Gifted Master to continue fine run for Hugo Palmer

Ascot stages a good quality flat race card on Wednesday with two Group 3 races including the Sagaro Stakes. The action starts at 2.25 with a two-year-old Conditions Stakes and six juveniles are set to start including three previous winners. Gifted Master Hugo Palmer has made a fine start to the season and he saddles Gifted Master, a son of Kodiac out of a Shamardal mare. The colt made his… Read More »

Battling Tigers can stun Liverpool

There is one Premier League fixture on Tuesday night as relegation threatened Hull face Liverpool. Hull City The Tigers finally sprang to life with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday courtesy of two girls from N’Doye. Steve Bruce’s side had lost their previous three, although that did include the 3-2 thriller against Chelsea. Hull are now just one point above Sunderland who occupy the first of three relegation… Read More »

Don Poli to boost Gold Cup claims

The final Grade 1 on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival is the Champion Novice Chase at 6.40. Don Poli As with Douvan in the Champion Novice Hurdle, it will be a major surprise if anything beats Cheltenham winner Don Poli here. The six-year-old is a son of Poliglote out of Dalamine by Sillery and has won six of his nine races under rules. He won a handicap hurdle… Read More »

Champagne Fever to star in Champion Chase

The second Grade 1 race of the day at Punchestown is the Champion Chase at 5.30 with ten runners set to go to post. Champagne Fever Willie Mullins saddles three here with Champagne Fever joined by Felix Yonger and Twinlight. Champagne Fever is an eight-year-old by Stowaway out of a Roselier mare and has nine wins from his nineteen career starts. He was top class over hurdles, winning the Supreme… Read More »

Douvan far too good for Punchestown rivals

The Punchestown Festival gets under way on Tuesday with a seven-race card including three Grade 1 events. The first of those is the Champion Novice Hurdle at 4.20 with a field of six set to face the starter. Douvan Certain to start a very short priced favourite here is the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan, an impressive winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. The five-year-old son of Walk… Read More »

Gleneagles a worthy favourite for 2000 Guineas

The 2000 Guineas takes place at Newmarket on Saturday, the first classic of the 2015 season. Aidan O’Brien has two leading contenders here with Gleneagles and Highland Reel. Gleneagles The betting market suggests that Gleneagles is the better of the two and he certainly looks a worthy favourite on the strength of his run in France in October. He was produced with a powerful late run to beat Full Mast… Read More »

Local Time the value bet in 1000 Guineas

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has been delaying a decision on the participation of 1000 Guineas favourite Found following a minor setback. Found The daughter of Galileo has been favourite for the fillies’ classic since winning at Longchamp in October. She produced a fine burst of speed to beat Ervedya by two and a half lengths in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac. Her price has eased in the betting since O’Brien… Read More »

Take note of well-bred Gossiping at Windsor

Windsor stages a six-race card on Monday evening with the going officially described as good. Gossiping There are some promising maidens in the 6.00 race including Godolphin’s once-raced colt, Gossiping. He is a son of Dubawi out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Gossamer, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells. He made his debut at Newmarket’s Craven meeting when finishing a respectable fourth behind Carnival King over seven furlongs. William Buick had… Read More »

Acaster Malbis worth another chance at Kempton

Kempton stages a seven-race card on the polytrack with the action getting under way at 1.40. Acaster Malbis The second race on the card is a three-year-old maiden over seven furlongs and this looks like an opportunity for Acaster Malbis to get off the mark. The colt is trained by Richard Hannon and is unlucky not to be off the mark already having twice been beaten in a photograph. He… Read More »

Nabatean a step ahead of the handicapper

The 4.50 at Chelmsford City on Sunday sees the reappearance of Andrew Balding’s Nabatean, a four-year-old son of Rock Of Gibraltar. Nabatean He shaped with promise last season winning his maiden at Lingfield in June and closing the season with a victory at Nottingham in October. Following his victory at Lingfield, he was well-backed for a valuable Ascot handicap and made significant late progress to finish four and a half… Read More »