Many racing enthusiasts take note of a horses breeding but some Irish punters last week were taking more notice of a certain jockeys heritage.
Lester Piggotts 19 year old son Jamie took his first professional ride at Killarney on Pivotal Rock. A flurry of bets were struck mostly fuelled by sentiment and a Guinness or two saw the gelding go off favourite but sadly there was no fairytale ending.
Jamie was born as the result of an affair Piggott had with his personal assistant Anna Ludlow which resulted in Lester splitting his time between the homes of Anna and his wife Susan.
Bookmakers are already quoting odds of 10/1 that Piggott jnr is crowned Champion apprentice in Ireland by the end of 2015.
One 7lb claimer that you should have on your side is Oisin Murphy who is the nephew of triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Jim Colloty. The 17 year old is with the Andrew Balding yard who have helped many top riders on their way to success. Oisin is talented and articulate and I’m sure he is a champion in the making.
Congratulations to the Royal Family on their new addition and I see that George is 7/2 favourite to be the babies name although it would be nice to see them break with tradition as I think Prince Howard has a nice ring to it.
Today’s racing looks tricky to me especially with all those thunder storms forecast. Lets face it, it can be hard enough to tip winners let alone guess what the weathers going to do. So for Howies Hottie I’m off to Lingfield for the 2.40 on the poly track.
This is a 2 year old maiden over 7 furlongs and the selection is Stan Moores Sheila’s Footsteps. Now despite the girls name this is a gelding who ran unplaced on its debut but I have been told he has come on bundles for the experience.
The favourite is Floating Ballerino owned by big guns Qatar Racing and he does set a decent standard to aim at. Now the way I look at it you can back the jolly at short odds or do as I am have an each way bet on Sheila’s Footsteps hoping he can improve past the market leader.
Another ploy in this day and age when you think there are dangers in the field is to back your selection for a place only on the exchanges or even consider a dutching bet.
Me I’m sticking with Sheilas Footsteps and hope when the odds appear those bookie chaps think the horse disappointed last time so we will get big juicy each way odds.
Karam Albari trainer J.R.Jenkins – Highly regarded 2 year old who lost his way but ran a very good 3rd last time and could be ready to pounce.
J.Wonder trainer B.Meehan – One of the trainers very rare first time out winners. Which means this is a very good horse and should be followed.
Al Waab trainer Lady Cecil – Just outbattled over 10 furlongs and a drop back in trip could be the answer.
Genuine Quality trainer E.Vaughan – Another owned by Qatar Racing he went off too fast and ran out of petrol close to home. Jamie Spencer rides a lot of their horses and I’m sure he will get the fractions right next time.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.