Firstly we said we would make Colin’s brother proud and we did by landing an almighty plunge at Wetherby. The admirable Mare was as fit as a flea unlike some of her rivals and powered home. Plenty more where she came from at the Simon Holden Racing Club.
It was lovely to see Paddy Brennan who rode her look so happy although the smirk was wiped off his face when him and CUE CARD yet again fell in the next race. It was not a great surprise to me that Brennan got the old “Tin Tack” on the Monday and was told his services were not needed. Colin Tizzard does not come over to me as being one of the nicer chaps you will ever meet and after he received earache from the owner Brennan was always going to get the chop.
The King George and Betfair Chase wins and the fact that Brennan had relaunched CUE CARD’S career were quickly forgotten but before we weep for Paddy remember he only got the ride because Tizzard dispensed with the woeful Daryl Jacob. If young Harry Cobden ends up chewing the Haydock turf in the Betfair Chase they will either retire CUE CARD or perhaps Tizzard and the owner can toss a coin and take the ride themselves.
The curtain comes down on turf flat racing as Doncaster stage the November Handicap but we will play up our winnings by going to Wincanton for the big hurdle race. It’s the Elite Hurdle at 3pm and with heavy rain forecast it could turn into a real slog. I strongly fancy COEUR DE LION to win this and cannot believe 10/1 is available. The horse has been in great form on the flat and will be fully wound up. It proved at Sandown last season that a slog in the mud is right up his street and it’s worth a win bet.
I have some big plunges going down at Doncaster that you can still get involved with today!
Have a great punting weekend, I will be back next week I think however Colin Tizzard has asked for a meeting. In that case enjoy Andy Bells new column!