Tag: Silent Echo

Saturday August 19th Lucky 15

Posted Friday August 18th 5.45pm

Let’s have another go this Saturday and see if we can supplement our betting bank for next week’s action at York when we make a killing on the Knavesmire! Gone for a few familiar faces and a rare four star fancy!

Newmarket 2.45        SILENT ECHO                          11/1 PP 10/1WH                   

Newbury 3.35            DABAN                                    9/1 PP+WH                            

Ripon 5.00                  TWO FOR TWO                      8/1 Lads+Coral                      

Newmarket 5.05        OKOOL                                                7/1 PP 6/1 general

and here is why

Newmarket 2.45        SILENT ECHO  It’s all about “will he settle”? Connections have reached for the first time visor and dropped this son of Oasis Dream a furlong. With the stalls Stands side and drawn in stall 1 surely Keiron Shoemark can take a pull early and get some cover which would be ideal over this speedy 6F with a stiff finish. May I remind you how talented this horse is. When he won at Haydock he hardly broke sweat in beating Chessman and Mojito and they are now OR97 & OR95 and Silent Echo runs here off OR91. Prior to the K-nightmare on the Knavesmire last time I had blogged “This horse is top of two of my lists, “Back until it loses” and “Group horse in handicaps”. Professional, travels, quickens.” This is a deep race with plenty of potential dangers, indeed Tommy Taylor, and Danielsflyer have already carried my cash this season and Merlin is very much on the radar but I’ll keep the faith with Silent Echo one more time.

One star win* @ 11/1 PP

Newbury 3.35            DABAN Another horse on a retrieval mission as she was my Next Best at Royal Ascot when only sixth to Le Brivido in the Jersey Stakes over todays trip of 7F. I was disappointed at the time with her sixth, looked good 2F out but one pace, beaten five lengths but that form line has been franked time after time since and as she gets all the allowances as a 3yo filly I’m happy to go in again. Daban was just over two lengths behind Winter when third in the G1 1000 Guineas, 7F is her trip and she is trained by the best “ladies man” in John Gosden. He also saddles the year older Nathra for the same connections. With Dettori suspended Josephine Gordon gets the ride.

Pace in this G2 7F will be key. I can’t see too many too keen to blaze along as two of the main contenders, Librisa Breeze and Breton Rock, like to rocket home off a collapsing pace.

One star* win @ 9/1 PP+WH  

Ripon 5.00                  TWO FOR TWO Just couldn’t leave this one out! Some of you may have seen an e-mail twenty four hours ago, if not it said, “Gentleman I have a horse for Saturday! My notebook says “In form and still on OR90. 8F C3 Ayr or Ripon, 0-90 would be nice” He runs at Ripon on Saturday at 5.00pm in a C3 0-90 8F hcp. He is drawn 2 which is ideal for this hold up horse, however the icing on the cake is that in form trainer Roger Fell (5 from last 28) has booked Jamie Spencer for the ride! Sweet!! The horse is Two for Two. I expect your stake will be decided by your opinion of Frank as a jockey and me as a pundit. Somewhere between total plonker and absolute genius?” Nuff said!

Four star win**** @ 8/1 Lads+Coral

Newmarket 5.05        OKOOL I have been waiting for Okool to get 12F on a galloping course and it was a run at Newmarket, a hampered sixth to Eminent no less, that first got him in my Notebook. He opened his season with a two length second to G3 Gordon Stakes winner, Mirage Dancer, over 10F at Nottingham. Won his maiden over the same C&D keeping on well. Totally unsuited by Chester then staying on over 10F at Sandown behind wide margin winner Eynhallow.

Trip, track, grade, ground are fine and now he’s gelded this galloping mile and a half is spot on. Surely better than a C4 handicapper off OR80.

Two star** win @ 7/1 PP

Last Saturday’s Lucky 15

Great start but just couldn’t top it up. Still £22 back for our £15!

