Monday Mish Mash: Racing and other stuff

So I've been a bit sidetracked since last I wrote... Young Leon was thrust unwillingly into the bright lights of a delivery ward last Wednesday, and most things (actually, everything) have (has) taken a back seat since then. More on that in a moment. I've also got a word on the weekend racing; Fantasy Racing; Stat of the Day; and, the National Hunt syndicate.

Firstly, the racing. From Thursday through to Saturday, Newmarket staged its three day Cambridgeshire meeting on the Rowley Mile, and some high class action ensued.

Thursday was a quiet enough affair, and that stalwart of HQ, John Gosden, enjoyed a tasty 252/1 treble, courtesy of Listed wins from Gallipot and Caucus, and a handicap success for Hezmah. Gosden is always a man to keep on side at Newmarket and especially so at the tail end of the year. Johnny G's treble on the opening day wasn't the last time he'd frequent the winners' enclosure before the weekend was out.

Star of the Thursday show though was probably Richard Hannon's Havana Gold, a highly promising son of Teofilo, now unbeaten in four completed starts (he was winning when his saddle slipped and he unseated rider in a Listed race over in France).

The winner came from last to first to prevail with authority from a group of horses which, in truth, were a) no match for him, and b) not quite top class.

Havana Gold will have plenty of options, including the Tattersalls Millions race this Saturday; and the Group 1 pair, the Dewhurst and the Racing Post Trophy. Given that he wants a mile really, the very fast seven of the sales race or either of the Group 1's look achievable goals, and perhaps the main danger is over-racing, as I suspect connections will want to take in the former and one of the latter two.

Wherever Havana Gold goes next, he looks a colt of immense promise.

Friday's card was dominated by the Fillies' Mile, a Group 1 juvenile contest over... a mile, strangely enough. Certify, for Godolphin and Mahmood al Zarooni, scooted up in the manner of an exciting young lass.

Certify was in front at the two furlong pole, further in front at the furlong pole, and routed them by four and a half lengths by the line. It's fair to say that, herself aside, it was a weakish contest in terms of strength in depth, but that shouldn't decry from a decisive and impressive winner.

Now four from four, and clearly progressive, it is to be presumed she'll be aimed at the 1000 Guineas next Spring, for which she's a general 8/1 chance. If you're into ante-post betting on such events, it's hard to crab that sort of course and distance form and the price looks fair, without - obviously - being generous.

Gosden was on the money again in a decent looking maiden, with the previously unraced Seek Again. In a race which could work out well, he was comfortably on top by the line.

Saturday was Cambridgeshire day, and also featured some strong Group class action, spearheaded by the Group 1 pair, the Cheveley Park Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes.

Siyouma is a filly I backed when she was last at Newmarket for the Falmouth Stakes on the July course. I backed her place only that day and got a shocking tote return as I'd forgotten that the French bet into our pools on some of the big races (and were, understandably, all over 'their' gal).

I backed her place only this time too, with Betfair so at a known price. Frustrating in part to note that she won here, but not at all surprising given the record of the - generally fresher - French fillies who contest it. (They've won the last four, albeit that Sahpresa won the previous three all on her own!)

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In the Cheveley Park, Rosdhu Queen was another filly taking her score card to four out of four, and she did it well, leading from the front and staying on gamely. There's talk of a 1000 Guineas tilt for this young lady too, but despite a pedigree which offers hope, her performances thus far have been over five and six furlongs, and another top class quarter mile might just be beyond her. I'd not be interested in offers around the 25/1 mark, at least not until I've seen a seven furlong performance.

The title race of the meeting, the 33 runner (!!) Cambridgeshire, went the way of Marcus Tregoning's Bronze Angel. I had a very small interest and was far more delighted for Tregoning than me, as he's a good trainer who has had a tough few seasons, perhaps best illustrated by releasing Makfi in the belief that he was no good. (Makfi of course went on to win the 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques Le Marois).


There was one race at the Newmarket meeting which qualified for the QIPCO Fantasy Racing competition. That was Friday's Joel Stakes, won by gallant old timer, Penitent.

With just Champions Day itself, and the hatful of points available there, the Geegeez Super League is lying in second place, a mere 21 points behind leaders, OLBG.

