Mornings, welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk. We’ve made a last minute decision this morning over the breakfast table – Mrs rwsteeplechasing and I head to Cheltenham today. Because of that we need to get going pretty quick, and that unfortunately means – maybe fortunately, let’s face it – that I have to shelve The Throwaway Quid for this week. It also means no preview for the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, so apologies for that too as I normally get stuck in to that race. Let’s hope we make it to Cheltenham in time for the second…

January 24th 2020
Race Previews for Cheltenham on Saturday are live now, with four races covered, and there’s more material to come on Saturday morning.

The Throwaway Quid will be posted later than it has been on Saturday mornings, from around 10:15am, starting on Saturday 25th. This is to allow the markets to take shape – I’ve noticed that there hasn’t always been much to go for earlier in the morning, whereas come 10:00 or thereabouts, you can tell who’s been cut in price, and there’ll be some drift.

January 24th 2020
The next Race Previews on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk will be for Saturday’s racing, but here are a few brief thoughts on Doncaster’s card on Friday.

Unusually for a 12-runner Class 2 handicap chase I want to stay out of the 1.50 over two miles as it has a tricky look about it, but one that does make appeal is Cracking Find, who’s been dropped in the weights and represents the in-form Sue Smith yard, which was a bit unlucky with The Paddy Pie at Wetherby on Thursday. The now 12-year-old Duke Of Navan has also been dropped in the handicap and if he’s to run one last good race, this could be it.

Nine go to post in the Listed fillies’ juvenile hurdle at 2.25, but I make it between only two – Midnight’s Gift, a good second at Taunton just after Christmas, and Guardia Top, who bettered previous form when third at Exeter on New Year’s Day.

The 3.55 is a 0-110 handicap hurdle over three miles – some won’t want to go anywhere near it, but I have a couple of ideas: Who’s In The Box, who did a bit of late work at Catterick last time and is bred to stay this longer trip; and Eclair On Line, who has a similar profile and shaped well over shorter at Doncaster when last seen.

January 22nd 2020
The first updates of the week on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, a week which has Festival Trials-day at Cheltenham at the end of it, are live now with a preview of the Class 3 handicap chase at Wetherby on Thursday.

Also, there’s a new PLOG (Punter’s Blog), ‘Looking Every Each Way’. It’s been a stressful time on and off during November and December, and that’s documented – sort of – along with my betting rambles (should that be ‘scrambles’?).

On Saturday there’ll be the usual weekend previews plus The Throwaway Quid, which may go live later than it has been doing – will announce that one way or the other probably on Friday.

January 18th 2020
Mornings, today’s The Throwaway Quid is live now – it runs at Ascot and you can get the tip, and the reasons behind it, right here.

Also now up is a preview of the pick of the card at Ascot, including round two of Defi Du Seuil versus Un De Sceaux in the Clarence House Chase.

January 17th 2020
Good evening and welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk. Although I made a later start on Saturday’s scrambles today, due to going for a blood test (don’t think anything’s wrong, so if you’re worrying, no need), I’ve got a preview ready for the best of Haydock’s card tomorrow.

Also added is a preview of the feature handicap hurdle at Navan. There’s more material to come, and something for Ascot plus The Throwaway Quid will appear on Saturday morning.

January 15th 2020
Hope you’re managing to keep dry. Not for the first time recently, the levels of the nearby river where I live are well up, illustrating that we’ve had a lot of rain this week – it remains to be seen if it will affect this weekend’s jump racing. It might affect tomorrow’s Somerset National-card at Wincanton, but – in hope rather than expectation – I’ve gone ahead with a preview of the main event on Thursday’s card, in which Christmas In April bids to follow up his victory in the Sussex version at Plumpton on January 5th.

January 11th 2020
Mornings, welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk especially if you’re dropping in for the first time. Today’s Saturday previews are of the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton, and the Classic Chase and Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick; and as it’s Saturday there’s also The Throwaway Quid, the weekly tip at nice odds.

January 10th 2020
The first Saturday previews are live now with the Classic Chase and the Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick covered – click here for horse by horse previews of the two races. I’ll be back tomorrow morning to add the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton, plus The Throwaway Quid.

