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Ornate to blast from the gate?

Well, I suppose David’s opening A/W blog post got off to an alright sort of start…😁😎

As I said when I introduced him, he knows his All-Weather onions that man! The result was simply the cherry on top of the cake, for me it’s the depth and knowledge of the analysis he produces that impresses, it’s a bit different to anything else out there and really gives you a ‘feel’ for the race.

But enough from me, David has agreed to post another of his previews so it’s over to the main man himself, who is looking at the 5.00 from Newcastle on Tuesday (12th January)…

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for taking so well to this new venture, Ben and Myself weren’t certain how an All Weather Racing blog would go down on a National Hunt based site.

Secondly I would just like to stress again that I am not a Tipster, as Ben wrote in my introduction, I analyse races for a Jockey and a Trainer so my aim isn’t necessarily to find the winner of each race but more to point out how I perceive a certain race will be run in the context of Early and Final Pace.

I love what I do and if I can share it with a few and those few enjoy what I write (waffle) then my goal is reached and hopefully we can make it a regular theme.

I head to Newcastle for my next analysis piece, which can be a very tricky track for punting, much depends on the wind direction.




  • Stall 7 – ORNATE really only knows one way to run and that is from the front. He has raced over CD 3 twice and led twice. Both runs were in Class 2 Company, he finished just under 1½L third of 12 in a Handicap in June when he was taken on for the lead and finished a neck behind Venturous who is 10lbs worse off here. His previous run over CD saw him only beaten a neck by a 109 rated runner when officially 17lbs wrong at the weights in a slightly stronger Conditions Event.


  • Stall 4 – LOMU made all to win a Class 4 Handicap over CD in December by 2¼L but it isn’t a given he will go forward as he does have a habit of being slowly away. He does need a career best


  • Stall 5 – TAWNY PORT generally tracks the speed and is interesting dropping back down to 5f for the first time since winning a Class 2 Handicap over this trip at Chelmsford in January 2020.


  • Stall 1 – BOMB PROOF is a difficult runner to assess with only 3 career runs to his name, all of which were on turf over a straight trip and none of those were since July 2020. He won for Jeremy Noseda on debut over 5f at York on his only run as a Juvenile. when racing in touch before taking the lead in the final furlong to win a Class 3 Novice Stakes by 1¼L that has worked out well since. He returned in June 2020 for James Fanshawe winning a moderate race at Beverley before bombing out badly in a moderate Class 2 Handicap. On pedigree he isn’t guaranteed to be suited by the surface. James Fanshawe doesn’t really exceed with his runners at the track but those that make their tapeta debut here are generally profitable to follow along with a 22% strike rate.
  • Stall 2 – ROYAL BIRTH doesn’t appear to have a preferred run style. His last 2 wins have come when tracking the speed and when being held up. The main interesting fact with Royal Birth is that all 10 of his wins on the AW have come in fields of 8 runners or less. I am slightly concerned by is 0 from 12 record on Tapeta but he did finish a neck second in this race last year behind Good Effort who has won all 3 of his subsequent starts including a Listed Race and is now rated 109.
  • Stall 3 – EXALTED ANGEL can race prominently but has been held up on his last 2 starts including when finishing a length second of 13 behind Venturous over CD. He has only ever won at Southwell
  • Stall 6 – VENTUROUS is 4 from 10 on Tapeta and 2 from 4 here with all 4 runs being over CD. He has only finished out of the places once and his record when held up over CD is 1,2,1.


There looks to be only one front runner here and that comes from stall 7 unless Stuart Williams sacrifices one of his runners to take Ornate out of his comfort zone. Judged on my early sectional averages if any runner in this field tries to battle Ornate for the lead it would most likely ruin their chances of winning.


Exalted Angel and Venturous are closely matched on proven CD Final Pace Ratings. Venturous just shades it with a Final Pace Rating of 82.52 recorded when winning over CD in November compared to Exalted Angel who recorded an 82.24 when finishing a length second to Venturous in the same race.

Tawny Port recorded a Final Pace Rating of 82.77 when winning at Southwell over this trip in December 2019.

Whilst Lomu and Royal Birth have recorded their best Final Pace Ratings over 5f at Lingfield.


Venturous is at least 3lbs well in on Official Ratings and has finished in front of Exalted Angel, Royal Birth and Ornate recently but on their last run Ornate was giving Venturous 3lbs and they are on level terms here.

Bomb Proof is the unknown in the race and there would be a distant turf form line with Sun Power that would give Bomb Proof the beating of Lomu.

Royal Birth has beaten Ornate twice recently at Lingfield but is slightly worse off at the weights and Ornate finished 4L in front of Royal Birth when behind Venturous at Wolverhampton and again Ornate is on 3lb better terms.


This looks an extremely open and likely tactical event and one in which I am not certain to play, it will all depend on the market for me. Royal Birth and Venturous look the form horses. To me it will all depend on which part of the track Ornate is sent forward from stall 8. If he is sent up the middle it looks likely to be in an arrow head with Lomu and Tawny Port in behind which would suit those from either side that like to come from off the speed but if he sticks to the stands rail stall 2 could be beneficial for Royal Birth as he should be able to tuck in nicely behind those second phase runners and Venturous may need luck in running. Bomb Proof is the young possibly unplugged talent.

