.45 Wolverhampton, but no, the second favourite picked it up late on! Very annoying when you have your money on the forecast! I had the first three in the 7.15 Wolverhampton written down. Strangely Invincible Hero was heavily backed, but it was stable companion Hootys Agogo which ran well in third. I twigged this late on and had a little each-way on it. I get fed up mwhen my best in horses start as outsiders, run very well for a long way, then drop out tamely! Such was the case with Waahej and Laconicos in the 7.45 Wolverhampton. Both can do much better than they showed tonight and probably will as system bets next time. Best in Elhamri never seems to win when I back it, despite being clear best in tonight (and apparently hacking until the last couple of furlongs). Will show again soon. Next best Icelandic was obviously being backed each-way, as it made no effort until coming third when it was all over. Are they all in it together, telling others where they intend to finish? It looks like it quite often! I looked at Capercaillie, as I have backed it a couple of times recenlty when it ran like a dog (not a greyhound)! System bet Lilli Palmer 9/2 easy winner of the 8.45 Wolverhampton, with system bets Holyfield Warrior 7/1 and Forzarzi 25/1 dead-heating for second! Is that all that matters, system bets? If I'd known that I would have done all three in a tricast! Damn! Sometimes I don't know if it worth researching the ratings! I backed the thrown in Crocodile Bay, and it looked like winning until dropping into fourth! Why are my selections always fourth? It gets incredibly frustrating at times. I knew that -66 form figures would not be good news! That horse must win soon, and I thought the shorter price today was significant. Machinate and King Of Connacht will do better soon.

30th March: Why do I always pick the wrong one not to back? I backed Charles Darwin and Misaro (fourth) in the 2.00 Lingfield, and included system bet Loyal Royal in forecasts and a tricast! The first two did not perform, but Loyal Royal won at 8/1. How annoying! Charles Darwin must try next time, surely? Somebody was on it today, but clearly not the stable! And to cap it all, I backed Thoughtsofstardom (16/1 third) as a good thing last time, but not today! Dubai Crest and Raya Star were very disappointing in the 2.10 Hereford, but fortunately I also backed Swift Lord to win. They never seem to run two races alike, and it can't be coincidence! System bet Ballarina 15/2 winner of the 2.20 Catterick! Clear best in Yungaburra was never sighted, nor was next best King Of Swords (big price from that stable)! I did back Kersivay each-way, however. I backed both of Turner's runners in the 2.30 Lingfield, but should have put them in with the favourite! He had second and fourth. Best in Speedy Directa 4/1 winner of the 2.40 Hereford. I got it at 8/1, but wanted Drawback (fourth) for the forecast! None of my selections performed in the 2.50 Catterick, and if they don't you get a completely unpredictable result! Lindoro, Trans Sonic and Violent Velocity should all have done better. Ruth Carr's Frognal ran into a place at a big price, which is why I did not back it, but often they are only backed when they are due to win. I am glad the phone rang and I missed the 3.00 Lingfield, because I weouldn't have had any returns! Figaro Flyer (fourth), Raimond Ridge and Calabaza would have been my choices. It's funny, really, as they either perofrm or are completely AWOL! The jockeys must be told "Don't get anywhere near winning!" Best in Oddsmaker was a huge price in the 3.20 Catterick, and did not perform (although it front-ran for a long way), of course! Must start to show very soon, as it is thrown in. Donna Elvira and The Oil Magnate (fourth) were also disppointing. Making horses run well is like pulling teeth sometimes! I try to identify when a jockey stops riding at the front, but they are so good at it that it is very difficult! It is something to do with when they switch their hands. I had Bonnie Prince Blue 6/1 winner in the 3.30 Lingfield with Frequency for the forecast. I am never sure whether to trust them when they have that first place left over at the front, but a number of horses seem to be winning with those figures recently. I had to decide which of the horses that won first time out in bumpers would do best in the 3.40 Hereford, but picked the wrong one in Suburban Bay! Because Royal Riviera 14/1 had -06, I ignored it! You can never really tell! No money for best in Royal Dignitary in the 3.50 Catterick! As soon as it did not front-run, I knew my fate (although it ran on well in mid-race! Must do better soon, along with stablemate Fremen (fourth), which has been very lacklustre recently! They do like to get rid of those first places, don't they? I had the forecast with Guildenstern 20/1 and Louphole 16/1 in the 4.00 Lingfield, which paid over £290! I also had Prince Namid in fourth, but that did not count! Keep an eye on Art Scholar soon. As so often happens, when a well in horse wins one race, it then comes third next time! This was the case with The Composer in the 4.10 Hereford. It did not appear to have any intention of getting into the race until the last two hurdles. I also backed system bet Septos, which finished just behind in fourth. Back to normal in the 4.20 Catterick, with my picks, Sinadinou, Oldmeldrum and Barkston Ash all running as if dead! All three of these will do better when wanted. I had Maslak and Camps Bay for places in the 4.30 Lingfield, and was about to do the tricast with Deauville Post when the race went off! How annoying! Isn't it strange how they apparently bow down to these short-priced favourites in these races? Profits Reality ran its worst race so far, despite being thrown in, so put a big mark against that one next time it runs! More disappointing runs in the 4.40 Hereford, with Rince Donn, Sourchamp and Arthurs Dream clearly not out to figure today. I bet they will all run better in bigger races very soon! Comments like "The best horse won" are laughable, but true on the day, of course! Best in Emirate Isle decided to run a stinker today in the 4.50 Catterick, but my next two choices, Madamlily 6/1 and Leaving Alone 16/1 finished first and third. Pity about that tricast! A pity, as system bet Madame Norlela finished second at 20/1! Got it wrong again in the 5.10 Hereford, as I backed Little Fritz to beat Real Milan! They always manage to get beaten these days, from the top stables. Is this a new trend? System bet Desert Strike 5/1 winner of the 5.30 Wolverhampton. As with the 5.20 Catterick, I had just about every combination of the first three apart from the right one. Sometimes it's just Sod's law, other times it works out! I did fancy Misty Morn 12/1 winner in that race, but only included it in a tricast! Well, I made a nice sum today, again mainly through a great forecast! I put in combinations of my top three rated, and it works well on occasions, producing a big return. P.S. I knew that Acropolis (see 19th March) would win when I was not around to back it, and it won tonight at 11/1! Don't say I didn't tell you!

29th March: Karate (2.10 Lingfield) is working towards a win, but perhaps wants further. I detest it when they come third in a seven horse race! I thought the odds-on favourite might get turned over in the 2.20 Taunton, but all went like clockwork! Not much between the two on ratings. I thought Roninski might beat Ashva in the 2.30 Southwell, but no, favourite again! Is it going to be one of those days that I detest? I wondered whether best in Gallantry would win the 2.40 Lingfield, as its form figures suggested not, and I was right! It's not how good they are, but what they want them to do on the day, and we are completely in their hands. I will never learn, but I had to back it just in case! Then I did the wrong forecast with the first two. How to get a return? It's very difficult! Why do I back the winning distance when only one horse finishes? Hudibras unseated early in the 2.50 Taunton, which makes me spit! I was suspicious of Karasenir in the 3.00 Southwell, so I did a reverse forecast with Baileys Agincourt and Little Jazz. Not a bad return (£25+)! Looksmart was best in for the 3.10 Lingfield, but dropped out after leading early. Will do better, along with Out Of The Storm. Keep an eye on Lang Shining, which was a top-class flat horse, and must do better over hurdles soon, possibly in a handicap. I did not think that best in Dickie Le Davoir would win over five furlongs today, silly me! From the betting, not many others did either! It normally comes from well off the pace over six furlongs and just gets there! If I had done it, I would have had the tricast! System bet Clear Ice second. Bertbrand never seems to run two races alike, but was second best in today. You can toss a coin in these match races, with Kingscroft beating Bunce, which was apparently going better at halfway! Well, on my system Cold Mountain was the last one I expected to win the 3.50 Taunton, so Petite Margot must be waiting for a bigger handicap! I had La Estrella in the 4.00 Southwell, but I wish Calculating would run to its best once in a while! I had Dream Number 5/1 and Secret Queen 25/1 for the forecast in the 4.10 Lingfield! Research does pay off occasionally. The latter was best in, but they rarely win with such poor figures. Wish I'd put my free bet on it! My recent tip, Drumbeater (see 24th March), 5/1 winner of the 4.20 Taunton. It was too short a price not to be trying! If Orion Express had not fallen, I might have had the tricast! Keep an eye on that one now, but it will probably be backed. What is the point of having a system bet (Coax, 4.30 Lingfield) if it finishes fourth? I had my doubts about best in Suhailah in the 4.40 Lingfield, because of its form figures, and I was right again! It's a never ending pattern! Of course Dansilver was the first to catch my eye, and it won! How come Ours could get so far behind in the 4.50 Taunton? Considering how well it has run recently, it must be going on the downgrade for a while! I knew that Hindu Kush (see 2nd February) was thrown in for the 5.00 Southwell, but I did not trust it, and was obsessed with next best They All Laughed, which did not perform today! Now I wish I had put my free bet on Hindu Kush! I had the forecast with Cativo Cavallino 4/1 and Prince Of Thebes 11/4 in the 5.10 Taunton, with my third choice, Chief Exec in third! I did a little each on the first two, and a reverse forecast. Second, third and fourth for me in the 5.20 Taunton, with Maid Of Silk, Bahira and Jaya Bella! No wonder Jaya Bella was a big price, typically finishing fourth! Do they know that will happen before the race? I cannot believe that King's Calcot Rose is as bad as it showed today! He doesn't train bad horses! They like to exaggerate how bad they are, don't they? Well, I did all right today, mainly through a few good forecasts! That seems to be the only way to make money at this game.

28th March: Chigorin and Showtime Annie should have done better in the 2.30 Towcester, so look out for them soon. Best in Sieglinde did not figure at the end of the 2.40 Plumpton, and will do better, as will King Of Leon. I did not see the race until later, and did not know that King Of Leon was in a clear lead when falling at the last, and that Sieglinde finished like a train in third! Just shows that bare results do not show everything! There were five runners in the 3.00 Towcester, and only one of the top three rated performed. the other two, including Good Old Days and best in Liberty Seeker, were hopeless. They don't like winning small races, do they? I suppose the latter will throw in a -0 next time now! It makes me really annoyed when they apparently set out not to win and cost me my free bet! A stinker! I wondered why Williams Way was 12/1 in the 3.20 Wolverhampton - answer - it was not going to win, although it came up on the outside full of running before getting pipped into third place! My God, you have to have some patience with this lot! Second best Duar Mapel also flattered to deceive. Couldn't even get the forecast in the 3.30 Towcester with certainty Araldur beating Lombardy Boy (I did the other two)! What a farce! Are they out to do us totally? Why are most of the field under pressure after a few furlongs in long races? Is it for show? I thought Zimbabwe and Ethiopia were going to come back in the later stages, but they did not reach the leaders. The last horse on my list, Absolute Shambles won the race, which again illustartes the perils of betting in small races! This went right against my system, as it had a first place at the front of its form. Shouldn't be allowed! Yet another race where the three best in did not compete, with Stevie Gee, Baltimore Jack and Valdan running very poorly. I can only surmise that they don't like competing against other well-handicapped horses. At this rate I might as well pick all the ones I don't fancy on form, because that is the way they are working out today! I feel I'm just having a constant rant today, with three more hopeless runners in Crank Hill, Silver Bay (fourth) and Von Galen. What do we have to do to get a good run out of them? You might as well toss a coin all day today, as best in Lemon Silk, which normally comes with a late rattle, finished fourth in the 4.10 Towcester. I might as well throw my money down a drain today, because that is what I feel I am doing! I had second, third and fourth in the 4.30 Plumpton, but did not fancy the winner, Connectivity! Kilbeggan Blade (-05 again!) was thrown in, but the big price was not encouraging, and it faded too tamely for my liking.The two best in again for the 4.40 Plumpton had already decided to come third and fourth before the race, I reckon, but a faller made them second and third. How devious is that? I had Lonesome Boatman and Monsieur Georges (system bet) each-way in the 5.00 Towcester, but did not do the forecast! Mister Watzisname pulled up, but was probably too big a price at the start to suggest it was going to win today! Carmond is also much better than its run today. I had a look at Bach To Front in the 5.10 Plumpton because of its sire, but its form was very poor and I ignored it. You can never tell! King's Astralogical was very poor again, and I refuse to believe that it ran to its true form. They are so in and and out at times! I had a feeling that Henderson's outsider Tony Ginozzo (22/1 second) would run well in the 5.30 Towcester, but should have done it in a forecast with the favourite, although I thought Henderson would get a 1-2 at one point! Well, if all racing days were like today, I would probably give up, but I enjoy the challenge of finding the winners too much! It would be nice (but too convenient) if horses ran to their ratings all the time, and would detract from the fun of guessing when it is their turn!

27th March: Why didn't someone tell me the clocks went on today? Consequently I missed the first couple of races, but no harm done! Another odds-on favourite beaten in Waldvogel in the 2.25 Wincanton, but that did not surprise me unduly. I fancied Mesariya 6/1 in the 2.30 Leopardstwon, as it was fairly short in the betting and in powerful ownership. Just wish system bet Palinode had stayed there too! I wasn't sure that Attaglance would do the business in the 2.40 Hexham, but I was wrong on this occasion. My choices, Hobsons Bay, Talk Of Saafend and Sediym only produced a third place, and I was just about to have an each-way on Below The Deck (second) when the race went off! Best in January 9/2 winner of the 2.55 Wincanton! City Of Doral ran very poorly in the 3.10 Hexham, and is much better than its fourth place suggests? Handicap soon? Like Magic was best in for the 3.30 Leopardstown, but did not figure, so keep an eye on it in Ireland soon. I got the forecast with Charingworth 12/1 and Bollin Ruth 7/1 in the 3.40 Hexham, and almost got the tricast with Teenage Idol (fourth!). A pity, as the Exacta paid over £200! I had Hoochie Mama 4/1 in the 3.50 Downpatrick and there were two system bets in second and third! Best in Fire And Rain ran very poorly in the 3.55 Wincanton, and I wondered why it was not favourite - I soon found out! Ridiculous! I took the wrong O'Brien runner with Wild Wind (second) in the 4.00 Leopardstown! Why are they so crafty? I backed Majestic Mayhem each-way in the 4.10 Hexham, finishing second, although it had no chance with Eyre Square at the weights! Should have done the forecast! I had Goring One to beat Ban Uisce in the 4.25 Wincanton, just getting back up again! I had first, third and fourth in the 4.40 Hexham, with Morgan Be, Camden George and Dawn Ride! Why did that blasted Lockstown have to get in the way? Seaneen Mac Ri, all F's, 5's and 6's, 25/1 winner of the 4.50 Downpatrick! I back horses like that, but not today! First and second in the 5.00 Leopardstown with Haziyna 9/2 and system bet Flavia Tatiana 12/1! The three best in for the 5.20 Wincanton all ran like crabs, and it is amazing how often that happens in small races! Kielder Rise, Kingsstory (fourth) and Kaycee can all do much better, and should be noted to show soon. They make it look so convincing, but it is all an act! How often have I said that in this commentary? I noticed the Jaber Abdullah colours in the 5.30 leopardstown, but hardly expected them to produce a 33/1 winner in Best Hello! Another Bygones winner in the 5.40 Hexham with Bygones Sovereign. Those horses seem to be very strong, even when they are often not related!

26th March: No show from Rowe Park in the 2.00 Lingfield. Best in, so very annoying! System bet Silaah second with that menace horse, Anne Of Kiev the winner! Best in Chrysander won the 2.05 Bangor, but second best Cursum Perficio made no effort to get into the race! That one will do better soon. Le Corvee should also have done better. Easter Legend and Magical Legend for the 2.15 Newbury, but I only backed the second! I had Dubawi Gold in the 2.35 Lingfield, but Bathwick Bear was not backed and was very disappointing. Our Mick fell when looking like making a good contest of the 2.40 Bangor! Everything but the forecast in the 2.55 Stratford, as I had the first three, including system bets Sun Tzu and Rhyton (14/1 second), but not the forecast! I had second, third and fourth in the 3.10 Lingfield, as I left out the favourite on principle (silly me!). Far too much racing today, hence I am finding it very difficult to comment in between! Best in Alfie Flits dropped out before running on in the 3.50 Bangor, and cost me my free bet! Was hacking most of the way and will do better. Fortunately I had the forecast with my two other selections, system bet Pouvoir 9/2 and Simarian. Best in Mad Professor ran on too late as usual in the 4.05 Stratford, finishing about sixth. Why do they always do this after a run of seconds? It seems a deliberate policy. Next best Masterpoint was never sighted either! No money for Ouzbeck in the 4.20 Bangor, but it disputed the lead much of the way, and must win when wanted. Liberate, next best, also finished fifth, which is so annoying! The two best in horses, manmoon and Talenti, finished fourth and third in the 4.35 Stratford. Were they afraid of each other, or was that the arrangement? Who knows, but they persist in not running to form! Scamperdale threw in a poor finish in the 4.45 Lingfield, and it was left to my other choice, Tominator to finish second. It's been a very frustrating day today, just like most of my Saturdays! Best in Peak Seasons just got up on the line to win the 5.10 Stratford at 9/2. Another of those races where I was too late with the bet! Yet another race where none of the best in figured in the 5.20 Lingfield. It was obvious that Titan Triumph had plenty more to give, but left its effort too late, and Dens Gift and Halsion Chancer were also out of the frame. All three will do better when wanted, but you need to see money for Halsion Chancer, as that stable rarely lets a horse win at a big price! Why do some horses never win bumpers when they were placed first time out? Sir Charlie Hutch dropped out tamely in the 5.25 Bangor, but I also backed my other choice, Granville Island, 11/4 winner.

25th March: I had Scriptwriter and Bridlington Bygones for the forecast in the 2.20 Sedgefield, and also backed Alpha One 33/1 each-way for good measure! I had Welsh Inlet 14/1 each-way and the forecast with the favourite in the 2.30 Lingfield! Crystallyev in fourth will do better. System bet Calusa Cladera 11/1 winner of the 2.40 Newbury! Emperor Concerto was very poor today, and should do better as a system bet next time. I looked sure to get the tricast over the last in the 2.50 Sedgefield, with system bet I'm Your Man (15/2 second), Mardood (9/1 winner) and Cornish Castle, but the latter faded into fifth despite the third and fourth hampering each other at the last! I got the forecast, but very annoying! I did the favourite to beat Lucky Meadows in the 3.00 Lingfield, but of course it went the other way (odds-on favourite again!). I also backed Eljowzah each-way and that finished third, so no return! I had Counting House 22/1 and system bet Master Eddy 14/1 for the forecast in the 3.15 Newbury! No money for Baccalaureate, which was thrown in on old form! Bear that one in mind, as it should show very soon. I had a little each-way on Umverti (led much before falling), Wadnaan (fourth) and Provost in the 3.25 Sedgefield, which finished a little way behind the leaders. I feel sure that on flat form the latter will do better. I had Hinton Admiral to beat Bonnie Prince Blue in the 3.35 Lingfield, but the latter dropped out to third. The favourite was best in on official ratings, but the other two were better in on old form. I knew at least one of them would not perform! Persian Run looked to be going better than the others in the 3.50 Newbury, but dropped out tamely into fifth. Keep an eye on that one and Buffalo Stampede soon. The favourite was brought down by a loose horse which fell in the 4.00 Sedgefield, which just shows you can never count your money in national hunt races! The two system bets therefore finished second and third at big prices! Best in Qadar was never going to win the 4.10 Lingfield, and next best Lastkingofscotland finished fourth. They are so annoying with their variations in running, presumably all to improve the prices for later! Fortunately I also backed Curtains, 6/1 winner. System type bet What An Oscar 16/1 second, with system bet Kyleno Fairy 33/1 third in the 4.25 Newbury, and I also backed system bet Raduis Bleu (fifth) and Forest Rhythm (sixth)! Typical! When Oniz Tiptoes (4.35 Segefield) was backed in and was favourite, it chose today to finish out of the places! It really annoys me. But on the plus side, that usually indicates a big run next time. Even second best Teenando finished fifth, leaving third best Elzahann to win! Curses! Why do they always do that? The thrown in Profit's Reality refuses to win, coming fourth again in the 4.45 Lingfield. What is the point of running so many races without winning? I was positive today was the day! Must be next time now, but watch for a gamble! Enfuriating! Even second best Indian Ghyll finished third, just pipped! You get some days when everything works, and other days when they seem to be out to cock a snook at whatever you do! At last one of my good things, system bet Turko, won the 5.00 Newbury, with Battlecry for the forecast! Best in Samizdat fell in the 5.10 Sedgefield, and next best Woody Valentine was never sighted at the back. I got everything but the forecast, as I also fancied the winner Hi Dancer 25/1 and the second, Lap Of Honour, with system bet Waterloo Corner third! I got the forecast with Fanditha 9/4 and Baylini 9/2 in the 5.20 Lingfield, but wanted The Scorching Wind (missed the break) for the tricast. The latter should show very soon now. System bet Rio Gael 12/1 winner of the 5.35 Newbury. The Cayterers was too bad to be true, and can do much better than that when wanted. I kept looking at Century Dancer (sys+1) 22/1 winner in the 6.15 Wolverhampton, then didn't back it. Scream! On Wings Of Love, which led most, is due to finish off very soon now. Well, at least I got Snowflake Dancer 9/2 and One Kool Dude 3/1 for the forecast in the 6.30 Dundalk! Well, I have had almost every winner and a number of placed horses on my shortlists today, including several big outsiders. How many can say that? If you would like to join in with my selections, please email me.

24th March: System bet Shammy Buskins winner of the 2.00 Southwell, and I put Rebel Melody in for the forecast. Odds-on favourite American Ladie turned over in the 2.10 Chepstow! Can't boil an egg by ratings, I suppose the winner was a better price, which seems to be what counts quite often! System bet Lago Verde was a big price in the 2.20 Carlisle and ran accordingly, but I did have the right forecast with Lady Bluesky and Quest Eclair. Best in Leamington Lad never travelled at all in the 2.30 Southwell, and is much better than that, as is Fighting Chance, but neither were out to win today. Both will do better. Best in Won More Knight could only manage second in the 2.40 Chepstow (a few burnt fingers there), but I also had a fancy for Spinning Waters and got the forecast. I had my £5 Free bet on Locksmith 12/1 each-way in the 3.00 Southwell (won at 8/1)! Brilliant! System bet Oscar Prairie 11/1 winner of the 3.15 Chepstow from system bet Strongbows Legend! Best In Waltham Abbey took a clear lead in the 3.25 Carlisle, but as often happens, settled for a place with very poor form figures. Can win soon. Next best Newman Des Plages did not show, but will do better. I had a look at Almutaham (22/1 second) with system type figures. Wizard Of Odds and Ballagio should have done better in the 3.35 Southwell, and I also had a fancy for Tribal Dance. Keep an eye on all of these soon. The winner, Traffic Chaos, typically had won point to points, but had had three duff runs in hurdles. Clearly better than it had shown previously! Best in Night Orbit and Westlin' Winds finished second and third in the 4.10 Southwell. It's very easy for the winner if you know your main opponents are not going to beat you! Vasodilator is obviously looking for a handicap soon. I honestly thought I was going to get the tricast in the 4.25 Chepstow with Drumbeater leading nearly all the way before packing up, and Always Waining also competing for a long way. These two were well clear of the others on ratings and must do better very soon. In the end I had to settle for third best Gilwen Glory 7/1 winner. It looked as if Ballycarron Lad and Baltic Pathfinder were going to finish third and fourth in the 4.35 Carlisle until both the leaders faded very tamely! Lucky, because it gave me the forecast! The two best in for the 4.45 Southwell, Thompson and Chadwell Spring, both looked like winning at different stages before finishing fourth and fifth! Ridiculous! Keep your eye on them soon. Pickworth, which I looked at with system type form, finished second at 9/1. None of my selections made any attempt in the 4.55 Chepstow. These were Back To Bid, Black Beauty and Ultimate Limit (third). Ok, the latter did try. I hate it when they seem to know from the betting that they will not get involved. Best in The Green Hat 17/2 and Frith finished third and fourth in the 5.10 Carlisle. Why can you never get a horse to win when its form is poor? Are they afraid of the stewards? Spirit Calling winning with three ducks' eggs is another example of that trend. Conflictofinterest is thrown in when wanted, but never seems to have any money for it. Best in King Of The Titans looked like taking a hand in the 5.20 Southwell before packing up. They knew it wouldn't win! King's system bet Gospel Preacher 6/1 looked to be full of running in the 5.30 Chepstow, but could not catch the winner. I had Articular 13/2 winner in the 5.35 Thurles, just failing to get the forecast with Anonis! Better Self missed the break in the 5.40 Kempton (why is it always mine?) and ran on well for third, which of course was no good in a seven horse race! What is up with Gosden's runners at present? I expected a good run from Fortunateencounter in the 6.10 Kempton, but obviously they didn't! Ok, it will be a system bet next time, so let's hope for better then! The winner dwarfed all its rivals and was very impressive, so somebody knew something! Sing Alana Sing flattered to deceive in the 6.40 Kempton, and perhap needs shorter? I thought with the poor lot of runners here it would have done better than that! Turner always puts claimers on his horses, so I was not worried on that score. Humungous was reluctant coming out and reluctant going forward in the 7.10 Kempton. First Lucky 15 bet down again! They never seem to work! Thrown in when wanted. I also backed system bet Beat Route, which finished third. Thundering Home is also due very soon now. My second Lucky 15 bet went down again (Party Palace) and I think I will give up on those bets!! Fortunately I had the forecast with Kadouchski and My Valley! System bet Party Palace must do better soon now, as it was best in here. The fact that it did not figure suggests they were worried about something in this race. I couldn't pick any of the first three in the 8.10 Kempton, which is annoying, but it doesn't mean a thing, depending on plans of connections. There was no reason why I Confess couldn't get involved, other than not intending to, and the same applies to Nezami, which was best in on my ratings. If Thunderball could win with a 7lb claimer, I Confess should have done even better. Conclusions?

23rd March: Red Merlin to beat Paddy Partridge looked like a no-brainer in the 2.00 Hereford, and so it proved. Could have more than doubled my money if I had the courage to back more heavily! Best in Daldini is taking its time winning, and finished only third in the 2.10 Haydock. Next best Lahib The Fifth should do better soon. The 2.30 Hereford was a real minefield as to which horses were best in, and several of them pulled up at various stages. If Cornwall has a favourite, it's very likely to win, but I backed Mister Watziname each-way, and of course it finished third! Our Bob should have won the 2.40 Haydock, but finished only third. That -05 again! What a menace! With Thumbs Up being withdrawn, what a frustrating race! Knew I should have backed Astrodiva, which I have backed recently on the flat! Damn! I had Master Fong in the 3.15 Haydock (I got 4/1), but Vivarini and Holoko Heights (fourth) were rather disappointing. Arnold Layne finally won a race in the 3.30 Warwick, but cannot be as good as previously, as it was retired at once after the race! Best in Tiger Dream looked a certain winner in the 3.40 Hereford, but between them, horse and jockey contrived to throw the race away on the run-in. Deliberate? Who knows! Showtime Annie was next best and will do better. System bet Mad Moose 14/1 winner of the 3.50 Haydock, with system bet Glingerbank 40/1 second! I could not believe the price on the latter, as I quite fancied it, but did not include it in my forecasts! Tobago Bay was still best in, but contrived to come fifth today. Amir Pasha will do better soon. I really fancied Pullyourfingerout in the 4.05 Warwick, but only backed it to beat Head Hunted (third)! Couldn't pick Gentleman Anshan in the 4.15 hereford (in fact it would have been last on my list!). Tyup Pompey was best in, but looked as if third place was all that was wanted. System bet Nikos Extra winner of the 4.25 Haydock. Rory Boy was by far best in, but completed its run of dud runs instead! Will do much better soon. Typical again in the 4.40 Warwick, with best in Zepnove being ridden like a crab and tailing off! Will probably win next time, but might be backed also. Next best Laureate Des Loges finished fifth and third best Thedeboftheyear at least finished third. Best in Cary's Lad dropped right out, then ran on for third in the 4.50 Hereford. Damn! I got the winner but just missed the tricast, as Ortega ran a mare! That horse (not its fault) has a habit of upsetting my bets! I had A Bridge Too Far to beat Solis in the 5.00 Haydock, but the bet was rather ruined by the defection of Cantlow. I can't believe how badly system bet Ton-Chee ran in the 5.10 Warwick! Dropped out far more tamely than it should have. Of course it had that 7lb claimer (I'm not going to win today) on it! Keep your eye on it again soon. I had the first three written down in the right order for the 5.20 Hereford, and backed My Way De Solzen 9/2 to beat Takeroc! MacManus' Ballyclough 28/1 winner of the 5.30 Haydock! I backed King's system bet Aldiva each-way, but they rarely win at that sort of price. King's Valdez 6/5 winner of the 5.40 Warwick, but I should have included the only horse with form, Thomas Crapper! Best in Pictures is due soon now after a poor run in the 5.50 Kempton. I also backed Market Puzzle (third) each-way, but these horses never seem to win straight off, and are happy to run on from the back for a place. Grey Boy and Aine's Delight should also do better again soon. Best in Vinces refuses to be run properly, and dropped out again in the 6.20 Kempton, despite having plenty in the tank. It is beginning to annoy me! Surely it must show soon now? I also backed the following, which were best in: Eastern Gift (won 13/2, I got 14/1 earlier), Absa Lutte (fourth will do better soon), Little Perisher (thrown in on old form), and Cavalry Guard (seventh, system bet next time). All of these should be followed until winning.

22nd March: I had Shuil Royale to win in the 2.10 Kempton and looked like getting the forecast with Croan Rock until Smart Catch took second. My three selections for the 2.20 Southwell finished in the last three. Since they were best in on my ratings, it suggests they had no intention of getting involved today (two of them had claimers on them, which is often not a good sign). I was wary of Heresellie because of its outstanding first place. What happened to Johnston's Elusive Love (never sighted)? System bet Leopard Hills 13/2 winner of the 2.30 Exeter with my other selections, Stir On The Sea 13/2 and Ladies Best 6/1 second and third. System bet Lordsbridge 100/30 winner of the 2.40 Kempton. Platin Grounds was best in, but the writing was on the wall with an early mistake. I also had Approved Force (third) better in than the first two. Could not pick the winner in the 3.00 Southwell, although you can never write off Nicholls! First and second with Laustra Bad 11/4 and Be Definite 8/1 in the 3.00 Exeter. Should have stuck with J'Adhere for the tricast! Dixie Bull was very disappointing in the 3.15 Kempton, and can do better. I backed Basford Bob last time, so left it out today, of course. System bet Romulus D'Artaix looked like coming to win the race, but did not finish off in third. Although out of the handicap, Yossi was still best in for the 3.30 Southwell and will run better as a system bet next time. Next best Maslak dropped out then ran on again for fourth, and is also due a success soon. You can oiften tell from the form figures how they are going to run, and I was not optimistic of either today. I looked to have a sure forecast with Hidden Keel and Our Bomber Harris in the 3.35 Exeter, but the latter fell (perhaps being pushed too hard?). Best in Ned Ludd was a big outsider in the 3.50 Kempton, but ran well for a long way and will do better. Georgian King was equally well in, but fell early. Gee Dee Nen will also do better (weak in the betting today). I cannot believe that the winner could still win when put up 30lb! Best in Lucayan Dancer was again disappointing, but I also backed Sir Haydn, 7/1 winner in the 4.05 Southwell. Pity, I wanted it with My Mate Mal (third). Picture In The Sky was best in for the 4.10 Exeter, but you can never trust -05 figures (finished fifth again today). It looked like winning for a long time before dropping out, and I imagine this was a trial run. I also had high hopes of Take A Mile, which fell. Best in Riddle Of The Sands went off like a bat out of hell in the 4.25 Kempton and still finished fourth! Shows that it can win with less frenetic tactics. Next best Cortinas came to win the race, but finished only second. I also fancied Viable, which finished third. Kornati Kid 7/1 was the first one to catch my eye in the 4.45 Exeter, and I backed it as an afterthought. Best in Crystal D'Ainay was disappointing, but will be a system bet next time. Burntoak Boy and Over The Creek are two others to bear in mind soon. Keep an eye on Al Amaan, which made eye-catching progress in the 5.00 Kempton before backing out again. Next best Apache Chant had a non-going day today, and will do better soon. At last Ruth Carr had a winner with Lucky Art (which I backed without much confidence at 14/1) in the 5.10 Southwell! Perhaps some of her better handicapped runners will satrt winning now! The Magic Of Rio was best in, and should do better soon, along with Ronnie Howe. One of my recent tips, Bertbrand, finished second. I kept looking at Rockabilly (14/1 winner) in the 5.20 Exeter, but in the end did not back it! Best in Mauricetheathlete presumably only wanted third place today, which they often do after a win. I had I Have Dreamed 5/1 winner as best in and Sovereign King 11/1 second on my list for the 5.30 Kempton, but could not get the bet on in time! They decided to come third with best in Kyncraighe in the 5.40 Southwell, but they often do that before making a winning attempt. Keep your eye on it soon now.

21st March: I had Wyse Hill Teabags and Quel Elite for the forecast in the 2.10 Kelso! System bet Powerful Pierre 6/1 winner of the 2.20 Wolverhampton. Beckermet was best in again, but I despair of that stable at present. Next best Lethal showed for a long way before packing up, and will do better soon. Cody Wyoming (system type form) 100/1 winner of the 2.30 Lingfield, and I did not back it (fool!). I backed Archie Rice, but it could not quite reel in the leaders. Border Reiver (second) was clear best in for the 2.40 Kelso, but did not want to win today. Very annoying, as it was going better than the other two finishers. I had system bet and top-rated Lord Avon 5/2 to beat Second Encore 6/1 in the 2.50 Wolverhampton with system bet Captain Dimitrios finishing fast in third. King Mak 15/2 winner and Bywell Beau were equally well in for the 3.10 Kelso and I backed them both just in case! The latter should win soon. I also backed system bet County Colours (8/1 third). Rain Stops Play also ran well in fourth and should do better soon. The odds-on favourite beaten again in the 3.20 Wolverhampton, and Johnston's Bird Watcher, with a couple of duck's eggs, won the race! Wish I had gone with my instincts! I thought Green Ensign would have run better with a name like that! I left out the favourite in the 3.00 Lingfield, so got second, third and fourth with Cleaver, Sir Royal and Not Til Monday! Whatcanisay was not wanted in the 3.30 Lingfield, so keep an eye on it next time, as it was best in here. Best in Tartan Snow 13/2 winner of the 3.40 Kelso. Quicuyo will do better soon. I thought system bet Lawgiver was coming to win the 4.10 Kelso, but eventually run out into fourth place. Grandad Bill and Terenzium will do better soon. Best in Dubai Dynamo was yet another failure for the Carr stable in the 4.20 Wolverhampton. I did back Ahlawy (11/1 winner) too. Also back Legal Eagle when there is any money for it. I wondered why Abragante drifted and drifted in the betting in the 4.40 Kelso. It couldn't be that they had no intention of winning, could it? The horse appeared to have plenty in hand, but pulled up before the last. Keep an eye on that one soon. I backed Hot n Holy (third) at a big price. System bet Muta'ab winner of the 4.00 Lingfield. I backed Celtic Ballad (9/1 second) and Barodine, which made ground easily, then finished fourth! Baltrap is definitely due to start showing now, as it is thrown in on old form. You just have to keep backing them until they decide it's time for a touch! Yet another bad run from Charles Darwin in the 4.50 Wolverhampton, despite hacking towards the back most of the way. I despair of these sometimes! With form figures -2050, get on it next time! System French Art was next best, but was another not out to win today! It was the other Art horse that won, of course. Almaty Express will probably do better over 5-6 furlongs. Why put it up in trip unless it's for a dud run? I had Norform Richard and Pyjama game on my list in the 5.10 Kelso, but did not do the forecast! Ridiculous! I despair of Ginolad (not the horse, but the way it is being run), which has been thrown in for a long time now, and refuses to run a good race! What sort of antics do these jockeys get up to, making it look like a donkey? Must win a race soon. Even next best Whatever Next (20/1) only ran on into third when it was too late! What was worse, I took 9/1 on it! I don't understand why Sole Agent was 33/1 when it was third best in and had a second place previously. At last The Tatling got a place in the 5.20 Wolverhampton, running on like a train when the race was all over. Triskaidekaphobia is still very well in, but decided not to front-run and then fade today. Will do better again soon. It has been a day of outsiders today, which is normally ideal for me, but not even I could pick most of them! Prince Pippin was best in for the 5.00 Lingfield, but they decided to get rid of that third place before making a show, probably soon now. Next best Home could also have done better. Looking at the 25/1 winner, Pepito Collonges, which hacked in with any amount in hand, I see that it had 10lb in hand (probably more) on previous form, with a 10lb claimer on it, so I should have had it on my short list. Kavalotti was a huge price, but it should show very soon now. I backed Peintre Ster (to a small amount) 50/1 each-way in the 5.00 Lingfield, because I like the sire! Wish I'd put a bit more on it!

20th March: A good start with Topolski and Falcon Island in a reverse forecast in the 2.15 Newton Abbot! I backed Sir Tamburlane (second 12/1) and Classical Mist (just pipped in fourth) each-way in the 2.30 Carlisle. System bet Man From Highworth 28/1 second in the 2.45 Newton Abbot. This Way was best in, but dropped out tamely after running very well early and will do better. Why is it that the best in horse starts at 22/1 and falls at the first flight (The Last Stand)? Ridiculous! I also backed Are You The One each-way (third 20/1) as I liked its form figures. O'Brien's Sing Softly 8/1 winner of the 3.05 Curragh. I had it on my list! Pennek was best in for the 3.30 Carlisle, but typically finished second to the favourite. I give up on Voramar Two, which should have won several races recently, and continues to disappoint (signal to win a race very soon!). Catch Me, best in for the 3.55 Cork, finished third yet again, and they seem to be biding their time with that one! Must win soon. I had every forecast but the right one in the 3.05 Curragh, with Gemstone second, which I combined with Termagant! Best in Webbswood Lad decided to come fifth today (despite coming up very strongly in mid-race), and my other choice Storm Command finished fourth! How can you back like that? Cinnamon Hill also tailed off and will do better soon. The thrown in Monsieur Jourdain finished only third in the 4.30 Carlisle, despite being full of running coming to the last. Fortunately I also backed the winner, What's Up Woody 10/1. I had Drombeg Dawn (25/1) written down for the 4.35 Curragh, because I like that type of form figures, and I also had the second written down at 12/1, but missed the bet! Three very disappointing performances in the 4.45 Newton Abbot in Stance, Insignia and Zuleta. All three will do better soon, along with Wiesenfurst. None of these were intended to run well today. I had Over The Phone with Quaddick Lake for the forecast in the 5.15 Newton Abbot. Stoneraker was right there, but dropped out, and will do better. All of the fancied runners were useless in the 5.25 Cork. Do they do that deliberately? I might as well not do any Lucky 63's, as every time I do my runners are never sighted. Have they got a special watch on my bets? Jolie Jioconde should have done better in the 5.35 Curragh (system bet next time). Well, in contrast to my last few days, today was pretty poor, but I suppose it is a weekend, when a lot of my fancies do not turn up for some reason!

19th March: I wondered why Super Frank started at a big price in the 1.50 Lingfield, but found out when it dropped out tamely. Chjimes (third) was best in, but I did not like its form figures, and system bet Frequency duly won the race. Just depends what the plans are for the day with horses like Chjimes, because they can win or not win as they wish! System bet Tharaya 28/1 winner of the 1.55 Uttoxeter, and I did not back it! Tar was best in, and finished about sixth. Paquet Cadeau can also do better. Culcabock was by far best in for the 2.10 Newcastle, but apparently let itself just get pipped on the line by Best Prospect. Very annoying, but four horse races are set up for this sort of thing. That errant first place again! I had Annaah Heneeih 8/1 and Uncle Dermot 7/2 for the forecast in the 2.20 Lingfield! Quickbeam was a huge outsider in the 2.25 Uttoxeter, ran accordingly and then fell. Will do better soon. System bet Basford Bob 8/1 second. System bet Mariinsky 7/1 third in the 2.35 Ffos Las. Damn! I looked at Street Dance, which had good form figures, but was a big price. Just shows you can't always go by the price, but usually the ones I do at big prices are useless! Best in Prince Tam 15/8 winner of the 2.45 Lingfield with system bet Cabbyl Doo 7/1 second! Best in Lopinot was hacking through in the 2.55 Lingfield, but did not complete its effort and finished only fourth. Back that one again very soon! I also backed Jonnie Skull (third) each-way. St Ignatius and First Service are two others that are very well in when wanted, proably next time. I had system bet Minella Four Star 25/1 and Ballyfitz 16/1 for the forecast in the 3.00 Uttoxeter! very tasty! If I had put McCoy in, I would have had the tricast! Halcon Genelardais is being held back for some reason, but is thrown in when wanted. Best in Minster Shadow dropped out tamely in the 3.20 Lingfield, and will do better. The same applies to Snake Charmer and The Whisperer. Zed Candy (11/1 winner) was actually second best, but I forgot it! I had also backed Crop Walker last time out! The only two I fancied in the 3.30 Lingfield, She Ain't A Saint and School For Scandal finished fiurst and second. System bet In The Zone 14/1 second in the 3.35 Uttoxeter. I thought for a long way that I might get the forecast and/or tricast with Sarando (fell) and Predictive (pulled up). Almost got the forecast with My Shamwari and Scoterfontaine in the 3.45 Ffos Las! I got place with Lochore 33/1 in the 3.55 Lingfield, where the favourite was beaten and fell. System bet Fanditha 12/1 winner of the 4.05 Lingfield (I got 20/1!)! Tuxedo and Halsion Chancer will do better soon. I backed the second, Bualteoir last time, so why did it suddenly run better today, just because it was backed? Well Refreshed, with system type form, 6/1 winner of the 4.10 Uttoxeter. Keep an eye on Direct Approach, which I feel sure is better than it showed today. They are such good actors, these jockeys! My top two rated, Prince Massini and Storm Of Applause, first and second in the 4.20 Ffos Las! Twelve Paces was thrown in for the 4.30 Newcastle, but as usual, you can never tell what the plan is in small races, and in the end it (or rather the jockey) consented to run on for third place! Keep an eye on it soon in a bigger race. I had the first three written down for the 4.40 Lingfield, but wanted Barnum for the forecast. Isn't it strange how the go -0,4,3,? The three best in, Lake Legend, Quattrocento and Frontier Dancer all failed to perform in the 4.55 Ffos Las, and will do better soon. You can almost see them physically making sure they don't reach the frame. It's quite funny when you know the truth! Best in Sam Patch clear winner of the 5.05 Newcastle, but I thought they were going to have a forecast with Talesofriverbank! That one will win soon, along with Knockaveen, which was just testing today. You can never write off Sherjawy, as I have found to my cost on a few occasions (5.15 Lingfield)! Garstang and Black Baccara should have done better, but may have been wary of each other. Investment Affair was thrown in for the 5.20 Uttoxeter, but after looking like cruising to victory, contrived to get beaten on the run-in. Osolomio, clear second best, decided to drop out of the back! That one is also due very soon now. I thought King would win one of these bumpers with a relative outsider, and his Denali Highway won the 5.50 Uttoxeter at 5/1 (I got 13/2) and I had the forecast with Grand Vision. I didn't think King would have two in a row, and his Hinden Road was miserable in the 6.00 Ffos Las. I feel sure these are just efforts to confuse the punter into not backing the stable blindly. I did fancy the winner, but did not back it. Storm Hawk was the first one I looked at in the 6.20 Wolverhampton, because I backed it last time, but as usual I didn't back it this time! I was obsessed with three horses: Acropolis (thrown in on group form), Magnitude and Swords, but these all dropped out one by one. God, this game is annoying at times! Keep an eye on all of these, because they will all win at some point soon, and will all be system bets next time.

18th March: My selections, sent out before 11.30, gave the first three home in the Triumph Hurdle in Zarkandar, Unaccompanied and Grandouet! Pity I didn't realise there was a tricast (silly fool!)! How many tipsters can say that? That's two tricasts I have given so far at Cheltenham this week, including in the Champion Hurdle! Houblon Des Obeaux was weak in the betting, and is clearly being kept for another race. The best two in for the 1.55 Lingfield typically finished third and fourth in Saviour Sand and Dichoh, although I did say recently that Edgeworth is clearly better than its bare rating. Both of the aforementioned should win soon. My fourthy choice, Get Me Out Of Here finished second in the 2.05 Cheltenham. My first choice, Premier Dane was well there most of the way, and can win a lesser race soon. I was looking at Nearby (third 66/1) before the race, as those figures, -150 often produce good performances. Hobbs had two placed at big prices! I had Sole Bonne Femme as the 7/1 winner of the 2.20 Fakenham. Pity I did not think it would beat Celticello! Better Self should have won at the weights in the 2.30 Lingfield, but never seemed to want to pull in the two leaders! They can get any result they want in these races! I got the first three again (in the right order) in the 2.40 Cheltenham with Bob's Worth 13/8, Mossley 12/1 and Court In Motion 9/1! Again Skybet did not allow me to do the tricast! Erzen should have won the 2.55 Fakenham in a canter, but they are holding it back for some reason. My two other choices, Hudibras and Springfield Raki unseated and dropped out. Not very encouraging! Second is no good, chaps! Saucy Buck looked like winning the 3.05 Lingfield (hacking up towards the leader) before packing up tamely. Will do better, along with the again disappointing Karate. I could not believe the price on Old English, which would have been my third choice, but unfortunately you can't make your main choices run better, which is the main gripe I have with racing. Why do favourites which win easily first time out (Caelis) so often fail next time? For some reason I did not fancy Long Run in the Gold Cup, but it did win. Age probably made the difference! For a long way I thought I was going to get the forecast with Denman and Kauto Star! I had ssystem bet Prince Des Marais and top-rated Knight Legend in a forecast in the 3.35 Fakenham! Roman Flame should at least have got second in the 3.45 Lingfield, but did not seem to want to get there! Unpredictable results, as so often happens! One of my selections, Gone To Lunch, ran on from the back for sixth in the 4.00 Cheltenham. What use is that? Two others, Jaunty Flight and Just Amazing, were also very disappointing. I wanted Chef De Cour in the 4.15 Fakenham for an each-way accumulator, and I think the b... finished fourth! How annoying can you get! I had Very Well Red 12/1 and Shared Moment 5/1 in a forecast in the 4.25 Lingfield! Blast! I knew I should have backed Fujin Dancer in the 4.55 Fakenham, as I had Amazing King (second) each-way. Zorro De La Vega can win again soon. Knew I shouldn't have backed Greenhead High in the 5.05 Lingfield with its outstanding first place! Will do better shortly. Somebody was shouting about Oiseau De Nuit early in the week, but I took no notice (40/1 winner)! Pigeon Island, Oh Crick and I'msingingtheblues must do better soon. Don't know what was the matter with Drawback in the 5.30 Fakenham, but there was no money for it either! Must do better than that. I thought Goodwood Starlight would run well. Dubai Glory should have finished in the first two in the 5.40 Lingfield, but as usual finished only third. Very annoying, these runs! Best in Charles Darwin was hacking behind the leaders in the 5.50 Wolverhampton, but made no progress from halfway. 16/1 was not an encouraging price, but you can never tell! When will they run properly? Silver Wind was next best in, but finished only second. Dhamaan is yet another carr runner that must win when the stable hits form. In the evening Barbirolli won, of course at 12/1, when I wasn't around to back it. Sod's law!

17th March: Two major disappointments in the 1.30 Cheltenham with Mr Thriller and Bouggler, but the prices were not encouraging on either, and we must wait for another day for them. It's rather unfair when the best horses are apparently not allowed to try, in order to have a touch at a later date. One tends to think that they will always try at Cheltenham, but this is not necessarily true. My third choice, Wishfull Thinking, had a great chance on ratings, but finished only second. An Irish winner yet again! How come Pipe had the favourite, but his other horse Buena Vista (sys+2) won the 2.05 Cheltenham? Isn't it strange that it was the first horse I looked at, and didn't back it? None of my choices, including Don't Push It, Gwanako and Essex did anything today. Also keep an eye on Viking Blond, which ran well for a long way. Best in Devils Delight strangely got a slipped saddle in the 2.20 Hexham (why does that happen so often when I back them?) and not even Bollin Ruth could get in the first two! These small races are either brilliant or a menace as far as my bets go! I fancied Francesa and My Viking Bay in the 2.30 Towcester, but put them both to be beaten by the favourite! Best in Voy Por Ustedes did not go through with its effort in the 2.40 Cheltenham, but I also backed system bet Albertas Run (6/1 winner)! Voy Por Ustedes is due a better run very soon. The outsider of three, Woody Waller, was best in on my ratings for the 2.55 Hexham, and won at 7/1! Best in Huckleberry ran appallingly from halfway in the 3.05 Towcester, and must do better soon. I also backed Lonesome Boatman (second) each-way and my other choice High Toby was knocked out of the race! I had the forecast and tricast in the 3.20 Cheltenham with Big Buck's, Grand Crus and Mourad! I backed Bollin Felix to beat Rupert Lamb in the 3.35 Hexham, and just got pipped on the line! I suppose the latter should have won at the weights, but there is something about Bollin Felix which attracted me. I Had second, third and fourth for my tricast in the 3.45 Towcester! Where the hell did that Valid Point come from? Liberty Seeker was clear best in, but finished only third! Olympian will also do better soon. Best in Bible Lord was right up with the pace before dropping back in the 4.00 Cheltenham. I knew that Piraya would either run well or be pulled up, and it was the latter, of course! System bet Aimigayle 25/1 second The first three I wrote down for the 4.15 Hexham finished first, second and third, but I did not do the tricast, fool! Only The Best and Polobury (when in the handicap) should do better soon. I had the first two in my selections for the 4.40 Cheltenham, with Junior (100/30) and Faasel (20/1). System bet Deal Done 20/1 third. Cornish Sett and Richards Sundance will do better soon. Certainty Cute N You Know It crashed out in the 4.55 Hexham, ruining my accumulator! Even second best Almond Court managed to fall! Ballygalley Bob and Blaze Ahead ran very poorly behind Double Mead in the 5.50 Towcester, and one can only assume they did not want to show today. System bet Gouranga 15/2 winner of the 5.35 Towcester. Sovereign Spirit (fourth) was best in, and will do better soon. Best in Ajaafa ran very poorly in the 5.45 Wolverhampton, and must do better soon.

16th March: Two of my three selections for the 1.30 Cheltenham, Chicago Grey and Beshabar first and second! Unfortunately I went for value, and backed Pearlysteps for the forecast! My selection Samizdat 9/2 won again in the 1.45 Huntingdon, with Domino Dancer in third. I think Boo is due a better run very soon, and Bright Sparky fell today, and will do better also. Best in Tancred Spirit was well there most of the way, just getting run out into fourth place, and will do better. The same applies to Trading, which needs backing to be seen to better effect. Second, fourth and fifth for me in the 2.05 Cheltenham, with Rock On Ruby, Oscars Well (bad mistake at the last in the lead) and Minella Class. Best in Elusive Fame and Striker Torres did not perform in the 2.30 Southwell, and no doubt will do better soon. Time For Rupert and Aiteen Thirtythree ran terribly in the 2.40 Cheltenham, never getting into the race! Guess what? Steady Eddy had a 16/1 winner with Bostons Angel, and I did not back it! Curses! Even Mikael D'Haguenet fell when going well. I had Kerkabellec 20/1 and King Of Leon 4/1 for the forecast in the 2.55 Huntingdon! Best in Exit Smiling ran very poorly in the 3.05 Southwell, but is sure to be more competitive soon. I also backed Postman, which won at 9/2. Positivity seemed to be dragged back late on when running well. System bet Sizing Europe 10/1 winner of the 3.20 Cheltenham! I kept looking at it, but did not think it had the class! Master Minded made a bad mistake two out, which ruined its chances. Best in Straw Bear was clearly not out to win the 4.00 Cheltenham, but will be a system bet next time. Next best Arcalis finished eighth, of course! Only one of my selections, Dantari, finished in the first six. How come these Irish are winning all the races? This Orsippus always seems to run well when you don't expect it! I had Red Law in a reverse forecast with Mad Professor in the 4.15 Huntingdon. The latter must win soon. Calculating (second) and City Stable were almost equally well in for the 4.25 Southwell, but omens were not good with a big price on the latter. You don't see Wigham winners at 20/1 very often! I have a feeling that Calculating was intended to come second, as he only pushed it when it was too late. Since the Irish were doing so well, I thought I had better back What A Charm for the 4.40 Cheltenham! I also backed Dhaafer (third), so didn't do too badly. My next best, Kingdom Of Munster ran very well for a long way at a big price! Strangely enough, the second, Kumbeshwar also caught my eye when studying the race. Best in Masterpoint 33/1 looked like challenging, then finished only third in the 4.55 Huntingdon. They always seem to do that, just making sure of a place! It gets very annoying after a while! But I suppose they would be shorter if they were going to win! Kilbready Star will do better soon. Blast! I kept looking at J.R.Hartley in the 5.05 Southwell, mainly because of the TV ad! Exchange looked like figuring before dropping out, and should have done better in a poor maiden. perhaps I should have picked up on the name Cheltenian in the 5.15 Cheltenham! I had Tiradia as my selection for the 5.30 Huntingdon, but should have backed it with the second favourite! The odds-on favourite was disappointing, as so often happens, and cannot be coincidence. Two of the first three in the 5.40 Southwell, with Dickie Le Davoir 18/1 (did they only want a place again?) and Lindoro 100/30! I couldn't have Mata Hari Blue, but somebody knew something! Stonecrabstomorrow and Simple Rhythm are now due soon. I had Lewyn to beat Desert Strike in the 5.50 Kempton, but lots of these horses would have done better in a handicap. Illuminative failed again in the 6.20 Kempton, but should do better next time as a system bet, as it was best in here. Creatures of habit, these trainers! Grand Piano, second in the 6.50 Kempton, should have been running over at least 7 furlongs, so it was no surprise that it did not get going quickly enough. Back it over 7 furlongs or a mile. My two selections for the 7.20 Kempton were useless, and I should have known that Hannon would have a 1-2 with the outsider winning! Crafty man! Obvious in hindsight, wasn't it, especially as Dane O'Neill is probably the favoured jockey? Grrr... What happened to system bet Satin Love?