January 8th 2020
It’s North Yorkshire Grand National day at Catterick tomorrow, and I’ve had a look at the best bits of the card. In the main event itself (2:40), Milansbar is sure to go from the front with Kingswell Theatre not too far away, and with the latter on a favourable mark he might well run close – however they may well set it up for Little Bruce, and/or Brian Boranha, who’s the one that makes most appeal, down to his winning mark from Sedgefield in October 2018 when he won the Durham National.

Plenty is going on in the two handicap hurdles which follow the main event. Nefyn Point made a forward move plenty soon enough here on New Year’s Day and was fading when making a mistake at the last in the race won by Summer Lightening and he’ll run close if held on to for longer in the two-miler (3:10). Top weight Never Be Enough was out of her depth behind Sir Chauvelin at Musselburgh, also on January 1st, and is interesting in this race also.

‘Nicky Henderson having a runner at Catterick is a tip in itself’, is probably what whoever’s doing the Racing Post’s Spotlight will say about Captain Woodie in the 2m3f-handicap hurdle (3:45), before not actually studying the race and heading off to the canteen for a coffee. Am I convinced? No – his worst run up to now was over 2m4f at Huntingdon, when he was too keen and didn’t last home behind Do Wanna Know – his stand-out run at Warwick behind Emmas Joy was back over the minimum trip. If you want an alternative, you’re spoilt for choice – all of Groveman (outclassed in Listed handicap at Sandown last time), Enfin Phil who ran his best for a while at Sedgefield on Boxing Day and Get Help, who’ll be suited by dropping in trip here after not staying 3m1f at Carlisle last time, will give you a run.

January 5th 2020
So begins studying for this weekend. Plenty to do with big handicaps at Warwick (Classic Chase), Kempton (Lanzarote Hurdle) and Fairyhouse (Dan Moore Memorial) to consider, and I’ll surely be getting stuck into at least one of those for this website’s Previews. Updates on Twitter (@Royraces).

January 4th 2020
Happy New Decade, and welcome along to the roaring twenties – occasionally more like whimpering – on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk. The first new pages in 2020 are previews of a couple of the best races on Saturday January 4th – there’s a look at the Class 2 handicap hurdle at Sandown, and also the best race on the card at Cork, which is a 2m4f handicap hurdle.

And added on Saturday morning just now (07:02am) is the first Throwaway Quid-selection of the year.

December 28th 2019
Unfortunately my Raceform Interactive went wrong yesterday, so therefore I’m afraid there are no updates for today. (Is that cheering I can hear in the background?) It’s looking like the next updates will be next year then, so for now thank you to everyone who’s visited rwsteeplechasing.co.uk in 2019, and best wishes to all for 2020!

December 27th 2019
Mornings, the last Throwaway Quid of the year has been posted, it runs at Kempton and you can see what it is here.

First up for Friday December 27th is a horse-by-horse preview of the Coral Welsh Grand National – it looks as though there won’t be enough rain to put the Chepstow meeting in jeopardy, which of course is a good thing, but fog is forecast for much of the day, so hopefully we’ll get to see it…

Also added is a preview of the 3m handicap chase at Kempton at 3:05, and the next Throwaway Quid-selection will go live in the morning.

December 26th 2019
Mornings, happy Boxing Day, and welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk. Hope you’re keeping dry, unless of course you’re one of those mad people that goes swimming in some freezing lake or other this time each year, in which case hope it’s nice and wet for you. Today The Throwaway Quid is in operation, and you can see what the tip is here; and if you haven’t read them yet, or would like to read again, the feature races at Kempton are previewed here, and the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby is covered here.

December 23rd 2019
Evening folks, happy Christmas Eve Eve, and welcome to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, especially if you’re here for the first time. The last updates to the website before Christmas are now live. If you’d said to me that the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton would draw a final field of ten runners I would have reminded you that it’s Christmas, not April Fool’s Day, but ten there are including last year’s winner Verdana Blue, and International Hurdle runner-up and third Ballyandy and Ch’tibello. There are horse-by-horse previews of that and the feature King George VI Chase, Cyrname versus Lostintranslation the principal narrative, with the 2018 victor Clan Des Obeaux not expected to get a look-in by some.

