September was a decent month; nothing mind-blowing, but decent. +11.00pts was the final figure courtesy of six winners; Brando at 16/1 being the highlight. There were a further five seconds (the story of this flat season) and Edward Lewis really, really, really should have won his latest handicap at Haydock and that was an 8/1 winner that got away. The only other brutally hard luck story was Ocean Sheridan, who we

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September 30, 2016
James Boyle
Captain Bob bounced out better than can often be the case and took quite a grip in the first-time visor. The fact that he got a nice sit in behind the pace was encouraging and for a few moments I thought he would get heavily involved, but the tank ran empty and he weakened into eight spot. I can't take any big positives from the run as everything was spot-on mid-race but will keep him on the radar for the simple reason

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September 30, 2016
James Boyle
Out Do travelled really well with the blinkers reapplied, hitting 4/1 in the run, but moved almost too well and that may have taken a toll late on. After looking like there was something left in the tank, he weakened to finish in seventh and maybe heading back to the minimum trip is the right approach. The one who got away from us was 20/1 poke Carry On Deryck, who ended up being favoured by where he raced (had a very

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September 28, 2016
James Boyle
I thought Lucy The Painter would get away with the ground being fast but it was as clear as day that she didn't. Ed de Giles' filly failed to travel as she can and her usual strong finishing effort was non-existent inside the final couple of furlongs. She was far from disgraced, regardless, and can do much better again. Bathos was, to put it nicely, awful. He had to be hooded in the stalls, wasn't best away and ended

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September 24, 2016
James Boyle
It's usually a top sign when horses are backed below my tissue price and Frontiersman, who I made somewhere between 2/1 & 9/4, kept shortening all the way into 11/8 (shorter on the machine!). There was proper money for him and he justified it, always travelling well before scooting clear of them late on. To win like that off 90 will see him forced into some top-class races and a tilt at a Group contest could be

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September 23, 2016
James Boyle
Straightothepoint came in for proper support at Leicester, shortening from 15/2 into 9/2 favourite, with most of that move coming late on. However, there was a bias towards racing on the nearside rail and he did most of his running in the middle, so succumbed to three of the others who were better positioned as it turned out. I'll remain interested in him as I do think he'll win something soon, probably a 0-85. There

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September 22, 2016
James Boyle
George Bowen took a step backwards on his two previous outings, which suggested a return to his best form mightn't be far off. He was ridden handily this time around but was under pressure some way out and couldn't keep going, eventually weakening to finish nowhere of note. Don't think I'll be keeping him on side. There was a few quid around for Muzdawaj in the valuable 10f handicap at Newbury but he was as well off

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September 19, 2016
James Boyle
Orient Class drifted quite markedly on the machine (BSP of 12 odd) and wasn't the bet I thought, but ended up marooned the far side in a small group and that ruined his chance. He made a big effort to get into contention (traded 4.1) but then got badly tired and lost places late on. This isn't a run to take seriously. I usually have a lot of time for Paul Mulrennan but what he was doing on Ocean Sheridan is anyone's

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September 17, 2016
James Boyle

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