An each way double bet each day. As the name suggests, it’s a bit of a punt, hence Daily Dabble.

Daily Dabble, 31st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 31st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 31st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 31st July 2013

Here at Geegeez, we're open and honest enough to hold our hands up and admit when something isn't working and sadly today is one of those days. It's quite clear that I've not managed to make this site feature a success, despite a series of near misses. So, with regret, we have decided that today will be the last Daily Dabble for the forseeable future.

Yesterday's results were pretty indicative of the way things have fallen for this feature, Nafa was the class horse in her race and brought the best form to the table, but when push came to shove had nothing extra when needed, finishing 3rd at 6/5.

That meant that man of Leisure was running for personal pride only and I'm happy to report that he gave a really gutsy account of himself. Conceding huge chunks of weight all round, he toughed it out and just about hung on to win by a neck at 7/4.

I do, however, expect both of today's runners to do the business and at least let me sign off with a winning bet, starting with the...

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3.25 Perth

The re-opposing Lord Of Drums and Mourne Paddy clashed here last night over 2m4f, with our selection finishing in 2nd place with the latter a further 23 lengths further back. Lord of Drums comes here in good form (4231412 this year) and still looks like he's improving.  The drop down to today's 2m trip is sure to suit him more than last night's effort. His two wins this year were over this trip: once at Hexham in April and once over today's course and distance just under 4 weeks ago. He hs won on Good ground and also Good to Soft and also has some good runs behind him on even softer ground than that, so the recent rain won't be a hindrance either. I wouldn't be surprised if he attempts to make all and looks a good bet at 11/8.

6.55 Sandown

Voice of a Leader is a son of Danehill Dancer from a mare who was a 1m winner as a 2yr old. He cost 210,000 guineas and was very well spoken of before his debut at Newmarket. He didn't quite come to terms with the whole thing that day, but the experience will no doubt stand him in good stead. He was less than 2 lengths behind Expert that day and that one went on to win next time out. He is that well-regarded that he holds a couple of Group race (Champagne Stakes and the Royal Lodge) entries and even just normal progression should be enough to take this one today at a price of around 11/10.

Back Lord Of Drums Voice of a Leader in a double with either of Paddy Power or William Hill paying 4/1 BOG

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Daily Dabble, 30th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 30th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 30th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 30th July 2013

I had hoped that yesterday's piece would be a case of better late than never. Unfortunately it proved not to be the case as both horses selected failed to even make the frame. Quel Ballistic was going really well and disputing the lead heading towards the 10th of the 16th fences at Uttoxeter last night, before pulling up sharply as though something was amiss. The camera angle isn't the greatest at that point of the track, so I'm unsure what went wrong, hopefully it's nothing too serious.

This meant that the double was down, but Significant Move couldn't even secure a moral victory for us, finishing back in 4th place.

Results for this double certainly haven't been as good as we'd hoped/expected and I aim to redress the balance somewhat today with these two, starting with the...

5.00 Yarmouth

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A best price of 11/10 looks quite big for a horse as good as Nafa has been of late. She has won five of her last eight starts and was narrowly (by a neck) beaten on her last outing none days ago. That race was a valuable handicap at the Curragh against tougher opposition that she'll encounter here today. That run at The Curragh was a lifetime best performance and any repeat of that effort should easily be enough today. All we need is for her jockey to keep her involved early doors and we should have a good crack at the...

8.50 Worcester

Man of Leisure has been an absolute revelation since moving to Anthony Honeyball's yard. A run of form that reads 11121 since the switch is quite amazing. Anthony is of those trainers who shows a level stakes profit by backing him blindly in all handicap races and he has a great record here at Worcester too with a 29.3% strike rate producing an ROI of 198%. Man Of Leisure now runs off a mark some 39lbs higher than he did on his first start for this yard less than eight weeks ago, but I don't think he has finished improving just yet and the 13/8 on offer from William Hill might be a bit of a steal come 9pm.

 

Back Nafa Man Of Leisure in a double with William Hill paying a shade over 9/2 BOG (4.5125/1 to be precise!)

