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Tanya Stevenson

Tanya's Blog - 31st December 2010

Compliments of the season to you all and I hope you were blessed with all the gifts you were craving on Christmas Day. I’ll never have to buy another pair of socks again, only trouble is those given to me were all of garish colours so I will stick to the subtle thermal ones for now. I’m still rubbing my eyes from Wednesday as I was worried old age was creeping in quicker than thought and was relieved when I realised Newbury was shrouded in fog.

Without leaving his stable, my confidence in Wymott’s chances in the RSA Chase were boosted yesterday when a major player Mikael D’Haguenet failed to fire. However in my opinion his destiny may now lay in a race against Big Buck’s.

I know the majority of you like seeing bookmakers being taken to the cleaners but if it is done too many times then there are none of them left for you to bet with. Yesterday at Lingfield good luck to those who had their gambles come off – not a problem. What I despair about is the lack of questions being asked by the stewards. There are hundreds of reasons why those horses could have shown improvement. It would have been nice to see the stewards ask the question. One day in a dream world they will ask connections as a horse is being gambled or drifting violently. To discover Barry Dennis had quite rightly gone to the stewards but to no avail was disappointing.

Uttoxeter surviving the inspection today is good news as I’m going to be on Donald McCain Jnr’s Railway Dillon and Glenwood Knight while at Warwick I’m going to have very small interests in Puyol at 1.50 and Kinkeel at 3.20; both could be exceptional value. It’s not a day to plunge in with the big heavy wedge – save that for tomorrow at Cheltenham.

For now all there is for me to do is to wish you all a Very Happy New Year.



Traphalgar has won three of his seven races at Lingfield and runs at the course at 1pm today

Yankee Storm is 0 from 7 at Lingfield

Desert Dreamer is 5 from 25 at Lingfield

White Shift is 0 from 5 at Lingfield, while Dualagi is 2 from 4 at the course

Monte Major is 0 from 7 at Lingfield while Metropolitan Chief is 0 from 11 at the course

Raimond Ridge has won four of nine races at Lingfield he runs at 3pm

Martin Lane has had 64 rides at Lingfield since he last rode a winner at the course

If you had the Racing Post’s iphone app you be able to uncover some blinding stats including Tim Weston has had four winners from his last 14 rides for Dr Richard Newland

Paul Nicholls has had seven winners from his last 19 runners

Robert Thornton has gone to Warwick for just one ride, that of Tales To Tell at 3.50


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