15th March: Best in Klynch at least finished second at a big price in the 1.20 Southwell, but I wanted either Takajan or Final Salute for the forecast. Ruth Carr may finally get a winner at some point soon. If so, start backing all of her runners, most of which are extremely well handicapped! Cue Card came hacking up in the 1.30 Cheltenham, but did not finish off as it should have. I also backed Marsh Warbler, which dropped out tamely and Spirit Son (second, looked like winning after the last). I thought Glaced Over would have finished in the first three in the 1.45 Sedgefield, just run out of third. I also backed Lady Ida each-way (second). Best in Lucayan Dancer was too big a price in the 1.55 Southwell, and duly finished fourth. Fortunately I also backed Count Bertoni 8/1, with Kipchak for the forecast! Almost got the tricast with Captain Chris 6/1, Finians Rainbow 7/2 and Medermit (fourth) in the 2.05 Cheltenham! Best in Poseidon finished only third in the 2.20 Sedgefield, and will do better. System bet Finlay won the race, although Playing the Field looked to have his measure after the last. I left out Twice Red, which I had on my list for the 2.30 Southwell, to my cost! Favourite Sinadinou ran too badly to be true, and one often wonders whether this is by design? I had Fairalong each-way at 25/1 in the 2.40 Cheltenham, but it would not have got placed but for some late fallers. Razor Royale disappeared at halfway, I suspect it fell. After two good runs, Blazing Bailey ran very badly, but can win again soon. System bet Shifting Gold 7/1 winner of the 2.55 Sedgefield! Bureaucrat was best in, but dropped out after leading early, and will do better soon as will Takaatuf, which seemed to be going better than most. What on earth was up with best in Fremen in the 3.05 Southwell? This was a pathetic performance, and one can only assume that this was the plan. Very annoying - how can you back like that? I almost got the tricast in the Champion Hurdle with Hurricane Fly, Peddlers Cross and Thousand Stars (fourth)! I did get the forecast with first two however. I had Erin Dancer 4/1 and Baraathen 11/4 for the forecast in the 3.35 Sedgefield! Best in Galpin Junior still refuses to win, and I guess we will have to wait until Ruth Carr hits form! Next best Cheveyo missed the break, but was right there towards the end, and must win soon. These horses run so many races without winning and then bang! they come in. The winner, Electioneer, had good form (not), Mr Easterby! Typically best in The Green Hat ran a shocker in the 4.15 Sedgefield, just when you think it is going to win! Must win soon now. Next best Whatcanyasay looked like winning, then was allowed to fade into fourth. Best in Jack Dawkins 11/2 won the 4.25 Southwell, but would Camps Bay get second? No way! Still, I had the winner. Alasi looked sure to finish in the first three in the 4.40 Cheltenham, but backed out late on, and will do better. Ironically it was my old favourite Ocean Transit which deprived me of third place! Yet anothere thrown in horse (Lerida) which did not win, but finished only fourth in the 4.55 Sedgefield. Why do they keep doing it? I also backed Braddock Island, which appeared to be going better than the firast two, but backed out into third. How annoying can you get? Best in Carnac finished second again in the 5.05 Southwell. It did have a first palce at the front, which is often a bad sign, and I got the impression they let the winner go past without too much resistance. Why is it when a Moore horse is heavily backed it nearly always wins? Sea Cliff was very disappointing, but the betting suggested that would happen. Trouble Mountain is an old stager, but there may still be a race in it when wanted. American Trilogy, my nap for the 5.15 Cheltenham, did not perform today, but had asymmetrical form, and will do better. Of the others, Songe pulled up, and Sway flattered briefly. All of these will do better. System bet Vino Griego 20/1 fourth.

14th March: System bet Inner Steel 17/2 second in the 2.00 Plumpton. Twin Bud should have done better. It is unusual for Lawny Hill to have a 33/1 winner! I could not pick the runner-up in the 2.20 Taunton, and I shouldn't think anyone else could either! Manmoon was best in for the 2.30 Plumpton, but finished only third. I also backed second best Horseshoe Reef, so got a return. Both of my choices crashed out in the 2.40 Stratford, Enfant De Lune and Pin D'Estruval (well in the lead)! Why is it when I have two choices for a race, I always pick the wrong one? Penellis looked best in for the 2.50 Taunton, but made a terrible jump and pulled up, leaving my second choice, Fiftyonefiftyone to win! Penellis will be a system bet next time, when perhaps it will perform better! Chocolat was clear best in for the 3.00 Plumpton, but fell when in the lead. I hope it was all right, but it did not look good (apparently it did not survive). System bet Perfect Reward 11/2 winner of the 3.10 Stratford! I thought Ravati would have done better, but probably waiting for a handicap. Best in High Oscar (third 3.30 Plumpton) will win a race one day, and I also backed The Hardy Boy, which should have beaten the favourite, but they won't unless they are wanted! Best in Tisfreetdream front-ran today, then dropped out! Must win soon. Second best Commemoration Day won the race, but I still did not get a return, as I wanted Sultan Fontenaille for second! Best in Kirby's Glen looked certain to win the 3.50 Taunton when falling. Must win again soon. Airedale Lad was best in for the 4.00 Plumpton, and at a shortish price I thought it was trying today, but iut finished third of course in a seven horse race! Next beat Chigorin also finished fourth, so no joy! I don't know when Baltrap is going to try, but it can't be long now! Folk Tune was big price in the 4.10 Stratford, and, despite travelling supremely well, finished only fourth. I feel sure they do that deliberately, and it will finish much closer soon. Why was it that, as soon as Monsieur raced up from the back in the 4.20 Taunton, I knew it would not win? It later fell when dropping out, and I am not sure that it was ok after that. Decision (winner) and Ourang Utan (second) were my next two best in! Zimbabwe was thrown in for the 4.30 Plumpton, but contrived to get beaten, and I had it with Ethiopia (third) for the forecast! Typical! Rapid Return can do much better than it showed today in the near future. I had Openditch or Moscow Court to take second place behind Cork All Star, but they finished third and fourth. You can't win with these blighters! Best in Petroupetrov led nearly all the way in the 5.00 Plumpton, then subsided into fourth! Makes me fume! Must win soon. I had a feeling about both Scales and Jawhary in the 5.10 Stratford, but did not back in the race. Those Trevor Hemmings colours usually signify a good horse! Drumbeater was best in for the 5.20 Taunton, and looked like figuring for a long way, but I don't like -06 figures! Must win very soon. Fortunately I also backed Captain Becket and Jacarado in a forecast!

13th March: I had the two system bets The Boss and Empire Builder for the forecast, but they finished first and third! How unlucky can you get? I also backed The Laodicean each-way which finished fourth! Blast! Giovanna was best in, but ran on from the back and did not get there. Will do better soon. Could have had a good return, but got nothing! I backed Patavium in the 2.20 Market Rasen, but the saddle slipped and the b... pulled up! They wouldn't have a slipping saddle if they wanted to win! I also backed Sacco D'Oro, and that managed to come fourth despite running like the best horse! Won More Night had the worst looking form, and won, of course! System bet Alta Roc 80/1 winner of the 2.50 Market Rasen! Jack The Gent and Dineur cut each other's throats at the front, and I had them for the forecast! I had Wistow and Areuwitmenow for the forecast in the 3.05 Warwick. I don't believe they really wanted to win with Oniz Tiptoes in the 3.20 Market Rasen, as it dropped right back before running on again for second. That horse is thrown in when wanted. Lorum Leader was also disappointing, running well before pulling up. System bet Justabout 9/1 winner of the 4.05 Warwick. The system bets keep coming! I had Muntami and Mad Professor as my selections for the 3.50 Market Rasen, with the latter finishing second. Gainborough's Art was very well in for the 5.10 Warwick, but had that dreaded -05 again! Must do better soon. For a horrible moment I thought Mossmann Gorge was going to win, as I backed it last time out! I am sure that one can do better too. Welcome Stranger will also be competitve very soon now. System bet Himrayn 17/2 winner of the 5.25 Market Rasen from system bet Quipe Me Posted 9/2. Kerkabellec (third 66/1) was miles out of the handicap, but was capable of being competitive off bottom weight. Front-runner Pacha D'Oudairies should have won this race, so keep an eye on it as a system bet next time. Overbranch should also do better now.

12th March: System bet Skint 10/1 winner of the 1.55 Sandown! System bet Dunelight 9/1 winner of the 2.10 Wolverhampton, and I thought I might get the forecast with Duff for a while! System bet Quazy De Joie (see my tip 3rd Jan) 11/2 winner of the 2.35 Chepstow. Best in Georgebernardshaw led most of the way, then packed up in the 3.20 Wolverhampton!" The problem was, my two other choices, Benandonner and Suits Me, did the same! All three are better than they showed today. I always get the feeling they do it deliberately. I backed Tante Sissi each-way in the 3.35 Sandown, and it was going incredibly well before coming second. Best in Wendel finished only third in the 3.45 Chepstow, and would probably have won but for some indifferent jumping! Must win soon. Second and third in the 3.55 Wolverhampton with Dream Catcher and Captain Dimitrios. That does not bring a return, unfortunately. Instructress is due a better run, possibly in a handicap soon. I backed Flipando in the 4.25 Wolverhampton, and thought I might get the forecast with Star Rover (fourth), but the latter probably did not last the trip. I also fancied Jimmy Styles (third). Teenage Idol was travelling all over its rivals before falling in the 4.30 Ayr, and should be worth another bet very soon. System bet Holmwood Legend 14/1 winner of the 4.40 Sandown! My old favourite Admirable Duque 16/1 winner of the 4.55 Wolverhampton! Mohayer (16/1) was hacking all over them in the 4.15 Chepstow, but finished only third, which was I suspect exactly what they wanted! Must win soon.

11th March: The big three trainers in the 2.00 Wincanton, and I have a theory that it is a good idea to back the outsider of three in these circumstances, which worked with Violin Davis (I got 9/2) here. I had system bet Drumbaloo (I got 11/4) in the 2.10 Ayr, and backed China House (fourth) each-way. I think I would have had the forecast if the favourite had not fallen. I had King Brex in the 2.20 Sandown, but wanted either Olympian or Be Definite for the forecast. Zhukov is a better horse than it showed today, and was clearly not wanted. I wondered whether Nous Voila would compete today (assymetrical), but you can't run at the back of the field all the way like that and be credible! System bet Autumn Spirit 6/1 winner, with my second choice, Akarshan, second! System bet Olympian Boy front-ran most of the way going well, and is clearly better than its finishing position. I had Cool Mission to beat Steady Tiger in the 2.45 Ayr, which looked to be an obvious forecast on the ratings. Best in Marodima led for a long way before fading in the 2.55 Sandown and will do better. System bet Owner Occupier winner, with system bet Cortinas in third. Imperial Breeze (-206) 8/1 winner of the 3.20 Ayr, with system bet King's Chorister second. Claude Carter was best in, but did not perform today. Will do better soon. Cois Farraig should have done better in the 3.30 Sandown, but faded tamely into sixth place. Looking back at Blue Teen's form, I can see why it won now! I can't get Kilvergan Boy to run a good race, as it ran in snatches most of the way! Second best Bohemian Rock ran on for third place. System bet Mr Goofy 16/1 winner! My two best in, Easter Vic and Charming Knight 16/1 (I got 20/1) first and 6/1 second in the 3.55 Ayr! Soprano will do better soon. I had a feeling about Time For Spring in the 4.05 Sandown, but could not get the b et on! Best in Phar Again and Rash Moment decided to finish third and fourth today in the 4.15 leicester! Both will do better again in bigger races. I can only assume that all those involved know the score before the race! I don't know what happened to Driving Miss Susie and Commit To Memory in the 4.20 Wincanton, but they were not there at the finish. Will do better soon. Blast! Oracle Des Mottes looked like winning the 4.55 Wincanton, but just got pipped on the line! My three selections for the 5.05 Ayr, Wild Cane Ridge, See You There and Mister Woods could not have run worse if they tried (they probably did try to run badly!). All three will do better, probably next time! Second best Muhtenbar made no attempt to get into the 5.25 Leicester! I hate it when you don't get a run for your money, and they know it will happen! Thus with Jaamid falling, it made it a hopeless task to get the forecast. Keep an eye on Made In Montot also. Yet another race where I couldn't get the bet on, and my choice won (Shinko Moon 6/1 in the 5.30 Wincanton)! That's the problem when a race goes off on a different channel! I hate it when the second best horse deliberately sets out to get third place. This was the case with Nifty Roy in the 5.40 Ayr. It should have at least come second, but only ran on after dropping out. How annoying! They only use these small races to get the required place, which is not fair on the discerning punter. How can you tell when the best in horses are not going to figure? Usually because they are much bigger prices than they should be. This was the case with Efistorm, which skulked at the back (tut tut, Hailey) and is definitely due now and Riflessione, which front-ran for a long way before getting squeezed out in the 5.40 Wolverhampton.

10th March: I backed Coach Lane each-way in the 2.00 Wincanton, finishing second at 16/1. Was best in and can win soon. I thought Eyre Square should have won the 2.10 Carlisle on ratings, but another odds-on favourite turned over! I wanted Kasbadali to beat the favourite in the 2.20 Folkestone, but the favourite was always going better. I fancied The Cayterers as a good flat horse in the 2.30 Wincanton, but took 13/2 on it (9/1 returned). I backed system bet Flaygray each-way (looked like winning for a while), but also had an each-way on Armedanddangerous (-25), 18/1 winner! Erzen ran poorly in third in the 2.50 Folkestone, but I also backed Neil Harvey to win. This Canni Thinkaar always seems to run above its rating! I couldn't see Dovers Hill winning the 3.00 Wincanton, as it was the lowest rated of the top three! Indian Groom was best in for the 3.15 Carlisle, but ran poorly in third after going best most of the way. Must do better as a system bet next time. Best in Poseidon's Secret was clearly not wanted today in the 3.35 Wincanton, but next best Psi finished only second when looking like winning! Both can win soon, and keep an eye on Lady Bling Bling. My selections for the 3.45 Carlisle were useless, including the thrown in Shrewd Investor and Top Dressing! Carmond and Goring One (second) were best in for the 3.55 Folkestone, the former running very poorly. I was not surprised that Sourchamp pulled up, because they rarely run well after an unlucky fall in a previous race! Best in Macmar was backed in the 4.05 Wincanton, but it was clearly not stable money! I had a little each-way on system bet Emmaslegend, 16/1 winner! Speedy Directa was next best and front-ran for a while, but clearly a trial run today! System bet Miss Miracle 9/2 third. Front Rank was best in for the 4.20 Carlisle, but no money for it again! Next best Woody Valentine will run better very soon. Marlborough Sound was also disappointing today. Best in Theophrastus duly won the 4.30 Folkestone, but the next two in, Romney Marsh and Altaranthela ran abysmally! I backed against Management in the 4.40 Wincanton, and of course the two I backed came second and third! Devil Water was best in for the 4.50 Carlisle with its claim, but after looking really threatening, dropped out tamely. Will do better soon, along with Solway Blue, Banoge (third) and Frith (fell). Spider Boy ran poorly in fifth today in the 5.00 Folkestone, despite being as well in as Watergate! I suppose Rojo Vivo had the best form with the claim in the 5.20 Carlisle, but I don't like horses that have had three runs in flat races! Molannarch was very disappointing, and will probably do better next time. I had I Confess to beat Dubai Miracle in the 5.30 Kempton, and I think Ours (third) was probably too highly rated for its previous performances. System bet Dvinsky 10/1 winner of the 7.30 Kempton. How many times have I backed that b... recently?

9th March: I can't believe how badly Zakeeta (2.00 Fontwell) has run recently. It must be better than that, and they clearly did not want it today. They must have plans for it in the future. The winner won despite jumping at the path three times! Fourth and fifth for my selections, Profits Reality (thrown in) and Diamond Twister! When will they decide it's time for Profits Reality to win? System bet Wake Board 6/4 winner of the 2.20 Catterick, with Perfectus for the forecast! Keep an eye on Daraybad for a future handicap. Best in and system bet Ede's finished fast in third in the 2.30 Fontwell, which was a bit annoying as it was a seven horse race! That was probably why it was 12/1! Next best Meneur finished second. Blast that favourite! Best in Tous Les Deux front-ran for a long way and faded tamely. Will do better soon, possibly over shorter. The winner, Miss Bounty had -05 figures, which is not fair! Illuminative should run better very soon. Breezed Well (sys+1) 14/1 second. Conflictofinterest was thrown in for the 2.50 Catterick, but they had no intention of winning today (-05 figures)! Keep an eye on it for the future. Nonotreally was another that should have done better. Top-rated and system bet Gurtacrue winner of the 3.00 Fontwell with system bet Penchesco third. I thought Coolbeg (fourth) was going to figure for along time! Best in Tudor Prince was well there, going well for a long way, in the 3.10 Lingfield, but faded out and will be a system bet next time. System bet Signora Frasi finished third. Keep an eye on Loyal Royal next time, as its form figures are now ideal, and Teen Ager was probably having a trial run too! Best Samizdat (tipped by me recently) 11/1 winner of the 3.20 Catterick, with second best Border Tale third. Waltham Abbey should show up soon. First, second and third in the 3.30 Fontwell with system bet Rapid Increase, Topless and El Jo! I had Cold Secret in a forecast with either Blink Of An Eye or Cool Macavity, and of course the others finished first and second, didn't they, with Cold Secret in fourth! Best in Arctic Echo dropped out tamely in the 3.50 Catterick, and will do better soon. I also backed Bobby Donald and Nicky Tam and had a good run for my money! Hereditary, thrown in for the 4.00 Fontwell, was ridden like a crab, then ran on nicely for fith! Keep an eye on it next time. Wardington Lad is also due a better run.System bet Hurricane Electric 11/2 second. My recent tip, Triskaidekaphobia (see 2nd March) 33/1 winner of the 4.10 Lingfield! Jimmy Ryan was too bad to be true, and must be noted soon. Lidjo De Rouge (4.30 Fontwell) refuses to win, despite being thrown in, and must win soon. The same applies to Orphelin Collonges and Investment Affair. I backed Kiltimoney each-way, and it managed to scrape third place, but should have won failing the other two. Grande Caiman was thrown in for the 4.40 Lingfield, and I backed it, but I wanted either Superius or Evident Pride (third) for the forecast. Superius has now got rid of a first place, and should do better soon. I had Call Me Mulligan 17/2 and Stagecoach Diamond 11/2 for the forecast in the 4.50 Catterick! I couldn't pick Super Ken in the 5.00 Fontwell, because they don't usually improve much from a sixth place in bumpers! I had Prince Apollo in the 5.10 Lingfield, but wanted Free Tussy for the forecast. They rarely seem to work out exactly to their ratings! Serenitatis really caught my eeye on the card in the 5.20 Catterick, but failed to fulfil that promise. Will probably do better next time in a bumper or a hurdle. The money for Bahira proved to be correct, although I fancied McCain's other runner, Landenstown Rose, which ran well for along way. Dubai Glory finished only fourth in the 5.30 Kempton, obviously angling for a handicap soon. The same applies to On Wings Of Love, which should have finished closer.

8th March: My third choice, Exceedingly Good won the 1.40 Southwell easily at 16/1! First choice Westport, which was there for a long way, was a huge price and dropped out. Errigal Lad will do better soon. System bet Meydan Style 16/1 second Best in Dancing Freddy did not front-run today in the 2.10 Southwell and consequently did not win! Will do better. I wondered why Soopacal was a double figure price, and of course it finished fourth! Lucky Sunny ran too badly to be true in the 2.20 Newcastle, and will do much better than that. Was apparently going best at halfway too! Henderson and King first and second in the 2.30 Exeter. So what's new? I was disappointed with Pepite Rose (fourth) which I expected to do better. Hindu Kush was far better in than La Estrella in the 2.40 Southwell, but of course thay had the race sewn up beforehand, didn't they? You can't often back against the odds in these races, but you can only try! Sometimes it does work. It's very annoying when you know the truth! I thought I was going to get the forecast with Cute N You Know It and either Lochore or Final Veto, but they finished third and fourth! Baccalaureate was best in for the 3.00 mExeter, but I did not trust the -06 figures. Pity, I wrote down Pepporoni Pete, but did not back it! Unfortunately the winner also had -06 figures! Must have improved a lot. My others finished fourth and fifth as usual, with Come Out Firing and Wise Hawk! These appeared to back off when there were fallers in front of them. Hawaass ran poorly again today in fourth in the 3.10 Southwell, and is probably getting rid of those first places! Thought it might at least place! My old favourite Byron Bay finished third at 100/1, but I did not expect it to figure in this company! Yossi was also disappointing, and did not run on until it was too late! They've got you every way, haven't they? When you expect them to run well they don't, and vice versa! The two that I fancied for the 3.20 Newcastle finished third and fourth! Cloonawillin Lady looked best in at the weights, and The Ferbane Man normally runs better than that! What a farce! Best in Flight Leader is due a good run now after tailing off in the 3.30 Exeter. Next best Kilbeggan Blade typically finished fifth! I did back River Indus each-way (fourth). Pity, I kept looking at Ammunition, which seems to win when wanted. Best in Sir Haydn ran poorly in the 3.40 Southwell, making late ground but never getting into contention. That 7lb claimer again, it's beginning to get up my nose, but I should know better by now! Will do better soon, probably next time, as will War Of The Roses. My two selections for the 3.50 Newcastle, Euro American and Hi Dancer, finished last and second last. They were both best in (Euro American by a street), so how can you back like that? No intention of winning! Aargh! I had Cobblers Queen and Mister Bennett (system type form) in the 4.00 Exeter, and couldn't believe my luck when Cobblers Queen made a terrible mistake two out! Blast! At last! Lindoro 16/1 winner of the 4.10 Southwell! Best in Beckermet must win soon now and Lago Indiano can also do better. When will Ruth Carr get another winner? She is threatening with a few recent places. Best in Dubai Dynamo was yet another Carr runner not to perform in the 4.40 Southwell, and my next two choices, Trans Sonic and Elusive Fame finished first and third! The only remaining jackpot ticket for the 5.00 Exeter is on my selection, Lupita, so I wish the holder good luck at 4.50! Guess what? My two selections for the 4.50 Newcastle, Camden George and Diamond Frontier finished as the last two again! What are they up to? They never cease to amaze and confound me! You can guarantee that both will run better next time! Well Lupita won the jackpot for the punter (Steve Whiteley apparently) at 12/1 in the 5.00 Exeter, and I backed it too! Tavalu, Sovereign Spirit (fourth) and Tiger Dream will all do better soon. I had Angelena Ballerina 7/1 in the 5.10 Southwell, and Norcroft 10/1 for third. My other choice, Ronnie Howe front-ran for a long way and looked like winning before fading, and this was clearly a trial run. Watch out for it next time! Well, eventually I made a profit on the day, but it was hard work!

7th March: Northern Dare and Chjimes were best in at the weights for the 2.10 Lingfield, but both lost out to Lastkingofscotland. seems to me that horses only win when the connections want them, not whether they are good enough or not! Don't know where that Katchmore came from in the 2.20 Ffos Las, but it wasn't in my considerations! Jolly Roger should have done better, but never really threatened to win the race. Coach Lane was best in for the 2.20 Ffos Las, and looked like winning before fading into last place! Trial run? How annoying can you get? Lovat Lane should have finished better than third in the 2.40 Lingfield, but you could see that the rider had no intention of doing better this time. Killing Me Softly (fifth) was best in for the 2.50 Ffos Las, but The Composer (see 22nd Feb) 8/1 was almost equally well in, and won the race! Keep an eye on Tinalliat, which was there for a long way today. Best in Navajo Nation pulled up in the 3.05 Newton Abbot, and it becomes almost predictable with certain form figures! Bet it will do better next time! System bet Milo Milan 4/1 winner! There was quite a gamble on the scopey Dorothy's Dancing in the 3.15 Lingfield, and it won the race, but unfortunately best in Mini Bon Bon was not there for the forecast! They like backing horses, the Moore stable! Best in Award Winner dropped out and pulled up in the 3.25 Ffos Las, and it was my second rated, Ready Or Not (sys+1) which won at 7/1. I thought it was too short a price for its form! An educated guess suggests that Award Winner's form figures are now bad enough for it to run very well next time! The best two in for the 3.40 Newton Abbot, Rebel Du Maquis and Ikorodu Road finished third and fourth! Can't boil an egg by the official ratings in these races! Keep an eye on Ace High, which seemed to be going better than anything most of the way! My fancy, Baileys Agincourt ran on for second in the 3.50 Lingfield. Bet it will run better than that when they want it to win! I feel sure that Troubletimestwo would have been in the shakeup in the 4.00 Ffos Las, but for being hampered and falling after the last. Keep an eye on it soon. Blast, cost me the forecast! Alesandro Mantegna is another to keep an eye on next time. Best in Emergency Exit dropped out tamely in the 4.15 Newton Abbot, and will do better soon. My second choice, Zed Candy, finsished third at 16/1. Devon Native (sys+1) 11/2 winner. Best in Majuro finished only second in the 4.25 Lingfield. The winner Edgeworth, just confirms my theory that the horse is a lot better than its official rating. Tora Bora was thrown in for the 4.35 Ffos Las, and I knew it would either win or not come in the places! Next best Fourpointone tailed off and will do better also. It makes me cringe, the way they run these races! System bet Bob Casey 5/1 second. I fancied Flyit Flora in the 4.50 Newton Abbot, but it did not run on into second as I hoped! Gosden's Judgement was disappointing in fourth in the 5.00 Lingfield. I bet it can run better than that when wanted! Back Is Back dropped out of the 5.10 Ffos las, then ran on again late, full of running. What sort of ride is that for your money? Must do better in a similar event. I hate it when all the short-priced runners are the only ones to figure! I can usually pick the b...s that are not trying! The Apprentice (5.20 Newton Abbot) looked best in, but jumped like a donkey and pulled up! Makes you scream! Why are we put through this nonsense? I bet it runs (and jumps) better next time! Pearly Star was also well in and can do better. I think we would get better results if there were no jockeys on the horses, because they control exactly how the horses run, for good or bad. Best in Bold Ring could have done much better in the 5.30 Lingfield too, but the jockey made no attempt to get into it, and finished last. A 7lb claimer again. What does that tell you? Get on it next time! It's been one of those days today! Getting a load of weight, system bet Bathwick Junior ran too badly to be true in the 5.40 Ffos las, and no doubt will do better over hurdles. The other system bet Street Dance looked to be going well also, but failed to finish off. I was hoping McCoy would get beaten, but The Rockies ran across the track and threw the race away!

6th March: I did not follow any of the racing today, but noted the following: System bet Sam Lord 16/1 winner of the 2.50 Sedgefield! System bet Wee George 13/2 second in the 3.50. System bet and beaten favourite Gavroche Gaugain 8/1 winner of the 4.20. Sam Patch (4.50) finished third, and should win a race very soon. System bet Ubi Ace 7/1 winner of the 4.10 Huntingdon. System bet Douryna 8/1 winner of the 4.40, with system bet Crystal Prince 13/2 third! System bet Kaylif Aramis 2/1 second in the 5.10. Not bad over only 12 races!

5th March: I backed Cleaver each-way in the 1.45 Kempton, finishing second at 33/1! Next I had Tobago Bay at 20/1, 12/1 winner of the 1.55 Newbury, and almost got the forecast with system bet Saint Are! I kept looking at Arctic Wings too, and could have had a good tricast! Best in Super Baby fell in the 2.00 Kelso, and should be noted soon. My three for the 2.10 Doncaster, Always Waining (led much), Snake Charmer and Go Amwell decided not to compete today, but all three will do better soon. It's annoying when this happens! I wanted to back Araldur in the 2.15 Kempton, but the race was off before I could! Best in Regal Heights finished like a rocket to win the 2.25 Newbury at 5/1! System bet J'Adhere 10/1 second in the 2.40 Doncaster. Keep an eye on Pumboo, which is due a better run soon. Coeur De Fou (-36) 7/1 winner (another for Tom George). I had Fine Parchment 12/1 in the 3.00 Newbury, and had Matuhi also, which ran in front for a long way. I couldn't have Pokfulham at the weights in the 2.05 Kelso, but it won, so must be an improver. Second third and fourth in the 3.15 Doncaster, with Lothian Falcon, Character Building and Ogee! I thought Nemetan was nailed on in the 3.25 Kempton, but it found one to beat it again! Best in Ned Ludd was a huge price in the 3.35n Newbury and ran accordingly. That one, King's Revenge and European Dream will do better. Quinola Des Obeaux ran a shocker in the 4.00 Kempton, and must be better than that! I don't know what happened to Storm Brig in the 4.15 Kelso, but it ran a shocker! I had Captain Sunshine each-way at 25/1 in the 4.25 Doncaster. Best in Silver Bay looked like winning the 4.35 Kempton, but finished only fourth. Will do better. My second choice, Tuskar Rock was the winner. Gus Macrae was disappointing in the 4.45 Newbury, and will do better, as will Our Bob, which ran well for most of the journey. I have been mentioning that Indian Pipe Dream should win a race, but I did not expect it to win the 5.00 Doncaster, although it was best in on old form! Just shows they have been hiding its light under a bushel for a long time! Wish I had put the forecast the other way around! I had Be My Present 10/1 (returned 15/2) in the 5.10 Kempton! I had Medinas each-way in the 5.20 Newbury, and of course Henderson's other runner came second! They've always got a surprise up their sleeves! The two best in for the 5.25 Kelso, Witness Run (ran well for a long way) and Role On (sixth), dropped back through the field, but keep them in mind for a win before long! System bet Leith Walk second. Moon Over Miami was not out to win today in the 5.35 Doncaster, but will do better soon, along with Beggars Cap, which looked like figuring until late on in the race.

4th March: Blaze On By was a big price in the 2.00 Lingfield, but should have done better and will be a system bet next time. I had system bet Red Merlin 6/1 and Kaolak 7/1 for the forecast in the 2.10 Doncaster! Another forecast with Omaruru 7/1 and system bet Two Kisses 5/1 in the 2.20 Newbury! A third forecast in a row with I Confess and Street Crime 25/1 in the 2.35 Lingfield. Boy, it's going well so far today! I don't know what happened to the best in horses in the 2.45 Doncaster, with First Avenue and Tayarat supposedly best in. First Avenue (-05) lived up to my comments on these form figures! System bet Hypnotic Gaze 7/1 winner. I had system bet Victoria Rose each-way in the 2.55 Newbury. I backed Bestwecan each-way in the 3.10 Lingfield, just getting run out of second place when the two had been clear. I had Film Festival each-way in the 3.20 Doncaster, its flat speed just getting the better of Sir Tantallus Hawk. Halla San and Our Bomber Harris were best in, but I had a feeling neither might figure. System bets Fiftyone Fiftyone and Qulinton second and third in the 3.30 Newbury. It's Crucial was best in but dropped out and will do better soon. My three best in for the 3.45 Lingfield, Highland Harvest, Buxton and Silver Wind all showed up at some point in the race, but all three should have done better, especially Highland Harvest, which was travelling better than any of the others before fading late. I had Definitley Lovely 10/1 and Sara's Smile for the forecast in the 3.55 Doncaster! Best in Federstar made a mistake and then fell in the 4.05 Newbury. Keep your eye on that one, Frontier Dancer (fourth) and Babysitter (fifth). Also keep an eye on Karate, which ran on nicely from the back without being pushed in the 4.20 Lingfield. System bets Blue Nymph and Dream Esteem first and second in the 4.30 Doncaster! Best in Eastern Gift 3/1 winner of the 4.55 Lingfield, with second best Dichoh in second and next best Lopinot in fourth. Best in Enfant De Lune would have won the 5.05 Doncaster, but for making a mess of the last fence (eased off on the run-in when could not win). Bear it in mind next time. Galpin Junior, thrown in for the 5.20 Wolverhampton, refuses to win, but will do better when the stable starts firing! The 5.25 Lingfield turned into a seven horse race, and only one of my fancies figured in the finish! Efistorm was best in, but ran like a crab, and Step It Up went off like a scalded cat, then faded. You can never predict these races, because so many are not out to win! Henderson again with Fourth Estate in the 5.35 Doncaster. I wondered why Nicholls' Karinga Dancer was 12/1, but I found out when it looked like getting placed, then finished fourth! I quite fancied Murphy's Choice, but it did not figure, despite travelling really well, and should be noted for the future. Absolute mayhem in the 5.45 Wolverhampton, when most of the horses stopped to a walk after a flag was waved. How can that constitute a fair race? Prince Charlemagne finished third (which I backed) and Swords should do better soon. System bet Six Of Clubs 17/2 winner, but was it a fair race? I had Chocolate Caramel in the 6.15 Wolverhampton, but wanted Minder and Inchando to run better for my forecast and tricast.

3rd March: I fancied Henry King in the 2.20 Taunton, but did not back it to win! My long shot Generous Bob finished about fifth at 100/1! System bet Arthur's Pass 12/1 winner of the 2.30 Ludlow. I wanted Fantasy Fry to beat So Is She in the 2.40 Southwell, and the latter almost made it into second! I had Fin Vin De Leu in the 2.50 Taunton, but wanted either Erzen (fell early) or Earth Planet (third) for the forecast! I did not expect Hector's Choice to beat Phidippides in the 3.00 Ludlow, but the latter did not jump as well as the winner. I had Je Suis Un Rockstar to beat Monsieur Jamie in the 3.10 Southwell, but the former missed the break, so ruined its chances. From the betting, it looked as if they knew that would happen! It hand more in hand, though, judging by the way it ran on from the back. Aureate pulled up in the 3.20 Taunton, but made ground in mid-race before dropping out, and will do much better, as will Wise Hawk, which was travelling well much of the way. System bet Gortenbuie second in the 3.30 Ludlow, with system bets lexicon Lad and Morcambe third and fourth! I had the forecast with system bet Mazovian and Spontaneity in the 3.40 Southwell. Coda Agency deliberately held back from getting in the places in the 3.50 Taunton, and will do better son, as will Arthur's Dream, which is better than it showed today. Laneguy, with system type form, 9/2 winner. Best in and system bet Pigeon Island finished third in the 4.00 Ludlow, but never seemed to want to win the race. Second best Isn't That Lucky 7/2 winner. City Stable should have finished second to Cobo Bay in the 4.10 Lingfield, but its form figures probably explain why it did not. Best in Laustra Bad finished only second in the 4.20 Taunton - a bit annoying as it was clear best in! I wondered whether Fortification would figure today with its form figures, ands I soon found out (pushed along almost all the way. Next best ansd system bet Talenti finished second when it should have won easily! System bet Jonnie Skull 28/1 third in the 4.40 Southwell! Damn! Couldn't get the bet on in time! Martha's Kinsman and Sea Wall should have been first and second in the 5.00 Ludlow, but who knows what the plans were? Give Me Love could also have done better on old form. Jack Dawkins was thrown in for the 5.10 Southwell, but clearly had no intention of winning today despite hacking along at the back, and will do much better. Eastern Hills will also do better soon. Monsieur rarely seems to win these days, and finished second again today in the 5.20 Taunton. Was the 7lb claimer significant again? Next best Tiger Dream tailed off and will do better, and it was third best Webbswood Lad which won the race at 22/1! I was disappointed with system bet Midnight King in the 5.30 Ludlow, which never got in at the business end, despite travelling well. George had yet another winner with Parsnip Pete, beating Henderson's favourite. Best in Kersivay clearly did not want to win the 5.40 Wolverhampton off this mark, and will do better soon, probably in a handicap. Told you that -06 is usually not a good sign, didn't I? It's fascinating that the handicap rating is so well observed most of the time in these sellers! I kept looking at Apache Ridge, but did not back it.

2nd March: System bet Bellaboosh 5/1 winner of the 2.20 Bangor. Best in Crocodile Bay took an easy lead in the 2.30 Wolverhampton before typically fading out of it. I can never get that horse to run well! Should do better next time as a system bet. I did back Grey Boy and Moment Of Clarity (third) so got a return. Another winner for Henderson with Victrix Gale in the 2.40 Folkestone. What is the matter with these favourites? Johnston's Handicraft dropped out tamely after looking like figuring in the 3.00 Wolverhampton. My recent tip Polly Holder finished third at 12/1. Why is that horses win a race one year, then run deplorably the next year? Wishes Or Watches was clear best in, but pulled up today. My next best Rince Donn won the race by default when the leader fell. System bet Akadyr 12/1 third in the 3.15 Downpatrick. Duplicity was best in for the 3.30 Wolverhampton, but probably needs further than five furlongs. Will be almost a certainty when wanted off this mark. Lord Of The Reins, next best, will be a system bet next time, and is due a good run. Best in Amore Mio 5/1 third in the 3.40 Folkestone. Whatever Next must try to do better soon. System bet Mossini 25/1 winner! I backed Drill Sergeant each-way with best in Numide for the forecast in the 3.50 Bangor, and of course Drill Sergeant finished third after dropping back for no reason! Second and third for me in the 4.00 Wolverhampton with Leyte Gulf 8/1 and Duar Mapel 10/1! Couldn't pick the winner although it was a system bet! Warrior Nation is due a better run soon. Best in Sullumo finished only fourth in the 4.20 Bangor, and is working back towards a win, as is South O'The Border (third). Best in Memphis Man finished fourth in the 4.30 Wolverhampton, and no show from Dickie le Davoir, which will do better soon. The winner, Flying Applause 11/1 was my fourth best in. System bet Avonlini 18/1 third. I can't believe that Danehillsundance is not doing better over hurdles. 150/1 today, they must be plotting a handicap win at some point! I had The Tatling each-way in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, but could not pick Sallys Swansong, although it had -36 figures! Almaty Express and Triskaidekaphobia are due better runs soon, along with Misaro. Best in Alhaban ran up with the pace, then dropped out quickly in the 5.30 Wolverhampton. Is thrown in when wanted and will do better. Methaaly was another big disappointment, proved by the fact that my third-rated, Avonrose won the race. Bavarica upset my tricast in the 5.40 Kempton, as I had Kidlat and Aphrodisia first and second! This Kidlat always seems to win when wanted, so is probably a lot better than its official rating!

1st March: My two selections for the 2.10 Lingfield, best in Beach Patrol and system bet Bodie, took a long lead, then both dropped out quickly once caught. I think these were trial runs, and both should do better soon. Annoying today though, when they both looked good for a long way! I backed Tenby Jewel each-way in the 2.20 Ffos Las, but wanted it in a forecast with Alonso De Guzman. Nous Voila was clear best in for the 2.30 leicester, and I suspected it would figure more prominently today, finishing second, and I had it in a forecast with Playing With Fire! Nous Voila must win soon off this mark. Next I had A Little Bit Dusty 11/10 to beat Bountiful Guest 4/1 in the 2.40 Lingfield, and that worked out too! If I'd known Body Gold would run so badly in the 2.50 Ffos las, I would have put Zi Missile in for the forecast! They never seem to run two good races in a row! Should have been better on its flat form. None of my selections figured in the places in the 3.00 leicester. Were they all afraid of each other? Osolomio, Billy Murphy and Phoenix Des Mottes all ran appallingly, leaving the two outsiders to come first and second! This racing can be enfuriating sometimes! Clear best Mohanad finished second yet again in the 3.10 Lingfield, and must win before long! Is this run of seconds deliberate? Thumbs Up could not (or was not allowed to) get into contention in the 3.20 Ffos Las, and should have done better than that! I wonder what they are up to sometimes! System bet Fahrisee 8/1 winner! Clear best in Chord led, dropped out, then ran on again for fourth in the 3.35 Leicester. Another trial run, which gets a bit annoying! Chamacco and Ballyman (third) were next best, and all three should do better than they did today. Should have had the tricast in the 3.45 Lingfield, as I backed Spinning Ridge 13/2, Cavalry Guard 20/1 and Louphole 33/1! But I only got the forecast, silly prat! Cost me hundreds of pounds for the sake of a 30p tricast! Louphole was best in and will do better soon. I backed Heraldry each-way in the 3.55 Ffos Las, and it would finish fourth wouldn't it, despite looking as if it was going really well! System bet Jump Up 11/1 winner. Winchester Red will do better soon. Duneen Point is also better than it showed today. System bet Uncle Dermot finished second in the 4.20 Lingfield, and I backed it in a forecast with Bosambo. I got everything but the right result in the 5.05 Ffos Las, as I backed Derawar to beat Marias Rock. Damn! Why didn't I reverse it? Derawar was clear best in, so I assumed it would win! I had Clearing House 20/1 in the 5.25 Lingfield, but could have done with Very Well Red for the forecast, as it was best in, then hung fire when in the lead! Yet again a point to point winner runs well in a bumper, with Mike Towey almost beating Sertao in the 5.35 Ffos Las! Well, I trebled my bank today with a few good bets, but could have done much better if I had done the tricast with my three selections for the 3.45 Lingfield! Just shows that prices do not always tell the story.

28th February: Efistorm will do better very soon (2.30 Wolverhamton). I had Stagecoach Opal (see 2nd Feb) 14/1 in the 2.40 Catterick! Waltham Abbey (40/1) was right up there before backing out, and I am sure this was a trial run for the near future. Gan On was well in at the weights in the 2.50 Plumpton, but pulled up, so I susggest will do better soon. Best in Border Reiver dropped out near the finish in the 3.10 Catterick, and will do better soon. Best in Prince Pippin ran poorly in the 3.20 Plumpton, and the same can be said of Chocolat, which faded into fourth after going well most of the way. Both of these will do better soon. System Bet Below Zero 5/1 winner of the 3.30 Wolverhampton! Best in The Hardy Boy fell when going well in the 3.50 Plumpton, and will win a race before long. Very annoying! Next best Sumdancer finished only fourth and may take another race before winning. This Restezen D'Amour had been favourite so often that I suppose it had to win sometime! Best in Prince Golan was not out to win the 4.00 Wolverhampton, and will do better soon. What's Up Doc (fourth) can also do better. Clear best in Pennek finished only second in the 4.10 Catterick, and should have won this. Will do better soon. Sieglinde was a big price in the 4.20 Plumpton, and ran accordingly today, but can do much better soon (system bet next time). This Arctic Flow is obviously a much better horse than it has shown so far. Best in Provost (4.30 Wolverhampton) is due a good run soon, as are Ocean Countess and Director General. I had Just Maddie 18/1 in the 4.40 Catterick, but wanted Tchikita to run better for the forecast. I am sure it will do better soon. Best in Gentleman Jimmy decided to finish fourth in the 4.50 Plumpton, and it was system bet Deep Pockets which won at 6/1! Swinbank's Sir Charlie Hutch did not seem to want to win the 5.10 Catterick, hanging fire when in the lead. Are they all in cahoots on the winner? Hazy Bay (-46) 14/1 winner of the 5.20 Plumpton. Anything with Hazy or Haze in the name is often a good animal! How are we supposed to pick winners like Tornado Force (5.30 Wolverhampton) with two fifth places previously. Makes you wonder if it actually ran to its best previously!

27th February: I did not follow the racing today on my birthday!

26th February: The thrown in Profit's Reality (1.35 Lingfield) refuses to win, and hung fire again today when making progress. Must win soon when wanted. I missed much of the afternoon racing, but noted system bet Gee Dee Nen (third 18/1) I kept looking at Follow The Flag in the 4.55 Lingfield, because it always seems to win with poor form figures! My selections, Mister Green, Pegasus Again and Titan Triumph all ran very poorly.

25th February: I had top-rated Kadouchski 12/1 in the 1.45 Sandown! It was clear that Perfect Reward was not wanted today, and it succeeded in unseating rider early on. Must do better soon. I had Loyal Royal 10/1 each-way in the 2.00 Lingfield, but was disappointed with the efforts of Silver Wind and White Shift, which should have done much better. Also keep an eye on Brunelleschi, which is due a good run soon. Best in Nous Voila was well there in the 2.10 Warwick, but dropped out near the end. Must win soon! Second best Monsieur finished like a rocket for second and must also win another race. Viable let me down for the tricast in the 2.20 Sandown, as I had Russian Flag and Dinarius first and second! System bet Mutamaleq looked a nailed-on each-way bet in the 2.30 Lingfield, but finished only third. I backed Pepite Rose in the 2.40 Warwick, just winning in a tight finish. Zakeeta in third should have finished closer, but I think they are holding it back at present, as suggested by its big price. Hildivini was the one I least expected to win out of the top three in the 2.50 Sandown, but they don't like small prices much, do they? Shuil Royale was disappointing in third. Best in Unbreak My Heart was a huge outsider in the 3.05 Lingfield, and ran accordingly, although making easy late progress. Must do better very soon. I also fancied Justcallmehandsome, which front-ran for a long way and will be a system bet next time. Ilie Nastase is another that was not unduly pushed today. Bardolf is better than it showed in the 3.15 Warwick, and will finish off better next time. System bet Red Tiger 16/1 third in the 3.20 Navan. As often happens, the favourite Pepe Simo finished third of three in the 3.25 Sandown! Best in Money Order 4/1 winner of the 3.50 Warwick. System bet Bold Present 14/1 winner of the 3.55 navan! System bet Aviador 14/1 winner of the 4.00 Sandown! Best in Lemon Silk made good ground, then dropped out tamely. Will do better soon. Giovanna and Alhaque were big outsiders, but both will do better soon. Best in Federstar finished third again in the 4.25 Warwick! That horse will win another race one day! System bet Dashing George 10/1 winner of the 4.35 Sandown! Antonius Caesar was best in, but dropped out after contesting the lead for a long way! Top-rated Wily Fox 9/4 winner of the 4.45 Lingfield, and I got the forecast with King Kieren 8/1! None of my fancies, including King's Look Who's Talking, got into the argument in the 4.55 Warwick! They do that every so often, presumably to get a better price with their future ones! Goodbye Cash was thrown in for the 5.15 Lingfield, but had assymetrical form and dropped out after leading. Keep an eye on it next time. I also backed Ivory Silk, so got a good return anyway. Kai Mook should do better soon. Best in Azygous (5.25 Wolverhampton) should make another winning attempt soon, and Carnival Dream (yet another fifth place) and Cocktail Party (missed break) will also do better. I had a sneaky look at Vertumnus, but that was as far as it went. Just shows that poor form figures often bring results!

24th February: I backed Dream Function to beat Line Freedom in the 2.00 Huntingdon, and of course that was the one that made a bad mistake and pulled up, wasn't it? The first and second were the first two on my original list! My selection, Mazovian, made a slow start and could not make up the ground in the 2.10 Southwell, although I suspect it was not allowed to get any closer, hanging inside the final furlong. On ratings the second Ladydolly should have had no chance! I had Aura About You 10/1 in the 2.25 Thurles! And I followed that up with system bet Laterly 7/1 in the 2.30 Huntingdon! Best in Grand Vizier made no attempt to win the 2.40 Southwell, which means it will probably win next time as a system bet! I had Sir Haydn for the forecast, but did not back it each-way. I suppose they were giving Ratcliffe a winner on his last day as a trainer! Keep an eye on Doric Echo, which will do much better soon. I had system bets Wonder Lawn and Espiritu for the forecast in the 2.25 Meydan, getting first and third! Annoyingly close! I had system bet Bay Willow (with Frankie) 11/1 winner of the 3.00 Meydan! Mister Stickler looked like comfortably getting second in the 3.05 Huntingdon, but was overtaken tamely on the run-in! Best in Calculating (3.15 Southwell) refuses to win, despite the pulling up of the favourite! Must win soon. I could not have Eseej at these weights! System bet Pineau De Re 12/1 second in the 3.30 Thurles. I had Fantasy Fry 11/4 and Local Diktator 3/1 for the forecast in the 3.45 Southwell, paying over 11/1! System bets Global City and Iver Bridge Lad 4/1 second and 20/1 third in the 3.40 Meydan. Best in Tartan Snow fell when looking like winning the 3.55 Ayr! Must win again soon. No money for Oleolat, which can do much better when wanted. Clear best in Ginolad dropped out, then ran on for fourth in the 4.10 Huntingdon. What sort of run for your money is that? Tisfreetdream will do better soon, along with Picture In The Sky. Best in Beckermet refuses to run a good race, and the stable is still massively underperforming! When there is money, you know they are trying! Desert Falls is also due a better run when wanted. Best in Quw's Law looked to be going ok in the 4.30 Ayr before pulling up (cost me the tricast). Sammy Spiderman finished only third when it should at least have been second. No money for best in Nacho Libre today in the 4.50 Southwell, and I can see why, the way it ran! Next best Convince finished second. That Wall hardly ever leaves his money behind! I had Mount Benger and Templer in a reverse forecast in the 5.30 Ayr, followed by a reverse forecast on Dark Glacier and Bygones Sovereign in the 5.30 Ayr! I also had an each-way on best in Nevada Desert in the 5.20 Southwell, to make a good comeback after a few poor results! I backed Stoneacre Gareth and Cavalry Guard in a forecast in the 5.40 Kempton, and looked like collecting two furlongs out, but Cavalry Guard backed out into fourth, and can do better very soon! Should have put Grey Boy in for a good forecast! So I ended up dead even on the day, which was quite a good result after a bad middle period!

23rd February: System bet Elusive Love 6/1 second in the 1.50 Lingfield. Two system bets, Raya Star and Kings Grey 13/8 first and 7/2 second in the 2.00 Doncaster. Top-class flat horse Lang Shining made no effort to get competitive in the 2.10 Ludlow, making late progress for sixth place. I guarantee that one will run a lot better soon. I didn't know whether clear best in Chjimes (2.20 Lingfield) would win today with its form figures, but it did! I tipped it on its last couple of runs. I backed Clear Ice to beat it, but that one was withdrawn. Another system bet, Bollywood Style, 9/2 second. Beshabar was clear best in for the 2.35 Doncaster, but I backed Cool Mission to beat it, just getting pipped in a great race! Font was best in with the claimer in the 2,45 Ludlow, but the betting was not promising, and it finished third! System bet Abstract Art 5/2 winner! System bet Majestic Ridge 6/1 second in the 2.55 Lingfield. I was disappointed with Alfraamsey, which never got competitive, but it will do better in time, as will Crazy In Love, which was a big price today. Best in Orpen Wide was a huge price, and will do better when it is a shorter price! Orchard Supreme was best in for the 3.30 Lingfield, but was clearly not out to win today, and will do better soon, possibly in a handicap, where it will be thrown in on old form. I hate it when they are outsiders because they know they will not win! I backed Il Duce and Rambling Minster in a forecast in the 3.40 Doncaster, but Il Duce pulled up and Rambling Minster won! How annoying! System bet Bally Legend 6/1 winner of the 3.50 Ludlow with system bet Tom O'Tara 10/1 second and system bet Big Robert 16/1 third! Not a bad race for the system! They made the 4.00 Lingfield look really good, didn't they, but who knows whether the second horse Colebrooke actually wanted to win the race? They can win by as much or as little as they like in small races! System bet Al Co 28/1 winner of the 4.10 Doncaster! Always Waining and Made In Japan (ran on for sixth place) can do much better soon. Takeroc (fourth - going best, then slowed as if shot) and Battlecry (second) were best in for the 4.55 Ludlow, but neither appeared to want to win. They don't like short prices, do they? It's almost as if they have told someone else they won't be winning before the race! Henderson's Malt Master winner of the 5.15 Doncaster bumper! So what's new? Forever Waining (-425) (from the same stable as Always Waining above) 16/1 third. Perhaps they did not want the other one to win today in case it affected the price of this one?

22nd February: Best in Imperial Royale winner of the 1.40 Wetherby. Unfortunately second best Toby Mac was not out to get second place today! I backed La Estrella to beat The Oil Magnate in the 1.50 Southwell, and looked like collecting for quite a while, but the second favourite eventually went past! They knew what was going to happen! System bet Shoreacres 7/4 winner of the 2.00 Taunton, beating the odds-on favourite Qozak! How often does that happen? System b et and top-rated Mister Syntax 3/1 winner of the 2.10 Wetherby. I wanted it with King In Waiting, but the latter fell after leading early. San Antonio was very disappointing in the 2.20 Southwell, and I thought system bet Postman 9/1 was going to win for quite a while! I had a look at Madame Boot, and should have included it! Dark Lover and Dineur looked a nailed-on forecast in the 2.30 Taunton, but I also backed Dineur each-way, and thought it would win on the run-in! Second and fourth for me in the 2.40 Wetherby, with Oniz Tiptoes and Terenzium! Kummel Excess was best in for the 2.50 Southwell, but was clearly not wanted today. Next best Errigal Lad plugged on for third, and will do better, probably in a handicap. Best in Lidjo De Rouge conveniently finished fifth in the 3.05 Taunton, and second best Kirby's Glen won! My other choice, Rince Donn finished fourth, so all in all it was very frustrating! System bet Vic's World 5/1 second. Best in Pak Jack 13/2 winner of the 3.15 Wetherby! I thought system bet Murrell would have done better in the 3.50 Wetherby, as I had it in a forecast with River Dragon 2/1! The two best in horses, Toulouse Express and Prince Tam finished third and fourth in the 4.25 Wetherby. They can make them finish where they like in these small races! Just makes you wonder if all the stable connections are on the winner? I had a feeling that Kipchak was going to figure in the 4.35 Southwell as its recent form was poor, and it was due a good run, and it was cleverly ridden by Hailey so as not to win, but I am convinced it could have won if wanted today. That one and Ay Tay Tate (third) must win soon off these marks. Best in The Composer ran on late for third in the 4.45 Taunton, and can win soon. Second best Cosavita was ridden into the lead after halfway, quickly dropping out again. I am sure this was a trial, and it should do better next time. Also keep an eye on Red Lancer, which is due a good run soon. I suppose the winner, Body Gold, was a system bet with four duck's eggs! Best in Magnitude was well there most of the way in the 5.10 Southwell, but failed to go through with its effort. Must win soon! Second best Carnac also ran on late, but clearly did not want to win today. Both of those will do better, as also will Duar Mapel. System bet Irish Jugger 12/1 winner! Fourth again with the very well in Killing Me Softly in the 5.20 Taunton! Also sixth place with best in Drumbeater. They seem to ride the race to get just outside the places, which is enfuriating! Just run up with the pace, drop back, then run on again when it is too late! I know what they are up to! If I'd known that, I would have backed Acosta, which I also fancied! Vacario is taking its time, and will also do better soon. The worst part of knowing the form inside out is that you can see exactly what they are doing, but the advantage is that you have a good idea when they are about to strike! Problem is that these horses are usually gambled when they are due! There is nothing worse than having a huge priced horse finish just outside the places, which is probably why they are that price in the first place!

