Who To Watch – Week Beginning 13th August

Plenty of decent action to get stuck into throughout the week with Salisbury kicking us off with Listed and Group racing on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Saturday is a big day in Ripon’s calendar with their famous sprint handicap the Great St Wilfrid taking centre stage. Newbury is also hosting an excellent card with the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes and the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer won last year by the three-year-old, Defoe.


  • Andrew Balding – Boasted an outstanding record last week with 15 of his 16 runners finishing in the placings and 8 of them winning at various prices. Stable is clearly thriving and has only 1 runner at Windsor on Monday.
  • Tom Dascombe – 6 winners last week from just the 16 runners including 1 at a huge 100/1. Teams up well with Richard Kingscote and despite not having loads of entries this week, he takes 1 horse to Nottingham on Tuesday.
  • John Gosden – Operated at a 33% strike rate last week and despite not always having vast quantity, he has plenty of quality. Sole runner at Chelmsford on Tuesday where he has a 23% strike rate this season.


  • Jason Watson – Extremely promising young jockey who rode 8 winners last week. Down to just a 3lb claim now and is excellent value for it.
  • Paul Hanagan – In good form at present with 7 winners last week which included a 4-timer at Musselburgh on Saturday. Teams up a lot with Richard Fahey and the pair usually have plenty of runners.
  • Richard Kingscote – Predominantly rides for the also in-form Tom Dascombe (5 of his 6 winners last week were for that trainer). Also has a 20% strike rate for Ralph Beckett this year. Has a decent book of rides at Wolverhampton on Monday.


  • Cowboy Soldier – Boasts good form and remains a lightly raced sprinter, 3rd in a handicap at Glorious Goodwood and races off the same mark in the 4.30pm at Chelmsford on Tuesday. Has previously won on the all-weather.
  • Dirty Rascal – Has been unlucky to bump into 3 above average sorts in all 3 starts so far, clearly has the ability and holds a pair of entries this week.
  • Mrs Sippy – Only had four starts and was runner-up to Irish Oaks winner Sea Of Class on penultimate outing, still has potential and is entered in the 3.40pm at Salisbury on Wednesday.
  • Wadilsafa – Hacked up in a handicap off a mark of 100 last time, proving he deserves another crack at group company. Has significant potential and is entered in the 4.10pm at Salisbury on Thursday.
  • Desirous – Kingman filly whose Dam was a Group 1 winner who won first time out, bred to be talented and is dual entered at Newbury on Friday.

Alex Peperell

I’m an avid horse racing fan who often has his head in the form book. I have been properly into racing and thoroughly extending my knowledge of the sport for the last 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t matter if it’s the flat or jumps, I’ll watch it. I write and talk to anyone that will listen and feature on a few different racing websites and the odd magazine. Always learning, love a bet and constantly looking for the next winner.
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