Ascot 1.05                   STAKE ACCLAIM                     1st 4/1JF          (7/1 general)

Not only did we get the price but a masterclass from young Mr Spencer as well!

Haydock 3.00             JUST HISS                                5th 15/2           (9/1 PP + Ladbrokes)

Prominent, squeezed against rail inside the final 2F but wouldn’t have been much closer anyway. Useful C3 10F handicap on GS ground which could throw up a few winners. The winner El Cap is certainly going the right way. I’m a fan of Dark Devil and of course the third horse was Two for Two!

Newmarket 3.05        DOLPHIN VISTA                      6th 14/1           (10/1 Coral 9/1 general)

Market told the story. Keep him in your tracker. Still think he could be a Cambridgeshire player?

Newmarket 3.40        POETIC CHARM                             5th 11/4               (4/1 general)

Got the price not the performance! Note to Godolphin: Give your novices two runs before a Group race! Odd race the Sweet Solera G3 7F 2yo fillies, as about ten in line across the track at the furlong pole! In fairness best horse won in Tajaanus.


Saturday July 15th Update 11.15am

Updates from the jockeys and some general musings.

Additional Saturday Single

Ascot 2.40                           MUTARAKEZ                      One star* each way @ 11/1 PP + WH 10/1 general

Went into my notebook at the Craven meeting, “Mutarakez (Meehan) Late progress in the mile handicap behind Next Stage (Godolphin) having been held up but travelling well but the 7lb claimer couldn’t find a racing seam. Ex-Hamdan Al Maktoum horse, sent to the sales and bought for £28K by Sam Sangster (Meehan’s landlord) before being passed on to the current owners. Has ALWAYS been trained by Meehan. Needs a mile on good ground, buried away, settled and a late surge. Has been as high as OR101, went off just 15/2 in the Britannia as a 3yo, but now just OR89. Still only a 5yo and has won three from nine on Turf.” He has been busy since running in C2 8F handicaps with moderate success, 8383, ridden by professional jockeys. However the aforementioned claimer was back on last time at Sandown on his first try at 10F when a solid third behind Eugenio. The attraction of Mutarakez is nicely summed up by sportinglife.com on their race card, “Without a win since his promising juvenile days. Last run at Sandown indicated he may have found his level and trip. Looked a shade unlucky that day and the stable have been in good form lately.”


Jamie Spencer 32Red blog July 14

3.25pm Newmarket BuckstayHe may not have got the run of the race in the Wokingham last time but it was still disappointing that he only beat one home. Peter has put blinkers on him for the first time here and hopefully that will galvanise him. If it does, he is weighted to go well – he is 2lb lower than when not beaten far at Ascot two starts ago – and hopefully he can run a better race than he did when ninth in this race last year. 7f on decent ground in a strongly-run race is what he wants.” So that’s Spencer on a hold up horse in a straight course handicap!

4.35pm Newmarket Mr LuptonA mark of 112 tells you what a classy sprinter he is, and he put up some handicap performance when winning at Newmarket off a mark of 107 in May. But this just happens to be one of the hottest July Cups in recent times and if he finishes in the first six he will have done remarkably well.  I fancy the 3yos in the race, and I think the front-running track style should make it closer between Caravaggio and Harry’s Angel. I don’t think the older sprinters are as good.” So that’s Spencer on a late-as-you-like horse he’s won on before!


Paul Mulrennan Racing UK Blog 14 July 2017 I’m very hopeful that Kings Gift will get my day off to a great start at York in the John Smith’s Racing Handicap. He has been highly-tried this season, having finished fourth in the Greenham and ninth in both the French 2,000 Guineas and Hampton Court Stakes last month. He ran better than that last run at Royal Ascot suggests as he didn’t get a clear passage and would have finished closer. He’s now dropping down into handicap company, he’s drawn well in six and the track will suit him. He’s got a massive chance. My second best chance of the day, after Kings Gift, lies with John Kirkup in the John Smith’s Nursery Handicap. He’s done nothing but improve this season, building on a promising debut to win his last two runs and this step up to six furlongs will bring out further improvement. Looking back at the last week, Rumshak was a very impressive winner for me at Carlisle. He was a cheap purchase by Michael Dods and his winning time was faster than that of the three-year-old handicap that day. He looks very useful indeed.


