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Elliot Slater filed this horseracing news archive report on 08 June 2012

German Guineas winner Electrelane in search of more European prizes

Ralph Beckett’s exciting filly Electrelane looks likely to need her international passport on plenty more occasions this term after connections indicated they will continue to focus on European pattern races, following the victory of their three-year-old in the Group 2 German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf on June 2, writes Elliot Slater.

The daughter of Dubawi was sent off a 9/10 favourite in the horse racing betting to land the spoils in the mile contest run on testing ground.

That was on the back of a fine previous effort when going close in failing by just a length to beat the useful Laugh Out Loud over the same trip at York’s May meeting in the listed Michael Seely Memorial Stakes. But Jim Crowley’s mount had to pull out all the stops in order to score in Germany in a race that had the locals in raptures.

Never far from the pace, Electrolane moved through to take up the running as the field raced down to the final furlong, but then had to be on the very top of her game to see off a determined late charge from Cherry Danon, ridden by star German jockey Andreas Starke, who eventually failed by just a short-head to reel in the English filly, the pair pulling five lengths clear of the third horse home, Waldtraut.

Well suited by easy ground, Electrolane made a winning debut at Chepstow last term as a juvenile on a soft surface before running a very respectable fourth in listed company at Saint Cloud last November.

Third to runaway winner and stable companion Moonstone Magic in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on her reappearance, connections and Racing betting tips writers feel that the better ground likely to be encountered on the continent through the summer should provide more opportunities for their upwardly mobile classic winner who looks sure to add to the £58,000 prize secured at Dusseldorf in such game fashion.

Elliot Slater filed this horseracing news archive report on 10 Nov 2011

Gold Cup money for Al ahead of possible Betfair Chase run

Although he has yet to be confirmed a runner in the the 2011 Betfair Chase Festival</a> on November 19, there has been interest in the ante-post market for the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Donald McCain’s recent impressive Wetherby winner Weird Al, currently rated an 8/1 shot to overturn hot favourite Long Run at the Lancashire track, writes Elliot Slater.

The former Ian Williams-trained gelding was having his first outing for the high-flying McCain when impressively beating another Betfair Chase candidate Time For Rupert in the Grade 2 Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby at the end of last month and has reportedly come out of the race in fine shape.

No decision has yet been made as to whether he will run at Haydock or in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a week later, but ahead of either run his odds for success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been trimmed to a best offer of 20/1 in the ante-post market for the premier three-and-a-quarter-mile event. Anyone placing horse racing bets will be keeping an eye on him.

Weird Al has only raced nine times in his career, an indication of the somewhat fragile make-up of the gelded son of Accordion, but on his day he has already proved himself a smart performer running up a five-timer before finishing eighth to Diamond Harry in last season’s renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup last November.

Not seen again until contesting the Cheltenham Gold Cup four months later, the eight-year-old burst a blood vessel and was pulled up after losing his place at half way.

The summer break and change of yard appears to have done him a power of good and judged by his Wetherby effort, if staying fit and well, Weird Al might be a danger to all whether he runs at Haydock or at Newbury later this month.

A horseracing news archive report by Elliot Slater

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Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 06 Sept 2011

Take a second look at Jeremy Noseda’s 2 year old’s on the all weather


Jeremy Noseda runs Herbaceous on the all weather at Lingfield today. His 2yo runners demand a second look when they are being run on all weather surfaces in non handicap races.

Since June 2005 he has sent out 104 2yo’s on the all weather of which 30 have won for a winning strike rate 28.8% and a £ 10 level stakes profit of £1218.00. Herbaceous is a filly and his record with the fairer sex is equally impressive with 12 winners from 47 runs at a winning strike rate of 25.5%.

In 2011 he has had 7 runners on the all weather in non handicap races to date of which 5 have won. 5 of these runners were making their racecourse debut and 4 of them won, all of which won at odds on starting prices.

