Monthly Archives: March 2016

Dubai World Cup Night 2016 Preview

Evening/Morning all depending on when you’re reading this, it’s Calum here with a very rare blog post, even more rare on the OTOH site! I’ve had a lot of people ask me my fancies for the Dubai World Cup meeting, so thought it would be better to get a preview done, along with selections in the Theyoungracegoer style.

 

12:20 – GODOLPHIN MILE SPONSORED BY MEYDAN SOBHA (Group 2) (Dirt) (3yo+)

I have a good antepost look to this race already, with Sloane Avenue and Maftool in the book already. The vibes surrounding Noseda’s colt aren’t brilliant, but he did have a recent prep and was obviously second in this last year, when covering a lot of ground from a wide draw. Maftool looks set to run a big race. He impressed me when winning last time on yard debut, the gelding of him looking to make the difference and connections won this with Tamarkuz last year, another former Godolphin horse.

However it’s hard to see past MARKING who despite clearly having his quirks, it’s easy to forget he only made his debut 6 months ago and the progress he’s made since then is truly remarkable. Only Runhappy has been able to beat in when he’s finished his races so far, and the switch to the 1m race looks the right decision. He could well have too much class for these. Elsewhere One Man Band will give it a good go from the front from stall 1 and has frame claims.

 

12:55 – DUBAI GOLD CUP SPONSORED BY AL TAYER MOTORS (Group 2) (Turf) (3yo+)

The one race on the card that i’m really quite undecided on. Vazirabad will win this on form, he has clearly the best form already, but also gets a handy weight-for-age allowance, is versatile regards ground and could well have more to offer too. But he is pretty quirky too, he carries head awkwardly in races, has played up  in trackwork and after not travelling over too well, is a risky proposition at a short price.

Manatee is a top performer and this will be a far more suitable 2m than what the Royal-Oak test was for him, when well behind Vazirabad. I still get the feeling Big Orange will be done for a bit of toe in a race which is so often about tactical speed, while there’s a few who are likely to go forward as well so he may not get his own way as such. Maybe HAAFAGUINEA can be the one, I wasn’t really a fan of his originally but he’s winning me over. His Meydan record is superb and though he has stamina to prove but is very much bred to stay, even taking into account this isn’t a true test at 2m anyway and can definitely outrun his odds.

Advice – 1pt e/w Haafaguinea @12/1 Sportsbook (11’s Hills, 10’s general) 

 

1:35 – UAE DERBY SPONSORED BY THE SAEED & MOHAMMED AL NABOODAH GROUP (Group 2) (Dirt) (3yo)

Not a strong renewal and POLAR RIVER will take all the beating. She was superb on her first 3 starts, and though that air of invincibility took a knock in the Oaks last time, she still won with plenty in hand despite not really looking herself. I think she’ll bounce right back now, and it’s not like the challenge is that much stronger here. None of the Japanese runners, probably led by Lani, truly convince and neither does US raider Frank Conversation, which probably leaves Vale Dori to chase her home again, as she is at least open to improvement for a top yard. I would recommend a double with Marking, as they look the most likely winning favourites on the card to me.

Advice – Marking/Polar River 3pt win double @3.22/1 Bet365

 

2:10 – AL QUOZ SPRINT SPONSORED BY MEYDAN HOTELS & HOSPITALITY (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+)

I love a Sprint and this is a belter of a contest. Ertijaal is an obvious starting point, he has looked superb in demolishing a pair of C&D handicaps this term and plenty points to him being the one to beat. I certainly won’t be putting you off him and I will very likely have him covered when it comes to betting in the race. The Hong Kong pair are huge players, and though Peniaphobia will be the obvious one to many, I readily prefer NOTLISTENIN’TOME who has come in from the ridiculous prices earlier thiNot_Listenin-tome-92419-636x424s week, but is still very backable. He’s been much improved this term, impressing in particular when tackling 5f at Sha Tin (3/3 this season) and this test looks ideal, with Ryan Moore a notable booking too.