21st February: System bet Jammia 20/1 winner of the 2.00 Carlisle! I think Molon Labe could have done better, but seemed to hang back behind the leaders, as if not wanting to win! Back To Paris was thrown in for the 2.30 Wolverhampton, but its jockey was thrown off before the start! No wonder it was 33/1! Must do better when completing! I had Barbirolli and Trumpstoo, and of course they finished fourth and fifth! Paint The Town Red is due a better run soon. I had Overbranch to beat Identity Parade in the 2.40 Carlisle, but of course they finished the wrong way around, didn't they? Of course on official ratings it was the right result! South O'The Border ran a crap race in the 2.50 Hereford, and looked as if that was the plan! Must be better than that! Acropolis (3.00 Wolverhampton) has either dropped about 80lb in ability or it is not wanted at present! Second best Swords also ran on unwillingly for fourth and will do better. My God, it's annoying when they don't compete! I had Cool Operator 8/1 with Teenage Idol for the forecast in the 3.10 Carlisle! That's better! Bureaucrat dropped out, almost as expected, and will do better soon. Bset in Johnny Hancocks was the outsider today in the 3.30 Wolverhampton, and I can never predict what they are doing with that horse! If it is backed, it usually wins, but does not perform otherwise! Of course I backed it in forecasts with the first and second horses! I had Border Lad 14/1 in the 3.50 Hereford! The two best in horses for the 4.00 Wolverhampton, Duplicity and Hawaass were clearly not wanted today, and must both do better soon. They must have all known what was going to happen in that race! Best in Degas Art ran poorly in the 4.10 Carlisle, and I think they knew that would happen! Will dfo better soon. How come my best of the day, Mujamead, finishes last in the 4.20 Hereford? It's really annoying, but I bet it will do better next time in a bigger race!Why do Johnston horses seem to run either very well or very badly? I s it to put people off backing them blind? Whatever, it's an enigma! My two selections for the 4.50 Hereford, Come Out Firing and Quintero finished second and third, and I had a funny feeling about Take It There, but did not back it! King Caine continues to unseat rider, but is well in when wanted. Best in Corrib was the outsider in the 5.00 Wolverhampton, and finished a running-on fourth. Should do better in a bigger race soon. The only second-placed last time out horse that I did not back in the 5.10 Carlisle, Richie Rob, won! Unfashionable stable, of course. Swinbank's Cometotheboradroom appeared to be going all right, then dropped right out! Must be better than that. The thrown in Cybergenic does not get any closer to winning a race, but surely can do much better than its recent efforts? You don't keep a 135 rated horse in training for lowly handicaps unless you intend a coup with it at some point! Johnston must get another winner sometime, and his Crown Counsel came second this time in the 5.30 Wolverhampton! Of course it came second to a former Johnston horse, so that probably explains it! I had second, third and fourth in the 6.00 Wolverhampton with SpinAgain, Forward Feline and Gordy Bee! There's always one to get in the way, isn't there? At least I got 25/1 on Forward Feline!

20th February: Again, I did not follow the racing, but had a small interest in system bet and top-rated Eastern Gift in the 5.25 Kempton, narrowly beaten into second at 8/1. Watching the race first time around, I thought it had won, but the favourite had its head down right on the line! The other system bet Dichoh also finished third. System bet Mister Chancer 7/1 third in the 2.00 Market Rasen. L'Eldorado (-450) 14/1 winner of the 2.30 Market Rasen. System bet Kauto Relko 14/1 second in the 3.00 Market Rasen with system bet Fiendish Flame 10/1 third! Duke Of Ormond (sys+1) 33/1 winner of the 4.35 Market Rasen. System bet Fortunate Bid 13/2 winner of the 1.50 Kempton. System bet Fairy Tales 33/1 second in the 2.20 Kempton. Humungous (2.50 Kempton) must be worth a bet very soon, as it is thrown in on old form. Best in Prince Charlemagne 33/1 second in the 3.20 Kempton. System bet Big Bay 14/1 winner of the 3.55 Kempton. Lopinot (4.55 Kempton) will be making an effort very soon now. My recent tip, Euro American 5/2 winner of the 2.40 Sedgefield.

19th February: I did not follow the racing today.

18th February: I had shortlisted horses for today's Newbury meeting before it was called off last time, although there are some non-runners today. System bet Stow 12/1 winner of the 12.10 Newbury, with my recent tip Go Amwell 25/1 second. System bet (and top-rated at these weights) Noland 13/2 winner of the 12.45. System bet Tchico Polos 5/2 second in the 1.15. My recent tip Mad Professor 10/1 second in the 1.30 Fakenham. You can usually tell when Cornwall's horses are going to make an effort, because they are less than 20/1! Nous Voila must make a winning effort very soon now. System bet Ymir 14/1 winner of the 2.20 Lingfield, with system bet Patavium Prince 13/2 third! Wellforth (typical system type form -04P) 14/1 winner of the 3.10 Fakenham. Henderson and King first and second in the 3.35 Newbury bumper. Nothing new there then! Surenaga (best in at the weights with the claim) 14/1 winner of the 3.20 Sandown. I always look at these things, and this looked very good value!

17th February: I didn't follow the racing again today, because of the snooker on TV, but will try to get back to it regularly next week.

16th February: I didn't back today, but had a number of winners on my shortlist, including system bet Rossini's Dancer 8/1, Dontpaytheferryman, Zemsky, Mister Green and Free Tussy (first and second), What Of It and Grandioso plus a good number of placed horses. Horses that did not win and should have done better were: Pacha D'Oudairies (2.10 Leics), Final Verse (3.30 Ling), Wotchalike (2.20 Musselburgh), Orpen Wide (3.30 Leics), and Tecktal (2.30 Lingfield). Look out for all of these soon.

15th February: System bet Attrition (a massive horse by Danehill Dancer) 7/1 winner of the 1.50 Southwell. None of my fancies got near the front, including Angle Of Attack, which must try soon now. Typical! Snow Patrol, thrown in for the 2.00 Folkestone, dropped out, ran on and looked like winning, then finished third in a seven horse race! Are they laughing at us? Makes me frume, as I also fancied Spider Boy but didn't back it separately! I had Prince Tam (see 19th January) 7/1 and The Green Hat (see 2nd February) 11/2 for the forecast in the 2.10 Newcastle! System bet Mighty Magnus (third) made a good tricast! I thought Ay Tay Tate would at least place 28/1 in the 2.20 Southwell, but did not expect both favourites to fail, otherwise I might have done the forecast with Nicholls' horse! What a coup that would have been! What the hell was Frost doing on Romney Marsh, front-running, then pulling up? Should be investigated! The big price was not encouraging before the race, but they wouldn't risk riding a finish too early deliberately, would they? Did connections of Delgany Gunner know that? I backed the two for the forecast! I thought the forecast was too obvious in the 2.40 Newcastle, and of course another horse got in the way! System bet Frosty Spring was too big a price, but you never know! Best in Crocodile Bay was going at least as well as the winner (or at least better than the placed horses) in the 2.50 Southwell, but is never predictable, and dropped back into fourth! Getting these horses to run to form is like getting blood out of a stone! Bet it will win a handicap very soon! Several others of the unplaced horses had claims, but were clearly not going to compete today. System bet Canni Thinkaar 12/1 gave Asturienne a real fright in the 3.00 Folkestone, giving me a good forecast! Toulouse Express fell in the 3.10 Newcastle, but was running well, and is due a better run soon. Best in Exit Smiling (3.20 Southwell) ran the sort of race they obviously expected at 14/1, but it was the best in horse, and must do better soon now. It's annoying when it is obviously known beforehand that a horse is not competing because somebody has said so! Dundry ran a poor race for its ability in the 3.30 Folkestone, but it was a huge price today and will do better. I fancied Renard D'Irlande, but not the placed horses. The two best-in horses finished fourth and fifth in the 3.40 Newcastle, in Frith and Devil's Delight. It's so annoying when you know how good they are! King In Waiting was clear best for the 3.50 Southwell, but performed miserably, and will be worth a bet soon after that performance (I can always tell!). I don't understand why these favourites win so easily and make the others look like donkeys, unless this one (Mush Mir) is a 100++ horse! Nobunaga and Union Island were too bad to be true in the 4.00 Folkestone, as I backed Mr Muddle to beat Union Island! I had a look at Peintre Du Roi because of its lineage, but did not back it. I had Wild Cane Ridge in the 4.10 Newcastle, but not sure it would have won apart from a faller! Annoying when so many others pull up, as I had some of the others for the forecast! I fancied Ace Master and Jay Jay's Boy in the 4.20 Southwell, but had them for the forecast! System bet Jordan winner of the 4.30 Folkestone. My trio finished fifth, sixth and seventh! It's uncanny! They were Vacario, Thompson and Hereditary, which were miles clear of the others on my ratings! When they are not wanted, you know all about it! Ravensbill is working up to a win slowly, and I one point I thought it was going to win the 4.40 Newcastle! I didn't back Overyou because of its -05 figures! I backed the two C/D winners in the 4.50 Southwell with Kingaroo and My Mate Mal, but they finished first and third for the forecast!

14th February: I wondered whether Lucky Art (fourth in the 2.10 Wolverhampton) would perform today, as it was best in but the stable is under a cloud. They can't get a result at present! I suppose Mac Aeda should have beaten Eighteen Carat in the 2.20 Catterick, but I backed them the other way around. I fancied Alderluck to beat Fruity O'Rooney in the 2.30 Plumpton. Kersivay and Two Feet Of Snow (2.40 Wolverhampton) have been running well below form and must do better very soon. I wondered why Hi Dancer was such a big price in the 2.50 Catterick, but I soon found out, as it missed the start! Ridiculous! None of my selections, including My Brother Sylvest and Veronica's Boy, did anything. Front Rank is very well in, but is usually backed when performing well. Norse Dame dropped out tamely in the 3.10 Wolverhampton, and will do better when wanted. Must be waiting for a handicap! Only The Best had a chance at the weights in the 3.20 Catterick but was already dropping out when falling! Very difficult to predict the forecast with two fallers, but just shows what can happen if you take a chance! Lupanar and Where's Johnny were probaby afraid of each other in the 3.30 Plumpton, as they were clear best in. Both should do better soon. I didn't think Bocciani was good enough to win the 3.50 Catterick, but Moon Melody and Patavium certainly were! Lennon was thrown in, but folded tamely and will do better, as will Greenbelt. Best in Dream Of Fortune decided to have an off day in the 4.10 Wolverhampton! Would do when I backed it, wouldn't it? System bet next time. I looked at Snow Dancer, but ignored it, fool! I also backed Thunderstruck, so got some return. Calatagan failed yet again in the 4.20 Catterick. When will that horse win a race? Possibly next time. Carrietau must also do better with Double Vodka. System bet De Boitron 17/2 second. Red Perfection was best in for the 4.30 Plumpton, but failed to make the frame. Will do better sometime. Swinbank's Tricksofthetrade 7/2 winner of the 4.50 Catterick, and I also backed Jackson Cage each-way - just wish it had got second for the forecast! I fancied Cresswell Melody at 8/1 off a low weight in the 5.00 Plumpton! Best in Ninth House (5.40 Wolverhampton) is yet another of Carr's horses that is not performing at present. When the stable comes back to form, they have any number of well-handicapped horses! When will that be? Charles Parnell is another that is getting very frustrating.

13th February: I had five horses written down for the 2.00 Hereford, but the best three in failed to perform, namely: Kielder Rise, King Kasyapa (apparently going best before dropping out) and Speedy Directa. The other two, Royal Chatelier and Supreme Team finished first and second! Araldur (2.10 Exeter) continues to find one too good, and I thought it was going to win today, as it was much better in with the weight concession! How annoying when you put all your eggs in one basket with win and forecast! Of course on official ratings it was the right result, but I often think that is why it happens! I had the first three written down! I backed Saludos (2.20 Navan) last time out, and, of course when it should not win today, it does! Makes you laugh! Torpichen looked like coming to win, then faded into third. Best in on paper, which often does not seem to mean much! I had Havenstone in the 2.30 Hereford. but my God, it was hard work. Unfortunately I wanted Kinkeel (third) for the forecast. Paradise Expected should do better now that it has got rid of a first place and will be a system bet next time. Don't they make it look good when they drop out? Despite Cedre Bleu apparently going better than Spirit Son in the 2.40 Exeter, the reverse result happened! I am sure Cedre Bleu was actually the better horse. I had Voler La Vedette as my first choice for the 2.50 Navan, but wanted either Footy Facts (fell) or Moskova for the forecast, but the latter never got into the race. Morgan's Bay was the only disappointment in the 3.00 Hereford, and I had the first three written down in order apart from that one. Why is it when I think I have a value bet (The Sliotar in the 3.10 Exeter) it almost always runs badly? Makes me fume, almost as if they know it will happen! Seems to me that if a Mullins horse is not close to favouritism, it is often useless! Avoca King never got into the race in the 3.20 Navan! Can't get a favourite overturned today, despite backing Violin Davis to beat Mizzurka! Why did Rockabilly drop out, then run on again for fourth in the 3.40 Exeter? Watch it, probably over further. Yet another wrong forecast with Quito De La Roque and Royal De La Thinte! Can't get them today! Normally at least a couple of them go the other way around! Why do the best in horses run so badly so often? Magnifico clearly had no intention of winning the 4.00 Hereford, nor did Crank Hill or Whataboutya (fell)! Crank Hill dropped out, then ran on again for fourth. They do that so often when they should be in the frame at least! One can only assume that connections of the winner and placed horses probably know that before the race! What happened to Bertie May in the 4.10 Exeter? Never attempted to get into the race! I had a feeling about Odonimee in the 4.20 Navan, but backed system bet Lisrenny Lady, and could have had a great forecast! Both of these had nice symmetrical form. Sizing Australia was best in, but no doubt this was a primer for a chase later. System bet Ferry Point also finished fourth. I had every forecast but the right one in the 4.30 Hereford, with Mujamead to beat Rileyev, Rileyev to beat Ours, etc. Damned annoying this game sometimes! Some days you are doomed from the start! Mujamead is becoming very frustrating, but surely must win soon! You know it's not your day when you back the favourite to beat an outsider and the outsider wins! That was the case with Dinarius 14/1 in the 4.40 Exeter! I backed Jokers Legacy each-way and that fell! What do you have to do? And to cap it all, Lady Olwyn leads all the way until the final furlong in th 4.50 Navan, then comes nowhere! Ha! Take your money and throw it down a mineshaft! I give up! Not even best in Monsieur would get into the places in the 5.00 Hereford, running on late for fourth again. What is the matter with them? Well, I finally got a good result with Fingal Bay 9/2 and Great Gusto 15/2 for the forecast. which got back about two third of what I had lost on all the other races! Just shows patience is needed sometimes! Weekends are invariably bad times for me, I haven't yet discovered why, unless there are more progressive horses running then, which nullifies back form to some extent.

12th February: Kokojo ran a lifeless race in the 1.00 Lingfield, and should have done better. I had system bet Peace Corps 16/1 third in the 1.40 Warwick. Magic Sky fell early in the 2.10 Warwick and will do better soon. Dingaan was a huge price today, and ran accordingly in the 2.35 Lingfield, but is thrown in off this mark when wanted. Look out for Al Gillani also in the near future. I wanted Tail Of The Bank for second in the 2.40 Warwick, just getting pipped for second! Innominate and Master Sebastian were the two best in for the 2.50 Warwick, with the former finishing second and the latter always towards the back of the field. Just shows that favourite connections must know they are not going to be threatened by these well-handicapped horses! Nifty Roy ran well for a long way and should be worth a bet soon. I wondered whether the thrown in Chjimes would win today in the 3.05 Lingfield because of its form fugures, and it ran a poor race. My next best Garstang did not appear to want to win, hanging fire before almost catching the winner late on. Keep an eye on Step It Up, which was well there until the closing stages. Even these young claimers seem to know how not to win! The best three in for the 3.10 Warwick were Arctic Echo (led much), Tisfreetdream (looked like winning two out) and system bet Snake Charmer, (see my tip 2nd Feb) which did win at 33/1! Damn! Couldn't get the bet on! Watch the other two soon. System bet Red Mile 8/1 fourth also. Quicuyo should have done better in the 3.20 Ayr, but they decided to have an off-day today! Best in Ebraam ran a shocker in third in the 3.40 Lingfield, and, guess what? I backed it to beat the winner, Breathless Kiss! God, it makes you cringe sometimes! I looked sure to get the forecast with Silver Kate and Alfie Sherrin in the 3.45 Warwick, but the latter dropped to third when looking sure to be there! Annoying! Probably massaging the form for a bigger race! Why do I often pick the horses that are not going to compete on the day? I backed Skenfrith with the winner Garleton in the 3.55 Ayr, and Skenfrith finished fourth, of course! Gets me mad sometimes! Should have known that the first two home would be system bets! System bet Captain Cool 10/1 winner of the 4.15 Lingfield, with top-rated Our Kes in third! Pictures is due a better run very soon, and was not unduly extended today. I hate those -04 and -05 figures, which never seem to produce winners! Top-rated Radetsky March 7/2 winner of the 4.20 Warwick from system bet Romulus D'Artaix 12/1! Court By Surprise looked like taking a hand, but dropped out tamely, and will do better. Best in Oscar Honey dropped out of the 4.30 Ayr, and will do better soon now. I was afraid that Kempski was going to win for a while, but eventually finished fourth and can also do better. Charlie Buckett (-26) 25/1 second. I was surprised at the price of Curahee (33/1 third). Just shows that because I know the form, many others don't, often reflected in the prices! System bet and best in Baylini 11/1 third in the 4.50 Lingfield, with my other choice, Scamperdale 8/1 second! Oh, and by the way, system bet What A Warrior (-30) 50/1 winner of the 4.55 Warwick! How's that for value?

11th February: Best in Nevada Desert was too big a price today in the 1.15 Southwell, but looked as if it could have got third place if pushed a bit harder. Olympic Dream was also disappointing, but not sure if it gets one mile. I backed the wrong King runner with Kings Troop (third) in the 1.30 Kempton, with system bet Screaming Brave 16/1 in second! Marodima decided to have an off-day today, but is still well handicapped for the future. Cnoc Moy will do better when fit. I had Ridgeway Hawk as the winner of the 1.45 Southwell. I had Patterning and Kingdom Of Munster for the forecast in the 1.55 Musselburgh. Top-rated American Trilogy 4/1 winner of the 2.05 Kempton! They are still messing around with Galpin Junior, and, despite going best in the 2.05 Southwell, it managed to come third this time! Fortunately I did back Soopacal to win. The obvious forecast rarely seem to work out in races, and Sitting Tennant fell in the 2.25 Musselburgh, leaving system bet Ballymacduff to follow Alderley Rover home. On the betting, one often wonders if they knew this would happen! Best in Ballyfoy dropped out, then ran on again for fourth in the 2.35 Kempton. Very annoying, and will do better soon. Best in Yossi finished only third in the 2.50 Southwell, and Byron Bay finally showed some form when leading for a long way, and will do better. System bet Mojeerr 22/1 second. System bet Devotion to Duty 6/1 winner of the 3.00 Musselburgh, and I had Amir Pasha for the forecast too! Best in Royal Kicks finished fifth in the 3.10 Kempton, and I had Russian Epic (second) and Original Prankster (fell when likely to be placed). Best in Amary (fourth) had no intention of figuring in the 3.25 Southwell, which was very annoying! Must do better than that! There was nothing between Hill Tribe and Avonrose, which proves the point! I couldn't understand why Toledo Gold was such a big price in the 3.35 Musselburgh, and it almost pulled it off, finishing third! Ravi River was disappointing (test run?) and will do better. Elzahann was ridden like a donkey in the 4.10 Musselburgh, and performed accordingly! Will do better. Best in Rory Boy and Fortification ran terrible races in the 4.20 Kempton, and I can see why they were not backed! Both will do better soon. Unfortunately I had noticed Carrickmines running a good race previously, but did not back it today! My two for the forecast in the 4.35 Southwell finished third and fourth! How can you back like that? System bet Eilean Mor 6/1 winner from the outsider! Ridiculous, and Johnston is having an off day!

10th February: No comments today.

9th February: System bet Riot Police looked like coming to win the 1.25 Lingfield, before being baulked constantly by the winner! Free Tussy is due soon after the 1.55, but will probably be backed if making an effort. Salient and Copperwood can both do better than they did today in the 2.25. Unbreak My Heart (3.35) made no show today when it should have, so keep an eye on it soon. System bet Spin Again 8/1 winner of the 4.40, with my recent tip, Charles Darwin, second at 12/1. The latter was going by far the best, but settled for second place today after a series of poor recent performances. Ivory Lace and Lopinot are due soon. System bet Bow Badger 15/2 second in the 1.35 Carlisle. My recent tip, Tartan Snow (see 31st Jan) 13/2 winner of the 2.40, with another tip of mine, Euro American, (see 19th January) 7/1 second. Good forecast! Mickmacmagoole (sys+1) 3/1 winner of the Ludlow. Smack That must do better soon off this mark, but is better handicapped over fences. System bet and one of my old favourites, Ocean Transit, 16/1 winner of the 3.25 with system bet Sawpit Solitaire 16/1 third! System bet and my recent tip, Bible Lord 4/1 second in the 4.00. I tipped Baan for a better performance after its last run (see 25th Jan), and it finished second today in the 5.00 at 50/1!

8th February: A horse that I tipped recently, Home, 15/8 winner of the 1.15 Southwell, with system bets Laura Land and Tivers Song second and third! Swords (sixth) should be worth a bet very soon. Best in Jackie Kiely 4/1 winner of the 1.45 Southwell, with system bet Bright Sparky 9/2 in second. Credential ran well for a long way today, and will do better soon, as will Barbirolli and Sweet Possession. Railway Park (1.55 Southwell) should do better as a system bet next time. Sam Patch will also do better. The 50/1 winner, Pagan Lightning, as is often the case, had just got rid of a first place from a race in France. System bet Tsar Bomba 10/1 winner of the 2.45 Southwell. Rievaulx World is just hanging fire at present, and is thrown in soon now when wanted. System bet Ezra Church 5/1 winner of the 3.15 Southwell. My recent tip Oniz Tiptoes must win soon, finishing second again in the 3.25 Sedgefield after hacking up to the leaders. System bet Ice Image (see my tip last time out 11th January) 5/1 winner of the 3.55 Sedgefield with system bet Ginger's Lad 13/2 third. Mister Wiseman won again in the 3.35 Market Rasen, and keep an eye on Sycho Fred, which is due very soon now. Gaora Lane is another that can do much better. How on earth Cobo Bay could lose off its current mark unless it has become very poor or the result was known beforehand is beyond me! It came hacking up to the leader then apparently found very little!

7th February: My ratings databases have been working out particularly well lately, so if you want loads of horses for the Flat for £12.50, the NH for £10 or both for £20, please email me. One good winner could pay for them outright! System bet Jaya Bella 15/2 winner of the 1.30 Lingfield! After a bad early jump, best in Vino Griego finished only third in the 2.05 Lingfield, and I could have sworn that Spear Thistle was going much better than the winner before finishing second. Keep an eye on that one soon. I thought Cape Royal was coming to win the race in the 2.25 Wolverhampton, but it dropped back late on. The Tatling also ran a good race in about fifth place. And keep an eye on Steelcut in fourth place. System bets Straboe 9/1 second and Jolly Ranch 18/1 third. Sir Loin led for a while going well, and may be worth an interest soon. Top-rated Not Til Monday 2/1 winner of the 2.35 Lingfield, beating the inexperienced Cresswell Crusader in second. Experience and a good jockey often count in these cases. System bet Brabazon 4/1 winner of the 3.00 Wolverhampton, from top-rated Carnac 11/4 in second. Faith Jicaro (made good progress, then dropped out) should do better soon. I don't know why the rider on Inthejungle kept looking around (although it was travelling the best), because in the end it finished only second! My two top-rated, Tuskar Rock and Master D'Or finished first and third (I thought Master D'Or had got second on first viewing). Perhaps Topless will win a race now that its run of seconds has come to an end? Another odds-on favourite in Orpenindeed turned over in the 3.30 Lingfield! How do they get away with these performances? Despite Snow Patrol being thrown in for the 3.40 Lingfield, I was not surprised to see the classy flat horse Swiss Guard win the race. No doubt Snow Patrol will win a bigger race before long off this mark. Best in Maximix ran a stinker in the 4.15 Lingfield, as did second best Sieglinde, so one can only assume they will both do better soon. Third best Prince Louis 8/1 winner. Best in Mastership finished last in the 4.35 Wolverhampton, was obviously not wanted today, and it is only a matter of time before it does much better. Strange how the two without claimers finished first and second! Best in Cosavita can do much better than it did in the 4.45 Lingfield, as can Airedale Lad, despite being well out of the handicap. System bet Kalamill always looked to be going far better than the winner, so keep it in mind.

6th February: I didn't have an interest in any of today's races, but once again my recent tips came in, including Marodima (see 10th January) 6/1 and Santa's Son (see 8th September) 16/1! When I don't back, they win! System bet Bertenbar 9/4 winner of the 1.50 Fontwell. System bet Wide Receiver 13/2 winner of the 2.50 Fontwell. Behind Marodima (above), system bets Murcar 14/1 second and Just One Thing 28/1 third!

5th February: I decided to have a day off from racing today, although I saw a number of races without having an interest in them. Scamperdale (3.25 Lingfield) was one winner that I have tipped more than once recently, and all three of the placed horses in the 2.10 Wetherby were system bets, which would have been excellent for forecast and tricast purposes!

4th February: Buddy Holly (1.20 Lingfield), just hacked along at the back after dropping out, and will do better, along with Barodine. I had the first four written down in the right order for the 1.25 Bangor, including the winner, Harry Hunt 10/1, which appeared well in at the weights! I also ahd the first three written down for the 1.30 Chepstow, but I did not expect Listenlook to be such a big price! Acropolis was absolutely thrown in on old form for the 1.50 Lingfield, but apparently got no run (deliberately?). If they wanted to win, why would they get in a position to get hampered? They must have known this would happen. Sounded as if it was going very well. I also backed Pinsplitter (second) each-way. Sovereign Spirit front-ran today, and will do better. I backed Micky Taker at 40/1 in the 1.55 Bangor, and guess what? Yes, it finished fourth! They have an uncanny knack of doing that! I also backed Russian Song (sys+1) 25/1 third in the 2.05 Chepstow. Another McCain winner with Pie At Midnight 20/1 in the 2.25 Bangor! Its form behind Mister Stickler looked good, on reflection. Quizwork and Money Finder should do better. Gus Macrae should have done better than fourth in the 2.35 Chepstow. Memphis Man will win a race soon, hopefully next time! I had system bet Bubbly Bellini each-way in the 2.50 Lingfield. Best in Zimbabwe and Macmar ran very poorly in the 3.05 Chepstow, and I was annoyed that third best Cold Harbour ran on, only to finish fourth! God, they can be frustrating sometimes! System bet Loves Theme 6/1 winner of the 3.25 Lingfield. Unfortunately best in Two Feet Of Snow was not out to do the business today! Several disappointing performances in the 3.40 Chepstow with Giovanna, Yetholm and Mae Cigan. Clear best Dashing George finished second in the 4.05 Bangor, and for some reason they always find something to beat them! Probably because its previous form was so bad! I also fancied Ma Yahab which finished third. For some reason best in Factotum and Adajal were big outsiders in the 4.15 Chepstow, and we soon found out why! Both of them finished well off the pace, and can do much better. Why do all the best in horses that I back when starting at a big price run like donkeys? Polly Holder was one such in the 4.35 Lingfield. I hate not getting a run for my money! I backed it in forecasts with George Woolf and Mrs Neat, and guess what? Those two finished first and second! Almost like blowing me a raspberry! Polly Holder will now be a system bet next time, so watch out for it. Should have backed Saint Luke in the 4.50 Chepstow, but did not trust it to win again! Bricks and Porter was by far best in for the 5.00 Wolverhampton, but as usual finished only third. Keep an eye on All Moving Parts, which is due very soon.

3rd February: I was drawn into backing system bet Ajaafa in the 1.30 Southwell, which proved very disappointing. Pity, because I had written down the other two, Fifth In Line and Heresellie on my list! Should have known better than to back against McCain in the 1.40 Towcester, but I backed the favourite to beat it! Another odds-on favourite turned over! System bet Around A Pound 8/1 third in the 1.45 Clonmel. Best in Koraleva Tectona and Positivity finished third and fourth in the 2.00 Southwell, running poorly off these ratings, but no doubt other connections knew how they were going to run. Annoying, however. Rince Donn should have done better in the 2.10 Towcester, but fortunately I had Karasakal as my second choice. I thought system bet Tsarinova might have been placed in the 2.20 Wincanton, but it faded after being third for a while. Best in Laugh Or Cry was well backed, but ran very poorly compared with its previous ratings. Must do better when wanted, but that was not today. Wish they would run to their ability! System bet Orang Outan 5/1 winner of the 2.40 Towcester. I don't know why Nous Voila dropped out, but it was clear best in, and will almost certainly do better next time. I backed Betabob and Mister Stickler in a reverse forecast for the 2.50 Wincanton for a nice return. Best in Woodlands Genpower pulled up in the 3.10 Towcester. You can never tell with that horse, but will probably do better next time. System bet Victory Gunner 9/1 winner. Mister Green failed to perform in the 3.30 Southwell, after a good looking run last time. Must do better next time. Ginolad and Wizard Of Edge are two from the 3.50 Wincanton which are due soon. Guto (4.00 Southwell) will win a race soon, but is taking its time about it! System bet Cape Royal 12/1 third. Lucky Art (Carr stable) made ground, then dropped out and will probably win when the stable hits form. The Lord is also very well in, but is getting on in years. I wrote down the first three home in the 4.10 Towcester in the right order! I thought Halcon Genelardais was a certainty in the 4.20 Wincanton, but just beaten into third on the run-in. Louphole should have done better in the 4.30 Southwell, and will probably do so soon. The two previous winners finished first and second in the 4.50 Wincanton, and I had a small reverse forecast! System bet Revani 40/1 third also! Ballodair was best in for the 5.00 Wolverhampton, and should do better soon. Galpin Junior, best in for the 5.30 Wolverhampton, may win a race one day! First and third for me in the 6.00 Wolverhampton with Star Links and Avonrose ( I thought I was going to get the forecast until that wretched Elijah Pepper came up fast on the outside). Dubai Miracle was just best in and will do better shortly. Crowded House did not perform in the 6.10 Meydan, and must be better than that next time. Well in Bathwick Freeze ran a strange race, racing up to join the leaders at halfway, then dropping back and running on again. Will do better soon when wanted. System bet Not So Bright 7/2 third. A few horses that I fancied to do well in later races, but did not were: Am I Blue (7.00), Corrib and Libre (7.30), Bromhead and Jackson (8.00). Keep an eye on these for the future. At least one of my recent tips, Barbirolli, finished third at 20/1 in the 8.00. Most of my selections either run very well or are right out of contention, but that is a characteristic of the types of horses that I back.

2nd February: I don't know whether to laugh or cry as the best three in for the 1.10 Lingfield finished fourth, fifth and sixth! Sadeek, Ivory Lace (which looked like coming through to win) and Bricks And Porter can all do much better than that! You would think one of them would at least place! Three more pathetic efforts from Manoubi, Teenando and Stagecoach Opal in the 1.20 Newcastle! It would be nice if they competed once in a while! My fourth choice, Talesofriverbank, finished third again at 8/1! Two of my choices were from the same stable and were by far best in, but no show. Anjomarba should have finished better than third in the 1.40 Lingfield, but unfortunately you can't make them run to their best form, and third place was all that was wanted today. Will do better soon. Best in The Green Hat finished only fourth in the 1.50 Newcastle, after looking like winning most of the way. Apache Brave was pulled up, but will do better soon, along with Adare Prince. I had Grafite each-way in the 2.00 Leicester, finishing third at 16/1. Bless The Wings travelled well for a long way before finishing fourth. Another poor performance from my fancy Warm Memories in the 2.10 Lingfield. How can you back like that, when they make no effort? I had system bet Garryowen Star 16/1 winner of the 2.15 Down Royal! My fancy Bollin Felix finished third at 8/1 in the 2.20 Newcastle. Best in Mokum finished fifth again in the 2.30 Leicester, and must win soon. I hate -05 figures! Next best Whatever Next dropped out and pulled up, and my third choice, Phoenix De Mottes ran on for fourth. Seems like they are under instruction not to place in the first three! All three must do better very soon. I had Ede's Dot Com again in the 2.40 Lingfield, but wanted Pab Special (fourth) for the forecast. I had three forecasts in the 2.50 Newcastle, but the only one to finish was not among them! The fact that Stir On The Sea finished last in the 3.00 Leicester suggests that it will do better very soon, possibly in a handicap, so keep an eye on it. I put that blasted Ocean Countess in for my tricasts in the 3.10 Lingfield, and if I had put system Red Willow instead, I would have got it, as I had the forecast with Lean Machine and White Deer! The latter is thrown in when wanted soon. I had the first three home written down for the 3.30 Leicester, but left out the favourite for the forecast! The thrown in Grande Caiman only ran on when it was too late in the 3.40 Lingfield, and will do better very soon. Next best Maslak dropped out tamely, and is another to consider soon. Best in Apache Chant deiced tro run a poor race vtoday after winning last time. I tipped the second, Valento, last time out! Snake Charmer should also do better soon. Best in Dubburg finished third in the 4.10 Lingfield, but next best City Stable was a big outsider, and ran accordingly. That one will do better very soon. Best in Aboukir Bay (4.30 Leicester) is due a good run soon if they can manage it! Imperial Royale was heavily backed, but ran like a donkey for most of the race and finished only third. I looked like getting the forecast in the straight in the 4.40 Lingfield with Salient and MissBootylishes, but both dropped out as if shot! Ridiculous! Both must win a race soon. Front-runners almost always seem to lose out to fast-finishers! Therefore, don't front-run unless you can stay there! My other choice, Perfect Ch'i, unseated rider, resulting in a fiasco of a race! You know when a horse with a realistic chance like Arowana (4.50 Kempton) is a big price that something is going to happen to it to make it lose, and that was the case here. Why are they not allowed to run properly? Will no doubt run better soon. Well, not a very good day today, just as I thought I had cracked it in the last couple of weeks. There are always days like today in racing, or I suppose it would be too predictable for people like me! Negotiation was in the frame everywhere but on the line in the 5.20 Kempton, finishing fourth by a whisker! I can pick 'em! I am sure it will be winning soon, however. System bet Round Won 8/1 second. For once Lay Claim was a winner with -05 figures! Professor John is another to note next time out. Best in Guildenstern was hacking behind the leaders in the 5.50 Kempton, but failed to deliver a win yet again, finishing second. My other choice, Rigid, managed to finish fourth (but it was the stablemate of the winner - funny!). Softly Killing Me in fifth was another that should have figured in the places, but they won't do it until they are wanted! What a farce! Getting horses to run to form is like pulling teeth! And keep an eye on Warrior Nation, which should be much better than its starting price today! How can you waste money on a horse like Hindu Kush, which was absolutely thrown in for the 6.50 Kempton, which fades so tamely for no apparent reason? How I hate front-runners that don't go through with it! I can almost hear them saying " Go into the lead, then drop out." It makes you gnash your teeth in disgust! Even Camps Bay finished second yet again and was second best in by a street! Perhaps when it has a full set of seconds it might win! A horse with three fourth places wins again! It's almost like clockwork!

1st February: I had the first two in the 1.30 Southwell (fairly obvious from the betting), but I was disappointed that Swords did not run better for the tricast! Was the 2lb overweight a signal? Mrs Carr's Light The City (sys+1) filled that place. Are they coming back to form? On my ratings Carnac should probably have won. Best in Manadam ran a poor race in the 1.50 Taunton, and should do better next time as a system bet. Merry Storm was also well in, but the same comment applies. I also had Normally, which finished third, and Inchloch (about fifth). Best in Profit's Reality finished only fourth in the 2.00 Southwell, and no doubt was not wanted today. Must win a similar race when wanted, but I was disappointed, as it was a system bet today. Why is it when I do a forecast that one of the horses always fails to complete? Alwaysonthemove was clear second choice, but managed to fall somehow. How annoying! If I'd known that I would have got it right! I had Qozak in the 2.20 Taunton, but was disappointed with the effort of Tashiba, which should have done better. System bet Bathwick Quest 40/1 third. Best in wit the claim, Dancing Freddy, 7/1 winner of the 2.30 Southwell. It looked as if second best Ponting would figure for a while, but perhaps next time (-05 today), along with Errigal Lad, which should also have been there. Excusez Moi (3.00 Southwell) continues to disappoint, and I don't know how long it will be before it makes a winning attempt. Hard Rock City is an other running well below form. I had system bet Knighton Coombe and Carpincho for the 3.10 Folkestone, the former just getting pipped for second place! System bet Marsh Court 9/1 winner of the 3.20 Taunton. Drumbeater was clear best in, but jumped appallingly, as did Mamba, which will do better. I did not expect Beckermet (fourth) to win the 3.30 Southwell, despite being clear best in. Why? Because it was 40/1 from that stable! Fortunately I had Takajan 5/1 and Elusive Fame 6/1 in a forecast! Commanche Dawn was best in for the 3.40 Folkestone, finishing fifth, but I also had the forecast with Ilewin Tom and Quartz Du Monceau! Damn! I wanted to back Karky Schultz 14/1 winner in the 3.50 Taunton, but the race was off before I could get the bet on! Still, a very good day so far, with several winners and forecasts. I am well up over the last fortnight! I had a good bet on system bet New Latin to beat Kishanda in the 4.00 Southwell. Next I had Spider Boy in a forecast with The Bishops Baby, with Sebastiano in third for good measure! Best in Mujamead hung fire then ran on like a rocket for second in the 4.20 Taunton. Obviously did not want to win today! Next best Suprendre Espere ran very poorly, and will do better. System bet Aloneinthestreet 2/1 winner of the 4.30 Southwell. Yet another for Johnston and fanning - you can almost back them blind! Best in Bernisdale finished third, which you might have expected at the price in a small race. Best in Meneur did not justify support in the 4.40 Folkestone, and I almost got second with outsider Nomadic Warrior, which ran on well late! Henderson and King had three horses between them in the 4.50 Taunton, and, of course none of them or the favourite figured in the places! Most unusual, but it must be planned like that, because they have such classy animals! It makes you laugh sometimes, because you can see what is happening! You might as well look for outsiders in these circumstances. Definite Artist was the only one of the placed horses I looked out, although Lavelle does have some quality at times. I expect Astralogical to do better in due course.

31st January: I had Vivaldi each-way at 9/1 in the 1.15 Ayr, finishing third, just missing the forecast with the winner, Darna. I also had Downhill Skier 6/1 in the 1.45 Wolverhampton, and had written down the third, Ivestar, on my list. Grand Palace and Cocktail Party should do better soon. I thought BallaBriggs looked a certainty in the 1.45 Ayr, but was disappointed with the efforts of Vivona Hill and Kingsmoss, which should have done better. I had Lethal (see my tip 4th Jan) 20/1 in the 2.05 Wolverhampton, but Memphis Man was just best in, and only ran on too late! Just says that -05 figures do win occasionally! System bet Caraziyan 20/1 fourth in the 2.05 Cagnes-Sur-Mer. Steady Tiger made smooth headway in the 2.15 Ayr, but did not finish off, and it was its stablemate that won the race. Keep an eye on that one, which nwas best in today. System bet Almaguer 12/1 winner of the 2.40 Cagnes. Jack Junior should have won, but was unplaced! Appeal Denied was thrown in for the 2.50 Ayr, but spat the dummy out early and was pulled up. Don't give up on it, however, as it must win when wanted. System bet Dallas Bell 8/1 third, with second rated Lahib The Fifth 16/1 second and system bets also in fourth and fifth! I don;'t know what happened to Sir Randolph in the 3.15 Wolverhampton, but it ran no sort of race! Must be better than that! I had Quicuyo 11/2 and Tartan Snow 33/1 for the forecast in the 3.25 Ayr (the two best in)! Littleportnbrandy was best in for the 3.50 Wolverhampton, but ran a shocker, and will do better soon. Best in Teenage Idol 7/1 winner of the 4.00 Ayr! Inner Voice (sixth) and Autumn Harvest (well there for a long way) will do better soon. Nacho Libre led much of the way in the 4.20 Wolverhampton, and was thrown in if wanted, but faded tamely. Stablemate Wigrams Turn was also well there but also faded. My third choice, Buxton, looked like winning, but got headed near the line by system bet Woolfall Sovereign! I had Swinbank's Anychancedave in the 4.30 Ayr. Strangely I had just sent a text to my friend Dave asking if he could do something, so it was very appropriate! I shouldn't have doubted Johnston's ability to put out a first time winner in Falmouth Bay, all the more so as I am in Cornwall, but I took it on with the second favourite, silly me! Bavarica will do better soon after finishing third in the 5.20 Wolverhampton, but that outstanding first place is always a worry for today's chances!

30th January: I backed Cucumber Run to beat system bet Easter Meteor in the 1.35 Hereford, finishing first and second. I also had a little each-way on system bet Mudita Moment, finishing fourth. Best in Pictures finished only fourth in the 1.45 Kempton, and will do better, a comment that also applies to Bookiebasher Babe, which was up there for a long way today. Another 1/10 favourite, Line Freedom comes a cropper in the 1.55 Fakenham. How can this happen so often? Best in Baby Car probably had no intention of winning the 2.05 Fakenham, as it was never at the races! At least Broadway Star finished second, but Brimley was another to fade tamely. All three can win soon. The best in horses flattered to deceive in the 2.15 Kempton, being Inquistress (fourth), Sweet Possession and Josephine Malines! It would have been nice if one of them got in the frame! System bet Screaming Brave third just pipped Inquisitress! Why is it so many of the horses I back come acropper? This was the case with Laterly in the 2.25 Fakenham. And another short-priced favourite goes down! System bet Meridiem 66/1 third. I can't believe that three of these horses could beat a 122 rated horse if it ran to form! I had Williams Wishes to beat Outside The Box in the 2.35 Hereford! Best in Johnny Hancocks finished only third in the 2.45 Kempton. They are so annoying, the result often seems very arbitrary! And yet another one that I backed, Palypso De Creek, refused in the 2.55 Fakenham! Best in Federstar failed to impress in the 2.55 Fakenham, finishing third after being miles behind! They always seem to do that in a seven horse race! System bet Bench Warrent 6/1 second. Best in Lukie Victor, despite hacking along, did not finish off the race, and will do better. Stage Right was next best, but finished only fourth (it would do in a 15 horse race, wouldn't it?), and it was left to my third choice, system bet Galantos, to win the race at 14/1. Galant Eye will probably do better next time. Best inVhujon decided to front-run, then drop out again in the 3.15 Kempton - and I thought Grayson was coming into form! Lord Of The Reins (second) is due a win very soon now. Best in Chilbury Hill finished second in the 3.35 Fakenham, but perhaps Mannlichen was even better handicapped! I assumed that Johnston's Karate would run better in the 3.45 Kempton, but you can never tell! I also fancied Reginald Claude (second). The two best in for the 3.55 Fakenham finished third and fourth, Enfant De Lune and Marc Aurele. Just shows you can never tell in small races! It makes me laugh sometimes if it were not so obvious! Both will do better very soon. System bet Lord Singer 3/1 winner. Two system bets, Grand Lahou and Postmaster, finished first 6/1 and third 14/1 in the 4.05 Hereford! I was glad that Hatton Flight did not win the 4.15 kempton, because that means it will almost certainly win soon now! As usual when Henderson and King have a horse in the same bumper, one or both of them are not sighted! This happened in the 4.35 Hereford, with Mono Man the winner and Aldiva nowhere! Is this an arrangement? I suppose the 10lb claimer on Cocacabana (second) was a good sign on this occasion, but you can never tell what the signals are. I thought Charlton's Mushroom (led much) would have done rather better in the 4.45 Kempton, otherwise I would have put in the two favourites for the forecast! The problem is, if you don't back them, they usually win! The annoying thing was that they interviewed the trainer of Rich And Reckless, and it looked like winning before finishing third at 66/1! San Antonio seemed to be riding for second place in the 5.15 Kempton (jockey almost pulled it back near the end), and best in Sovereignty ran a very strange race, running behind the leader and then dropping out! That one will definitely win soon. I also backed Prohibition each-way, finishing third at 33/1. There are so many imponderables in these races!

29th January: I had Wilfred Pickles to beat Ippi N Tombi 100/1 in the 12.50 Lingfield! Could not believe the price on the second! On the ratings, I thought Mark Twain should have done better in the 12.55 Cheltenham. Diamond Mm was disappointing in the 1.05 Uttoxeter. System bet Titan Triumph 16/1 dead-heat winner in the 1.25 Lingfield. I had Vino Griego and Pearly Steps in a forecast for the 1.30 Cheltenham, finishing second and third! Best in Just For Leo decided not to compete in the 1.55 Lingfield, and should do better soon. Pity, because it cost me some multiple bets! I had Calgary Bay (second 7/1) each-way in the 2.00 Cheltenham. Perfect Reward was best in for the 2.05 Uttoxeter, but ran miserably. How can you back like that? Makes me mad! System bet Neptune Collonges 11/2 winner of the 2.30 Cheltenham! I had system bet Mister Wiseman 7/1 in a forecast with Pacha D'Oudairies 9/2 in the 2.35 Uttoxeter! Loyal Royal and Dvinsky failed miserably in the 2.55 Lingfield. Seems to me they either try or are useless! System bet Dancing Welcome 8/1 winner (also Bradley's, which probably explains the poor run of Loyal Royal!) I didn't get any of the first three in this race, despite dutching several! Best in Jimbatai ran very poorly in the 3.10 Uttoxeter, but fortunately I also backed system bet Pegasus Prince 8/1 each-way too! Jimbatai should do better soon. Best in Folio (3.30 Lingfield) continues to disappoint, but will probably be backed when wanted soon. Saviour Sand is another which was probably getting rid of that first place today (annoying when they do that, but bat least should be competitive soon now). Hidden Glory (system type form) 16/1 winner of the 4.05 Lingfield. The Cayterers was best in, but they rarely run well with -04 figures! I also backed Scamperdale (second). Aather (4.10 Cheltenham) should do better soon, but I did back Art Professor each-way too. I had Azione each-way in the 4.20 Uttoxeter, just getting pipped by Inkberrow Rose. Keep an eye on Royal Chatelier, which finished with a rattle!

28th January: Two system bets first and second in the 12.50 Doncaster - Solis 16/1 and Exotic Man 100/1! How's that for a system? In these cases the claimers did make a difference. And I didn't back either of them! Spirit Is Needed was very disappointing. I expected Straw Bear to beat Definity in the 1.00 Fontwell, but despite travelling well, it is not such a good chaser as it was a hurdler, apparently. It will probably do better in a handicap. Upark Flyer ran a poor race in the 1.10 Lingfield, but the price was not encouraging, and it ran accordingly. No doubt being kept back for a handicap later. System bet Plan A 7/4 winner of the 1.15 Gowran Park. Best in Monsieur ran on for fourth at 20/1 in the 1.20 Doncaster. Prize Fighter and Royal Flynn must do better soon. Raya Star looked the likely winner before crashing out in the 1.30 Fontwell. I had winner Accordintolawrence and third placed Pepite Rose on my list. Silver Guest should have finished in the first two in the 1.40 Lingfield, so ruined my forecast! Will win again soon. I had the forecast with Whispering Death 12/1 and Milgen Bay 11/2 in the 2.40 Fontwell! Lidjo De Rouge was best in for the 2.05 Fontwell, but was terrible today, but will win when wanted, probably soon now! Love's Theme and Knox Overstreet should have finished closer in the 2.15 Lingfield, and will do better soon. I had a look at Balustrade (5/1 winner) in the 2.40 Fontwell, as it had made good ground recently, but did not back it! System bet Twin Bud 16/1 second with system bet Ban Uisce 7/1 fourth. Milan Deux Mille is absolutely thrown in when wanted soon (not today!). Captain Becket was another that was right there, then drifted back, and will do better soon. Best in Chjimes ran a shocker in the 2.50 Lingfield, and will win when wanted. System bet Prize Point 3/1 winner. Triskaidekaphobia was best in for the 3.25 Lingfield, and front-ran before packing up. Two others to bear in mind from this race are Ten Down and What Katie Did, which also packed up tamely. Best in Double Vodka finished second in the 3.40 Doncaster, and can win soon. System bet Dune Shine 20/1 winner of the 3.50 Fontwell! My three choices finished third, fourth and fifth, which happens so often! Laustra Bad (hacking behind) must win soon. My other choices were Sebastiano (16/1 third) and Sun Quest (fourth). Best in Mini Bon Bon hung fire before finishing second in the 4.00 Lingfield, which really annoys me when I know they should be winning! I also backed Quadra Hop (third). As soon as Shutupandrive went into the lead under Hayley Turner, I knew that it wouldn't figure, but I feel sure it will in the future. I backed Jack The Gent and Basford Bob in a forecast in the 4.10 Doncaster, but they were beaten into second and third by a Nicholls' horse. Seems inevitable that Henderson or Nicholls will have a horse for every occcasion! You can't always rely on King and Nicholls to win bumpers, as both Batonnier and Tiep Tiep were very disappointing in the 4.20 Fontwell. I bet they will both do better when wanted! I had a feeling about apparent Gosden second string Songjiang in the 4.30 Lingfield, winning at 14/1, and I also got the forecast with Blaise Chorus! Very nice! I had Very Well Red 11/2 and On The Cusp 12/1 for the forecast in the 4.40 Wolverhampton, but wanted Al Rayanah for the tricast. Nothing like being greedy, is there? Even so, I went from an opening bank of £5 to over £19 today. Not bad! My subscription service is still open, so please email me.

Why is it when I fancy a well in horse, it often tails off at the back? Tiger Dream was one such in the 5.10 Wolverhampton. Very annoying! No apparent reason, and will do better. Aviso was best in, but drifted in the betting and finished fifth. System type form What's Up Doc finished third at 22/1. This April Fool must be much better than its official rating!

27th January: One of my selections, Six Wives, 6/1 winner of the 1.00 Southwell. Six Diamonds was best in, but ran poorly. Perhaps the forecast with both was too obvious? Will do better. King's Dhaafer 5/1 winner of the 1.10 Warwick. System bet Molon Labe was disappointing, but the big price was not promising, not that it always matters! System bet Ballinteni 14/1 second in the 1.20 Ffos Las, and I got the forecast with Pateese! I expected Ay Tay Tate to finish as runner-up in the 1.30 Southwell, but the b... got caught for second place near the line! Should have known it was too big a price, but it can win a race soon off this mark. Best in Arnold Layne finished only third in the 1.40 Warwick, and next best Pancake ran on for fifth when it was too late. Both will do better soon. System bet Shaking Hands 7/2 winner. I thought Fiddledeedee (ran on late) would have done better in the 1.50 Ffos Las, but I did get the forecast with Doctor Foxtrot and Rangitoto. System bet Yossi 20/1 second in the 2.05 Southwell! I did not trust it to run well off this low rating in a claimer, so left it out of my forecasts! Unbreak My Heart did not finish off, despite running comfortably most of the way, and its big price was a good indication. I had Nemo Spirit (fourth) and Zakatal (third) in the 2.25 Ffos Las. Excusez Moi (2.40 Southwell) and its stable continue to disappoint, although it made progress, then dropped out of the race. Don't know what to make of it! Of course Elhamri won when I had backed it numerous times previously, with system bet Clear Ice second. Best in Ridgeway Hawk finished second at 7/1 in the 3.15 Southwell, and was due a good run. Several horses disappointed in the 3.25 Warwick, including Gritti Palace, Tisfreetdream and Mister Bennett, all of which are much better than that. I had clear best in Carnac 6/1 in the 4.15 Southwell, but wanted Tivers Song for the forecast (dropped out as usual). As usual in bumpers, point to point winner Young Victoria ran well in second at 12/1 in the 4.25 Warwick. Nicholls' Themilanhorse was weak in the betting, finishing fourth, and, as often happens, Gospel Preacher did not show after a second place last time! Ballytober was another example in the 4.40 Ffos Las, and I backed the Nicholls horse Karinga Dancer each-way, finishing third at 11/1 (thought I was going to get the forecast for a long time).