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Daily Dabble Update, 22nd to 28th July 2013

Daily Dabble: Update

Daily Dabble: Update

Daily Dabble Update: 22/07/13 to 28/07/13

The last week just had to be better than the previous one. Mind you, with a 0/7 record to beat, it couldn't get any worse!

As it was, my selections performed better than of late and 5 winners and 3 places from 12 runners isn't too bad at all. Unfortunately I coupled two of my winners with two runners-up and another with an unplaced horse, meaning that despite an improvement in form, only one double was landed.

This meant a small loss of 1pt over the week and leaves us in grave danger of failing to make profit this month.

Selections & Results : 22/07/13 to 28/07/13
(1pt win doubles)

22/07: Won at 11/8 & 2nd at 2/1
23/07: Won at Evens and Won at 6/4 (double paid 4/1)
24/07: Two non-runners (but Mandy The Nag won at 11/4 two days later)
25/07: Both runners unplaced
26/07: Won at 5/6 & unplaced
27/07: Won at 11/10 & 2nd at 100/30
28/07: 3rd at 7/2 and unplaced

22/07 to 28/07:
5 winners from 12 = 41.67%
8 placers from 12 = 66.67%

Doubles:
1 winning bets from 6 = 16.67% for a loss of 1pt over the week.

Since switching to the 1pt straight win doubles, we're now at 2/17!
P/L: -6.4875pts
ROI: -38.16%

 

 

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013 (ii)

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

I apologise again for the tardiness of today's post, but I'm hoping it'll be a case of better late than never. I certainly hope to improve on yesterday's performance, where a solitary 3rd place (Madrasa at 7/2) was the highlight of the day.

Unfortunately, my choice of races is now restricted due to the lateness of this piece, but I'm still hopeful of success this evening, starting with the...

7.20 Uttoxeter

Where a price of up to 9/4 about Quel Ballistic looks generous based on recent form. This horse's career seemed to have stalled courtesy of a series of jumping errors before a switch to Peter Bowen's yard. He has improved in each of his three races for his new handlers, winning the first two and putting in his best performance to date when second last time out at Perth.

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He did nothing wrong that day, but was denied a quick hat-trick by Dantes King, who went on to win again next time out, also at Perth. Despite the improvement shown from race to race, he has only been raised by a pound for that last run. He has run well enough in the past when there's been some cut in the ground and the fact that he's dropping down a class to race here tonight makes him a big player in my book.

8.00 Windsor

Significant Move has only won four of his twenty-four races to date, but all four victories have come at the 1m2f to 1m3f distance and he has an excellent record here at Windsor, where he seems to produce his best efforts and his record here reads 3411. He has
won both his races over tonight's course and distance, the latest of which was just three weeks ago, when he seemed to win quite comfortably, beating eleven other rivals including Breaking The Bank who reopposes tonight.

He has been raised just 3lbs for that win and he'll no doubt be helped by his jockey's 5lb claim this evening. Running off a mark of 74 shouldn't pose too much of a problem either, as he has already won off 77 and 79, making tonight's price of 7/4 look more than reasonable.

Back Quel Ballistic Significant Move in a double with Paddy Power paying a shade under 8/1 BOG (7.9375/1 for the pedants like me!)

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Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 29th July 2013

There will, unfortunately, be a delay in posting today's Daily Dabble. I will be away from my PC this morning, as I've a family matter to attend to, but I shall still be providing a double for today, as soon as I'm free this afternoon.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused and I thank you all for your continued support.

Daily Dabble, 28th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 28th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 28th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 28th July 2013

We hit the crossbar again yesterday with another of those 1st and 2nd days. Ingenti was only beaten inside the last 50 yards at 11/4, after we'd taken the early 100/30, which meant we'd nothing on Sunny Future who looked very long at the morning price of 11/10.

That price indeed proved to be decent value, as he was sent off at 8/11 and secured his expected victory by three parts of a length.

Hoping to get even closer today.starting with the...

2.55 Pontefract

Madrasa is my pick here, as he would appear to have the best form on offer and comes here in good nick, having improved his record in each of his last three outings, finishing third and then second, before winning last time out at Redcar. Admittedly, all three of those runs were at trips a couple of furlongs longer than today's mile and a half, but he does possess enough natural speed to take this one. There will be doubts in the market about him dropping back in trip, but he has run and made the frame at 1m4f in the past and the 9/4 currently on offer looks decent enough value to me.

