This week sees the resumption of the Champions League knock out stages and it will be very interesting to see how our Premier League sides do against the rest of Europe.
I see that Man Utd are about to make Wayne Rooney an offer of 300k a week to renew his contract which equates to £30 a minute. Not bad for a good player but not yet a great player would you agree?
Now this week the football World lost one of the greats in the Preston Plumber Sir Tom Finney. I am old enough to have seen the flying winger play and I can tell you Rooney would not be good enough to clean his boots. He was up there with Sir Stanley Mathews and Besty when it came to wingers.
One story I can tell you about Finney was they were playing a 6th round cup tie and it was goaless until he picked the ball up in his own half beat four men in a mazy dribble, cut inside and drove the ball home to win the match.
Afterwards he told his team mates I had to score that goal as I couldn’t afford a replay next week as I’m putting in a new bathroom for someone. As they say in Preston there only one Tom Finney.
It was nice to see the new Betfan Promotion Betfan TV.
I thought presenter Simon Holden looked good far better than many telly presenters but perhaps we need to do something with his hair maybe blond highlights.
Now I’m happy to do the it as one of my first jobs as a kid was as a hair stylist working in Mayfair in the salon owned by Pierre Raymond known as Teasy-Weasy. Some of you might remember that this is the guy who owned the 1963 Grand National winner Ayala who romped in at 66/1.
The winner was trained by Lester Piggots dad Keith and Keith and Lester both had free haircuts in the salon from that day on and I was happy as that was the first 66/1 winner I ever backed.
Another piece of useless trivia is that Lesters grandfather Ernie rode the National winner in 1912 and 1919, you never know it might come up in a quiz at sometime.
While I’m on the subject of T.V. presenters what a breath of fresh air it was to hear Andy Gray back commentating as he puts Gary Nevil and co in the shade.
Today at long last we have some super jumping mid week action at Doncaster and Howies Hottie goes in the 2.50 a novice 2 mile hurdle. The selection is Ronaldinho from the Alan King yard. This gelding was decent on the flat for the Hannons and can make up into a good hurdler.
It’s interesting that I was given the nod by Wayne Hutchinson last time this one ran and put him up at 33/1 on Battle Of The Tipsters. That was the day I came unstuck behind Bet Owen.
The thing was Alan Kings stable were bang out of form with the virus and Ronaldinho got stuck in the Cheltenham mud. I expect a much better show today as the yard are now back in form and this fellow has been showing up well on the gallops.
Zulu Flyer trainer H.Fry – A winner of a bumper at Kempton and this relation of Rock On Ruby has the ability to make a classy jumper when the ground dries out.
Louis Vee trainer R.Brotherton – Put up as an eyecatcher last week he did the biz for us even though he missed the break. He is still ahead of the handicapper and could bag the hat trick.
Biscuiteer trainer S.Dixon – Front runner who had to contend with a high draw last week. When getting a stall near the inside rail he could be tough to pass.
Flying Power trainer J.Norton – Tough type who ran very well in defeat at Wolverhampton when not fully fit. I expect him to go very close next time out.
Temple Road trainer M.Bradley – 3rd at Lingfield on Saturday. He was running on the slower part of the track down the inside and did well to reach the frame. He looks primed to win soon.
Hail Tiberius trainer M.Keighley – Ran well on the fibresand at Southwell yesterday and can go even closer when returning to the polyrack surfaces.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.