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First Day of Ascot – Horseracing Tips

Good Evening from the Major on the eve of the flat racing spectacular, Royal Ascot.

Canford Cliffs and Italo make a nice 40/1 Double!

Admist the top hats, finery and plum accents, we are about to embark on 5 days of the finest racing in the world, full stop.  There may be richer races in Dubai and Hong Kong but no-one can match the history and worthiness of our very own Berkshire track.

The Major visited Ascot earlier this year for Sagoro Stakes day, it was only the second time I have been, having previously been during last years Royal Ascot week.  The new stand is immense and a credit to British racing.

To all those attending Ascot tomorrow, I wish you good luck, envy your good fortune and hope that the Majors tips strike home.

If you are going just tomorrow, you have arguably picked the best day of the week.  Although there are a plethora of Group One races at Ascot later in the week, tomorrow sees the explosive Frankel reappear after his 1,000 Guineas win as well as Goldikova, the relentless French raider taken on Canford Cliffs, apple of Hannons eye and we may well find out who is the best miler of a strip of Berkshire track.

2.30 Queen Anne Stakes

What a way to kick the racing festival off.  After the pomp and ceremony of watching the Queens carriage roll down the straight, the proper entertainment opens with what is race of the week for the Major.

The ground is a rare good to soft for Ascot, this could be influential.  I think it is already having an impact on the betting.

For me, the best miler full stop is Canford Cliffs.  He has a wonderfully explosive turn of foot and a great cruising speed.  The ground is the only question.

That said the ground is not much more likely to suit Goldikova, the French wonder mare.  Her record is insane, yet she is less likely to be at her best now soft appears in the going.  She has only lost 6 races of 22 and just once has failed to place.  Every none-victory came with good to soft or worse conditions.

Cape Blanco is one that will relish true good to soft ground.  Even with softer conditions, the view has to be that he needs further.

Rio de le Plata owes a big race, he is probably in too rich company here but I have always suspected this formerly well-regarded Godolphin horse will eventually come good.

On balance, Canford Cliffs for the Major at 6/4.  Goldikova won this so impressively last year beating Paco Boy.  Richard Hughes knows all about Goldikova having been soundly beaten on Paco more than once.  He knows what it takes to beat her and in Canford Cliffs he believes, and I am minded the same,  he has the ammunition.

Let’s get the week off to a flyer.  With the Queens colours being lowered by Pour Moi in the derby and a french flag flung over the victors neck as he trooped to the Epsom winners enclosure, we are due a slice back.  Let’s send Freddy Head home empty-handed and with just a small note explaining that we are coming in September and bringing Workforce to claim the Arc!!  I love racing, the heritage and story, few other sports offer us such riches.

3.05 Kings Stand Sprint

Well if that was not enough, why not follow-up with the Kings Stand Sprint, the 5 furlong sprint is furious and exhilarating.

The line up is as international as you can get.  Overdose the Budapest Bullet, soundly beaten on his last start in Britain is a tasty 12/1 but too much has to be taken on trust.

Star Witness the Australian raider is favourite at 9/2 and is well fancied.  The Aussies have a tremendous record in the Kings Stand and he has to feature on the short list.

A few weeks ago, the Major nailed Sole Power in the Temple Stakes at Haydock and that win was probably the best British springing form this year.  8/1 make Sole Power a decent each way shout as if he does not hit trouble in running, he will be finishing best of all.  The faster the pace the better.

Kingsgate Native is a high-class entrant for Middleton Park, 9/1 is fair.

This is wide open and so the Major is willing to take a wild stab at Monsieur Chevalier.  As a juvenile, Monsieur Chevalier was hugely impressive but he has clearly had his problems, missing all of last season.

On his return in average company he should beat, he ran into trouble and despite never threatening the leaders, had a satisfactory blow out staying on nicely in the final furlong.  25/1 makes Monsieur a superb bet – Bet365 and Boylesports are the only two bookies offering 4 places at quarter odds at the best price.

3.45 Ascot – St James Palace Stakes

Now it is simply absurd, three top class Group Ones to open the racing and here the superstar of his classic generation, Frankel looks to add to his hyper impressive CV.

If you were reading yesterday when guest blogger The Green Flash, put up his 2011 US Open Tips, you will have read the shocking news that I want to get Frankel beaten, is this possible?

My case is hardly bullet proof and a little based on gut instinct, but here we go.

No doubt, Frankel is a wonderful animal.  As a juvenile he was awesome and making his debut in the 1,000 guineas, he ran a freak of a race, bursting from the stalls to blaze his own pace maker and destroy the field.  It was a bizarre race to watch, he went off so quickly.  Most of his rivals tried to stay close and could not.  In the closing stages, opinion was divided, some believe he idled slightly but was fine, some like me feel he struggled to maintain the pace.

