Friday, 28 April 2017

The Value of Riding Lessons for Young Children

riding lessons fro children
Most young children that learn to play soccer, never become professional soccer players, but grow to love the sport. The same can be said for most children that learn to ride, never become professional equestrians but develop a love and respect for horses. There’s a huge value in introducing young kids, ages ten and over, to horses. Whether you select English or Western the positive impacts can be the same. Children will learn more than just how to ride a horse. Basic principles of respect, personal responsibility and care for very large animals are the products of a sound training program. Take these recommendations from the equestrian experts when introducing your child to the world of horses.

The first step is to find a reputable program at an established barn.  A friend who owns a horse or two might not have the necessary skills to teach young riders the fundamentals of riding and equine care.  Safety and respect are paramount in the ring and stables.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon Coupons and invest in proper riding boots and a quality riding helmet from Tractor Supply. Many barns will require that students have these items prior to enrolling in a program.  The process for beginning riders involves substantial time in the stables prior to entering the ring for actual riding.  The care and feeding of horses must first be learning.Tack procedures and safety regulations will all be thoroughly instruction prior to riding.

Once your child enters the ring, he or she will most likely be on a tethered horse for their own safety. Horses are incredibly sensitive animals. Any jerking motions or mixed signals can easily spook them. If your child does not have the maturity to understand this sensitivity, or desire to learn, they may be asked to discontinue the program.  Developing equestrian skills is a slow and methodical process. That said, the time children spend at the barn helping, cleaning and grooming the horses is a period of huge growth. Cherish this time as they learn the fundamentals of horsemanship. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

When Betting Feels Like A Metal Bar Wrapped Around Your Neck

One subject which seems to get the goat of many gamblers is betting odds. More importantly what they consider is a fair bet at the odds. But where do you, personally, draw the line betting each-way with conventional bookmakers? 

It is an interesting subject which makes people point the finger in ridicule or anger.  Which side of the coin do you sit? 

Let's take an example. An eight-runner race, three places, one-fifth of the odds. This will get the blood boiling for a few die hards. What price makes a fair each-way bet? We know logically that 5/1 means if the horse, dog, samurai fighting fish are in the frame you win nothing but lose nothing. 


I guess that's most people's idea of an each-way bet. Ideally, the price may be much bigger. No one berates someone who takes an each-way price at 5/1 or bigger (some do because they hate anything other than a win single). They must be a fair gambler, one of your own, a balanced, egalitarian kind of person who walks about with a set of handheld weighing scales in case a punter turns up with a couple of sovereigns. You know that coin clipping was a capital punishment in the day. Those little clippings of gold add up. 

So how far would you be willing to go? I'm talking each-way betting odds not a limbo dancer with a length of bamboo on two tin cans.  

Let's say 9/2? 

No grimaces? I very much doubt that would bring a look of horror. 

Let's say 4/1?  

For a few gamblers that would be on the edge. A small loss of 0.2 if placed in the first three. 

£50 EW 4/1 (3RD) RETURN: £90  

A loss of £10 is nothing to cry about? 

But how far would you dare to go?

Some people go to 7/2. At 3/1 you may be getting as low as you want to go. 

Would you ever bet 5/2 each-way?  

It's interesting that most punters would think this is boarding on madness. However, how many times have you placed an each-way double with a couple of 5/2 shots? Both hitting the frame, you wouldn't lose a bean. 

But is this any different than betting on a 5/2f each-way?

If that drives you to distraction, what do you think of exchange bettors who are happy to bet 1.01?

In truth, the only measure is whether your betting pays. Love to hear your thoughts on this subject.   

Monday, 24 April 2017

Betting on Favourites

I've come out of hibernation. Only joking, of course. I never have time for sleep! My mother often says she is too busy to eat. A strange comment because it's one thing we all make time for. Hopefully, when we do stop - there is some food to eat. 

When you consider the life that so many live we don't know how good we have it. The poorest of poor here are the richest somewhere else. 

What am I rambling about? I guess most things are about context and circumstance. Betting is very much about those two of many factors. 

I had a bet today. 

2:10 Kempton 

I rarely talk about my personal bets or how much I bet. It's a mystery akin to how Willy Wonka used to make his chocolate bars until someone saw this little orange-faced bloke placing a bet in Ladbrokes. 