3.20 Carlisle

Beacon Lodge is a former dual Group 3 winner, but now finds himself in lowly claiming company for the first time, having lost his way a little of late. His form has picked up a little of late with better performances coming in four runs wearing a hood, which is also worn again today. On past exploits, he's clearly the class horse in this race and he won't mind the soft ground, as he has won once and placed once on similar surfaces in the past. The morning withdrawal of Talent Scout will help his cause further, but has led to a shortening of his price to 10/11.

Back Madrasa Beacon Lodge in a double with Paddy Power paying 5.2/1 BOG.

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Daily Dabble, 27th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 27th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 27th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 27th July 2013

As I said yesterday, I don't often back horses at odds on, but Supreme Bailerina looked very long at yesterday's advised 5/6 and this certainly looked the case as she absolutely bolted home by some 13 lengths. She was sent off as short as 8/13, so we certainly got the value with that one.

This gave us 1.83pts onto race 2, where Ehtadaam had been backed by us at 2/1. Our selection went well initially, leading up to the 7f mark. Unfortunately this was a one mile race and he faded pretty badly in that last furlong, to the extent that he was beaten by some seven lengths.

Today is another day, offering lots of opportunities and I've found a couple that I like the look of, starting with the...

4.50 Newcastle

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Ingenti is the pick here and she looks to have been well placed in this one. She was entered for this race before she had won at Hamilton last week and as a result runs from a mark 2lbs higher the maximum cut-off for the race. This race doesn't look as tough as that outing at Hamilton and I fully expect her to defy the 5lb penalty she now carries as a result of that success.

The yard are keeping her busy whilst she's running well, today will be her 4th race in 22 days, but she showed no signs of fatigue when winning 9 days ago when producing the best performance of her career to date. 7lb claimer Kevin Stott was on board for the first time that and he's now 311 for the yard. He's back on board today and the way he got a good tune out of his mount last time should bode well for today where Ingenti is a 100/30 chance.

8.15 Salisbury

Just four go to post for this one and I really like the look of Sunny Future here. He has won twice over a mile and a half here within the last seven weeks, with a third place over C&D sandwiched between those victories. He stays much further than this if truth be told and despite conceding chunks of weight all round, looks the one to beat, hence 11/10 being the best price on offer. The booking of Richard Hughes is both significant and positive and if allowed to take an early lead, could be very difficult to peg back. This horse is still progressing nicely and I fancy him to make it three wins from four today.

Back Ingenti Sunny Future in a double with BetVictor paying 8.1/1 BOG.

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Daily Dabble, 26th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 26th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 26th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 26th July 2013

Pretty poor results from a poor day's racing, yesterday, I'm afraid. Ducab was well beaten, back in 6th place of the 7 runners, whilst Heirloom fared little better, finishing 4th of 7, despite being sent off as the 11/10 favourite.

We're looking for and expecting better this evening, starting with the...

7.05 Wexford

I don't particularly like backing odds on shots, but I actually there could be some value in the 5/6 currently available for Supreme Bailerina, as the mare attempts to make it 2 from 2 in her fledgling career. Trained by Willie Mullins and of excellent NH breeding, she absolutely scooted home on debut at Limerick on her debut 19 days ago.

She was patiently ridden and held up for a finish there and as soon as she was asked for an effort, she fair sprinted clear of the field, opening up a lead of 8 lengths after taking pole position inside the final furlong. Today's trip is shorter, but the turn of foot shown that day makes her the most likely here..

8.00 York

Ehtedaam runs for the in form Saeed bin Suroor here and has an excellent chance of winning his fourth race in five starts here at reasonable odds of 2/1. This 4 yr old was an emphatic (5l+) at Sandown over today's 1m trip just 9 days ago and attempts to stay one step ahead of the handicapper by turning out here tonight: he is due to be raised 4lbs tomorrow! he did play up a little on entering the stalls last time, but provided he goes in, I expect him to win at around 2/1.

Back Supreme Bailerina Ehtedaam in a double with Boylesports paying 9/2 BOG.

