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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

These Dark Horses will be highlighted for you on our racecards, similar to the notebooks , in the column marked Eye. To see how these are highlighted please see here

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: Pontefract Race: 1530 Mares' Listed)
Date: 18-08-2019 Time: 1530 Distance: 6f
22-06-2018, Ascot, , ringham Stakes (Fillies' Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Perfection did well to finish fifth to Agrotera having had to run alone up the far rail for almost the whole race. She can be marked up as better than her finishing position suggests. She no company at all, but she showed a terrific attitude especially as her pedigree suggests she will be much better suited to easier ground. She is a winner at seven furlongs and she has the pace to win at that trip again. Nevertheless she saw this trip out well and she will not be troubled to win at either distance.
WINNER: Perfection FINAL ODDS: 5/2F

Race Course: The Curragh (IRE) Race: 1815 Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 16-08-2019 Time: 1815 Distance: 1 m 6f
20-06-2018, Ascot, 6f 34 yds, n's Vase (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Southern France ran a promising race to finish second Kew Gardens and he looks a decent stayer in the making. Although he could not get to grips with the winner, who had too much pace for him, he was going on strongly at the finish and gave every indication he will be well suited by a step up to two miles. He acts well on this ground but has also run well on yielding to soft and he has a bright and is one to follow.
WINNER: Southern France (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 5/2F

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1350 Unibet Handicap
Date: 01-08-2019 Time: 1350 Distance: 1 m 1f 197 yds
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Forest Of Dean FINAL ODDS: 4/1J

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1535 Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 31-07-2019 Time: 1535 Distance: 1 m
 Dark Horse

Race Course: Goodwood Race: 1500 Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
Date: 30-07-2019 Time: 1500 Distance: 7f
14-07-2018, Newmarket, 6f , ey July Cup Stakes (Group 1) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
4th here, to US Navy Flag and ran an absolute stormer, never nearer than at the finish. He had previously shown good form over 7f inclduing at group level and it was an ambitious gesture by the Trainer to throw him i here but it nearly paid off. A shower or two f rain may well have seen him in the first three and theres little doubt he will need a sterner test at this trip to trouble top class opposition. However, he may well be able to win at this trip on good if he takes a step down in grade or, if persisted with at this level, a stiffer track or seven furlongs will be his optimum. Goes on most ground bar extremes and a likeable individual who may well get his day in he Sun when conditions fall right. An admirable sort and one to follow.
WINNER: Sir Dancealot (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 6/1

Race Course: Ayr Race: 1400 Join Racing TV Now EBF Novice Stakes
Date: 29-07-2019 Time: 1400 Distance: 5f 110 yds
18-06-2019, Ascot, 6f , ntry Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good.
Unplaced here but showed blinding speed on the stands side and this is definitely a case of more speed than stamina at this stage of his career. He was clear two out and collared only just inside the last by a classy bunch and, a sharper six or stiff five may well be the order of the day. One to follow.

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1535 Acorn Insurance British EBF Valiant Stakes (Fillies' And Mares' Listed) (Rnd)
Date: 26-07-2019 Time: 1535 Distance: 7f 213 yds
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Duneflower (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 11/1

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1640 Xperthr Presents...The Mane Event Handicap
Date: 17-07-2019 Time: 1640 Distance: 1 m 2f
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Whimsical Dream FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1600 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2)
Date: 13-07-2019 Time: 1600 Distance: 7f 213 yds
19-06-2018, Ascot, , n Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Beat The Bank finished sixth to Accidental Agent, but was beaten by only two lengths on ground that would have been unsuitable for him. Although this was a slightly below par renewal, we have little doubt that on slower ground, he would almost certainly have won this judged on the way he progressed through the field and stayed strongly at the finish without being able to get on terms. He is thoroughly progressive and he is one to be with over this trip when there is more cut in the ground.
WINNER: Beat The Bank FINAL ODDS: 2/1F

Race Course: Doncaster Race: 1520 Staff Finders Recruitment Yorkshire Fillies' Handicap
Date: 11-07-2019 Time: 1520 Distance: 1 m
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Duneflower (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/5F

Race Course: Yarmouth Race: 1620 Moulton Nurseries Of Acle Optional Claiming Handicap
Date: 10-07-2019 Time: 1620 Distance: 6f 3 yds
11-05-2018, Ascot, 6f , fort Handicap Flat, Turf, Good/Firm.
5th here, to Godolphins wellhandicpped Dreamfield. Was sat last and never put in the race until it was all but ovber. Made a huge amount of ground in the last furlong and is capable of much better than he showed here. Ideally wants 6f and goes on all bar extremes of ground.
WINNER: Raucous FINAL ODDS: 100/30

