Nothing of note happened on our last punting day with both horses out of the frame. Compas Scoobie didn't have the best of luck in the 5f handicap at Epsom and would have finished much closer had things went his way. He still appeals as the sort to be of interest on a downhill track and I'll be keeping an eye on where connections are aiming him next; although they haven't entered him in the Dash, which is disappointing.

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May 12, 2018
James Boyle
Saturday provided a nice return to action with Taqdeer (1.50pts @ 7/1) landing the Spring Cup at Newbury and I was super impressed with how he closed off that race. The handicapper has subsequently put him up 5lbs to a mark of 100 and that is still very workable, especially with the promise of more improvement to come at 10f. My other fancy, Katheefa, was backed from 16/1 into 8/1 but that was about as good as it got.

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April 25, 2018
James Boyle
All has been quiet on the western front since All-Weather finals day - limited flat cards being on offer not helping matters. I didn't bother with the Craven meeting at Newmarket for the simple reason that it's not one of my better punting tracks, although I have managed to get plenty of horses to take forward from it. Weather permitting, things should liven up over the coming weeks and hopefully a lot of winners will

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April 21, 2018
James Boyle
Nothing of note happened for us at Doncaster on Sunday. Right Touch ran well as expected to grab a place but couldn't close it out quickly enough to threaten the victor. There's a win coming his way in the not too distant future and he won't be fazed by a drop back in trip whilst the weather is bad. Giant Spark was the other selection and ran a nothing race, although the market was hardly enthusiastic about his chances

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March 30, 2018
James Boyle
A disappointing opening day of the flat season but there'll be many more like it throughout the year, so no harm to experience the first one early doors! None of the selections ran well, although Danzeno had no chance after walking out of the stalls and Sir Roderic was given a much more prominent ride than is usually the case, which I don't understand. He can improve and remains of interest. Grey Britain got nowhere

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March 25, 2018
James Boyle
There was nothing to shout home about on the final day of Cheltenham, bar a few places. Overall, I really enjoyed the week and despite a -2.66pt loss if recording to level stakes, it was one of the best festivals I've had in a long time!!! That shows the level where my National Hunt punting had gone to but it's flat season all the way from here on in and I for one can't wait. Opportunities to get bets out will be more

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March 23, 2018
James Boyle
The third day of the festival was more like it! Delta Work provided a nice 10/1 winner in the Pertemps, holding on by a nose after moving powerfully throughout. It was a cracking ride from Davy Russell and there is no better National Hunt jockey around than him, as has been evidenced this week (bar his ride in the Arkle!). In the same race, Who Dares Wins also placed at 14/1 to ensure it was an even more enjoyable contest

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March 16, 2018
James Boyle
I'm starting to remember why I gave up National Hunt punting! The first half of the festival has been tough and day two provided nothing of note. Altior was the only winner and his performance was spectacular, the hill again being his friend as he powered home by seven-lengths. Ground conditions didn't suit but great horses win when things aren't in their favour and he is top, top, top class. The only pity was that Douvan

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March 15, 2018
James Boyle