The domestic football season reaches its climax over the next two weeks and the fight for Champions League places and the battle to avoid relegation looks like going to the wire.
Tonights crucial London Derby between Chelsea and Tottenham is a match that will only be enjoyed by the neutrals with both sets of fans biting their finger nails not to mention Arsenal supporters not knowing who to favour.
As a life long Gooner it pains me to say it but Spurs deserve the 4th spot more than their North London rivals for having the sense to hang on to Gareth Bale while Arsenal let their prize asset Robin Van Persie move to the new Champions Man Utd.
We also have two key play off games in the Championship in particular the two legs between Brighton and Palace it’s the battle of the birds Seagulls against Eagles. I would not like to call it but I do know one Eagle who supports the Seagulls.
Today is the first day of the Chester May meeting the highlight being the Chester Cup a race for top Handicap stayers. It’s a tricky one to call with a very big field round the tight turns of the Roodee.
Countrywide Flame is the favourite and ticks all the boxes and must go close but is only 7/2 after being tipped up by some very shrewd judges, my advice if you fancy a punt on the race and don’t want the jolly is bet with Stan James as they are paying 5 places on the race.
Last weeks Howies Hottie Fencing romped home at 9/2 and in my opinion should have been no bigger than a 2/1 chance. He was regarded as a horse with Classic potential but never reached those heights last Season. He has now been gelded and that has made an enormous difference in his attitude and brought out his natural ability. This is a horse worth following this year and no mistake.
I sometimes wonder if some of us humans should be gelded and not just for the purpose of making us run faster.
As I have mentioned the action at Chester is top notch but not easy for winner finding therefore Howies Hottie today goes in the 7.40 Kempton on Rivellino. This was one of my recent eyecatchers who was denied a clear run last time up at Doncaster which would have seen the horse go very close.
The trainer has booked the super Luke Morris and this well handicapped individual will take plenty of beating. To me the only downside is the price at around Evens.
Fencing trainer J.Gosden – As detailed above.
Zafarabad trainer T.Carroll – He failed to see out the 12 furlongs last time either because he didn’t stay or the jockey made a sharp mid race move using up to much energy. He still displayed ability for the grade and should be given another chance.
Heading North trainer R.Hannon – Looked to have the race in the bag at Pontefract last week until collared close home. Perhaps a slight drop in trip will see him back in the winners enclosure.
My Single Malt trainer Julie Camacho – Ran with promise on his seasonal debut and should benefit from the outing. Well handicapped and should go well at a decent price when next on the course.
Democretes trainer R.Hannon – Recent eyecatcher who again met trouble in running at Goodwood. I am sure the Hannon team will be looking to find the right race before long.
Scatter Dice trainer M.Johnston – Led the field a merry dance at Salisbury last Sunday before running out of gas in the closing stages. A drop to 12 furlongs would see him very hard to beat for this in form yard.
Halifax trainer J.Ferguson – Just one of a few jumpers that catch the eye. This guy was staying on at the end of his race at Sedgefield and could be one to follow in Summer jumping handicap hurdles.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.