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Tanya's Blog - 9th February 2012

Fabio Capello has gone and do we presume the reason Harry Redknapp wasn’t at Anfield earlier in the week was his theoretical attendance at Lancaster Gate? The majority want Harry as the next manager with the exception of the fans, players and board at White Hart Lane.
While all sports news platforms are abuzz with the news of who takes the job of England manager, the Channel 4 Racing office is looking ahead to this weekend, the Cheltenham Festival and the start of the flat season. 97 entered in the Doncaster Lincoln and I start looking ahead to what footage is needed.

Never have I kept a closer look on the weather than these last few weeks, perhaps I have missed my vocation in life, a role in the Met Office or a Clerk of the Course!!! ‘Contingency’ is once again the key word at work but vibes for turf action are positive. The last three days have meant a 5am alarm call for arrival work just after 7am and leaving work for home at 7pm. The cold weather bring a logistical challenge which I love getting stuck into.

All Weather racing is dear to my heart, I was at the first ever meeting at Lingfield and without this form of the sport I wouldn’t be where I am now. It serves a crucial purpose and I love the spectacle. Currently there isn’t enough time for me to study the form as thorough as I’d like, which plainly shows in my tipping. What I do know there is value to be had in it. I stood up in pitch one at Canterbury and Sittingbourne greyhound tracks for goodness sake and was told the form their was impossible to deduce. Yet if you work hard enough nothing is impossible. I watched every video of every race six times, so yes, watched each dog once unless it encountered trouble then I would scrutinise it further. If there was 28 or even 36 hours in the day I would make All Weather my speciality. Less imponderables and the same horses, jockeys and trainers and most importantly there would be market moves which could be read and interpreted.

Once again there are great cards at Meydan, Wolverhampton and Thurles, but what is the need to pick out a selection every day. It won’t be long before the golf starts at Pebble Beach and I will get a chance to see my second favourite hole on the PGA Tour, Pebble Beach’s daunting 18th! Come on Dustin Johnson, Rory Sabbatini, David Duval and Davis Love III.

Have to go now as the printer needs fixing in the office, the decs for the All Weather on Saturday are coming through so too the runners for Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle. If I have an interest it will be Hidden Glory in the 4.05 at Wolverhampton.

 

POINTERS

Favourites have a 42% strike rate in non-handicaps at
Wolverhampton

Chris Catlin has ridden four winners from his last 15 rides

Black Coffee has a 33% strike rate at Wolverhampton he runs in the 4.05, while I have it on tap in the office

Willie Mullins has had five winners, three seconds and three thirds from his last 14 runners

Frankie Dettori has had four winners, a second and two thirds from his last ten Meydan rides

 

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