Saturday will earn me some brownie points!
25 July 2012
I was lucky enough to win a competition in Lancashire Life Magazine for some tickets to go to York this Saturday and thanks to the nice woman who works in the marketing department I later found out that Mcfly will be playing to a packed crowd after racing.
Having two teenage daughters who are keen on the pop/rock superstars I will be earning some serious brownie points this weekend and I get to go racing for free at the same time.
I know some people frown upon the post-racing shows that are now the norm at our tracks, but they do little harm to the racing purists and anything that brings more people to the course should be applauded. If I am really lucky the usual grunts and tuts that I usually receive from the pair may be replaced by smiles and more audible comments for a change. If not I will be forced to partake in a pre-arranged routine of 'Dad Dancing'! That will show them! Brownie points are okay but what I really want this week are some competition points. If you are not au fait with the competition, click here to have a look.
I am not sure if it is down to the shocking ground conditions we have had over the past few weeks or if I have taken my eye off the ball, but with just a week to go to the end of the month I will be aiming to hit the minimum 20 winner mark and get myself back in the black - that is my main priority until the end of the month.
Today I have four selections:-
2.40 Lingfield Great Run
Richard Hannon's two-year-old was still a little green and awkward coming out of the stalls last time at Haydock. He was beaten by his stablemate but still finished nearly four lengths clear of the third placed horse and with a little more experience under his belt he should show up well today. The extra furlong should also help.
3.10 Lingfield - Mashaari
John Gosden's form has been more than consistent throughout the season and this gelded son of Monsun has his best opportunity to get off the mark today after two decent runs in ground softer than ideal. Paul Hanagan is on board and will be looking to continue his good start for his new boss.
5.00 Catterick - Foxy Music
Eric Alston's stable is almost visible from the East wing of my house and he is always a trainer to keep on the right side of - he does better than most with his small string. Foxy Music will think he has been let loose today after carrying 9st 12lb in his last two appearances. I think this is the first time in this grade, and he carries 9st 2lb, has won at the distance and is nearly a stone better off at the weights with top weight Partner, who beat him in May.
8.05 Sandown - Postscript
Jamie Spencer gets on really well with the four-year-old from the Ian Williams stable. He has completed his famous Spencer 'stalk and pounce' routine on this horse more than once in the past and the good ground and 14-runner field should be ideal for a repeat scenario tonight.
Good luck today.
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Lay of the Day
Today's LAY selection is based around one horse turning over the odds-on favourite. Sciampin is an ex-Marco Botti inmate and if he can jump a hurdle he may cause the long odds-on shot the most concern. Lay @1.22 in the win market and 1.07 in the place, minimal damage will be incurred if the Henderson horse wins again.
3.50 Worcester Cape Express
Today’s Competition Selections (4 x 5pts win)
2.40 Lingfield Great Run
3.10 Lingfield Mashaari
5.00 Catterick Foxy Music
8.05 Sandown Postscript