26th January: My two selections for the 1.25 Lingfield, Ede's Dot Com 7/1 (I got 12/1) and system bet Ivory Lace 20/1 finished first and third in the 1.25 Lingfield! Pity about Pilgrim Dancer for the tricast! I had Sarah's Smile each-way in the 1.35 Musselburgh, and thought it was going to win for a while, eventually finishing third. My two selections, Yvonne Evelyn and Ezdeyaad, fought out third and fourth in the 1.50 Huntingdon, and the latter made good ground late on and will probably be looking for a handicap soon. I had National Hope and Sofia's Number One in a reverse forecast for the 1.55 Lingfield, and included a 13/2 winner! Best in Releyev finished only third despite coming upsides the winner after halfway. That one will win soon, and don't ignore Herald Angel either. I don't know what they are doing with Charles Darwin, but it was thrown in for the 2.25 Lingfield and finished last. No doubt it will come in soon now, hopefully at a big price! Trade Centre was also well in, but ran a stinker too! When they are not wanted today, the only thing you can do is wait! I fancied Waldvogel in the 2.35 Musselburgh, winning at 20/1! Pity, I had Mister Wall Street (fourth) for the forecast. Go Amwell was definitely going to be in contention in the 2.45 Huntingdon, but fell towards the end. Pity, because it was at 66/1! Sullumo and Stow were disappointing, and will also do better. Mister Green was thrown in for the 2.55 Lingfield,but finished third, hanging fire near the finish. I had the winner, Lastkingofscotland, and almost got the tricast with Rubenstar! Best in Vallani almost got up on the run-in in the 3.05 Musaselburgh, and my other choice, Soprano, finished third! System bet Everaard 9/1 winner! More Equity should be worth a bet soon. Othermix should have won the 3.15 Huntingdon, but was very disappointing. Keep an eye on it next time. Voramar Two also ran very poorly. Ridiculous result in the 3.25 Lingfield, with Sgt Schultz finishing second and Tifernati finishing last! They should have finished first and second, so it just shows the perils of small races! Sgt Schultz has been consistent disappointing, and only wins when wanted. Best in Talenti was very disappointing in the 3.45 Huntingdon, along with Premier Des Marais (fifth). The latter ran on when it was too late, and will do better. Both of these had claimers on them, as usual, not a good sign! King Of Leon and Beau Lake were my best in for the 4.15 Huntingdon, finishing third and fifth! The former appeared to be going best, and Beau Lake could have finished closer if ridden out. Should have taken notice of the 10lb claimer this time on Be My Light! Prince Of Thebes (fifth) was thrown in for the 4.25 Lingfield, but as the outsider was probably not going to win today. Fortunately I got Lockantanks and Tuxedo for the forecast! Indian Wish should at least have got in the first two in the 4.35 Kempton, but tailed off miserably. I included it in two forecasts, so it was rather frustrating! Fromsong (5.05 Kempton) is abit long in the tooth, but is still capable of winning on his day, probably soon now, and Whiskey Junction can also do better when wanted. Marmooq (5.35) is another who can also do better soon.

25th January: Best in Convince finished fifth in the 12.50 Southwell, and Bertbrand finished only fourth after being right there most of the way. Others to consider are Charles Parnell and Fathey for the near future. System bet Shan Blue 33/1 second in the 1.00 Sedgefield and I didn't back it! Ideal form figures! System bet Alpha Tauri 9/4 winner of the 1.20 Southwell. I don't know what happened to Moon Lightning, but that one ran abysmally, and can't be as bad as that! Even best in Elusive Warrior finished only fourth! Baan will be much better than its finishing position in the 1.40 Leicester, as it made ground through the field, then dropped out again! Keep an eye on it. Blast, to top that Invictus would have won but for sliping up on the flat, and cost me the forecast! Best in Positivity finished only fourth in the 1.50 Southwell, and will do better, along with Flores Sea, whose stable has been on the cold list for quite a while. System bet Bentley finished second. Samizdat, Railway Park (fourth) and Mister Fizzbomb all underperformed in the 2.00 Sedgefield, and will do better soon. No good for today, however! I backed the first three in the 2.10 Leicester, but only did the forecast, not the tricast, silly fool! I'll never do the right thing! Best in Crocodile Bay backed out tamely in the 2.20 Southwell, but I also backed San Antonio as the winner. Ninth House is another from the Carr stable that will do better when wanted. Carys's Lad is due a good run after the 2.30 Sedgefield, but I also had Sea Cliff as the winner. Sam Patch (fourth) is also due soon. Oniz Tiptoes disappointed again in fourth in the 3.00 Sedgefield, but I also backed the winner, Midnight Diamond. The best in horses did not figure in the 3.20 Southwell, including another Carr runner, Galpin Junior, which is thrown in when wanted. Colorus did not compete today (getting rid of a first place?). My other choice, Where's Reiley finished fourth. Best in Diktalina dropped steadily out of the 4.10 Leicester, and must do much better than that soon. Deep Reflection (getting rid of a first place) and Amore Mio (ridden as if it had no chance) are two others that will do better soon. System bets Wood Yer and Pocket Too finished second and third. In fact the winner Najca De Thaix and Pocket Too were equally well in on my ratings, well behind the other three mentioned, which proves something about their performances. Well, some good results today, but some disappointing ones as well. If I had done that tricast earlier, I would have been well in!

24th January: Lil Ella and Almutaham should have finished much closer in the 12.55 Wetherby, but the betting was not promisisng. You always have the feeling that they are at those prices for a reason. I feel sure that both will do better in the future. Grams And Ounces had been prominent on the flat, and finished third at 33/1. Hannon's pair were never at the races in the 1.05 Kempton, which is very unusual for that stable! Somebody thought Apache Brave was a good thing in the 1.25 Wetherby, but finished fourth again! How often do they do that? I did not think that Allanard was a good thing, but it made the others look like hacks. In fact, in my book, most of the others were better in! Funny game, this racing! Littleportnbrandy was by far best in at the weights in the 1.35 Kempton, but only ran on for third when it was too late! How can you back horses on that basis? It makes me fume! In cases like this, you strongly suspect that the jockey was told not to win! Is it going to be one of those days today? No, it's not, as I had Borero 17/2 and Arctic Echo 50/1 for the forecast in the 2.00 Wetherby! I had these two and Petroupetrov as my best three in! The latter should run better next time. I fancied Memphis Man each-way in the 2.10 Kempton, as it was about time it put in a better run! Jonny Ebeneezer finished fourth, and Figaro Flyer should win again soon. Could not pick Princess Gail in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, as it had no form to work with. Look'n'listen should do better before long, however. Best in Le Corvee did not make much effort in the 2.45 Kempton, and will probably run better next time (getting rid of a first place today?). I was also disppointed with Astrodiva, which was running very comfortably behind the leaders. The latter is also due very soon, and may do better over shorter. Faith Jicaro should also do better soon. Best in Final Verse ran poorly in fourth place in the 2.55 Wolverhampton, and must do better when wanted. Even Cobo Bay (third) was better in than the winner! Strikes me that they only win very sporadically and you can't ever trust them to run well until wanted. Sweet Sugar should have done better in the 3.10 Wetherby, and Chief Buccaneer should also have finished closer than fifth. On flat form Danehillsundance has been disappointing so far over hurdles, and must do better. Best in Josephine Malines did not perform in the 3.20 Kempton, and must do better soon. It's Dubai Dolly front-ran for a long way, and this was probably a trial run for the near future. This John Potts must be a very well handicapped horse to win again in the 3.30 Wolverhampton! Fortunate Bid appeared to be going better than anything in the straight, then faded into fourth! Keep an eye on best-in Libre, which made no show today. Best in and system bet Shrewd Investor 6/1 second in the 3.40 Wetherby. Alhaban (3.50 Kempton) did not compete today, and will do better, along with Big Bay and Negotiation. I was disappointed that system bet Minsky Mine did not finish in the first two in the 4.05 Wolverhampton, especially as it was quite well backed! Best in Cute N You Know It 10/1 second in the 4.15 Wetherby.Most times when I back a well-in outsider, it runs in front, then packs up! Such was the case with Inquisitress in the 4.25 Kempton, and I bet it doesn't do that when it wins! Second best Tous Les Deux was favourite, and will do better, along with State General. System bets Striker Torres and Tiradito second and third in the 4.35 Wolverhampton. Best in Fishforcompliments has been running well below form for a long time, and must be better than it showed today, along with Mastership, which was never put into the race. Both of them had claimers on them today, and that is often not a good signal. The only good thing about these frustrating performances is that you know they will win soon! Well, I finally got another good result with Dart 7/1 and Accompanist 12/1 in the 5.05 Wolverhampton! Accompanist was best in and will win soon. Ravi River has been running over too far and will be worth a bet when back over 7-8 furlongs. System bet Loyalty second in the 5.35 Wolverhampton, I had Brouhaha, Postmaster and Veroon (third), all of which were well in contention most of the way.

23rd January: I had the first three in the 1.20 Market Rasen, with Problema Tic to beat St Are and Wistow (system bet and well-rated) 50/1 third! I thought Gentle Bob would have done better in the 1.30 Towcester, but it was eased up when apparently going well. Keep it in mind. Lemon Silk ran a poor race today in the 1.50 Market Rasen, and will do better next time. Fortunately my second choice, Apache Chant, won at 14/1! Carrickmines looked like winning at one point, but dropped back when in the lead! Worth a bet soon, along with Hippodrome. Organiz was well backed in the 2.00 Towcester, and I thought today was the day, but it dropped out and pulled up! Must win, probably next time. Unfortunately I put it in a forecast with the winner, Kinkeel! System bet Duke Of Malfi 9/2 second! My two best in, White Shift and Tudor Prince ran poorly in the 2.10 Kempton, and it was my third choice, Abriachan, which won the race at 7/1! Best in Bajan Sunshine travelled well most of the way in the 2.30 Towcester, but finished only fourth! Must win soon. Out of the best three for the 2.40 Kempton, only Dvinsky finished in the frame! Desert Icon and Mogok Ruby will do better when they run properly! Best in Mokum finished about fifth in the 2.55 Market Rasen, and Lorum Leader looked like winning before dropping into fourth. Both can win soon. Best in Dinarius never showed in the 3.25 Towcester, and second best Texas Holdem travelled supremely before finishing fourth! Why do they keep doing that? Both can win soon. Fortunately I also backed Fujin Dancer each-way (finished very fast!) There was no money for Georgebernardshaw in the 3.45 Kempton, but this ex-O'Brien horse is very well in when ready to win. I had Suits Me each-way as my second best. Best in Little Rort made swift ground in the 4.05 Towcester, then dropped out again! No doubt this was a trial, and it should do better very soon. Others to note are Bridge Of Fermoy and Red Perfection. The three best in for the 4.15 Kempton, Humungous, Free Tussy and Prince Charlemagne were the complete outsiders, and ran accordingly. Do they tell the others that they are not competing? They must do, as these three were hopeless, although Humungous ran well before dropping into fifth place. The equally well in Spinning Bailiwick and Avonrose almost dead-heated in the 4.45 kempton, but fortunately I only backed the former and the forecast! So all in all I broke just about even on the day, and am still well in over over the last few days! There are still a few places left for my subscription service, so please email me if you are interested.

22nd January: System bet Rougham 9/2 winner of the 12.40 Ascot. The other system bet, Lordsbridge, finished last, and will do better. Polly Holder (1.50 Lingfield) ran in snatches and is better than it showed today. I had Grandouet to beat system bet Two Kisses in the 1.15 Ascot. Quite a good forecast bet! The well-touted Plenty Pocket did not perform to expectations. The miserable City Stable could not even finish in the first three in the 1.25 Lingfield, which was very annoying, as it appeared to be a certain forecast with Unbreak My Heart. Why do they rarely run to form? Im suppose it may have been tired after running yesterday. System bet King's Revenge 14/1 second in the 12.40 Wincanton. Helen's Vision was best in, but tailed off for no reason, so keep that one in mind. Cortinas is another that should have done better. Best in Cornish Sett 10/1 winner of the 2.10 Wincanton! I backed Kalahari King to finish second to Master Minded in the 2.25 Ascot, but it was badly hampered before finishing fourth! I had Imogen Louise each-way in the 2.35 Lingfield, but did not back it to beat the favourite. Golden Shine was best in on form, but made ground before dropping out tamely. Keep an eye on that one soon. Best in Lupanar just got pipped on the line at 25/1 in the 2.50 Ascot with system bet Shoegazer 10/1 third! I thought old-timer Lough Derg was going to win the 2.55 Ascot, but eventually run out into third. I also thought I was going to get the forecast with Walkon, but had to settle for second and third! Best in Chjimes finished only fourth in the 2.05 Lingfield, but is thrown in when wanted. Double Dizzy ran a poor race in the 3.25 Wincanton and will do better soon. Unfortunately I put it in with Bugsy's Boy, which won the race! Best in Tatenen 22/1 winner of the 3.30 Ascot! I also had the forecast with I'm A Legend! I almost got the tricast with Piraya (fourth)! Best in Green Manalishi ran a shocker in the 3.40 Lingfield, and must do better soon! Next best Five Star Junior finished second, with system bet Sioux Rising third. How can you tell when aq best in horse is not going to compete? Usually it has a 7lb claimer on it, is an outsider in the betting, then runs like a crab! This was true of Penang Cinta in the 4.15 Lingfield, and it will probably run like a dream next time! Beau Fighter and Force Group are two others from the same race to bear in mind. A 66/1 winner for Sherwood with Furrows in the 4.30 Wincanton! Funny how it made late progress then weakened in its two previous bumper races! I often back his horses, but didn't do so this time. Keep an eye on Cap Elorn, which made good late progress.

21st January: System bet Voxna 15/2 winner of the 12.40 Cagnes-Sur-Mer (France). Missed it, as usual! I don't know when Elhamri (12.55 Lingfield) will win another race, as it keeps getting beaten by apparently inferior horses! System bet Cape Melody won, but I'm not sure how much effort was really made by the three other main participants! The drift on Vhujon for its new stable was significant. On all other known form, it should have come fourth! Really odd! Claimers with their relative official ratings are a minefield! Harlech Castle must win a handicap off its current mark in the near future. Best in Judgethemoment dashed off in front in the 1.25 Lingfield, then packed up for no apparent reason! Why do they do that? Blast, I really fancied it today, but obviously the stable did not. To cap it all, I had Rare Coincidence in third in a seven horse race, and Gandalf in second, so got very little back for my efforts! I had system bet DJ Detzky 7/2 in the 12.40 Arlington, with system bet Test Act each-way in third. The drift on best in City Stable was prophetic in the 1.55 Lingfield. Why do they run below par just because they drift in the betting? Obviously waiting for another race! If it was going to win today, it would probably have been backed from that stable! Couldn't see why Sheila's Bond was backed, but they knew something! System bet What I Really Mean 6/1 winner of the 2.15 Arlington (and I was on it!). System bet Tartampion 25/1 second in the 2.45 Cagnes-Sur-Mer. Quite a few good system results in France and South Africa today! Proves that it does work! Best in Aflaam and Vinces were very disappointing in the 3.05 Lingfield, but perhaps they nwere too closely handicapped with each other, and Vinces did have the unpromising -05 figures. That one led for a long way, before typically packing up, and both will do better very soon. System bet Resuscitator 14/1 winner of the 3.20 Lingfield! I ignored it, and went for the known form of Dichoh (second 15/2), Wavertree Warrior (useless) and Lopinot (fourth). System bet Serious Drinking 7/1 third. I am always torn between system bets and top-rated. Of course, if they are both, I think I have a good bet! Fly Dream (sys+1) 25/1 winner of the 3.45 Cagnes-Sur-Mer! I can never work out why horses like Advertisement (4.15 Lingfield) win so easily if the others are really trying! Must be a 100+ horse if that is the case, but Buxton and Lastkingofscotland did not compete, so perhaps that explains it? Tukitinyasok led for a long way, and must do better soon. Those naughty pundits gave it a good mention, which is usually fatal! I had Black Baccara (second) and My Best Man (fourth) in the 4.35 Wolverhampton. The latter was a -05 again! Unfortunately the second finished too late and would have got there in a few more strides. Both can win soon. Grand Palace was clearly not wanted today, but will do better also. System bet True Red led for a long way and may be worth an interest soon. Another horse that had shown nothing and had a previous rating of 28 (Kitty Fisher) wins the 5.05 Wolverhampton. How can you back something like that? They've got you over a barrel! Misty Morn completed its hat-trick of fourth places, usually a good indicator for next time! If I get any more fourths, I shall scream! Typical! I missed Barodine both times when it won, and when I finally backed it, it ran like a crab! Will win again when wanted. Golan Heights is another to keep an eye on soon. I finally got a result with system bet and top-rated Fettucine beating Bint Susu in the 6.05 Wolverhampton! Well, I see Peter Grayson finally got off the mark after about a year with Rightcar 18/1 in the 7.35 Wolverhampton. Jason Weaver was quite bullish about it on Get In, so I suppose he had had some information from connections. perhaps some of Grayson's handicap good things will start performing now! Olympic Dream and Tyrannosaurus Rex failed to perform in other races and must be due soon now.

20th January: Top-rated Zafranagar 9/2 winner of the 12.50 Lingfield, with system bet New Den 3/1 second. I had the winner, but expected Vivarini (fourth) to run a bit better. Best in Dubburg 4/1 winner of the 1.20 Lingfield. I had Cossack Prince equally well in, and that one should win a race soon, as it was going well, but not ridden out at the end. Keep an eye on Diamond Twister, which was not backed today and can do better soon. System bet Shammick Boy 9/1 winner of the 1.30 Taunton (I got 10/1). Pity, I put it in a forecast with Bermuda Boy (third). Still, can't complain, started off with three winners today. Wish I'd done a treble! My two best in for the 1.50 Lingfield, Ten Down and Misaro ran contrasting races. Ten Down led most of the way, and must win soon, whereas Misaro only ran on for third when it was too late, and is getting a bit long in the tooth for fast run races. Best in Wizard Of Edge is usually backed when it si due, and there was not much money for it today. Keep an eye on it. System bet River Indus finished second at 20/1 and I also backed system bet Son Histoire, which led for a long way before finishing fourth. Chico Time was also well in, but started very slowly before making a mess of a fence early on. Did they know that would happen? Cavalry Guard has been very disappointing for a long time, but was possibly running over too far today in the 2.20 Lingfield. Fortunately I also fancied Very Well Red very strongly, and had my main bet on that one. I thought system bet Big Knickers would do better in the 2.30 Taunton, but it was never sighted during the race! Best in One Way Or Another (2.50 Lingfield) will be winning a race before long, as it was well there on the inside, finishing about fifth. I also backed Ocean Legend (second) and Kings Colour, both of which were well there, and can win soon. The three best in for the 3.00 Taunton, apart from Stoway (second) ran poorly, and both Award Winner and Coach Lane should do better soon. You can tell from the way they are being ridden whether they are competing or not. How could Masta Plasta finish more or less last at Meydan? Ridiculous! I also backed Mister Mannanan, which looked like winning for a long way until getting overtaken late on. Best in Lovat Lane was travelling strongly behind the leaders in the 3.20 Lingfield, but typically finished fourth, and will do better soon. Blast, I put it in the forecast with Aquilifer, which looked like coming off for a while. I had best in Ciceron 8/1 with Karasenir 5/1 for the forecast in the 3.30 Taunton. Very nice! Best in Sultan Fontenaille finished only second in the 4.00 Taunton, beaten by a Hobbs' horse, which you can never rule out! I suspect that Colonel Arthur is very well in on old form when wanted (pulled up today). System bet Orpens Peach 15/2 winner of the 4.20 Wolverhampton, with system bet Hi Spec 20/1 second. Guildenstern (fourth) was by far best in, but has been a very disappointing animal in general. Carnival Dream was my second best and typically led most of the way before packing up. It's a regular pattern! Ingleby Star should have finished second on my ratings for the 4.50 Wolverhampton, but, from the betting, third place was all that was wanted today. Annoying when you are counting on them to run to their best for the forecast! Keep an eye on it for a handicap soon. My two best in for the 5.20 Wolverhampton, Hypnosis and Bold Ring, both failed, so keep an eye on them soon. My third choice, Dualagi, won at 16/1! How the hell could Carlton Scroop beat Munsef in the 5.50 Wolverhampton, with about 40lb difference in ability on all known form? That is, to quote an extreme case, rather like me beating Seb Coe over 1500 metres! It beggars belief, but such things happen so often in racing! Even Kames Park was much better in than the winner! Strikes me that anything can beat anything else on the day! In these cases the form book means absolutely nothing.

19th January: I had a little each-way on Transact 9/1 in the 12.40 Newcastle, and on Devil's Delight 9/2 in third. Almost got the forecast! Hair Of The Dog was going better than most for a long way, and should be noted soon. I ignored the favourite in the 12.50 Lingfield, and had Materialism and Ana Emarati for the forecast! These odds-on favourites first time out (or any time) disappoint so often! Another odds-on favourite beaten in the 1.00 Newbury, and I had Cedre Bleu to beat it in the forecast! Three winning returns so far! I wondered why Quinola Des Obeaux was such a big price compared to the second favourite in the 1.10 Newcastle, but soon found out when it unseated rider at the second! Then the favourite fell too, so there was a very good forecast! Just shows that these forecasts are often worth a small investment just in case! Best in Harlech Castle's rider made no attempt to get into the race until it was too late, then ran on strongly. That really annoys me, as he clearly had no intention of figuring! Keep an eye on it soon (system bet next time). Dingaan was also well in, but I despair of that stable at present! I fancied Ceasar's Return and Oil Burner in the 1.40 Newcastle, but the first unseated rider and brought down the second! Neither would have won, I suspect. I don't know how you pick a horse like Dorcas Lane in the 1.55 Lingfield, as we have no idea how good it is! Bow River Arch was another disappointing favourite. Makes you wonder, sometimes! I thought Radetsky March would have beaten Pride In Battle in the 2.05 Newbury, but probably King's horse had a bit more improvement in it. Best in Daldini finished only fourth in the 2.15 Newcastle. How many times do they finish fourth twice in a row? Quite often! I backed Morgan Be each-way, and it finished very fast, but too late. Negus De Beaumont should have done better, but they often throw in a bvad run after a good one, as my system suggests. I also fancied the second, See You There, but was put off by its form figures and the price! Clear best in Northern Dare 8/1 winner of the 2.30 Lingfield, and I also did Efistorm for the forecast! I was pretty amazed at the price of the winner, but usually they run badly when that happens! Best in Sway decided to throw in a poor run today in the 2.40 Newbury. They are annoying sometimes. Hence the forecast worked out as a good one again, with system bet Asturienne finishing second. Best in Euro American looked like the winner past halfway in the 2.50 Newcastle, but finished only fourth! Must win a race soon. Next best Double Default finished second, and could have won if wanted. Robbie Dye was well backed, but did not run well. I despair of these results sometimes! How could Camps Bay get beaten in the 3.05 Lingfield, unless that was wanted? Peplum (sys+1) 50/1 winner of the 3.15 Newbury! Big price for that stable, but I was on it! Amble Forge and Abey M'Boy were disappointing, but I'm not complaining! Best in Dark Gentleman (-26) (see my tip 3rd January!) 20/1 winner of the 3.25 Newcastle! I also backed Teenando (third) and the only one that should have done better on my list was Prince Tam (look out for it next time)! Three horses that should have done better in the 3.50 Newbury were: Ginolad, Trigger The Light and Wind Instrument, the last two both Alan King's. It was obvious that none of them were intended to get in the shakeup today. Tchikita should have least have got placed in the 4.00 Newcastle, and it's quite amusing when you look back through the field and see it finished seventh, because that is a typical finishing position! keep an eye on that one, as it will do better soon. I am beginning to despair of Memphis Man, which is never allowed to run a proper race, but is very well in when wanted. I have tipped Radiator Rooney recently, and it won the 4.10 Lingfield at 11/2. Loyal Royal decided to thrown in a bad race also today. Only they know what will happen, it seems to me. I got Tour D'Argent with Millarrow for the forecast in the 4.20 Newbury, which was quite a nice return. I thought Norcroft was due today in the 4.30 Kempton, but perhaps the distance was too far for it. Must win soon, possibly over shorter. Another to note very strongly for the future is Woodsley House, which is thrown in off this rating. A Pocketful Of Rye is also much better than it showed today. It is so frustrating when you back three well-in horses, and none of them even get placed! A good day, today, however, I more than doubled my opening bank! How many can say that about a day's racing in which they back in every race?

18th January: Top-rated Patman Du Charmil 5/1 winner of the 1.00 Southwell, with third rated Phoenix Des Mottes 33/1 third. Tifoso should have done better, and should be noted soon. Best in Mad Professor (1.30 Southwell) should do better soon, and second best Mujamead looked like getting placed before dropping back to fourth place on the run-in. Peak Seasons is another to keep in mind. Clear best in Snow Patrol finished third at 8/1 in the 1.40 Folkestone, and must be due a win soon. Just wish it was today! Rolanta and Bridge Of Fermoy were prominent for a long way, and will do better. Prize Fighter, by far best in for the 2.00 Southwell, came hacking up behind the leaders, then finished fourth. A very disappointing run, and will do much better soon. Second best Wise Hawk finished third, and will also do better. I could not pick Sacco D'oro, which must be much better than its bare rating. I think that Solo Choice can also do better, judged on its running in a novice hurdle earlier. Best in and system bet Karasakal 8/1 second in the 2.10 Folkestone. Blast, I had a feeling about Jeczmien too, but Nomadic Warrior (unseated) was my second choice. I thought the price was too big on clear best Rievaulx World in the 2.20 Wolverhampton, and so it proved. After leading easily for a long way, no doubt it was eased up late on, allowing itself to be caught! Some stables like to work up to it slowly! Must win a race soon. Ashammar had to be in the shakeup in the 2.30 Southwell, finishing third at 10/1. I had the first four written down, but did not want Henderson's to win! The only two with official ratings finished first and second in the 2.40 Folkestone, with the lower rated Lady Willa winning! Typically, I really fancied Meglio Ancora and it finished third in a 7 horse race! Do they do that deliberately? Braehead and Just For Leo were the best two in for the 2.50 Wolverhampton, but were outsiders, and did not finish off their races as expected. Both must do better when wanted. You can never tell with Evans' runners, as sometimes they win at big prices, and other times they are heavily backed. Best in Tora Bora finished second in the 3.00 Southwell (28/1 in to 12/1), and I feel sure it could have won if wanted. Osolomio was second best in, but pulled up, so watch out for it soon now. System bet Whatcanisay (11/1 second) was clear best in for the 3.10 Folkestone, but they don't always win first time! Wasntme in third was next best in. Clear best in Elhamri disappointed again in the 3.20 Wolverhampton. Why don't they ever seem to win, these hugely well handicapped animals? I also had Jack Rackham (8/1 winner) written down, but only put it in for the forecast! Tourist should run a better race soon. Carys's Lad and Aspolan were best in for the 3.30 Southwell, but the first unseated rider and the other dropped out after going really well most of the way. keep an eye on both soon, but I wish they would make an effort sometimes when I back them! They take such a long time to show! Signatory (no money today) and Theophrastus (fourth) were the best two in for the 3.40 Folkestone, and should be noted soon. Whatever Next is also due a better run. Lady Excel should have done better in the 3.50 Wolverhampton. I had the first two written down for the 4.00 Southwell, including 14/1 Florafern! I couldn't believe how badly Varkala ran in the 4.10 Folkestone! There must be an unwritten rule that they don't win with -25 figures, as it seems to be getting progressively worse! The winner, Madame Allsorts, was by Double Trigger, which I didn't spot until too late, and I suppose it did have the best jockey on it! Best in Dubai Legend led for a while in the 4.20 Wolverhampton, but soon faded, and will do better. Second best Olney Lass finished only third, but appeared to be going better than most. What a ridiculous situation in the 4.20 Wolverhampton! Second favourite withdrawn, leaving four runners, you get nothing back if you backed the 50/1 second each-way, and there is a huge rule 4 to boot! The rule should be surely that you get place money on the number of runners at the time you backed the horse? Bookies must have had a field day on this race, especially as the third favourite won! Odds-on favourite flopped again!

17th January: System bet Briefcase 5/1 third in the 1.10 Plumpton, and system bet Two Cloudy finished a close-up fourth. My recent tip, Wishes Or Watches, 10/1 second in the 2.10 Plumpton. Ede's will be due a better run soon, as will Lukie Victor. System bet Rith Bob 7/2 winner of the 2.40 Plumpton from system bet Cloudy Wager, 9/1. Manmoon (3.10 Plumpton, is still very well handicapped, as is Rouge Et Blanc, and both will do better. Investment Affair is another worth bearing in mind. Best in Stop The Show 4/1 winner of the 3.40 Plumpton. Very short price considering its form figures! My recent tip, Where's Johnny, 4/1 winner of the 4.10 Plumpton. Mamlook was very well in at the weights in the 2.30 Fakenham, and amazingly went off as second favourite. Can't understand the thinking there! Even the trainer of Tullamore Dew said it was not well in! Sweet Seville was better in than Loco Grande in the 4.00 Fakenham, and won at 16/1! For once a Quinlan gamble went astray on Petroglyph, so they will probably get their money back soon! Desert Dreamer (2.20 Wolverhampton) is just biding its time, and must win a handicap before long. Kames Park was hacking behind the placed horses in the 3.20, and is due a win very soon. It seemed to be a day for 7lb claimers at Wolverhamton today, which is not often the case, as for the majority of the time, they seem to be useless!

12th-16th January: I have had a few days away from racing, as I have been following the Masters Snooker. I hope to resume very soon, so keep visiting! Incidentally, I see that Vhujon finally won on 13th, probably when it shouldn't, as Matsunosuke (another big disappointment) should have won on these terms! Racing predictions are almost impossible at times, for whatever reason.

11th January: Fentara (sys+1) 33/1 winner of the 12.40 Newcastle. That -6 put me off! I had Spic N Span to beat Your Gifted in the 12.50 Southwell. On its flat form, Ezdiyaad was disappointing in the 1.00 Leicester, and will do better in due course. Bun Oir in fourth should also have got closer. Best in Negus De Beaumont was a big price, but at least got second in the 1.10 Newcastle. Should have done it with the favourite (which nearly fell!). Ajzal flattered for a long way in the 1.30 Leicester before pulling up. Will do better. Fortunately my second choice, Phar Again, won the race. Organiz is also very well handicapped when wanted, hopefully soon. Quicuyo was best in for the 1.40 Newcastle, but dropped out tamely. Will do much better, along with Hi Dancer and Agglestone Rock. The Magic Bishop (-306) 18/1 winner. -06 put me off again! System bet Delorain 10/1 winner of the 1.50 Southwell! Capable Guest must win a race soon (obviously not wanted today) as must Carnac. Knight Legend was best in for the 2.00 Leicester, but most of the best in horses made little or no effort. Those who backed Laborec must have known that! Verasi is thrown in now for a handicap, and Earth Magic threw in a terrible race after an easy win last time. System bet Abstract Art 25/1 second. Best in Manoubi finished only third in the 2.10 Newcastle and the next best Shrewd Investor and Master Sebastian both dropped out tamely. The three best in for the 2.30 Leicester, Marc Aurele, Another Trump and Shalamiyr failed miserably, and I can only think they were not wanted today. All three will do better soon. Damned annoying, though! Best in Lukey Luke and Toulouse Express (100/1) failed to perform in the 2.40 Newcastle, and both must do better. Wor Rom was a good price at 16/1 in third. Best in Northumberland finished third in the 2.50 Southwell, but at least it was at 33/1! Best in Apache Brave finished fourth in the 3.10 Newcastle, but despite being out of the handicap, will do better soon. Ice Image unseated rider when getting into it, and should win soon, as should Stolen Light. It's so annoying when horses do anything other than win! Why is more often than not, that when I back a short-priced favourite to beat the outsider, the outsider wins? It's incredible. Topsham Belle was my second best, and it won the race after appearing to be out of it! True Blue Saga (50/1 today in the 4.00 Leicester) is due a better run soon, but usually it is backed by this stable. System bet Whereveryougoigo 5/1 third. Not a great day for the top-rated today, but it varies a great deal from day to day.

10th January: Best in Marodima continues to run below form, and the annoying thing was that I put it in forecasts with the first and second horses Chrysander and Cockatoo! Scommettitrice was best in for the 2.05 Wolverhampton, showed up well, then finished out of the places! Must do better soon. System bet Morcambe (the Queen's horse for Henderson) 16/1 third in the 2.25 Towcester. Pepporoni Pete will almost certainly do better soon, probably on a handicap. Some Secret, with system type form, 50/1 third in the 2.45 Taunton. Top-rated Warne's Way 14/1 winner of the 3.55 Towcester. Strange why they run so badly in between! One of my favourites, Ocean Transit, 8/1 third. System bet Deep Pockets 12/1 second in the 4.15 Taunton. Petroupetrov should do better again soon. A horse that I tipped last time out (see 29th December), Black Coffee, 4/1 winner of the 5.05 Wolverhampton, with system bet Lucky Diva 13/2 second.

9th January: I did not follow the racing today. I shall only make occasional contributions while the Masters Snooker is on.

8th January: Phew! I had Silver Kate to beat Voramar Two in the 12.35 Chepstow, just getting it right! I also got Buck Mulligan 8/1 and Round Tom 7/1 for the forecast in the 12.45 Wincanton! Buxton decided not to try too hard today in the 12.50 Lingfield, but can win again soon, along with Pilgrim Dancer, which I suspect deliberately came fourth again! System bet Banjaxed Girl 6/4 winner of the 1.00 Sandown. I thought Alegralil would have done much better, so keep an eye on it. I was really impressed with Marsh Warbler on its previous runs, and backed it again at 8/1 in the 1.10 Chepstow! Commit To Memory was best in for the 1.15 Wincanton, but dropped out too tamely for my liking. Wise Hawk was another that should have done better. I had Rio Royale for the 1.25 Lingfield, but am still waiting for White Shift to make a show! I had Ballyfitz each-way in the 1.45 Chepstow, but was disappointed with Flight Leader, which was well there most of the way and must win a race when wanted, along with Royal Rosa. Reblis should have won the 1.50 Wincanton, so keep an eye on it soon. I backed Quattrocento (-W6P) each-way at 33/1 in the 2.05 Sandown, finishing second at 33/1! Nozic is thrown in when wanted, and I had a feeling that fourth place was all that was wanted in the 2.20 Chepstow. Unfortunately I backed the wrong Hobbs horse to win in Or Bleu! Karanja should do better soon. Mastership (2.35 Lingfield) is due a win very soon now. I thought it would be today! I did back Alhaban (third) each-way. Viva Ronaldo is another one that must do better soon. Dansimar finished fourth in the 3.00 Wincanton. Grrr... Typical! I also backed system bet Dr Livingstone, which ran on late from the back. Just For Leo (third) and Golden Shine were two disappointments in the 3.10 Lingfield, and should do better soon. Damn! I did Oh Crick and Cornas for the forecast in the 3.15 Sandown (first and third!). Best in Regal Heights 6/1 third in the 3.30 Wincanton. Best in Wingman ran a terrible race in the 3.45 Sandown, so the money was obviously not stable money! Clear top-rated Ballabriggs started at an amazing 100/30 in the 4.05 Wincanton, which I snapped up willingly!

7th January: I had Silver Guest and Desert Dreamer as my top two for the 1.10 Lingfield, with Silver Guest winning at 10/1! Desert Dreamer should do better very soon now. Straw Bear would have eaten these opponents over hurdles in the 1.30 Fontwell, but is taking its time returning to form over fences. Should not be long now! I can't work out why the best horses do not figure in some races! Active Asset was clear best in for the 1.40 Southwell, but backed out very tamely (was it the third place on the front of its form?), as did Its Dubai Dolly. I detest it when horses are big prices because they know beforehand that they will not compete. Both of these should do much better, but for some reason they did not want to compete with the favourite! Jenny Potts (-W60) 40/1 second. These figures are often productive. You can't often back against the betting (for some reason) and best in Broadway Star ran a shocker in the 2.00 Fontwell, finishing a distant third! Next best Dalrymple was always under pressure, eventually pulling up! What can you do in these situations except curse? Another ridiculous result in the 2.10 Lingfield, where my two picks, Ten Down and Cape Royal blazed off in front, then dropped out as if shot! Even the old boy The Tatling ran like a crab. I refuse to believe that all three of these could not have run better, as I'm sure they will soon. It's just a guessing game as to what they are going to do on the day! You feel that the jockeys have their instructions, and nothing we can do can change the outcome! Very frustrating and we are powerless to intervene! I did tip Radiator Rooney (third) recently. Poor old Topless finished second again in the 2.30 Fontwell, after looking like winning most of the way! I backed Addwaitya to beat Barodine (see 20th June) in the 2.40 Lingfield, never dreaming that the reverse would happen, although I have backed Barodine on countless occasions in the past! Just shows they can make any result happen! Poor b...s who backed the 1/10 favourite! What do the stewards make of that? On my ratings Barodine was best in, but hadn't shown that form for yonks! But a good opportunity today to get a good price! I had Can't Remember to beat Jordan in the 3.00 Fontwell, which was obvious on my ratings, but not from the betting! Copperwood and Syrian were out with the washing in the 3.30 Lingfield, but it may be a different story next time. When a horse is not out to win, it often misses the break (Syrian), which naturally ruins its chances. Third best Kilburn won the race at 7/1, which proves my point about the other two! The three best in for the 3.30 Fontwell, Lidjo De Rouge, Coach Lane and Commemoration Day ran appallingly, so keep an eye out for improvement next time! Best in Lord Theo beat Catbells in the 3.40 Lingfield, but I did it to beat Vinces, which ran well for a long way! The latter is due a better run soon now. Elhamri was best in on old form for the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but I am not sure if it still retains its old ability, as it should have walked this one, but the same could be said of most of the other races it has been in! Oak Leaves (third 16/1) was best in for the 4.40, but, same old story! They don't like to win when they are badly off on official ratings and have come down as the result of a number of bad runs. I must take greater note of that in my calculations in future... Our Kes (fourth) and Tres Froide (second) were best in on old ratings for the 5.10, but the younger horses often seem to have the edge in these contests. Perhaps the older horses have lost some of their edge over a period of time, but they do win races eventually. Jane Chappell-Hyam seems to have picked up a lot of these dark horses recently.

6th January: Otay Kawn was very poor in the 12.35 Thurles, and must do better than that soon! Best in Jacarado finished second in the 12.40 Huntingdon, with next best Raki Rose in fourth. I think age got the better of Jacarado, which looked sure to win at one point. System bet A Fistful Of Euros finished third. Best in Figaro Flyer, that I have tipped on its last few runs, finally won at 5/1 in the 12.50 Southwell, and I missed it, having followed the 12.40 Huntingdon on the other channel! Always the way! System bet Omaruru dropped back, then ran on again, narrowly getting pipped into fourth in the 1.10 Huntingdon. Should do better over further. Should have known that Hobbs' Tony Star would be thereabouts! Best in Harlech Castle got left well behind in the 1.20 Southwell, then, when it got into contention, was not allowed to challenge the first three, despite being clearly full of running! What a frustrating run! Must do better than that. Pity, as I had Onceuponatime as another of my best in and did not back it! Silver Wind should do better soon. I did not expect Punching to start at 8/1, so you can never tell! I backed Antipode and Over Siberia as the best in at the weights in the 1.35 Thurles, and guess what? Yes, they finished fifth and sixth! Must have been planned. Harbour View was another that should have done better, and it faded gradually after getting into contention. Bajan Sunshine looked like getting into the 1.40 Huntingdon, but eventually finished fourth! Will do better than that soon, and Feeling Peckish finished third again! Very annoying! There is no way that Fred Willetts should have beaten So Is She at these weights, but that appears to be what was wanted today! This game amazes me sometimes! Best in and system bet Windsor Knights finished only fourth in the 2.20 Southwell, and this day is proving frustrating so far! I had Colliers Court and system bet Lerida for the 2.40 Huntingdon, with the former dropping out tamely, but will do better soon. Mad Professor flattered to deceive, as usual. Clear best in On The Cusp was too big a price today in the 2.50 Southwell, and predictably finished fourth. Must win a race of this type when wanted, hopefully soon! Radetsky March was clear best in on chase ratings for the 3.10 Huntingdon, and won at 20/1!

5th January: Another odds-on favourite, Bellvano, beaten in the 12.40 Southwell, but, to be fair, it did make two or three shuddering mistakes near the end. Best in Orchard Supreme at least finished second in the 12.55 Lingfield, but disappointment again from Traphalgar, which should be doing much better in these races. No doubt it will do better when wanted. I fancied Hollo Ladies to beat Be There In Five in the 1.10 Southwell, and it just prevailed in a tight finish. I also fancied Hannon's Paco Belle in the 1.25 Southwell, so not too bad so far! Best in Daldini led most of the way in the 1.40 Southwell, eventually finishing fourth, and could win soon. Gaora Lane disappointed, but should do better soon. System bet Pliny second, with sys+1 Raise You Five the 8/1 winner. I had Satwa Royal and Al Jaadl on my short list for the 1.55 Lingfield, finishing first and second! Ortega was best in for the 2.10 Southwell, but, as usual with the Cornwall horses, dropped out tamely. They have lots of well handicapped horses, but they rarely win any races! Next best Talesofriverbank finished third, and the other horse on my list, Dancing Daffodil, was the winner! The concession of 25lb just proved too much for the favourite. Sonic Anthem (asymmetrical form) finished fourth in the 2.40 Southwell, and will probably do better next time. Wishes Or Watches is another to keep an eye on soon. Clear best Humungous (2.55 Lingfield) was obviously not out to win today (-05 figures), but must do better very soon. Free Tussy is another that should be doing better, but I can never read what they are going to do with that horse! I had Khun John as my third rated, finishing fast in second at 20/1. Best in Highland Harvest finished only fourth in the 3.25 Lingfield - they don't often win two in a row, do they? Second best Lastkingofscotland was hampered in finishing second, and should probably have won on merit. Strangely the trainer before the race said that it would 'nearly win'. How could he know that? Eventually Lastkingofscotland was awarded the race, but I agree with Matt Chapman that the second horse was not at fault. Were the stewards on? Top-rated Resplendent Alpha continues to disappoint, and second-rated Lord Deevert finished second at 8/1 in the 3.55 Lingfield. Kersivay should do better soon. Best in Bathwick Scanno finished third at 9/1 in the 6.05 Kempton, and should do better soon.

4th January: Abbondanza ran another below par race in the 12.40 Southwell, and you never know what to expect these days! Is it really as bad as it is showing at present? Beginning to get frustrating! Another disappointment in Les Verguettes! These horses lose so often when favourite that you have to wonder! Did Araldur really want to beat Frascati Park in the 1.20 Leicester? I doubt it, as it seemed to be going much better than the favourite! System bet High Hoylander 25/1 third (I had a little on it). Best in Lethal finished only fifth in the 1.40 Southwell (was the jockey told to do that?), and second best Olympic Dream finished second. With Mackintosh finishing fourth, it was a frustrating race for me! I really thought best in and system bet Phar Again was going to win the 1.50 leicester, but it eventually got overtaken by two horses on the run-in! Two other system bets finished first and second in Autumn Red and Monty's Moon! Should have done the three for the tricast! Kinkeel and the disappointing Kerkabellec should do better. Avonrose (third) was best in for the 2.10 Southwell, but the jockey did not push it out, despite hacking near the finish! Revelator was next best at a big price, but finished only fourth. How can you win when the important horses are not in it to win? Gower Sophia has been very disappointing in all types of race, and should at least have come third in the 2.30 Kempton. Elhamri (3.00 Kempton) is driving me wild, as it never seems to win, although it should be winning every race it enters! I bet it will win when they want it! Lord Of The Reins is another that will probably be backed when its turn comes. Dunaskin should have spreadeagled these in the 3.10 Southwell, but of course it had to get beaten by the favourite, didn't it? I must assume that such races are arranged beforehand, because both Dunaskin and Savaranola should have beaten the favourite! I would like to hear what goes on between them beforehand! Mister Watzisname and Katalak had no money for them today, but must do better soon. I get annoyed when the best in horses start at big prices, because the implication is that they are not going to compete. Barbirolli, Hatch A Plan (going well before fading) and Vinces were three such in the 3.30 Kempton that must do better when wanted. Mini Bon Bon has been running well below form (about 13lb), and the price today for the 3.40 Southwell was not encouraging. That one and Ridgeway Hawk (fifth) should do better when wanted. Best in Aboukir Bay threatened for a while in the 3.50 Leicester, then packed up, but I have given up on Cornwall's horses! Apache Chant, next best, dropped out, then ran on again for fourth. You can't win with these blighters! Results get more ridiculous as best in Final Verse and Cobo Bay finished third and fourth in the 4.00 Kempton. Is there no end to these fiascos? I am sure they just use these races to get the appropriate finishing position for their own purposes! Does this result mean that these former high class horses are indeed only capable of ratings in the 70's? I am sure we will find different before long! Best in and system bet Hatton Flight appeared to be full of running in the 4.30 Kempton, but only ran on at one pace in the closing stages to finish fourth. Could probably have finished a couple of places closer. Which one of these horses wins appears to be a toss-up in most cases! Ok, I admit that Porgy was well handicapped! Record Breaker is another that I have found very frustrating of late. Best in Bushy Dell may win a race one day, but it's a long time in coming! Looked like taking a hand today, but dropped out again! Perhaps the 8lb drop in the weights was the reason? I knew that Inside Knowledge would win sometime, as it has threatened on a few occasions. Pocket Too is another to keep an eye on soon.

3rd January: Keep an eye on Kingdom Of Munster (12.30 Ayr) which made good ground, then did not go through with its effort. Dark Gentleman should have done better in the 1.35 Ayr, and Prince Tam travelled by far the best before coming fifth, and must do better very soon. Zakeeta was top-rated for the 1.45 Lingfield, but folded too tamely for my liking. System bet On Gossamer Wings totally outjumped the others in the 2.05 Ayr, but finished only third. Must win a race on this form! Banoge is also worth keeping in mind. Stradbrook should have won the 2.15 Lingfield, but a bad mistake put it out of the race. Kasimali should also have done better, finishing only fourth. System bet Kersivay 16/1 second in the 2.35 Wolverhampton (almost won it!). Wild Cane Ridge was thrown in for the 2.40 Ayr, but dropped out despite going very well! My other choices, Oil Burner and More Equity were also well in contention. System bet Arctic Court 8/1 winner with system bet Oil Burner 7/1 second. Keep an eye on General Eliott (2.50 Lingfield) which was a 100+ rated horse on the flat, and should do better over hurdles. Best in Diktalina dropped out quickly in the 3.00 Hereford, but must win soon when wanted. Second best Double Eagle finished third, and can also do better. Best in Manoubi (3.10 Ayr) is not getting any younger, but should still be capable of winning a race off this mark. Was the 5lb claimer a negative signal today? Ran well today before finishing fifth. Best in Quazy De Joie 7/1 second in the 3.20 Lingfield. They usually get a place before winning when their form doesn't look good! Kiltimoney is due another win soon. I had a feeling for Memorabilia 7/2 winner in the 4.05 Wolverhampton, as it had typical figures as recommended by my system! System bet Bene Lad 6/1 winner. System bet Rosoff 15/2 winner of the 3.50 Lingfield. Best in Wavertree Warrior (see 16th August) 37lb in hand, plus 5lb claimer, 50/1 winner of the 4.35 Wolverhampton! I did not back in the race, unfortunately! I kept looking at it, thinking that it would not win at that price, but you never know! I hate it when I miss a bet on a horse that I have backed several times recently, but they always seem to put off winning so many times! Merrymadcap, Know No Fear and Ocean Countess are three to keep in mind.

2nd January: Best in Fault was clearly wanted for the 1.00 Southwell, but will do much better in due course. She's Humble (1.15 Folkestone) should have run better than it did today, and will do better soon. Bilko Pak was too bad to be true in the 1.30 Southwell, and one can't help thinking that it was not out to win this race! They don't like odds-on, do they? Even next best Miss Moneypenni ran a terrible race, probably for the same reason. Best in Mirage Dore travelled supremely well, but finished only fourth! Lampion Du Bost (fifth) should do better when it has got rid of that remaining first place. Kawagino made a bad mistake in the 2.10 Southwell, which may have cost it the race, finishing fifth. Martys Mission is also due a better run soon. I was so annoyed with Bywell Beau, which led by miles in the 2.25 Ayr, then dropped out into sixth place! Just a trial run, must win soon! System bet Nodforms Violet second. Another ridiculous result in the 2.35 Southwell, with clear best Hard Rock City (fifth) just going through the motions, and second best Aviso finishing last. What can you do when such things happen? Both must do better very soon. Best in Wheres Johnny dropped out then ran on again for fourth in the 2.45 Southwell. Typical! Must win soon. System bet Manshoor beat system bet Beside The Fire. Best in Norcroft finished only fifth in the 3.40 Southwell, and will do better, as will Sophies Beau and Sweet Possession (sixth). Don't believe my luck! Thrown in Snow Patrol unseated rider in the 3.45 Plumpton! What else can go wrong? Must win, probably next time. How did Arctic Flow win the 3.45 Plumpton off a rating of 37? Ridiculous! Top-rated Manmoon 16/1 winner of the 3.15 Plumpton. Just shows they only have to throw in a poor run to get the price up again!

1st January: I was out during racing, and will add comments later.

31st December: A Happy New Year to all visitors to the site and purchasers of our racing documents! I don't know why top-rated and system bet Littleportnbrandy ran so badly in the 12.00 Lingfield, but the price was not encouraging, and it ran accordingly. The favourite was only third rated and duly lost to the second favourite, but it's annoying when they appear to know that a horse is not going to win before the race. Official top-rated Maxdelas 100/30 winner of the 12.10 Uttoxeter. System bet Roman Strait 10/1 winner of the 12.30 Lingfield. My top-rated, Loves Theme, 50/1 third! Three Monkeys (sys+1) 20/1 winner of the 12.35 Tramore with system bet Coolharbour Breeze 7/1 second. Best in Gentleman Jimmy should have won the 1.50 Warwick, but just plugged on for third, and can win again soon. They are taking their time with Aspolan, which is very well in on old form. Three of the horses for the 1.00 Lingfield were better in on all time ratings than the favourite, but not on official ratings, with Traphalgar and Mustajed finishing third and fourth. You have to think that they allowed the favourite to win because of the official ratings, as three of them could have beaten it, but probably did not want to compromise their handicaps! Top-rated Eastwell Smiles 6/1 winner of the 1.20 Warwick. Best in Desert Dreamer was a big price in the 1.30 Lingfield, and clearly had no intention of winning, but must do better when wanted, as will Spinning Bailiwick, which ran on really well late to finish just outside the places. It's annoying when you know they can do a lot better! Smokey George (sys+2) 11/1 winner of the 1.40 Uttoxeter. Samizdat must show very soon. Best in Loyal Royal 5/1 winner of the 2.00 Lingfield. It is about time that Tyrannosaurus Rex put in an appearance, together with White Shift. Best in Deep Reflection was very disappointing in the 2.10 Uttoxeter, and one suspects they might get rid of that first place before making another attempt. We'll see! True Blue Saga can also do better. Best in Arnold Layne finished only third at 5/1 in the 2.20 Warwick, with my second choice, Mr Big 5/1 winner. Antonius Caesar should also do better soon. Best in Chjimes ran a terrible race in the 2.30 Lingfield, and second best Misaro led for a long way before folding. Both should do better soon. I had a look at Nubar Boy (-266), but did not back it. In races like this you have to look for the third or fourth rated, as the best in often do not perform, and the others seem to know that beforehand. System bet Norville 15/2 third. Radiator Rooney is also due a better run soon. Fromsong, Silver Prelude and The Magic Of Rio should all have done better in the 3.30 Lingfield, and should be noted soon. Sometimes the best in horses just do not perform, and I often wonder whether each is put off by the presence of the others.

30th December: Rookery Rebel should have done better in the 12.10 Down Royal, and should show soon in Ireland. I also backed Firm Foundations, which led for a long way before dropping out. System bet Joe Smooth 16/1 second in the 12.30 Leopardstown, giving me the forecast. Best in Negotiation folded very tamely in the 12.35 Lingfield, in a race which provided a 50/1 winner! Perfect Reward should have beaten I'm In The Pink in the 12.45 Taunton, but they obviously knew otherwise! I thought Fearless Falcon was a stonking each-way bet at 20/1 in the 1.00 Leopardstown, finishing second. I looked at Sailors Warn, but did not back it. Best in Goodbye Cash finished only fourth in the 1.05 Lingfield, and will do much better soon (ran on late with loads in hand). Athakeel caught my eye, but again I did not back it! I backed good flat horse Spirit Is Needed each-way in the 1.15 Taunton, finishing second at 25/1. Fongoli was clear best in for the 1.50 Taunton, but performed poorly in fifth place. Must do better than that soon! Next best Walk Tall won the race, which proves my point! I backed Realt Dubh to finish second to Mikael Daguenet in the 2.00 Leopardstwon, but of course it won, didn't it? Steady Eddy's selection again, which was rather annoying! Hence the second and third rated finished first and second! Lean Machine and Royal Etiquette were the best two in of those which had run in the 2.10 Lingfield, but finished second and fifth to a horse that had not run on the flat. Some Legend was going by far the best in the 2.10 Down Royal, but did not go through with its effort. Keep an eye on that one soon in Ireland. Top-rated Chilli Rose was very disappointing in the 2.25 Taunton, and must do better than that soon! I backed Mizzurka, which seemed to have the race in the bag before getting pipped on the line! Best in Levera cruised along at the back of the field in the 2.45 Lingfield, but was never put into the race! Keep an eye on that one. Gallantry was also disappointing in fourth. Blast! I looked at Marleno in the 3.00 Taunton, but did not like the price! Best in Cavalry Guard ran a stinker in the 3.20 Lingfield, and I always feel they had no intention of winning when that happens (and it was a -05)! Two others to consider soon are Teen Ager and A Pocketful Of Rye (third). Best in Norcroft finished only second to the gambled Tell Halaf in the 3.50 Lingfield. Alos keep an eye on Suhayl Star (fourth) and Royal Envoy, both of which are capable of better. Two gambles by the Quinlans today, both of which were successful! Best in Sultan Fontenaille 4/1 winner of the 4.00 Taunton. Two horses that I also fancied, Aconitum (third) and system bet Lavenoak Lad (fourth) were also well there. System bet Mossgorda 16/1 third in the 4.40 Kempton.

29th December: Mango Music and Efistorm both ran disappointingly in the 1.25 Wolverhampton, and both should do better in the near future. Camps Bay did not win again in the 2.35 Wolverhampton, and was made to appear to be struggling, but will probably win again very soon. Baron De Feypo and Ballytrim (3.05 Leopardstown) are both due soon in Ireland, so keep them in mind. Best in Lord Theo failed to repeat its winning performance in the 3.10 Wolverhampton, but can do much better than that! They always seem to throw in a poor run after a good one. Black Coffee also ran very poorly. I had Big Bucks with Lough Derg 40/1 for the forecast in the 3.20 Newbury! Best in Spectait finished only third in the 3.40 Wolverhampton, but ran on well at the end. They keep doing that, coming third after a win, it's just an annoying habit! Must win again soon, and keep an eye on Dream Lodge and Scamperdale, which are also well in for the future. Amical Risks appeared to be going best in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but finished only third. Keep an eye on that one, together with Astrodiva and Dubburg, which were both disappointing today. Sacrosanctus was well in for the 4.20 Kempton, but finished only third, and will do better. Pineapple Pete should also do better than it has done recently. I had three written down for the 4.50 Kempton, including the first two, Feeling Foxy and Ebraam! I have almost given up on Vhujon, but no doubt it will win when wanted at some point.

