Well the World Cup is finally over and congratulations to the Germans proving it’s a team game and individuals don’t win trophies.
Only a few weeks to the new domestic season and I see Jack Wilshire is already in full training smoking like a chimney and boozing with the best of them. One can only hope that Roy Hodgson and Arsene Wenger give him a good kick up the backside.
There was a picture in the Telegraph on the racing page of a photo finish at Brighton last week of two horses fighting out the finish and in the middle of the pair was a seagull beaten a neck into 2nd place. Did any of you see it?
There is some very competitive racing up and down the country today and the most interesting card for me is at Lingfield on their polytrack as it’s Paul Kelleway memorial day with one race named after the super jockey and trainer.
Kellogs won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on What A Myth for Ryan Price and the Champion Hurdle on Bula for Fred Winter. As a trainer he won the Champion Stakes, King Stand and French Oaks.
I remember when Madam Gay won the French Derby in 1981 ridden by the one and only Lester Piggott he told all the media she must have soft ground knowing all the time she was a fast ground filly. She drifted right out in the betting and those of us in the know made a packet.
Paul was never afraid to speak his mind and bemoaned when the Arab money arrived in British racing. He would say I’m the first out on the Newmarket gallops with my 4 horses then over the hill comes Cumani with 80, followed by Gosden with 90 and over the other hill arrives Cecil with over a 100 in his string. Kelleway was heard to say I now know what General Custer must have felt like.
Gay Paul’s daughter loves to have a winner on this particular day and she does have a runner in the main event however for Howies Hottie I’m going in Lingfields 4.10 a 6 furlong handicap with Value.
Value will be ridden by Kieron Fallon and has an inside draw so I can see them being prominent from the start. The horse was at one time owned by Julie Wood who is one of the Hannons top owners. Just like her dad, Gay purchased the horse on the cheap and it has dropped to a very workable mark in the ratings.
Lets hope Value also goes fast and is also value in the market.
Role Player trainer M.Bell – A good winner at Kempton last week and regular readers will remember this was a losing hottie a few weeks ago when hating the firm ground. The horse is highly regarded and could win again.
Gregorian trainer J.Gosden – Very unlucky not to win the July Cup on Saturday when denied a clear run.
Obsidian trainer J.Gosden – Finished well beaten on soft Newmarket ground last week this son of Street Cry must have good ground to produce his best. Those of you who follow breeding will know nearly all Street Cry bred horses dont go in the soft.
Mezzotint trainer S.Williams – Another who hated the soft ground and when back on his preffered surface you will see a better horse.
Accra Beach trainer R.Charlton – Finished strongly at Windsor on Monday and will come on bundles for the race.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.