Sire De Grugy To Be Back On Track For Champion

Connections and backers of Sire De Grugy will hope that he is back on track for the Champion Chase when he runs at Chepstow

Connections of the impressive winner of last year’s Champion Chase will hope that his second outing of the season will be more successful than his first. A faller at Newbury after coming back from injury, the Moore horse looked short of his best. Quoted at 6/1 for the festival feature, Sire De Grugy will take this race at Chepstow in his stride. If he doesn’t perform again he is certain to drift for the two mile championship at the Festival.

Paul Nicholls looks double handed with Easter Day and Rocky Creek in the Betbright Chase at Kempton. Easter Day fell when going well last time and Rocky Creek certainly has the class to be a contender at this level even with his weight.

The Eider Chase at Newcastle could be dominated by the top two in the weights Wyck Hill who holds course form and Shotgun Paddy is due to win a race like this someday soon.

With the All Weather Championships a couple of months away, the card at Lingfield will see many of the Good Friday hopefuls making appearances including the 2014 Champions Grandeur and Alben Star.


Fell three out when travelling exceptionally well at Cheltenham last month. The Nicholls will now be spot on for this valuable prize and is certain to go close.


This talented horse has Group One form in the book including a second in the Lockinge at Newbury. Now down in grade and having finished a close second at the course last time expect another bold show.


Archer would have certainly have been keen to take the ride on the Champion two miler in this small field. Archer would have had faith that he would improve from his first outing.

Crockford’s Gambles on Saturday 21 February:

Kempton – All Yours (2.00), Melodic Rendezvous (2.35), Vago Collonges (3.10), Easter Day and Rocky Creek e/w (3.45)

Chepstow – Champagne Chaser e/w (1.55), Ashes House e/w (2.30), Albert Bridge (3.05), Sire De Grugy (3.35) and Katkeau e/w (4.10)

Lingfield – Alben Star (1.45),  Sovereign Debt e/w (2.15), Grandeur (3.25) and Fair Value (5.05)

Newcastle – Wakanda (1.50), Shotgun Paddy e/w and Wyck Hill e/w (2.55), Debdeddeb (4.05), Definite Dream (4.40) and Vintage Clouds (5.10)

Fairyhouse – Dogora (1.35), Spring Heeled (2.05) and Two Rockers e/w (2.40)


(Featured photograph – Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham 2014)

Chelmsford City Races Towards A New Opening

Chelmsford City races towards a new opening with all weather racing starting tomorrow at the Essex track

The first of fifty-eight fixtures for 2015 will take place tomorrow at the newly re-opened Essex track. With the course’s management only given the final go ahead for racing on Monday, fingers will be crossed that everything goes well with the initial fixture. Tomorrow’s attendance will be in the hundreds and is by invitation to help test the new facilities, before a public opening next month.

Six years on from the closure of the former Great Leighs course in January 2009, connections will hope that new facilities help sustain racing in Essex this time round. With all weather racing seeing real investment in the last twelve months and the venue’s proximity to Newmarket’s training hub things do look brighter.

The first race at (12.50) tomorrow will be sponsored by Betfred, whose owner Fred Done has been fundamental to the course’s relaunch as Chelmsford City. Their continued support should help make it a successful venture.


(Featured Photograph – At the start at Lingfield Park by Stuart Rice)





Grand Plans For Grandeur In Man O’ War

Trainer Jeremy Noseda has grand plans for Grandeur in the Grade One Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont tonight

The globe-trotting Grandeur will seek to gain another success in the US when he runs in the Grade One Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont this evening.

Having won a pair of Grade Two contests on previous trips across the Atlantic, the Noseda trained grey looks well placed for victory against his US rivals.

Winner of the valuable Easter Classic on All Weather Champions Day on Good Friday, he brings strong form to the one mile and three furlongs prize and his travels should be rewarded.


(Featured Photograph – Grandeur after the Easter Classic by Stuart Rice)

All Weather Championship Brings Good Friday Racing

Million pound All Weather Championship card brings Good Friday racing for the first time in UK

The £1m card at Lingfield  and fixture at Musselburgh this afternoon will see racing take for the first time on a Good Friday in British history. Many have welcomed the move with there being hopes that this will establish a fixture for years to come marking the climax to the All Weather season.

This winter has seen an increase in the quality of all weather racing and  the prize money available; but perhaps not to the level hoped as many of the runners are year-in year-outs all weather stalwarts. Given the prize money on offer it is surprising that not more connections would have been tempted.

One exception may well be Ertijaal who could prove to be a very classy individual this season and rightly holds quotes for the 2000 Guineas. William Haggas will hope for a big run from his potential star in what is a very valuable three-year-old contest.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Ertijaal (Lingfield 2.55)

This three-year-old ran the classy Craven winner Toormore to quarter of a length on his debut and followed up with a victory at Yarmouth and win at Lingfield last time out. Fitter from that run Ertijaal will have no problem beating his rivals today before a possible tilt at the  2000 Guineas.

Crockford’s Whisper – Sirius Prospect e/w (Lingfield 4.40)

Dean Ivory’s horse won well over a mile at Kempton back in November and should adapt to this course too. At each way prices expect a bold show from this versatile sort.

Archer’s Selection – Grandeur (Lingfield 5.20)

Archer would forgive the grey his last run, knowing that he has the ability and quality to win this valuable prize. Archer would be up and certain of winning the Easter Classic.

Crockford’s All Weather Championship Gambles:

Lingfield – Grendisar (1.45), Interception (2.20), Ertijaal (2.55), Litigant (3.30), Tarooq e/w (4.05), Sirius Prospect e/w (4.40),  Grandeur and Aussie Reigns e/w (5.20)


(Featured Photograph – All Weather Racing by Stuart Rice)