This week sees three wonderful days of racing at the Newmarket July Festival starting on Thursday with the highlight being Saturdays Group one July Cup for the best sprinters on the planet.
Now I don’t like to get political in this column however the Chancellor George Osborne is about to unleash his latest budget and it gives him the opportunity to put Britains racing in order.
One has to say that the countries bookmakers are getting away with blue murder as they have moved all their online betting overseas so they don’t have to pay hardly any levy on their turnover.
In France and Ireland bookmakers pay over 5% of online turnover which nearly all goes back into racing. You only have to look at the prize money on offer on French and Irish racing compared to ours to see the difference this could make.
If the Chancellor buries his head in the sand and does nothing we will be left with the few marquee meetings plus the general mid week racing with small fields and little interest as owners transfer their horses to run abroad where there are richer pickings.
So come on George get the red brief case out and do something positive for our racing and stop helping the bookies.
It was nice to see last weeks Howies Hottie Rex Imperator hit the target and I do expect this well handicapped sort to win again in his current mood.
Mind you, you can’t rest on your laurels in this game so lets hope I can find another hot one this week. Now I’m going to tip one that’s not running until later this week in the Ed McMahon trained Express Himself.
The horse has two engagements one at Newmarket on Friday and another on Saturday at York. I would expect Newmarket is the more likely as I have been told Ryan Moore has been booked to ride.
The main reason I fancy him is if you watch a replay of his last race you will see he lost five lengths at the start made steady headway up the inside and then pulled away from the inform Birdman for an impressive victory.
If you get a chance to watch this race it will show you exactly why Ryan Moore is the best Jockey in the World by a country mile.
Anyway look out for Express Himself which ever engagement he takes up.
Archie trainer T.Dascombe – Ran 4th behind Birdman at Haydock after a break. He has been gelded and should improve for the run and looks well handicapped.
Master Carpenter trainer R.Millman – He has been running well without winning on unsuitable ground. When he gets his toe in he will be very hard to beat.
Biotic trainer R.Millman – Failed to see out the 10 furlongs at Windsor on Monday and a return to shorter will pay dividends.
Berahari trainer J.Best – Ran in the same race as Biotic and similar comments apply.
Victoire DeLyphar trainer Ruth Carr – Just pipped last time when trying to make all the running. This is a horse on a winnable mark at the moment.
Picansort trainer P.Crate – He is better on polytrack however he is on a winnable turf mark but he needs to be racing over the minimum as he did not see out the final furlong at Brighton yesterday.
Burren View Lady trainer D.Hogan – The filly had been off for some months before returning last week in Ireland. She needed the run and will strip a lot fitter next time.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.