We had a very interesting three days of racing last week at Newbury however I have to say there were few if any Cheltenham Festival pointers as the ground come next March will be far better compared to the slow tacky turf on the Berkshire track.
The Hennessy Gold Cup was won by a mud lark in Many Clouds but there were a few clues to take out of the race which I have covered in the eyecatchers.
Today I’m off to Hove greyhound Stadium to see the 3rd leg of the BAGS inter track challenge in which Hove are taking on Poole and Swindon.
It’s a super innovation in which the winning tracks go through to finals day at Nottingham later this month where some big prize money is on offer.
My girlfriend Barbara has two dogs taking part in Leithems Desire and Longrange Denis. Both are trained by Norah Mcellistrim and are part of the racing club.
As I have told you before where else could you get a share in six plus dogs which include open racers and all for an annual price of £300.
If you are coming to Hove come and say hello and the tea and cakes are on me as it’s a bit early for champers or a gin and tonic.
It was a shame to see Jimmy Bullard knocked out of the jungle this week as I found him a good laugh and I bet the punter who had ten grand on him is really feeling more sick than some of the contestants eating all those insects and creepy crawlies.
Mind you Ant and Dec were not best pleased seeing the viewers favourite knocked out. I suppose the only thing that can push up the viewing figures is seeing Edwina Currie eat a Kangaroos testicles.
Yet again one has to say midweek jump racing is a damp squid with small fields and low class action so it’s no surprise I turn to the poly track for Howies Hottie or Coldie after recent weeks.
Today’s tip goes in the 1.30 Lingfield with the Dave Evans trained Al’s Memory. Adam Kirby takes the ride and Adam is worth a few lbs round the Surrey track as he has a knack of pinching a length or two turning for home.
The yard are in decent form plus the gelding has won off higher marks in the past so lets hope Al remembers how to win.
Tradewinds trainer J.Ewart – This promising type was bought out of Nicky Hendersons yard and ran a reasonable race last time out. It’s just a matter of time before new connections find the right race.
Merry King trainer J.Oneil – Was going better than the winner in the Hennessey before running out of petrol. A drop back to 3 miles looks the answer or perhaps better ground.
The Druids Nephew trainer N.Mullholand – After early errors he had to circle the field to get into contention which took its toll in the closing stages. He is better than his finishing position.
Monbeg Dude trainer M.Scudamore – He ran on very strongly at the finish in the big chase and could be a National horse.
Birdman trainer D.Omeara – The gelding was claimed by this yard after running 3rd at Lingfield. The horse has dropped a long way in the ratings and this top trainer is sure to find the key.
Monsieur Chevalier trainer J.Osborne – Another who was recently claimed and Jamie has now won two on the bounce with him. The winning run looks set to continue.
Young Pal Tal trainer J.Levins – He has been running at Dundalk and I believe a more considerate ride or a drop in trip is the answer.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.