Also covered is the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby, with last year’s winner Lake View Lad in again, but Jonniesofa and Bennys King look to have claims in a good renewal.

Until The Throwaway Quid for Boxing Day goes live hopefully around 07:00 on Boxing morning, may I wish you all a Happy Christmas. Let there be peace, harmony and coffee.

December 21st 2019
Mornings, how are we all doing? Taken the tree down yet? It’s the Saturday before Christmas, so it’s the final Throwaway Quid before the festive season (for those of you who don’t think it’s started already). It runs at Ascot, so in the unlikely event of it being abandoned (see the below post) there’ll be a re-think, but for now click here to get the tip.

The next TTQs will be Boxing Day and December 27th – check here or @Royraces for updates.

December 20th 2019
Fair play to Ascot, it didn’t look as testing as I thought it was going to be today. Saturday is another matter, with more rain forecast overnight, hence the track calling a precautionary inspection at 08:00. Around 98 times out of 100 these days, there’s a ‘racing goes ahead’-announcement at 07:58, and I’m confident that will happen again. Here’s a preview of the Long Walk and the closing Grade 3 handicap hurdle.

Also now added is a preview of the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock, where no inspection is planned.

December 20th 2019
The chances of Ascot going ahead on Friday seem remote, judged on the weather forecast and considering that the going’s already heavy, and it’s an uninspiring card – particularly where the two Grade 2-events are concerned, the Noel Novices’ Chase only having the two runners. Having said that the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at 2:30 looks a tight one, all four participants having something about them. Three of the field ran in the Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November 2018, Master Debonair leaving McFabulous and Ribble Valley behind, but the latter two improved later in the season, and I fancy the last-named to surprise a few people and take this – he left previous winner Sir Valentine well behind at Wetherby last time, and is two out of two over hurdles, whereas the other two named above have been beaten over hurdles once, McFabulous yet to win over them. The other runner, hurdling debutant Time Flies By, was in the latest renewal of that Listed Cheltenham bumper and ran second to Israel Champ, so will probably turn out okay and is a live contender here, obviously enough given connections.

December 16th 2019
“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Whether You Like It Or Not…”


A Christmas Number One in the making, no doubt, but it’s a work in progress. I’m hardly the best columnist, let alone the best lyricist, so I might need a few Christmases to come up with the rest of it, then drop a ska beat behind it (you can ska anything up – imagine the National Anthem with a rhythm section over the second and fourth beats). Between now and then, there’s a more realistic chance of whatever’s carrying The Throwaway Quid winning on Saturday, and as Ballyandy was only a neck shy of landing the International Hurdle last weekend, the songwriting can wait. Before that I’m hoping to post a few words about Ascot on Friday as well as Saturday – as usual announcements for new material will go on Twitter, so keep an eye on @Royraces.


(PS: Bah Humbug.)

December 14th 2019
Mornings, today’s Throwaway Quid-tip is now live, it runs in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, and you can get the selection here.

December 13th 2019
This Saturday’s horse-by-horse previews are live and they’re the two top races at Cheltenham, namely the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, in which Lalor is a non-runner along with Riders Onthe Storm, and the International Hurdle, which was going to be truly international this year but will sadly be without the Australian runner Big Blue, who was pulled out on Friday evening. Click/tap here to read.

That just leaves The Throwaway Quid, which will go live at or around (or even before) 07:00 on Saturday morning.

Line-ups for Doncaster are poor in terms of numbers, but I may well jot down a few notes about it on the home page tomorrow morning.

December 12th 2019
I can never remember studying racing form on the day of a General Election. Probably something to do with elections normally taking place in May, out of the peak jumps season, but here we are, Cheltenham racing on Friday in December, and the aftermath of the election dominating the news. Well it’s Prestbury Park that’s getting my vote, and I’ve previewed the two best handicaps. Cogry and Singlefarmpayment are in the staying handicap chase – they were the first two in it last year – and the 2018 Albert Bartlett winner Kilbricken Storm is of interest in the handicap hurdle.

