Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Events in London and elsewhere readily put the racing world into perspective of course.

But the show goes on, with a couple of selections for us over the last two days, and both fairly eventful.

Yesterday we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
7.30 Thirsk My Single Malt 1pt 11/2+generally inc. 6/1 Hills/Coral/Totesport/VC/Betfred/Boyle

My Single Malt ran well at Thirsk, but had to switch around a wall of horses to mount a challenge which certainly didn't help. He stayed on nicely but was never really going to get there, after starting at 5/1.

Then today we had:

TIME COURSE SELECTION 1pt/2pt win Bookmaker(s) / Price(s)
4.45 Newton Abbot Risk Challenge 1pt 8/1+generally inc. 9/1 Lads/Hills/Skybet some 11/1 Stan James

Long standing members and website followers will hopefully know we do try not to knock jockey's rides, we realise they have a difficult job! But I think Jason Maguire's efffort on Risk Challenge (SP 11/1) is worthy of a small vent. The horse has to be held up, fair enough, but it was mildly maddening to watch our selection never (in our opinion) being given much of a chance. Always travelling nicely, he was held up and held up, and then held up some more, and when he was asked to push on he eased past much of the field to finish sixth, beaten just over eleven lengths. I'm sure there was a very good reason for him being ridden that way, maybe he thought he had a stronger finishing kick than was apparent, but all the same it was one of our more frustrating runs of the last few weeks.

Confirmation of results with prices (advised --- SP):

Monday 8th August 2011:

My Single Malt, 3rd/13, 6/1 --- 5/1

Tuesday 9th August 2011:

Risk Challenge, 6th/18, 9/1 --- 11/1

So let's hope for better tomorrow. And in the meantime let's also hope for a peaceful night ahead in London and beyond.

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