If any of you have ever been to Newmarket recently or any of the other courses where Derek Thompson acts as master of ceremonies you would have seen our intrepid pundits latest brainchild Lucky Loser.
This is where every race goer who has a losing betting ticket can sign their name on the losing slip and place it in a barrel by the winners enclosure ready for Thommo to draw the lucky losers winning ticket.
The prizes are normally put up by a local sponsor or the racecourse and can be worth a lot more than a winning bet.
Unfortunately the first few draws have met with a few mishaps. The first prize draw was sponsored by the German Jockey Club offering a free weekend to Munich plus a visit to the local track but the guy who won never had a valid passport.
The next draw was one by someone who did have a passport but he was from Tasmania and was flying home the next day.
The third draw was for a piggy back sky dive and this was won by an 82 year old granny but Tommo added she will take up the prize even if he has to push her out of the plane himself as he is not having three non runners in a row.
Actually I think it would be great idea for one of our bookmakers to copy if at the end of the week they put all our losing bets into a draw and the winner received a fab holiday. Can you hear me Paddy Power? And I don’t mean Bognor!
The Eyecatchers have been in top form this week with Sirius Prospect and Gender Agenda both winning. In fact Bankers Bonus members were on Gender Agenda at 7/1 early doors.
On to this weeks Howies Hottie and I’m going over to the sticks at Worcester in the 4.20 on Priceless Art. This is a very low grade claiming hurdle over 2 miles 4 furlongs and in truth they are rather a motley crew.
Priceless Art has won some nice races in the past when with Alan Swinbank but has now in the care of Anthony Honeyball down in Dorset. Last time out, he was out with the washing but they feel the horse was swallowing its tongue and this will be tied down to help its breathing. If it works he is a well handicapped individual. A.P. rides the jolly and will be a big danger as is anything the Champ rides but our selection can be backed each way at hopefully decent odds.
Burren View Lady trainer T.Easterby – Good winner at Wolverhampton despite a slow start and wide draw and could well go in again.
Stableford trainer B.Meehan – Has lots of ability but the slow pace over 7 furlongs did not suit. Worth keeping on the right side as he will pop in at a nice price before long.
Sheikhzaydroad trainer D.Simcock – Down the field in the Ebor but ran well considering he had to come very wide. He might prefer a slightly shorter trip and will always need luck in running with his come from behind tactics.
Mister Pagan trainer J.Goldie – Very unlucky run this week when his late surge did not quite get past the winner. Again upping him to 2 miles plus could see him gain compensation.
Eeny Mac trainer N.Bycroft – Slowly away at Ripon yesterday and had to make his challenge on the wide outside. The horse seems to be improving and could soon be back in the winners enclosure.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky