I am not sure whether or not you watched any of the racing from Fakenham yesterday but let’s just say, the official going description I worked with, good to soft, soft in places, was a million miles away from the reality of it all.
On the front cover of today’s Racing Post they have a picture of Richard Johnson and that tells you all you need to know about how bad it was there.
They finally declared “soft all over”, after the 2-40 race but, to my eyes, it was heavy if not worse at that time.
They then declared heavy all over after they had let the 3-15 finish.
The rains duly arrived and it’s going to start getting tricky out there, make no mistake.
Forewarned is forearmed though and you can make decisions whether or not to bet well in advance and preserve your profits. Right now I am not betting. I’ll miss winners but, I’ll miss more losers until Hurricane Rachel has come through, done her bit and left again.
I was going to take a holiday in February to get back refreshed for Cheltenham but I have now decided I’ll not do that. I’ll go off for one week towards the end of April and again for one week in October.
This is going to be a transitional year for Post Racing and today you’ll get an e-mail from me outlining my ambitions. It means the least time I’m away, the more I’ll get done and I’m happy with that.
Last night I was working on a couple of things until around 10-30pm and posted up the Cheltenham Bumper ante-post play i’m interested in. You’ll see from the text I’ve done a bit of research on the race (the last 22 to be honest!), and noted a few stats that make the suggested play very interesting. Currently a double figure price, too.
Lot’s to do. Prepping for the podcast, which is now available for Android phone users to “subscribe” to via an app produced by Player FM, which is free to download.
This feature of what we do is going to get better, and better….it’s good now!
I’ve to prepare promotional text for a company wishing to help us through our affiliate, I have to contact someone regarding the JustGiving page for the Clatterbridge project, prep tomorrow’s figures, and tomorrow will be here in the blink of an eye.
It was funny last night. I was responding to a text from Sean, who was returning from a meeting in London, at 8-20pm and mentioned to him that I realised I would be back at my desk in 8 hours and 40 minutes….remarking that I must be mad. It really is a good job I do love what I’m doing!
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Newbury / Wed 14 Jan
Updated @ Tue 13 Jan
Hurdle: Heavy Chase: Soft, Heavy in places (GoingStick: Hurdle 4.1 Chase 5.2 on Tuesday at 14:30)
Rails: Rail has been moved in since last meeting 2m&2m3f Hurdle abt 25yds further 2m5f Hurdle abt 30yds further 2m1f Chase abt 10yds further 3m Chase abt 15yds further
Inspections: Precautionary Inspection at 8 a.m.
Overnight we had 15.2mm Tuesday- Dry start showers later and overnight some could be wintery. Wednesday- Mainly dry with rain coming in late afternoon.
Newcastle / Wed 14 Jan
Updated @ Tue 13 Jan
GOOD to SOFT, Soft in places (GoingStick: 6.8 on Monday at 08:00)
Rails: Rails & Hurdles moved on to fresh ground. 25yds added to a Hurdle circuit 15yds added to a Chase circuit
Inspections: PRECAUTIONARY INSPECTION 8 a.m. on morning of racing
A little breezier but no rain, snow or sleet as yet. Temperatures currently +4c @ 3.30pm. Chance of wintery showers throughout this evening – likely to be sleet at our level. Temperatures Tuesday into Wednesday could drop to 0c or -1c from 6pm this evening and only start to lift after 9am on Wednesday morning. Winds look likely to pick up again as of late morning Wednesday too. MONITORING conditions closely.
* – indicates winner on ground at the time of rating the race
H – Indicates wearing some form of headgear for first time today
* – PREMIER PORTRAIT….+10
* – TONY STAR….+8
* – SMILES FOR MILES….+1
* – RUSSE BLANC….-9
* – OHIO GOLD….-18
T – BUACHAILL ALAINN….-31
H – ON TREND….-40
* – MILAN ROYALE….-16
* – UNO VALOROSO….-30
* – BRUNELLO….-40
* – HARVEY’S HOPE….+9
* – ROWDY RIVER….+7
* – SPECIAL NEWS….-4
* – BOB’S LEGEND….-20
* – KING’S CHORISTER….-8
T – KILKENNY KIM….-15
T* – STEEL SUMMIT….-25
T – GRAPHENE….-25
* – HABBIE SIMPSON….+13
* – TUTCHEC….+10
* – GREEN FLAG….+8
* – FILL THE POWER….-2
* – GRAND PREMIER CRU….-12
* – ROSE OF THE MOON….-18
* – PRINCE OF PIRATES….-27
* – NEPTUNE EQUESTER….-34
Best of luck if you get involved.