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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 30th December 2010

I am going to be out and about today running a few errands. Principally I have to go birthday shopping for my other half whilst she has few friends around for tea and cake. I am not exactly sure what I am going to buy or where I am going to go, but I know I am going to head out shortly. I will try and make it a stress free trip by having a coffee or two and also maybe some lunch but I fear that ultimately stress will be the winner.

Big Buck’s
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Big Buck’s

I am sure you tuned in to watch all the Racing from Newbury yesterday, if you did you would have been aware of the quality on show even if you could not see much of the action. The fog was dense and made viewing impossible. In the circumstances therefore I must give the racecourse commentator Mark Johnson a mention. He managed to seamlessly take us through all the races even though he could not see much more than us. He never hesitated, was never lost for words and kept us as informed as he possibly could. It was the best foggy commentary stint I have ever heard, well done to Mark. Unfortunately he described our selection coming home in third place in the Challow hurdle. I cannot give a reason for the defeat because I could not see anything, but I have a suspicion that Al Ferof is a fast horse who may benefit from coming back in trip, he may even prove to be a fancy and lively outsider for the Supreme Novices Hurdle in March, but that is mere speculation on my part. As for the rest of the action, Big Buck's did the business as expected and Timmy Murphy was at his sublime best on Ghizao in the opener, at least he looked good in first 300 and last 300 yards. Is it just me or is Timmy Murphy massively under used by trainers. He would surely be the answer for Paul Nicholls given the absence of Ruby Walsh and Noel Fehily. He rides patiently like Ruby does, looks after horses like Ruby does and is strong like Ruby is, a no brainer as far as I am concerned, but I am not the champion trainer and what has it got to do with me anyway!

For the first time in a number of years we have been invited to a New Year's Eve party and, no sooner had one invite arrived by text, another one rocked up. Yes like buses two rocked up at once. I think we will go to the one nearest the house so we can walk home. A practical decision I know, but one we will be pleased we made when it comes to New Year's Day. Of course, at this time of year everyone begins to reflect on the year gone by and I am a bit of a softie for that sort of thing so I will be doing just that here on the blog tomorrow. Bet you can’t wait! Time to go shopping. Have a good one.

Todays Selection

2:45 Lingfield – Gallantry (100/30 Boylesports )

 

 

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