Canterbury 15 August 2018

It is beyond explanation why race 1 on Wednesday at Canterbury contained just three runners. There were six scratchings, and with prizemoney being paid down to 5th place, it certainly was a mystery why so few horses started. The race was a Maiden for three-year-olds; on the flip side, race 1 at Sandown on Wednesday was also a Maiden but was for three-year-olds and up. They had 13 runners, with three-year-olds filling the first four placings. Continue reading “Canterbury 15 August 2018”

Rosehill 11 August 2018

Highway system

Is there a better system in racing than backing Matthew Dunn’s horses in the Highway races in Sydney?

Since the start of winter, Matthew has won four Highway’s with horses at $6, $15, $6.50 and $9. I suspect if you backed Matthew’s horses year round in these races, you would be well ahead. Matthew is a very good trainer that I rate very highly, and the fact that he can trial his horses in metro company in Brisbane is a big plus. Following a trainer in a certain type of race is nothing new… Gai in two-year-old races, Bart in staying races;  but in sheer percentage terms, and the amount of runners Matthew brings to Sydney, there appears to be no better system in racing as we speak. At Rosehill, Matthew has had 23 runners for six winners, and five places with a $ROI of 94.8% Continue reading “Rosehill 11 August 2018”

Canterbury 8 August 2018

Dad’s main form assessor, in the 1950s and 60s was a man named Barry Terry. He was a disciple of Timeform methodology.

But his main strategy was to put himself in the mind of the connections of each horse.

In race 3 at Canterbury yesterday there was a horse named Symi by Fastnet Rock out of a mare named Cats Whiskers. As well as being a half-sister to the Blue Diamond Winner Catchy, I noticed in doing the form, that this horse was nominated for the Golden Rose.

Symi was having her first start in a Benchmark 69 fillies handicap. This is very unusual, especially as the race prior was a maiden over the exact same distance. A race that I can comfortably quantify as around 60% as strong as the race Symi raced in, and subsequently won. It is unusual for a horse to have its their first start not in a maiden. Continue reading “Canterbury 8 August 2018”

Royal Randwick 4 August 2018

It what was a great start to the new season at Royal Randwick, James Cummings took the honours and is currently our leading trainer in NSW.

Taking nothing away from McDonald and the other Godolphin riders, but I suspect, a lot of the credit for yesterday’s success has to go to former bookmaker, and punter Dominic Beirne. It is no surprise that so many of the Godolphin horses are ridden so perfectly, as Dominic analysis any track bias, and monitors track patterns for the Godolphin riders. There is no one better at identifying when are where to be on a certain part of the track than Dominic. Godolphin are lucky to have him. Continue reading “Royal Randwick 4 August 2018”

Rosehill 28 July 2018

Vet’s correct call

To my memory, I can’t recall a horse rearing up, becoming cast and being allowed to start. Yes, a certain percentage of the time this happens a horse will be unfit to race. But it has become evident that a blanket ban has been enforced on all horses that become cast. This is unfair to the owners and indeed the punters. Once upon a time, once the horses were under starters orders they were starters. Continue reading “Rosehill 28 July 2018”