Run, your Majesty, run!
30 July 2012
Well it has been somewhat of a 'good news, bad news weekend' for UK sport with the fate of Hereford and Folkestone looking more than bleak. Contrast that with a win for Lewis Hamilton in Hungary and the amazing scenes from the opening of the Olympics on Friday night and it shows that there is still a huge difference between the 'haves and have not's'. Now I think we all know that £27 million pounds could have been better spent in other areas of Blighty, but chief visionary for the project, Danny Boyle, certainly got everyone talking about it, which I guess was the whole idea. If you think of it that way it was money well spent. It is not every day that you see the Queen and James Bond jumping out of a helicopter, and I now know the names of a few countries and some useless trivia that I did not know about on Friday morning.
Twitter was going crazy throughout the whole three hours, mainly with people moaning about what was not in this 'ever so British' celebration. Now I can confess to nodding off a couple of times during the show but for me as a fan of the written word I was a little disappointed that there was no mention of Wordsworth, Keats or Dickens. And even more so there was very nothing about horse racing or football! How can we have a celebration of all things British and not have the likes of Luck, Willoughby or Gascoigne involved! I am writing to my MP as we speak.
I had a great day at York on Saturday and managed to get a photo of the Racing UK royalty that is Nick Luck and have added the photos to my Twitter account with the ones of Her Majesty from last week. The crowd was amazing at the Knavesmire and I have never seen so many people stay behind for an after racing concert as there was on Saturday night, the place was buzzing, other tracks please take note.
One of the strangest sights was at the end of the evening, it was the unofficial Yorkshire version of Pamplona's Running of the Bulls. In the Yorkshire version it involves drunken revellers trying to dodge security staff as they try to run the final furlong of the Knavesmire. Now I am not condoning that anyone who is not authorized should ever set foot on the hallowed turf but there was a huge roar from the crowd every time security guards tackled one of the trespassers to the ground, the cheer was almost as big as when they were cheering home the horses.
The best one of the evening was a 'Stag Party' attendee, who ran the final furlong completely unchallenged as he was wearing one of the rubber Queen Elizabeth face masks, white dress, blue sash and tiara. I get the feeling the security guards held back just in case it was another of Danny Boyle's creations that we witnessed on Friday and they didn't fancy spending Saturday night in the Tower.
The winners where hard to find at the weekend, but Maureen did the business for me at Ascot and should go on the better things –she’s as sort as 12-1 for the Guineas. I need one more winner before Wednesday to ensure I have hit the 20 winner per month mark every month this year.
Good luck today.
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Lay of the Day
Today's LAY selections should be set up at the usual rates @2.2win market and 1.44 place LAY
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2.25 Lingfield Redair
2.55 Lingfield Spicy