I missed a couple of Tuesday winners, and Pebbles and Leo scored on Wednesday: well done. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Anyone have thoughts on the American Grand National? I see Hewick is a pretty hot favourite, but he has his own way of jumping fences and I wonder if these hurdles will catch him out. Also, it's a hell of a long way from home and there might be a travel hangover. One of my old cliff horses turns up here, now trained in Germany, and capable of winning this on his best form: Song For Someone, though the travel comments apply here too.
I found a tip for Wor Verge (3.20 at Carlisle) today (Paul Kealy). The name is indubitably Northern, but how it came to be, I don't know. The long odds appealed, but the name of the jockey, Nathan Moscrop, (which of course I have noticed before) reminded me of the names of fictional characters in the novels by Trollope, Dickens, etc. The family name "Moscrop" seems to have grown out of the earth and "Nathan" pairs up with it perfectly. The 28-1 SP saw me come out on top today after a week of losses day after day (small stakes).
Tommy's Oscar won 11/8
The weather has been pretty miserable here in La Creuse in France all day today. It's still mild, though. Mrs J and I can't go to see the syndicate horse SIXFIVESEVEN have his first run at Compiegne tomorrow. We have other commitments, but it's is 270 miles away so I doubt we'd have made it anyway. There is a fuel drivers' strike at present causing shortages at fuel stations.
The weather at Compiegne where he runs tomorrow is forecast to be much like today (here), cloudy, drizzly and damp, but 16 degrees in the afternoon. The race can be caught on
which covers races live. I am not sure if you have to create an account, but it does not cost anything to do so.
I expect some of the posters here will have other ways of watching it?
Currently it's listed in the 13.40 race here
This will take place at 12.40 in the UK.
The advice we have had is that SIXFIVESEVEN is going to have a learning experience. I might put a pound on, though! It will be fascinating to see him compete not least because it's the first horse that we have ever had a share in.
Many thanks to the syndicate manager, and Dilton for their work.
PRIX POGGIO RICCO
2ème(P/ 6531), Maiden — 14/10/2022 13h40, COMPIEGNE PLAT , 2.000 mètres , Corde à GAUCHE ( 10.000, 4.000, 3.000, 2.000, 1.000)
Mulberry Hill 1.35 Carlisle won SP 4/1.
As gazp notes Court dreaming won for nap at 15/8 - looked unlikely but powered up hill.
Court dreaming won 15/8.
Court dreaming car 2.45. I was torn between this and ferry master last night .with the latter a nr seems an OK
Good to see Carlisle commemorating the late John Budden with their 3.55 race today. JB was a real stalwart of northern jumps racing - PTP course commentator, journalist, broadcaster (Border TV) and big advocate for the unsung yards who are integral to the fabric of racing everywhere in this country. He liked a bet as well, and he it was who put me onto Hallo Dandy's chances in the Grand National (he was a close friend and neighbour of Gordon Richards). We both spent the previous winter backing him at all prices from 33/1. Great memories.
Miracles in May - 16.55 Curragh
Nap Tommy's Oscar
never won after a break but I reckon by my own warped assessment he is about half a stone well in with Geronimo so that may just suffice
Sir Allen 15:45 Curr. EW Nap
Clounmacon. 14.35. Curragh.
Drop The Anchor each way in the 15:10 at The Curragh.
Spinaround 8.30C win nap
Mulberry Hill 1.35 Carlisle is the nap,well done yesterdays winners.
NAP 2.45 Carlisle - Stylish Moment
Croupier 8.30 Chelmsford
The City’s Phantom. Ew nap.
If Not For Dylan - 15.55 Carlisle
Icykel 3.10 curragh from barnane stud. 14/1