Ryan Moore Betfair Blog 14 July 201714:50 – City Of Joy He was another horse not to show his best at Royal Ascot but we certainly didn’t get the run of the race there and I’d be inclined to put a line through that run, and move on. The form of his earlier wins at Doncaster and Chelmsford stands up to inspection, and I think he can be competitive off his current mark of 94. There could well be more to come from him.


SDS gets a four day holiday for two whip offences at Ascot!


The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Silvestre De Sousa, the rider of the winner, RUFUS KING, inside the final furlong. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he had used his whip in an incorrect place. The Stewards suspended De Sousa for 2 days as follows: Friday 28 and Sunday 30 July 2017.


The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Silvestre De Sousa, the rider of HAKAM (USA), placed second, from one and a half furlongs out. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he had used his whip above the permitted level. The Stewards suspended De Sousa for 2 days as follows: Monday 31 July and Friday 4 August 2017.


Royal Ascot Handicap winners running today

Rare Rhythm won the 12F Duke of Edinburgh steps up 2F and moves into Listed company taking on G2 Hardwicke second, Barsanti, in the York 2.30.

Snoano won the 10F Listed Wolferton Handicap and has a six pound penalty in the John Smiths over the same trip at York 3.05. Remember what the trainer, Tim Easterby, said after Ascot, “It was a nice surprise because he if it had been softer ground I’d have been fairly optimistic. It was fast so I was a bit iffy. He runs in the John Smith’s Cup. That’s been his aim all year. This was a bonus.”

Out Do won the 6F Wokingham and drops a furlong to take in a Listed race, the Chester 3.00.


I don’t know if I feel any better having read the Stewards report! I still think Silent Echo came out of the stalls like a US quarter horse in a 2F dash! Took that long to put his head down!


The Stewards gave permission for SILENT ECHO, trained by Roger Charlton, to wear a hood in the Parade Ring and noted that PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH, ridden by Georgia Cox and trained by William Haggas, would wear ear plugs which would be removed at the start.

Kieran Shoemark, the rider of SILENT ECHO, unplaced, reported that the gelding hung right and ran flat. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of SILENT ECHO during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Georgia Cox, the rider of PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH, unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.

The Veterinary Officer reported that during a post-race examination, SIR REGINALD BROWN, unplaced, trained by Richard Fahey, was displaying an abnormal heart rhythm.

Newmarket July Meeting Day 2 Friday Posted Thursday July 13th 5.30pm

Boy you have to be on the ball at this time of the year. Our sneaky Gallic cousins are running the G1 3yo 12F Grand Prix de Paris at Chantilly at 7.25pm on a Friday night. Messr’s Moore and Buick add to their hectic schedule by jetting in to ride Order of the Garter and Permian respectively. Aidan O’Brien also saddles Venice Beach (my disappointing Derby selection) and Spanish Steps. Racing at Newmarket, Ascot and York but has a bit of a Friday feel to it.

Newmarket GOING Good (Going Stick: 7.3 (Stand Side 7.3; Centre 7.3; Far Side 7.2) on Thursday at 09:00)

Stalls: 10f Centre Remainder Stand Side (they were Far Side on Thursday!)

