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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 20th August 2011

Good Morning one and all. I am a little slow in getting going today but I soon need to shape myself as we are going out for the afternoon to visit some friends in Richmond for a spot of lunch and a beer or two. I will of course be keeping a close eye on all the Racing and football results when I am out. The Ebor is the big race of the day and having spent some time with Michael Belll this week I am hoping that his Tactician runs well. There is no doubt that the yard are in good form following the wins of Set to Music and Margot Did and I know that they are bullish about the chances of Tactician. It is, however, a very tough race to win and as a punter I am unable to approach it with any confidence and will not be getting involved.

Well done to Hayley Turner on her success in the Nunthorpe Stakes. She has been a good jockey for a number of years now, but this year she has been given the opportunities to show just how good. The key to her success is her judgement of pace which is excellent. Indeed pace judgement is the most important weapon in a jockeys armoury. She deserves to get more opportunities in top class races and just because she has won two Group 1 sprint races it would be wrong to pigeon hole her as a sprint rider. Her ability to judge pace will always ensure that she can ride well over any distance.

Mark Your Card will start all the action on today. Rishi Persad and Dave Nevison will be your hosts and it should be an entertaining and informative show. The live action will follow hot on the heels and Nick Luck and James Willoughby will steer the ship through the afternoon. Do join us.

Time for me to sort out train times and get my rucksack packed for this afternoon. Have a great day with us here on .


Today's Selection

2.30 York - Parlour Games (each way 12/1 Victor Chandler )



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