Race Course: Yarmouth Race: 1650 Sonia Cooper Wedding Anniversary Maiden Stakes
Date: 10-07-2019 Time: 1650 Distance: 1 m 0f 3 yds
14-07-2018, Newmarket, 7f , dales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Scat Daddy filly New Jazz cost $550,000 at the Keeneland Sales. That is a deal to repay, but she made a bright start behind a classy winner when she finished third to Antonia De Vega. She looked in need of the experience, but she showed up well on the pace and stayed on nicely. She looks likely to make more than normal improvement for this run and she is a decent prospect

Race Course: Brighton Race: 1645 Rag'N'Bone Man Live Here 27 July Handicap
Date: 25-06-2019 Time: 1645 Distance: 6f 210 yds
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Global Destination (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Pontefract Race: 1525 Dad Reunited Love Team Wood Handicap
Date: 23-06-2019 Time: 1525 Distance: 1 m 2f 5 yds
 Dark Horse

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1430 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (Str)
Date: 18-06-2019 Time: 1430 Distance: 1 m
19-06-2018, Ascot, , n Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Lord Glitters finish second here to Accidental Agent, a rival he had beaten in a handicap towards the back end of last season. The going here was the deciding factor as he ran a similar race, making up a lot of late headway and could be expected to have finished even closer on softer ground. This was a slightly below par renewal, nevertheless Lord Glitters saw the mile out well and he is one to keep tabs on at a slightly lower level when conditions are in his favour.
WINNER: Lord Glitters (FR) FINAL ODDS: 14/1

Race Course: Newbury Race: 1610 Be Wiser Insurance Handicap (Str)
Date: 13-06-2019 Time: 1610 Distance: 7f
 Dark Horse
WINNER: Global Destination (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 8/1

Race Course: Kempton Race: 1945 32Red Handicap
Date: 05-06-2019 Time: 1945 Distance: 1 m 3f 219 yds
13-07-2018, Newmarket, 2f , 65 Handicap Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Desert Wind has yet to win in two attempts on turf but in finishing a luckless fourth to Communique in this traditionally strong handicap he gave every indication that a victory on grass will surely not be long delayed. He was held up in touch for the majority of the contest and he was initially switched right two furlongs out and on finding his path blocked he then switched left and thereafter stayed on to be never nearer than at the finish. He probably will not be dropped in the weights for this but a strongly run race at this trip or, more probably a step up to a mile and a half should see him back in the winners' enclosure. He has yet to run on ground softer than good on turf.
WINNER: Desert Wind (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/2J

Race Course: Nottingham Race: 1330 Introducing Racing TV Handicap
Date: 05-06-2019 Time: 1330 Distance: 1 m 0f 75 yds
20-06-2018, Ascot, , l Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
3rd here, to Settle for Bay. This ex Italian trained 6yo showed he is a proper horse with a cracking effort on only his third start both for his trainer and, indeed, in this country. he was noted staying on stoutly inside the last frulong and, on susch a stiff track, there is a distinct chance he may well be better over further. INdeed, a winner over 10f in Italy, he is wel worth a chance at that trip here or perhaps at 9f, and looks sure to win a decent prize, perhaps at listed level. He has won on good ground mainly but had no probelm with the fast ground here and looks sure to step up on this when stepped up in trip.
WINNER: Circus Couture (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Epsom Downs Race: 1510 Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 01-06-2019 Time: 1510 Distance: 1 m 0f 113 yds
21-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, ton Court Stakes (Group 3) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Zaaki finished third to Hunting Horn, staying on relentlessly to be never nearer than at the finish. In common with many of the yard's runners during Ascot week Zaaki left his previous form behind. He has shown a liking for ease in the ground and may well get away with this trip on a stiff track on a softer surface. However, he needs further when the ground is quick. Either way he looks sure to win a decent event and he is one to keep on the right side.

Race Course: Leicester Race: 1915 J.F. Herring Handicap
Date: 20-05-2019 Time: 1915 Distance: 1 m 2f
03-03-2018, Lingfield, 6f 1 yds, ay Maiden Stakes Flat, Polytrack, Standard.
WINNER: Geetanjali (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/4