York GOING Good to Firm, Good in Places (Going Stick: 7.4 overall. Home Straight: Far Side; 7.5 Centre; 7.5 Stands Side; 7.3 on Thursday at 15:30)

Ascot GOING Straight Course: Good Round Course: Good, Good to Soft in places (GoingStick: Straight: 6.8, Round: 6.1 on Thursday at 08:15)

Rails: The running rail on the round course is positioned approx 3yds out from its innermost position from the 1m4f start increasing to 9yds out at the bend entering the Home straight. The rail then finishes in a cutaway in the Home straight. Stalls: Straight Course: Standside (High numbers)

Fridays Lucky 15

Newmarket 1.50                              MAKZEEM                                           @ 9/1 with WH               

Newmarket 3.00                              LESHLAA                                              @ 6/1 PP 11/2 general                  

York 3.45                                             IN FIRST PLACE                                  @ 10/1 Ladbrokes + Coral

York 5.30                                             SILENT ECHO                                      @ 9/4 Coral 2/1 general

Fridays Star* Singles

Newmarket 1.50                              MAKZEEM                                           Two star*** win @ 9/1 with WH                            

Newmarket 1.50                              GUNMETAL                                        One star* each way @ 16/1 general

Newmarket 2.25                              DARKANNA                                        One star* each way @ 14/1 general

Newmarket 3.00                              LESHLAA                                              Two star** win @ 6/1 PP 11/2 general 

Newmarket 4.10                        TANGLED                                             One star* win @ 8/1 PP 7/1 general

Newmarket 5.50                              TIME ZONE                                         One star* win @ 10/1 PP 8/1 general

York 3.15                                             ISABELS ON IT                                    One star* each way @ 25/1 PP 20/1 general

York 3.45                                             IN FIRST PLACE                                  One star* win @ 10/1 Ladbrokes + Coral

York 5.30                                             SILENT ECHO                                      Four star**** win @ 9/4 Coral 2/1 general

(17 stars out)

and here is why

1.50 Silver Bunbury Cup handicap C2 7F This one isn’t difficult as my two fancies for the main event miss out, Makzeem (on at 50/1) missed by one! He has top weight here and Ryan Moore rides.

MAKZEEM Roger Charlton’s 4yo half-brother to Al Khazeem was a course and distance winner last time out getting a six pound penalty putting him up to OR94 which still makes him more likely to line up in the Silver Cup on Friday but his trainer said “Makzeem got a much-deserved success at Newmarket yesterday after bumping into plenty of good horses last year and getting set alight by an errant horse/rider at Sandown. Back in trip to 7f, he won well. He may not get into the Bunbury Cup but that could be the race for him.” That’s my sort of quote, fingers crossed! Number 26 on the five day list so everything crossed now.

GUNMETAL Lost his way a little in his last two runs but he fulfils all the criteria I was looking for. He’s won over 7F, he’s a 4yo, he has course form, he doesn’t seem ground dependent, he is good off the front and he is stepping up from 6F. With a mark of OR93 I expect to be backing him in the Silver Cup! Number 32 on the five day list so the Friday race looks likely.

2.25 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes G2 6F 2yo fillies Once again it is Royal Ascot form being tested. Representing the G2 5F Queen Mary are the third, Out of the Flames, the seventh, Darkanna, the thirteenth, Mamba Noire, and the twenty first, Chica La Habanna. From the 6F Listed Albany are the fourth, Mistress of Venice, and the seventh, Clemmie.

Nyaleti steps back a furlong having been beaten a length by September in the 7F Listed Chesham having made most of the running. Clemmie has since beaten Mambo Noire in the G3 6F Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh. A fascinating set of ingredients. The stats and trends don’t help much either!

