‘Pride’ isn’t expected to fall again!’

Seven of my last ten selections have prevailed and 8/1 Thirsk winner Yojaari was added to the list Tuesday when William Haggas’ charge stormed home to beat his rivals four lengths and upwards, on the back of an encouraging first-up effort at Chester last month; fifth (of 6!) didn’t read well for those quickly scanning through the Roodee form but I go deeper than the majority which, this week, will be totally preoccupied with Royal Ascot, notwithstanding all the distractions it presents.

‘Glamour and glitz never fits’ however when it comes down to the serious business of making profit from betting whether it comes from football or horse-racing; decades have passed since one came to realise that gold is in the earth not on display.

My job as a racecourse reporter meant attending major meetings and no one enjoyed the daily routine more but I’m all about about profiting for readers; you have contributed to my wonderful life engaged in the ‘Sport Of Kings’ which was without Her Majesty, The Queen on first two days of five ‘Royal’ days on the famous Heath where, apparently, Queen Mary initiated the first ‘meet’ way back in 1711!

Queen Elizabeth 11 decided against the wonderful Royal procession because of the Covid-19 which continues to ravage and surge ubiquitously on our beleaguered planet; this remarkable 95-year-old has been ‘a rock’ during several Governments since 1953, setting supreme examples of discipline and steadfastness, still she answers when  duty calls. Last week her schedule included the G7 meeting in Cornwall and receptions for the World leaders, unbelievable!

‘If a job is worth doing it’s worth doing well’ and the pleasure of success should be within not shouted from the rooftops; ‘hitting sixes’ following a spell of ‘seconditis’ gives me immense satisfaction and though I’m considered too old for a major newspaper anymore I know YOU are remaining loyal for one good reason which is making money and enjoying this daily blog. Hope it’s not boring!

As mentioned so often it’s necessary to have a strict business-like approach to punting; bookmakers aren’t the least bit flippant and make billions out of the ‘recreation money’ of millions who see a flutter as a bit of fun that most, ultimately, can’t afford.

My early racing experience was spent in company with two fantastic ‘professional backers’ from Leicester, Albert Randall and Tom Carmen. You see I learned a bit from grammar school but the rest from life, I’m tearful even thinking about them!

Yes it’s all about experience and twice-raced Silken Petals is selected to retrieve recent losses in a five-runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of Lingfield ‘standard to slow’ polytrack tonight; a considerable way from the madding RA crowds.

Staying with AWR racing what beats Percy’s Pride in a Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over ten furlongs of Chelmsford ‘poly’ will win and a similar comment applies to Equus Dancer, at Ffos Las!

Selections, Chelmsford, 5.10 Percy’s Pride; Lingfield, 6.05 Silken Petals; Ffos Las, 8.20 Equus Dancer.  

Footnote…FAST MEDICINE (3/1) landed our nap at Chelmsford last night which completed a 7/1 double with SANITISER (5/6)

 Jeffrey Ross, horse-racing correspondent for WMN since 1983 when winning the most prestigious racing journalist award, Sporting Life Naps Table, before winning it a record number of six times collectively in the Racing Post, the current ‘trade’ paper, including 2019