It's an interesting subject. People enjoy reading about others gambling pursuits. I don't bet much. You could say I am a very selective. Why? If you are correct when you bet you don't really need to bet lots. Also, it is very much down to your approach and how that works for you as an individual. As I have said before, only a fool limits others. In that I mean if someone is making money from their gambling who on earth am I to imagine they are not. Good luck to them. The chances are they have worked harder than the bloke down the road doing his 9 - 5 to earn his crust. 

Think of an industry. Someone is making a fortune while another is losing one. Don't be stupid and imagine betting on the horses is different from being a stockbroker. It's a gamble based on skill. You tell someone you are a stockbroker. ''Oh wow''. You tell someone you bet on the horses. ''Oh dear''. 

The difference isn't really the subject matter it is the brain of the person betting and the person perceiving the gamble. We are talking stereotypes. Or could be but I don't really care for all this stuff. If someone cannot see the truth of the matter, whatever that matter may be, they may need to question how they think and why they think that way.

Introspection is a very difficult to undertake. In fact, psychiatrists have to undertake this over a good period of time before being allowed to tell someone to lay on a couch and chat about their parents. I still don't understand my fondness to paint my face orange at the weekends.    


Is it more interesting reading about it before or after the race? I guess the greedy people who love chocolate would say both. 

I had a small win and place bet on Autumn Lodge. I was hoping to beat the favourite. With a non-runner, it was just 2 placed for each-way purposes. However, I noticed the exchanges have 3 places and Autumn Lodge was 1.5 (1/2) for a place. I thought this horse was highly likely to be placed so I had a small bet with the emphasis on placing the potential return on the win market which got to about 14/1 on Betfair.   

Basically, I'm thinking if Autumn Lodge is placed I can't lose and if by some strange circumstance the favourite disappoints I'm looking at a very good day. 

The favourite won very easily. Must be a better horse than I thought. Not that I was really bothered about the favourite. It was more that I was pretty sure Autumn Lodge would be in the first three and then ''like an episode from Lucky Man'' wait for a shoe to ping off the favourite's hoof and... 

 I always feel lucky. 

Autumn Lodge finished second. No win. No loss. 

Can't complain. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tom Dascombe the Man in Shades

Eartha Kitt
A busy day. Always lots to think about. Uploading websites, my records, to be fair I work much too hard with all this stuff. 

Three two-year-old races today. I'm writing post race because I'm not detailing much about giving tips or info for free because the whole issue of people taking is an irritant I really don't need these days. I won't go on about it else I will never stop...

Tom Dascombe. He makes me smile. I sometimes think the racing channels shouldn't actually bother with a ''new, exciting, inside-info, let's hear all about it'' interview and press play on something he spoke about ten years back. Generic. I'm speaking live but I may as well be dead kind of utterance. Or which wall of the drying paint should I talk about this afternoon? It makes me smile really but kind of annoys. Not that I can blame him for protecting his interests or those of his connections as to why give free stuff (worth money) for the takers. 

If anyone was watching the racing today you will realise I am talking about the 4:10 Newmarket. 

Formidable Kitt was well backed to return 11/8f. Bred by Chasemore Farm, this bay filly is a daughter of Invincible Spirit out of the very talented mare Ceiling Kitty who readers may remember won the Queen Mary Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot in 2012. She had taken the Marygate Fillies' Stakes Listed race at York before proving something of a surprise winner at Ascot at odds of 20/1.    

Dascombe spoke of a similar plan for Formidable Kitt. Clearly, she is held in some regard illustrated by today's starting price and tidy victory from the hard ridden Take Shelter who was one of three horses fielded by James Tate.

Dascombe spoke in his generic, almost metallic, tone of being much wiser after the event and stating she was ''well backed'. I get the feeling that Dascombe is a big gambler somewhere along the line because he talks with the passion of a man whose heart is pumping ten to the dozen while thinking about the win. Good luck to this little filly. She certainly is small and compact. A nippy sort who is likely to be a bold front-runner and I wouldn't think she will be going much over 5f. 

A couple of races at Beverley. Richard Fahey winning both divisions. This was at a lower grade being auction races which by nature have some limitation. Not to say very good horses don't come from auctions. 

The first division made me smile in ways. Clive Mulhall's Mount Hellvelyn was made 200/1 by bookmakers and I noticed on Betfair someone had decided this gelding couldn't possibly win and laid it at 999/1. They were correct as he was beaten into sixth place just over five lengths. Mount Hellvelyn led for a while only tiring in the closing stages. He ran better than 200/1 (999/1) for a few furlongs. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Newmarket on Tuesday

Early season is very much a time for waiting. It can often seem a long wait but as they say, patience is a virtue. Just the one two-year-old race at Newmarket. Ten runners detailed with a couple featuring race experience. One horse being Richard Hannon's Lethal Lunch. This son of Lethal Force is owned by The Rat Pack Partnership 2017. Many readers may remember the dam, Pin Cushion, who managed to win one race in her nine career starts. 