12/13 – Foaled in Feb (6) or March (6) – Would exclude Nyaleti (May) and Chico La Habana (April)

12/13 – Drawn in stall 7 or lower – Would exclude Clemmie (8) and Mamba Noire (9)

12/13 – Had won between 1-2 times before – Cosmopolitan Queen and Mistress of Venice both maidens

11/13 – Placed favourites 10/13 – Won by a UK-based yard 10/13 – Placed 1st or 2nd last time out

9/13 – Ran at Ascot last time out

My Royal Ascot review mentioned Darkanna (Richard Fahey) This expensive filly is now getting her act together and was doing all of her best work late on in the Queen Mary and is now ready for a sixth furlong. In the 6F G3 Albany for the fillies, Take me with you (Jeremy Noseda) and Mistress of Venice (James Given) both out ran their odds but were on the ‘wrong’ stands side and both should win at 7F+. I would like to see the Albany form franked as I’m wary of its strength. Likewise the 7F Chesham looked average at best…” On the strength of that it’s Darkanna, the eldest filly in the race, each way for me.

3.00 Bet365 C2 10F 3yo 0-105 handicap. Explain this to me, Ryan Moore rides for Mark Johnston, Josephine Gordon rides for Charlie Appleby, William Buick rides for Hugo Palmer and Oisin Murphy rides for Saeed bin Suroor????

Hopefully the ground will have dried out a bit as my selection, Leshlaa, would probably want Firm somewhere in the description! He was an excellent fifth in the Britannia at Royal Ascot having raced on the ‘wrong’ stands side. He races off the same mark here, he is a C&D winner and has a useful low draw. Simply the best horse in the race hence he gives weight away to all his rivals.

3.35 Falmouth G1 8F Fillies & Mares Wuheida makes her seasonal debut. Sea of Grace hasn’t been seen since the 13th May. Roly Poly has been runner up to Winter in her last two starts, both at Group 1 level.

No strong fancy but I’ll stick Roly Poly and Sea of Grace in the placepot and oppose Wuheida.

4.10 Price Bailey nursery 2yo 7F Never easy these early nurseries but I was impressed with Tangled on his last start when fourth over 6F here at Newmarket staying on well under hand riding behind Folk Tale. Keen early on, once he settled he travelled in the manner of a decent horse and came through horses to challenge. OR77 seems a workable mark for Richard Hannon’s son of Society Rock who will surely benefit from the extra furlong. I am wary of Godolphin’s Gold Town who on his Craven form is probably not a handicapper.

4.45 2yo Maiden 7F C4 (Div I) Notebook time. Couldn’t possibly make a selection!

Deja (Jeremy Noseda) Before embarking on a trip to Sandown on Friday – only for his two booked rides to be non-runners – Gerald Mosse did at least get to sit on a horse on the watered gallop, where Noseda was paying a rare visit. The unraced son of Youmzain knew all about the undulations having worked two furlongs on an adjacent strip before being purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds for 350,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven breeze-ups. RP gallop report

5.20 2yo Maiden 7F C4 (Div II) Notebook time. Couldn’t possibly make a selection!

My Royal Ascot review opined “Bustam (John Quinn) looked a candidate for a decent 7F nursery, possibly York.” Bit surprised to see him here!

5.50 Chelsea Waterfront handicap 8F 3yo 0-90 Disappointing race for this meeting. The Godolphin 3yo filly Finishing Touch could be thrown in off OR81? Time Zone appears on my tracker as a 2yo that should win as a 3yo. Not seen since April behind Beat the Bank. Big, scopey sort who wouldn’t settle. All over the place, Bambi-ish, when it quickened going into the dip. Put up seven pounds for finishing fifth!


York 3.15 Summer Stakes G3 6F Fillies

A tasty selection of young ladies in search of some valuable Black Type to enhance their value as broodmares. Three went in my notebook last season to follow as 3yo’s.

Queen Kindly Winner of last season’s G2 Lowther Stakes over C&D as a 2yo but has this daughter of Frankel trained on? Had classic aspirations but beaten in the Fred Darling, didn’t stay in the 1000 Guineas and then beaten in a 5F Listed event over 5F albeit staying on.

Eartha Kitt Hugely disappointing on 3yo debut at Lingfield in a G3 against her elders but next time won a C2 handicap over C&D. Needs to find ten pounds or so but quite possible.

