The English football season kicks off this weekend with matches in the Championship and lower leagues plus the Community Shield at Wembley between Man City and Arsenal.
As far as the Premiership is concerned I think the value could be with the Gunners at 7/1 with Corals. Arsenal have strengthened in vital positions and still seem keen to add to the squad before the window closes. All transfers have been bought out of club profits and not by money given to the club by its owners.
Not to say that Arsenal are not owned by two of the wealthiest guys on the planet in Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov. The American and the Russian might have different ideas but they both support the genius Arsene Wenger.
Usmanov is reported to be the richest man in Russia with a fortune of over 18 billion. One interesting fact about the man which is not football related is that he is a Muslim and has been married to Irina Viner the ex Russian gymnast who happens to be Jewish. The couple have been happily married for over 20 years and set a shinning example to those that want piece in the Middle East.
There is plenty of racing around the country today but it’s not easy to predict what the weather might do to the state of the ground so for that reason I’m sticking to the polytrack at Kempton in the 8.40 for Howies Hottie.
The Tip is Trader Jack who is trained by David Flood and will be ridden by top apprentice Cam Hardie. The gelding was bought to go sprinting but despite running well at times has failed to win a race for many a year.
He did run very well behind Intrinsic earlier in the season who then went on to win the Stewards Cup at Goodwood last week. Connections now step Jack up in trip to a mile which in my opinion is his best distance. He is on a reasonable mark and Hardies 5lb claim is an added bonus so all in all he looks poised to go very close.
EYECATCHERS – Recent winners include Panther Patrol, Pallasator, Extremity, Western Hymn and Master of the Hall over jumps.
Fox Trotter trainer B.Meehan – Noted finishing well behind top class Ivawood at Goodwood perhaps a step up in trip can do the trick.
Day of Conquest trainer R.Hannon – Unlucky in running at Goodwood but still made the frame on his seasonal debut.
Adventure Seeker trainer E.Vaughan – Looked big in the paddock after a small lay off should be fitter next time out.
Seeking the Magic trainer C.Cox – Raced all alone in the big Goodwood sprint but still led 1 furlong out.
Hisaabaat trainer D.Weld – Placed in the Galway hurdle last week the gelding is now hitting top form and should be followed.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.