I will be posting my views and opinions on the current P2P season based on the winning maiden performances of four-year-old and five-year-old geldings, and the occasional six-year-old, that promise to deliver success on the racecourse. As those that live and breathe the game might say: predicting the performers “between the flags” that might prove their mettle “inside the rails” can be both an art and a science and my analysis is based on ten years of solid trends, observing previous patterns of success, enthusiasm and sheer, dogged hard work.

My analysis extends to the individual handler’s record over an extended period, the p2p rating awarded to the winner, how the horse fared at subsequent public auction, new trainer taking charge, subsequent level of success achieved and the Official Ratings awarded by the Irish and English handicappers. It can be illuminating to compare the success (or otherwise) of the maiden point winners of particular races or at certain highly-regarded venues over a period of years with the prices achieved when offered at public auction . My analysis will also generally cover four-year-old winning mares but this is a more nuanced field of research.

Week 2: Autumn point-to-point season

14/10/2015 Loughanmore  (soft)  4yo maiden:   “A hell of a horse” You can set your watch about Colin McKeever having an early one ready for a 4yo maiden and he duly obliged with his first runner at a northern meeting. Blue Flight (C McKeever) by Blue...

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Week 1: Autumn point-to-point season

 8/10/2017: Castletown-Geoghegan (yield-soft) 4yo maiden: The 2017/18 point-to-point season got off to a somewhat belated start this year and Wexford’s Colin Bowe, champion handler for the past three seasons, wasted no time in getting off the mark in the...

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