December 11th 2019
The Best And The Worst Of This Sport
At least we had a bit longer to revel in the race of the season this time. National Hunt horse racing knocked its followers flat as soon as it lifted all who saw the great scrap between Many Clouds and Thistlecrack in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in 2017. For thirty seconds, racegoers and TV-viewers were buzzing, but then in the thirty-first second, Many Clouds collapsed and passed away. Last Saturday in the Tingle Creek Chase Defi Du Seuil, Un De Sceaux and Waiting Patiently served up a belter of a finish, but thirty minutes later the popular veteran chaser Houblon Des Obeaux collapsed on the home turn in the London National, leading to the voiding of the race and farcical scenes, which have been much documented. The highest high, the lowest low, and nothing in between. Let’s hope we get some cracking racing this weekend at Cheltenham, without a sting in the tail.

First up for the week, there’s a good Class 3 handicap chase at Taunton on Thursday, which is previewed in full here, horse by horse.

December 7th 2019
Grade B handicap chase, 2:45 Navan
Good handicaps are everywhere today, including this belter at Navan, and my shortlist consists of: Jetz, who shaped well behind Footpad at Punchestown ; Whisperinthebreeze, who’s in the 15 To Follow and made a lot of the running before lack of a run probably told at Punchestown last time, jumping well; and the top weight Us And Them, who if you overlook a poor run in the Betvictor Gold Cup last time, was another in the race who did well in the face of a stiff task, in his case behind Snow Falcon in the Champion Chase at Gowran Park. One that I’m not going anywhere near is Glenloe, who’s been beaten double digits on all his chase starts to date, and was struggling with four to jump behind Faugheen (who isn’t the machine of old, surely) at Punchestown last time.

December 7th 2019
Tingle Creek Chase, 3:00 Sandown
No doubt that Cheltenham winner Defi Du Seuil is progressing, but Un De Sceaux is still the benchmark on my ratings, about 6 or 7 lbs ahead – and don’t forget another making his reappearance, Sceau Royal, whose high cruising speed is likely to take him up to the leaders from the Pond Fence, and there’s no Altior this time. For Politologue to win, over this trip, he’ll have to be made some use of (the Ryanair Chase would be his Cheltenham Festival-race), but unoriginally, I’m going for Un De Sceaux.

To see a horse-by-horse preview of the London National at Sandown, click here.

December 7th 2019
And good morning! Delighted to announce that The Throwaway Quid is back, and the tip – who runs at Aintree – is live now.

December 6th 2019
Good evening and welcome along to Roy Waterhouse Steeplechasing, and particularly to anyone dropping in for the first time. With more to come later on Friday evening and early on Saturday morning, here’s my first material for Saturday December 7th. Aintree’s up first.

Many Clouds Chase, 2:40 Aintree
Is it going to be so hard for Black Corton to concede 4 lbs to Native River and Might Bite? They’re giving the ground on the Mildmay course as Good to Soft, and for me that puts the stayer/grinder Native River at a disadvantage round this sharp track, even though he wears first-time blinkers. We don’t know where we are with Might Bite, who’s in cheekpieces for the first time having gone off the map last season, so Bryony Frost’s second best buddy (after Frodon amongst her four-legged ones) – who we know retains his ability after his Galway Plate-second and cracking run behind Vinndication at Ascot on November 2nd – is the call for me.

To see a horse-by-horse preview of the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences, click here.

December 2nd 2019
Back In The Room
With further apologies for rather abruptly taking a break from things, it feels like I’ve got my mind back now, so I’m going to gradually edge back into the swing of things. I’ll start small and work up, and you can’t get much smaller than the 3:05 at Southwell on Tuesday December 3rd, a 0-100 handicap, but here’s the shortlist. Norwegian Woods was running well – although failing for a bit of stamina at the end of 3m1f – when falling at the last at Hereford last time and will be suited by the drop in trip; Tis Fantastic ran into the thrown-in Guardia Top at Chepstow last time; and something a bit left field perhaps but I’ll throw in Duty Girl, on her debut for the Julia Brooke-stable, who shaped well at Tipperary in July. More to come later in the week and the intention is to bring back The Throwaway Quid this Saturday.

