The weekend’s racing reviewed – a helpful guide for punters and race goers everywhere.

Newmarket took centre stage (nothing new there) last weekend with a top class card mixed nicely between Group races and fiendishly competitive handicaps, neither of which particularly went the way I wanted (ask my bookmaker).  Having (wrongly) concluded that Misterioso was the one to be on in the Royal Lodge Stakes at 11/1, I sat back and watched as he was left for dead by both Elem Park and Nafaqa who pulled clear of the field together and will go in to many peoples ante post notebooks for the 2015 classics. Whether any son of Phoenix Reach can get to those high standards is a different question (I doubt it, but stranger things have happened in this sport of ours), and he won’t carry any of my money but he did win this well with a bit up his sleeve and deserves his place on the ante post list at least.

As for the girls, I was convinced Tiggy Wiggy was all hype and no substance but to be fair, she provide me wrong and in bucket loads by taking the Cheveley Park Stakes with plenty in hand. Allowed a very soft led by her rivals, she made all the running at a sensible pace before holding off all challengers, using her undoubted speed to do so, though why they played in to her hands and failed to make it more of a test of stamina is beyond me though it’s easy to be wise after the event.

The Cambridgeshire was never going to be an easy puzzle to solve with a silly thirty-one runners to sift through but congratulations to those who picked out Bronze Angel at 14/1 as he won it for the second time in three years. Being wise after the event ids a skill of mine and I now note he was racing off a mark a mere four pounds higher than when scoring in 2012 as a three year old, so nothing was impossible, though he did do it with ease which surely even those who backed him can’t have really expected? With no real excuses in behind, the form should be reasonably reliable, though they will all be reassessed by the dreaded handicapper so I doubt there is any easy money to be made.

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David Pipe – has a promising young hurdler on his hands with Unanimite

Confession time next, and I wonder if I was the only one who enjoyed the National Hunt racing from Market Rasen this weekend? With the darker evenings and colder weather we are slowly heading toward the winter game, and it was good to see the likes of David Pipe and Charlie Longsdon in among the winners, with Unanimite the one to follow as far as I could see. An import off the flat in France after a win at Lyon La Soie and numerous places elsewhere, he jumped less like a stag and more like a cow on his hurdles debut but still beat plenty of previous winners with his head in his chest, so just imagine how good he could be if he ever learns to hurdle, which seems pretty likely with all the facilities available to them at Pond House?

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