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Tanya's Blog - 20th July 2011

Racing seems to be in expectant limbo as the clock ticks towards the King George at Ascot on Saturday, when York will no doubt be rammed to the rafters, before Glorious Goodwood next week. Though you’d be forgiven for thinking the meeting in Sussex started on the Wednesday, poor Tuesday isn’t getting a look in.

The trouble with the sport is, it seems as though you are a passenger in a car with the driver’s foot constantly resting on the clutch. Things are never smooth; a sudden jolt from one weekend to the next or perhaps on some occasions there is a two-week break. And as for putting some races on a Sunday, with betting shops saying it might work, I am not so sure. Three people and a pigeon go greyhound racing and when my greyhounds race at Hove on a Sunday and I can’t get down to the track and go in the betting shop instead, I am either the only one in the shop or I double the crowd!

Fancy a big race taking on the final day of the Open, Premier League Football, Wimbledon Mens’ Final? I could think of plenty more, it cuts out quite a few Sundays in the year. Maybe the figures been calculated off the back of Paddy Power Open Sunday in November at Cheltenham. The Gloucestershire venue and it’s racing is a one off - Jumps racing is dearer to a punter’s heart than Flat. It’s a debate that can run and run and I’ll take a lot of convincing, and would genuinely love to be proved wrong.

Yesterday I was honoured to be part of the team that put my votes in for the Betfred Select Stakes, the race promises to be a cracker although I think the defending champion Jordansoilutions hasn’t got a prayer. Looking at the line-up now and depending on who was drawn in trap one the selection would have to be Blue Artisan. I know Taylors Sky is one of the best greyhounds we’ve ever seen but Nottingham’s four bends sucks the energy from the most talented. It’s grit and determination that’s needed not just class and Harry Williams' blue dog has just that. It's all live on Sky on Wednesday August 3.

The Canadian Open Golf starts tomorrow and I’m going to have a little interest in Chad Campbell at 50-1, how he can be that price after last week surprises me. The main selection has to be Anthony Kim, if he is back to form then call the engraver.

India arrive at Lords tomorrow and I will be on Jonathan Trott to be top batsman for England and Coral have a great offer, that if Pietersen is top batsman then you get your money back. As for India, my favourite is VVS Laxman but if they bat first it will be unlikely they’ll get down to him that quickly.

The racecard selections tonight at Sandown are 6.05 LANG SHINING, 6.35 KYLLASIE, 7.10 GREEK WAR, 7.40 BAJAN BEAR, 8.15 EPERNAY, 8.50 MOHANAD with the nap of the day being KYLLASIE along with STORMY WHATEVER in Catterick’s 2.10

Scissor Sisters after racing at Sandown tonight, so if you are heading to the Esher venue, aim to get there very early or go by train. The roads surrounding the Surrey course will be hideously congested and after getting off the M25 from junction 9 or 10 it’s going to like finding a clear run in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood next week.

 

POINTERS

Sir Henry Cecil has had five winners, a second and a third from his last 10 runners

Frankie Dettori has had four winners from his last eight rides

Richard Hughes has had five winners from his least 18 rides

Favourites have won seven of the last 10 runnings of Sandown’s 6.35, they also have a great record in the 7.40 winning five of the last 10

Worcester’s 5.20 has been won by either the favourite or second favourite over the last 10 years

David Nicholls is the trainer to follow in Catterick’s 4.40 winning it four times from his last nine runners

 

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