Expect Emotionless And Low Key Victories At Newmarket

Punters to expect Emotionless and Low Key victories in the feature races at Newmarket this afternoon

The Group One Dewhurst and the second leg of the autumn double the Betfred Cesarewitch make for a mouthwatering card for punters at Newmarket.

The Dewhurst (3.10) is certain to set the 2016 Classics markets alight when the highly regarded Air Force Blue and brilliant Emotionless clash to settle who is to be crowned champion two-year-old. O’Brien’s horse has done nothing wrong and has already picked Group One prizes. However, there seems to be something very special about the bloodless victories of Emotionless. Talk is that he is one of the best if not the best Godolphin have had in recent years. The colt’s victory over the classy Ibn Malik would suggest that is true.

The Cesarewitch (3.50) looks to be a vintage renewal with many of the great handicap plotters represented. The favourite Low Key was an impressive winner of the Trial a few weeks ago and punters should not overlook the confidence behind the horse from the stable. A low weight and talented Marquand onboard will see him go very close. There are dangers a many in the form of the Irish challengers (Quick Jack and Bayan to name a couple) and form the battalions of Sir Mark Prescott. Another to consider is the classy performer Oriental Fox for Mark Johnston who has done everything to suggest a bold show.

Chepstow’s inaugural Jumps Festival is a much welcomed innovation that will see the National Hunt season 2015/6 start with a bang this afternoon. With the big outfits sending out their teams expect the well respected Lanzarote winner Tea For Two to take the feature Silver Trophy in what is a competitive contest.


Emotionless was such a facile and impressive winner of the Champagne Stakes on St Leger Day that he had to enter everyone’s notebook. The colt is probably the best that Godolphin have had for sometime especially if he continues to improve and deliver on his work on the gallops. Expect a win and him to be favourite for the Guineas by 3.30.


Trainer David Pipe told ATR viewers this week that the horse was his best chance of a winner this weekend and with that confidence behind him he should not be overlooked. Good winner of the Trial and plenty more to come.


Archer would not have missed that the talented Joseph O’Brien stays in Ireland for this ride. On his debut he was heavily backed but failed to deliver. However, the booking suggests more to come.


This Lucky Chancer contested many of the big prizes in his division last season without being disgraced. A winner at the course he is worth a punt at big prices.

Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:

Newmarket – Make Fast e/w (2.00), Beacon Rock (2.35), Emotionless (Dewhurst 3.10), Low Key e/w, Bayan e/w and Oriental Fox e/w (Cesarewitch 3.50) and Landofhopeandglory (4.25)

Chepstow – Altior (2.10), Regal Encore e/w (3.20), Karezak e/w (3.55),  The Liquidator e/w and Tea For Two e/w (4.30) and Sausalito Sunrise (5.05)

York – Persun e/w (1.45), Memorial Day (2.15), George Bowen e/w (3.25), Tadaawol (4.00), Navajo Chief e/w and Camagueyana e/w (5.10)

Hexham – Far From Defeat (1.50), Present Flight (2.25) and Miss MacNamara (4.10)

Limerick – A Year To Remember (2.40) and Tadaany e/w (3.45)

Fairyhouse – King Of The Picts (3.30)

(Featured photograph – Newmarket Rowley Mile by Stuart Rice)

Chepstow Festival To Jump Start National Hunt Season

Exciting new Chepstow Jumps Festival to jump start National Hunt season with bumper two day card this weekend

This weekend will see Chepstow put on two days of top quality jumps racing that will see a spectacular pot of £250,000 prize money on offer. The new initiative has been designed to give a proper opening to the new season and to improve the popularity of jumps racing at the Welsh course.

Chepstow’s initiative has been rewarded by attracting the likes of the 2014 Grand National winner Pineau De Re and the 2014 Champion chaser Sire De Grugy as entries for the meeting.

The feature of the weekend Festival will be the Totepool Silver Trophy that has been moved forward from its usual spot in the calendar later in the month.

In a recent letter Clerk of the Course Keith Ottesen outlined and explained:

This meeting has been created as a result of fixture movements with other courses including Cheltenham. It means we can consolidate all our early season feature races into one exciting weekend and create a proper launch to the winter jumping campaign”

“We are working hard to improve the popularity of jump racing at Chepstow and we believe this   two-day festival with help us move in the right direction. We hope you will be able to support the meeting”



Frankel Yearlings To Star At Tattersalls Book One Sale

Frankel’s first season yearlings are set to star at Tattersalls Book One Sale at Newmarket this week

When Frankel’s progeny enter the sales ring at Tattersalls this week, the atmosphere and bidding is certain to reach fever-pitch. There has never been so much interest in a first season sire as there has been in Frankel.