Hannon's juveniles have been performing poorly so far with perhaps a handful fancied in the betting and literally falling out the back of the TV. Lethal Lunch cost £62,000 at the yearling sales when purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock Ltd. If the Rat Pack had their money down at Windsor they may have struggled with a dining experience of dodgy whelks, probably pulled from the Thames. This April foal was made 85/40f on debut when finishing seventh of eleven behind a fair type in Charlie Hills' Rock Of Estonia. It is intriguing to see Lethal Lunch returning at this grade 1 course which suggests he is better than seen. As I often quote: 

''The worse a debutant looks, the better they often turn out to be''

I will be in no rush to pin my colours to the mast in a race that will no doubt yield a few winners. A mix of trainers including Richard Fahey, Martyn Meade, Charlie Hills, Tom Dascombe, Hugo Palmer, Charlie Appleby, David Evans & Karl Burke. 

For all trainers, early season is a time to assess their juvenile string. For those who have had winners, it gives additional insight.  

* NR - Lethal Lunch

Friday, 14 April 2017

5:00 Bath 2YO Racing Tips (14th April) Bathwick Tyres South West Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 2) (2yo)

Clive Cox
A Conditions Stakes race over 5f 11y on good to firm going. 

Eleven two-year-olds take part: ten colts/geldings and one filly. Five have race experience. Very good prize money for this contest with £12,450 and Plus 10 for those legible making a potential purse of £22,450. Plenty more than most Listed races if not Group. This looks a competitive heat. 

Manco Inca, My Guy, Uther Pendragon & Jonnysimpson look unlikely to figure.

Airshow was well backed on debut. He had to overcome a slow start from a wide draw which pretty much made an impossible task. This son of Showcasing ran on with spirit to take third place. Rod Millman has had a couple of juveniles out so far and both have shown ability. 

Shovel It On finished just half a length behind Millman's charge. Dave Evans has two in this race. He looked comprehensively outpaced but ran on in the closing stages. Punters will have to hope that was inexperience rather than the need for an extra furlong.   

Stan Moore has three two-year-olds here. Autumn Lodge was one of two who started their career in the Brocklesby Stakes. This bay gelding was ring rusty at Doncaster but finished his race with a glimmer of hope. He was beaten by another of today's runners.

Last Page is trained by David Evans who has sent out a lot of juveniles to race since the start of the Flat season began. This bay gelding is a son of Pastoral Pursuits and not a bad-looking horse compared with a good few seen on debut. In many respect, this April foal (not quite two) was an unlucky loser. He lost his place early doors and was slightly outpaced before running on with zeal to be denied by a head. As with all these early races, you have to take the form on trust. 

Interesting to see how Richard Hannon's Zalshah goes. This son of Mayson cost £40,000 at the yearling sales. It is worth noting that Hannon's two-year-old runners have performed poorly so far this season.  

A couple of more hopeful debutantes.

Chagatai hails from Clive Cox's stable. He has suffered mixed fortune so far with a poor result in the Brocklesby and an easy winner at Leicester with Kick On Kick On, who had Airshow and Shovel It On a number of lengths behind. He should have a form line with this pair. This son of Kodiac cost 110,000E at the yearling sales.  

Tom Dascombe has sent out few two-year-olds who have performed well enough without winning. Demons Rock is a son of Rquinto and a 45,000E yearling buy. Dascombe can get them fit and ready. 

Conclusion: I'm looking forward to this race. A mix of lightly raced and debutantes. A number of these have some hope. I would suggest readers purchase our Professional Gambler's Racing Tips to benefit from our analysis. We may give full race analysis here so keep checking but for the best insight it makes sense to invest. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Busy Bee...

Sorry for being quiet these last few days. It has been a very busy time, especially working with a number of media companies and webmasters regarding the Grand National. I wrote so many articles that I would be happy to make it my chosen subject on Mastermind. The old winner, the biggest priced and how many greys proved victorious all come to mind. 

The major aspect of interest to me is that it put a decent wedge in my bank account. 

I'm not sure of the work most readers do but this is my bread and butter, the gambling being extra revenue, which comes from years of experience and a lot of hard work. 

