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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: Newbury Race: 1610 Be Wiser Insurance Handicap (Str)
Date: 13-06-2019 Time: 1610 Distance: 7f
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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: 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

Race Course: Chelmsford City Race: 1430 Bet toteexacta At Novice Stakes
Date: 11-04-2019 Time: 1430 Distance: 1 m 2f
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Race Course: Taunton Race: 1345 Racing To School Novices' Hurdle (Div 1)
Date: 04-02-2019 Time: 1345 Distance: 2 m 3f 1 yds
08-11-2018, Newbury, 2 m 0f 69 yds, Agetur UK Novices' Hurdle Jump, Turf, Good to soft.
3rd here but ran a stormer and, from a yard that have yet to really start to fire this Autumn, was noted staying on strongly and will definitely benefit from either further or a slower surface. One to very much keep an eye on.

Race Course: Cheltenham Race: 1505 Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2)
Date: 15-12-2018 Time: 1505 Distance: 2 m 0f 179 yds
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WINNER: Brain Power (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 7/1

Race Course: Bangor Race: 1220 Beginners' Chase
Date: 01-12-2018 Time: 1220 Distance: 2 m 4f 72 yds
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WINNER: Jerrysback (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 50/1

Race Course: Lingfield Race: 1325 Sun Racing No1 Racing Site Conditions Stakes
Date: 24-11-2018 Time: 1325 Distance: 7f 1 yds
30-03-2018, Lingfield, 6f 1 yds, d 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes Flat, Polytrack, Standard.
He has made up into a useful sort after just four runs. He finished 4th here, but the does not tell the whole story. He possesses plenty of pace but he did not get the chance to show his full merit. He was last round the home turn and rather hemmed in until inside the last furlong. Once extricated he finished and he was flying at the line. Will be well suited by six furlongs on turf but may well get further in due course. A sound surface likely to suit best. He is one to keep on the right side.
WINNER: Breathless Times FINAL ODDS: 6/4F

Race Course: Plumpton Race: 1620 SIS Supports Moorcroft Handicap Hurdle
Date: 22-10-2018 Time: 1620 Distance: 3 m 0f 217 yds
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WINNER: Royal Hall (FR) FINAL ODDS: 6/1

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1400 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1400 Distance: 6f
22-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , onwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
In finishing second to Eqtidaar, Sands Of Mali may have been disadvantaged the middle of the track had looked the place to be. He finished fast on the stands side to go down by only a half length. Sands Of Mali is a former Gimcrack winner who is a tough and consistent performer. He may well re-oppose the winner in the July Cup and other top sprints but, given the opportunity to race with the principals, he may well turn out to be the best of these. He is certainly a high grade sprinter and has shown himself to be adept on most surfaces, possibly slightly more effective on easier ground. He is one to follow and he looks sure to win his a Group One event soon.
WINNER: Sands Of Mali (FR) FINAL ODDS: 28/1

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1550 Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1550 Distance: 1 m 1f 212 yds
20-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, ce Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
As he was sent off at long odds, finishing second to Poet's Word was a disappointing effort from Cracksman. He struggled to prevail at Epsom and this performance showed emphatically that he is not a ten furlong horse on fast ground as quick as prevailed. To be effective at this trip he needs slower ground. His demeanour in the paddock did not please many seasoned judges and he may have been below par. However, back on slower ground and/or over a mile and a half he can restore his presently tarnished reputation.
WINNER: Cracksman FINAL ODDS: 5/6F

Race Course: Ascot Race: 1630 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) (Str)
Date: 20-10-2018 Time: 1630 Distance: 1 m
19-06-2018, Ascot, 1f 212 yds, erton Stakes (Listed) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Sharja Bridge ultimately finished eighth to Monarchs Glen, but he looked sure to be involved in the finish a furlong out and he gave a clear indication that, at this level, he needs less of a test of stamina. He quickened up nicely two furlongs out he was almost level with the leaders before the furlong pole but went backwards quickly thereafter. Nine furlongs would appear the extent of his stamina at this stage on fast ground and, as he handles slower ground too, he may well be worth stepping back even further when there is a decent cut in the ground.
WINNER: Sharja Bridge FINAL ODDS: 8/1

Race Course: Nottingham Race: 1330 Galliford Try East Midlands EBF Maiden Stakes
Date: 17-10-2018 Time: 1330 Distance: 1 m 0f 75 yds
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WINNER: Dubai Icon FINAL ODDS: 11/10F

Race Course: Leicester Race: 1605 Stubbs Fillies' Conditions Stakes (Plus 10)
Date: 16-10-2018 Time: 1605 Distance: 6f
20-06-2018, Ascot, 5f , n Mary Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Come On Leicester ran well in finishing fifth here to Signora Cabello. She is the first foal of Mick Channon's useful sprint filly Graphic Guest. However, she will be much better suited to either a furlong further or slower ground. Either way, she has plenty of pace but not enough for top races such as this on fast ground. She was disadvantaged by her track position from stall one but she stayed on well. She is by Kodiac and she should get six furlongs. She is expected to win more races when conditions suit.
WINNER: Come On Leicester (IRE) FINAL ODDS: 9/4

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1650 Dubai Life British EBF Boadicea Stakes (Fillies' and Mares' Listed)
Date: 13-10-2018 Time: 1650 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: 3/1J

Race Course: Newmarket Race: 1350 Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3)
Date: 12-10-2018 Time: 1350 Distance: 5f
19-06-2018, Ascot, 6f , ntry Stakes (Group 2) Flat, Turf, Good to firm.
Sergei Prokofiev did well to finish third to Calyx and put up a tremendous effort after being given a lot of work to do. He was stone last in the far side of two groups with just a furlong and a half to go but he picked up really well and only just failed to fill the runners up spot. He is certain to win more good races on both sides of the Irish Sea. He goes well on fast ground and, unlike the first two home; this may well be the limit of his stamina. He has a nice turn of foot, he is very useful and he looks sure to win more races.
WINNER: Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) FINAL ODDS: 3/1F

Race Course: Worcester Race: 1635 MintBet 500 Welcome Casino Bonus Novices' Hurdle
Date: 11-10-2018 Time: 1635 Distance: 2 m 7f
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Race Course: Chelmsford City Race: 2045 Bet In Play At Handicap
Date: 04-10-2018 Time: 2045 Distance: 6f
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WINNER: Compas Scoobie FINAL ODDS: 13/8F

Race Course: Newton Abbot Race: 1525 Bryan And Ilva Westcott Memorial Novices' Hurdle
Date: 01-10-2018 Time: 1525 Distance: 2 m 5f 122 yds
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