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Tanya Stevenson

Tanya's Blog - 1st November 2010

No prizes for guessing I was at Wembley last night to see the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Denver Broncos. On paper the match looked a dire contest between two of the leagues worst teams, by half-time I thought my fears were going to be reality as watching paint dry would have been more thrilling. Neither team could move the ball, with both seemingly very hesitant, nerves getting the better of them.

Half-time queues for refreshments were enormous due to 83,941 attendance figure, you’d have thought there would be provisions to cope with such. Sadly all the Betfred shops on the concourse were shut, then in hindsight just as well as I would have lost a packet on predicting the score. There must have been one hell of half-time team talks to both sides, it seemed two different teams turned out.

Free scoring, much more drama, excitement and controversy, what you’d expect from the NFL. Denver were unlucky, cursed with a couple of schoolboy errors which brought back a couple of scoring opportunities. Denver have a confidence issue – a huge lack of – partly thanks to the 59 points they gave up to Oakland the previous week. I will always wonder why Denver didn’t go for an onside kick in the dying minutes rather than kick the ball back to San Francisco. 24-16 the final score and a good night had by all.

Another highlight yesterday had to be Roderic O’Conner, although swerving towards the stand side rail he confirmed the Frankel form, yet there is something telling me Ballydoyle could have a better stable companion, may be I’m wrong, but why would Frankel still be such a big price?

On to today and Kempton has turf jumps card – wonderful. Now the clocks have gone back remember earlier starts, Kempton is at 1pm, Nicky Henderson had a mixed weekend and some of his runners may be worth opposing over the next few days but how can you oppose Riverside Theatre, I know he is going to be odds-on but rightly so as he is unbeaten at Kempton.

Emma Lavelle is in form so her Molanna View is to be sided with at 1.30 the opponents have too many question marks. The final selection is Brackloon High, the concern is he may be too big to jump hurdles and trip on them, but if he takes to them he should be a good winner of Plumpton’s 12.50

 

POINTERS

Emma Lavelle and Jack Doyle have teamed up for three winners from their last six runners and they are at Kempton today

Paul Nicholls has had six winners and seven seconds from his last 20 runners, he has just one runner to look out for today at Kempton

Donald McCain has had five winners from his last 13 runners

Michael Dods has had four winners from his last seven runners

Nicky Henderson has had four winners from his last 12 runners

A P McCoy has had four winners from his last 9 hurdle rides

Riverside Theatre has won all his three races at Kempton to date, look out for him at 3.10

Ghufa has won five of his six races at Wolverhampton and he is running at the course at 5pm today

 

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