Sunday 24th March


Greetings campers. The one big advantage of being on this five month training program is that Sunday mornings are generally greeted with a clear head and a bit of Sunday Brunch on Channel 4. The weather is once again playing havoc with the racing, although remarkably we have two meetings on this afternoon. It was really interesting listening to Nicky Henderson in the studio yesterday. Most of you will know that I’ve been saying from day one that Sprinter Sacre should certainly be upped in trip. After the breeders telling Nicky that they can’t understand why they aren’t running him over three miles it looks like we are going to get a stepping stone at Aintree where it looks like a match against Cue Card and Flemenstar looks fully on the cards. Looks like I’ll be going to Aintree then! What a race that will be…….and who knows maybe the reality that 3 three miles or maybe even further could be a possibility?

A fun week all in all. Shame we lost Donny yesterday. I mentioned some proform stats ahead of racing on Friday. Keep an eye out for Richard Fahey’s handicappers in March/April. This one produced two winners at Doncaster and is a stat to follow. Keep an eye on William Van Gogh’s entries, he won with a ton in hand as expected and will probably rack up a quick sequence. Keep Clapped onside as well. Maybe a drop back to 7f will be ideal. He missed the break on Thursday and was up against it, he should be followed.

Miako seems to be fine on the back of cutting himself earlier in the week. On the face of it he actually ran a blinder considering how slow the track was riding and how quick they went early. Ridden with a tad more restraint he definitely looks up to winning off his revised mark. He is entered this week in a 0-75 where he is likely to carry top weight. The race represents a drop in grade though so we will be hopeful of a good showing. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to Southwell on Wednesday as I’m working on Timeform radio. Due to flu, weather and all sorts I haven’t done a Timeform show for about 8 weeks, will be good to be back in the chair!

Finding a stream to the golf channel before Sky sports went on air last night for the golf paid lovely dividends. I’d noticed Tiger was drifting like Wooders after a heavy night in Punters (5am needs an explanation). So I tuned in to find out what was going on. Tiger although starting only steady looked really focused. Rose and Haas both started on fire which caused the drift on Tiger who was now 6/1 in running and 6 shots off the lead. Needless to say I waded in a bit extra at the 6/1 in the hope that he would have a stormer and get back in the game. I was going out shortly after and had largely forgotten about it until a text came through from Buca at around 9 pm saying “class Tiger”……

Birdie at 15 followed by eagle at 16 had propelled Woods to joint first. Rose then went to pieces by all accounts and Woods ended the day two shots clear. Stake traded out at 1.5 thank you very much indeed. Now finish the job tonight old boy. No smashing it off the tea, take the conservative route and let them chase you. Ta.

Without doubt today the best bet for me and probably the only one is going to be BUY ART (2.40 Lingfield). Gary Moore’s gelding is completely unexposed off a mark of 62 and you are not going to get many weaker opportunity’s than this is a season. He has looked the last twice like he was being teed up for a little race somewhere and this looks ideal. The booking of Ryan is a big plus and he in my opinion will be very hard to beat in this.

People keep asking me what I think about the Olympic Stadium for West Ham. Well my answer is the same as most hammers. We don’t really want it but you can understand the logic. Upton Park holds so many memories for me and there still is no better place in the country for a game under the lights mid-week. When I was there for the Spurs game a couple of Monday’s ago the atmosphere was unreal. I can’t imagine you are ever going to get that at an Olympic style park. David Gold keep’s tweeting all these weird stats about the positives and I don’t agree with all of them. The bigger picture is that as a club under the Gold, Sullivan and Brady regime we are working towards being a debt free football club, which in this day and age is very rare. When we achieve this along with moving to a redeveloped stadium which will hold 54,000 we then have the opportunity to offer big time wages, which will attract the better players and also the potential of challenging for Champions League football which comes with many more obvious benefits. The travel links to Stratford will also make life a damn sight easier for fans. The short-term of losing Upton Park will be tough to swallow but we may end up reaping the rewards within ten years so lets roll with it….. COYI

Have a good day today, cheer on Buy Art and Tiger and if anyone is offering up a Sunday roast then let me know!

Peace out