The people coming to dinner arrived a little late and that gave me time to prepare for my meeting at Clatterbridge this morning and, to watch a bit of the racing from Kelso….that ground was “poached”, to say the least!
I was a little more than surprised to see my top rated horse in the lone rated race become a bit of a “steamer”, punted from 10/1 > 6/1 and he jumped like a pig until the latter part of the race when he cruised through looking every inch a winner.
He got undone by a brilliant ride by Lucy Alexander on Snuker. This horse was dropping through the field like a stone a mile from home but she never once stopped riding. The horse picked up the bit and came through to win by 16 lengths.
I didn’t bet a penny on the race but those playing “old school” will have enjoyed it as the top three rated filled the first three places producing a 204/1 trifecta, 169/1 tricast and everything else!
The Ratings really are on fire right now.
Sean got his Chelmsford City winner and whilst nobody got rich he’s spotting winners week in week out right now.
If you listened to the Podcast you will have heard me advising the Godolphin runner was the most likely winner of the first race to be run at the track even if only because they fancied being mentioned on Question Of Sport!
TRYSTER duly obliged by a short head 5/2 > 2/1 and Sean and I claim bragging rights, having called the first two races there, right!
Four races from Plumpton and that’s the only meeting today as Ayr got battered quite badly by those high winds and suffered enough damage to suggest they call it off. My top rated in the 1-55 will win if it gets round. The difference between amateur trainer and professional trainer was amply demonstrated when David Bridgewater sent Bravo Riquet out recently. That looked like a completely different horse and won very easily. Odds on in a handicap though?
The rains are forecast and it could get quite heavy, too. As I will not be around today, I’ve declined to add text to each of the rated races but you know how I would be working anyway.
Once this goes out, shower, shave, iron a shirt and get ready to visit the good people at Clatterbridge for what is the final meeting before we get the build underway.
The girls there have a few amendments they want making to the layout of the garden, that will enable them to make full use of the sun throughout the day.
This build right now has been costed at £21k but I envisage £25k myself as “extras” come along….they always do.
I have been trying to get them to create a JustGiving page but by all accounts this is proving problematical. I have a cunning plan though.
You have until Thursday to enter this competition.
This weeks Podcast question was:
In 1925 bookmakers at Windsor went on strike. What were they striking over?
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Plumpton / Mon 12 Jan
Updated @ Sun 11 Jan
Soft, Heavy in Places (GoingStick: 5.1 Hurdle, 5.4 Chase on Sunday at 07:45)
Rails: Chase bends out 3yds adding 30yds to minimum trip/circuit, Hurdle bends out 8yds adding 80yds to minimum trip/circuit.
1.5mm rain Saturday morning, dry since! Dry today and most of tonight with less wind, tomorrow is forecast to be a damp day with light rain/drizzle at times during the morning, any showers could become heavier later in the afternoon!
* – indicates winner on ground at the time of rating the race
H – Indicates wearing some form of headgear for first time today
* – BRAVO RIQUET….+14
SIX ONE AWAY….-5
WILLY BE LUCKY….-11
ALBATROS DE GUYE….-40
T – BOBBITS WAY….-40
* – ACCORDING TO THEM….+9
* – BALLY SANDS….+8
* – BEWARE CHALK PIT….+8
LEITH HILL LEGASI….+2
* – DE BLACKSMITH….+9
* – PROMISED WINGS….-3
T* – DAWSON CITY….-13
SWEET BOY VIC….-20
* – EXTREME IMPACT….-21
T – ABSOLUTELY BYGONES….-40
H – HUDIBRAS….+6
* – MACCABEES….-8
Best of luck if you get involved.