She makes her racecourse debut today and Jeremy Noseda has a 26.2% winning strike rate with 11 winners from 42 first time out runners. His first time out fillies have won 4 times from 17 runs for a winning strike rate of 23.5%.

At Linfield Jeremy Noseda has saddled 59 2yo non handicap runners since July 2005 of which 17 have won giving a 28.8% winning strike rate. He has sent out 23 2yo’s for their first runs at Lingfield on the all weather surface and 8 have won (34.8% winning strike rate).

There are some red flags to consider today when looking at the chances of Herbaceous however. Her sires progeny statistics for 2 year old runners show that 87 have won from 689 runs (12.6% winning strike rate) and first time out runners have only won 15 times from 228 runs (6.6% winning strike rate).

Also, in non handicap 2yo races 23 of Jeremy Noseda’s 30 winners on the all weather have go off at an SP of 3/1 or less. Her current price is 7/1.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 05 Sept 2011

Look out for Ed Dunlop’s 3 year old’s at Newcastle

4:50 – Newcastle - CASINO AT BET365.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 6) (3yo+ 0-65) Good To Soft 1m4f93y

Ed Dunlop does not send many of his horses up to Newcastle. Since April 2005 he has only saddled 21 runners at Newcastle of which 7 have won giving a 33.3% winning strike rate. A £10 level stakes bet on all of his runners producing a profit of £80.80 at industry SP.

However, when we look at his 3 year old runners in isolation a much more impressive picture emerges. Since April 2005 he has run 12 three year old’s at Newcastle and 6 have won giving a 50 % winning strike rate. Our £10 level stakes bet returning a much healthier £125.80 if we had bet all on 12 runners.

Ed Dunlop runs Gilt in the 4:50 race today and she is making her handicap debut today. She gets in off bottom weight and she is very nicely bred.

However, she has not shown much in her three runs to date and she has not encountered anything like Good to Soft ground yet. He limited sires progeny statistics suggest that she should act in the ground and get the trip, but this has to be taken on trust.

She is also currently trading at a price of 14/1. The biggest winning price that one of Ed Dunlop’s 3 year old’s has won off at Newcastle is 8/1, with the second biggest price being 9/2.

Andrea Atzeni who takes the ride today has not ridden for Ed Dunlop at Newcastle before. In fact he has only ridden for Ed Dunlop 4 times since November 2009 winning once on a 14/1 shot at Wolverhampton.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 2nd Sept 2011

Infrequent visitor to Chepstow with a big strike rate


William Haggas has only had 9 runners at Chepstow since June 2005 of which 4 have won giving a winning strike rate of 44.4%. He runs Swift Breeze in a 3yo plus Handicap at the Welsh venue today.

Interestingly, all four of his winners have run in the last two seasons. In fact he has had 4 runners at Chepstow in 2010 and 2011 and all four have won. He has run 5 of his 9 Chepstow runners in Handicaps and 2 have won for a 40% winning strike rate.

He has run 3yo old fillies (the same profile at Swift Breeze) 3 times in Handicaps and 2 of them have won. William Haggas does well with his 3yo fillies when he runs them in Handicaps on all courses.

Since February 2006 he has sent out 230 runners, winning on 49 occasions for a 21.3% winning strike rate. His strike rate in 2011 is slightly up on the norm as he is running at a strike rate of 27.6% with 8 winners from 29 runners.

When we look at his 3yo fillies with the same profile as Swift Breeze – having had only two previous starts – his strike rate increases to 47.1% with 8 winners coming from just 17 runners.

This is probably a good statistic to keep in mind when assessing Swift Breeze’s chances today as both of her previous runs have come at Kempton on the all weather surface so is yet to run on turf. She won first time out in a Maiden Fillies Stakes last December.

She made her seasonal reappearance on 15 August over today’s trip and although she only finished 5th of 11 runners she was only 2¾ lengths behind the winner after missing the break and been forced wide. She is entitled to come on for the race and could be a big factor in today’s race.

