18 Mar 2017

The Perfect Post Cheltenham Tonic

I hope you noticed Premier Bond's very gutsy run in the Kim Muir this week (finished 3rd, beaten under 2 lengths). We own a share in him via our Enigma Racing syndicates.

Another one we have a share in, Divine Spear runs at Kempton today and we're expecting a very good run. He's been working well - in fact there are no negatives at all, his work suggests he's improving and Mr Henderson thinks it’s the ideal race for him so we are certainly hopeful.

Well worth a little EW investment - as indeed are the Enigma Racing syndicates.

So far, in 3.5 years of having runners, the syndicates have:

Made 18 people Group 1 winning owners
Made 18 people British Classic placed owners
Made 25 people Cheltenham Festival placed owners
Made 7 people - all of the above!

We currently have the last few shares available in a very nice 2yo with Mark Johnston - a handsome, well bred colt who is doing everything right - that's him pictured below.

Comes highly recommended. If you'd like a brochure just drop me a line:

Good luck today,

1pt win & 1pt EW Divine Spear, 9/1 various, 4x1/4

Herbie is one of the resident pro-gamblers in ENIGMA:


** Feedback: Divine Spear ran a great race to finish 2nd, only beaten by a Paul Nicholls' handicap blot who is now Grade 1 entered at Aintree...**
Take your place with one of our exciting 2yo's this summer - Ventura Knight, trained by Mark Johnston


11 Mar 2017

Matchbook VIP 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3)

With Cheltenham just around the corner I wasn't sure whether anything would interest me today, but I was pleased to spot a runner I've been waiting for - and I think there's reason to believe this might be the day to catch him.

Mr Henderson was gutted to lose the services of MINELLA AWARDS when Potensis Bloodstock threw in the National Hunt ownership towel last year. In the kerfuffle that followed, the gelding ended up being taken out of the yard, much against the trainers wishes.

Being owners in the yard ourselves we got the gist of things. As such, I would be fairly confident that the run in Feb 2016 was for experience, and not to be taken too literally. After such a long time off I also think it's reasonable to assume his latest run was merely a pipe-opener.

I suspect Minella Awards is much better judged on a very taking run at Newbury behind Champers On Ice - a horse who was afterwards 3rd in the Albert Bartlett behind Unowhatimeanharry, and finished ahead of Barters Hill. That's a serious piece of collateral form, and if you watch the race it was also the manner in which Minella Awards went about his business. He has a quality engine.

A stiff galloping track on soft ground looks tailor made for him. It's no surprise he steps straight into Graded company here and conditions look perfect. If he's as good as Mr Henderson used to think he was, he will have a very decent chance in this.

At the price I'd much rather have 2 points on the win rather than dilute the stake EW.

2pt win Minella Awards, 9/1 B365, 8/1 generally

Herbie is one of the resident pro-gamblers in ENIGMA:


** Feedback: not much to add, confidently ridden to score a decisive victory **

Harry Fry - has an interesting runner at Sandown in Minella Awards


4 Mar 2017

BetBright Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (Class 2)

With all the rain around the Grimthorpe field has cut up to 7 runners, but remains an interesting race with last years' winner and Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri lining up the best part of a stone higher in the weights and some up and coming sorts lining up to take him on.

Lots of money around for Definitely Red and Looking Well. Both progressive with form in softer conditions but their best form on a sounder surface. Neither wanted rain and this is set to be pretty testing. The fact Danny Cook deserted Wakanda to sit on Definitely Red probably puts a line through that one and underlines Definitely Red's well-being.

Venetia is understandably the go to trainer in these conditions with an unexposed sort and she fields Yala Enki here who is difficult to quantify. He beat precisely nothing in a poor Tommy Whittle but did it well and then found life a great deal harder behind Definitely Red on gd-sft in the Rowland Meyrick. I'm not sure he deserves to be favourite.

The one that interests me is undoubtedly Sego Success who goes very well at this course and is ideally suited by the conditions. He was 4th in this last year and only weakened after the last - attempting mission impossible in receipt of just 3lbs from The Last Samuri. This year he receives 23lbs and is a fair price thanks to his most recent outing at Warwick which is probably just best ignored.

He does face competition for the lead but I think he can get a nice tow round sitting handy and when push comes to shove, 10-03 gives him a real chance.

1pt win Sego Success, 15/2 various

Herbie is one of the resident pro-gamblers in ENIGMA:

** Feedback: Sure enough Sego Success ran an excellent race, just getting tired late on but Definitely Red put in a hugely progressive performance, making light of the conditions - a staying chaser going places. Yala Enki boiled over in the prelims and blew his chance **

Time for Sego Success, a featherweight today


1 Mar 2017

David Pipe Handicappers - Cheltenham Festival

Stocking your Cheltenham NRNB portfolio with decent double figure prices, makes all the difference come the day. Fortunately we have done the leg work for you, analysing the major players and pin-pointing their runners of particular interest.

Let's take a look at one of the prime suspects, Mr David Pipe.

Unexposed handicap chasers

Lightly-raced chasers are a key theme that crop up over and over again with this yard. The key criteria: 2m4fl+ handicap chase, max 6 previous chase starts, aged 6 to 8-y-o, rested at least 35 days. That will point you straight to any leading contenders, especially if you stick to runners who are not down in class since their last run. Since 2008; 6 wins from 12 qualifiers, + £49.83 level stakes profit.

With unexposed sorts it all comes down to jumping - which either passes the test or unravels, so these aren't good each way bets. They are all well handicapped, and either tend to win or come nowhere.

Veteran handicappers

Pipe Jr was taught by the best and it pays to keep a careful eye on his quality handicappers brought back to a viable mark over hurdles or fences. Key criteria: any handicap 2m5fl+, 15+ career starts in same race type, rested at least 35 days, max 25/1 SP, rider claiming no more than 5lbs. Since 2008; 3 wins from 9 qualifiers + £39.00 LSP - AND 3 placed at 10/1, 16/1 & 20/1.

There is a third area to be aware of but for that you simply need to access The Cheltenham File - a confidential report supplied free to ENIGMA forum members, with qualifiers posted and emailed daily throughout the Festival.

The Cheltenham File

Superb angles for: Alan King, Colin Tizzard, David Pipe, Davy Russell, Gigginstown, Jamie Codd, Jonjo O'Neill, J P McManus, Gordon Elliott, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins, Tony Martin, Tom Taaffe, Trevor Hemmings & Venetia Williams.

As an ENIGMA member you also receive:

  • Systems for the RSA Chase, the Stayers', Supreme Novices' and Champion Hurdle
  • A range of superbly researched Cheltenham NRNB antepost bets
  • Unique (and highly successful) Cheltenham handicap ratings, which combine weighted trends with Timeform ratings - posted and emailed throughout the Festival

The whole Cheltenham File, the NRNB antepost bets and race systems are waiting for you right now within ENIGMA:


Another Pipe Festival winner. Get in Sir!!