I’ve got four for you, despite the weather
5 July 2012
3.50 Haydock: Best Trip
4.20 Haydock: Don't Call Me
7.10 Epsom: Italian Tom
7.45 Epsom: Space Station
Full, that’s how I feel. Yesterday I went to the George in the Strand to join all the other GWA members to whittle down to six the Betfred Select Stakes runners and was treated to the most scrumptious carvery to help digest the form of the 13 potential runners. Add to that we were all blessed with a choice between chocolate fudge cake and cream or apple crumble and custard for dessert.
A superb line up now ensues although connections of all 13 greyhounds can be assured there was much discussion, deliberation and debate amongst those in attendance with many valid arguments. However the sponsors 3-1 Taylors Sky seems generous, it was my perception that I thought he almost got round the first bend at Wimbledon in the Derby final and had he done so, it may have been another track record or at least a quote of Evens for 18th July at Nottingham.
The weather continues to play havoc and many racecourses who were set ready to race now stand empty with lying water on various tracks. Even the cricket at Edgbaston suffered yesterday, as the whole day’s play was abandoned. Fingers crossed for Durham on Friday, but it doesn’t look good.
Attendance at the Hampton Court Flower Show has been low. Same as Wimbledon, with rain and recession the main factors. Travel to and from work hasn’t been bad as first thought. Normally I miss the masses as it usually clashes with next week’s July meeting.
On Tuesday the press release landed in my inbox stating there is just four weeks to Glorious Goodwood. It feels as though the office is starting to get really busy, although with all these meetings coming up I won’t be spending much time in it.
If I wasn’t at Sandown on Saturday I would go to the relevant airport where Graeme Smith and colleagues were arriving to welcome South Africa through. Plenty of familiar faces in the team although there is a warning that Smith may have to miss one of the Tests as he wishes to rush back home for the birth of his first child.
Roger Charlton has had four winners from his last eight runners
Brian Ellison has had five winners and four thirds from his last 16 runners
Jamie Spencer has ridden six winners from his last 12 rides
Pat Dobbs has ridden five winners, two seconds and two thirds from his last 14 rides
Barry McHugh is unbeaten in three rides on Best Trip, the pair try to maintain their 100% strike rate in Haydock’s 3.50
Four of the last five favourites have won Yarmouth’s 2.10
Five of the last nine favourites have won Yarmouth’s 4.40
Local trainer Simon Dow’s last five runners in Epsom’s 7.45 have all been at least placed, three have won
Jimmy Fortune has won on all three of his rides in Newbury’s 8.35, he rides Bank Bonus this evening