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Tanya's Blog - 18th October 2011

How good has the series on Legendary Bookmakers been so far this week in the Racing Post. Oh how times have changed, the instinct, discretion, and strong opinion which often left us in awe have gone and most on course bookmakers are copycat robots. No idea or realisation of what is value to lay, instead they lift their arms aloft in despair saying the margins are too small and hedge back on the machines.

There are very few who know the form inside out, can spot a coup, smelling a large rodent when a fiver punter suddenly ups his stake tenfold. I know the lack of support from the powers that be doesn’t help. But a strong will and good opinion does no harm.

It’s easy with hindsight, we’ve heard that a few times this week for other matters, but what was the reasoning to go 13-8 Strong Suit when the next biggest price was 11-8! What’s wrong with 6-4, or staying 11-8 and then last week where did the thought process of 1-2 Frankel derive from when the next biggest was 2-5?

Currently Camelot is around 5-2 for the Racing Post Trophy, come Saturday do we expect to see him available in one place at 7-2! Perhaps I should just keep quiet as it is great for all those who want to plough on.

My inbox currently is constantly ticking over with various thoughts and opinions on the whip issue. As I said on Channel 4 Racing on Saturday, none in support of the regulations. The majority want a total whip ban, while others say modifications are needed and in the extreme there are quite a few who will stop punting on the sport.

The good news for Clerks of the Courses is rain is on its way, and soon there’ll be no firm in the going descriptions, giving cause for the National Hunt field sizes to bolster up. A three runner bumper at Plumpton yesterday and a two runner chase at Exeter today is no help to anyone concerned, it has to stop or be stopped!

Rant stopped, and selection time, with half and eye on the recording of the Minnesota@Chicago NFL game from 1am Monday morning I have been looking at Betfair and LIBYS DREAM in Lingfield’s 5.00 has a disproportionate amount of money on it and she’s an eyecatcher.

 

POINTERS

Nine of the last ten favourites have won Exeter’s 2.40

Evan Williams has had eight winners from his last 17 rides

Tim Vaughan has had four winners and four seconds from his last 11 runners

Eight of Richard Johnson’s last nine rides have finished either first or second

Chris Catlin is 2 from 2 in Lingfield’s 4.00

Saeed Bin Suroor has a 52% strike rate at Lingfield

John Gosden has won Yarmouth’s 1.50 three times in the last ten years

Seb Sanders and Sir Mark Prescott have a 38% strike rate when teaming up at Yarmouth

 

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