With the Book One Sale traditionally being your best opportunity to buy a Group One winning horse in Europe and the with the added Frankel factor expect the prices to hit the millions.

The Highclere Stud colt out of Model Queen (lot 339) is likely to gather a lot of interest alongside Watership Down Stud’s colts out of Dar Re Mi (lot 148) and Dorcas Lane (lot 167).

With fifteen lots of Frankel’s yearlings due to go to the ring currently expect it to be a record pay day for a first season sire.


(Featured photograph – Frankel at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

Dutch Connection For Celebration Mile

Backers will hope for a Dutch Connection for Saturday’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood

The Lennox Stakes second and Royal Ascot winner Dutch Connection looks certain to get back to winning ways if he lines up in the Celebration Mile at his favoured Goodwood this Saturday.

At about 5/1 Ante Post with firms for the Grade Two feature, the three-year-old has the form and class to beat his highly touted rivals Kodi Bear and Richard Pankhurst.

A winner last year at Glorious Goodwood and the second to the classy Toormore at this year’s meeting shows his liking for the track. Connections can be confident of celebrating again this Saturday at the Sussex course.


(Featured Photograph – Dutch Connection at Glorious Goodwood 2014 by Stuart Rice)

Royal Ascot 2015: Candy Sweet On Limato In Commonwealth

Trainer Henry Candy is sweet on his flying machine Limato in the inaugural Commonwealth Cup

Henry Candy is confident of a big run for Limato in the inaugural running of the Group One Commonwealth Cup. The flying machine will relish the firm conditions and has form at the course. Only beaten when the conditions didn’t suit, Limato will have the pace to live with the likes of Tiggy Wiggy and the US raider Hootenanny. In what is a great race and a brilliant new initiative, punters would also be foolish to overlook Kool Kompany who has the class to be a contender too.


Eye-catching entry from a horse who will be making his seasonal debut in race that is a mile more than he has raced before. Excellent form last year including a second in the Racing Post points to enough Moore and O’Brien winner.


Dettori teams up with the brilliant Wesley Ward on this US challenger. Ward has a real knack in these contests, expect another bold show.


Archer would have noticed the exceptional form of O’Brien and Moore. Given that purple patch he would have wanted to be on this talented filly.


In what is a fascinating race, this Lucky Chancer seems to have been overlooked. With plenty of talent and speed, the Craven Stakes winner is worth a gamble at around 40/1.

Crockford’s Royal Ascot Gambles on Day Three:

Laxfield Road e/w and Back At The Ranch (Albany 2.30), Balios (King Edward VII 3.05), Hootenanny, Limato e/w and Kool Kompany e/w (Commonwealth Cup 3.40), Found (Coronation 4.20),  Azurite e/w (Duke Of Edinburgh 5.00) and Aloft (Queen’s Vase 5.35)


(Featured Photograph – Henry Candy at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

Hughes To Steal Thunder In Lockinge on Toormore

Richard Hughes looks to steal thunder of his rivals in the Lockinge on board Toormore

The Champion jockey will partner Toormore in the Group One Lockinge at Newbury this afternoon, where he will face his stablemate and 2014 2000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder. The Hannon pair look to have the prize at their mercy in what is a bumper renewal of the race that has attracted eighteen runners. Last year’s Craven Stakes winner feel short of some expectations last season but looks open to improvement this year. If Toormore takes the Lockinge he will establish himself as a real contender for top miler.

The Hannon colts will have to get the better of the useful Integral who is yet to claim a Group One against male rivals. If at her best she is certain to give the two four-year-olds something to think about.  At longer prices punters would be foolish to overlook Aljamaaheer who deserves to pick up a Group One contest.

Earlier in the afternoon Telescope will hope to win against what look to be lesser adversaries.

Beyond a possible win on Toormore, Hughes looks well placed for a successful afternoon with a handful of good chances with the likes of Elysian Flyer and Gibeon.


The highly regarded colt should have no problem in adding to his winning tally when he takes on his rivals at Newbury this afternoon. The impressive 2014 Royal Ascot victor is a cut above the rest in this contest.


This Stewards Cup winner is significantly down in grade and at a weight where he can certainly be dangerous. Trained now by the talented David O’Meara expect a bold show from this sprinter with real ability.


Archer would have noticed the confidence that the Champion jockey Hughes has shown in his mount. With that confidence surrounding the horse Archer would have wanted the ride.


Just short of the very best, this Lucky Chancer is certainly worth a gamble in what looks to be an open renewal of the Lockinge. At 20/1 he is certainly an each way proposition.

Crockford’s Gambles on Saturday 16 May:

Newbury – Shalaa (1.25), Telescope (2.00), Elysian Flyer (2.35), Gibeon e/w (3.10), Toormore and Aljamaaheer e/w (Lockinge 3.45), GM Hopkins and Pastoral Player e/w (4.55)

Newmarket – Maid In Rio e/w (2.15), Tupi e/w (2.50) and Kibaar e/w (3.25)

Thirsk – Dawaa (1.55), Rex Imperator e/w (4.15), Barnet Fair e/w (4.50), Cinders And Ashes e/w (5.25) and Captain Dunne e/w (5.55)

Bangor – Monbeg Gold (2.55)

QIPCO 2000 Guineas: Open renewal points to O’Brien

In what looks to be an open renewal of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas everything points to unbeaten O’Brien pair 

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has become a master of producing a winner of the Guineas first time out and he looks set to do so again with either Gleneagles or the unexposed Ol’ Man River. Last season Gleneagles rattled up an impressive run of wins that included a disqualification in a hot contest in France. With Ryan Moore in the saddle the prices of around 4/1 available look very attractive, but he may have the most to worry about from his stablemate – Ol’ Man River.

Ol’ Man River was a striking winner last time out galloping away from his rivals and in what would seem to be Derby contention. The colt may just have enough improvement again to be contender in the first Classic of the season. Joseph O’Brien takes the ride and the price of 8/1 is worth consideration at least each way.

However, this is by no means a two horse race, with the likes of Ivawood certain to improve on his last effort and Sir Mark Prescott having a real chance with Celestial Path, who will love the firm conditions.

It is noteworthy that the connections of the Newbury winner Intilaaq are confident enough to supplement their mount at the tune of £30,000 to take his place in the race. He beat the well-regarded Gosden horse Keeble when breaking his maiden.

Crockford’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas prediction:


2 Ivawood

3 Ol’ Man River

O’Brien will land another Guineas with a seasonal debut.


(Featured Photograph – Aidan O’Brien by Stuart Rice)

Betfair Hurdle Ante Post: On Tour 16/1

Evan Williams’ On Tour looks great each way ante post value at 16/1 with Betfair and Ladbrokes for the Betfair Hurdle on Saturday

The progressive novice On Tour is held in high regard by connections and holds a number of big Festival entries. With an impressive wins at Haydock and Stratford this season, and on a low weight expect a bold show from the Williams horse. Priced at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and Betfair for the race he is certainly worth a second look.

David Pipe’s Balgarry at 16/1 and Dan Skelton’s Fascino Rustico at 12/1 are also great Betfair Hurdle ante post value.


(Featured photograph – On Tour winning at Stratford by Stuart Rice)


Welsh Champion Hurdle: Sherwood’s Billy To Bounce Back

In-form trainer Oliver Sherwood will hope that Puffin Billy can bounce back to form in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las

Oliver Sherwood will hope that his Puffin Billy can bounce back to form on a return over hurdles in the Welsh Champion Hurdle.  Puffin Billy suffered a heavy fall when running over fences at Ascot, but holds excellent form over the smaller obstacles. Fifth in the Neptune two seasons ago behind five of the very best, he is head and shoulders above in rivals in terms of ability. If he is back at his best he could add another big Saturday prize for his trainer.

In Puffin Billy’s way is the highly regarded Silsol for the Nicholls yard and the classy mare Hidden Identity. Silsol has done little wrong for connections but may just be anchored by his weight in these testing conditions. Hidden Identity on a going day is thrown in at the weights and was not far away at the Festival last March. In what is a competitive renewal Sherwood’s horse gets the nod to bounce back.

At Sandown expect Bristol De Mai and Champagne West to confirm their Cheltenham credentials, with Return Spring to return to form in the Towton at Wetherby.


Chased some talented horses home in his starts, now up in trip and against lesser company the signs are of another good performance. Expect this Evan Williams horse to win.


Very highly regarded as a novice and a battling winner of the former Whitbred at Sandown. In this he may be carrying a top weight but he has the class to be a contender.