Peniaphobia went mighty close last year and December’s Hong Kong Sprint winner is sure to do so again. He was touched off by Sole Power 12 months ago in a race that could not have worked out any better for him. He ran a stormer in the trial and will get a strong pace to run at again, but he’s getting on and I do have a hunch he may have left his race behind a touch that day.

Buffering, Lady Shipman and Muthmir have all got to be considered, the former still very classy despite also getting on. The latter pair should relish this test and usually give their running. The vibes surrounding Goldream are poor, and I couldn’t back him after a very ordinary return in the trial, so JUNGLE CAT appeals of those at a bigger prices. I’d be a touch surprised if he won, but he ran a massive race in the trial when touched off bizarrely by Fityaan. He’s probably best at 6f, but this will be a good test and he’s not far off a few of these based on what he’s shown this Carnival.

Advice – Notlistenin’tome 3pts win @13/2 Paddy Power & Sportsbook

                Jungle Cat 0.5pt e/w @20/1 general

 

2:45 – DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN SPONSORED BY GULF NEWS (Group 1) (Dirt) (3yo+)

A race which revolves around XY Jet, the American challenger who has won his last 5 races, the general trait being he goes off like a scalded cat from the start. He’s well drawn to adopt such tactics on a speed orientated track and many feel that will be far too much for the rest of these to handle. It very well could be, but there’s enough there to think he’s worth taking on given how one-dimensional he is, added in the fact he obviously won’t be on medication. Basically it’s a race I’d want to back something e/w in instead.

Neither of Confrontation, Muarrab or Rich Tapestry appeal all that much. Confrontation is only really here because of Marking, for all he’ll be suited by the strong pace at the trip that the favourite is sure to offer. Muarrab had everything go right on Super Saturday and probably doesn’t here, and Rich Tapestry is always best fresh considering his bleeding problems, for all he should still run better than he did 3 weeks ago. Super Jockey went close 12 months ago and though not seen on dirt since, does certainly make appeal.

But the old boy REYNALDOTHEWIZARD is the one I really like at the prices. The winner of this in 2013, he looked better than ever on return when taking his dirt record to 3/3 here, and again ran well last time when a wide trip and a slow tempo were against him. I like the fact they’ve come here fresh and with a strong pace guaranteed, I think he’s a huge e/w player. Add in a very backable price and we’re in business!

Advice – Reynaldothewizard 1.5pts e/w @ 14/1 Hills & Paddy Power

 

3:45 – DUBAI TURF SPONSORED BY DP WORLD (Group 1) (Turf)(3yo+)

A two-horse race probably according to the market, with Tryster who has impressed visually in winning both his starts this Carnival, heading the betting. It’s not hard to pick holes in that form, the Jebel Hatta he won last time was clearly not a very good race for the grade, and this is a bigger and better field, but his turn of foot is superb and he is clearly capable of winning this. So too is Intilaaq, who I rate very highly and rightly comes here instead of trying the dirt but connections have much bigger targets with him this summer, so I can look elsewhere.

Real Steel will be fine with the trip and has mixed it with some of the best in Japan, so should be thereabouts. Forries Waltz, The Corsican and Euro Charline all have some claims or other, but it’s VERY SPECIAL that I want to be on. Her form isn’t the easiest to weigh up, given she’s made all in fillies’ Group 2 events the last twice, but she beat Euro Charline fair and square last time to me and is simply just a smart and progressive filly. Connections won this with a similar type in Sajjhaa a few years ago (who also landed the Jebel Hatta) and do not be surprised to see her run a massive race. The rest really do have it to find.

Advice – Very Special 1.5pts e/w @14/1 general 

 

4:20 – DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY LONGINES (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+)

The race of the night for me this, and that’s nothing against the World Cup but it’s on turf and it encapsulates everything I love about International Racing. I’ve bduramenteeen a huge fan of Postponed since his Voltigeur win in 2014. He was always going to be one who improved with age and he could not have been more impressive on Super Saturday. If in the same form he’ll take plenty of beating, but in the form of DURAMENTE there could be a horse who can.

