Heavy, persistent rains countrywide have left racecourses in a parlous state and, significantly, my best of the day, Income, was scratched this morning from a Windsor engagement tonight which is pleasing because to all intents and purposes betting horses on demanding turf surfaces is all about guesswork and I never guess!
Without wishing to sound the ‘bore of the year’ the state of turf tracks, due to so much over-watering and poor management, husbandry is the reason why I’ve specialised with all-weather racing and ‘summer-jumping’ which isn’t affected by underfoot conditions to anything like the same extent.
Punters deserve good advice and mine is respect your ‘ard earned’ and invest wisely when it comes down to punting, indeed a source of income if you follow my selections which are based on computation of race-times; no one else goes to such lengths and why should they given newspapers are prepared to pay for words, as fillers?
Currently I’m enjoying ‘play’ on the European Football Championships which involves opposing short-priced favourites; at this stage of the last sixteen so many teams mature into solid units and those with ‘show-boating’ glorified ‘superstars’ fall by the wayside; Portugal was a splendid example last night and I’ll continue to take on the ‘good things!’
I’ve not substituted a selection for Income but need to reiterate any semblance of ‘guessing’ is taboo in my book which is closed, ‘suspended’ when conditions are ‘iffy!’
A solid proposition TH selection should be Luisa Casati in a nine-runner Fillies’ Novice Median Auction Stakes over ten furlongs of ‘good to soft’ Lingfield where Hector Crouch becomes the fourth different jockey in as many outings to partner this Tom Ward-trained 72-rated Vadamos three-year-old. Apparently for this one ‘soft’ is good!
Seven weeks ago Luisa Casati achieved a career-best effort over a similar distance around Windsor, finishing a creditable three lengths fourth (of 15!) to our selection Zuraig; plenty of ‘recovery time’ is always important and Luisa Casati is expected to enhance her stud value at expense of weak rivals, bar none!
Summer-jumping is indeed represented at Southwell where strangely-named Guns For Hire looks guaranteed for one of three places in a weak Selling Hurdle over two miles; what beats him will win!
Following two good-priced nap winners (2/1 and 9/1!) I’m flying following a fallow spell and now it’s all about onwards and upwards.
Before I forget you need to know Martyn Meade-trained Detail could be the best he’s ever had judged on his sensational defeat of Maybury at Newmarket last week.
Debutant Detail missed the break, swerved left form the stalls and was soon last; how he managed to win is unfathomable but fact as we found to our cost.
You must pay attention to Detail in future!
Perhaps I’m too serious but refuse to take unnecessary risks; stick with me!
Selections, Lingfield, 1.45 Luisa Casati; Southwell, 2.15 Guns For Hire (e.w).
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