Bit of a late start to the day today. Decided to stay up and watch the late game last night and the decision was fully justified as the Ravens overcame the Patriots 31-30 in an absolute thriller of a rematch of last years AFC Championship game. Last nights games were wild to say the least, shocks left right and centre! The Redskins let me down on the treble as they just cannot seem to defend the pass. I think RG3 is going to be in a shoot out every Sunday. The main sticking point of the night though has to be the officials. For those of you that are unaware the NFL officials are currently inactive due to a lockout over pension disputes. Therefore replacement officials are being used from various other leagues and they are simply not upto standard. Some of the calls last night were nothing short of a disgrace, and even the immaculate Al Michaels and Chris Collingsworth were biting their lips. The players are taking advantage of the weak officials and it needs to be sorted quickly before someone gets hurt.
Very little in the way of betting opportunities today on the turf as the weather is playing havoc. As I write this there are 32 non runners at Leicester. There are some informative maidens at Kempton but they do not represent any plays, but there are a couple of interesting bets later on the card.
DARK CASTLE – 4.20 KEMPTON 2.5 pts win @ 11/4 generally.
Progressive sprinter for Sylvester Kirk who seems to be a 10lb better animal when racing on an artificial surface. Two average runs on the turf before a return to the polytrack at Kempton last Wednesday where things didn’t really work out as they didn’t go quick enough early and he pulled to hard. There is a guaranteed pace in the race today with Lady Gibraltar and Poole Harbour likely to go on. Most of these are handicapped to the hilt and he represents a solid proposition.
CHERRY STREET – 4.50 KEMPTON 1 pt each way @ 14/1 Generally.
Just about the most interesting horse on display this afternoon. A lightly raced three year old from the Andrew Balding stable that has only seen the racecourse on six occasions. Raced three times as a two year old all in maiden company. The last of those runs resulted in a win over Sir Graham Wade (now rated 104). The gelding had two starts this spring when finishing a well backed 3rd here in April before running very poorly on very soft ground at Chester. Given a long break on the back of that effort he returned in a class 3 handicap at Salisbury almost three months ago but he pulled much too hard. The fact that he has been backed on a couple of occasions hints that there is still something there and although it is a bit of a leap of faith off an 89 day lay off, he is particularly interesting at such a big price, even more so if the money comes today.
By far the horse that pricked my interest the most over the last 7 days came on Saturday night. NOW SPUN trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni made his debut at Wolverhampton. I won’t say too much, but take the time to watch the video back. Very interesting.
Be back later with a look at the review of the week and tonight’s NFL.