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Daily Dabble, 25th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 25th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 25th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 25th July 2013

There were 34 non-runners in the UK yesterday and unfortunately both our selections were amongst that number. This meant we kept our powder dry, but couldn't immediately follow up Tuesday's 4/1 win.

But, as racing is a 7-day business, we get to try all over again today starting with the...

3.40 Sandown

Roger Varian has a 27.3% strike rate with handicap debutants priced at 4/1 or under and runs Ducab here today. Ducab is currently a 5/2 shot and will be ridden by Ryan Moore today. Ryan has won two of the four races he has contested for the Varian yard and stands a great chance here on this brother of The Fugue. Our selection has run well in all four races to date: finishing 323 before breaking his duck at Chester almost 4 weeks ago A repeat of that performance will see him there or thereabouts today, especially as the favourite Sadiq reappears with a 6lb penalty..

8.30 Leopardstown

Just like Roger Varian above, A P O'Brien is a dab hand with his handicap debutants with a record of 12 wins from 31 when they're priced at 4/1 or under. These winners have produced profits of some 16.5pts to date, an ROI of over 53%. He's also very adept at placing his 3 yr olds in these open age handicaps where they receive a weight for age allowance, as 8 winners from 25 in the last couple of years and 12.4pts profit will testify. That record is 5/13 with sub-4/1 runners.

The O'Brien operation has won this race for the last two years and in Heirloom, they have a real chance of cracking it again. There's every chance he'll go off at odds on, based on his breeding, his progress so far and the relative ease with which he won last time out, but for now we can get 5/4 and whilst those aren't huge odds, they may well represent some value come this evening.

Back Ducab Heirloom in a double with Paddy Power paying a shade under 7/1 BOG at 6.875/1

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Daily Dabble, 24th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 24th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 24th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 24th July 2013

Our patience was finally rewarded yesterday as we broke our losing run with a nice 4/1 double. We had been knocking on the door of late, selecting a winner with a runner-up in each of the preceding two days, but we just about got home last night.

I'd suggested that Idyllic Star would be an easy winner if she was in the right mood and thankfully she was. The even money we took soon disappeared as she went off at a more realistic 8/13 and she eased herself home by the best part of 5 lengths and it could have been more.

Race 2 was a completely different kettle of fish, as we needed every ounce of the jockey's 10lb claim to get us home by a neck. My Lucky Flame was headed at the last fence, but rallied gamely to regain the lead on the run in and just about held on to take the race at the 6/4 price we'd jumped on at.

We secured the double by as narrow a margin as we've been losing by in the past, so maybe a change of fortune is occurring. If so, I aim to take advantage with today's runners, who kick off this evening in the...

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6.40 Leicester

It's a pretty poor looking race to be honest, but every race has a winner and I think Mandy The Nag is the one to beat here. I am, admittedly, taking a bit of a punt that she might reproduce some of her A/W form here on turf, but she comes into this race in the best form of any of the runners. She comfortably won a claimer at Southwell 13 days, scoring over a mile by some 5 lengths easing down at the end and ran really well in a strong handicap at Kempton last week, where despite running in a far tougher race than this, was still placed third after only being headed in the final 100 yards by the in-form Progenitor, who looks a good bet in the 8.50 race here tonight too. We can currently get 6/4 about Mandy The Nag, so hopefully that'll give us a few pennies to go onto...

7.30 Sandown

Where Homage is the DD pick. He is an unexposed and still progressive 3 yr old who finished third and then second in his first two maiden outings, before making it third time lucky at Kempton over 6 furlongs back in October. He was then rested until mid-May when he made his handicap debut, winning a 7f Class 4 contest at Haydock. He then stepped up to Class 3 for his hat-trick attempt over today's course and distance seven weeks and only narrowly failed to make it three in a row. He only went down by half a length to Ashhaad that day, the winner has since stepped up and won a Class 2 handicap. Any repeat of his last run should see Homage back in the winners' enclosure celebrating a win at odds of around 15/8.

Back Mandy The Nag & Homage in a double with either of BetVictor or Paddy Power paying a shade over 6/1 BOG at 6.1875/1

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Daily Dabble, 23rd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 23rd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 23rd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 23rd July 2013

It was a deja vu kind of day yesterday. Just like Sunday, we had a winner and a runner-up. But in all honesty, we weren't even close to landing our double. Longton may well have finished second to Stars Over The Sea, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The race was really a procession for the winner, who could have won by much further than three lengths if he'd wanted to.

