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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - Saturday 13th October

It has come to my attention that one of those keyboard warriors out in this great wide world of ours has called for me to be sacked on the basis of my thoughts about Lance Armstrong. He also criticized me for my thoughts on Frankel, my use of speed figures and my thoughts on Black Caviar. He clearly hates this blog, and I really would advise him or her to stop reading it if you hate me that much. In response to your points I would say the following.

Lance Armstrong - He became my hero after he gave my family hope that my Mum would recover from pancreatic cancer. Unlike Lance, she died six months after being diagnosed with cancer. I hope this is okay with you.

Frankel - I always felt he had something to prove after his three-year-old career. He ran one big figure in the Guineas, but never ran another decent figure all season because he found himself in solo time trials and got a bad ride in the St James's Palace Stakes. On this basis I felt he had a bit to prove this year. If you had read my blog on a regular basis you would know that I have stated on a number of occasions that the numbers he has run this year prove him to be a truly outstanding racehorse. My stance was not to follow the lemmings, but wait until he really proved himself.

Speed figures - They are my methodology when it comes to studying a race. Sorry if this offends you. Beyer on speed is my bible, and as such I believe that horseracing is not as complicated as people make it seem. It is about who can run fastest from A to B and speed figures tell you who can run fastest. You may prefer to utilize all the variables of collateral form study and that is up to you, but it does not make my methodology a load of rubbish.

Black Caviar - Yes I believe she is right up there with Frankel in staking a claim to be the best in the world. If you think that her win at Royal Ascot was her at her best then you cannot have studied all her races in Australia like I have. Anyway who cares if she or Frankel are the best in the world, what does all that mean anyway and my thoughts on her have only ever been an opinion.

In terms of my employment, you would like to see me sacked and thus lose the ability to provide for my family. A bold statement from someone who hides under a false name. Only cowards do that sort of thing.

My selection today is Martyr in the Cesarewitch. He shaped very well last time after a lay-off and Richard Hughes has been keen to ride him in this race ever since. In such a competitive affair you cannot be confident of anything but he is worth a small wager each-way. I rate him as a two point each-way bet.

Our four star win bet was a winner yesterday. Incidentally this was a selection based on speed figures.


Today's Selection

3.35 Newmarket: 2* Martyr (each-way)

* If I have a strong view about a selection I will always make that apparent and I scale the confidence I have in my selections. One is minimum faith and 10 is maximum bet stuff.



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