Another year flashes by doesn’t it and the Don stood by the winning post for the final race of the year thinking it seems two minutes since the Dante meeting in May.
But over it is and was a two day meet of seconds and thirds for the good ship don members service. October has been largely positive but Saturday was frustrating although not as frustrating as Simon Holden of fake tan fame doing sober October. What an agitated figure he looked stomping round the pre parade ring scowling. As for Mr Bell the ace diarist he looked like he was having enough for both of them. What a pair of plonkers, Bell asked me what was the best thing about my Arc trip, I replied the fact you weren’t there! The Don may not be Oscar Wilde but I enjoyed it. When I reminded Mr Holden about the drink he owed me, he shot off so quick he passed the two year olds on the way to the start!
Anyway on to important things and York is undergoing huge refurbishment over the Winter, I can’t see why myself but I was assured by one of the staff it will be amazing. Any building work which takes place over our Winter faces delays and fingers crossed the work can get done because this place really is the best and as a very proud Newmarket man I say that through gritted teeth.
Today we head over the water for a superb meeting at the Curragh and at 4.20, 24 hours after our Cesarewitch the Irish run there own and it looks hugely competitive. News reached me in the middle of the week of a plot in this race from one of the shrewdest cookies in Ireland Kevin Prendergast. Prendergast is a maestro at this type of race and runs Majenta who has the services of an excellent young jockey in Gary Halpin. Majenta is heavily stepped up in trip and the Don is informed that is expected to bring about SIGNIFICANT improvement. Paddy Power go 12/1 and 5 places so we need to play him each way.
The rest of the card is strong and I can’t finish without mentioning the sad retirement of dual Derby hero Australia through injury. He cannot be called a truly great horse because he got beat in the Champion stakes largely thanks to the bizarre ride he was given but beat nonetheless. He will join the number one roster of Stallions anywhere alongside his Father Galileo which is all good but it would have been fascinating to have seen him race next year. If you own a race mare then start saving up because you won’t get much change from 100 thousand! So we have lost him and Kingman the two best three year olds through injury, gun to the head Kingman was the better but like all great racing rivalries that will provoke many an argument over a brandy or herbal tea if your doing sober October!
Trust in the Don and beware of imitations look at my all time record and get involved!
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don