Finally Liam Jones who rides Swift breeze today has ridden for William Haggas at Chepstow three times. He has visited the winners enclosure twice in those three runs.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 29th August 2011

Tenby Lady goes for fout-timer with yards statistics behind her

4:50 – Epsom - BET TOTEPOOL ON ALL UK RACES HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (3yo+ 0-90) Good To Soft 1m2f18y

Tenby Lady comes into today’s race at Epsom in fantastic form looking for a four-timer and looks hard to beat. She has won 4 times from 9 career runs.

Over today’s trip she has won 3 times from 6 runs, including her last three runs. She has won on her only start in Good to Soft ground and she has won going left handed 3 times from 8 starts. She will undoubtedly go off as favourite today and on the 5 times she has started as favourite she has won 3 times.

She has also won at Bath which has a bit in common with Epsom having some strange cambers, an experience which should help her today.

Sir Mark Prescott’s statistics help to confirm Tenby Lady’s chances today. Since 2005 he has run 875 three year old’s in Handicap races of which 252 have won giving a winning strike rate of 28.8%. Today’s jockey Stevie Donohoe has ridden 84 of them and won 19 Times.

Sir Mark Prescott also has a good record with all of his runners in August with 79 winners from 291 runners (27.1% strike rate). His 3 year old runners in handicaps during August have won 48 times from 148 runs (32.4% strike rate) since August 2005.

At Epsom Sir Mark’s overall record is very good. He has sent out 9 winners from 23 runners since June 2005 giving a 39.1% winning strike rate. 15 of these 39 runners have been sent off as favourite and 8 have won (53.33% winning strike rate).

His record with his 3 year old runners at Epsom is exceptional with a winning strike rate of 66.7% (6 winners from 9 runners). 7 of these runners went off as favourite and no fewer than 6 went on to win.

Stevie Donohoe has ridden 5 times for Sir Mark Prescott as Epsom and won twice, which includes 1 winner from 2 three year old runners. When riding favourites his record is 2 wins from 3 starts.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 27th August 2011


Jeremy Noseda has only sent 15 runners to Beverley since 2005 of which 7 have been successful giving a 46.7% winning strike rate. A £10 level stakes bet all of his runners producing a profit of £66.90.

He runs Really Lovely in the 2yo Maiden this afternoon. She made her racecourse debut at Newmarket over 7 furlongs in a satisfactory manner when she got the hang of things late on. She runs over a similar distance today on a much stiffer course that should suit her ideally.

Her trainer will have a good idea what to expect as her trained her dam Simply Perfect, who is a two time Group 1 winner in her own right. She is by Galileo, which is another huge tick in the stamina box.

The Newmarket race is starting to work out from a form perspective. Of the five runners who have run again since two have won next time out.

Noseda has only run four 2 year old’s at Beverley since 2005 and two of them won. Three of the four runners also went off as favourite and two of them won. Really Lovely is currently trading as favourite and given her connections – owned by Coolmore – she is likely to go off as favourite.

3:05 – Beverley - TOTESCOOP6 HANDICAP (CLASS 2) (3yo 0-105) Good 1m1f207y

Jeremy Noseda also runs Sud Pacifique in the Class 2 handicap at 3:05. He has had ten 3 year old runners at Beverley since 2005 of which four have won. He has only had one runner in a Handicap – Bronwen in 2005 – who won. All four of his 3 year old winners went off at an SP of 2/1 or less.

Five of his runners were colt’s – as is the case with Sud Pacifique – and two of them won.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 26th August 2011

Look out for Brian Meehan’s 3 year old’s at Ffos Las


Since the course opened, Brian Meehan has had 14 runners at Ffos Las which has produced 5 winners for an overall winning strike rate of 35.71%. Four of his five winners have come from his 3 year old runners. His 3yo runners have gone to post 5 times to date and have won on no fewer than 4 occasions.

