Take three to get you through today’s scorcher!
18 August 2012
3.05 Newbury Strong Suit
3.30 Ripon Louis The Pious
3.50 Doncaster Mont Ras
A scorcher and that’s just not at Lord's. There are nine meetings across Britain and Ireland, plus the start of the Premier League. Today is to be spent making sure I send out the best fantasy football team possible before 3pm. Already I have two injury worries, one of which is last year’s hero Gareth Bale who has been suffering from a back problem.
Jamie Osborne proved a brilliant guest on The Morning Line with racing political stories well explained. I know there will be an influx of criticism that the day’s action wasn’t mentioned but the debate was so absorbing. As for the racing there is just too much today. I will have the majority of it taped but I’m glad I’m taking time out ahead of York.
An excellent Hungerford Stakes in which I’m hoping Strong Suit will show his class. The ground has come right for him and I’d only be worried about John Oxx’s representative. The Geoffrey Freer looks tricky as Luca Cumani is in excellent form and Mount Athos treated his rivals with contempt last time. Brown Panther, however, appears to be class and I side with last year’s second.
At Ripon I can see why Tom Segal has gone for Prodigality and I think Graham Lee can have a big sprint double with Louis The Pious for the jockey who rode a treble at Newcastle yesterday.
Countdown is on for the drive up north and I will report to you all from York on Wednesday
Rod Hodges has had four winners from his last five runners
Marcus Tregoning has had four winners from his last eight runners
Sir Michael Stoute has had six winners, a second and two thirds from his last 13 runners
David Simcock has had eight winners from his last 15 runners
Michael J M Murphy continues to fire in the winners with nine from his last 17
Richard Hannon has won Newbury’s 1.30 four times in ten years
John Gosden has won Newbury’s 2.00 three times from just four runners
Favourites have a woeful record in the Great St Wilfrid, Ripon’s 3.30