I am looking to sell more and more products because it makes sense. It is all good and well giving things away, which I have done for years because I am a generous person, but if you're a plumber, do you fancy coming round this Saturday to unblock my drains and I won't be paying but I'll thank you kindly. 

It's like finding your bitcoin is made of lead and someone is holding a bunsen burner a shade too close. 

I know I keep waffling on about the subject but if people can't appreciate what I'm saying well I'll just do my own thing and be happy with my lot.

I have been too busy in ways. I have been working on a new website called Group Horse Daily which is detailed here on this promotional page. Those who have subscribed to our tipping service don't need to join this but it is a less expensive format for many readers. 

With regard to the two-year-old racing, there have been just over a handful of Stakes races. I will be reviewing them this evening and keeping up to speed. 

There has been a number of distractions of late which isn't ideal in ways but, as you an imagine, I have to juggle a number of things from analysis, promotion, betting, updating websites and writing enough articles to fill a postman's bag. 

Anyway, I am still here alive and progressing in a productive, professional manner. 

Thanks to all those who support us. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

2:30 Southwell Racing Tips (6th April) EBF Novice Stakes (Class 5) (2yo)

2yo racing tips
An EBF Novice Stakes. Six two-year-old debutantes take part over 5f on Standard going. Three colts and three fillies battle this out. 

A mix of early-season trainers. 

Juveniles making their racecourse bow can be tricky to assess, especially regarding inexperience. A slow start over the minimum trip can make disappointing viewing if you've placed a bet. 

Something has to win. 

David Evan is a tricky trainer to assess. He is a cunning soul who, in my opinion, does his very best to manipulate the betting with varied jockey bookings, changing jockeys at the last moment, late non-runners etc. I don't blame him at all. A new version of Jack Berry with a seemingly moody attitude. I've never had the pleasure of talking to him but make no mistake he is a class trainer. 

He has started this season on a very positive note with a runner-up in both of divisions of the Brocklesby Stakes. They will make a good measure for the rest of the string. A very important aspect of winning early doors.  

His two-year-olds come thick and fast. The trick is working out which have the ability and those that do not. 

The betting would suggest *Give Em A Clump and Kheleyf's Girl are not fancied. The former cost 10,000E while the later just a grand. The betting will be a fair guide. If either are seriously backed, it would bring greater hope.

Bill Turner is a man associated with early, speedy two-year-olds. His filly, Hellovaqueen, ran well enough in the Brocklesby when finishing fourth. He usually sends his best juvenile to compete in the Brocklesby

Devil Or Angel is owned by his loyal patron E A Brook. This son of Assertive was a relatively cheap yearling purchase at just £11,000. Turner has a reputation of sending out debut winners but his strike rate doesn't really add to that assumption. His juveniles don't lack for fitness, some are just very slow, but the betting will be the best guide. If seriously backed could go well. If weak in the betting, I'd take a watching brief. Ryan While takes off a valuable 5lb. 

Middleham Park Racing make this a touch tricky with a couple of fancies in the market. Glen Valley is trained by Keith Dalgleish. He had one of the major fancies in the Brocklesby, Rocket Man Dan, who looked as though he went a stride too fast before, literally, falling into a hole. Glen Valley is an Irish-bred daughter of Society Rock and £10,000 yearling. She wears the second colours although you can never take these things as concrete. The betting gives this horse a chance at 6/1. However, if drifting markedly it would ring alarm bells. 

Mark Johnston sends out his first juvenile of the season. He had an interesting horse lined up for the Brocklesby but that was withdrawn. With his new training regime, Ventura Knight is one for the shortlist. The stable were on fire last season winning just about every race and that success will ring long in the ears of punters and bookmakers alike. There is always a worry that this Irish-bred son of Casamento may be under priced. This March foal is already two and cost £40,000 at the yearling sales. I often describe Johnston's debutantes as easy winners or poor losers. That is often the score. A wide birth in stall 1 isn't ideal as debutantes often run into space. It is a slight concern. With the stable's approach to the early season similar to a farmer cutting the harvest corn, I'd expect a bold show.   

Richard Fahey is one of the best trainers of two-year-old debutantes. In fact, he is one of the very best from a statistical point of view. He had a couple of fancied runners in the Brocklesby. Requinto Dawn was pretty weak in the betting but won well without being pressed. A tidy performance. 

Jasi is represented today. This bay colt is a son of Kodiac out of an unraced dam. He cost £50,000 in the ownership of Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah. He has owned a number of talented horses including Areen who was a narrow loser in the Windsor Castle Stakes Listed Race at Royal Ascot in 2015.  

