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  1. It’s now almost six weeks since my last post, this would be my longest period of inactivity since I started this thread back in March 2010 so why? When I commenced the journey it was mainly to be a diary of my travels in the guise of an owner in the modest way of being a member of a racing club. This was something different to the usual threads of tips and systems and the like and as such I hoped it would create interest which it seemed to do. However things change, in early 2012 I finished working and became a more regular race goer at my local tracks, later that year the racing club ceas
  2. Reasonable fare on offer at Doncaster so away I go. A trixie plus singles is the bet with some possible on course action in the two 2yo races & the maiden race. A 6f fillies’ maiden to kick off. Alsaaden is the form pick from those that have had a run & also heads my numbers with a 74 from the short head 2nd to Raaqy here around three weeks ago at half a furlong further & the slight drop in trip should help. Drifting Spirit was 2.5l’s 5th in that race & is next best but shouldn’t really turn the foem round on the same terms. Tawwaaq also runs for Hamdan & was 4th on
  3. Twenty miles or so from Redcar on Saturday & it’s lagging it down, showers were forecast but this is not a shower it’s heavy stuff & it’s showing no sign of easing by the time we get there. The idea is to park at the track & walk to the fish shop at the front where I’d had some of the best fish & chips I can remember having last October. Change of plan, I drive past the course & luckily find a spot not too far from the said fish shop. Having purchased lunch we leave the shop to find the rain has almost stopped & head for one of those shelters that look out to se
  4. A round up of yesterday later because it’s run out to Ponte Carlo this afternoon with the Mowgli’s. A single & a trixie plus are the order of the day. 2.10 Some 2yo’s fillie’s to start with where Dawaa is probably the form pick having seemed to improve on her Thirsk debut 4th when a length 2nd at Newcastle over 6f’s LTO. However I have the time there pretty slow & I think she’s worth taking on here. Big Sky wouldn’t have to improve a lot on her Goodwood debut to get competitive here & the stiff track should suit, I’m thinking stall 10 is not great but at the las
  5. Down up, down up, consistent or what? Jersey Breeze breaks well & runs alright for a long way but curls up a bit tamely in the last furlong. Ervedya did the business though & just how I hoped she would, held up, came late & led close home, Soumillon said he was lucky the gap came when it did. The stake from the free bet is not returned but the 157.5pts back is most welcome. Singles etc W/R 12-56 Stakes 912.4pts Returns 1029.38pts Profit/Loss +116.98pts Multiple bets Stakes 306pts Returns 189.89pts Profit/Loss -116.11pts Exacta/Trifecta -£4.80 The not sure what to call it
  6. Bit strapped for time today. If I’m a little disappointed by Log Out Island getting beat imagine how Richard Hannon feels having been told by just about everybody that it was a two horse race but Log Out & King of Rooks could only manage to be 2nd & 3rd to Waterloo Bridge. It would seem that if O’Brien ran the stable cat with Moore on at the moment he’d make a race of it. To be fair the stewards asked about the improvement & to be even more fair Aidan trotted out a right list. Drop in trip, faster ground, fast pace, produced late & reapplication of a tongue strap, take
  7. A day of mixed fortunes, I had a bit of good luck & a spot of bad luck & a dollop of rank bad betting. Things don’t get off to a flyer & I end up with a serious amount of egg on the face when Acapulco wins the Queen Mary. The bad luck here is that Wesley Ward replaces the typical “Gates open, go all guns blazing pilot” with one with a brain whose riding out of his skin at the moment in Ryan Moore. As soon as I saw he’d got Acapulco settled I was thinking I’m in bother here. Take nothing away from Easton Angel though she beat everything else hollow & could have done
  8. Not the greatest day yesterday, at about halfway in the Coventry First Selection gets involved in a barging match with several other runners which results in War Department almost getting knocked off his feet. He was just about in touch at the time but after that Queally eased him down & let him walk home. Buratino wins, again it looks visually impressive & the 100 awarded is his top number so far but not a world beaters rating for me. Muthmir’s 3rd beaten a short head & a neck at first glance looks a fair run but to get beaten by a 6yo, even one that’s improved a bit & w
  9. No Beverley this evening & definitely no Thirsk this afternoon, feet up in front of the box & Ascot. I’ll swerve the Queen Anne & the St James’s Palace, although I can see Gleneagles getting turned over at skinny odds at some point but maybe not today. Coventry I have First Selection top on 118 from his Beverley win where he looked sure to be suited by this extra furlong. Yes he needs more on the bare form but then don’t they all at this stage of the season, he’s also 33/1 & I can’t let him go unbacked at that price with the Tote four places & a quarter the odds
  10. Having logged on this morning to see the change in the site & fiddled my way round a bit I settled down to do a post. Having got a fair way in I’m less than impressed when I get the “Unable to contact sever” message & the whole lot disappears into the ether. I’ve now calmed down & I’m writing this in word to cut & paste which I probably ought to have been doing anyway. So... We get to our usual parking spot & the good news is it’s not raining, the next good news is the fish from the Blue Fin is in top form but the chips are a bit below standard. It’s then acro
  11. Re: Rio's Racing Diary Thursday evening I'm sat outside for only the second time this year with a cold one & thinking it's about bloody time. I took this snap of the bee getting busy & thought it might make a change from the horsey shots, I do hope that wasn't the Summer :hope Back to the Gee Gees, Gran Canaria Queen Saved By the Bell Rio.
  12. Re: Rio's Racing Diary Some good grub in the Fox and Roman & then across the track (fast ground) & into a sunny, warm & not too crowded course. We decide that Scottish Command is the pick for the opening 2yo maiden & head off to back him at 9/2. Secret Ambition goes off at 13/8f & can't hit the frame, unfortunately neither can Scottish Command who beats one home, not a good start. The winner is the debut making Rosina, the only filly in the eight strong field & she wins quite well clocking a 78 whilst doing so. Now having had a pop at York from two Saturdays ago whe
  13. Re: Rio's Racing Diary Having swerved Beverley where Scrutiny ran a decent 2nd on ground which would have been too lively for him it's off to York this afternoon. There are a pair of 2yo races one of which is the valuable seller which used to be run at the Ebor meeting, the rest of the card are the usual trappy handicaps four of which I have covered in a lucky 15 but one is now a non runner! 2.00 A 5th followed by a runner up would suggest that Secret Ambition is improving & I have him top on the clock with a 64 but that was from the debut run & a 49 at Donny after that would sugge
  14. Re: Rio's Racing Diary I've just watched the 4.30 at Ayr when Mowgli turns up & we set off for Ponty. Jessie K was dreadful, the form sums it up.... This one is going to take a serious amount of the O'Meara magic methinks. Now what did I say? Takes it up at the furlong pole & is home for all money & then tries to hand it away close home but holds on by a head at 4/1. Further adding to the Direct Racing affair is Scrutiny being declared for tomorrows 4.00 at Beverley, again not a peep on the website, however I would be gobsmacked if he runs unless some unexpected rain comes
  15. Re: Rio's Racing Diary Pontefract this evening, decent card actually. Last evening I got a text from Mowgli asking me if I'd seen the Direct Racing Club horse Jessie K running in Ayr's 4.30 today? No is the short answer & having looked at the club website it gets no clearer because there's not a sausage on there about her. Hovering over the owner/trainer line on the RP site shows she was owned by Edmond Kearney & trained by Patrick J Flynn in Ireland until 2nd of June so they haven't had her long. Her form is dreadful, five runs, a last of six, 6th of seven, 12th of 13, 11th of 15
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