November 22nd 2019
Timing Is Pants, But Taking A Break
Sorry to be posting this. Anxiety has taken hold over the last couple of days, and as a result I’m ‘not me’ just at the minute, and I don’t feel I can give racing my best shot. I’ve decided to take a break from the website and Twitter, so there are no previews for this weekend – also no The Throwaway Quid, so I’m sorry about that – and the aim is to be back for the start of December.

November 21st 2019
Welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, and as always, a particular welcome to anyone visiting for the first time. There’s a Race Preview now live for the two Class 2 handicaps at Ascot on Friday – click here to read.

November 20th 2019
There’s a new Race Meeting Review on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk – it’s of Wetherby last Saturday, on which there were good performances by the likes of Big Bad Bear and Cornerstone Lad – click or tap here to read.

November 19th 2019
The 3:50 race at Chepstow on Wednesday isn’t necessarily the best race of the day, but it’s one of the most competitive. I can see the market revolving around the top one Mick Manhattan, on account of his running fourth at Exeter to subsequent Cheltenham winner at the weekend Hang In There, but this is over 2m3f100y and on breeding he’s no certainty to stay this far. My three against the field are Mere Anarchy, who arguably would have won at Worcester back in May but for stumbling on landing at the last; Champagne Chaser, who runs after a break but has twice won when fresh; and Megalodon, who drops in class and in the weights after running poorly behind Mason Jar at Ascot – there’s nothing wrong with his third to Legal History at Exeter last April.

November 18th 2019
The Start of Betfair Chase Week
It wasn’t wrong to concentrate on Wetherby last Saturday, but it wasn’t right to completely dismiss Cheltenham. After the abandonment of the Friday card, having feared that they might have had something worse than they got for the Saturday of the October meeting when they were galloping through lakes, it actually looked a lot better than it was in October, so fair play to all concerned.

Coming up this week, there’ll be a Review of the aforementioned Wetherby meeting – my first Wetherby visit for ages, and Mrs rwsteeplechasing’s first ever – and I’ll be analysing the performances of such as the promising Oscar Robertson and the winner of the Class 2 introductory hurdle Big Bad Bear on that. Probably going live on Wednesday, it’ll be announced on Twitter when it does. Later this week, no messing about – the weather’s looking good, and I’ll give the Betfair Chase-card at Haydock a good go.

November 15th 2019
With apologies to anyone wondering what I think of Cheltenham this weekend, I’ve taken a decision to swerve it altogether. There’s still rain around, there’ll be omitted obstacles, the hype about Slate House and Siruh Du Lac over the past week has meant that decent prices on them were never there and – a first for British racing, please correct me if I’m wrong – the weights for the betvictor Gold Cup were put up with Saint Calvados‘s withdrawal.

So this Saturday, rightly or wrongly I’m all for Wetherby – that might yet be the meeting that gets rained off as they have some forecast overnight themselves, but on Friday afternoon that seemed the more likely to go ahead. Mr Antolini, who chased Black Op home at Stratford recently, gets an early chance at a handicap chase in the 2:15. I’ve previewed three races – click here to read.

November 14th 2019
With the abandonment of Cheltenham on Friday, the next updates on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk will be for Saturday’s racing, if anywhere’s on. At the time of posting Newcastle on Friday have changed their ground to soft (heavy in places), while Southwell will be inspecting on Friday morning for that day’s card.

November 13th 2019
Most competitive race on Thursday appears to be the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle at Ludlow (4:00) in which I like three against the rest: course winner Longhousesignora, who shaped well on her debut over fences at Worcester last time and reverts to timber; Grageelagh Girl, whose rider was a little caught out by the enterprising tactics on the winner Midnight Midge from the home turn at Taunton LTO; and Wilde Spirit, another mare (you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a mares’ race – it isn’t), who very much shaped as though the 2m5f trip of this race is what she wants over 2m at this track on her debut for the Henry Daly-stable.

