Tuesday's Racing Tips

Patient Speculation
Tuesday 12th September - 

2:25 Leicester - 

Noted juveniles: Hula Girl, Preening, Tivoli & Ziarah. 

Interesting: Competitive heat. Hula Girl ran well on debut and sure to improve for this extra furlong and experience. Preening is a big price but been noted by James Fanshawe. The stable can spring a surprise at huge odds although the form horses are probably best today. Tivoli was made favourite last time out but had problems in-running Finished well and may appreciate this stiff finish. Ziarah stepped up from five furlongs to seven and it proved a good decision. She is a battling type who is likely to run on at the death.   

2:55 Leicester - 

Noted juveniles: Beautiful Memory.

Note: Saeed bin Suroor is the poor relation to Charlie Appleby this season but this well-bred filly is worthy of respect.  

3:25 Leicester - 

Noted juveniles: Felisa & Bodybuilder.

Interesting: Even a selling race has significantly entered juveniles. Felisa is a fair horse for this grade and deserves a win. Bodybuilder has been significantly dropped in class and another horse who deserves respect.  

The Best Horse Trainers in UK

Who is your favourite horse trainer?

I guess, for many, it will be a high-profile trainer. Sir Michael Stoute, Willie Mullins, John Gosden et al. 

It's interesting to consider every trainer big, small or one man and his horse have their day. I always cheer for the underdog. 

We have all listened to trainers detailing their thoughts before a race and the tone is often very different before and after. Certain trainers are known for being over optimistic. Glass three-quarters full type of mind. Others run from interviewers in case they bring bad luck. superstitious. 

Dangle that luckless rabbit's foot before they dare muse about what may be. 

Clive Brittain [retired] was one trainer who was always optimistic. In truth, it wasn't a bad thing at all because the power of the word is strong. I believe. I don't believe. Which would you prefer? We can do this! 

The number of times he would race a horse at the highest level and it would work for him. A horse priced 100/1. Placed. Remember Terimon runner-up to Nashwan in the 1989 Epsom Derby. Oh, what were the odds? 

Get in!

How many pundits, trainers, owners would have said: ''You're wasting your time and money.''

As many of you will know, I follow two-year-old horse racing. I run a private website called Group Horse Daily which details the best horses in training. It is remarkably accurate. You name a talented juvenile winner and the chances are we detailed it before debut. It isn't my word, it comes from the trainers themselves. 

The power of the word.

Take a look at www.grouphorse.co.uk to learn more and join our free mailing list to get a limited number of very talented horses that the trainer would rather you didn't know. 

How do you measure a trainer's judgment? 

It is surprising how accurate most trainers are at knowing their horses. It is their job and livelihood. 

What do you do for a living? How good are you at your job? How would you compare to someone who was learning their trade, business or someone who just enjoyed a hobby? I suspect you would be in a different league. 

If you want to know the best unraced and lightly race two-year-old horses in training, then you need to know the font of all knowledge - the trainer's voice.  


Fantasy Football Drafting Guide for 2017

Daily Fantasy Drafts
Fantasy football is the most popular sporting event in America and around the world. More people log on to play each other in their fantasy leagues than actually watch the games on Sunday. What does this mean? Well, if you aren't actively working to stay ahead of your opponents then you are falling behind. With the 2017 fantasy football drafting season beginning it is time to do a little bit of research, prepare for the draft, and then knock it out of the park. Whether you are drafting for your season long league or a night of DFS sports on the new platform, DRAFT, the preparation is the same. Let's dig in.

How do fantasy football professionals approach their drafts? The draft is one of the most important strategic events of the fantasy football season. You can win or lose your entire year based on how well or poorly your draft goes. That is a lot of pressure, particularly for newcomers to the game. Fortunately for us the rules are the same for everyone and a little bit of preparation can go a long way toward getting you ready to go head to head with your opponents.

Make Your Draft Sheets

One of the key elements to having a successful fantasy draft involves charting the players you want and where you want to take them. We don't mean that you should list all of the best players in the first round. Instead, you should look at the Average Draft Position (ADP) charts that are available on the internet. Use those as a reference point to begin your own personal research. Take those lists and work your own research into them to compile a new chart. The ADP of LeSean McCoy may be 1.05 for example, but my own personal draft sheet has him at 1.10. That means I would take him at #10 but I wouldn't take him at #5.

