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Tanya Stevenson

Tanya's Blog - 20th May 2011

Congratulations to La Estrella, nine out of nine at Southwell, fingers crossed in the attempt to make it ten very shortly. At Haydock it’s day two of three of their Temple Stakes extravaganza, and if Overdose’s connections leave Sussex now, they might just defy the dreadful Friday traffic, and arrive in time for tomorrow – only joking!

There seemed a massive course bias at Haydock yesterday which favoured all horses coming down the middle to stand side. It will be intriguing whether it applies again today. However the card is done no favours with three odds-on favourites, it may not flag up such in your papers but on the exchanges in the 3.00 Represent, 5.00 Mijhaar and 5.30 Tenhoo are all very, very short. Midsummer Sun was a bad call by me yesterday and for one moment I was wishing I had laid Solar Sky, however once again the two big drifters I did flag up were beaten, Prince Of Burma and Johnny Castle. Today’s weak horses in the market run in the same race, Haydock’s 3.30, they are Squires Gate and Days Of Summer.

Only one selection for me today which is OH SO SPICY in Yarmouth’s 4.20, Chris Wall has been going through a quiet spell but he made a noise with a winner at Haydock yesterday and Oh So Spicy can reverse form with Batgirl on their meeting at the course on 25 April.

The William Hill Greyhound Derby continues this evening with Round 2, sadly due to ever increasing work commitments I had to retire from the tipping competition and only this morning have I had a chance to look at the card for tonight. I have to agree with Jonathan Kay’s assessment that FIFIS ROCKET is the bet at 9pm, heat five, especially with a vacant trap in three, however sentiment may be ruling my head as the trainer is a friend of mine.

Having written my Daily Record column this morning, as I flagged up to you on Wednesday, can’t see how OVERDOSE is as big as 2-1 for tomorrow’s Temple Stakes, he should be nearer Evens or odds-on. More thoughts and suggestions to follow tomorrow especially in York’s 3:40.

 

POINTERS

Tim Vaughan has won with nine of his last 18 hurdlers

Richard Johnson has had five winners, two seconds and a third from his last 11 rides for Tim Vaughan.

Henry Cecil has had four winners, a second and three thirds from his last eight runners

Keiren Fallon has had four winners, three seconds and two thirds from his last 14 rides

Matthew Cosham has won on four of his last seven rides for David Evans

 

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