Opening for Saturday. Will update naps tomorrow
First Street placed 14/1.
I Like To move it 2nd by a short head or big nose - so close - just couldn't get up - went off 12/1
Heartbreak Kid won at 11/2.
Surely one of us will capture the winner of the 1535! I'll go with I Like To Move It EW @ 10/1 ish
Good Luck All!
Edwardstone won 10/11. Hard to watch using high speed public transport WiFi...
Couple of trackers today. Boot Hill in the 15:35 at Newbury has the longest odds.
(Show me the way to) Jaramillo - 16.10 Newbury is the nap.
I'll have whatever is the longest price of Venetia's 6 runners as my nap today please. The acca is about 6,500-1...
I’ll give Lieutenant Rocco one more chance. He’s the nap
Maisiebella EW Nap 4.53 Uttoxeter
My original nap has already been picked, rather than going the same, as I did yesterday (horse fell at the first!), I'll go for something different:
Jacamar 3.15 Warwick
The nap is J’Etoile Newbury 15.35
First Street EW Nap 15:35 New'b
My tracker threw up 9 today which suggests i might be a bit cavalier in my approach to the add button... Anyway, having put a score through many of them ive landed on Fifty Ball in the New 3.35 ( betfair hurdle) as an EW nap. Been chasing of late to little effect but back over hurdles looks potentially over priced..
Watch ELEPHANT HAVE BABY.and YOON TEASED BY THE FATHER you will want to visit thailand.
While wasting some of my time watching the ITV show I got to wondering why all these cruise lines haven't gone bust as they only have a handful of passengers on each trip. Never havingbeen attracted to the thought of going on one, clearly that applies to most of us. I'm sorely tempted by Bravemansgame as he won for me the other week when he didn't even turn up, but I'll row in with the obvious
Nap New 1535 Broomfield Burg
who many will curse having not backed a horse that leaps off the race card. I took 9/2 last night as to 5 places it is surely a bet with little risk.😡
The nap will come later, however, I wanted to share something from the Racing Post to those who may not have access to the site.
One of the Syndicate’s horses is Northern Symphonie, whose sire is Geordieland. Dilton spotted our filly in August and the syndicate purchased. It looks like we got in at the right time!
I will also add that Judy and Kirsten at Grazemoor Farm are a joy to work with and the filly is coming along fine and will be moving onto Martin Jones in a month or so to commence pre-training.
The email bloodstock wakes up to
If another stallion at a more moneyed and marketing-savvy stud had accomplished what Geordieland did on Wednesday, news of his feats would have spread all over social media and circulated around every stud and stable in Britain and Ireland.
As it is, the multiple Group 2 winner and dual Gold Cup runner-up stands with owner Judy Munnis at the unassuming Grazemoor Farm in Somerset, and so his achievement has flown a little under the radar.
That’s a shame, as this one was a humdinger. Geordieland (pictured below) fielded just four runners on Wednesday, one at each track in Britain and Ireland that was holding jump racing, and three won with the other finishing second, beaten just a neck.
And that’s not the end of it. The treble was spearheaded by Burn The Evidence, who looked potentially high-class when strolling to a 21-length victory in a mares’ maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse for Gordon Elliott.
The consistent Lassue didn’t look half bad either, when being eased down to win a Ludlow maiden hurdle by four lengths for Fergal O’Brien, while Atomic Angel showed admirable stamina and resolve to make all the running and score in a Sedgefield handicap hurdle for Susan Corbett.
River Tyne failed by a short margin to make it a four-timer for the sire in a mares’ handicap hurdle at Fakenham, but Nick Gifford’s charge went down all guns blazing and it looks as though there are races to be won with her in future.
Geordieland’s three-timer needs putting into context to really illustrate how special it was. Despite retiring to stud in 2012, the son of Johann Quatz (a Sadler's Wells half-brother to Hernando, paternal grandsire of Honeysuckle) has been represented by the grand total of 41 runners in the National Hunt sphere.
Compare that with other, better supported jumps sires of a similar vintage: Getaway, who has just one more crop, has had 581 runners, while Fame And Glory, who actually started covering a year later than Geordieland, has already had 409 racecourse representatives.
The genial Judy Munnis tells me that Geordieland is still hale and hearty, but also expresses the eternal frustration of the National Hunt stallion owner, tongue firmly in cheek.
“Isn’t it always the case? Just as he’s got one foot in the grave he starts having all this success,” she chuckles. “It’s easy to forget he raced until ten and didn’t cover his first mares until he was 11, so he’s getting on in years. He’s still a very fertile horse, though, thank God.
“He produces very sound horses and he puts an extraordinary amount of bone into his offspring. They almost look like hunters.”
Regarding his lack of numbers, she says: “His progeny take a bit of time as they're usually quite large, and people nowadays want three-year-olds and four-year-olds who go out and win early – but that’s just not him.
“He has a really good strike-rate of winners over fences to runners, though, but people don’t tend to see that, so he’s only covered small books.
“A fashionable horse with a big stud behind him will get 250 or 300 mares every year, and so of course he’s going to have the odd Cheltenham winner every now and then. The fashion thing drives us all mad.”
Judy also acknowledges that it was her late husband Allan who used to give Geordieland a real commercial push. The widely respected horseman, who passed away in September 2020, would have got a great kick out of Wednesday’s treble – especially as he and Judy bred Atomic Angel and River Tyne themselves.
“Oh, he’ll have been watching, don’t you worry,” she says. “He and Richard Barber will be up there squabbling away. But no, it’s desperately sad that he’s not here to see it, as he had so much faith in the horse, but there you go. It can’t be helped.”
Geordieland is the sire of 12 jumps winners in total, including Geordie B, a three-time scorer with a peak RPR of 141 for Venetia Williams and now faring well for Clive Boultbee-Brooks in point-to-points, and the useful sorts Ede’Iffs Elton, Gallic Geordie and Straw Fan Jack.
He stands at Grazemoor Farm alongside another Gold Cup place-getter in Saddler’s Rock, who also won the Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup.
The oldest crop by the half-brother to Classic-placed pair Galileo Rock and Tarfasha are six-year-olds. He has been represented by only three runners to date but one of those is the Colin Tizzard-trained Buckhorn Rocco, a winner at Sandown in November and a fine sixth in a Listed bumper at Ascot a month later.
Neither Geordieland nor Saddler’s Rock have the might of larger operations’ PR machines behind them, but breeders who study the statistics for themselves might find both stallions are worth factoring into their mating plan calculations.
Heartbreak Kid - 13.25 Utt - nap
Whiskey lullaby nap (Nas 15:25)
Fifty Ball e/w in the 3:35 at Newbury