Further shame has been heaped on Sheik Mohameds Godolphin operation with seven more horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni testing positive for banned drugs. These horses include St Leger winner Encke.
The colt was tested twice after his Classic win so he will not be stripped of his title but it will tarnish his reputation for sure.
The message to Sheik Mohamed and his racing manager Simon Crisford is clear get your house in order very quickly as you are both responsible for the biggest scandal to hit British racing for many years.
At the same time of the Godolphin turmoil their ex jockey Frankie Dettori is understood to be considering legal action against the B.H.A. and France Galop because of the impasse over the jockey having his licence renewed following his ban.
The domestic football season seems to be coming to a close with a bombshell for Tottenham as Bale has demanded £200K to stay at the club after failing to secure a Champions League place. The Spurs ace is known to like a secret little bet and I just wonder is it in fivers and tenners or stakes of larger proportions.
On to the days racing and Howies Hottie goes on the sand at Southwell in the 4.20 a competitive handicap over the mile. The selection is Pats Legacy from the Sussex yard of Gary Moore.
The horse ran a respectable 4th at this venue on Monday and is brought out quickly to try and go three places better. A good 7lb claimer has been booked and off a very light weight he should have a decent each way shout. At the time of writing William Hill are 12/1 and Bet365 10/1.
Berkshire trainer P.Cole – Ran a very promising race finishing 3rd in a hot juvenile event at Newbury. Promises to be even better over further and one to keep a close eye on.
Border Legend trainer R.Charlton – Went off far to fast last time out and with a better judged ride next time he is expected to go well at decent odds.
Red Orator trainer M.Johnston – Front runner that ran well last week but will be seen to better effect on a softer surface.
Athenian trainer Sir M.Prescott – Good sprinting filly who seems to be improving and will strip fitter next time out.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.