3.40 Newcastle, Wednesday, November 15

In the Betway Casino Handicap (3.40) at Newcastle on Wednesday, Tonto’s Spirit seems sure to be popular after winning his last two starts by an aggregate of 20 lengths. However, Kenneth Slack’s 5-year-old has yet to race on a synthetic surface of any kind and that lack of experience, coupled with an 8lb rise in the weights in a better race, is good reason to oppose the Authorized gelding on his Tapeta debut.


By contrast, Waiting For Richie won over course and distance on his penultimate start and was only beaten three-quarters of a length, off a 1lb lower mark, in a 0-90 contest at Newmarket 12 days ago. The form of his course and distance win has been franked by the third, Dominating, and Tom Tate’s 4-year-old remains unexposed at, or beyond, 2 miles, having only had three starts at that sort of distance. The son of European Champion 3-year-old Rail Link is clearly blessed with an abundance of stamina and represents a yard with a 7-15 (47%) strike on the Tapeta at Newcastle this season.


Selection: Newcastle 3.40 Waiting For Richie to win


2.30 Carlisle, Sunday, November 5

In the Cumberland Handicap Chase (2.30) at Carlisle on Sunday, Templeross started favourite for a beginners’ chase, over 2 miles 4 furlongs, on his debut over regulation fences at Uttoxeter four weeks ago on the strength of a couple of decent placed efforts over hurdles last winter. Although failing to justify his position as market leader on that occasion, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 6-year-old was entitled to need the run – his first since February – and was far from disgraced, staying on at one pace from three out to finish fourth of the seven finishers, beaten 13 lengths. The Presenting gelding fell on his sole point start at Loughanmore two seasons ago, but didn’t make a semblance of a mistake at Uttoxeter and, while he has his stamina to prove over a testing 3 miles 2 furlongs, he did win over 3 miles, albeit on a flat, galloping track, over hurdles last season.

Helpfully, the handicapper has dropped him 3lb since Uttoxeter, so he can race off a mark just 1lb higher than when second, beaten 2¾ lengths, behind Modus in the valuable Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton last January. Modus went on to finish sixth in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, off an 11lb higher mark, so if Templeross can translate his form over hurdles to the larger obstacles he looks favourably weighted to open his account in his new discipline.

Selection: Carlisle 2.30 Templeross to win


Greatest Moments in Horse Racing History


Horse racing is often seen as much more than just a sport. It is a tradition, a status and a constant battle all at once. While many have tried to bet horses online or right at the racetrack bookies, the partnership of two living beings – the horse and the jockey – can turn up rather unpredictable.


The following list is a reminder of just that – the most incredible moments in horse racing history, some even making a mark in the sport’s record books.



Crisp vs. Red Rum


At the 1973 Aintree Grand National race, spectators were able to witness one of the impressive catch-ups. With a 20 lengths lead and just a couple of fences to go, Crisp was the definite champion in everyone’s eyes. However, in a stunning turn of events, Red Rum managed to pick up speed and not only level, but also surpass his dominant figure. Having won this race by a ¾ length against Crisp, Red Rum gained momentum and continued this trend in the next two Grand Nationals.



Grundy vs. Bustino


The ‘Race of the Century’ would have crashed traffic capabilities on most racebook software for bookies should they have existed in the distant 1975. In the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Ascot audience watched a live showdown between two Europe champions, three-year-old Grundy and four-year-old Bustino.


A tie dominated the 1 mile 4 furlong race result up until the end which saw Grundy push speed limits with amazing effort and win by ½ a length. Unsurprisingly, this also bought the winner a place in record books that stands until this day as Grundy managed to finish the race in 2 minutes and 26.98 seconds, 2 and ½ seconds faster than the previous record holder.



Mine That Bird


On a soggy racing day not too long ago in 2009, the Kentucky Derby went down in history as the race which saw the most amazing comeback. Mine That Bird was evidently not considered a success story, as the horse’s odds for that race were 50 to 1, and the start of the race seemed to prove that prediction. After being 8 lengths behind the rest, Mine That Bird and its jockey somehow transformed and achieved their goal to end victorious with nothing short of a 6 and ¾ length lead that even left commentators dumbfounded for a moment.





