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Tanya's Blog - 11th February 2012

Stood out on the course at Newbury this morning at 7am it was -10 degrees, yet there was a tranquillity, a magic, an atmosphere of delayed excitement. A serene view of white, there is something beautiful about the shapes and forms frozen water takes. Mother Nature is a marvellous friend but can also be a frustrating foe. The covers which Newbury use are so thin and are perforated. Yet they have been known to be impervious down to -6, so the snow ended up an irrelevance as Jack Frost had also done his worse. Yet a defiant Newbury together with the help and assistance from the Levy Board, BHA and Betfair have rescheduled the card for Friday. Entrance is free, if you can get the time off and are in the area go as the racing is superb!!!!

After a quick rush back to the hotel to change and check out I returned to the course at 10am, the temperature still a lowly -8!!! The delay to the blog is once again due to the admin work I do as my real job for Highflyer/Channel 4 Racing, it is great fun and keeps the mind busy. At the time of writing I’m sat in the makeshift studio in Newbury with John McCririck and Alastair Down, the disappointment is we can get the football on!!!

Man Utd v Liverpool is crucial in my standings for Fantasy Football, don’t worry about the Premier League. Fancies today, well I am heartened by Dustin Johnson’s performance at Pebble Beach, currently lying in second, he is playing as steady as ever and looks to be once again the man to rely on all season.

At Musselburgh I like Quito Du Tresor, yet the market flags up Ultimate. I am still not convinced about Ultimate after three chases, his hurdle ability is hard to question, yet if there is a danger to QUITO DU TRESOR it’s Tara Royal providing he is ridden closer to the pace from the off. Watching the replays of all his races he seems to be given too much to do. If crossing out his last run Quito Du Tresor would be much shorter. His improvement of form at Ascot was down to the cheekpieces, but he had them on at Musselburgh last time. Perhaps he needs to be taken out of a routine. Well I’m sticking with him.

CREEKSIDE looks a good thing if you watch the replay of his sole jumps start at Catterick, he just had too much speed for Uncle Bryn, and seeing as Musselburgh favours speed horses 6-4 could be too tempting. Money has come in for Moonlight Drive to the extent he has halved in price 8-1 at one time with Ladbrokes he is now 4-1 he’ll be one to watch for John Quinn.

Matthew Hall, a colleague of mine on Channel 4 had a great debate with me regarding Ubi Ace or Ingleby Spirit in the Scottish County Hurdle, that was yesterday afternoon and he picked Ubi Ace. As he is one of Pricewise’s selections he has collapsed from 12-1 to 6-1, yet I like Ingleby Spirit who won by 16 lengths last time and it could have been further! The prudent thing could be the forecast.

Lingfield have three sterling races on terrestrial, Kieren Fallon returns from riding in Dubai on Thursday and I really like his chances on ROMAN STRAIT at 2.15 and PICANSORT at 3.20. Yet pick of the day at Lingfield is PALACE MOON in the 2.45



Six of the last 8 favourites have won Musselburgh’s 2.05

Seven of the last ten winners of the Scottish County Hurdle have carried over 11 stone

Dontpaytheferryman has won three of his four races at Musselburgh

Lucinda Russell has had five winners from her last 8 runners

Everaard has won three of his four races at Musselburgh

Jamie Osborne has had eight winners from his last 13 runners, look out for his horses at Kempton and Wolverhampton today


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