He looked truly exceptional when winning the Japanese 2000 Guineas, and though more workmanlike in the Derby still got the job done with a bit in hand. He looked well over his injury (which foiled an Arc bid) when giving weight and a beating, albeit a narrow one, on return last month (looked value for plenty extra) and Dubai has often been the scene of some huge performances from Japanese runners. Victoire Pisa won the big one in 2011, but most memorably was the big race double of Just A Way and Gentildonna in 2014, the former who demolished his Duty Free field and the latter who landed this race under Ryan Moore 40 minutes later. There’s no doubt Duramente could be capable of putting up a huge performance when asked, and this could well be the time for it.

Anddddd the stage is set for a Highland Reel win now of course. I’ve been on the wrong end of races he’s won a couple of times now, but he’s such an admirable horse and this is remarkably the seventh country he’s raced in. Dariyan remains with potential but has a bit to find with Highland Reel from Hong Kong and was brushed aside by Postponed in the trial. The rest will be surprise winners.

Advice – Duramente 3pts win @10/3 Bet365, Skybet & BetVictor

 

5:00 – DUBAI WORLD CUP SPONSORED BY EMIRATES AIRLINE(Group 1) (Dirt) (3yo+)

Finally to the big one and it’s certainly not a race that disappoints on paper. We’ve seen some head-scratching results of this race, but I don’t see that happening this year. California Chrome will obviously be a hugely popular winner and he’s had a better prep this time than he did when second to Prince Bishop last year. He’s sure to go well.

But I can see a huge effort being needed to win and no doubt FROSTED has far more potential than him in that regards. American Pharoah overshadowed all last year, but this could be the time to shine for Kiaran McLaughlin’s 4-y-o, who mixed it with the best throughout the campaign and really impressed when bolting up in his trial last month. For a Godolphin-owned colt (and don’t underestimate that!), this has surely been on the radar for a long time and I really think he’s the clear one to beat, something which isn’t reflected in the market.

The US challenge is further boosted by Mshawish, who not long has raced on dirt but has looked a natural thus far, while the consistent Hoppertunity and also Keen Ice are interesting, the latter in particular if there is a pace meltdown. I don’t think that’s in any way a given though. Special Fighter dictated at a crawl when winning on Super Saturday and i’ll be shocked if he went close, Vadamos is interesting on dirt but MUBTAAHIJ appeals most of those at big prices. He’s not come close to the heights of last year’s Carnival, but his whole campaign has revolved around this race and he maybe has taken some time to get over the whole Triple Crown campaign, when he was far from disgraced. He badly needed his return and the form of his last effort is totally worthless, thus easy to forget. I’ll be surprised if he didn’t run much better here.

Advice – Frosted 3pts win @5/2 general

                 Mubtaahij 1pt e/w @16/1 general 

In Their Best Interests

A week ago, I thought I’d be writing about Victoria Pendleton. How important it was for racing to let her into our community, allow her to open it up and reveal it’s complex beauty to the world. Many loud voices in the sport shouted far and wide about the dangers she provided, a one-dimensional pessimistic point of view pointedly refusing to realise what they were doing. Are we ashamed? Terrified of opening ourselves up to a new audience and the vulnerabilities that come with it? Isn’t that exactly what contributes to diminishing viewing figures, deteriorating attendances and ageing fans? We can’t do that.

However the events of last week, the best week in National Hunt racing, were more distressing than blocking good publicity. It was the horses’ welfare. It is simply unacceptable for seven horses to die in the space of four days at one racecourse, irrelevant of the importance of the meeting (yet the publicity makes it more important).

Horse racing is an extreme sport. It’s hazardous, dangerous and life-threatening, yet this mix forms part of what makes it the second-largest spectator sport in Great Britain. I can live and love the sport so long as I believe everything is done to protect the wellbeing of both the horses and jockeys. Horses are cared for like royalty by their stable-hands, loved like one of the family by their owners and trainers and wisely looked after by their jockeys. However, still, seven horses died this week – and I don’t believe everything was done in their best interests.