In a race to the wire almost as exciting as the Ryder Cup (clearly, I jest: that was monumental!!!), we still have every chance of claiming the kudos and the spoils, whatever they are!

Gary Camplin leads our league, from Dan Tory, and both of them have impressive enough hauls to be register in the top fifty (out of 20,000 or so) in the overall competition.


Stat of the Day continues in excellent fettle. Whilst I'm having a spell on the sidelines, Chris continues to do the business. He followed up a 20/1 advised winner the week before last, with a 12/1 winner last week, and SotD ended up over 25 points in front for September.

That's a whopping 126 units profit since inception last November, from just one bet a day. And it's free.

You can check out Stat of the Day, either by bookmarking this page - - or by following me on twitter at @mattbisogno. (Each day's SotD post is highlighted on my timeline, so you know when it's been posted).


Finally on the racing front, the second horse syndicate filled up quickly, and we are now quite close to securing a horse. We have one in mind, and have agreed a price. Vetting will take place this Wednesday and, all being well, the horse will be in the care of Anthony Honeyball by the early hours of Thursday morning.

I can't really say any more at this stage except that he's won nine races in a 21 race career, and is on favourable marks over both hurdles and fences, and also on the flat, which means he'll have a lot of options.

Fingers crossed that all goes well on Wednesday.

Our existing horse, Khajaaly, continues to go well after his first run in six months, and we'll be looking for another race for him in the next fortnight or so as he steps up his Autumn/Winter campaign. He's a little high in the handicap just now, but should be up to winning before the all weather campaign is over.


And last but not least - in fact, saving the best for last - I'd like to introduce someone very special to you. On Wednesday of last week, Mrs Matt endured the tortures and traumas of child birth to deliver us a beautiful baby boy, Leonardo (or Leon, for short).

He was 7lb 11oz on arrival and has a put a little weight on since then. He's quite tall as well, which is surprising considering his dad's limited vertical achievements!

Most importantly, after a tricky first couple of days when he was in a special care unit, he's now home - as is mum - and both are doing fantastic.

Leon is absolutely adorable, and I can't believe how lucky I am. At a few days shy of 41, I didn't think this was going to happen, and I'm thrilled to join the massed ranks of the parents brigade. What a lucky union we are.

Here's a pic or two, and a video, if such things float your boat. They are certainly floating mine!


Poorly Leon just a few hours old

Poorly Leon just a few hours old

Home and happy

Home and happy

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    mike says:

    Congratulations to both of you.
    You must be very proud.
    P.S. He certainly looks like you

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    CG says:

    Congratulations Matt! Hope the wee fella doesn’t keep you awake too much in the coming months!

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    maneman says:

    Like the hat with “fluke” on it – was he not planned then? lol

    A lovely gift from nature, I wish him and his mother well.

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    Carol Beevers says:

    Congrats Matt and Mrs Matt on the safe arrival of your little boy. He’s definitely pondering on winning horses there in the video, but with such large hands and long fingers perhaps he’ll be training his own winners one day! A lovely little boy, well done!

    Best wishes from Carol B

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    jane says:

    Congratulations Matt, your son is absolutely beautiful and named after one of my favourite movies to boot!!!! I hope that Mrs Matt is recovering well and that the wee man gives her a little bit of rest through the night.

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    Pam Whitehouse says:

    Congratulations Matt and Mrs. Matt. he’s absolutely gorgeous. Hope your family continue to be happy and wish you all the best for the future.

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    Geoff. Kember says:

    Well done to the pair of you. A beautiful looking Boy. You must have a girl next.

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    greg says:

    Hi Matt,
    Enjoyed your article and welcome to the world Leonardo, there was a lot aaaaaars from my wife I hope she,s not going to get all broody!

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    Phil D says:

    Congratulations Matt. Welcone to the world Leon. Matt, you can now pick your horses 24 hours a day as sleepless nights are just around the corner and you will have to find something to fill the hours!!!!!!!!! I think not.

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    britwriterinphilly says:

    Congratulations, Matt. You already know that life will never be the same again. Let me be the first to warn you that when you have another child you will wonder what you did with all the spare time you had when you had only one child. 😉

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    larry ryan says:

    congratulations Matt to you and your wife on a beautiful baby boy also thanks for your tips and emails

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    john D says:

    Just thought I would add my congratulations to you both on the arrival of Leon he looks a
    little smasher.

