All articles by: Darren Chettleburgh

Horse Racing Preview – Newbury – 1st December 2017

Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Newbury & Doncaster with one selection from each meeting.


13.50 Newbury – Ladbrokes Novices Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The Berkshire Novices Chase) (19.8f)

Two big guns take on each other this afternoon in Yanworth & Willoughby Court, the former was last seen when falling at Exeter, it’s hard to say how close he would have gone when falling early doors, he will have to have recovered his confidence this afternoon if he is to take the scalp of the selection, however he has to be respected and the Grade 1 winning hurdler will have to show he is a force.

One I have put in my tracker for the rest of the season is Ben Pauling’s Willoughby Court, The Neptune winner comes here off an impressive display when winning on his chase debut at Huntingdon, he made a few jumping errors which was to be expected, he should have learnt from that experience and for me can dictate matters from start to finish.



14.00 Doncaster – Mister Softee Nostalgia Handicap Chase (19.2f)

Master Burbridge could not have been more impressive last time out when easing to the front approaching the last to exert to record an easy four and a half lengths success at Plumpton. He will have to overcome a 7lb rise this afternoon, however his future mark will return to 115 after this run, he might be an improving type but he is taking on some excellent chasers.

Monbeg River is coming off the back of a good third at Wetherby last October, he looked in need of a run, and he has to be respected. The selection comes in the way of Tom Georges Drumlee Sunset who sets a very high standard off the back of last season. The seven year old gelding has adapted to the larger obstacles well which saw him win a Novice chase at Exeter on debut when trained by Philip Hobbs, he was also runner up in this last year to German Calling when off a mark of 133.

With just being 3lb higher this time around and an extra run behind him despite pulling up on his last run last season at Ayr, he looks well treated off current mark of 136.

DRUMLEE SUNSET : 2pt Win @ 7/2 (BOG)


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Horse Racing Preview – Newcastle – 30th November 2017

Today’s horse racing preview selections come from this evening’s meeting at Newcastle.


20.15 Newcastle – Sun Bets On The App Store Classified Claiming Stakes (8.1f)

Henpecked (75)
Intermodel (74)
MidniteMudcrabs (73)

Alan Whillian’s Henpecked drops back to 8f for the first time on the all weather in her career, she has been placed on six occasions on the all weather circuit which have all come at either 10f or 12f. Her turf form also has been over longer trips, she is an interesting one in the race especially getting the services of Joe Fanning.

Intermodel won over a mile at Kempton last December when landing her maiden by a nose when trained by Amanda Perratt, that maiden has produced winners around both codes. She had a year off and came back when she looked like in need of the run when only managing fifth at Kempton when stepped up to 10f, With a run behind her on the all weather at Chelmsford she finished behind one of her adversaries here in Makaakib, she was conceding 4lb and will get a 6lb turnaround and a 2lb pull this time around, she should be a lot closer.

Interesting irish contender here in Midnitemudcrabs who has been a regular to Dundalk this season. Her last three runs have come in this company with one of those coming when winning off 73, she has been holding that form ever since and makes her only second visit to the UK this evening, her other run came on turf at Musselburgh when third to Set in Stone on soft ground.

I just cannot stand positive enough on Henpecked despite her tackling 8f for the first time in her career, Intermodel has also showed a reasonable level of form, but the tentative vote goes to the consistent claimer Midnitemudcrabs who sets a good standard.



20.45 Newcastle – Bet & Watch At Maiden Stakes (8.1f)

I do not usually tend to get involved in maidens, however two at the bottom of the card here from two top stables make serious appeal. John Gosden tends to hold back a few nice three year old’s to go into the next season and saddles Middle Creek here. She is the daughter of Poets Voice and well related to some nice milers in her pedigree.

Roger Charlton’s Ambrosia is another filly progeny of the mighty Frankel, She has had trouble finding the winning enclosure hitting the bar on three occasions which included a second off 73 at Kempton over today’s trip. I am not a fan of seeing Frankel horses diverting to the all weather and this time around she is looking exposed.

On to the selection, Godolphin’s three year old’s on the all weather have a positive return, Valley of Light is a filly by Dubawi, she has failed on two occasions on the all weather to make an impact over 10f, dropping her back to 8f looks the right way to go. She does have something to prove here and hopefully the first time visor can do the trick.

VALLEY OF LIGHT : 2pt Win @ 3/1 (BOG)


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Horse Racing Preview – Hereford – 29th November 2017

Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Hereford & Wetherby with a selection from each meeting.


14.40 Hereford – Abf The Soldiers Charity Mares Handicap Hurdle (16.2f)

Miss Night Owl (129)
Apache Song (120)

Olly Murphy’s Undefined Beauty is attempting the hattrick this afternoon, she has won twice this season off a mark 0f 107 and will have to deal with a 10lb rise at the weights, but she is a very progressive sort and gets the inform Dicky Johnson on board.

James Eustace’s Apache Song came on from what looked a short flat career to take a Novice hurdle by just under two lengths at Market Rasen eight weeks ago off a mark of 119. The runner up and the third have both recorded wins recently off marks of 108 & 109 respectably, however this would make Apache Song’s win very flattering.

The selection comes in the way of Tom George’s Miss Night Owl who is looking for her second season win, She started where she left off last season when winning at Stratford when beating the likes of 130 Graceful Legend by six lengths. She ran too poor to be true when tackling the Mares Hurdle at Wetherby early this month finishing second last.

If any consolation, Graceful Legend went on from that race to frank the form at Ascot last weekend when winning the Trisoft Mares Handicap with considerable ease off 127. The outrun winner was La Bague Au Roi who is turning into a smart hurdler when landing the Listed Mares Hurdle yesterday at Kempton off 140.

MISS NIGHT OWL : 3pt Win @ 7/4 (BOG)


15.05 Wetherby – British Stallion Studs EBF Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race (16f)

Fergal O’Brien’s bumper horses have been in solid form and their entry here Jennifer Juniper is the daughter of Kalanisi and will make her awaited debut this afternoon. She was a £30,000 purchase as was a useful p2p and on paper, the one to beat.

Oscar World represents Martin Keighley who has had the benefit of two runs around this sphere, she finished fourth on debut under rules when behind Herecomestheboom from the same stable of Fergal O’Brien. Harrisons Promise ran a good second on debut at Kelso, is surely to be on the premises if building on that run.

You can never overlook a sired Shirocco entry here and Charmayne who represents Stuart Edmunds is this afternoon’s selection. She was disappointing on debut at Warwick out paced three out and never looked like troubling the principles. She should show more experience this time around and at 20/1 could be value in the race.

CHARMAYNE : 1pt each way @ 20/1 (BOG)


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