Secretariat is a well-known legend whose story even enjoyed success on the big screens, primarily due to the record-breaking achievement at the 1973 Belmont Stakes. This winner’s time of 2 minutes and 24 seconds still stands, but this horse refused to stop there. Many claimed that something about Secretariat made it destined for great things, which proved true as the horse went on to win the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the same year.
Such was the glory of Secretariat that some horse racing enthusiasts still hold on to their winning betting tickets from that day, unwilling to have them cashed in due to sentimental value.


4.35 Newbury, Friday, October 27

Having run inexplicably poorly when last of 13 at Ascot on his penultimate start, Pettochside bounced back with a game win at Goodwood 12 days ago and may be capable of defying a 6lb penalty in the Thatcham Butchers Handicap (4.35) at Newbury on Friday. John Bridger’s 8-year-old has done most of his winning with plenty of cut in the ground and has yet to run a bad race for Holly Doyle so, while he probably needs to record a career-best effort to win, he has plenty going for him. He’s 6lb worse off for a neck with Baron Bolt on their running at Goodwood, so it’s interesting that connections are keen to reoppose Paul Cole’s 4-year-old on disadvantageous terms. Pettochside is from a fairly unfashionable stable, too, so there’s every chance he could be underestimated by backers and layers alike, but could nevertheless go well at a decent price.

Selection: Newbury 4.35 Pettochside to win 7-1

Breeders’ Cup Preview and Betting Tips 2017

Breeders Cup 2010” (CC BY 2.0) by Just chaos


The 2017 edition of the Breeders’ Cup is almost upon us and this year the two-day meeting will be staged at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego County, California. During the course of the event, there will be a total of 13 races, with four on Friday November 3 and nine on Saturday November 4, including the headline Breeders’ Cup Classic. For this preview, we will be focusing our attention on the $6m main event.


The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds and over and is run over 1 1/4 miles. Pre-entries will be confirmed on October 25, with the final entries and draw for positions being announced on Monday October 30.


Of the early contenders, Gun Runner stand outs of the pack, having won three straight Grade 1 races in the lead up to this with his only defeat in last six coming at the Dubai World Cup back March. On that occasion the Steve Asmussen-trained colt was bettered by Arrogate, who will be defending his 2016 crown at Del Mar.


Despite his impressive run in Dubai, Arrogate has failed to retain confidence among many punters following back-to-back defeats at Del Mar. With the course seemingly against Bob Baffert’s horse, many are viewing the in-form Gun Runner as a safer option.


Another Bob Baffert entry who does have form on this course is Collected. Not only is he unbeaten in 2017 but he also excelled at Del Mar in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic last time out coming home ahead of stablemate Arrogate.


Outside of those three, West Coast arrives here on the back of five straight wins including a Grade 1 triumph in the Pennsylvania derby last time out. Also from the Bob Baffert stable, the three-year-old is still improving and should be right in the mix.


So can Arrogate live up to the hype that surrounded him last year? Will Gun Runner carry the momentum into this race? Or will they both be pipped by one of the many strong contenders? A host of horse racing bookies are already taking bets ahead of the final draw at the end of the month, with Gun Runner currently the clear favourite.

Santa Anita Horse Races / The Breeders’” (CC BY 2.0) by Bahman Mahmoudi




This race might just have come too soon for the impressive West Coast and he is likely to be too short a price for a place bet. However, Collected is worth considering for a place at the current prices available.


Of the two big names, Gun Runner juts gets the nod here. He has course and distance form on his side and his trajectory seems to have been timed perfectly for this race. He was by no means disgraced in Dubai and has won his last five on home soil.


With Arrogate due to retire after this race, it would make a great story if he could sign off in style. And if this race was being held anywhere else, he would be our pick.


  1. Gun Runner

  2. Arrogate

  3. Collected


Whatever happens, it’s set to be a world class meet in stunning Californian surroundings.


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