CRYSTAL OCEAN (2.25) takes a dramatic step back in distance but should still be classy enough to land the Group 3 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at soggy Sandown.

Crystal Ocean is the quality horse in the 1m 2f contest having split Capri and Stradivarius in the St Leger, but whether he will be sharp enough on his seasonal debut at this much shorter distance is a mute point. However, he showed plenty of pace when spread-eagling his rivals in the 1m 4f Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and there is plenty of rain forecast which plays to his strengths.

Fabricate carries the Queen’s colours and will have fitness on his side following a recent Kempton victory in Listed company. This 10f seems to be his best trip.

In the Group 2 bet365 Mile, ADDEYBB (3.35) was so impressive in winning the Lincoln Handicap on soft ground that he may be worth chancing now taking a sharp rise in grade.

Another soft ground performer, Here Comes When, is the each-way alternative trading around 6-1 but William Haggas has been making bullish noises about Addeybb.

MERLIN MAGIC (1.50) has been given a chance by the handicapper in the bet365 Esher Cup.

David Elsworth’s Camelot colt landed a warm maiden at Nottingham last October, making all to beat Sam Gold and Sevenna Star (well touted in the Classic Trial at 3.00). Merlin Magic was then pitched into Group 1 company and wasn’t disgraced (ninth) behind Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy at Donny.

His official mark of 88 catches the eye and Elsworth has booked Silvestre De Sousa, who was on top for that Nottingham success last autumn.

Hot favourite Kings Shield has won both his starts on the all-weather and could be anything. There are some heavy showers forecast for the Esher area so quite how effective he will prove on soft ground is anybody’s guess.

DIAMOND DOUGAL (4.05) scored with plenty in hand at Bath last Friday and should make a bold bid to follow up under his 6lb penalty. Franny Norton is a good booking.

At Doncaster, KNIGHTLY SPIRIT (1.40) can continue Roger Varian’s bright start to the season by landing the opening 1m 2f handicap.

He was just over a length behind Ship Of The Fen when they occupied the places at Goodwood and enjoys a 7lb pull at the weights.

Recommended bets

  • Sandown 2.25 – Crystal Ocean (6-5, bet365)
  • Sandown 3.35 – Addeybb (7-4, Ladbrokes, bet365)
  • Sandown 1.50 – Merlin Magic ew (13-2, bet365)
  • Sandown 4.05 – Diamond Dougal (9-4, bet365)
  • Doncaster 1.40 – Knightly Spirit (3-1, bet365)


Johnb's Friday Tips

  1. 25oz63 6 months ago

    I am off for my annual day at Perth tomorrow any tips would be appreciatedthanks in advance

  2. benleoella1951 6 months ago

    Johnb Alan. T
    Thanks for the tips you two ?terrific

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      Sad to hear of the death of 13 year old cantlow in today’s cross country race.
      Had come 2nd in the race last 2 years.
      He ran a brave 5th today then sadly had a heart attack.
      I feel for connections at times like this, very sad.

      • the notorious 6 months ago

        Too many horses have died recently Elvis. 3 horses died in Hexam earlier in the week, all in the same day, mainly down to the temperature on the day 27 degrees. Im not an equine expert, but I’m aware that horses core temperature can reach dangerously high levels after a race in hot weather.
        The process in the emerald isle of throwing water over a horse, and trotting straight in from the track to the parade ring serves no purpose whatsoever in my opinion.
        If anything it may make a bad situation worse. France seem to be the only country who do things correctly. The jockeys in France trot the horses for up to 4 or 5 minutes after racing to allow the horse core body temperature to cool down. Suffice to say, France would most likely have a lower horse fatality rate compared to all of the emerald isle.

      • the notorious 6 months ago

        Ok. it was under my comment I thought you were having a go. Personally, I think Elvis is right in what he says

  3. Mr Fixit 6 months ago

    Can you stop asking daft questions please.

  4. errryesno 6 months ago

    3.40 das mooser [biggest bet]
    4.20 plyonthepressure [joint most fancied]n.1 , n,2 koshari
    4.55 slow motion and elusive evy -RF
    5.30 why not have supersundea at 9’s lads after faugheen yesterday, that was amazing viewing.
    6.05 burrows siant ew 66t1[joint fancy]
    6.40 small punt on top wood ew 7’s

    7.20 towchester – riddlestown
    3.45 perth- la sacre ew and win bet 16t1 bet365 NB
    5.50 chepstow beallandall
    Will Sam Crow even run given willie looks all set for trainers title again.
    Giggintown rarely run in bumbers and novices out of novice company, Micheal O’Leary surely won’t won’t want Sam crow stretched all out for a fight that’s almost gone given the runner opposing Elliots mares arsenal.
    Gl all

  5. errryesno 6 months ago

    The more i watch punchestown the more i notice that something needs to be done within the rules set out, to stop it being almost guess work betting when mullins smashes out multiple entries, with little or no form for months or even into years.
    The stable tours give you almost nothing in regards to future info, just its likely race[often known anyhow].
    That is useless info and it’s the same his last 5 or so stable tours.
    Willie gives hardly any info to public[maybe matt chapman gets a little more than most] nothing !, then pops up with a horse you hope john b or someone tipping has watched in schooling session, or the public is in the dark.
    100 horses max per trainer and max entries 3 per race ??

