I believe the main reason my Wednesday column is read is the success of the eyecatchers and again this month we have had a good batch of winners including Scargil,
Thebes Wish, York Glory, Poetic Lord, Midnight Feast and New Decade amongst others.
Now the way I see it there could be opportunities to take the eyecatchers to a new level.
What I would be prepared to do is run a subscription service on the Betfan platform identifying eyecatchers and advising clients on a points basis on how strong the selection is fancied.
I would also give a run down on its chances and a description of how I expect the race to unfold. Added to this any inside info I pick up would also be made available to paying customers.
I have been running the successful Wednesday eyecatchers now for not far short of two years and if it is something that tickles the fancy of readers please contact Betfan to express your interest.
I would then be happy to negotiate a deal with the guys at Betfan that is fair for all. At the same time I will always carry on the free eyecatchers as normal every Wednesday.
It seems the doping scandal has spread now that Gerrard Butler has confessed he has also been using banned substances on his horses. Speaking to a respected older trainer this week he believes the the problem is more wide spread as some enhancement drugs can be given to horses and are out of their system before they are tested.
Having said that I believe racing to be a lot cleaner than most sports and the B.H.A will be cracking down hard on all offenders.
Our 2000gns tip Moohajim was beaten in the Greenham but did not appreciate the soft ground. Trainer Marco Botti says the colt is still on target for Saturdays Classic but must have good or firmer ground.
Godolphin have the favourite in Dawn Approach but reading Richard Hughes comments he thinks Toronado will be a very tough nut to crack however given a dry week I can still see Adam Kirby holding on to Moohajin and pouncing in the shadow of the post.
Today we have a super card at Ascot and Howies Hottie runs in 3.00 a listed race over the mile. The selection is John Gosdens Fencing who makes his seasonal debut. The horse has been gelded over the Winter and being by the sire Street Cry he should appreciate the drying conditions. Last year he ran Camelot to 6 lengths so the form is in the book although he will improve for the run and a step up in distance during the Season.
At the time of writing he is 9/2 with Ladbrokes but I will be surprised if that lasts to long.
EYECATCHERS (remember if you would like a comprehensive eyecatcher subscription service please contact Betfan)
Just Lille trainer Ann Duffield – Her last run at Wolverhamton is best ignored as the saddle slipped and this front running mare although getting on in years can still hit the target in lower grade races.
Elidor trainer M.Channon – Did not get the run of the race at Doncaster when the winner went by on the outside but never the less stayed on strongly in the final furlong.
Rivelleno trainer Mrs K.Burke – Hampered twice in the closing stages when trying to mount a challenge. This horse is very well handicapped and if placed correctly compensation awaits.
Jack of Diamonds trainer R.Teal – Finished like the proverbial train at Lingfield having to plot a very wide course. With better luck in running or perhaps even a step up in trip he should soon be in the winners enclosure.
Greylami trainer C.Cox – This is one of the horses that John Francome told me to look out for in the near future. John is the trainers landlord and knows the time of day with all the horses in this yard. The gelding ran at Windsor on Monday finishing 3rd. The horse still looked a bit big in the paddock to me and I expect him to come on for the run.
Wilfred Pickles trainer Jo Crowley – Finished down the field at Lingfield but this poly track specialist still retains plenty of ability. If placed in the right grade he can pay dividends.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.