31 Jan 2020

Waving Farewell To Creationist

We bid a fond farewell today to CREATIONIST, sold at Tattersalls this afternoon for 60,000 GNS.

The ENIGMA syndicates took a stake in him through Nick Bradley Racing and it’s been a roller-coaster journey which went so close to a perfect ending with 2nd place in the London Middle Distance Final, worth £43,575 to the winner (failed by a neck).

He hasn’t been the easiest to train at times, but we’ve been in wonderful hands throughout with Nick Bradley and Roger Charlton, who managed to coax 6 top 3 finishes from 12 starts, and over £30,000 in prize money.

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The Roger Charlton trained Creationist was the top lot at 60,000 guineas on the second and final session of the Tattersalls February Sale…the 4-year-old by Noble Mission was knocked down to Rupert Pritchard-Gordon of RPG Bloodstock and is destined to join Ken Condon’s stable as a sparring partner for the stable star ROMANISED

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Creationist, top lot on the final day of Tattersalls February sale 2020


27 Jan 2020

Who Owns This Cheltenham Antepost Favourite?

It’s not every day you wake up to discover you own a share in the antepost favourite for a race at the Cheltenham Festival.

After a perfect 3 wins from 3 starts, Marie’s Rock is already on the same mark as Laurina when she won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the 2018 Festival, and rated higher than 2019 winner Eglantine Du Seuil.

After so-so performances last weekend from other antepost contenders, Marie’s Rock has been trimmed to a fabulous 4/1 clear favourite.

We are made up to have a stake in her for the ENIGMA Racing syndicates - our very affordable racehorse share scheme - which in just 6 seasons went from zero to finishing 2nd in the St Leger.

In Marie’s Rock we have a shot at trying to go one better.

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Many of our members also form partnerships to split the cost of buying racehorse shares and thanks to a close relationship with Middleham Park Racing, we bagged a share in this cracking mare.

Our syndicate shareholders originally paid just £160 each, and their bill for upkeep has been less than £10 per month per person.

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Marie's Rock, antepost favourite for the 2020 Festival Mares Novices Hurdle


25 Jan 2020

Lingfield Handicap System

Well we are at the Park today - except it's not Prestbury, it's Lingfield. As luck would have it the angle applies to a couple of early races on the card, so without further ado as he clock is ticking.

Mark Johnston trained handicappers ridden by Joe Fanning are of prime interest at this venue. It’s a place where his riding style and judgement of pace combine to excellent effect. The trip down to Surrey also represents a big transport bill for owners and in recent years it’s very much paid to take the hint.

Since 2016, Johnston handicappers ridden by Fanning at this venue have delivered a blind level stakes profit of +£63.07 to SP, for a £1 stake from 64 bets. Almost a 100% return in investment.

The return to Betfair Starting Price is higher again, especially if you now take advantage of the 2% rate of commission (which I hope you do).

Lots of favourites win, but the odd double figure price too:

2016: 11 bets, 3 wins + £6.25
2017: 24 bets, 10 wins + £25.44
2018: 11 bets, 2 wins + £9.00
2019: 15 bets, 6 wins + £7.00
2020: 3 bets, 1 win + £6.00

There are two qualifiers today:

12.00 Lingfield, Cottonopolis
12.35 Lingfield, Golden Fountain

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Leafy Lingfield, in warmer months!


29 Oct 2019

Cheltenham Handicap Winners

Jump racing is back, and that means access to my all-time favourite betting venue.

For people who like to land a price, Cheltenham handicaps offer world-class betting opportunities.

I make a bee-line for any meeting that serves up handicap winners at double figure prices - and nowhere serves up more of those than Prestbury Park.

Only this March I put up WILLIAM HENRY on this blog for the Coral Cup, advised at 33/1 amid a fine week at the Festival.

The mud was flying that day and it was again at the Showcase meeting last week - always a plus in my book at Cheltenham from a handicap perspective.

As soon as the ground turns properly soft you can rule out the good ground operators, but you can also rule out the dedicated front running types; unless they get a very soft lead, they simply won't get home.

The key is to sift the remainder for abundant stamina in the conditions, far above the advertised trip - shortlisting any with an interesting handicap mark (not necessarily with just a low weight).

In terms of prime candidates, that often leaves a surprisingly small number - hopefully including some at workable prices. The bigger the better - favourites are not going to pay the bills here.

I defaulted to this strategy last week at the Showcase meeting and it again paid dividends with two winners from three bets across the meeting on my ENIGMA forum thread:

Day 1: Duke Street WON 9/1 SP (recommended 1.5pt win)
Day 2: The Conditional WON 14/1 SP (recommended 1pt EW)

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12 Oct 2019

Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

Today it’s the Cesarewitch, the annual cavalry charge named after Tsar Alexander II, the race that starts in Cambridgeshire and ends in Suffolk.

Prices up to 66/1 hit the frame and even occasionally win, so this is race tailor-made for each way players - with the layers vulnerable to 6 places, let alone the 7 or 8 places offered by some.

The question is how to spot genuine each way value?

Primarily, it stands to reason, you are looking for evidence of class and well-being that is somehow undervalued. Almost all horses who run well in this race ran a decent prep last time out - and for dual code runners, the successful ones always prep'd on the flat.

It's also worth noting that almost all recent winners carried less than 9-02 and many a good deal less than that. In terms of draw it starts to get tricky above stall 24, not impossible but most who try it fail.

After putting in several hours on this years' field, one who looks potentially well-overpriced is Mick Channon's BILLY RAY. Incidentally, a tangent on the subject of West Ilsley, if you've never read Mick Junior's book 'How's Your Dad?', it's excellent and very funny.

Billy Ray ran a terrific race in the very valuable Marsh Cup at Newbury this summer on the rain-softened ground that makes all the difference to him. In the process comfortably seeing off solid yardsticks Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins.

Afterwards, returned to fast ground, he was predictably bad in the Shergar Cup - the third time he's run badly at that venue from three starts. It looks safe to put a line through.

He wasn't stopping in the Marsh Cup and there's good reason to think this extended trip will suit. He's since had his wind tidied up and with the ground having come right they look to be throwing the kitchen sink at him today, with first time visor to boot. 

Billy Ray went up 3lbs for the Newbury run but is a net 2lbs lower as they are claiming 5lbs. His draw in 18 looks fine for a horse who travels well, buried away mid div and he has an ideal racing weight. 

I think the market has over-reacted to the Ascot run and his wind op, but we will see. Successful runners do tend to have run a good prep, but I think there are solid excuses in this case which has thrown the market off the scent. The Marsh Cup run was no fluke.

For a lightly raced stayer with an improving profile / great record on soft ground, 50/1 looks awfully big. If they have him right he could surprise a few people.

4.10 Newmarket, Billy Ray 1pt EW 50/1 to 7 places Paddy or 8 places Sky

Herbie authors the Key Racing Gold betting thread on the ENIGMA forum

The Cesarewitch, the race that starts in Cambridgeshire and ends in Suffolk