Big Week Coming Up

Good morning all,

Based myself in the South for this week as it gives me chance to spend a few days with the good lady before heading up to Warwick on Thursday and then onto Cheltenham Friday. I’ll be doing a fair bit of work over the weekend for Radio Winchcombe and we’ll be trying some new stuff out (we being myself and Cathryn Fry) and we’ll tell you nearer the time how you can listen to our stuff which we’ll be broadcasting “as live” with just a minute’s delay. If we make it work, we’ll be rolling it out at the Festival as well, and will give us the chance to put out paddock reports, interviews of interest and the like. Should be good! Fingers crossed it all works….

Speaking of paddock reports, I was at Haydock at the weekend and you can read my thoughts over the next couple of days (it’s quite long, so I’ve split it up). I hope you find them of use.

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Victor’s Monday Musings

Bristol’s Breathtaking Haydock Win

There is no better sight in horse racing than seeing a bold jumping chaser in action. It’s what the jumping game is all about. On Saturday we saw one of the best jumpers of a fence in Bristol De Mai not just win chase on Saturday by 22 lengths but we saw him jump a field of solid handicappers into the ground when winning the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase on paper it looked a stronger race than recent renewals but the six year old made his 14 rivals look very ordinary indeed. It was for me the jumping performance of the season. An absolute joy to watch and he’s a real credit to his handler Nigel Twiston-Davies

There were doubts before the race about his stamina for the test on Saturday but there was never any doubt about his jumping or how well he travels in his races. Always up with the leaders he was ridden as though there were no doubts that he would see out the trip on such testing ground. Two out there was never any doubt that Bristol De Mai was going to win and a mistake by runner up Otego Trail at the last just accentuated the margin of victory rather than had any impact on the final result.Continue Reading

One Off, One On

Good morning all,

Sadly we lose Ascot which after a 6.30 inspection was called yesterday, was almost inevitable, but we do have a tremendous card at Haydock instead and it’s one I’ll be going to today. Which hopefully means I’ll have some useful pointers for you next week.

What it means for today though is the Ascot copy I had ready for you all has gone in the bin, instead I’ve had a look at three of the big races at Haydock. Enjoy!

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Is It Precautionary?

Good morning all,

Inspections have been the norm over the last few days and it’s the same again today, with Chepstow having a “precautionary” look at 9, in much the same way that Wincanton held a “precautionary” inspection at 8 yesterday. Ascot, however, seem to be having a full inspection at 6.30 tomorrow morning after temperatures didn’t get above freezing last night and it promises to be a similar story tonight.

The language both Wincanton used yesterday and Chepstow today is incorrect. They should be full inspections. A precautionary inspection should be called when the track is raceable at the time the inspection is called, but conditions are expected to deteriorate. A full inspection is the other way around – it’s unraceable at the time of calling it, but the expectation is that things will improve. Unless it’s Haydock, in which case, forget it.

In the hope Chepstow goes ahead, here’s a couple of races looked at. Continue Reading

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