Saturday 22nd September

A very long day in the offing today. Travelled up from the coast this morning to Coral TV towers for the racing shift this afternoon. On route I experienced one of the most painful things you can on the motorway. A Kingsmill lorry pulled into the outside lane of the A23 near Hickstead with a big sticker on the back stating “this vehicle is limited to 52mph, please be patient”. This is all well and good, except the lorry it was overtaking also bore a sticker stating “this vehicle is limited to 51mph”. We were on an uphill piece of road and you can imagine the carnage this caused. On the back of Coral Tv this afternoon I’m jumping straight in the car to get down to London to chair the evening session on Timeform Radio.

Having had the day off yesterday I missed out on a Coral night on the town last night. I won’t go into detail but stories on bear chests, unpaid bar bills, bouncers and the standard van of shame, make me feel pleased I had an early night, terrible.

Today’s sport is an absolute feast. Just for the record and not biased in any way. Sunderland have a terrible record at Upton Park! COYI

Cheveton (1.45 Ayr, 1 pt e/w @ 6/1 generally)

The old boy is eight years old now and doesn’t win all that often, but Autumn is without doubt his time of year. He has won at this meeting for the last two years off marks of 87 in the Silver Cup and 85 in this twelve months ago which means if retains all of that ability then he is potentially well handicapped.  A return to form at Ffos Las last time over an inadequate five furlongs and I’m sure he has been steadily brought along to peak for this meeting.

Our Jonathan 3.30 Ayr 2 pts e/w @ 11/1 Bet365, Brae Hill 1 pt e/w @ 33/1 Same firm.

Having won this race last year off a mark of 105 Kevin Ryan’s charge has run with much credit in better races since. The yard have done an excellent job of getting him back to a competitive mark for this and they have won this race twice in the last five years. The ground will be no problem and he is a massive player. Brae Hill is simply overpriced. It’s a bit of a leap of faith as he is much better over 7/8f. The ground will massively help with that respect, especially if they go quick up front, and he might just be able to get involved at a huge price from a decent draw in 14 with the firms paying five places.

Ballista 3.45 Newbury 1 pt e/w @ 7/1 generally.

A sprinter in from for Tom Dascombe and a sprinter that is progressing nicely. Conditions will be no problem at all and I think he could be going the right way and take this step up in class in his stride.

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