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Football takes a backseat as racing takes the lead

Alex FergusonWell, having announced his retirement this week, maybe we will be seeing more of Sir Alex Ferguson on our racecourses over the coming months. He has certainly increased his string over the past year or so and maybe he’s going to enjoy more day’s on the track, instead of on the training ground.

No matter which team you support, no one can say that Sir Alex wasn’t the best manager that football has ever seen. His record speaks for itself, his desire and hunger never ever waned and he knew how to build a successful team. An absolute legend and I am sure that once the 2013/2014 season kick’s off, he will probably be thinking “what the hell have I done”, such is his love and energy for the game.

Talking of seeing Sir Alex on the racecourse, I hope that those of you present at Newcastle enjoyed the moment when Grandorio won Wednesday night. He was very impressive and I am sure you will be back in the winner’s enclosure again with him.

I read the comment’s on Ron’s Facebook page, following the win, with interest last night. As I have mentioned previously I run a racing club and with regards communication it can be a tricky thing nowadays. A text message or an e-mail can sometimes be looked at and easily be taken in, or taken wrongly, misunderstood, or ignored. Over the past fifteen years or so as racing clubs and syndicates have come to the fore, technology has developed and has to be used. Particularly when there are so many people involved as there are now with Post Racing.

Luckily I only have an handful of members to deal with, so I can call them individually if need be but I always say….if there is a problem get in touch and I know Ron is exactly the same.

As regards the bulletins that Ron provides you with. Again it is a very difficult thing to be absolutely 110% spot on. As you are in a partnership run by Hambleton Racing, Ron can only tell you all what they tell him. Again, it is impossible for a trainer to deal with every single member of a club or syndicate, hence why Hambleton will have a racing manager that contacts Ron. From dealing with trainer’s on a daily basis I can tell you from my experience that it is sometimes impossible to get hold of a trainer, let alone get answers, as they are always busy.With regards the price shrinking, that will have gone in somewhat due to the non-runner’s but also remember that due to the number of syndicate member’s from Hambleton and then all you Post Racing members, it would only take you all to have £30 – £40 each on to get the bookies to shorten him up.

Don’t let that take the shine off a great win but just remember it’s a difficult job that Ron has got but believe me. You’ve got a good, honest leader there. His priority are you guys, the member’s.

Also, remember that these beautiful animals are not machines. Whilst you were all celebrating Grandorio’s win, we were busy scratching our heads after seeing our filly put in another poor run down at Kempton. She was a fine example of a horse that had her problems but we gave her time off and sorted them out. She works well, but following a promising first run for us she’s not been getting through her races. It’s a puzzle to us all, but as I said….they aren’t machines.

I was delighted for Raul this week as he rode a couple of winner’s, very well deserved by him as I know he has been working hard over the past few week’s. He has been riding out for Geoff Harker, John Weymes, Jason Ward and Noel Wilson. All four trainer’s have given him opportunities on the racecourse for his effort’s on the gallops, so it’s a case of so far so good. He won on Baltic Prince at a rewarding price of 33-1 for Paul Green, having earlier had a couple placed for Geoff Harker, so Monday was a successful day.

Raul rode Just Five to victory at Southwell on Wednesday for John Weymes, which was nice. Raul had won on the horse before and it was also nice as John and Kirsty are good friends and I know just how much work they both put in. So a well deserved winner all round.

Looking ahead, the team have a few rides over the weekend. While there are none that stand out I feel that there are a few that will have each way chances.

Raul rides HALLSTATT in the 3.20 race at Nottingham on Saturday. This John Mackie trained C&D winner won last time at Wolverhampton and returns to Nottingham where his form figures are 1-2-2. He is nicely handicapped at the moment, so looks a solid each way bet.

Kirsty rides at Ascot before heading to Warwick to ride THUNDERING HOME in the 7.35 race for Richard Mitchell. Mr Mitchell has done a good job with this fellow and he’s been in good form over hurdles. He last run on the level in January at Wolverhampton, finishing third off 67. He runs here off 57 as his turf mark is lower so we hope he will go well.

One of my eyecatcher’s from last weekend was the Ruth Carr trained KLYNCH and he runs at Ripon on Friday. The handicapper hasn’t dropped him for last Saturday’s effort which was probably frustrating for Ruth, as he’s currently on 81. He is dropped in class here and whilst it wouldn’t be the greatest surprise in the world to see him down the field tonight (to get down to a mark of 80 or below), I would still have an interest each way as he can certainly win this if ready (he is also entered at Doncaster on Monday over seven furlongs).

Kevin Ryan has his team in good nick at the minute and he has RAPSCALLION DEEP competing in the 8.05 race at Ripon. The drop to six furlongs will suit having been caught close home last time.

On Saturday, HAIL PROMENADER looks to have a solid chance in the closing apprentice race at Nottingham. Tony Carson’s charge ran into one when getting beaten last time by Sharp And Smart (which has since followed up too) and there is nothing of that calibre in here. The shrewd Carson has this fellow in next week too, so maybe the plan is to win this before going to the well again without a penalty.

Up at Thirsk, the Brian Ellison team send out ITS A MANS WORLD in the 7.45 race. This fellow landed some nice bets for my good friend Kevin Prendergast on the corresponding card last year and this horse loves the sharp track (3 wins from 5 starts), is versatile regards the ground so if the forecast rain comes, it won’t inconvenience him. He’s had a couple of run’s in claimer’s where he’s been wrong at the weights and as a result was dropped to 75, so this may have been a target for him.

In the final race on the Thirsk card, CARA’S REQUEST was raised a stone for the recent cake walk at Musselburgh but could still be competitive off 62 IF the rain comes and there is cut in the ground. It will be a case of jumping and running!

That was his first run for Michael Dods but showed that the spark was still there given the cut and a soft lead.

Have a great weekend and I hope you find plenty of winner’s!

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