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Tanya Stevenson

Tanya's Blog - 19th April 2011

A big couple of days in an office split between Tottenham and Arsenal, with a sprinkling of Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient and Fulham, but it’s the first two mentioned that are key as they meet on Wednesday evening, the mood of the workplace will be dictated by the result so I’m hoping for a draw!

On another matter I’ll be removing the batteries out of the remote controls once the IPL is on the television this morning. The matches have been brilliant to date, non-stop drama and it’s on all day today.

Racing lovers you have five meetings today, whoopee! Lee Westwood may be struggling with his putting as he declared at Augusta but his horse ownership is going well and HOOF IT could well start the season off well with an early win, mind you Discanti sneaks in with all but a stone less to carry and may be the answer for an reverse forecast. The pair lock horns in Ponty’s 3:10.

Ground is good at Fontwell but with temperatures likely to get up to 26 the ground could be baking across the country. Hosepipes at the ready, ERE ALFIE has made all at Fontwell before so fingers crossed for a bit of déjà vu in Sussex at 3:50.

I’m taking a day off from the blog tomorrow. I trust many of you will be heading to Epsom to listen to words of wisdom from Nick Luck, Ed Freemantle and Andrew Balding. I already have my eye on BERTOLIVER in the first at 2:00. Then at 3:45 we will see if the Lincoln favouritism was justified with TAQLEED. Remember all this is for tomorrow, I’ll be back on Thursday.

Do you find geographical fixture clashes frustrating? The question of the day on the Racing Post website. My answer – No, I don’t find them frustrating, I find them stupid and needless. But if the racecourses are still getting ever-growing attendances through the turnstiles then let them carry on instead just add fixtures in the areas that lay blank. Hold on if you do that you encounter another problem, the funding is already insufficient to spread round. What is important is that as many of you as possible answer the question. The issue needs to be addressed.

 

POINTERS

Harry Dunlop is hoping to have four winners from his last five runners with Crocus Rose at Wolverhampton this evening

James Given has had four winners and three seconds from his last nine runners today he has Szabo’s Destiny at Pontefract and Bonnie Prince Blue at Wolverhampton

Charlie Longsdon has had five winners, two seconds and two thirds from his last 15 runners

John Gosden has had four winners, a second and three thirds from his last 13 runners

Felix de Giles has had five winners and two thirds in his last 13 rides

Royal Dignitary has won five of his seven runs at Southwell and he goes again at 2.00, however you have to pay your respects to Elusive Warrior who runs in the same race, he’s having his 58th race at the course and attempting win number ten!

 

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