Isabels On It Highly thought of by trainer William Haggas but took five goes to lose her maiden tag. Tried Listed company last time but didn’t quite get home over Carlisle’s stiff, rain-softened ground and 7F having travelled sweetly for 5½F! Clearly an improver, York should suit but probably needs to find ten pounds or so but quite possible. Jamie Spencer rides but surely Martin Harley had the choice of Haggas mounts and he has plumped for the 4yo Gravity Flow.

York 3.45 Cakemark handicap 10F C4 0-85

In First Place Trained by #FantasticMrFahey this horse has kept some better company this season and seems to have grade, trip, ground and course in his favour and looks a good thing in C4 with Paul Hanagan on board. Not far behind the likes of City of Joy, Bless Him and Fire Brigade.

York 5.30 Sugro Apprentice Handicap 7F C3 0-95

Silent Echo This horse is top of two of my lists, “Back until it loses” and “Group horse in handicaps”, and have they found a peach of a race. Stable jockey and regular pilot Keiron Shoemark claims three pounds and this is a C3 0-95 apprentice race and Silent Echo goes off OR91. Professional, travels, quickens. Would be a maximum bet but for presence of an unbeaten Pennsylvania Dutch from the Haggas yard who will hopefully make the market. Pennsylvania Dutch picked up really well over 6F when winning at Haydock. Sir Reginald Brown will win more races for #FantasticMrFahey but he has bumped into a couple here!

6.55 Musselburgh Conditions Stakes C2 12½F

This looks a good spot in the Racing Calendar by trainer Ralph Beckett for Chemical Charge who ran well in the Hardwicke at royal Ascot. Notebook says, “Chemical Charge (Ralph Beckett) “didn’t have much racing room close home and now up to OR114 may have to go abroad to win a 12F Group race.” Must admit when I wrote abroad I was thinking of somewhere further afield than Scotland!


Thursdays Lucky 15

Non-runner always hurts but most of our stake back.

Newmarket 1.50                              RAHEEN HOUSE               1st 7/2                   (@ 4/1 general)

Solid stayer and did it off a fierce pace.

Newmarket 3.00                             UNABATED                         14th 16/1              (@ 12/1 PP + BetFred)

Thanks to weighing room madness, no chance from stall 2.

Newmarket 3.35                             POETS WORD                    Non Runner       (@ 9/2 Coral 4/1 general)

Newmarket 5.05                              FOREST RANGER              2nd 8/1                   (@ 13/2)

Always prominent, headed 1F out, well beaten. Looks his level and trip, 8F Listed.

Thursdays Star* Singles

Newmarket 1.50                              RAHEEN HOUSE               1st 7/2                   (@ 4/1 general)

Newmarket 2.25                             INVINCIBLE ARMY           4th 3/1F                 (One star* win @ 7/1 general)

Newmarket 2.25                             ENJAZAAT                           6th 14/1                 (One star* win @ 16/1 PP 14/1 general)

Newmarket 3.00                             UNABATED                         14th 16/1              (@ 12/1 PP + BetFred)

Newmarket 3.00                             DANIELSFLYER                   18th 33/1              (One star* win @ 201 general)

Newmarket 3.00                             TOMMY TAYLOR              2nd 14/1 (One star* win @ 25/1 PP)

Newmarket 3.35                             POETS WORD                    Non Runner (NAP) (Three star*** win @ 9/2 Coral 4/1 general)

Newmarket 4.35                              ORVAR                                 11th 12/1              (One star* win @ 12/1 general)                     

Newmarket 4.35                              OH SO SASSY                     6th 20/1                 (Half a star each way @      25/1 general)

Newmarket 4.35                              MONT KIARA                     14/1                       (Half a star each way @      20/1 general)

Newmarket 5.05                              FOREST RANGER              2nd 8/1   (NB)       (@ 13/2)

Newmarket 5.05                              TRICORN                              4th                           (One star* win @ 9/2

(Total 16 stars out 13 stars back)