Boban to gain revenge in Memsie Stakes

Eleven horses are set to go to post for the first Group 1 of the 2014/15 Australian turf season at Caulfield on Saturday. The $400,000 Memsie Stakes is usually a good pointer to Group 1 races later in the season such as the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Cox Plate (2040m). Sweet Idea The best recent form belongs to Sweet Idea who won the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 9th.  Messene and Boban are… Read More »

Cirstea to test fragile Bouchard

Australian Sam Stosur can continue her resurgence when she meets Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the US Open at Flushing Meadows. Sam Stosur An impressive straight sets win over Lauren Davies in the opening round suggests that Stosur is ready to pick up where she left off in New Haven. Stosur hinted at a return to form in Cincinnati when losing two tie-breakers to World number 1 Serena Williams. That… Read More »

Coincidently can land Lanarkshire prize

The Lanarkshire Scottish Trophy is the feature race on Thursday’s card at Hamilton with the race due off at 6.20. Coincidently Veteran trainer Alan Bailey turns out the four-year-old Coincidently very quickly after he made a mockery of a handicap at Epsom. The daughter of Acclamation was a well-supported favourite in a four-runner handicap in soft ground and cruised to a 12-length success of Megalala. That was off a rating… Read More »

Unison to continue fine run for Makin

Ffos Las in Wales stages a seven-race card on Thursday with the action getting under way at 2.00. The most competitive event on the card is the one-mile handicap at 4.05 with ten runners, three of which were successful last time out. Unison Course and distance winner Unison has run three solid races in succession for Peter Makin. The son of Jeremy won at Windsor in June when beating Lord… Read More »

Warren a leading contender in Italy

This week’s Open d’Italia is the last opportunity for players to force their way into Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles. Jamie Donaldson booked his place by winning the Czech Masters last weekend and the pressure is now on Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher who needs to finish either first or second in Turin. Stephen Gallacher Gallacher had to be content with tied for seventh last week, finishing with a 73.… Read More »

See And Be Seen can outstay rivals

The 8.25 race at Kempton on Wednesday evening is a two-mile handicap for four-year-olds and upwards. York form comes under scrutiny with the reappearance of Sir Frank Morgan, a good fifth behind Edge Of Sanity at the Ebor Festival. Sir Frank Morgan Mark Johnston’s gelding has been exceptionally busy this season, racing 17 times since March. The son of Montjeu won four times on the all-weather, three at Wolverhampton and… Read More »

Arsenal to progress in Champions League

Arsenal face Besiktas on Wednesday night as they bid to maintain their tremendous record of Champions League qualification. Arsene Wenger’s side has reached the Group stages for the last seventeen seasons. Arsenal The mood of optimism after their 3-0 Community Shield victory over Man City has evaporated a little with a fortunate win over Crystal Palace and a hard-fought draw at Everton. For much of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison… Read More »

Little Shambles to confirm York promise

Catterick stages a seven-race card on Wednesday starting at 2.10. Little Shambles Top class form is thin on the ground but the most interesting horse of the day is Mark Johnston’s Little Shambles, a shock 50-1 runner-up at the York Ebor Festival. The daughter of Shamardal had not shown anything like that level of form on her previous starts this season but found only the well-handicapped Bragging too good. Although… Read More »