It seems the British Horseracing Authority are planning to stage racing on Good Fridays. To the uninitiated it might sound like a logical development to race on a Bank Holiday but the Holiday Friday has always been home of the hugely popular Lambourn and Middleham open days.
They have a big meeting scheduled for Lingfield with lots of added prize money so betting turnover will be created. The problem being that a very high percentage of betting is now done online of which none goes back to the levy and into grass roots racing.
The question I would like to ask is why can’t substantial prize money be made available the rest of the year in particular at leafy Lingers where they run for next to nothing during the Winter.
Without wishing to sound as boring as Nick Luck on the Morning Line, the only people to benefit will be the bookmakers. So lets leave things as they are as many poor stable staff deserve a day off or before we realise it we will be racing on Christmas Day.
Today sees the start of the Leger meeting at Doncaster and it’s the Yorkshire course I go to for this weeks Howies Hottie. The 3.35 is the Legends race for lots of famous jockeys of the past. My selection here is Winslow Arizona from the Michael Bell yard. He will be ridden by Willie Ryan who was stable jock to the late Sir Henry Cecil and if memory serves me right he won the Derby on Bennie The Dip.
Winslow Arizona was a good winner last time out when tipped up by Bankers Bonus but that was over a longer trip. However the horse has won over the mile and would expect Willie to have him up with the pace and make his stamina come into play. I have not seen any early prices but would think in a race of this nature it should be 5/1 the field.
Another 2 good winners last week including Dungannon.
Monsieur Chevalier trainer P.J.O’Gorman – This horse needs soft ground to produce his best and when he gets his favoured conditions he can pop in at very rewarding odds. Also goes well on the polytrack.
Wyborne trainer B.Ellison – Looked all over the winner at Haydock last Saturday until fading into 4th close home. I’m not sure if he needs a slightly shorter trip or softer ground but keep a close eye on him as he is well handicapped and in good form.
Main Sequence trainer D.Lanigan – He ran a promising race at Kempton last week behind two very good horses and seems to be coming into form at the right time. The trainer has stated he might have eye pieces on next time and as long as the ground is not to soft it could be the time to have a punt. Remember this boy was 2nd to Camelot in last years Derby.
Back Next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.