November 12th 2019
In future, if I’ve got a few ideas about the following day’s racing, but I don’t have time to construct and post a full Preview-piece, I’ll write a few lines here on the home page – like about the 2m175y handicap hurdle at Exeter on Wednesday (3:40 race). Smarty Wild didn’t act on the track at Cheltenham last time in a more competitive race, making several mistakes, and back at a track he’s won at, he’s half my shortlist. The other half is Searching, who was put into the race too soon after racing wide at Wincanton last time behind I’d Better Go Now. I’m worried Haldon Hill will pull too hard, and Nordic Combined‘s third at Ascot behind Gumball last time disguises the fact that he’s a hard ride who’s difficult to win with.

Feature race tomorrow is the Anne Duchess of Westminster Handicap Chase at Bangor (1:50) and Calipso Collonges looks on a good mark in that, although the progressive Commodore – at least he was progressive when last seen – shouldn’t be underestimated.

November 11th 2019
Monday Monday
So it’s what used to be the Mackeson Gold Cup at Cheltenham this Saturday, and they’re predicting ground no worse than good to soft. Isn’t there an element of ‘heard that one before’ about that? Anyway, I’m not sure what the plan will be for the weekend, but the video-watching and the note-taking is underway and I’ll see where it takes me.

If you’ve never been on this site before, you can click any of the bricks below to take you to the pages – Atlanta Ablaze was a winner for the 15 To Follow-list last week, so maybe give that a try if you haven’t yet; also there’s a review of the meeting at Huntingdon on Sunday November 3rd – and on Saturdays, there’s The Throwaway Quid, which comprises one tip, available at 10/1 or more on the morning, that’s worth a throwaway quid. While there’s no tip live, the brick above will take you to the record of all TTQ tips to date.

November 9th 2019
Mornings, welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, and in particular welcome to anyone dropping in for the first time. As well as a Preview of the feature races at Aintree (link below and above top-left), today’s The Throwaway Quid, who runs at Wincanton, is now live – click here to get the tip.

The preview of Wincanton is now live also, with races covered the mares’ handicap hurdle and the feature Badger Beers Chase, which Present Man and Bryony Frost will win for the third year running. (I’ve seen the script – it’ll be like a work in professional wrestling.)

November 8th 2019
The first preview for Saturday’s racing is up now and it covers the feature races at Aintree on Saturday, the 2m4f handicap chase and the 2m4f conditions hurdle, which features three horses with pretensions to finishing second to Paisley Park in the 2020 Stayers’ Hurdle. A Wincanton Preview and The Throwaway Quid will go live on Saturday morning.

November 7th 2019
I’m pleased to post the first Meeting Review to appear on the new website – click here to read a Review of Huntingdon last Sunday, November 3rd, where Deyrann De Carjac was the star of the show, decisively winning a competitive novices’ chase.

November 6th 2019
We look at a couple of the handicaps on Newbury’s first jumps card of the season in the latest Race Preview – the Pertemps Qualifier, which includes a couple of horses who were withdrawn from the recent Cheltenham one on account of the ground, and the following handicap chase.

November 5th 2019
Tuesday Tidings
Last week it was Monday Musings, but thanks to having to do a hell of a lot of housekeeping after the weekend, this week’s first update on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk takes place on the Tuesday of Badger Ales Chase week. The approximate timetable for this week’s new material is hopefully going to go something like this:
* Wednesday evening – Race Preview for a bit of Newbury’s card on Thursday;
* Thursday evening – the first Meeting Review on the new website. Although I didn’t tweet anything on Sunday I was at Huntingdon (it’s in part thanks to that that I’ve been playing catch-up), where Deyrann De Carjac was the star of the show in the competitive novice chase – so I’ll be working on that later;
* Friday evening – first Race Previews for Saturday;
* Saturday morning – the next The Throwaway Quid tip will go live, as will more Race Previews.

Talking of The Throwaway Quid, the tip-list has been updated, and despite Diego Du Charmil‘s well-documented best efforts to get out of it, he is TTQ‘s first winner. The list of TTQ tips given is live and if you click the brick above at times when there’s no tip, you can see the complete list.

November 3rd 2019
Hello again, happy Sunday, and welcome to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk. So what’s the topic of conversation today? Ballyoptic slogging it out to beat fellow slogger Elegant Escape in the Charlie Hall? How good was Envoi Allen at Down Royal? Road To Respect? Vinndication? Probably none of those… ‘Diego Du Charmil, jump or no jump’ is probably what you’re all discussing. I’m in more than two minds, I must admit. I certainly don’t think Capeland should have been disqualified. Anyway we move on, and here’s a rare Sunday Race Preview, with Huntingdon the meeting covered.

