As the year comes to an end the football managers merry go round gathers pace with Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle while the geordies chase Tony Pullis who is certainly not the fans choice.
In these crazy times it’s amazing that Arsene Wenger has been boss at Arsenal for 19 odd years and regardless of Trophies won or lost it is a record that should be recognised by the football world.
On the racing front it was super to see Hurricane Fly win in Ireland but come the big day in March I doubt very much anything will get near The New One who to me is the outstanding hurdler with a finishing kick that will be used to good effect up the Cheltenham hill.
At this time of year I always get out my Alladins lamp and make 3 wishes for the year ahead.
The first one is that both Simon Holt and Richard Hoiles our premier racing commentaters stop giving us geographical and history lessons during a race and just call the race as it unfolds. Perhaps they should go to America and listen to the way the yanks do it.
Second please will everybody stop calling the non grass tracks all weather as they most certainly are not. We have already had Southwell abandoned this year and there will be further cancelations if the weather gets worse. So wake up and call them what they are artificial surfaces.
Now my third wish has already been granted by Betfan as I have hated the 10 point staking system that some tipsters have used as in my opinion it does not give a true reflection on their results. As I have told you many times before the only true reflection on tipster ability is return on investment.
Both Betting Opportunity and Fold4Gold have finished the year in profit and if you bother to look at the proofing pages I’m sure you will see my R.O.I is better than most.
Lets see if I can finish the year with a winning Howies Hottie and the one I’m going for is Tableforten in the 2.10 Lingfield. He has been running well on the fibresand and now reverts to the polytrack and although it’s a totally different surface I’m sure he will act on it. This inmate of Stan Moores has come down the handicap and looks on a very competitive mark.
Also I wonder if it’s an omen as I’m out for dinner tonight to celebrate the new year and I have booked a table for ten.
Finishing on a light note I was in a bar over the holiday period and overheard two young men chatting. One said to the other that his girl friend was driving him mad as she wanted sex morning, noon and night. He couldn’t watch football, racing or get down the pub and it was tiring him out.
He was asking his mate for advice when a mature man with the wisdom of years butted in saying marry her and that will put a stop to all that.
Loch Ba trainer M.Channon – A winner at Wincanton last week the gelding is the right end of the handicap and can win again especially on drier ground.
Glenquest trainer S.Crawford – Ran a cracker in the Welsh National only tiring close home. Back over slightly shorter he could be hard to beat.
Rock A Doodle Doo trainer Sally Hall – Didn’t do badly on ground softer than ideal last week and on better ground he could be a proposition.
Kung Hei Fat Choi trainer J.Given – Goes well at Southwell and looks on a decent mark.
Candesta trainer Julia Fielden – Looked all over the winner at Lingfield yesterday until running out of petrol in the closing stages. Either a drop in trip or a more conservative ride could be the answer.
Back next Wednesday and wishing one and all a very happy and healthy New Year.