What can I be told about an 18-month old?
5 July 2012
4.20 Haydock - Kinloch Castle
I am in the studio today to help out with our coverage from Haydock Park this afternoon. It should be an interesting days racing as in the evening we will also be bringing you coverage from Newbury and Epsom. Once the evening team arrive I will be on my way to my first ever parents evening.
I am not actually sure what the nursery staff are going to be able to tell us about our 18-month old girl, but it will be interesting to see how well they think she is developing. She is certainly beginning to talk and has various favourite words one of which of course is mamma, which is no surprise, but I have been slightly alarmed to note that whenever she sees Jessica Ennis on the TV she points and says mamma!
Now as good at the javelin and long jump as my wife undoubtedly is, she is no Jessica Ennis. My daughter has not yet likened me to anybody she has seen on TV, but as of yet I have not let her watch the Simpsons!
My selection today is Kinloch Castle in the 4.20 at Haydock. This is a Mark Johnston project and this trip of a mile should be spot on. Johnston has experimented with seven furlongs and 10 furlongs with this horse of late, but he has stumbled across a great opportunity for his charge here and if he can repeat the form he showed behind Grandeur last time he should go well.
He will be ridden by Joe Fanning, who, let's face it, is no Steve Cauthen, but he is a solid operator and is riding with confidence. He will probably make the running here and if he gets the fractions right we may well be in the pay out queue by 4.25pm.
I hope you tuned into Racing UK last night. I interviewed Simon Crisford on the show and he was extremely informative. I was particulary interested in his thoughts about the racing calendar in this country as opposed to America and elsewhere. He said he feels that the calendar provides a 'brutal test' in this country for Group 1 horses given that the big races are close together as they have to be in a truncated season. In other countries the gap betwen races is often longer as they race all year long. Many thanks to Simon for his time and thoughts last night.
Time to make my way to the office.
All the best