November 2nd 2019
Mornings, welcome along to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, and in particular anyone looking in for the first time. I’ve a busy day ahead. At the time of this update I’ve just posted The Throwaway Quid for today, who runs at Ascot – a preview of a couple of Ascot’s feature races will go up later this morning, and then later today a preview of some of Sunday’s Huntingdon card will be here. There’s a realistic chance of me seeing none of today’s races!

Final update for Saturday November 2nd – the Ascot preview is now live, with two of the feature handicaps covered.

November 1st 2019
The first preview for Saturday’s racing is for the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby – no Black Corton this year, but it’s a good renewal. More previews and The Throwaway Quid will go live on Saturday morning.

October 31st 2019
Rain is the last thing Wetherby want, and they appear to have some in their forecasts for Friday and Saturday, but there’s none in the overnight weather forecast for Stratford on Thursday, which is just as well as it’s soft, heavy in places on the chase course. The feature is the 3:25 race, the 2m3f handicap chase, and it would arguably slot right in to a decent Saturday card. With a 142-rated top weight in Kim Muir runner-up Kilfilum Cross, here’s a horse-by-horse preview.

October 27th 2019
Monday Musings
I’m still a bit shocked at how bad conditions were at Cheltenham on Saturday. I may well be the only person who thought they were bad, but you know it’s somewhere between ‘heavy’ and ‘waterlogged’ when you see plenty of horses, moving well to a point, suddenly grind to a halt and pull up. The card is not a total write-off in terms of form – far from it, as having said that plenty of runners gave their running and gave the races credibility – but I suspect there’ll be plenty of horses about whom I’ll think ‘ignore it on account of the conditions’, next time they line up – provided it’s on better going of course.

One such horse who moved well for a long way but didn’t complete on Saturday was Master Work, who has the now-dubious distinction of being the first tip offered on this website’s The Throwaway Quid-feature. Because I want to stand up and be counted, it’s my intention to record all of the selections on the site, even if it’s zero from whatever in 25 weeks’ time. So while there’s no tip live, if you click the brick above – or here – you’ll go to the page where the list sits.


There’s also a minor update to the Take On The Tracks page, noting that Ayr have started using one-fit padded hurdles, starting from its opening meeting of this season. Didn’t see any publicity about it, did you? Cork will be the first Irish track to use the new rubber obstacles, at its meeting on November 3rd.

This weekend we go again, but I’m not sure what I’ll go with. It’s that time of year, racing everywhere on Saturday and you don’t know where to start. It really ought to be Wetherby for the Charlie Hall fixture, but 1/ the back straight’s waterlogged after all the rain, and 2/ the main supporting race, the West Yorkshire Hurdle, has only eight entries, and you fancy it will need Unowhatimeanharry to run to have any credibility. We’ll see. I could concentrate on Wetherby, have more than a passing glance at Ascot, or even get stuck in to Down Royal. We’ll see. Whatever I come up with, it’ll be here.


October 26th 2019
Mornings, welcome to the website, particularly anyone dropping in for the first time. Today, The Throwaway Quid launches on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk – one tip, every Saturday during the main period of the jumps season, that’s available at 10/1 or better early on Saturday morning, that’s worth a throwaway quid, or 50p each way. The tip runs at Cheltenham – click here to find out who it is.

Also this morning the preview for Cheltenham today has been updated with the addition of the opening handicap chase at 2:00 – so that’s the three feature handicaps covered, previewed horse by horse. Click here to read. Note the going change – at 07:55 it was Soft (Good to Soft in places), but it might change again as more rain is forecast.

October 25th 2019
There’s a seriously mucky weather forecast for overnight and before racing at Cheltenham on Saturday, but I’ve carried on regardless with the first Race Previews for day two of the Showcase meeting – they’re for the two-mile handicap chase and (not unusually for me) the Pertemps Qualifier. More material will be added on Saturday morning.

