Punter’s pound increasingly going elsewhere
24 July 2012
4.00 Musselburgh: The Nifty Fox
6.45 Bangor: Ixora
9.05 Ffos Las: Crazy Too
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but I’m not venturing down the Inchina route again. I hope she is ok as she became detached with a furlong to go. It wasn’t my weekend as Adam Scott was one of my selections to win the Open outright and then to add insult to an empty pocket I stood to win a reasonable sum had Geoff Ogilvy finished within the top 10. He did but shared it equally with nine other players so I only received my stake back on him and Adam Scott.
Heart has been taken in the performance of both Ogilvy and Bubba Watson, who at no point looked comfortable in his surroundings yet seemed on the verge of shooting the lights out at the place. The pair will be in for considerable consideration in their next starts.
A warm glow returns not only from the sun but at the Oval as normal service is resumed within the England cricket team. Shame I didn’t get to see Dale Steyn at his best last Thursday but all the same I got to see the great bowler live.
Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins who won the Tour de France, a yellow jersey he’ll never risk in the wash!
Yesterday was glorious and even better as I spent it at Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill. I hope I can do the day justice and the feature will be worth watching during Channel 4 Racing’s Glorious Goodwood output. Don’t forget though all the races are live next week on Racing UK.
Rather tanned and sat in the office since 7am I type enthusiastically as the traffic in today was really light and all the roads to the office are lined with metal barriers as Bradley Wiggins, colleagues and rivals will be cycling in close proximity over the course of 28 and 29 July.
The most serious news for today and certainly relevant is the potential relaxation of gambling laws which could lead to the allowance of more than 4 FOBTs in betting shops. Trainers better start looking to the gambling laws if they want to protest about prize money! If more FOBTs are introduced to betting shops then more of the punter’s pound will find itself dropping into the machine slot and that means less funding for horseracing!
Saeed Bin Suroor has had three winners from his last six runners
Richard Hannon has had five winners and two seconds from his last 11 runners
Tom Dascombe has had four winners, two seconds and a third from his last 7 runners
David Bass and Nicky Henderson have a 67% strike rate when teaming up at Southwell
Sir Mark Prescott has had three winners and a second from his four runners in Yarmouth’s 5.50
Ed Walker has a 60% strike rate at Yarmouth
David Simcock has a 33% strike rate at Ffos Las