As the flat season winds down, dear reader, it's almost time for the big guns of jump racing to flex their muscles. And, in celebration of all that is good about National Hunt racing, I've got fifteen horses for you to keep very much on the right side of this winter.
These horses are not your Kauto Stars or Katchits. I think you could pick those out for yourself. No, these are genuine bona fide dark ones, some of which you'll know; and some of which I'm confident you won't.
This list of horses - which is a must for anyone considering entering any of the many fantasy stable / Ten To Follow competitions - comes to you courtesy of TrainerTrackStats, and is part of their great giveaway offer in the run-up to the official launch of TTS, next Monday.
As I say, it's a great aid for Ten To Follow players, and indeed the author is a former top 20 finisher in that competition, and can also include a Scoop 6 win in his impressive punting CV.
Now there is a slight catch this time... If you went and downloaded Flat Racing Profiles yesterday, you'll know that you didn't have to do anything except click the link to get that. That was a complete 'no strings' summat for nowt offer, to enable you to back the best trends horses for the last six weeks of the season.
But this time, if you want the National Hunt fifteen to follow, you WILL have to provide your email address. Please don't worry about this. You're signing up to my best mate Gavin's list, and I promise that he will never abuse that. He will, though, send you a couple more emails over the next few days to tell you about more top quality freebies.
I hope you think this is a fair trade - if not, just don't go to the page. Fair enough? 😉
As those of you who have been reading my ramblings for any length of time will know, I never pitch crap. I (and my brilliant review team) look at scores of systems and review many of those. If they're bunk, we say they're bunk.
And when it comes to freebies, most of the free stuff in this game is free for a reason (see 'bunk' above!). But not these giveaways. These are designed to showcase the research brains behind TTS and similar products (like Flat Racing Profiles), and I'm immensely proud to have been directly associated with both products. I know many of you consider them to be the best stuff out there as well.
Anyway, enough of my sycophantic and self-congratulatory bluster... Just go and get some more great free stuff, courtesy of Geegeez, and my mates in the game!
Note: If you already signed up yesterday, you should have received an email to tell you where to go to get the rest of the free stuff. (Remember to check your spam or junk folders if you haven't seen this - the email is from Gavin, and is entitled 'Your next freebie'...)
Playing catch up somewhat this week (it seems that way every week at the moment!), and I have to report news of Baggsy, who ran on Monday in a fillies' maiden over seven furlongs at Kempton.
The race looked pretty hot on paper (1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati finished 3rd on debut in the same heat last year), and Baggsy ran a spirited race full of promise. Sent off at 66/1, she traveled quite well and stayed on at the one pace when she came under pressure. Although beaten around ten lengths at the line, she's unlikely to ever race against horses this good again, and will have plenty of winning chances over the winter.
If you're interested in learning more about Baggsy, click the 'Geegeez Racing Club' link at the top of this page.
Obvious, for her part, has been given a handicap rating of just 55, which she should be able to win off. Unfortunately, she got a little sore in her shoulders after running on the firm ground at Warwick last time, and she'll need a couple more weeks before returning to the track. But, with going, trip and class of opposition all likely to be much more in her favour, we'd be hopeful of a significantly improved showing.
That's all for today - I'll be back tomorrow with more news on TrainerTrackStats (and my favourite freebie of the week!). If you want to hear about that straight from the horse's mouth, click the link below and sign up to join the VIP Lounge...
p.s. If you've already got Flat Racing Profiles and/or the 15 to follow manuals, leave a comment below and let other people know whether you think they're worth the... erm... no money you paid for them! 😉