Woke up with a right old spring in the step this morning on the back of yesterday’s results. It seems all the work I am putting in at the moment is really paying off as we had two more lovely winners. Not an awful lot went right for Ghanaian but she still won really well and pretty comfortably. She looks well ahead of her mark and the time was the best of the day on the card too. I think you have to give extra credit to Press Room at Lingfield last night too as he managed to wear down another seriously well handicapped beast in Big Thunder. They pulled well clear of the others and both have multiple entries over the coming days. Big Thunder definitely needs to go back on turf on a galloping track mind as he never really looked at ease at Lingers. The 4/1 about Press Room in the morning was a gift considering his SP of 6/4, I just hope I convinced enough of you to join in. He is entered at Sandown on Friday, but I doubt he will get in.
The sad news about Sir Henry Cecil yesterday was a bitter blow to the racing industry. A truly remarkable man and above all a fantastic horseman. No less than 75 Royal Ascot winners spanning 43 years. He excelled with fillies and picked up six 1000 Guineas victories as well as eight Oaks. Four Derby winners and no less than ten trainers championships. Towards the end of his career he will largely be remembered by the younger brigade as the man who so tenderly handled probably the greatest racehorse we will ever see in FRANKEL. Many believe Frankel wouldn’t have gone unbeaten in the hands of another trainer and that just speaks volumes. Sir Henry, a true gentlemen, an unbelievable horseman and an absolute legend of our sport. RIP.
If you were paying particular attention to the meeting at Yarmouth last week you will have noticed that 6/7 races were won from the front. Very similar conditions at the Norfolk track today could see a similar outcome. I haven’t had a chance to go through the Yarmouth card in too much detail though as I am travelling up there today for presenting duties so have a good look through the card for pace angles. At a very brief look that might make Claude Greenwood interesting in the 3.10 although strictly he has a few pounds to find.
Now onto the runners today from the notebook. First up and many of you will remember this one from last year is ISOLA VERDE (5.10 Yarmouth). I’ve had to be pretty patient in waiting to get the reddies back on this one as her last run was back in November. She ran in first time blinkers that night and not for the first occasion she got badly hampered and had a troubled passage. She is undoubtedly better than her current mark and if she is fit and well she could go close. Today could also just as likely be a prep for another day as she will come on for this. I’ve had to play though as the price of 7/1 this morning was just too tempting especially with Buick up.
Another one from the list is GRAN MAESTRO (2.20 Haydock) but he is in a race where I actually like two or three of the runners so is no bet. He is much too short now anyhow. I also really like the look of SUPER SAY in that race too but it looks open.
Another one that is jumping out at me is MEGLIO ANCORA (9.20 Ham). The omen of leaving it till the last race on the card hopefully coming good again. He caught the eye when being beaten by Spirit of Gondree (the day we were on) at Wolverhampton in January and is ridiculously well handicapped on some of his old form (rated mid 80’s). He had a spin over hurdles last month to blow away some cobwebs and should be just about right. Graham Lee rides for the first time to add some extra spice. Today may not be the day but the 14/1+ available is much too tempting to leave him alone.
Looking forward to game one of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight. I will have to watch it on record as I’m off to Yarmouth however. If your around at the track tomorrow do come and say hello. I’ll be the plonker with the mic.