Avoid Over Drafting Key Positions

The quarterback is the highest scoring player in fantasy football. Aaron Rodgers will rack up more points than David Johnson or Leveon Bell. This doesn't mean you should take Rodgers #1 overall because the position is much deeper. Don't over-draft positions that you can actually sit back and wait on. Typically you are going to want to wait on quarterback and tight end while stocking up on the best available running backs and wide receivers. The reason is simple, most leagues have you play at least two running backs and at least two receivers. The position becomes thinner as a result of the league wide need.

Research for Sleepers

Sleepers are the most fun part of fantasy football in our opinion. Correctly identifying a great player before anybody knows about him can be a great feeling. For example, I loved what I saw out of Odell Beckham Jr in college and made sure to grab him as a rookie. OBJ led my team to a fantasy football championship as he caught 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 scores. Nobody was on the radar for OBJ and he made me look like a genius the entire season.

Fantasy football is all about having fun watching the game and beating on your buddies. Try to prepare for the draft but understand that the game is 25% luck no matter what you do.

Rebel Racing - Horse Racing Syndicate (Club Tropicana)

Rebel Racing
If I said the name Club Tropicana. What would come to mind?

For many, it would most likely be lyrics to a very popular song from Wham, released in 1983, from the Fantastic album of none other than George Micheal and Andrew Ridgley. 

How times have changed.

The name Club Tropicana lives on as if transcending life in the form of a race horse. A horse in the ownership of Rebel Racing, trained by Richard Spencer. These connections are probably more familiar to you with their excellent two-year-old Rajasinghe who has proven himself to be a specimen racehorse winning the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot and a creditable third, under a penalty, in the July Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket.

It's a small world. And, you never know who you will bump into as you make a train journey from Norwich station to Great Yarmouth for a day at the races. 

This was one of our many visits to Great Yarmouth Racecourse, in Norfolk, on the coast, to enjoy not only a day's racing but the splendor of a traditional British holiday destination. Later, if the horse racing wasn't enough, we have a night in the Grosvenor Casino which is situated in the grandeur of the Shadingfield Lodge, a beautiful Victorian Listed build once frequented by Edward VII, future King of England. Son of Queen Victoria if you love your history. Take a virtual tour here

Well, we follow two-year-old racing and had our eye on Club Tropicana who is a daughter of Helmet out of a winning mare, trained by James Toller. By chance, we got chatting to two gentlemen who were sitting opposite us on the final part of the journey to Great Yarmouth. And they were the owners of Club Tropicana. We had a conversation about the horse and Rajasignhe before leaving, feeling that this filly will be winning before the season is concluded. 

Watching the two-year-olds walk around the parade ring, we spotted the said horse and connections. A big, tall filly who will definitely grow into a talent. She is an impressive juvenile who certainly covers some ground with a giant stride. I had a few quid each-way but didn't collect, finished a respectable sixth place in a competitive race. I would suspect, connections had hoped for a little more but I am very interested in seeing Club Tropicana on her second start. Perhaps she will return to Great Yarmouth for the Eastern Festival this September. 

That would be ideal.

You never know who might be sitting next to you on a train.

Thursday's Racing Tips (31st August)

Winning Racing Tips
31st August - 

1:20 Chelmsford - 

Noted juveniles: Rua Augusta. 

Interesting: By all accounts, Rua Augusta is one of Kevin Ryan's best juveniles and he was narrowly foiled on debut. Should go well. 

1:30 Musselburgh - 

Noted juveniles: Brandy Station.

Note: Tony Coyle's charge is a speedy juvenile but has to give a winner's penalty.   

2:00 Musselburgh -

Noted juveniles: Situation.

Note: A lowly nursery. Situation has shown an element of ability but rather unpredictable. Decent odds if you fancy a speculative punt. 

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Saturday's Racing Tips (26th August)

1:35 Goodwood - 

Noted juveniles: Kareva.

Note: Charles Hills two-year-old has been knocking on the door and holds respectable claims. 