Archer would have not missed the style in which this grey took the Grade One Finale at Chepstow on his first UK outing. With that form in the book and festival hopes on the horizon he would have been booked.


Quoted at around 25/1 for Welsh Champion Hurdle success this lucky chancer has plenty of good back-form in the book. If the mare is on a going day she will go close. Fourth last year at the Festival in the Mares Hurdle.

Crockford’s Gambles on Welsh Champion Hurdle Day:

Ffos Las – Village Vic (1.30), Puffin Billy e/w, Silsol e/w and Hidden Identity e/w (Welsh Champion Hurdle 2.05), Global Power and Firebird Flyer e/w (2.40), Albert Bridge e/w (3.10) and Hughesie (3.45)

Sandown – Pain Au Chocolate (12.40), Bristol De Mai (1.15), French Opera (1.50), Champagne West (2.25), El Dancer e/w (3.00) and Hadrian’s Approach e/w (3.35)

Lingfield – Gabrial’s Wawa (2.20)

Wetherby – Pepite Rose (2.10), Ely Brown e/w (2.45), Return Spring (3.20) and Junior (3.55)

(Featured photograph – Ffos Las by Stuart Rice)

Cheltenham Trials Day: Reputations To Be Tested

With the 2015 Cheltenham Festival fast approaching reputations will be tested on Cheltenham Trials Day

An array of Festival hopefuls will have their reputations tested on Festival Trials Day, with the first being the leading Triumph Hurdle hope Peace And Co when he races in the first on todays Cheltenham card.

Peace And Co hosed up at Doncaster in a graded contest on his first outing in the UK and comes here as the clear 5/2 favourite for the Triumph. Alan King’s Karezak will provide a good benchmark for the Henderson horse given his second behind Simon Munir’s other festival fancy Bristol De Mai at Chepstow. The odds on favourite will have to win this convincingly to remain so ahead of the others in the Festival markets.

The highly regarded Stellar Notion will seek to win the Novice Chase (1.15) before a possible attempt at the Arkle or JLT in March. If he is impressive his price is certain to shorten for Festival success.

The six runner Betbright Chase (1.50) is packed full of quality, with Pipe’s Dynaste looking to pick up where he left off in the Ryanair on his return to the track. With consistent performances since then he is likely to strengthen his reputation for March. Many Clouds is an even more interesting prospects and could really throw his hat into the ring for the Gold Cup if he can add this to his Hennessy victory.

With prices available for the Neptune and Albert Bartlett connections will hope that Value At Risk will not put his reputation at risk in the Neptune Trial at (3.00). If he wins his claims for further glory will be touted.

In an interesting renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle (3.35) chasers return hurdling and challengers try an extended distance in the hope that the World Hurdle might be in their grasp come spring. Cole Harden and Saphir Du Rheu will have to deliver here to be real contenders at the Festival.

At Doncaster a strong renewal of the old Great Yorkshire Chase (now SkyBet Chase) looks set to be fought out between the King stablemates Godsmejudge and Medermit, with the danger being the in-form Fairy Rath.


2014 Ryanair winner has done nothing wrong since, finishing second in the King George latest. The Pipe grey looks certain to continue in that good vein of form and will claim this valuable prize.


On a featherweight in this novice handicap, Lizzie Kelly is a definite bonus for this Nick Williams Whisper. Good winner on Boxing Day and likely to build on that.


Archer would have respected the choice of fellow jockey Ruby Walsh to come across the waters to ride this highly regarded mare. This main chance would have been his selection.


Having posted two respectable runs this season, this horse is certainly worth a Lucky Chancer in what looks an open renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle where many reputations at this extended distance still need to be proved.

Crockford’s Gambles on Cheltenham Trials Day (Saturday 24 January):

Cheltenham – Peace And Co (12.40), Horatio Hornblower e/w (1.15), Dynaste (1.50),  Walkon (2.25), Value At Risk (3.00), Olofi e/w (3.35) and Dell’Arca (4.10)

Doncaster – Witch From Rome e/w (12.25), Runswick Royal (1.30), Analifet (2.05),  Blaklion (2.40), Medermit e/w and Godsmejudge e/w (3.15)

Lingfield – Pirate Cove (12.50), Indus Way e/w (1.25) and Wajeeh (2.00)

Uttoxeter – Winston Churchill (3.25)


(Featured photograph – 2014 Ryanair winner Dynaste and Tom Scudamore by Stuart Rice)