In the 473 years since racing was first recorded the turf has not come up with a more poignant story than Britain’s greatest trainer fighting cancer while brilliantly marshalling the career of Frankel the ultimate horse.
Sir Henry Richard Amhurst Cecil whose talents for understanding horses is Dr Doolittle-ish admits he is the best he has handled in 44 years and has helped him in his battle against serious illness.
Frankel now goes off to stud where a possible date with Black Caviar awaits. Now that’s a marriage made in Ladbrokes.
Rio Ferdinand was in hot water with his boss Fergie after refusing to wear a Kick It Out top. Rio wants a minor change to the campaign he said the logo should read Kick J.T. Out. Most of the Utd team wore them including man of the match Howard Webb.
You can understand Fergie getting up set as he has done so much for worthy causes he even had one named after him Red Nose Day.
Ferdinand has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is 5/1 with Paddy Power to leave in January. I’m sure there will be no shortage of takers for an experienced International who has been there, done it and refused to wear the T-shirt.
Then again Utd might hang on to him until Wenger finds some unknown turns him into a star at Arsenal then sells him to Man Utd for 25 million.
I have to say today’s racing has an exciting look to it with meetings under all codes. Newmarket in particular interests me as So Beloved has been declared to run and this is after the trainer has told us he was putting the colt away for the Winter. My reasoning is perhaps the trainer thinks the race might be easy pickings and he might be right but I do feel we will see a much better horse next season when he grows into his big frame.
We shall also see how the Cumani horse Greatwood performs at Kempton who was 3rd to So Beloved last time out and how the form stacks up.
Now for Howies Hottie I’m going to stick with Kempton in the 8.50. The selection is Kakatosi from the Balding yard who has dropped to a very lenient mark. He will be ridden by a very capable 7lb claimer and has a good draw to attack from the start. The unbeaten Take Cover also catches the eye so I would suggest each way is the safe option.
Langham Lilly trainer C.Wall – Ran yesterday at Lingfield when tipped up by some of the shrewdest guys in the business. He did not get the clearest of runs but finished to good effect. With better luck in running he should soon be winning.
Gunner Will trainer J Osborne – Found one to good at Wolverhampton but in low grade races over 7 furlongs or a mile he can be competitive.
Roger Ramjet trainer B Meehan – Set a fast pace until fading last time out with a more considerate ride he has the ability to get his head in front.
Kingsmere trainer H.Daily – In my opinion looked all over the winner until taking a tumble two out at Cheltenham last week. A clear round will see him go very close next time out.
Back next Wednesday be lucky!