The 3.50pm at Lingfield is an interesting handicap and the first thing to note is that they should go a good gallop from the off. Pearl Spectre interests me at a big price should the expected pace pressure fail to materialise, as it so often can when you least expect, but instead I'm going to play Alfred Hutchinson at 16/1. He's David O'Meara's second string according to the betting market but has Adam Kirby on board

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February 23, 2018
James Boyle
Men United came in for market support throughout the day when returning from a six week break over C&D recently but failed to fire in the way he can on a proper going day (not that they're too often, hence why he's 1-33!). A first-time visor, which was replacing blinkers, led to the horse racing on the keen side and it's not much of a surprise to see Roy Bowring dispense of all headgear this time around (tongue-tie

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December 21, 2017
James Boyle
Plucky Dip used to run to a mark between 80 & 82 frequently but hasn't shown that level of form in quite a while and that's worrying. He has, however, now dropped to 70 and that's a very attractive rating, particularly with Jack Osborn taking off another 7lbs with his claim. The question is whether the horse is in the form required to take advantage but he didn't run too badly (despite being beaten a fair margin;

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December 18, 2017
James Boyle
Three bets today. Pastime proved very disappointing at Chelmsford a few weeks ago but had a far from ideal trip from a poor draw and was ridden handier than he would care for (I want to see him held up with cover here). Coming back to Newcastle's tapeta surface over the C&D of his impressive victory in June could spark him back to life and I think we'll see a much better performance this time around. At Wolverhampton,

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December 16, 2017
James Boyle
It's still inconclusive as to whether Kadrizzi actually gets 7f and his career wins have come in sprints, but he was rated between 95 & 101 on each of his four handicap outings at this trip and I think it's worth taking a punt on him staying off 87 today. He's definitely well-treated on the best of his form last term, which included a win at Ascot off 97, and probably needed that latest run at Newcastle when running

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December 13, 2017
James Boyle
Zapper Cass will be the first of two bets today and I wouldn't be one bit surprised to see Tony Coyle's charge outrun his odds. There's no doubting his UK career has been mediocre since arriving around a year ago but he did manage to win a handicap at Nottingham in June and has now fallen 4lbs below that mark. I thought there was definite promise in his penultimate start at Southwell when the minimum trip was simply

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December 09, 2017
James Boyle
In the good quality sprint handicap at Chelmsford, I'm pretty sure there's at least one horse at a big price who is capable of going close to winning and the only problem is finding out which! Whirl Me Round has a lot to prove on what is his second start for George Peckham but I wouldn't take the first seriously as it came over 7f at Wolverhampton and it's too far for him. Add into the equation a first-time hood

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December 07, 2017
James Boyle
Jim Goldie's All-Weather horses have been motoring along nicely in the past month, 4 winners and a further 8 places from just 14 runners, and I'm expecting another to go very close in the shape of Thello. The 5-year-old son of Arcano was a massive eye-catcher over C&D on his penultimate start when runner-up to Newmarket Warrior, repeatedly failing to get a clear run through the pack when travelling on the bridle

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December 06, 2017
James Boyle

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