I’m up in York for the two day close of season meeting and looking out from my hotel it is cold wet and miserable looking. Unlike the weather though The Don and his followers feel great after securing 37 points of lovely profit here yesterday on day one. What makes it even better is the two who run today at York are my big two of the meeting (they will be in the hands of private members as you read this and they are both very tasty prices).
It was a decent crowd yesterday with the atmosphere improved markedly when BetFan’s Simon Holden told me “Bad news TGD, Andy Bell has decided to go to Newmarket instead of coming up here.” I suggested to Mr Holden his concept of the phrase Bad News and mine were clearly poles apart! Today there will be a monster crowd to see the old place off for the Winter with the usual Yorkshire Flat Racing custom of ignoring the fact it’s freezing cold and wearing as little as possible.
David O’Meara has been the star Trainer this year here on the Knavesmire and watching him around his horses and looking at the improvement he gleans from everything you have to think the sky’s the limit for this still young man. The big Arab owners are often slow to react but I will be amazed if one of them doesn’t cotton on to how special this guy is and send him some big money two year olds.
Other Northern stalwarts like Fahey and John Quinn are ending the season with their usual flourish so keep an eye on anything they run between now and November.
Though I’m up here our TGD Saturday special runs in my hometown of Newmarket who have had some heavy rain with more to come this morning and we are going in the Cesarewitch at 3.50. This is a brutal handicap with very few really seeing out the distance but the one I have been waiting for is trained by the Godfather of the heath himself Sir Mark Prescott. Sir Mark takes great pleasure in being as rude and unhelpful as possible to anyone in Newmarket who asks him about his horses particularly gallop watchers but I sensed early on this season that Pallasator was the Apple of his eye. This is a huge big horse who has only run once this season at a trip too short. He still ran well in defeat but today’s two mile two will be perfect and I expect him to add to the canny old fox’s haul of big handicaps.
Take Bookmakers who are going 5 places like Skybet and betvictor and take 8/1 or bigger, it’s a huge field and Bookmakers will try and tempt us this morning.
Have a great days racing wherever you are and Trust in the Don and join me for the Jumps Season.
Back next Saturday,
The Gambling Don