28 Oct 2017 Handicap Chase (Class 2)

D N Russell is 5 wins from 18 in handicap chases for Henry de Bromhead for a blind profit of +19.5pts to SP. It's an association that has gathering pace in recent times - the duo are 3 wins from 6 this year (+15pts), including 2 wins on board On Fiddlers Green.

In fact, Russell has been in the saddle for all 4 of On Fiddlers Green's career wins since his maiden hurdle victory in 2015 - although he's proved a much better chaser. Russell's rides on this horse when chasing read: u,2,1,1,1 culminating in a career best win at Roscommon in the Connacht Handicap Chase (described as an ultra-competitive renewal), where he jumped round like a dream.

ON FIDDLERS GREEN was thought good enough for a crack at the Galway Plate on next start but ended up reserve and didn't get a run, which was a shame because he ended up in the consolation race run on soft ground which is probably didn't suit.

He had a prep for this 20 days ago (again modest on soft, and Russell wasn't riding) and will arrive fit, back on good ground and, hopefully, ready to resume his upward path over an ideal tip. Looks good value at 16's and the yard do love a winner here.

2.00 Cheltenham, On Fiddlers Green 1pt EW 16/1 various, 4x1/4

Good luck,


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** Feedback: Never travelling, back to the drawing board with this one - frustratingly, Henry de Bromhead struck in the very next race instead with Twobeelucky **

On Fiddlers Green, looks under the radar on good ground for Henry de Bromhead


14 Oct 2017

Coral Stayers Handicap (Class 3)

David O'Meara fields an interesting newcomer today in the Aga Khan bred French import Dalshand, who makes his GB debut this afternoon at York.

Dalshand has a top class pedigree - the dam is a full sister to Daylami and a half-sister to Dalakhani, one of the Aga Khan's best late-maturing bloodlines. He produced a very taking display on debut, hacking up impressively in a valuable 1 mile 3yo maiden.

Dalshand didn't progress as fast as they hoped that year - he's a big backward type - but ran a fine race in a £20,000 Listed contest at the tail end. That was over 14 furlongs on good ground. He had a wide draw and was forced to race 3 wide, off a muddling pace. He did by far the best of anything off the pace, only failing to get up by 1.75 lengths.

He picked up an RPR of 98 for the run (Timeform 106) and races from a BHA mark of 88 today.

They don't have a good program of suitable 2m+ staying flat races in France, so the following season they tried him dropped back to middle distances which only confirmed he wants a trip. He's only ever been tried twice at 1m6fl+ and he's run really well both times.

Today's race on a flat 2 miles around York, where he should get an end to end gallop looks ideal. He won't be wound up to 'run for his life' - that's not the O'Meara way on debut - but off a mark of 88 he doesn't need to be, especially when they are offering circa. 16/1 to 4 places.

Win, lose or draw today, he's one for the tracker.

Good luck,

5.00 York, Dalshand 1pt EW 16/1+, 1/4 odds to 4 places

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Dalshand (FR) - promising addition to the GB staying division for David O'Meara