Crucially for the Major, Frankels time was not as phenomenal as the visual impression.  He caught them out.

Frankel should win.  2/5 gives little room.  Maybe I will regret this, maybe tomorrow night I will wonder why I didn’t back the banker that many believe Frankel to be.  I just feel that he may be a bit temperamental and he is against top class opposition.

What do I think will win?  Rerouted is 200/1 – Last time as Frankels pacemaker, he never got a foot in front!  Remember that this horse has one a group 3 in soft ground and 200/1 looks big, if Frankel shoots off again, this one could finish closer than many think.  Michael Hills will aim for a best finishing position if allowed.

The two I fancy are Grand Prix Boss and Wooten Bassett.  Grand Prix Boss at 20/1 is a bit of an unknown quantity.  If he has travelled well (Japan) then he could be better than many in this field and will come with a Far Eastern fan club.  Of interest.

Wooten Bassett was a well used quality juvenile.  While his reappearance run was poor, this is probably been the target and at 16/1 I give him an each way squeak.

Overall, I am going to risk Grand Prix Boss.

4.25 Coventry Stakes

This is the last race the Major is looking at on the opening day of Royal Ascot.  It is a Group Two and worthy of a tip!

The Coventry Stakes is a high-class sprint race for two-year olds where a lot is taken on reputation, trust and breeding which are factors that provide more evidence than form at this stage.

Gatepost 8/1 beat a host of subsequent winners at York but there are so many smart prospects that I want a bigger price.

The ones that interest the Major are Brocklebank 20/1, Campanology 33/1, Italo 16/1 and Trumpet Major 14/1.

Rather than make a case, I suggest Italo at 16/1.  This American raider made light work of a decent Longchamp field and although even more of an unknown quantity than most, will carry the Majors each way money.

Good luck for Royal Ascot

The Saturday Service – York Handicap Tips | Tip for the Belmont Stakes | William Hill Greyhound Special | U21 Football Tips

Good morning to British punters, one and all, from sunny Pershore.  We have some winners lined up today…. The Majors coffee has been bubbling away for several hours and the thinking cap is worn and fraying.

The Major needs to build a war chest – Get all in on the lucky 15

It is a day of thin sporting gruel ahead of the feast of Royal Ascot which thunders on the horizon, menacing and exciting – Relentless in it’s approach, dramatic it’s entry, breathtaking and humbling.

The Major plans on posting ahead of each day of the Royal Festival.

Shockingly I am looking to get Frankel beaten.  Yes, you read those words, no need to rub your eyes or adjust your browser.  The more I have considered it, the more I regard his 2,000 Guineas win warily.  The time was unexceptional, the opposition have done little since.  It was a freak performance and against better opposition, I think he needs to settle much better, 1/3 is no price and I will be looking at Dubawi Gold, Excelebration and the Japanese hyper horse, Grand Prix Boss who is priced up dismissively at 16/1.

The Major needs a winning weekend.  I need a couple of tasty winners.  If I am to make it through Royal Ascot, I need to get hold of some ammunition.

At times like this, it is tempting to look down the slips to find longer priced horses with better chances.  This temptation can be the fast way to the poorhouse, we need best value whether it lies in a 2/5 on shot or a 200/1 effort.

Desire is a curious thing.  If there were a cure we might be better as a species, I doubt it though.  The bible teaches that to covet is wrong and that envy is a deadly sin.  In this view, gambling is also a sin.  There is an old Chinese fable of the Stonecutter which seems apt….

There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

One day, he passed a wealthy merchant’s house, and saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant.

To his surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself.

Soon, a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed.

It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers. But a black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. “How powerful that storm cloud is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a cloud!”

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!”

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it — a huge, towering stone. “How powerful that stone is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a stone!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a stone!”

Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the stone?” he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter

The Majors pursuit of gambling glory is less about material gain than the journey itself.  If you have felt the sinews of your body tighten as your horse cruises into contention two furlongs from home with the jockey motionless and your mind furiously computing the risks to you, shortly collecting from the desk a donkey choking wad of notes, then you have lived.

On the subject of good things, the Major suggests the great American novels ‘A Man in Full’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ both by Tom Wolfe.  Funny and powerful – I cannot think of a greater insight into your existence and what greater compliment can I put forward than that.  See the Major is here to make you money on horses, lose you some on football and enhance your live in ways you never imagined.

To the sports and the racing tracks of Britain.

Selecting races to have a pop at today has been tricky.  I have dismissed a massive amount of contests but have a couple I think are worth a punt.  Firstly, the handicap at York which is race of the day in Britain on a card that is light on quality ahead of the coming Berkshire based riches.

3.15 York – Bond Tyres Trophy Stakes

Pricewise has to be the best racing tipster of our time, who else literally moves markets?  This can be a right royal pain in the derriere when he selects the same horse you have had your eye on and your 10/1 evaporates before your eyes.  Thankfully today, the racing Post maestro is on What About You, a horse the Major has a line through.  His other selection Acclamazing is considered in my book but also has the red line through it.

