29 Jul 2017

King George Day, Ascot

A tricky punting card today at Ascot as these unseasonal conditions persist, with more rain a possibility this afternoon.

In the 2.25 I do think FIRE BRIGADE has a solid each way chance with conditions in his favour. The fact that Hayley Turner is in the plate almost guarantees he's been working really well, having had a nice month between races to limber up. This progressive 3yo wants a good end to end gallop and does look likely to get that here. He has a nice weight and the 14/1 looks fair.

The King George itself is probably best swerved, but our ENIGMA Racing syndicates do own a stake in TIGRE DU TERRE and we expect a big run today. Richard Hannon horses are not primed to win on debut, so the ones that do are normally well above average. We believe that's certainly the case with this lad.

They don't do much off the bridle at home, so it's only at the racecourse where you truly find out what beats within, and Tigre du Terre displayed a big engine. His RPR of 93 was the joint highest awarded so far this year to a debutant in the UK. That sort of rating usually indicates a Group horse. He was also pleasingly professional and appears to appreciate some cut.

This is a much better race and he will have to improve, but there's every reason to suppose he will. In fact, zero negatives and it's fair to say we are very hopeful.

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Good luck,

2.25 Ascot, Fire Brigade - 1pt EW 14/1, 3x1/4
4.10 Ascot, Tigre du Terre - 3pt win 7/4

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

** Feedback: Fire Brigade ran very well and collected place money at a decent price. While to our surprise, Tigre du Terre disliked the very soft ground; the wheels span and he was unable to show his true form. One to keep in your tracker for better conditions: good or good to soft **

Talented prospect, Tigre du Terre trained by Richard Hannon

8 Jul 2017

Coral Eclipse (Group 1)

The Coral-Eclipse is the point of the season where the classic generation lock horns with their peers, while in receipt of the maximum weight for age allowance, currently set at 10lbs.

However, despite this welter burden the older horses have tended to hold sway unless faced with a real top-notcher, which suggest that experience counts for a lot at this stage of the season. A picture that is much reversed in a few months' time when we reach the Arc.

3-y-o's have won just three of the last ten, and two of those were Sea The Stars and Golden Horn, who clearly were very high class indeed. This year's Derby form is looking quite decent, but there's surely nothing of that calibre from this season's crop.

Last year, 3-y-o's Hawkbill and The Ghurka faced a field without Group 1 credentials and brushed them aside, but that's not the case this time with multiple Group 1 winner DECORATED KNIGHT in the field and the closely matched and improving Ulysses. It's looks a tight one.

Of the 3yo's, I would definitely be against a miler stepping up such as Barney Roy and I think CLIFFS OF MOHER is just a faster, more classy horse than Eminent. This also looks the perfect trip for the Ballydoyle favourite.

Overall, I have the race quite strongly as a 3-way tussle between Cliffs Of Moher and the improving Ulysses and Decorated Knight, and the way the market is framed, I think backing two again the field looks a decent way to go.

Good luck,

3.35 Sandown, Cliffs Of Moher, 2pt win 2/1 generally
3.35 Sandown, Decorated Knight, 1pt win 9/1 various

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


** Feedback: Sod's law, Ulysses won it... **

Cliffs Of Moher, faces stiff competition in the Coral Eclipse from Decorated Knight


1 Jul 2017

Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate (Heritage Handicap)

There aren't many yards in this country where the trainer might turn around to you in January and say "I think I've got the favourite for the Northumberland Plate, would you like a share?" Fewer still of the calibre of Sir Mark Prescott; who after all, when it comes to talented stayers is a man who knows his onions. Fewer still, come true.

Just such a conversation happened to Tim Palin of Middleham Park Racing, and Tim, being the gent he is, gave us a chance to take a share for the Enigma Racing syndicates. If there's one horse we've ever been offered that was a no-brainer, this was it.

And so, six months later, remarkably, here we are with a share in the favourite for the Northumberland Plate - one of those grand staying races we've all grown up with. Win, lose or draw we wouldn't swop this experience for the world. That said, and we are terribly biased on this subject, we think he can win. Sir Mark thinks so too. Flymetothestars is a quality animal, he's ready to roll and has a lovely draw in stall 8.

Most of all we know there's improvement on tap. This is just his 5th career start and everything about his performances to date suggests he wants an end to end gallop at this trip. Last time, in his prep over course and distance, they dawdled and sprinted - that's not really him and he still brushed them aside. Sir Mark is confident FMTTS remains a well handicapped horse on a mark of 100. He's exactly where he wants to be, and it's the race he's been trained for since October.

Preparations have gone smoothly, no niggles, no hold ups. Your only snag is he's 9/2 today - and ENIGMA members were on at 10/1 weeks ago when the market opened.

If the Gods smile on us today, just this one winner will pay for most people's forum subscription for many years to come. The syndicates have already landed 6 winners in June - many strongly flagged in our gallop reports. Perhaps it's time to get ENIGMA batting for you?

Good luck,

3.30 Newcastle, Flymetothestars 2pt EW 9/2 generally, 4x1/4

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

** Feedback: a fast finishing 3rd, couldn't quite get there in time after being held up in his run - the Ebor now beckons if the going is suitable (needs cut) **

Flymetothestars, probably the best racehorse in the world