The queues to work are worth it to see Cav and Wiggo!
27 July 2012
5.15 Ascot Larwood
6.30 York Barney McGrew
7.10 Newmarket Toga Tiger
Perhaps the only way to have got to work today was to carry the Olympic torch! There was major road closures in the vicinity of Sandown Park, Kempton Park and Hampton Court and they are causing nightmare disruptions to my, and others prep work, for Glorious Goodwood. Still, at least we can catch sight of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins while walking to get our lunch, how surreal is that?
Today there is a mighty Friday in the calendar, with three Grade One flat tracks hosting cards. I would love to have been at York, but alas, work commitments don’t permit so will have to wait for the Ebor Meeting, which will come soon enough.
Ascot race very soon after their mesmerising King George and I’ve done the selections for the Newmarket racecards, albeit on Wednesday so here’s hoping the conditions remain favourable to those I picked. I sense it could be a good weekend for Luca Cumani and Roger Charlton, so look out for the pair.
For now though Henry Candy has been enjoying a good run, which is why I think he’ll win the last at Ascot. York’s 6.30 is just the sort of race Barney McGrew could finally discover the winners enclosure again and the draw is good too.
With so much going on my concentration is being stretched to its limits and I can virtually understand the pressure Adam Scott was under on Sunday. It has been a torrid time for my selections, although there have been winners here and there. I know more about what is running next week than I do on Saturday at present, but that is due to the fact that I have been making my producer and editing debut over the last few days.
I hear there is some dissention in the ranks as there was a belief that the qualifying rounds for the archery could be watched at Lord’s. I was in that very area yesterday as John McCririck and I did a relaxed sit-down chat and interview for Glorious Goodwood. A lovely, leisurely walk from the historic ground, unusual for me as I don’t like walking away from the venue. Still, tea and a Bakewell Tart at Chez McCririck is not to be missed, and I think those from Goodwood and the local publication enjoyed the experience. The three-hour car journey later back from the office was not something to enjoy, yet I fear it’s something which may well be repeated soon enough! The car felt like an oven, I was just lucky I took plenty of fluids on board.
Sir Mark Prescott has had five winners from his last seven runners
From his last seven runners at Chepstow William Haggas has had five winners
Sir Michael Stoute has had six winners, two seconds and three thirds from his last 20 runners
Richard Hughes has had six winners from his last 14 rides
Five of the six winners of Thirsk’s 2.45 came from the first two in the betting
With just four runners, Richard Hannon has won Newmarket’s 8.45 three times
Joe Fanning has won on both his rides in Ascot’s 4.05
Raul Da Silva has struck up a good partnership with Toga Tiger, three from three