The ground at Cheltenham this week was too firm for jumps races and… why? Why? That’s not a rhetorical question. Why exactly was the ground that firm? Despite claims from all kinds of officials that good ground is suitable for National Hunt racing, is that really true? The drainage system at Cheltenham is now so efficient most festivals are run on good going (all of the past ten have had good in the going description). Perhaps an important aspect in considering this is that, on the whole, it’s the first time many horses and jockeys have faced good going for the first time all season

Assessing the ground and the number of fatalities is a fundamental starting point.

TUE GROUND WED GROUND
2016 3 Good to Soft (Soft i-p) 1 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2015 1 Good to soft (Good i-p) 1 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2014 1 Good to soft (Good i-p) 2 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2013 0 Soft (Good to soft i-p) 0 Good to soft (Soft i-p)
2012 3 Good (Good to soft i-p)* 2 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2011 0 Good (Good to soft i-p) 0 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2010 1 Good to soft (Good i-p) 1 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2009 0 Good to Soft (Soft i-p) 0 Good to Soft (Soft i-p)
2008 0 Good to soft 0 Abandoned (Wind)
2007 1 Soft (Good to soft i-p) 0 Good to soft (Good i-p)
THU GROUND FRI GROUND
2016 1 Good (Good to Soft i-p) 3 Good (Good to Soft i-p)
2015 0 Good (Good to Soft i-p) 0 Soft (Good to soft i-p)
2014 0 Good (Good to soft i-p) 2 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2013 1 Good to soft (Good i-p) 0 Good to soft (Good i-p)
2012 0 Good (Good to soft i-p) 0 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2011 1 Good (Good to soft i-p) 0 Good (Good to soft i-p)
2010 0 Good to soft (Good i-p) 2 Good then Soft (Rain)
2009 1 Good to Soft 0 Good to Soft (Good i-p)
2008 0 Good to soft (Good i-p) 1 Good to soft
2007 1 Good to soft (Good i-p) 0 Good to soft (Good i-p)
TOTAL AVERAGE
2016 7 GOOD
2015 2 GOOD-TO-SOFT
2014 5 GOOD
2013 1 GOOD-TO-SOFT
2012 5 GOOD
2011 1 GOOD
2010 4 GOOD-TO-SOFT
2009 1 GOOD-TO-SOFT
2008 1 GOOD-TO-SOFT
2007 2 GOOD-TO-SOFT

In 2014, the each day had the exact same going description as this Festival did. Five horses died that year. In 2012, five horses died while racing was run on, on average, even faster going descriptions. On the other hand, only one died in 2013 while on average the ground was softer and only one horse has died when ‘soft’ was the chief going description in the last ten years at the Festival (this was only three days in thirty nine, however). Taking the average of the going description from the four days, three of the four most deadly festivals in the last ten years have been run on good ground (2012, 2014 & 2016). Only one of the five least dangerous festivals (with only one fatality) was run on good ground (2011).

Digging deeper, the most upsetting going description has to over the passing of two greats in Garde Champetre and Scotsirish. On the first day of the Festival in 2012, the overall description was good. On the cross-country course however, it was officially good-to-firm – both the aforementioned ran on that course and tragically never returned.

Furthermore, is the ground exacerbated by the fact it is the first time horses and jockeys have raced on it since the summer? The previous major meeting, the Imperial Cup at Sandown, is typically run on heavy going as you can see from the following statistics. In the last five years, the ground has predominantly soft and no horse was killed. Furthermore, it highlights the sudden shock from heavy going to good going within the space of just a few days. Perhaps it is that shock of the ground that endangers the horse. Both horse and jockey are facing good ground for the first time and add that to the fathomable pressure to succeed at the most important fixture on the National Hunt calendar and you may have a mix that unacceptably jeopardises the welfare of our treasured horses.

