Captain's Blog - 16th April 2011
I have had a look at day 2 of the Craven Meeting and hear are the results of the McNae Jury at least from a speed figure point of view.
Princess Banu 82
I am sure you will agree these are a set of disappointing figures and although Native Khan only did what he had to to beat a sub standard field he will surely struggle to make any sort of impact in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket or the French equivalent. Genki won the competitive Abernant sprint but the figure he prodced suggests that plenty of horses under performed and he is going to struggle in top sprint company. Ransom Note ran a decent figure but he got his own way out in front in the Earl of Sefton. Sorry to be somewhat negative about this important days racing and of course the likes of Art History and Midsummer Fair are capable of a good deal of improvement but in essence you know the score – the figures never lie.
There is some tremendous Racing to go at today on with the Greenham Meeting at Newbury and the Scottish National at Ayr. The Greenham Stakes itself looks as if it will be a stroll for Frankel. There is only one thing that can beat him and that is his over exuberance. He likes to take a good hold and when he won at Ascot last year he all but ran away with Tom Queally. So far in his career his immense raw talent has seen him overcome his forward going ways and that will probably be the case today. Of course he may have settled down over the winter and if so he could be a monster but if not he will always be vulnerable to the enemy within.
No joy with our selection yesterday and after a good start to the week we have hit a bit of a lull. I am confident we can end the month on a high and as I have always said this game is more about confidence than anything else.
My daughter was 14 weeks old yesterday and tonight I am going out with a few mates to wet her head and to enjoy a curry. Since she was born I have hardly had an alcoholic drink so how long I will last on the pub crawl we have planned is open to much debate. If I race too keenly I have no chance of lasting the course, but fatherhood and old age has brought a modicum os fense to my existence so unlike Frankel I will have no need for a cross noseband!
Enjoy your weekend and all the coverage on .
3.45 Newbury – Marajaa ( each way 16/1 Stan James )
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