I don’t know if you have been reading extracts from Harry Redknapps autobiography in the Daily Mail but it certainly made me smile.
One episode was where Harry gets conned by a guy claiming to be jockey Lee Topliss who kept feeding our Harry duff information while he was treated to the best seat in White Hart Lane plus being taken to very expensive restaurants. This apparently went on for years until a friend found out the jockey was a builder from Newmarket.
Another amusing story was when Mr Redknapp was manager at Portsmouth he secured Paul Merson on loan from Villa. They were away at Millwall and Merson comes into the changing room with a big brown bag full of readies. He said can you look after that until after the game gaffer.
It turns out it was 30 grand owed to an Irish bookie. Well Harry could not leave it in the changing area so he stuffs the lot down his tracksuit. It was fine until he leaped up off the bench and he could see a fifty pound note coming out the bottom of his tracksuit bottoms. Harry goes on to say he edged back to his seat like a bloke desperate for the toilet with his staff asking if he needed a doctor.
Pompey ended up winning 5-0 with Merson man of the match and that wasn’t the only result Merson had as he owed this bookie nearer 100 grand but they decided to cut their losses and and take the 30k they were offered.
I reckon the moral of these two stories is that both Harry and Paul could both do with a bloody good tipster and at the very least subscribe to the daily Betfan newsletter.
Well this weeks gold medal goes to Fold4Gold for landing an £120 placepot and going to the top of the tipster table.
Moving on to todays racing and Howies Hottie I’m heading to the Kempton Polytrack for the 7.40. This is a handicap over 11 furlongs which on paper looks very competitive. However my selection Cosmic Sun has dropped stones in the ratings.
Back in the day the Richard Fahey trained gelding was a good winner over course and distance beating the very talented Red Cadeaux and a reproduction of anything near that would see him eat this lot for breakfast.
Of course our selection has regressed and Red Cadeaux progressed but never the less he has been showing a lot more enthusiasm in recent races and at an each way price should not be far away.
Footstepsintherain trainer D.Lanigan – Hated the soft ground at Ascot and the run is best ignored. When back on a sound surface he should be followed.
Greatwood trainer L.Cumani – Did not appear to quite get home over 14 furlongs and a drop back to a mile and a half looks the logical answer.
Mabait trainer D.Simcock – He won his last two races and has done followers of my eyecatchers a good turn in the process. This hold up performer must have a mile and a sound surface and when conditions are in his favour another win is possible.
The Hooded Claw trainer T.Easterby – Ran very well from a difficult draw in the big juvenile race at Redcar. I’m sure the trainer will be searching for a winning opportunity so he can break his maiden tag.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.