SELECTION: (Price/Weather dependant) I would possibly take a chance on Ornate making all with Royal Birth and Venturous fighting out the places

Another superb read from David there 👏

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Cheers – Ben (NTF)

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27 responses to “Ornate to blast from the gate?”

  1. I may need to improve my grammar skills. I will update on here tomorrow once I have seen the weather conditions as Newcastle can be a tough track to make all as the wind does have a habit of blowing directly in to the horsed

    • Wouldn’t worry about the grammar David, mine has barley improved in the 10+ years I’ve been running NTF 😂

      Cheers – Ben (NTF)

  2. Another great blog plus the addition of David giving an angle on all weather race 1st class keep up the great work Ben n David

  3. Hi David great piece of work again 😄 regardless of the result what is nice to see is two people who are prepared to go the extra mile to justify their selection.
    Ornate iscurrently 6/1 which is fair enough my only concern is the stable form
    In the last year155runs 4wins 21 place s.
    I’m going to take a chance on lomu if he can transfer his form from lingfield to Newcastle then12/1 is too big.
    Hope to see more from you 😊

  4. Agreed Kim trainer form is a concern for Ornate. Stuart Williams and David Loughnane are both in very good form.

  5. Absolutely agree with all the comments here. I have always maintained a bit of an interest in AW, especially sprint races where pace and speed are important factors. David’s way of analysis has excited me enough to have tried out my own to small stakes, incorporating a much more in depth look at factors he has been mentioning. Early days but successful today. Keep it coming please!



  6. Yes Ian I don’t think you can over analyse a race but I do believe you can over think things. I have tried to find a balance to suit all tastes. I could go in to things much deeper but maybe at the risk losing people’s interest. If ever you want to discuss anything regarding AW figures deeper please feel free to contact me

  7. Tawny Port and Exalted Angel both strong in market. I like Exalted Angel – not too worried about no victories at Newcastle – it’s placed both times and sire has a good record with fancied runners at the track.
    Thanks for your contributions – very thought provoking.

    • I think it is going to be a watch and enjoy race for me. Apparently the track has been worked to full depth due to overnight temperature so will be riding slow which should suit those coming from off the speed. There is only a light wind but it will be in the faces of the runners.
      A small foot note in the last 100 of these type of races 46 were won by either the favourite or a joint favourite.

      • Hi David, just wondering where you get that track info from? I was on Sanaadh in the 4.00 and should really have followed up with Venturous in lieu of his running style, especially after the 4.30 was also won from behind. However, I was still not 100% confident re track conditions. Regards, John

  8. Super summary David! I’m not an avid A/W follower but like to watch certain races if interest attracts me. I think Tom Marquand is an eye catching jockey booking for Venturous.

    • Thanks Paul, yes a very interesting booking – 2 from 11 with only 4 out of the places, 2 from 6 on the AW, interesting that he has never ridden any of their horses more than once yet

      • Great reading David ventourous looks the one for me just with the stable firm and jockey firm alone as seems a very competitive race for such a small field. Small stakes for me.

  9. Once again another great article & analysis David I enjoy the AW think its quite interesting with the data you can get with sectional times,etc takes me back to my greyhound racing days when analysising times with my stopwatch would be keen to hear your thoughts in Aw racing a bit more

  10. Ornate and Bomb Proof for me.
    Both drifting, but the only 2 with lower OR since 6 runs ago.
    Danger is, as David says, one of Williams may take on Ornate ( most probably Royal Birth ). Even then, Bomb Proof would benefit.
    Both now at decent ew prices.
    Great reading David and thankyou Ben.

  11. The sand guy is fantastic. Must spend many hours preparing the detail
    for one race. Will NTF be posting his analysis each day ?

    • Hi Trevor

      Glad you have been enjoying the analysis from David, fantastic to hear 😊

      There won’t be analysis everyday on here from him but he will hopefully have a one or two posts a week.

      We’ll put our heads together and see what we can do in the long-term…

      Cheers – Ben (NTF)

      • Hi Ben/Trevor
        Unfortunately a lot of the mid-week AW racing can be rather mundane and the last thing I ever want to do is go looking for races that really should be left alone as I honestly believe that it will dilute the quality of the analysis.
        Tomorrows racing is a perfect example of such poor fayre.
        Hopefully we can get something sorted on the members area so I can provide a daily sample of My Ratings so those that like a daily play can use.

        • Really enjoyed the first couple of AW blogs from David – regardless of the great results just fascinating to delve into the angles and thinking behind the analysis! Look forward to further blogs and any ratings provided – do you have a ‘to follow’ list of horses for certain courses under certain conditions, or do you simply weigh each race up on it’s own merits? Thanks for a great addition to NTF

  12. A big part of my analysis is race watching but even if I have a tracked runner in the field I still take each individual race on its own merit

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