Today is half time in a mega week of flat racing at Royal Ascot and here is my half time report…
What have we learnt
1 – Despite being not the friendliest man in Ireland Jim Bolger is a superb trainer of racehorses after bringing Dawn Approach back to win here, mighty performance from him and the horse.
2 – Simon Crisford is so desperate to keep his job at Godolphin after the Al Zarooni doping scandal that he has taken to laughing hysterically at anything Sheik Mo says as evidenced in the paddock after Dawn Approach had won. Sheik Mo must think he is the new Jimmy Carr after Crisford convulsed with laughter at every quip he made. If he still gets the boot at the end of the season I suspect Al Zarooni currently last seen in the Bermuda Triangle will have a similar reaction.
3 – Channel 4 particularly Clare Balding making a rare appearance are ever so slightly biased towards Sheik Mo and godolphin, clearly thrilled when Dawn Approach beat the British trained runner up. For those who are puzzled by this apparent bias check out the advert for Dubai at the start and finish of the programme and then go “ah I get it now!”
4 – Tom Queally is not that good a jockey and when everyone realises that anyone could have won on Frankel he will be seeing plying his trade at Southwell on a Monday afternoon. His ride on Lieutenant Miller was yet another stinker.
5 – James Doyle is no longer a promising young jockey but now one of the very best out there. A top top job awaits very soon.
6 – Richie Persaud’s post race interviews could be used as a means of torturing terrorist suspects. Surely we can dispense with waterboarding and just threaten to screen the great man’s post race insights. That’s unless Amnesty international don’t intervene first.
7 – Johhny Murtagh despite his advancing years and becoming a Trainer is no back number and no one rides Ascot as well. Young jockeys could do much worse than study the way Murtagh is always in the right place at the right time.
8 – This years Gold Cup has no superstars and the favourite Estimate has to prove it acts on fast ground as last year at Goodwood it appeared to hate it. Look out for Frankie on the now Ed Dunlop trained Times Up, surely it shouldn’t be three times the price of the fave, should it?
9 – Though it is competitive and winner finding is as tough as it gets this is still the greatest weeks flat racing in the World!
Enjoy the rest of the week and join me at Stableline Gold where on Friday and Saturday I will be giving some big priced gambles fully expected to do the business.
Back next Thursday.