All five of his runners have been fillies and he runs another one today in the form of Vita Lika. She runs in a Maiden Stakes and 3 out of the 4 fillies he has run in non handicap races at Ffos Las have won.

Ffos Las appears to be the key to following Brian Meehan with his 3 year old fillies in non handicap company as his overall record since 2005 is just 22 winners from 250 runners at all courses. The summer months offer little respite either. Again since 2005 his record is only 13 winners from 109 runners and isolating August as a one off shows 1 winner from 19 runners.

So if you are considering backing Vita Lika today Ffos Las appears to be the right place.

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Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 22nd August 2011

Some Interesting angles on Saeed Bin Suroor first time out 2 year old fillies

4:15 – Kempton - 32 FOR BINGO EBF MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo) Standard 1m

It is not very often that Saeed Bin Suroor sends out his 2yo’s for their first run over 1 mile. In fact Anjaz who makes her debut at Kempton this afternoon is just the 13th filly who has made her debut over this distance since 2005. Of the other 12 three won for a winning strike rate of 25%.

Since 2005 Saeed Bin Suroor has given a 2yo debut to 87 fillies of which 18 went on to win first time out (20.7% winning strike rate). Anjaz is currently trading as favourite for this afternoon’s race and on the 21 occasions when his first time out 2yo fillies have gone off as favourite 9 have won giving a 42.9% winning strike rate.

Ted Durcan takes the ride today and his overall record riding first time out 2yo fillies for Saeed Bin Suroor is 6 wins from 16 runners (37.5%). Interestingly when they start as favourite his strike rate goes up to 80% with 4 wins from 5 runs. Ted has only ridden a debutant over 1 mile on one occasion and she won.

Anjaz is by Street Cry and his first time out 2yo’s have a winning strike rate of 14.3% in the UK and Ireland with 13 wins from 91 races. If we confine that to fillies his record is 5 wins from 39 runners (12.8%). Overall his 2yo runners in non handicap races have a winning strike rate of 20.2% and his 2yo runners at Kempton have a strike rate of 23%.

The key today is the combination of market confidence – she needs to go off as favourite – and the fact Ted Durcan is riding.

A horseracing news archive article by Tony Ward

Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 20th August 2011

6:10 – Bath - SWINDON DESIGNER OUTLET QUBA & CO/E.B.F. NOVICE STAKES (CLASS 5) (2yo) Good To Firm 5f161y

Quite A Thing is a very interesting runner for Sir Mark Prescott at Bath today as he has not had a 2 year old runner at the course since 2006. He did have 5 runners between June 2005 and September 2006 of which 2 won for a 40% winning strike race. His overall record at bath is also very decent with 9 winners coming from just 26 runs (34.6% winning strike rate) at Bath since June 2005.

Quite A Thing is progressing nicely. She made her racecourse debut on 11 June on the turf course at Lingfield, not only winning but breaking the juvenile course record in the process. Her win was also notable as Sir Mark Prescott has only had 9 first time out 2 year old winners since May 2005 from 172 runners.

She did not run her race when sent off at odds on at Beverley on her second run when she ruined her chances when getting edgy in the stalls and then rearing and missing the break.

She ran on the all weather surface at Lingfield last time out and her stalls problems were nullified as she was loaded with a blanket. She was pushed along on the home bend before picking up the leader easily before going away to win well.

The latest horseracing news archive concerning the going at Bath this evening is Good to Firm. Quite A Thing has run in Good to Firm twice, winning once and finishing second at Beverley. All three of her runs have been over 5 furlongs producing 2 wins from 3 runs.

She is ridden by Seb Sanders this evening who has been in the plate on all three of her starts to date. The 5 furlong course at Bath is left handed and Quite A Thing has run once and won on a left handed course.