Sandown Imperial Cup Day (Saturday before Cheltenham)

2016 0 Soft (Heavy i-p)
2015 0 Good to soft (Good i-p)
2014 0 Soft
2013 0 Heavy (Soft i-p)
2012 0 Good to soft (soft i-p)

These statistics are subjective, without due regard for each incident and examining their sometimes complex causes (such as a history of injury particularly in the case of Pont Alexandre who broke down away from the fences). Furthermore, are the times not suggesting that perhaps the ground is even firmer than the going description officially states? That the ground is actually quicker yet officials understand if stated so the fault would more easily be laid at their door. Even if these statistics are merely a coincidence, what has racing got to lose by ensuring the ground is slower? We have had a fantastic season – one of the best in a while – this year on soft and even heavy going conditions… what is there to lose? Last year, one of the biggest ever Gold Cup fields lined up on soft going for one of the best Gold Cups, eventually bravely won by Coneygree. This year, it’s fair to say the fast going helped next to none of the mere nine contenders.

If there is little to gain from fast going, but such tragic losses to lose, why not ensure each Festival is run on conditions no quicker than good to soft? Athletes suffer running on tarmac thus track events are run on special softer surfaces to help absorb shock, obviously a key component in horses jumping large fences and landing on hard ground. For the sake of slightly faster finishing times and for ‘fast ground’ horses is that really worth it? Is that in keeping with our commitment to the welfare of these beloved animals? Aren’t we simply increasing the risk we undertake, for such hollow reasons that we look back in agony minutes later. Minutes after a Festival we have looked forward to for nearly a year and will cherish so lovingly in our hearts for years to come. We love this sport and we love these horses. Why ruin that. Why risk it all for simply no reason at all.

Cheltenham Festival 2016 Comp Final Scores

After being agonisingly pipped in the final race last year, it’s congratulations to Calum who gains revenge with a success in a similar fashion to how Thistlecrack won yesterday, although it wouldn’t be right to describe Michael’s second place being on a par with Alpha Des Obeaux! In saying that, well done on ending with some profit whilst George Gorman managed to end the week breaking even.

Jason and Sean both ended with a negative amount but not as embarrassing as Adam in sixth (not last for once!) and last year’s winner Luke who ends the week coming home in a tailed off and dismal last place.

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Zubayr All Yours E/W WEST APPROACH E/W Cue Card
-28.75 -38.75 -58.75 -68.75
Calum Madell Zubayr Starchitect E/W Barters Hill Cue Card
268.94 258.94 248.94 238.94
Luke Elder Sceau Royal John Constable Barters Hill Djakadam
-93.75 -103.75 -113.75 -123.75
George Gorman Ivanovich Gorbatov Wait For Me Long Dog Cue Card
-2.5 -12.5 -22.5 -32.5
Jason Herridge Zubayr Blue Hell E/W BARTERS HILL Don Cossack
-46.48 -56.48 -76.48 -43.98
Michael Andrews Zubayr BLUE HELL Alysson Monterg E/W Cue Card
39.17 19.17 9.17 -0.83
Sean Ellis Connetable E/W Cardinal Walter E/W Long Dog DON POLI
2.27 -7.73 -17.73 -27.73
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb It Came To Pass E/W Qualando Next Sensation
-78.75 -88.75 -98.75
Calum Madell It Came To Pass E/W Bivouac E/W NEXT SENSATION
228.94 218.94 198.94
Luke Elder On The Fringe Qualando NEXT SENSATION
-97.5 -107.5 -127.5
George Gorman ON THE FRINGE Montdragon E/W Rock The World
20 10 0
Jason Herridge Paint The Clouds E/W Qualando E/W Next Sensation E/W
-33.35 -43.35 -53.35
Michael Andrews On The Fringe Nabucco E/W Next Sensation
27.08 17.08 7.08
Sean Ellis Mendip Express E/W Qualando Eastlake
-37.73 -47.73 -57.73

2016 Cheltenham Festival Comp Catch-Up & Day 4 Selections

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last couple of days as I ended up going to Cheltenham for longer than anticipated. With a lot to get through, the main news coming from the competition is that one person has shot clear like last year, that person being Calum Madell who looks to consolidate his comfortable lead on the final day and isn’t making the same mistake as last year when losing in the final race!

