All eyes will be on Wembley tonight where England take on the mighty Brazil. It is a friendly but I’m sure we will be well entertained by two teams who are both looking for the right blend for the next World Cup.
The greatest footballer of them all Pele will miss the show as he is having a hip replacement and I’m sure we will all be thinking of England’s greatest player Sir Bobby Moore who died Feburary twenty years ago.
Bet365 are offering 23/10 an England victory and that isn’t a bad bet with Walcotts pace and Rooney’s skill to cause the South Americans lots of problems.
It’s nice to see racing resumed at Southwell but it remains to be seen if front runners still have a distinct advantage on the relaid surface. Last week Howies Hottie Vale of Lingfield was one of the unluckiest losers of the season but you can read more about that in my eyecatchers list.
This brings me on to the mind set of the average punter who seems to think as soon as a tipster has a loser or two it’s time to move on and try to find greener grass. It’s the biggest mistake any of us can make because if you manage to find a tipster who has had success, as sure as eggs are eggs the profits will return and by deserting him or her you will be the loser in the long run.
Today’s Hottie comes in the 5.35 Kempton and it’s top of the shop number 1, Sommersturm. The gelding has been owned and trained up until the end of last year by none other than Barney Curley and had landed a couple of massive touches for the pro gambler.
Now a 9 year old he has moved to Wales and is under the care of David Evans whose stable have been on fire over the last few months. Dave had the horse run over 13 furlongs last time at Lingfield but found the trip a shade too far and here he reverts to 10 furlongs which should be well within his compass.
Young William Carson takes the ride and Willies grandson is well drawn on the inside rail to attack from the get go. I haven’t seen any early prices as yet but the old boy should give us a good run for our money.
Talking about Barney Curley there was an interview on Attheraces when Luke Harvey was talking to the outspoken Irishman and it is one of the best and funniest bits of tv you will see. I think it can still be found on You Tube if you want a good laugh.
We have been very successful with these over the last few months and today I have 10 of the best to add to the list.
Vale of Lingfield trainer J.Best – As mentioned above he was so unlucky in running (watch the video of the race on the sporting life website). He was boxed in on the the rail and George Baker had to pull him back and then make his move on the outside. The horse finished so strongly he would have won for sure with a clear run. It’s possible a step up to a mile might help his cause in this bottom grade.
Khawatim trainer N.Quinlan – Never got the run of the race at Lingfield but finished well. Keep a look out for him next time as he seems to be in good form.
Leitrim King trainer G.Moore – Hasn’t been with Gary long and the trainer is still trying to find his best trip. This is one yard that will find the key to make this improving type a winner.
Dancing Freddy trainer Violet Jordan – Been front running at Lingfield but once he gets back to his favoured surface at Southwell he will be hard to beat.
Push Me Trainer J.Poulton – Never got a clear passage last time but the grey finished full of running and must go close soon.
Travelling trainer T.Carrol – Ran in the same race as Push Me but the apprentice jockey gave the gelding far to much to do and in the circumstances he did well to finish on the heels of the leaders.
Aim To Prosper trainer P.Nicholls – Don’t often put up horses from this top yard as they are over bet and can be poor value but this top class flat handicapper ran well over hurdles at Doncaster and if Paul steps him up in trip he should soon be a winner over jumps. He does not want soft or heavy ground.
My Nosy Rosy trainer B.Case – Looked all over the winner until stamina gave out a drop back in distance could be the answer.
Passing Through trainer P.Fenton – Finished like a train at Fairyhouse yesterday. Perhaps a longer trip or being closer to the pace will help.
Predateur trainer J.Lambe – Ran in the same race as Passing Through this ex Paul Nicholls inmate is extremely well treated especially over fences. He needed this race having been off for over a year.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.