BDH Weekend Review: Refusing at Ripon…

Murtagh holds on to defy 1 of my Cambridgeshire picks! Bugger!

Poor show from our BDH qualifier on Saturday and another photo-finish defeat, this time for 1 of my Cambridgeshire selections.

Here are my thoughts on Saturday’s action…

Chooseday – 3.45 Ripon

Choose Life. Choose a family. Choose a f*ck*ng big television. Just choose to go in the f*ck*ng stalls you bloody monkey!!

The writing was on the wall (in the gutter would be better terminology!) before the race was off here as it took at least 5 minutes (AT LEAST!!) to get him in the stalls. They even had to load the jockey first before getting the horse in! It was clear he wasn’t in the mood for this run and he never got involved at any stage of the contest once the gates sprung open. He broke average at best and then just dossed about out the back.

Not much we can take from this run to be honest and one of them we just have to draw a line under.

The one possible ‘excuse’ (not a word I like using) is that it may have come a bit too soon after his run at Ayr last week. His record when running within 7 days of his last start now reads 470; it is certainly something to bear in mind going forward.

Thunderball – 3.45 Ripon

Was a no selection for us anyway and he ran as I expected. We really need to see him on some soft ground (at the very least on Good to Soft) before our money is down. He really doesn’t look like he enjoys the Good or better ground but at least he may drop a couple of lbs before he does the business for us on the soft stuff (that’s the plan anyway!).

Hopefully patience will pay dividends for us with this lad…


Apologies for not getting my Cambridgeshire analysis into the Blog post but hopefully some of you managed to pick it up from the comments section of the post when I dropped it in at around 10.45 (check comments section here if you want to give it a gander).

I went for a big price swipe with The Rectifier and a slightly less bigger priced swipe, although still a juicy 20-1-ish when I backed it, on Code Of Honour.

As you all know Code Of Honour failed by a whisker to get up on the line! Aaaaggghhhh! Why do these bloody photo finishes go against you… still the Each-Way portion softened the blow…slightly…

New BDH Squad Members…

There isn’t going to be any. I’m happy to let our squad roll until the end of the season. We have a few in there that will handle any juice in the ground that may appear (Jack Dexter, Tawhid & Thunderball I’m looking at you guys…) and hopefully a couple of them can roll into the winners enclosure before stumps are drawn on the 2013 Flat season.

I’ll be rolling out a few FREE National Hunt guides over on BDH’s big bro’ NTF in the coming days and weeks so as previously mentioned that will be where my main focus is starting to turn towards.

The NTF action can be found over here >>> Get ready for the 2013/14 National Hunt season with NTF 



  • Tom

    Reply Reply September 30, 2013

    Just thought I would mention I backed the winner in the Cambridgeshire ( never saw your blog re the Candy Horse) and I also had a nice each bet on our old favourite,recently discarded.You know the one I mean! I got 28 to1,but inexplicably failed to take the Paddy Power offer of each way first six. Oh dear we all know what happened,bloody sixth.!Really must pay more attention to detail.Thought the jockey rode a very ill judged race since nothing was travelling better from some way out.Great free content Ben and great analysis.

    • bdhorse

      Reply Reply October 1, 2013

      Hi Tom

      Good work on the Cambridgeshire winner.

      …and yes our old mucker D&D managed to run well, find trouble and give the impression he should have done better. One of the most frustrating buggers in the game at the minute!!

      Cheers – Ben (BDH)

  • jules

    Reply Reply October 3, 2013

    Hello Ben,i checked the numbers of the last 10 Cambridgeshire’s,it was mostly high numbers either win or place,but i did notice a stall draw 3 won a couple of times,the winner stall 4 this year so paying out on six places tres coranas was stall draw 3,i also done code of honor,and i did do dance and dance and ,as you know in this game its heart breaking sometimes,but i couldn’t let it go so a couple of quid on dd i was happy i also looked at graphic as it was stall 20 and i concentrated on 35-26 but let it go otherwise 4 out of six i would of had,but 3 is enough for me,i think that makes up for my redvers miss keep up the good work regards jules

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