Tanya's Blog - 24th May 2011
On Saturday night William Hill’s Kate Miller generously afforded me her hospitality at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, where I enjoyed catching up with old acquaintances meeting new ones and surprising Paul Garland, who trained Sumi Girl and Express Decision for me many moons ago.
A really enjoyable soiree, food was tasty, company was fun, I invited Paul Anderson, Chris Allsopp’s assistant trainer to join us, shame the evening didn’t pan out quite how that kennel expected with both their big names, Express Shuttle and Britta’s Empire crashing out the competition.
Diesel Mac has impressed me and so too Blue Artisan, despite the latter not winning his heat. The one criticism I did have is sat in the grandstand in a prime spot in the restaurant you had no idea of the grandeur of what was happening out on the track. The significance of the heats, the quality of each greyhound. Darrell Williams tried his hardest, but the remit to him must have its restraints. This is the sport’s premier competition, the best greyhounds from Britain and Ireland are taking part and outside the greyhound racing bubble - you wouldn’t know it!
Sunday was very satisfying, to see David Toms back in the winners enclosure after a five year absence was a joy. There is no one better in the world with his iron shots and back-to-back 62s at Colonial was proof enough. This diminutive man is massive in the world of golf.
All was quiet in the office yesterday as preparations for the next few weeks were starting to get underway, great to see the international racing and horses from all over the world continuing to converge on British shores, with connections of So You Think, Goldikova and Rocket Man stating their intentions, Royal Ascot and beyond.
Racing For Change should have arranged for President Obama to go racing, shame they couldn’t have organised the state visit for Derby day. Now that would have been something!
Too much racing today and every day, sitting in a betting shop the sport doesn’t get the exposure and TLC needed to encourage those on the FOBTs to participate in form studying. One day those in charge will spend a day or maybe even an hour to understand how their windows to the world operate!
I continue on a poor run of form, my selection today is EL DJEBENA in Lingfield’s 4:00 the only ride of the day for Seb Sanders and it’s for his boss Sir Mark Prescott, yes the door at Heath House Stables are slowly coming ajar. The strike rate year on year is formidable and El Djebena was slightly unlucky at Kempton last time fluffing his lines. My other fancy is SUITS ME, nibbled in the market at York last time, he ran a blinder against much stronger opposition when his style of running was far from ideal, he goes in Ripon’s 3:40.
George Baker has trained five winners from his last 12 runners
Jeremy Noseda has had five winners, a second and a third from his last 15 runners
Kevin Ryan has had four winners from his last ten runners
Matthew Davies has had four winners from his last five rides and he has just one mount at Lingfield today
The favourite has won six of the last eight runnings of Huntingdon’s 6.45 and 8.15
The favourite has won six of the last ten runnings of Ripon’s 2.10
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