Table for two sir? And what name is it ?
19 July 2012
Now with my new found fame as the Resident Racing UK Tipster I obviously have no trouble getting a table at the best restaurants in the North-West at any time of day or night. But this week things have been a little different! The Open kicks off today down the road from me at Lytham St Annes and it seems all the world has descended to the Fylde Coast.
And we are talking big names with Willis and Clooney among others that have been spotted already on the trams and one of my sources at the Marriott is expecting the real big guns later in the week, and yes I am talking Forsyth and Tarbuck!
It all seems to be shaping up for a cracking weekend and I am really looking forward to it as long as none of these so called 'Big Cats' take my favourite seat in the window at Pizza Express it should all go fine. And if my long-shot selection, that is one Mr Geoff Ogilvy pulls off my 220/1 coup I may even go for the dough balls as well on Sunday night, fingers crossed.
Seriously now, back to the racing. There was no blog from me yesterday as I was wrapping up what was left of one of my businesses thanks to the Government cuts. But on the bright side it gives me more time to dedicate to watching re-runs of the races.
After Kieren Fallon won the first two races at York on Saturday I decided to watch a few more of his recent efforts and for my mind he is riding as good, if not better, than he ever has been. We all know he has had his issues in the past but as a horseman there are not many better exponents in the game. Purely from an in-running trading angle to watch him snuggle up behind the front runners and keep the horse in contention without using up too much of the animal's ability is a joy to watch. He often trades higher in-running on his mounts as his style gives the impression that he is not going as well as you would hope. This means you can pinch a few extra points in-running more often than not and why would you not want to get 8/1 on a 4/1 shot? But if you see him dodging in behind a more fancied runner in the final two to three furlongs and you have a fast finger on the keyboards you can make an extra few pounds even if he wins the race or not.
I rarely bet at Brighton. I don't know why but I find the races really hard to read there and it has never been a lucky track for me; I guess we all have our favourites. But I am going to buck the trend today and go with Dear Maurice in the 2.45 race. I always thought a mile was the best trip for this beast but he has run well in low-grade handicaps the last two times and was staying on well in both his last to races over the minimum trip.
The soft ground and extra furlong today may just be the trick to get this eight-year-old back in the winners' enclosure. It has been some time but the opposition today is weak and I am sure that although Dear Maurice doesn't do anything to quickly these days jockey Martin Lane will have him rolling on at the end.
Have a great day I am of to the golf.
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
6.10 Epsom Brouhaha
4.00 Hamilton Ed De Gas
Today’s Competition Selections (All 5pts win)
2.45 Brighton Dear Maurice
7.55 Doncaster Bridgefield