15 Mar 2020

Foxhunter Chase Winner A Massive 224.95 BSP

The ENIGMA forum system library hit a monster payday this week at Cheltenham.

Our Foxhunter Chase system - with a track record of success that goes right back to 1998 - this year shortlisted 66/1 winner It Came To Pass, who not only romped home to victory but returned an enormous 224.95 for a £1 stake at Betfair SP.

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13 Mar 2020

Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 4

I hope you've been having a great week. Let's see if we can wrap the Cheltenham blog up with a bang - even if it's Friday 13th.

This might wind up being a very good day for Paul Nicholls.

I was at Kempton for Solo's highly impressive Triumph Hurdle prep - the same race Paul Nicholls used for the mighty Zarkandar who duly obliged in the big one doing me a nice favour in the process.

Solo was every bit as impressive. He could be anything, but he was as impressive as Zarkandar was at Kempton and that anything is could well be pretty damn smart.

In the Gold Cup, Clan Des Obeaux has received a very different prep to last year and was brilliant in the King George.

At the peak of his powers I think he'll give the favourite a real race. My only concern is that his 3 best career RPR's have all come right-handed and I think he might be better going that way, but provided he gets round in 1 piece I'm very confident he'll make the frame and with luck will go one better.

1.30 Cheltenham, Solo 2pt win 4/1
3.30 Cheltenham, Clan Des Obeaux 1.5pt EW 8/1, Paddy Power 4x1/5

Clan Des Obeaux 8/1, 4x1/5 & Solo 4/1, 4x1/4
1pt EW double, Paddy Power

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Can't believe it's Day 4 already...


12 Mar 2020

Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 3

Trying hard to put up the best bet from my Key Racing Gold thread each day during the Festival, but unfortunately you didn't get the winner yesterday, albeit that 11/1 shot ran at a different meeting.

The Pertemps is another of those races that gives you a bona fide chance of landing a proper price. These races are like the par 5's in golf - it pays to have a rip at them (with an educated plan) - and I think I have one for you who today will run a very well at a price.

Jonjo has won this race 4 times and has a live candidate again in DREAM BERRY, ridden by Jonjo Jr for JP McManus, who so far has this meeting well and truly by the scruff of the neck.

Dropped 7lbs to an inviting mark while off the racecourse, he ran a very encouraging race on comeback and has been kept fresh for this ever since. Dream Berry has lots of solid big handicap form and is in ideal hands for a career revival.

Short of bad luck, I suspect he will run very well in this with solid frame prospects, although you couldn't rule out more.

2.10 Cheltenham, Dream Berry 0.5pt EW 16/1+ 5x1/5 generally & 1pt 5 place market BSP

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Can Jonjo O'Neill make it 5 in the Pertemps?


11 Mar 2020

Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 2

A good 'starter for ten' yesterday with Imperial Aura, let's see if we can build on that with a crack at the Coral Cup today, one of my favourite betting races of the week - the Coral Cup is a prime chance to land the big price that makes your whole meeting.

So, back to the scene of the crime, with William Henry tipped last year at 33/1.

Nicky Henderson invariably has one or two that run well in this race and William Henry was a memorable winner in 2019, the mount of Nico DB. 

The same combo are represented here by Burrows Edge, last seen hacking up in the Lanzarote at Kempton in January when aided by fallers, although there's a fair chance he would have won anyway as he was just taking off. And that could be the key to him: the step up in trip looks exactly what he wants. Hendo's string are in terrific form too.

Burrows Edge has plenty of soft ground form and also comes up as a very good match on my trends for the race (as did the winner last year). At the prices, whatever the outcome, Burrows Edge is a no-brainer compared to the skinny terms offered about Dame de Compiegne 

I think Burrows Edge may prove the best of Hendo's challenge and I'm proposing a few savers from amongst the Irish contingent.

Willie's Franco De Port is very unexposed and a sure improver - remember Townend had the pick of a long list of entries. Plus I'm backing the less obvious Coko Beach for Gordon Elliott, who might surprise a few people if the headgear does the trick. It's worth bearing in mind he was 2nd at the Festival last year and on a going day may prove a better stayer than Elliott's Black Tears.

2.50 Cheltenham, Burrows Edge 1pt EW 16/1+, 6x1/5 generally (Lads are offering 20/1)
2.50 Cheltenham, Franco De Port 0.75pt win BSP
2.50 Cheltenham, Coko Beach 0.5pt win BSP

** The short-priced Henderson plot horse won with something in hand, we move on **

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Coral Cup...back at the scene of the crime


10 Mar 2020

Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 1

Time for the big one!

A bit of rain last night has kept it soft but will also keep the ground fresh, a fantastic, open-looking day’s racing in prospect.

It goes without saying we are looking for horses at home in the conditions who will stay.

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And so, Day 1.

1.30 Cheltenham, Fiddlerontheroof 1.5pt EW 5/1 7x1/5 Hills

Looks a bet to nothing on that concession – but still a worthwhile bet to 5 places with other firms at a slightly bigger price. The Mullins favourite jumps right and might not be as strong as some he’s sent here in the past. Fiddler arrives via a highly impressive win in the Tolworth.

4.50 Cheltenham, Imperial Aura 1pt EW 5x1/5 888, Victor

Imperial Aura ran a very eye-catching race here on Trials day. He looks thoroughly laid out by Kim Bailey and sure to run a big race in conditions that will suit. Connections have been backing him heavily for some time.

** A good start; Imperial Aura romped home to win, but Fiddlerontheroof folded tamely - although as suspected the Mullins raider proved beatable **

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Finally, the wait is over. Bring it on...Cheltenham Day 1


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.

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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!