Monday, 17 January 2011

A Kauto Star-less Posting

Good evening everyone. Another couple of selections for you, news of a nice winner and a good old whinge....

We had a good day with RAY MOND winning impressively in the 3.30 at Fakenham at an sp of 11/2. MIDNIGHT MACARENA either hated the bottomless ground, or something was amiss and he tailed off early.

In the 4 o’clock at Fakenham, there was the ridiculous situation of 2 horses being withdrawn just before the off, when one kicked out and connected with the jockey on another. Due to injuries, both runners were withdrawn, which is only fair and not the ridiculous part. Suddenly the field was down from 9 to 7, meaning anyone previously taking each way odds would only get paid out on the first 2 as opposed to the first 3. Again, it just proves how much everything is biased in favour of the bookmakers and it’s the poor old punter who gets hit in the “Jacobs” yet again. 

In the bookmakers defence, they would then pay a quarter of the odds for the place instead of a fifth, but that really is no compensation whatsoever when you may well be subject to a rule 4 deduction made for the now non-runner(s). On the exchanges you will still get paid on 3 places, which proves it is high time this was looked at and something done about it.

OK, moan over, now on to Tuesday’s racing. This takes us to super Southwell, fabulous Folkestone and again to the shrine that is Dunstall Park and the absolutely wonderful, Wolverhampton.  Southwell and Folkestone are over the jumps, whereas it’s flat racing on the Polytrack at Wolves.

I suggest you keep an eye on these two:

Southwell 1.00: PATMAN DU CHARVIL has been running poorly for quite a period of time, but here he is right down in the weights and also down in class to a level where he may find things a lot easier than of late.
RESULT: He took the running up from the start, holding on the whole way and looked the class animal he obviously is. I won't say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO!  Won at 5/1.

Folkestone 3.10: PETE THE FEAT has improved as the season has gone on. Won well here a month ago with Felix de Giles up and may well do so again. The trip is half a mile less than then, but I don’t see that as a problem.
RESULT: Another winner. Kept a few lengths off the lead for most of the contest, he made his challenge about 2 fences out, going on to score nicely by 2 and three quarter lengths at an sp of 11/4

And Finally

You have to laugh. After all the garbage reported at the weekend, that Avram Grant was on his way out of West Ham irrespective of the result against Arsenal and Martin O’Neill was waiting in the wings to replace him, tonight I hear that O’Neill has ruled himself out of the running. 

I found it hard to believe that he even seriously considered it in the first place. O’Neill needs to be in charge, needs money to spend and has to have his own way on everything. At West Ham, with owners Gold and Sullivan and Karren Brady sitting on their laps? No chance. There was never any way O’Neill was going to Upton Park.

That’s your lot for tonight, hope to speak to you all tomorrow.


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