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Tanya's Blog - 1st October 2011

Sweltering, so dress sensibly whereever you are going, take plenty of water and sun tan lotion if you’re outside, yes sun tan lotion! October heatwave make the most of it.

Ascot plays host to a Beer Festival as an extra to the racing, there were plenty at the course yesterday and such a relaxed atmosphere, there was even some action in the betting ring. Fingers crossed that applies to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course today! How quiet that was on Betfred Cambridgeshire Day.

A faint cheer goes up as I type, a few must be watching the Rugby as England have just gone ahead. The loudest noise in the press room at the moment is the crucial air conditioning. My feet are soaking, my unemployed wellies are resting by my chair below me, I didn’t have a chance to change into them when rushing on the course to interview Chris Stickels. The last furlong is really springy underfoot and this morning at 8am there was a really, really heavy dew.

With the course very thin at present I doubt if there will be a bias in the Challenge Cup but I hope if there is high numbers are favoured as I really fancied THE CHEKA, he ran well behind Premio Loco at Doncaster and has never run in a handicap, instead preferring and able to mix it with the best of them. Dream Eater is my saver as he lights up at Ascot, third to Goldikova and third in a Summer Mile in 2010, 3rd in the Jersey Stakes in 2008 and 3rd in the Shergar Cup in 2007, he is value each-way, that was until the price has gone as Pricewise has flagged up Dream Eater, still I love THE CHEKA he won the Jury Stakes earlier in the year.

My other fancy at Ascot is GENKI, he runs to form every time he races a brilliant fourth in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, he is such a great servant to connections a dream horse to own, and my one hope is there is another big performance in him today.

In France I like CIRRUS DES AIGLES at 4.25 the only concern is the ground may be too quick but he has proved to be superior to most of his rivals so far this season.

Tomorrow’s selections at Longchamp are IVER BRIDGE LAD each-way in the Prix de l’Abbaye and MASKED MARVEL in the Arc, good luck to you all re selections and remember to state whether you want Industry prices or Paris-Mutuel!



Marcus Tregoning has won the Cumberland Lodge five times from his last six runners

Eight of the last ten winners of the Two-Year-Old Trophy have been drawn in a double figure stall

Saeed Bin Suroor has had three winners in Redcar’s 3.25 in the last ten years

Silvestra De Sousa has won on two of his four rides in the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy


16 of the last 20 winners won on their last start

16 of the last 20 winners were drawn in a single figure stall (I can type up a stat showing the draw of the first four home if needed)

Three-year-olds have won seven of the last ten

Since 1990 13 Prix Vermeille winners have tried to double-up in the Arc only one has won – this year Galikova

Since 1990 17 Prix Foy winners have tried to double-up in the Arc none have won – this year Sarafina


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