28th December: Lord Deevert was clear second best in the 11.30 Lingfield, but allowed itself to be caught for second place by an inferior horse, which was very annoying for my each-way and forecast bets in a seven horse race! Of course it is running off a much lower mark for handicaps, so should win soon in that sphere. I had the first three home in t5he 12.35 Lingfield, with Buxton, Dichoh and Rubenstar, but only did the forecast. Silly me!

27th December: System bet Ntandane 10/1 winner of the 12.25 Turffontein! So the system works in South Africa too! Horses that I backed today, which should have done better were Veeb (third), Sapphire Girl, Elhamri, Jack Dawkins (third) and Orpen Wide. I don't know what they are doing with Matsunosuke, but it should have won the last three races it has been in, so must win when wanted. There is no excuse for not winning off its current mark against inferior opposition! Mangham (3.35 Southwell) is due a better run soon.

22nd December: Fourth and fifth for me in the 12.35 Lingfield with Gandalf and Soundbyte! Did they know they were going to finish inn those positions? Cossack Prince was also very well in, but faded after taking the lead. Perhaps better over shorter than two miles? Blast! I had a feeling about Coda Agency, but did not back it! I had the tricast in the 1.05 Southwell, with top-rated Lord Theo 9/2 (see my tip on its last outing, 15th November), Catbells 8/1 and Lunar River 5/1! That was nice! Know No Fear will probably do better next time. Flichity was very disappointing in the 1.20 Southwell, although it was a flat race rather than a hurdle. Disappointing runs from Quartano and Pyracantha in the 1.50 Southwell, but perhaps they were preserving their hurdles form figures? Lastkingofscotland did not perform as well as expected in the 2.35 Lingfield, and is due a better run soon, along with Dingaan, but the latter's stable's lack of form is a worry for that one. System bet Den Of Iniquity 5/1 winner of the 2.50 Southwell. I wanted it with Khachaturian (third). Alfie Flits was very disappointing, but I don't suppose Swinbank could win them all! Best in The Magic Of Rio (asymmetrical form) decided to wait for another day in the 3.05 Southwell, and never got into the picture. Must do better than that soon. I did not back my old favourite Anjomarba 12/1 winner (see my comment 20th November) today! Spoof Master, next best in, front-ran for a long way before packing up, but has been generally disappointing for a long time. I thought Swinbank might be looking for a 1-2 with Priceless Art and Go On Be A Lady in the 3.20 Southwell, but the latter finished only fourth. Although I expected Chjimes to win the 3.35 Lingfield, I was suspicious of the price on next best Memphis Man, and my fears were well founded when it was not pushed unduly in finishing fourth. Had plenty left, and will do better soon. Best in Durgan did not win the 3.55 Kempton, and I should imagine it was backed by people like me, going on its back form. Unfortunately second best Co Dependent won at 5/1, and I did not back it! Durgan is probably looking for an easier handicap. Best in Elhamri (7lb claimer) did not figure in the 4.25 Kempton, but next best Vhujon finished second at 13/2. I always think that horse needs 6 furlongs. System bet Breathless Kiss 100/30 winner.

21st December: Best in The Magic Of Rio was well backed for the 12.35 Southwell, but I suspect it was each-way money, as the horse led most of the way, then got squeezed out into third late on (I thought it had come fourth). Perhaps the tactic of leading was designed to judge how to not win the race? Must win a similar race soon. Thoughtsofstardom was disappointing, as it should at least have got placed off this mark. In the 12.50 Kempton, one of only two previous winners, Mintiverdi, 12/1 winner! King's Aldiva finished third at 4/1, but appeared to have more to offer than it produced at the end. Best in Guto finished about fifth in the 1.05 Southwell, and was squeezed out in mid-race, whether by design or otherwise, I know not. Must win when wanted. A 66/1 winner in Let's Move It, which had system type form (-060), but I expected a shorter price form that stable! It had previously finished second and third here off similar marks, but thoise places had conveniently disappeared! Sophie's Beau was another that should have done better, and will probably do so soon. I don't know why three horses finished so far ahead of the field in a handicap! Henderson and McCoy with Blue Monster 10/1 winner of the 2.20 Kempton! Unusual for that stable and combination to win at such a big price! Nicholls and King had the second and third, so nothing new there, just the prices! Top-rated So Is She was backed in from 8/1 to 11/2 late on in the 1.35 Southwell, and I fancied it despite not having a bet in the race! The commentator actually said mid-race that it was not landing a blow! How wrong can you be? Pepperoni Pete made a brief effort in the 1.50 Kempton, but was clearly not wanted today. Will be a system bet next time, probably over the jumps, so keep an eye on it. Vertige D'Or made no real effort to win, simply running on too late to figure in the first two. I had Follow The Flag as best in for the 2.05 Southwell, but it was a seven horse race, and it finished third at a big price, so no doubt they knew that as regards the betting. Will probably win again soon. Snow Bay (second) was my next best in excluding the favourite. Keep an eye on This Masquerade, which led most of the way in the 2.20 Kempton, and I think could have finished closer at the finish. Henderson and Nicholls first and second again! National Trust was disappointing and will do better. System bet Dubai Hills 9/4 winner of the 2.35 Southwell. Best in and also system bet Fault finished only third at 15/2 and should have done much better. Another one to keep an eye on is Amary, which has been dropping down the weights for some time now, and must try soon. The top three rated over hurdles finished first, second and third, but Nicholls won this time with Advisor 8/1 (much better price than Eradicate!). Was the claimer on Eradicate significant? System bet Juwireya, (-460) tipped by me recently (see over hurdles 28th October), 25/1 winner of the 3.05 Southwell! Greenbelt should have done better, so keep an eye on it soon. System bet Free World 14/1 winner of the 3.20 Kempton! Top rated over jumps Magic Sky finished third at 25/1! Best in Carnac finished third at 12/1 in the 3.35 Southwell, but they rarely win off a string of bad results. In fact the only five with course and/or distance form all finished in the first five! Yossi (fourth) and Marafong are both due a better run soon. A 1-2 for Nicholls in the 3.50 Kempton, and no doubt they knew what order they would finish in! System bet Fountains Flypast 16/1 third. A few good system results today, including 25/1 winner and a 14/1 winner! So the system does work!

19th & 20th December: No racing worth talking about!

18th December: The outsider of four, Dunmore Boy, won the 12.30 Southwell, and for once the 7lb claimer was not a negative sign! Bachelor Knight ran on well at the finish, and may do better over further. I backed Silverlord in the 12.45 Navan, and it made good ground, looking the likely winner until a couple of mistakes at the last two hurdles cost it the race! Glam Gerry was never sighted! Second best in Ramora finished only fourth in the 1.00 Southwell. Why do they run to form so rarely? 12/1 was not encouraging, but it has won at a much bigger price. The winner Kumbeshwar was best in including the claim. Dunaskin was best in on old form for the 1.35 Southwell, but after forcing the pace early, dropped out. Will do better now that it has got rid of that first place. If I'd known that I would have backed stablemate Yossi for the forecast (that's probably why Dunaskin was such a big price)! I thought best in Aitmatov was going to lead all the way in the 1.50 Navan, but the b... dropped out and finished last! How can you explain that? Ridiculous! Obviously not wanted today, and it was just saps like me that backed it! Silver Wind was just best in for the 2.05 Southwell, but at 33/1 backed out after leading early. Must do better soon, possibly in a bigger race. That left Everymanforhimself as next best and it won the race at 5/1! I did it in forecasts with Silver Wind and Bonnie Prince Blue, but not separately, duffer! System bet and best in Baron De Feypo 20/1 second in the 2.20 navan (beaten by the gambled on favourite). Should have done the forecast! Nuvelli and Paco Jack should do better soon. I had Something as best in for the 2.40 Southwell, with Docofthebay as second best, but the money was for the latter, just getting pipped by Nightjar in the closing stages. Thunderball front-ran for a long way and should do better. My old favourite Trans Sonic finished third at 25/1, but is getting a bit high in the weights now. Best in The Last Stand had -05 form in the 2.55 Navan, and guess what? It finished last, of course! Bet it won't finish last next time! Next best and system bet Cantrell threatened briefly, but dropped out, and will do better soon. Another system bet Miss Fancy Pants 5/1 third.

17th December: Hard Rock City is much better than it has shown of late, and should at least have been in the shakeup in the 12.05 Southwell. Failing that, Abbondanza should have won, but came only second. That first place at the front of a horse's form is always a worry to me, as they rarely seem to win for some reason. Phase Shift was disappointing in the 12.35. I would have had the forecast in the 1.10 if I had backed in the race. Maison Brillet was best in for the 1.45 but the price was not encouraging. Should win in its next couple of races. Best in Malpas Missile duly won the 2.05 Wolverhampton, but Zeavola was disappointing, and now has three fourth places to its name. Will do better. I had Granny Anne as best in for the 2.20 Southwell, winning at 5/1! The price was too short considering its recent form! Cloud Illusions appeared to be going much better than the winner in the 2.40 Wolverhampton, but did not find much in the finish. Should do better. Olympic Dream and Itsthursdayalready were my best two in for the 2.55 Southwell, finishing first and second at 3/1 and 11/4! Fathey (fifth) was almost as well in, and must win a handicap soon. Stef And Stelio was my best in for the 3.30 Southwell, but is obviously waiting for another day. Should do better soon. Best in Isabella Romee only ran on when it was too late in the 4.20 Wolverhampton. Why do they always do that? Well it's figures were -05, so I only have myself to blame for backing it! I hate those figures! Next best Carnival Dream was right up there most of the way, then dropped out. System bet No Complaining 5/2 winner. Best in Our Kes was again disappointing in the 4.50 Wolverhampton, finishing fifth. Must do better Next best On The Cusp came second at 18/1, but I doubt if a win was wanted after a poor string of results. Mullitovermaurice is due a better run soon. Best in Eastern Gift finished second this time in the 5.50 Wolverhampton. They like to string us along! That's three best in seconds I've had at the meeting. Gets a bit enfuriating sometimes! I had Black Coffee as second best in, so they should have finished the other way around! I entered the At The Races tipping competiton, and had no winners from the first four races! No doubt the last two will go down too! Yet another one down with Barbirolli (fourth) in the 6.20. Clear best in, but 16/1 in a five horse race was not encouraging! It seems that they keep running these horses and just land one touch when they feel like it! Not good for the serious form student! Keep an eye on it for a win soon. First and second favourites came in again! Seems you can't back against the money most of the time.

16th December: Pity! I was going to do the obvious straight forecast with If You Whisper and Mazovian in the 1.30 Southwell, but decided not to do it! Quite a good return, too! System bet De Forgotten Man 7/1 winner of the 12.40 Towcester! System bet Naughty Naughty 6/1 third in the 12.50 Exeter. I backed Veeb each-way in the 1.00 Southwell, but it ran on too late and just got pipped into fourth! Dandy Nicholls' runners are flying at present, but I didn't really fancy Je Suis Unrockstar off top weight! But top weight in a nursery again! Best in Raki Rose looked sure to get placed in the 1.10 Towcester, but faded out at the end. Will do better soon, along with Quazy De Joie. Manmoon was best in for the 1.20 Exeter, but had an off-day today. Can win again soon. Miss Bootylishes was my best in for the 1.30 Southwell, and seemed to be going well, but finished only fourth. That General Tufto always seems to turn up at good odds (7/1)! System bet Man Of Principles 9/1 second in the 1.35 Clonmel. Best in Dinarius finished fourth at 12/1 in the 1.40 Towcester, at least giving me a place. Hoh Viss at 100/1 was not going to figure, apparently, and fell to confirm my fears. I looked at Grafite, as it had system type form (-255F)! I backed Fascination to beat Stadium Of Light in the 2.00 Southwell, just getting pipped on the line in a dingdong struggle! Mr Big was best in for the 2.10 Exeter, but got beaten by the horse I backed last time, Bobby Gee! Keep an eye on The Vicar and Lorum Leader very soon. Bible Lord (fourth) is also due a win soon. Requin was double enetred today, and won the 2.20 Exeter at 7/1! Laustra Bad and Numide were best in, but did not do as well as I expected. Lakeman and Starry Mount were my two best in for the 2.30 Southwell, but as usual in small races somebody had arranged otherwise, apparently, as I could not see why Diggeratt was favourite. It won, of course, but very strange! System bet Dune Shine 11/2 second in the 2.40 Towcester. Should have done it with the favourite! I had Sway and Amber Brook for the 2.50 Exeter, but the latter would not get second place! Very annoying! Couldn't see how Bathwick Quest could come second! System bet Rosewin 7/2 winner of the 3.00 Southwell, and I did the forecast with Not Til Monday! Best in Organiz finished third in the 3.20 Exeter. They do that so often before winning! It's as if they want to justify their future winning performance to the stewards! Mujamead and Kinkeel (fifth) should do better soon. System bet and top-rated Tres Froide finished third in the 3.30 Southwell, but should have done better, along with Mackintosh (fourth). They take so long to win with these horses! Perhaps they are just trying to frustrate us form students? Young Victoria (by Old Vic) 33/1 winner of the 3.40 Towcester! I often go by the sire in these races, but not this time. Varkala was very disappointing (beat the runner-up previously), but that often happens for some unknown reason. Pocketwood caught my eye when I first looked at the 3.50 Exeter, but its form was nothing to write home about! Best in Baby Car only ran on late for third at 10/1, which was once again annoying, but they do that a lot! Next best Kilvergan Boy was too big a price (I have waited ages for that one!), but must win soon when wanted, as must Terrible Tenant (assymetrical today). Coeur Brule looked like winning easily until dropping out late, so worth keeping an eye on.

15th December: I had Merrymadcap (led a furlong out), Dichoh and Quanah Parker (18/1 third) in the 1.05 Lingfield, and all had chances, but found two too good! I got 4/1 on Dan Breen in the 1.15 Bangor, which was a good price, but wanted Gus Macrae for the forecast. I got fifth, sixth and seventh in the 1.25 Newbury with Three Chords, Reblis and Space Mission. Typical, as they all should have done better! I feel sure they run to these positions on purpose quite often! Snowy Peak looked to be full of running in the 12.35 Lingfield, but was not unduly pushed, finishing fifth. There will be more improvement in that one next time. Best in Hever Road pulled up in the 12.45 Bangor, and must do better than that, along with Ours and Pistol Basc. The price was too big on Hever Road, and it will probably be there next time. Keep an eye on Lang Shining, which made good ground in the 12.55 Newbury, then eased off late. On flat form should do much better if handling hurdles (a bit ponderous today). Best in Shrewd Investor led for a long way in the 1.15 Bangor, then his rider almost jumped off! Must win soon, along with Petite Margot, which was too bad to be true! I thought Coach Lane was going to win the 1.30 Newbury, just getting pipped on the line at 25/1! Blast! Mokum should do better soon. Stand Guard was disappointing in the 1.40 Lingfield after travelling well most of the way. Must do better soon. How do they know that the first and second favourites are going to finish first and second unless it is known beforehand? Doesn't make sense otherwise! There never seems to be any value when a horse is not shortish in the betting, which annoys me a lot! I backed Sarah's Smile each-way at a big price in the 1.50 Bangor, and of course it finished fourth, didn't it? Typical! Fourth again with Officier De Reserve and fifth with Marty's Mission in the 2.05 Newbury! You just can't win! Unfortunately I had been so disappointed with Cornish Sett (second 20/1) that I didn't back it today! Second and third again in the 2.15 Lingfield with Memphis Man and A Pocketful Of Rye! There always seems to be something to beat my picks! Woodsley House should do better shortly. I always seem to back horses when they are not going to compete on the day! Helen's Vision and Flintoff were by far best in for the 2.25 Lingfield, but neither was out to win! Very annoying! Both will do better soon. System bet Worth A King's 16/1 third. I backed Pride In Battle last time out and the b... went and won today! How can you back like that? I even had Court By Suprise each-way and it weakened into fourth on the run-in. So frustrating! This game gets you really mad sometimes! Another favourite wins when the two best in horses finished second and third! Goodbye Cash and Grand Honour were my two choices for the 2.50 Lingfield! It's as if they know what will happen before the race! System bet Nouailhas 7/1 winner of the 3.00 Lingfield. Of course I had Vin Rose and Sonic Anthem for the forecast. Always one horse out! Why is it when I back a horse with Cornwall on it (best in Mad Professor), it always runs uselessly? Why can't they run properly for a change? I backed the luckless Twist Magic to beat Tartak in the 3.10 Newbury, but unfortunately he lost his life in a fall when in the lead. Best in Robby Bobby dropped out in the 3.25 Lingfield, when I had it with the first two for the tricast! I can see why it was 13/2 now! You can never get the three best in to run first, second and third in a race! There's always one missing! You would think you could get three out of six right when they are clear best in! Sorry if I'm whingeing a lot today, but I'm getting a bit fed up! Egerton's Avoca Promise 4/1 winner from King's Raya Star, so the better bumper trainers to the fore again. I didn't back in the race, too many imponderables. King's horses first and third again in the 3.45 Newbury, with Who's Afraid and Tante Sissi (apparent second string won, which I have highlighted before)! Why are they so crafty? Because they can get better prices, of course! I have had so many seconds, thirds, fourths and fifths today that I have lost count! System bet Valkov 20/1 third in the 5.25 Kempton. Decency lost ground at the start, then looked to be going best before fading towards the end. Told you -05 figures are usually no good! Keep an eye on that one soon! System bet Duff was best in for the 5.55 Kempton, and I was a bit disappointed that it came only third. My old favourite Spirit Of Sharjah 20/1 winner, and I didn't back it! Every time I have backed Jimmy Quinn previously, his mounts have not performed, so you lose faith after a while!

14th December: Best in and system bet Manoubi 12/1 fourth in the 12.15 Catterick, with system bet Bocciani third. Railway Park, Samizdat and Play The Rock are all due a better run soon. I don't know why Mr Syntax ran such a poor race in the 12.45 Catterick it must be better than that, but dropped steadily out! The two others apparently best in, Si Bien and Four Strong Winds, both fell. My recent tip, Kumbeshwar, (see 3rd December) 9/1 winner of the 12.55 Southwell. Should not have beaten the favourite Trip The Light if the latter ran to form, but just shows they prefer the longer prices! 7lb claimer on the favourite, often not a good signal! System bet Triggerman 9/2 winner of the 1.05 Folkestone. Another disappointing run from best in Pause And Clause! Neptune Equester was best in for the 1.15 Catterick, but finished only fourth even with two horses falling in front! I had also written down Lethal Glaze and Moon Indigo, which finished first and second! Best in Galpin Junior ran terribly in the 1.25 Southwell, and must do better than that. The stable is still well out of form, unfortunately. Equuleus Pictor should also do much better soon. System bet Silaah 100/30 second. Best in Keepitsecret was going better than anything in the 1.45 Catterick, but, after looking sure to get placed, was allowed to finish fifth! Very annoying, but must win a race before long. Antonius Caesar will also do better soon. System bet Jack's Lad winner of the 2.05 Folkestone. Thrown in Oniz Tiptoes plugged on for seventh place in the 2.15 Catterick, but should have won this, and should be noted next time out! Lemon Silk was thrown in for the 3.05 Folkestone, but decided to come third today! Can win another race shortly. I wondered why Prince Du Seuil was such a short price. Where's Johnny was a big price, and will do better soon. I backed system bet High Hoylander in the 3.15 Catterick, but it disappeared halfway round! Must have pulled up, but was not seen by anyone, including me! Charles Parnell and Fathey are becoming increasingly frustrating, and it is about time they showed their true colours. Alpha Tauri was an ex-Cecil horse, and won the 3.25 Southwell easily at 20/1! Three fairly equally handicapped horses, Pete The Feat, Sailor's Sovereign and Kiltimoney in the 3.35 Folkestone, and of course I backed the wrong one, Kiltimoney, with Pete The Feat winning at 8/1. Should have noticed that two of them were asymmetrical. Typical! Gosh, it gets me annoyed, as you kind of assume that the lower priced horses will be trying harder!

13th December: Jetnova is obviously considerably better than its official rating, unless Brackloon High ran well below form in the 1.05 Plumpton, which it probably did. You can never tell how good King's horses actually are! I was also surprised at the price of On Trend (10/1 third). Best in on hurdles form Medermit 6/4 winner of the 1.35 Plumpton. Next best American Trilogy crashed out, and I hope it was ok. System bet Himrayn appeared to be going better than anything in the 2.05 Plumpton, but did not go through with its effort. Must do better, along with Mega Watt. I almost got the forecast with The Winged Assasin and Star Links in the 2.15 Wolverhampton, the latter just hanging fire to finish fourth in the closing stages! My Sister was a big price, but was well there for a long way, and I thought at one point I was going to get the tricast! I backed system bet Jackieandy in the 2.20 Cork, and I thought it was going to win at the second last! Was this a trial run, as I think it could have done much better! System bet Well Insured 16/1 second. Best in Verasi front-ran for a long way before packing up, and should do better. Arnold Layne, next best, was also disappointing in fifth, and must win soon, along with High Oscar, which seemed to be going better than most. I had Neytiri 8/1 each-way in the 2.45 Wolverhampton, but didn't put it in the forecast with Takeaway! Silly me! Red Gold And Green made a poor effort after being up there early. I had system bet Backinthere 20/1 second and Burn And Turn 7/1 third in the 2.50 Cork, which wasn't a bad return! I had Gentleman Jimmy in the 3.10 Plumpton (10/1) but unfortunately took 7/1 on it! Englishtown and Manadam should have done better, and it appears that they do not compete when there is a better handicapped horse in the race, which is very disappointing! Both will do better soon, probably. I wanted to back system bet Steps to beat Quality Art in the 3.20 Wolverhampton, but the race was off before I could do so! Always the way! Mujamead, Aspolan and Stop The Show were best in for the 3.40 Plumpton, but none of them competed, so I can only assume they were wary of each other! Very annoying, but keep an eye on all three soon. Two more that did not get into the places in the 3.50 Wolverhampton were Stolt (fourth) and Almaty Express. Clear best in, these two must do better. They make me really wild sometimes! Best in Bluebok is probably nothing like as good as it was, but finished second to an improver in the 4.20 Wolverhampton. You never know how much ability a horse retains, especially the old stagers, so their ratings must be viewed with some scepticism. Clear best in Houston Dynimo finished second at 9/1 in the 4.50 Wolverhampton. They like to take their time in winning a race, which can be very frustrating at times! Bushy Dell was next best in, but was out of the handicap and faded after leading for a long way. Both will do better soon.

12th December: Again, concentrating on the UK Snooker, I did not see much of the racing today. Just a few comments: Odds-on favourite Majuro beaten by Avonrose 7/1 in the 1.15 Southwell. They don't seem to like being odds-on, do they, and second favourites are often good value in these races. Amary and Crocodile Bay should do better soon, probably in a handicap. System bet Steed 8/1 winner of the 1.45 Southwell. Lean Machine and Olney Lass are both due a win soon. Fishforcompliments is thrown in on old form for a race soon, but was clearly not out to make an impact today in the 2.15. Keep an eye on it, together with Viva Ronaldo from the same stable (Fahey). Misaro (2.45) was best in, so must do better very soon. I expected Dandarell to win the 3.15, but it was shorter than I expected.

11th December: I have often said in the past that horses with winning point to point form often run well in bumpers, and Solaise (1.50 Lingfield) was a case in point, winning at 20/1! Wish I had a bet in the race! The only three with official ratings finished first, second and third in the right order in the 12.10 Cheltenham, with Akula third at 50/1. Quite a nice each-way price! Best in Resplendent Alpha finished third in the 12.25 Lingfield, but never looked likely to win. I don't know how much ability it retains, but was thrown in on old form. Super Frank (sys+1) 11/4 winner. Strange how they run two or three bad races, and are suddenly joint favourite! I had Bernisdale (third 25/1) as best in on all known form in the 12.35 Southwell, but there were a couple of unknown quantities off low marks in Fearless Poet and Johnston's Investment World, which finished first and second. Bottom weights from top stables, always worth a look! On old form, Flight Leader was best in for the 12.45 Cheltenham, but was clearly not out to win today! A ten year old which had not been out for a while, but may do better soon. The next two best in, Time For Rupert and Chicago Grey finished first and second. Orchard Supreme should have walked the 1.00 Lingfield, but apparently made very hard work of it (probably had a ton in hand). Second best Transfer should do better soon, along with Sovereignty over a shorter distance. I never know what to make of these races, as they seem to be only out to get a particular placing in many cases. Crocodile Bay was clear best in on old form for the 1.10 Southwell, but just got touched off by William Morgan. Must win a race soon. Starry Mount was disappointing off this mark. Louisiade will do better in a handicap (system bet next time). Half Sister is certainly due a win after finishing fifth in the 1.45 Southwell. System bet Island Sunset 6/1 winner of the 2.45 Lingfield. Transfixed and Goodbye Cash are due better runs after the 3.20 Lingfield. Royal Island is working back to another win after the 2.55 Southwell, but should be walking races like this! Clever Omneya (sys+1) 9/1 winner.

10th December: Concentrating on the snooker on TV, I have not seen much racing recently, and saw none today. A few comments on results: Horses that should have done better today and are due soon: High Kickin (11.20 South) Figaro Flyer (2.40 South), Capable Guest, Free Falling (1.30), Albaher (3.15), Othermix (fell) (12.10 Chelt), Knight Legend (1.15), Afsoun and Quickbeam (1.50), Knowhere and Irish Raptor (2.25). A few system results today: Zed Candy 5/1 second (1.30 South), Finn's Rainbow 6/1 second (12.20), Miss Bootylishes 6/1 second (12.55), Your Gifted (sys+1) 10/1 winner (3.15). No doubt there were others.

9th December: Ebraam was clear top official rated for the 1.45 Wolverhampton, and best rated by me, except for The Tatling, which is obviously not as good as it once was. The latter (third) is certainly due for a handicap soon off its current mark. I also had Better Self (-25), 6/1 winner, as top-rated for the 2.15, so, so far, so good! Private Joke and the 80 rated D'Artagnan were also two obvious picks for the 2.45. Royal Island should have won the 3.15, but so often these exceptionally well handicapped horses have a win, then fail to repeat it next time. This cannot be coincidence. Mighty Clarets (3.45) at 12/1 was an unusually big price winner for the Fahey stable. System bet Johhny Hancocks 7/4 winner of the 4.00 Kempton from system bet Majestic Ridge 20/1 second! Folio was clear best in for the 4.30, and now that it has got a third place, perhaps it will try to win soon! System bet Nothing To Hide 7/2 second in the 5.30. System bet Quasi Congaree 8/1 second in the 6.30.

8th December: Silence Is Bliss looked well in at the weights on previous performances for the 12.40 Lingfield and obliged at good 4/1 odds over the odds-on favourite. Looked much better value. Lord Deevert was marginally best in on old form for the 1.10 Lingfield, just getting pipped on the line by official top-rated Prize Point, so I suppose the result was about right. Should win a handicap off this mark. Boundless Applause ran a huge race in third, and off a rating of 39 must be very well in for a handicap, even if it will be out of the handicap proper. And don't forget old Louisiade, which is due a good run soon. Official top-rated and my top-rated overall, Brandywell Boy (see my comment 30th November) 3/1 winner of the 1.40 Lingfield. Looked like a good price! Archie Rice (see 15th November) 13/2, was my clear best in for the 2.10 Lingfield, but was beaten by Musson's Cozy Tiger, with another Musson runner, Bold Adventure, in third! Unusual for Musson's to win at 12/1! Best in Lord Of The Reins is due a good run soon after the 2.20 Kempton. Desert Strike, 9/2 winner, was my next best in. Feeling Foxy will also do better soon and there is more to come from Boragh Jamal. Salient was my clear best for the 2.40 Lingfield, but normally comes late and does not front-run. I suspect that this was a trial run, and we can expect better soon. My third best Requisite finished third at 12/1. Second best Dingaan was running for a stable that has been a long time without a winner. Official top-rated Ivan Vasilevich a surprise priced 4/1 winner of the 2.50 Kempton! Does not say much about the others! Stand Guard was my best in for the 3.20 Kempton, but did not perform today. Must do better soon. Eastern Gift (third) was best in for the 3.40 Lingfield, but with the first place at the front, the odds were against it winning! Should win soon though, possibly next time out. System type bet Mountrath 8/1 winner. The first four in racecard order were the first four home in the 4.20 Kempton. Top weights in a nursery - the old adage! Covert Mission (4.50 Kempton) had all the wrong figures for my system, but I know that it wins when wanted! As usual, the best in system bet Nothing Is Forever, led from the start, then packed up. Will do better, as will Blackstone Vegas and Softly Killing Me.

7th December: I can never work out why the best horses do not compete in many races, but just to say the Hart Of Gold, Fathey and Memphis Man (fourth) were far better in than the winner and placed horses, but all connections know somehow? that they are not going to get involved. It would be nice to think that everybody kept their plans to themselves. All three must do better soon, but will probably not be at such big prices when this happens! Orchard Supreme (fourth) was clear best in for the 12.50 Lingfield, so must win a race soon. I was surprised that Officer In Command was as big as 7/1! System bet Love Delta 4/1 winner of the 1.00 Southwell. Bonnie Prince Blue (second 8/1) was clear best in on old form, but does not appear to be as good as it once was. Best in Hinton Admiral, tipped by me recently, 7/2 winner of the 3.20 Lingfield.

6th December: I did not see any racing today, so will refrain from commenting.

5th December: I am not concentrating on the racing for a few days, but will note any points of interest: On 19th November I noted that Royal Island and Acropolis are running at about 50-60lb below their best form, and the former won the 1.30 Lingfield today at 8/1 (symmetrical form, sys+1)! How's that for advance information? Will Acropolis do the same soon? A perfect system bet (-260) Perfect Act, 9/1 winner of the 2.30 Lingfield with system bet Even Bolder 7/1 third! Just shows the system does work quite often! Whiskey Junction must show again soon. Estonia (sys+1) 25/1 winner of the 3.30 Lingfield. Ten Down is due a win soon.

4th December: I am having a few days off while racing is decimated and we are down to the all weather stuff, so will only make a few comments over the next few days. If you want to contact me, please email me. Just a few comments on today's racing: System bet Jawaab 7/1 winner of the 1.25 Southwell. Maslak and Kimberley Downs were my two best in, but ran shockers today. I am expecting Buddy Holly to run well soon. Instructress has still not delivered after the 2.25 Southwell, so must try soon. Best in Hard Rock City did not perform in the 2.55 Southwell, so should do better before long. Best in Daaweitza finished only third in the 3.25 Souithwell, and is due another win off this mark. System bet Angel's Pursuit 12/1 winner of the 3.40 Kempton. Methaaly, which I said should have won recently, 5/1 winner of the 6.50 Wolverhampton.

3rd December: Cheveyo was clear best in for the 2.35 Wolverhampton, was hacking behind the leaders, then dropped out. How do you explain that? Must show very soon now. Second best on my ratings, True Red, finished second at 14/1. My two best in, Know No Fear and The Winged Assassin, first 13/2 and second 4/1 in the reverse order in the 3.45 Wolverhampton. Restores some faith in my ratings when they so often appear to mean nothing! I had William Morgan 4/1 as best in at the weights for the 4.15 Wolverhampton, just getting denied by Kildare Sun on the line! Kumbeshwar is due a better run, possibly in a handicap, soon. My top-rated Spectait 4/1 winner of the 4.45 Wolverhampton. It was good clue that it was backed last time and failed to perform, often a good sign for next time out. Just wish I had a few quid on it, but I haven't been backing much in the last few days, as races are so few and far between!

2nd December: Only one UK meeting again today, so just a few words about the races I saw: I had Justcallmehandsome and Merrymadcap as my two best in for the 4.00 Wolverhampton, and both figured prominently at different stages. The former had poor recent form and the latter's form was assymetrical, so I wasn't surprised that they did not win or place. Both should do better soon. As it was well out of the handicap today, expect a better run from Vanadium soon. So Is She (better over 6-7 furlongs?) was my clear best in for the 4.30, but after threatening, it finished in the ruck. Should win a race when wanted. I gave a favourable mention to the runner-up Ad Vitam in one of its previous runs, and it finished second at 80/1, despite having little apparent chance on official ratings, and ran on as if it could win a race soon. It may go up in the handicap as a result of this run, however. System bet Ivan's A Star 11/2 winner. With the absence of Methaaly, Cyflymder was clear best in for the 5.00 Wolverhampton, so when it led, it was either going to stay there or drop out, and it was the latter, eventually finishing fifth. Will it win next time? Your guess is as good as mine, but if it retains its old ability, it should win soon. I often wonder when the first two in the betting finish first and second, as to how someone seems to know that this is going to happen? Chief Exec should also run better soon, and I often wonder if the overweight notice is a kind of signal. Another best-in runner which front-ran in the 5.30 and dropped out was Henry's Air, and that leads me to expect a better run next time. I never know whether -366 is a good or bad sign, as you get varying results from these figures, but -3660 will be more likely. These jockeys certainly put on a good show when their horses drop out! I had Magic Cross as one of the improvers, and this time the 7lb claim did help! Half Sister, best in for the 7.00, had an off night and will do better when wanted. Also look out for Ancient Times when it runs again.

1st December: I thought Abhainn was coming to win the 2.00 Kempton, but got swallowed up by four other horses in the final furlong! I had Straight And Level as best in on past form, and other people thought so too, but it did not show up much. System bet Custard Cream Kid 7/1 winner, with one of my old favourites, Djalalabad, in second. This was a very closely knit handicap, which could have produced numerous different winners on the day, including Inquistress and Brooksby, apart from those mentioned. I suppose jockeyship is paramount in these races, as some horses, including Abhainn, clearly went too early. I backed Danube Dancer and Silver Age against their stablemate favourite in the 2.30 Kempton ( I was suspicious of the 7lb claimer), but I put the wrong horse in for the forecast! I might as well have done all three in reverse forecasts, as I would still have made a profit! Danube Dancer was best in on my ratings, but they knew what was going to happen! All that means is that Danube Dancer will do better soon (but now has a first place at the front)! System bet Jaldarshaan 6/1 winner of the 3.00 Kempton (I got 8/1)! It's nice when your system bets come in! I wanted Faithful Duchess for the forecast, as it seemd to be better in at the weights than the favourite. Reginald Claude appeared to best in at the weights on past performances in the 3.30 Kempton, but finished last of four. May do better in a bigger race soon. It was a total toss-up in the 4.00 Kempton as to which horse was wanted, and I plumped for system bet Gomrath, which finished last, of course. I suppose either of them to beat the odds-on favourite was the most likely result! System bet Nova Blues 13/2 winner of the 4.00 Marseille. I went for another system bet, Chevalier D'Eon. Does the fact that Vhujon and Flash McGahon were equally in for the 4.30 Kempton mean than neither was going to win the race? Possibly. At any rate they finished third and fourth, and Vhujon was kept just behind the leaders all the way without finishing off! I am sure that it can win a race of this type, but unfortunately will probably need to be favourite to do so. Little Perisher is another that can do better. Flash McGahon has now been four years without winning, and I don't understand why they brought it over twice from Ireland if it was not going to win! Best in Resplendent Alpha was running on well down the inside in the 5.00 Kempton, and I am sure will win a race before long. The same applies to Namir, which was a fast finishing fourth, but unfortunately that is no good! Pilgrim Dancer is another well-in horse to bear in mind. The winner Torres Del Paine had system type form. Perhaps best in Dvinsky is not as good as he was, running on into third in the 5.30 Kempton, but Doctor Hilary (fourth) should also have done better. The latter particularly should win soon. Well, it's rather boring at present, with a maximum of one meeting per day. Let's hope we get back to normal before too long!

30th November: Brabazon was well in for the 12.45 Lingfield, and I should have taken notice of the money! I was disappointed that Pocket Too lay so far off the pace that it could only eventually get fifth place with a late run. No money for one or two others, such as Zuwaar and Swords, both of which should show soon. It's really frustrating when you know how good they are, and they are clearly not wanted on the day! Nicholls had two in the 1.00 Southwell, but I didn't realise he was going to pull a fast one with the lesser rated horse! Beyaz Villas was far better in, but did not show at all! Just For Leo was second rated, but finished only fourth. I also backed third best Molly Mylenis, and at least got a place at 16/1. You just never know what the plans are for these races! I would like to hear the explanation for Beyaz Villas today! I was suspicious of Matunosuke in the 1.15 Lingfied, which does not always run its race (how many horses do?), but I backed it to beat Ebraam, which won at 13/2! Because it was such a big price, I almost ignored as the potential winner! Should have done it each-way! Typical. Brandywell Boy was well in for a place at these weights, but only ran on when it was too late! Well, it was -06! Will do better in a handicap, probably. I got Maslak 5/1 and Yossi 100/30 in a reverse forecast for the 1.30 Southwell, so that was the first good return for the day! Any race reader (even a non-discerning one), could have told you that Bilko Pak and Islesman were going better than the other two in the 1.45 Southwell, indeed the winner was going least well of the four, so what do we make of that? I leave it to you to decide! I backed Ace Master and Irie Ute in a reverse forecast in the 2.00 Southwell, and, as usual, something got in the way! -46 figures can be a good bet, despite my system comments! Deva Le Deva should do better soon. Best in Syrian sliced through the pack in the 2.15 Lingfield, and could have won if making its effort sooner, finishing only fourth. The price was ominous, but its performance today was eye-catching! Fortunately I also backed Halsion Chancer each-way, which just pipped it for third place! Salient was second best in at a huge price, and, not surprisingly, did not figure today. I hate in when they mess around with the best horses, when they should be winning! This Final Drive must be very well in (90+) if it won on merit! The 2.40 Lingfield was off before I could put a bet on, and unfortunately I had Dark Promise and system bet Fonterutoli 20/1 on my shortlist for the first two home! Missed a trick there! I can never understand why two horses finish miles clear of the remainder when several of the others are better in (3.30 Southwell)! There must be an arrangement somewhere! Orpen Wide ran like a donkey at the back (normally front-runs), and Plenilune showed briefly before packing up. Both of these and Morocchius will do better soon. What on earth happened to Meydan Dubai in the 3.40 Lingfield? Must be saps like me that were backing it! It was thrown in, especially with the defection of Figaro Flyer, but was clearly not out to show today! They like to keep you guessing, which is all very well, but it would be nice to get a run for your money! I kept looking at Dancing Welcome, which always seems to run well when wanted, but did not back it and it ran away as if the others were standing still! It has never achieved a rating of higher than 58, but is obviously yet another of those dark horses which a few trainers exploit. The only way you can pick them is by spotting them when they have no apparent right to win. Bob's Dreamflight was another which was well in, and I thought it would stay there most of the way, but it packed up too quickly. No excuse though for Meydan Dubai, which must do better very soon.

29th November: Only one UK meeting today and Taste The Wine (system type figures) 12/1 winner of the 2.10 Wolverhampton. I backed King's Revenge, which was heavily backed on the course, but as usual -05 figures meant that it came fifth! However, it did take the lead before being overtaken, and should do better next time. Best in Corlough Mountain was a huge price, but could surprise soon, as could Aberdeen Park, off the track for a long time. The best three in for the 2.45 Wolverhampton were Landucci, I Confess and Rebellious Spirit. There was no money for Landucci, but expect it to run better next time. Fortunately I Confess won at 10/1, with Rebellious Spirit in third at 7/1, although I would have had the forecast if it came second (almost got up). Wooden King is beginning to annoy me, as it always seems to win for no apprent reason, unless it is a much better horse than the bare figures! I thought Bradley would have at least the forecast with Arctic Cape and The Tatling, but it was not to be, although the latter came third. Arctic Cape always seems to run in front and then not win! Both of these should win soon, and Bradley's third horse, Flaxen Lake, is no back number! Pity! I thought A Little Bit Dusty should have beaten Sheila's Star in the 3.50 Wolverhampton, but perhaps it did not get home over the trip. I put all my eggs in one basket by backing it to win and beat the favourite. The favourite was too short in my opinion, but perhaps they knew what would happen! Boogie Dancer should have done rather better also. Urban Kode (-040) 14/1 winner of the 4.20 Wolverhampton. If I don't back Evans' horses they win, and if do back them, they are usually useless! Can't get it right! I had a long look at Aquilifer, which I have backed before, but didn't back it today. I am convinced that Sammy Alexander could have finished in a better position, so keep an eye on it. Windsor Knights will be a system bet next time, and should do better. Joyously was best in for the 4.50 Wolverhampton, but 40/1 was not encouraging! Will it win next time or wait another race? I also backed Ivan Vasilevich, just getting pipped on the line! Better Self and High Kicking should do better soon. I am not sure if Williams Way got the trip in the 5.20 Wolverhampton, but it was clear best in on the ratings. The drift out to 14/1 was indicative of its chances today! Fortunately I also backed Leyte Gulf, 15/2 winner, which I thought would run well. Strangely? the three horses with claimers on them did not figure again! I knew there was something in that! Best in and system bet Shark Man 16/1 third in the 5.50 Wolverhampton. System bet Herecomethegirls 9/1 second, and I also backed the winner, Love In The Park, but no forecast! Bentley (fourth) will do better soon.

28th November: Best in Jonny Ebeneezer appeared to be going the best in the 2.15 Kempton, but just hung in behind the leaders as if third place was all that was wanted (which it probably was)! Second best Braddock also did not figure, but is from a stable out of form. Song Of Praise in fourth was disappointing, and will probably do better in a bigger race. Radiant Dream was very disappointing in the 2.45 kempton, given its breeding and connections, and no doubt will do better than that! Should have known that Beckett's Echo Ridge would run well at a shortish price. Sylas Ings continues to disappoint, finishing fourth in the 3.20 Kempton. Not nuch money either for Baileys Moneypenny, which achieved a fair rating earlier, but is probably being kept for handicaps. Beckett's Ringstead Bay finished third, proving that the stable is in form. A pity, I looked at Butler's horse in the 3.50 Kempton, and remembered that he sometimes has some good first time horses, but did not back it! I see the favourite bombed out again! Beckett's Abysse did not figure this time. Typical! Best in Kings Caprice blazed off in front in the 4.20 Kempton, and looked like getting placed, but did not get home. Is better over 7 furlongs, and should win soon (system bet next time). Next best Provost typically finished fourth when you need it to get placed! Of course that is usually why they are such a big price! I find it difficult to equate a horse's massive ratings advantage with its actual finishing position in most races. Clearly they have not run to their best! Twilight Star is also better in than most of these when wanted. System bet Hip Hip Hooray 25/1 second. How come the best in horse in the 4.50 Kempton, Record Breaker, starts at 14/1, stays at the back of the field and is under pressure most of the way? Doesn't make sense unless it has been planned that way! Oh, yes, it was a 7lb claimer on board! Makes me fume sometimes! And how come they seem to know by the betting which horses are going to get placed? It can't be that easy! How about some of the best rated competing sometimes? Bow To No One (fourth) should do better soon. Best in Sovereignty only put on a spurt to get third place when the bird had flown in the 5.20 Kempton. I thought Super Frank would show today, but probably afraid of Sovereignty on paper? There was no obvious reason why Leelu should be such a short price and win unless it is a lot better horse than it has shown to date. A winner at last with Nacho Libre 8/1 in the 5.50 Kempton! Next best Edes Dot Com was running well down the inside before fading late, and will do better soon, along with Cactus King. Simple Rhythm will do better over a shorter distance than 7 furlongs.

27th November: I fancied Act Of Kalanisi from its flat performances, and it just outbattled Secret World on the run-in! Should have done the forecast, biut I did it with Classic Vintage instead. I backed the second and third in a forecast against Binocular in the 12.25 Newbury, as I suspected it might bomb out this time! Best in Martys Mission was hampered by fallers two or three times in the 1.55 Newbury, and still finished fifth, so worth keeping an eye on soon! Next best Mizuri Bay also fell, and should do better when completing. I thought best in Vino Griego was going to win at a big price (I got 28/1) in the 1.30 Newbury, but just collared into third on the run-in! Canalturn (fell) and Quintessentially should do better soon. System bet Rebel Dancer 16/1 second in the 2.00 Newbury, with system bet The Betchworth Kid just pipped into fourth. Yahrab was best in for the 2.10 Kempton, but clearly not wanted today. That one is thrown in when wanted. Baylini normally comes from the back, so the close-up tactics today were not encouraging! Will do better, hopefully next time. The best three in for the 2.30 Newbury finished first, second and third, and I suppose I was hoping too much for Arcalis to run second off its current mark. As regards handicaps, it should be thrown in soon! Johnny Hancocks should have been well in with a 7lb claimer on it for the 2.40 Kempton, but unfortunately that probably meant that it would not compete, and so it turned out! There is always money for that horse when it runs well. Instructress was best in, but ran poorly, and I expect a better run soon. The two best in horses on old form, Neptune Collonges and Madison Du Berlais, fell and were brought down by the other in the 3.05 Newbury. That left next best Diamond Harry to win the race, with Denman running well in third. Best in The Cheka did not finish off the race in the 3.15 Kempton, and should do better soon. Typically I backed the stablemate of the joint winner, Aldovandri! Best in Man Of Iron (stablemate of the winner, of course) went clear in the 3.50 Kempton, then dropped out tamely. Very well in soon, together with Munsef, which dropped out after being up with the pace. Steady Eddie got the winner, Cheetah again! The other two mentioned will do better soon. I backed Majestic Bright in the 4.50 Kempton, and Lady Rosetti each-way. Possibly I would have got a good return if Handsome King had not been withdrawn. I prefer to back those with solid form rather than a first-time out favourite such as Private Joke (second). I had Gallantry, my recent tip, second at 25/1 in the 5.20 kempton. They don't win straight off very often when their recent form is poor! Prince Of Thebes and Wise Dennis are two that are overdue a win. As so often happens, the favourite failed to fire in the 5.50 Wolverhampton. I had Mr Optimistic 9/1, but wanted it in a forecast with the favourite. Why do they mysteriously fail to show at all? I expect a lot of people had doubles on Grey Missile and Missile Command, hehe! New Beginning was best in for the 6.20 Wolverhampton, and despite being wrong at the weights, was too short in the betting (11/4) not to be trying! I had the first three written down in the right order! Special Cuvee should do better next time. Jibbrya took up a big lead, was well in, but faded out, and will do better. Cobo Bay and Kimberley Downs were best in for the 6.50 Wolverhampton, but I always think West End Lad will usually win when wanted, so I had a little on that too at 12/1 (didn't like the first place at the front, but they do win sometimes to upset the odds! . The first two named will probably win again soon, indeed Kimberley Downs dropped out, then ran on again just outside the places.

26th November: Best in Sam Patch ran in snatches in th 12.10 Musselburgh, finishing strongly when it was all over. Should do better soon. Second best Vallani was well backed, but also ran in snatches to finish fifth. System bet Harp's Counsel 28/1 third. Might have known that the odds-on favourite Dolatulo would get turned ober in the 1.30 Newbury, and it was, almost inevitably, King's Smad Place to do it! Typically I did the forecast the wrong way around! I had the forecast with The Starboard Bow and Meetings Man in the 12.40 Musselburgh, but thought Almutaham should have finished closer. Best in Robby Bobby was tightened up late on, and finished only third to my other selection, Traphalgar, 100/30 winner. I thought Lordsbridge 25/1 was going to win the 1.00 Newbury, but just got pipped on the run-in by King's Little George! Miss Sarenne appeared to be going well, but was suddenly pulled up by McCoy, and should do better next time. Tranos cost me the tricast in the 1.15 Musselburgh by finishing fourth! Damn, I had it with the first two home! Fromsong should have won the 1.25 Lingfield on all known form, but is getting on in years and does not have the pace it used to have, just getting pipped at 12/1. Cape Royal was next best in, but typically does not win after a second last time, and finished fourth or fifth with its stablemate Triple Dream. Wanchai Whisper (sys+1) 12/1 third. Racing Demon front-ran most of the way in the 1.35 Newbury, eventually finishing fifth. Too far? We shall see. Probably suited by 2m4F. Quickbeam also looked like taking a hand, but finished sixth. Oscar Park was too big a price, but is also well in when wanted. I did one of my flat horses, Chocolate Caramel each-way in the 1.50 Musselburgh, but should have done it with system bet Jago River for the forecast! Top-weight in a handicap did not work in the 2.00 Lingfield, and of course I had Poyle Judy in a forecast with the winner Podgies Boy! Another turn-up in the 2.10 Newbury, and Celestial Halo could not even win when Spirit River fell! System bet Cois Farraig 10/1 winner! You just can't tell what is going to happen in these novice chases! Why do horses rarely win after a second place last time out? Pillar Of Hercules could finish only fifth in the 2.25 Musselburgh, and my other pick, Long Distance finished just ahead of it in fourth. These were the two best in horses, so draw your own conclusions! I am sure that Heart O' The West is capable of better soon, based on its bumper form. I had Flash McGahon, Methaaly and Wallis for the 2.35 Lingfield, finishing first and third! Flash McGahon was well backed, but never showed. Why did he bring it over? My first selection and system bet Aigle D'Or 13/2 winner of the 2.45 Newbury. My other selection, Perce Rock, fell, but can do better. System bet First Point also finished third at 10/1. Kit Carson was thrown in for the 2.55 Musselburgh, but I doubted it would win at 25/1, so I backed it straight and put it in the forecast with the favourite. Ceremonial Jade was by far best in for the 3.05 Lingfield, but did not show up well enough to get placed. Must do better soon. I backed three horse each-way in the 3.15 Newbury: Somewhatinevitable fell at the first, Dixie Bull fell at the last when in contention (ran down the last two hurdles), and Merehead finished fourth! What a load of bad luck! The latter looked very scopey, and no doubt will win when put into the race properly. I wanted First Rock to beat Thurnham in the 3.30 Musselburgh, but of course the latter had to finish third, didn't it? Best in Scorn ran another shocker in the 3.40 Lingfield, finishing fifth! Never put into the race with a chance, despite going better than the winner at halfway! Why do they keep doing that, is it waiting for a handicap? Mavalenta was another that should have figured more closely.

25th November: My first selection, Via Galilei 16/1 winner of the 12.30 Newbury! I also fancied Monetary Fund, but did not put it in for the forecast! What are they doing with Border Castle, which was thrown in for the 12.40 Taunton, but came nowhere? Even next best Cortinas came only third, when better in than the first two! Doesn't make sense! Couldn't even get the forecast in the 12.50 Uttoxeter, with Moorlands Teri finishing only third and second rated Negus De Beaumont (possibly unfit) pulling up! I backed Sparky May in the 1.00 Newbury, and wanted Line Freedom for the forecast, until it fell at the last! Always something, isn't there? If Nicene Creed could win the 1.10 Taunton, why wasn't My Brother Sylvest, superior rated, involved in the finish? It was going better than the favourite at halfway, then just packed up for no apparent reason! Are they keeping it for a handicap? System bet Bally Legend 25/1 second! I backed Definite Dawn each-way at 12/1 in the 1.25 Uttoxeter, and wish I had done the forecast with the favourite! I also had a small each-way at 80/1 on system bet Duke Of Ormond (third)! If I could have the forecast, I would have backed Finian's Rainbow to beat Hell's Bay in the 1.35 Newbury, but the forecast was not available for some reason! I had Clouseau 9/4 to beat Arctic Ben 2/1 in the 1.45 Taunton. What a nice big horse the winner is, and looks capable of going on to better things! Nous Voila was thrown in for the 2.00 Uttoxeter, but finished only fourth, and probably wants further. Another annoying thing was that Imperial Royale led nearly all the way going well and still finished only third in a seven horse race! There's something wrong when the best three in (including South Bank) finish out of the first three! All it means is that could not have been wanted to figure today! Best in Regal Heights was going well in the 2.10 Newbury, but did not go through with its effort. Next best The Vicar ran well for a long way, but of course finished fifth, and third best Thetwincamdrift finished fourth, so you can't win like that! All three will do better soon. Steady Eddy had the winner Buffalo Bob at 7/1! My two selections, Puerto Azul 10/1 and Cantabilly 8/1 finished second and third in the 2.20 Taunton! Pity I didn't do the tricast with the favourite! Consulate should do better soon. I got the forecast with Bellflower Boy and Laborec, and also backed Diktalina each-way, so could have had the tricast in the 2.35 Uttoxeter, but went with the disappointing Black Apache! Bobby Magern ran on strongly from the back in the 2.45 Newbury, but did not figure in the finish. Keep an eye on it next time! Pairc Na Gcapall was very disappointing in the 2.55 Taunton, dropping out quickly after leading. My other selection, Petroupetrov finished third at 50/1 (but was best in on my ratings)! I thought Voramar Two was certain to be placed in the 3.15 Newbury, but thought it would be Tell Massini that might beat it! None of my top-rated fgured in the places in the 3.30 Taunton, including best in Rapid Return (fell), Terrible Tenant (dropped out) and Outside Investor. These should do better soon. I can only assume that they were each concerned about the others. I thought Poole Master might bomb out in the 3.40 Uttoxeter, but it did not, unfortunately. I did not matter anyway, as my choice Aeneid ran a stinker in about fifth! I often wonder whether getting picked in the form preview affects how they run? I couldn't decide between Henderson, Nicholls and King in the 3.50 Newbury, but decided that they might go with the better prices, so backed both of King's in a forecast with Balding Banker, which worked out quite nicely at 11/4 and 9/1! Rolanta started running on from the back in the 4.00 Taunton, then dropped back again. That one is thrown in soon when it decides to run better (but the horse has little choice in the matter). I thought I had the winner with Dower Glen 16/1 in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, but just got run out of it by Boy The Bell! Dower Glen was slightly better in at the weights, but I don't know if the girl jockey was strong enough. Woodwind (fourth) and Mighty Aphrodite were two disappointments, having discounted the favourite. Looking at it, I should have had the forecast, as they were the best two in. Missed a trick there! I got one of the first two in the 4.40 Wolverhampton with Abbondanza 9/4, but best in Excusez Moi, despite making good ground around the outside, failed to run on. Should have eaten most of these! It has cost me a fortune in bad bets in recent times! As I said, the stable is in a very cold spell, but it is only a matter of time for them and that horse. Fifth Commandment was the first to take my eye in the 5.10 Wolverhampton (top weight in a nursery) and as usual I went against it again! My horse Lenjawi Pride, appeared to be going best, but got taken out in the closing stages. Keep an eye on that one. I thought One Way Or Another would have been in the shakeup in the 5.40 Wolverhampton, but it was never put into the race! Must win soon. Stablemate Sutton Veny finished second, which probably explains that one's performance! I backed against my old favourite, Piscean, and every time I do that, it wins! System bet Waveband 12/1 third. Best in Brouhaha missed the break (blindfold came off late), hence lost any chance of winning! Next best Trip The Light was the complete outsider, and those don't often win for Fahey. Hence my two selections were out with the washing! I had a look at Mongoose Alert, and saw it was a middling price, but didn't back it! I hate this game sometimes, and they seem to do anything other than win! I had 10p each-way on Abulharith at 50/1 in the 7.10 Wolverhampton! Best in Given A Choice was useless again, and I don't know when it will run better, but surely it can't be long, unless it has lost all its ability. My other selection, Tres Froide, finished third at 10/1.