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* NR - Give Em A Clump

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Grand National 2017: Tips From Karl ''The National Man'' Wales

Grand National 2017, Grand National Outsider,
Karl ''The National Man'' Wales has forwarded his tips for the 2017 Grand National. 

The Last Samuri is currently favourite for the Grand National. 

This nine-year-old chestnut gelding is trained by Kim Bailey in the ownership of Paul & Clare Rooney. He is a lightly raced horse for his age and finished second last year, six lengths behind Rule The World. 

Our National Man said: ''I seldom pick favourites for the National but this horse ticks so many boxes he's hard to ignore at 16-1.'' 

Highland Lodge loves these fences having gone well on his two most recent outings at Aintree. This eleven-year-old gelding is trained by Jimmy Moffatt for owner Bowes Lodge Stables. 

Our pundit said: ''I'm worried about his stamina but 50-1 is tempting.'' (Now 25/1) 

Paul Nicholls is no stranger to success in this race - Neptunes Collonges proved something of a shock winner in 2012 at odds of 33-1. 

Nicholls is likely to have a number of horses heading to Aintree. 

Just A Par may hold claims at 66-1. This ten-year-old gelding is an Irish-bred son of Island House in the ownership of Paul Barber and The Late C G Roach. Just A Par has stamina in abundance and ''my typical National horse''. (Now 50/1)

''He didn't have the best of races last year when finishing fifteenth and heavily eased. However, on his day he is a decent prospect.''    

Every few years the National delivers a huge priced winner. Go back to 2009 - Mon Mome 100-1. 

It is one of few races where punters can bet and have a chance of winning big! Did you know that 5 horses have won at odds of 100/1? The first being Tipperary Tim in 1928.   

What does our man in the know have up his sleeve? 

Wonderful Charm, trained by Paul Nicholls.

''If this nine-year-old bay gelding takes to the fences he could well hit the frame at 100-1.'' (Now 40/1)


Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Oldest Grand National Winners

Oldest Grand National Winners
If there is one race which captures the mind it has to be the Grand National. This April 8th will be no different from many before but if you want to watch the most famous steeplechase in the world make it all the more tantalising to login to William Hill to bet on the Grand National

A testing course of 4 miles 3 ½ furlongs. Forty horses will make the line-up. Two demanding circuits, 30 fences, and run in that saps the energy of all but the winning horse. It's enough to make a young horse feel old. This leads into the fascinating question.

Who is the oldest winner of the Grand National?

Well, we can answer that quite simply but we need to go back into the archives to 1853. In this year a horse called Peter Simple won at the age of 15. This bay gelding was trained and ridden by Tom Oliver in the ownership of Josey Little. He was 9-1, so his seniority didn't deter bettors.

What may surprise readers is that this was Peter Simple's second win of the Grand National. He won in 1849 aged 11 when trained and ridden to victory by Tom Cunningham owned by Finch Mason Jr.

In fact, four other horses have won the Grand National twice: The Duke 1836, 1837, Abd-El-Kader 1850, 1851, The Colonel 1869,1870 & Reynoldstown 1935, 1936.

The only horse to win three races is the legendary Red Rum who proved successful in 1973, 1974 & 1977. Ginger McCain's star was also runner-up on two other occasions.

But back to the old timers who have proven, they can win almost at any age. Peter Simple defied his age because the next oldest horses to win were aged13.

They were:

  • 1894 – Why Not 5/1JF
  • 1923 – Sergeant Murphy 100/6

So just 3 horses have won aged 13-years and older.

In this modern era, horses aged 12 are not without a fighting chance. In fact, 7 horse have won since 1969.

The most recent trained by Ginger McCain, who made the headlines with Red Rum, but this time it was Amberleigh House in 2004. Ridden by Graham Lee, he was returned at odds of 16/1. This bay son of Buckskin was an exceptional jumper and raced over the National fences at Aintree on 11 occasions (5 in the National) without falling. He made his Grand National debut in 2001 when bought down at the Canal Turn, the 8th fence.

His second best performance in the National came in 2003 when finishing third behind Monty's Pass.

Looking at this year's entrants, there are a couple of horses that may well run age 12.

Maggio is trained by Patrick Griffin and presently odds of 50/1.

The only other runner who may just sneak into the maximum 40 entrants on the day is Raz De Maree trained by Gavin Cromwell. This son of Shaanmer is priced 40/1.

In recent years horses aged 9 – 11 years of age have proved best.