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Tanya Stevenson

A special man who was devoted to racing

26 August 2016

I was heartbroken to learn of the death of Tom O’Ryan. A measure of the man was all the warm and loving tributes made to this very special man.

I too share many of the sentiments echoed, in voice, words and pictures. Not enough can be said about this thoughtful and caring bastion of the press room.

In life you are urged to do a good deed every day to help others. Tom appeared to take it upon himself to undertake plenty on a daily basis. It didn’t matter who you were, he would lend encouragement when you were down or frustrated, and celebrate with you when things went well.

It was that knowing look, he had an expression to suit every scenario, and he was respected by every facet of the industry - that takes some doing!

Devoted to the sport, his passion rubbed off on all of us. Press rooms countrywide will be without its greatest architecture of a wry word.

This weekend I shall be at Lord’s, missing out on a great day at Goodwood.

Celebration Mile day brings back memories of Tillerman in 2002, and the debate that followed regarding his passage past Where Or When.  Still there is never a dull day metaphorically at Goodwood and with five in this year’s renewal drama could yet ensue.

Zonderland looks too short at around 9-4 as his Salisbury form doesn’t warrant such guarded interpretation.

Thikriyaat is progressive and his eye-catching run against Ribchester was not only given a boost at Deauville but he himself has since come out and won at Goodwood.

Sir Michael Stoute has won this race for fun, he is 15-8 to make this his ninth!

As for Toormore, he brings the Group One form to the table with his fourth in the Queen Anne and Sussex Stakes. The 5-1 offered against him appears generous.

This might be the day we see Mr Singh bounce back to form.

His York run doesn’t read that badly now, with subsequent York winners Barsanti and Quest For More filling the places. If he can be galvanised into action and kicked on turning for home, he’ll be hard to catch.

Tanya Stevenson’s Saturday tips

Goodwood 3.55 Mr Singh

Goodwood 4.30 Thikriyaat

Tanya Stevenson’s Saturday Pointers

2.45 Goodwood Prestige Stakes

9 of the last ten winners came from the first three in the betting (six were favourites)

All of the last ten winners ran no more than three times prior (Arwa, Belle Meade, Grecian

Light, Promising, Rich Legacy and Tiburtina qualify today)

3.10 Beverley totescoop6 Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes

Only one winning favourite in the last ten years

Only two of the last ten winners finished third or better on their most recent run

The last ten winners were drawn no higher than 9

3.20 Goodwood Goodwood Revival Stakes (Handicap)

Eight of the last ten winners have come from the first five in the betting (inc 4 favourites)

The last ten winners have been drawn no higher than 9

3.55 Goodwood  Lewis Badges 1832 March Stakes

Nine of the last ten winners came from the first three in the betting

Seven of the last ten winners ran at that season’s Glorious Goodwood

Nine of the last ten winners finished no worse than third on their most recent run (today Flambeuse, Monaleen, and Zubeida)

John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute boast a current strike rate above 30%

4.10 Newmarket Stobart Club And Shop Hopeful Stakes

Dean Ivory has had two winners from his four runners in the race

Eight of the last ten came from the first four in the betting yet only three were favourites

4.30 Goodwood Doom Bar Celebration Mile

Sir Michael Stoute has trained the winner the race on eight previous occasions

The last ten winners have been drawn either 1, 2 or 6

Only three winning favourites in the last ten years (2008 Raven’s Pass, 2013 Afsare, 2015 Kodi Bear)

Five of the last ten winners ran at Royal Ascot en route (2014 Bow Creek, 2013 Afsare, 2012 Premio Loco, 2011 Dubawi Gold, 2008 Raven’s Pass, 2007 Echelon)

Eight of the last ten winners had at least run in a Group 1 in their career

Eight of the last ten winners had at least won a Group 3 in their career

Frankie Dettori has ridden the winner of the race three times

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