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Being based in Newmarket, something of a cosmopolitan metropolis in the racing world, we are surrounded by and inundated with snippets of valuable information not only direct from the gallops here at HQ but also from contacts further afield in Lambourn, in Middleham and all points South. Indeed, on occasions these can stretch as far as the continent and nowadays, the Middle East and Dubai.

We can convey these snippets as and when we receive them but while that doesn’t mean they will definitely win when next they run, they invariably have an intrinsic value that suggests you should retain these valuable nuggets of information as they will almost certainly reap their reward as we progress through the season when ideal condi

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Not only was Bossy Guest our Dark Horse entry, he was also the only PR-1 running, thus increasing confidence behind the featured selection.

Result: Bossy Guest - WON 5/1


Result: Moonraker - WON 9/2

Notebook & Dark Horse: Recent Winners (view more)
Race Course: Aintree Race: 1330 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (National Course)
Date: 09-12-2017 Time: 1330 Distance: 3 m 1f 188 yds
Comment:
 Dark Horse
Blaklion worked in exemplary fashion at Guting Power ahead of his projected run in the Grand National trial at Haydock. Last season's Royal Sun Alliance Chase winner has had a light campaign. He shaped well in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby and notwithstanding the fact that he was a beaten favourite at Wetherby on Boxing Day there is surely more to come. The ground at Haydock will not cause any problems and he has been refreshed by his break.
WINNER: Blaklion FINAL ODDS: 7/4F

Race Course: Market Rasen Race: 1355 Manchester Derby Betting At 188Bet Novices' Chase
Date: 07-12-2017 Time: 1355 Distance: 2 m 7f 191 yds
Comment:
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16-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 7f 213 yds, Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Listed) Jump, Turf, g/s, good places.
From a yard that had been very quiet prior to the meeting but had a winner a couple of days earlier and this fellow porved theyre on the way back. He cruised through the race but after going to the front comfortably, he was collared by an absolute blot on the handicap. Looks sure to win more races and 3m and slower than good siuts.
WINNER: Barney Dwan (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 4/5F

Race Course: Newbury Race: 1320 Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase
Date: 02-12-2017 Time: 1320 Distance: 2 m 6f 93 yds
Comment:
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14-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 4f 78 yds, Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed) Jump, Turf, g/s.
Ran a blinder here over 2m4f and found the ground just about ideal. Has more good chases in him - goes on good to soft or faster.
WINNER: Gold Present (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 13/2

Race Course: Taunton Race: 1350 Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)
Date: 30-11-2017 Time: 1350 Distance: 2 m 7f 3 yds
Comment:
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14-04-2016, Cheltenham, 3 m 1f 56 yds, olson Holman Novices' Limited Handicap Chase Jump, Turf, soft.
Fell three out here but was always going to be hindered by the downfall just prior to this race making it a real slog. he was never enjoying the ground but, despite one or two errors was just starting to get back into it when slithering to the ground after three out. he would undoubtedly have had a say in the finish and there's little doubt he is handicapped to win a decent little event when he gets his favoured good ground. one to bear in mind over three miles or thereabouts.
WINNER: Lovely Job (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 5/4F

Race Course: Catterick Race: 1500 Come Racing New Year's Day Beginners' Chase
Date: 24-11-2017 Time: 1500 Distance: 2 m 3f 51 yds
Comment:
 Dark Horse
Divine Spear will make up into a fine chaser but he has still more to offer over hurdles. He worked well on the Farringdon Road and he can supplement his winning tally at Ascot tomorrow.
WINNER: Divine Spear (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 8/11F

Race Course: Cheltenham Race: 1425 Shloer Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The Cheltenham Chase)
Date: 19-11-2017 Time: 1425 Distance: 1 m 7f 199 yds
Comment:
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15-03-2017, Cheltenham, 1 m 7f 199 yds, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) Jump, Turf, g/s.
From a yard that hadnt had a winner for quite some while prior to the meeting and the fact he was able to get so close here, indicates he may well be the best in the long run. He has been progressive all year and can be expected to win a big prize in the near future over the minumum trip. Goes on most ypes of ground but untried on extremes.
WINNER: Fox Norton (FR) FINAL ODDS: 4/5F

Race Course: Punchestown (IRE) Race: 1340 Valerie Brennan Memorial Florida Pearl Novice Chase (Grade 2)
Date: 19-11-2017 Time: 1340 Distance: 2 m 6f 140 yds
Comment:
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16-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 7f 213 yds, Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Listed) Jump, Turf, g/s, good places.
Was rather unlucky to meet two horses who were at the peak of their powers but the way he travelled through the race here suggests he can win a decent prize in the not too distance future. Has enough pace about him for shorter than 3m and a little juice in the ground ideal.
WINNER: Jury Duty (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 6/1

Race Course: Cheltenham Race: 1500 Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
Date: 18-11-2017 Time: 1500 Distance: 3 m 1f 67 yds
Comment:
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17-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 4f 56 yds, Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Jump, Turf, g/s, good places.
Stepping up to this trip for the first time, he ran a blinder and was noted stayong on again at the death. he is certain to win over this trip on good ground but by Yeats out of a Hernando mare, he may well get a good deal further in time. One to look out for in a staying handicap.
WINNER: Thomas Campbell FINAL ODDS: 13/8F

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1410 sunbets.co.uk Handicap
Date: 18-11-2017 Time: 1410 Distance: 1 m 0f 1 yds
Comment:
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16-06-2016, Ascot, 1 m   , Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
Arcanada ran a race of rich promise here as there is little doubt that he was severely compromised by having to race on the stands' side. He quickened up well a furlong and a half out to hold every chance before tiring slightly one hundred yards from home to finish second in his unfavoured group of ten. A similar handicap is well within his compass and a slight drop back in trip could prove absolutely ideal.
WINNER: Arcanada (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1450 Weatherbys Global Stallions App Handicap Chase
Date: 14-11-2017 Time: 1450 Distance: 2 m
Comment:
 Dark Horse
Is defintely a chaser in the making and although he was well beaten last time at Haydock by the impressive Neon Wolf, he showed enough to suggest he will be winning races at a lower level shortly. He has been working really well at home and is one to note.
WINNER: Crievehill (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/2F

