Captain's Blog - Thursday 19th April 2012
The Craven meeting continues this afternoon and no doubt the pace and far rail bias will remain in play.
Some would say that there has not been enough evidence to deduce that the far rail is the place to be. The trouble in waiting for evidence is that, once the facts are in place, the edge you might have enjoyed as a punter has gone.
So much about punting needs to be instinctive and if you snooze in this game you lose. I would add that over the years it has been best to race prominently and there has always been a rail bias when the stalls are on the far side. We have short memories in this game and in truth need no more evidence than that which we have seen over the past few years.
This does not mean that a horse simply cannot win from off the pace, of course they can, the dynamics of pace dictate that this will happen. For example Telwaar did it yesterday in the Free Handicap and deserves plenty of credit for doing so, but I still maintain that up with the pace close to the far rail is the place to be.
The field remains a strong one in his absence and will hopefully throw up a live Guineas contender unlike the Nell Gwyn yesterday.
Given that Chelsea were playing Barcelona on another channel it was great that we garnered so much interest. Talking about Chelsea, that Didier Drogba needs to man up a bit and stop falling over when people sneeze near him.
The same applies to Frank Ribery who was just as bad in the Bayern Munich v Real Madrid game. Let’s hope that both players are not on the pitch in the Champions League final because they can hardly be said to be a good advert for the game.
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