It was a similar story in race 2, with our selection Djinni romping home at 5/4 (we took 11/8), She won by over three lengths after being eased right down in the final furlong. One to watch, perhaps?

None of which, though, brought any returns for us. Two more to crack at today, starting with the...

5.00 Musselburgh

If Idyllic Star turns up in the right mood, she wins here. An easy 8-lengths winner last week at Hamilton, she arrives here off the same mark, as that win was in an apprentices race attracting no penalty. Jason Hart retains the ride and although this race is tougher on paper, any repeat of last week's run will be enough. No riches to be found here, but at evens or thereabouts, we should at least be doubling our money available for the...

7.15 Bangor

A record of 2211 over hurdles since switching to Sean Curran's yard, My Lucky Flame seeks to complete the hat trick this evening. Both wins have come over 2m 7f  and she was 2nd on her only attempt at today's slightly longer 3m trip. Mikey Hamill's on board today with a very useful 10lb claim helping to reduce what looked a pretty fair opening handicap mark anyway. The former C&D winner from the McCain yard is likely to be the biggest danger, but I can see My Lucky Flame running away with this, which explains why she's around the 6/4 mark.

 

Back Idyllic StarMy Lucky Flame in a double with Bet365 paying 4/1 BOG

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Daily Dabble, 22nd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 22nd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 22nd July 2013

Daily Dabble, 22nd July 2013

After a run of poor form/selections, yesterday was both encouraging and frustrating at the same time, but eventually fruitless!

Jubilee Dancer made light of her 6lbs rise, as expected/hoped, as she made all to land her hat trick (all since the application of a hood). She stayed on well and was increasing her lead as the post came.

Her 15/8 SP meant that we'd then got 2.875pts riding on Steps To Freedom at 21/10 (after a Rule 4 deduction) and despite him going well enough, just didn't have enough to catch the surprise 25/1 winner who made all the running. Ifs and buts don't make you rich, so the one length defeat may hae well been greater, but maybe just some small hope for the week ahead.

I'm looking to a pair of two-year olds to get us back on track today, starting with the...

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2.00 Ayr

This average-looking 4-runner maiden appears to be a two-horse race to me and my preference is for Longton. He was admittedly last of three home on debut here over course and distance a fortnight ago, but showed enough promise to be of interest today having only been beaten by a couple of lengths. That result alone is probably the best piece of form available to any of the runners here today, as nearest rival Stars Over The Sea looked like he'd regressed from race 1 to 2. As one of the more fancied runners in a 4-horse race, no big prices here, but the 5/4 BOG available looks fair at least.

6.20 Windsor

Richard Hannon's horses always seem to improve for a run and he'll be hoping that Djinni continues to prove that theory. She was 4th of 15 on debut and stayed on well over the same trip as today, but she was fifth string for the yard in that race and two of her stablemates were in the three horses ahead of her on debut. No stablemates to compete against today, she looks to have a strong chance of breaking her duck here. Richard Hughes rides her today, which is a positive and he rode the winner in this race for Richard Hannon last year, as they did in 2011 too! Will be well fancied today, but I'm happy enough to settle on the 11/8 BOG currently on offer.

Back LongtonDjinni in a double with Paddy Power paying just under 9/2 BOG (4.344/1!)

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Daily Dabble Update, 15th to 21st July 2013

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Daily Dabble: Update

Daily Dabble Update: 15/07/13 to 21/07/13

A terrible week for the doubles, if I'm honest. A move to more fancied horses, which should have more chance of winning has actually led to a worsening of results. The only saving grace is that a losing day only costs us 1pt instead of 2 on an E/W double.

We came close to landing a 9.2/1 double last Monday and closer still to landing one at 7.91/1 yesterday. Either of which would have made the week a profitable one, but the stuff between those two days was pretty dire, it must be said.

Two winners from fourteen simply isn't good enough and whilst the 50% place strike rate provides a few crumbs for comfort, we're not going to get fat(ter) off scraps. Much better is needed and we've ten days left in the month to turn this around.

