Today we must pay a huge tribute to Sir Henry Cecil who passed away yesterday. I am sure I speak for everyone involved with Betfan in saying that Henry was one of the greatest trainers of horses of any era.
The racing industry is full of hype and exaggeration but in this case the words genius, amazing, incredible etc, etc don’t even go close to explaining his brilliance of understanding the thoroughbred racehorse.
Henry had many ups and downs in his training career but always came out on top. I remember in the 1970’s he and Steve Cauthen were an unstoppable combination with a strike rate of over 40%.
It is only fitting that he was the man who had the job of overseeing the training of Frankel possibly the greatest horse to run on a British Racetrack.
One thing for certain is I bet that Hollywood will soon be talking about making the film about the life of Henry and Frankel. I’m sure the great mans up there now saying please don’t give the part to Tom Cruise as Daniel Day Lewis would give a much better portrayal of me.
I was at Hove greyhound track last week to watch a few races and in one particular race my girlfriend had a runner called Hanover Lady. Now as the dogs paraded a fox ran across the track and Wendy which is her kennel name went potty trying to chase the fox. She was restrained and put quickly into the traps. As the electric hare came past and the gates opened she was out like a rocket and won with ease.
This was just one of many winners that Norah McElestrim has trained at Hove recently and she also has Cloheena Micky through to the next round of the Greyhound Derby. He may not be one of the fancied dogs but he is available at 300/1 with Bet Victor if you fancy a nibble.
Well Howies Hotties have been going great guns with three of the last five on target including last weeks easy winner Mountain Range.
This week I am going to chance my arm in the opener which is 2.20 at Haydock on Now My Sun. The gelding is trained by Elaine and Carl Burke and they have told us to forget its last outing where it was very disappointing as they ran it back too quickly after its previous run.
Now My Sun has been given a month off and will strip a fresh horse. Now anyone with half a brain can tip horses that either won or ran well last time out but the art is finding selections that have valid excuses for a bad run and for tipsters who can put their money where their mouth is.
I can’t say he will win but this is the best way to find real value, be a step ahead of the bookies and back horses that will hopefully be big juicy each way prices.
Top Offer trainer R.Charlton – Ran down the field on seasonal debut but this horse was rated good enough to compete in a classic. To me he seemed to need the run and could go well next time out at big odds.
Number One London trainer B.Meehan – I have put this one up before and he seems very consistent without winning. I have studied videos of his races and it appears he has a high knee action indicating a preference for a softer surface.
Mr David trainer J.Osborne – He has slipped to a very attractive handicap mark and ran a race of immense promise at Brighton this week. The track did not suit but he still managed a good 2nd place.
Back next wednesday have a good week and be lucky.