Why are we celebrating a loser?
9 July 2012
We must be the only country in the world that celebrates losers in style. Let me remind all the flag-waving tennis brigade that Andy Murray lost the Wimbledon final yesterday.
In fact he was thrashed by a superior player. You can candy-coat his performance all you like but the truth of the matter was that he did not win. I cannot imagine the Aussies celebrating a loser in the same way and maybe that is why they have so many winners in the sporting arena.
If we want our sportsmen to be hard-nosed winners we need our supporters to be honest in their support and rather than celebrate what Murray did they would be true to themselves and the sport if they turned on their heels and threw their flags on the ground in annoyance. The wider point is that if we continue to idolise losers surely there is little incentive for those losers to become winners.
I am in the studio today for all the action from Ayr where Alex Steedman and Graham Cunningham will be your on-track hosts and it is to that track where I go for my selection today. I like the look of Hazelrigg in the 2.30 at Ayr. He is a bit of an old rogue, but has done nothing wrong in his last couple of starts. He will get plenty of pace to run at which is the key to him and the 100/30 on offer with Totesport at the time of writing this looks like fair value.
I thought the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday was a tremendous renewal. Nathaniel is clearly top class. I was something of a doubter after his slow-time King George win last year, but you have to be a believer after what he did on Saturday. He will take a fair bit of beating in the King George this time around and you never know we may just see him take on Frankel over 10 furlongs in the Champion Stakes later this season.
I am delighted that Golden Lilac is coming to Newmarket for the Falmouth stakes this week. I am a big fan of this Andre Fabre-trained filly. She was hugely impressive last time out in the Prix d’Ispahan where she beat Cirrus Des Aigles and the 5/2 that some firms are offering is a good price about a really classy filly.
She was quite keen in the d’Ispahan, but still managed to win and the drop to a mile in the Falmouth looks ideal. At this stage she is my idea of a July meeting banker.
Time for me to get to work.
All the best
Ayr 2.30pm - Hazelrigg