Seal Rock has to have a superb chance.  Only three races (all won) he is certainly unexposed yet his last win in a four runner event is so markedly different to this, I would be worried about it as a prep run.

Swiss Dream is of big interest and I think race conditions will suit this son of Oasis Dream.  The stable will have had this as the big target and not a lot puts me off apart from the fact that they have had just one winner and a handful of places from 16 starts in the last fortnight.

The main selection though is the favourite Desert Law at 6/1 generally.  The services of one of the Majors favourites, Jimmy Fortune will help this colt.  His reappearance run was solid and surely he has more to offer.

The advice, for clarity, is simple.  A hefty lump on Desert Law to win.  For those that prefer my other selection, I must point out that Skybet are 5 PLACES! on the race.  At 8/1 Seal Rock makes a decent each way saver and so, what the hell, the Major advises that too.

Stating the Obvious – Four Winners – Four Steps to Tipping Heaven

Having covered the major race, I am now settling in to win us a Royal Ascot fund.  No messing around, winners is what we need.  I have cooked up the uber-bet, settle in, prepare your cannon for the four leg lucky 15.

Leg One is the 3.50 at York, get on Sea Moon now, he will only shorten but in my view is a 1/2 shot and is currently 10/11.

Never ready for the Derby, Sea Moon should see this lot off

I can only see the money going one way, get stuck in early.

Sea Moon was a derby entry early in the seaason – Surely he has enough to see off these handicappers off a mark in the low 90’s – This would be a major dissapointment if it did not go in.

Leg two is the 11/8 about Iceland (with Hills) to win against Belarus in the U21 championship.

Iceland U21s to explode like a volcano….. sorry

I think the 11/1 about the Icelanders winning the tournament is decent value too but they should definitely have the firepower to overcome a Belarus team missing their key striker.

Live on Sky, this can give all of you football fans a well needed injection of your favourite stuff!

Leg three is the 10.12pm Greyhound Derby live on Sky Sports.

Taylors Sky a lovely white dog ready to be the Majors best friend

The betting suggests that this is a wide open affair but the Major thinks that track record holding TAYLORS SKY is the answer.  Trainer, Charlie Lister has won the Greyhound Derby 5 times, 2/1 is available at William Hill and Ladbrokes.

While tipping the Greyhound Derby, I also like the market Ladbrokes have open on the last finisher.  11/4 Westmead Guru is the advice.

Leg Four is Animal Kingdom to win the Belmont tonight.

Unlike the Preakness, the Berlmont is live on At the races (415 on Sky)

I have not had much joy tipping up winners in the American Classics but hope to make amends.  Shacklefords Preakness win really went to show what a poor crop of three years olds have come through this year.  That day, Animal Kingdom had a hellish ride and could only get to within a half length.  I think all jockeys will be wary of a crawling pace being set again and this will suit Animal Kingdom.  I hope the heavy rain stays off the Belmont track as this will not improve the race at all.

This lucky 15 is best placed with Hills, for the Majors record, I will only count the advices above in the record as singles.

If you only want one shot to glory today…. go for a tasty double on Iceland and Sea Moon.  Right now they are 11/8 and 5/6 with Hills.  A £25 strike will return £110 less the change and you can thank me later.

I cannot mention the Belmont Stakes without referring you to the most breathtaking horse the Major believes ever to have lived.  The only horse that graces the Majors office in picture form, I have a signed (jockey) photo of Secretariat 30l clear in the straight with the jockey having a long look behind him to see glorious fresh air.

Secretariat set a (still held) world record, in the 73 Belmont, on his own, in the straight with not even a hint of the whip.  Wonder horse.  My favourite piece of commentary is in this race… there are two bits that make my hair stand on end… Secretariat is blazing along…. he is widening now, he is moving like a tremendous machine,……  he is all alone, he is out there all alone…. watch and understand followers, it is good to live while legends do – Messi, I salute you.  Frankel, I may be against you but I hope you are a wonder horse too.  Watch the video and see what you are up against!

Tonight’s entertainment should be hamper style in the open air.  Within a ten mile radius of the Majors humble abode in Worcestershire, we have two beautiful rivers, the Avon and the Severn.  On their banks at this time of year, you can watch swallows in the field as the sun sets.  Take a nice cold Chablis and plates of Serrano ham, soft cheeses, fresh bread, olives, pate and a good blanket.  Most women enjoy this sort of arrangement so take your pick, if you want to be at partners, I suggest taking a guide to the stars, what more romantic notion could their be than kicking back and looking upon the Lords heavenly panorama with a buxom filly sighing on your shoulder.

Good luck to you all, courage and roll those dice.