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Yanworth No More Heroes Brother Tedd E/W Sprinter Sacre
-63.75 -73.75 -83.75 -23.75
Calum Madell Yanworth More Of That Diamond King SPRINTER SACRE
-25.83 -35.83 94.17 214.17
Luke Elder Yanworth No More Heroes BAOULET DELAROQUE E/W Sprinter Sacre
-63.75 -73.75 -93.75 -33.75
George Gorman Yanworth More Of That Blazer UN DE SCEAUX
2.5 -7.5 -17.5 -37.5
Jason Herridge YANWORTH More Of That Politologue Sprinter Sacre
-53.75 -63.75 -73.75 -13.75
Michael Andrews Vigil E/W Vyta Du Roc E/W BROTHER TEDD E/W Sprinter Sacre
-63.33 -73.33 -93.33 -33.33
Sean Ellis A Toi Phil MORE OF THAT Waxie’s Dargle E/W Sprinter Sacre
-7.5 -27.5 -37.5 22.5
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb Balthazar King OUR THOMAS E/W First Figaro E/W
-33.75 -53.75 -63.75
Calum Madell Balthazar King Diego Du Charmil New To This Town
204.17 279.17 269.17
Luke Elder Ballybroker Bridge E/W Kasakh Noir E/W Castello Sforza
-43.75 -53.75 -63.75
George Gorman Quantitativeeasing Kasakh Noir Bacardys
-47.5 -57.5 -67.5
Jason Herridge Balthazar King Jaleo E/W High Bridge E/W
-23.75 -33.75 -43.75
Michael Andrews Balthazar King Kasakh Noir E/W Onthewesternfront E/W
-43.33 -53.33 -63.33
Sean Ellis Josie’s Orders Campeador New To This Town
12.5 2.5 -7.5

 

 

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Garde La Victoire LEAVE AT DAWN Vautour Thistlecrack
-73.75 -93.75 -73.75 -53.75
Calum Madell Outlander OUR KAEMPFER E/W Road To Riches Thistlecrack
259.17 239.17 229.17 249.17
Luke Elder Garde La Victoire Our Kaempfer Vautour Thistlecrack
-73.75 -83.75 -63.75 -43.75
George Gorman Garde La Victoire Leave At Dawn VAUTOUR Thistlecrack
-77.5 -87.5 -47.5 -27.5
Jason Herridge Garde La Victoire Leave At Dawn E/W Vautour Thistlecrack
-53.75 -63.75 -43.75 -23.75
Michael Andrews Black Hercules If In Doubt E/W Josses Hill E/W Thistlecrack
-13.33 4.17 -5.83 14.17
Sean Ellis Outlander Arpege D’Alene E/W Smashing E/W THISTLECRACK
-17.5 5 -5 15
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb Johns Spirit Tea In Transvaal E/W Cause Of Causes
-63.75 -73.75 -18.75
Calum Madell Johns Spirit Limini A Good Skin E/W
239.17 256.44 278.94
Luke Elder Johns Spirit Chocca Wocca E/W SAMBREMONT E/W
-53.75 -63.75 -83.75
George Gorman Fingal Bay Smart Talk Sambremont
-37.5 -47.5 -57.5
Jason Herridge JOHNS SPIRIT E/W Limini Upswing E/W
-43.75 -26.48 -36.48
Michael Andrews Ballynagour E/W TEA IN TRANSVAAL E/W Cause Of Causes
4.17 -5.83 49.17
Sean Ellis Art Mauresque E/W Limini The Job Is Right E/W
5 22.27 12.27

 

