The Don has often been caught in heavy rain like every regular racegoer but the storm at York on Thursday was like something out of a disaster movie. This was a monsoon that sent the spectators running for cover, I had just finished watching a terrible renewal of the Dante and was viewing the horses in the pre parade ring for the next race.
I spent ninety minutes stood under the roof of a temporary shelter unable to move whilst the unfortunate jockeys and horses raced on in front of deserted bookmakers and empty stands. It was good to see a really good attendance yesterday and there really is no finer track for the whole experience. Did we see a Derby or Oaks winner there in the Trials? in a word no. But there was some quality racing and Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer rode superbly all week. Moore is not exactly an outgoing personality but is much nicer than he comes over on TV in real life. Had it not been for injuries he would still be Champion jockey and I’m sure will win it back this year. Jamie is in the form of his life and though not everyones cup of tea is a real horseman.
One trainer who seems to be coming back to the fore is Sir Michael Stoute who struck with a treble yesterday. Stoutey has some top class prospects and the word in Newmarket is the old boy is fired up and ready to shut a few people up who said he was washed up. Stoute is a master at slowly bringing horses along and for today’s tip we should see another winning example of this policy. The horse is Modern Tutor in the 2.40 at Newbury and I advise a win bet at 6/1 with Skybet. He is by far the most inexperienced horse in the line up but the work he is doing on the Newmarket gallops suggests he may have too much speed for these handicappers. The horse runs today with a first time hood which should concentrate his mind and Ryan Moore should be riding yet another winner. I will be at Newbury today to cheer him on preferably in a dry part!!
Have a great days racing and trust in the Don.
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don