October 24th 2019
Soon comes round, doesn’t it. Racing is back at Cheltenham for day one of the Showcase meeting and there’s a Race Preview up now, with three races covered. The likes of Al Dancer, Getaway Trump, Wholestone and Dinons are likely to make their presence felt in the novice chases, which are two of the races covered.

More to come for Saturday’s card, which will also see the launch of The Throwaway Quid on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk.

October 19th 2019
Welcome to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, particularly anyone who’s dropping in for the first time. There are now two Race Preview-pages up for today (Saturday October 19th), with a look at the Prelude Chase at Market Rasen, in which the high-class San Benedeto is top weight and last year’s winner Royal Village is in again, now added to the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, which as I type this note has passed its 7:30 Inspection and goes ahead.

October 18th 2019
The good jumps action is beginning to come thick and fast, and for those not waiting for Cheltenham next weekend, and Precautionary Inspection at 7:30 permitting, here’s a Race Preview of a stomping-good renewal of the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, with the likes of Le Prezien, Clyne and Monsieur Lecoq starting their seasons.

October 17th 2019
There’s another Race Preview up for Friday October 18th and the one race covered is the Class 2 handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter, in which there are several horses better known as chasers starting their seasons over hurdles, including the useful De Rasher Counter and Sussex National winner The Two Amigos.

October 16th 2019
We go again on Thursday with a Race Preview for the best race on Wincanton’s card, the two-mile (actually a mile seven and a few yards) 0-130 handicap hurdle.

October 15th 2019
This season, it’s the intention to do a few more weekday Race Previews. The first of these is for the two best races on Wetherby‘s season opening-card, and it’ll be great to see horses like Crievehill and Cracking Find back in action in the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase. Also covered: the 2m handicap hurdle, with Swinton runner-up Project Bluebook top weight.

October 12th 2019
Welcome to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, and especially if you’re looking in for the first time. There’s a Race Preview for the pick of the action at Chepstow today live now, primarily concentrating on the handicap chases on the card. The 5.05 in particular is a very good race, with Peterborough Chase winner Charbel involved – he won this race last year as well.

October 11th 2019
It’s a new Race Preview on rwsteeplechasing.co.uk with my pick of the card on day one of Chepstow’s traditional two-day season-proper-starting card, with the likes of Thyme Hill and Lisnagar Oscar on show.

September 28th 2019
They’re back… Race Previews return to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk with a look at the feature races at Market Rasen on Saturday 28th September, namely the juvenile hurdle which gave us Katchit a few years ago, and the Class 2 Prelude Handicap Hurdle in which the 2018 County Hurdle winner Mohaayed is top weight.

September 20th 2019
I’m pleased to publish my improved Ten to Follow for the 2019/20 National Hunt season. Why is it improved? Because it’s actually a Fifteen to Follow – yes, 15 good prospects, likely to win races this season. There are youngsters, mudders, two-milers, three-milers – as well as one or two who don’t fit those descriptions. Click or tap the link and have a read.

September 1st 2019
The Punter’s Blog returns to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk, with a new piece entitled ‘Time To Put In The Hours’, describing my betting fortunes during the Grand National meeting and after, and lamenting about how the introduction of the ‘virtual Grand National’ influenced the betting for the real thing.

August 17th 2019
The next addition to rwsteeplechasing.co.uk is live and it’s the return of Take On The Tracks, the site’s guide to British National Hunt racecourses. From Newcastle to Newton Abbot, Perth to Plumpton, and everywhere between, left and right, visit the page to read a write-up of every jumps track in Britain.

July 13th 2019
Firstly, welcome to the new website. There may be tweaks and things still to implement, but it’s now in a publishable state, so here goes with the first pages. The first new content on the revamped rwsteeplechasing.co.uk is now live, and it’s my annual Cheltenham Festival Analysis. Now you may recall that I missed the 2019 Cheltenham Festival owing to work, so I didn’t see it live, but I’ve sure as hell seen it now. This will become apparent when you scroll through my pen picture for each of the 498 runners – and my own ratings for each horse are included as well.

The new website will be populated with more content besides the above over the next few weeks – please check back for updates or visit my Twitter handle, @Royraces.

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