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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 14th January 2011

Mendip was a winning selection for us here on the blog yesterday. Ridden by Frankie Dettori this horse got the perfect trip in Round 1 of the Maktoum challenge at Meydan, but nonetheless was impressive in victory winning with plenty to spare. He is fast becoming a Tapeta specialist with three wins on the surface now and will be a leading contender for Round 2 of the Maktoum challenge even though he is unlikely to get the sort of trip he got yesterday.

The domination at previous carnivals of Mike de Kock and Godolphin continued yesterday with a pair of winners each. De Kock had a 1-2 in the UAE 1000 Guineas trial with Reem making all to see off Mahboobah. I was impressed with the way the runner up saw out her race without coming under maximum pressure from Christophe Soumillon and she will be something to bet on over further in the UAE 1000 Guineas. I am sure De Kock would have been delighted with her performance given that the Guineas has always been the target he will have her cherry ripe for that big race. I do not think prices are available yet on the Guineas but when they are I will be getting stuck in.

The team will be bringing you action from Mussleburgh and Huntingdon today. It will be a busy few days on your favourite racing channel with the King George from Kempton being our focus tomorrow. I will be having a look a the big race in tomorrow’s blog but suffice to say at this stage Kauto Star will be tough to beat and each way options with a rock solid place profile who could benefit if Kauto fluffs his lines seem to be thin in the ground. More of that tomorrow folks.

I am enjoying the second T20 between England and Australia at the moment. It looks like being another tight contest but at the moment England are on top after the Aussies got off to a flying start. It will be fascinating to see how it will pan out through the morning at the magnificent MCG ground.

Have a great day.


Today’s Selection

3:00 Lingfield – No Complaining (10/11 Sky Bet )

4:00 Lingfield – Fayre Bella (each way 16/1 Betfred )



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