Good morning all,
I could tell you all about a fairly uneventful day at Ascot Saturday, or indeed a really cracking day at Fontwell Sunday when I couldn't do anything wrong, but instead how about our day at Brighton yesterday, my first visit since the Springtime?
Plus – your Colossus questions answered, as I know a few of you have been asking how you can join in. And a 20-1 selection from Worcester.
I had promised the good lady a trip to Brighton at some point this autumn as she'd not been for some 28 years, and that visit was to get the late Walter Swinburn's autograph. Caroline was a big fan of the Choirboy in her youth and made a train and bus journey to make sure she got her man. She tells me she went to the start and gave her racecard to a stalls handler who got Walter to sign it – she wasn't brave enough to wait outside the weighing room and ask him herself!
So anyway, we went back for a day out yesterday and after the last four times that I've visited and lost every time, I was hardly looking forward to it punting wise, especially after a good day at Fontwell the day before. I remember the last time I went down there, I really fancied a few and was determined to get stuck in. Never had a winner and did the lot in. Thank God there was enough petrol in the car to get me home.
If there's one thing to enjoy more than anything about Brighton it's the views. The sea out to your right, the rolling Downs to your left, on a sunny day like yesterday it fits into the same brackets as Goodwood, or Epsom, or Ascot.
Sadly that's where the similarity ends, as Brighton specialises in cheap and cheerful handicaps, in the main. If Class 5 and 6 handicaps on a rollercoaster are your thing, then Brighton will be your idea of heaven. (Mine, for the record, is slow chasers on stamina-sapping tracks. God, I hope they can save Towcester.)
Three races in and not only have I not had a winner, I've not even come close. The losing five-timer looks on the cards. A lay of Cotton Club at Newton Abbot keeps the show on the road. Then I finally break my duck with a bet on Sing A Rainbow who wins nicely and should win again. The good lady has already backed two winners by this point and is only too happy to remind me of the fact. And indeed, when she backs Gododdin in the next for her hat-trick, she's looking rather smug!
It's time for coffee and cake and I get the result of the day, as I'm sure I'm undercharged by some way. Latte, slice of cake, bottle of 7-Up and a Wispa, a fiver? I'll take that…
If there's one horse I really fancy here it's Nyala, who looks different class to her rivals in the 4.40 and I decide this is the one that's going to make me a profit today. it's a hard watch and she's under the pump two out, but having come clear late on then I know I'm walking away in front, even if the profit will only buy me a bag of apples. Meanwhile, the good lady is backing her fourth (fourth!) winner of the day with Imbucato in the last – she's already planning her next visit….
Colossus update – a few have been asking about the details of how to join in. Basically all syndicates I run are under the “Captain Chutney” headers, and I usually let you know if I'm going to be playing in the morning. If you're not already a member, get signed up and if you feel inclined use my Refer A Friend code – TENEMBASSY – although you don't have to. Come winter there will be some decent racing pots to be won and the more we've got in our syndicates, the more lines we can have and the better chance we'll get of winning one. That's the theory anyway! Any questions drop me a line.
On to today and surprisingly for a Tuesday, there's one or two I have my eye on. Outsider of three Sarshampla made some appeal in the 3.45 at Leicester – I have liked her since I saw her at York and think she's better than she's shown so far, and in the seller at 3.15 I wouldn't be surprised if Laoise improved for the step up in trip either, but Cheer's Delboy is the selection in the first at Worcester at 2.20. A horse I liked a lot over hurdles last year and in truth was probably campaigned a little too honestly, so his opening mark was a bit high. However, he caught the eye at both Cheltenham behind Slate House and again at Warwick where he had every chance in a decent contest until late on, and I'm sure there are races in him. He goes straight into a handicap on his chase debut today, interesting in itself, and gets cheekpieces which could help his finishing effort. A lack of chase experience is an obvious worry but not enough to put me off at the 20-1 that's around this morning.
Today's selection – Cheer's Delboy 2.20 Worcester
Good luck with all your bets today,