    • the notorious 6 months ago

      erryesno, if every trainer was limited to 100 horses in training racing would not be as competitive as it is, and less enjoyable to watch. I get what your saying though, in that the best horses are generally with Mullins and Elliot, O Brien and the Sheiks.
      Anyone who heard Willie Mullins interview after Faugheen won in Punchestown would have been surprised. Mullins said his last piece of work was so slow, himself and Ruby Walsh could not believe what they were watching, and then Faugheen goes and wins like he does.
      Horses can make fools of humans, regardless of what a trainer says during a stable tour.

  6. double carpet 6 months ago

    Well it’s safe to say punchestown has been awful for me so far so here’s a few more to avoid today

    4.55 synopsis 5/1
    5.30 Melon 5/2
    6.05 Getabird 7/1 ew
    6.40 Uxizandre 3/1


  7. luckboxmason 6 months ago

    Can’t understand why they are running min again? The horse ran earlier in the week after hard races at aintree and cheltenham, surely give the horse a break.

  8. micky lfc 6 months ago

    Errryenso I’m with you

  9. chilleden 6 months ago

    I find it hard to look past Samcro in the 5.30 at Punchestown today. Still unbeaten and had been phenomenal every time I have watched him – never looked in trouble.

    • 6 months ago

      Chilleden its a totally different race today for samcro much faster pace .
      have to go for mellon only beaten a neck in the cheltenham champion hurdle 3/1,best form on offer

  10. Johnb 6 months ago

    Three bets Thursday with two winners, the double stake Nap at 15/8 and 9/2

    5:30 – Melon 3/1 paddy power NB

    7:35 – Heresmynumber 3/1 paddy power NAP

  11. ew thief 6 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    French flyer 1.40d 14/1
    Motown Mick 1.50s 9/1
    Lucky lodge 2.15d 33/1
    What about Carlo 2.25s 7/1
    East coast lady 2.50d 9/1
    Robin of navan 3.35s 16/1
    Ew singles & ew lucky63☘️Gl all

  12. jazzerbhoy 6 months ago

    Twiston davies looks to have a good chance of a dble today at perth. For the guy looking for tips.
    Well done johnb and alan and all the posters on here keep up the great work.

  13. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    desert wind 1.50 gun case 2.15 same circus 2.40 aljazzi 3.35 l15 singles …….ask mile 4.20 ew single head turner 4.55 ew single well done all winners yesterday

  14. azzthewigan 6 months ago

    good start alan well done

  15. richie 6 months ago

    Hi all well done yesterday winners

    GOULENE DAVINA 4.55 PUN 25/1 E.W




  16. mullz 6 months ago

    Superb with Merlin magic Alan, with Sky doing money back if 2nd was ideal to appose the fav.

  17. 6 months ago

    on the fringe 16/1 ew
    melon 10/3 all the money is for samcro
    battle hard 13/2
    getabird 4/1

  18. ew thief 6 months ago

    Sod it gunna have a bash at punchestown
    The West’s awake 4.20 14/1
    Goodtynemilan 4.55 14/1
    Supasundae 5.30 12/1
    Burrows saint 6.05 40/1
    On the fringe 6.40 14/1
    Phoenix dawn 7.10 50/1
    Ew singles & ew lucky63☘️Gl all

    • 6 months ago

      Great stuff ew thief 16/1 placed and 12/1 winner

    • 6 months ago

      Having a nightmare at punchestown melon fell when having a good chance . Getabird run out of it when looked all over the winner at the time at least get a few bob back with on the fringe 16/1

      • ew thief 6 months ago

        Keeps you ticking over take a place every day the week at that price fancy anything in the bumper ?

  19. danger ranger 6 months ago

    Punchestown 4.20

    Punchestown 6.05

    Punchestown 6.40

  20. 6 months ago

    alan t
    unlucky not to be going for a five timer

  21. errryesno 6 months ago

    Gutted 2 2nds already again today on le sacre and forgot to post jenny melody

  22. buzzer 6 months ago

    any one on the crystal double

    ocean (evs)

    hope (14/1)

    would have paid very nicely indeed

  23. duncanpoundcake 6 months ago

    Well Done Alan ,ye must be ragin’ How did that Delahunt win the racing post naps table ?

  24. buzzer 6 months ago

    official Samcrow is not the second coming of Christ now that gobs1te chapman will quieten down jesus may have been able to walk on water but he has been humbled by the fence

  25. chilleden 6 months ago

    Well done today everyone. Alan – I was a short head away from landing a Yankee! Am still delighted with three out of four.

    Great evening tips ew thief. Two market leaders falling separately three out – have never seen that before!

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