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Last chance

We go to Newbury and Perth this afternoon. Unseasonably soft ground at both meetings.

Plenty of non-runners today, most will be down to unsuitable going.

2.25 Newbury 1m5½f Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Frontiersman sets the standard, but is proving frustrating having thrown away a winning opportunity at Newmarket on latest start.

Defoe’s win at Hamilton has subsequently been franked. He can progress further.

To Eternity is still unexposed.

At the odds available I am tempted to give Frontiersman one further chance.

My provisional front of market tissue:

Frontiersman  5/2

Defoe               11/4

To Eternity      11/2

We go to Newbury and Perth today. Unseasonably soft ground at both meetings.

Plenty of non-runners today, most will be down to unsuitable going.




3.45 Perth 2m Spirits Of Scone Stone Of Destiny Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (3yo+)

Lovato runs in first handicap and will need to improve to win off his mark.

Top-weighted Mirsaale returned to form on latest start. Connections fit cheek-pieces for the first time over hurdles (he wore them on the flat).

Dear Sire ties in with Mirsaale on latest form.

Green Zone is improving.

My early assessment of the field:

Mirsaale                10/3

Lovato                     4/1

Dear Sire                 4/1

Green Zone            5/1

Caius Marcius        7/1

Thefyingportrait  12/1


Green Zone

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Good couple of winners for us this week which pushed the summer profits up again. Greatly looking forward to York next week.


Hobsons choice

It has been a good week of racing so far with Perth and Punchestown leading the way. The quality continues today as we add Sandown; where there are sure to be pointers to plenty of future winners.

Just the one race to look at as we go to Perth for the final day  of their Spring Festival meeting. The going remains Good after watering.

3.10 Perth

Various doubts concerning all of the seven declared for this 2m 4f handicap chase.

Definite Outcome is of most interest on first start since leaving the Rebecca Curtis yard to go to Richard Hobson last week. The 8y.o. is potentially fairly handicapped with conditions to suit.

Difficult race to price, but at the 3/1 generally on offer, I would keep him onside.

Definite Outcome (far side) on his way to victory at Aintree

Very profitable week so far with our last three bets all winning. Two of the winners overturned odds-on favourites.

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Parsnip @ Perth

Last few days of the 2015/16 jumps season before we have a break and start the new season on Thursday at Towcester.

One race for us to look at this afternoon, the 2.30 from what has been a very good three days at Perth. Parsnip Pete starts for the first time this year since running poorly at the Cheltenham International meeting in December. The 10 y.o. steps down in class today and is on a favourable handicap mark if retaining some of his old ability. Difficult race to price up, I would go 7/2 the field on my provisional tissue.

Parsnip pete
Parsnip Pete on his way to victory at Aintree

We are ending the season strongly. Three winners from four bets so far this week.

Have a few visits with flat contacts lined up next week. The emphasis will be to significantly build upon the profits made so far this year over the summer campaign.

Back tomorrow morning. Let’s hope we can narrow things down like we did last week in the Scottish National with Vicente and Seeyouatmidnight. The winner was well backed from the morning 22/1 into 14/1.

Perth 23rd & 24th September

Two horses owned by Jo Tracey are Street Entertainer (pictured above) and Impulsive American.
Two horses owned by Jo Tracey are Street Entertainer (pictured above) and Impulsive American.

First day of Autumn and the start of the Perth two-dayer. Both sure signs that the main 2015/16 National Hunt campaign is fast approaching.

Plenty of the northern yards are well represented and a few like Kim Bailey and David Pipe are prepared to send their horses from further away.

The owner of Pipe’s first two runners is Mrs Jo Tracey, who is based in Scotland. Both are the early favourites.

Perth is a great meeting with good prize money and the chance to meet up with old acquaintances.

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