Last week I went to an event hosted by Jonathan Agnew in aid of Great Ormonde Street Hospital. Jonathan as most of you know is one of the main presenters of Test Match Special.
It was a most entertaining evening and Jonathan told some very funny stories in particular about Geoffrey Boycott. One that stays in my mind was when Geoff who is a keen golfer was invited to take part in a pro-am tournament.
Boycott was waiting on the first tee when his partner Henric Stenson turns up and introduces himself saying I hear you’re a good golfer Mr Boycott and as I’m 15th in the World we must a have a chance of winning.
To this our Geoffrey replies in a loud Yorkshire accent if you are 15th in the world I would advise you to keep your gob shut lad.
Jonathan Agnew has also been in the news recently over his attack on Kevin Peitersen and slanging match on Twitter with Jessica Taylor the wife of K.P.
Of course you can get into trouble with tweeting and one top footballer who shall remain nameless was seen to make comments about Screw Fix Direct thinking they were a dating agency.
Quickly moving on to the days racing where I feel the best opportunities will be on the polytrack at both Kempton and Dundalk as the midweek jumping seems to be attracting small fields on very tacky ground.
So for Howies Hottie I’m off over the Irish Sea to Dundalk where I’m advising two win singles and an each way double on the following horses.
First up is Tsar Paul in the 7.40 followed by Stransfield Lady in the 8.40. Both of the selections are old timers who in the past have won off much higher ratings however they seem to retain ability and could give us an exciting evening and a bit of value.
7:40 Dundalk – Tsar Paul – Win 13/2 (hills)
8:40 Dundalk – Stransfield Lady – Win 6/1 (hills)
Plus An Each Way Double
Theatrebar trainer T.Symonds – Ran yesterday going down in a photo although he did win for me in my win/place system. The horse will improve for the race and will strip much fitter next time out.
Royal Moll trainer W.Greatrex – Another who needed the race at Fontwell last week. This import from the Mullins yard looks sure to win soon.
Irving trainer P.Nicholls – Fell at the last with race in the bag. The best thing of the day was to see this talented gelding get to his feet and if there are no side effects he can go to the top of the tree.
Opening Batsman trainer H.Fry – Went very well for a long way in the controversial chase at Wincanton and will be a tough nut to crack in handicap chases.
Workbench trainer D.Skelton – Ran in the same race at Wincanton and might appreciate a slightly shorter journey.
Henry Higgins trainer C.Obrien – Ran 2nd in Irish hurdle and I believe this gelding is better than the bare result.
Lewisham trainer D.Nicholls – Showed more of his old fire at Wolverhampton last week and off a decent mark can be placed to advantage.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.