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Tanya's Blog - Tuesday 1st May 2012

March winds, April showers bring forth May flowers – well it’s meant to! The heart sinks as yet more rain falls and a three hour journey to the office ensues, much of the road network into work this morning had deep surface water and, in some cases, flooding. And much of the ground is at saturation point.

There’s no doubt, in extreme cases, going by form is a tentative manoeuvre. The BHA, Levy Board and the courses have been proactive working overtime to organise replacement fixtures so those who enjoy the sport will hardly notice the effect of the relentless rain. If you are in or around Kempton on Wednesday please go and support: it’s free and it’s the card rescheduled from Ascot!

Exeter has been given the green light to race, thus enabling the course to make its welcomed debut on . Hopefully I can baptise its debut with a winner. Pancake a one-time very able inmate of the Philip Hobbs stable has continued to win under the guidance of Bernard Llewellyn. Last time out at Chepstow has to be ignored but today he gets his surface, plus a massive weight advantage from his rivals.

Even though the smell of coffee in the office is alluring I can’t believe it’s once more into the fray of stationary traffic as I head off for a meeting. As I leave though I am being tormented by the boys in the office as both Andrew and Nick close in the 37 points the deficit in our Fantasy Football league with two weeks to go plus an FA Cup Final and only three transfers left!

Eden Star may have obliged for the blog in his first round heat of the William Hill Greyhound Derby, sadly, though, he suffered a muscle injury while competing and his participation for this year’s competition is over. We are sure to see him later in the year as he needs six weeks on the sidelines to recover, but it is a blow to the Derby. Bubbly Phoenix has become the greyhound of the moment and is all everyone is talking about, yet not one person has spoken to his trainer Paul Young yet. Roll on round two.

Today's seclection:

3.50 Exeter: Pancake


Tanya's Pointers

Victor Dartnall has had four winners from his last five runners

Donald McCain has had six winners from his last eight runners

Nigel Twiston-Davies has had seven winners, three seconds and a third from his last 17 runners

Roger Varian has had five winners from his last 17 runners

Jason Maguire has had five winners and three seconds from his last 16 rides


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