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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 21st May 2011

There is plenty of excellent racing on today and I will be in the thick of it working from the studio. Make sure you tune in for Mark Your Card at 12.30pm and from then on the action will come fast and furious right through to about 8.30pm this evening. Of course all that happens today will be overshadowed by the news that four Jockeys have been charged by the BHA with getting up to no good. Once again Racing is in the spotlight for the wrong reason and we will have to wait until October to find out what the outcome of this particular debacle is. The bottom line is that punters need to have confidence in the mnedium that they are betting on and if that confidence is taken away they will simply go and bet on somethting else. A lot of them have gone already and we could do with hanging on to those that remain.

The Temple Stakes is the headline race of the day and Overdose is going to be favourite. He is a highly strung individual who has blistering early pace, but he has suffered with persistent foot problems and was beaten at Baden Baden when last seen. He may be too good for this bunch but I do not think there is great mileage in a price of 5/2 and would prefer to back something each way against him. I think I would be with the inconsistent Kingsgate Native who won this race last year and has been freshened up after running at Sha Tin late last year. Today could be the day to catch him and I will be on each way at about 5/1.

For my blog selection today I am going to side with the well handicapped Wayward Glance in the first at Haydock today. He has already shown plenty of ability in three maidens and posted a good speed figure last time out behind World Domination. A handicap mark of 85 is very fair and I am looking to this fellow to kick start the day and hopefully get us off on the right foot. Time for me to make my way to the Studio for an overdose of Racing this afternoon.

Enjoy your day.


Today's Selection

2:00 Haydock - Wayward Glance (each way 11/2 Betfred )



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