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Tanya's Blog - 8th July 2011

It was ‘beer o’clock’ as every minute ticked by at the large open air pub otherwise known as Lords last night, as pints were downed enjoying a fine game of Twenty20 cricket. I feared the worst when Surrey raced away in the first 12 overs, seeing the spherical object bowled at them as though it was the size of a beach ball!

Yet for once the Middlesex Kittens did metamorphosise into the Panthers showing some bite with not only the ball but the bat as well. It felt like I had SWALEC FM sat behind me as the man more likely to be a Glamorgan supporter declared his allegiance to Surrey yet decided to commentate in great detail on every incident within the game. The banter was all light-hearted and great fun. And for me yesterday the best race was the one from Newmarket to St John’s Wood, which turned out to be well worth the effort.

As for cricket that’s the end of seeing it live for now and although picking winners in that sport is coming easy at the moment. (It would do at 1-2, Sri Lanka last Sunday at 2.42 and Cook to beat Kieswetter on Sunday at 1.92). I have to hope my luck lasts out for Pekan Star tomorrow at York as I really think he is going to win.

At 9.30am it feels as though someone has turned the temperature guage down at Newmarket and my normal three layers don’t feel sufficient, more rain has fallen and will fall which doesn’t bode well for Delegator, but does for Dream Ahead.

Francais is the main language in the Newmarket press room at present, and with their stronghold in today’s Falmouth it may be the number one diction throughout the day. By having to pick my tips for the racecard two days before the event, I’ve taken a real punt with the selections today. Psychic’s Dream in the first, then Steps in the second yet I feel New Planet could get ever closer to the winner’s enclosure in the same race. STEPS weren’t a bad band a few years ago, I can even lay claim to seeing them live at Wembley Arena, but I hope the Roger Varian equine equivalent can land the winnings for me. Intriguing selection by Pricewise in the race What About You, he was only 16-1 on the exchanges from before 10pm last night!

MISS WORK OF ART is a massive price for a filly that is unbeaten and seems to improve with each start, she drifted at York only because the on-course bookmakers decided to take her on and she cleared out their satchels. She perhaps is my nap.

I’ll just watch the Falmouth. I sense it will be a 1-2 for France but I don’t know in what order. Frankie (Dettori) could finish the day on a high as I thought MY FREEDOM’S Newcastle run was a good one last time.



Only four times in the last 30 years has the Falmouth Stakes winner been priced in double figures

14 of the last 30 favourites have won the Falmouth Stakes

Since being opened up to older horses in 1973 the Falmouth Stakes has still been dominated by three-year-olds with 29 of the 38 winners. Yet five of the last 10 winners HAVE been aged four or over.

Johnny Murtagh has had five Falmouth Stakes rides winning three and third on one

From his last seven runners in the Falmouth Stakes, James Fanshawe has had three winners and two thirds.

From 20 runners in the Falmouth Stakes, Sir Michael Stoute has had four winners, five seconds and two thirds.

Seven of the last nine winners of the Falmouth had run at Royal Ascot on their previous start

Only two of the last 10 Falmouth winners had won on their previous start.

Six of the last 10 favourites have won the Cherry Hinton

Five of the last seven winners of the Cherry Hinton had won or run in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot

10 of the last 20 winners of the Cherry Hinton were unbeaten

15 of the last 20 winners of the Cherry Hinton won their last start

16 of the last 20 winners of the Cherry Hinton won their first start

17 of the last 20 winners had no more than two runs prior to the Cherry Hinton

17 of the last 20 winners had finished no worse than second on all prior starts to the Cherry Hinton

19 of the last 20 winners had finished no worse than fourth on all prior starts to the Cherry Hinton

Only one favourite in the last 10 years has won Newmarket’s 1.50pm


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