Captain's Blog - 13th September 2011
It was a strange day yesterday in the studio at HQ. I was there primarily to help out with the coverage from Musselburgh which did not get further than the first race. It seemed that the course were pretty hopeful that the meeting would take place without any problems but the jockeys who rode in the first race raised several safety concerns and then as the wind stengthened the stewards were left with little option but to abandon the meeting. Once this meeting was lost to the elements I switched from the studio to the booth where I helped the on-course team at Kempton with the remaining four races. At least Mussleburgh was not our only meeting and we still could bring you plenty of action from Sunbury.
I am at home today and at 10am will be taking my daughter swimming. Today is a big day as she is going to have her photo taken underwater. A snip at £12.50 a photo. Money and old rope spring to mind but you have to do these things. Once swimming is completed Tesco's will be my destination. Yes, the weekly shop needs doing again! I am not a big fan of pushing a trolley around supermarkets. There are always one or two items that I cannot find and having done every aisle two or three times I normally give up as the stress levels rise far too high.
With the Jumps season not too far away I thought I would try and put together 10 to follow list over the next week or so and I would like to start today with a rather strange choice.
Keys is currently trained by Roger Charlton and, after winnning three bumpers, has proved himself to be a useful Flat horse. I am not sure if he will be going hurdling, but if he does he will be very interesting. One of his bumper wins came in a useful event at Cheltenham and on the Flat he won recently off a mark of 84. If he takes to the hurdling game there is every reason to think that he could be a 150-plus rated performer. I like the fact that he has proved himself at Cheltenham, a track where previous course form is very important. This is an out of the ballpark type selection but if he goes over timber he could pay to follow.
So horse number one in my 10 to follow over jumps is KEYS. Number two to follow tomorrow.
Have a good day.
2.30 Haydock - Snow Hill
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