The racing news agenda is dominated by whether Enable will run as a four-year-old and beyond. The owners have a history of allowing their superstars to race on and Frankel was campaigned as a four-year-old. Enable’s massive stud value is now set in stone and nothing will detract from the horse’s record aged three. It’s a speculative bet and you are betting on the horse staying in training but you can get 3/1 with Bet365 that ENABLE wins the 2018 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She could start odds-on but you are tying up money for a year and the horse could be retired.
There are less mundane matters at Bangor-on-Dee. It is the only track in Britain that does not have a grandstand. You view the races from a grass verge which is about 100 yards beyond the finishing post so you watch finishes head-on and not from the side of the track. It is the epitome of a minor meeting but the steak and kidney pies from the tea bar are superb. The day you go to Bangor is enhanced by backing winners and there is one standout bet today.
Any fool could tip Bedrock to win the 3.15pm race at 2/5 but this fool is going to resist that temptation. Big Penny in the first is a much better proposition at the odds on offer. The horse is trained by Jonjo O’Neill who knows the time of day with the gee gees. He’s done the lot as a jockey and trainer and appreciates the value of a decent horse. BIG PENNY is a former Irish pointer who is progressing well over hurdles. The horse could go on to better things which makes the 15/8 with Paddy Power a price worth taking.
With World Cup qualifiers tomorrow night and over the weekend there are no major football matches today. If Tranmere hosting Leyton Orient in the England National League is your thing you have something to look forward to this evening. The darts World Grand Prix has a double-in format and its taking place in Dublin where PETER WRIGHT is the banker bet at 2/7 with bet365 to beat Mervyn King. A win would enable him to progress to the nest round!