24th November: Skybet is currently not functioning, which is rather frustrating! I had Ymir (second 16/1) in my top three for the 12.00 Lingfield. Disappointments included Lord Deevert, Grey Boy and Pab Special, all of which should do better shortly. My top two rated, National Trust and Corlande finished first and second in the 12.20 Wetherby, but it didn't look likely three out, as Corlande appeared to be travelling rather better! Highland Harvest (best in) was right in the shakeup for the places in the 12.30 Lingfield, eventually finishing fourth, and should win very soon. My second selection, Pilgrim Dancer did not figure, and will do better. That 7lb claimer again! My second rated, Mango Music won the race at 7/2. White Shift is also due a win soon. Tailed off and pulled Borero was actually top-rated by me in the 12.50 Wetherby, so can obviously do better than that! Fishforcompliments was well there in the 1.00 Lingfield, finishing fourth, I think. Everymanforhimself was just pipped into second place by system bet Lend A Grand, a 66/1 shot! Getting a bit annoyed with Skybet now, but they have probably saved me money so far! Samarinda and Fault were two that did not compete as they should have. Top-rated Lukie Victor is taking its time winning, finishing third in the 1.10 Chepstow, with second rated Manmoon winning the race at 8/1. Lukie Victor should win a race very soon, now that it is symmetrical and had got its third place. I had Atraaf written down in my top two for the 1.30 Lingfield, and third placed Picture Of Lily was also on my list, finishing late. I never know if Gosden's are backed purely because of the stable reputation and the owner, but Monopolize ran very poorly. More Than Enough made good ground in mid-race, but did not finish off. I also had three of the first four written down for the 1.20 Wetherby. Istron Bay, by far best in for the 1.40 Chepstow, fell early, so we will never know! System bet Turn Up 10/1 third, and the other system bet, Douryna would have been placed but for falling. Diamond Frontier looked like the winner over the last, but eventually finished third! I have always had a suspicion that Viable is a far better horse than it actually shows, and it finished second today at 25/1. Seems to win whenever backed. I expected a better run from Pamak D'Airy (fifth). Another Maktoum runner in Hawaafez finished third at 6/1 in the 2.05 Lingfield. Now I'm getting really cheesed off with Skybet (still out of service)! Stow was well back in the 2.15 Wetherby, then ran on like a train to win at 8/1! Of course, I couldn't get a bet on it, but I woudn't have put anything on it two hurdles from home. I wonder what the in-running odds were at that point? Second best Osolomio ran on steadily from the back to finish seventh ( I hate it when they could get involved and don't), and will do better, as will Only Vintage, which was prominent and apparently going well most of the way. My third choice, Follow The Flag 9/1 winner of the 2.40 Lingfield. Final Verse came up hacking on the outside, but the jockey did not go through with its run. Keep your eye on that one next time! Humungous was a huge price and was never put into the race, but will do better soon now. Gala Casino Star is another to watch out for. I went out shopping during the remaining races because I got fed up waiting for Skybet to come online! System bet Point West 33/1 second in the 2.50 Wetherby! My third best, Najca De Thaix 8/1 winner of the 3.55 Chepstow, with my top two rated The Composer and Lupita third 13/2 and fourth. Both of these should have finished in front of the winner, so it was obvious that a win was not wanted today. Both will do better shortly. The aptly named Lingfield Bound won the 3.15 Lingfield at 14/1! Thrown in Folio will do better very soon, but is likely to be gambled on. Weald Park (3.15 Ling) is thrown in and must show soon, and also keep an eye on Diamond Twister (system bet next time). That will probably be backed too! Wujood and Whatcanisay were too bad to be true in the 3.25 Wetherby, and must do better very soon now. So many best in horses are just not put into their races, and will only run well when wanted. It's such a common practice that's it's almost routine now! Well, overall Skybet saved me some money today, as not many of my horses performed, but it's annoying to miss those nice winners that I would have backed! I might have known that best in Green Wadi would thrown in a dud run in the 4.35 Kempton (-25, and assymmetrical form), even though it was hacking just behind the leaders. I also backed Negotiation, 16/1 second. Bullet Man is now due a better run, and keep an eye on Penchesco. Damn! I looked at the form figures of High Spice (-3440) in the 5.05 Kempton, and thought, "That's a likely winner", but didn't back it! Vhujon (second) has become increasingly frustrating for me, and rarely seems to win these days! It always seems to be gambled when it is actually going to win rather than get placed. I think six furlongs is probably its best trip, as it seems to get outpaced early. Could have had a nice forecast there! Why is it that whenver I back a Hannon horse at a reasonable price with a good rating it never seems to win? Enlightening finished fifth in the 5.35 Kempton, and surely should have done better than that? Gets to the point where you don't want to back them! Is that the general idea? Of course, the one that I put it in the forecast with won. Typical! Most horses that a back each-way at a bigish price seem to finish fourth! This was the case with Suspender Belt in the 6.05 Kempton, which ran on from the back. Why don't they go a bit earlier? It's annoying! Of course I also had the forecast with the second and third, so you can't win. Whatever I back as an outsider on the all-weather runs pathetically! Roman Strait appeared to be best in on its run behind The Mellor Fella, and must do better (system bet next time). Ajaafa was also well in and will probably show next time, having got rid of a second place from the front of its form. All the horses in behind the first three seemed to tighten each other up, with only Sky Diamond managing to extricate itself, and that was one that I didn't back because of that dreaded first place and the long price! King Supreme was best in for the 7.05 Kempton, but ran a shocker, but fortunately I also backed second best Morar, which won at 25/1 (I only got 20/1 unfortunately, but it'll do!)! I like horses whose figures are -11000!King Supreme must do better next time as a system bet, but spoiled my forecast tonight! Perhaps 2 miles was too far, and it will be better over 12 to 14 furlongs? If I'd known that, I would have put in Phoenix Flight! The best in horses ran appallingly in the 7.35 Kempton! These included Spitfire, Duplicity and Buxton! I never know what happens in these cases, as they seem to have no intention of winning! Funnily enough, all three will confirm to my system parameters for next time out, so bear them in mind! If I'd known that, I would have backed Kurtanella each-way, as I have backed it a couple of times recently, but it had no chance at the weights with the aforementioned three, and even Mambo Spirit, which ran well in front and seemed to be going better than most before inevitably packing up! Gosh, these races are hard work to get a result! The first three home were the only ones with truly symmetrical figures. Does that mean that connections of the winner knew that most of the others were not competing? Hmmm...

23rd November: Should have known that Swinbank's Stansonnit 8/1 would improve considerably for the 12.10 Southwell, but no money for it was not encouraging! Top-rated Hoppy's Flyer was very disappointing, and it just proves you should never trust small races, as I didn't get either of the first two in my forecast! Anything can beat anything in these races! Best in Fathey had -05 figures, and of course did not figure in the 12.40 Southwell! Bertbrand was a huge price again, but must show soon. Third best Best One finished third, but Fashion Icon must still be improving, as it should not have won on previous ratings. Best in Maximix had an outstanding first place in the 12.50 Lingfield, and I wondered whether it would win today, and it came only third. Unfortunately Near The Water had -05 figures, so I didn't back it! Bad luck again! I backed Sophonie to win the 1.00 Sedgefield, and it crashed out at the second last when well in contention! It didn't look good for the horse, but I think it got up ok. I backed Miniyamba to win the 1.10 Southwell, but wanted either Odin's Raven (third) or Ice Viking for the forecast. Since the latter dropped right out, I can only assume it will do better in the near future, possibly in a handicap. Apparently Shanavaz now has an official rating of 34, so it will be interesting to see how that works out in a handicap soon, as it could be a good price from out of the handicap. System bet Setter's Princess 8/1 second in the 1.20 Lingfield. Drat, should have done the forecast instead of each-way! I was very suspicious of the price for Soft Spoken Guy in the 1.30 Sedgefiled, and my fears were justified when it was ridden like a crab from an early stage. It is certainly better than that and no doubt will do better when wanted. My next best selection, Bonnie Prince Blue, 11/2 winner of the 1.40 Southwell! Much bigger prices (11/1) available earlier. Second best Charles Parnell did not show (due soon), but third best King's Wonder finished third at 16/1. Just one out for the tricast! Mohayer was top-rated for the 1.50 Lingfield, and, with all the others out of the race, finished alone! The favourite raced off too freely in any case. Hades ran a good race in third in the 2.00 Sedgefield, and looks a good prospect for the future. I backed Endaxi Mana Mou to beat Norton Girl in the 2.10 Southwell, and it won easily despite the -06 figures! I wasn't sure if Recession Proof would act on the ground in the 2.20 Lingfield, so backed the next two against it! Cleaver ran a good race in fifth, and I think it could have finished closer than fifth. Schinken Otto ran a poor race in fourth in the 2.30 Sedgefield, and should have been much closer to my second selection, War Party, which won at 3/1. Nifty Roy is also much better than it showed today, and will be competitive very soon. I got first, second and fourth for the tricast in the 2.40 Southwell with Kingaroo, Yossi and Capable Guest! Blast! Why did I put Madame De Stael in for the forecast? Capable Guest must win again soon. I had Bobby Gee to win the 2.50 Lingfield, but didn't want McCoy to get second, which was a bit annoying! Rare Society probably needs better ground and faded tamely in the 3.30 Sedgefield, but must do better soon. Even Matmata De Tendron faded into fourth! System bet Jeringa 8/1 second. I thought I had the forecat with Rio Sands and Guto in the 3.10 Lingfield, but the commentator was calling the wrong horse, prat! Guto was a big price, but still finished second at 14/1! System bet Sleepy Blue Ocean 25/1 winner, and I didn't back it! Lucky Art must do better very soon, but the stable can't buy a winner at present. I had the tricast with Alph, Perfect Reward and Slew Charm in the 3.20 Lingfield! Fantastic! My nap Prize Fighter just stayed on steadily for fourth in the 3.30 Sedgefield, but is thrown in when wanted! Samizdat fell early, and will do better. Another disappointmewnt was Royal Flynn, which runs all sorts of races! My first selection, Nevada Desert 12/1 second in the 3.40 Southwell. Just working up to a win, as was best in. Daniel Thomas refuses to run a good race, but must show soon. The favourite keys duly won the 3.50 Lingield, but I don't know what happened to Pearl Mountian, which I expected to be second. They often do that when concerned about the opposition. I backed Rebel Flag each-way, and it ran well for a long way. Well, I managed to treble my starting bank today, mainly as the result of a terrific tricast, including my two selections Alph 20/1 and Perfect Reward 6/1, but with a number of good other bets too. I am still looking to increase my list of subscribers!

22nd November: One of my selections, George Nympton, 16/1 third in the 12.30 Kempton. The other, Calusa Shadow, was a huge price, and ran on from the back for sixth place. Couldn't really expect it to place at that price from that stable, but it had good form from a previous race, and will do better. It looked that I had the forecast in the 1.40 Ludlow with the two system bets Flitchity and Milgen Bay, but both got caught by the outsider, Badger's Cove! Difficult to fathom that result! Jewellery was quite a small horse compared with some in the 12.50 Ffos Las, and the price was right, as it came fourth. The interest in which horse would come second never materialised, as both Oddshoes and Qasar D'Oudairies came to grief in the 2.00 Kempton! I looked at the tote odds, and Dee Ee Williams was apparently £4.10 to win! I didn't back it to find out, unfortunately. Best in Inchloch was a huge price, and fell part-way around in the 1.10 Ludlow. They wouldn't fall deliberately, would they? Too risky! Must do better soon. Feelish Peckish, next best in, finished only fourth, but I also backed Azulada Bay and Timpo, so I got a good return. Whitewater Dash and Alpine Breeze ran disappointingly in the 1.20 Ffos Las, considering they were both dual winners, but the betting indicated that for Whitewater Dash, at least. Carole's Legacy should have just beaten Banjaxed Girl at the weights in the 1.30 Kempton, and it worked out just right! I had my doubts for a while before the finish. Santera ran a blinder at the weights, and must be well handicapped unless being put up for this run. A ridiculous run from Marodima in the 1.45 Ludlow, which was thrown in at these weights, but the betting was not encouraging and it faded very tamely! Has it really regressed so much? We shall see in due course. Josephine Malines was next best, but could only finish second. You lose your belief in the genuineness of racing sometimes! Should have known that Betabob would win after all those second places, but you can't trust a horse like that to get its head in front! The betting got it completely wrong in that respect. Smack That was a non runner, but whatever I tip seems to come third in a small race (Oscar Gogo) or fourth in a bigger race! It's uncanny! I backed Picture In The Sky each-way in the 2.05 Kempton, but it unseated rider at halfway (spectactular attempt to stay on) when going well! Sure it would have been placed! Pacha D'Oudairies, my nap, was well back, then ran on late for second at 17/2, but would have finished third if Mud Monkey had not fallen at the last. I had my maximum bet on Topless in the 2.25 Ffos Las, and of course it went down, didn't it? I looked at Prescelli, and it ran very poorly for a long way before coming back to win! Can't believe my luck! Second again with Lupanar 8/1 in the 2.35 Kempton, which finished like a train but too late to win as usual! Blast! Was by far best in, but got beaten by King's horse! Should have known that it would be there! Theatre Dance ran well without troubling the judge, and should do better soon. I backed Sandynow each-way in the 2.50 Ludlow, but unfortunately put Celticello (fell) in for the forecast! Keep an eye on Gentleman Anshan, which ran well for a long way. Counting House just hacked along at the back in the 3.00 Ffos Las, but was never put into the race, so keep an eye on that one. Native Taipan was also very disappointing. System bet Shakalakaboomboom winner of the 3.10 Kempton. Royal Kicks was disappointing in third, but did not jump well. First and second for my selections (much bigger prices when sent out this morning) in the 3.25 Ludlow with Woodlands Gem 12/1 and Jug Of Punch 7/1! The forecast paid £93.70! And another winner with Cold Harbour 7/2 in the 3.35 Ffos Las! Loco Grande finished fourth, but is due a win soon. I can't beat those Bests when they have a favourite in the race! My selection Frosty's Gift finished third in the 3.45 Kempton! Watergate also ran well in fourth (looked the likely winner for a while) and can win soon. Keep an eye on Dalrymple, which I am sure is very well handicapped when wanted. I backed the wrong Vaughan runner in the 4.05 Ffos Las, but that's me, always looking for value. I had another good day today, so if you want to join me, email me for my selections!

21st November: I got a good start with Midnight Opera in the 12.05 Aintree, although I took 12/1 on it! Problem was, I also wrote down Brother Bob, but did not do the forecast! I had system bet Sarah's Smile each-way in the 12.15 Kelso, and had a sneaky look at Moscow Mischief, but didn't back it! One of my selections, Magic Sky 14/1 fourth in the 12.35 Aintree. Two system bets first and second with Frankie Figg and Nikola! The two I backed to finish second to Alfie Flits both failed to complete! Best in Phar Again fell and second best Silver Dollars finished third in the 12.55 Towcester, so I got no return for my efforts. Typical! I also fancied Flying Squad, which finished second, but did not back it, so these small races beat me again! One of my selections, Heron Bay 6/1 third in the 1.10 Aintree. I told you that -05 figures are no good, and Teenage Idol proved it today, finishing fifth after travelling like the best horse through the race! Must do better soon now. Damn! I backed system bet Royal Torbo, which led all the way, then came to grief at the last! Why couldn't it just jump the last properly? I think the rider was getting too anxious, which probably communicated itself to the horse. How unlucky can you get? I couldn't pick the winner, but had the other three on my list! My nap, Royal Rosa ran a fantastic race in the 1.45 Aintree to finish second at 14/1. I thought it was going to win coming to the elbow! Irish Raptor looked like the winner for a long way and should win soon, as should Notre Pere, possibly in Ireland. I backed Quinder Spring to beat Top It All in the 1.55 Kelso, and of course Top It All won! Typical! Best in Woodlands Genpower ran a shocker in the 2.05 Towcester, and second best Kilvergan Boy was not much better in fourth! Both can win soon if they are not ridden like that again! How I hate these apparent charades, but I get used to them over the years! Best in Front Rank ran another shocker in the 2.30 Kelso, and I give up on that one when it is not backed. Quicuyo also ran quite poorly and will do better when wanted. Best in Pocket Too finished second at 25/1 in the 2.40 Towcester, and I thought it might catch the leader, but perhaps second was all that was wanted! Arthurian came up into third, then dropped out again. Just a test? Doctor Kilbride will also do better soon. I backed Sunarri 6/1 each-way and got the forecast with Eighteen Carat 10/1 winner! Keep a close eye on Willie Hall, which was going best of the lot in the 4.05 Kelso, then its jockey forced it to make a couple of mistakes, and it dropped out. Must win a race when finishing properly! Best in Reelwill and Rince Donn finished third and second in the 3.15 Towcester. Coulkd be they let the other one win, but that's the way of it! Thievery fell, but should do better soon. I backed Egerton's Monnow Made 9/2 (I got 6/1) with Inthesettlement 7/2 for the forecast in the 3.30 Aintree for a nice little return (little because I didn't have much on it)! I backed both Hemmings runners, Dark Glacier and Fourjacks for the forecast in the 3.40 Kelso at 10/1 and 4/1! I had a feeling about it, as Grant also had another runner in the race. Bardolf came second in the 3.50 Towcester, and they don't seem to win after a poor introductory run. Probably being kept for a hurdles campaign. For once McCain's Generals Love did not figure, possibly because his runners are getting too much recognition now. Well despite the lack of success of my selections, I did pretty well today, largely aided by some inspired forecasts late in the day. I'll settle for that, and have some ammunition to use tomorrow!

20th November: Charles Darwin was hacking on the outside in the 12.15 Lingfield, but the jockey would not let it go until it was too late (finished right on the heels of the placed horses)! That one is thrown in when wanted (wish it was today), but it can't be long now! Anjomarba and Goodbye Cash were also much better in than the winner, and I can't understand why it wins so many races. I found out why Ballyfoy was such a big price in the 12.20 Ascot, as it tailed off, then ran on like a train at the end for fifth! Is that fair on its backers, as it never got into a challenging position? Very annoying! I backed Dunraven Storm to beat Drill Sergeant in the 12.40 Haydock, and the favourite finished last! Incredible! I wondered whether Resplendent Alpha would follow up its second last time out, and, of course, it didn't! System bet Espy 14/1 winner! I also backed Loyal Royal (second) and Chjimes (fourth), which were very well in. Teddy's Reflection 14/1 winner of the 12.55 Ascot! I don't know what happened to Solitary Palm, but a 14/1 winner will do nicely! I wrote down the first four in the correct order for the 1.05 Huntingdon, but didn't have time to place a bet. Saturdays! Far too many races in quick succession! Smack That, best in for the 1.15 Haydock, ran on from the back when it was too late, and will do better soon. Double Vodka never competed at all! I also backed My Moment, which was competing when falling at the last! My recent selection, A Little Bit Dusty 8/1 winner of the 1.25 Lingfield! Giovanna ran on well from the back to finish fourth in the 1.30 Ascot, as so often happens with well handicapped horses, and will do better soon. My other selection, Asturienne, finished third at 7/2. I would have given Helen's Vision (fifth), but was not sure about the trip for that one. Obviously it does get the trip, and should be worth a bet soon. I don't understand how Clerk's Choice could run so badly off its rating in the 1.50 Haydock! This happens much more often than it should! Second rated Barizan dropped out, then ran on for third! Very strange running! Makes you wonder whether the returned prices are more important than the winning! I had a sneky feeling about Young Dottie in the 2.00 Lingfield, but concentrated on Qalahari (by far best in) and Requisite. Qalahari got no run, and only ran on late for third, which was a bit annoying, but they take so long to actually win these horses! Damn! Got first and third in the tricast, but should have known that Morrison's Valencha would be there! Why is it so many of the horses I back at a reasonable price always seem to tail off? Rory Boy was one such in the 2.20 Haydock! It makes me mad! Best in Icelandic was clearly not wanted today, but my other selection Spirit Of Sharjah won at 10/1 with system bet Elna Bright 11/1 third! I have long been convinced that this Autumn Blades is a group horse in disguise, and it ran very well in second. I backed Lough Derg each-way in the 2.35 Ascot, and it went out too quickly for my liking. I am convinced that horse will win a good handicap in the near future! How did I know that one of the best in, Tighe Caster, would not be placed in the 2.45 Huntingdon? Because it started at too big a price and ran on for fourth! Best in Laustra Bad finished second at 5/1, which happens too often for my liking! They tend to do that when they have not run well for a while! Saphira's Fire did not follow up on its placing last time in the 2.05 Lingfield, and will do better again very soon. It was best in, but someone decided not to compete today! Tatenen can do much better than it did today in the 3.10 Ascot. I hate it when horses drop out that are apparently going as well as those around them. Noble Alan should also have done better. I had Mister Mcgoldrick in the 3.15 Huntingdon, but why could Knight Legend not get second place? Thast really annoys me, as it would have been a good forecast! I wanted Imperial Commander to beat Planet Of Sound in the 3.25 Haydock, but the wretched Tidal Bay ran on too fast at the end! I backed Hitchens in the 3.40 Lingfield, but I always thought that Angel's Pursuit could have done better with a clearer run. I also backed Rowe Park each-way, which was just pipped in fourth! Best in Manadam faded into about sixth place in the 3.45 Huntingdon, but they almost always do that when they front-run! Besides that, its figures ended in -5! My other selection, Acosta finished second at 10/1. Two that are worth noting next time are September Moon and My Rosie Ribbons, both of which dropped out tamely today. System bet Hulcote Rose 10/1 winner of the 6.15 Wolverhampton, with almost a system bet Dear Maurice (-235 and symmetrical) 8/1 second. Yes, I know it ends in -5, but -35 figures are more often successful than -05 ones, as I have found to my cost recently! I thought best in and system bet Wyatt Earp was due tonight, but I hate it when they front-run and pack up. It could have stayed there, so why didn't it? Of course 16/1 was not promising, but they do win sometimes at those prices, depending on the stable policy. Must win with different tactics. I also fancied Silver Wind, as did a lot of others according to the betting, but it was an unexpected runner in Ajara that won! There is always some unpredictable element that surfaces in most races! I have backed Lastkingof scotland (third) several times recently, and didn't back it tonight because of that first place. You can't win! System bets Magic Cross and Slatey Hen second and third in the 7.15 Wolverhampton. I assume from that that best in Scommettitrice is being kept for a handicap win at some point. Cootehill Lass should probably also have done better, so worth bearing in mind.

19th November: I kept looking at Accordintolawrence in the 12.45 Exeter, but didn't back it at a big price! Just shows you can never tell from the betting! My first selection, Cool Operator, 5/1 second in the 12.55 Musselburgh, finishing really fast, and can win soon. Farmers Cross followed him to the last, then did not go through with its effort, and will do better. System bet Cailin Na Ri 9/1 third. System bet and official top-rated Frascati Park 100/30 winner of the 1.00 Ascot. System bet Superior Wisdom 15/2 winner of the 1.15 Exeter. Why don't I go with my system bets? Karanja travelled well for most of the journey, and had more to offer, but faded tamely (-26 form figures again). Watch out for it next time. Sangfroid was touted in the press, which may be why it did not place today. Elzahann was best in at the weights in the 1.25 Musselburgh, but finished only second, as probably its recent form figures were very poor. Next best Big Burrows made a fast forward move, then dropped out after a bad mistake. Both can win very soon, but I couldn't have New Shuil on these terms (about 30lb worse off)! Just shows that anything can beat anything if that is what is wanted! I had Pause And Clause and Captive Audience as my two best in for the 1.35 Ascot, but somebody knew different, as both finished out of the frame. These runs were too bad to be true, and both should do better soon. Even the winner almost came to a standstill after the last, but still managed to win the race! Please explain to me why Penn Da Benn raced up into the lead in the 1.50 Musselburgh, then packed up into a remote third? I can see now why it was the outsider of three, when it should have been second favourite! They know what is going to happen, barring accidents! Best in Pillar Of Hercules just beaten again in the 2.00 Musselburgh. Must be working up to a win (-46 figures today). Faith And Reason at 100/1 was obviously not wanted today, but can do better, and my third choice, Veronica's Boy was well there, but finished fifth! How annoying! I got Megastar and Smokey Oakey for the forecast in the 2.10 Ascot. By Command was a big price, but should do better over hurdles. I wanted Cantabilly with Diamond Brook in the 2.25 Exeter, but Cantabilly finished third, despite being best in. I am convinced they use these small races just to get the placing they want for the future! One of my selections, Dhaular Dhar 7/1 second in the 2.35 Musselburgh. Keep an eye on Jawaab, which finished like a train in third. I didn't have a clue about the winner, Dica (100/1!). System bet Matuhi 15/8 winner of the 2.45 Ascot. Pity, as I wanted Five Dream and Enlightenment for the forecast. I was wondering whether Enlightenment would run as well as last time, when it fell at the last when clear. They rarely perform the next time when this happens! The only one I didn't fancy in the 3.10 Musselburgh, Cybora, won the race! Can't work out where that form came from. Strange things happen quite often in these races! How did I know that Verasi and Tisfreetdream would not peform in the 3.20 Ascot? Because it was a small arce and they were big prices! You can usually tell, but you have to back them just in case! I had a funny feeling about Minnie Hill in the 3.35 Exeter, but didn't back it. A typical crafty winner when its stablemate was backed! Spider Boy was clear best in, but the writing was on the wall for that one a long way out, and it will do better soon. I backed Bygones In Brid in the 3.45 musselburgh, but wanted Blue Blooded (third) for the forecast. Swinbank's are usually shorter when they are supposed to win in this type of race. A suspiciously big price for former top class horse Afsoun, and a suitably bad run to boot! Surely it must be better than that? Ninth House did not place in the 4.15 Wolverhampton (stable not firing), but my second choice, Ravi River, finished second at 5/1. The winner Saddlers Bend had figures ending in -3060, also typical of my system, but its actual achievements were very low previously. My third choice and system bet for the 4.45, Khajaaly, won the race at 25/1, with the others out of the frame. What do you have to do, eh? Namu (sixth) and Musical Script (66/1 today) should be thereabouts next time. As regards Namu, I was suspicious of the -05 figures, which I hate, although they do come in occasionally. I had a sneaky feeling about Fifth In Line (50/1 second) in the 5.15, but did not back in the race. As so often happens, the favourite, Unex Goya performed miserably. Just before the off, I also had a premoniton about the winner Islesman! Pity I don't follow my hunches! Not a good night for favourite backers so far! This all weather racing throws up more surprises than the turf equivalent! I am fuming after the 5.45 Wolverhampton, as none of the best in, including system bet Weybridge Light, finished anywhere near the leaders! Bushy Dell and Faith Jicaro were two others that performed miserably. From what I have seen recently, I can say pretty categorically, "Don't back anything ending in -5!" All three must do better than that! Seaside Sizzler (third) was the only one of the placed horses that I fancied. Yet another big-priced (10/1) winner, which I am usually pretty good at, but I could only find one of them tonight! Jezza is probably another one of these horses that is much better than any rating it has shown so far, but there is no way of knowing that unless you are on the inside! None of my evening selections placed, but Royal Island and Acropolis are only running about 50-60lb below their best form, and must have regressed terribly if they can't win these races! Barraland and Abhainn are two others that should be noted very soon. I fancied both Moyenne Corniche and Tominator in the 7.15, but only backed Moyenne Corniche each-way.

18th November: Attaglance (symmetrical form) 12/1 winner of the 12.40 Market Rasen, a horse whose previous rider had received a 10 day ban for his ride! Our Matti appeared to be going well much of the way before packing up. I don't know how you could pick either of the first two in the 1.00 Hereford, except that the winner's flat form in Ireland was pretty good! I fancied Hernando's Boy in the 1.10 Market Rasen, but couldn't have Kilshannig for the forecast on these terms! A very suspect result, with both Rathcor (pulled up) and Liberty Seeker much better in! Ruby Valentine, which fell was best in for the 1.20 Wincanton, but Stagehand was nest best and finished only fourth after travelling well most of the way. I suspect because its form figures were poor, they didn't want to win this race! Typically Monsieur finished only third in the 1.30 Hereford, despite being thrown in for this race! Cybergenic is taking its time in showing, but was also exceptionally well in and must show soon, despite being a 12 year old. My third best Galant Eye finished fourth, despite looking sure to get placed at one point. I don't know where these Best runners get their improvement from, but they are not slow in backing them! Factotum is much better than it has shown recently, and it is only a matter of time before it shows its true form. Mexican Pete (third) was also very well in, but no money for either today! You can't win very often at this game, as whever you think you have a value bet, something bad happens! Dansimar was about equally in with Easter Legend, but unseated rider! What is going on? Mujamead, by far best in for the 2.00 Hereford, was booked for fourth until one of the horses in front fell! They always make it look as if they are struggling, which is probably not the case, but they only win when they are wanted! Sumner did not perform, but the price was suspicious. I had Sarde to beat Youngstown in the 2.10 Market Rasen, which provided a nice little return! Fortification (fourth) and Ceepeegee should both have been placed in the 2.20 Wincanton, but the prices were not encouraging, and the latter will be a system bet next time. I can't see that so many horses should have finished in front of them off their ratings. I thought Coeur Brule was going to figure in the 2.30 Hereford, but just got ran out of in fifth. From the way it ran, I think it could have done better. Pity, because coincidentally I dreamed about it last night! My two selections for the 2.40 Market Rasen, King Mak and Stagecoach Opal, apparently went off too quickly, but I am a firm believer that both could have stayed there if they wanted to! Keep an eye on both, and Hippodrome, which only ran on when it was too late. Best in Outside Investor tailed off in the 2.50 Wincanton, eventually finishing third, but should have done much better! It really annoys me when they are going well, then drop out for no apparent reason! My other choice, Rebel Melody, at least won the race at 9/4. It makes me grimace when I see the best in horses coming under pressure and dropping out! This was the case with Itea Du Fau, which was clear best, but the jockey put up a good performance (acting wise)! Typically Monfils Monfils was backed by saps like me, but after front-running for a long way, packed up into another fourth place. They never seem to win with -04 figures, so it must be some sort of code for the others. Don't give up on it, as it will probably win a bigger race soon. Since The Dukes Speech finished fifth today, one can assume that it will be trying soon. Not sure if two miles is its best trip now, as it seems to run on from the back when it is too late! January was also disappointing in fourth, but they don't seem to want to get into the race! Couldn't do the forecast in the 3.30 Hereford, and even if I could, I wouldn't have got it right, so what's the point? Donovan was useless again in the 3.40 Mkt Rasen! When are they going to get it to run better? Dark Gentleman ran a bit better in second. Why is it that so many of the horses I back blaze off in front, then pack up? It seems to be constant policy for best in horses! We're Delighted did so, and my other choice, Trump Call, also dropped out. It gets very annoying, as both can do so much better! I backed Varkala each-way in the 4.00 Hereford, but didn't do the forecast with the favourite, silly b...! Sometimes these favourites don't win, so I took a chance! I also had a look at Addiction, which finished fourth. The top three in the weights filled the places in the 4.10 Wolverhampton! They say back top weights in a nursery, but you always think there is something lurking lower down the weights! Not so in this case. In fact the top four filled the first four places! Doesn't work every time, though. They are having a laugh with Galpin Junior, which finished about sixth in the 4.40 Wolverhampton and never got anywhere near the leaders! Must win now, as it has had enough chances to sink a battleship! My other selection, Cape Royal, at least finished second at 14/1 and is due another win. Sir Geoffrey (system type form) 8/1 winner. Steel City Boy must be worth a bet soon when there are no big 'lurkers' in the race. Two system bets, Humor Me Rene and Mary Helen first and second in the 5.10 Wolverhampton. I actually did two forecasts, and included Half Sister, which was narrowly pipped for second place, but it didn't matter which one came second, as long as it wasn't Lauberhorn! Half Sister will be due in a handicap very soon now. System bet Magic Of The Sea 5/2 winner of the 5.40 Wolverhampton. Henry's Air and Coedmore Boy, which front-ran for a while, will probably do better soon. I don't know why the first three favourites seem to monopolise the finish of many races. Probably because the others with a good chance are not out to run well, and consequently are not backed! Gets a bit boring and annoying when I don't back them!

17th November: I was suspicious of the outcome of the 12.20 Lingfield, especially as Takeaway should not have opened as favourite, but I decided to go with the official ratings and the weights, so had Bilko Pak to beat Takeaway, which worked out ok. I also argued that Takeaway was formerly with Hannon, so there might be an agreement that it would not beat a Hannon horse in the same race. Maybe false logic, but it worked! So often these small races throw up a false result! Best in Baby Car was a big price in the 1.00 Warwick, and followed the first three home at a respectable distance, but will do better when wanted. I backed system bet Kvamer Riviera in the 1.10 Hexham, and it appeared to be going best of the lot most of the way around before falling late on. Worth keeping an eye on. Best in and system Joyously had no money for it in the 1.20 Lingfield, but must do better than that soon. I also fancied Oliver's Gold, which disappointing finished only fourth. Isn't it annoying when horses lollop along at the back of the field and make no attempt to get into contention? Violet Ray led for a while before packing up, and I feel there is more to come from History Repeating. As far as I can see, in many cases horses are outsiders because they know they will not figure, rather than a lack of ability. Glengarra (10/1 not promising) decided to have an off-day today, despite being best in, which cost me the tricast, as I had it with Flemish Invader and Mylord Collonges! Best in Phluke conveniently finished a close-up fourth (absolutely hacking) in the 1.50 Lingfield, and you could see the jockey making sure that he did just enough (or not enough!) to get placed! So frustrating! I looked at Sir Ike, but ignored it because of the outstanding first place! You can never tell! Straight And Level was next best in, but decided not to compete today after being right there most of the way! The Old Pretender finished only fifth in the 2.00 Warwick, despite travelling well most of the way. Don't Turn Bach was also disappointing in fourth, and looked to be travelling the best. Can't back against King at the moment! Best in Euro American finished fifth in the 2.10 Hexham, with Manoubi not competing, but it was my third best in, Kempski which dead-heated at 40/1! I thought it had definitely won first time arond! Cost me a fair bit in returns! Why is it that best in horses start at 20/1 and are useless in the finish? My nap, Maze was right there going well, then dropped out tamely at the end of the 2.20 Lingfield! Must win soon. Next best Cymflynder was never sighted, but will also do better. Since it had 27lb in hand, and the winner and second had about 11lb, what does that tell you about its running today? Does it also tell you that winning connections knew that? System bet Nadiya De La Vega winner of the 2.30 Warwick. I was rather disappointed with Gilded Age (third), which I thought would figure. I expected See You There to win the 2.40 kelso, but it finished only third after a couple of mistakes. I did back system bet Pertuis in the 2.50 Lingfield, and got 7/1 on it! I got the forecast with High Benefit and Prince Of Denial in the 3.00 Warwick, but picked the wrong outsider to back each-way, as Bishophill Jack finished third and I had it on my list! Tartan Snow was going pretty well in the 3.10 Hexham until its jockey stopped riding and it fell! Obviously not out to win today, but will do better. Innominate ran on from the back of the field to finish second, incredibly, ahead of my selection, Tifoso. Best in Atherstone Hill ran well in the 3.30 Warwick, but they always seem to get a place instead of winning when their recent? form is poor! This horse was clearly going better than the winner, but contrived to hang in behind it on the run-in. Should win soon. My next best, Williams Way, 13/2 winner of the 3.50 Lingfield! Makes a change to give a winner at present! Vinces and King Columbo should do better soon. I also backed Zama Zama in the 4.00 Warwick, as Ryan does not have too many bumper runners. Best in Florio Vincitore managed to get beaten again in the 4.10 Kempton, but front-ran today instead of coming from the back, which meant it had little left in the finish! I couldn't see how the pundit could pick Buona Sarah, as it was about 20lb below Florio's best form, but he did! System bet Bidruma 4/1 winner of the 4.40 Kempton. Best in Jonny Ebeneezer (getting a bit long in the tooth) and Barraland (fourth) did not figure, but should do so before long. Bluebok typically finished fifth, which seems to happen a lot with these well in horses! System bet Sylas Ings 6/1 second in the 5.40 Kempton. I suppose the winner Run On Ruby (-60) 9/1 should also be considered a system bet, but it is never easy to work out what improvement these maidens will make! I also backed Sleek Gold each-way, which looked like taking a hand, but finished fourth. Worth keeping an eye on, judging by its fast forward move. For some reason best in Traphalgar (sixth) and Kames Park (third) did not figure in the places in the 6.10 Kempton. My God, you have to work hard to get the right results at this game! I don't know why it keeps happening, but some people do! I wish they would explain it to me, but they probably won't! What a waste of money backing is in these circumstances! And look at the money for the winner! Somebody knew something! Poor old bookies, they had everybody on their backs! These two will do better when wanted.

16th November: One of my selections and system bet for the 12.20 Southwell, Bravely, lay second most of the way and looked sure to get at least placed, but eventually finished fourth to two fast closers, one of which was my last time winner, Desert Strike. Stonecrabstomorrow was well backed, but never showed, and will do better shortly, hopefully along with my other selection, Elkhorn, which seems to have regressed over its career. The winner, Accamelia is obviously better than its bare rating achieved so far. System bet Cape Of Storms 14/1 third. When system bet Pepite Rose opened as favourite in the 12.40 Folkestone, I had to take notice, and it won very easily from system bet Kahfre, which I put in for the forecast. Three horses that should have done better in the 12.50 Southwell were Glenns Princess, Henry's Air and Kyncraighe, so keep your eye on them. On its previous claiming win, I suppose Shostakovich was entitled to win, but it won with any amount in hand, and will probably take a hammering from the handicapper. Best in Dansilver finished second in the 1.00 Fakenham, and as usual, -06 figures do not often win races! Satindra and Railway Park were also disappointing, finishing back in fith and sixth. All three will do better very soon. How difficult it is to get combinations of best-in horses to figure together! The winner had been beaten massive distances in its previous runs! While I did not expect Lomitaar to win the 1.10 Folkestone, I thought it would come second, so was disappointed to see it struggling in fourth place. Must be better than that! X Rated and Escala were both disappointing off their respective ratings in the 1.20 Southwell, considering the quality of the opposition. I suppose I should have backed the favourite on its own, as I really fancied it and it wasn't a bad price at 13/8! Another big outsider in the 1.30 Fakenham! How can you pick these animals? It had been beaten over 250 lengths in its previous four races! You can more or less tear up the form book with such results! Wishes Or Watches fell early, so that was a waste of time, and Fongoli finished second, probably by default. The two best in on hurdles rating, Rear Gunner and Arkose, finished third and last in the 2.40 Folkestone! How can you abck them when they run like that? Rear Gunner was definitely going better than the favourite, but only ran on for third when it was too late. I have often backed Canni Thinkaar, but dare not do so today in this company, but that is often when they run above themselves! I had a little each-way on sys+1 bet Face The Future at 9/1 in the 1.50 Southwell, which was quite a nice change! Bernisdale and Dunmore Boy should have done better, so keep an eye on them soon. I also had a little each-way on Joan D'Arc at 11/1, as it seems to run one good race followed by a bad one, and had a useful hurdles rating! Dot's Delight finished third in the 2.10 Folkestone, and looked as if it could have won with a bit more effort, so keep your eye on it soon. Just Beware threatened, then dropped out, and is also due another good run. White Deer, my nap, was clearly always going to run second or third behind April Fool, and my other selection, Special Cuvee was also in the shakeup for second. Pity that Special Cuvee got second, as it cost me the forecast! The problem was that, as White Deer clearly intended to finish behind April Fool, it could not then hold off the challenge of Special Cuvee. i backed Film Festival to beat Plunkett in the 2.30 Fakenham, but unfortunately it was Robo that won. I am sure Film Festival could have done better than fourth, as it appeared to drop out very tamely at the end. Best in Stradbrook was well backed, but could not get in the first two in the 2.40 Folkestone, and will do better. I have been very disappointed with Oncle Kid in its last few runs. Must do better than that! Final Salute (-040) 20/1 winner of the 2.50 Southwell. My two selections, Lethal and Tag Team were up there for a while and must do better shortly, as they were way best in! I don't know if Fyodorovitch will ever win a race, as I have been waiting for it for a long time! Kinkeel ran very poorly in the 3.00 Fakenham, but will do better in a bigger race shortly. The outsider tag was justified here! Even next best Feeling Peckish was on and off the bridle throughout, and was booked for third. There is no way of knowing how they are going to run in a particular race until after the off. Very frustrating, this game! I really fancied Bel Cantor and San Antonio in the 3.20 Southwell, but both finished just out of the places and will do better soon. Are they getting rid of that second place for San Antonio before making a show? We shall see! From my knowledge of patterns, it looks likely. Bel Cantor is usually better over shorter than one mile, so perhaps it will do better under those circumstances. My tip from last time, system bet Florio Vincitore finished third at 18/1. Somebody knew something about the heavily gambled McConnell, which was not even best in on my ratings! I thought system bet Chalice Welcome would have done better in the 3.30 Folkestone, as it is a horse that tends to surprise on the flat. Keep your eye on it. System bet Thewellmeadow 12/1 third in the 3.40 Folkestone. Black Falcon made really eye-catching ground down the inside in the 3.50 Southwell, but once it got into about fourth place, eased off again. That horse is really well in when wanted, and should be backed now until winning. Unfortunately it now has a first place at the front of its figures, so will it win next time? Your guess is as good as mine! The winner, Ramora had system type form (-200000), but was nothing like as well in as Black Falcon. Somebody napped it in the Sporting Life! My other selection, Credential was a non runner, so keep your eye out for it soon. System bet Davana 9/2 third. Well, most of my selections ran very poorly today, but that just means they will do better soon. Let's hope so!

15th November: I don't know how My Brother Sylvest could finish out of the frame in the 12.50 Leicester off this rating, but it did! That means that the second and third must have run well over 100 to beat it! The Snatcher should do better than it has done so far. I did the reverse forecast on Union Island and Beau Fighter in the 1.00 Plumpton, and they finished almost in a dead-heat! Second, third and fourth in the 1.20 Leicester, with Arnold Layne, Hever Road and Shrewd Investor! I don't think any of them were really out to win this race! There's always one to spring a surprise, isn't there , as all of these were much better in! Ray Diamond should have done better in the 1.30 Plumpton, but the 40/1 price was not encouraging, and it ran accordingly! They must know how it is going to run before the race! Keep an eye on Aurora Lights, which was obviously not out to win the 1.40 Wolverhampton at the price, but cruised up towards the leader a couple of furlongs out, then packed up into fifth place. Marie Cuddy was never sighted, but should have been in the shakeup. Lilly Blue has been hanging fire for a long time, but should show soon in a handicap (conveniently seventh today, to keep the string of duck's eggs going). Why did Hellieorbia drop right back, then run on again in the 1.50 Leicester? It's really annoying as it was obvious it was not out to win! Not only that, but it cost me a place on Nicky Nutjob, which was another that had no intention of winning, despite being best in! Big Talk (-306) was best in at the weights, but I didn't back it! I had King's Jetnova at 7/2 in the 2.00 Plumpton, but wanted Frontier Spirit for the forecast. Best in Landucci dropped out too tamely in the 2.10 Wolverhampton, and must do better soon. I also backed Rebellious Spirit each-way, finishing second at 20/1. William Morgan and Ravi River must also do better soon. I don't understand how they could make The Big Haerth an odds-on favourite in this race unless they knew something about the other runners' planned performances. Marc Aurele keeps running like a crab, and did so again in the 2.20 Leicester. Should have been second in this race. There must be a plan for it, presumably a handicap? Second, third and fourth again in the 2.30 Plumpton, with High Oscar, Abey M'Boy and Sumdancer. Beaten by King's horse this time! Must be some horse if the others ran to form! Something very strange in the 2.40 Wolverhampton, where the best three in finished out of the first two. It was obvious from the betting that Houston Dynimo (third) and Archie Rice were not wanted, so does that mean that the first and second were earmarked before the race? It's not a nice thing to contemplate! Even Trachonitis was better in than the first two home! I got the forecast with Spear Thistle 9/1 and Numide 5/1 as a saving bet in the 2.50 Leicester, as I was suspicious that Calatagan would not win again. -04 figures are not usually encouraging but it was by far best in, and I had to give it as a selection. Ban Uisce had no right to win the 3.00 Plumpton at the ratings, but somebody knew something about the performances of the others! Monash Lad was best in, but finished only fifth, and my other choice, Wheres Johnny finished second at 20/1! Best in Sheila's Star just got up in the 3.10 Wolverhampton. I was a bit disappointed with A Little Bit Dusty, which was under pressure a long way out, which I don't like to see. Another farce in the 3.20 Leicester, where Donald Will Do was under pressure too early (for show?) and lost to Irish Guard, which was marginally worse off. How can you back like that? After the other horse fell, I thought I had a sure forecast, but nothing is straightforward in this game! Best in Mister Pink ran pathetically again in the 3.30 Plumpton, and must win soon. Red Kestrel, Chocolate Caramel and Dalhaan did not figure in the finish of the 3.40 Wolverhampton, which just shows how patient you have to be! What use are ratings if they don't run to them? I don't understand why the horses I give as best in invariably tail off and finish last! Kielder Rise was one such, and it's just so annoying! That one will do better, and the last place is a good omen for next time! No good today, however! Jaunty Dove dropped out, then ran on again, which is equally galling. I was amazed at the prices of Global Power and Divine Folly in the 4.00 Plumpton, and had a little bit on the forecast, thanks very much! Best in Angus Newz ran deplorably in the 4.10 Wolverhampton, and will now be sold. Let's hope it does better for its new stable than it's done for me recently! System bet Dark Lane third. No doubt Feeling Foxy will run better next time as a system bet! Clear best in Eastern Gift finished third at 20/1 in the 4.40 Wolverhampton. I would suggest that it is being set up for a win in the near future. Whether that will be next time is debatable, if my knowledge of patterns runs true to form. Must be backed now until it wins. Second best Lord Theo should definitely be followed in its next outings.

14th November: First and third with system bet Pete The Feat and Curragh Dancer in the 2.20 Fontwell! Pity, because I backed Sail And Return last time out and could have had the tricast! Bow Badger should have come second but for two mistakes ast the last two hurdles in the 12.30 Market Rasen. Best in My Rosie Ribbons and Isintshelovely dropped out very tamely in the 12.50 Fontwell, leaving the outsider to win. Can you see why I hate small races now? Best in Kingscourt Lad led for a long way in the 1.00 Market Rasen before packing up. Will do better. Baltrap (second best in) was also clearly not wanted today at 100/1, and ran like a crab! I was also disappointed with Trans Sonic (fourth), which I am sure will do much better over hurdles. Daring Approach should have finished second in the 1.25 Fontwell, but was never put into the race until the closing stages. Couldn't pick the winner in the 1.35 Market Rasen, but there are always turn-ups in these small races. My selections, Degas Art (thrown in) and Dontpaytheferryman finished second and third. Oh Crick ran very poorly in the 1.45 Cheltenham, and must do better than that in the future! First and second for my selections in the 2.00 Fontwell with Warnes Way 7/2 and Ned Ludd 17/2! First and second again in the 2.10 Market Rasen with Ursis 5/1 and Victoria's Groom 5/1! Three of my top four figured in the 3.10 Fontwell, with Kawagino second and Pass Me By third at 20/1. My first choice, Petite Margot was running on strongly towards the end before strangely pulling up at the last. Is that a cosmetic P? I have backed that horse so often recently without it winning that it owes me now! Kerkabellec led nearly all the way in the 3.20 Market Rasen, then packed up for no apparent reason. This must have been a test, and I am sure it will win a race when wanted. Sycho Fred was also disappointing, running on in fourth. Yabora led nearly all the way in the 3.30 Cheltenham, and appeared to be going better than most of the others, then inexplicably packed up! That one must do better when wanted. Bentley Brook was travelling best of all the runners in the 3.40 Fontwell, but just packed up as if shot! Keep your eye on that one for a future jumps race! Rocks Rule, having hacked up previously, proceeded to come fourth in the 3.50 Market Rasen! You never know what they are going to do! Even Our Mick got caught on the line by Jukebox Melody. Surely it can't be because of the better price? No, can't believe that! I was disgusted when Kartanian could clearly have got second place in the 4.00 Cheltenham, but ran all over the place in the closing stages and came third. That cost me the forecast, and was not appreciated!

13th November: Top-rated Syrian 4/1 winner of the 12.30 Lingfield. Florio Vincitore should do better as a system bet soon. Top-rated and system bet Pret A Thou 5/2 winner of the 12.40 Uttoxeter from system bet Highway Code 11/2. System bet Lady Pacha 11/1 winner of the 12.45 Wetherby! Neither of my selections apparently tried very hard in the 1.00 Lingfield, with best in Ivory Lace and Woolston Ferry not placing. I did not see the race live, so cannot comment until I see the full result, but both should have done better. I am sure the plan is not to get involved on certain days! I can never work out why these favourites win on the ratings! Chicago Grey looked likely to win the 1.20 Cheltenham before falling, which was very annoying! Young Simon should have finished second to Baby Dottie in the 1.30 Lingfield, but did not run on fast enough and finished third. If best in Ballinderry Park had decided to come third instead of fifth in the 1.40 Uttoxeter, I would have had the tricast, but it dropped out into fifth place after going well in the lead! Best in Highland Harvest and White Shift did not show in the 2.00 Lingfield. I can never work out what the plans are! Wind Instrument never showed, and Ballyfitz was also out with the washing in the 1.55 Cheltenham. One of those days? Looks like it! Best in Oniz Tiptoes finally consented to run a better race in second in the 2.20 Wetherby, but could have won if wanted. next best Border Tale finished fifth, but was never put into the race with any chance. One of my selections, Resplendent Alpha finished like a rocket for second in the 2.30 Lingfield, but it would have been better if it had won! You can usually tell when these horses are going to show, as they are significantly shorter in the betting! Charles Darwin must show very soon now. Best in Catch Me did not really figure in the 2.35 Cheltenham, although it was well there for a long way. That one and Pigeon Island will do better. The two I fancied for the 2.45 Wetherby, Pacha D'Oudairies and Western Whisky fell and unseated rider! What a day! Matsunosuke was still best in for the 3.00 Lingfield, but they probably thought they had raised its handicap mark enough recently, and it finished fourth despite being full of running. I am always very suspicious when a dual winner starts at 12/1 and I was right in this case. After leading most of the way, best in Is It Me dropped out quickly, but will do batter very soon. The same applies to Nozic, which was thrown in on old form, but was a big outsider today, and Quickbeam is also worth keeping an eye on. Best in Madman ran a terrible race in the 3.20 Wetherby, and with the defection of both Nous Voila and Flying Squad, should have won this race. Will do better soon. Best in Lunar River did not figure in the 4.00 Lingfield, despite the commentator saying that it was going well. Will do better as a system bet next time. Next best equal, Ajool, finished third at 16/1 with system bet Sheila's Bond in second. I kept looking at the form figures of this Atacama Sunrise, but did not back it to my cost! Brooklyn Spirit should also do better now. Well, what a bad day, a typical Saturday! Must avoid such days in future! There were so many well handicapped horses in the 5.50 Wolverhampton that it was inevitable that many of them would not get involved. Silver Prelude, Harry Up, Canadian Danehill and Aalsmeer are all horses to bear in mind soon. As soon as I did not back The Tatling, it almost won the race, in fact I thought it had done so first time around! Most of these horses are obviously being ridden at about three quarter speed so as not to get involved, but don't ask me why they do this. How many races do they need to run before they try? More and more in many cases, just to try everybody's patience. I am sure that is part of the plan! Then, when you get fed up with them, bang! In they come! I am still trying to find out where the tissue prices come from, as presumably they must tell the bookmakers or somebody connected that they are not out to win? On the basis of breeding (by Danehill Dancer), I suppose I should have backed Midas Moment 20/1 in the 6.20 Wolverhampton, but it's easy with hindsight! These maiden races are so unpredictable that most of the time you might as well leave them alone, as they throw up totally unexpected results in many cases!

