I for one can’t believe that Italy have not qualified for next years World Cup in Russia. We have to admit they were in the group of death with Spain which made things tough for them compared to England who were in an easy group with some countries people have never even heard of if your geography isn’t up to par.
I give Gareth Southgate credit for playing the youngsters to see if we have any emerging stars as in my opinion as good as Kane and Ali are they can’t be compared to the likes of Shearer and Gascoigne. Still we are in the finals and it should be exciting and entertaining.
As you may know my girlfriend Barbara has a greyhound with the Norah Mc Ellistrim kennels and a few weeks ago her dog Independent Jack badly broke a hock while racing. The track vet was of the opinion he should be put down but Norah and her staff insisted that he be taken to a top vet at Lingfield where he had an operation and a plate inserted.
I can report that Jack is back home and recovering well and will have a very happy retirement. So if any of you are looking to get into greyhound racing and want a top trainer who is generous and kind Norah is the go to girl.
Now the flat has finished the racing has been mediocre at best this week and for Howie’s Hottie I’m playing in the 3.40 Newcastle on the artificial tapeta surface on Teak from the Ian Williams yard with top light weight Franny Norton on top. The old gelding is out of the handicap but has won off of higher ratings in his pomp and at a big price he is worth a little each way.
Red Touch trainer M.Apppleby – After a slow start he made up lots of late ground and that’s hard to do at Southwell.
Pearl Spectre trainer P.McEntee – This eye-catcher won for us last week at 8/1 coming from a wide draw and he can win again.
Summer Icon trainer M.Channon – Finished strongly behind Pearl Spectre and one to keep on the right side.
The Last Samuri trainer K.Bailey – Ran on strongly in a hurdle race after a long break and will be fitter when he goes back chasing.
Mengli Khan trainer G.Elliot – Romped home in a novice hurdle at Navan against some decent sorts and he could be top class.