Friday at my local course and after checking the local Weather forecast I should really have opted for Racing UK and a glass of Wine but I had a couple of contacts to meet up with including a Trainer I was advising ref buying a horse from Ireland so off I went.
I didn’t see Mr Bell anywhere which is always a call for mild celebration as his attempts at humour when you are sat with a well known Trainer are not always as hilariously funny as him and assorted cronies find them so the evening had got off to a flyer as they say.
Rain at the races is an occupational hazard but I got caught by the pre parade ring before the Maiden. It’s vital to get a good look at Unraced two year olds for future reference and a couple of these were bred in the purple. There then followed the heaviest storm I’ve ever seen on course and I spent an hour stood under a tree unable to move. My members bet Waterhole won well whilst I was trapped covered in Water!
I was utterly drenched and crawled to the jag and drove home much to the amusement of Penny who had stayed at home.
I decided to skip the following day as my main bets were at Ascot and Haydock. I’m not entirely convinced by this Shergar Cup and it summed it up as Olvier Peslier gave our members bet far too much to do then I had to watch him smirking later as he won top jockey. Channel 4 seemed annoyed the girls team hadn’t won then Frankie Dettori offered the rather non PC view that he would have been embarrassed if the girls had beaten his team, I bet they enjoyed hearing that. I’m usually racing on Saturdays which when I watch Channel 4 I am incredibly grateful for.
Today we head to Ireland for our Sunday special in the form of the 4.05 group 1 Phoenix stakes. The winners of this have gone onto greatness and this year we have another potential superstar. The horse is Anthem Alexander currently 15/8 with Betfred and she represents a form line my private members have profited from. She beat Tiggy Wiggy at Ascot and that has proved smokingly hot form as Tiggy Wiggy herself is a group 1 filly. Anthem Alexander gets a 3 pound fillies allowance today which only adds to my confidence. She could be very special.
Have a great day. Stay dry and as always Trust in the Don.
Back next Sunday
The Gambling Don