The racing world was in shock yesterday after the death of Australian jockey Simone Montgomerie as she was thrown from her mount when it jinked at Fannie Bay in Darwin. The remainder of the Darwin Cup meeting was abandoned.
A tribute was made at Carlisle on Monday night which was a fixture for women jockeys only where all riders wore black armbands
It goes to show what a dangerous game horse riding is irrespective if it be over jumps or on the flat. One thing that does anger me is when tipsters or punters criticise jockeys for bad rides as they are mostly talking through their pockets and don’t understand the dangers involved in race riding.
The Goodwood Festival is now behind us but one thing that made me laugh was seeing Richard Fahey wearing a natty hat with flaps. Richard was heard to moan I paid £48 for this hat so Garswood had to win the Lennox Stakes to pay for it. He went on to say up North in Yorkshire you can get a cap, a suit and a pair of shoes for that money.
Well after last weeks tremendous racing we are back with the bread and butter today however a winner is sweet where ever you find them. I must admit I have struggled to find something to put up as this weeks Howies Hottie based on form so I’m going to rely on some inside info that has filtered through from across the Irish Sea.
My news concerns the rather well named filly Angels Guard Thee from the Tommy Stack yard. She is very lightly raced and needed her seasonal debut over 10 furlongs.
Today the step her up to 12 furlongs in the 7.10 at Sligo and expect it to suit as she is expected to be a strong stayer with aspirations of being a major player in big end of season handicaps.
Bankers Bonus were off to a slow start in August but you can’t keep a good man down for long as yesterday they banged in Divergence at 5/1 the outsider of a three horse race at Ffos Las.
Sir Bedevere trainer B.Meehan – The trainer expected this to win and said he would outclass the field but I had different ideas and told all my mates to lay him as he was a doubtful stayer over 12 furlongs. Back over a shorter trip I would expect him to be back in the winners enclosure.
Caucus trainer J.Gosden – Never fired in the Goodwood Cup and needs firm ground to show his best. When he gets his conditions you will see lots of improvement.
Sirius Prospect trainer D.Ivory – Drawn in the car park at Goodwood but was making lots of late headway. With a better draw next time he is still on a decent mark.
B Fifty Two trainer J.Hills – Not so much an eyecatcher as a tip. He was withdrawn on Saturday when the rain arrived. This sprinter is still one of the fastest in the yard and well handicapped.When he gets fast ground he will go very close at a massive price.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.