Firstly lets start off by congratulating Manchester Utd for winning the Premiership and achieving 20 League Titles. There is no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager of all time.
However saying that Utd must be very grateful that the short sited Arsenal board were happy to sell Robin Van Persie and help gift the Title to Utd.
R.V.P. is head and shoulders above their other strikers although the likes of Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez would be automatic choices with most teams. It will be very interesting to see what reception Van Persie gets on his return to the Emirates next Sunday and if he plays a part in trying to stop the Gunners Champions League qualification.
The big news on the racing front was the drugs scandal that has rocked Godolphin.
Mahmood Al Zaroonis stable has had horses that have tested positive to anabolic steroids and faces being banned from the sport.
Sheik Mohamed owner of the Godolphin operation has called for an immediate investigation into the running of his stables including that of his other trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.
It has been some years now since the blue racing colours of Godolphin have been able to keep up with the Irish trained Aiden O’Brien team and my advice would be to put their best horses into the care of Mark Johnston if they wish to compete at group one level.
Today’s racing is of a very high level with the Punchestown Festival and some super racing on the Downs at Epsom.
For today’s Howies Hottie im going to put up Spanish Duke in the 3.55 Epsom. This gelding was with the now retired John Dunlop but has moved on to one of the most astute trainers in the business Brian Ellison.
Ellison sends Spanish Duke down from his North Yorkshire base and has booked the very talented William Buick to do the steering. The horse won this same race in 2011 so will be no stranger to the undulations of the track or handling Tattenham Corner. He has dropped a few pounds in the ratings and everything looks set for a good run.
Leitrim Pass trainer W.Haggas – Very unlucky in running last week when denied a clear run at Kempton. Looks like a winner without a penalty.
Red Rocker trainer B.Meehan – 2nd on his debut last week this stable is just starting to rock and roll. He will be wiser next time and look out for him especially if Fallon is booked to ride.
Chapter Seven trainer S.Williams – Strong finisher when given too much to do at Newbury. He can win at 8 or 10 furlongs.
Agent Allison trainer P.Chapple-Hyam – Did not get the run of the race behind Maureen in a Classic Trial at Newbury. Would not surprise me if she reverses the form in future races.
St Paul De Vence trainer P.Cole – Stayed on at Windsor on Monday suggesting a step up in trip could suit.
Back Next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.