Some strange race riding yesterday afternoon (in my opinion) saw Jamie Spencer sit way too far off the pace on well backed 5/4 shot Al Mamzar giving his stable companion and 11/10 favourite Gabrial The Hero far too big a head start and never looking likely to close him down, eventually going down by seven lengths at the line and although I am not implying anything untoward, I do feel the Stewards ought to at least ask the question on behalf of the many punters (like me) who did their dough? The other big news yesterday was the retirement of trainer Henrietta Knight, most famous for three-time Gold Cup winner Best Mate as well as the likes of Edredon Bleu. She will be sorely missed but has put her husband ahead of her career (Terry Biddlecombe had a stroke and is not 100%), which is more than fair enough, though she will apparently spend a lot of her time helping near neighbour Mick Channon which makes the odd couple look like identical twins. I didn’t know her well though we have met and I can only join in with the other well-wishers and hope she enjoys her latest venture?
Looking ahead I had expected some real top quality stuff being a Friday but I am bitterly disappointed with what we have to work with when quantity certainly outweighs quality once again. Everything today comes with a wealthy warning I am sorry to say as my confidence is not at the level I would have hoped (which may well mean they both win lol), but we will give it as go regardless relying on the Newmarket powerhouses to make us a few points profit. William Haggas is a trainer I always try to stay on the right side of and he certainly knows when to tune one up to run for it’s life when he wants to, and I quite like the progressive profile of Pawprints who returns to the track in the 2.10pm at Yarmouth – so not much of a journey in the horse box then. Sixth on her debut when clearly failing to handle the Epsom track, she was a lot closer on her second run despite being sent off at 16/1 at Salisbury, staying on once the penny dropped into a two length fourth and looking the sort to win a race somewhere one day. I am wary of her being dropped back to six furlongs here which seems strange (are they looking for a handicap mark I wonder?), but she could yet be too good for these but for the reasons already stated, I will only be risking a point – just in case.
My other bet is just as risky if only because he runs in the blue Godolphin colours, and they are struggling to find too many winners of late and no one seems to know why? All I can tell you is they have always thought quite a bit more of Ahtoug than he has managed to produce on the race track, even though he has picked up three races and close to £30,000 in prize money. His return at Meydan in March when second to Celtic King was satisfactory if not brilliant, and if he gets way on level terms today with that run hopefully sharpening him up a bit, then he ought to make them all go a bit in the 4.20pm at Goodwood this afternoon with housewife’s favourite Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Sensible bets for Punters
1pt Win AHTOUG 4.20pm Goodwood @ 4.5 with Bet365 200£ Free bets!
Silly Bet for fun
1pt Win PAWPRINTS 2.10pm Yarmouth @ 1.61 with Betfair 20£ in Free bets!
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