Selections & Results:15/07/13 to 21/07/13
(1pt win doubles)
15/07: won at 13/8 & 3rd at 5/2
16/07: Both runners unplaced (both 5th!)
17/07: Both runners unplaced
18/07: 2nd at 6/5 & unplaced
19/07: 2nd at 3/1 & unplaced
20/07: 2nd at 5/2 & unplaced
21/07: Won at 15/8 & 2nd at 21/10 (after a 40p rule 4)

15/07 to 21/07:
2 winners from 14 = 14.29%
7 placers from 14 = 50.00%

Doubles:
0 winning bets from 7 = 0.00%

Since switching to the 1pt straight win doubles, we're now at 1/11!
P/L: -5.4875pts
ROI: -49.89%

 

 

Daily Dabble, 21st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 21st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 21st July 2013

Daily Dabble, 21st July 2013

Talent was very disappointing in the Irish Oaks yesterday trooping home in last place, but it was pretty immaterial anyway as Wadacre Sarko has already been beaten.

Bidding for the hat trick, he allowed the eventual winner an easy six lengths or so lead before attempting to reel him in and although our selection finished strongly, this 11/8 fav ( we took 5/2) could only get to within a length and a half at the finish for 2nd place.

The clock is ticking for the future of the Daily Dabble, so a couple of winners would be nice, hopefully starting with the...

3.10 Redcar 

Jubilee Dancer is absolutely flying at present and this filly looks set to complete her hat trick after back to back wins over 6 furlongs both here at Redcar and also over at Doncaster. I wouldn't expect the drop down to 5f to be too much of a hindrance for her as she has already showed a swift turn of foot when making all last time out. She's up 6lbs for her recent wins, but I think she's still got a few pounds in hand here today and looks a good bet at odds of up to 7/4.

3.35 Tipperary 

So Young is clearly the class horse in the race, but at 7/4 I can't back him, especially as he's unproved on such quick ground. His presence, however, means there's value elsewhere on this card and my preference is for Steps To Freedom, who has won at Grade 2 level over hurdles and possesses enough natural Flat speed to be quick between obstacles. In fact, he was only 2 lengths off the winner in a 10-furlong listed contest as recently as  April this year on the back of an A?W iwn at Dundalk over that same trip. He comes here on the back of two runner-up finishes in chases and although he officially has a bit to find with So Young now back hurdling, the trip and the going are to his advantage and makes the 7/2 that's available in places look decent value indeed.

Back Jubilee DancerSteps To Freedom in a double with Paddy Power paying 19/2 BOG

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Daily Dabble, 20th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 20th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 20th July 2013

Daily Dabble, 20th July 2013

Still no respite for me here, I'm afraid to say. Vital Evidence was last of three home and although the margin of defeat wasn't a true reflection of the race (Ryan Moore eased down once the game was up), he was still well beaten.

Stellar Express came closer to landing a blow for us, finishing second to the well-backed favourite (and highlighted danger!) Ajmany who went off at 5/6 in the end.

Nevertheless, it's another point lost and one more to hopefully be recouped today, starting with the...

4.55 Ripon

It's hard to look beyond Wadacre Sarko, despite him having gone up a total of 13lbs for his recent exploits, winning back to back contests at Beverley and Hamilton, both over today's trip. Prior to those victories, he had just finished third twice on the bounce and with a record reading 43311 from his career on turf so far, he still looks to be progressing nicely. he's far less exposed than his rivals here today and he won so convincingly last time out that today's 6lb rise shouldn't be enough to stop him. I'm on at 5/2.

6.15 The Curragh

The UK has provided the last four winners of the Irish Oaks and today's race looks a two-horse affair to me with Riposte and Talent being the main protagonists. If Talent runs to the same level that saw her take the Epsom Oaks, then I think she'll be unstoppable. Talent has a better turn of foot than her rivals and provided she's not left with too much to do in a tactical encounter, the odds of up to 11/4 look quite big to me for a runner from a yard having a really good season. (20% strike rate and a 40pt profit at level stakes from just 204 runners at all odds).

Back Wadacre SarkoTalent in a double with Stan James paying 11.25/1 BOG

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