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    Chris says:

    Congrats Matt, glad to hear all well with little Leon and Mum….I hit the fatherhood trail just the right side of 40 (after a 13 yr break!!!) and best thing ever happened to me….will keep you young at heart, even if you don’t always feel that way physically at the end of the day!!

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    paul petit says:

    May you and your boy have a great relationship throughout your lifetimes as I had with mine.
    God Bless you all.

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    Chris says:

    You are going to have the time of your life raising that little man! Spend as much time as possible with him, they’re only young once. Congratulations

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    Malcolm says:

    Congratulations Matt
    Dont worry about the age thing,I was 43 when my son was born,followed 2 years later by his sister.Bang goes any “early”retirement plans but I would never swop.comment by britwriterinphilly is true I’m afraid but dont let that put you off no2!

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    Mike says:

    Congratulations : he has the same name as my recently delivered grandson.One more and we can have the three Leons for England.

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    martyn bowen says:

    That’s a great moment, I hope it lasts ( or nearly ) forever, good luck, Martyn

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    Pennies Punter says:

    Hi Matt, I was 45 when my son Thomas was born, now 13 he seems to have been a teenager since about ten. Unfortunately as you can no longer send them out to work from the age of 8 you are faced with money going one way until you collect you bus pass; so you had better start picking more winners pronto. I hope you are peeling grapes for the missus and serving them accompanied by chanpagne flutes. Best wishes to all three of you.


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    Rodger says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife. Now the sleepless night will start.
    Best of luck

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    Shirley says:

    congratulation Matt,
    hope your ready for thought sleepless nights, but he,s worth it!!!

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    Robin says:

    Congratulations to Mum and Dad, best wishes to you both, also to Leon for a long and happy life.

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    ray says:

    god bless you matt ,remember these moments , they are the the best days of your life.

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    Stuart says:

    Congrats to you both and welcome to the world little Leon.
    Speaking from experience, the fun begins now


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    malcolm says:

    well done mum,did you bite your nails waiting for him to arrive, with fingers that long he will be a pianist, enjoy him while he’s little because they grow so quickly

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    gannet68 says:

    Nice piece Matt; I was back to winning ways with Bronze Angel in the cavalry charge 🙂
    Re Leon’s arrival – big Congrats to you both; hope mum is recovering well from the ordeal inc the stint in the S C B U.
    One tip for you, for when he is old enough to press buttons etc, make sure you save each article you type as frequently as poss! It’s one thing to keep your cool in not shouting, aswell as having to start typing all over again lol
    Enjoy the experience, they’re worth it
    Gary P

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    David Bowles says:

    Congratulations to you both and best wishes to Leonardo. Too tall to be a jockey probably


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    Joanne Jones says:

    Aaah…….and congratulations. Leon looks absolutely gorgeous, enjoy every moment, they soon grow up. Great name too.

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    Patrick says:

    Congrats Matt. Best wishes to you and Mrs Matt. These are special days – enjoy……..

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    Reggie says:

    Well done the pair of you hope you all have a happy life

    Tell me where did you get the jockeys hat from defiantly not from wetherbys

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    Rick says:

    Congrats Matt to you and the Mrs, Life begins at 40 mate. More patience as I found out, having 3 in three years to go with my 18 year old….lol. Enjoy!!!

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    robert says:

    Congratulations Matt. He may grow up to be a racing expert and give me a few winners.

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    trevor says:

    congratulations matt cherish every moment time will pass so quickly now that you are a dad

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    pete new says:

    Congratulations to you both, hope Mrs Matt is well. You must be so proud he looks a beauty.
    There must be some vocation waiting for him with fingers that long. Good luck to you both.

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    Allan says:

    Congrats Matt puts it all into perspective enjoy as parenthood is a sure fire winner


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    Johnny5 says:

    Congratulations to The Bisogno Family on Leonardos safe arrival … May all his dreams come true !!

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    Ken Griffiths says:

    Just thought I’d add my twopennerth,just great eh,regards and best wishes,Ken

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    Joe Martin says:

    I was going to think of something totally unique to say but every thing has been said.So once again congrats & good luck.

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    Gary says:

    congratulations to mr and mrs matt, certainly a chip off the old block. well done matt, and keep up the great work.

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