2:05 Newmarket - 

Noted juveniles: Mashaheer & Betty F.  

Interesting: William Haggas' Mashaheer was fancied on debut but disappointed. This colt was earmarked for the Gimcrack (Group 2) and I suspect will show much more today. From a statistical point of view, holds decent each-way claims if prices allow. Betty F could go well for Jeremy Noseda. This homebred daughter of Frankel looks to be one of the better hopes for the stable. If starting favourite I would take that as a confident sign. 

5:10 Windsor - 

Noted juveniles: Prince Maurice, Bint Huwaar & Lamya.

Interesting: Prince Maurice has a significant entry but doesn't look to be one of the stable stars. Would hold greater claims if price 8/1 & less SP. Bint Huwaar is worthy of note. George Peckham doesn't have a huge string of juveniles but this daughter of More Than Ready is held in high regard. She cost $1000,000 at the 2yo breeze up sales and a couple of Group entries give some confidence. Could well have each-way claims. Lamya ran well on debut and held in some regard by connections. Looks the horse to beat but I wouldn't jump in at short odds especially if these two in opposition are strong in the market.   

5:25 Redcar - 

Noted juveniles: Benadalid & Mistress Of Venice.

Note: Mistress Of Venice is a talented filly who has been racing at a high level. This is a major drop in class and unless she has regressed, looks a stiff horse to beat. Benadalid is considered 20lb inferior to this talented filly on official ratings. He is a battling type but carrying a penalty will make life tough. Holds claims but may need the filly to disappoint to prevail. 

5:55 Redcar - 

Noted juveniles: Elysee Star.

Claims: Ben Haslam doesn't have many juveniles in his stable but Elysee Star is a professional two-year-old. She has run well on both starts to date and connections considered her for the Convivial Maiden at York. This auction race is probably her class but she has a fighting chance of victory.   

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What Happens if McGregor Beats Mayweather?

It's the 'fight' that many considered would never happen. 

You know the best way to consider if anything will ever happen? The amount of money being offered to lure, tempt, swindle out of those people they call the general public. 

It's the fight that everyone wants to see. It's a shame it has the feel of a pantomime. I keep thinking Christopher Biggins is about to turn up as one of the ugly sisters but wearing boxing gloves. 

It's all about money, hey? $90 million in tickets sales. $500 million in pay-per-view. No wonder Biggins has been in training! 

Millions of words being written. 

I guess the good, bad and the beautiful (ugly) will be watching this on 26th August. 

Surely, McGregor can't win? Isn't this just a fanciful way for Mayweather to pay the RSA? Or could the boxing world be turned upside down with a shock win? 

Boxing Match Stats:

McGregor 0/0 

Mayweather 49/0 

Mayweather is so 'brilliant' he has his own acronym: TBE (should be TSB) for The Best Ever. 

We know he is a modest chap.

McGregor is UFC lightweight champion. This is a good day's work for the Irishman even if he got beat to a pulp. 

But just imagine if he won. The rematch worth even more than $$$$$ Squillions. Endorsements. Sponsorship. I'm predicting if he wins this, he will be the richest man in the world within the next decade! 

Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions and the staunchest Mayweather supporter outside the immediate family, is talking up McGregor’s chances.
“Believe me,” Ellerbe said emphatically to Yahoo Sports, “ain’t no way Floyd is underestimating this guy. All [McGregor’s] losses were on the floor. He’s unbeaten standing up, using his hands. Floyd is taking him very seriously.”


McGregor scoffs at talk that he is fighting an uphill battle against Mayweather, and insists that most of the advantages in the fight belong to him. Even when it comes to boxing footwork, at which Mayweather is an acknowledged master, McGregor has a ready response.

“I’ll go out and I’ll paint many different pictures,” McGregor said. “I can fight in many stances. I can fight in many styles. I can take a capoeira stance. I can take a taekwondo stance. I can take a karate stance. I can take a boxing stance. I can take a Greco Roman freestyle-wrestling stance. I can stand and fight in many, many ways, and I will fight in all of them.
“I will paint many, many different pictures in this fight. I’ll dazzle him, and then the shots will find their home.”
What do you think?