The ups and downs of a jump jockey were well illustrated this week when Ryan Mania won the Grand National on Auroras Encore and the following day finishing up in hospital after a bad tumble at Hexham. However I can report this talented jockey has been released by the medics and should soon be back in action.
It was a great day for the trainers Sue and Harvey Smith who for once put the big yards in the shade.
Also it’s good to see the safety changes made to the great race worked and all horses and riders came home in one piece. The only downside was the Channel 4 coverage including camera work of a very low standard making it very difficult to pick out your horses.
The only ones to cover themselves in glory were the eloquent Mick Fitzgerald and Alastair Down.
The English cricket season is about to start and we are all looking forward to the Ashes series this Summer. However one can not overlook the dire straights of our County game. I have to report that no single County had a total attendance of over 40,000 the entire Season where as football teams can achieve these gates in one game. Northamptonshire attracted the grand total of 4,173 in their Championship Season.
Big changes are needed by the rhubarb and custard brigade to put bums back on seats. One suggestion would to have a three up three down between the two divisions to make the end of Season much more exciting.
We must also consider making radical changes to the T20 Tournament. Fans are fed up with regional games before we get to the Quarter Finals. My idea is an F.A.Cup style competition where the counties play each other over two legs home and away and the winners combined score taking them into the next round.
This will create great interest and every game weather permitting will play to a full house. Also it would attract the big names such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard etc, that we have lost to the Indian and Australian Tournaments.
Getting off my soap box I can see we have some super turf racing today especially at Nottingham and I’m going to put up Howies Hottie in the 2.40. This is a competitive 5 furlong handicap for 3 year olds and the selection is Secret Look from the Ed McMahon stable who do very well with sprinters.
It is interesting to note they have booked the best jockey riding in Ryan Moore and at 7/1 or bigger it should be a decent each way play. We have to take the geldings fitness on trust and we have the Bell and Fahey yards to beat.
Another cracking winner for the Eyecatchers this week with Phebes Wish 11/4 romping in at Dundalk and New Decade at 20/1 at Wolverhampton.
Tsar Paul trainer J.A.Nash – This was last weeks hottie and he finished a good 2nd however I do believe a drop to 6 furlongs is the answer and hope the trainer reads my newsletters.
Temple Road trainer M.Bradley – This horse has been has been an eyecatcher before and again needs to be monitored after not getting a clear passage at Lingfield. He needs holding for a late run and when he gets the rub of the green he will win again.
New Decade Trainer M.Bradley – Previous eyecatcher who romped home at Wolverhampton last week at 20/1. I did not back him as he was drawn in the car park but he still did the business. This gelding is owned by the same guy who owns Temple Road and Blue Jack (previous eyecatcher) and all 3 horses will win again.
Energise trainer T.Carmody – Placed at Dundalk this inmate from the Sir Michael Stoute yard is finding his feet in Ireland and should soon hit the target.
Midnight Feast trainer L.Carter – Found 7 furlongs a shade to far and perhaps a drop in trip will see him take the gold medal.
Taurus Twins trainer R.Price – Looked all over the winner last time out until idling in front. I think with the help of headgear this chap can go very close next time out.
Back next Wednesday have a great week and be lucky.