Good morning all,
Busy week ahead again, starting with Southwell today, then three days of York, and finishing off with Doncaster Saturday night.
However, the good lady and I have been away for a couple of days and we finished off with a visit to Windsor last night. There's even a couple for tracker horses for you too!
We went down to Bracknell on Sunday, calling in at a friend's house to see their new child on the way, and to stay for Sunday lunch. A lazy day or two was just what I needed after a couple of busy weeks and we certainly had that!
Monday's weather was perfect, we drove into Windsor late morning to have a mooch around and go and look at the castle, something I've never done before. Quite an impressive building to be honest. A stroll by the Thames followed by lunch in Browns and then just as we're coming out of the place, Richard Hannon comes in! Two minutes earlier and I could have asked him for a winner.
Anyway, Windsor last night. Couple of races of interest, starting with the 2yos at 5.50. Not the best bunch I've ever seen, but there was nothing wrong with favourite Illusionist, quite leggy but fit. He was last in and kept away from the others, so whether he's a nervy sort or not I don't know. Hannon's Kemble was nice too, laid back in the paddock and her debut experience had clearly done her good. The one I wasn't keen on was Godolphin's Making History, who looks very average and is clearly no star. At the moment he's going backwards and I'd suggest they'll already be thinking of trying some headgear on him.
However I had a small bet on Camargue, who looks a right speedball and although Stan Moore doesn't get many 2yo winners he gets the odd one and Camargue might be okay. I'd bet him win and three places on Betfair to small stakes but he was very green initially, not wanting to go to post after he'd been reshod, and then after being slowly away and outpaced for much of the first half of the contest things looked bad. But one tap with the whip from Josephine Gordon and the penny really dropped in the last 400 yards. He rattled home for third and I was delighted!
Now it's important to say that I think these are a modest lot and he did get beat eight lengths, so I'm not suggesting he's going to be a star but there should be a little race to be picked up with him over 6f somewhere this summer. You'd expect plenty of improvement next time and he's worth putting on trackers.
The 1m2f maiden at 7.50 is worth a mention too, not least because tracker horse Skerryvore tried his luck. He was much better behaved in the paddock, went down better and despite some obvious greenness in the race again, stuck on well for fourth. This was more like it and he can surely win a race soon, probably when handicapped after his next start.
Winner Geizy Teizy is a big, galloping sort that looked well and it was no surprise she won. She'll go in again and given her size, should mix it with the boys no problem at all. Song Without End was the other I liked, a rangy, scopey sort that ought to do well but sadly there was something wrong with him here (irregular heartbeat) and he finished tailed off. Keep one eye on Peripherique as well, she's still filling her enormous frame out and might be one for handicaps later in the year.
Today we do have one from the trackers list, and that's Flippa The Strippa in the 3.00 at Chepstow. She ran a cracker on debut at Nottingham when third (form that's already been franked by the second) and I liked her a lot. Sadly we're only getting 11-8 for out money in what looks a winnable event today, but I will be disappointed if she can't improve a little and take care of these.
Good luck with all your bets today,