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Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 18th August 2011

Muffin McLeary is Lee Newman’s only ride at Hamilton today

4:05 – Hamilton - SCOTTISH TROPHY HANDICAP (CLASS 4) (3yo+ 0-80) Good To

Soft 1m1f36y

The latest horseracing news archive reveals that Lee Newman travels to Hamilton for just one ride today. Nothing very unusual on that you might think. However, his ride is for David Barron and when the pair team up at Hamilton it pays to look carefully at his mount.

Lee Newman has ridden for David Barron at Hamilton 8 times, all this year and to date he has won four times. A £10 level stake on all of his rides producing a
profit of £160.00

He rides Muffin McLeary today who is having just his fifth career start. The 3 year old gelding did not run as a 2yo and made his racecourse debut at Doncaster in a Maiden on 3rd April. He finished 7th of 12 runners, 10 lengths behind the winner.

The race has worked out well with 9 winners coming out of it. His next two runs were both at Thirsk when he ran over 1 mile and 7
furlongs respectively finishing 4th on both occasions. All of his first three runs were in Good ground.

His last run on 23 June was at Hamilton and he was stepped up in trip on his Handicap debut to 1 mile and 1 furlong. The ground was also new to him as he ran in soft ground that day.

He looked better the further he went going on to win by 7 lengths. He was also ridden by Lee Newman who has ridden him on all four of his starts. So far three horses have run since with Shalloon, who
finished 3rd some 8¾ lengths back winning next time out.

He runs over the same trip today and can be said to be improving. He obviously likes running at Hamilton and the ground is in his favour. The one big sticking point today is that the Handicapper took a dim view of his big margin victory.

He only beat a 75 rated rival but the handicapper has seen fit to put him up 10lbs.

Still he has had a decent break and his breeding (by Hawk Wing out of an Atticus mare) would suggest that stamina will not be an issue and at a current price of 9/1 in a 16 runner race he probably rates a half decent each way bet.

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Tony Ward filed this horseracing news archive report on 16th August 2011

Jeremy Noseda – 46.2% Winning Strike Rate at Brighton



Jeremy Noseda has a truly excellent strike rate at Brighton. Since 28 June 2005 he has sent out 39 runners at the quirky East Sussex venue winning on no fewer than 18 occasions. A £10 level stake bet on all of his runners currently shows a profit of £211.10 at a winning strike rate of 46.2%.

The latest horseracing news archive reveals he sends just one runner to Brighton today. Grandeur runs in a 2 year Old Maiden race. Noseda has run 12 two year old horses at Brighton since October 2005 of which 3 have won for a 25% winning strike rate.

Grandeur is having his second start today. He made his racecourse debut at Goodwood on 30 July and made a promising start to his career finishing a head 2nd to Nawwaar who had the experience of a previous outing. horseracing news archive for Noseda shows that for second time out 2 year old’s his record is interesting.

Since May 2005 of his 129 second time out runners 35 have won at a winning strike rate of 27.1%.
Factor in the latest horseracing news archive that Grandeur is likely to go off at odds on today and the strike rate rises to 56.2%. Of the 32 runners which have gone off at evens or odds on 18 have won.

Also in Grandeur’s favour today is the fact that in 2011 Noseda has saddled 11 second time out 2 year old’s of which 5 have won giving a winning strike rate of 45.5%.

The booking of William Buick to ride Grandeur today is also of interest. Buick has ridden 53 times for Noseda since 2007 on all courses, winning 11 times for a 20.8% winning strike rate. At Brighton he has ridden just twice for Noseda. Both have won, including a 2 year old.

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About Tony Ward

I live in North Cumbria on a smallholding with my wife. We breed and train sport horses and hunters. I have been involved in racing for over twenty years and I have owned racehorses so I do have a certain insight of the ‘other side’ of horseracing news archive.

I attend race meeting regularly and I also work as a paddock watcher passing on information of the horse’s well being from the pre-parade and the parade ring. This is especially useful at some of the lesser meetings.

As an author I write on the latest horseracing news archive for a number of websites based in the UK and the USA and I also contribute to a number of racecourse publications.

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