12th November: I put Storm Brig 11/2 winner in with Warrior One for the forecast in the 12.35 Newcastle, but did not back Storm Brig on its own. Idiotic! I had a little each-way on Cigalas at 200/1 and it front-ran for a long way before packing up! Should have known at that price! I suspect it will do better later on. Romantic Wish was clearly well in on its third to Mushakaraat previously, but I didn't see it until too late! Sticking with Channon's Saucy Buck proved disappointing yet again. They never seem to run two races alike! System bet Rustarix 14/1 winner of the 1.15 Cheltenham (I got 16/1), with one of my selections, system bet Knowhere 7/1 third. Cornish Sett fell, and I am not sure if it retains much of its old ability. Should have known that Fahey's Crimson Cloud would be competitive in the 1.30 Lingfield, but ignored it to my cost! Neither of my selections, Cute N Y Know It or Appeal Denied, figured in the 1.40 Newcastle, and both (particularly the latter) were too big in the betting for my liking. This is often a good indicator of a dud run. Both should be worth a bet very soon. My third choice, Talesofriverbank finished third at 50/1! System bet Not Talking 5/1 winner. I had Cue Card to beat Dunraven Storm in the 1.50 Cheltenham, which was not rocket science, but looked like a sure profit. I wrote down the first four for the 2.05 Lingfield, but of course the one I backed each-way finished fourth! They ran exactly to the betting! Despite four fallers in the 2.15 Newcastle, I could not get the forecast! I thought Polar Gunner was going to beat the favourite, but just got pipped on the line! Tranos fell at the first fence, and with assymetrical figures, I suppose I should have expected something like that! Then Something Silver backed out into third place at the vital time. Why do I keep thinking that these races are set up before they start? A winner with Daves Dream 100/30 in the 2.25 Cheltenham, and Star Of Germany, having got rid of that first place, should be competitve next time, along with Pocket Aces. System bet Akhmatova 4/1 winner of the 2.40 Lingfield, and I got the forecast with Sing Sweetly. I though Miss Mittagong might have done better, so keep your eye on that one. I got Lacdoudal to beat Garde Champetre in the 3.00 Cheltenham, which was very satisfying! It annoys me when a horse, which is not best in, is backed and wins, as in the case of Halsion Chancer. It is equally annoying when the best in, Aviso and Prince Of Thebes, finish out of the places and fourth! I can't get my head around these performances. Border Reiver and Rare Society finished out of the places in the 3,25 Newcastle, despite the former hacking around behind the leaders. Both should win soon, but they won't win unless that is the plan for the race. Don't you just hate it when a horse is best in, starts at a huge price, and starts to struggle very quickly, when you know what is really happening? Neither of my selections was placed in the 3.35 Cheltenham, Ponmeoath and Mickmacmagoole, but I feel sure both are only biding their time. Naheell 11/4 winner of the 3.45 Lingfield, and Suhailah, my other selection, ran well in fourth and is due soon. I backed both of Sue Smith's runners in the 3.55 Newcastle, and I imagine that a forecast had been planned, but they reckoned without Master Murphy! I backed Time For Rupert and Mr Thriller in the 4.05 Cheltenham, and looked like getting the forecast until Mr Thriller fell. I didn't think that Hell's Bay was good enough, because it had got beaten in much lesser races previously. I didn't expect Turner's Lady Prodee to win first time out in the 4.50 Wolverhampton, but the commentator shrewdly gave it a good mention before the race! I was beaten all ends up with the third and the fourth, although from the angle it looked as if Instructress had got second! How I hate this Mickey Mouse racing, where half the runners appear to be running in slow motion! As usual my nap Royal Envoy failed to perform in the 5.20 Wolverhampton (well it was 40/1), but my second choice, Desert Strike won at 12/1! Royal Envoy must do better shortly, but I can't understand why not today as a system bet and best in! Was it that horrible fourth place at the front of its form? If it was, that's being very picky! Itsthursdayalready is another that is due soon. It's strange that horses that are not so well in do better than the best in! System bet Liberty Trail 5/1 winner of the 5.50 Wolverhampton. Almaty Express, best in, never really threatened to win in third at 6/1, and I suspect a place was all that was wanted. Best in horses often get placed when they should win, it seems a common tactic. No money for next best in Spoof Master, and that is another stable that invariably backs runners that are out to win. I don't know why they run them so often without making any effort. Namu and A Pocketful Of Rye are also due a better run soon. Here is a quote from the race notes on Only A Game: " Behind, headway over one furlong out, weakened inside the final furlong." Please explain to me how a horse can make headway at one moment, then weaken the next. It must either do one or the other, surely? Does that suggest that a test was being carried out? I put on a few bets for the rest of the card, including Baylini 8/1 second. Seradim should have been there, so hopefully will do next time, still as a system bet. I waqs gutted when I saw the result of the 7.20, as the three horses I wrote down were Mullitovermaurice, All Moving Parts and Irish Jugger. Somehow I had managed to put Mullitovermaurice in a forecast with both of the other two, but not with each other (16/1 winner and 8/1 second)! How unlucky can you get? It just needed one more covering bet! I suppose that 7lb claimer should have told me that Mull might not be competing! And of course I didn't back Irish Jugger eachway! You just have to take that little bit of extra care at all times. My two standout bets for the 6.50, Stand Guard and Can Can Star, both finished at the back of the field, so it was a frustrating evening. Both of these will do better, probably next time out. It's strange, but not really surprising to me, given my knowledge of running patterns, that my best fancies often flop so miserably on one occasion, then run very well the next time! It's all part of the mystery of racing, and can be both frustrating and exhilarating!

11th November: I don't know what happened to Whitecrest in the 12.20 Southwell. It was better rated than Laugh Or Cry, which finished third, so something wrong there. Will probably do better next time, but no excuses for this poor run. My two selections for the 12.50 Southwell, Byron Bay and Isabella Romee did not really figure, and both missed the break! Byron Bay came up on the outside, then dropped out again. Both should do better soon. My third choice, It's A Man's World, won at 8/1 and I had a little each-way on it. I don't know why they backed Hatton Flight so heavily in the 1.00 Ludlow, as it dropped back pretty tamely into sixth place. Obviously a good flat runner, but should have done better in this race. Two of my other choices, system bet Colleoni and Silverlord finished first and second. One of my selections, Topflight Wildbird third at 8/1, with Playing With Fire in fifth. Rolanta will do better when wanted. Best in Norcroft was never sighted in the 1.20 Southwell, which suggests it will do better as a system bet next time. My other selection, Fathey, was in the lead a furlong out, but faded into fifth. Must do better than that! Nicky Nutjob was best in for the 1.30 Ludlow, but not on official ratings, so I was not surprised that it did not win. Will do better in a handicap soon. Couldn't even get the forecast right with Rebel Du Maquis and Lake Legend in the 1.40 Taunton. There's always something that doesn't work out right! The price on Abbondanza, thrown in for the 1.50 Southwell, was too big for its ability, and it looks as if they are getting rid of some first places before trying too hard. The horse was well there most of the way, but faded late on. My other selection, Fault, finished second at 12/1! That means that the winner, Salerosa, must be much better than its official rating. The three best in horses for te 2.00 Ludlow, Tisfreetdream, Ordre De Bataille and Chrysander all pulled up one by one! Did they jknow that was going to happen? That is incredible! All three will do better soon, but what happened today? I got Dark Lover 1/2 with Madame Jasmine 14/1 for the forecast in the 2.10 Taunton! System bet Shostakovich 5/1 winner of the 2.20 Southwell. Not the best rated, so what happened to Arabella Fenella and Misty Morn? The last two named were clearly not out to win today! It was more annoying because I wrote down the first two in the correct order, then did not do the forecast! What a ridiculous ride on my selection Rojaaba in the 2.40 Taunton! Blazed away in front, then for no reason stopped riding and dropped out! My other choice, Rapid Return was also ridden with no purpose and dropped out second last! Some of this riding is too bad to be true! As they were the two best in, one can only assume they are waiting for a bigger race and a better price! System bet Justabout was the winner. My first selection, Galpin Junior, 18/1 second in the 2.50 Southwell! Colorus was right in the firing line before fading late on, and will do better. My other tip of a few occasions, Equuleus Pictor, finished third at 7/1. Strangely enough Galpin Junior was previously trained by Nicholls, who now trains the winner La Capriosa! Was there an arrangement there? Galpin Junior was best in, so must win soon. I got Sway each-way and Rougham for the forecast in the 3.00 Ludlow, but was amazed at the antics of Border Castle, which was obviously a big price for good reason! Best in Nothing Is Forever decided to come fifth today in the 3.10 Taunton, when it could have won again, so keep an eye on it. Raise Again will also do better, probably next time. Unfortunately I went against Land And Sea in the 3.20 Southwell, but did manage to get the third, Hambleton at 14/1. I thought Cool Bob would beat Just The Job in the 3.30 Ludlow, but obviously the winner is fast improving! One of my selections, Colliers Court, led most of the way in the 3.40 Taunton, eventually finishing third at 14/1, but I am sure could have won if really wanted. One of my selections, Kingaroo, 22/1 winner of the 3.50 Southwell, with the other Yossi, in fourth! Abydos should do better next time ( I don't like -05 figures), as should Yossi, which was best in on old form. I wondered why Egypt Mill Spirit was 5/1 in the 4.00 Ludlow, but I soon found out when it came up apparently hacking, then dropped out tamely! They know when they are going to run well or otherwise! How come this favourite was so good, with no apparent form? I mentioned a few days ago that the top stables don't do so well in bumpers when they are in opposition, and the same thing happened today with King and Nicholson, with the other contender winning! Is that coincidence? I'll back the others in future if that's the way the land lies! Matsunosuke finally won a race at 3/1 when I wasn't around to back it! Typical, after I had backed it in big races at big odds several times! I am sure they do that just to annoy the form student! I note that it had also won previously, but I must have missed that race! They often bring these winners in on the all weather in the evening, when most people have got fed up with racing for the day!

10th November: I don't know what happened to Indian Shuffle in the 12.30 Southwell, but not only was it not sighted, it was not even mentioned by the commentator! I find that very difficult to explain, and can only assume it was taking a low profile today, for whatever reason. That said, I think it can be assumed that it will do better in the near future. That made it very easy for the Monsieur Jamie to win the race! Geronimo Chief was well in for the 1.00 Southwell and duly won the race at 4/1. Terry's Flutter was also well in, but was probably not going to compete at 80/1 (although you never know, and it did lead for a while). Keep an eye on it. I was disappointed with system bets Endaxi Mana Mou and Icelady. Silver Kate was best in on hurdles form for the 1.10 Bangor, but some poor jumps in the early stages cost her any chance. must do better when improving her jumping. Calgary Bay was very disappointing in second in the 1.40 Bangor, but you never know what the agenda is for these horses in small races! I had Ovthenight at 6/1 in the 1.50 Huntingdon, but wanted Pancake for the forecast! I also had system bet Rowan Spirit 8/1 in the 2.00 Southwell! Jamaica Grande should do better before long, but was a huge price today. Kilbeggan Blade ran poorly today at a big price, but will do better shortly. I thought Minella Boys was sure to win or get placed, but eventually finished fourth! System bet Olympian Boy 20/1 second in the 2.20 Huntingdon. Porters War (fourth) must do better soon. I had Podgies Boy as my first choice in the 2.30 Southwell, but should have backed it on its own, as I did Yorketa for the forecast! Too greedy? Probably! Couldn't have Rath Maeve of this mark, although it had obviously improved considerably. I like Call To Arms on the flat, but dare not put it in with my fancy, Marsh Warbler in the 2.40 bangor! Wish I did now, as I did Royal And Ancient (third). Another odds-on favourite does something extraordinary, Medermit refusing in the 2.50 Huntingdon! How can you budget for that? Even the second favourite did not want to win, which is why you sometimes get these ridiculous results! What happens when they have assumed that the favourite will win, so there is no money for the second favourite? That's what happens! Grande Caiman was by far best in for the 3.00 Southwell, but keeps running well below its best form in third. Fortunately I also backed my second rated Kimberley Downs at 14/1 (I got 16/1)! Black Falcon should be watched closely in the near future. I thought Safran De Cotte would run a good race in the 3.10 Bangor, but wanted it in a forecast with Heron Bay, which almost got there in third! Best in Carys's Lad was clearly not wanted in the 3.20 Huntingdon, and then I thought that next best Loco Grande was going to give me the forecast, but it got pipped into fourth place! Absolute farces some of these races! Most of the horses and riders are just faffing around! They must know what is going to happen before they run, or how else could that favourite win so easily? I thought system bet Silent Lucidity was coming to figure prominently in the 3.30 Southwell, but it backed out near the end. I am sure there is another race in that one soon, and Goodison Park will do better when wanted. I backed Monsieur in the 3.40 Bangor, and the leader stopped near the line, allowing Monsieur to snatch the race! I'm not complaining! Cybergenic ran well for a long way, but was clearly not wanted today, and will do much better! I backed Close House (by Generous) in the 2.50 Huntingdon, but just got pipped on the line by Broughtons Star! Bel Cantor was well backed in the 4.00 Southwell, but never figured! Must do better soon! Fortunately I also backed the winner, Victorian Bounty 14/1! Charles Parnell is another to bear in mind shortly. Blast! I wrote down King's Grace, Tarn Hows and Flemi Two Toes for the 4.10 Bangor, but didn't do the forecast! Ridiculous! Another short-priced favourite beaten in Peligroso in the 4.20 Kempton. I suppose that they were all fairly well matched at the weights, but Peligroso appeared to be going best of the lot. Half Sister refuses to run well, and disappointed again in the 5.50 Kempton, having run wide most of the way around and looking to be well in contention. Was by far best in, so I don't know what they are waiting for! Mater Mater can also do better than it did tonight, held out the back and making no real forward move. I can't work out why they don't run better in these very poor races! It's a real puzzle, and only the trainers can tell you the answer. I had a little each-way on Miniyamba in the 6.20 Kempton, but was disappointed with the efforts of both Pearl (fifth when going well) and Pocket Too, both of which can do much better. Both may do better over the jumps soon, and perhaps this was a tune-up.

9th November: I had system bet Pure Faith as my first choice for the 1.00 Sedgefield, but wanted Dr Flynn for the forecast. The latter jumped across the hurdles and dropped out disappointingly. I had American Ladie and The Bishop's Baby for the 1.10 Lingfield, finishing second and fourth. The latter made good ground in mid-race, but did not quite finish off the race. I had Highland Valley and Daring Orygyn for the forecast in the 2.20 Exeter! I backed Rock Relief each-way in the 1.30 Sedgefield, and the b... unseated rider, then harassed the winner most of the way around! Pity it doesn't count with no jockey! Seminal Moment also ran well in about fifth place. Midnight Diamond, thrown in for the 1.40 Lingfield, managed only second place, running in snatches! It's really annoying when a horse should win easily! Delgany Gunner also finished fourth, to give me no return! It's as if you are being set up for a fall in these races! I doubted whether Captain Becket would win today with that dreaded first place at the front, and the betting and the performance confirmed this. For some reason, form figures are all important when weighing up a race. Captain Becket will probably do much better next time. The lack of favouritism for Scottsbrook Cloud was also worrying. I got On Trend at 14/1 in the 2.10 Lingfield, but did not reverse the forecast with Raduis Bleu! Never mind, good return! I did not see the reaminder of the races, but gave Schinken Otto, 9/1 winner and Panthers Run, third 10/1 in the 3.30 Sedgefield. Of the others, all I can say is that most of them should have done better if they ran to form, particularly Marodima, Teenage Idol, Premier Dane, Harcas, Tiger King, Manmoon and Whatcanisay, several of which were either wary of each other or biding their time, but all can be noted for the near future.

8th November: Lukey Luke finished third and Play The Rock fourth in the 1.55 Carlisle. The latter in particular was going extremely well, and only dropped back near the end. Will probably win a race before long, as will Lukey Luke, but it was annoying that neither won today. Royal Box led almost all the way in the 2.05 Wolverhampton before packing up late. Will win a race before long. Damn! I had system bet Peters Gift on my list but did not back it at 20/1! Key Light should also do better soon. National Trust was by far best in for the 2.15 Southwell, but I wanted Kilshannig for the forecast, but McCoy did not appear to push it too hard for the runners-up spot! System bet Sibenek winner of the 2.25 Carlisle, with system bet Le Roi Rouge third. Everything but the right result in the 2.35 Wolverhampton! I backed the favourite to beat Sir Lunchalott, and the winner in a forecast with Sir Lunchalott. Why do they never run to form? Phar Again, by far best in for the 2.45 Southwell, did not compete today, but is thrown in when wanted. Next best Inchloch also ran very poorly, and keep an eye on Najca De Thaix. All three of these were better in than the placed horse, but that seems to mean nothing in many races! Both Phar Again and Inchloch had assymetrical form, which probably explains their poor running today. Best in Kincraighe was a big outsider in the 3.10 Wolverhampton, and it never looks good when that is the case. It did front-run for a long way, then inevitably backed out. You feel as if that has been pre-planned for the race! That one will do better, and I expected a better run from Looksmart, but not today! There was money for Best's horse, and it is not usually left behind by them! Best in Meydan Dubai ran a stinker in the 3.45 Wolverhampton, and that happens so often! Must win when wanted. Hart Of Gold front-ran for a long way, but never seems to finish off its races these days! The winner, Pinball, missed the break last time when its blindfold was removed too late! One of my selections, Morocchius finished fourth again in the 3.55 Southwell, but I feel it has plenty more to offer. Typically when I back a good flat horse over the jumps, in this case Admirals Way, it starts as a big outsider and runs like a crab! Do they do that just to test it out? I wouldn't mind if it showed something instead of just tailing off! Best in Fair Spin won again in the 4.05 Carlisle, but I wanted Knockaveen for the forecast! The 8lb claimer clearly made a difference for Leith Walk (second). How many of these Whillans jockeys are there? They could almost make a football team! Do I gaive up on Marafong? It always seems to run fourth, fifth or sixth! It was second best in today, made good ground, then dropped back to sixth! You would think it has got to try to win soon! Ok, it was rated 40 today, but that is often when they spring a surprise! Now that its figures are -456, perhaps it will! Well, you might as well finish in the way you have done most of the day, and the hevily backed Spectait finished sixth in the 4.45 Wolverhampton. Don't know where the money came from, but it was badly mispalced! Lastkingofscotland finished fifth, but can do much better, and Cobo Bay finished third and can also win when wanted. A betting day to forget as far as best ratings were concerned! Strangely enough, I had several winners written down on my list, but did not give them as selections. That often happens, as I usually give my top-rated. Well, you can't go far wrong giving top-rated, can you? Don't you believe, my third, fourth and fifth rated are just as likely to win!

7th November: I backed Super Villan in the 1.00 Hereford, but got beaten by Old Wigmore! The 7lb claimer in this case was useful! I backed Grand Award with the favourite in the 2.10 Ffos las, but it slipped up when looking like winning over the last! How unlucky can you get? If Marsh Warbler hadn't bungled a couple of hurdles, I think it would have won the 2.20 Market Rasen, but by the way it was ridden, I am not sure they wanted to win. Clearly had a lot in hand. My other each-way choice, Frequency, lost its irons and pulled up, but the price was not encouraging! I thought Jug Of Punch would make a better effort today (and there was money for it), but it ran on for about sixth place. Also very disappointed with Rojaaba and Lupita, which were also very well in. How do you work out if they are trying or not? It's a minefield. The winner, Bernard was about fifth best in! Dipity Doo Dah was a biggish price in the 1.50 Market Rasen, and ran accordingly. Must be better than that! What on earth happened to Caught By Witness, which never looked likely? Terrible luck! My two against Bobby Bullock, Marked Man and Heart Springs both fell in the 2.00 Hereford! Marked Man was clear best, but was a big price today. Do they know that they are not going to run well today? That is the message being given out. System bet Millers Dawn 12/1 third. Ridiculous! The two best in for the 2.15 Ffos Las, Benfleet Boy and Blacktoft were not wanted in the betting today and finished third and fourth, allowing the outsider to win. What is the use of ratings if they do not run to them! It smacks of "We're not winning today, work it out between you!" It makes you wild! On all known form Potemkin had no right to win this race, and seemed to win it by default! I had three selections for the 2.25 Market Rasen, Railway Park, which was best in but finished fourth, Art Exhibition, which pulled up, and Hippodrome, which finished second at 12/1. One day they will run properly! Mister Chancer was disappointing in fifth in the 2.35 Hereford. A totally unpredictable race, but expect Hadron Collider to run better soon! Damn! I had Moon Over Miami and Enlightenment in the 2.45 Ffos Las, and the latter fell in the lead at the last, and Moon Over Miami got up to win the race! Assuming that Moon Over Miami would have finished second, it cost me a good forecast! Mr Moonshine looked certain to win the 2.55 Market Rasen, but was outrun by Ashfield Dream. Premier Sagas appeared to be coming into contention, but did not run on at the end. Useless runs again from Diktalina and Josephine Malines (fourth) in the 3.05 Hereford. You can't back them when they run like that, although Diktalina was getting rid of a first place. My third choice and system bet, Mud Monkey, third in the 3.40 Hereford at 16/1. My nap, Temple Place finished fifth, but will win a race very soon. Never trust horses at 25/1, as that often, but not always, means that they will not compete. Oncle Kid departed early in the 3.55 Ffos las, but should do better soon, and best in Bob Casey finished only third, which did not surprise me, but it will be symmetrical next time, and should do better. I give up in these seven horse races, where the top-rated horse (Donovan) came third again for no return! Looked to be hacking up on the outside, but made sure not to come in the first two! Must win soon, but I hate the tortuous way they work up to a win! It is incredibly annoying when the best in horse, Stage Right, is (apparently) hard ridden early on and drops out! You know your fate almost immediately! -04 figures are usually a death knell, and so it proved. I am convinced they run to a pattern in these circumstances, a kind of code which usually means not today! If we can crack that code, we will be rolling in it! Fortunately my second selection, Ruby Valentine won at 13/2! I thought Keys would win the bumper, coming form the Charlton stable, and it was quite a good price considering, but was also interested in Conigre, which ran well for a long way, and should be capable of better soon. Look out for it in a similar race.

6th November: My nap, Lemon Silk, just pipped on the line at 8/1 by King's Gold Reef in the 12.45 Sandown! Looked to have the race in the bag! Knew I should have put Gold Reef in for the forecast! Storm Prospect was best in for the 1.00 Kelso, but hung back to far and finished only fifth. You can usually tell their intentions by the way they are ridden. Can win very soon. My second choice, More Equity 9/2 second. Best in Pacha D'Oudairies finished only fifth in the 1.10 Wincanton. Never looked like winning, so a bit annoying! I had Kyoto Summit in the 1.25 Down Royal, but wanted the thrown in Fool's Wildcat (third) for the forecast! Damn! How close can you get? They do that so often, win a race and then come second or third next time. It's almost predictable! System bet Santera 12/1 winner of the 1.40 Wincanton! Damn! Didn't back it! Meglio Ancora was running on from the back in the 1.45 Sandown, but I am sure can do much better over hurdles. It was running faster than those in front near the end, but would not get placed! It's really annoying when you back these bigger priced horses and they finish fourth! As soon as best in Natal's jockey started rowing away in the 1.55 Down Royal, I knew it had had it. No reason for it, just cosmetic for the form figures! One of my selections, Eton Rifles 11/1 second in the 2.00 Doncaster, with system bet Horseradish the winner! Songe just crept home in the 2.20 sandown, with system bet Or Bleu in third. I had Saphira's Fire each-way in the 2.35 Doncaster, finishing third at 20/1! I looked at Ceilidh House, because it was system+1 bet! Alph decided not to compete today (well, he didn't!) and finished fifth. High Bird Humphrey front-ran, which is often fatal, and will do better, probably next time. On a previous run, it looked all over the winner, so is obviously still well in when wanted. It was obvious from the betting that the thrown in Verasi would not be winning the 3.30 Sandown, but I had to back it just in case. Second best Antonius Caesar finished third after looking like the winner towards the end. Best in Tax Free chose today not to run a race, but my second choice, Hitchens, finished second. Russian Spirit must have improved a lot to win this race, but you never know how much they are hiding when they are from top stables! Its previous form was certainly not up to this! I had the first two written down at 14/1 and 25/1 for the 3.45 Kelso, but did not put them together for the forecast. What a prat! One of my selections, Just Posh, finished fifth, and is working towards a better run soon. Front Rank was best in, but there is usually money for it when it competes. System type bet, Itstooearly, finished third at 40/1! Why is it when King and Henderson both have runners in a bumper, neither of them seem to perform? It's amazing! None of the top-rated performed in the 4.10 Doncaster, probably because they were too closely handicapped, and this often happens, but it's very annoying when you back a few and get no return! Keep an eye out for River Falcon, Magic Cat, Fishforcompliments and Game Lad next time out!

5th November: Today's nap and next best: Lidjo De Rouge (2.50 Font) and Monfils Monfils (4.00 South). Typically I picked the wrong Elliott runner with Caracal in the 1.05 Down Royal, which was worse than useless! Next I put Maree Prince in the forecast for the 1.10 Hexham, and that b... pulled up! Looks like being a good day! At last! I had Kauto The Roc to beat Present To You in the 1.20 Fontwell, just getting up on the line! I put system bet Lexington Bay in for the forecast in the 1.30 Southwell, but with the wrong horse (Raw Spirit) as the winner! I wasn't sure if Manoubi would win today, with an outstanding first place, and my fears were justified, coming only second. Must win a race soon. Second-rated Cloudmor dropped out tamely after disputing the lead for a long time and will do better. Dansimar, marginally better in than Easter Legend, fell when going well in the 1.50 Fontwell, ruining my forecast bet! One of my selections, Colorus, third 12/1 in the 2.00 Lingfield! Equuleus Pictor ran a stinker and must do better off this mark soon. Others to note soon: Benwilt Breeze and Pawan, possibly over six furlongs. I have place-itis at present, with Knight Valliant finishing second again in the 2.10 Hexham! System bet Rolecarr 7/1 winner. Should stick to my system bets! Shall I give up on Vacario? I don't think so, but its string of fourths and fifths is not encouraging! Acosta (sixth) and My Rosie Ribbons (fourth) were also well in, so keep an eye on those two also. Could not get one of the first three in the 2.20 Fontwell! There was no rhyme nor reason to the running of the 2.30 Lingfield on the ratings, with Grande Caiman thrown in for this, but finishing only third. I couldn't see how Diggeratt could win on the ratings, unless it was a Hanagan benefit this time! What is going on? Even Ra Junior was better in than the winner, but that one is being held up for a handicap tilt, I suspect. The only one with an official rating, Club Class, 22/1 winner of the 2.40 Hexham! Should not have been able to compete with two or three others on hurdles ratings! My nap, Lidjo De Rouge, decided to have an off-day today, but is thrown in when wanted! I don't think I will nap anything again which has got more than a 3lb claimer on board, as that seems to be the kiss of death in most cases! How many times do horses with outstanding first places finish second or third? It happened again with Take A Mile today! I almost feel like packing it in! I kept looking at Senate Majority (15/2 winner) as a possible improver in the 3.00 Southwell, but changed my mind, silly me! Brink and Blue Zephyr were well in, but did not figure today. Keep an eye on King Sandor from the 3.10 Hexham, which seemed to gain on the leaders easily, then found nothing towards the end. I suspect that one will win when wanted. Dalrymple was at 40/1 and unplaced in the 3.20 Fontwell, but I feel that it is much better than that on its hurdles second earlier. Lepido second again at 100/30 and system bet Posh Emily third. Rowe Park was best in for the 3.30 Southwell, but was too big a price considering the context and number of runners, so one had to assume that it would not win today. It's annoying when you have to back them because they should win! I fancied Camden in the 3.50 Fontwell, but why did Custer Of The West drift out in the betting and finish nowhere? That really annoys me! A winner with Hunters Belt 13/2 in the 4.00 Southwell, but could have had the tricast if Monfils Monfils had run properly (fourth)! That horse is now being worked towards a win, whether that will be next time is pure guesswork! Why is it when I select a horse that should win easily it runs like a donkey? Lerida was by far best in for the 4.10 Hexham, but dropped out tamely. I feel like screaming sometimes! Every time I back a short-priced horse to win, it finishes second, and if I back something at a bigger price each-way it finishes fourth! It's really annoying, but it seems to be a pattern! Fongoli (second) and Wishes Or Watches (fourth) were two examples in the 4.20 Fontwell. It seems to be preordained! Funnily enough, I wrote down the four best in for this race, and they finished in reverse order, with the least well in winning, and the best in finishing fourth! Is this known beforehand by connections? I wonder. One never knows what goes on behind the scenes. A winner at last with Methaaly 9/1 in the 4.30 Wolverhampton, which I did not give as a selection, but which I have been tipping for some time, so that was nice! Keep an eye on Top Bid, which is due a better run soon.

4th November: Today's nap and next best: Di Stefano (2.30 Ling) and Manadam (2.55 Towcs). Satin Love clearly did not run to its rating in the 12.45 Lingfield, unless the others improved considerably. Focail Maith ran well above itself in third, and may be very well in for the future. One of my first selections, Rare Coincidence, 16/1 second in the 12.55 Haydock. This Scottsbrook Cloud must have improved a huge amount recently! You can make a note of Englishtown, which was best in, but finished last today! Next time out should do much better! Picked the wrong big stable to back with Instabella in the 1.10 Towcester, and my other choice, Definitley Lovely, finished fourth. Just pipped both ways! Another second place with Woodcote Place 13/2 in the 1.20 Lingfield! Damn, I had a feeling about Malcheek, but didn't back it! Attaglance was not given a maximum ride in the 1.30 Haydock, and ran on well past beaten horses to finish fourth. Pity, because I backed it each-way. Keep an eye on that one, possibly over further. King Fingal will also do better. Liberty Seeker 3/1 won the 1.45 Towcester, but very poor runs from Wyeth and Perfect Reward, the two Moore horses, both of which should have done much better! Elhamri could not have run to its best form to get beaten in the 1.55 Lingfield, but you see it happen so often in these races! No money for Hinton Admiral, next best in, and you probably need to see it from that stable. That one and Mango Music will do better when wanted. Flake did not perform in the 2.05 Haydock, but will do better. The Jazz Musician led most of the way, but fell at the last, and will also win again. Another place with Romney Marsh 6/1 in the 2.20 Towcester! Can't get a winner yet! Arceye either runs well or appalingly, and today it was the latter, but will do better. The stablemate of the winner, Foxesbowe will do better soon. System bet Me Julie looked like winning before eventually coming fourth.Typical! Di Stefano, thrown in for the 2.30 Lingfield, came nowhere after a second place last time. Why do they keep doing that? Must win soon. Ivory Silk did exactly the same thing, so it looks like stick to system bets! Unfortunately the other two I wrote down came first and third! System bet Rio Gael winner of the 2.40 Haydock 7/1 winner from system bet Gifted Leader 5/1 second. My system bet Master Fong, ran very poorly and must do better, and Laredo Sound was right up there before dropping out. My next best, Manadam, was hampered early on, and ran on for fifth. Should win very soon. System bet Earcomesthedream 16/1 second (looked like winning between the last two). Dashing George and Arctic Echo are two to keep an eye on soon. Williams Way came hacking down the outside in the 3.05 Lingfield, looked all over the winner, then came only fourth! That one is thrown in now! Ridiculous result, as both Boucheron and King Supreme should have been there too! Just goes to show that they can get any result they want, and usually do! Gray Mountain was best in on hurdles form for the 3.15 Haydock, but fell when struggling! Probably needed the run, but they are usually fit from these stables. Second best Born Again won at 100/30, which proves the point. My selection, Bobby Bullock, 5/2 winner of the 3.30 Towcester. I suspect that Nearly A Breeze, knowing that they could not win this, was held back today, but will do better soon. I thought they might pull a fast one with the Hemmings pair in the 3.50 Haydock, but they came in in the right order, unfortunately for me! I also backed The Portonian each-way. Lunar River was very disappointing in the 4.10 Lingfield, but hopefully that is so it can win as a system bet next time. Whenever given by the newspaper pundits, these horses mysteriously vanish! Not enough money for Astrodiva, which is normally well backed when competing, although it showed up well for most of the race. I have been keeping my eye on these Ermyn horses, and both figured, including the winner! Unfortunately I did not back either today. Vinces and Professor John should show very soon. Don't you just hate it when the horse you have backed goes clear in the final furlong, then some first-time outer runs on and grabs yours on the line? That happened in the 4.30 Kempton, where I backed Buddy Miracle, then this other thing, Richmond Fontaine, just wears it down on the line. Like being strangled slowly! The problem is, there is no way of anticipating this unless you are in the know!

3rd November: None of my top-rated got into the shakeup in the 12.15 Nottingham. Hart Of Gold was best in, but never got on the pace (still a system bet next time), and next best Bertbrand was a huge price and will do better soon. Hart Of Gold normally front-runs, but has never won over five furlongs. I can never work out why they run well one day and not the next! Darcys Pride is still well in, but not for today! I had a little look at Jemimaville (third) but it was not as well in as many others I wrote down. System bet Sharp Shoes 10/1 winner. Two to watch out for from the 12.45 Nottingham are Mini Bon Bon and Molly Mylenis, both of which were up with the pace before dropping out. My main fancy for the 12.55 Warwick, Olympian Boy, bolted before the start and was withdrawn! Couldn't pick Park Lane, although I like the name! I wrote down the first four for the 1.05 Chepstow, and of course the horse I backed, Awesome Freddy, finished fourth! Sod's law! I somehow managed to pick Swindy in the 1.15 Nottingham, as I like Cole's runners on their second run. The Godolphin horse, Madison Square dropped out after being up there. If I Were A Boy seemed to be travelling very well in the 1.25 Warwick, but after running wide, dropped out quickly. May be worth keeping an eye on. I got the forecast with Prince Massini and Radmore's Revenge in the 1.35 Chepstow, but Satindra let me down for the tricast and will do better soon. Even with two fallers, I couldn't get a place in the 2.00 Warwick! Vasodilator finished last when it was thrown in, and Rince Donn finished only fourth! A ridiculous result, and not what I was looking for. Both of these will do better. The winner, That's The Deal was my fourth rated! King's Pride In Battle fourth again in the 2.10 Chepstow. When will he get a better result in these races (I know he had an odds-on winner earlier)? What a ridiculous race in the 2.20 Nottingham, with two 100+ horses finishing sixth and seventh! How can you cater for that sort of nonsense? Makes you feel like packing it in! System bet Darbys Turn 10/1 winner of the 2.35 Warwick! I backed it each-way, but didn't really expect it to win! Best in Mister Wiseman and Chevy To The Levy ran very badly in the 2.45 Chepstow, and both will do better soon. Third best Bobby Gee finished second. A winner at last with Flipping 8/1 in the 2.55 Nottingham! Thought I was going to get a good run out of Stow today, but it ran a stinker! Must do better soon off this rating! No joy from any of the top-rated in the 3.30 Nottingham, with Final Verse, Jack Dawkins and Blue Spinnaker all running deplorably. How can you back when they have no intention of figuring? Bold Marc can also do better off this mark. Damn! Thought I was going to get the forecast with Chico Time and September Moon, but the latter just faded to third when looking sure to come second! System bet Cadoudalas winner of the 3.55 Chepstow, but could I get the tricast? The hell I could! I thought Rouge Et Blanc would have done better. My nap, By Command, was 50/1 today and clearly not wanted, but my second choice, Ocean Transit, won at 8/1! By Command is thrown in when wanted soon. Dream In Waiting will also do better, despite being ridden by Hughes and not performing today. I fancied Wassailing Queen 6/1 (by Generous) in the 4.15 Warwick, and got the forecast with Whoops A Daisy for good measure! Monsieur, thrown in for the 4.25 Chepstow, started at 33/1, and I doubted that it would perform, but it came second! Must win soon and probably would have today, apart from mistakes at several hurdles. Dansilver should do better soon. My selections to subscribers today gave three winners, two at 8/1 and one at 7/2, plus a 33/1 place and a 16/1 place! Not bad!

2nd November: Don't know what happened to George Nympton in the 1.35 Exeter, never got into the hunt! It was pretty obvious from the close betting that Mr Hudson and Madison Du Berlais would figure in the finish, but I don't know whether they knew that Madison Du Berlais would not win. Off its chase rating it should have won easily, but was probably being given a confidence booster before going chasing again? I wrote down the first three for the 1.45 Catterick, but decided to back Joe Le Taxi each-way, finishing third at 9/1. I thought Trouble Digger might have done better in the 2.05 Exeter, given its pedigree, but we will proably have to wait a little longer for that one. How can you back the runner-up Alla Svelta when it refused to race last time? You can never tell with Channon's runners! After running numerous races without winning, Barista won again in the 2.15 Catterick, and must have shown improved form. Not the most obvious well-handicapped winner! I was expecting a better run from system bet Ted's Brother (fourth). Zowington (missed the break) was too big a price today in the 2,25 Kempton, but my second choice and system bet, Love You Louis won at 8/1 (I got 9/1) and I had the third, Lord Of The Reins 7/1 for good measure! Thought I was going to get the winner with I'msingingtheblues in the 2.35 Exeter, but dropped back into fourth! I also backed Twist Magic each-way, and nearly won it. Suspicious that Nicholls got a 1-2, and Twist Magic dropped back before running on again near the line! My two selections, Avonvalley and Galpin Junior first 13/8 and second 11/4 in the 2.45 Catterick, unfortunately in the wrong order as regards ratings! Galpin Junior was much better in, but they must have known what would happen. One of my selections, Blackstone Vegas, 20/1 third in the 2.55 Kempton (not much room on the inside). Pictures did not really show (no pun intended), but will do better soon. Weald Park dropped out quickly, but is thrown in when wanted. Well, I had Rock Noir 9/2 as the winner of the 3.05 Exeter, but wanted Qozak for the forecast! Seradim was by far best in for the 3.25 Kempton, but the trip may have been too far, as it was in the lead two furlongs out and finished only third. Must win a race soon. It was obvious from the ouset that best in What A Scientist would not be winning the 3.35 Exeter! I hate it when the jockey is rowing away so early, just for show! Clyffe Hanger ran a good race, but I think fourth place was all that was wanted today also. Both will do better shortly. This Cara's Request must be much better than its official rating, as it beat the very well in Trans Sonic into third in the 3.45 Catterick! I took the Sporting Life Notebook tip with Room For A View 10/1 in the 3.55 Kempton, but was disappointed with both Suntrap and Asterisk! I had Hansome King on my list too, but did not do the forecast. Both Krackatara and Bally Conn ran good races in the 4.05 Exeter, and will do better soon. Fortunately I also backed system bet Victor's Serenade, 10/1 winner! Hernando's Boy was useless in the 4.15 Catterick, but that was only because it was not wanted today! That one, Pegasus Prince and Spahi will do much better soon. This Dubara Reef keeps winning races, so must be much better than its rating! Baby Strange was well backed in the 4.25 Kempton, but was it just the Hanagan factor? Might have to wait another race now. Fullandby ran on late, and may be worth a bet on Saturday. My other choice, Shifting Star, finished second at 8/1.Just got it wrong in the 4.35 Exeter, backing Court In Motion to beat Join Together and Oscar Papa each-way. Much better doing Oscar Papa for the forecast! Still, if we got it right every time we would be worth a fortune! I don't know where the money came from for Gallantry in the 5.25 Kempton, but it was totally misplaced, even though the horse must win very soon. What was more annoying was the lack of sparkle in San Antonio, which was even better in. Just shows that even apprentices know how to get certain positions in a race! It makes you feel like cracking a whip across their backsides! I can never work out why they are so heavily backed and still don't win, unless it is a tip going around, unconnected with the stable! If that is the case, they probably don't win then because the price is too short! I had a strange feeling about Dinner Date, but couldn't see how it could win at the weights! Just shows that very often horses for courses seems to work! I must congratulate the jockeys, who have obviously been well taught as to how to make it look as if they are giving the absolute maximum on their horses, when they could probably go about ten miles an hour faster! Am I cynical or what?

1st November: I fancied Ballinteni and Smokey Oakey in the 1.00 Kempton, finishing second and about sixth. Didn't reckon with King's Iolith, but it is a top stable! King Olav should have done better off this rating. System bet Mister Optimistic 20/1 third in the 1.10 Wolverhampton. Questionnaire and Hygrove Gal were disappointing! Gunalt Joy (-040) (second 100/1) is clearly better than its 47 rating! I backed system bet The Hon Tara in the 1.20 Plumpton, and wanted to back Kaituna too, but the race was off too quickly! If Jay Jay could win the 1.30 Kempton, how the hell couldn't Pak Jack, which was much better in on the ratings? Keep an eye on that one, which must be looking for a handicap! I had the forecast with Insolenceofoffice and Lady Kildare in the 1.40 Wolverhampton, and also backed system bet Paper Dreams each-way which I thought got third, but actually fourth.! My first selection of the day, Just Beware, 16/1 winner (by ten lengths) of the 1.55 Plumpton! Mid Wicket led for a long way, but always seemed to be forced to run. Solitary Palm would have won the 2.05 kempton but for a mistake at the last! Looked to have the race in the bag! Itea Du Fau and Cockatoo should both do much better soon. Red Wine, with a first place at the front, was too long in the betting today, and should be watched for next time. You just have to keep backing that horse until it wins, as it is thrown in off this rating. Given A Choice will also do better, but you probably need to see some money for it. Ramora is another that will probably do better shortly (complete outsider, but third best in). Frustrating in the 2.30 Plumpton, where the top three rated finished third, fourth and fifth! Mister Pink was best in, but finished fourth, and Wujood and Rapid Return (travelled best) were fifth and third! The perils of small races again! Lough Derg is a tricky animal to catch right, but on a going day will win a similar race. My second choice, Backbord, ran on well for second at 10/1. Silence is Bliss was clear best in for the 2.50 Wolverhampton, but was clearly not wanted today, even with Hughes on board! Will do better soon. My other choice, Kissing Clara, won at 11/4. Silly Billy (sys+1) 25/1 second. I got the forecast with Glengarra and The Hardy Boy in the 3.35 Plumpton, which got me back a little of my losses! Best in Petroupetrov ran a stinker in the 3.45 Kempton, and can do much better than that soon! Best in Angelena Ballerina did not really figure in the 3.55 Wolverhampton, but must do better soon, along with Capacity. Perhaps these two were wary of each other, as they were almost exactly matched. Frustrating for me, though! Both should do better soon. Fortunaltely I also backed Powerful Pierre each-way at 33/1. I suppose Just The Job had system type form for the 4.10 Plumpton, but I couldn't pick it! Midnight Diamond was best in, but had no intention of winning today. Next best Spider Boy finished second. I looked at Mark Of Love for the 4.20 Kempton, but thought nah! Off for three years! Then it won! B....! Typically my selection Sun Quest ran right up with the pace, then finished fifth! Trump Call will do better soon. I feel sure there is a race to be won with The Cayterers also. Templetuohy Max 11/1 almost won the 4.30 Wolverhampton, just pipped on the line by Elijah Pepper! Stevie Gee (missed break) only wins occasionally when wanted, but is exceptionally well in, and will probably show next time. Next best in Willow Dancer finished third. One of my picks, Trachonitis, 33/1 second (with Hanagan on board) in the 5.00 Wolverhampton! The first horse I wrote down, Naheell 40/1 winner, despite being 4lb out of the handicap!

31st October: Today's nap and next best: Judge 'n Jury (3.55 Ling) & Figaro Flyer (1.10 Ling). I backed Ballistic each-way and it unseated rider in the 12.40 Lingfield. Gosden's other horse, Cantor, was also poor. You never know what you're going to get in these maidens! I backed Noble Scholar each-way in the 1.00 Carlisle, but just got pipped into fourth. How annoying! Figaro Flyer refuses to run a good race, but fortuntely I also selected and backed Rio Royale! Figaro Flyer normally needs to be backed when winning. Fourth and fifth in the 1.20 Huntingdon with system bet Up To The Mark and Taketimeout! Native Coll, Samizdat and Kings Envoy will all do better after the 1.30 Carlisle. Also just pipped into fourth on Make It Blossom! My selection Meydan Dubai (second 7/1) was thrown in for the 1.40 Lingfield, but they like to get their place first! The money for it was noticeable today (must have been an each-way instruction). Spoof Master (5 furlongs) is due soon, as is Jonny Ebeneezer if it retains any ability. One of my favourites, Bold Ring, won the race, and I think it is much better than its official rating. Pity I didn't put it in for the forecast! I had a little each-way on Cocoa Key 14/1 in the 2.05 Carlisle, purely on its form figures! Kempski led for long way, but was too big a price today. Will do better, as will Cool Operator, which ran on late for fifth. Keep an eye on Euro American over further soon. System bet Pyracantha 6/1 second. None of my top three rated were placed in the 2.15 Lingfield, being Robby Bobby, Mount Hadley and Lang Shining. Robby Bobby at least made some effort in chasing the leader before dropping out. I often think they do not want to take each other on when they are so closely rated. Whatever, it is very annoying! You might as well pick the next best in for such races, as it happens constantly! All of these will do much better, but were terrible today! I wrote down the first four for the 2.30 Carlisle, but still didn't get the forecast! Cape Tribulation, receiving a lot of weight, pulled up after never really running in the 2.40 Carlisle. The two best in horses, Numide and Dalhaan ran the worst of the lot in the 2.50 Lingfield. Why do they keep running so often with no effort? It beggars belief! The fact that they are outsiders from certain stables means that have no chance, but it is very difficult not to back them! Knight Legend was thrown in for the 3.00 Huntingdon, but I don't think intended to win, although running on for third. Typically High Bird Humphrey pulled up after running a cracker last time! One of my tips, Minster Shadow 16/1 second in the 3.10 Carlisle. It was pretty obvious from the betting that Echo Point would not figure today and it pulled up. Why do I always pick an outsider that is going to be useless? In this case it was Sentosa, which appeared to have a lot more to give, but packed up tamely! I had one of those feelings about Primrose Time in the 3.45 Carlisle, but stuck with top-rated Ormus each-way at 12/1! I didn't tip Piscean today, but should have! My second choice, Billy Red second at 25/1! Why is it that my second choice usually does better? Judge 'n Jury has been very well in for some time, so must try soon! Thrown in Madman was a huge price in the 4.05 Huntingdon, but front-raan for a long way and will do better soon. One of my selections, Chalice Welcome, third at 8/1. Mulaazem will do better soon. I have rarely seen a Swinbank runner run so badly in a bumper with Touch Of Spring. Surely it must be better than that? Are they trying to discourage people from backing them blind? Three horses again that would not show in the 4.25 Lingfield in Dichoh, Aflaam and Super Frank! The only other one that I did not back because of its form figures, Kilburn, won the race! You can never tell what is going to happen with these races, but can only make an educated guess! It would be so nice if just occasionally the top three came in as they should (this has happened only a handful of times in all the years I have been backing)!

30th October: Two system bets in Alegralil 7/2 and Issaquah 11/4 first and second in the 2.15 Wetherby! System bet Radium beat top-rated Othermix in the 2.25 Ascot. Godolphin's apparent third string Kingsfort 10/1 winner of the 2.35 Newmarket! I almost put in The Cheka (system type form) for the forecast! Alexandros will do better shortly, looking at the form figures. My nap Berbice 5/1 third with Ingleby Arch 7/1 winner! I don't know why Berbice is taking so long to win, but there was not between it and Ingleby Arch on the ratings. Should certainly have finished ahead of Lake Chini. If it retains its old ability, must win soon. Another winner with Fair Along 6/1 in the 2.50 Wetherby! Good so far today. Dunraven Storm must be better than its previous performances, and the Hobbs stable don't normally back a horse lightly! Why does Nabah keep coming fourth? There's something interesting usually when horse do that. It doesn't pay to overlook Godolphin horses (Blue Bunting another 10/1 winner) usually! I think Sphinx should have won the 3.20 Ayr, but finished ony third, Why do they keep doing that? Will probably win next time as a system bet. I had another winner with system bet Nacarat 6/1 in the 3.25 Wetherby! Pity, I thought The Fifth Member might throw in a bad one today, but it did not! Dolphin Rock finished fifth. I won't go through details of the rest of the races, as I was out most of the time, but I gave four winners as selections to subscribers today, including Best Prospect 9/2, Ulysses 5/1, Fair Along 6/1 and Ingleby Arch 7/1! I did a 15p each-way accumulator on four horses, which yielded two winners and two places, with a return of £7.33. Not bad for 30p! The only time I didn't give Lakeman as a selection it won, when in fact the second, Mississippian, was better in. Typical! It ios so annoying that whenever I go out the horses that I would have backed often come first and second, and I can only do a few token bets. Ah well, C'est la vie, as they say somewhere or other! Horses to watch for soon: Tranos, Greenbelt, Shy Glance, Border Tale, San Deng, Beaver Patrol, Quarrel and Protector.

29th October: Today's nap and next best: Mister McGoldrick (3.20 Weth) (led, ran on again for third) and Calatagan (fourth) (2.45 Weth). Beckett got the first and third in the 1.15 Newmarket, but the 80/1 winner (two poorish previous runs) was not ridden by the stable jockey! Is that a crafty move, and are they all up to those kinds of tricks? Just got pipped for third with Mic's Delight in the 1.30 Uttoxeter! The winner, Kilcrea Kim, had beaten the amazing winner Drill Sergeant previously! Pity, they showed a view of Peter Chapple-Hyam and Hannon Junior just before the 1.50 Newmarket, and I backed the wrong one in Sinfonico! These races are a bit of a lottery, unfortunatley, which is why I am not keen. King's Habbie Simpson 4/1 winner of the 2.10 Wetherby with my hope, Front Of House hampered before coming second, and system bet Eagle Owl fourth. The other system bet Jago River fell at the last when in second. Lyric Street made eye-catching progress at halfway in the 2.25 Newmarket, then appeared to hang fire before running on late again. Keep an eye on that one for the future. My first choice for the 2,45 Wetherby, Calatagan, got outpaced, then ran on really strongly for fourth place! Disappointing, as was Bywell Beau, but my third choice, Royal Max, won at 13/2, so I got a return. I thought system bet Sweet Cecily was the value bet in the 3.00 Newmarket, and got 6/1 on it! Ragsah was very disappointing, but they often are at short prices! My two selections for the 3.10 Uttoxeter, Devilfishpoker Com and Kingscourt Lad, both front-ran for a long way before packing up. These were trial runs, and both will do better soon, as will the disappointing Royal Flynn. I thought Mr McGoldrick had the race in the bag in the 3.20 Wetherby, but was overtaken, then ran on strongly again for third. Is he waiting for a cheltenham race? Thrown in Take It To The Max took the lead briefly, then backed out in the 3.35 Newmarket. Why do they consistently do that? Must have been a trial run! Next best Lutine Charlie also threatened briefly, then dropped out, and will be a system bet next time. So frustrating, these non-runs! My third best, Ostentation, also finished fourth, for a great series! What a ridiculous race the 3.45 Uttoxter turned out to be! Both the top-rated horses failed to perform, with Border Castle pulling up and Sway not running to form. You might as well back the outsiders if that is going to happen! I had a glance at Mao Chinn Tire for the 3.55 Wetherby, because of its flat performances, but didn't dream it would win at 200/1! Fortunately I also backed Two Kisses each-way, which appeared to run in snatches. Issabella Gem was snatched up when making good progress in the 4.10 Newmarket, and you can note that one for a win shortly. Ragdolliana was a big outsider today, but is much better than that. Couldn't pick my nose as regards form choices at present, as every horse I pick seems to be determined not to win! Be My Light (fourth) and Noun De La Thinte (tailed off are two cases in point, especially as the latter loves heavy ground! Sycho Fred was best in for the 4.30 Wetherby, but only ran on late for third at 10/1. Must win soon. I am still waiting for Not Left Yet to run a better race, as it is due soon, as is Shrewd Investor. Knew I should have backed Morache Music to beat Ginger Ted in the 4.45 Newmarket, but I was taken with the form figures of My Love Fajer, which led for a long way. Jamaica Grande must have run well above itself to finish fourth. This Predateur keeps being ridden with no attempt to get into the picture! Now that it has got rid of that dreaded first place, perhaps it will try next time? It was hacking around behind the field, and made ground at one point, but that was just to give me a sudden burst of hope! Cold Harbour is another that was backed today, and will do better. Major Miller was being bumped along almost from the start in the 5.05 Wetherby, so I knew I could forget that one! System bet next time, so make a note! Bow School also dropped out very tamely, and a horse that I quite fancied when looking through, Weyaye, won at 14/1! Isn't it strange that the two horses I picked out as best in both tailed off! It's very hard sometimes! I don't believe the money for Rock Soleil especially as the horse finished pulled up! Obviously not stable money, as it was thrown in for this! Strange how horses run a place then come nowhere next time! It happens so often, and is the basis for my system, of course. No good when you back it on the wrong run, though! Was this a Richard Hughes benefit, since he needs the wins? Magicalmysterytour looked like winning for a moment, but finished out of the places also. A pretty terrible day for selections, but this happens sometimes. All you can say is that, if they didn't try today, they probably will soon, but that's the chance you take in a very tricky game! Here are three to note for the near future from the Wolverhampton meeting, as I thought they should all have won: Sacrosanctus, Royal Intruder and Mymateeric. Diriculous and Cat Six should also do better very soon.

