I thought I was in a CGI thunder storm…
12 July 2012
1.50 Newmarket Sir Prancelot
3.00 Newmarket Red Cadeaux
Sat on the M25 on Wednesday evening it was equivalent to being in a cinema watching a torrential storm created by CGI. All was very surreal as streams of rain flowed along Britain’s busiest motorway and lightning lit up a very angry and aggressive sky. The thunder seemed to build up a temper after much heightened grumbling.
At the time of writing this I look out the patio window to see the unusual sight of a waterlogged garden, even the grass is crying enough, or could it be literally crying. Nothing seems to stem this flow from the clouds. A ticker tape of inspections once again are apparent on Racing UK's website as we are cursed with small fields. I hope the relentless rain abates otherwise a boat will be the only option for a trip to Newmarket.
Still the crashes of thunder, does someone upstairs not agree with what happened to poor Worcester last night? How about a protest by all the punters for all the handicaps of eight or 16 runners reduced to the extent that each-way terms are irrelevant or disrupted? Now that’s infuriating and also means the levy has a shortfall. Do you know so far in July there have been 28 races with five or fewer runners in? I know there are mitigating circumstances but what was the excuse when for the same period in 2011 there was 27 races with fewer or less runners. How does that encourage us punters?
Once again I glance out the window and it’s either a scene from the X Files or I can start canoeing or rowing or even swimming training ahead of the Olympics in a few days time. Now there are hailstones falling the size of golf balls, which has just set the car alarm off and left chips in the bonnet. Little consolation the subsequent rainbow!!!
They say every cloud has a silver lining, well it’s entitled to be platinum after that torrent of weather abuse. Got the waders packed for Newmarket, now.
I’ve typed up a few stats below but they may be irrelevant due to the extreme of going.
There isn’t anything I especially fancy, but I will be intrigued in the way Sir Prancelot runs. He seemed in no man's land at Royal Ascot. Red Cadeaux is a sturdy sort and Red Duke is in last chance saloon.
Five of the last seven favourites have won the Bahrain Trophy
None of the last ten winners of the Bahrain Trophy had won on their previous start
Six of the last ten winners of the Bahrain Trophy had run at Royal Ascot that season – Rewarded and Yazdi
Eight of the last ten winners of the July Stakes had raced no more than twice prior to Newmarket
Seven of the last ten winners of the July Stakes had won on their most recent start
Sixteen of the last 20 winners of the July Stakes had won on their racecourse debut
Only one favourite has won Newmarket’s 2.25 in the last ten years
Only two favourites have won the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes in the last 20 years
Sir Michael Stoute has won the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes eight times
Over the last ten years Sir Michael Stoute’s last eight runners have produced four winners, two seconds and a third