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Zubayr All Yours E/W WEST APPROACH E/W Cue Card
Calum Madell Zubayr Starchitect E/W Barters Hill Cue Card
Luke Elder Sceau Royal John Constable Barters Hill Djakadam
George Gorman Ivanovich Gorbatov Wait For Me Long Dog Cue Card
Jason Herridge Zubayr Blue Hell E/W BARTERS HILL Don Cossack
Michael Andrews Zubayr BLUE HELL Alysson Monterg E/W Cue Card
Sean Ellis Connetable E/W Cardinal Walter E/W Long Dog DON POLI
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb It Came To Pass E/W Qualando Next Sensation
Calum Madell It Came To Pass E/W Bivouac E/W NEXT SENSATION
Luke Elder On The Fringe Qualando NEXT SENSATION
George Gorman ON THE FRINGE Montdragon E/W Rock The World
Jason Herridge Paint The Clouds E/W Qualando E/W Next Sensation E/W
Michael Andrews On The Fringe Nabucco E/W Next Sensation
Sean Ellis Mendip Express E/W Qualando Eastlake

Good luck on the final day!

OnTheOtherHoof Cheltenham Festival 2016 Comp – Day 2

A short blog tonight with the profits/losses from day one below and selections for day two as well. George is currently leading with only him and Sean in profit. As for the rest of us….

 

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Min Sizing John E/W Beg To Differ E/W Nichols Canyon
-10 6.25 -3.75 -13.75
Calum Madell MIN Douvan Carole’s Destrier Camping Ground E/W
-20 -7.5 -2.5 -12.5
Luke Elder Buveur D’Air Sizing John E/W Carole’s Destrier E/W Camping Ground E/W
-10 6.25 -3.75 -13.75
George Gorman Altior DOUVAN Morning Assembly My Tent Or Yours
50 62.5 52.5 42.5
Jason Herridge Min Sizing John E/W Holywell The New One
-10 6.25 -3.75 -13.75
Michael Andrews Min The Game Changer E/W HOLYWELL Nichols Canyon
-10 -20 -40 -50
Sam Boswell Charbel E/W Douvan Regal Encore Hargam E/W
-10 2.5 -7.5 -17.5
Sean Ellis Tombstone E/W Douvan Morning Assembly E/W NICHOLS CANYON
-10 2.5 20 0
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb Polly Peachum Local Show DOUBLE SHUFFLE
-23.75 -33.75 -53.75
Calum Madell Vroum Vroum Mag Definitly Red E/W Double Shuffle
4.17 -5.83 -15.83
Luke Elder Lily Waugh E/W SHANTOU FLYER E/W Javert E/W
-23.75 -43.75 -53.75
George Gorman Bitofapuzzle E/W Pont Alexandre Willows Saviour
32.5 22.5 12.5
Jason Herridge POLLY PEACHUM Southfield Royale Aloomomo
-33.75 -43.75 -33.75
Michael Andrews Vroum Vroum Mag Definitly Red E/W Aloomomo
-33.33 -43.33 -53.33
Sam Boswell Polly Peachum PONT ALEXANDRE Twelve Roses E/W
-27.5 -47.5 -57.5
Sean Ellis Polly Peachum Southfield Royale Bouvreuil E/W
-10 -20 2.5

 

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Yanworth No More Heroes Brother Tedd E/W Sprinter Sacre
Calum Madell Yanworth More Of That Diamond King SPRINTER SACRE
Luke Elder Yanworth No More Heroes BAOULET DELAROQUE E/W Sprinter Sacre
George Gorman Yanworth More Of That Blazer UN DE SCEAUX
Jason Herridge YANWORTH More Of That Politologue Sprinter Sacre
Michael Andrews Vigil E/W Vyta Du Roc E/W BROTHER TEDD E/W Sprinter Sacre
Sean Ellis A Toi Phil MORE OF THAT Waxie’s Dargle E/W Sprinter Sacre
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb Balthazar King OUR THOMAS E/W First Figaro E/W
Calum Madell Balthazar King Diego Du Charmil New To This Town
Luke Elder Ballybroker Bridge E/W Kasakh Noir E/W Castello Sforza
George Gorman Quantitativeeasing Kasakh Noir Bacardys
Jason Herridge Balthazar King Jaleo E/W High Bridge E/W
Michael Andrews Balthazar King Kasakh Noir E/W Onthewesternfront E/W
Sean Ellis Josie’s Orders Campeador New To This Town

