Monthly Archives: October 2013

Third Intention superb value at 40s for the Jewson

cash_in_handBetvictor will lay you 40/1 against Third Intention winning the Jewson Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in about 20 weeks’ time. If he doesn’t run you get your stake back as a free bet (up to £50).  I strongly advise that you take this. Third Intention is a horse I’ve always been interested in – I’m convinced there’s a good race in him and have backed him each time he’s run.  He has appeared quirky and looked best held up, but a wind op in summer seems to have helped him keep his head down, and he won comfortably on his seasonal debut.

Still only 6, his lack of success last season sees him retain his novice status. He’s run 9 times at Cheltenham – 2 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third – and there must be every chance he will be aimed at the Jewson again (he finished 6th in it this year). If  he lines up, he’ll almost certainly be the most experienced chaser in the field, with some of the best form to boot. He’s 4 times the price he should be imo and must be backed, especially with that precious concession of not losing your stake.


Good luck


Loan Arranger might be needed if Top Notch Tonto gets bushwhacked

Lone RangerLast of 4 in a class 4 at Beverley in June; winless in 6 outings before joining Brian Ellison (at Hogwarts) Top Notch Tonto is denied 4 from 4 for his new yard only by the short head of Breden at Newmarket. His Group 3 win was put down to a freakish result in easy ground, then he comes out and wins on good to firm.

He is far and away the best of his owner Keith Brown’s 6 horses, three of whom have earned not a penny. TNT’s lifetime earnings are £95,000.  Given how much of that has gone on training fees, Mr Brown must have been rooting around down the back of the sofa to come up with the £70,000 he has paid to supplement TNT for the QE II Stakes (3.30 Ascot) . Racing is full of optimists, so does this one take the Gold for optimism? Or are connections firmly grounded and simply convinced they’ll get in the first 3 and, at worst, make a profit from it?

Hopeless romantic that I am, I’ll go with the latter and back him each way at 16/1.

Good luck to all



Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting taster

Cue Card wins the Ryanair

Cue Card wins the Ryanair

Here’s a taster for the Showcase meeting at Cheltenham this weekend.

The official media guide can be seen by clicking


Good luck


Richard Pitman talks about his ride on Crisp in the 1973 Grand National

I finally got round to editing this. It was shot before the 2013 Grand National – the 40th anniversary of Crisp’s heartbreaking defeat by the great Red Rum.  Richard sat with me on a bench outside Uplands, the famous yard he rode for in one of the best eras of National Hunt racing. Uplands had the first Millionaire’s Row (that I can remember, anyway), with horses like Crisp, Pendil, Bula, Lanzarote and Killiney. Richard was stable jockey at the time. He took a lot of stick from some for his ride on Crisp, but has always been his own fiercest critic. In this video he tells his story of the race.

The bench we’re sitting on has a plaque dedicated to Fred Winter. Richard talks about it, and Fred toward the end of the video.

You’ll hear the occasional passing horsebox in the background, although it’s never too intrusive.

Anyway,click here to see it.