28th October: Today's nap and next best: Phluke (4.40 Lingfield) (unplaced - thrown in when wanted) and Galantos (pulled up - just a blind) (3.30 Fontwell). I could not pick Adorable Choice against the top stables in the 1.40 Lingfield, although -40 figures are often worth backing. Bit of a pin-sticker really! Best in Balzaccio should have beaten Bai Zhu in the 2.00 Fontwell, but just failed to do so. Don't know what to make of that, especially as Psi seemed to going better than either of them. The 7lb cliamer on Kitley Hassle just proved my normal point about these arrangements. Motivado looked capable of winning the 2.10 Lingfield, but seemed to hang in behind the first two near the finish. The lack of money for it was a worry. One of my selections, War Party, 13/2 winner of the 2.20 Stratford. My other selection, Rimini, appeared to be travelling better than the runner-up, but finished only fourth. I looked at Ultravox (third) in the 2.30 Fontwell, as I had backed it a couple of times on the flat, but I had also backed Juwireya, so missed it out. My two selections for the 2.40 Lingfield, Titan Triumph and Excellerator, were both big outsiders and did not figure, but will both be system bets next time and will probably do better. It's annoying when the betting suggests they are not going to compete and it proves correct! I even got a fourth place with Woodcote Place, which is worse than useless! My selection, No To Trident, miles clear when fell at the last! How unlucky can you get? Nicky Nutjob was very well in, but is obviously being held back for a future handicap. Similar comments apply to the long time leader High Wycombe. Space Cowboy has been running well below form and repeated the dose again today in the 3.00 Fontwell. Fortunately my second choice, Qualypso D'Allier won at 4/1. Super Sleuth made most of the running in the 3.10 Lingfield, but in the end finished out of the places. What was more annoying was the late flourish of Siyaadah, eventually finishing fourth. Oh, the frustrations of racing! Helm and Petite Margot were clear best in for the 3.20 Stratford, but were probably wary of each other, finishing third and fourth. The three I picked out for the 3.30 Fontwell ran the worst races of the lot! It's ridiculous, as Galantos was thrown in for this race, and Princely Hero and Oncle Kid should also have done much better. How can you back like that? It makes me mad! Where did the money for Galantos come from, except from mugs like me? Keep an eye on that one soon! I backed Baila Me and Copperbeech in the 3.40 Lingfield, but got the winner and the fourth! Copperbeech was good enough to finish second, so keep an eye on it! I backed Mister Hyde each-way in the 3.50 Stratford, and it finished like a rocket in second at 22/1 (amazing price with McCoy on it)! Pity I didn't do the forecast! Best in Monsieur Georges failed me again in the 4.00 Fontwell Why do they keep doing that? I hate this faffing around! Yes, I know it will be a system bet next time, but that's no good today! I knew that Panzer would win it if he didn't! One of the best in, Lord Theo, led nearly all the way, then packed up! By contrast best in Basra ran on late for about sixth, and Negotiation just got pipped into fourth! How enfuriating! Strikes me that most of the time, if they are not near the top of the betting, they are not going to be there! Annoying when you are looking for non-existent value! System bet Silent Oasis 11/1 second. Why do these system bets always figure over the best in? Looks like they are going to get rid of all winning form for Phluke before making another winning attempt. That horse is so well in, it should blow this lot away! Fortunately I also backed Bold Ring, 10/1 winner! System bet Murrell 12/1 second in the 4.50 Startford. Should have known that Twiston-Davies' would be there (but not a great prospect at 66/1!)! How often does that happen? I got the forecast with Cinders And Ashes (travelled very well) and Zahirah Moon in the 5.00 Fontwell! A good result on a fairly disappointing day! I don't know what happens to best in horses in the majority of races, as they never get into the argument! The only one of my three best in to figure in the 5.10 Lingfield was Song Of Praise, with Cavalry Guard, Abhainn and Special Envoy all useless! All of these three must do better shortly. I couldn't see why Paphos was favourite, but I soon found out! It's easy to win if the others don't compete! I just can't work out where these favourites and winners come from (Grand Stitch in the 5.20 Wolverhampton) with none of the best in horses getting into contention. The mind boggles! Canadian Danehill, Harry Up and Cape Royal ran uselessly. How do these things happen? What I must learn that usually, when there is no money for them, they won't be there in most cases. It's very frustrating, but shows how most of these stables work as regards betting. System bet Made In Time the winner of the 5.25 Stratford. Why didn't I just put in my selection, Time For Spring for the forecast? There is something farcical about these all-waether races! It was obvious from the betting that the thrown in Silver Prelude was not going to win, and it was ridden like a donkey, the jockey constantly not allowing it to run on. No wonder some horse eventually refuse to race or become very difficult! Even worse, Aalsmeer, which was very well in and well backed, was too far back and finished only fifth. What reasons do they give for these runnings, and do they have to give reasons? Whatever, it does not help the credibility of the sport. The worst part was, I thought before the race "If this Perlachy wins (it was 8/1 for no apparent reason), I shall scream! And it did! You are in a constant battle, throwing away money on horses that should win, but for which there is no serious intent on the day. Then, when they are wanted, the price shortens dramatically so that you can't get your money back. What fun is there in that?

27th October: I don't know what they are up to with Berbice, but it has been thrown in for some time now, and is not being allowed to win (fourth today). Surely it can't be long now, but it may need 6 furlongs? Avertuoso, next best in and Distant Sun also failed to perform in the 1.40 Musselburgh. Very perplexing, and not a little annoying! I wonder how many of the other trainers were aware of this? I had a little bet on Parlour Games 7/1 in the 2.00 Nottingham, as it had flopped the previous time and I fancied it to bounce back. Should have put in Jarvis' Ittirad for the forecast, as it was on my list! Didn't give it as a selection again, but I tend to concentrate on handicaps. Mansii made no real attempt to win the 2.10 Musselburgh, just running on well enough to finish third! That horse was by far best in, and must win soon. The first place on the front of its form was a slightly discouraging sign. It's strange when there is a short-priced favourite which is not as well in, as that implies that they know Mansii is not winning today. I have rarely seen an Alan King runner jump so badly as Groove Master in the 2.20 Haydock. Should have easily come third! I was tempted to back Gulf Punch as an each-way, as it has won for me a few times, but I thought it had too much weight. I had the first four written down! How do they justify these odds-on favourites getting beaten? Academy ran a stinker in the 2.30 Nottingham! You just can't pick winners when these things happen, especially Bell's Wayward Glance making a big improvement! A ridiculous result in the 2.40 Musselburgh, with only one of the four best horses getting in the shakeup! How can you back in races like this? Abbondanza (hanging back), Ra Junior (looked like getting at least third) and Fremen were all hopeless. I can't fathom these results, as obviously they have run so far below form! Sorry boys, you will to do better than that to convince me that any of them have actually tried! I despair! The Duke's Speech was at the back most of the way around, then ran on for fourth when it was too late! How can we make them run properly? I looked at Deuteronomy, but did not back it. Ormello unseated rider, but will do better. Of course I left out Whiskey Junction from my selections today, and it was a fast-finishing second at 20/1! Westwood was right up with pace and was eventually just swallowed up by the closing pack! Equuleus Pictor was just in behind also, but got fourth. I had official top-rated Hoppy's Flyer (third) each-way in the 3.15 Musselburgh, and thought it was going to win for a long way! The money for Our Dynasty proved correct, and Quinn (or his wife) doesn't leave his money behind very often! I also backed Swinbank's Stansonnit each-way, finishing fourth. Flake dropped out quickly in the 3.25 Haydock but was best in and getting rid of a first place. You can never trust such horses to run well! My other choice, Wot Way Chief, was a non runner. I had two of the first four in the 3.40 Nottingham, with Capable Guest and Warne's Way. Keep an eye on Calculating (fifth) soon. My tip of numerous occasions, Palomar, finally won today at 3/1! A bit shorter than some of its prices recently! I got the forecast with Bowdlers Magic, but Wicked Daze let me down for the tricast. That one will probably run better next time (front-ran but did not sustain it today). Island Flyer led most of the way before packing up in the 4.00 Haydock, and Twelve Paces never got into it! Those two and Oscar Honey must do better soon. There were no end of better in horses than South Cape in the 4.15 Nottingham, but unfortunately none of then wanted to win today. When Dabbers Ridge was 33/1 I had my doubts! Hurricane Hymnbook has been running well below form, and others to note are Lastkingofscotland and Cobo Bay. Have they worked out this race beforehand? System bet Berberana 7/2 winner of the 4.25 Musselburgh. Rothesay Chancer looked like taking a hand, but was short of room late on. Another odds-on favourite in the 4.50 Nottingham, and I just thought "I'll back the second favourite to beat it," and they duly obliged! Best in Highland Warrior finished second in the 5.00 Musselburgh, with system bets La Capriosa 7/1 winner and Secret Venue third. You can almost back system bets rather than ratings most of the time! I couldn't believe that Drill Sergeant stopped to a walk in the 5.10 Haydock, then ran on to win! How much does it have in hand? Mister Wall Street should have done better. Morning Farewell was about the same rating, but finished third at 66/1! I wanted Daniel Thomas to win the 5.20 Nottingham, but I'll settle for Hurricane Thomas (which I also backed) at 16/1 instead! Keep an eye on Daniel Thomas (best in) and King Columbo shortly. Thrown in Oddsmaker finished only third in the 5.30 Musselburgh. These horses win so rarely when they could win several in a row! They are probably preserving their handicap rating by doing this. but it's annoying when they constantly fail to win! Don't know what happened to second best Toshi, but you can guarantee it will do better shortly. Hunter's Belt came hacking up on the outside, then dropped back, so keep an eye on that one too. I backed Olympic Dream each-way in the 5.40 Kempton, finishing third at 20/1. On old figures it should have won easily, but that's the way they run them, unfortunately. Will probably be backed out of sight in the near future! I am convinced that Aqua Vitae will do better when wanted. I don't know what was so great about Swansea Jack, except that it is by Singspiel.

26th October: Two for today: Categorical (3.20 Catt) & Guto (4.00 Yar). I took a chance with First Mohican each-way in the 1.30 Yarmouth, and had a nice winner at 12/1! Just shows you can never tell from the betting! Well it was a Derby entry, which doesn't always mean anything first time out! Looking back on the form of Focal Maith (2.00 Yarmouth), I suppose it had the form to win this, but I couldn't back it. Call To Arms travelled well in the 2.10 Taunton, but never got fully into the race, and no doubt will do better next time. I was unlucky not to get the forecast in the 2.20 Catterick with Icelandic 11/2 winner and Trans Sonic 7/1 third! Game Lad and Everymanforhimself will do better soon. I had the forecast with Sea Moon and Little Rocky in the 2.30 Yarmouth, although I thought it might get beaten for a while! Aureate should have done better at these weights in the 2.40 Taunton, but fortunately I also fancied Ballinteni to do well, finishing second at 16/1. Di Stefano was thrown in for the 2.50 Catterick, but they like to take their time in winning! I thought it would certainly win so was disappointed in the end. Reddy To Star was thrown in for the 3.00 Yarmouth, but for some reason was not wanted to win today, and finished fourth. I can never understand their thinking in these situations! Well, my nap Categorical did not win, but my other selection, Moonlight Blaze did at 10/1! Remarkable how that happens! System bet Elite Land third. Albaher will be thrown in when wanted, but 66/1 was not encouraging in the 3.30 Yarmouth. Yankee Storm was next best in, but failed to perform today. Tartufo Dolce is another to keep in mind (too big a price from that stable today), but started to drop out at halfway. I had Magic Cat and Solar Spirit in the 3.50 Yarmouth, but unfortunately did not quite get the forecast. Internationaldebut was not wanted today, possibly because of the presence of Magic Cat in the lineiup. The latter will win again soon. It never ceases to amaze me how certainities can get turned over, but Guto managed it in the 4.00 Yarmouth! It was that blasted 7lb claimer again, I am sure they put him on to say we are not winning today! System bet First Blade 11/2 winner. Spring Horizon was right up with the pace, and must be noted very shortly. My comment a few days ago about Pairc Na Cgapall proved prophetic, as it won the 4.10 Taunton today (and I didn't back it!)! Unfortunately (for subscribers) my third choice, Emirate Isle won the 4.20 Catterick at 33/1 and not my first two choices! Gramm was thrown in, but was too big a price, and Yossi led for a long while before fading. Keep an eye on Shanavaz, which made a fast forward move today before dropping out again. This was equally well in with the winner, so must be capable of winning a race soon. It was my fourth choice, Cuckoo Rock which won the 4.30 Yarmouth at 12/1, but I think Miss Chaumiere could have done better. On The Cusp is very well in when wanted soon, but they take their time with such horses very often. My recent tip, Fools Wildcat 8/1 winner of the 4.45 Punchestown! I never saw it, but knew it was thrown in when wanted! None of my fancies figured in the 4.50 Catterick, but Azygous, Ursus and Gower Sophia should all do better soon. It is annoying when none of them compete, though! Quince (and Mr Hodges) is beginning to annoy me, as it keeps running without making any effort! I suppose it will be a system bet next time, which is when it will probably perform! My third choice, Zed Candy finished second at 8/1, and I kept looking at Inside Knowledge, because I knew it was better than it was showing! Barbirolli took the lead too early (silly girl) in the 5.20 Catterick (not sure if it was deliberate), and failed to get home. The price suggested that it was not wanted today. I hate it when these sorts of tactics are used. Must win soon. System bet Without Equal (which I kept looking at) was the 20/1 winner! This horse had a very low rating early in its career, but appears to have improved! This Lady Norlela has run above itself twice now, so should be noted. Barbirolli, Bold Indian and Refuse To Wait are three to bear in mind. Two winners today, but it would be nice to get the correct performances out of many of these others!

25th October: Today's nap and next best: Lethal (5.30 Leics) (unplaced - must win soon) & Fyodorovitch (4.50 Southwell) (heavily backed, did not show). Top-rated Las Verglas Star 12/1 second in the 2.00 Leicester. The top two in the weights first and second! Free Tussy was thrown in for the 2.10 Kempton, but suspiciously no money for it, and so it proved! My other tip, Dancing Queen third at 11/2. System bet Shallow Bay 11/8 winner. Free Tussy, Diamond Twister and Josr's Magic can all do better. I hate it when the short-priced favourite wins when it is not best in! I wrote down the first three in the right order for the 2.20 Southwell, but as usual was too greedy and backed the first two the wrong way around! The problem is, if I do it the other way around, it usually doesn't work! Rough Times (-4560) 10/1 second in the 2.35 Galway, with system bet Brodie's Dubrovnik 12/1 third. When I back the favourite to beat the second favourite, the latter falls at the first hurdle! Amazing! I backed the wrong Godolphin horse in the 2.40 Kempton, but should have known the stable jockey was on the right one! When will I learn (the other one finished last!)? The $500,000 horse Failasoof finished third at 40/1! I didn't fancy backing it at that price, but you never know, as some stables let potential placed horse go off at any price. For once the forecast worked out right for me with Lord Of The Stars and Lenjawi Pride in the 2.50 Southwell! System bet Annamay 16/1 winner of the 2.55 Leopardstown (and I only had 10p each-way on it!). Very suspicious betting in the 3.00 Leicester, as Via Galilei was actually better in than the favourite on old form, but finished last! They are keeping that one back for handicaps later, but I don't know how long it will be! Almost got a winner with Johnston's Oceanway (second 33/1) in the 3.10 Kempton! Best in Hilbre Court 17/2 second in the 3.20 Southwell. Byron Bay was a huge price, but will do better when wanted, as will Full Victory. I tipped Know No Fear recently, but did not back it for the forecast today! A lot of money for Extraterrestrial today, but clearly not stable money! Usually when there is such a gamble, the horse does better next time out, so keep an eye on it! One of my selections, Warning Song 11/1 winner of the 3.40 Kempton! My other selection, Qalahari was best in but finished too late in fourth. I was also interested in Squall (second), because of its form figures. With the absence of Waabel, the forecast in the 3.50 Southwell looked a penalty kick, and duly obliged. I was disappointed that Cerito took the lead in the 4.00 Leicester, then faded out of it. It was thrown in, so was clearly just making a trial run today. Pity, would have been a good winner! Keep it in mind for very soon. My other selection, Fault, was a non-runner, possibly because of the presence of Cerito in the lineup. I also backed Magenta Strait, which was entitled to be there, each-way. One of my selections, Prince Of Thebes, 12/1 third in the 4.10 Kempton. The problem with these races is that dark horses often don't try if there are any dangers in the race! This applied to Gallantry and Mishrif, which led for a long way. I got the forecast with Lucky Punt and Becausewecan in the 4.20 Southwell, which paid quite nicely, thank you! Damn! I had a feeling about Swimsuit (second) in the 4.30 Leicester, but when I saw the price, I didn't back it. Shows again that they are only short prices from some stables when they are going to win! I am making a habit of tipping seconds, and I did so again with Prophet In A Dream 7/1 in the 4.40 Kempton, but fortunately I put Jack Smudge in with it! Fyodorovitch (my next best) was backed off the boards in the 4.50 Southwell. Why must people try to extract every last penny out of a potential winner? Another farce in the race, where Fyodorovitch never showed at all. Why was it backed - next time out( see above)? I am annoyed, because Takajan was my fourth best in and I didn't back it! Sophie's Beau (and next best Miss Red Eye) missed the break, so struggled at the end of the race. How many more farcical things can happen in racing? One can only assume that missing the break with experienced runners and riders must be to some extent intentional! System bet Barista winner of the 5.00 Leicester, with another system bet Three Scoops in third. I have a feeling that Dancing With Fire will do better when wanted, judging by its pedigree! The form figures of Scoglio got me interested, and it finished second. Pity I didn't put it in the tricast! What happened to yet another system bet Alensgrove? Channon disappoints me when his winners are so well backed, because I always associate him with outsiders. Depends on the owners, I suppose. Best in Pictures started at 33/1 in the 5.10 Kempton, and will do better as a system bet next time. Captain Cool made no attempt to go through with its ewffort, despite being backed a second favourite! Blast, I backed Belle Zorro (second) last time, just shows you have to keep the faith! I got the winner and third in the 5.20 Southwell with Darcy's Pride and Norcroft. Although there was money for Angle Of Attack, it did not show (normally front-runs), possibly again because of the presence of Norcroft. They like to be sure, these people! Lethal was not backed in the 5.30 leicester (which doesn't always mean anything) but it was thrown in and must do better very soon now. I had the evidence in front of me in my notebook, with the next three best in front of me, with Eastern Hills, The Human League and Hits Only Jude! Pity I only backed the second and third! It's a shame when I get fixated on one runner which isn't trying today - it's ruined any number of forecasts and tricasts for me!

24th October: Yabora looked like winning most of the way in the 1.30 Towcester, but in the end finished only fourth. Was best in, so must do better. Any Currency was under pressure from a long way out, but still finished in third. Hard to explain that, as Yabora was rated 130 and the winner, Rif, only 114! Donovan made no attempt to get into the 2.00 Towcester, but is thrown in when wanted. Made good ground in mid-race, then dropped out again. make a note for next time! Arnold Layne was thrown in for the 2.30 Towcester, but blazed off in front, then packed up. I hate it when they do that, because it is usually obvious they are not going to win. I bet it will stay in front when really wanted, but this was a joke! Next best Keepitsecret was clearly not wanted either, but will do better soon. The problem with backing horses is that you have no control over how they are run. What chance have you got when the odds-on favourite falls at the first fence, as in the case of Wishfull Thinking? You might as well back the next two in the betting! It is difficult to back against Nicholls' horses, evcen when they have no apparent claims on form, as in the case of Gullible Gordon, which jumped well all the way around. Templer was disappointing as best in. Miss Overdrive was very disappointing in tyhe 3.05 Towcester, as the winner was rated 20lb inferior! There is no explaining such performances, unless they are not wanted! Racing Demon was thrown in for the 3.20 Aintree, but I am convinced that second place was all that was wanted, as the jockey looked around after the last and did not push it out unduly. My tip from 17th October (and system bet), Sainte Kadette, 10/1 winner of the 3.25 Wexford (and I didn't even know it was running!)! I backed Blakeneys Pet (second) each-way at 100/1 in the 3.40 Towcester, and with hindsight should have put it in with Brixen! I seethe when I see a horse like Vacario, thrown in for this race, ridden like a donkey and making no effort to win! It's shameful and a waste of genuine money! I bet it will win very soon now! Bollywood finished second. Some of these races are like the Keystone Cops, the horses run so badly, and the more horses that come down, the further the best horses drop back! It is farcical! Best in National Heritage, Istron Bay and Wild Side Of Life (fell) made no attempt to get into the race, and it makes you despair. What are they up to? I couldn't pick Owner Occupier, although I will say that it had typical system type form with 5's and 6's! How the hell did Von Galen manage to lose the 4.40 Wincanton? I don't believe it, as it was far better in and the other horse made a mess of the last fence! Must have wanted to get beaten. It happens so often that it can't be coincidence! Spider Boy was best in for the 4.50 Towcester, and made a good fist of it, but typically Jonjo O'Neill found one to beat it. They have such ammunition, that trainer and owner! Wujood ran well for a while, but the warning signs were there halfway around. I am sure it can win a race soon. Henderson does not seem to be so regular with his bumper winners, and Eldred was disappointiong in the 5.05 Aintree. I also backed Charminster, but should have backed the favourite with it. System bet Great Esteem was full of running in the 5.15 Aintree, and won at 8/1! Judging by this run, Bottman would have had no chance against Cue Card if they had met! Stage Right was thrown in (although out of the handicap) for the 5.25 Towcester, and I thought for a moment it was at least going to get placed, but it finished fourth. System bet Bocciani (tipped last time by me) finished second at 7/1. Kinkeel ran a stinker, and must win next time out. Damn! I knew Kensington Oval (O'Neill again) was going to be there, but did not include it in my forecast!

23rd October: I backed Thimaar and Sandusky in the 1.30 Newbury, finishing second and about fifth. I think Sandusky will do better shortly. Best in Our Jonathan was nowhere to be seen today, but will do better shortly. the same applies to Arganil, which amazingly missed the break. Very strange! I kept looking at Klammer before the race, but changed my mind! One of my selections, Heron bay, 12/1 second in the 2.10 Aintree! I feel sure he fractionally eased up on Galtymore Lad in the 2.25 Doncaster, allowing two other horses to go past. It's very annoying! None of the best in horses apart from Earth Planet, which should have won, figured in the 2.30 Chepstow. System bet Clowance winner of the 2.40 Newbury. Hot Prospect looked to be coming to win the race, but faded out late. I don't know what sort of race was ridden on Zaidan, but it came up on the inside and looked to be getting there, but it had obviously made too much effort, and petered out again. That's what you get for starting too far back! Fortunately I also backed Casamento. I had best in mister Wiaseman and Diggers Gets Lucky written down for the 3.05 Chepstow, but only backed mister Wiseman each-way (second)! System bet Gouray Girl 6/1 winner of the 3.10 Newbury. Perfect Flight was well there, going well, but was a huge price and did not come through, as did Hairspray. Both will do better soon. I had Monet's Garden and Poquelin written down for first and second in the 3.25 Aintree, then didn't do the bet. Stupid! Best in Tampa Boy fell in the 3.50 Stratford, but I also backed Minella Theatre and Sunday City for the forecast. System bet Daring Origyn 16/1 fourth in the 4.00 Aintree. Keep an eye on Inchloch and Aspolan, which I am sure will do better soon. Chief Yeoman could have done better in the 4.15 Chepstow. Unfortunately I wrote down the first two on my list, but did not do the forecast! I backed Mister Fantastic each-way in the 4.25 Stratford, and guess what? At 40/1 it finished fourth, but then it would, wouldn't it? Royal Rosa did not perform today in the 4.35 Aintree, but I got the forecast with Alderburn 17/2 and Magic Sky 25/1! I also gave a fourth place at 40/1 with Tominator in the 4.40 Doncaster! Centennial is thrown in now, but I doubt if you will get 40/1 next time! Suits Me and Moyenne Corniche were unplaced in the 4.50 Newbury, but the former front-ran for a long way and should stay there next time. Both will do better soon. Marodima should have walked the 5.00 Stratford, but it was not for today. Should win as a system bet next time. I hate it when they drop out for no reason, but at least you know they will probably win next time! I had Planet Waves each-way in the 5.15 Doncaster before it was backed in, and the way it finished off, it could probably have done better! My next best Maslak 25/1 second in the 5.25 Newbury, so a lot of good places today! Typically Monfils Monfils finished fourth at a big price in the 5.30 Stratford. They always put them out at big prices when they do not intend to get placed! Don't know what happened to Monsieur, but it was never mentioned at the end of the race. What an exciting prospect Kaolak will be to hurdling! A giant horse, that one and Dhaular Dhar, plus the favourite appeared to be running away with the race, but Kaolak finished only fourth when I am sure it could have stayed there! Just testing, but note both for the future (it's damned annoying when you back them at huge prices and they are booked in advance to finish no better than fourth!) Still, you heard it here first! I wondered whether Maidstone Mixture (-06) would win today, and was not suprised to see it drop out, as this is a common pattern. I was disappointed that system bet Gift Of The Gods could not at least place. Arceye is another that is due soon now.

22nd October: Today's nap and next best: Bond City (5.35 Doncaster) (won 16/1!) Orpen Wide (4.20 Fakenham) (unplaced) That's two winning naps in a row at 14/1 and 16/1! I can provide just my nap and next best each day for £15 per month. Please email me.
One of my two selections for the 2.00 Fakenham, system bet Brilliant, 8/1 winner! Daraybad was best in and will do better soon. I also had Eternal Ruler 7/1 in the 1.55 Ayr (I got 11/1!). A 1-2 for Gosden in the 2.15 Doncaster. I think the second could probably have won, but that wasn't the plan. Should have known it, but there were too many others to consider! Best in Prophet In A Dream decided to have an off day today, as it was clearly better in than anything that Tro Nessa had shown previously. May do better as a system bet next time. I also backed Rothesay Chancer each-way, so got a return. Best in Antonius Caesar ran a shocker in the 2.35 Fakenham, but fortunately I also backed next best system bet Sporting Rebel, 8/1 winner! The former will do better, probably in a bigger race. I backed Bridgefield in the 2.45 Doncaster for another winner. So far, so good! Lindoro did not perform in the 2.55 Ayr (worth a bet soon), but my other selection, Charles Parnell won at 5/1! That's a winner in each of the first two races! I have tipped Dower Glen two or three times recently (see 26th September), finishing third at 80/1! Stolt was a big price, but will also bear watching soon. You could tell from the betting that Astrolibra was not going to do anything in the 3.10 Fakenham. Since it was well in at the weights with the principals, that was a bit suspicious, coupled with the fact that it was getting rid of a first place! Keep an eye on it, as it ran on from the back for fourth today. I backed Humdrum in the 3.20 Doncaster, but was disappointed with Namibian and Lady Gar Gar. Best in Dancing Freddy just got home in the 3.30 Ayr, but I thought it had lost it on the line! Both Advanced and Knot In Wood did not perform in the 3.55 Doncaster, and Baby Strange did a very strange thing in getting left at the start, but is very well in when wanted. System bet Enderby Spirit 33/1 third. Royal Straight finished third at 12/1 in the 4.05 Ayr. I was not surprised that Best Prospect did not show, because it had asymmetrical form,. but should be a different story as a system bet next time. I don't know how many times I have tipped Orpen Wide recently, but it won't be long now! It made a sweeping move around the outside in the 4.20 Fakenham, then packed up! Thrown in when wanted, this was just a test, so keep an eye on it! Zepnove also ran poorly, but was next best in, so that is also worth noting soon. Apart from Pevensey, which threatened briefly, the best in horses ran very poorly in the 4.30 Doncaster. Camps Bay, Red Wine and Highland Legacy will all do much better. It's annoying when these big races all go to well-backed improvers! Either Wise Dennis aha deteriorated dramatically, or they are holding it up for a big bet, but it must do better soon. Absolutely thrown in on old form. Wing Play typically finished fifth when I would have been happy with a place. I am sure they do that deliberately. Nevada Desert must win soon in a slightly lesser race, but they are taking their time! It is only a matter of time before Houston Dynimo makes a show, but it is annoying having to wait when it must win wnever wanted. I thought mu other selection, Lakeman was coming to win, but just got pipped into second by the unexpected Osgood. When a trainer's rep tells you on TV that his horse will win, forget it! I've seen it so many times, including Ceilidh Royal today. Should have done the other two in the betting! At last! My nap, Bond City 16/1 winner of the 5.35 Doncaster from my second selection, Glenmuir! Berbice was going really well behind the leaders in the 5.45 Ayr and could no doubt have won, but the jockey appeared to ease up and it finished in the ruck! You can never tell with -36 figures, but more often than not they don't win! I can almost guarantee a win from that one very soon (system bet next time)! Geojimali (ran as if legs tied together) and Deadly Encounter are two others that are well in when they decide to run them properly! Anyone can pick the fourth rated when the top three don't compete!

21st October: Today's nap and next best: Viking Spirit (2.00 Brighton) (won 14/1!) and Quince (5.10 Bright). My nap, Viking Spirit 14/1 winner of the 2.00 Brighton, with my second choice, Imprimis Tagula third at 15/2! I also backed Kensington, which finished fourth! I thought I was going to get the forecast before Earlsmedic got in the way! I don't know what happened to official top-rated Rowan Ridge in the 2.30 Brighton, but should have done better than that! Still, -05 is usually a death knell, so keep an eye on it soon. Williams Wishes was clear best in for the 2.40 Ludlow, and I managed to get 15/8 on it, and the forecast with Wikaala. My first selection, Appeal Denied, 22/1 third in the 2.55 Carlisle (I got 33/1). Could have won, but wanted a place only! System bet What's Occurrin' 8/1 winner and system bet Of Course 11/1 second! ! I got the forecast with the first two Channon runners in the 3.05 Brighton, but did not do the three for the tricast! Still, I'm happy with that! Tighe Caster (8/1 third) and Prestbury Knight (unplaced) were best in for the 3.15 Ludlow, and keep an eye on Prestbury Knight, which should have done better, but was a big price. Tighe Caster made a mistake at the second last which probably cost it the race (assuming they wanted to win this). Best in Divers beat second best Tara Royal in the 3.25 Ludlow, with third best system bet Premier Sagas in third. A triumph for the ratings! Great day so far today, as I got Maywood and the forecast with Choral in the 3.35 Brighton. Hardly had a bad result so far! It's strange, some days nothing works, and another day almost everything goes according to form! Just as I say that, Liberty Seeker lets me down! By far best in for this, but finished only fourth. There is no explanation other than that they didn't want to win this race! Second best Lodgician did finish second, but was also better in than the winner. High Bird Humphrey 8/1 was going by far the best in the 3.55 Carlisle, but could not get past Amir Pasha on the run-in! I kept looking at the latter, as it always seems to have something in hand! Bocamix will do better soon. System bet Leitzu (Channon again) 11/1 winner of the 4.05 Brighton. My two picks, Goodbye Cash and Transfixed, disputed the lead most of the way before fading, which they did not need to do, as both were clear best in! It's amazing how often the best in do not perform again next time! Third best Daddys Gift also had a bad day, as the form figures suggested it would. I had Havenstone, Classic Clover and Feeling Peckish in the 4.15 Ludlow, finishing first and third! Classic Clover never runs two races alike, and I fell sure that is not its fault! First and third for Catbells 9/4 and Merrymadcap 10/1 in the 4.40 Brighton. I did the tricast with Timocracy, but that one seems to be on a regressive run now. Colliers Court was thrown in for the 4.50 Ludlow, but I expected it to finish unplaced today, which it duly did! Keep an eye on it next time, as I expect a much better effort. Peak Seasons, next best in, looked like winning, but came only third. Could not pick Isla Pearl Fisher in the 5.00 Carlisle - needed a pin for that one. Murphys Beau and Matmata De Tendron were disappointing, but will do better. Every time I tip this Quince, it runs appalingly! None of the top-rated ran well in the 5.10 Brighton, including the thrown in Quince, Carnac and Blue Zealot! All of these are due a better run soon, but there were so many disappointing types, it's hard to keep track! I could not believe how badly Spanish Cross ran either, but that was 66/1!I looked at Always De One (third), because I backed it when it was trained by Johnston. System bet Derby Desire 33/1 winner! There always seems to be something unexpected to come and win these bumpers. How the hell can you pick Sparkling Hand (and it just came to pip my pick, Hannah Jacques)? The mind boggles! Well, someone in the Sporting Life gave it as their nap, but God knows where they got that from! Coconut Ice (fourth) disappointed again in the 5.40 Kempton, and I think it must be waiting for a handicap. Very annoying when you back them so often and they don't deliver! Was clearly best in on old form. I fancied system bet Piscean in the 6.10 Kempton, especially as it was much shorter than usual in the betting, and it obliged at 7/1! It's nice when these horses that I back so often finally deliver, but they have probably cost me much more than I win on the day! I don't know why they run so many races in between, but there must be some method behind it! Tom's Laughter should be worth a bet soon.

20th October: System bet Stir On The Sea should have finished closer in the 2.10 Worcester, but there was little money for it, so I don't know what to make of its performance. I fancied my tip of several occasions on the flat, Spiritonthemount (25/1 third) in the 2.40 Worcester, and at one stage it looked like winning. In fact I put it in a forecast with another good flat horse, Alnwick, finishing second and third! Should have known that Nicholls' horse would run well! My first selection, Curragh Dancer 33/1 winner of the 2.50 Fontwell! How's that for a start? My other choice, She Is A Cracker and Hawk Gold should both do better soon. As a complete contrast, I managed to pick the three to finish last in the 3.05 Ffos las! Ridiculous things that happen in racing! Special Cuvee was by far best in, but was the complete outsider, not promising with Sanders on board! Must do better soon, along with Outland and Oxford City, both of which are far better than they showed today! Huzzah continues to run well below form, but it must be due soon now. -06 figures are not usually good news! The same applies to Aflaam. I had a little each-way on Space War, as Gosden doesn't leave his money behind very often! Fongoli was heavily gambled in the 3.50 Worcester, but it must have been each-way money, as it finished only third at 5/1! I kept looking at Buds Dilemma, because horses with similar names are constantly turning up in these races! You get some ridiculous races where the best in horses all fail to perform, leaving the field wide open for something else to win! Pocket Too, All Things Equal and Kilvergan Boy all ran like crabs, so that was a waste of money! Every so often these inexplicable results come up and one can only assume that the main runners are afraid of each other! There should be an investigation into these runs, as there was clearly nothing wrong with them! You feel as if you are being taken for a ride (or a non-ride) quite often! Idris travelled supremely well in the 4.30 Fontwell, but was clearly not out to win today, as it had a lot in hand of the winner. How annoying! Keep an eye on it for the near future. I thought I was going to get the tricast for a while in the 4.45 Ffos las, until Morrison's Pastoral Player came up to ruin my bet. I had Drawnfromthepast (third), Shifting Star (fourth) and system bet Below Zero (second)! I had a suspicion at the prices that Nudge And Nurdle would not win today, but you have to back it as it was best in! So annoying! Must be next time now! I feel like shaking somebody at times (come on, run properly!). Best in Space Star never got into the argument in the 5.05Fontwell, but fortunately Sumdancer won at 12/1! Best in Josephine Malines was poorly ridden in the 5.20 Ffos Las, just managing to grab second at the end. I couldn't have James Pollard, but it won somehow. Mountain Pass, second best in, was 50/1, so the omens were not good for that one, but it will do better. I fancied Midnight Molly in the 5.30 Worcester, and was more confident when they started to gamble it, but it must have been a snowball effect, because it finished only fourth. I thought Nicholls was going to pull a fast one in the 5.40 Fontwell, as Round About cruised up towards its stablemate, (yes, thought so, 1-2 for Nicholls) but they knew what they were doing and it dropped out again. I could have sworn that it was going better than the placed horses, but we can't control what the jockeys do!!! It can be enfuriating at times! Mini Bon Bon (5.50 Kempton) did not run on at the end, (it was a -06 again!) and will do better shortly. Damn, I was going to back Miss Toldyaso, which I have tipped more than once on here, but I only put it in the forecast. Another close miss with Chester Deelyte (sys+1) in the 6.20 Kempton! I thought from the commentary that it had got third, but no joy! When will the luck swing my way for a change? That one and Molly Mylenis will do better shortly. Even Stevens (almost a system bet) 9/1 winner. Typical! Best One would win tonight when I have tipped it the last twice and there were better in horses in this race, including Almaty Express and Spoof Master. Do the others hold them back for that purpose? It wouldn't surprise me. Why do they not win two or three times when they should, and then win a race that they shouldn't? It's such a trappy game, this! There is a lot more going on than meets the eye! When will Spoof Master win a race, Mr Pearce? Could have been tonight! But it was that horrible second place on the front, wasn't it? I give up for the day. I'm fed up being made a fool of! As soon as I don't back in a race, two of my three choices for the 7.20 were placed (Pastello 14/1 and Lean Machine 16/1). Marvellous, isn't it?

19th October: Today's nap and next best: Bel Cantor (4.50 Yarmouth) (fourth - thrown in next time) & Transfixed (sixth) (4.20 Yarmouth). I wrote down the first three in the 1.50 Yarmouth, but didn't back Dancing Rain each-way or do the forecast! Slipping up, but the race was almost off before I realised! System bet Mohedian Lady winner of the 2.20 Yarmouth. I got the forecast with Moonsail and backed Hunza Dancer (third) each-way too! Could not pick The Holy Man in the 2.30 Lingfield. You have to have a crystal ball for that type of winner! I backed Looksmart each-way, and of course it came fourth! Sylas Ings has disappointed me a couple of times, but will be a system bet next time. I got the forecast with Quinz 11/10 and Cashel Blue 8/1 in the 2.40 Exeter, so quite a good day so far! My initial thoughts were to do a double with two similar named horses, including Hallelujah in the 2.50 Yarmouth, but in the end I didn't back either, and missed a 20/1 winner! Johnston's Luckbealadytonight dropped out tamely after leading. There is no explaining that! I misread the signals in the 3.00 Lingfield, and assumed that it would involve Arawana and Missile Command, as Liam Jones was on Arawana, but Hannon beat both of them! Very clever! The top two fell in the 3.10 Exeter, so it was impossible to get a result! System bet Edward Whymper winner of the 3.20 Yarmouth. Should have known it! Half Sister was best in at the weights, but is probably waiting for a handicap, and the same probably applies to Ildiko, which seemed to be going as well as anything. The favourite was shocking, but will possibly go into retreat for a while now. Best in Red Avalanche was too big a price in the 3.30 Lingfield, and was clearly not out to win today, just running on for third when it was too late. Unfortunately second best Excelling was also too big a price, and it did not perform either, so it was left to third rated Avonvalley to win. It's hopeless when the best tow horses let you down, and you wonder what pre-race instructions were. I wish they would tell us beforehand, but they are not going to do that, are they? System bet Puerto Azul ran a strange race in the 3.30 Exeter, running on from the back then hanging left at the last before snatching third. It was well in on hurdles form, so I couldn't understand the 50/1 tag. Pity I picked the wrong Sherwood runner for the forecast! One Dunlop beats another with Slumbering Sioux and Salvationist in the 3.50 Yarmouth. Drat, I thought Eduardo was going to get placed, but just dropped out late on and will do better. My first winner as a selection came with Elhamri 6/1 in the 4.00 Lingfield. Unfortunately Littlemisssunshine chose today not to compete, possibly because they knew about Elhamri! That one, Goodwood Maestro and Dvinsky are due a better run soon. Predateur was thrown in for the 4.10 Exeter, but was probably too big a price and dropped out tamely. Princess Flame (led for a while) can also do much better. What was really annoying was that I thought my third choice, Captain Beckett had won, but just got pipped! I did forget about Lemon Silk, which was actually best in! Thrown in Transfixed has been messed around for a long time, and finished only sixth today. May not win next time now either, but is due a win soon. Gra Adhmar is also due a better run. System bet Louisiana Gift 25/1 third. You can't ignore them! Thrown in Di Stefano did not figure in the places in the 4.30 Lingfield, so will probably do better next time along with Brandywell Boy and Danny's Choice. I have worked out that the vast majority of times when figures end in -5, the horse does not compete. Whatever, I looked at Freddies Girl, but did not back it! This all-weather stuff seems such a lottery most of the time (Micky Mouse racing, I call it). Another winner with I'm A Legend 8/1 in the 4.40 Exeter! Manmoon was best in, led for a long way and will probably do better next time. My nap Bel Cantor finished fast in fourth, but that's no good in a 15 horse race! I could have sworn it got third as they passed the line! It normally front-runs, so this was not a typical run from it. God, this can be annoying sometimes! Given A Choice was thrown in for the 5.00 Lingfield, but you have to see money from that stable, and there was none.The same applied to Turner's Touch, which I thought sure would try as a system bet. Lunar River was about fourth best in, and finished second. I backed Cousin Khee in the 5.10 Exeter, not much of a price, but a winner. I was disappointed with the runs of Generous Bob and Burning Light, which must be better than that, but possibly did not want to take on the favourite. Thrown in Guto decided not to compete in the 5.20 Yarmouth, and must win very soon now. The same applies to Memphis Man (frustrating!), which has been hanging fire for a long time now. What I would like somebody to tell me is whether the winning connections know that these horses are not competing. Please tell me! If I'd known, I would have done Downhill Skier and Bermondsey Bob too. It's not fair! Apart from two winners, one of those days today that you would rather forget. Form seems to mean almost nothing on some days!

18th October: Today's nap and next best: Ivory Lace (third 12/1!) (5.00 Windsor) Jack Dawkins (5.10 Pontefract (came up hacking on the outside, hampered briefly, did not run on, but must win soon!) My first selection, Sunrise Safari 8/1 winner in the 2.30 Windsor, with Green Manalishi in fourth place! System bet Maze was third and my recent tip, Victorian Bounty second at 10/1! I feel sure that Fahey's Cotton Spirit could have done better in the 2.40 Pontefract, and will be a system bet next time, so keep it in mind. The winner hampered Sinbad The Sailor twice in the 2.50 Plumpton, and possibly cost it the race! That one will do much better, as it seemed to be going best most of the way. My two selections, Prophet In A Dream and Danceyourselfdizzy, third and fourth in the 3.00 Windsor. The latter seemed to be picking up well, but faded late on. May be better over further, being by Danehill Dancer. System bet Fred Willetts second. I got the forecast with Fieldgunner Kirkup and Insolenceofoffice in the 3.10 Pontefract! First ahd second for my selections in thne 3.20 Plumpton with Chord 22/1 and Normandy Landings 5/1 second! The straight forecast paid £123.99! System bet Karate 8/1 second in the 3.30 Windsor. Another winner in Captain Royale 10/1 (I got 12/1) and Strike Up The Band 8/1 third in the 3.40 Pontefract! Sohcatoah was the only one of my top-rated nopt to show in the 4.00 Windsor, so must be worth a bet very soon. My second choice, system bet Safari Sunup 10/1 third, and I also had a little on the winner, Prince of Johanne! Royal Exchange found it difficult to get a run in the 4.10 Pontefract, and was beaten by Zenella, 10/1, the horse I put in for the forecast. Just shows nothing is cut and dried, despite the ratings! The best three horses in the 3.20 Plumpton either fell or ran badly, including Strong Coffee, What A Scientist and September Moon, and it was left to system bet Mac's Lad to win at 11/2! My strong fancy for the 4.30 Windsor, Ermyn Express finished a close second at 20/1! Are these horses that are so strongly backed, such as Song To The Moon, much better than the bare form, as it had shown nothing exceptional? My next selection, Dan Buoy, led all the way in the 4.40 Pontefract to win at 4/1! My other selection, Strikemaster, appeared to be going best of the rest, but backed out tamely for no apparent reason. Keep an eye on that one! My nap, Ivory Lace, looked to be coming to win the 5.00 Windsor, but eventually finished third. Must win soon now. Second best Meydan Dubai led for a long time, and this must have been a trial run, as it could surely have stayed there if wanted. Jack Dawkins came smoothly up on the outside with Karaka Jack in the 5.10 Pontefract, but was briefly hampered and did not go through with its effort. Is thrown in soon now when wanted, and Amanda Carter and Karaka Jack will also do much better. The 5.20 Plumpton produced a very strange result, because both Space Cowboy and Temple Place were far better in than the winner, but there is nothing we can do about it, and it just highlights the perils of small races again! All I can say is that it's just a waste of money for form students! Internationaldebut ran on well for third at 6/1 in the 5.40 Pontefract, but I had a little saver on Divertimenti, which I was amazed to see start at 12/1! I also fancied Bad Sir Brian in the 5.50 Plumpton, because the Gifford stable does not have many runners, and when they are backed, they usually do the business! Well, I gave four winners as selections today, including 22/1, 10/1. 8/1 and 4/1, and also a fantastic forecast valued at £123! I also had two or three other winners myself, including Rodrigo De Freitas at 20/1! What an exciting day! I am still looking for subscribers, so pleaseemail me.

17thOctober: I give up tipping sure winners, as Stamford Blue was thrown in, made a brief effort, then petered out. When will that horse run properly? Perhaps the 7lb claimer was a negative signal again? My other selection Spring Horizon, was a non-runner for some reason, when easily second best in! I did back Captain Kallis (10/1 third, backed in from 22/1) each-way and Cocktail Party (fourth again). Wooden King must be better than the pure form figures, as it has never had a mark higher than 58. Strange that both Johnston runner were up with the pace, then tailed off last and second last in the 2.00 Newcastle. They can't be that bad, surely? I backed The Fifth Member, but did not reckon with that Osteopathic Remedy, for which the money proved correct (and always seems to win when backed). How can Godolphin have a runner which is so bad that it tails off out the back? It beggars belief. No doubt that one will do better in the future! Ru'oud was also disappointing, giving Census a no-contest! No wonder it was backed so heavily if that was going to happen! I thought Gulf Punch would have got in the places in the 2.20 Kempton, but the price was not encouraging. Fortunately I also backed the winner, but would have been better off doing the forecast. You can't go anything on ratings if the best horses don't want to win! This was the case in the 2.30 Newcastle, where Muwalla and Mark Twain were clear best, but finished only fourth and second! Grrr... I hate these small races where anything can happen, and usually does! System bet Medicinal Compound 9/1 winner! I should not ignore my system! I thought Ray Diamond was going to win the 2.50 Kempton, but it started at too big a price and dropped out to third. Seven horse race again, so no return! Two big disappointments in Benfleet Boy and Vino Griego, equally best in. How can you back in races where half the runners have no intention of winning? Ingleby Arch, Captain Royale and Wyatt Earp were all much better in than the winner, but made no effort to compete! Keep them all in mind, but what a waste of money! It really irks me at times! Although, looking at the ratings, I overlooked Magic Cat, which had 30lb in hand on its best form! Naughty, naughty, held back for a long time! It was not even in my database, so slipped under the radar! Viviani finished third at 11/2 in the 3.15 Bath, but Bravo Bravo finished too late in fourth. You can never tell what plans are in these races, but it was well backed. Hatton Flight should have done better on flat ratings than it did over hurdles. You can never tell how they are going to take to hurdles, but I bet it will do better. Typical Dereks did better when I didn't back it, after being pulled up last time! Marc Aurele did not run to form, but perhaps preserving its handicap rating. Fifteen runners again and I got fourth with Game Lad (stablemate of the winner). Typical! System bet Spinning 20/1 second! I looked at Final Rhapsody in the 3.50 Bath, but it didn't have the back form to win this, that is if Figaro Flyer and Best One performed properly. However, they did not, which may explain it! They are really annoying, these people! When you think it's their turn, they don't show! Why is that the best in horses run like donkeys and pull up half the time? Phar Again and Indian Pipe Dream both pulled up, and third best Tampa Boy fell early. Excruciating! Are they waiting for no opposition? Why did Katchit run on like a train when it was too late in the 4.35 Kempton? Very suspicious running after the bird had flown! I don't think this Danum Dancer will ever win a race! It's had enough chances to win four races, but refuses to do so. I left out Foreign Rhythm 25/1 because of its form figures, and the b... came in! It's ridiculous! I hate it when horses win with a first place at the front, as it goes against my principles, but they do it sometimes just to be crafty, as you are assuming they won't try! They also did it yesterday with Trans Sonic, which I backed, fortunately. Top Bid, Bravely and Pawan are three others that could have figured if wanted, but no doubt they will be the subject of a gamble later! A winner at last with Music Maestro 12/1 in the 5.00 Bath! Phluke disputed the lead for a long way, was best in, and it's just a question of when it makes another genuine effort. They are not going to get rid of those placed efforts, surely? I thought Sainte Kadette was going to give me another winner in Ireland, as it seemed to be going very well when sharing the lead. No, it dropped out, but should do better next time as a system bet. Lathaat was hopeless in the 5.15 Newcastle. How can they be under pressure so early and find nothing when they are best in? It doesn't make sense unless you are cynical (like me). The fact that Brink and Spread Boy finished in front of that one and Ezra Church speaks volumes (but doesn't make me feel any better). So Mr Ellison is now becoming an expert in first time out runners? A final winner for my selections with Ocean Transit 16/1 in the 5.30 Bath! That gives a better taste to the day! Choral Festival and Dubai Dolly will do better very soon. System bet Shades Of Grey 16/1 third.

16th October: Two horses that definitely did not compete in the 1.45 Catterick were Lucayan Dancer and Chocolate Caramel, and best in Robby Bobby probably only wanted a place! Watch the first two closely in the near future. Lucayan Dancer was a suspiciously long price, suggesting that they new the outcome for that one! I don't know where Lady Norlela came from, but it finished fast, suggesting the others had run out of steam! I backed Main Aim each-way in the 1.50 Newmarket, finishing third, although I expected Red Jazz to be there too. Cat Junior (second) is obviously still improving. On The High Tops should have been in the shakeup in the 2.15 Catterick, and was well there before finding not much room late on. Worth keeping an eye on, but the price today was not encouraging. I could not have Diamond Vine (second) at the weights, so it must be better than its bare rating. I got the forecast with Mr Jay Dee and Maggio in the 2.30 Kelso. No joy for my selections in the 2.40 Cheltenham, with both Il Duce and Moon Over Miami running very poorly. My nearest was Private Be in fifth. Best in White Deer was never sighted in the 2.50 Catterick, and Hits Only Jude threatened for a while before backing out. The only redeeming feature was system bet Solar Spirit in second at 8/1. White Deer must show very shortly, as it had loads in hand of all of these. I kept looking at Lindseyfield Lodge in the 3.05 Kelso, because it often wins at a good price, but I missed it again today! Best in Storm Prospect and Border Reiver finished third and fourth. Very frustrating! Moorhouse Lad should have done better in the 3.25 Catterick. How many times do I say that? I thought it was about time Johannes showed with six duck's eggs, and it finished fast in third. I can never work out when these horses are supposed to try. The animals themselves are not disappointing, it's just the way they are run on the day! I also thought Favourite Girl might be there with -060 figures in the last three races. There was something very odd about the 3.35 Kelso, where the favourite was under pressure a mile out, won the race and Bow School, travelling like a dream, finished only third. Bears looking at closely! Best in Palomar and Oceans Minstrel at least got placed fifth and fourth in the Cesariwitch, but best in horses never seem to win these big races, just tending to finish fast when it is too late. I kept looking at Aaim To Prosper, but it wasn't as well in as the two named. System bet Plymouth Rock third at 50/1, and has been heavily backed previously in smaller races as if it has more to offer. Top-rated Chicago Grey 13/2 winner of the 3.50 Newmarket. With so many races overlapping, I missed the bet. The curse of Saturdays! Second rated Hell's Bay looked the winner for a long time, but dropped out for no apparent reason. Keep an eye on that one! Why do they back a horse off the boards when it is not going to win? This applied to Pillar Of Hercules, which was very well in but finished fourth. You can never tell with these gambles. I am sure this was just a placed attempt before a better try soon. Second best Border Tale (well in soon) was also very disappointing, but I did get the third with Long Distance. My nap, Is It Me at 33/1 just got pipped into second in the 4.25 Cheltenham. Thought it was going to get back up to win! My other choice, Secret Tune, looked like winning at one point before dropping out again! Keep an eye on that one too! One of my favourite horses, First Class Favour, 11/2 winner of the 4.35 Catterick! I backed Damascus Symphony, which ran in snatches, but should do better. I hate it when you see them being held back with no apparent intention of competing! Motrice should have beaten Tastahil at these weights, but when you back it to win, it comes second! You can't boil an egg by them (but Tastahil was a better price)! I am convinced that Akmal was going best of the lot, but under orders today. A nice little bet with Let's Get Serious and Dark Lover in the 5.35 Cheltenham - clearly the top two bumper trainers in Henderson and Nicholls! Well, I got the forecast with Trans Sonic 10/1 and Captain Macarry 11/4 in the 5.35 Catterick, and just missed the tricast by putting The Hertmitage in! I love it when a gambled dark horse gets beaten by an even darker horse! It does backfire sometimes! Nuit Sombre is thrown in now when wanted, hopefully next time! I think The Hermitage will also show when the competition isn't so hot! Solway Blue (hampered) and Political Pendant were the two best in for the 5.50 Kelso, but, as so often happens, they were not out to win this small race. This partially explains why so many best in horses do not win.

15th October: Active Asset looked certain to get placed in the 1.30 Redcar, but did not go through with it, and finished fifth. Must do better in the near future. Monfils Monfils was also well there for a long way and will also show soon. Orpen Wide is probably better over shorter, and led for a long way here. May also come out over hurdles or chasing, and should be noted. They take a very long time to win, many of these, and all were much better in than the first two home. Refuse To Wait is another to consider soon. Lady Del Sol 5/4 winner of the 2.00 Redcar. Two Feet Of Snow was equally well in, so must be being held back for future handicaps. I thought Splendid Light was going to win the 2.20 Newmarket, but eventually faded into fourth! How disappointing is that? Dettori with Argocat, which I couldn't have on its form figures. Spontaneity ran much better than its finishing position in the 2.35 Redcar and may be worth keeping an eye on. I backed Nicholls' Rebel Du Maquis in the 2.45 Cheltenham, but couldn't understand why Gee Dee Nen was such a big price. Soon found out! They know what is going to happen! Keep an eye on Whey Sauce, which semed to be going better than the placed horses at halfway in the 2.55 Newmarket. Lough Derg dropped out of the 3.20 Cheltenham, but is due a good run soon, possibly over shorter. Raslan finished third at 12/1, running a great race, and I also backed the winner, Amber Brook. Keep an eye on Mac Love, which was just about second best for the 3.30 Newmarket, but did not show, and should compete again soon. Mudaarah and Eldalil made no effort to get into the 4.05 Newmarket, and should have done much better than that! Keep an eye on both for the future. It's really annoying when you get no run for your money. The proof was that those rated below them finished in the places! The thrown in Capable Guest was getting rid of a first place, so I was quite grateful that it finished third at 22/1, although I would prefer it to have won! I kept looking at Bollin Greta, but only put it in for the tricast! Categorical is due soon, whether on the flat or over hurdles. I don't know why Fiulin went off so quickly in the 4.30 Cheltenham, because it just put itself up to be shot at! I feel sure that Mannlichen also could have done better, but was not allowed to run on. Probably explains why it was 10/1 in the betting! I don't know what happened to Golden Destiny in the 4.40 Newmarket, but I never saw it! Beyond Desire (fifth) was much better in than a couple of placed horses, so is clearly working up to it gradually! Why do so many of my selections run on late and never get there in time? Boy The Bell ran on for fifth when it couldn't win, and it is obviously deliberate. Paradise Spectre was hopeless, and will do better when actually wanted, as will Erfaan! The race was won by firast time out Benato The Great, which is also a bit naughty! A 14/1 winner with Quattrocento in the 5.05 Cheltenham! Au Courant is due very soon now. Gamn! The only one of my top-rated that I didn't back, Docofthebay, won the 5.15 Newmarket at 33/1! It was about my fifth rated! Gallagher continues to disappoint, but must be getting ready for a race soon, along with Zomerlust and Spirit Of Sharjah. Did the claimer on the latter tell the tale? I got the second, third and fourth in the 5.30 Redcar with first selection Jupiter Fidius