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1530 Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Graduation Chase
Date: 13-11-2017 Time: 1530 Distance: 2 m 4f 110 yds
Comment:
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15-03-2017, Cheltenham, 3 m 0f 80 yds, RSA Novices' Chase (Grade 1) Jump, Turf, g/s.
By some way second best to his stablemate here despite only going down by a nose. he was a mile clear of the rest and looks sure to win plenty of good chases over 2m6f or further. Goes on any ground bar extremes.
WINNER: Whisper (FR) FINAL ODDS: 4/6F

Race Course: Sandown Race: 1420 188Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase (Listed)
Date: 12-11-2017 Time: 1420 Distance: 3 m 0f 37 yds
Comment:
 Dark Horse
Might Bite is absolutely superb shape ahead of his chosen engagement at the Cheltenham Festival.
WINNER: Might Bite (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 4/9F

Race Course: Doncaster Race: 1405 Betfred Mobile Wentworth Stakes (Listed)
Date: 11-11-2017 Time: 1405 Distance: 6f 2 yds
Comment:
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13-04-2016, Newmarket, 5f , EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good to soft.
Second here. Ran a race chock full of promise. Ten lengths behind pace at half way in this 5f contest but had reduced that to six a furlong from him but simply flew through the last hundred and fifty yards. Yet another under this rider to make our notebook this week and like one or two others shaped as though he may want further than this five. By Dream Ahead and related to a couple of 100 rated performers, he finished so fast, that he would have beaten the impressive debut winner in another stride and he is without doubt one to follow and looks sure to win shortly. Useful.
WINNER: Dream Of Dreams (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 5/1

Race Course: Doncaster Race: 1440 Betfred TV EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Gillies Fillies' Stakes (Listed)
Date: 11-11-2017 Time: 1440 Distance: 1 m 2f 43 yds
Comment:
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21-04-2017, Newbury, 1 m 2f 6 yds, Bathwick Tyres Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good to Firm.
Showed staying qualities here in coming through to chase the winner inside the last quarter mile and left a very favourable impression. from a yard that do particularly well with staying types and although she may well get further in due course, the stepp up to 12f would appear in order for her now. Can be expected towin a maiden, at least, and a handicap or two is well within her compass.
WINNER: Star Rock FINAL ODDS: 5/1

Race Course: Wincanton Race: 1425 John Romans Park Homes 'Rising Stars' Novices' Chase (Grade 2)
Date: 11-11-2017 Time: 1425 Distance: 2 m 4f 35 yds
Comment:
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11-03-2015, Cheltenham, 2 m 0f 110 yds, Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) Jump, Turf, Good.
Hadn't seen track since Aintree 2014 but gave a massive account of himself after his long lay off and 'met one' in the shape of the useful winner. Is well related to both flat and jumps winners and could do both jobs. He looks to have bright future and goes well on good and soft ground. Would be a stayer on the flat and will probably need 2m4f over hurdles.
WINNER: Modus FINAL ODDS: 4/6F

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1535 Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Date: 04-11-2017 Time: 1535 Distance: 2 m 7f 180 yds
Comment:
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14-03-2017, Cheltenham, 3 m 1f , Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Jump, Turf, g/s.
Didnt quite get home here on this slightly softer ground than ideal. Gets the 3m well but will be seen to better effect on better ground again.
WINNER: Go Conquer (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Down Royal (IRE) Race: 1350 WKD Hurdle (Grade 2)
Date: 03-11-2017 Time: 1350 Distance: 2 m
Comment:
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Unlucky to meet a horse who is a real enigma and usually doesnt start. Pulled well clear of the rest and sure to win plenty of good races.
WINNER: Melon FINAL ODDS: 2/5F

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1235 EBF Friends Of Racing Welfare Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
Date: 03-11-2017 Time: 1235 Distance: 7f
Comment:
 Dark Horse
By Dubawi out of the Group One winning mare, Indican Ink this fellow has reportedly been flying at home and his debut is awaited with interest. Thereafter he llooks sure to imporve and, if taking after his dam, wont mind a little jiuice in the ground.
WINNER: Maghaweer (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/2

Race Course: Bangor Race: 1325 Equine Lens Novices' Chase
Date: 31-10-2017 Time: 1325 Distance: 2 m 4f 72 yds
Comment:
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11-03-2015, Cheltenham, 2 m 0f 110 yds, Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) Jump, Turf, Good.
Hadn't seen track since Aintree 2014 but gave a massive account of himself after his long lay off and 'met one' in the shape of the useful winner. Is well related to both flat and jumps winners and could do both jobs. He looks to have bright future and goes well on good and soft ground. Would be a stayer on the flat and will probably need 2m4f over hurdles.
WINNER: Modus FINAL ODDS: 2/9F

Race Course: Cheltenham Race: 1545 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle
Date: 28-10-2017 Time: 1545 Distance: 2 m 7f 208 yds
Comment:
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17-03-2017, Cheltenham, 2 m 4f 56 yds, Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Jump, Turf, g/s, good places.
Stepping up to this trip for the first time, he ran a blinder and was noted stayong on again at the death. he is certain to win over this trip on good ground but by Yeats out of a Hernando mare, he may well get a good deal further in time. One to look out for in a staying handicap.
WINNER: Thomas Campbell FINAL ODDS: 5/2F