OnTheOtherHoof 2016 Cheltenham Festival Comp – Day 1

Christmas Day for racing fans has arrived and so returns our annual Cheltenham Festival competition where members of OnTheOtherHoof pitch their selections against a couple of friends of the show. Fresh from last year’s success, Luke bids to retain his crown after landing a 16/1 NAP in the final race thanks to Next Sensation but hopes to be well clear from the beginning on this occasion. Calum bids to go one better after leading for the majority of the competition after several decent handicap winners whilst Michael and Adam need to up their game, the former bidding to regain his crown after winning the inaugural OTOH comp two years ago and the latter needs a miracle to not finish last!

Making a return again after last year is Gary Moore’s conditional and a face viewers may recognise from the past in George Gorman. We also have the equivalent of Frankel from our Royal Ascot comp returning in Sean Ellis and two newbies with Jason Herridge and Sam Boswell of OLBG. Best of luck to everyone and selections can be viewed below!

Rules

Caps = NAP

E/W 1/4 – 1-2-3-4 (Handicaps)

£10 per race (£20 NAP)

 

OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
Adam Webb Min Sizing John E/W Beg To Differ E/W Nichols Canyon
Calum Madell  MIN  Douvan  Carole’s Destrier  Camping Ground E/W
Luke Elder Buveur D’Air Sizing John E/W Carole’s Destrier E/W Camping Ground E/W
George Gorman Altior DOUVAN Morning Assembly My Tent Or Yours
Jason Herridge Min Sizing John E/W Holywell The New One
Michael Andrews Min The Game Changer E/W HOLYWELL E/W Nichols Canyon
Sam Boswell Charbel E/W Douvan Regal Encore Hargam E/W
Sean Ellis Tombstone E/W Douvan Morning Assembly E/W NICHOLS CANYON
OTOH Blogger/Guests Race 5 Race 6 Race 7
Adam Webb Polly Peachum Local Show DOUBLE SHUFFLE
Calum Madell  Vroum Vroum Mag  Definitly Red E/W  Double Shuffle
Luke Elder Lily Waugh E/W SHANTOU FLYER E/W Javert E/W
George Gorman Bitofapuzzle E/W Pont Alexandre Willows Saviour
Jason Herridge POLLY PEACHUM Southfield Royale Aloomomo
Michael Andrews Vroum Vroum Mag Definitly Red E/W Aloomomo
Sam Boswell Polly Peachum PONT ALEXANDRE Twelve Roses E/W
Sean Ellis Polly Peachum Southfield Royale Bouvreuil E/W

2016 Cheltenham Festival Preview – Championship Races with Nick Scholfield

With less than a week to go until the tape rises for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle,  Luke Elder and Calum Madell are joined by special guest and twice Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Nick Scholfield to cover the four Championship races at this year’s meeting. Nick also answers questions put to him about his likely rides including leading Triumph Hurdle contender Zubayr and other horses at the yard of champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

2016 Cheltenham Festival Preview – Novice Hurdles with Tom Stanley

After various issues involving BT and a lack of internet for the past couple of weeks, here is our first preview for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival covering the three main Novice Hurdles with our special guest Tom Stanley of Racing UK. Our next preview takes place later today at 8pm when we are joined by regular Cheltenham guest Nick Scholfield to cover the four Championship races.

5th March 2016 – Doncaster & Newbury

OnTheOtherHoof is back after an enforced absence due to a lack of internet. Join Luke Elder and Michael Andrews as they cover the weekend’s action from Doncaster and Newbury with several key Grand National trials to sink their teeth into including the Grimthorpe Chase where The Last Samuri and The Druid’s Nephew are on show and the Greatwood Gold Cup featuring Shutthefrontdoor. Away from the Channel 4 action, last year’s hero Many Clouds faces Unioniste and Perfect Candidate in the Premier Chase at Kelso and we also have Super Saturday at Meydan, the final meeting before Dubai World Cup night with some of the key contenders showcasing their well-being.