Weekly Eye-catchers – Horse Racing

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Best Wishes to Freddie Tylicki

In the last week, horse racing has been in the news for the wrong reasons. Firstly, jockey Freddie Tylicki was involved in a shocking looking four horse pile up at Kempton on Monday 31st October. That incident has left the jockey paralysed from the waist down which is heartbreaking for both him and his family. Champion Apprentice in 2009 when attached to the Richard Fahey stable Freddie was one of those jockeys on the verge of making it into the top echelons of the jockey ranks. He won his first Group 1 on Speedy Boarding at Chantilly just a month ago and he could look forward to a really bright future in the saddle. He was a real ‘Punters Pal’ this year too and came out on top on my flat jockey ratings for the 2016 turf season. Just looking at his record on favourites he was – 15 wins from 32 rides 47% +16.31 A/E 1,53 25 places 78% – an outstanding record and he will be missed by punters. It was heartening to see the fundraising page set up for him had reached its £200,000 target and all we can do is send our best wishes for his recovery.

You can see that page here –

Vautour Loses Life in Freak Accident

On Sunday there was more bad news as we heard of the death of the Willie Mullins-trained Vautour who had to be put down after sustaining a broken leg caused a “Freak Accident” when out in the paddock. Who can forget the horse’s dominant victory in this year’s Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival or the fact that he won at the Festival in 2014, & 2015? He was the bookies ante-post second favourite too for next year’s Gold Cup and he will be missed by all those who love top class National Hunt racing.

I am away for a few days so this week’s column is shorter than the norm, with no look back at the weekend’s best performances, but don’t worry normal service will resume next week when I will be looking back at the Weekend’s action from Cheltenham’s two-day Open Meeting which features the first big handicap chase of the winters jumps season, the BetVictor Gold Cup. My selection for that race and the weekend’s other big handicap, the Greatwood Hurdle, will be available for Eyecatcher Pro subscribers at the end of the week.

This Week’s Eye-catchers

The quick ground and small fields have meant a quiet start for the eye-catchers. Just the two this week for you trackers with a further two eye-catchers, added exclusively for Pro subscribers, one of which is a well handicapped all weather horse who looks set to strike in the coming weeks

Saturday November 5th


Some Buckle – Tom George – Has returned to the trainer (same ownership) after spending last season with Paul Nicholls. Was only having his 4th start over fences and was travelling very powerfully four out when making a really bad mistake four out that put the seven-year-old out of the race. Jockey Adrian Heskin wisely pulled the horse up. Had looked set to add his spring Haydock win but for that mistake. Seems to have improved and is capable of more progression in the sphere. There will be other days for the horse and he looks nicely handicapped off his present chase mark if his confidence hasn’t been too affected by the experience. Likes good ground or a bit of cut and around 2m 4f/5f looks his optimum trip.

Sunday November 6th


Sir Scorpion – Thomas Mullins – Not a great fan of putting up winners as eyecatchers but I will make an exception here. The seven-year-old built on his recent 2nd at the Listowel Festival with a good win in this valuable 2m 4f handicap hurdle. All his previous from had come on soft ground and this was his first start on a sound surface since his bumper days. He was also having his first start beyond two miles and saw the trip out really well in a race that was run at a good pace throughout. Two wins from 8 runs 4 places on soft or soft/ heavy before this win he showed here that ground isn’t an issue to him nor the step up to 2m 4f. All his career wins have come when racing within 60 days of his last start 3 wins from 10 runs 5 places. Hopefully, the handicapper won’t put the gelding up too much in the weights for the win.

All that’s left is to wish you a profitable week’s betting

John Burke

I have a MA in International Politics and having spent a number of years working in political campaigning but I eventually I realised that politics was not the world where I wanted to work I had been interested in horse racing since the late 1980s but in the early years I was merely just betting and watching racing like most people as a bit of fun and a hobby, then the hobby becomes a passion and that’s what happened to me with horse racing. I soon realised that to make money from my hobby I had to learn as much as I could about the sport and betting in general. The whole process took time but after a number of successful years of betting, I decided in 2011 to take the plunge, gave up my full time day job and decided to bet on horse racing as a part time business and I haven’t looked back since. I like to specialise in the better class of races and I love to solve the puzzles posed by big field handicaps the latter races often provide punters with great value betting opportunities. Whilst most of my time is spent reviewing previous races I like to keep things as simple as possible as even the biggest field handicaps can usually be pruned down to half a dozen strong contenders with the right sort of approach.

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