As I wrote this I confess I was crying, as the sad and sudden death of Aussie jockey Simone Montgomerie (pictured), at Fannie Bay racetrack on Monday (today). A fall was the cause and no I haven’t seen it and I don’t want to, but it did bring home the dangers of racing at high speeds (and on firm ground), and the risk they take for our amusement and in most cases, pretty lousy wages – enough to reduce my criticism for a while at least, and my thoughts go out to her family including her two small children.
As for the racing today, well it is Monday so there is rarely much worthy of sharpening a pencil and adding to the notebook, but I have to say Great White Eagle really caught the eye on his debut at Naas for the O’Brien team. A son of Elusive Quality, he is NOT in the premier league at home based on recent gallops reports (so quotes of 20/1 for the 2000 Guineas 2014 are meant to help you part with your money), but he is a useful tool and showed a decent enough turn of foot when asked to go and win his race, but the ground was yielding and he needs to do more before I even consider him as a classic contender.
*Off on my hols until Friday 16th August – I will be checking in with my weekly article and perhaps the odds titbit, but see you all soon.